Brown County Commission 11.30.2021

Submitted by Dawn Boyles, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday, Nov. 30, with the following members present: Chairman Richard L. Lehmkuhl via Zoom, 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.

Department Reports

Solid Waste Director George Bruning updated the commission on the KCAMP grant that he used to buy fire extinguishers and signs.

Services for the Elderly Director Wanda Davis discussed the possibility of using the Senior Center for the Annual Christmas store. Commissioners approved the use of the Senior Citizens Center from Dec. 10 to Dec. 13 for the Annual Christmas Store contingent upon written approval from the American Legion.

Also at the meeting:

The Dec. 1, payroll was approved as follows: General, $89,408.04; Road and Bridge, $14,644.50; Technology, $310; Appraiser, $8,104.38; Noxious Weed, $2,550.45; ACC, $6,987.23; JJA Core, $5,703.74; Reinvestment Grant, $822.39; Services for Elderly, $2,404.50; Solid Waste, $6,483.89; Special MVT, $1,480; Employee Ben FICA, $8,960.76; and Employee Ben KPERS, $10,616.08. After State Unemployment and worker’s compensation of $142.29 and insurance of $3,542.39 were taken out, the total was $154,791.28

The Nov. 30, month-end claims were approved as follows: General, $142,955.83; Road & Bridge, $62,955.50; Historical Society, $4,375; Employee Benefit, $67,761.46; Election, $10,848.52; Extension, $8,500; Mental Health, $5,850; Developmental Services, $2,254.33; Capital Improvement, $3,441.88; Appraiser, $1,305.85; Ambulance, $21,250; Noxious Weed, $1,764.71; Alcohol, $4,667.35; Diversion, $980.21; 911 SB50, $108.08; ACC, $1,083.20; CC123, $7.40; JJA CORE, $1,683.69; Services for Elderly, $2,786.97; Solid Waste, $52,161.75; and Payroll, $118.93. The total for the month was $396,860.66.

Tax Change Orders 2021-3, 4, 6, and 7, were approved and signed by the commissioners.

The commissioners approved the Monday, Nov. 22, minutes. 

Boyles presented a letter from Bryon Bigham, M.D., appointing Dr. Haley Lowell, M.D. as a Deputy Coroner for the 22nd Judicial District of the State of Kansas. The commissioners approved the appointment of Dr. Lowell, M.D. as a Deputy Coroner. 

Boyles presented a Property Use Agreement from the Hiawatha Chamber and Visitors Bureau requesting use of the courthouse on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. for the Annual Tuba Christmas. The commissioners approved the request contingent upon janitor availability.

The board agreed to appoint Lehmkuhl as the voting delegate for the Kansas Association of Counties Special Election on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, with Pollock being an alternate. 

Boyles presented an informational letter from ARC Wild explaining their program and requesting donations.

Boyles discussed updates to the personnel policy.

Boyles discussed employee health insurance being offered to employees who work a 30-hour work week. This was implemented on Jan. 1, 2014, due to the American Care Act regulations.

Boyles discussed AFLAC benefits are only offered pretax.

Boyles discussed the GAP plan administration has been paid out of the 125 Employee Benefits Account. After speaking with the auditors, the administration will continue to be paid out of the 125 Employee Benefits Account.

The board agreed to recess into the Budget Amendment Hearing at 9 a.m. 

The commissioners agreed to increase the budget authority by $72,000 for the 2021 Solid Waste budget.

The board closed the Budget Hearing portion and entered back into regular session at 9:04 a.m.

Courthouse janitor Dave Schuetz discussed the floor-scrubbing machine his department is interested in purchasing. Shoemaker made a motion to purchase a Trident T20SC Floor Scrubbing Machine for $7,480 from Hillyard/Kansas City. Seconded by Lehmkuhl. Motion carried. Commissioner Pollock voted nay. 

The next meeting was held Monday, Dec. 6. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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