Brown County Commission 6.21.2021

Submitted by Dawn M. Boyles

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Monday, June 21, with the following members present: Chairman Richard L. Lehmkuhl, Lamar Shoemaker and William Pollock. Also present was County Clerk Dawn M. Boyles. 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.

Stacy Katen discussed services Global Life Family Heritage has to offer the county.

Karen Wilson, Northeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging Director, and Wanda Davis, Services for the Elderly Director, discussed the Meals on Wheels program with the board and the projected cost for the year.

Department Reports

Road and Bridge Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl presented an updated bid sheet with just the options Brown County would like to purchase. The commissioners decided to purchase the extended warranty on the Case 590SN backhoe for a period of 60 months at $4,350.

Solid Waste Director George Bruning discussed dumping fees for the City of Powhattan due to storm damage.

Also at the meeting:

The June 16, 2021, payroll was approved as follows: General, $80,534.73; Road and Bridge, $18,105.39; Election, $2,000; Technology, $238.50; Appraiser, $7,168.35; Noxious Weed, $2,960.48; ACC, $9,132.81; JJA Core, $6,183.48; Reinvestment Grant, $3,122.26; Services for Elderly, $2,471; Solid Waste, $5,927.73; Special MVT, $1,544.81; Employee Benefit FICA, $8,664.45; and Employee Benefit KPERS $10,843.59. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $144.45 and Insurance of $9,453.04 were taken out, the total was $149,300.09.

The commissioners approved the June 14 minutes with the following correction: Hill discussed the requested fence viewing for Wayne Finger and Ronald Zimmers. The board will do the fence viewing at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, located in the E/2 of Section 27 Township 3 Range 16E.

Commissioner Lehmkuhl requested a 10-minute executive session. The commissioners decided to hold a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel, with the three commissioners, Bruning and Boyles present, to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken.

The board decided to move Henry Brown at Solid Waste from temporary full time to permanent full time status.

Commissioner Shoemaker discussed the trailer fire at the landfill.

Williams & Company representative Pat Vuchetich discussed a spill prevention control and counter prevention plan for the county. This is a mandatory plan for each facility. Vuchetich will send a cost estimate to T. Lehmkuhl for the proposed plans.

Boyles requested a five-minute executive session. The commissioners decided to hold a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel, with the three commissioners, T. Lehmkuhl and Boyles present, to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken.

The commissioners decided to add the $17.75 pay step into the Road and Bridge Department pay scale for the secretarial position and moving T. Lehmkuhl from the probation period wages to $17.75 per hour starting June 13. Commissioner Lehmkuhl abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

Boyles presented a letter from Kansas Division of Emergency Management notifying the county that the Local Emergency Planning Committee is in compliance with all of the requirements for 2019.

Boyles presented the KCAMP Property Appraisal Report for the commission’s review.

Boyles presented the fence viewing letter for the board’s signatures.

Boyles presented the cost to install the Kiwanis flags around courthouse square for five holidays a year. The commissioners decided to have Kiwanis install eight flags around courthouse square. Commissioner Pollock voted nay.

The board will revisit the budget requests at the next regular commission meeting on Monday, June 28.

The next meeting was held Monday, June 28. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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