Brown County Commission 11.8.2021

Submitted by Dawn Boyles, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Monday, Nov. 8, with the following members present: Chairman Richard L. Lehmkuhl, Lamar Shoemaker and William Pollock. Also present was Brown County Clerk Dawn Boyles. 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 Nov. 3 payroll was approved as follows: General, $81,507.92; Road & Bridge, $16,320; Election, $1,960; Technology, $348.75; Appraiser, $5,540.01; Noxious Weed, $2,584.47; ACC, $6,345.70; JJA Core, $3,501.38; Reinvestment Grant, $751.43; Services for Elderly, $2,990.50; Solid Waste, $4,807.66; Special MVT, $1,480; Employee Ben FICA, $8,337.60; and Employee Ben KPERS, $9,821.15. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $132.06 and Insurance of $3,526.53 were taken out, the total was $142,637.98.

The commissioners approved the Nov. 1 minutes. 

The commissioners agreed to amend the Solid Waste budget authority by $135,000, with the budget hearing to take place at 9 a.m. Nov. 30. 

The commissioners agreed to appoint John Selland to District 1 Road Foreman effective Friday, Nov. 12.

Boyles presented an e-mail from the City of Hiawatha offering to contribute $2,000 towards the upgrade to the fuel cloud system.

Boyles presented a Property Use Agreement from Patti Merchant to use the courthouse square on Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for the 25th Annual Jingle Bell Ride. 

Commissioners agreed to a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel requested by Lehmkuhl with the three commissioners, Road and Bridge Secretary Tami 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 following the executive session.

Commissioners recessed from the regular meeting to go into the canvass of ballots of the Nov. 2, General Election. 

The Tuesday, Nov. 2, City/School General Election voting records were canvassed. There were 15 provisional ballots. The commissioners agreed to approve the counting of 12 provisional ballots and one partial provisional ballot, with two provisional ballots not counted, all according to Kansas State Statutes. 

Brown County Election Officer Boyles reported there was a tie for one of the positions on the Morrill City Commission. The names drawn were as follows: Morrill City Council Position, Duane Perry.

Commissioner Lehmkuhl reported there were 1,380 total votes cast and a 21.67 percent voter turnout for Brown County including the provisional ballots. The commissioners agreed to accept the Nov. 2, City/School General Election canvass.

The commissioners agreed to reconvene the regular Board of Commissioners meeting. 

The commission agreed to table the appointment of Mission Township Clerk until Monday, Nov. 15, to ensure all interested parties have sufficient time to contact the Mission Township Board.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, Nov. 15. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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