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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.
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.
As the St. Croix County Board prepares for its 2007 goal-setting session, the plan is to have fewer and more specific goals, said River Falls Supervisor Tom Caflisch. Caflisch briefed other supervisors on behalf of the Administration Committee during the January County Board meeting last week. In previous years supervisors have set as many as 15 goals.
In the four years since St. Croix County began taking real estate payments online, the amount paid that way has escalated, reports Treasurer Cheryl Slind. "It amazes me the number of people who will pay their taxes by credit card," said Slind.
A new state law that says police should record interviews with anyone arrested for a serious crime means more cost and more work, but Pierce and St. Croix county officers agree it's not all bad. "If we have it on tape, it's right out there for everybody to see," said St. Croix County Sheriff Dennis Hillstead. "It makes us better at our job and it can help eliminate those cases...
Representatives of seven companies potentially interested in taking over St. Croix County's nursing home attended an information meeting this month. Health and Human Services Director Fred Johnson said only one business attended an earlier session. All the information requested or presented at those meetings plus other information potential applicants might want has been posted at the county's Web site, said Johnson. Proposals are due Feb. 15. In related business Tuesday, the County Board added five more members to the team that will review proposals.
In the 10 years since it was formed, St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity has built 26 homes. This year, thanks in part to a commitment from Lutherans, crews will start work on six more. In recent years, the local Habitat chapter has been averaging four houses a year, said Executive Director Amy Muzzy. In 2007 the commitment from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, which is donating money and arranging volunteers, will help build three of six houses. "It's a big jump," Muzzy. "This to me is just wonderful what they've instigated," said Muzzy.
Last Thursday a consultant reported on a plan whose goal is to have excess land around the St.
The St. Croix County treasurer's office will act as a pilot in a project to scan and digitize records to store them and eventually make them available to the public online. The St. Croix County Finance Committee voted last week to proceed with a contract to buy software to scan and index tax records. The equipment will be purchased from Cities Digital of Hudson. Treasurer Cheryl Slind said the software scans, images and indexes documents.
When Kitty Rhoades was first elected to the Wisconsin Assembly, she was asked to fill out a form listing five legislative committees she would like to serve on. She wrote "Finance" five times. A Republican Party leader called for clarification, saying "Half of the group said you didn't understand (how to fill out the form). The other half said you did." Rhoades said she most definitely knew what she was doing.