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ELLWORTH -- After a procedure that took four years, the Pierce County Board adopted a new comprehensive land use plan during its Aug. 25 meeting. As of Jan. 1, 2010, all land-use decisions made by a town, village, city or county must be consistent with its comprehensive plan, said Land Management Director Andy Pichotta. "It's going to take a lot of the politics out of the decision because it's either consistent (with the plan) or it's not," said Pichotta. He said the changes relate primarily to rezoning requests and to requests for conditional use permits. After Jan.
During a brief hearing Tuesday, a disorderly conduct charge against a Pierce County Board member who used obscenities during a UW-River Falls student meeting was dismissed. Calling the charge a "warning shot," Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle asked Judge Robert Wing to dismiss the forfeiture complaint against Ben Plunkett, 36, 709 Bartosh Lane, River Falls. Until Monday the case had been set to go to trial before a 6-person jury.
The public is invited to a public informational meeting 5-7 p.m. July 29, at the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St., about plans to replace the County Road F bridge over the Kinnickinnic River. The bridge is about five miles west of River Falls near the Kinnickinnic State Park. The Pierce County Highway Department and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation host the meeting.
It's not marriage, but some say it's marriage-like. There will be a waiting period and a fee, but no ceremony is needed. In a couple of weeks, same-sex couples in Wisconsin will be allowed to declare domestic partnerships and take advantage of some of the rights and benefits extended to married couples. County clerks around the state are preparing to accept domestic partnership declaration applications starting Monday, Aug. 3. The Domestic Partnership Law was included in the 2009-2010 state budget signed by Gov. Jim Doyle June 29.
ELLSWORTH - Because apparent owners haven't paid property taxes for several years, the Pierce County Board voted to take possession of a home, a buildable lot and several property remnants. The amounts owed on the eight properties range from $21,743 to $241, said Pierce Treasurer Phyllis Beastrom Thursday. Although the owners of one property still live there and will have to be legally evicted, in six cases the property is so small, the owners may not have been aware they owned it and probably don't want it, said Beastrom. The county hasn't taken a tax deed on any property since 2001, said
Pierce and St. Croix county 911 dispatchers may not have heard it all, but they've heard a lot. A man from River Falls called to complain that he and his family had just dug into a carry-out meal when he found "a bunch of hair in the food." The man's wife and daughter took the food back but didn't get a refund. He said his family was out $47 and still had no supper. "Now we need the food back," complained the man. "Obviously they've got the food and won't give it back to us." Been there, heard that, says Casey Swetlik, director of St.
The Shoeless Revolution, a Minneapolis group that promises high energy funk music, will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at the UW-River Falls Center Mall. The free outdoor show, open to all, will promote the release of the group's debut album, "Speak Up." "Whether it be an up-tempo funk or a laid-back groove, we want to feel good playing it and at the same time bring something new to the listener's ear," said drummer and vocalist Reed Grimm. All seven members of Shoeless Revolution are classically trained musicians.
ELLSWORTH -- Proposed state funding cuts coupled with already-approved pay raises will mean a large gap in Pierce County's Human Services Department's budget, warns Director Tammy Kincaid. The middle of last week that gap looked like it would be over $500,000. But late in the week, action by the state's Joint Finance Committee restored $166,000 in funding. Kincaid said she has talked with union representatives about layoffs or the possibility of workers taking voluntary days off without pay.
A committee interviewed 11 candidates for the position of St. Croix County treasurer this week. At total of 53 people applied for the position, which will be left vacant when Cheryl Slind leaves the post May 29. Slind, who has been treasurer for six years, began a new term Jan. 1. The person appointed to replace her will hold the job until Dec.
Just as repair work on the Government Center roof got underway, St. Croix County supervisors were advised last week that the roof on another county building needs replacing. Facilities Manager Art Tobin said he isn't asking for money to repair the roof on the Agricultural Services and Education Center in Baldwin now, but suggested the work be done next year. "This isn't going to last three (years)," said Tobin. "You got 11 years out of those shingles. That's terrible," commented County Board Chairman Roger Rebholz.