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Pierce County Board: Sept. 23, 2008

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Ellsworth, 54011

Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

Pierce County

Board Meeting Minutes

Tuesday - September 23, 2008 - 7:00 p.m.

Meeting called to order by Chair P. Barkla at 7:06 p.m. A quorum was established with roll call by County Clerk J. Feuerhelm showing 16 supervisors present; R. Purdy excused. Also attending were Corp. Counsel B. Lawrence, Economic Development Director, Bill Warner, Judy Wiff, press. Motion to adopt agenda made by J. Holst / B. Plunkett; motion carried by voice vote with all in favor. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag led by J. Feuerhelm.

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Public Comments: Supervisor B. Plunkett expressed concern about increasing unemployment and debt. He also expressed interest in loans be offered via grants through Housing Committee.

Farmland Preservation Agreement - Herbert & Dorothy Metcalf: Application submitted to renew an agreement for 151 acres in the Town of Union. Motion by C. Simones / M. Pittman to approve the agreement; motion carried by voice vote with all in favor.

Farmland Preservation Agreement - Muriel Edquist: Application submitted to renew an agreement for 117.58 acres in the Town of Hartland. Motion by C. Simones / G. Place to approve the agreement; motion carried by voice vote with all in favor.

RESOLUTIONS FOR FIRST CONSIDERATION

Res. 08-09 Amend Online Access Fees for Register of Dees Established in Resolution 04-15. First reading by Clerk J. Feuerhelm.

RESOLUTIONS FOR SECOND CONSIDERATION

Res. 08-08 Ratify Labor Association of Wisconsin, Inc. (L.A.W.) Community Health Association Employee's Bargaining Agreement. Motion by C. Simones / D. Rohl to approve contract agreement. Motion carried by roll call vote with 13 in favor (D. Reis, J. Holst, C. Simones, J. Camery, B. Plunkett, N. Shonoiki, R. Lockwood, J. Kucinski, K. Snow, J. Ross, D. Rohl, G. Place, and P. Barkla); and 3 opposed (B. Gilles, J. Kosin, M. Pittman).

ORDINANCES FOR FIRST CONSIDERATION

None

ORDINANCES FOR SECOND CONSIDERATION

Ord. 08-07 Amend Chapter 239 of the Pierce County Code - St. Croix Riverway Zoning. Motion by J. Holst / J. Camery to approve ordinance. Supervisors inquired about specific changes; M. Pittman asked about lot size and what two private onsite waste treatment systems might be. J. Holst explained that this could be drain fields, mound systems, or other qualified systems meeting code requirements. Motion carried by voice vote with all in favor.

ORDINANCE 08-07

REVISE CHAPTER 239 OF THE PIERCE COUNTY CODE- ST. CROIX RIVERWAY ZONING

Pierce County Board of Supervisors Does Hereby Ordain As Follows:

SECTION 1: That Chapter 239 of the Pierce County code is hereby revised as shown in the attached Exhibit "A". (Exhibit A may be viewed at the Pierce County Courthouse or on the Pierce County website: www.co.pierce.wi.us.)

SECTION 2: That the revised ordinance shall become effective upon its adoption and publication as required by law.

Dated this 26th day of August, 2008.

APPOINTMENTS

Ethics Board: Chairman P. Barkla announced the appointment of Bernard Abrahamson to the Ethics Board for a term of three years from 9-01-2008 through 8-31-2011. Motion by C. Simones / D. Reis to confirm appointment; motion carried by roll call vote with all in favor.

Local Emergency Planning Committee: Chairman P. Barkla announced the appointment of the following individuals to the LEPC for a term which expires on 04-21-2009: Melissa Thoen, Nancy Hove, Blake Fry, Jonathan Aubart, Caralynn Hodgson, Bradley Peterson, Kitty Rhoades, Bill Dravis, and Sheila Harsdorf. Also appointed for a term which expires on 04-20-2010 were the following: Mike Lansing, Gary Brown, Tom Toston, Jason Schulte, Terry Shafer, Greg Place, Jeff Rixmann, James Ross, and Rob Bowen.

Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission: Chairman P. Barkla announced that four names of interested individuals were submitted for this appointment and that the County Board's responsibility was to forward two names to the Governor's office as a recommendation for the post. Names submitted were: Barry Barringer, Judy Johnson Daleiden, James Ross, and Eddy Wuorenma. Nomination by J. Holst to forward the name of Eddy Wuorenma to the Governor's office for consideration of this appointment. Nomination by K. Snow to forward the name of James Ross to the Governor's office for consideration of this appointment. Motion by C. Simones / D. Reis to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for the two individuals nominated; motion carried by voice vote with all in favor. The names of Eddy Wuorenma and James Ross will be forwarded to the Governor for his consideration of the appointment.

Board of Adjustment: Chairman P. Barkla announced that after further review of the record he discovered that two of the appointments were from the same township and that is not permissible according to Pierce County Code. He then announced that he was submitting a new list of appointments to be confirmed and ratified by the County Board. The appointments were as follows: Arby Linder / Town of Martell (expires 2010), Lee Wright / Town of Ellsworth (expires 2010), Ed Hanson /Town of River Falls (expires 2010), Barry Barringer / Town of Trenton (expires 2011), Greg Kerr / Town of Oak Grove (expires 2011), Kenneth Peterson / Town of Trimbelle (expires 2009), Mike Graham, 1st Alternate / Town of Salem (expires 2011). Motion by B. Plunkett / J. Camery to confirm appointments; motion carried by voice vote with all in favor.

ANNOUNCMENTS from the CHAIRMAN / INTERIM ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR: P. Barkla announced that Bob Moore was going to be available in the Board Room on October 8, 2008 at 2 p.m. to talk about the County's investments and answer questions the Board might have. He also discussed progress of budgets for 2009 and that budget books would be composed and sent out in the near future.

Corp. Counsel B. Lawrence informed the Board that labor contracts for Law Enforcement and Human Services Professionals were still forthcoming.

P. Barkla stated that the Clean Sweep Program was completed for the year and the numbers were down somewhat, though collection of prescription drugs, mercury, and atrazine were up. Power audit for the Sheriff's Dept. and Courthouse are still being carried on.

FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS: B. Plunkett asked if it would be possible to add the UW-Extension Office to the agenda to discuss the mortgage crisis in the County.

OTHER BUSINESS: J. Holst asked about the attempt to have Grant County officials visit with the Board in discussions about emergency preparedness and grant funding. Chairman P. Barkla replied that he spoke with Grant County's Emergency Management Director and that there was some reluctance on their part to travel to Pierce County but welcomed the notion of Pierce County's E.M. Director visiting Grant County to share information. Other alternatives suggested.

ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 7:34 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 October 22, 2008 43-1C

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