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County Board Rolls Through Busy Agenda

County Board Rolls Through Busy Agenda    3/8/18


  The Taylor County Board of Supervisors met on Thursday.  To salute two individuals for receiving the highest award in 4-H Youth Development, the board passed a pair of resolutions recognizing Bailey and  Samuel Krause for achieving the Wisconsin Key Award. 
  A recently retired 23 year employee of the county, Betty Blumenstein was thanked and presented a plaque of appreciation by the board.
  The board took a moment to pass a resolution in memoriam of Allan Thielke who passed away recently.  Mr. Thielke served on the county board in District 2 from 1994 to 1997.
  A resolution commending Bill Brenneman for his service as Taylor County Emergency Management Director was passed.  Brenneman was credited with the completion of the county hazard mitigation plan, a mass casualty plan, the establishment of the Code Red Reverse 911 Emergency Notification System, and assistance in establishment of the MABAS mutual aid system.
  Terry Phillips of the Taylor County Tavern League thanked the board for their support of the 100 Safe Rides provided during the holiday season.
  The board approved funding of the Aging and Disability Resource Center, the ADRC of the Northwoods.  The ADRC assists older people and people with physical and developmental disabilities to secure needed services.  The resolution called for Taylor County to provide a one-time $90,000 no interest loan to the ADRC.
  In support of the many benefits which are derived from the services which are provided by volunteers, the board passed a resolution which proclaims April 15-21, 2018 as National Volunteer Week in Taylor County.  Hundreds of individuals are credited with being volunteers in Taylor County and the number of volunteers nationwide is estimated at more than 63 million.
  Due to the recent rapid rise in troubles among Taylor County citizens, residents and visitors in relation to problems arising out of the use, abuse and overuse of opioid medications, the county board passed a resolution in support of the opioid epidemic litigation.  Taylor County has engaged in discussions with law firms related to the potential for the county to pursue certain legal claims against certain opioid manufacturers.  The law firms would not be compensated unless Taylor County receives a financial benefit from the claims.  Taylor County would join with the Wisconsin Counties Association and a number of states and counties in the litigation against the named opioid manufacturers.
  By harvesting timber from the county forest, the Taylor County Forestry Department returns cash to the county annually while providing jobs to loggers and related industries.  The county board approved the annual work plan for 2018 which includes continuing timber harvest projects, forest protection, wildlife projects, reforestation, and recreation areas for public benefit.
  In an effort to assure timely completion of processing, recording and indexing of documents on the same day they are received at the Register of Deeds office, the county board passed an ordinance indicating that a document must be received by the Register of Deeds office no later than one hour prior to the end of the business day.
  The Board of Canvass received a pay increase.  An ordinance to increase half day pay from $40 to $50 with total compensation for a given day capped at $75 instead of $65 was approved.
  A clerical change regarding voting during meetings of the North Central Region comprehensive coordination committee was approved.
  The county board did NOT approve an ordinance which prohibits animals from “running at large” within the county.  The only exception would have been for hunting dogs, and in the case of hunting the controlling person needs to be in the immediate vicinity and have the landowner’s permission to be on the property with the animal.
  The pay scale for the next 5 years for the Clerk of Circuit Court and the Sheriff was set.  The Clerk of Court shall earn $57,573 in 2018 and increase to $59,114 in 2022.  The Sheriff will earn $85,149 in 2018 and increase to $87,298 in 2022.
  With the recent job shuffle involving Emergency Management, the board passed an ordinance which will create a full time position of Emergency Management.
  The county’s employment code was modified to include Finance Director and Emergency Management Director positions.

  The oversight and management of the Emergency Management Director position was shifted from a contract position to an employee position.   Benefits will cost the county an additional $19,000 to $20,000.  That committee will have the authority to appoint the Emergency Services Director.  The department is tasked with organizing a Taylor County Class B Hazardous Material Incident Response Team.  The ordinance indicates that the Hazmat Team shall be responsible for responding to all hazardous material incidents occurring in Taylor County that are within its capabilities to control or mitigate.
  Recently there have been meetings involving the Personnel and Finance Committees who have negotiated with representatives of the Sheriff’s Departments Sergeants Union.  The parties have agreed to terms of an agreement for 2018 and 2019.  The agreement clarifies the hours of work and overtime.  Also addressed is the uniform allowance, holidays, health insurance, the trial period and length of contract.  Pay rates shall increase 1% January 1st and July 1st 2018, and 1.5% January 1st 2019, then 1% July 1, 2019.
  A similar contract involving the Deputy Sheriffs Union was also accepted.  In addition to similar pay increases the agreement included clarification on Seniority.
  That was some of the business conducted at the March 8th meeting of the Taylor County Board of Supervisors.

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