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3 Of 5 Brown Co. Sewer Board Members Resign, Blame Health Dept.

Resigning members of the Brown County Sewer Board say the Brown County Health Department undermined their efforts to address septic system problems in Bean Blossom.

Former Sewer Board President Evan Werling is a retired CPA and has been involved in economic development in Brown County since 2013. He officially became part of the county-wide sewer board more than a year ago, but he is now one of the three members to resign.

"They were blocking us every step along the way...to make sure we failed."

Werling says the sewer board was pushing for a sewer project and asked the local health department to provide documentation proving that there are severe septic issues in the area.

Werling says two specific Brown County Health Department employees sabotaged the project by not providing that justification.

“They were blocking us every step along the way, in my opinion, this is my opinion, to make sure we failed,” Werling says.

Werling says he believes the issue is part of a larger problem with a lack of accountability in local government.

"Brown County is severely lacking the infrastructure needed for economic development," Werling says. "And that is not going to change until we have commissioners and a county council who understand what it takes to strategically plan economic development."

One health department employee declined an interview request and another has not responded to a request for comment.

Two members remain on the sewer board.

Becca Costello contributed to this story.

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