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Brown County Commission 8.22.2022 – The Sabetha Herald

ByChad J. Johnson

Aug 29, 2022

Submitted by Dawn M. Boyles

County Clerk

The Brown County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, August 22, 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. Pastor Shane Spangler led the meeting with a prayer.

Horton Industrial Development Committee (HDIC) director Tim Lentz discussed funding US bailout funds to help complete the ballpark. The request is for $150,000 to complete the ball diamond project.

Troy Kolb and Ryan Meininger of the Hiawatha Baseball and Softball Club discussed funding from US bailout funds to help fund and develop the sports complex. The request for phase one is $175,000 and $250,000 for phase two.

Department reports

Director of Emergency Management Don Pounds has expressed concerns about how funding for the US bailout is being administered.

Roads and Bridges Secretary Tami Lehmkuhl presented the Federal Exchange Fund documents for board signatures. Brown County received $98,186.17 through the federal exchange program. The commissioners signed the documents.

The commissioners discussed which decks they would like to submit to KDOT deck programs. The board would like to submit Bridge OS 265 or Bridge OS 123 and Bridge FAS 51. Pollock would let Lehmkuhl know by noon Tuesday, August 23 which bridges to submit.

Boyles presented forms from Citizens State Bank to add an additional signer for board signatures.

Boyles also submitted a copy of the findings on Brown County’s 2020 financial statements for the council’s consideration. Under “Communication of Material Deficiencies and/or Material Weaknesses”, the following were found:

• During the audit, we found that bank reconciliations for SPARKS funds were not done in a timely manner. We recommend that all bank reconciliations be completed within 30 days of the end of the month being reconciled.

• Boyles had previously distributed the 2020 financial statement and its findings to commissioners and all department heads.

Commissioners discussed the Dick Horton Consulting Agreement and reviewed the various items the council would like to consider as part of an overall plan for Brown County.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioners held a 10-minute executive session, with all three commissioners and Boyles present, to discuss personnel matters of unelected staff with an executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken following the executive session.

The council held another 10-minute executive session, with all three commissioners and Boyles present, to discuss personnel matters of unelected staff with an executive session necessary to protect privacy interests. No binding action was taken following the executive session.

The Commissioners approved the minutes of the August 15 meeting.

The next regular meeting was held on Wednesday August 31. This record was not available at the time of the Herald’s press.