Waushara County Circuit Court Judge Guy Dutcher administered the Oath of Office to the newly elected members of the Waushara Board Supervisors on April 19. Pictured are: (back row): Mark Kerschner, District 11; Jerry Rothermel, District 10; Robert Wedell, District 9; Patrick King, District 8; Donna Kalata, District 7; Dennis Wedde, District 6; (front row): Everett Eckstein, District 5; Mike Kapp, District 4; Larry Timm, District 3; Russell Heise, District 2. Not pictured: Bernadette Krentz, District 1.

Waushara Supervisors re-elects Donna Kalata as chairman

The first Waushara County Board of Supervisors meeting following the spring election was held on April 19 at the Waushara County Courthouse, Wautoma. Waushara County Circuit Court Judge Guy Dutcher swore in the newly elected members prior to the start of the meeting.

The first order of business was to elect the new chairman of the board for the term of two years. District 7 Supervisor Donna Kalata was unanimously nominated and approved to continue serving as chair. This is Kalata’s third term serving as chairman, having been first been elected as chair in 2012.

The board also held elections for the organization of the board and election of committees. Mark Kerschner was nominated and approved to serve as 1st Vice Chair and 2nd Vice Chair went to Dennis Wedde.

The elections for com-mittees took place beginning with the Public Works Committee, with Everett Eckstein, Donna Kalata, and Dennis Wedde upholding their positions on the committee and Russell Heise serving as the alternate.

The four board members elected to the Land/Water/Education Committee included Everett Eckstein, Bernadette Krentz, Mike Kapp, and Jerry Rothermel. The final election was held for the Planning and Zoning Committee with Russell Heise, Mike Knapp, Mark Kerschner, and Robert Wedell to serve.

Following the elections of the board chairs and committees, UW-Extension Agent Patrick Nehring provided an update on the reorganization of the State UW-Extension programs following the budget cuts made in July 2015. 

Nehring stated that $250 million has cut from the University of Wisconsin budget, with $3.6 million, or 8.3 percent, cut from the UW-Extension budget. Of that $3.6 million, $1.2 million was cut from county level programs. 

Due to these cuts, Nehring stated the current programs offered wouldn’t be able to operate as they have in the past. He stated that the cuts will impact cooperative extensions and a steering committee has been established.

The biggest change he said the organization would be implementing is the extension agents currently serving one county will soon be serving a county area, with Waushara County grouped with Green Lake, Marquette, Adams, and Juno Counties.

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