County board approves reclassification of Advanced Emergency Medical Technician position to Paramedic
At the regular meeting of the Waushara County Board of Supervisors held at the Leon Town Hall in Pine River on Aug. 21, Brandon Witmer spoke during public comments. He asked the county board to pass resolution 36-08-18 concerning the EMS. He said the proposed changes would alleviate mandatory overtime, stream payroll and help employee morale. During the meeting the board unanimously approved a resolution authorizing reorganization of EMS to include one additional employee and reclassification of one employee.
During the report by Administrator Bob Sivick he expressed his appreciation to Todd Wahler and the staff at Zoning and Land Conservation for the tour of properties that exemplified land conservation best practices. The properties they visiting included the Terry Thompson property on County Rd. WW, Wild Rose, Thom Farms at County Rd. Z, Wautoma, and the Walter/Cohen property on County Rd. E, Pine River.
Sivick said that he and Chairman Donna Kalata met with Green Lake County and the UW-Extension regarding staffing and it was approved to keep the full time 4-H youth agent, and possibly share an agriculture agent with another county. He also reported that several board members accompanied him to the dining centers in Poy Sippi and Hancock.
Amy Pietsch representing the Fox Valley Technical College – Venture Center gave a presentation on developing entrepreneurs through edu-cation at FVTC and the support system it offers. Pietsch has been doing this in Northeast Wisconsin with much success and has taken a look at the needs of Waushara County.
She told the board the first step would be to form a steering committee. There are grants available and if a steering committee could be formed yet this year, there would be time to apply for grants and funding in 2019 to meet budget deadlines.
Pietsch said the committee of 10-12 individuals should include community leaders and existing business owners. Chairman Kalata will contact some individuals before the next meeting and hopes to have a steering committee by Sept. 18.
Administrator Sivick said, “Our tax base is stagnant and we need to take risks and invest in ourselves.”
In other business the board approved an ordinance amending Waushara County Zoning Maps Zone Change for Dollar General, Inc. – Town of Poy Sippi.
The Waushara County Board of Supervisors have been on a county tour and will complete the tour at their Sept. 18 monthly meeting that will be held at the Marion Town Hall at 7 p.m.