County Board postpones passage of "Just Fix It" resolution

A resolution urging Gov. Scott Walker to provide more funding for transportation maintenance statewide was denied a vote during the St. Croix County Board's Sept. 4 meeting.

The resolution was part of the "Just Fix It" campaign run by the Madison-based Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin. In recent years, the campaign has pushed the state of Wisconsin to improve the quality of its roads.

When discussion opened for the item, Supervisor Scott Nordstrand said the county had already sent a resolution with near-identical language to Gov. Walker in 2016. Indeed, Just Fix It's website includes the county on a list of municipalities that have passed similar resolutions.

Nordstrand questioned if clauses included in the resolution, such as the "county (continues) to struggle to meet even the most basic maintenance needs for our transportation system," really apply to the county. The Just Fix It campaign has suggested resolution language for municipalities on its website. Nordstrand suggested rewriting the resolution to make it more specific to the county.

The board unanimously voted to send the resolution down to be reviewed by the board's Transportation Committee.

Vote on land and water plan postponed

Passage of the St. Croix County 2018-2028 Land & Water Resource Management Plan was pushed back one month after Supervisor William Peavey brought up complaints he received from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau's county branch that it had not had enough time to review the plan.

The resolution to approve the resource management plan was brought forward last month by the Community Development Committee, chaired by Supervisor Daniel Hansen. Hansen pushed back on the farm bureau's claim, noting nine months of "well-attended and well-advertised" public meetings during which he said the agricultural community had ample time for review and feedback. The plan was also approved by the state's Department of Agriculture.

"This plan did not happen in a vacuum," Hansen said. "Postponing at this point seems capricious."

Despite Hansen's protests, the board voted to postpone a vote on the plan until its October meeting.

Lindemann recognized for public health service

Public health coordinator and officer Deb Lindemann is retiring. Lindemann served the county for five years in her current role and for 15 years as a public health nurse.

"I've always felt proud to work in St. Croix County because it's a very progressive county, and I'm grateful that I work in a community also where there are many citizens and organizations that care about health," she said.

The board unanimously appointed Public Health Supervisor Sharon Reyzer to the position of interim public health officer.