Brown County Commission 11.15.2021

Submitted by Dawn Boyles, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Nov. 15, 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. Pastor Jim Farris led the meeting with a prayer.

Department Reports

Road and Bridge Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl presented an estimate of $6,630 for a snowblade for the 2002 Ford F250 for District 1. The commissioners approved the purchase of the snowblade from Knapheide Equipment. 

T. Lehmkuhl clarified that Knapheide Equipment was the one vendor practically and reasonably available for the snowblade. Commissioners approved Knapheide Equipment for the snowblade. 

T. Lehmkuhl discussed the possibility of purchasing an additional dump truck for District 3 Road and Bridge Department. T. Lehmkuhl will contact District 3 Road and Bridge Foreman Rodney Allen about returning with his findings after inspecting the dump truck in person.

The commissioners agreed to accept the Sixth Addendum to Agreement for Transport and Disposal of Solid Waste to the Hamm’s contract.

Brown County Health Nurse Robin Downard reported on COVID within the county.

Bruning discussed an increase in fees for volume and in-county disposal of $2.50 per ton effective Jan. 1, 2022. The commissioners agreed to the increase.

Also at the meeting:

The board approved the Nov. 8, minutes. 

Boyles presented the annual list for the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for nominated membership to the commission for their approval. The board approved the 2022 LEPC membership.

The commissioners approved and signed the Annual Agreement for Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste Material with Jackson County.

The commissioners agreed to a 10-minute executive session on attorney client privilege with the three commissioners, Solid Waste Director George Bruning and Hill present to discuss legal matters with legal counsel, to protect the boards’ privilege and communication with an attorney. No binding action was taken following the executive session.

Brown County resident Virgil Wiltz voiced his concerns on jake braking within the county. The commission will revisit the possibility of adopting a resolution after discussion with the entities involved.

The commissioners agreed to appoint Rex Lockwood to the position of Mission Township Clerk to fill the unexpired term of Mark Tollefson.

Boyles presented three companies for an insurance broker for Brown County for 2022. The commission would like to table any decisions until the next Board of County Commission meeting.

The commissioners agreed to a seven-minute executive session on attorney client privilege with the three commissioners and County Attorney Hill present to discuss legal matters with legal counsel to protect the boards privilege and communication with an attorney. No binding action was taken following the executive session.

Commissioner Pollock discussed his findings on the tube policy for the county. The Kansas Association of Counties Local Road Engineer Keith Browning suggested the county implement a policy in regards to the longer tubes being requested.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, Nov. 22. These minutes were not available at the Herald’s press time.

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