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The Wisconsin Elections Board deferred action last week on two related complaints regarding use of UW-River Falls computer services by local political workers. In a memo to the board, attorney George Dunst said consideration of the complaints - one filed by the state Republican Party and the other by the Pierce County Democratic Party - will be deferred until the Elections Board's May 17 meeting. Dunst said consideration was postponed because the agenda for the March 22 meeting was so long. These are the two issues: In a complaint filed Jan.
ELLSWORTH: A year after a data processing worker was escorted from the courthouse by a plainclothes officer, an arbitrator found Pierce County officials acted improperly in transferring the woman to a lesser-paying job. After an audit disclosed that Janet Holtz had changed address and deduction data in her own payroll records, county officials offered her a choice: A job that paid $4 an hour less or no job. Holtz called that termination. She filed a grievance. County officials argued that changing payroll deduction data is a serious offense.
ELLSWORTH: After a former supervisor raised concerns about wording in one section last week, the Pierce County Board delayed a vote on a revised St. Croix Riverway Zoning law. Carl Braunreiter, Prescott, said the wording could prevent landowners from repairing existing houses or cabins and leave the county vulnerable to huge lawsuits. "This has been a sleeper.
Members of St. Croix County's Administration Committee voted unanimously last week to develop a proposal to cut the size of the County Board. The committee will bring the concept to the full board before working out details, said County Board Chairman Buck Malick. He said committee members don't want to invest a lot of energy in the proposal if the board doesn't want it. The St. Croix County Board has 31 members.
A complaint filed Monday afternoon with the Wisconsin Elections Board claims the Pierce County Democratic Party illegally used - and UW-River Falls allowed the Democrats to illegally use - the university computer to host an e-mail list-serve. The complaint alleges the Democrats solicited, received and continue to use e-mail and list-serve computer services belonging to the university and the state.
The cost of treating patients in state mental hospitals is a budget breaker for counties and should be paid by the state, say local officials. The Pierce and St. Croix county boards are joining other counties around Wisconsin in petitioning the state to take over the bills.
ELLSWORTH: Pierce County Board members are set to vote for pay raises for department heads and managers later this month but expect that the 3% increases proposed by the Finance and Personnel Committee will be hotly debated and probably amended at the Jan. 24 meeting. The proposal, approved on a divided vote by the committee, suggests the county stick with the current 10-step salary matrix but increase all non-union salaries by 3% effective Jan.
There will be races for four River Falls area seats on the Pierce County Board, but the filing deadline passed Tuesday with no candidate for the District 4 seat now held by Scott Mulhern. These are the local races: In District 2, Jim Camery, W11860 County Road FF, River Falls, is challenging LeRoy Peterson, W10604 County Road FF, River Falls, who has been on the board for nearly 10 years. District 2 includes Wards 1 and 2 of the town of Clifton and Ward 3 of the city of Prescott. In District 6, Barbara Kolpin, 220 S.
ELLSWORTH: The Pierce County Board tied up loose threads last week, formally distancing itself from attempts to shore up the financially troubled Humane Society of Pierce St. Croix Inc. During their Dec.
It was like finding out you're the biggest loser and the biggest winner at the same time. Last week the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau released a study showing the state owes 33 counties a total of $1.8 million in sales tax receipts. The greatest debt - $361,643 - is to St.