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Although county supervisors haven't given their stamp of approval, Pierce County's new veteran services officer has developed a proposal for an expanded memorial on the front lawn of the courthouse. As groundskeepers prepare for the replacement and repair of sidewalks, he agreed to develop a plan for the front lawn, said VSO David Till. The plan calls for the addition of an "eternal flame," moving the five stone tablets listing the county's war dead to the opposite side of the existing sidewalk and adding two more flag poles, two picnic tables and more sidewalk. Till said the proposed memor
Pierce County Board members must be on the same page before they hire a new administrative coordinator, warned County Board Chairman Paul Barkla. He added long-time County Clerk David Sorenson believed he lost his last election as a result of his role as part-time administrative coordinator. Barkla, himself filling in as interim coordinator, would like to hold a day-long goal-setting session for supervisors, focusing on the role of the administrative coordinator.
Agreements reached by negotiators would give 140 Pierce County union workers three percent increases in each of three years and would gradually raise the share employees pay for health insurance. The contracts--for 55 workers in the courthouse union, 55 in the highway union and 30 Human Services Department support staff--are expected to go to union members for a vote this week. If approved by workers, the contracts will come to the county board for adoption July 22. All three contracts call for two percent increases effective Jan.
When the pharmacist called to say he couldn't refill a prescription for her special needs son's anti-anxiety medication, Mary Boots was surprised. Boots, who lives near Hudson, asked one of her son's caregivers, who said she had disposed of the pills because they were outdated. Boots, herself a registered nurse who worked in home health, told the younger woman she shouldn't have done that without someone else observing.
Pierce County Board members have begun reviewing the job description for administrative coordinator and, at the request of one supervisor, pondering if the county even needs one. Finance committee members also voted early last week to pay County Board Chairman Paul Barkla, River Falls, $1,000 a month to serve as interim administrative coordinator. The pay is in addition to his $300 per month stipend for serving as county board chairman and the per diem fees paid for attending board and committee meetings. Curt Kephart resigned May 16 after nearly three years as administrative coordinator.
Nomination papers are being circulated by candidates running for some county offices, district attorney, state assembly, some state senate seats and congress. Prospective candidates have from now to July 8 to collect the signatures they need to have their names on ballots for the General Election to be held Tuesday, Nov. 4. Where necessary, primary elections will be held Tuesday, Sept. 9. District attorneys Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle, a Democrat, is seeking re-election.
The Pierce County Board voted last week to begin charging a $200 fee when the county treasurer starts the procedure to take property on which taxes haven't been paid. The fee is intended to cover title company fees and other costs related to the tax deed process. It will be paid by the property owners if they pay off back taxes, or it could be recouped if the property is eventually taken by the county and sold by bid. "We are very behind in the process," Treasurer Phyllis Beastrom told county board members Tuesday. "We haven't done any for many years," Beastrom explained.
Green is good, both for a business' image and for its bottom line, says the owner of Flat Pennies Ice Cream Shop in Bay City. Though the paperwork isn't complete, Jim Ross expects to join over 100 Wisconsin tourism businesses that have earned the right to display the "Travel Green Wisconsin" logo. "Basically what they're trying to do is create businesses environments that are as green as possible," said Ross of the Department of Tourism's initiative, which was launched last year. "People come here to Wisconsin to really grasp the beauty of the state," said Ross.
A 55-year-old Pepin County man died Friday when a farm tractor rolled over on him. Daniel Black, County Road Z, Arkansaw, was pronounced dead at the scene by Pepin County Deputy Coroner Christy Rundquist. The accident location was in a farm field just outside Pierce County. The accident was reported at 5:10 p.m. May 23. Pierce County authorities were the first to get the 911 call because it was made from a phone in Pierce County.
A former River Falls man failed to convince appeals court judges that allowing Pierce County jurors to re-watch a videotape of a child's testimony prejudiced his case. Last week, the District III Court of Appeals affirmed Robert H. Magee's conviction of first-degree sexual assault of a child and rejected his request for a new trial. On March 10, 2006, a Pierce County jury found Magee guilty of assaulting the 10-year-old child in July 2004.