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Ellsworth Police Chief Greg Place is the uncontested candidate for a seat on the Pierce County Board, and there will be a primary election in February for a River Falls seat. Also as the filing deadline passed last week, contests had developed for three other seats on the 17-member board. A board newcomer is the only candidate for one seat, and only the incumbents are candidates for 11 seats. Place filed for the Ellsworth seat now held by Pamela Sans, who has served on the board since 2006. Sans did not file for re-election.
Pierce County Supervisors are asking for extra federal money to help replace the old salt-damaged bridge on CTH F in the area commonly known as "Clifton Hollow." The two-lane bridge, which crosses the nearly 200-foot-deep Kinnickinnic River valley gorge, has grades of 10 percent on both approaches. Tight curves on the road leading to the bridge also pose challenges to drivers, especially during bad weather, according to a county board resolution that will come to a vote Jan.
Despite a report the owners are claiming more than the birds were worth, the Pierce County Board voted last week to pay $15 to $20 apiece for chickens and guinea hens apparently killed by dogs. Each November at the board's budget meeting, supervisors are asked to approve claims for domestic animals killed or injured by stray dogs.
The Pierce County Board voted last week to seek bids for $3.96 million in general obligation bonds to pay for a series of projects. The projects include buying land, computers for the sheriff's department, fairground bleachers, a new Courthouse elevator, and air conditioning and boiler replacements. According to the schedule presented Tuesday, the county will seek a bond rating the week of Jan. 14, expects to sell the bonds the following week and plans to receive the money in early February. The board also voted to go with a 10-year repayment schedule.
The choice was Christmas in a comfortable Pierce County home, surrounded by her family, or spending time with orphans thousands of miles away. Kristina Harsdorf chose the orphans. By the time her family celebrates the holiday in Wisconsin, she will be baking Christmas cookies with young Romanians at her apartment. Harsdorf, who signed on for a year-long internship with Children to Love International, is part of a team working with children in eight orphanages in Bucharest, a city of two million in Southern Romania. She hadn't planned to return to Wisconsin during the year, but came back la
If Wisconsin lawmakers and citizens learned anything from the last budget process, it's that it must be changed, said Sen.
Pierce County Board members don't claim to be experts on the value of a dead chicken, but they balked last week at paying $20 apiece. Each November at the board's budget meeting, supervisors are asked to approve claims for domestic animals killed or injured by stray dogs.
Like a family banking money for lean times it's been told will come, Pierce County's finance committee voted Monday night to raise the 2008 property tax levy to the maximum allowed by the state. The proposal, which puts $737,108 in a "risk management" fund, will go to the full County Board Nov. 13. Until Oct. 26, the county was looking at a 2008 mill rate of 4.33, which would have resulted in a county tax of roughly $866 on a $200,000 house.
When property tax bills arrive in the mail later this year, Ellsworth Supt. Dan Kaler asks district residents not to panic at the school levy but to look at the bottom line. While the school levy is higher than past years, it will be reduced by a school tax credit that will show up on individual tax bills. "The mill rate doesn't reflect the fact that there is also a tax credit," said Kaler.
"Slow down for winter conditions," warns the Pierce County Highway Department's patrol superintendent. "Most winter accidents are caused by going too fast for conditions," said Al Thoner, advising that highway hazards come on fast. He urged drivers to be particularly cautious after snow falls. "Give way to any snow emergency equipment (that is) plowing snow," said Thoner.