Brown County Commission 7.6.2021

Submitted by Dawn Boyles, Brown County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday, July 6, with the following members present: Chairman Richard L. Lehmkuhl, Lamar Shoemaker and William Pollock. Also present was Brown County Clerk Dawn 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.

Leah McPeak, Black Lives Matter Book Club, requested use of courthouse lawn for discussion of their book club selection. The commissioners approved the motion to allow use of the courthouse lawn on Monday, July 12, for approximately one hour.

Carlotta Sunderland with Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk and Loyd discussed services they have to offer the county.

Department Reports

County Attorney Hill discussed the fence viewing between Finger and Zimmers with the commissioners.

Brown County Department heads discussed how to fund employee raises for the county.

Road and Bridge Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl and Brady Hedstrom with BG Consultants discussed the Kansas Department of Transportation Off-System Bridge Program.

Also at the meeting:

The board approved the minutes of the June 30 meeting.

Lehmkuhl motioned to allow Sheriff John Merchant to fund employee raises for the remainder of 2021, effective Sunday, July 11. Merchant will use the remainder of the County Bond and Interest funds from the jail sales tax of $51,703.47 and capital improvement funds from the Sheriff’s department of $30,000. Pollock seconded the motion and Shoemaker voted nay.

The board will discuss budgets at the next regular meeting and would like CPA Sean Gordon to be present at that time.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, July 12. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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