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Pierce County Board briefs

Negotiations stalled

Greg Place, who chairs the negotiations committee for the Pierce County Board, reports that mediation with the law enforcement union failed to produce a settlement. Arbitration is next, as both sides will continue to review offers. The law enforcement unit is the only county union without an agreement.

County looking for job candidates

Pierce County is screening candidates for posts in the highway department and clerk of courts office. The courts vacancy came when Tami MacGregor was named to replace the retiring Laurie Unseth in veteran services. Another personnel switch was announced May 24, as Ruth Kay in public health will be moving to highway. The public health position will likely not be refilled.

Great Rivers project presented to board

Mike Hunter, Prescott mayor, and Margaret Smith, director of Freedom Park, presented to the board information about the Great Rivers Confluence project, a partnership between Minnesota and Wisconsin that will affect the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

Hunter said the benefits will include partnerships with area organizations and facilitating tourism. Hunter joked with the board that, due to his position as mayor, he knows getting funding is impossible so he was asking for supervisors to represent the county in future meetings. Paul Barkla replied that wouldn't be a problem.

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