Meeting Agendas & Minutes

County Board 07/21/2011

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minutes of the meeting of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors

Thursday, July 21, 2011, 6:30 p.m., Large Courtroom, Sawyer County Courthouse

 

County Board Chair Hal Helwig called the July meeting of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors to order.  Roll call was as follows:

present

district

supervisor - T = Town, V = Village, C = City, W = Ward

x

01

Dale Schleeter – T of Lenroot W 1 and 2

x

02

Kathy McCoy – T of Lenroot W 3, T of Round Lake W 1, T of Spider Lake

x

03

Ken Maki – T of Hayward W 3 and 4

x

04

Walter Jaeger – T of Hayward W 1 and 2

x

05

Fred Zietlow – T of Hayward W 5 and 6

x

06

Dean Pearson – C of Hayward W 1 and 2

x

07

Thomas W. Duffy – C of Hayward W 3 and 4

x

08

Bruce Paulsen – T of Bass Lake W 1 and 2

x

09

Charles Gundersen – T of Bass Lake W 3 and 4

x

10

Hal Helwig – T of Couderay W 2, T of Sand Lake

x

11

James Bassett – T of Couderay W 1, T of Edgewater, T of Meteor, V of Couderay

x

12

Ron Kinsley – T of Hunter W 2, T of Ojibwa, T of Radisson W 1, V of Radisson

x

13

Melvin Olson – T of Draper, T of Hunter W 1, T of Round Lake W 2, T of Winter W 2

x

14

Dale Thompson – T of Meadowbrook, T of Radisson W 2, T of Weirgor, V of Exeland

x

15

Warren Johnson – T of Winter W 1, V of Winter

 

The agenda for the meeting was presented as follows:

01.  Call to order, roll call, Pledge of Allegiance, meeting agenda, audience recognition

02.   Minutes of the meeting of June 16, 2011

03.  Economic Development and Planning Committee report, including update on Hayward Department of Natural Resources Forestry Nursery and source of funds for payment of lobbyist

04.  Zoning Committee report, including rezone applications for parcels in Town of Hayward and Town of Weirgor

05.  Zoning and Conservation Committee report, including:

·         Round Lake watershed management update

·         Resolution for Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator

06.  Forestry Committee report, including American Birkebeiner Foundation request for approval to construct carport at County Highway OO trailhead

07.  Property Address System Committee report, including:

·         County-wide elimination of duplicate road and street names

·         responsibility for installation and maintenance of property address signs

08.  Property and Airport Committee report, including transfer of $575 from contingency fund for pavement repair at Airport

09.  Courthouse Committee report, including:

·         cooperative agreement for Family Court Commissioner to provide support for Child Support Department

·         2011 Wisconsin Land Information Program grant agreement

10.  Highway Committee report, including:

·         recommendation for funding the project for lowering the culverts at the intersection of County Highway NN and Osprey Creek

·         authorization for Highway Department to hire limited-term employee

11.  Health and Human Services Board report, including:

·         resolution for authorization to plan for a regionalized income maintenance service delivery system

·         recommendation to approve filling vacant half-time Social Worker position

·         creation of Disability Benefits Specialist position as a special grant position under the ADRC

12.  Namekagon Transit Commission report, including transportation commission charter

13.  Resolution authorizing application for State Trust Fund Loan for juvenile residential facility

14.  Finance Committee, including 2012 Sawyer County Budget

15.  Personnel and Administrative Committee report, including:

·         employee mileage reimbursement and staff car use policy

·         elected officials’ contribution to retirement

16.  Cooperative agreement for Department of Transportation for Wisconsin Continuously Operating Reference Station (WISCORS) at Winter Highway Department facility

17.  Correspondence, reports from conferences and meetings; other matters for discussion only

18.  Closed session, pursuant to sections 19.85(1)(e) and (f), Wisconsin Statutes; to discuss negotiations for the recruitment of a Corporation Counsel/Human Resource Manager, for discussion of issues pertaining to the taxation of lands held by members of the Chippewa Tribe, and to discuss an employee request for family medical leave

 

Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Bassett, to approve the meeting agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Johnson, 2nd by Kinsley, to approve the June 16, 2011 meeting minutes.  Motion carried.

