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After accepting three amendments from the floor last week, the St. Croix County Board adopted a revised county ordinance regulating development along the St. Croix River. The new law incorporates changes in Wisconsin Administrative Code NR 118, which sets standards for property use along the Lower St. Croix River. In St. Croix County that includes land in the towns of Troy, Hudson, St.
The St. Croix County Board voted last week to rezone about 485 acres from Agriculture to Agriculture-Residential. Of the land rezoned, 287 acres are in the town of Troy, 196 acres are in the town of St. Joseph and under three acres are in the town of Erin Prairie. The three town of Troy parcels are all part of the same development, said Planning and Zoning Committee Chairwoman Jan Zoerb.
Despite opposition from a third of its members, the St. Croix County Board voted to follow Chairman Buck Malick's plan to name himself to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Malick will replace Supervisor Stan Krueger, who will also step down from the Health and Human Services Committee. Supervisor Tom Dowd will replace Krueger on Health and Human Services, and Krueger will be moved to the Planning and Zoning Committee to replace Malick. Malick called the switch "a good package arrangement." He said the three men involved agreed to the arrangement.
A recent winter accident in a sparsely traveled part of the county emphasizes the need for a system to instantly track cellular phone callers, says the director of St. Croix County's Emergency Communications Center. On Dec. 4 a man called the Communications Center to report that his daughter, on her way from Cylon to her home north of Somerset, had been injured in an accident.
Prospective Minnesota Vikings owner Reggie Fowler is set to have his day in St. Croix County Court on a civil claim that he is responsible for nearly $200,000 in bills for cheese. Trial is scheduled for Monday, March 7, in the case brought by Cady Cheese Factory and Cady Creek Farms, both of Wilson, against the Arizona entrepreneur and two companies with which he is associated. The case will be heard by Judge Eric Lundell. The suit, filed in December 2001, alleges that Fowler, Spiral Inc. and Delicom Foods Inc.
Some participants worried about tampering with a 70-year-old program that has provided security for millions of people. Others said they and their families would be better off if they were allowed to privately invest at least some of the money they now contribute to Social Security. Attendance at Congressman Ron Kind's Tuesday morning forum on Social Security went beyond standing-room-only as late-arriving listeners crowded outside the door attempting to hear the exchange.
St. Croix County and its insurance company have paid $60,000 to settle a federal lawsuit brought by a young woman who claimed she was illegally searched in the county jail when she was 16. This settlement - paid to Jessie Cramer, Hudson - comes nearly a year after St. Croix and its insurance company paid almost $7 million to settle a class action lawsuit involving about 2,000 people who were allegedly illegally strip searched in the jail. A copy of the Cramer settlement agreement was received last week through an open records request.
Last week the St. Croix County Board gave its Transportation Committee authority to buy land in the Deer Park area for a gravel pit and new shop. The committee is authorized to spend up to $100,000.
By tapping fund balances and taking advantage of property taxes generated by new construction, the St. Croix County Board was able last Thursday to adopt its lowest mill rate in over 30 years. The county property tax will be $3.25 per $1,000 of property value.