PIERCE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Tuesday - November 14, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
Meeting called to order by Chairman Jeff Holst at 9:00 a.m. in the County Board Room at the Pierce County Courthouse.
A quorum was established with roll call by County Clerk Jamie Feuerhelm with 17 supervisors present. Also attending were Corporation Counsel Brad Lawrence, JoAnn Miller-Administrative Coordinator, Ron Schmidt-Human Services Director, Tami Billeter-HS Operations Manager, Jason Matthys-Chief Deputy Sheriff, Julie Brickner-Finance Director, Chad Johnson-Hwy Commissioner, Sue Gerdes-Hwy Dept Office Manager, Dianne H-Robinson-Interim PH Director, Becky Johnson-PH Business Manager, Kathy Fuchs-County Treasurer, Julie Hines-Register of Deeds, Rod Webb-Land Conservation Director, Andy Pichotta-Land Management Director, Janet Huppert-IS Director, Jerry Forss-Maintenance Supervisor, Kristen Bruder-UW Extension, Christopher Gagne-River Falls City Council, Carissa Langer-Prescott Library, Tiffany Meyer-Ellsworth Library Director, Nancy Miller-River Falls Library Director, John Galgowski-Town of River Falls resident, Monica Krings-Town of Union resident, John Krings-Town of Union resident, Karen Leichtle-county resident, Becky Klegen-Town of River Falls resident, Rita Kozak-Town of River Falls resident, Mary Brand-county resident, Mark Kimball-Town of Martell resident, Peter Kimball-Town of Gilman resident, Mike Longaecker-Press RiverTowns.
Motion by J. Aubart/M. Pittman to adopt the agenda as presented; motion carried/passed by voice vote with all in favor. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag led by Supervisor D. Auckland.
Public Comment on Issues Not Related to Agenda Items:
Supervisor B. Schroeder commended AC J. Miller, Chairman J. Holst and members of the Ad Hoc Jail Planning & Specifications Development Committee for their diligent work on the new Jail/Sheriff's Office facility. Supervisor N. Gulbranson gave public recognition for Highway Dept. worker Tony Olson for noticing a house fire while on duty and calling appropriate rescue personnel to the scene as well as assisting an occupant until assistance arrived. Supervisor B. Plunkett gave brief report about WestCap as well as Senate Bill 119 addressing agricultural hemp.
Public Hearing on 2018 Budget: Motion by M. Kahlow/M. Pittman to open the public hearing on 2018 budget at 9:06 a.m.; motion carried unanimously. Chairman J. Holst called for questions or comments. Supervisor D. Bergseng read a letter in support of and benefits in having a local Agricultural Agent position. Many supervisors agreed with Supervisor Bergseng's statements. Chairman J. Holst emphasized that this was the time for the public to make comments regarding the budget. Several residents then spoke in favor of the County funding a local agricultural extension agent position, listing many of the benefits such a position could provide. Motion by J. Aubart/R. Wood to close the public hearing at 9:19 a.m.; motion carried unanimously.
Purchase of Highway Department Equipment in Excess of $75,000 Pursuant to §40-23(B) Pierce County Code: 41,000 lb. Wheel Loader. Hwy. Commissioner C. Johnson explained what the department was purchasing and some of the details of the equipment and contract. Motion by D. Bergseng/B. Schroeder to approve purchase of 2018 John Deere 644K Wheel Loader in the amount of (less trade in allowance) $158,800 with a 5 year buy back of $129,000; motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
CLOSED SESSION: Motion by J. Aubart/L. Peterson to convene in closed session at 9:21 a.m. 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 unanimously by roll call vote.
OPEN SESSION: Motion by J. Aubart/M. Pittman to reconvene in open session at 9:34 a.m., motion carried unanimously by roll call vote. No action taken.
**All legislation may be adopted on a first reading pursuant to §4-4 and §4-43 of the
County Board Rules. **
RESOLUTIONS FOR FIRST CONSIDERATION
Res. 17-20 Claims for Listing Dogs: Motion by M. Kahlow/D. Reis to suspend the rules and waive the reading of the resolution; motion carried unanimously by show of hands vote. Motion by J. Aubart /L. Peterson to approve Resolution 17-20 as presented; motion carried unanimously.
Res. 17-21 Claims for Care of Soldier's Graves: Motion by M. Kahlow/R. Wood to suspend the rules and waive the reading of the resolution; motion carried unanimously by show of hands vote. Motion by J. Aubart/J. Kosin to approve Resolution 17-21 as presented; motion carried unanimously by show of hands vote.
