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Proponents of a smaller St. Croix County Board were right about one thing: There is more competition for fewer seats. In 2008, when all 31 seats were open, there were races in only four districts and there were no candidates on ballots in three districts. This year, as the number of districts is cut to 19, there will be 11 races, including one primary, and there are no districts lacking a candidate. The filing deadline was 5 p.m.
HUDSON -- A former inmate in the St. Croix County jail has filed a lawsuit against the county and its sheriff, alleging she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a jailer, who later killed himself. Jackie L. Peterson, 32, currently an inmate in the Robert E. Ellsworth Correctional Center, Union Grove, claims that on Nov.
There are already candidates for 18 of the 19 seats on the St. Croix County Board, and races are shaping up in five districts. The only district that has no declared candidate as yet is District 8, which includes the village of Hammond, part of the town of Eau Galle and the towns of Hammond, Pleasant Valley and Rush River. In April 2010 for the first time, county voters will select 19 rather than 31 county supervisors.
Decisions about having a fulltime St. Croix County emergency management director and keeping the department free-standing rather than merging it with another emergency response department will be delayed until 2010. At their Dec.
The St. Croix County Board voted Tuesday to borrow $3.36 million, using federal "recovery zone" bonds that will result in a true interest rate of about 2.23 percent. About half the money will be used for building repairs, safety improvements, equipment, computer software and parking lot repairs.
St. Croix and Pierce counties are beginning the process to allow private companies to access low-interest loans under federal economic stimulus legislation. "We see this as an opportunity," said Bill Rubin, executive director of the St. Croix County Economic Development Corporation. "Ultimately it's $5 million that can be brought into the county," agreed St.
A resolution ordering that St. Croix County buildings, grounds and vehicles be tobacco-free sailed through official channels this fall, but implementing the policy won't be as easy. The Finance and Personnel Committee voted last Thursday to amend the employee handbook to include the ban. The amendment says employees using tobacco products on county property "will be subject to the disciplinary procedures defined in this handbook." Still, said Administrative Coordinator Chuck Whiting, supervisors will have to figure out how to work with the ban.
It's not that the St. Croix County Jail doesn't have policies regarding booking and suicide and medical watches, it's that the policies say one thing and another is being done. So says Corporation Counsel Greg Timmerman. As an example, he said policy says inmate names on a suicide-watch board are identified with a red magnet if the prisoner is to be constantly observed and with a yellow magnet if he is to be checked every 15 minutes.
For the first time next spring, St. Croix County voters will choose 19 rather than 31 members for the County Board. Candidates for the reduced-size board could begin collecting signatures on nomination papers Dec. 1. Completed forms for the supervisor positions must be filed in the office of County Clerk Cindy Campbell by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5. Primaries, if needed, will be held Feb. 16. The general election is Tuesday, April 6. The smaller board was mandated by county residents who voted in November 2008 by a margin of more than three to one to cut the number of supervisors to 19.
With only two supervisors objecting and with little discussion, the St. Croix County Board adopted a budget Nov. 10 that raises the property tax levy 4.6 percent. While votes on bonds will come later, the 2010 and subsequent budgets rely on borrowing the county's full $3.36-million allocation of Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds.