County Board shows appreciation to Larry Ketchum family

The Marquette County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution of appreciation to the family of Larry Ketchum, who served on the board for 11 years from 1994-1998 and 2000-2007. Mr. Ketchum passed away recently. He served District 5 with committee work on Executive & Finance, Property, Highway, Board of Health, Commission on Aging, Long Term Care, Parks & Rural Planning, and Transportation. Members of his family were present on Tuesday, January 22nd, to accept a copy of the resolution from Board Chairman Paul Wade.

County Board hear plans for Fox - Wisconsin Heritagr Parkway

Marquette County Board Supervisors heard about plans for the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway from a representative of that project during their monthly meeting last week.

Randy Prasse, a volunteer for the Parkway group, described it as covering 280 miles and 15 Wisconsin counties. The parkway will include three river segments ranging from Green Bay to Prairie du Chien, into the Mississippi River.

Goals include enhancing and promoting regional heritage, telling compelling stories of the corridor, and connecting the historical and recreational resources from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River.

Prasse said the parkway has a direct impact on tourism. He said studies show 118 million tourists participate in heritage-related activities, and “heritage tourists” spend an average of $994 per person, per trip.

He said they hope to increase on-river and by-river traffic, opportunities for recreating, and participate in regional promotion of sites and events. They would love to collaborate with communities that have water-related events, Prasse told the Board.

Among current events going on are annual heritage paddles, some of which Neshkoro resident Glen Gorsuch has participated in with his Fox of the River Voyageur Canoe. He spoke to the County Board on Tuesday, giving his personal endorsement to the Heritage Parkway.

They are also gather municipal, community, educational, and corporate partners all along the Parkway. The information shared was referred by County Board Chairman Paul Wade to the Parks and Rural Planning Committee.

There will be a series of seven community listening sessions regarding the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway, with one scheduled on Monday, February 25th in Montello.

More information on Heritage Parkway plans is available on the internet at heritageparkway.org or facebook.com/heritageparkway.

In other business, a resolution to approve an additional $22,500 on a 2012 contract between Marquette County and Northland Community Services received some discussion and three no votes from supervisors who advocated for a larger amount of additional payment.

Supervisor Mary Walters said she was advocating for Northland, saying the business enters into contracts with the county’s Human Services Department in good faith, but that at the start of each year, no one knows what actual expenses will be. It can depend on the number of clients, or range of services needed, but is not something that can be exactly predicted.

Human Services Director Mandy Stanley said the actual amount of contract overage was $53,286.81. She said there was a lot of discussion with proposals on both sides as to how much of that the county would ultimately pay.  It was explained that the county eventually picked a number between the amount requested by Northland, which was reduced to 75% of the overage, and a lower amount of $13,000 that was recommended by the Human Services Director.

Noting that Northland has been a long-time partner with Marquette County and saying, “…we don’t want to jeopardize that,” Board Chairman Wade called for the vote. It passed 14-3 with Walters and fellow Supervisors Jan Banicki and Lyle Snyder voting against.