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Douglas County supervisors are considering a plan to cut the size of their board. Two weeks ago, voters narrowly defeated a measure that would have eliminated 75 percent of supervisors. During his Thursday report to the county board, Chairman Doug Finn said the message was loud and clear. Just 18 votes prevented the 28-member board from downsizing to seven. Finn believes if voters had been asked to cut the board in half, the measure would have succeeded. Rather than tempt fate, he wants supervisors to formulate a plan that will be more palatable to residents.
Douglas County is hoping to offer recycling incentives for the business community. The county board approved a cooperative agreement with the city of Superior Thursday to seek grant funding for an incentive program. Superior's City Council approved the measure Tuesday. With consumers favoring ecologically-friendly businesses, Douglas County Recycling Coordinator Mary Klun said a "carrot approach" may encourage recycling.
For nearly a decade, Waste Management has operated Superior's curbside recycling program. But that may change. With Hartel's/DBJ Disposal Co. of Proctor offering lower-cost service to Superior, the city's Public Works director is recommending the lower bid. Public Works and Economic Development Director Jeff Vito said Waste Management's bid would cost the city about $10,000 more than the bid submitted by Hartel's/DBJ. Hartel's/DBJ is proposing to provide the city's curbside recycling service for $22,509.12 per month. Waste Management's proposal for the same service is $23,320.67 per month.
A plan to help Superior grow will be moving ahead soon. Superior city councilors on Tuesday received a presentation that explained how the city can develop given its abundant wetland areas. Councilors face a considerable task to simplify the permitting process for development in wetlands once the plan garners approval of the Army Corp of Engineers.
Promoting business recycling is the goal behind a new program being considered by the city council Tuesday night. The council considers a cooperative agreement that could give the city and Douglas County the tools needed to educate business owners about recycling. The agreement would allow the county to act on the city's behalf to create the Douglas County Green Business program. What this will allow the county to do is apply for a grant through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to educate businesses on recycling, said Public Works Director Jeff Vito.
Shaping Douglas County's future is getting a boost from a $290,000 grant from the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Administration Secretary Michael Morgan announced the comprehensive planning grant award Monday afternoon at the Government Center in Superior. "We received 32 grant applications asking for more than $4.7 million," Morgan said. "That's more than twice the grants we have available." In spite of heavy competition for available funding, Douglas County's grant request stood out because it has the support of numerous towns and villages, and was co-sponsored by the city of Superior.
Douglas County communities have $290,000 to map the future. Wisconsin Administration Secretary Michael Morgan announced the comprehensive planning grant award Monday afternoon at the Government Center in Superior. "We received 32 grant applications asking for more than $4.7 million," Morgan said. "That's more than twice the grants we have available." In spite of the heavy competition for available funding, Douglas County, along with towns, villages and the city of Superior, was awarded the full grant amount sought in a joint grant application.
Mercury, also known as quicksilver, has been used for scientific instruments, medicine, dentistry, switches, lighting and hat-making. An extremely rare element of the earth's crust, mercury enters the environment as a pollutant through coal-fired power plants, industrial processes and land-filling or incineration of mercury-containing products such as auto parts, fluorescent lights, batteries, medical products, thermometers and mercury switches.
Townhouses it will be. City councilors on Wednesday directed the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Superior to work with developers to create 41 townhouse units on Barker's Island. Monetary arguments didn't sway their March 20 decision to forge an agreement to develop four acres of green space between the city-owned marina and existing island homes.
THE DAILY TELEGRAM Douglas County's board of canvassers met this morning to review the results of Tuesday's election, making results of countywide referendum official. After reviewing the elections, the results remain unchanged, said County Clerk Sue Sandvick. The referendum, which asked if the county board should be cut from 28 to seven members, was defeated by 18 votes of the 7,084 cast. While city voters supported the drastic cut, town and village voters narrowly defeated the measure. Voters split 3,533 in favor compared with 3,551 votes against.