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Government Briefs: Free meals for kids, Park Plan open house and more


Stressing the importance of offering nutritious meals to children during the summer months, the New Richmond School District announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are typically unavailable. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under.

The following locations will serve the free meals this summer:

• New Richmond Middle School: Breakfast: 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; Lunch: 11:10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., daily from June 10 to June 28

• New Richmond Middle School and Paperjack Elementary: Breakfast 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; Lunch: 11:10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., July 14 to Aug. 14, Monday through Thursday during the district’s Jumpstart program

Meals are provided to eligible children regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender or disability. All children are welcome to eat. Enrollment in Summer Stretch or Jumpstart is not required. District transportation service to meal sites is not available.


CITY OF NEW RICHMOND: Park Plan open house

City of New Richmond staff and Park Board members are seeking public participation and comments on a Park Plan that documents the past, present and future of the New Richmond Park System.

The Park Plan will be presented at a public open house in Mary Park (near the tennis courts) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11. Adults and children of all ages are invited to attend, view the Park Plan, provide input on current park uses and future plans. Park staff will be on hand to discuss the parks system and serve root beer floats to all attendees.

In the event of inclement weather, the open house will be held at the New Richmond Civic Center. For more information or questions about the Park Plan, contact Public Works Director Jeremiah Wendt at 715-243-0439.


VILLAGE OF HAMMOND: County Road T project

County Road T in the village of Hammond from the south water tower to the railroad tracks near St. Croix Central Middle School will be seal coated and striped later this summer, according to Hammond clerk/administrator Sandi Hazer.

At the Hammond Village Board meeting Wednesday, May 28, Public Works employee Bob Trudell said St. Croix County will also seal coat and stripe County Road T from the south water tower to the Interstate 94 interchange.

By having the county continue with the work into the village, Almost $4,000 will be saved, Trudell said. The total cost for all village road work this summer is $83,362. Roughly $5,000 will come from the streets’ outlay fund, Hazer said. Work is tentatively set to begin the last week of July.


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 then on the left sidebar select the desired park(s).


ST. CROIX COUNTY: Appliance, tire roundups set

The 2014 annual round-up for appliances and tires sponsored by the St. 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 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


CITY OF NEW RICHMOND: National Night Out poster contest

The City of New Richmond will hold a National Night Out gathering at Mary Park from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 5. At the New Richmond event, local fire, rescue, police and ambulance personnel will be on hand to answer questions and give demonstrations.

As part of the event, the New Richmond Public Safety Committee has organized a poster contest for children ages 5 to 18. Entrants must be residents of the City of New Richmond.

The theme for the poster contest is “Safe City.” The poster must incorporate “New Richmond National Night Out” in the design, and the poster should reflect elements that make a neighborhood or city safe. Posters should fit on one 8.5-inch by 11-inch letter size piece of paper. Posters can be horizontally or vertically oriented.

Awards will be given according to the following age groups: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18.

Entries can be submitted at the Friday Memorial Library until Aug. 1. One overall winning poster will be used as the official 2014 New Richmond National Night Out poster.

According to its website, National Night Out was established by the National Association of Town Watch in 1984 as “an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”

For updates about the New Richmond event, visit


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.

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.


Compiled by The News staff