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County Board To Hear Economic Study Results At Sept. 17 Meeting

Issue Date: September 12, 2019

Some months ago Bay Lakes Regional Planing Commission was hired by Marinette County Board to do an overall study of the county's Economic Development Organizational Structure, including provisions for promotion of tourism and improving overall economic growth. Supervisors will hear results of that study, with recommendations, at their regular monthly meeting starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Presentation of study results and recommendations is to be made by Kristen Fish-Peterson, CEO of Redevelopment Resources and Cindy Wojtczak, Executive Director of Bay Lake Regional Planning Commission.

The other major items scheduled for the meeting include presentation of the 2020 budget message by County Administrator John LeFebvre, in preparation for budget adoption and setting of the 2020 tax levy at the County Board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 29 and possible approval of a contract to replace the roof on the old Law Enforcement Building adjacent to the courthouse at 1925 Ella Court Street.

Hopes are to have the major Ella Court Building roof work done this fall, and have interior and exterior remodeling work completed in time for occupancy early next year. There are plans to construct a "green lawn" outdoor use area atop the building in connection with the roof replacement.

The board is expected to approve a request from the Town of Peshtigo that they transfer ownership of two parcels that will allow the town to extend the Kowalski Walking Trail, as well as keep it open for use by bird watchers and snow enthusiasts. LeFebvre had informed town Clerk Clarence Coble he would support the request provided the property is subject to the same requirements for public use as the adjoining parcels that were deeded from the county to the town in 1993.

County board is expected to approve adding sections of county roads in the Town of Athelstane for ATV/UTV routes on County Highway A from Perch Lake Road to Northway Drive and on County C from Fire Lane Road to Tower Road. Both were up for consideration at the Infrastructure Committee meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Cost of signage is to be paid by the requesting club or municipality at approximately $85 per hour.

County Board is also expected to act on the 2020 MAR-OCO Landfill Administration and Operational Budgets which are slated for action by the Marinette/Oconto County Joint Mar-Oco Committee on Thursday, Sept. 12.

In connection with the transfer of Parks and Recreation responsibilities from the Forestry Department to the Facilities Department, County Board is being asked to phase out the County Forest and Parks Development fund and establish a new Non-Lapsing Property Management Fund.

Approval is expected for granting Wisconsin Public Service utility easements to move overhead lines to underground lines in the Town of Middle Inlet at no cost to the County and with WPS responsible for all costs associated with preparation and recording of the deed.

Also on the agenda is discussion and possible action to eliminate two Forestry and Parks Department Forest Patrol positions, effective January 2, 2020. That recommendation was discussed at length at the board's July meeting and referred back for further committee discussion.

The board is expected to authorize Land Information staff to apply for (and administer if successful) a Natural Resources Damage Assessment Grant for an anticipated award of $36,750 through the US Fish and Wildlife Service for calendar years 2019 and 2020 with the county contribution limited to existing staff time and materials (stone) for the project.

A Health and Human Services DCF contract in the amount of $25,410 for the Juvenile Justice Community Intervention Program is also on the agenda, along with approval of a Department of Health Services Grant Agreement in the amount of $37,142 through the substance Abuse Block Grant Supplemental Awards program.

The board will be asked to transfer $250,000 from the Information Services fund balance to cover costs associated with 2019 PC licensing upgrades and replacement of non-upgradeable PC's and anticipated 2020 PC upgrades and/or replacements; transfer of $40,000 from the Forestry and Parks Development fund balance to Forestry and Parks Development outlay for Veterans Memorial Park electrical upgrades not to exceed $40,000, and transfer of $24,239.20 from the Highway Department Fund Balance to the Highway Capital Asset account for purchase of a brine tank and application system for brining roads.


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