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County Board Supports Lit Ball Field

County Board Supports Lit Ball Field 4/20/21



  The Taylor County Board of Supervisors recognized former board members Ken Mannel and Charles Mayer who passed away recently along with Daniel Makovsky who resigned from the board. The board approved the appointment of Lisa Carbaugh as District 1 supervisor for the remainder of the current term. The county board presented plaques of appreciation to 7 retiring employees.


  The Veterans Service office staff members are both retiring. Marie Albers and Jeff Hein were recognized by the board. The board approved electing Shellie L. Shaw of Stetsonville as the new Taylor County Veterans Service Officer. Mrs. Shaw has had a successful 10 year military career in the U.S. Army where she achieved the rank of Major and was awarded the U.S. Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster. Shellie Shaw began working in the Veterans Service office on March 31st.


  A resolution requesting $10,000 in Powerline Impact funds to help pay for softball lights at Cindy’s Bar and Grill drew interest from the county board. Supervisors Knoll and Gebauer expressed concerns giving money to a private business. Mike Bub said that tourism will be increased with teams from outside the area taking part in tournaments. Supervisor Adams felt that the investment would be there for years to come. Virgil Berndt indicated that there is interest in forming 2 more leagues and possibly flag football in addition to memorial and benefit tournaments involving teams from around the state. Total expenditures on lights for the softball field is pegged at $25,531. A ballot vote resulted in 12 yes votes and 5 no. The measure to give $10,000 for the softball field lights at Cindy’s Bar passed with supervisors Finkel, Brooks, Roiger, Gebauer and Knoll voting no.


 To help fund a number of county projects including the cost of broadband construction, highway shop replacement, highway and road projects, dam repair projects, cell phone tower construction and land acquisition in 2020,  the board approved borrowing up to $14 million. In November the board voted to issue the first $9 million in bonds. Tuesday, the board approved the sale of $5 million in promissory notes. According to Larry Brandl the historic low interest rates resulted in Taylor County paying a true interest rate of 1.478% on the notes.


  As the number of individuals who are homeless continues to increase, Taylor County took another step toward opening a homeless shelter, or what’s termed a “Transitional Housing Facility”. The target property is a three unit, or triplex located within sight of the courthouse at 232 S. 4th Street. Supervisor Bub questioned whether written guidelines had been developed. He was told that at this time all energies are being devoted to purchasing a parcel before the grant funds expire. A sub-committee is working with other counties on their language in guidelines. Currently homeless individuals in Taylor County who are in need of services are referred to Lincoln County. The overview of the new Transitional Housing facility will be handled by the Supportive Housing Board. The county board approved the purchase of the property for a Transitional Housing facility with Supervisor Bub voting no.


  In other county business, the board approved changes to the county’s human health hazards code. The birds will appreciate hearing that the second Saturday in May is declared as World Migratory Bird Day. National Volunteer Week in Taylor County is April 18-24. The board also voted to proclaim May 2021 as older Americans Month. Changes to Sheriff’s fees were approved.


  At the onset of Covid-19, which seems like ages ago, Taylor County formed an Emergency Committee to create policies and procedures. With the decline in new cases, and increased vaccinations, a resolution to disband the emergency committee was presented. Future decisions will be handled by the executive committee. The vote to disband the Emergency Committee passed by a 16 to 1 vote with supervisor Tim Hanson voting no.


  During Covid the public and committee members have had the option of attending meetings remotely. At Tuesday’s meeting, while all county board members were present, at least 10 individuals were listening in remotely. The board looked at language regarding a Quorum and remote attendance. The county code was amended to allow remote attendance providing the chair wasnotified at least 24 hours in advance to allow hardware to be set up.

Weather Shield expands operations in Park Falls

Weather Shield expands operations in Park Falls     March 22, 2021


MADISON, WI. MARCH. 18, 2021 – Weather Shield Manufacturing Inc., a manufacturer of windows and doors, is expanding its facility in Park Falls—$3.6 million project expected to create 40 jobs over the next three years.


The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is supporting the project by authorizing up to $225,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credits Weather Shield will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created and the amount of capital investment during that period.


“This investment by Weather Shield Manufacturing Inc. solidifies the company’s continued commitment to Wisconsin and is a testament to the strength of our manufacturing industry,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC. “In addition to the jobs created by this project, this expansion allows Weather Shield to take advantage of a growing market and position itself for future growth.”


“We are excited to expand our operations in Park Falls,” said Mark Schield, president of Weather Shield. “The greater Park Falls community has a tremendously talented workforce who are skilled, experienced and highly capable of supporting Weather Shield’s growing business. We look forward to welcoming new associates to our work family.”


Weather Shield plans to expand its operations at its Park Falls location to support the addition of a new product line of windows and specialty patio doors that targets the luxury custom home and premiere hospitality markets. These products are highly engineered and require skilled employees who have strong technical capabilities and the ability to operate automated equipment such as five-axis CNCs.


The company will invest more than $3 million in new equipment and special tooling to be able to produce the new product line. It will also spend an additional $381,500 in training costs to train the new and current employees on using the equipment for the new product line.


“I’m pleased that the State of Wisconsin is making a significant investment in the Park Falls area though the authorization of $225,000 in state income tax credits for the expansion of Weather Shield Manufacturing Inc.,” said state Rep. Beth Meyers. “This expansion exemplifies the commitment that Weather Shield has made to the community, and I am delighted that this project will create good-paying jobs for northern Wisconsin.”


In addition to the 40 jobs expected to be created by Weather Shield, an economic modeling study estimates the project could indirectly generate 23 additional jobs in the region. The 63 total new jobs are expected to generate $106,579 in state income tax revenue annually.


“The backbone of the economy in northern Wisconsin is built on relationships and growth. It is great to see WEDC, Weather Shield Manufacturing, the mayor of Park Falls and the entire community come together on this expansion project,” said state Sen. Janet Bewley. “Park Falls is growing, and the possibilities are endless. I’m grateful to WEDC for recognizing the potential for growth and the investment in the community, which will help bring more jobs and prosperity.”


Weather Shield Manufacturing Inc. was founded in 1955 by Edward Schield, who produced aluminum doors and windows in a garage in his hometown of Medford, Wisconsin. Schield assembled aluminum extrusion parts, by hand, into storm doors and sold his products to homeowners in central Wisconsin. Today, Weather Shield remains family-owned, with three generations actively involved in the day-to-day company operations. Weather Shield now has 865 full-time employees, with 827 of them located in Wisconsin across their three locations in Medford, Ladysmith and Park Falls. The company offers its comprehensive products and services to more than 600 dealers nationwide, has registered over 33 patents and has designed more than 3,000 products.

High Speed Broad Band Internet on the Way for Taylor County

High Speed Broad Band Internet on the Way for Taylor County  Monday, Feb 22


After two years of work, Taylor County Supervisor and Taylor County Broad Band Committee member, Mike Bub has announced that Taylor County will have increased high speed, affordable broad band internet access county wide in the near future.  Mike shared with K99 the committee's findings and future plans...


Mike Bub Part 1


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