Meeting Watch RTSA

Three members of the Board of Adjustments were reappointed by the Pierce County Board of Supervisors and a recognition of Frank Ginther acknowledged as he steps away from his role as 4-H Youth Development Agent for UW Cooperative Extension and into retirement at the July 27 meeting. 

1. Public Comment

Paula Lugar, county supervisor from District 9, stated her support for broadband as a public utility as Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services has just launched its program. She urged the county to adopt broadband forward and to support the utility of broadband as essential to all residents and businesses.

Comments and questions were made in regards to the research and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The county board recognized that there were protestors outside who believe it is their right to be present at the meeting. The board state it is the right of citizens to be present at these government meetings when the board is able to invite them in safely. Currently, residents are able to view Pierce County Board of Supervisor meetings via Zoom. 

2. Recognition 

The Pierce County Board of Supervisors recognized Frank Ginther for his 28 years of service to the county as he announced his retirement from the 4-H Youth Development Agent for UW Cooperative Extension effective July 6. 

“His dedicated relationship with staff and peers, as well as the members of the Board of Supervisors, has contributed to the success of services for the citizens of Pierce County & the County will enjoy the benefits of his service well beyond his tenure here,” states the commendation.  

3. Resolutions

The board voted to adopt two resolutions of employment. On the second reading of each, a new position was adopted for public health and one for the Sheriff's Office. 

The public health position will be a full time Covid-19 Investigation Lead, responsible for “the case intake process, assign cases to investigators, investigate cases, provide case education, conduct contact tracing, identify outbreaks and communicate case patterns and issues with the case response team,” states the Pierce County Public Health Department’s job description.

As a current employee of the Sheriff's Office leaves for an extended time, the office is looking to fill the vacancy. “Our current staffing levels are below minimum staffing requirements to post a significant amount of overtime. We are requesting that we hire a full time employee to fill the vacancy and retain the full time employee once the correction deputy returns,” states the request.

The board addressed that finding qualified people to fill any position in any job is hard to do and the sheriff's office is no different than any other industry. 

4. Appointments

“The Board of Adjustment consists of seven members, with five regular members and two alternates.” Matt Purfeerst of the Town of Diamond Bluff was reappointed as a regular board member. Walter Betzel of the Town of Oak Grove was reappointed as First Alternate and Tim Wiff of the Town of Martell as Second Alternate.

5. The next meeting

The next Pierce County Board of Supervisors meeting will be held Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.

(1) comment

Michael Kahlow

Thank you for your coverage!

Just to put the record straight - It was Paula Lugar, county supervisor from District 9 (Spring Valley and Gilman Township) who spoke out in favor of broadband access and Pierce-Pepin's efforts to make that happen.

It was Mel Pittman, District 17 (Gilman, Maiden Rock, and Union townships) who was questioning what he referred to as the "so-called" Covid-19 vaccine. Supervisor Pittman has consistently questioned whether Covid is real, and has supported anti-vax positions. I believe that his statement will be part of the minutes as soon as they are published (

Michael Kahlow

Supervisor, District 6, River Falls.

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