 

American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Executive Director Ned Zuelsdorff informed the Board that the number of registration entries for the 2012 Birkebeiner ski race event is ahead of previous years.  Mr. Zuelsdorff explained that while the Foundation limits the number of entries in the event to protect the quality of the event, the Foundation continues to look for ways to accommodate allowing more entries without sacrificing quality.

 

Economic Development and Planning Committee Chair Ken Maki expressed the Committee’s disappointment that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced that the DNR is discontinuing forestry seedling production at the Hayward Forestry Nursery.  Mr. Maki then introduced Wisconsin 74th Assembly District Representative Janet Bewley who joined in expressing disappointment with the DNR decision and offered her support in any effort to pursue an alternative use for the property that would provide economic opportunities in Sawyer County.  DNR Forestry Division Administrator Paul DeLong has indicated that the DNR would welcome proposals for uses of the Nursery property that would create employment opportunities, but that the DNR is not interested in selling the property.  The Board expressed concern that the DNR will retain the property without pursuing a use for the property that would provide economic opportunities in Sawyer County.

 

The Board discussed that the County Board, at their meeting held January 20, 2011, approved the expenditure of $4,000 for the payment of professional consulting (lobbyist) fees in an effort to persuade the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to continue the forestry seedling production at the Hayward Forestry Nursery.  The County Board did not designate from where the funds would come to pay the lobbyist.  The Finance Committee recommends County Board approval to expend the $4,000 from the Sawyer County Environmental Impact Fund.  Motion by Maki, 2nd by Jaeger, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

 

Zoning and Conservation Department Administrator Dale Olson presented the Zoning Committee report, including their recommendation to deny the following applications for property rezoning:

 

The Sawyer County Zoning Committee, having held a public hearing on June 17, 2011, pursuant to Section 59.69 (5) (e), Wisconsin Statutes, notice thereof having been given as provided by law and being duly informed of the facts pertinent to the proposed changes, hereby recommends that the petitions described as follows be denied.

 

TOWN OF HAYWARD

1)  Caleb Nelson et ux.   Lot 1, being Part of the NE ¼ NW ¼, S 32, T 41N, R 8W, Parcel .5.17, #010-841-32-2117.   Doc #332094; CSM Vol 28 Page 18.  0.46 acres total.  Change from District Residential/Recreational One to District Commercial One. Purpose of request is for retail sales of fireworks by the purchaser. The Town Board has approved the application.  Findings of Fact: It would not be compatible with surrounding uses and the area.

 

Motion by Johnson, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve the Zoning Committee recommendation to deny the petition for rezoning.  Motion carried.

 

TOWN OF WEIRGOR

2)  Daniel Robers.   Lot 1, being Part of Govt Lot 1 and Part of the SE ¼ SE ¼, S 25, T 37N, R 7W, Parcel :1.14, #030-737-25-5114.   Doc #366629, #367292 and #367037; CSM Vol 31 Page 151.  5.16 acres total.  Change from District Residential/ Recreational Two to District Agricultural One. Purpose of request is to bring the property into compliance with the appropriate zone district. The property is currently being used for farming. The Town Board has approved the application.  Findings of Fact: It would not be compatible with surrounding uses and the area. It would be damaging to the rights of others and property values.

 

Motion by Johnson, 2nd by Paulsen, to approve the Zoning Committee recommendation to deny the petition for rezoning.  Motion carried.

 

Zoning and Conservation Department Director Dale Olson, Zoning and Conservation Committee member Bruce Paulsen, and County Clerk Kris Mayberry provided an update on issues relating to management of the Round Lake - Little Round Lake - Osprey Lake - Osprey Creek watershed downstream to the intersection of Osprey Creek and County Highway NN, including discussions with the Round Lake Property Owners Association about their interest in assuming control of the outlet of Little Round Lake and discussions with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources about the timing of Sawyer County lowering the County Highway NN culverts to the elevation of the natural streambed of Osprey Creek.

 

Zoning and Conservation Department Director Dale Olson presented the Zoning and Conservation Committee recommendation to approve the following resolution:

RESOLUTION #8-2011

Sawyer County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator

     WHEREAS, Sawyer County hereby requests assistance for the purpose of implementing a county-wide program for aquatic invasive species control.

     THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Sawyer County has budgeted a sum sufficient to complete the project and

     HEREBY AUTHORIZES Dale Olson, County Conservationist, to act on behalf of Sawyer County to submit an application to the State of Wisconsin, Department of Natural Resources for financial assistance; to sign documents; and to take necessary action to undertake, direct and complete the approved project.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Sawyer County will comply with state and federal rules for the programs; may perform force account work; and will obtain approval in writing from the Department of Natural Resources before any change is made in the project scope (if applicable).

 

Motion by McCoy, 2nd by Johnson, to approve RESOLUTION #8-2011.  Motion carried.  Mr. Maki abstained from voting.

 

Forestry Committee Chair Dean Pearson presented the Committee recommendation to approve the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation request for approval for the Foundation to construct, at no cost to Sawyer County, an 18’ x 31’ steel carport on County Forest property located at the County Highway OO trailhead of the Birkebeiner Trail.  The carport would be used to store equipment used by the Foundation for Birkebeiner Trail maintenance.  Motion by Thompson, 2nd by Paulsen, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried. 

 

Property Address System Committee Chair Dale Schleeter presented the Committee recommendation to approve that employees of Sawyer County assume the responsibility for performing the installation and maintenance of the property address signs in Sawyer County beginning January 1, 2012.  The installation and maintenance of the signs has been provided by a private contractor.  A test was conducted by the Land Records Department and Sheriff’s Department to compare the costs of employee vs. contractor performance of the duties.  The field duties during the test were performed by Sawyer County Recreation Officer Patrick Retzlaff.  The Finance Committee and Personnel and Administrative Committee concur with the Property Address System Committee recommendation.  Motion by McCoy, 2nd by Paulsen, to approve the recommendation, and to not renew the current contract for the installation and maintenance of the property address signs with the private contractor.  Motion carried.

 

Property Address System Committee Chair Dale Schleeter presented the Committee recommendation for the County Board to consider a resolution or ordinance effectuating a county wide elimination of duplicate road and street names for the specific purpose of aiding in fire protection, emergency services, and civil defense.  Land Records Department Director Robyn Thake and 911 Coordinator Rose Lillyroot presented information about the need for and process to effectuate the elimination of duplicate road and street names, and provided a list of current duplicate names and the criteria that could be used to determine which road and street names would be changed.  Motion by Pearson, 2nd by Kinsley, to approve having a resolution or ordinance prepared for the consideration of the County Board as recommended by the Property Address System Committee.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed the Property and Airport Committee recommendation to approve the request of L & L Aviation (contracted Airport management and fixed-base operator at the Airport) for approval to transfer $575 from the Contingency Fund Account to the Airport Account of the General Fund of the 2011 Sawyer County Budget to expend for repairs to a taxiway at the Airport damaged by winter frost conditions.  The Board discussed that additional funds were requested for repair of pavements in the 2011 Airport budget, but that the requested funds were removed with the understanding that if pavement damage occurs the funds would be available from the County’s contingency funds.  The Finance Committee concurs with the Property and Airport Committee recommendation.  Motion by Duffy, 2nd by Jaeger, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

 

Courthouse Committee Chair Dale Schleeter presented the Committee recommendation to approve a proposed Standard Cooperative Agreement between Sawyer County and Sawyer County Family Court Commissioner Susan Lein.  The agreement is required by the State of Wisconsin and Child Support Department contract and is intended to provide for the Family Court Commissioner’s assistance to the Child Support Department in carrying out the functions of the Department and to provide for state and federal reimbursement of the allowable administrative costs of that assistance incurred by the Child Support Department.  Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

The Committee reviewed the Fiscal Year 2011 Wisconsin Land Information Program Grant Agreement between the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration and Sawyer County establishing the terms and conditions for the Department to issue to Sawyer County an award of $12,031 for 2011.  Land Records Department Director Robyn Thake prepared and submitted the application for the award which will be used for the expenses for the digital parcel mapping of Township 40 North, Range 7 West, in Sawyer County.  Motion by Duffy, 2nd by Johnson, to approve the agreement, and to authorize that it be signed on behalf of Sawyer County.  Motion carried.

