Council fills open seat on county sewer board

The Brown County Council reappointed Debbie Larsh to the Brown County Regional Sewer Board April 18.

Keith Baker and Dave Redding abstained because they wanted more time to consider nominees and to allow additional applicants.

Jerry Pittman didn’t give a reason for voting against Larsh.

Larsh was joined by fellow applicant Cathy Smith at the meeting.

A third applicant, Vivian Wolff, was not present. The council had made being present at the meeting a requirement.

Terry Schultz and fellow sewer board member Nina Leggett spoke in favor of seeking additional applicants. They wanted to have someone on the board with either technical expertise or capable of acting as a liaison to the Brown County Health Department.

No current member has an engineering or medical background.

Both Smith and Larsh said they have backgrounds in nursing. Larsh said she has a relationship with the county health department from her previous 14 years on the sewer board.

Larsh had served on the board until January, when she was ineligible to be re-appointed because she missed the application deadline.

The seat was vacant because of the resignation of Steve Staley.

Council member David Critser warned that rejecting the two applicants present in favor of seeking additional applicants could discourage future interest in applying to boards.

Darren Byrd and Debbie Guffey, Art Knight and Critser voted in favor of Larsh.

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