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The Langlade County Board of Supervisors meets on Tuesday with a heavyweight resolution on its agenda.

The board session, which begins at 9 a.m. on the lower level of the Safety Building, will consider purchase of a tract of forest land in the town of Langlade in the northeastern section of the county.

The Forestry and Recreation Committee has been studying the proposed purchase from Plum Creek Land Co. for months, and County Forester Eric Rantala said.

“The homework has been done, and it works very well,” he stressed, noting how long the project has been a priority.

He added the purchsae fits well with the other county-owned lands in the area and streamlines the forestry and logging operations “blocking in” large tracts.

The county currently owns 130,290 acres of land.

That homework was absolutely necessary because this is a major piece of business. 

It deals with a 2,352.39 acre tract of heavily forested land northeast of Lily.

The county has been negotiating with Plum Creek for some time and have settled on $1,680 per acre price, which figures to $3.8885 million.

The resolution notes that figure is less than the appraised market value.

The committee proposes that $1,968,500 will come from the undesignated general fund, with a limit of no more than $2 million in expenditures.

The county applied for and has been awarded a Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Land Acquisition Grant for $1.92 million, a substantial portion of the price. That pool of money is designed to fund up to 50 percent of the land cost, and its managers were impressed with the Plum Creek-proposals activity on this parcel.

The local money will be raised through a portion of the excess funds from timber sales on county-owned lands, which have been tremendously successful. If needed, then it could be taken from the sale of some forest properties.

The land purchase is the big issue at the January session, but there is more business to transact.

Supervisors will be asked to approve base wage and cost of living agreements for the courthouse, professional, highways and corrections and dispatch unions. The package is for .5 percent for 2014, retroactive to Jan. 1.

If approved, the bill for that increase will be an added $31,404 per year.

Other resolutions on the agenda include one that would allow the designation of an agency to apply for and administer the coordinated services statewide expansion funds for 2014.

The remaining legislative acts are to provide the money for bridge and culvert aid to the towns of Upham and Wolf River. 

Supervisors will also be asked to approve Warren Wagner to the Economic Development Board for a three-year term.

An interesting report will surface during the closing portion of the session. It will deal with the policies on use of the Langlade County Fairgrounds.

No action is scheduled on any fairgrounds issues.


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