The Waushara County Board of Supervisors were sworn in by Waushara County Judge, Guy Dutcher, at the organizational meeting held April 21 at the Waushara County Courthouse. Social distancing was in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Waushara County Board of Supervisors holds organizational meeting following oath of office

Megan Kapp, Waushara County Clerk, opened the organization meeting held at the Waushara County Courthouse, Wautoma, on April 21 following the swearing in of the supervisors by Waushara County Circuit Judge, Guy Dutcher.

The supervisors nominated and voted Supervisor Donna Kalata in as Chair; Mark Kerschner as Vice Chair; and Everett Eckstein as 2nd Vice Chair.

The four supervisors voted to serve on the Public Works Committee include: Kalata, Kerschner, Eckstein, and Pat King. Mark Piechowski, Mike Kapp, John Jarvis, and Robert Wedell are the supervisors that will be serving on the Land/Water/Education Committee. Serving on the Planning and Zoning Committee are Mike Kapp, Wedell, Jerry Lauer, and King.

In his monthly report Administrator Robert Sivick reported that the COVID-19 pandemic has been taking a great deal of time. As of April 21st Waushara County remains at 2 positive cases and approximately 100 have been tested.  He emphasized more testing needs to be done.  He said he was appreciative to Public Health Officer, Patti Wolfeil and her staff and Norm Duesterhoeft, Emergency Management Director for their extra dedication during this crisis. He also expressed his appreciation to the entire county staff for keeping up with the tasks.

Chair Kalata passed out facemasks made by the county 4-H.  She also expressed how she appreciated the employees and said, “The strength of the county is our employees.”

 

In addition Kalata also reminded the supervisors that this weeks is Work Zone Safety Week and noted in Wisconsin last year there were 2485 crashes in work zones, 889 injuries and 18 deaths.   She added, statistics show if you take your eyes off the road at 55 mph you would travel 80 ft. in just one second.

In other business the supervisors approved John Benz, Wautoma, George Peterman, Wautoma, and Dave Williams, Wild Rose (1st Alternate) to the Board of Adjustment for a term from April 2020 to April 2023.  They also approved a proclamation recognizing April 2020 as National County Government Month  - “Counties Matter”.

The next regular meeting of the Waushara County Board will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19th at the Waushara County Courthouse, Wautoma.