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While the passage of the vehicle registration fee increase captured the most attention, the Langlade County Board of Supervisors had plenty of other matters on its agenda for the September session Tuesday.

The issue likely to have the most significant community impact was the green light for the county to finalize the purchase of property that will become the Sober Living Facility, located at 915 First Avenue. The purchase was officially approved at the August meeting, but at the urging of Langlade County Corporation Counsel Robin Stowe, the sale closing was expedited on a unanimous show-of-hands vote. The closing was scheduled to take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Sober Living project is a joint venture between the county, the city of Antigo, and North Central Health Care. The property purchase, for $130,000, is the county's contribution. The city has pledged up to $150,000 to support capital improvements. North Central Health Care will staff and operate the facility, and has pledged up to $130,000 for start up costs.

North Central Health Care and Aspirus Langlade Hospital are still seeking donations to rack up their portion of initial funding for the project.

Just as much as the wheel tax, the Sober Living House project is connected to the macro-level view of the looming county budget discussion.

“The county board anticipates a return on its investment by reducing expenditures related to the effects of substance abuse in our community, including out-of-home placements of children,” Stowe summarized. “This program will provide a ‘sober living environment' for females who are receiving treatment for substance abuse.”

Another project that may not have received as much fanfare, but perhaps should, is the near-completion of the runway construction at the Langlade County Airport. Josh Walker, airport manager, was on hand to inform the board that the work is in its final stages.

The project involved extension of the existing taxiway, as well as resurfacing of the primary east-west runway. The project has been handled at an approximate cost of $3 million, with the county providing $175,000.

The wheel tax was not the only resolution that found approval after previously being voted down. The board re-opened and subsequently approved a Board of Health resolution to support a state initiative that seeks to raise the minimum age for purchase of tobacco products to 21.

Three new resolutions were also discussed and approved in unanimous votes.

The first will extend the agreement with the Antigo Youth Hockey Association for use of the multipurpose building. The new lease term will run from Nov. 1, 2020 through March 31, 2025. During the lease terms, the association will be responsible for all operating costs, including utilities and insurance, as well as the costs of snow removal from designated parking areas.

The second resolution authorizes purchase of Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) compliant Barracuda backup appliances for the county's information technology system. The resolution allocates an amount not to exceed $90,000 for the purchase.

The final resolution authorizes the sheriff to assign a deputy to perform emergency management duties, and/or to serve as the “head of emergency management.” The resolution comes in response to a recent vacancy in the position of emergency management director, during which time the sheriff appointed a deputy to serve as the interim head.

The consent agenda was approved, featuring four zoning change requests approved by the Water and Land Use Planning Committee, to parcels in the towns of Neva, Polar, Norwood, and Peck. The Polar amendment could spell the end for the long-standing ball diamond, as most of it will be rezoned from commercial to park and recreation land, for the construction of a 15-site ATV campground.

Prior to all these accomplishments, the meeting opened with an hour-plus discussion of the impending 2020 county budget, led by Finance Director Pam Resch. The board will be faced with some difficult decisions before the budget can be finalized and voted on during October proceedings.
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AIRPORT PROJECT - An aerial view of the Langlade County Airport's nearly-completed runway project. Airport manager Josh Walker informed the county board Tuesday that the $3 million project is nearly finished.

Board moves ahead on sober living plan
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While the passage of the vehicle registration fee increase captured the most attention, the Langlade County Board of Supervisors had plenty of other matters on its agenda for the September session Tuesday.

The issue likely to have the most significant community impact was the green light for the county to finalize the purchase of property that will become the Sober Living Facility, located at 915 First Avenue. The purchase was officially approved at the August meeting, but at the urging of Langlade County Corporation Counsel Robin Stowe, the sale closing was expedited on a unanimous show-of-hands vote. The closing was scheduled to take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Sober Living project is a joint venture between the county, the city of Antigo, and North Central Health Care. The property purchase, for $130,000, is the county's contribution. The city has pledged up to $150,000 to support capital improvements. North Central Health Care will staff and operate the facility, and has pledged up to $130,000 for start up costs.

North Central Health Care and Aspirus Langlade Hospital are still seeking donations to rack up their portion of initial funding for the project.

Just as much as the wheel tax, the Sober Living House project is connected to the macro-level view of the looming county budget discussion.

“The county board anticipates a return on its investment by reducing expenditures related to the effects of substance abuse in our community, including out-of-home placements of children,” Stowe summarized. “This program will provide a ‘sober living environment' for females who are receiving treatment for substance abuse.”

Another project that may not have received as much fanfare, but perhaps should, is the near-completion of the runway construction at the Langlade County Airport. Josh Walker, airport manager, was on hand to inform the board that the work is in its final stages.

The project involved extension of the existing taxiway, as well as resurfacing of the primary east-west runway. The project has been handled at an approximate cost of $3 million, with the county providing $175,000.

The wheel tax was not the only resolution that found approval after previously being voted down. The board re-opened and subsequently approved a Board of Health resolution to support a state initiative that seeks to raise the minimum age for purchase of tobacco products to 21.

Three new resolutions were also discussed and approved in unanimous votes.

The first will extend the agreement with the Antigo Youth Hockey Association for use of the multipurpose building. The new lease term will run from Nov. 1, 2020 through March 31, 2025. During the lease terms, the association will be responsible for all operating costs, including utilities and insurance, as well as the costs of snow removal from designated parking areas.

The second resolution authorizes purchase of Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) compliant Barracuda backup appliances for the county's information technology system. The resolution allocates an amount not to exceed $90,000 for the purchase.

The final resolution authorizes the sheriff to assign a deputy to perform emergency management duties, and/or to serve as the “head of emergency management.” The resolution comes in response to a recent vacancy in the position of emergency management director, during which time the sheriff appointed a deputy to serve as the interim head.

The consent agenda was approved, featuring four zoning change requests approved by the Water and Land Use Planning Committee, to parcels in the towns of Neva, Polar, Norwood, and Peck. The Polar amendment could spell the end for the long-standing ball diamond, as most of it will be rezoned from commercial to park and recreation land, for the construction of a 15-site ATV campground.

Prior to all these accomplishments, the meeting opened with an hour-plus discussion of the impending 2020 county budget, led by Finance Director Pam Resch. The board will be faced with some difficult decisions before the budget can be finalized and voted on during October proceedings.
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AIRPORT PROJECT - An aerial view of the Langlade County Airport's nearly-completed runway project. Airport manager Josh Walker informed the county board Tuesday that the $3 million project is nearly finished.
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