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County Board To Meet On Tuesday, May 29
Issue Date: May 24, 2018
Marinette County Board will hold its regular monthly meeting starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29. Among items on the agenda for possible approval is purchase of the Crossroads Juvenile Group Home facility on Schacht Road in the Town of Peshtigo. The Group Home Association has informed the county that they are unable to keep the facility properly staffed.
Under a special agreement with the Health and Human Services Department they are continuing to operate it until other arrangements can be made to run the facility. The group home houses older juveniles who would be difficult to place in regular foster care and housing them in facilities outside the county would be very expensive, according to health and Human Services Director Robin Elsner.
The possible Crossroads purchase was tentatively recommended for approval at a meeting of County Board's Administrative Committee on Thursday, May 17. Purchase price of the facility would be at fair market value contingent on reaching an acceptable agreement with the Group Home Association.
Elsner said his department will be seeking some other provider to run the facility under a contract agreement.
The board is expected to approve changes to the county Zoning ordinance that will prohibit non ferrous metallic mining anywhere in the county unless a satisfactory agreement is reached with local government, including the County Board.
They also are expected to approve adding several segments of County P as open for ATV/UTV use to connect with other trail segments. Other segments of County roads were approved at previous meetings, after assurances that representatives of the Sheriff's Department, Highway Department and user groups that they are relatively safe. The use is allowed only during daylight hours.
As a result of the recent reorganization the board is expected to approve appointments of Rob Vellella as citizen at large on the Civil Service Commission, Don Phillips as a member of the Elderly Services Board on the ADRC, Waupaca Foundry representative Randy Peterson to the Local Emergency Planning Committee, and Stephen Votis as lending institution representative on the Marinette County Industrial Development board.
Robert Pontius, recently hired director of Marinette County Association for Business and Industry, is to make a presentation to the board, and Melissa Ebsch, tourism director hired by the City of Marinette and contracted for half time service as the county tourism director, will be introduced.
Child Support Director Sue Hinch is scheduled for a report to the board.
Land Information Department Administrator Greg Cleereman will present Conservation Poster Contest winners Madeline Schultz of Marinette High School in the Senior Division and Cora Parchim of Garfield Elementary School in Marinette in the Primary Division.
Several changes to the county's Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual related to definitions and conditions of employment were recommended for approval following discussion at the Administrative Committee at the May 17 meeting.
Also approved at that Administrative Committee meeting was the 2019 budget policy for the county, which is being submitted for County Board approval on Tuesday.
On recommendation of the Health and Human Services Committee the board is expected to approve increasing a contract for client placement by $46,505.
An easement with Wisconsin Public Service for the purpose of underground electric service on county land in part of what once was the Village of Marinette, but now is in the city is to be presented for approval on recommendation of the Infrastructure Committee.
Any person who is not a member of County Board or one of its committees who wants to address the board or a committee on any subject for no more than five minutes during for time for public comment is asked to contact Marinette County Clerk Kathy Brandt, at (715) 732 - 7407 or Marinette County Board Chair Mark Anderson at (715) 732 - 7409 prior to the meeting.
Members of the public can address the board, but there will be no question and answer exchanges except by special suspension of rules, which requires a two thirds majority of board vote and must be related to an item already on the agenda.