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Lefebvre Expects Few Changes To Land Information Duties

Marinette County Land Information Director and newly-appointed County Administrator John Lefebvre addressed the Marinette County Land Information Committee Monday, Jan. 9, discussing his new role and its effect on his duties.

"I don't expect anything changing department-wise," Lefebvre told the committee. "I will continue to do what I've done in the past," he said, although he did admit he may not be able to do it all to the degree he has done in the past, nor would he be as hands-on with public activities or assisting at the landfill. "I'll do as much as I possibly can."

"I don't anticipate anybody in the department having to go outside their normal responsibilities. I don't anticipate anybody having to cross over what they normally do," he told the committee.

Lefebvre began his duties as Interim County Administrator Tuesday, Jan. 3 after Shawn Hennessee resigned. Lefebvre said at the meeting he will serve in the interim role "until such time that a new administrator is found."

He said that since he began his duties, "a lot" of department heads have already reached out to him. "We've had some good discussions, and I foresee it being a good thing," he said.

Two resolutions were approved by the committee. The first resolution was in support of groundwater programs. The resolution stated that "groundwater is a basic resource that citizens and businesses in the state rely upon and expect government to monitor and protect in such a way that we may all prosper." The resolutions were adopted by the Northwest Land & Water Conservation Association on Dec. 9.

The resolution also said, "WI Land+Water respectfully encourages, on behalf of all counties, that the state legislature make available additional resources for counties to plan and implement groundwater programming that will lead to better understanding, protection and utilization of our groundwater and drinking water supplies."

Both resolutions were directed to the attention of the state legislators, the governor, DNR directors, DATCP and the Wisconsin Counties Association.

County Conservationist Greg Cleereman said that the funding would probably be state or federally funded. He said he has been getting more involved as nitrate levels have begun to rise in some Wausaukee municipal wells.

The second resolution was in support of sustainable farm-managed grazing operations, which stated managed grazing is an important operation system used by many producers in the state, which is a way to increase individual and collective farm sustainability in the state.

"I'm in total support of this," Cleereman told the committee, while noting that these practices are not very popular in Marinette County, but are the most environmentally friendly when used.

Plans for a two-day soil health mini-series were presented by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) District Conservationist Jeff Maroszek.

The series will be held for farmers and land-owners regarding soil health topics such as the use of cover crops and no-till farming. The first part of the series will be held at the Kelly Lake Holiday Inn on Feb. 15. There will be agronomists and a farmer panel at the event in February.

The second part of the series will be held in late July or early August, when a field day will take place with a rain simulator and different displays. Maroszek said the field day "should be exciting."


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