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Arguing for fairness and that more money would mean more resources for people looking for jobs or inexpensive entertainment, librarians are asking St. Croix County to raise its library tax. The county's Finance Committee listened to discussion last week but took no action and will instead forward the matter to the full County Board during a preliminary 2010 budget presentation Sept. 22. While property owners living in cities or villages with a library support the service through taxes they pay to their municipality, state law requires counties to levy a separate tax on rural property.
A judge determined the St. Croix County Board of Adjustment acted properly in approving a special exception permit to allow Heartland Montessori to open a pre-school in the town of Troy. Decisions regarding the use of the single-family house at 436 Red Brick Road now lie with Heartland's board of directors, said Cheryl Johnson, Heartland's head of school, Tuesday. "Those conversations are still taking place," she said. Heartland, which bought the house last year, has rented it out in an attempt to recoup some of the expenses, said Johnson.
Although over a third of them won't be back, St. Croix County supervisors were asked last week to give serious thought to how they believe the new board should be organized. Last fall county residents voted to cut the number of County Board members from 31 to 19. A redistricting plan has been developed, and when board candidates file for the 2010 spring election, they will run for 12 fewer seats. The Administration Committee has been charged with developing proposals to restructure board committees.
Participants in a planning session for St. Croix County's nursing home intend for it to become self-sufficient by 2015 and to diversify its services to meet changing needs. "The big first step," reported Nursing home Administrator Frank Robinson Tuesday, will be to cut $300,000 from the amount the facility receives annually from the county property tax levy.
An appeals court rejected a convicted drug trafficker's arguments that he was stopped because of his race and that some of a state trooper's testimony was improperly admitted at trial. In a decision released Tuesday, the District III Court of Appeals upheld Ernest M. Moore's conviction on one count each of possession of heroin and possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and two counts of dealer possession of controlled substances without a tax stamp. In April 2007 St.
In a July 21 decision, the District III Court of Appeals ordered that the Central St. Croix Rod and Gun Club's firing range, south of Baldwin, be permanently closed. In May 2006, Barry Serier and other neighbors sued the club, which operated several shooting ranges on 11 acres it owns in the town of Eau Galle. The neighbors complained they had experienced many near misses with stray bullets and that their buildings had been hit by bullets.
The St. Croix County Board's Finance Committee has hired a consultant to look at the county's buildings, identify their positive features and shortcomings, and explore options. An ad hoc facilities planning committee asked for outside help in tackling its task but has no budget to pay for the assistance. Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc.
In a decision released Tuesday, the District III Court of Appeals upheld a 10-year prison sentence for a 63-year-old man convicted of sexually assaulting a girl at a family gathering in the town of Hammond. The appeals court affirmed the judgment of St. Croix County Judge Eric Lundell, who sentenced Mark V. Kramer Sr. to 10 years in prison followed by 15 years of extended supervision.
It's not marriage, but some say it's marriage-like. There will be a waiting period and a fee, but no ceremony is needed. In a couple of weeks, same-sex couples in Wisconsin will be allowed to declare domestic partnerships and take advantage of some of the rights and benefits extended to married couples. County clerks around the state are preparing to accept domestic partnership declaration applications starting Aug. 3. The Domestic Partnership Law was included in the 2009-2010 state budget signed by Gov. Jim Doyle June 29.
While school districts and some county residents are benefiting from federal economic stimulus money, St. Croix County itself hasn't been very successful. "There's a ton of programs out there, but we haven't been able to find ones that apply to what the county is doing," Administrative Coordinator Chuck Whiting told Finance Committee members last week. The Highway Department applied for funding for four projects but got approval for none.