County board looks at funding transfer

February 20, 2019

JUNEAU -- The Dodge County Board of Supervisors will consider the approximate $500,000 budget shortfall in the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office when they meet tonight at 7 o’clock.

Although members of the finance and judicial public protection committees agreed Feb. 8 on using a general fund transfer to cover the deficit, one member was outspoken about it.

Dodge County supervisor and finance committee member David Guckenberger wanted an explanation of why there was a deficit so it would not happen again. He also questioned the urgency at the Feb. 8 meeting of why the shortfall needed to be addressed so immediately.

In other board business, the supervisors will also discuss a resolution authorizing the sheriff’s office to upgrade HVAC system.

In November 2018, it was determined that a part of the sheriff’s office HVAC system was failing, and a representative of the Dodge County Physical Facilities Department spoke with the engineering firm of Angus Young Associates, Inc. of Janesville to look at the scope of repairs or possible replacement. The firm told the county that a new air handling unit was needed. Dodge County received two bids with one being Maas Brothers Construction, $141,500, and Johnson Controls, $99,975. The county decided to go with Johnson Controls.

The total project budget costs $170,000 and consists of $51,300 for the equipment, $99,975 for the HVAC installation and some minor construction and $18,725 for contingency, but due to the timing of the discovery of the failing component, no funds were budgeted by the sheriff’s office in its 2019 budget to cover the cost of the HVAC project.

The Dodge County Building Committee is requesting that the cost of the HVAC project be funded by the sales tax fund balance, which is consistent with the Dodge County sales and use tax allocation prioritization policy.

The board will also:

-- Reappoint Robert Ballweg to the Revolving Loan Advisory Committee for a one-year term, starting March 17-March 17, 2020, both inclusive.

-- Appoint Dennis Kaczor as the education representative, Matthew Christian as the medical representative, Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg as the law representative, Rob Kocinski as a citizen member and Mary Wendel as a citizen member to the Traffic Commission for 2019.

-- Reappoint Paul Huebner as a representative and the county board chairman as an alternate on the Thrive Economic Development Partnership Board. This appointment is made each year.

The meeting will take place in the county board room on the fourth floor of the administration building, 127 E. Oak St., Juneau.