 

Highway Committee Chair Ron Kinsley presented the Committee recommendation that the Highway Department absorb the internal labor and machinery costs associated with lowering the culverts at the intersection of County Highway NN and Osprey Creek, but that any additional external expenses be funded from the Sawyer County Resource Development Fund.  Motion by Johnson, 2nd by Paulsen, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Highway Committee Chair Ron Kinsley presented the Committee recommendation to approve offering a former employee of the Highway Department limited term employment with the Highway Department at $15 per hour with the term of the employment not to exceed 600 hours.  The Finance Committee and the Personnel and Administrative Committee concur with the recommendation.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Jaeger, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Health and Human Services Department Director Pete Sanders presented the Health and Human Services Board recommendation to approve the following resolution:

Resolution #9-2011

Authorization to Plan for a Regionalized Income Maintenance Service Delivery System

     WHEREAS, the Governor’s proposed 2011-13 biennial budget called for centralization of Income Maintenance services; and

    WHEREAS, Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Counties Human Service Association, and individual Counties worked diligently to propose alternatives that would retain local access for citizens as well as local control of local funding; and

     WHEREAS, the Joint Committee on Finance adopted the county-proposed alternative, thereby directing formulation of multi-county consortia with a deadline of October 1, 2011; and

     WHEREAS, funding and operational criteria have not yet been finalized or communicated by the Department of Health Services; and

     WHEREAS, the eleven counties and two tribes of the northwest region of the state, who planned together for the redesign of long term care have expressed an interest in planning together to design a regional model for the administration of Income Maintenance; and

     WHEREAS, no county is committed to enter into a regional consortia for the administration of Income Maintenance services until the county passes an enabling resolution to do so; now

     THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors authorizes Health and Human Services to participate in the Planning to Plan Phase with the good faith intention to develop a regional system for the administration of Income Maintenance Services.

     FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution will be sent to the County Clerks of Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, and Washburn counties.

 

Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Schleeter, to approve the recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Health and Human Services Department Director Pete Sanders presented the Health and Human Services Board recommendation to approve filling a vacant (due to resignation) half time position with the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) unit in the Health and Human Services Department.  Mr. Sanders indicated that applicants for the position would be required to have a four year college degree and social worker certification.  The Personnel and Administrative Committee concurs with the Health and Human Services Board recommendation.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Thompson, to approve the Health and Human Services Board recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Health and Human Services Department Director Pete Sanders presented the Health and Human Services Board recommendation to approve creating a Disability Benefits Specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) unit in the Sawyer County Health and Human Services Department.  The purpose of the position is to assist people with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, and/or mental illness, who are between the ages of 18 and 59 and who live within the ADRC of the North region, with accessing publicly-funded benefits.  The position would be funded by the ADRC and considered a special grant position.  It is anticipated that the position be paid at the same wage level as an Economic Support Specialist (7/1/11 - $19.11) and be subject to a graduated wage scale at the beginning of employment.  The Personnel and Administrative Committee recommends approval of the proposal as long as the position is fully funded (no County levy).  Motion by McCoy, 2nd by Schleeter, to approve the Personnel and Administrative Committee recommendation.  Motion carried.

 

Health and Human Services Department Director Pete Sanders presented and explained a proposed First Amended and Restated Intergovernmental Agreement Creating the Sawyer County/LCO Transit Commission.  The agreement states that the purpose of the Commission shall be to provide, preserve, promote, protect, plan, assist, finance, acquire, operate, maintain, and enhance existing and future transportation systems in the Commission’s service area.  Motion by Johnson, 2nd by Zietlow, to approve the agreement, and to authorize that it be signed on behalf of Sawyer County.  Motion carried.  Mr. Bassett and Mr. Olson abstained from voting.

