Board of Supervisors honors service of Don Stirling and appoints new member

Board of Supervisors honors service of Don Stirling and appoints new member

CRAWFORD COUNTY – The Crawford County Board of Supervisors handed a decision honoring the service of late Supervisor Don Stirling at their February 21 assembly.

On the identical assembly, the board acted to affirm the appointment of Gays Mills resident Craig Anderson to fill the rest of Stirling’s time period on the board.

The decision handed by the board to honor Stirling’s service reads as follows:

The Crawford County Board of Supervisors, in authorized session assembled this twenty first day of February, 2023, to honor Donald Lee Stirling.

WHEREAS, County Board Supervisor Donald Lee Stirling handed away on January 1st, 2023; and

WHEREAS, on April nineteenth, 2016, Donald Lee Stirling was duly elected and sworn into the Crawford County Board of Supervisors District #10; and

WHEREAS, we’re deeply grieved by the lack of this devoted public official who has served Crawford County for six years, and chaired many alternative county committees together with, Agriculture and Truthful, Growing older & Incapacity Useful resource, Well being, and Public Security. Don represented the Driftless Space with nice delight and was very energetic in implementing broadband entry to your entire county.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that this Board does commend the life and public service of Donald Lee Stirling, as a worthy instance of excellent citizenship; and

BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the Crawford County Board of Supervisors categorical their remorse on the passing of Donald Lee Stirling and prolong to the members of his household their heartfelt condolences.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this decision will probably be set forth at size upon the minutes of this assembly and a duplicate correctly attested by the signatures of the Crawford County Board of Supervisors to be introduced to the household of Donald Lee Stirling.


New District 10 Supervisor Craig Anderson was sworn in by County Clerk Robin Fisher, and briefly launched himself to the board.

“I’ve lived within the Village of Gays Mills for 20 years, am a previous president of the village, and beforehand ran an actual property enterprise there,” Anderson mentioned. “I additionally owned the Lodge Fortney in Viroqua for 14 years, and earlier than that, I lived in Minnesota the place I labored as a social employee and as an city planner.”

Tax delinquent lands

Crawford County Treasurer Deanne Lutz requested for the board to approve a listing of tax delinquent lands, which might be acquired by the county by way of a authorized course of, after which offered to recoup unpaid taxes on the properties.

Supervisor Mary Kuhn commented that the Gays Mills Meat Locker and Pink Apple Inn properties had been included on the listing, and requested, given their location within the floodplain, whether or not they are often offered.

Lutz responded that they are often offered, with full disclosure, and that the customer would assume any accountability for a property situated within the floodplain.

“It’s not price buying and making an attempt to promote the properties in the event that they’re simply going to be condemned,” Supervisor Gerald Krachey mentioned. “The county might be going to must take care of the DNR on this.”

Supervisor Craig Anderson requested Lutz if, when the properties are auctioned off, the county doesn’t reach recouping the late taxes, are the previous homeowners nonetheless liable for the unpaid taxes?

Lutz responded that they don’t seem to be.

The board voted to approve the listing of tax delinquent lands as introduced.

Septic compliance

Crawford County Conservation Director Dave Troester reported to the board on progress his division has made to get all septic methods within the county into compliance with state regulation.

“The County Board amended the ordinance regulating septic methods in 2018 to require that every one septic methods within the county be inspected each three years,” Troester mentioned. “In initiating the change, we gave all septic system homeowners within the county till 2021 to get the inspection and submit a report.”

Troester mentioned that in the summertime of 2021, his division had realized that there have been nonetheless too many methods not in compliance, and prolonged the deadline into 2022. He mentioned that the division had determined to sort out the issue in thirds, unfold out over three years.

“In Might of 2022, we despatched letters out to 1,187 people with an August 31 deadline to have their system inspected,” Troester mentioned. “By late July, we nonetheless hadn’t heard from 900 of these people, and so we despatched out one other letter notifying them that they wanted to get on a listing with a pumper for an inspection or they might be charged a $100 late charge plus court docket prices.”

After the deadline, we nonetheless had 150 that had not complied or contacted us, and we gave them yet one more month to get on a pumper’s listing earlier than assessing them a $100 late charge cost.

“Ultimately, we despatched citations to 54 of the 1,187 folks, with two court docket dates scheduled for February of 2023,” Troester mentioned. “Previous to these dates, we decided that 23 are “in progress,” 18 had been dismissed by the court docket, and 13 had been ordered by the court docket to pay the late charge.”

Troester mentioned that one other batch of 1,250 septic system homeowners will probably be put by way of the identical course of in 2023, after which the final batch in 2024.

“We’re making an attempt to work with folks,” Troester mentioned. “That’s our purpose.”

In different enterprise

In different enterprise, the board:

• heard from a consultant of Congressman Derrick Van Orden’s workplace that he can be saying cellular workplace hours throughout his district within the subsequent few weeks

• authorised a decision calling on the State of Wisconsin to return to the 1969 components for actual property switch charges whereby 50 p.c of the charges are despatched to the state, versus the 80 p.c required now by WisStat 77.24

• heard that 5 new respondents, together with Walgreens and CVS Pharmacies, have been added to the opioid litigation settlement, that means that extra funds will probably be out there from them, and that the county must signal the paperwork to have entry to these funds.

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