At Tuesday meeting, new board members welcomed|
The Langlade County Board of Supervisors Tuesday welcomed six new members to the 21-person panel. Newly elected supervisors at their first session included Richard Burby, Joe Novak, Pete Pennington, Angie Schreiber, Richard Schuh and Don Scupien.
A brief highlight on the Langlade County Economic Development Corporation featured the organizationís strides in marketing and tourism in the surrounding area.
Recently-hired 4-H Youth Development Agent Krista Otto introduced herself to the board members. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with bachelorís and masterís degrees, Otto has spent time working with youth organizations in the Portage area and said she is eager to begin improvement on Camp Susan and other county youth projects.
The election of board chairman and subsequent committee heads commanded the majority of the session.
For chairman, Dave Solin retained his title in a vote that pitted his incumbency against former chairman Mike Klimoski. Solin won by a 12 to nine majority.
The vice-chairmenís seat was claimed by Ron Nye, defeating nominated members Jim Jansen and Doug Nonnenmacher. Nyeís win came surprisingly as a re-vote was necessary to break a six-all tie between him and Jansen on the first count. Nonnenmacherís original tally of nine did not hold up on the second cast of ballots.
For the third member of the Executive Committee, Klimoski defeated Bill Bostwick and Nonnenmacher.
Bostwick did, however, claim the position of chairman of the Highway Committee, defeating Richard Hurlbert by a slim margin of 11 to 10. Arlene Bonacci was also nominated but was eliminated from contention in the initial, three-way ballot count with six votes.
The vice-chairmen of the Highway Committee position was filled by Hurlbert, defeating Bonacci once again. Bonacci claimed a 12 to nine vote victory over Pete Pennington for the secretary of Highway Committee.
The remaining seats for the Highway Committee were filled by Jansen and Pennington.
During the regular agenda, a planned 20-foot easement of county property to be allocated to the city in the northern section of the fairgrounds was sent back for review to the committee by a 16 to five vote. The easement is part of a larger city project intended to renovate and enlarge Antigoís walking and bike paths northward from the existing boardwalk to Highway 64.
Application for the Knowles-Nelson Land Acquisition Grant Program, allowing Wisconsin counties greater access to available funding, was passed 21 to zero.
The funding and purchase for approximately 35 acres of land through Piela Lane in the township of North Langlade was also approved unanimously. The additional acreage will provide public road access to recently purchased county forest land in the vicinity.
The overhaul of restroom facilities at Veteranís Memorial Park at Jack Lake was approved by the board 20 to one. The application for the grant calls for reconstruction to begin next year. †
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