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County Board To Have Busy Session Aug. 31

Issue Date: July 26, 2018

The Marinette County Board meeting on Tuesday, July 31 will include reports from County Administrator John LeFebvre, District Attorney DeShea Morrow, Information Services Director Kevin Solway, Veterans Service Officer Tom Doyle, Sheriff Jerry Sauve and Coroner George Smith.

The board will be asked to approve a letter to UW-Green Bay expressing support of their proposal to change the name of UW-Marinette to UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus, as recommended by the County Board's Executive Committee at its meeting on Thursday, July 19. If County Board approves, a letter will be sent to the University Board of Regents asking them to approve the new name. Their approval is expected.

The proposed name change is a result of the overall reconfiguration of the UW system that is still in progress.

Before its vote in support of the name change, Ben Joniaux, Chief of Staff for UWGB Chancellor Gary Miller, explained to the Executive Committee that the UW Colleges at Marinette, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Sturgeon Bay and Green Bay are now all one staff, one faculty, and one student body of what is now the University of Wisconsin Green Bay (UWGB).

Joniaux explained that when you go through the doors of the Marinette campus you are able to access everything UWGB has to offer.

Supervisor Ted Sauve, who served for years on the UW Board of Visitors declared to preserve local pride it is very important to preserve "Marinette" in the name of the local campus .

Supervisor Al Mans asked if any funds to help take care of the campus facilities would come with the name change and was assured that will not happen. However, Joniaux said they now refer to the local campuses as branches of UWGB.

Anderson said at the committee meeting that he had met with Miller recently and predicted "there will be a whirlwind of information in the near future on what all this means."

An item not on the agenda is creation of a deputy county administrator position. The County Board's Executive Committee on Thursday, July 19 had discussed a proposal from County Board Chair Mark Anderson to consider providing a backup for LeFebvre. After an in-depth discussion, and after assurance from LeFebvre that the deputy administrator designation is not needed, the committee took no action, so the proposal will not come to County Board for discussion or decision.

The board will be asked to approve LeFebvre's appointment of Public Health Officer Mollie Bonjean to the Local Emergency Planning Committee and Lindsay Callow as the Peshtigo Chamber of Commerce representative on the Tourism Alliance to replace Supervisor David Zahn who resigned some months ago due to time constraints. Callow's appointment had come to the Alliance for approval in May and June. At the June meeting Alliance members had acceded to LeFebvre's request that they hold off on accepting Callow as a member because she was reportedly not yet officially joined the Peshtigo Chamber.

As the Health and Human Services Committee did a month ago, the Infrastructure Committee is asking County Board to support their desire to hold meetings at the offices of the departments they supervise, rather than at the Courthouse in Marinette. When the ordinance governing County Board procedures was adopted in April it specified all committee meetings to be held in the Courthouse, and on Tuesdays or Thursdays as specified.

If County Board approves on Tuesday, regular Infrastructure Committee meetings will be held at the Highway, Forestry and Parks Department headquarters in Peshtigo, where Highway Committee and Parks, Forestry and Outdoor Recreation Committee meetings had long been held. They will also be scheduled on the first Wednesday mornings following a full weekend rather than on the first Thursday. Both changes require amendments to the ordinance governing County Board procedures.

Also slated for probable County Board approval is an addendum to the agreement with Ayres Associates for courthouse tower structural analysis services, at an additional cost of not more than $5,350. The addendum, if approved, will bring the total structural study cost for the tower to not more than $16,350. Before recommending the addendum, the Infrastructure Committee had received information from Facilities Director Martin Keyport on why the added study is needed. He said there are no records available on what kind of supports exist in the original courthouse structure where the tower is located. No one knows what reinforcement the beams contain, and where additional support is located. The new study will include use of equipment that in effect looks inside the supporting beams to determine how much tower weight they can hold.

The Infrastructure Committee also asks county Board to authorize them to buy 124,000 containerized red pine seedlings from PRT at a cost of $19,678.80 for planting on designated acreage in the County Forest in 2019.

On recommendation of the Administrative Committee, which oversees financial transactions, the board is being asked to approve transfer of $3,708 from the Highway Enterprise Fund to the Radio Equipment Maintenance Fund for purchase of four XPR5550 VHF 45 Watt Mobile Radios to improve communications within the Highway Department.

The Public Services Committee, successor to the Law Enforcement Committee, is recommending County Board approval of an agreement with Aramark for Inmate Food Services at the Marinette County Jail from Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2022, with the pricing schedule based on meals per day.

The Health and Human Services Board is asking the county to approve the Wisconsin/Michigan Border County Mutual Aid Agreement for Public Health Emergency Response and Recovery.

As recommended by the Development Committee, the board is asked to approve a state/county pass through agreement to provide permanent fencing around Swanson Evergreen Farm in the town of Niagara at an estimated total cost of $45,000. The farm is to pay 25% of the total cost and the remainder will come from the state animal damage abatement fund, but must be paid first by the county, which will then be reimbursed by the state.

The board is also expected to accept the Town of Niagara's revised Zoning Map that was approved by the Niagara Town Board on June 19.

After an explanation from former County Supervisor Mike Cassidy of Goodman at the Executive Committee meeting, the board is expected to approve continuing membership with the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission. Cassidy has represented Marinette County on the Commission for several years and stressed the importance of continued rail transit service to the economic well being of the county.


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