Brown County Commission 9.6.2022

Submitted by Dawn M. Boyles, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday, Sept. 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.

Department Reports

Road and Bridge Foremen, John Selland and Jerry Hisle, and Assistant Road Foreman, Doug Bletscher, gave updates on the activities in their district. Selland discussed supplying tubes to individuals who request them. Hill discussed issues in the past due to the sales tax. Pollock, discussed the belly dump truck and repairs. 

Pollock would like to purchase a used trailer to replace the belly dump truck. Road and Bridge Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl presented four quotes on the purchase of a used belly dump trailer. The commissioners approved the findings from the four quotes on a belly dump trailer for District 3 Road and Bridge and to move forward with the purchase of the 2021 Construction Trailer Specialists from Kyle Jeschke. The board approved the purchase of the 2021 CTS Belly Dump Trailer from Jeschke for $33,500 to be paid from District 3 Road and Bridge budget.

Also at the meeting:

Unified School District (USD) No. 430 Superintendent, Jason Cline, discussed an emergency security system USD No. 430 would like to purchase for the safety of the students. USD No. 430 Internet Technology Director, Andrew Jones, presented a demonstration of the system to the commission. USD NO. 430 is requesting $110,000 of American Rescue Plan funds to help cover the cost of the system.

The commissioners approved the Aug. 31 minutes.

The board held another 10-minute executive session, with the three commissioners, Selland, Hisle, Bletscher and Boyles present, to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken.

Brown County Election Officer Boyles requested the commission to approve Democrat Dallas Johnson and Republican Teresa Clements to oversee the destruction of the ballots from the 2020 Primary and General Elections. Boyles will have Paper Eaters shred the ballots with herself, Johnson and Clements overseeing the process. Paper Eaters will also provide a certificate of destruction. The commissioners approved the request.

The commissioners approved the appointment R. Lehmkuhl as the voting delegate and Boyles, as the alternate for the Annual Kansas Association of Counties (KAC) meeting.

Boyles presented the final claim on the Dec. 15, 2021, wind storm. The board approved and signed the final claim.

The board held another 10-minute executive session, requested by R. Lehmkuhl, 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.

The board held another five-minute executive session, requested by R. Lehmkuhl, 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.

The board approved to offer the three applicants the positions of Landfill Director, Noxious Weed Director and the District 2 Road Crewman position.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, Sept. 12. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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