Alder woman Joy Zasadny was in attendance at the St. Croix Falls Planning Commission Monday night to discuss excess parcels of property that might be put up for sale online in an effort to get them back on the tax rolls.
“I have come up with three (options) that we can experiment with,” said Zasadny. “On Block 75 of Highway 87, Lots 6,7 and 8.”
The three parcels are side by side and include part of a road right of way. The lots, which would be sold together, total .33 acres.
It was pointed out that the right of way couldn’t be sold and that the city would have to vacate that road. Which presented another issue, that the parcels could be considered landlocked since access to Highway 87 is rarely granted by the Department of Transportation. In addition, the grade of the parcels near the road would make access difficult if not impossible.
“Just a word of caution,” observed planning commissioner Brian Blesi. “The city may be asked to open an unopened street. The city is responsible for a platted street. There are certain streets, portions of them that the city has been sued over many times.”
Zasadny noted that if the city were to vacate the road that they may be able to tax it in the future. The parcels in question might be of interest to the adjoining landowners, which would eliminate the access concern.
Motion to switch ambulance service dies for lack of a second
By Lynda Berg Olds
At last Thursday's meeting of the Village of Luck Trustees, several supporters of North Land Ambulance were in attendance and spoke during the public comments. This is because the agenda inlcuded this item: "Discussion and possible action to change from North Land Ambulance Service to Lakes Area EMT Service for the Village of Luck."
Luck Fire Chief Tony Carter was first to take the floor:
"I am here in support of North Land Ambulance. We have had the privilege of working side by side with these guys for decades now. I've heard arguments about sustainability and North Land just had their 39th Smelt Fry. I think the history speaks for itself.
Going to accidents scenes with these guys - when we've got a two-car 10-50, we work so well together. Half of the time we don't even need to communicate with each other. They let us get in and do our thing and then we step back and let them take over. That is how it is supposed to work. There are no egos involved. We are just a great team. Recently the Ambulance saw our antique of an AED and approached us - we did not solicit, but they knew we would be better off if we got a new AED (defibrillator). So they actually contributed half the money, which I thought was great. They've approached us and assisted us with buying new picnic tables for our fundraisers...all you have to do is look around town at all the activities in place and you can see their entire crew out there helping, volunteering. They play an active role in the community. With other activities I volunteer at besides the fire department, I talk to a lot of people, and I have yet to meet one person in public who wants to see a change in the ambulance.
I'm still a little foggy as to how this started, but it wasn't the people out on the streets that started this. For me - and for the fire department - we'd like to see them stay."
Saints head coach Clayton Hanson knows that among other things, if his squad was going to have a chance come playoff time they needed to make the most of their chances when they got them. For example, leading up to St. Croix Falls final game of the regular season last Thursday, Hanson’s troops had struggled putting the bat on the ball with two outs and runners on base. It was something the veteran head coach had stressed to his team all season. Judging by how the Saints knocked the ball around the field in the first inning against Webster-Siren, it seems as though his girls were starting to get the message. St. Croix Falls scored 15 runs in the bottom of the first inning including 12 with two outs against the visiting team, propelling them to a convincing 21-8 win. While the game wasn’t perfect by any means, Hanson was pleased to see his squad excel in an area of the game that has snake-bitten them throughout the year.
“It was good. It gives us a reason to build and get ourselves mentally prepared to play Spooner,” remarked Hanson, referring to the Saints upcoming opponent in the first round of playoffs. “They had a couple of errors and we started to hit a few gaps. We scored 12 runs with two outs. We started finding spots and their pitcher was struggling a little. The girls just started finding their zone and started hitting; putting the ball where it needed to be. Then you get an error or two and things roll from there. I was pretty proud of our girls stepping up.”
The win pushed the Saints final season record to 4-8 overall. Don’t look now but St. Croix’s offense seems to be heating up just in time for the postseason run. Dating back to their win over Luck the previous week, the 21 runs scored against Webster-Siren gave the Saints 41 runs in two games.
Saturday morning may have been a bit chilly around the edges, but hearts were warmed by the great turnout for the Third Annual Polk County Suicide Awareness Walk, which began and ended at Pine Park in Balsam Lake. This event had raised $60,000 from the past two years and now added at least another $40,000. Teams were mostly early for the walk, with a lot of hugs and networking going on. Tom Brock, the Executive Director of the Polk County Mental Health Task Force, was first on the stage as the time approached 9:00 a.m. He noted that all proceeds from this event go directly to the task force, and he talked about how grateful he and the task force are for the support of the Walk (and the Walkers). He noted, in a nutshell, that the non-profit task force mission is "prevent suicide by raising awareness for mental illness - and connecting mental health services to the people of our community."
Brock related that this event has been made possible by Tristan Divine. He said, "Her passion and dedication for this event for the cause of suicide prevention has made all of this possible."
Divine had a few words to say. "For those of you who don't know, I lost my son Jordan 33 months ago today...and he has led me to try and bring awareness to our county and to help the children - and everybody who struggles with mental health issues. So I just want to thank you all for your support...enjoy the walk."