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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One supervisor questioned the per-acre price, but St. Croix County Board members voted unanimously July 7 to pay $163,152 for 6.798 acres to expand the trailhead for the St. Croix River Crossing Loop Trail. The money will be taken from the $2 million in federal money the county received to buy land or conservation easements to mitigate the impact of the new Stillwater bridge on the St. Croix River bluff.
A part of a 12-page motion inserted in the 2015-2017 Wisconsin budget would gut the shoreland ordinance and end the county’s ability to set its own standards, claim St.
The consultant hired to do a market study of St. Croix County employee salaries is recommending one main pay schedule and warned that the county jumped into its pay for performance plan prematurely. During her preliminary report to the County Board’s Administration Committee June 17, Victoria McGrath said she has collected data for similar positions from 13-14 comparable counties or municipalities. She used a simple average to determine market-value pay for each job and considers the current St.
After estimates that it would cost $160,000 a month to care for roosters, hens and chicks seized during a cockfighting investigation, the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department was authorized to dispose of 500 birds. The chickens were among those confiscated June 2 from a farm in the town of Forest in the northeastern corner of St. Croix County and from two sites in Polk County. The estimated cost of caring for the birds was $10.73 per animal per day. During a hearing on June 3, St.
A program that helped downtown businesses throughout St. Croix and Pierce counties update their facades and made loans to small retail and service businesses will be crippled by a change mandated by a federal agency, say regional program administrators. A decision by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to federalize the Regional Business Fund Inc.
St. Croix’s full County Board received a report last week on the need for, anticipated cost of and plans for the second phase of updating the countywide 911 system. The county has made no substantial radio upgrades to the system in its 36-year history, said Steve T’Kach, interim director of the Emergency Support Services Department, reporting to the board June 2. There was a moderate upgrade in 1994, and Phase I in 2013 was the first extensive upgrade to dispatch center itself. “We are in effect holding this together with paperclips, bubblegum and rubber bands.
A young man seriously injured three years ago when his car was hit by a freight train at a crossing in Baldwin is suing Union Pacific Railroad, a track supervisor and two conductors. Jordan Nutt, 20, Woodville, and his parents, William Nutt and Rhonda Birk, filed a civil lawsuit in St. Croix County Court, naming these defendants: Union Pacific, track supervisors Duane Golla of Milwaukee, conductor Michael T. Searle of Cushing and student conductor Angelo R. Aquirre of Madison. The accident occurred June 1, 2012, on the tracks at 220th Street just south of Hwy.
During their June 2 meeting, after discussion about whether improving employee morale still needs to be a priority, St. Croix County Board members adopted five new goals for County Administrator Pat Thompson. The new goals are for the annual cycle ending Feb. 28, 2016. A month earlier the board approved Thompson’s annual assessment, making him eligible, under the county’s pay-for-performance schedule, for a merit payment of 2.5 percent of his base salary.
St. Croix County supervisors were told last week that the second phase of updating the county’s 911 system will cost more than rough estimates, and because the county has committed to bond issues for the new Health Center, paying for the update will be tricky. “We got a dollar figure before we got an engineering study,” interim Emergency Communications director Steve T’Kach told the Administration Committee during its May 20 meeting. Before the engineering study, the project was estimated to cost $6.3 million.
St. Croix County’s former human resources director, who worked for the county for just under eight years, will receive nearly $70,000 in severance benefits. According to a copy of the separation agreement obtained from County Administrator Pat Thompson, the negotiated resignation results in the county keeping Tammy Funk on the payroll for four months, paying out accumulated sick leave and PTO and paying for her medical insurance until Aug.