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Local option for local roads makes headway in committee

Andy Lisak

Douglas County Administrator

Douglas County Departments and Committees continue to follow developments in the 2015-2017 state budget proceeding since the state budget will have a direct impact on county operations and finances. Earlier this week, the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Transportation held a public hearing on Assembly Bill 210, which would allow counties to go to referendum to implement a half percent local option sales tax for maintenance and repair of roads, streets and highways. The latest version of the bill would distribute the revenue collected from the additional sales tax to the county and municipalities within it. The local option sales tax issue has been on the Superior Days agenda for the past two years.

Below is a list of Douglas County meetings and events scheduled for next week. The public is encouraged to attend.

Meetings

Land Conservation Committee meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Room 207C of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1313 Belknap St., Superior. Mark Liebaert chairs the committee and members are Sue Hendrickson, Rae Ann Anderson, Larry Luostari and Amy Colby. The composition and responsibilities of the Land Conservation Committee are defined in Chapter 92 of the Wisconsin statutes.

The committee will take action on a bear relocation contract and several cost share projects involving shoreline restoration and stabilization, erosion control, wetland enhancement, runoff control and fish passage. The committee also receives updates on several projects in which the Land Conservation Department is involved.

The Douglas County Board of Supervisors meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in County Board Room 201 of the Government Center, 1316 N. 14th St., Superior. The board is scheduled to act on two zoning ordinance amendments presented by the Zoning Committee. The Board also acts on recommendations from the Administration Committee regarding approval of capital projects, approval of a merit/reward system and approval to make a 2 percent adjustment to the county’s compensation plan.

Events

The Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop series continues at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Solon Springs Community Center, 115623 S. Business 53, Solon Springs. The workshop is a nationally renowned, evidenced-based program designed especially for adults with ongoing health issues such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain or anxiety. To register for the workshop, call Senior Connections at 715-394-3611 or 800-870-2181.

Do you have concerns about falling? The Douglas County Aging and Disability Resources Center and Senior Connections are sponsoring an eight-week program called Matter of Balance. Participants will learn to make changes to reduce fall risks at home, set goals for increasing activity, exercise to increase strength and balance, and more.

The Matter of Balance workshop meets 9:30-11 a.m. every Wednesday through June 24 at Bayside Baptist Church, 3915 N. 16th St., Superior. Registration is required. Contact Senior Connections at 715-394-3611 or ADRC at 715-395-1234.

For more information on Douglas County government, please visit our website at www.douglascountywi.org. I welcome your comments and suggestions. I can be reached at 715-395-1335 or andy.lisak@douglascountywi.org.

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