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A proposal to negotiate with the Hudson Area Library Foundation for an option to buy a parcel on Government Center property was rejected by the St. Croix County Board last week. The motion to appoint a committee to negotiate "for an option or some other reservation of right to acquire a parcel of land on the Government Center property for a new library building," failed on a 13-17 vote during the board's Aug.
HUDSON -- Next year St. Croix County residents will pay an extra $10 when they renew their car's registration. The new tax was approved Tuesday on a 19-11 vote of the County Board. A motion to delay County Board action until after an April referendum failed on a 9-21 vote. The fee will be collected by the state, along with its annual registration fee, which is now $55. About 70,000 cars and small trucks are registered in St. Croix, so the county fee will bring in about $700,000 a year.
After about an hour of discussion Tuesday, the St.
A three-level addition to St. Croix County's Government Center to provide space for the Health and Human Services Department, courts and storage would cost between $9.2 million and $11.3 million, according to a consultant. During a Finance Committee meeting last Thursday, Bob Brown of Ayres Associates presented preliminary drawings and estimates for a building that would have 31,607 square feet at basement level and the same amount on each the first and second floor.
St. Croix County's Finance Committee is recommending that the County Board appoint a committee to work with Hudson library representatives to develop a proposal to reserve county-owned land for a new library. Although no decision has been made on selling any of the open land around the St.
The reports range from a high profile case in which an accountant stole more than $150,000 from an elderly widow, to a call from a person worried about her neighbor's hygiene. The term "elder abuse" covers a lot of territory, but most often it's a case of a family needing help with simple basic needs, according to Pierce County Office on Aging Supervisor Kathy Hass. By the end of July, the Pierce County Office on Aging had received 11 reports of suspected elder neglect or abuse.
The St. Croix County Finance Committee received and approved the first request for use of a new policy that allows county employees to donate unused paid time off (PTO) to co-workers. The policy was adopted by the County Board last March in response to workers asking to give some of their time to jailer David Dykes, whose infant son had a malignant tumor removed and was treated with chemotherapy. Dykes has now made a request and will be allowed to tap the PTO pool as fellow workers offer to donate time to him.
An arbitrator's ruling that lifts a wage freeze for county nursing home union employees prompted St. Croix County's Finance Committee to recommend lifting the freeze on non-union workers' pay too. On July 12 the committee voted to urge the County Board to give 20 non-union nursing home workers the same raises the county's other non-union employees got. Those increases are 1.5% for 2006 and 2.5% for 2007. The matter is expected to come to the board for a vote Aug. 7. "We knew we were going off on a difficult path. We tried it.
A collections pilot project in the St. Croix County clerk of courts office was successful enough that administrators are recommending continuing it. As a temporary measure, two workers from the Child Support Agency spent part of their time for six months working with delinquent fines and forfeitures and brought in $17,472 -- $156 per hour worked on the project, according to a report submitted by Clerk of Court Lori Meyer and Child Support Administrator Katy Kapaun. "The project was very successful.
Though no action was taken, alternatives for the St. Croix County nursing home offered Tuesday night ranged from trying to resurrect a private company's plan for taking over the home to suggesting that the county build a new facility on its own. No one directly proposed closing the nursing home, but suggestions were made that its property-tax subsidy - which a consultant said will total about $8.4 million over the next five years - could be used to provide other services.