Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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The Pierce County Board will have five new members following the April 6 election. In District 8, Tom Sitz out-polled Katie Pata 277-204 to win the seat formerly held by John Kucinski, who was defeated in the primary election. District 8 includes Wards 1 and 2 of the town of River Falls and Ward 2 of the town of Martell. There was no candidate on the ballot for the District 7 seat formerly held by Ron Lockwood. But write-in candidate Rod Rommel earned 19 votes to Peter Dahm's five write-in votes.
Despite proposals for lower increases, the Pierce County Board voted to give 2.5 percent annual raises to the sheriff and clerk of court when their new terms begin. The resolution adopted Tuesday gives the sheriff 2.5 percent increases on Jan. 1 of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The sheriff's current salary is $68,195 and would increase to $75,275 in 2014. The resolution raises the clerk of court's pay from $51,128 this year to $53,974 in 2011, an increase of $2,846 or about 5.6 percent. The increases for the next three years of the term would be 2.5 percent.
After some supervisors suggested spending money that has already been collected rather than borrowing, the Pierce County Board voted to delay a decision on a $1.7-million loan to repair buildings and replace bridges. The resolution to issue general obligation notes stalled March 23 as board members agreed to table action until a special April 13 meeting. To proceed, the plan to sell bonds must be approved by at least 13 of the 17 county board members. Under the federal Stimulus Act, Pierce County has been allocated authority to issue $1.699 million of recovery zone economic development bond
The man who has been the Osseo-Fairchild School District's director of buildings and grounds since 2001 has been hired as Pierce County's maintenance supervisor. Scott A. Walker will succeed Al Huppert, who retired in January after 18 years as maintenance supervisor. Walker will begin work next Monday. His salary will be $50,565. According to his resume, Walker was responsible for overall maintenance of two school district facilities and has over 24 years experience working with boilers.
Saying there was no proof a woman benefited financially from living with her boyfriend, an appeals court reversed a Pierce County judge's decision to suspend maintenance payments from the woman's ex-husband. In a decision filed March 16, the District III Court of Appeals sent the case back to Judge Robert Wing to further examine the woman's financial status. According to background in the decision, the woman and her husband divorced after 23 years of marriage.
In a March 17 letter to supporters Rep. Kitty Rhoades, R-Hudson, said she will announce Friday that she is retiring from the Wisconsin Assembly. Rhoades, 58, has represented the 30th Assembly District for the past 12 years. Her current two-year term ends Dec. 31. She said she intends to fill out the term. "Our lives come in phases, and it's time to move on to the next phase now," said Rhoades in a phone interview Thursday morning.
The Pierce County Board is scheduled to vote next Tuesday on giving raises to the clerk of court and sheriff when their new terms begin next year. The resolution proposes giving the sheriff 2.5 percent increases on Jan. 1 of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The sheriff's current salary is $68,195 and would increase to $75,275 in 2014. The proposed resolution would raise the clerk of court's pay from $51,128 this year to $53,974 in 2011, an increase of $2,846 or about 5.6 percent. The increases for the next three years of the term would be 2.5 percent.
Pierce County's drive for countywide high-speed internet is still headed forward, but it's made a little change in course. Clearwire, a nationwide wireless internet service provider, recently contacted the county about partnering on the project and will be a co-applicant when Pierce applies for a federal grant, Brad Roy said.
Charges were filed last week against a Hammond woman accused of stealing $3,705 from a River Falls business while she worked there in early 2009. Kimberly A. Arnold, 27, allegedly made unauthorized debit card charges and wrote unauthorized checks from accounts belonging to Quality Computer Services, 408 Kennedy St. She faces one felony count of theft in a business setting and is scheduled to make her first appearance in Pierce County Court at 10 a.m.
Even after the bank bought the property, area development companies and a North Hudson man owe over $7.2 million in four foreclosure judgments. St. Croix County Judge Edward Vlack found the $10 million bid by Citizens State Bank, 375 Stageline Road, Hudson, represented fair values in the foreclosure sales. Last week the bank docketed judgments totaling $7,240,247 against BrightKeys Real Estate LLC, BrightKeys Development Corporation, BrightKeys Housing Partners LP, ConSpec Corporation and C.R.