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County Board approves jail resolution

By a vote of 13-2, the Pierce County Board of Supervisors decided March 25 to continue the ongoing process in seeking a location for a new Pierce County Jail.

The resolution called for the board to pursue a stand-alone sheriff’s department and 50-bed jail with room for future jail expansion, and to remodel the existing Courthouse Annex jail space into a justice center. It also allows for consideration of the courthouse at the jail/sheriff’s department site.

Supervisors LeRoy Peterson and Ken Snow were the only ones to vote no. Supervisors Greg Place and Jon Aubart were absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

No other action was taken on the jail site search.

In other action, the board:

--Officially approved the salaries for sheriff and clerk of courts for the next four years. A 1.25 percent raise was granted, meaning the sheriff will earn $76,216, $77,169, $78,133 and $79,110 for the next four years. The clerk of courts will start at $58,270 next year and rise to $59,605 in 2018. Both incumbents, Nancy Hove and Peg Feuerhelm, respectively, are up for re-election this November.

--Set the board meeting dates for the next 12 months, starting in May. All meetings except the November, December and April ones are on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. The November meeting will be at 9 a.m. on a Wednesday because Veterans Day falls on a Tuesday. The December meeting will be on Dec. 16 and the April meeting is at 9 a.m.

--Approved authorizing county e-mail addresses for board supervisors who want them. An e-mail address currently costs $83 per account annually and includes seven years of archiving. Costs are being paid through the Information Services Department budget. Mel Pittman abstained, as this was his final meeting as a supervisor.

For more please read the April 2 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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