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A regional builders' association has filed lawsuits against a town in Pierce County and a town in St. Croix County, claiming the municipalities' impact fees are illegal. The suits ask for refunds totaling over $600,000. The complaints allege the ordinances place an unequal burden for improvements on new development and have thus injured the business of association members and diminished the value of their properties. The St. Croix Valley Home Builders Association, 1477 S. Knowles Ave., New Richmond, filed lawsuits against the town of St.
As St. Croix County moves to consolidate services offered by its Department on Aging with a new Aging and Disability Resource Center, its Department on Aging director is resigning. "I just feel that my personal and professional values don't fit with St. Croix County as an organization," said Kjersti Duncan Monday. "It's not so much the decision (to move toward the ADRC)," said Duncan. "I've had concerns with the process." Duncan has headed the Department on Aging for three years. She has given a four-week notice but said she's not sure when her last day of work will be.
After months of discussion and study, St. Croix County supervisors, still unable to reach a decision on the future of the county nursing home, voted Tuesday to put the issue to voters this fall. The wording of the referendum, and even the membership of the five-person committee that will draft the language, will be left to the new County Board, which will be seated in April. The motion adopted on a 22-4 vote Tuesday afternoon says the county will continue to operate the home in New Richmond for the time being and will hold a Nov. 4 advisory referendum.
About 40 local people traveled to Madison last week in hopes of fostering legislative support for projects and programs that would benefit western Wisconsin. Representatives of business, industry, education and local government from St. Croix, Pierce and Polk counties took part in the third annual United St. Croix Valley Legislative Days held March 5-6. Michael Morgan, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration, spoke to the group at a breakfast meeting March 6.
Helen and Wilbur Falkenthal still shudder at what could have happened on a hot August day last year when their 5-year-old autistic granddaughter wandered away from home. The little girl rode her bicycle three blocks to a New Richmond park, where searchers found her bike with the helmet hanging on the handle bar.
Alison Page, a health care administrator, 17-year member of the River Falls School Board and mother of five, has announced her candidacy for the Wisconsin State Senate seat now held by Sheila Harsdorf. "I've been thinking about it for a long time," said Page, 51, 430 Crescent St., River Falls. "I think the political climate has aligned.
While perhaps not a flood, the requirement for passports for international air travel has a produced steadily increasing stream of applicants -- and income -- in both Pierce and St. Croix counties. St. Croix County Clerk Cindy Campbell reported last week that her office earned $108,180 in passport processing fees in 2007. That's nearly four times the amount earned just five years ago. In Pierce County, the county clerk's office earned $28,080 in 2007 -- almost four times what it earned for processing passports just two years ago. Last year the St.
St. Croix County Board members voted last week to staff and furnish a new court in preparation for adding the county's fourth judge. During their Jan. 15 meeting, county supervisors approved creating three new jobs: Judicial assistant, court clerk and security officer. Total cost for those workers and related equipment is budgeted at $87,702 for the last half of the year. The new judge will be elected in April and seated Aug. 1.
St. Croix County Board members got estimates last week on the cost of building a brand new nursing home in New Richmond, but still weren't ready to make a decision to either stay in or drop out of the business. In the motion that ended discussion Jan. 15, the Health and Human Services Committee was directed to get estimates on the cost of remodeling the current 72-bed facility to a 50-bed home on the existing building's first floor. The board hasn't normally met in February, but the committee was asked to report back in February.