The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors approved the resolution to designate portions of the courthouse as non-public areas in the courthouse during their weekly meeting Tuesday morning.

County attorney Kelsey Beenken said she included public health, conservation and secondary roads, so the resolution would encompass all of those buildings as well.

The resolution does not include the public safety center, which she is currently working on but will look a little different than the other buildings. Beenken said she wasn’t so worried about that because the safety center has secured access.

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Beenken said she removed the Supervisors’ meeting room from the resolution and added the statement “This Resolution does not prohibit the granting of authorization for access to non-public areas upon proper notice when deemed reasonable or necessary. Authorization may be granted by the county officer(s) responsible for said area.”

According to the resolution, it was adopted “to avoid confusion to the public and provide for a reasonable restriction to public access” and “allow employees to work efficiently, protect sensitive private information, and provide additional security.”

The Supervisors also held an open session in which they discussed county engineer Scott Meinders’s professional competency under Iowa Code §21.5(1)(i). They all agreed he was competent, but they occasionally and rarely had disagreements with how he has handled some issues, such as some signage.

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