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Couple donates land to county

Twenty-seven acres of mostly wooded land along the Rush River in the Town of Martell will soon be public land.

John and Mary Heisler are donating 24 acres of woods to Pierce County, and the county has negotiated the purchase of 3.5 acres of mostly open land to improve access to the donated land.

The $14,000 to buy the access land from the Heislers will come from the County Park Development Fund.

The county's park committee is working on a plan for the property, but the preliminary proposal is to create trails to the Rush River and develop a small parking lot.

Access will be off Hwy. 63. The county has already received a commercial driveway permit from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The proposal to accept the donation of the larger parcel and buy the smaller acreage will come to the county board for approval Tuesday, April 17.

Several years ago, the Heislers also gave 40 acres in the Town of Gilman to the county. That property, located just off Hwy. 29, is now known as the Lee-Kay Family Educational County Forest.

Registration fees

At its April 17 meeting, the county board will also vote on a proposal to increase by $2 the fee the sheriff's department charges to process vehicle license plate applications. The department recommends raising the fee from $17.50 to $19.50.

The department will also charge $10 to renew license plates, $5 as a temporary plate fee and a $2 fee for helping complete registration documents.

The department is a contract agent for the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles to provide services to process and distribute original or renewal registrations and certificates of title.