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ELLSWORTH -- On Jan. 2, Pierce County's coroner will become its medical examiner with a sizable increase in pay. Incumbent Coroner Sue Dzubay has lobbied supervisors to go from an elected coroner system to a hired medical examiner to assure that qualified people are handling death investigations. The County Board voted in March to switch to a medical examiner.
Nancy Ortwerth had hardly gotten over the high of being elected Pierce County Sheriff when she and her fiancé flew off to Jamaica and got married. On Nov. 7, county voters chose the 40-year-old DARE officer over incumbent Sheriff Everett Muhlhausen by a vote of 7,832 to 6,108. On Nov. 25, she and Jason Hove were married. "It's still hard to believe," she said of her election. "I'm doing wonderful--I think," said Hove Friday, reacting to her whirlwind month. Defeating an incumbent isn't easy.
Pierce County is looking for a real estate consultant to evaluate and assess the Ellsworth M&I Bank and analyze the benefits of buying versus renting that building. The county has been renting space in the bank--which is next door to the courthouse--for $54,000 a year.
Last week, the Pierce County Board approved one percent pay raises for about 50 non-union employees. The group includes mostly department heads and managers. The raises will go into effect Jan. 1, 2007. The action incorporates a 10-step pay plan offered by Bjorklund Compensation Consulting when it completed its classification and pay study in October 2005.
After a little tweaking during its meeting Tuesday, the Pierce County Board adopted a 2007 budget, raising the county's property tax levy to the state-limited cap of $12,875,705. That total includes almost $12.3 million for general operations, $400,000 for county library and $200,000 for county aid for bridges. The county has no debt, so no money was budgeted for debt service. Each county's property tax cap is set by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and is based on the value of new construction.
ELLSWORTH -- After a little tweaking Tuesday morning, the Pierce County Board adopted its 2007 budget, raising the county's property tax levy to the state-limited cap of $12,875,705. That total includes almost $12.3 million for general operations, $400,000 for county library and $200,000 for county aid for bridges. The county has no debt so no money was budgeted for debt service. Each county's property tax cap is set by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and is based on the value of new construction.
In a relatively brief meeting last week, the Pierce County Board voted to extend the termination date of a temporary committee that is studying existing economic and industrial development groups. The committee, created in late June, was originally set to submit a report by Aug. 31. The new deadline is Feb.
State aids that haven't increased in a decade and limits on county funding will apparently mean fewer services to Pierce County's mentally ill residents as well as the loss of almost six full-time county jobs. Last week, the county's human services committee met for about three hours to give its approval to a series of budget request cuts intended to meet the finance and personnel committee's directive.
In a series of motions that brought one county board member to obscenity and some department administrators to consternation, the Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee approved a 2007 budget last week that keeps the county under its state-mandated levy cap. The budget proposal will be introduced at next Tuesday's county board meeting. Discussion and adoption are expected at the Tuesday, Nov.
The Town of Martell has filed suit against Pierce County and its insurance company, asking for help repairing town roads damaged when county officers detoured traffic around an accident. Gwen Kuchevar, the town's attorney, said Martell is asking for up to $80,000 to fix the blacktopped roads. According to the complaint, on Jan. 27 there was a serious traffic accident near the intersection of Hwy. 63 and CTH N in the Town of Martell. One man died in the collision between a pickup and a semi-truck. Sheriff's department officers directed all traffic from state Hwy.