Land and water plan passed by county board

The St. Croix County 2018-2028 Land & Water Resource Management Plan was approved by the county board at its Oct. 2 meeting.

The plan lays out goals and activities for land and water management by the county's Community Development Committee and Community Development Department over the next 10 years. It had last been updated in 2013.

The vote was delayed in September 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. During the public comment portion of the Oct. 2 meeting, farm bureau member Leslie Svacina expressed appreciation to the board for giving the bureau more time.

There have been no changes to the plan since it was first brought to the board last month.

Next two years of Capital Improvement Plan funding approved

After some disagreement between supervisors, the board approved funding for CIP projects that will take place in 2019-2020.

The county's Administration Committee approved a funding option at its Sept. 17 meeting that requires no additional debt and applies $3.9 million in existing project funds to a slightly scaled-down list of projects. There were no changes made to the funding plan during its approval by the board.

The committee removed the replacement of the county's mobile command vehicle and the Homestead Parklands entrance station from the 2019-2020 list. County Administrator Pat Thompson recommended that the two projects that were removed should be considered when the next debt issue is authorized.

A "capital improvement plan" is the county's way of prioritizing infrastructure projects in a long term manner. The entire plan can be read on the county website,

Other items

• A group of the county's Community Development Department staff won a Secretary's Director Award from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, an annual award with five recipients each year. The award was to recognize the protection of ground and surface water quality and growth management, and was presented by Dan Baumann, West Central Regional Director for the DNR.

• Kelli Engen was appointed Public Health Administrator by the board at its Oct. 2 meeting. Engen has a Master's in Public Health from the University of Minnesota and a background in public health accreditation.