Economic Development and Planning Committee
Tuesday, August 7, 1:30 p.m.
Assembly Room, Sawyer County Courthouse
Committee Members Attending: Tom Duffy, Warren Johnson, Dean Pearson, Dale Thompson, Bill Voight, Hal Helwig
Others Attending: Kris Mayberry, Sherry Beckman, Sheldon Johnson, John Saunders, Cheryl Treland, Dave Berard
Meeting agenda – Motion to approve the agenda by Thompson, seconded by Johnson, Motion carried
Minutes of the meeting of July 10, 2012 – Motion by Johnson to approve the July 10, 2012 minutes. Second by Pearson, Motion carried
Audience recognition - None
Northwest Regional Planning Commission report – Sheldon Johnson reported that the Visions committee was being developed. He reported that the household hazardous waste collection had 211 vehicles - close to past year’s totals. Estimated volume included paint 5,000 lbs. 300 bulbs, medications were down a bit, and 7,800 lbs of appliances. Johnson indicated that approximately1.6 million in the NWRED revolving loan pool available for loan to qualified applicants. The regional housing consortium will be scheduling public hearings for the county board meetings in September. They will be asking for a representative to be appointed from the county to begin development of policies and procedures for the program. Mayberry asked about whether the regional housing consortium and existing housing program administration could be combined. NWRPC will be administering the regional revolving loan funds and would be willing to administer the existing program. But, coordination would be needed with any administrator, since existing funds would need to be spent before the new funding is used. The only time administrative costs are allowed is when a new loan is made.15% is the charge for the other 13 contracts administered under NWRPC. The all hazards mitigation program had been waiting for two county position appointments and will be starting up soon.
Hayward Area Visitor and Convention Bureau report, including 2013 budget request – Cheryl Treland and Sherry Beckman. Treland introduced Beckman as the new executive director. Patty Woods will be the new business manager. Beckman shared a packet with the committee with the budget request and program highlights. They are participating with the Northwest Marketing Organization developing a marketing program going to more than 20 shows. Motion by Thompson to approve the $45,000 budget request, second by Johnson, motion carried
Visions Northwest report – Helwig reported on Visions Northwest. He is recommending to the county board that Sherry Beckman take Wendy Schroeder’s place on Visions Northwest. Helwig presented a summary of the Visions Northwest request and information submitted to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. WEDC decided it wasn’t in line with the state plan. Election of officers of visions: Dale Kupczyk –Chair, Kelly Kline-Vice Chair, Bob Meyer -Secretary Treasurer
Review of applications for County Environmental Impact Fund grant – Discussion and consensus on applications that best met the criteria and those that didn’t fit with the criteria. Exeland Swan Creek Park Food Shelters, Town of Bass Lake Windigo Boat Landing expansion, and Friends of the Tuscobia Trail best meet the application criteria. Consensus that Draper – Southeastern Sawyer County Health Center, Callahan/Mud Lakes Protective Association Eurasian Milfoil, and A Lure of Lights Festival- Division of Hayward Rotary Charitable don’t fit the criteria. Discussion on Friends of Tuscobia application – The project is for construction during the coming year, could suggest that they may be ready to build later. Proposal to ask that they come back to the committee in March if the other funding sources don’t come through. Motion by Thompson, second by Pearson to recommend approval of the Bass Lake and Exeland applicaitons. Committee will send a letter to Tuscobia inviting them to apply again in the spring closer to construction. Motion by Voight to include Tuscobia Trail application for funding recommendation, second by Thompson, motion carried. Saunders asked about whether projects would need to submit invoices or would get the money up front. Committee consensus to submit invoices. Motion by Thompson that the remaining $10,000 be kept in the budget for next year and that $25,000 additional be also requested in the next budget. Motion carried.
Proposal to purchase parcel of real estate adjacent to Sawyer County Forest – Discussion in closed session
Monthly expense vouchers - None
Other matters for discussion only –
a. Economic Development Organizations – Johnson shared a list of economic development organizations published in Business North
b. Sales Tax – Berard shared the current county sales tax and employment numbers
c. Indianhead per diem funding – Johnson requested it be put on agenda for next month at $1200 dollars request.
d. Bike Trail – Had some changes around lumberjack bowl but is moving forward
e. Stone Lake – Saunders reported that they are making some improvements to the toilet facilities at the park
Closed session, pursuant to section 19.85(1)(e), Wisconsin Statutes, to consider a proposal to purchase a parcel of real estate adjacent to Sawyer County Forest
Motion by Thompson, second by Johnson, to convene in closed session pursuant to section 19.85(1)(e). Motion Carried
Minutes of closed sessions are kept in a confidential file in the County Clerk’s office.
Motion by Johnson, Thompson to move out of closed session. Motion carried
Motion to adjourn by Thompson, second by Johnson, meeting adjourned.