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County Board to Consider "No Debt" Capital Improvement Plan

A new and revised version of the 5-year Capital Improvement Plan will be presented for approval of Marinette County Board when it meets on Tuesday, Dec. 20. This version, approved by the Finance committee on Monday, Dec. 12, will require no new borrowing for 2017, according to County Administrator Shawn Henessee.

Henessee said in response to concerns over mounting county debt, he had asked department heads to revisit their CIP requests, and asked them to identify their minimal needs for inclusion on the CIP.

At previous meetings he had agreed with County Board Chair mark Anderson that the county should not keep adding to its long term debts. However, henessee also said that the county remains in very sound financial condition.

The reductions they came up with, along with a $1.5 million in health insurance savings for this year and additional work on state highways mean they will not need to borrow for 2017, nor will they be using any of the accumulated fund balances. "Certainly we will need to borrow again in the future, but this eases it for now," Henessee said.

As a "just in case" safety net, next item on the committee agenda was approving the list for borrowing if needed.

Other items on the agenda for the County Board on Tuesday include reports by UWEX Department Head Scott Reuss, report by Henessee on various projects, and a report on NEWCAP by Supervisor Ted Sauve .

The board is expected to approve a number of 2017 committee appointments.

Resolutions to be presented for approval include:

*Establishment of a Non-Lapsing Veterans Emergency Assistance Fund;

*Authorizing the Submittal of 2017 Base Budget, Training/Education and Strategic Initiative Grant ;

*Application to the Wisconsin Land Information Program;

*Resolution to Amend and Restate the MidAmerica Administrative and Retirement Solutions Health Reimbursement Arrangement;

*Approving Marinette County Health and Human Services Independent Contractors and Contract Payments; and

*A request to the State Legislature to Enact Legislation Authorizing Counties to Impose up to .1% Sales Tax exclusively for Economic Development and Tourism efforts and infrastructure;

The board also will be asked to approve elimination of a half-time Nutrition Educator position and creation of one half-time Community Health Educator position, effective upon approval; approve reclassifying 11 HHSD LTE Care Workers as permanent part-time positions and increasing the hours of those 11 positions to 29 hours/week without posting positions; amending the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual provision for excused absences; approve the Group Health Trust insurance renewal for 2017; consider approval of 2017 NAACO membership dues of $835, and approve the 2017 Forestry Department Annual Work Plan

Law Enforcement recommendations to approve BayCom Service Agreement with Marinette County Dispatch, January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 at a cost of $16,770.69 and Marinette County Sheriff's Office at a cost of $51,078.00 for 2017 and $51,078.00 for 2018 will be presented for approval

A Secure Juvenile Detention Services Agreement with Sheboygan County, October 1, 2016 - December 31, 2017, $90.00 per day for each juvenile from October 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016, $95.00 per day for each juvenile from January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017 will be considered.

A Health and Human Services recommendation to increase the fee for Radon Test Kits from $5 to $10 due to elimination of grant funding, effective January 1, 2017 will be considered, as will contracts with the state for Health and Human Services for 2017.

To be presented in conjunction with Elderly Services is a WisDOT Transportation Grant in the approximate amount of $131,927 for a period of one year, and a one year agreement totaling $144,479.00 with Elderly Services to serve as the county as Aging Unit

Denial of a legal claim from the Emmajane H. Lee Family Trust is recommended.


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