GREEN BAY, Wis. (WTAQ) - Things get heated Wednesday night, as Brown County Board members take a final vote on a new Sheriff's Department headquarters.
The county needed 20 votes to approve $4.75 million in bonding to buy the old S&L Motors dealership in Bellevue. It narrowly passed 21-5.
"I believe that there was a lot of arm twisting in the last two months and back-door deals made," Supervisor John Vanderleest said.
But Board Chairman Guy Zima insists that isn't true and several other Supervisors were upset by the allegation.
"I'm not going to let you talk about any back-door deals. There is no dishonesty on this board, unless you're doing it," Zima told Vanderleest.
Sheriff Dennis Kocken says the board solved a long term need.
"The elected officials here are doing what their constituents want," Kocken said. "I'm very happy about it."
Kocken added that this will also allow more municipalities to contract their police services to the county, which he says will save taxpayer dollars.
Opponents argue that the building is too big and that it will cost too much to operate.