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Fires prohibited in town of St. Joseph; permits needed

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Hudson Star Observer
Fires prohibited in town of St. Joseph; permits needed
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

The St. Joseph Town Board has deemed it "imprudent and dangerous" to set fires upon any land within the town. In accordance with Wisconsin state statutes, the board passes Resolution 2009-1 on March 5, declaring a closed fire season within the town.


Under the resolution, any person within the town of St. Joseph (resident, or non-resident) is forbidden to set fire at any time on any land within the town from April 1, 2009, to March 31, 2010, without proper permission. Any person who sets a fire and allows it to escape control will be liable for all expenses incurred in the suppression of the fire. Citizens who want a burning permit can obtain one from town firefighters, Town Board members or other town-designated people.

Credit release

The town of St. Joseph has released a $5,000 letter of credit left from Park Hollow, a subdivision off River Road. The letter of credit has been left for the last two years, has been "lost in the mix of things," and is no longer applicable.

Redistricting plan

A brief review of the 2010 county supervisor redistricting of St. Joseph and surrounding areas was presented Thursday night. Under the new plan, the County Board will be reduced from 31 to 19 supervisors, and the county will have 19 districts. St. Joseph will fall into a single district and the town would have one representative instead of two under the current plan.

These changes will not take effect until the 2010 elections, and will be changed and re-drawn again in 2011 (for the 2012 elections) after all census data from 2010-11 is received.


The Town Board has approved the final wage for recording secretary Steph Sianko at a rate of $60 per meeting covered that will be paid monthly. The board also approved a wage increase from $15 to $17 an hour for Deputy Clerk Becky Milbrandt.

A debate has been scheduled at the St. Joseph Town Hall for Tuesday, March 17, at 7 p.m. for all open town positions.