Richland County Board Moves Forward on Pine Valley Project
The Richland County Board of Supervisors met last (Thurs) night and approved a motion that gives the authority to borrow up to $21.5-million for new construction and a partial remodel of Pine Valley Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. By state statute, the authority to borrow requires ¾ approval by elected supervisors. The final tally was 20 supervisors in favor, with one opposed. Gaylord Deets cast the lone dissenting vote.
Once completed, Pine Valley will be a single-level facility with 80 skilled nursing beds and an additional 16 assisted living beds. Each will be private resident rooms with bathrooms, in-room showers, and temperature controls. Tom Baade [bay-dee] of CG Schmitt – the firm assisting Richland County with pre-construction planning for the project – said the last 15 months have involved input from dozens of engineers and architects, involvement of over 60 vendors and subcontractors, and several project re-designs before coming up with a very efficient plan for Pine Valley for now and years to come. One of those decisions that was made by the committee was to repurpose a portion of the existing facility – a move that ultimately saved $1.2-million in new construction costs. Another major piece of the project is the inclusion of a full geothermal heating and cooling system – which will have a larger initial cost, but has greater value in the long term. In fact, it was figured the geothermal system will have a projected annual operating savings of about $50,000 – with a payoff in roughly 10 years. The general consensus from county supervisors was this was a project that needed to take place, however supervisor Bob Bellman expressed his concerns that the public hasn’t been given enough time to understand the tax implications. But it was explained that to rehab the existing facility would have cost $10 to $13 million dollars and would have resulted in a revenue loss of $7-million. Still, it was estimated that a tax impact of the Pine Valley project will add 60-cents to the annual mill rate – or $60 per year for every $100,000 of property value. That figure could change, however, if the interest rates for the project come in better than anticipated. If the final terms and interest rates for the Pine Valley project are approved this summer, it’s anticipated that occupancy of the new facility is anticipated in late fall of 2016.
Auditions for Mary Poppins to be Held
Community Players of Southwestern Wisconsin will conduct auditions for this summer's production of Mary Poppins next week. They will be held Tuesday through Thursday, May 26, 27, & 28th at 6:30 PM at the Richland County Performing Arts Center/City Auditorium in downtown Richland Center. In addition to the many on-stage roles, Community Players also needs “behind the scenes” players too. These players are crucial for the production process. Those interested in support positions – particularly individuals who have abilities in sewing, painting, carpentry, organizing, or advertising – are encouraged to attend the auditions or contact Community Players. Mary Poppins will be directed by Andrew Sharp. It will feature a 7-performance run over the course of two weekends this summer. Show dates are Friday through Sunday, July 31st to August 2nd; and Thursday to Sunday, August 6th through 9th at the Richland Center High School Auditorium. Both Sunday performances will be matinees. Again, those interested in on-stage or support roles for Mary Poppins should mark next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (May 26-28) at 6:30 PM on their calendar.
Richland County Waste Tire Collection
The Richland County Recycling Committee and Town & Country Sanitation will host a waste tire collection on Friday and Saturday, June 5 & 6, from 9:00 - Noon, at the County Highway Shop (120 Bowen Circle Drive, Richland Center). This collection is for everyone including farmers and businesses, and residents and businesses of surrounding counties. All tires will be accepted, but please remove rims prior to dropping off. Rates this year are $3.00 for car tires. Large quantities and truck and tractor tires will be $185 per ton. For questions, call Town and Country Sanitation at 375-5856.
The 2015 Richland Center High School Baccalaureate Service is set for this Sunday (May 17) night at 8:00 PM in the RCHS Auditorium. The main speaker for the program will be Richland Center Police Chief John Annear. Providing testimonials during the Baccalaureate will be Richland Center seniors Whitney Wenham, Landen Moore, Daria Deckert, Claire Hineline, Kristina Durst, and Silas Coleman. The Richland County Ministerial Association sponsors the service. Pastor Larry Engel will provide the invocation. Baccalaureate is open to any student and community member. Again, it's set for this Sunday (May 17) night at 8:00 PM at the Richland Center High School Auditorium.
Morel Mushroom Festival
It's that time of year again! Muscoda's Morel Mushroom Festival will take place this weekend (May 16-17). Visit the Tasting Room to try samples of morel mushrooms, Wirtz Morel Microbrew, Wild Morel and Leek Jack Cheese from Meister Cheese or even a mushroom brat. Visitors will also enjoy helicopter rides, Chainsaw Carving Show, Flea Market and Crafts Sale, Geocashing and Guided Tours at Ancient Indian Effigy Mounds. End the festivities with a fireworks show at dusk on Saturday at Riverside Park. For a complete list of events and further information, visit www.muscoda.com.
Senior Citizen Technology Expo Today
Rodeo Parade Entry
Richland County Electronics Recycling Collection
Motorsports Mayhem is still looking for about 50 volunteers to help out with the event on Saturday, May 9th at the Richland County Fairgrounds. To sign up, visit http://hybridredneck.com/charity/. The organization will pay out a minimum of $8 an hour to all workers for their charity or organization.
New District Administrator for Richland School District
The Richland School District Board of Education has approved a contract with Jarred Burke to serve as the District Administrator for the 2015 through 2017 school years. Burke has completed his course work to obtain his Superintendent license and is in the process of finishing his Doctoral thesis from Edgewood College. He also holds licenses for Director of Instruction, Principal, and Teaching. Burke has been the Director of Instruction at the Mount Horeb Area School District since 2008. Prior to that he was the Pre K-8th Grade Principal/Director of Instruction at Southwestern School District in Hazel Green from July 2004 through August 2008.