The Vernon County Board voted unanimously to approve an all-terrain and off-road utility terrain vehicle route ordinance at its meeting, Feb. 6.
The ordinance states county trunk highways designated as ATV/UTV routes must be established and approved by the Highway Committee, Sheriff’s Committee and Highway Safety Committee. According to the ordinance, the Highway Department has the authority to close or terminate any ATV/UTV route on the Vernon County Trunk Highway System, subject to approval by the Highway Committee. The Highway Department will maintain a map of the routes and will post signs on the ATV/UTV routes.
The County Board also passed a resolution to participate in the Department of Natural Resources Municipal Dam Grant Program for Eagles Park dam.
Supervisors voted to request financial assistance to make repairs on the dam’s stilling basin. According to the resolution, the state share for the project may not exceed 50 percent of the first $400,000 of total eligible project cost nor 25 percent of the next $800,000 of total eligible project costs.
The resolution authorizes the county’s Resource Conservationist to submit an application to the DNR for financial aid, sign grant agreement documents, take all necessary action to complete the project associated with the grant agreement and submit reimbursement claims along with necessary supporting documentation. Vernon County will pay a share of the eligible costs which is equal to the total project cost minus the state share.
The County Board also passed a resolution to use a County Forest Project Loan and approve application to the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant Program to fund property acquisition for the Vernon County Forest. The 10 acres known as the Hanson Property is being offered for sale to Vernon County. The acreage is located near Esofea County Park and Forest.
The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Grant Program may fund up to 50 percent of the acquired land, and Vernon County will seek to utilize County Forest Project Loan funding for purchase of the property for addition into the Vernon County Forest.
The County Board voted that Ho-Chunk fund allocations be made. Requests came from various county departments and other local units of government for a total of $1.2 million.
In addition, the Board approved elected official salaries for Sheriff, Clerk of Court and Coroner. The current salary for Sheriff is $72,539, with a 5 percent increase in 2019, and 1 percent in 2020, 2021 and 2022. The current salary for Clerk of Court is $57,280, with a 1 percent increase in 2019 and 2020 and .5 percent increase in 2021 and 2022. The current salary for Coroner is $20,290, with no increase in 2019, a .5 percent increase in 2020, no increase in 2021 and .5 percent increase in 2022.
At the Board meeting, Vernon County Corporate Counsel Attorney Nikki Swayne provided an update of Personnel Department issues.