Brown County Commission 4.30.2024

Submitted by Nicole Lee

County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, April 30, with the following members present: Chairman Richard Lehmkuhl, Lamar Shoemaker and William Pollock. Also present was Brown County Clerk Nicole Lee and County Attorney Kevin Hill. Lehmkuhl opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m. All recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioner Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.

Department Reports

Road and Bridge Foreman Rodney Allen discussed purchasing a bed for the 2024 Ford F-350 truck purchased for District 3. Allen will acquire three bids for a truck bed.

Tami Lehmkuhl presented the board with four sealed tube bids. Road and Bridge Foreman Allen, and Metal Culverts Representative were present for the following tube bid openings: Contech ES with a bid of $21,809.97; J&J Drainage with a bid of $21,740.95; Metal Culverts with a bid of $23,221.35; and Welborn Sales with a bid of $19,881.24. The board accepted the Welborn Sales bid of $19,881.24, contingent on verifying all bid specs were met.

NEK Multi-County Health Department Kristina Romine and Melanie Mears, were present to discuss the resignation of the current health officer. The board agreed to appoint Melanie Mears as the County Health Officer and to the board of NEKES.

Also at the meeting:

The board approved the April 22 meeting minutes with one correction.

The April 30 claims were approved as follows: General, $129,455.43; Road and Bridge, $58,838.16; Historical Society, $5,000; Employee Benefit, $36,395.30; Election, $417.63; Extension Council, $10,416.66; Mental Health, $7,442.91; Developmental Services, $2,254.33; Appraiser, $720.36; Ambulance, $50,833.33; Noxious Weed, $182.16; Diversion, $458.29; ACC, $2,147.16; JJA CORE, $3,040.96; Services for Elderly, $7,442.46; Solid Waste, $5,838.78; Payroll $80.09; and ARPA $58,600. The total was $379,564.01.

The May 1 payroll was approved as follows: General, $97,985.73; Road and Bridge, $17,556.99; Election, $823.11; Technology, $389.38; Appraiser, $9,124; Noxious Weed, $1,840; ACC, $9,460.66; JJA Core, $7,815.28; Services for Elderly, $3,494.25; Solid Waste, $5,969.38; Special MVT, $1,720; Employee Benefit FICA, $10,207.34; Employee Benefit KPERS, $13,433.90. After State Unemployment and Worker’s Compensation of $99.56 and Insurance of $3,171.21 were taken out, the total was $176,549.25.

The board was presented with an estimate of just compensation in the amount of $674.80 for the 0.12 acre needed for the bridge replacement on 220th Street. The commissioners agreed to purchase the 0.12 acre from Dan and Amy Kopp for the amount of $675.

The commissioners also agreed to pay Kopp’s attorney fees in the amount of $750. Motion carried 2-1. Commissioner Shoemaker voted nay.

The next regular meeting was held on Monday, May 6. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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