Brown County Commission 9.6.2022 – The Sabetha Herald

Submitted by Dawn M. Boyles, County Clerk

The Brown County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, September 6, with the following members in attendance: Chairman Lamar Shoemaker, William Pollock and Richard Lehmkuhl. Brown County Clerk Dawn Boyles was also in attendance. County Attorney Kevin Hill was present for part of the meeting. Shoemaker called the meeting to order at 8:10 a.m. All recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Commissioner Lehmkuhl led the meeting with a prayer.

Department reports

Roads and Bridges Foremen, John Selland and Jerry Hisle, and Assistant Roads Foreman, Doug Bletscher, provided updates on activities in their district. Selland discussed providing tubes to people who request them. Hill has discussed issues in the past due to sales tax. Pollock, talked about the dump truck and the repairs.

Pollock would like to purchase a used trailer to replace the dump truck. Roads and Bridges Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl submitted four quotes for the purchase of a used dump trailer. The commissioners approved the conclusions of the four quotes on a dump trailer for the road and bridge in District 3 and to move forward with the purchase of Kyle Jeschke’s 2021 construction trailer specialists. The board approved the purchase of the 2021 CTS Belly Dump trailer from Jeschke for $33,500 to be paid from the District 3 Roads and Bridges budget.

Also at the meeting:

Unified School District (USD) No. 430 Superintendent Jason Cline discussed an emergency security system that USD No. 430 would like to purchase for student safety. USD No. 430’s Director of Internet Technology, Andrew Jones, demonstrated the system to the commission. USD NO. 430 is asking for $110,000 in US bailout funds to help cover the cost of the system.

The commissioners approved the August 31 minutes.

The council held another 10-minute executive session, attended by the three commissioners, Selland, Hisle, Bletscher and Boyles, to discuss personal matters of unelected staff with an executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding measures have been taken.

Brown County election officer Boyles asked the commission to endorse Democrat Dallas Johnson and Republican Teresa Clements to oversee the destruction of 2020 primary and general election ballots. Boyles will ask Paper Eaters to shredding the ballots with herself, Johnson and Clements overseeing the process. Paper Eaters will also provide a Certificate of Destruction. The commissioners approved the request.

Commissioners approved R. Lehmkuhl as voting delegate and Boyles as alternate for the Kansas Counties Association (KAC) annual meeting.

Boyles submitted the final claim during the December 15, 2021 windstorm. The board approved and signed the final claim.

The board held another 10-minute executive session, requested by R. Lehmkuhl, with all three commissioners and Boyles in attendance, to discuss personnel matters of unelected staff with an executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding measures have been taken.

The board held another five-minute executive session, requested by R. Lehmkuhl, with all three commissioners and Boyles present, to discuss the personal matters of unelected staff with an executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding measures have been taken.

The board approved offering the three candidates the positions of landfill manager, noxious weed manager and the position of District 2 road crew.

The next regular meeting took place on Monday, September 12. This record was not available at the time of the Herald’s press.

Aurora J. William