 

Sawyer County Board Chair Hal Helwig presented the Health and Human Services Board and Finance Committee recommendation to approve a proposed application for Sawyer County to borrow $475,000.00 through the State of Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands Trust Fund Loan Program with the term of repayment of the loan being 5 years and an interest rate of 3.25%.  Proceeds of the loan would be used for the purpose of financing development of a juvenile residential facility.  Health and Human Services Department Director Pete Sanders reported that the City of Hayward approved annexation of the property to be developed as a juvenile residential facility with an agreement that Sawyer County would make a payment to the City in lieu of real estate taxes, that Northwest Passage would be licensed to operate the facility under agreement with Sawyer County, and that the closing for the purchase of the property is scheduled for August 21, 2011.  County Board Chair Hal Helwig presented the following materials provided to authorize the loan:

 

APPLICATION FOR STATE TRUST FUND LOAN

TO:  BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF PUBLIC LANDS

     We, the undersigned chairman and clerk of the County of Sawyer, Wisconsin, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 24 of the Wisconsin Statutes, do hereby make application for a loan of Four Hundred Seventy Five Thousand And 00/100 Dollars ($475,000.00) from the Trust Funds of the State of Wisconsin for the purpose of financing development of juvenile residential facility.

     The loan is to be continued for a term of 5 years from the 15th day of March preceding the date the loan is made. The loan is to be repaid in annual installments, as provided by law, with interest at the rate of 3.25 percent per annum.

     We agree to the execution and signing of such certificates of indebtedness as the Board may prepare and submit, all in accordance with Chapter 24, Wisconsin Statutes.

     The application is based upon compliance on the part of the County with the provisions and regulations of the statutes above referred to, as set forth by the following statements which we do hereby certify to be correct and true.

     The meeting of the supervisors of the County of Sawyer Wisconsin, which approved and authorized this application for a loan, was a regularly called meeting held on the 21st day of July, 2011.

     At the aforesaid meeting a resolution was passed by a majority vote of the members of the board of supervisors approving and authorizing an application to the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, State of Wisconsin, for a loan of Four Hundred Seventy Five Thousand And 00/100 Dollars ($475,000.00) from the Trust Funds of the State of Wisconsin to the County of Sawyer, Wisconsin, for the purpose of financing development of juvenile residential facility. That at the same time and place, the board of supervisors of the County of Sawyer by a majority vote of the members, adopted a resolution levying upon all the taxable property in the county, a direct annual tax sufficient in amount to pay the annual installments of principal and interest, as they fall due, all in accordance with Article XI, Sec. 3 of the Constitution and Sec. 24.66(5), Wisconsin Statutes.

     A copy of the aforesaid resolutions, certified to by the clerk, as adopted at the meeting, and as recorded in the minutes of the meeting, accompanies this application.

     A statement of the equalized valuation of all the taxable property within the County of Sawyer certified to by the clerk, accompanies this application.

 

The following preamble and resolutions were presented by Supervisor Hal Helwig and were read to the meeting.

     By the provisions of Sec.24.66 of the Wisconsin Statutes, all municipalities may borrow money for such purposes in the manner prescribed, and,

     By the provisions of Chapter 24 of the Wisconsin Statutes, the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands of Wisconsin is authorized to make loans from the State Trust Funds to municipalities for such purposes. (Municipality as defined by Sec. 24.60(2) of the Wisconsin Statutes means a town, village, city, county, public inland lake protection and rehabilitation district, town sanitary district created under Sec. 60.71 or 60.72, metropolitan sewerage district created under Sec. 200.05 or 200.23, joint sewerage system created under Sec. 281.43(4), school district or technical college district.)

     THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the County of Sawyer, Wisconsin, borrow from the Trust Funds of the State of Wisconsin the sum of Four Hundred Seventy Five Thousand And 00/100 Dollars ($475,000.00) for the purpose of financing development of juvenile residential facility and for no other purpose.

     The loan is to be payable within 5 years from the 15th day of March preceding the date the loan is made.  The loan will be repaid in annual installments with interest at the rate of 3.25 percent per annum from the date of making the loan to the 15th day of March next and thereafter annually as provided by law.

     RESOLVED FURTHER, that there shall be raised and there is levied upon all taxable property, within the County of Sawyer, Wisconsin, a direct annual tax for the purpose of paying interest and principal on the loan as they become due.

     RESOLVED FURTHER, that no money obtained by the County of Sawyer by such loan from the state be applied or paid out for any purpose except financing development of juvenile residential facility without the consent of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.

     RESOLVED FURTHER, that in case the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands of Wisconsin agrees to make the loan, that the chairman and clerk of the County of Sawyer, Wisconsin, are authorized and empowered, in the name of the county to execute and deliver to the Commission, certificates of indebtedness, in such form as required by the Commission, for any sum of money that may be loaned to the county pursuant to this resolution.  The chairman and clerk of the county will perform all necessary actions to fully carry out the provisions of Chapter 24, Wisconsin Statutes, and these resolutions.

