Brown County Commission 2.12.2024

Submitted by Nicole Lee, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, Feb. 12, with the following members present: Chairman Richard Lehmkuhl, Lamar Shoemaker and William Pollock. Also present was Brown County Clerk Nicole Lee. County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for a portion of the meeting. Lehmkuhl opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m. All recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioner Pollock led the meeting with a prayer.

Department Reports

Brown County I.T. Department Dallas Johnson and Donnie Wooddell presented the board with an Oxen project proposal to replace network switches. The commissioners approved the Oxen switch replacement proposal in the amount of $16,148.

Also at the meeting:

Services for the Elderly Director Wanda Davis requested a five-minute executive session. The board held a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel, with the three commissioners and Davis present to discuss personnel matters of non-elected personnel with an executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken following the executive session.

ETC Vice President of Community Research Jason Morado appeared via Zoom to present the commissioners with the results of the Brown County Citizen Survey. Dick Horton was also present to discuss the next steps and plans to provide information to the citizens.

Michael Clancy with RenoDry USA discussed with the board the services his company has to offer. Clancy will check the Courthouse basement for any changes from last year.

The board approved the Feb. 5 meeting minutes.

The commissioners approved payment of the KWORCC audit premium in the amount of $10,807.

The Feb. 7 payroll was approved as follows: General, $96,979.69; Road and Bridge, $18,202.88; Technology, $376.25; Appraiser, $9,400.59; Noxious Weed, $1,848.63; ACC, $8,693.10; JJA Core, $10,971.69; Services for Elderly, $3,554.25; Solid Waste, $6,004.26; Special MVT, $1,720; Employee Benefit FICA, $10,146.38; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $13,510.09. After State Unemployment and Worker’s Compensation of $136.64 and Insurance of $3,014.67 were taken out, the total was $178,256.50.

The Feb. 12 claims were approved as follows: General, $52,266.87; Road and Bridge, $59,119.89; Employee Benefit, $11,606.49; Election, $5,825.59; Appraiser, $684.37; Noxious Weed, $1,066.72; Diversion, $652.90; 911 SB 50, $40,108.08; ACC, $1,900.30; JJA CORE, $1,554.76; Services for Elderly, $1,163.82; Solid Waste, $59,803.63; and ARP Fund, $3,800. The total was $239,553.42.

Surveying and Mapping, LLC updated agreement was tabled until next regular meeting.

The commissioners accepted the Norfolk Contracting bid of $107,814 to repair the approach on Nighthawk Road bridge near 220th Street.

The board signed the CDBG Environmental Assessment.

The board approved the Civil Rights Policy and Procurement Procedures Policy.

The commissioners approved an internal transfer of Tami Lehmkuhl to the County Clerk’s Office as the Voter Registration Clerk, with additional Road and Bridge secretarial duties compensated by Road and Bridge funds.

Tax Change Orders 2023-72, 2023-73, and 2023-74 were signed and approved.

The next regular meeting was held on Tuesday, Feb. 20. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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