• At its regular monthly meeting on July 23, the Door County Board of Supervisors approved moving up a couple of projects for this year rather than waiting until 2014. That included $375,000 to upgrade the door and video system at the Door County Jail in Sturgeon Bay and $200,000 for an emergency signal for an existing Cellcom tower to fill in dead zones for Baileys Harbor emergency services. The jail project was moved up because the current security system is causing problems and the emergency signal project could take advantage of federal FEMA funds if it is done this year rather than next.
The board also approved by a 19-2 vote (with Supervisors Hugh Milliken and Cletus Fontaine dissenting) a recommendation from the Finance Committee to put the following projects in reserve, with the stipulation that nothing could go forward before the projects are approved by respective committees and then by the full board: $500,00 for an ambulance garage at the EMS central station; $500,000 for a museum archives project; $400,00 for land acquisition at John Miles County Park (no plan is in place to buy land, but this would act as a placeholder in case something came up) and $100,000 for improvements at John Miles County Park.
• The Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant program is open for 2013. Grants are meant to strengthen Wisconsin’s agricultural and food industries by reducing the marketing, distribution and processing hurdles that hurt local sales. The grant program opened in 2008, and no projects have been awarded in Door County.
To learn more about the grant program and submit a proposal, log on to datcp.wi.gov/Business/Buy_Local_Wisconsin/BLBW_Grants/. Pre-proposals are due at 4 pm on Oct. 21, 2013.
• On Friday, July 26, members of the Liberty Grove Highway Committee will be on Garrett Bay Road between Maplewood and North Badger marking trees for removal in the clear zone. Once trees have been marked letters will go to property owners along Garrett Bay Road for their individual meetings, according to the Town of Liberty Grove website.
• At its regular monthly meeting held July 18, the Sevastopol Board of Education approved a $1.04 million contract for an energy efficiency review of the school by Johnson Controls. The review will result in energy efficiency recommendations for the school, which has additions of various ages. The board also discussed its 2013-14 budget but does not yet have state aid figures. The board said it will have a clearer budget picture for the annual meeting on Aug. 20. The board also accepted the resignation of head softball coach Arnie Neubauer, and accepted him for the post of varsity girls basketball coach. The board also accepted the resignation of 4K teacher Lori Reinhardt.
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