Governing Body: Brown County Commission

Submitted by Dawn Boyles

County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session with the following members present: Chairman Richard L.Lehmkuhl, Lamar Shoemaker and William Pollock. 

Also present was Brown County Clerk Dawn M. Boyles. County Attorney Kevin Hill also was present. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all. Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.

Department Reports

Services for the Elderly Director Wanda Davis, discussed the hot meals program and Mission Village Living Center preparing hot meals for the program.

Boyles presented a propane contract between Brown County and Ag Partners. Commissioner Pollock will contact George Bruning, Solid Waste Director, and other propane providers for prices.

Ron Gudenkauf, Tony Gudenkauf and Steve Gudenkauf discussed the trimming of the Hackberry tree on the north side of the courthouse versus removing the tree. 

The commission will open the bidding process for the removal of two trees and the trimming of the Hackberry tree.

The commission reviewed and discussed the information on the Finger/Zimmers fence viewing. Commissioner Lehmkuhl will visit with Hill about the resolution.

The commission discussed damage to roads and bridges from the June 24 storms. Road and Bridge Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl presented a roller rental contract between Brown County and Berry Tractor for the commissioners’ approval. 

The commissioners approved entering into a contract with Berry Tractor for the rental of a roller for $5,000 a month, $1,670 a week or $560 daily, whichever will be the lowest cost. 

Sean Gordon discussed the county budget figures with the commission. 

After budget discussions, the county will have a hearing in regards to raising the Revenue Neutral Rate. The hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioner Lehmkuhl requested a five-minute executive session. Commissioners entered into a five-minute executive session with Solid Waste Director George 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. 

Commissioners approved the following:

• Employee raises as requested for the proposed 2022 budget be effective July 11, 2021, and to allow reallocation of funds to fund the raises. Commissioner Pollock voted nay.

• July 6 meeting minutes.

• A temporary liquor license for Lisa Radley on July 23 and July 24. 

• Proposed 2022 Wage Scale to go into effect July 11. Commissioner Pollock voted nay.

• A Property Use request from the Hiawatha Lions Club for the east side of Courthouse square for a Cruise Night Event from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 22. 

The next regular meeting was held Monday, July 19. 

These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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