Brown County Commission 6.6.2022
Submitted by Dawn Boyles
The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 6, 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.
Hill presented a 2023 Budget request of $186,000 for the County Attorney’s Office.
Brown County Sheriff John Merchant presented the 2023 Budget requests, with the Sheriff Office at $973,479.40; Sheriff Dispatch at $526,327; Sheriff Jail at $685,672; and Courthouse Security $45,184 or $74,184. Merchant also presented the 911 budget of $100,000 for Next Gen 911 equipment.
Brown County Emergency Management Director Don Pounds presented a 2023 budget request of $96,575.
KANZA CEO Jackie Feathers and Guidance CEO Adam Buhrman of Wiggs presented the 2023 Budget request of $71,604 for KANZA Mental Health and $17,711 for Brown County share to a Crisis Stabilization Center.
Brown County District Court Clerk Joy Moore presented the 2023 Budget request of $152,000 for the District Court.
The commissioners reviewed the 4 County District Court 2023 budget. The total cost would be $45,000. Brown County’s share would be $11,610. The board approved the $11,610, Brown County’s portion, Four County District Court budget.
HFED members Mikaela Moore and Virginia Freese presented their 2023 Budget request of $25,000 for HFED. Moore discussed the projects HFED is working on.
Brown County Historical Society Board of Directors Lynn Allen, Larry Day, Gary Shear and Tim Wenger presented the 2023 Historical Society Budget request of $55,000 for the Historical Society.
Brown County Conservation District’s Nikki Tollefson and Curt Jacobsen presented the 2023 Budget request of $32,500 for the Conservation District.
Kristina Romine with the Brown County Health Department, presented the 2023 Budget request of $65,000 for the Health Department.
Duke Koerperich of Town and Country EMS was present by phone to discuss the 2023 Budget request of $305,000 for the Ambulance. Koerperich stated the increase is for fuel.
Brown County Rescue Squad Director Duke Koerperich presented the 2023 Budget request of $15,000 for the Rescue Squad.
Brown County Services for the Elderly Director Wanda Davis presented the 2023 Budget request of $141,020 for the Services for the Elderly Department.
Road and Bridge Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl presented the 2023 Budget request of $4,220,214 for the Road and Bridge Department
IT Department Sandra Carter presented the 2023 Budget request of $221,100 for the IT Department. Carter also discussed travel expenses associated with an upgrade to the county imaging software.
Brown County Register of Deeds Nellie Brockhoff presented the 2023 Register of Deeds Budget request of $102,700 for the Register of Deeds Department.
Noxious Weed Director George Bruning presented the 2023 Budget request of $154,620 for Noxious Weed Department.
Brown County Solid Waste Director Bruning presented a 2023 Budget request of $957,380 for Solid Waste.
Brown County Extension Agent Matt Young and Extension Board members Kristie Baker and Austin Heiniger requested $116,000 as the 2023 Budget request for the Extension and $10,500 as the 2023 Budget request for the Fair Premium funds.
Brown County Developmental Services Director Linda Lock presented the 2023 BCDS Budget request of $27,052 for BCDS. Lock also discussed chip and seal at BCDS.
Brown County Treasurer Betty Spiker presented the 2023 Budget request of $261,880 for the Treasurer’s Department.
Brown County Appraiser Steve Markham presented the 2023 Budget request of $260,420 for the Appraiser’s Department.
Boyles presented the 2023 County Clerk Budget request of $178,230 for the County Clerk Office.
Boyles presented the 2023 Budget request of $121,290 for the Election Office.
Boyles presented the 2023 Commissioner Budget request of $771,560 for the commissioners.
Boyles presented the 2023 Custodian Budget request of $264,970 for the Custodian Department.
Boyles presented the 2023 Budget request of $1,940,000 for Employee Benefits.
Also at the meeting:
Hill presented a Resolution in regards to moratorium for the board’s review.
The board approved the May 31 meeting minutes.
The June 1 payroll was approved as follows: General, $85,993.47; Road and Bridge, $17,003.50; Technology, $379.75; Appraiser, $7,788.01;
Noxious Weed, $2,732.27; ACC, $8,305.27; JJA Core, $5,727.48; Reinvestment Grant, $1,739.42; Services for Elderly, $2,934; Solid Waste, $4,717; Special MVT, $2,800.02; Employee Benefit FICA, $8,963.45; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $9,976.93. After State Unemployment and Work Compensation of $213.75 and Insurance of $2,694.51 were taken out, the total was $156,152.31.
County Clerk Boyles presented documents from First Option Bank for the purchase of the 2022 Peterbilt in District 1 to the board for signatures.
Boyles presented a credit application from District Three Foreman Rodney Allen for Surplus Properties in Omaha.
The next regular meeting was held Monday, June 13. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.