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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Rod Rommel might have said it best when describing county funding in today's economic climate. "Gentlemen," Rommel said, when addressing his fellow Pierce County Supervisors during last Tuesday's meeting. "The County spends about nine million for public health and human services; six million equally for law enforcement and highway, yet we only spend 39 thousand on jobs?" Rommel said the previous as he was highlighting findings from the Program Committee, which he chaired.
It's down to three for the vacant Pierce County Administrative Coordinator position. The Finance and Personnel committee selected the three finalists Wednesday from a pool of nine semifinalists. The three are: Tony Chladek, former City Administrator for the City of Merrill, Wis.,; Randy Eide, Director of Public Works for Menomonie; and, JoAnn Miller, former Village Administrator for the Village of DeForest, Wis. Chladek was city administrator for Merrill from April 2006 through April of this year. He was previously city administrator for Stewartville, Minn., from 2002-2005.
A Pierce County assistant district attorney will make an appearance in St. Croix County Circuit Court next month--as a defendant. T. Gregory Amann, 54, 362 E. Wall St., Ellsworth, is scheduled to have his first court appearance at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, on charges of operating while intoxicated and operating with a prohibited alcohol content. The charges stem from an incident in the early morning hours of Sept. 2 when, according to State Patrol Trooper Bruce Wozniak's report, he noticed a vehicle passed him with a defective license plate lamp in the Town of Cady.
In addition to discussing the report from the program committee detailed in last week's newspaper, the Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee acted on other matters a week ago Monday. Among them were: --Approving the installation of a card access reader to the rear door of the west courtroom into Judge Joseph Boles' hallway. The access would secure his office from any entry without proper card authority.
PLUM CITY--Steve LaFave wrapped up what he thought was a 30-year career in education when he retired as superintendent of the Augusta School District last year. Those plans changed when he saw an advertisement for an opening in the Plum City district for superintendent/elementary school principal three days a week. "The chance to see kids on a daily basis and do stuff with them caught my eye," he said. LaFave was hired last month by the school board as interim superintendent for the current year. He doesn't officially start until Thursday, but has already been seen around the district.
With Pierce County striving to become as proficient as possible during these tough economic times, a different version on what the county may look like in the future was laid out for the first time Monday.
PRESCOTT - When The Courtyard restaurant closed last year, there were many disappointed residents within the City of Prescott. "A lot of tears were shed," said Cheryl Tousley, who worked at the restaurant for 15 years. After a while, momentum was beginning to build the closure was temporary and not a permanent move. "It's always been my dream to own a restaurant," Tousley said.
Chloe Spriggle made the decision six years ago to be drug free and just say no upon graduating from Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE). Now she's a junior at Ellsworth High School and that decision has turned out to be beneficial in more ways than one, as Spriggle was named DARE youth advisor for the State of Wisconsin during its state conference last month. The selection means Spriggle will now represent Wisconsin on a national level. "It's a huge honor," the daughter of Brent and Mary Spriggle said.
When Steve Albarado first interviewed with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department 18 years ago, he was asked where does he see himself in the future? He didn't respond by being sheriff or another management position. No, Albarado said he wanted to be the D.A.R.E. officer. The position became his four years ago and it's been everything he's imagined. "I love what I'm doing and I can't see myself doing anything else," he said.
The Pierce County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an agreement with the law enforcement union Tuesday. The agreement calls for a 1.25 percent wage increase, effective with the pay period beginning July 31, for the rest of 2011. Starting next January will be a zero increase. Law enforcement was the last union with which the county reached a contract agreement. Public health settled in January, while human services and the three branches of AFSCME (courthouse, highway and human services) were approved in March.