Brown County Commission 12.12.2022 – 12.27.2022

Submitted by Dawn Boyles

County Clerk

December 12, 2022

Department Reports

Services for the Elderly Director Wanda Davis discussed Mission Village will no longer provide Meals on Wheels to North Brown County, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Davis will research different options and return with her findings.

Road and Bridge Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl updated the commissioners on the Bettis Asphalt.

Lehmkuhl discussed the purchase of a new printer for the Road and Bridge Department. The board approved the purchase of the Canon DXC3826I from Sumner One for $3,665.

Boyles discussed the Supreme Court of Kansas 2023 Holidays. The commissioners had tabled further discussion until the next meeting.

Also at the meeting:

The board approved the 2022 Budget Amendment for the Solid Waste Department from $825,000 to $1,011,500.

Glacial Hills Director Gary Satter updated the commissioners on the happenings within the company. The board agreed to appropriate $3,000 for Glacial Hills.

Mike Dallman, KDOR – Property Valuation Division, reviewed the out of compliance status for Brown County as required. Brown County Appraiser Steven Markham updated on the procedures his office is implementing to be in compliance.

The board approved the Dec. 5, 2022, meeting minutes.

The Dec. 2022 claims were approved as follows: General, $31,623.91; Road and Bridge, $32,832.94; Employee Benefit, $111.26; Election, $250.02; Noxious Weed, $84.64; 911SB50, $50; ACC, $4,805.15; JJA CORE, $1,096.47; Services for Elderly, $2,032.01; and Solid Waste, $1,338.75. The total was $74,225.15.

Tax change orders 2022-7 through 2022-10, 2022-14, and 2022-17 through 2022-28 were approved and signed.

The board approved the amendment of the Purchase Policy within the Personnel Policy.

Lehmkuhl motioned to amend the Cell Phone Policy to remove the area code stipulation. Motion carried 2-1, with Pollock voting nay.

Boyles presented the 2023 League of Municipalities Invoice for $894.01 for the board’s approval.

Boyles requested the commissioners look into updating the Emergency Action Plans for the county. County employees are required to review the plans annually.

Boyles discussed the second round of ARPA requests. Any further discussion was tabled until the next meeting.

Kansas Municipal Pool discussion was tabled until the next meeting.

December 19, 2022

Department Reports

Road and Bridge Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl discussed a bridge project that Brown County was awarded through KDOT.

Noxious Weed Director George Bruning discussed keeping the old backhoe at the landfill for use as a back up.

Brown County Clerk Dawn Boyles presented the quote from MEI Total Elevator Solutions for repairs to the failed elevator jack for $88,298 and the suggested revisions from Brown County Counselor Kevin Hill. The commissioners declared that an emergency does exist pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 19-214(a) and approval of the repair quote of $88,298, contingent upon the aforementioned revisions.

Boyles presented the 2023 Holidays from the State of Kansas, the Kansas Supreme Court and Brown County. Boyles discussed adding Juneteenth. The commissioners decided to stay with the approved 2023 Holidays.

Boyles presented the 2023 Household Hazardous Waste Agreement with Jackson for the board’s approval. The commissioners agreed to sign the 2023 Household Hazardous Waste Agreement with Jackson.

Boyles presented a letter from Kansas Department of Health and Environment in regards to abandoned underground storage tanks. Boyles will forward the information on to Brown County Emergency Manager Don Pounds.

Boyles presented the 2023 Kansas Association of Counties invoice for $3,541.63. The commissioners agreed to pay the KAC Invoice of $3,541.63. Motion carried with a vote of 2-1, with Pollock voting nay.

Boyles updated the commissioners on Meals on Wheels for Services for the Elderly.

Brown County Treasurer BJ Spiker discussed the Kansas Municipal Pool as an option for county funds. The board approved Resolution 2022-12, allowing the Brown County Treasurer to use the Kansas Municipal Pool for county funds, subject to the auditors’ review.

Also at the meeting:

The board approved the Dec. 12, 2022, meeting minutes.

The Dec. 14, 2022, payroll was approved as follows: General, $88,795.59; Road and Bridge, $16,537.75; Election, $2,020; Tech Fund, $124; Appraiser, $8,340; Noxious Weed, $3,916.31; ACC, $8,450.10; JJA Core, $7,234.13; Reinvestment Grant, $1,141.59; Services for Elderly, $3,090.75; Solid Waste, $6,002.45; Special MVT, $4,280; Employee Benefit FICA, $9,869.01; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $12,502.92. After State Unemployment and Worker’s Compensation of $175.88 and Insurance and Vision of $1,904.59 were taken out, the total was $170,224.13.

Tax change order 2022-31 was approved and signed.

Troy Kolb, of the Hiawatha Baseball and Softball Club, discussed with the commissioners the possibility of funding a few projects in lieu of a donation. Kolb will turn in the paperwork to Clerk Boyles and the board will proceed from there.

Boyles presented a new request from the Brown County Historical Society. The commissioners discussed various ARPA requests and will table any further ARPA discussions until after the new year.

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 commissioners, Bruning and Boyles present. No binding action was taken following the executive session.

The commissioners agreed to promote Dallas Johnson to IT Director, effective Dec. 22, 2022.

December 27, 2022

Department Reports

Road and Bridge Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl presented the Project Programming Request from KDOT for the board’s signatures. The commissioners agreed to sign the Project Programming Request from KDOT.

Lehmkuhl also discussed holding off on advertising for the open crewman position for District 3.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners held a 10-minute executive session to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with executive session necessary to protect privacy interests, with the commissioners, Noxious Weed Director Rich Rodvelt and Brown County Clerk Dawn Boyles present. No binding action was taken following the executive session.

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 commissioners, Rodvelt and Boyles present. No binding action was taken following the executive session.

The board agreed to move Rodvelt to Operator position VIII at $21.50 per hour.

The board approved the Dec. 19, 2022, meeting minutes. 

Boyles gave an update on the elevator jack repairs. Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill joined via Zoom and Leslie Hayes, MEI Elevator, joined via phone.

The commissioners approved Quote No. 14722 from MEI Elevator in the amount of $88,298, due to the finding in the Dec. 19, 2022, BOCC meeting of this being an emergency due to health and well being of the public.

Boyles discussed the remaining amounts in various county budgets. The commissioners would revisit this during the Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, BOCC meeting.

Boyles presented a letter from Forensic Medical in regards to cost of services increases for 2023.

Boyles presented the 2023 Annual KCAMP Invoice for $137,157 to the board for approval. The commissioners agreed to pay the 2023 Annual KCAMP Invoice for $137,157.

The next regular meeting was held on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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