Brown County Commission 5.23.2022

Submitted by Dawn Boyles, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 23, 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. Pastor Shane Spangler led the meeting with a prayer.

Interim City Administrator of Hiawatha Larry Paine was present to introduce himself to the commission.

Department Reports

Brown County Appraiser Steve Markham introduced Marty Schuetz as the new Data Collector in the Appraiser’s office.

Road and Bridge Foremen John Selland and Jerry Hisle updated the board on the Road and Bridge Department. Hisle reported they would like to start the oiling season June 6. Selland reported on the chip and seal of the Elementary School parking lot.

Brown County Road and Bridge Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl discussed the possibility of a program to document the tubes and culverts in the county.

T. Lehmkuhl discussed the possibility of locking in fuel prices due to the rising cost of fuel for next year.

T. Lehmkuhl presented the Delivery Ticket, Extended Warranty Waiver, Dealer Warranty Disclaimer and the Kansas Exemption Certificate on the 2022 Peterbilt for the commission’s signatures.

Boyles presented a letter from the Kansas Silver Haired Legislature Finance Committee requesting funds. The board will not be moving any further with the request.

Boyles will contact the two local vendors and if no response, they will look outside the area for a locksmith to change the door locks.

Boyles discussed the Monday night summer band concerts returning. The commissioners have no issue with the concerts returning to courthouse square.

Boyles presented the listing of requests for the American Rescue Plan Act funding as of May 20 to the board.

The commissioners discussed the Solid Waste/Noxious Weed Director. Commissioner Lehmkuhl would like to look at the possibility of moving to a Public Works Director to oversee the Solid Waste, Noxious Weed and Road and Bridge departments. The commissioners decided to open up the Solid Waste/Noxious Weed Director position for applications.

Commissioner Pollock said at the recent KAC commissioners meeting in Salina in a group discussion with other commissioners from counties similar in size to ours, a women commissioner lamented that too much of her time was spent with personal issues among employees. The interesting comment was that women employees tend to hold grudges more than men. That being true or not, it is known that disgruntled employees are sometimes the cause of shootings. This along with the fact that many employees have special access to the building and no employee is required to be searched when they enter.

Commissioner Pollock motioned that the “No Guns Allowed” signage be removed from the doors and allow the guard to be mobile or be in the location where he feels he is the most needed at any given time. This will allow the citizens who are the taxpayers, whose taxes go to maintain this courthouse, the same freedom to enter this building as they have to enter nearly every other business in the county. This still gives the employees more protection than most counties in the state provide. Motion died due to lack of a second.

Also at the meeting:

The May 18 payroll was approved as follows: General, $81,156.95; Road and Bridge, $16,018.88; Technology, $344.88; Appraiser, $7,020; Noxious Weed, $2,183.94; ACC, $27,582.74; JJA Core, $19,334.96; Reinvestment Grant, $5,055.67; Services for Elderly, $2,980.50; Solid Waste, $6,001.78; Special MVT, $2,813.88; Employee Benefit FICA, $8,514.15; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $9,904.13. After State Unemployent and Workers Compensation of $229.59 and Insurance of $11,091.22 were taken out, the total was $177,591.65.

The commissioners approved the May 16 minutes.

Boyles presented the Commercial Loan Settlement Agreement and Lease Purchase Agreement to the board for their approval. The commissioners approved the Commercial Loan Settlement Agreement and Lease Purchase Agreement for the 2022 Peterbilt financing. 

The commissioners approved the renewal of the occupational license for MLCC DBA Mission Lake Country Club.

Commissioner Lehmkuhl requested a 10-minute executive session. The commissioners held a 10-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.

Boyles requested a five-minute executive session. The commissioners held a five-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 next regular meeting was held Tuesday, May 31. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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