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Consultants reported last week that they have talked with over 110 people as they seek input on potential uses for extra land around the St. Croix County Government Center. "Lots of suggestions have been made," said Dennis Welsch of Barsness Consulting Services as he addressed the County Board March 20. The company hosted a business round table and met with the St.
A county judge and a lawyer who specializes in immigration and employment law are the candidates as Wisconsin voters select a new Supreme Court judge next Tuesday. The candidates are Annette K. Ziegler, who has been Washington County judge for nearly 10 years, and Linda M. Clifford, a shareholder in the Madison office of Godfrey & Kahn. The winner will be elected to a 10-year term on the seven-member Wisconsin Supreme Court. She will replace incumbent Jon P.
Citing new statistics, the St. Croix County Board voted Tuesday to renew its request for a fourth judge. In 2005 when the county first asked the state for another judge, a caseload analysis indicated St. Croix should have 4.4 judges, but numbers updated at the end of 2006 bring that to 4.76, said Judge Scott Needham. "The matter, in our opinion, has become more critical," said Needham, speaking for himself and the county's two other judges. A recent study indicated the state needs 18 more circuit court judges, and St.
Input offered -- mostly by neighbors -- at a recent meeting on potential uses for county-owned land in Hudson won't be put on St. Croix County's Web site until consultants gather ideas from other interest groups. About 60 people attended the Feb. 28 meeting hosted by Barsness Consulting Group, which has been hired to develop a process that may lead to the sale of excess land around the Government Center. Participants at that meeting used colored dots to indicate their preferences for future uses of four pieces of the property.
After a year of volatility, St. Croix County's sales tax revenues for 2006 were close to the budgeted amount, reported Finance Director Michelle Pietrick last week. The county has received a total of $5,343,640 -- $82,173 more than projected -- for purchases made in 2006. The slight increase is a welcome relief for county finance officers, who are watching the monthly numbers closely as the Wisconsin Revenue Department struggles to find a computer system to accurately allocate sales tax revenue to local governments. In 2003, 57 counties were overpaid while others were shorted.
About 50 people joined an exercise last week to offer their suggestions for uses for county-owned land around the St. Croix County Government Center. Dennis Welsch, the consultant who hosted the Feb. 28 meeting, said 62 people attended. Most participated in a colored-dot exercise to show their preferred uses for quadrants of the land. The property is at the northwest corner of Carmichael Road (County Road A) and Vine Street (County Road UU) in Hudson.
St. Croix County employees who want to donate their unused paid time off to a co-worker whose infant son is receiving chemotherapy may soon get their wish. The county's Finance Committee voted last week to approve a PTO (paid time off) donation program to help employees who are on unpaid leave due to a life-threatening illness or injury. The policy will go to the full County Board for its action in March. Co-workers have scheduled a series of fundraisers and are looking for other ways to help the family of jailer David Dykes.
MADISON -- The governor told them the St. Croix Valley is at the center of what the state is trying to accomplish in economic development. But what local advocates hoped to accomplish last week was to put the area on legislators' maps and its needs on their agendas. The second annual United St. Croix Valley Legislative Days took over 40 of the region's business and education leaders to the state capital for two days. Going in teams of four or five, participants kept appointments with over 100 lawmakers or their aides to brief them on issues important to St.
The public is invited to an information meeting regarding possible future uses for parts of the 82-acre St. Croix County Government Center site in Hudson. The meeting -- which will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the County Board room of the Government Center in Hudson -- will be hosted by Barsness Consulting Services. The County Board hired Barsness Consulting last fall to develop a process that may lead to the sale of excess land around the Government Center.
St. Croix County provides its employees with "rich" health insurance benefits, and significantly more employees and dependants get treatment for conditions such as obesity and depression than would be expected, reported a consultant last week. Medical insurance costs have been a major obstacle during budget work for several years, and last Thursday the Finance Committee looked at the details. Sara Hames of Frank F.