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Meeting, Jan. 27, 2009

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Ellsworth, 54011
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Tuesday - January 27, 2009 - 7:00 p.m.

Meeting called to order by First Vice-Chairman J. Holst at 7:00 p.m. A quorum was established with roll call by County Clerk J. Feuerhelm. Thirteen supervisors present and four excused (C. Simones, J. Camery, P. Barkla, G. Place). Also attending were Corporation Counsel B. Lawrence, Jim Harris and Alan Thoner from Highway Dept, Highway Commissioner Candidate Chad A. Johnson, Economic Development Director Bill Warner, and Oak Grove resident Jim Gumbusky. Agenda adopted by motion of J. Kosin / D. Rohl and carried by voice vote with all in favor. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag led by supervisor R. Lockwood.

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Public Comments: Town of Oak Grove resident J. Gumbusky thanked the members who voted against the union contracts adding that many people have lost their jobs over the last year in the country and felt that it was a sign of greed by asking for wage increases for three years under the present circumstances. Supervisor R. Purdy reported on his attendance in Rochester for the RC & D 11th Annual Value Added Conference. He stated they obtained a grant for workshops on installing wind towers in the drift less, or hill areas; the concern being the impact on birds and bats. Supervisor J. Holst reported on the progress of updating the Administrative Coordinator's job description.

Introduction of Highway Commissioner Candidate: M. Pittman introduced Chad A. Johnson as a candidate for the Hwy. Commissioner position. Mr. Johnson greeted members and summarized his education, employment, and experience.

Closed Session: Motion at 7:10 p.m. by R. Purdy / J. Kosin to convene in closed session pursuant to §19.85 (1)(c), WI STATS for the purpose of considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility: Highway Commissioner. Motion carried by roll call vote with all in favor. Motion at 7:22 p.m. by R. Purdy / B. Plunkett to reconvene in open session. Motion carried by roll call vote with all in favor. No action taken.

Election of Highway Commissioner: Motion by J. Kosin / D. Rohl to nominate Chad A. Johnson as Pierce County Highway Commissioner. Acting Chairman J. Holst called for other nominations; none presented. Motion by M. Pittman / J. Kosin to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Chad A. Johnson; motion carried by roll call vote with all in favor. Chad A. Johnson elected as Highway Commissioner for the term of 01-27-09 through 01-02-2011.

Highway Dept. Request to Purchase Equipment in Excess of $75,000: Wheel Loader. Al Thoner, Hwy. Dept. explained the purpose for purchasing the new equipment and answered questions from the board. Discussion by members on trade in allowances and actual costs. Motion by M. Pittman / J. Kosin to approve and authorize the Hwy. Dept. to purchase one 2009, 38,000 lbs. Caterpillar 950H wheel loader at a net cost of $100,870.00. Motion carried by roll call vote with 12 in favor (R. Lockwood, J. Kucinski, K. Snow, J. Ross, D. Rohl, D. Reis, B. Gilles, J. Kosin, M. Pittman, R. Purdy, N. Shonoiki, J. Holst) and 1 opposed (B. Plunkett). Farmland Preservation Agreement - James & Mary Kay Schaffner. Application submitted to renew an agreement for 220 acres in the Town of Spring Lake for 10 years. Motion by M. Pittman / D. Rohl to approve the agreement; motion carried by voice vote with all in favor.

Farmland Preservation Agreement - Wallace & Carol Franta. Application submitted to renew an agreement for 179.5 acres in the Town of El Paso for 15 years. Motion by M. Pittman / B. Gilles to approve the agreement; motion carried by voice vote with all in favor.

Ordinance Amendment - Town of River Falls: Board reviewed a proposed amendment to the Town of River Falls Ordinance regarding livestock facility siting. Motion by R. Purdy / D. Rohl to approve. Supervisor J. Holst explained that the Town enforces their own zoning ordnances but the County has to approve revisions. Motion carried by voice vote with all in favor.

RESOLUTIONS FOR FIRST CONSIDERATION - none

RESOLUTIONS FOR SECOND CONSIDERATION - none

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST CONSIDERATION - none

ORDINANCES FOR SECOND CONSIDERATION - none

Closed Session: Motion at 7:42 p.m. by M. Pittman / J. Kosin to convene in closed session pursuant to §19.85 (1)(g), WI STATS for the purpose of conferring with legal counsel for the governmental body who is rendering oral or written advice concerning strategy to be adopted by the body with respect to litigation in which it is or is likely to become involved: Litigation update. Motion carried by roll call vote with all in favor. Motion at 8:00 p.m. by D. Rohl / D. Reis to reconvene in open session. Motion carried by roll call vote with all in favor. No action taken.

Announcements from the Chairman / Interim Administrative Coordinator: Acting Chairman J. Holst read report submitted by supervisor P. Barkla indicating activities he was involved with while serving as Chairman / AC.

Future Agenda Items: none

Other Business: Acting Chairman J. Holst stated that a parcel of land in the Town of Clifton has been officially declared as Melander Hill.

Meeting adjourned at 8:03 p.m. by motion of M. Pittman / J. Kosin. Motion carried by voice vote with all in favor.

Submitted by J. Feuerhelm, County Clerk.

Published March 4, 2009 9 1C

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