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Briefs: HHS board mulls nursing home options, school district may buy old bank building, bridge progress

VILLAGE OF HAMMOND: Second May meeting date changed

The Hammond Village Board voted to hold its second monthly board meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28. The second meeting of the month is usually held the fourth Monday, but that would fall on Memorial Day this month.

The board also voted to install a gravel pad in the Village Park for a shed being used by the Central St. Croix Recreation leagues. The shed will allow the league to maintain the baseball fields and store equipment on site.


ST. CROIX COUNTY: HHS considers future of nursing home

At its May 5 meeting, the St. Croix County Health and Human Services Board heard a nursing home facility planning report presented by Interim Health Center Administrator Sandy Hackenmueller, which set forth four options for the board to consider for further exploration.

The board voted to further explore Option 3, which proposes building a new 50-bed health center and remodeling the existing health center into a 40-bed community-based residential facility and assisted living (CBRF/AL) and a 10-bed regional behavior center at a total estimated cost in the range of $9.1 million to $12 million.

Option 1 proposed keeping the health center as a 50-bed facility at its current location, which would cost about $3.175 million to address mechanical, HVAC and other necessary upgrades.

Option 2 proposed building a new 40-bed health center with a state property incentive based on the facility’s current application. Depending on a set of options for the new facility, it could range in costs from an estimated $9.75 million to an estimated $13.25 million.

Option 4 proposed building a new 50-bed health center, a 40-bed CBRF/AL and a 10-bed regional behavior center for an estimated $14 million to $29 million.


ST. CROIX CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT: SCC holds vote to buy old bank building

St. Croix Central School District will hold a special meeting of the electorate at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 19 in the SCC Middle School Library (1295 Vine St., Hammond.) to conduct a vote to purchase the old Associated Bank building at 915 Davis St. in Hammond.

In light of the ongoing discussions by the St. Croix Central Facilities Task Force (FTF), the old bank building is expected to house the SCC District Office, SCC Community Education, Alternative Education, a SCC District board room and other administrative offices, freeing up much needed space for additional classrooms at the middle school.

“Taxes will not be increased to acquire this property. Funding for the purchase may come from a combination of the 2013-14 budget and the fund balance in the general fund,” said Board President Howard Kruschke at the April 28 SCC School Board meeting.

The purchase price of the building is $175,000.


TOWN OF ST. JOSEPH: St. Croix Crossing bridge progress

On the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix Crossing bridge construction project in the Town of St. Joseph last week, the contractor focused on placing concrete on the bridge abutment wing walls for the new Highway 35 overpass over Highway 64, placing mulch and seed on the new stormwater pond and moving dirt as part of project activities. In addition, the detour route received fresh pavement marking paint.

Anticipated work for the week of May 12 included placing more concrete for the bridge abutment wing walls and removing additional dirt starting at the new interchange at County Road E. In traditional practice, the contractor will use watering trucks to control the dust.

On Tuesday, crews installed the first of five girders that will eventually become the Highway 35 overpass over Highway 64.

Minnesota approach work will be substantially complete by the end of 2014 and the new St. Croix Crossing bridge/Wisconsin approach work will be complete in late summer/early fall 2016.


ST. CROIX CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT: Phone survey begins May 19

Beginning May 19, St. Croix Central School District will implement a phone survey to measure community support for proposed options to district space needs. The Morris Leatherman Company out of Minneapolis will conduct the survey and compile the results for the district.

Tim Widiker, school superintendent, explains that this survey will include a representative sample of 300 people whose demographics reflect the SCC community, in areas such as gender, age, parental status, and voter activity.

“If you receive a call to complete this survey, we truly appreciate your time to provide input,” notes Widiker. “The level of community interest and support is an important key to forming the right solution for our students and our residents.”

The purpose of the survey is to: evaluate community understanding of the need for additional space; evaluate community understanding and tax tolerance for space options; explore community understanding of the benefits of the possible solutions; and understand public perceptions/opinions about the quality of programs and services provided by the school district

The survey results will be presented at the June 9 Facilities Task Force Meeting.


TOWN OF SOMERSET: Log home storage yard approved

The Somerset Town Board voted to recommend a special exception permit for a contractor’s storage yard to St. Croix County Community Development. Aaron and Rachel Hyman, who own and operate Backwoods Log Homes at 2309 80th St., New Richmond, build and restore custom log homes. Many adjacent landowners voiced their support for the storage yard at the town of Somerset Planning Commission meeting in April. The business operates from 7 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Conditions included all sawdust being removed from sight, no more than two homes being built at a time, maintaining a pine tree buffer and minimal sawdust, and no work lights in the yard. Security lights were deemed permissible. The Hymans’ request is on the June 26 county Board of Adjustments agenda.


Compiled by The News staff