Brown County Commission 11.15.2022
Submitted by Dawn Bowles County Clerk
The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday, Nov. 15, 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.
The board approved to amend the Solid Waste budget by $186,500 with a hearing date of 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12.
The commissioners discussed the possibility of a letter to the Kansas State Treasurer, Lynn Rogers, in regards to investments for KPERS. The consensus of the board is to not send the letter.
Boyles discussed a 50¢ Cost of Living Raise for 2023. The board would like to table further discussion until next week.
Also at the meeting
The Nov. 16 payroll was approved as follows: General, $87,658.70; Road and Bridge, $16,757.50; Election, $1,584; Appraiser, $8,340.01; Noxious Weed, $4,168.50; ACC, $12,011.45; JJA Core, $10,859.95; Reinvestment Grant, $1,939.17; Services for Elderly, $2,986.25; Solid Waste, $6,537.88; Special MVT, $4,157; Employee Benefit FICA, $9,843.27 and Employee Benefit KPERS, $12,481.41. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $164.05 and Insurance/Vision of $9,394.70 were taken, the total was $169,766.34.
The Nov. 14 claims were approved as follows: General, $103,133.47; Road and Bridge, $25,063.59; Employee Benefit, $95.90; Election, $10,658.40; Noxious Weed, $1,830.47; Diversion, $180.29; 911 SB 50, $108.08; ACC, $1,511.23; JJA CORE, $970.15; Reinvestment Grant, $255.20; Services for Elderly, $3,031.21 and Solid Waste, $1,829.96. The total was $148,667.95.
The board held 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 and Rich Rodvelt present. No binding action was taken following the executive session.
The board approved the Nov. 7 minutes with the following corrections:
“Brown County Clerk, Dawn Boyles, discussed the response from the Loyd Group on the six ARPA requests the county had submitted for the Loyd Group’s review. Motion by Richard Lehmkuhl to approve payment/reimbursement for the following: Reimburse Emergency Management – COVID Tests $5,250; Reimburse Commission – Sheriff Office Security Cameras $80,000; Reimburse Sheriff – Sheriff Office Security Cameras $48,713.89 and Reimburse Road and Bridge – IworQ Program $5,000. Seconded by Lamar Shoemaker. Motion carried.”
Larry Myer and Robbie Parker requested a 15-minute executive session. The board held a 15-minute executive session to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests, with the three commissioners, Myer and Parker. No binding action was taken following the executive session.
The board recessed from the regular meeting to go into the canvass of ballots of the Nov. 8 General Election.
The Nov. 8 General Election voting records were canvassed. There were 32 provisional ballots. The board approved the counting of 18 provisional ballots and 14 provisional ballots not counted, all according to Kansas State Statutes.
Boyles reported there were 3,405 total votes cast and a 52.12 percent voter turnout for Brown County, including the provisional ballots. The board accepted the Nov. 8 General Election canvass.
Second Harvest Chief Executive Officer Chad Higdon updated the commissioners on their previous ARPA request.
Hiawatha Baseball and Softball Club member Troy Kolb updated the board on their previous ARPA request and the progress on their project.
The board approved reduction to the GAP threshold from $1,000 to $500 for Single Tier and $2,000 to $1,000 for multi-tier plans for 2023.
Boyles discussed the various requests from the first round submitted for ARPA funding. Boyles will consult with County Attorney Hill about the radios request and what is needed to move forward.
The board approved $217,788.50 incentive/retention bonuses for county employees with the exception of the three commissioners. The amount is based on hours worked.
The board affirmed that the Board of County Commissioners believe that the pay should be paid to all employees working during the relevant time frame, including those whose pay may be over $74,000, for reasons including retention and/or incentive for work performed during the pandemic.
Discussion on the purchase of a gator for courthouse square yard work has been tabled until next week.
The next regular meeting was held on Monday, Nov. 21. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.