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Waupaca rezoning approved

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Commissioners give green light to road funding

By KEVIN KOELLING
Managing Editor

TELL CITY – Perry County’s commissioners approved a rezoning request, highway-department equipment-rental rates and funding for road improvements at their regular meeting Jan. 15.

As the News reported Jan. 14, Waupaca Foundry officials petitioned the county to rezone 125 acres of a 200-acre area in central Perry County back to agricultural or conservation use after identifying where a monofill would be sited on the land.

Representing the foundry, attorney Jim Tyler said all the members at a December county plan commission meeting voted to recommend the petition’s approval. The county commissioners’ approval was unanimous.

County Highway Superintendent Ed Feix said he’d added two trucks to the equipment for which charges can be imposed when employed for noncounty uses. Both, which he called bridge trucks, are equipped with cranes, welders and compressors, he said.

Economic-development income-tax revenues totaling $500,145 would go to road improvements in the county, Feix told the commissioners. The county maintains a rolling three-year EDIT plan, “which we’ll have to take a long look at and do some work on,” he said, explaining the expense of a road-slide repair was being added into the plan “and at this point, we don’t know exactly how much that will take.”

In other business, County Administrator Teresa Kanneberg reported that former Commissioner Jody Fortwendel had submitted a letter of resignation from the Perry County Development Corp. Board of Directors. His term would have expired in 2014, she said, and a replacement would be needed before the PCDC’s annual meeting in February.

County Board of Finance

The commissioners adjourned their meeting to open another of the county’s board of finance. A replacement for Fortwendel was needed on that board, also, County Treasurer Judy Pund told them. She and the commissioners comprise the board and County Auditor Connie Berger reminded them the president of the commissioners traditionally serves as the board president, so Tom Hauser, elected as president of the commissioners at their first meeting of the year, was also assigned that role. Pund will serve as secretary.

She had checked elsewhere and found the three local banks holding county money offer better interest rates. They also provide immediate access to the funds, so she recommended no changes to the county’s investment policy.