Top ten accomplishments in 2013 of county government

Jim Baumgart  Sheboygan County Supervisor

“What have you done for me lately” is a report by Adam Payne, County Administrator, about the activities and accomplishments by Sheboygan County and its supervisors for the citizens during 2013. So, before we rush too far along into 2014, lets take a few moments to go back down memory lane and remember what “good things” took place last year.

1. Completion of the Sheboygan River/Harbor dredging, a project that began some 30 years ago, was completed in 2013 with a $90 million county, city, state and federal government effort. It all ended with the final removal of 400,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from the Sheboygan River. This waterway again became a more viable resource both for recreational and business interests and activities.

2. Sheboygan County job creation, the 2nd highest in the state, took place from July 2012 to July 2013. Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation, along with others, helped leverage $14 million in State loans to growing companies as part of that effort.

3. Completion of a Sheboygan Rail Multi-Use Trail, started in 2012 and completed in 2013. It’s a $3.6 million investment that links a 1.67 mile dilapidated, abandoned rail corridor that runs through the heart of Sheboygan. Over 31% of the County’s population lives within one mile of the trail which connects to many commercial, residential and industrial areas of the city.

4. Sheboygan County Health and Human Services Department took quick, decisive and successful action to manage a dangerous tuberculosis outbreak in Sheboygan County along with gaining emergency state funding critical to that response.

5. Worked out a combined dispatch intergovernmental cooperation agreement between the City of Sheboygan and Sheboygan County police and sheriff departments. The agreement will enhance dispatch services in Sheboygan County to better and more quickly respond to protect all of its citizens.

6. Energy efforts with the Sheboygan County Energy Team, developed in 2009, has resulted in savings of over $650,000. The program continues to grow, improve, and save taxpayers dollars.

7. Sheboygan County continues to excel in its financial track record. Its fiscal reserves, an excellent Aa2 bond rating, within the top 10% nationwide, has allowed additional bonding for Sheboygan County for highway improvement, developing a new UW-Sheboygan engineering lab, improve Health and Human Series Department and more. During the past seven years Sheboygan County reduced property taxes four times and, during that period, saved taxpayers $41 million, on average, by not raising property taxes similar to other Wisconsin counties.

8. Developed a Sheboygan Area Veterans Treatment Court and graduated its first veteran, a young Desert Storm Veteran, in 2013 that involved a Circuit Court judge, Veterans Service Officer, Assistant DA, Public Defender, Probation and Parole, Victim Witness, Law Enforcement, and others.

9. Provided an All Employee Safety Training and Policy Manual Updates in 2013 as an important effort to insure safe working conditions, respectful environment, and better ways to handle employee/ employer/constituent issues.

10. Equipped the Sheboygan County Board with iPads to move toward using less paper to help cut costs. Implementation of a new Sheboygan County website to provide citizens with a better access to county agencies and services, county committee and their members, and much more.

While more could be listed, this is but a few items your county has done for you lately.

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