Brown County Commission 09.07.2021
Submitted by Dawn Boyles
The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, Sept. 7, with the following members present: Chairman Richard L. Lehmkuhl, Lamar Shoemaker and William Pollock. Also present was Brown County Clerk Dawn Boyles. Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting. Lehmkuhl opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.
Road and Bridge Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl discussed the Kansas Local Bridge Improvement Program with the commission. T. Lehmkuhl presented six bridges that would qualify for the program. The board would like more information on Bridge OS 145 before making a decision. T. Lehmkuhl presented the KDOT Cost Share Program information for the commission’s review. Lehmkuhl will contact Brady Hedstrom about the program.
Clerk Boyles presented a picture of a dying evergreen bush on the southeast corner of the courthouse. The board viewed the evergreen bush. Janitor Dave Schuetz would like to remove the bushes. Schuetz will remove two of the bushes and trim the other two. If there are problems with the remaining two, Schuetz will remove them as well.
American Rescue Plan Act
Boyles presented an agreement between Brown County and Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC for consultation services regarding utilization and reporting of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for the commission’s signatures. The board approved the engagement letter from Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd for the administration of the ARPA funds.
Boyles presented a request for immediate use of ARPA funds. Brown County Emergency Management and NEK Multi County Health Department are requesting $29,068 for 400 Cepheid (COVID-19) test kits (same day results) at $72.67 each and $9,365.55 for a full-time staff person to administer the Cepheid tests from September through December 2021. These test kits will be replaced by ordering replacement test kits if the client has insurance that is billed. The commissioners will wait for the approval from Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd before making their decision.
Also at the meeting:
Commissioner Lehmkuhl requested a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel. Present were the three commissioners and Hill to discuss legal matters with legal counsel, to protect the Board’s privilege and communication with an attorney. No binding action was taken.
The minutes from the Aug. 31 meeting were approved.
The next regular meeting was held Monday, Sept. 13. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.