Waushara County Board of Supervisors recognize two employees for their service

At the regular meeting of the Waushara County Board of Supervisors held Feb. 18 at the Waushara County Courthouse, Wautoma, the board recognized with special resolutions the 21 years of service Mike Nighbor gave to the county as Building and Grounds Technician and Interim Superintendent.  They also approved a resolution acknowledging the service of Curt Olson for his dedicated service to the Waushara County Sheriff’s Department where he served as Jailor, Detective, ad Detective Sergeant and retired as Chief Deputy.

In his monthly report, Administrator Robert Sivick reported that the Building Renovation project continues and to date 10 architectural firms have toured the properties and proposal should be presented in March or April.

Sivick also reported that April 1 is Census Day and the county will be providing assistance to complete the form as well as having laptops and Internet access available. He said reaching out to the elderly and those in poverty as well as young people is a challenge.  The census only happens every 10 years so it is vital that every person in the county be counted, he said.

Brian Freimark, Wau-shara County Highway Commissioner, gave his annual report and explained that it is their goal to have roads cleared.  He added that he had received complaints from the Feb. 17 storm, but he believed the roads were clear within 24 hours. He also said at this time of the year people are just tired of winter.

This past year the county picked up roads in the towns of Oasis, Rose, and Coloma.  They have added more manpower and equipment to meet the need.  He said the department purchased several pieces of equipment that were needed because of the growth.

Parks and Solid Waste Director, Scott Schuman, also gave his annual report and included the Parks Department maintains 12 parks and 7 miles of the Bannerman Trail. They work with the state and local snowmobile clubs, attend sport shows, maintain 10 billboards and produce several brochures.

Schuman chose to highlight the outdoor recreation offered in Waushara County including hiking trails, one of the fastest growing recreations.   He also said the teaming up with the Waushara County Health Department for Walk Waushara has been very positive.  There is a brochure for Road Biking showing suggested routes to enjoy the great landscape of the county. He also added that Mountain Biking and Fat Tire Biking for winter has become very poplar.  Waushara Area Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA) has been promoting these trails and events as well as grooming the trails in the winter at Mt. Morris and Willow Creek.

In addition to Hiking and Biking, Paddle and Canoe Day Trips are also one of the quiet sports enjoyed by all ages.   The many lakes that offer waterskiing remain very popular in Waushara County.

Schuman also said that fishing in the county is a great sport on lakes as well as the trout streams and added that Lake Poygan Sturgeon spearing season is popular and unique.

He also attributes the excellent downhill ski conditions at Nordic Moun-tain to Rick Schmitz as he continues to put money into snowmaking equipment and making the hill better each and every year.  In the past few years snowmobiling is coming back as a great sport as we have had the snow to allow the clubs to open the trails.

He concluded by speaking on hunting, scuba diving in the quarries and nature studies enjoyed by many throughout the county.

In other business the board of supervisors approved the appointments of Anthony Kemnitz, Wis. DOT, Rhinelander to the Highway and Traffic Safety Commission through May of 2020; and Randy Loehrke, FSA Rep., Waupaca and Allen Stea, FSA Rep Alternate, Wautoma, to the Land, Water and Education Committee though April 2023.

The board also said that their April meeting would be divided into two sessions, one on the 21st and one on the 28th to allow students to witness how the board runs their meetings.

The next regular meeting of the Waushara County Board of Supervisors will be held at 7 p.m. on March 17 at the Waushara County Courthouse, Wautoma.