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The St. Croix County Finance Committee received and approved the first request for use of a new policy that allows county employees to donate unused paid time off (PTO) to co-workers. The policy was adopted by the County Board last March in response to workers asking to give some of their time to jailer David Dykes, whose infant son had a malignant tumor removed and was treated with chemotherapy. Dykes has now made a request and will be allowed to tap the PTO pool as fellow workers offer to donate time to him.
St. Croix County Medical Examiner Casey Swetlik has submitted his resignation, but the offer has been put on hold while County Board members work out disagreements over the appropriateness of an employee having a second job. Swetlik, who has been medical examiner on a contract basis for two years, was hired in April as director of the county's Emergency Communications Center. Prior to that, he worked as the center's assistant director.
The reports range from a high profile case in which an accountant stole more than $150,000 from an elderly widow, to a call from a person worried about her neighbor's hygiene. The term "elder abuse" covers a lot of territory, but most often it's a case of a family needing help with simple basic needs, according to Pierce County Office on Aging Supervisor Kathy Hass. By the end of July, the Pierce County Office on Aging had received 11 reports of suspected elder neglect or abuse.
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Though no action was taken, alternatives for the St. Croix County nursing home offered Tuesday night ranged from trying to resurrect a private company's plan for taking over the home to suggesting that the county build a new facility on its own. No one directly proposed closing the nursing home, but suggestions were made that its property-tax subsidy - which a consultant said will total about $8.4 million over the next five years - could be used to provide other services.
A "letter of intent" regarding a proposal to have Christian Community Home of Hudson take over St. Croix County's nursing home in New Richmond is expected to be finalized this Wednesday, said County Board Chairman Buck Malick. A proposal review committee will meet in closed session at 10:30 a.m. July 11.
St. Croix County's attempt to freeze wages for union workers at the county's financially struggling nursing home for a year was rejected last week by a state arbitrator. The workers will get the increases proposed by their union: a two percent increase on Jan. 1, 2006 and a one percent increase effective July 1, 2006. The county and union agreed that the nursing home workers would get a two percent increase on Jan.
A proposal made public Wednesday would have St. Croix County taxpayers spending $2.75 million over five years to exit the nursing home business and help the non-profit Christian Community Home build a new 95-bed facility on county acreage near New Richmond. A summary released Wednesday afternoon says that St. Croix County would pay Christian Community Homes of Hudson $2.75 million to take over the county's financially struggling nursing home. In turn CCH would build a new 95-bed Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home on county land in New Richmond.