Brown County Commission 8.31.2021

Submitted by Dawn Boyles, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, Aug. 31, with the following members present: Chairman Richard L. Lehmkuhl, Lamar Shoemaker and William Pollock. Also present were Brown 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.

Present for the Revenue Neutral Rate hearing were Commissioners Lehmkuhl, Shoemaker and Pollock, County Clerk Boyles, County Attorney Hill, Annette Hoskins and Brady Hoskins. Brown County residents A. Hoskins and B. Hoskins voiced their concerns in regards to raising the mill levy.

Commissioners approved Resolution 2021-16, to levy a property tax rate exceeding the revenue neutral rate.

Commissioner Pollock and A. Hoskins voiced their concerns in regard to the proposed budget. The board approved the 2022 Brown County Budget, 2-1, with Commissioner Pollock voting nay.

Department Reports

George Bruning, Solid Waste Director, presented the quote for roof repairs at the scale building for $8,540.81. KCAMP has agreed to pay half due to the damage from a recent wind storm.

Bruning informed the board about a Waste Management truck hitting the landfill building. Bruning has contacted Waste Management and they will pay for the repairs.

Tami Lehmkuhl, Road and Bridge Secretary, requested a 10-minute executive session, on non-elected personnel. Present were the three commissioners, T. Lehmkuhl and Boyles. No binding action was taken.

T. Lehmkuhl presented the bid request for Bridges FAS-24 and OS-103 for the commission’s review. The commission also discussed other bridge repairs.

Dave Schuetz, Courthouse Janitor, discussed the elevator modernization. The board would like to move forward with rebidding the modernization.

Also at the meeting: 

Boyles presented the form to appoint a voting delegate for the annual Kansas Association of Counties meeting. Commissioners approved Lehmkuhl as voting delegate, Shoemaker as second alternate and Pollock as third alternate delegate.

Catie West, Globe Life Liberty National Representative, discussed services her company has to offer.

Brown County Liberty Alliance requested to amend their original Property Use Agreement. The request was approved.

Boyles presented an Individual Non-Disclosure Agreement template to the commission for review.

Commissioners approved the Aug. 23 meeting minutes.

Commissioners approved the Aug. 25 payroll was approved as follows: General, $86,470.87; Road and Bridge, $17,066.75; Election, $1,400; Technology, $310; Appraiser, $7,803.51; Noxious Weed, $3,576.72; ACC, $7,649.64; JJA Core, $8,364.42; Services for Elderly, $3,039.38; Solid Waste, $6,235.83; Special MVT, $1,776.50; Employee Benefit FICA, $9,139.04; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $10,582.62. After State Unemployment/Workers Compensation of $156.82 and Insurance of $9,010.32 were taken out, the total paid was $154,248.14.

The Aug. 31 month-end claims were approved as follows: General, $140,512.33; Road and Bridge, $363,476.54; Historical Society, $4,375; Employee Benefit, $74,660.81; Election, $302.50; Extension, $8,500; Mental Health, $5,850; Developmental Services, $2,254.33; Capital Improvement, $7,492.87; Appraiser, $1,702.19; Ambulance, $21,250; Noxious Weed, $5,494.68; Diversion, $1,345.32; 911 SB50, $108.08; ACC, $1,890.63; JJCR, $2,420.83; Services for Elderly, $1,685.55; Solid Waste, $56,589.54; and Payroll, $172.90. The total was $700,084.10.

Boyles presented two proposed administrators for the ARPA funds awarded to Brown County. The commissioners approved Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk, and Loyd to administer Brown County’s ARPA funds contingent upon approval from Brown County Counselor Kevin Hill. 

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

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