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Committee appointments highlight County Board meeting

With a light action-item agenda at last week’s St. Croix County Board meeting, discussion was highlighted by a second round of committee appointments by County Administrator Patrick Thompson.

In April, the board approved new membership on its Administration, Community Development, Public Protection and Transportation committees, as well as Thompson’s picks for the Board of Health and Human Services, and the Council on Aging and Disabilities.

At its May 6 meeting, the board added the following Thompson appointees:

— Land Information Advisory Council – District 12 Supervisor Dan Hansen.

— Lower St. Croix Management Commission Partnership Team – District 2 Supervisor Agnes Ring.

— Squaw Lake Rehabilitation District – District 10 Supervisor Dave Ostness.

— St. Croix County Economic Development Committee – Ostness, Ring and District 1 Supervisor Travis Schachtner.

— St. Croix Fair Board – District 16 Supervisor Paulette Anderson, District 6 Supervisor Steve Nielsen and District 9 Supervisor Jill Berke.

— WestCap-West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency – Ostness.

— West Central Area Land and Water Conservation Association – Board Chair and District 5 Supervisor Roy Sjoberg.

— West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning – Schachtner, Ring and citizen Larry Weisenback.

— Willow River Rehabilitation District – District 7 Supervisor Chris Kilber.

The board also approved adding District 13 Supervisor Ron Kiesler to the Health and Human Services Board, and deferred action until June on Thompson’s appointments to the Bass Lake Rehabilitation District and the County Traffic Safety Commission.

The following were among status reports and updates at the board’s May 6 meeting:

— A Committee of the Whole session scheduled for 8 a.m. May 29 to review and update the county’s strategic plan, including consideration of the possible climate-change impact of future construction and other items.

— The Administration Committee’s late-April endorsement of Thompson’s efforts to negotiate with federal officials to continue the county’s lease at the Agricultural Services Center in Baldwin. A 10-year lease has been proposed, Thompson said in a brief interview after last week’s County Board meeting.

— An advisory motion passed by the Health and Human Services Board May 5 asking the Glenwood City Council for a 90-day suspension of its split decision to annex land associated with a proposed frac-sand mining operation.

— Another Health and Human Services Board initiative on the possibility of converting the county nursing home to a 40-bed assisted-living facility and adding a 10-bed regional center for certain dementia patients.

Chuck Nowlen

Chuck Nowlen joined the Star-Observer team as a business, township and general-assignment reporter in April, 2014 after a three-decade career in newspapers and magazines, and as a newsroom-management/business-planning consultant.

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