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The River Falls Town Board's request for a ruling saying its zoning law is enforceable hit a brick wall last week when a Pierce County judge said a court can't make a decision on a hypothetical controversy. "A boxing match without two boxers, each wanting to win, is not a fight and a lawsuit without two adverse parties is not a justiciable controversy," wrote Judge Robert Wing in a three-page ruling dated Dec.
ELLSWORTH: The county's Finance and Personnel Committee voted 4-3 Friday to recommend that the Pierce County Board give an across-the-board raise of 2% to its managers and department heads and to simplify their salary matrix by cutting out 10 of 15 steps. The proposal also calls for increasing annual longevity bonuses for non-union workers from $20 to $40 per year of service, developing and implementing a merit performance evaluation system and future review and analysis of position placements on the grade system. The agenda for Tuesday's County Board meeting indicates action on
ELLSWORTH: Pierce County administrators have started to take advantage of union contract changes that allow them to schedule clerical workers for longer work weeks. Historically members of the courthouse and Human Services Department support staff unions have worked and been paid for a 35-hour work week. Changes in recently approved contracts give department heads the discretion to schedule 40-hour weeks. A Land Conservation Department computer program specialist was the first job expanded under the new contract.
The local domestic abuse shelter hopes to set up a second-hand household goods store in about a month. The purpose of the store - named Second Chances - will be to raise money for Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse and eventually to provide work experience for clients, said Executive Director Sharon Metcalf. Heather McAbee, who chairs the startup subcommittee, said the store is on track to open early in January at 128 S. Main St.
ELLSWORTH: Pierce County finance committee members voted Friday to recommend that County Board Chairman Ron Anderson fill in as administrative coordinator until a new coordinator is hired or until the board takes other action. Mark Schroeder, who has been administrative coordinator for five years, has resigned effective Nov. 12.
It's an unlikely combination: a correctional officer, a cartoon character and a statewide obsession with a football team. But in the jailer's mind the other two clicked and CheeseBob was created. In less than a year, Joe Engesser, a former Prescott man now living in Stockholm, has sold about 600 T-shirts emblazoned with a cheese-yellow drawing of a joyful football fan. Engesser, the father of three sons, said his children are fans of the Nickelodeon character SpongeBob Squarepants, and one day as he was watching SpongeBob with the boys, an idea occurred to him. "I t
ELLSWORTH: Pierce County Administrative Coordinator Mark Schroeder resigned Friday. "As it is apparent that members of the County Board of Supervisors and I have divergent opinions as to the best goals for Pierce County government and its management, I believe it is in all our best interests that I offer my resignation...," wrote Schroeder in a letter signed by himself and County Board Chairman Ron Anderson. The letter said Schroeder was offering his resignation contingent on receiving five months severance pay and use of all accrued time in his vacation and sick leave accounts.<
In an attempt to avoid obstacles to future plans, the city of River Falls is asking a Pierce County judge to remove restrictive covenants from Ingram Center property. In a case filed Oct. 7, the city's attorney asked the court to remove deed provisions requiring that the 3½ lots given to the city by Louise C.
Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse has joined VotePower, a statewide effort to elevate the issue of violence against women and help victims vote this fall. The organization is seeking to register women who come or bring their children to Turningpoint support groups and is offering rides and babysitting on Election Day, said Marge Baldwin, president of the Turningpoint Board of Directors. A shelter staff member is also authorized to help clients fill out voter registration forms, she said. "We want to register as many of our clients as we can, who general