The Juneau County Board recognized two employees for multiple decades of service at their March 19 meeting.
Betty Lackas, who retired in February, was recognized for dedicating 22 years to the Aging and Disability Resource Center as a dining site manager.
Lackas was described as someone who “always had a positive demeanor” and thanked for her involvement in the community and effort to keep seniors safe, comfortable and loved.”
Lackas was presented with a plaque from Juneau County Chairman Alan Peterson. She described her career with the ADRC as a “joyful 22 years.”
“I enjoyed every day of work,” Lackas said.
Ricky Bell was also recognized for 30 years of service in the Highway Department. Bell, who was not present at the meeting, was described as “a reliable county employee and has demonstrated a commitment to serve.”
Peterson said Bell and Lackas would also receive a clock recognizing their time with the county, but they were still in the mail.
Work Zone Awareness Week Established
The County Board officially designated the week of April 8-22 as “Work Zone Awareness Week” at the recommendation of the Highway and Public Works Committee.
The Wisconsin County Highway Association is requesting all 72 counties in the state to recognize Work Zone Safety Awareness Week to “raise awareness for its workers, the traveling public, public safety workers and those of various highway contractors performing work for the counties.”
More than 2,000 work zone crashes took place in Wisconsin in the last three years, the proposal states. Between 2012 and 2017, crashes resulted in 55 fatalities.
Peterson said the resolution was a “thing that really needs doing (to) make everyone safer.”
Project Recovery Shares Resources
Karen Hedblom of Project Recovery outreach group spoke to Juneau County Board Members about flood recovery activities underway in the area.
Project Recovery is working under a FEMA grant to help flood affected individuals and families with the recovery process after the 2018 flooding throughout Wisconsin. They can assist victims in navigating organizations supporting recovery, source referral, conflict resolution, problem solving, stress management and emotional support.
“We go door to door knocking and asking if they’re doing okay,” Hedblom said. “We also can contact resources if they still need help.. We just would like to let you know that we’re here.”
Kedblom left pamphlets for county board members and urged them to reach out to any flood victims they may know.
The County Board approved a land sale to Thomas and Cynthia Ballenger for a one acre property in the Town of Wonewoc for $31,000. The sale came after a 2018 foreclosure due to a total of $18,484 in unpaid taxes from Cheryl Holloway.