Brown County Commission 6.17.2024

Submitted Nicole Lee, County Clerk

The Board of Brown County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, June 17, 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 Tami Lehmkuhl presented the commissioners with information on repairs needed for District 1 truck No. 15. The board agreed to sell truck No. 15, as is, through Purple Wave Auction and begin looking for a replacement.

Community Corrections, Vicki Hubin and Chris Denner, were present to discuss a budget amendment report, vehicle purchase and revised wage scale. The commissioners agreed to approve the Quarterly Grant Budget Amendment of $29,650 and adopt a revised Community Corrections wage scale. The board agreed to approve the trade in of Community Corrections 2018 Ford Escape to purchase a 2023 Chrysler Voyager for the amount of $19,500.

Also at the meeting:

Motion by William Pollock, “I move that we allow the road crews, at their request, to work Wednesday, June 19, a scheduled holiday, at regular pay and those who are eligible to receive holiday pay receive it for Friday, July 5, 2024. This would not interfere with any County services provided to the public or any additional costs to the tax payers.” Motion died due to lack of second.

Globe Life Insurance Representative, Danielle Colen, presented services that her company has to offer.

Watko Benefits, Greg Watkins and Jessica Hawkins, reviewed the county health insurance trends, possible claim liability increase for 2025 and primary care options.

Brady Hedstrom with BG Consultants presented the commissioners with the 2024 Bridge Inspection Report.

The board approved the June 10 meeting minutes with one correction and one addition.

The June 12 payroll was approved as follows: General, $99,218.91; Road and Bridge, $26,353.91; Election, $818; Technology, $385; Appraiser, $9,124; Noxious Weed, $1,840; ACC, $9,469.81; JJA Core, $7,825.23; Services for Elderly, $3,221.25; Solid Waste, $6,253.02; Special MVT, $3,268; Employee Benefit FICA, $11,185.63; and Employee Benefit KPERS, $13,817.58. After State Unemployment and Worker’s Compensation of $98.38 and Insurance of $3,254.15 were taken out, the total was $189,427.81.

The board approved the purchase of 0.28 acre needed for OS-2 right of way from Hermann Family Farms in the amount of $1,627.91.

The board approved the engagement letter for preparation of 2025 Brown County budget by Gordon CPA firm to not exceed $2,825.

The commissioners were presented a work cost estimate from BG Consultants for the OS-265 replacement project. The fees would be an allowable expense through the grant that was awarded for Bridge OS-265. The commissioners approved BG Consultants’ engineering cost estimate for the OS-265 bridge replacement in the amount of $142,010.40.

The board agreed to appoint Laura Tollefson to the KANZA Mental Health Board for a three-year term to expire on June 17, 2027.

The next regular meeting was held on Monday, June 24. These minutes were not available at The Herald’s press time.

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