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Briefs: HHS budget meeting, kennel license issued, County Parks Open House Weekend

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ST. CROIX COUNTY: HHS to hold budget planning meeting

Residents of St. Croix County are invited to attend the public meeting sponsored by the St. Croix County Health and Human Services Board and Council on Aging and Disabilities to solicit public input on 2015 budget planning.

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The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, at the St. Croix County Government Center (1101 Carmichael Rd., Hudson) in the County Boardroom. The St. Croix County Health and Human Services Board will be in session prior to the budget hearing.

Those unable to attend the meeting, can send written comments to St. Croix County Health and Human Services, (Attn: Colleen Linder) 1445 N. Fourth St., New Richmond, WI, 54017. Those who desire sign language, interpreter services or other needs, can contact Colleen Linder at 715-246-8235.

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CITY OF NEW RICHMOND: Kennel license issued

At its May 6 meeting, the New Richmond Plan Commission voted to approve an application for a kennel license from Jenna and Kyle Zimmer for Play and Stay Pet Lodge (1051 N. Dakota Ave.). According to meeting minutes, there was considerable discussion on the issue. There was concern about fencing to be used outside and the location of the fence. A neighbor questioned whether there would be supervision of the dogs overnight. She had no problem with the kennel in that location.

A motion was approved to grant the licence with a maximum of 15 dogs allowed at night and 25 allowed during the day, along with multiple additional conditions.

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TOWN OF STAR PRAIRIE: Special town meeting scheduled

A special meeting of the Star Prairie Town Board will be held at the Star Prairie Town Hall (2118 Cook Drive, Somerset) on Tuesday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m.

Issues that will be addressed include the creation of a town sign inventory, road maintenance projects, completion plans for 220th Avenue, a plan for completing the town playground and finances.

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ST. CROIX COUNTY: County Parks Open House Weekend

St. Croix County will host a County Parks Open House Weekend on June 7-8

for all park visitors.

The Open House offers free vehicle admission for all visitors into the county’s three staffed parks: Glen Hills Park, Troy Beach and Homestead Parklands on Perch Lake. Additional fees still apply for camping, boat or canoe rentals, and group shelter rentals.

Discover and explore the St. Croix County Parks. Plan a family event to swim, fish, boat, hike, picnic or just relax.

For park locations, directions and a list of amenities available at each location visit the St. Croix County Parks website at sccwi.us/parks then on the left sidebar select the desired park(s).

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ST. CROIX COUNTY: Appliance, tire roundups set

The 2014 annual round-up for appliances and tires sponsored by the Saint Croix County recycling program will be held at several locations on Saturday, June 7.

The locations and times for the appliance program are as follows:

— Hudson: Public Works facility, Krattley Lane, North Hudson, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

— Woodville: Fire Hall, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

— Somerset: Town Hall, 748 Highway 35, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

With the exception of commercial and gas/ammonia units, the cost for all appliances is $5. Appliances which will be accepted include: air conditioners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, stoves and ovens, clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, microwave ovens, water heaters, furnaces, trash compactors and garbage disposals.

In addition, automotive batteries will be accepted at all locations at no charge.

Payment is by cash or check only. No credit card, debit card or invoices are allowed. If paying by check, the check should be payable to JR’s Appliances.

Electronics are not accepted at the appliance round-up. These include computers, monitors, printers, scanners, tablets, PDA’s, televisions, stereos, radios, boom boxes, fax machines, photocopiers, telephones and cell phones.

The locations and times for the tire round-up are as follows:

— Hudson: Public Works facility, Krattley Lane, North Hudson, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

— New Richmond: Richmond Town Hall recycling center, County Road A, Boardman, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— Somerset: Town Hall, 748 Highway 35, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The costs for tire disposal are as follows:

— Cars up to 16” without a rim; $2

— Cars up to 16” with a rim; $4

— Trucks 17” – 22” without a rim; $4

— Trucks 17” – 22” with a rim; $8

— Tractors; $15

— Heavy equipment; $20

— Bicycles; 50 cents

Payment is by cash or check; neither credit cards nor debit cards will be accepted. If paying by check, it should be made payable to the host community: City of Hudson, Town of Richmond, or Town of Somerset.

Residents with questions about these collection programs are encouraged to contact Jon Tulman, recycling specialist, by calling 715-531-1907 or sending an email to jon.tulman@co.saint-croix.wi.us

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ST. CROIX COUNTY: HHS earns child care award

The St. Croix County Health & Human Services Department has been recognized for meeting all performance standards in the administration of the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program. A Certificate of Excellence was presented on Thursday, May 15, to St. Croix County during the annual conference of the Wisconsin County Human Services Association in Elkhart Lake.

“The Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program is a key component for supporting low-income parents who are working or preparing for work by subsidizing child care costs for those families,” said Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson. “By recognizing the counties that have demonstrated high performance, we are acknowledging the role that they play in stabilizing families and supporting communities.”

St. Croix County earned the certificate of excellence by maintaining short phone call wait times and improving document processing for parents in need of child care services. The county agency also met the new standards set by DCF for a high level of accuracy in eligibility processing.

The new performance standards were put in place in 2013 in consultation between the Department of Children and Families and the Wisconsin County Human Services Association. The child care standards exhibited by St. Croix County resulted in high quality services to families, significant accuracy in program administration, and conscientious stewardship of the state and federal funds that support the child care subsidy program.

Visit the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families website at dcf.wi.gov for more information on the Wisconsin Shares child care system.

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TOWN OF ST. JOSEPH: Bridge work progressing

The St. Croix Crossing project is making significant progress on the new Highway 35 overpass that will go over the newly aligned Highway 64. Construction crews are pouring concrete for the bridge abutment wing walls and placing concrete beams for the next phase of construction. Photos are available on the project Facebook page at facebook.com/saintcroixcrossingmndot. The construction schedule is on track to remove the Highway 35 detour south of Houlton in July, weather permitting.

Concrete pours on the bridge abutment wing walls continued this week, along with excavation at the new interchange at County Road E.

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Compiled by The News staff

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