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COURTHOUSE SURVEY RESULTS
A NOTE FROM PRESIDENT LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF BROWN COUNTY, Julie Winn
At our last community conversation August 14, 2014 we announced that the League of Women Voters of Brown County and the Community Foundation were putting out a survey so that the community could give its views on possible solutions for the Courthouse. The survey period went through September 3, and we are happy to say that we have now counted the forms returned. The results are not scientific, but they give a snapshot of opinion. While we would certainly like to have seen a higher rate of return, we are most appreciative of those folks who filled out a survey and returned it. Thank you!
Total responses received 207
Retain the current Courthouse, make emergency fixes as possible 126
Retain, renovate and add onto the current Courthouse 24
Build a new facility at the LEC site 52
Fund now 40
Set aside funds each year for Courthouse solution at later date 104
Please note that many people did not mark a funding response, and a handful did not mark a building response, so the individual categories do not add up to total responses.
In addition to the survey check marks, a fair number of people included comments. These tended o fall into the following general areas: Brown County can't afford this, especially given our demographics; there are other priorities that should be funded first (e.g., water, roads), the historical nature of the downtown and the Courthouse should be reserved (proposed addition too big);additional study needed on needs, uses of old Courthouse, possible other funding sources, ie, grants, the Sock Factory proceeds, etc.
We plan to present these results to the County Commissioners later this month. We will also have the folder of surveys and comments available at the Foundation for anyone who wants to read through them.
MEETING SPACE NEEDS OF BROWN COUNTY GOVERNMENT
AND PRESERVING THE BROWN COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Prepared for The League of Women Voters of Brown County
and the Brown County Community Foundation
Prepared By: James A. Glass, Ph.D., Historic Preservation & Heritage Consulting LLC