Brown County Commission 5.20.2024

Submitted by Nicole Lee, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 20, 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 Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.

2025 Budget Requests

Hill presented a 2025 Budget request of $190,000 for the County Attorney’s Office.

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant presented the 2025 Budget requests including Sheriff’s Office at $1,057,482; Sheriff’s Dispatch at $627,964; Sheriff’s Jail at $796,542; and Courthouse Security at $49,173.

Emergency Management Emergency Management Director Don Pounds presented a 2025 Budget request of $84,414.

District Court Clerk Joy Moore and District Court Judge John Weingart presented the 2024 Budget request of $180,950 for the District Court.

District Court Clerk J. Moore and District Court Judge Weingart presented the 2024 Budget request of $50,000 for the Four County District Court. Brown County’s share would be $12,690.

Hiawatha Foundation for Economic Development HFED Director Mikaela Moore presented the 2025 Budget request of $25,000. Moore also discussed the current projects and programs available for all county residents.

Conservation District Conservation Board members presented the 2025 Budget request of $38,500.

The board was presented with the 2025 Budget request of $65,000 for the NEK Multi-County Health Department.

Ambulance Town and Country EMS Duke Koerperich presented the 2025 Budget request of $610,000.

Services for the Elderly Director Wanda Davis presented the 2025 Budget request of $161,165.

Brown County Extension Agent Matt Young requested $135,000 as the 2025 Budget request for the Extension Office and $10,500 as the 2025 Budget request for the Fair Premium funds.

Brown County Developmental Services Director Suzy Overdick presented the 2025 Budget request of $27,052.

The board was presented with the 2025 Budget request of $111,972 for Brown County Register of Deeds.

Dallas Johnson and Donnie Wooddell with the I.T. Department presented the 2025 Budget request of $277,620.

County Appraiser Steve Markham presented the 2025 Budget request of $294,610.

County Treasurer BJ Spiker presented the 2025 Budget request of $270,856.

The commissioners were presented with the 2025 Budget request of $15,000 for the Rescue Squad.

Tami Lehmkuhl presented the 2025 Budget request of $4,161,590 for the Road and Bridge Department.

County Clerk Lee presented the 2025 Budget request of $187,218.

Election Officer Lee presented the 2025 Budget request of $154,108.

Solid Waste Solid Waste Director Heather Merrill presented the 2025 Budget request of $1,244,347.

Clerk Lee presented the 2025 Budget request of $850,080 for the Commission.

The commissioners were presented with the 2025 Budget request of $261,330 for the Janitor Department.

The board was presented with the 2025 Budget request of $151,150 for the Noxious Weed Department.

The board was presented with the 2025 Budget request of $2,096,625 for employee benefits.

Also at the meeting:

The commissioners held a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel, with the three commissioners and Lee 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.

The commissioners held a five-minute executive session on non-elected personnel, with the three commissioners and Lee 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.

The commissioners approved the May 13 meeting minutes.

The May 15 payroll was approved as follows: General, $99,974.30; Road and Bridge, $17,598.02; Election, $837.99; Technology, $415.63; Appraiser, $9,124.02; Noxious Weed, $1,840; ACC, $13,589.64; JJA Core, $11,458.21; Services for Elderly, $3,562.50; Solid Waste, $6,063.25; Special MVT, $1,720; Employee Benefit FICA, $10,436.97; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $13,630.93. After State Unemployment and Workers Compensation of $105.12 and Insurance of $10,925.22 were taken out, the total was $179,221.12.

The commissioners approved the Labor Cost Reports to reimburse the General Fund for the May 1 payroll in the amount of $41,901.50 from the remaining ARPA funds.

The next regular meeting was held on Tuesday, May 28. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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