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PROCEEDINGS OF THE DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD

PROCEEDINGS OF THE DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Thursday, March 17, 2022, 6:00 p.m., Board Room, Second Floor, Government Center 1316 North 14th Street, Superior, Wisconsin Meeting called to order by Chairman Mark Liebaert. Pledge of Allegiance recited. Roll call taken by County Clerk Susan Sandvick. There were 15 Present, 6 Absent. Absent – Borgeson (remote), Clark, Hendrickson, Long, Raunio, Slay. Motion by Pomush, second Bergman, to approve the January 20, 2022, meeting minutes. Motion carried. CLAIMS Summons and Complaint by Craig and Christine McNeil, regarding zone change decision by County Board on January 20, 2022. CORRESPONDENCE One item of correspondence was received and placed on file. PRESENTATION Ashley Vande Voort presented on Land Conservation and Agriculture Enterprise Area (AEA). AEA provides tax incentives for farmers enrolled in program. AEA petition approved and ability to enroll began January 1, 2022; anyone within AEA that meets application requirements is eligible. PUBLIC COMMENT None. ORDINANCES Amendment to Ordinance 8.0, Zoning Ordinance, presented by the Zoning Committee. Motion by Bergman, second Glazman, to adopt. Motion carried. RESOLUTIONS #9-22: Resolution by the Land and Development Committee recommending sale of county property to City of Superior. Motion by Allen, second Jaques, to adopt. Motion carried. #10-22: Resolution by the Administration and Public Safety Committees recommending approval of Jailer and Dispatcher Recruitment and Retention Program. Motion by Pomush, second Staupe, to adopt. Motion carried. #11-22: Resolution by the Administration Committee establishing elected officials salaries (Sheriff and Clerk of Courts) for next term of office. Motion by Jaques, second Bergman, to adopt. Douglas County Sheriff, Tom Dalbec spoke on concerns of no wage increase for position over the next four years and difference in salaries with comparably sized counties. Motion by Allen, second Jaques, to refer to Administration Committee to review wage comparables with similar sized counties. Motion carried. #12-22: Resolution by the Administration Committee recommending year-end 2021 carry-overs and reserves. Motion by Jaques, second Bergman, to adopt. Roll call vote taken and passed with 15 Yes, 0 No, 6 Absent. Absent - Borgeson, Clark, Hendrickson, Long, Raunio, Slay. #13-22: Resolution by the Administration Committee recommending budgetary transfers. Motion by Lear, second Luostari, to adopt. Roll call vote taken and passed with 15 Yes, 0 No, 6 Absent. Absent - Borgeson, Clark, Hendrickson, Long, Raunio, Slay. #14-22: Resolution by the Administration Committee recommending approval of $500,000 from ARPA funds for matching grant program to assist towns and villages with broadband infrastructure projects and approval process. Motion by Allen, second Lear, to adopt. Borgeson (remote) spoke in support of resolution, explaining rural needs for internet access. Draft guidelines and application to be sent to all board members. Roll call vote taken and passed with 15 Yes, 0 No, 6 Absent. Absent - Borgeson, Clark, Hendrickson, Long, Raunio, Slay. #15-22: Resolution by the Forest, Parks and Recreation Committee concerning Wisconsin wolf population control and goal recommendation to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wolf Management Plan. Motion by Allen, second Moen, to adopt. Motion by Allen, second Moen, to amend and sponsor by County Board. Motion carried. Motion to adopt as amended, carried. COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR REPORT: Written report reviewed. COUNTY BOARD CHAIR REPORT: Warrant Resolution Day will be held April 12th; northern Wisconsin qualifies for local road improvement projects but requires expert grant writer. Village of Solon Springs closed crossing per railroad request; safety concerns discussed. Shared revenue for towns from timber cutting exceeded $500,000. Health and Human Services has lengthy, high cost placement. Candidate forum held at UW-Superior. APPOINTMENTS: Motion by Moen, second Bergman, to approve the following appointments: by County Administrator: Dennis Dalbec (replacing Richard Berchild) – Civil Service Commission; and by County Board Chair: James Soyring (appointed as citizen member, no longer representing Farm Service Agency) – Land Conservation Committee. Motion carried. COMMITTEE REPORTS: Jaques – Health and Human Services Board; Administration Committee. Allen – Land and Development Committee. APPROVAL OF BILLS AND CLAIMS: Motion by Baker, second Jaques, to approve. Motion carried. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS: Pesticide Ordinance. ADJOURNMENT: Motion by Pomush, second Luostari, to adjourn. Motion carried. Adjourned at 6:58 p.m. Next regularly scheduled meeting – April 14, 2022; Reorganization meeting – April 19, 2022. Submitted by, Susan T. Sandvick Douglas County Clerk (April 8, 2022) WNAXLP 47790