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.