     RESOLVED FURTHER, that this preamble and these resolutions and the aye and no vote by which they were adopted, be recorded, and that the clerk of this county forward this certified record, along with the application for the loan, to the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands of Wisconsin.

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Pearson, to approve the Health and Human Services Board and Finance Committee recommendation and the application materials recited above.  The roll call vote was as follows:  Schleeter – aye; McCoy – aye; Maki – aye; Jaeger – aye; Zietlow – aye; Pearson – aye; Duffy – aye; Paulsen – aye; Gundersen – aye; Helwig – aye; Bassett – aye; Kinsley – aye; Olson – aye; Thompson – aye; Johnson – aye.  The motion carried with all 15 members of the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors voting aye.

 

Finance Committee Chair Warren Johnson presented a draft of a letter prepared to provide guidance to the departments of the County for the development of the 2012 Sawyer County Budget.  Instructions in the letter include that departments should calculate wages and benefits based upon current bargaining unit agreements and County Board actions for 2012, that health insurance premiums should be calculated based upon an assumption of a 12% premium increase, and that departments should include projections for capital purchases for the next 5 years. 

 

Human Resource Manager Carol Larson presented a proposed amendment to Section VI.I.1. (Employment Benefits - Travel Expenses – Mileage) of the Sawyer County Personnel Administration Policies.  The amendment adds the following sentence at the end of the first paragraph of the mileage section:  If a County-owned vehicle is available, the employee must use the County-owned vehicle or will be reimbursed at a rate of twenty cents ($.20) per mile less than the established mileage rate.  Ms. Larson then advised the Board that after the Personnel and Administrative Committee determined to recommend County Board approval of the proposed amendment she discovered that the Health and Human Services Department has a policy that employees are not reimbursed for mileage if they choose to use their own vehicle for travel if a County vehicle would have been available to them.  Motion by Thompson, 2nd by Olson, to refer the proposed amendment back to the Personnel and Administrative Committee.  Motion carried.

 

Human Resource Manager Carol Larson presented and reviewed with the Board an opinion from Sawyer County labor attorney Mindy Dale (Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci) reviewing the issue of whether Sawyer County’s elected officials should be required to contribute the employee share of the contribution to the Wisconsin Retirement System prior to the end of their current term of office as required by 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 and 2011 Wisconsin Act 32.  Requiring the contribution would be contrary to the provisions of County Board resolutions establishing the compensation and benefits for the elected positions which were adopted prior to the beginning of the time set for filing nomination papers for each of the elected positions.  Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Gundersen, to continue to honor the terms of the County Board resolutions to the end of the current term of office for each of the elected positions.  Motion carried.

 

The Board reviewed a Cooperative Agreement between the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WISDOT) and Sawyer County establishing the terms and conditions for the placement of a Wisconsin Continuously Operating Reference Station (WISCORS) at the Winter Sawyer County Highway Department facility.  The agreement states that the station is being provided by WISDOT in the interest of the traveling public and for the benefit of public safety.  The WISCORS station network will provide information needed to increase the accuracy of field collected global positioning system surveys and geographic information system grade data.  The County Board, at their meeting held May 19, 2011, approved the placement of the station at the Winter Sawyer County Highway Department facility.  Motion by Johnson, 2nd by Kinsley, to approve the agreement, and to authorize that it be signed on behalf of Sawyer County.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Bassett, to convene into closed session, pursuant to sections 19.85(1)(e) and (f), Wisconsin Statutes; to discuss negotiations for the recruitment of a Corporation Counsel/Human Resource Manager, for discussion of issues pertaining to the taxation of lands held by members of the Chippewa Tribe, and to discuss an employee request for family medical leave.  Motion carried by unanimous voice vote.

[Minutes of closed sessions are kept in a confidential file in the County Clerk’s Office.]

Motion by Kinsley, 2nd by Thompson, to reconvene into open session.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Bassett, 2nd by Paulsen, to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried.

 

 

minutes prepared by Sawyer County Clerk Kris Mayberry