Brown County Commission 5.31.2022

Submitted by Dawn Boyles, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, May 31, 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 Ron Stair led the meeting with a prayer.

Lehmkuhl, along with various Law Enforcement Agencies, discussed full time protection at our schools. Lehmkuhl would like to utilize a portion of the American Rescue Plan Funds to help with funding over the next couple years to possibly implement a program to have security at each of the schools in Brown County.

Department Reports

Commissioner Pollock read K.S.A. 20-366 in regards to security at the courthouse.

The board approved Brad Brockhoff for an Emergency Lights and Sirens Permit.

Boyles presented the quotes for power washing of the courthouse exterior.

Boyles discussed the pressure washing quotes presented in April. The board approved Midwest Pressure Pros bid of $8,650.

Boyles discussed the possibility of Brown County resident Brenda Boldin laying a wreath at the foot of the tree where the lynching of Commodore True took place on Nov. 29, 1892. Boldin would like to lay a wreath during Memorial Day and in November when the lynching occurred for not more than a week each time. The commissioners agreed to allow Boldin to lay a wreath at the tree where the lynching of Commodore True took place.

Also at the meeting:

The board approved the May 23 meeting minutes.

Tax Change Order 2021-78 was approved and signed.

The May 31 month-end claims were approved as follows: General, $93,232.35; Road and Bridge, $100,789.55; Historical Society, $4,583.33; Employee Benefit, $76,868.99; Election, $576.43; Extension Council, $8,750; Mental Health, $7,442.91; Developmental Services, $2,254.33; Technology Fund Clerk, $1,745; Appraiser, $820.28; Ambulance, $25,000; Noxious Weed, $1,088.78; Diversion, $365.35; ACC, $3,300.10; JJA CORE, $2,804.17; Reinvestment Grant, $143.98; Services for Elderly, $2,959.27; Solid Waste, $67,502.24; and Payroll, $80.09. The total was $400,307.15.

The commissioners agreed to a 10-minute executive session on non-elected personnel, with the three commissioners 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.

Keith Marvin of Marvin Planning discussed the Comprehensive Planning services they offer.

Dick Horton of Dick Horton Consulting discussed the Comprehensive Planning services they offer.

Pollock inquired about a moratorium on wind energy. County Attorney Hill indicated that he could prepare a draft resolution for a moratorium on wind energy development for presentation at the next meeting if the board would like him to prepare one. Board consensus was for the county attorney to prepare a draft for review at the next commission meeting.

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

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