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The St. Croix County Board agreed last week to rezone 600 acres in the town of St. Joseph from Agricultural to Ag-Residential. The land, owned by John and Georgine Schottler, is located at 1374 County I, Somerset. Rezoning such a large parcel of land "is not a minor occurrence," said former Planning and Zoning Committee Chairman Ron Raymond, as he asked for more information before voting. The request came with the support of the Town Board, and most of the land in the town of St.
Construction has slowed in Pierce and St. Croix counties and that means a slower growth in real estate tax revenues for both counties. According to numbers released by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue Friday, new construction has raised St. Croix County's tax base by 4.974 percent. That compares to an increase of 6.645 percent last year. New construction has raised Pierce County tax base by 3.366 percent, compared to 3.411 percent last year. Last year St. Croix County's net rate of new construction was the highest in the state. This year St. Croix ranks second, led only by Adams County.
MENOMONIE -- A major mission of the national Disabled American Veterans is to assist injured vets, but Chapter 26 members want to go farther as they lay plans to help their communities. Fifteen months ago Tri-County Chapter 26 -- which serves Pierce, St. Croix and Dunn counties -- bought the former Windmill Sports building north of Menomonie. Along with the building -- which DAV members renovated into a lounge, bars, meeting room and banquet hall -- the 12-acre site holds a golf driving range, picnic shelter and miniature golf course. Recently Chapter 26 members have asked the Pierce, St.
The number of supervisors serving on the 31-member St. Croix County Board won't be reduced anytime soon. A report on the feasibility of cutting the board to 21 members met with mixed reaction Tuesday. The Administration Committee will consider the comments and continue discussion, said County Board Chairman Buck Malick after the meeting. Administration Committee members, who have been studying the issue for four months, said reducing the number of supervisors won't save much money because the remaining board members would take on more committee assignments.
After he submitted the first 368 signatures he had painstakingly collected on his nomination papers, Chip DeNure was told they would be rejected on a technicality. A state elections official said the signatures were all invalid because the date DeNure wrote at the top of the form was Sept. 12, the day of the primary election, not Nov.
ELLSWORTH -- Despite doubts raised five months ago, a proposal to amend the St.
HUDSON -- St. Croix County officials met Monday for an update and to map plans to collect some of the $2.4 million owed by people who haven't paid fines and other court assessments. "This bothers me.
An emergency dispatch center worker and former police chief has announced his candidacy for St. Croix County sheriff. Jim S. Jackson, a New Richmond Democrat, is challenging incumbent Dennis Hillstead, a Republican, for the four-year term. Jackson, 45, currently works as a tele-communicator in the St. Croix County Emergency Dispatch Center. He previously worked in the Eau Claire emergency dispatch center and was police chief for the village of Fairchild.
Last week St. Croix County supervisors saw the fruits of their decisions as an ecologist gave a presentation on a conservation design plan for a town of Hammond housing development. Several county departments and agencies worked for the better part of three years on an ordinance package, major components of which were changes to set conservation design land division standards, said Planning and Zoning Director David Fodroczi.
Getting approval for a package of "technical amendments" to St. Croix County zoning ordinances hasn't been a quick and painless process. Three months ago, the St. Croix County Board tabled the whole package of amendments.