Brown County Commission 5.9.2022

Submitted by Dawn Boyles

County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Monday, May 9, with the following members present: Chairman Lamar Shoemaker, William Pollock and Richard Lehmkuhl. Also present was Brown County Clerk Dawn Boyles. County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting. Shoemaker opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m. All recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioner Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.

Department Reports

Solid Waste Director George Bruning requested the landfill continue to be closed on Memorial Day as in years’ past. The commissioners saw no issue with this.

Brown County Appraiser Steve Markham discussed the Abstract of Appraised and Assessed Values with the board.

Community Corrections Director and Assistant Director Vicki Hubin and Chris Denner discussed the FY 2023 funding for staff salaries. The commissioners decided to allow Hubin and Denner to allocate the funding from April through June.

Wind Energy

Brown County Blade Watch representative Cliff Heiniger presented a list of concerned citizens in regards to wind energy in Brown County. Heiniger also discussed the proposed Pony Express Wind Project.

Pollock made a motion that the Brown County Commission proceed to enact a moratorium to prohibit the construction of commercial wind energy conversion systems consisting of the turbine apparatus and any buildings, roads, interconnect facilities, measurement devices, transmission lines, support structures and other related improvements necessary for the generation of electric power from wind until a comprehensive plan is developed to determine how to best protect the county and its residents from the negative effect of such projects.

A commercial wind energy system is a system used to produce electricity by converting the kinetic energy of wind to electrical energy that exceeds 100 kw or exceeds 120 feet in height above grade from the base of the tower structure to the highest point including the rotor blades, or more than one wind energy conversion system of any size proposed and/or constructed by the same person or group of persons on the same or adjoining parcels or as a unified or single generating system. The motion died due to lack of second.

The commissioners decided to begin the process for putting a moratorium in place regarding development of wind energy in Brown County while the county works towards the development of a comprehensive plan and zoning regulations.

The board discussed the request by the Northeast Kansas Library Systems to appoint a representative from Brown County.  Boyles will contact the local library for their input.

Boyles presented a letter from the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature Finance Committee requesting funds. The board would like to research the committee before committing any funds.

Also at the meeting:

The May 4 payroll was approved as follows: General, $81,414.78; Road and Bridge, $20,333.50; Technology, $325.50; Appraiser, $7,020; Noxious Weed, $2,265.36; ACC, $6,954.34; JJA Core, $4,843.15; Reinvestment Grant, $1,570.78; Services for Elderly, $2,965; Solid Waste, $6,239.98; Special MVT, $1,480; Employee Benefit FICA, $8,709.06; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $9,872.69. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $123.47 and Insurance of $3,592.45 were taken out, the total was $150,278.22.

The May 9 mid-month claims were approved as follows: General, $21,399.58; Road and Bridge, $2,493.58; Employee Benefit, $99.90; Capital Improvement, $12,457.25; Appraiser, $619.15; Noxious Weed, $45.06; Diversion, $187.49; 911 SB50, $108.08; ACC, $13,466.25; JJA CORE, $25,713.34; Services for Elderly, $203.92; and Solid Waste, $120.29. The total was $76,913.89.

The commissioners approved the May 2 meeting minutes.

Commissioner Lehmkuhl requested a four-minute executive session. The commissioners went into a four-minute executive session on non-elected personnel, with the three commissioners, Hill 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.

The commissioners decided to approve the amended salary and wage structure.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, May 16. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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