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County Board continues on in strategic planning

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Tuesday's Pierce County Board meeting was so short it was done in 15 minutes. They only talked about four issues, which were:

• Decided to continue on the next step in strategic planning with two sessions tentatively scheduled for January. The topics planned over those sessions are who Pierce County is - it's values, mission statement, etc.., where Pierce County is today, where Pierce County goes from here (the vision for the future) and how are we going to get there. Administrative Coordinator JoAnn Miller said these next two sessions hopefully will look at the different role the County plays in people's lives and "deciding who we are." The reason for the January dates are the County is planning its 2013 budget currently through November and the holiday season where everyone's schedules are busy.

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• Issuing proclamations for Cindy Miller and Todd Hines. Miller retired in late August after 22 years as the Lead Secretary for UW-Extension, while Hines announced his retirement late last month after 31 years with the Sheriff's Department.

• Approved by a 15-1 vote, reducing the fees for passport photos from $17 to $10 per photo. Clerk Jamie Feuerhelm explained the request was done to be competitively priced with area retail stores who also offer the service. Ruth Wood was the only one to vote no.

• Announced Dale Auckland will replace Dean Bergseng on the Industrial Development committee. Bergseng commented on the switch: 1) Location of the County Board members on the committee - Bergseng and Michael Kahlow are from River Falls, while Jim Ross is from Elmwood. Auckland is from Ellsworth. 2) Auckland is a co-owner of Harrington's Greenhouse and 3) Bergseng said Auckland is more up-to-date on modern communication than he is.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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