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A COURTHOUSE SECURITY IMPROVEMENT PLAN FOR WOODBURY COUNTY REMAINS ON HOLD FOR NOW, AFTER A NEW PLAN WAS PROPOSED TUESDAY THAT WOULD PLACE THE COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF SECURITY INSTEAD OF THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT.

THE ALTERNATIVE PLAN FROM SUPERVISOR JACKIE SMITH WAS FIRST BROUGHT UP AT A SECURITY COMMITTEE MEETING TUESDAY MORNING AT 8:15, AND THEN BROUGHT TO THE SUPERVISORS FOR A VOTE AT THEIR 10AM MEETING.


OC….OVERSEER. ;24

THAT SURPRISED COUNTY AUDITOR PAT GILL WHO OBJECTED TO THE VOTE BECAUSE HE HAD NOT SEEN THE PLAN AND WONDERED HOW IT COULD BE BROUGHT TO A VOTE WITHOUT PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE OF IT.

JAMES VAN BRUGGEN OF THE TAXPAYERS RESEARCH COUNCIL TOOK THE BOARD TO TASK FOR A LACK OF “PUBLIC TRANSPARENCY”


OC…IN THIS PLAN. :12

VANBRUGGEN AND SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN GEORGE BOYKIN SPARRED OVER WHAT TRANSPARENCY MEANT, WHICH DREW LAUGHTER FROM SUPERVISOR MARK MONSON:


OC…..LAUGHTER OUT ;18

MONSON ASKED SMITH ABOUT ADDING SECURITY CAMERAS THAT NO ONE WILL BE MONITORING:


OC….TO BE MANNED. :14

SMITH’S PLAN IS MODELED ON BLACK HAWK COUNTY’S WHERE PRIVATE SECURITY AND NOT THE SHERIFF OVERSEES SECURITY AT THE WATERLOO COURTHOUSE.

SHE FEELS, AT $214-THOUSAND DOLLARS ANNUALLY, IT WOULD BE MORE COST EFFECTIVE AND SHE WOULD LIKE TO SEE A MILITARY VETERAN IN CHARGE.

MONSON AND GILL ASKED WHY SUPERVISORS WOULD WANT THE BURDEN OF OVERSEEING SECURITY:


OC…..IT IS WORKABLE. :14

ED GILLILAND HAS BEEN ON THE JOB AS THE COUNTY’S NEW HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR FOR ABOUT A MONTH, AND COMES FROM AN INSURANCE BACKGROUND.

SHERIFF DAVE DREW CHALLENGED WHY THE BOARD WOULD NOT HAVE HIS DEPARTMENT OVERSEE SECURITY:


OC….IT’S PUZZLING. ;24

DREW’S PLAN IS BUDGETED AT $188-THOUSAND DOLLARS ANNUALLY. $250-THOUSAND HAS BEEN SET ASIDE FOR COURTHOUSE SECURITY.

THE SHERIFF TOLD THE BOARD IF THEY BYPASS HIS DEPARTMENT, HE WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SECURITY ISSUES THAT HAPPEN WITH NON-SHERIFF’S PERSONNEL.

SMITH DECIDED TO WITHDRAW HER MOTION FOR NOW, TO ALLOW A WEEK TO STUDY THE PLANS AND THE SHERIFF TIME TO PROVE THAT HIS PLAN IS LESS EXPENSIVE THAN HERS.
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WOODBURY COUNTY AUDITOR PAT GILL SAYS HE WAS FRUSTRATED BY ACTIONS OF THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TUESDAY.

GILL TOLD THE BOARD HE FELT THEY AND COUNTY BUDGET MANAGER DENNIS BUTLER HAD KEPT SECRET A NEW PROPOSAL ON COURTHOUSE SECURITY UNTIL DECIDING TO VOTE ON THE PLAN TUESDAY:


OC…. ABOUT IT. :20

GILL DREW A REBUKE FROM SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN GEORGE BOYKIN FOR HIS CRITICISM OF HOW THE ALTERNATIVE PLAN WAS PRESENTED:


OC….YOUR OPINION. :20

SUPERVISOR JACKIE SMITH WITHDREW HER MOTION TO VOTE ON HER PLAN.

HER PROPOSAL HAD NOT BEEN INCLUDED IN THE BOARD PACKETT DISTRIBUTED TO LOCAL MEDIA.

THE FIRST ANYONE FROM THE MEDIA ACTUALLY SAW A HARD COPY OF THE PLAN WAS AN HOUR BEFORE THE SUPERVISORS MEETING .

BOYKIN SAYS THAT’S BECAUSE THE COURTHOUSE SECURITY COMMITTEE HAD NOT DISCUSSED THE NEW PLAN BEFORE TUESDAY MORNING.

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