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Town officials workshop available

A series of one-day workshops for local officials begin at the end of the month. The workshops, which run between April 30 and May 24, are sponsored and conducted by the Wisconsin Towns Association, the UW-Extension Local Government Center and th...

A series of one-day workshops for local officials begin at the end of the month.

The workshops, which run between April 30 and May 24, are sponsored and conducted by the Wisconsin Towns Association, the UW-Extension Local Government Center and the UW Transportation Information Center, and are co-sponsored by the county Extension Offices.

Town board members, chairpeople, clerks and treasurers will find this workshop helpful, said Fariba Pendleton, University of Wisconsin-Extension Community Resource Development Educator. The workshop provides information on current procedures, requirements and resources necessary to conduct town government business.

Separate sessions for new and continuing officials offer topics designed for each group. The workshops are held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m.

This series is held in odd-numbered years with about 1,200 town officials attending each series.

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Dates and locations for the workshops near Douglas County include May 3 in Cable, May 15 in Rice Lake, May 16 in Minocqua and May 22 in Eau Claire.

The workshop covers powers and duties of town officials; open meetings law; ethics and conflicts of interest; town road maintenance and safety; running effective meetings; and budgeting for new town officials. Continuing officials learn about land use decision-making bodies; town road construction and safety; fire protection; media relations; and a legislative update.

The cost of the workshop is $55 for registration received at least seven days before the workshop, or $65 for late registrations and walk-ins.

The fee covers the cost of instruction, printed materials, snack and lunch.

For a program brochure and registration form, contact the Douglas County UW-Extension office at (715) 395-1363 or go to www.uwex.edu/lgc and click on Spring Workshops.

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