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A "letter of intent" regarding a proposal to have Christian Community Home of Hudson take over St. Croix County's nursing home in New Richmond is expected to be finalized this Wednesday, said County Board Chairman Buck Malick. A proposal review committee will meet in closed session at 10:30 a.m. July 11.
ELLSWORTH - Although the issues aren't fully resolved, the Pierce County Board stepped in last week to attempt to settle a building issue that has been festering for years. The dispute involves a 100 ft. by 170 ft. equipment storage/ sign department building -- "the blue building" -- behind the courthouse on Ellsworth's Grove Street and a Quonset building on the fairgrounds. Highway Department administrators say their department built the blue building in 1961 and the Quonset building in 1952.
A proposal made public Wednesday would have St. Croix County taxpayers spending $2.75 million over five years to exit the nursing home business and help the non-profit Christian Community Home build a new 95-bed facility on county acreage near New Richmond. A summary released Wednesday afternoon says that St. Croix County would pay Christian Community Homes of Hudson $2.75 million to take over the county's financially struggling nursing home. In turn CCH would build a new 95-bed Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home on county land in New Richmond.
St. Croix County's attempt to freeze wages for union workers at the county's financially struggling nursing home for a year was rejected last week by a state arbitrator. The workers will get the increases proposed by their union: a two percent increase on Jan. 1, 2006 and a one percent increase effective July 1, 2006. The county and union had agreed that the nursing home workers would get a two percent increase on Jan.
ELLSWORTH - The Pierce County Board voted June 26 to increase hours for the drug court coordinator rather than have her run out of pay before the end of the year. Judge Robert Wing supported adjusting the hours, saying the extra time is "amply justified by the cost savings to the public..." An analysis prepared by Coordinator Linda Hoyt estimates that since the program was started in October 2004, drug court has saved the county over $400,000 in jail, foster care and other costs.
ELLSWORTH -- While they don't know what state lawmakers will do with local property tax levy caps, last week Pierce County Board members adopted a 2008 budget-work timetable. Departments will be left to begin budget work with little direction other than to keep expenses down. Finance and Personnel Committee members gave different interpretations of their committee's recommendation.
A space study indicates St.
Individually or in pairs, the girls take the stage in their make-believe circus and deftly perform tricks of balance or "magic." Some are pretend tight-rope walkers, some trapeze artists and one is a magician's assistant who disappears in the depths of a canvas box. The performers are introduced with fanfare and perform to applause, bowing to acknowledge the cheers of their audience. It's hard to believe these are specials needs children who deal daily with poor coordination, attention deficits, hyperactivity or sensory processing disorders. In their schools, says a staff member, "These ar
St. Croix County's Transportation Committee and its highway commissioner are asking for a countywide vehicle registration fee to help pay for road maintenance. The proposed $10 per car fee -- which would require the drafting and adoption of a new county law -- would be collected along with the $55 annual registration fee charged by the state. "The Transportation Committee has been chewing on this for three years," said Highway Commissioner Tim Ramberg as he brought the proposal to the County Board last week.