THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
County Board To Air Options For Civic Center Financing
A number of important decisions, reports and discussions are facing Marinette County Board at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 28, including the City of Marinette's request for a $1.5 million contribution toward construction of its proposed Civic/Recreation Center. An alternate plan proposed by County Administrator John leFebvre for a loan to help finance that project while leaving the county's reserve funds intact will also be up for discussion.
Results of the long-awaited Carlson-Dettman Wage Study were to be presented to the Executive Committee on Wednesday, March 22, and then to the full board.
At the March 28 Board meeting the Executive Committee also may be reporting on its review of the County Administrator's job description and on results of a closed-door discussion with Interim Administrator John LeFebvre on that position. LeFebvre, who also heads the Land Information office and administers MarOco Landfill, was named to fill the vacant administrator post after the resignation of Shawn Henessee in December.
Raises are expected to be approved for 34 county employees who got caught at starting level pay for four years due to the county's failure to implement a merit-based raise system. The proposed wage adjustments have been recommended by LeFebvre and by both the Personnel and Finance committees.
Other agenda items in addition to ordinary business include continued membership on the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission, process for replacing citizen appointees to boards and commissions, general authorization for board members to attend meetings sponsored by Wisconsin Counties Association, and a resolution supporting application for targeted runoff management grants for three Marinette County properties, one in the Town of Stephenson and two in the Town of Grover.
The targeted Runoff Management grants will be the subject of a brief special meeting of the Land Information Committee at 8:30 a.m., prior to the County Board meeting on March 28.
Each grant application is for up to $150,000, and if approved for each project the county will receive five percent (up to a maximum of $5,000) for technical services and will charge a $500 permit fee. The targeted runoff management program is managed by County Conservationist Greg Cleereman.
If the grant resolution is approved by the committee as expected it will come before the full board for approval later in the day on March 28.