Governing Body: Brown County Commission

Submitted by Melissa Gormley

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Monday, Nov. 2, with the following members present: Chairman Dwight A. Kruse, Keith Olsen and Richard L. Lehmkuhl. Also present was Deputy County Clerk Dawn Boyles and County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting. Kruse opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.

Brad Rahe, Jeff Flathman and Duke Snider with Energy Specialist Professionals discussed the revisions made to the contract for the upgrades to the Sheriff Department HVAC and lighting with a public letting for the HVAC repairs. The commissioners accepted the revisions to the contract with ESP.

Alison Kerl with Hiawatha Community Hospital (HCH) gave an update on the various activities at HCH.

Kristina Romine with the NEK Health Department discussed the new equipment the health department has ordered. The new equipment has the capability of testing for COVID, Influenza A and B, and RSV.

Department Reports

Services for the Elderly Director Wanda Davis requested permission to advertise for the Senior Citizens Activity Director position. The commission recommended to advertise the position for two weeks and review the applications on Nov. 16.

Also at the meeting:

Appraiser Steve Markham requested a five-minute executive session. The commissioners held a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners, Boyle, and Markham present to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interest. No binding action taken.

The commissioners decided to move Heather Merrill from part time to full time at a rate of $14.75 per hour. Merrill’s hours will be split between the Landfill and Noxious Weed departments.

The commissioners approved the Oct. 30 minutes.

The commissioners approved Resolution 2020-18, appointing Robin Downard as the Brown County Health Officer with Dr. Lowell Searight as the consulting physician.

The next meeting was held Monday, Nov. 9, to approve month end bills. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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