ASHWAUBENON – One of the first orders for the new one Brown County Board will review the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
County Board member Megan Borchardt of Green Bay has asked the county’s Human Services Department for a report on successes and opportunities for improvement in how Brown County responded to Public health the needs of the county residents. The goal, the supervisor said, was to continue to do what the county had done well, while improving where improvements were needed.
“We know there is an action plan and it will continue to be updated,” Borchardt said. County health officials said they are planning further updates to the plan later in the spring.
In March, members of the Human Services Committee discussed a number of successes in the county’s response, including areas where the county’s response had started slowly but had grown to a strength. In other areas, officials said, Brown County’s response later became a best practice adopted by a number of counties.
At the same time, minutes of meetings from Human Services from March show that the committee acknowledged that Brown County struggled, especially early in its response, to involve some community partners in the past. For example, some people, including a member of the county board of health, complained that more calls were needed before they got an answer where help was needed from speakers who spoke languages other than English.
Some also felt that there were times when the county should have realized that it was necessary to ask for other forms of help earlier. For example, a COVID-19 test clinic aimed at Spanish-speakers and people with limited access to transportation opened at CASA Alba Melanie in downtown Green Bay in May 2020 – a day after the county opened a clinic at the Resch Expo construction site in Ashwaubenon, which was aimed at people who could drive to the facility.
Health & Human Services officials did not return a call seeking an interview.
County board members said they expect the report on the pandemic response to be discussed at their board meeting in May.
‘Regulators agreed to accept $ 5 million in federal transportation funding for environmental and engineering / design work for the Southern Bridge project, which would direct some traffic south of De Pere. The board also agreed to allocate $ 600,000 in county money and $ 600,000 from the town of De Pere as the local share.
‘The board accepted $ 103,000 in grant money for the child support department; funds, which must be used by June 30, must pay for the department’s overtime, new office printers, and new furniture.
»The board elected Dave Kaster of Bellevue Vice President of Borchardt. Kaster succeeds Tom Sieber, who did not seek re-election to the board. Patrick Buckley continued chairman of the county council.