Brown County Commission

Submitted by Dawn Boyles County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session Monday, Dec. 30, 2022, with the following members present: Chairman Lamar Shoemaker, William Pollock and Richard Lehmkuhl. Also present was Brown County Clerk Dawn Boyles. 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

Services for the Elderly Director Wanda Davis discussed the Meals on Wheels program with the commissioners. Davis reported that the Bread Bowl is willing to provide the meals for north Brown County. The cost will be $4 per meal for Brown County and $1 for the recipient.

Boyles reported the county cash balance after the Dec. 30, 2022, Accounts Payable is ($26,176.31). The negative cash balance is due in part to an over estimate in revenues and beginning cash balance. Boyles reported county revenues generated did not cover county expenditures in 2022. The beginning cash balance was estimated at $467, 322, and the actual cash balance was $296,013.

The total of the sheriff office’s budgets exceeded their budget authority by $27,550.04. The clerk’s office will transfer $28,000 from the Sheriff’s Capital Improvement funds to cover the overage. By transferring said funds, that will bring the county cash out of the red.

Boyles stated the sheriff’s office has requested payment for servers in the amount of $71,656.11 from the ARPA funds. This expenditure has not been approved for processing through ARPA. Boyles is requesting guidance on what fund to pay the invoice from as there is not adequate cash in the 2022 budget to cover the purchase.

Boyles discussed K.S.A. 19-204 in regards to the redistricting of County Commission lines. County Attorney Kevin Hill will draft a resolution reflecting the change of commission boundary lines. Boyles also discussed how this would affect the Road and Bridge districts. Boyles will research when the road and bridge districts started following the Commission districts and return to the commissioners with her findings.

Also at the meeting:

The board approved the Dec. 27, 2022, meeting minutes.

The Dec. 28, 2022, payroll was approved as follows: General, $99,967.74; Road and Bridge, $18,316.50; Election, $1,520; Tech Fund, $255.75; Appraiser, $8,511; Noxious Weed, $18,861.51; ACC, $11,692.79; JJA Core, $10,313.97; Reinvestment Grant, $2,009.95; Services for Elderly, $2,686.75; Solid Waste, $5,958.12; Special MVT, $2,880; Employee Benefit FICA, $11,921.12; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $13,573.56.After State Unemployment and Worker’s Compensation of $155.01 and Insurance and Vision of $8,479.99 were taken out, the total was $199,833.76.

The Dec. 30, 2022, claims were approved as follows: General, $175,316.19; Road and Bridge, $75,453.59; Health, $31,603.89; Historical Society, $4,583.33; Employee Benefit, $72,391.14; Election, $1,854.01; Extension Council, $727.10; Mental Health, $548.84; Developmental Services, $2,254.33; Capital Improvement, $178; Appraiser, $247.97; Ambulance, $24,130.89; Noxious Weed, $187.39; Spec Parks and Rec, $7,300; Diversion, $583.43; ACC, $1,227.54; JJA CORE, $1,917.02; Reinvestment Grant, $59.35; Services for Elderly, $3,024.49; Solid Waste, $63,243.11; and Payroll, $80.09. The total was $466,911.70

The board approved the 2022 Year End Journal Entries.

The commissioners approved Resolution 2022-13, approving the transfer of $71,656.11 of Commissioner Capital Improvement funds to the General fund to cover the cost of the Invoice for the servers.

Boyles presented the documentation from the Hiawatha Baseball and Softball Committee for their ARPA request. Boyles will forward this information on to the Loyd Group for their review.

The board 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, Hill and 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 three commissioners, Hill and Boyles present. No binding action was taken following the executive session.

The next regular meeting was held Tuesday, Jan. 3. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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