Brown County Commission 9.12.2022

Submitted by Dawn Bowles 

County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Sept. 12, 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 Pollock led the meeting with a prayer. 

Department Reports

Brandon Rader was hired, with board approval, as the Solid Waste Director at $19 per hour starting. 

Richard Rodvelt was hired, with board approval, as Noxious Weed Director at $20 per hour starting.

John “Barry” Schuetz was hired, with board approval, as District 2 crewman in the Road and Bridge department, starting at $18 per hour.

The board approved the motion to keep the Noxious Weed/Solid Waste Director George Bruning at his current wages until his retirement.

Bruning discussed the job description for the Noxious Weed Director.

Bruning discussed the backhoe at the landfill. In the past, the landfill has replaced the backhoe every three years. The current backhoe is on the third year.

Also at the meeting:

Kurtis Geisler, Gavel Roads Online auctions Sales Representative, discussed the services his company has to offer.

The Sept. 12, claims were approved as follows: General, $15,729.19; Road and Bridge, $17,859.80; Employee Benefit, $82.80; Appraiser, $892.80; 911 SB50, $108.08; Noxious Weed, $3,079.60; ACC, $1,084.09; JJA Core, $638.70; Reinvestment Grant, $17.93; Services for Elderly, $3,155.12; and Solid Waste, $3,155.12. The total was $683,945.88.

Community Corrections Director Vicki Hubin and Assistant Director Chris Denner requested a 10-minute executive session to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. Those in attendance were the three commissioners, Hill, Hubin and Denner 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 Sept. 7 payroll was approved as follows: General, $86,671.80; Road and Bridge, $16,962.50; Election, $1,440; Technology, $248; Appraiser, $8,300; Noxious Weed, $2,092.35; ACC, $7,717.77; JJA Core, $6,029.96; Reinvestment Grant, $1,138.07; Services for Elderly, $3,296.25; Solid Waste, $4,531.35; Special MVT, $4,120.01; Employee Benefit FICA, $9,418.09; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $11,684.51. After State Unemployment and Worker’s Compensation of $162.08 and Insurance/Vision of $2,651.22 were taken out, the total was $160,837.36.

The board approved the Sept. 6 meeting minutes with the following corrections:

• District 3 Commissioner Pollock, discussed the belly dump truck and repairs for the Road and Bridge department. Pollock would like to purchase a used trailer to replace the belly dump truck trailer.

• Brown County Election Officer Dawn 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 according to K.S.A. 25-2708(b). 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 appointment of Johnson and Clements to oversee the destruction of ballots.

Commissioner Pollock discussed the process of publishing the Delinquent Tax List.

The board approved to amend the wage scale to reflect the separation of the Solid Waste and Noxious Weed Director.

The commissioners held a five-minute executive session to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests, with the three commissioners and Boyles present. No binding action was taken following the executive session.

Darren Booth, Freedom Claims Representative, discussed the services Freedom Claims has to offer.

Hubin and Denner requested a 10-minute executive session to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests, with the three commissioners, Hubin and Denner present. No binding action was taken following the executive session.

The next regular meeting was held Monday, Sept. 19. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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