Brown County Commission 5.16.2022

Submitted by Dawn Boyles, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 16, 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

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant presented the contract from Commenco for the commissioners’ signatures. The board agreed to accept the performance bond as to form. They also agreed to sign the Commenco service agreement.

Merchant presented three projects he would like to add to the list for possible ARPA funding.

District 1 Road Foreman John Selland and Road and Bridge Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl discussed the possible purchase of a used 2022 Peterbilt for $213,295. The commissioners agreed to purchase the used 2022 Peterbilt from MHC for $213,295.

Bids for a lease purchase agreement for the purchase of the used 2022 Peterbilt from MHC for $213,295 on a three year loan. The bids were as follows: GN Bank with a bid of 2.98 percent; First Option Bank with a bid of 2.95 percent; and Citizen’s State Bank with a bid of 3.5 percent. The board accepted the bid from First Option Bank with a bid of 2.95 percent.

The commission decided to purchase the extended warranties on the used 2022 Peterbilt for five-year warranty on the engine for $5,000 and a four-year warranty on the transmission for $2,286 to be paid for out of District 1 funds.

T. Lehmkuhl and Selland discussed the request by Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska about the chip and seal procedures for 2022.

T. Lehmkuhl discussed a mapping program for mapping the county culverts.

The board discussed the request by the Northeast Kansas Library Systems (NEKLS) to appoint a representative from Brown County. The commissioners agreed to appoint Bev Sunderman to the NEKLS System Board as a representative from Brown County.

Boyles presented an estimate on the mailing of the Revenue Neutral Rate mailings for this year. The estimate is for $4,181.14. Boyles explained the State of Kansas will reimburse the county for the 2023 and 2024 mailings. Boyles will start adding it to the commission budget in 2023.

Also at the meeting:

Solid Waste Director George Bruning requested a 10-minute executive session. The commissioners agreed to an executive session on non-elected personnel, with the three commissioners, Hill, Boyles and Bruning 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.

Executive Director of 3 Rivers Inc. Audrey Schremmer discussed services 3 Rivers Inc. offers Brown County. 3 Rivers Inc. is requesting $1,200 funding for the Fiscal Year 2023.

The commissioners approved the May 9 meeting minutes.

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.

The board approved a Property Use Agreement from Leah McPeak to use the courthouse square for the Celebration of Juneteenth from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 20.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, May 23. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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