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May 26, 2019

4/25/2019 9:49:00 AM
Law Enforcement Center moving forward
The meeting began with the Committee Chairs Reports. The board heard from Supervisor Benish, who let the board know about the Hidden Valley Magazine and the calendar of events in the back. The calendar includes events in all nine counties that partake in the Hidden Valley magazine. Supervisor Peterson gave a brief update on the jail. Kramer Brothers gave an update on finances, and unfortunately, the prices are not decreasing as the committee would like.
Under comments from the public, the board heard first from Janet Brant. She spoke to the board about the nonpartisan resolution for redistricting based on 2020 census data. She believes that the redistricting process is a never-ending political battle that doesn't result in government efficiency. She stated that the boards vote on this item will impact this greatly, and she asked that the board considers this. Several people came forward to speak on this agenda item, in support for the nonpartisan resolution.
From the Planning and Zoning Department, the board approved the following Land Use Changes: Dodgeville: 1-0419 rezoning request by Greg Hall and Survey Road Investments, Mineral Point: 2-0419 rezoning request by Nobert Schaaf and Ridgeview Storage, Moscow: 3-0419 rezoning request by Tom Mosgaller, Pulaski: 4-0419 rezoning request by Tyler Wilkinson and Tony Bompkamp, and Pulaski: 5-0419 rezoning request by Tyler Wilkinson and Jeremy Christner. The board also approved the following administrator's appointments of: Cathy Palzkill to the Regional ADRC Board for a two year term, Tom Howard to the Iowa County Board of Health for a three year term, Beverly Harris to the Iowa County Library Planning Board for a 3 year term, Keith Hurlbert to the Land Information Council for a three year term, Jim Blabaum to the Land Information Council for a three year term, and lastly, a recommendation of Gerald Dorschied and Scott Godfrey to the Governor's Office to serve on the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board for a 3 year term.
Potter Lawson Architects came before the board to give a presentation on the Law Enforcement Center Schematic Designs and cost estimate. After the design development phase, they will be able to come before the board with a guaranteed maximum price. Over the last 11 weeks, they have met six different times with the jail building committee. In the documents presented at this evenings board meeting, they don't have storage for county vehicles included. Currently, the plan includes 74,893 sq. feet for the site plan. There are two floors. The plan also includes 100 parking spaces. The board asked for the architects to look into the future of the facility. They looked at the possibility of a future courts facility, additional public parking, possible expansion for the jail building, and another option for vehicle storage. There has been an emphasis on storage, as they have been critiqued on that before. Because of this, the plan includes many areas for storage, or multifunctional areas that can function as storage, but easily be turned into an office. Areas such as laundry and kitchen facilities, leave room for potential expansion. There has also been emphasis put on health, specifically mental health. The plan includes spaces for essential personal to address mental health. They facility has also taken steps as far as architecture, to address PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act).
A representative from Kramer Brothers came forward to explain a few slides, as well. The first slide he presented showed the design and budgeting process. He commended the board on their input to the design process. He also stated the current design is very efficient. They are currently in the early stage as far as from the design standpoint, they don't know window sizes, door entrance sizes, hardware, etc. However, they have excellent input about exterior elements of building, which will be beneficial when trying to estimate a maximum budget. When they reach the maximum budget state, they will have contractor's input on each line item. At each stage of budgeting, there is a 10% contingency, it will lower as the process continues, to between 3-5%. The estimated preliminary construction cost is right around 24 million. The preliminary total project cost is $29,895,800.
Supervisor Griffiths brought up the concern of how the new facility would care for the inmates who are coming in with mental health issues, as well as the way that drugs, specifically the opiate crisis is affecting inmates. His concern was answered by the explanation behind some of the additional rooms which will be used as counseling rooms and other rooms to be utilized by mental health professionals in order to provide inmates the help they need. Supervisor Benish was concerned about cost and taxes, he would like to make sure that with the continuation of the jail project, they are not throwing other things, such as the highway projects, to the side. Supervisor Masters was concerned with the overall estimated cost, "I think it was a number higher than what the public was prepared for," he stated. In answer to that, they discussed that costs go up significantly, the longer they delay, which is a mistake they made several years ago. This is not something that should be delayed, especially with the borrowing capacity the county has at this time. Supervisor Benish moved to approve the Law Enforcement Center Schematic Design. The motion passed.
Under planning and zoning committee, the board voted unanimously, to amend ordinance No. 1-0319 to change the zoning district designation. Under General Government Committee, the board also voted to reclassify the ADRC/ Social Services Business Manager Position. Next, the board heard a very brief presentation from UW-Extension Community Educator Barry Hottman, about the Focus on Energy Solar Grant. Some of the board members were concerned about the idea of solar panels on the roof, especially a roof that is 10 plus years old. Many of them agreed that they are in support of having the solar panels, just not on the roof. This will mean accepting Resolution No. 6-0419, recommending a 2019 budget amendment for solar project in capital projects fund. It was close, but the motion passes. The board also voted on Resolution No. 7-0419, creating a nonpartisan procedure for the Preparation of Legislative Congressional Redistricting Plan. The board passed the resolution.
The board had a number of resolutions to vote on, including: Resolution No. 8-0419 recommending 2018 Budget amendments for various departments, Resolution No. 9-0419 Recommending transfer of funds from the Iowa County General Fund to cover expenditures in excess of budge for 2018, Resolution No. 10-0419 Carryover of certain accounts from 2018-2019, Resolution No. 11-0419 Transfer of funds between funds for 2018, and lastly Resolution No. 12-0419 Transfer of funds from the General fund to the Capital Project Funds in 2018. All of the resolutions were passed.

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