Door County Bulletin: What Happened

• Sevastopol School hired Karl Omernick as Varsity Girls Soccer Coach. Omernick has assisted with the Gibraltar/Sevastopol boys soccer team for a number of years.

• The 2007 Census of Agriculture report released in February showed the average age of Door County farmers is 57.2, slightly higher than the state average of 55.

The census reported 78,500 farms in Wisconsin in 2007, up two percent from 2002. The average Wisconsin farm is 194 acres, down from 204 in 2002.

• The Door County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of a residential property next to the Door County Historical Museum for parking or expansion. Supervisors Nancy Bemmann, Marc Savard, Paul DeWitt and Patrick Olson opposed the acquisition. The property will cost $130,000, $103,146 of which will come from the county’s museum reserve fund.

• The Egg Harbor Little League field behind the village fire station on School Road will get upgrades. In a joint meeting of the Egg Harbor Town and Village boards, officials voted to repair the fence, rehab the infield and increase the mowing schedule for the field.

• Ron Overdahl’s name was drawn from a hat Feb. 20 to break a tie between him and Carol Stayton for the right to take on Timothy Jessen for Washington Island Town Chairman in the April 7 general election. Stayton and Overdahl tied in the primary with 91 votes each.

• Door County Board of Supervisors expressed support for a proposal to increase electricity supplied to Northern Door. The plan would double the capacity of electricity transmission to Northern Door County, from 69 kilovolts to 138 kilovolts.

• Door County’s snow removal expenditures for the second half of 2008 were $465,914.07 over budget due to record levels of snowfall in December.

• Baylake Corp., the parent company of Baylake Bank, announced a net loss of $8.3 million for the last quarter of 2008, up from a $300,000 loss the last quarter of 2007. Baylake is the state’s 11th largest bank with 28 branches and 372 employees.

• District 1 State Assemblyman Garey Bies (R-Sister Bay) expressed his support for a bill that would increase funding for the Autism Waiver Program. The program has a waiting list of over 300 children seeking services.

Bies’ Phosphorous bill made it through the state assembly in a unanimous vote Feb. 24. The bill restricts the sale of fertilizer containing phosphorous except for authorized purposes.