Governing Body: Brown County Commission

Submitted by Dawn Boyles

County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Monday, June 28, 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. Richard L. Lehmkuhl opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. Shane Spangler led the meeting with a prayer.

Department Reports

Services for the Elderly Director Wanda Davis discussed her 2022 budget. Davis also discussed the hot meal program within her department. Commissioner Shoemaker would like information on how the program was originally designed. Commissioner Lehmkuhl requested the services in writing that Mission Village would be willing to administer.

Emergency Manager Don Pounds presented recommendations a committee for the ARPA funds. Hill suggested holding off on appointing a committee until the county secures a CPA firm to handle the funds.

Road and Bridge Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl discussed an email she received from KDOT for the Off System Bridge program for the 2023 year which starts in October 2022. T. Lehmkuhl forwarded the information on to Brady Hedstrom, BG Consultants, for his input on bridges that would eligible for the program.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners approved Resolution 2021-12, adopting the Kansas Homeland Security Region K Hazard Mitigation Plan. 

The commissioners decided to allow Boyles to seek out a CPA firm to handle the ARPA funds.

The commissioners approved the June 21 minutes with the following correction: Pat Vuchetich, Williams and Company representative, discussed a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan for the county. This is a mandatory plan for each facility. Vuchetich will send a cost estimate to Road and Bridge Secretary T. Lehmkuhl, for the proposed plans. 

Boyles presented the three financing bids for a three-year term for the District 3 backhoe. The bids were as follows: Bank of Blue Valley with an interest rate of 2.1 percent for an annual payment and 2.05 percent for a semi-annual payment; Citizens State Bank and Trust with an interest rate of 0.95 percent; and GN Bank with an interest rate of 2.29 percent. The commissioners accepted Citizen State Bank’s interest rate of 0.95 percent. 

The commissioners approved the Cereal Malt Beverage License for Casino White Cloud. 

The commissioners approved the Cereal Malt Beverage License for Sac and Fox Truck Stop. 

The commission also discussed budget requests.

Wednesday, June 30

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Wednesday, June 30, with the following members present: Chairman Lehmkuhl, Commissioners Shoemaker and Pollock, County Clerk Boyles and County Attorney Hill. Lehmkuhl opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.

The June 30 month-end claims were approved as follows: General, $96,290.79; Road and Bridge, $189,101.92; Historical Society, $4,375; Employee Benefit, $71,217.43; Election, $806.52; Extension, $8,500; Mental Health, $5,850; Developmental Services, $2,254.33; Capital Improvement, $37,018.88; Appraiser, $1,809.10; Ambulance, $21,250; Noxious Weed, $3,198.50; Alcohol, $3,753.49; Diversion, $632.45; 911 SB50, $6,135.41; ACC, $8,657.36; JJCR, $10,639.83; Reinvestment Grant, $50; Services for Elderly, $1,808.04; Solid Waste, $77,247.65; and Payroll, $172.90. The total was $550,769.60.

The June 30 payroll was approved as follows: General, $81,442.41; Road and Bridge, $19,494.05; Technology, $301.44; Appraiser, $6,659.48; Noxious Weed, $2,509.26; ACC, $6,283.28; JJA Core, $4,487.20; Reinvestment Grant, $1,912.09; Services for Elderly, $2,597; Solid Waste, $5,805.81; Special MVT, $1,540; Employee Ben FICA $8,902.20; and Employee Ben KPERS $10,767.02. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $162.37 and Insurance of $150 were taken out, the total was $152,388.87.

The commissioners approved the following:

• June 28 minutes;

• Execution of the Lease Purchase Agreement between Brown County and Citizens State Bank and Trust for the purchase of a new Case 590SN backhoe;

• Resolution 2021-13 approving Bylaws and Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for the Kansas County Association Multiline Pool. The commissioners accepted the Fourth Amended and Restated Bylaws and Interlocal Cooperation Agreement for the Kansas County Association Multiline Pool. 

Boyles presented an Advisory Recommendation from Irving Township for the approval of the Casino White Cloud cereal malt beverage license for the commission’s signatures.

The commissioners recessed at 8:52 a.m. to meet at the fence viewing located in Section 27 Township 3 Range 16E at 9:30 a.m. 

The commissioners reconvened for a 9:30 a.m. scheduled fence viewing between Wayne Finger and Ronald Zimmers in Section 27 Township 3 Range 16E. Those present for the fence viewing were Lehmkuhl, Shoemaker, Pollock, Boyles, Jim Jensen and Jim Richling with Watershed No. 5, landowners Finger and Zimmers. The fence viewing was requested by Finger. The commission will discuss its findings at a future meeting.

The commissioners held their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 6, instead of Monday, July 5, due to the Independence Day holiday. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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