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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
A drunk driving conviction in his home state will be counted, and a Wisconsin appeals court upheld a Pierce County court's finding that a Minnesota man is guilty of operating while intoxicated, second offense. The decision was filed Oct. 3 by Wisconsin's District III Court of Appeals. Matthew G. Devinny, 25, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., was charged with drunk driving after being arrested by River Falls police Nov. 20, 2005. In January of this year, Devinny filed a motion to attack a five-year-old drunk driving conviction in Minnesota.
In a series of amendments adopted last week, the Pierce County Board made the shooting range committee a subcommittee of the parks committee and changed its membership. The current shooting range committee has two citizen members and three county board members. The new subcommittee will have four county board members and one citizen member. The parks committee also has a citizen member, but that will be a different person than the shooting range committee citizen member. The four county board members of the parks committee will serve on the shooting range committee.
Over three months after 2007 budget work began in earnest, Pierce County administrators still have more than $1.3 million to cut from department requests. The human services department is proposing a 53 percent increase in its budget and that doesn't take into account another $906,400 needed to cover the department's deficits for this year and last, reported Finance Director Julie Brickner Monday night. She said the budget turned in by the sheriff's department reflects a three percent cut, but the sheriff is asking for increases in personnel, which aren't included in the budget. Despite the
An Ellsworth man, who put money aside for years and invested it to pay for his dream trip, enjoyed the adventure so much he went again. While his 2005 trip to South Africa included both photo and hunting safaris with his wife and another couple, this summer Pat McLaughlin went back alone for two weeks to hunt the seven animals he wanted to fill out his collection of mounted heads. McLaughlin, 60, said he began saving $10 a month in 1984, hoping to some day afford an African safari.