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County Board OKs $1.7 million for radio system upgrade

County Board OKs $1.7 million for radio system upgrade

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The Juneau County Board of Supervisors made final Tuesday a plan it gave a preliminary nod to last month to borrow up to $1.7 million for an upgrade of the county’s public safety radio system.

The resolution adopted by supervisors in a 20-1 vote will allow the county to join the Wisconsin Interoperability System for Communications.

WISCOM is a shared statewide system that lets responders seamlessly communicate in ways they cannot with older radio systems.

Supervisor Margaret Marchetti, who cast the lone “no” vote, said she is concerned about the possible consequences of the borrowing on property taxes.

“After the schools the county is the highest taxes,” Marchetti said.

The resolution engendered little discussion Tuesday but last month Gervase Thompson, the county’s emergency management director, pegged the likely cost of the upgrade at just $1.29 million and said that a $561,000 federal grant will mean the cost to local taxpayers will be even less.

In other action Tuesday, the board:

• Adopted a Farmland Preservation Plan previously approved by the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection as a part of the county’s existing comprehensive plan.

• Approved a routine transfer of funds among various county departments to balance the books for 2012.

• Appointed five people to the newly formed Trout Lake District Board of Commissioners in the town of Lyndon. The five are Jay A. Johnson, Allen J. Schultz, James E. Knott, town Chairman Pat Mitchell and Brian Loyd, administrator of the Juneau County Department of Land, Forestry and Parks. The district was formed to fulfill a legal requirement to address repair of the dam that creates Trout Lake.

• Reappointed Supervisor Ed Wafle to a six-year term to the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and Supervisor Beverly Larson to a six-year term to the Southwest Family Care Alliance.

• Reappointed Shirley Nofsinger to the Juneau County Housing Authority Board through June 2019.

• Approved the sale of five properties seized for unpaid taxes to the high bidders. They included a lot in the city of Mauston at the intersection of state Highway 58 and Monroe Street to Kevin Tolbert of Mauston for $5,100; a lot in the city of Elroy along Second Main Street to Paul Streeter of Elroy for $625; a house and lot in the city of Mauston on Tremont Street to Joseph O’Neill of Mauston for $15,000; a lot in the city of Mauston at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Spring Street to Leighton Simpson of Garfield, N.J., for $50 and a strip of land along the railroad tracks and near the golf course in Necedah, also to Simpson, for $1.


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