Res. 17-22 Amend Resolution 10-06 to Increase Fee Charged to Municipalities for Printed Tax Statements: Motion by M. Kahlow /J. Kosin to suspend the rules and waive the reading of the resolution; motion carried by show of hands vote with 16 in favor and 1 opposed (B. Plunkett). Treasurer K. Fuchs clarified that the increase in fee was for the collection process for real estate taxes offered to local municipalities. Motion by J. Aubart/R. Wood to approve Resolution 17-22 as presented; motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
RESOLUTIONS FOR SECOND CONSIDERATION
Res. 17-12 Authorize New Positions for 2018. Motion by M. Kahlow/J. Kosin to approve Resolution 17-12 as presented. Supervisor B. Plunkett questioned if the additional Human Services staff would be enough to address the need concerning foster care. HS Director R. Schmidt responded that he felt it would be very close if case load did not increase significantly. Motion to approve carried unanimously by roll call vote.
Res. 17-13 Establish 2018 Salaries & Benefits for Designated Employees. Motion by J. Aubart/M. Pittman to approve Resolution 17-13 as presented; motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
Res. 17-14 Increase Library Funding. Motion by K. Snow/N. Gulbranson to approve Resolution 17-14 as presented; motion carried by roll call vote with 16 in favor and 1 opposed (S. Bjork).
Res. 17-15 Approve 2017 Tax Levy & Budget. Motion by J. Aubart /J. Kosin to approve Resolution 17-15 as presented.
A number of supervisors spoke in favor of the value of having a UW Extension Agricultural Agent position. They felt that the Board should consider funding such a position into the 2018 Budget. UW Extension Regional Supervisor K. Bruder stated she had corresponded with individuals at the state level who indicated the state would support funding some portion of a local Extension Agent position in 2018. Motion by M. Pittman/D. Bergseng to reduce the Land Conservation Dept. 2018 proposed budget, Account # 101-028- 56131-791 Cost Sharing Conservation Reimbursement by the sum of up to $10,000 (from $50,000 to $40,000) and move said amount of up to $10,000 to UW Extension, Account #101-027-55620-229 Sundry Contractual Services to apply to the funding of 20% Agriculture Agent position. Some supervisors expressed concern about taking funds from one department to transfer them to another. They were not in favor of reducing the budget for the Land Conservation Dept. Supervisor J. Aubart stated that he felt the issue could be addressed at a later time when something more definitive from the state is known about their level of funding. He added that he thought it could be addressed by other means than this budget resolution. Chairman J. Holst indicated that a resolution to amend the budget at a later time would require a 2/3 vote of the County Board required by statute. Motion by B. Plunkett to amend Pittman amendment regarding dollar amount, amending from $10,000 to $40,000; motion failed for lack of second. Supervisor B. Schroeder called for the question on the amendment. Chairman J. Holst called for objections to calling the question; none given.
Motion on Pittman amendment to Resolution 17-15 failed by roll call vote with 3 in favor (M. Pittman, D. Bergseng, and B. Plunkett) and 14 opposed (B. Schroeder, J. Kosin, R. Mercord, L. Peterson, J. Aubart, R. Wood, M. Kahlow, S. Bjork, K. Snow, P. Fetzer, N. Gulbranson, D Auckland, D. Reis, and J. Holst).
Motion to approve Resolution 17-15 as presented carried by roll call vote with 15 in favor and 2 opposed (B. Plunkett and D. Bergseng).
Res. 17-16 Authorize Cancellation of Outstanding County Orders. Motion by J. Aubart/R. Wood to approve Resolution 17-16 as presented; motion carried unanimously by voice vote.
Res. 17-17 Amend Personnel Policy to Modify Temporary Worker Pay & Hours, Procedures for Exit Interviews and Approval for Travel and Training Requests. Motion by J. Aubart/D. Reis to approve Resolution 17-17 as presented; motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
Res. 17-18 Dog Damage Claims. Motion by J. Aubart/S. Bjork to approve Resolution 17-18 as presented; motion carried by voice vote with 16 in favor and 1 opposed (B. Plunkett).
ORDINANCES FOR FIRST CONSIDERATION - None.
ORDINANCES FOR SECOND CONSIDERATION - None.
CLOSED SESSION: Motion by J. Aubart/R. Wood to convene in closed session at 11:04 a.m. 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: Administrative Coordinator's annual wage adjustment. Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
OPEN SESSION: Motion by R. Wood/B. Plunkett to reconvene in open session at 11:37 a.m.; motion carried unanimously by roll call vote. Motion by J. Aubart/M. Pittman to indicate a 'meets standards' evaluation for the Administrative Coordinator and approve a cost of living increase in salary of $4770, for an annual salary of $131,970 for the Administrative Coordinator; motion carried with 16 in favor and 1 opposed (M. Kahlow).
Motion by M. Kahlow/J. Aubart to approve a PTO balance increase of 167 hours for the Administrative Coordinator; motion carried with 15 in favor and 2 opposed (B. Plunkett and D. Bergseng).
Future Agenda Items:
Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 11:41 a.m. by motion of B. Schroeder/R. Mercord; motion carried unanimously.
Respectfully submitted by J. Feuerhelm, County Clerk
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