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Briefs: New TIF district, HHS ribbon cutting, library site meeting

CITY OF NEW RICHMOND: City Plan Commission OKs new TIF district

At its June 12 meeting, the New Richmond Plan Commission held a public hearing and voted to approve a new tax incremental financing (TIF) district in the city.

After hearing a presentation from Sean Lentz, a senior financial advisor with Ehlers Inc., about the proposed TIF District 10, during a public hearing, the Plan Commission voted to move the plan forward for consideration by the New Richmond City Council at its next meeting.

The proposal includes four parcels of land in the city’s industrial park — two owned by Phillips-Medisize and two owned by the City of New Richmond.

Lentz said the impetus for the creation of the TIF district was a preliminary conversation with Phillips-Medisize. The company is interested in expanding on its current site in the industrial park and on the parcel it owns to the west.

According to Lentz, the company hopes to make improvements that could add an additional $3.5 million of taxable valuation to the city.

The New Richmond City Council is expected to consider the creation of TIF District 10 at a meeting on June 30. If approved, a Joint Review Board made up of representatives from the property’s various taxing authorities could act on the issue at a meeting tentatively scheduled for July 10.


ST. CROIX COUNTY: Date set for HHS ribbon cutting

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception for the new St. Croix County Services Center in New Richmond has been scheduled for 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1.

The event will take place at 1752 Dorset Lane — the former County Market grocery store — just off Highway 65 across from the Walmart store in New Richmond.

The new facility will house the Aging and Disability Resource Center, Behavioral Health, Children Services, Economic Support, Public Health and Veterans Services.

For more information, contact Colleen Linder at 715-246-8235.


CITY OF NEW RICHMOND: Joint meeting set for Council, Library Board, School Board

The New Richmond City Council will meet with the city’s Library Board and the New Richmond School District Board of Education at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 30, at the Community Commons (421 S. Green Ave.) to discuss the possibility of building a new city library at the Community Commons site.

Items on the special meeting agenda include the following:

• Project overview and meeting purpose

• Considerations and non-negotiable items

• Funding and collaboration updates

• Considerations of Commons area building and lot

• Formal considerations and approval

• Community conversation design charrette process/RFQ


ST. CROIX COUNTY: Biltonen joins Extension staff

Eric Biltonen has joined St. Croix County University of Wisconsin-Extension staff as the Community, Natural, Resource and Economic Development Agent (CNRED), replacing Pete Kling, who resigned last fall.

Biltonen, who is moving here from Texas, earned a doctorate in agricultural and resource economics from Colorado State University. After graduation, he moved to Sri Lanka where he began work on a two-year post-doctoral research position. Following the completion of his post-doctoral research assignment, he embarked on a career as a water resources economics and planning consultant based in Vietnam. He has consulted in numerous countries and worked with all levels of stakeholders from local grassroots organizations to national level government. He is particularly interested in adapting existing tools, techniques and knowledge to deliver products and services that are useful and effective in helping people and local governments achieve their economic and community development goals.

His work in St. Croix County will focus on developing educational programs in economic and organizational development and the environment. He will work closely with local governments and other groups bringing UW-Extension resources to assist in helping work on local issues.


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

Compiled by The News staff