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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.
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 "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.
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.
A space study indicates St.
While the process for getting permits for smaller signs will be easier and less expensive, it won't be legal to erect a new billboard in most rural areas of St. Croix County under a proposed sign regulation ordinance. The new ordinance, expected to be voted on by the County Board during its June 19 meeting, does not apply to the county's cities and villages or to the towns of Hudson, Forest and Cady - which aren't under county zoning. If adopted, the new law will replace standards that have been in place for 30 years, said Planner Ellen Denzer.
Circumstantial evidence -- such as leading police on a high speed chase in a van like the one described by a witness and being found with a hammer, 100 gambling cards and $336 in cash -- was enough to convict a St. Croix County man of burglarizing a local bar, according to an appeals court decision released May 30. William D. Van Beek, now 30, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison and five years extended supervision, and ordered to pay court assessments of $7,042 after being convicted of burglary.
While the process for getting permits for smaller signs will be easier and less expensive, it won't be legal to erect a new billboard in most rural areas of St. Croix County under a proposed sign regulation ordinance. The new ordinance, expected to be voted on by the County Board during its June 19 meeting, does not apply to the county's cities and villages or to the towns of Hudson, Forest and Cady -- which have their own zoning ordinances. If adopted, the new law will replace standards that have been in place for 30 years, said Planner Ellen Denzer.
After months of meetings, a consultant recommended last week that St. Croix County hold on to the northern quadrants of the Government Center property and look at marketing the southern quadrants. Dennis Welsch of Barsness Consulting Services said his company is suggesting that the county keep 47 acres for county operations and future expansion and convert 35 acres to new uses and public infrastructure improvements. Welsch gave his report during the County Board's May meeting, one of the few held in the evening. It was after 10 p.m.