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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.
Fifty-three candidates met the May 5 deadline to apply for the position of St. Croix County treasurer. The County Board voted last month to take applications and appoint a treasurer to fill out the term of Cheryl Slind, who is leaving May 29 to take a job with a private software company. 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. 31, 2012, but would have to be elected by citizens to serve longer than that. A review panel will meet at 10 a.m.
A Pierce County jury has awarded over $350,000 to a River Falls High School teacher who tripped over a jump rope rack after a motion sensor shut off hallway lights. In a verdict signed April 29, jurors determined $363,963 will fairly compensate physical education teacher Ryan D. Bishop and his wife for injuries he suffered in the high school Oct.
St. Croix County, its insurer and a company that provided medical services to inmates have agreed to pay $1 million to the family of a 28-year-old man who died in jail. An out-of-court settlement was reached with the family of Brandon Lee Hessler, New Richmond, who died March 18, 2007, three days after being booked into the county jail in Hudson. U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb approved the agreement last Thursday. The settlement calls for St. Croix County and Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Company to pay $812,500 and for Health Professionals Ltd.
A Pierce County Board member has been charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly disrupting a UW-River Falls student meeting and using obscenities. Witnesses said Benjamin Plunkett, 35, interrupted a Student Senate ethics committee meeting. They said, among other things, that he repeatedly directed sexual obscenities at two male student senators. Plunkett, 709 Bartosh Lane, River Falls, is scheduled for an initial appearance May 18 in Pierce County Court on a single count of disorderly conduct on University of Wisconsin lands.
HUDSON -- Despite objections that one district is too large and "illogically shaped" and over one supervisor's adamant objections, the St. Croix County Board adopted a new redistricting plan Tuesday. The plan implements a citizen vote to cut the number of County Board members from 31 to 19.
HUDSON -- Contracts are being finalized and work on the roof, exterior walls and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the St. Croix County Government Center will begin soon. Building Services Director Art Tobin said that he expects the projects will start within a week. Pearson Mechanical, Hugo, Minn., with a bid of $1,269,000 will do the HVAC work. MacPherson Towne Company, Minneapolis, will be paid $180,490 to repair exterior walls.