Brown County Commission 6.1.2021 & 6.4.2021

Tuesday, June 1

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday, June 1, with the following members present: Chairman Richard L. Lehmkuhl and William Pollock. Commissioner Lamar Shoemaker was present via Zoom. Also present was Brown County Clerk Dawn M. Boyles. Lehmkuhl opened the meeting at 12:10 p.m.

Bids to repair the east pier of Bridge OS-157 located 1/4 mile east of Nighthawk on 220th were as follows: Norfolk Construction with a bid of $48,732, with the county being responsible for the backfill and rip rap if necessary as well as furnish the concrete needed. The commissioners accepted Norfolk Construction’s bid of $48,732 to repair the east pier of Bridge OS-157 located 1/4 mile east of Nighthawk on 220th, with the county being responsible for the backfill and rip rap if necessary as well as furnish the concrete needed.

Friday, June 4

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Friday, June 4, with the following members present: Chairman Richard L. Lehmkuhl and William Pollock. Also present was Brown County Clerk Dawn Boyles. Commissioner Lamar Shoemaker was present via phone conference and 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.

Department Reports

Commissioner Lehmkuhl requested a 10-minute executive session. The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel with the three commissioners, George Bruning and Boyles present. No binding action was taken.

The commissioners decided to have Bruning to take over the Solid Waste Director position in addition to the Noxious Weed Director position at a rate of $25 per hour for a period of six months, at which time the commission will re-evaluate.

Bruning discussed delinquent bills at the landfill. The board has allowed Bruning to move forward with the necessary actions for the delinquent bills.

Bruning discussed repairs needed to the slope floor at the landfill. The commissioners requested Bruning make the needed repairs.

Budget Requests

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant presented the 2022 Budget requests, with the Sheriff Office at $854,000; Sheriff Dispatch at $461,703; Sheriff Jail at $633,228; and Courthouse Security $44,784. Merchant also presented the 911 budget of $50,000 for Next Gen 911 equipment.

Hill presented a 2022 Budget request of $186,000 for the County Attorney’s Office.

Bruning presented a 2022 Budget request of $825,000 for Solid Waste.

Bruning presented the 2022 Budget request of $184,840 for Noxious Weed Department.

Keith Rickard, Executive Director of the Guidance Center, and KANZA CFO Jenny Knudson presented the 2022 Budget request of $71,604 for KANZA Mental Health and $17,711 for Brown County share to a Crisis Stabilization Center.

Brown County District Court Clerk Joy Moore presented the 2022 Budget request of $147,087 for the District Court.

The commissioners reviewed the four County District Court budget. The total cost would be $45,000. Brown County’s share would be $11,601.

Mikaela Moore and Virginia Freese, Hiawatha Foundation For Economic Development members, presented their 2022 Budget request of $30,000 for HFED. Moore discussed the increase in the budget is for business retention.

Doug Norman and Tim Lentz, HIDC members, presented the 2022 Budget request of $25,000 for Horton Industrial Development Inc. Moore discussed the increase in the budget. He stated the increase is for attracting business and opportunities for the community.

The Brown County Historical Society Board of Directors Lynn Allen, Larry Day, Gary Shear and Gene Swearingen presented the 2022 Historical Society Budget request of $57,000 for the Historical Society.

Nikki Tollefson and Michael Lanter with the Brown County Conservation District presented the 2021 Budget request of $29,500 for the Conservation District.

Kristina Romine with the Brown County Health Department presented the 2022 Budget request of $65,000 for the Health Department. Romine also discussed the parking lot at the Brown County Health Department.

Brown County Rescue Squad Director Duke Koerperich presented the 2022 Budget request of $15,000 for the Rescue Squad.

Koerperich with Town and Country EMS was present by phone to discuss the 2022 Budget request of $300,000 for the Ambulance. Koerperich stated the increase is for salary.

Brown County Services for the Elderly Director Wanda Davis presented the 2022 Budget request of $148,520 for the Services for the Elderly Department.

Brown County Extension Agent Matt Young requested $105,000 as the 2022 Budget request for the Extension and $10,500 as the 2022 Budget request for the Fair Premium funds.

Brown County Appraiser Steve Markham presented the 2022 Budget request of $255,480 for the Appraiser’s Department.

Brown County Developmental Services Director Linda Lock presented the 2022 BCDS Budget request of $27,052 for BCDS. Lock also discussed chip and seal at BCDS.

Commissioner Lehmkuhl will contact Don Pounds about the 2022 Emergency Management budget.

IT Department Sandra Carter presented the 2022 Budget request of $220,340 for the IT Department. Carter also discussed travel expenses associated with an upgrade to the county imaging software.

Road and Bridge Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl presented the 2022 Budget request of $3,966,322 for the Road and Bridge Department.

Brown County Deputy Treasurer Betty Spiker presented the 2022 Budget request of $273,120 for the Treasurer’s Department.

Brown County Register of Deeds Nellie Brockhoff presented the 2022 Register of Deeds Budget request of $99,580 for the Register of Deeds Department.

Boyles presented the 2022 Commissioner Budget request of $766,250 for the board.

Boyles presented the 2022 County Clerk Budget request of $154,190 for the County Clerk Office.

Boyles presented the 2022 Budget request of $114,800 for the Election Office.

Boyles presented the 2022 Custodian Budget request of $285,390 for the Custodian Department.

Boyles presented the 2022 Budget request of $1,940,000 for Employee Benefits.

Also at the meeting:

The June 2 payroll was approved as follows: General, $77,996.17; Road and Bridge, $15,094.90; Technology, $188.81; Appraiser, $7,201.54; Noxious Weed, $2,948.26; ACC, $6,166.86; JJA Core, $4,395.08; Reinvestment Grant, $1,796.31; Services for Elderly, $2,541; Solid Waste, $4,538.64; Special MVT, $1,578.51; Employee Benefit FICA, $8,197.67; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $10,138.51. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $107.93 and Insurance of $3,389.17 were taken out, the total was $137,265.81.

Boyles requested the board consider a member to replace a former commissioner on the Brown County Solid Waste Committee. The commissioners agrees Commissioner Shoemaker would be a benefit to the committee.

The commissioners approved the minutes of the May 28 and June 1 regular meetings.

Boyles discussed a request by Wayne Finger for a fence viewing. The board will revisit the matter at the June 14 meeting when all three commissioners are present.

The board approved the Road and Bridge Buried Cable Permit to Rainbow Communications.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, June 7. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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