New County Board Supervisors Sworn-In, Per Diem Changes Approved

(Juneau) Members of the Dodge County Board of Supervisors were sworn-in during their meeting on Tuesday. New members include Dale Macheel, Kevin Burnett, Bill Hoekstra, Timothy Kemmel as well as Jeffery Schmitt and Eugene Wurtz who both had previously served as supervisors. The board also voted to keep Russell Kottke as the county board chairman. Also returning as first vice chair is David Frohling. Joseph Marsik was voted to replace Donna Maly as second vice chair. Kira Sheahan-Malloy will join Kottke, Frohling, Marsik, Maly as well as Jeff Berres and Dennis Schmidt on the county board’s Executive Committee. Tom Nickel, MaryAnn Miller and Jeff Schmitt were nominated but did not secure enough votes to be appointed.

The Dodge County Board approved a resolution that will encourage elected officials to attend more meetings. Previously, county board supervisors only get a per diem to attend the meetings for the committee they are assigned, plus the regular monthly council meeting. The compensation is $50, including $10 for mileage. The resolution expands the allowance to include up to an additional 12 meetings a year.  It does not change the current per diem rate.

Supervisor MaryAnn Miller made a motion to delay voting until their June meeting, citing it was too soon to have new county board members decide on the matter and that more details needed to be hammered out. Supervisor Jeff Berres, who introduced the resolution, said that Miller was (quote) “way-lost” and that the “board needs to move in a we direction and not an I direction.” The motion failed by seven votes.

Supervisor Tom Nickel made an amendment to increase the meeting total from five to 12 which was approved before the resolution passed unanimously. Berres says this is a positive move for the county board. He says the new and old members of the county board need to communicate better and on an open field. Berres said board members can learn a great deal by attending other meetings which is important when they are voting on expensive issues. The estimated fiscal impact of the resolution is up to $18,000 dollars which is if all board members went to an additional 12 meetings.