Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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During their meeting Tuesday morning, St. Croix County supervisors voted 14-3 to transfer $1 million from the general fund to the Health Center’s capital improvement fund for 2015 planning and architectural costs. The intent is to reimburse the General Fund after the county borrows money for the project in the fall. Supervisor Stephen Nielsen of Hudson spoke against the transfer and the project itself.
In December St. Croix’s Administration Committee voted to give a three-month lease extension to the private business that took over the county’s sheltered workshop. Last week the committee extended that lease another two years. ESR Inc., formerly named East Suburban Resources, is renting the 12,000-square-foot building that St. Croix Industries occupied on the Health Center campus in New Richmond.
As discussions on Gov. Scott Walker’s biennial budget proposal heat up, Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) reminds voters this is just the start of the process and urges them to ask questions and talk to lawmakers. “This is the governor’s budget, and it’s now in our hands,” said Harsdorf Monday.
Plans to give St. Croix County Board members improved access to documents, progress updating board rules, and work on a policy to improve communications with staff were among the subjects discussed during the Jan. 21 Administration Committee meeting. Information Technology Director John Allegro offered alternatives that would replace “thin client” terminals County Board members use to access documents, usually during meetings in the Government Center. The first alternative would be to provide Microsoft Surface Tablets that would allow supervisors to remotely access the county’s server.
Although her predecessor officially won the election and another candidate received over 12,000 votes to Kristi Severson’s 713 write-in votes, last Friday Severson took the oath of office as St.
HUDSON – Wednesday morning the St. Croix County judges announced they have appointed Kristi Severson clerk of court. She will serve the four-year term won by her predecessor, who moved on to another job about seven months ago. In the beginning of the election process, Lori Meyer, who had been clerk of court for 22 years, was the only candidate on the ballot.
After suspending their usual rules, St. Croix County Board members voted 17-0 Tuesday to increase the budget for the new Health Center project by a third – from $15 million to $20 million. The project includes building a new 50-bed skilled nursing facility and a new 10-bed dementia/ mental health crisis unit and remodeling the county’s current nursing home in New Richmond as a 40-bed assisted living facility. The ad hoc Health Center Construction Committee voted just last week to endorse the higher cost.
St. Croix County’s Administration Committee voted last week to give a three-month lease extension to the private nonprofit agency that took over the county’s sheltered workshop program last year. After about an hour of discussion on Dec. 17, the committee agreed to extend until June 30 East Suburban Resources’ lease of the 12,000-square-foot building that St. Croix Industries occupied on the Health Center campus in New Richmond.
An Illinois-based company that is already working with two western Wisconsin counties will be hired to do a wage market study for St. Croix County. Last week the County Board’s Administration Committee authorized Administrator Pat Thompson to complete negotiations with McGrath Human Resources Group to analyze the county’s pay and classification structure.
Merlin Blaisdell’s career has taken turns he never would have expected growing up in rural Pierce County. He started as a young Army recruit trained as a food inspector, retired as sergeant first class, worked 14 years as a grocer, became Pierce County veterans service officer and is now retiring as St. Croix County VSO. “I have really enjoyed my life as veterans service officer,” said Blaisdell after over 11 years as a VSO. “It’s not a job. It’s a calling really.