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County May Consider Adding Deputy Administrator Position
Issue Date: July 19, 2018
The possibility of creating a Deputy County Administrator position is on the agenda for discussion at the Marinette County Board's Executive Committee meeting at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, July 19, along with a request to make audio recordings of meetings, possible name change for UW-Marinette, and withdrawal from the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission, and setting future goals for the county. The meeting is to be held in the annex conference room of the courthouse on Hall Avenue in Marinette.
The agenda also includes a report from Marinette County Administrator John LeFebvre on current and future Marinette County issues; setting future goals for the county, and discussion and possible action on a revised reference manual that spells out how to follow the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law, including conducting closed sessions, agendas, minutes, resolutions and ordinances.
A request from Coleman/Pound area Supervisor Glenn Broderick to have County Board and committee meetings recorded on audio is on the agenda for possible action.
The committee will be asked to consider supporting a University of Wisconsin plan to change the name of the UW-Marinette to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Marinette Campus (UWGB-Marinette), as requested by the University. If the Executive Committee and County Board approve the name change a letter to that effect will go to University of Wisconsin President Raymond Cross in Madison.
The proposed letter from County Board Chair Mark Anderson to Cross would state in part: "We realize this name change is necessary due to the reorganization of the University of Wisconsin Colleges (UW-Colleges) to become branch campuses of the Comprehensive Universities within the University of Wisconsin System. It is our hope this change will mean the beginning of a stable, vibrant and far-reaching university in Northeast Wisconsin. The Board believes the name change, consistent with regulations from the University of Wisconsin System, best reflects what we hope this new relationship with UW-Green Bay will be."
Also on the agenda is proposed withdrawal from the 9-county Northwoods Rail Transit Commission, effective April 1, 2019. Purpose of the Rail Transit Commission is to insure that freight rail service continues from Cameron, Wisconsin to the border of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The rail line runs east to west through Goodman, Dunbar and Pembine in Marinette County. Current Marinette County representatives on the Commission are Supervisor Tricia Grebin of Dunbar and former Supervisor Mike Cassidy of Goodman.
The committee will continue a discussion of possible future goals for Marinette County that began with visioning sessions in 2017. That visioning work was carried out with the assistance of UWEX Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development Educator Ellen Geisler, who formerly was assigned to Marinette County. A full copy of Geisler's report is available with the committee's agenda posted on the Marinette County website.