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Brown Co. should take care of existing facilities

8:03 PM, Jun. 11, 2013  |  Comments
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I don't understand Brown County government. At a time when the Resch Center, Brown County arena and Central Library each need millions of dollars in repairs and upgrades due to years of neglect by the county, the county is moving in other directions.

It wants to spend $500,000 to add an adventure park. It wants to acquire the former USS Green Bay, a move that could require $1 million in donated funds plus annual maintenance costs. It's thinking of new construction at the Neville Public Museum site to combine the downtown museum and library, a change that likely would significantly downsize the library at a time the library says it needs the space it currently has, some of it repurposed to fit modern demands.

And the county wants to spend funds to demolish the historic mental health center by "implosion." Veterans housing is proposed as a replacement, but low-income housing tax credits needed for the project are not assured and it would be located next to the center, not on it. Plus, new players are entering the Green Bay market in renovating historic buildings for re-use.

Maybe the county should first take care of its existing facilities before engaging new spending.

Bill Meindl

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