Presentation College can tap into as much as $10 million in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for ongoing construction on campus thanks to a resolution approved by Brown County commissioners during their Tuesday meeting.
Nobody spoke at a public hearing during the meeting, and Duane Sutton, commission chairman, said he has heard no opposition to the proposal.
Each year, the county has the ability to issue as much as $10 million in bonds. However, the college will be in charge of selling and paying back the bonds and will bear any liability, Sutton said.
Presentation will use the bonds to pay for new suites and a wellness and athletic training center on its Aberdeen campus.
The improvements will cost roughly $11.5 million, PC officials have said. Of that, $10 million will be spent to build suites that will include 158 more beds.
The suites are being built near the on-campus football field.
Other parts of the project include the wellness center and athletic training facility and infrastructure including green space and roads.
In other action during Tuesday's meeting, the commission:
Took a step toward implementing security requirements for street dances that come before the commission because event organizers want to use a county road or need a special malt beverage license.
Larry Lovrien, state's attorney, said there used to be a state policy that governed street dance security, but that it was repealed. He said the sheriff's department has requested some type of security standards for the events. Commissioners asked him to author a policy.
Jan Weismantel, highway superintendent, asked that it include wording that would prevent damage to county roads caused by, for instance, spikes that would support large tents. Gary Vetter, commission assistant, said the sheriff's office would want to be in charge of any necessary barricades should a detour be required.
Approved spending roughly $28,000 for a new phone system for the sheriff's office and the state's attorney's office. The phone system in both offices has failed in recent weeks, Vetter and Paul Sivertsen, of Sivertsen Technologies, said.
The phone system will be bought from SDN Communications. The system was not budgeted for this year.
Approved contributing $2,500 of in-kind work to a request from Putney Township, which asked for help from the county in installing three, 60-inch culverts.
Two of the culverts will be in a berm of the James River northeast of the intersection of County Road 18 and so-called Yorkville Road. The other culvert will be in Yorkville Road, which is east of the James between County Road 18/400th Avenue and 401st Avenue. The highway department will help install the culverts.
While there were concerns about setting a precedent in helping a township install culverts, Vetter noted that there is extra water in that area that needs to drain, and Weismantel said it will help nearby county infrastructure. Additionally, Sutton said, several entities are teaming up to do the work.
Of the $29,550 cost, the James River Water Development District contributed $11,707; the Mud Creek Watershed District, $6,136; and Putney Township, $4,500.
Declared four parcels of county-owned property surplus. They will be auctioned off at 10 a.m. May 6. One is northwest of the north end of the Second Street overpass and another is near the former Extension building on First Avenue Northeast, both in Aberdeen. Another is in Westport, and the last is at the old town of Randolph in the southern part of the county.
Learned from Mick Palmer, superintendent of county buildings, that repairs and upgrades for the elevator at the courthouse will be bid next week.
The work is expected to cost about $150,000, Vetter said.
Learned from Palmer that he plans to retire. His last day will be May 26. He's worked for the county for 16 1/2 years.
Learned from Weismantel that she's working on a four-year county road improvement plan.