Brown County Commission 6.27.2022

Submitted by Dawn Boyles, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 27, with the following members present: Chairman Lamar Shoemaker, William Pollock and Richard Lehmkuhl. Also present were Brown County Clerk Dawn Boyles and County Attorney Kevin Hill. Shoemaker opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m. All recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Mike Dunaway led the meeting with a prayer.

Department Reports

Services for the Elderly Director Wanda Davis discussed the new mileage rates that were approved today.

R. Lehmkuhl discussed the distributor in need of repairs. Road and Bridge Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl stated that Vance Brothers will be contacting John Selland.

Boyles announced Rahe’s Welding is not going out of business as indicated in last week’s commission meeting.

Boyles discussed an e-mail from Morrill Township Clerk Heath Ploeger suggesting the appointment of Brady Chadwell to the position of Morrill Township Treasurer. The board would like to table any decision until the July 11 meeting.

Boyles presented a comparison of a 50 cent Cost of Living Raise versus a 3 percent Cost of Living Raise for all employees.

Boyles discussed the first round of budget cuts for the 2023 budget. The board would need to cut an additional $321,000 to remain under the Revenue Neutral Rate. The commissioners will discuss again at the Thursday, June 30, meeting.

Also at the meeting:

The board approved the June 20 meeting minutes.

Bill Vonderschmidt of Brown County Blade Watch presented a list of Brown County residents against wind energy development in Brown County.

Pollock presented the commissioners with a copy of a resolution that he had prepared regarding a moratorium on wind energy development in the County that was different from the resolution previously prepared by Hill and submitted to the board on June 6. Pollock motioned to send both proposed resolutions to attorney Patrick Hughes and Hill for review and their opinion. Motion died due to lack of second. Hill stated that he could review the proposed resolution from Pollock and discuss it with the commissioners at their next meeting.

Lehmkuhl motioned to amend the Personnel Policy to: the county will use the current standard mileage rate set by the IRS for reimbursement. Motion carried 2-1, with Pollock voting nay.

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