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Fact-finding committee on courthouse urges public input
Updated on: 10.24.13

From League of Women Voters President Julie Winn:

"In the wake of a citizen remonstrance that suspended a proposed renovation/extension of the courthouse for at least a year, the Brown County Community Foundation and the League of Women Voters of Brown County are partnering to pursue a fact finding initiative to support future decision-making on this topic. An ad hoc fact finding committee comprised of interested private citizens and representatives of county and town government convened Oct. 23 to determine how to proceed.

"The committee agreed that doing nothing about the structural problems of the courthouse is not an option. There are several ways in which the courthouse is not meeting the current needs of its tenants and the diverse clientele that visit and use the building. Most participants believed that Brown County residents understand that the courthouse falls short of modern standards in several key areas. The citizens who opposed the county’s plan and signed the remonstrance, however, said at the time that they were concerned about cost, the process for arriving at the plan, the possibility that other options were not explored, or some combination of these.

"In the immediate term, the fact-finding committee asks the community for their input. What options do you think should be at least considered? What questions do you believe need to be answered before a particular option can really be assessed? Do you have suggestions about folks in Brown County who could help answer these questions? The committee welcomes all input, which can be sent to larry@bccfin.org.

"Committee members agreed that miscommunication and misunderstanding increased resistance to the county’s plan for the courthouse, despite discussions at county meetings and a Community Conversation sponsored by the League of Women Voters. That is why, the facilitators suggested, the community needs some fact-finding done.

"People have raised questions on locale (e.g., why not put the court near the Law Enforcement Center or buy the Brown County Inn), on cost, and on how the courthouse and its surroundings should look and be integrated into the historic Nashville center. Drawing on the expertise of committee participants and members of the public, we should define what questions need to be asked with regard to any particular option for the courthouse, and get them answered with facts. The committee can then take a matrix of various options and facts to the public for further discussion over the coming months.

"Members of the ad hoc fact-finding committee are Ken Birkemeier, Pam Raider, Debbie Dunbar, Al Cox, Pam Gould, Jim Schultz, Tom Vornholt, Andy Szakaly, Bob Kirlin, David Critser, John Kennard and Michael Thompson, as well as facilitators Larry Pejeau for the Brown County Community Foundation and Julie Winn for the League of Women Voters."

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Felix Santiago, 66, Martinsville
  

Jonathan Lee Crowley, 46, Nashville
  Son of Richard L. and Wilma Kehrt Crowley of Brown County

Richard L. Crabtree, 82, Brown County native
  Graduate of Nashville High School

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