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Pierce County's Finance and Personnel Committee recommended Jason Matthys fill the administrative coordinator position at a Tuesday, Oct. 16 meeting. Already the interim administrative coordinator, Matthys was one of three candidates interviewed at Tuesday's meeting. The recommendation will be reviewed at the November county board meeting, where the board will vote whether or not to confirm Matthys. The administrative coordinator helps establish the county's annual budget, direct departments and other supervising and managerial roles for the county.
Todd Johnson, University of Wisconsin - Extension land use and community development specialist, tries not to use the French term charette to describe the Design Wisconsin program. But it might be the best word to describe the somewhat frenzied three-day community-planning process they run about twice a year.
Prescott's Police Commission is set to discuss police chief applications Wednesday, Oct. 17 in its more-than-a-year-long search for a new police department leader. Throughout the process, the city's police commission has appointed two interim chiefs — former interim Rob Funk and current interim Doug Ducklow — and held a previous search that failed to bring in a new chief and is now in the process of completing a second search. Wednesday's meeting is also set to discuss applicants for part-time and full-time officer candidates.
A 45-year-old man was charged with felony hit and run-involve injury Sept. 24 after he allegedly failed to report hitting another vehicle, drove away and caused injuries to the other driver on June 23 in the town of Trimbelle.
A global downturn in the recycling market is dripping down to Pierce County residents, with higher rates likely on the way. The price hike is from the community's contract with Paul's Industrial Garage — a local garbage and recycling business that collects recycling throughout the county — which is losing money recycling the area's goods. P.I.G. is facing what's become a common issue for recycling businesses in the last year; a depressed commodity market driven by new restrictive imported recycling policy changes in China.
Care for about 2,000 animals saved in connection to a suspected Pierce County-based animal-fighting is estimated at almost $500,000. At an Oct. 3 civil hearing for Senyen Vang and Houa Dai Yang — who are facing numerous drug and animal crime charges from the county and state — Pierce County Assistant Corporation Counsel attorney Jason Fey said the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimated 30-day animal caretaking costs to be $496,755.
A roughly 11-month, $1 million U.S. Highway 10 bridge rehabilitation project should cause few headaches for area residents. The project — which includes replacing expansion joints, concrete deck repairs and other minor maintenance for the 25-year-old bridge — is currently restricting traffic to one lane on each side. The construction started in early September, and is expected to end in June 2019.
At his home off of the Chippewa River in Durand, Plum City's former music teacher Mike Bonn bounced between stories of playing in a variety of bands throughout the early years of his life and his passion of music with his numerous students. Whether it was recounting the work he would put into elementary school Christmas programs or the days he spent playing in bands that ranged from country bands in Nashville to variety rock bands at weddings, Bonn's passion for music exuded through all the stories — but shined through the most when discussing his work with students.
Two days after Ellsworth High School's 20-13 win over Baldwin-Woodville High School, Logan Melstrom was an hour late for work. He was sore from battling an injury all week before being cleared to play in Friday's homecoming game, where he scored two of the team's three touchdowns, and didn't head to his family's garage until closer to 9 a.m. He had a wood patio set to make. "I try to get out here every day," the 18-year-old high school senior said. "I've always been a hands-on guy, it's just the way I am."
New county positions moved forward, the 2019 budget was tweaked ahead of its November vote and a new bank partner progressed at Wednesday's special Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee budget review meeting. The county committee approved new positions and reclassified others throughout various departments at the Sept. 26 meeting. But with the county operating budget over the operating tax levy limit and needing to be tweaked, it raised some concern over future budgets.