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A $300,000 grant from an Andersen foundation will cover most of the cost of a therapy pool for St. Croix County’s new nursing home. When county supervisors met last spring with the architects, the general contractor and market-study consultants for the $20 million construction and remodeling project, the therapy pool was discussed but set aside as costs were trimmed. In October the Fund to Benefit St. Croix Health Center Committee, under the umbrella of the New Richmond Area Community Foundation, applied for a grant from the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation.
HUDSON – St. Croix County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday morning to indefinitely postpone, effectively killing, a proposal to bond to pay for $5 million in building and equipment projects. The county sold a $10 million bond issue in 2015 and plans to sell another $10 million this year for the new nursing home project, which is unrelated to the capital improvement projects that would have been covered by the $5 million. Advisors warned that bonding the $5 million in 2016 would increase interest costs for the Health Center project by $500,000.
Filings were strong as the deadline approached Tuesday, and in the end races had developed for eight seats on the 19-member St. Croix County Board. Ten incumbents are running unopposed, and in another district, the incumbent is not running but a former board member is. The general election will be held Tuesday, April 5. No primary races are expected.
As of Monday morning there were firm candidates for six of the 19 seats on the St. Croix County Board, two registered candidates for two seats and no declared candidates for six seats. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Those interested in running must register their candidacy with the county clerk and collect 20-100 signatures on their nomination papers. County Clerk Cindy Campbell reminded potential candidates that they should register their candidacy with her office before circulating nomination papers.
While farmers need to do a better job of telling others what their occupation means to the country, they shouldn’t harp on the difficulties of their work, warned agriculture radio legend Orion Samuelson, speaking to a farming Economic Outlook meeting in Menomonie Dec. 7. “Don’t play the sympathy card with city people, they work as hard as you do,” said Samuelson, 81, who has been the head agriculture broadcaster at WGN Radio in Chicago for 55 years and currently co-hosts “This Week in AgriBusiness.”
When Mike Pearson predicted that the two billion projected world population growth in the next 50 years is good news for American farmers, an elderly dairyman came up to him and said, “Baloney.” Well, said Pearson, the man didn’t actually use that word -- he used a similar term common on farms. The population has grown four billion since 1960, and his wallet is no fuller, said the old farmer.
HUDSON – A proposal to borrow $5 million for repair projects that failed to win approval from the St. Croix County Board earlier this month will come back to the board in January. “We’re stymied without the funding for these very important projects,” County Administrator Pat Thompson told Administration Committee members last week. He said several board members had questions and some asked that committees review the list of projects that would be funded by the bonding, which needs a three-quarters vote of the board for passage.
The woman who would have become St. Croix’s second-in-command Jan. 1 turned in her resignation last week after the county’s former emergency support services director claimed her influence was a factor that led to his dismissal.
During its Dec. 1 meeting, the St. Croix County Board hired a human resources director and confirmed changes to the paid-time-off payout policy for county staff. After over eight months without a person in that role, the board voted last week to hire Heather Murray as its human services director. Murray has been Eau Claire County’s HR director for 10 years. Her annual salary in St. Croix County will be $101,200. County Administrator Pat Thompson said St. Croix received over 70 applications after recruiting nationwide and interviewed 10 applicants.
HUDSON – During its Dec. 1 meeting, the St. Croix County Board hired a human resources director and confirmed changes to the paid-time-off payout policy for county staff. After over eight months without a person in that role, the board voted last week to hire Heather Murray as its human services director. Murray has been Eau Claire County’s HR director for 10 years. Her annual salary in St. Croix County will be $101,200. County Administrator Pat Thompson said St. Croix received over 70 applications after recruiting nationwide and interviewed 10 applicants.