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Florence County looks to raise fee for jail stays

FLORENCE, Wis. — The cost to spend time in the Florence County Jail likely will rise in the near future.

The Florence County Board authorized the Florence County Sheriff’s Office to develop a new per-day price for inmates serving jail sentences.

Sheriff Dan Miller said a survey showed the county’s current $5-a-day rate appears to be “the cheapest in the state, by far.”

While the booking fee is expected to stay about $25, a committee will determine the new daily jail price, Miller said. He expects it will be between what neighboring Marinette and Forest counties now charge.

A hearing Tuesday on the proposed ordinance change drew no public comments.

In other business, the board:

— Accepted Kenneth Davis’ resignation as District 6 supervisor due to his health “no longer allow(ing) me to continue in this capacity.” The seat will remain vacant until the April 7 elections.

— Approved the 2020 annual Florence County Forest Work Plan for the Forestry and Parks Department. It supplements the 15-year plan for timber harvests, sales and revenues, site preparation and planting, forest road maintenance, potential land sales and acquisitions, forest protection, and public use/access and recreation. The 2019 report pointed out the county now has an opening for assistant forest administrator that they hope to fill soon. It also calls for preparing 140 acres this year for planting in 2021.

— Appointed Sherry Johnson, Vicki Antonini and Susan Theer to the Human Services Board; and Mark St. Louis to the Veterans Service Commission. All will serve three-year terms.

— Designated as emergency fire wardens Ed (Butch) Payette of C & R Bar for town of Aurora, Shelly Dumais of the Fence Post for the town of Fence and Randy and Susan Schneider of The Store for the town of Long Lake.

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