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Pine Line Gets Facelift


Pine Line Gets Facelift

 

  The Pine Line Trail is getting a facelift.  A logging project along the trail is nearing completion.  The county is cutting select timber adjacent to the Pine Line Trail.  Portions of the logging project were delayed so as not to put turtles in harm’s way.  According to Chuck Zenner private donations amounting to $11,250 were received to help cover the cost of resurfacing the southernmost 1/3 of the trail which covers 6.1 miles.  It is anticipated that upon receipt of grant funds the northern 12 mile stretch of trail will be completed in 2 phases over the next 2 years.  A blue rock granite from the Athens area will be spread on the southern 1/3 of the trail.  Taylor County will ask the full county board for an additional $15,000 to help defray the costs of the new trail surface.  Just south of Westboro the former railroad bed has a series of 4 bridges within a span of about 1 mile.  The county’s forestry department is seeking cost sharing for a study to determine the load ratings for the bridges to determine whether they are suitable to handle heavy equipment during the resurfacing project.  The projected cost of the load rating study is $7,900.

 

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Chelsea Lake Gets Needed Support


Chelsea Lake Gets Needed Support   9/8/17

 

  The Chelsea Lake Dam is one step closer to receiving the maintenance needed to assure that the lake remains as a vital destination for outdoor enthusiasts.  The DNR has mandated that tests and maintenance must be done on the dam.  When talks of forming a lake association failed, some county board members suggested eliminating the Chelsea Lake dam.  After much discussion, the Taylor County board of supervisors voted to take ownership of the dam from the Chelsea Conservation Club. 

  The dam at Chelsea Lake which is titled to the conservation club is land locked.  Adjacent land owners Randy and Steve Meyer have worked with officials to develop an easement which would provide access to the dam by driving across their land.  The easement was reviewed by the committee paragraph by paragraph. 

  The Meyer brothers agreed that they would invest just under $9,000 to build an 1100 foot roadway through the center of their farm field to a point near the dam where the county would pay just over $2,000 to complete a connecting road approximately 275 feet to the dam.  The committee voted to proceed with finalizing the easement with Mayer Farms.  Committee member Mike Bub commended everyone involved in the negotiations to save the lake and dam and called the easements a “Great Solution”.

 

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Mining in Northern Wisconsin


Mining in Northern Wisconsin

 

  Al Christianson is the City Administrator of the City of Ladysmith, home of the Flambeau Mine  He notes that Wisconsin has some of the strongest environmental regulations in the world.  Legislation is being introduced to lift Wisconsin's long-standing moratorium on metallic mineral mining. People in northern Wisconsin can potentially share in the economic gains that our neighbors in northern Minnesota and Michigan are looking forward to with current mining projects under development.  Recently, Al Christianson spoke with K99's Russ Gowey on mining in Northern Wisconsin.......

 

Al Christianson w/K99's Russ Gowey Part 1

 

 

Al Christianson w/K99's Russ Gowey Part 2

 

 

 

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No Increase In Health Insurance Rate!


No Increase In Health Insurance Rate!  8/31/17

 

  A request for additional help at the Taylor County Commission on Aging met some resistance at a meeting of the Taylor County Personnel Committee on Thursday.  Dave Krug, who serves on the commission on aging committee told the personnel committee that some tasks which need to be done are not being done in a timely and thorough fashion due to a short staff.  A request was made to change the COA programs specialist position to a regular full time position and to add a regular 30 hour per week receptionist position in the commission on aging office.  It was noted that employees are easier to retain if they are in a full time position with benefits.  The current receptionist is a green thumb worker and the ADRC pays for half of the 20 hour per week wage.   The committee voted to change the COA Programs specialist position to a regular full time position, but to table the issue of a 30 hour per week receptionist.

  At a time when department budgets are being finalized for 2018, Taylor County’s personnel committee received some welcome news.  Marie Koerner told the committee that the county employee’s health insurance rates will not increase in 2018.  The zero percent increase in health insurance was in line with the county’s attempts to keep spending increases to a minimum.
  The county board budget was presented to the personnel committee on Thursday.  Due to a per diem increase which was recently approved by the county board, the pay for attending meetings will increase from $50 to $75 per meeting for committee and county board members.  Overall that will result in an estimated $24,000 annual increase to the county board budget.  That equates to a 39% increase for the county board budget.  Scott Mildbrand questioned whether the increase in pay could be reconsidered.   Lester Lewis indicated that he supports the increase to $75 per meeting but he felt that pay for second or third meetings on the same day could be a lesser amount.  The committee approved the 2018 county board budget as presented.
  The county’s fleet of vans is aging.  Marie Koerner told the committee that of the county’s 6 vans, 3 or 4 of them have mileage in excess of 130,000 miles. 
  In other business the personnel committee approved the contract for legal services from Courtney Graff.  It was noted that the 2017 contract provided for no pay increase, and the 2018 contract will provide a 2% increase in pay.
  The committee approved a resolution to reelect Jess Sackmann as Taylor County Highway commissioner.
  The treatment court coordinator position which is a limited time 20 hour per week position was approved by the committee.  The position is paid for by grant money.
 

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