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Two separate meetings called for 'unification' and economic development
Updated on: 08.09.13

Two different meetings, two different locations, at the same time, with the same boards invited. That's what's planned for Monday night among local government leaders.

The Brown County Chamber of Commerce called a meeting of Nashville Town Council, the Brown County Commissioners, Brown County Council and Brown County Schools Board of Trustees to start at 6 p.m. at the Brown County Inn, Town Hall meeting room. The agenda includes each board discussing their vision of economic development; a presentation on the Brown County Economic Development Corporation; establishment of bimonthly meeting dates about economic development; and roundtable discussions about "Top 10 issues for Brown County."

After receiving that agenda from Brown County Chamber of Commerce President Debbie Dunbar, County Administrator Mike Thompson said the commissioners asked him to send this reply: "The Brown County Commissioners and the Brown County Council would like to thank you for the invitation to host the meeting on August 12, 2013, in the Town Hall Meeting Room of the Brown County Inn. From the last joint meeting, it was established that the County would host the next meeting. The Council and Commissioners will continue to do that on August 12, 2013, 6:00 PM in the Salmon Meeting Room of the County Office Building. This is a Joint Governmental Meeting of the Town of Nashville, the County Council, the County Commissioners, and the Brown County School District Board. The only agenda topic will be 'Unification.'"

Dunbar, in an email to Thompson and town council and school board assistants on Wednesday, said that the chamber is still planning to host its originally announced meeting. "The Brown County Chamber of Commerce has been working towards a long-term goal of creating a unified economic development plan for Brown County," she wrote. "The process began in June when presentations were made to the County Council, County Commissioners and Town Council asking for their support in moving forward with a plan. The responses from the presentations were positive with commitments of working towards cooperation from all governmental boards. ... The Chamber’s goal is for all parties interested in a unified economic development plan to come together to share their visions and also gather input regarding some of the most important issues Brown County is currently facing. The Chamber has been working closely with the newly reformed Brown County Economic Development Corporation, a not-for-profit organization which will have the ability to raise money, solicit new business, address issues and accomplish some short term and long range goals for the entire community. As we see it, everyone has a very important role to play when it comes to economic development. We should all be working together to help build a positive and inviting environment for Brown County, building on everyone’s strengths, pooling resources and not duplicating efforts."

Dunbar said all parties were notified on July 2 via email about the chamber-hosted meeting. They were asked for agenda items, she said, and the chamber received no responses.  

Brown County Council President David Critser said Friday morning that he's planning to be at the meeting at the County Office Building on Monday night. "We're just trying to have what we said we were going to have at the last meeting," he said. "You want clarification, it's like if the Lions Club said they were going to call a meeting of the school board and then gave them an agenda."

The school board has announced it will meet at the County Office Building Monday evening with the other boards.

Town council announced Friday that it will split up to attend both meetings.

Obituaries
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Dorothy B. Hash, 97, Columbus
  Mother of Richard Collins and John Collins, both of Brown County

Stephen Wesley Spicer, 69, Nashville
  Husband of Mary Jane Spicer (Eilar)

Judith Ann 'Judy' (Branam) Byrum, 77, Brown County
  Mother of Donna (Mark) Partridge of Brown County

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    Bingo
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  • March 28
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • March 28
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • March 28
    Annual cemetery meeting slated
    1 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • March 28
    Live music at sports bar
    8 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • March 29
    Mountain bike benefit to aid cheer fund
    noon to 2:30 p.m. Explore Brown County, 2620 Valley Branch Road
  • March 30
    Registration deadline for gardening soils workshop
    Extension Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • March 31
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • March 31
    Nashville Development Review Commission
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • March 31
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    10 a.m. to noon County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • March 31
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    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
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    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees retreat
    10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • April 1
    BC Emergency Management Advisory Council
    8 a.m. Ambulance Base, 53 State Road 46 East
  • April 1
    Brown County SWCD
    6:30 p.m. SWCD Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • April 1
    BC Commissioners
    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 2
    Rotary Club
    7:15 a.m. Artist Colony Inn, 105 S. Van Buren St.
  • April 2
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 3
    Bingo
    5 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • April 4
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    7:30 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • April 4
    Carnival and egg hunt at Hamblen Township Fire Department
    9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Hamblen Township Volunteer Fire Department, 5612 Gatesville Road
  • April 4
    Egg hunt at grocery store
    11 a.m. Brown County IGA, 30 Hawthorne Dr.
  • April 4
    Egg hunt at Deer Run Park
    1 p.m. Deer Run Park
  • April 4
    Egg hunt at assisted living facility
    2 p.m. BC Health & Living Community, 55 E. Willow St.
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    .m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
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    BC photography club
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 9
    BC Convention & Visitors Commission
    8:30 a.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 10
    Bingo
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  • April 10
    BC photography club
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
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    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
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    7:30 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
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    5 to 7 p.m. The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 East
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    6:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
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    6 p.m. Extension Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
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