Aaron Fregard, Douglas County administration
Five county government meetings are scheduled for next week. The Employee Relations Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Room 207C of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1313 Belknap St., Superior. The Zoning Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Room 201 of the Government Center, 1316 N. 14th St., Superior. The Children's Community Options Program Advisory meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Room 207C of the courthouse and the Aging Disability Resource Center Advisory meets at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday in Room 327 of the Government Center.
Douglas County Public Health officials are reminding people to be on the alert for blue-green algae blooms in waterways this summer, and to avoid swimming or letting pets play in water where a visible scum or mat of blue-green algae is present. "When blue-green algae are present in high numbers, some bathers who swim in affected waters may experience eye, ear or skin irritation, or gastrointestinal problems like vomiting and diarrhea," said Kathy Ronchi, Douglas County health officer.
Five Douglas County government meetings are scheduled for next week. The Forest, Parks and Recreation Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Forestry Headquarters, 9182 E. Hughes Ave., Solon Springs. The Douglas County Revolving Loan Fund Board meets at 2 p.m. Monday in the second floor conference room in the Badger Building, of the Badger Building, 1225 Tower Ave., Superior. The Land and Development Committee meets at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Room 207C of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1313 Belknap St,, Superior.
County Trunk Y closes at Beauregard Lake Road in Gordon for construction starting at 7 a.m. Monday; it reopens at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes during this time. Contact the Douglas County Highway Department at 715-374-2575 with questions. Three county government meetings are scheduled for next week. The Library Board Planning Committee meets at 10 a.m. Monday at the Superior Public Library Conference Room, 1530 Tower Ave.
And just like that, we're in August. After a brief hiatus in committee meetings in July, we are carrying on business as usual. A big focus in our department for the next few weeks is the 2019 budget. Four county government meetings are scheduled for next week: The Veterans Commission meets at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Room 207C of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1313 Belknap St.
Take action to prevent tick and mosquito bites. While many Wisconsin residents are more than ready to take advantage of the warmer weather and enjoy the great outdoors, the Douglas County Health Department strongly encourages everyone to take care to avoid tick and mosquito bites. Ticks and mosquitoes can transmit various illnesses. Lyme disease, which is spread by ticks, and West Nile virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, account for most of the disease spread in Wisconsin.
This event collects household hazardous waste chemicals from residents free of charge.
To kick off the summer season and honor our veterans, a free community barbecue run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday outside the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, 305 Harbor View Parkway, Superior. The community is invited to this free event with music, kids games, bounce houses, a climbing wall and a barbecue. Then on Monday, there will be a remembrance service at 10:30 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery to honor those who died while serving in the U.S. military.
All summer recreational trails under management of the Douglas County Forestry Department are now open. The trails are in early season condition, meaning be aware of the current fire status and operate in a safe manner. The Douglas County Highway Department will be lifting county truck highway seasonal weight restrictions at noon Monday. The dead bird reporting hotline (800) 433-1610 is activated and remains open through the mosquito season, until Oct. 31. Four meetings are on tap for next week.
Our thoughts go out to those who were affected by the Husky Energy refinery fire. Douglas County has been working hard to ensure everyone's safety and to keep people updated with any new information. Please visit our website at www.douglascountywi.org for any news and updates regarding the recovery efforts. If you have any questions about the refinery fire, call the Husky Energy Helpline at (855) 527-5002. Three county government meetings are scheduled next week.