A yearlong subscription to an online service that will do credit and criminal checks for three county offices got unanimous approval from Brown County Commissioners on Monday.
Amy Hamrick, an administrative assistant for the county, told commissioners the service would be utilized by three departments. Vance Hill, investigator with the district attorney’s office, and Tony Aaron, detective for the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, will use the service for criminal record and background checks. Hamrick said she would use the service to run basic credit checks for those applying for indigent health care.
“It will show if there’s a car payment they’re not reporting, or if they’re reporting all income and payments,” Hamrick said.
The basic monthly charge for the service, available through LexisNexis, is $30, which Hamrick said would be split evenly by the three entities. Some of the more difficult searches, or exceeding an allotted number could raise the monthly charge, but Hamrick said the individual departments would be responsible for charges beyond the basic subscription rate.
Not every case will require a check, Hamrick said. And the three who would be using the service, she said, thought that it would be rare to need services beyond what the $30-a-month basic rate would cover.
The only other agenda action item was to give preliminary approval to the newly formed Woodbridge Estates, formerly part of the Oak Point subdivision. Woodbridge Estates will have 47 waterfront lots. Commissioners voted unanimously to give the preliminary approval to the new plat.
In his report to the court, Don King, surveyor for the county, “strongly urged” the county “to get with the city” to “get together and hire engineers to map flood elevations.” King said the 1994 Corps of Engineers report is not complete, and the data from a 1979 Freese and Nichols study was never intended to be used to determine flood elevations. There is a risk that FEMA could use the old and incomplete data to determine a higher-than-ever flood plain for the county, King said.
“Y’all can’t take action on anything I say today, but I would strongly urge this court to get with the city, and hire engineers who can get the study done.”