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2019 WCCA SUMMER DECODER
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MESSAGE FROM OUR HUMBLE PRESIDENT
Scott Godfrey, Iowa County
As I sit before my blank screen, my innate laziness leads me to looking at what I wrote for the 2008 Summer message.  Amazingly, it starts out discussing the “unprecedented”…had I only known precedent was being set…wet Spring inflicting most of the State.  For a moment, my hopes soared with thoughts of simply reposting that message…until I read on further.  Ah well, I guess that means I’ll have to fire up some gray cells, make another cup of coffee and try to compose something worth reading. 
 
Ya know, I could write about septic systems because, hey…who doesn’t like to read about making poop go away.  It’s the next best thing to watching Vapoorize turn Jack Black’s and Ben Stiller’s lives upside down in “Envy”.  I fully expect an inspired Kevin Stange to break out his home chemistry kit and invent CrapZapper…a shot or two and no more poo!
 
Or hey…who doesn’t like to chat about the giddy thrills brought on by the construction season.  Applications stacking up…none complete and most illegible…with contractors unloading the supplies at the site before you can even mutter a “what the…?!”.  Those inspection runs where, despite donning homemade peripheral blinders, you find more violations than you have issued permits in hand.  And maybe my favorite, the inevitable folk who feel entitles to grill you with permitting questions despite the fact you’re at the grocery store, in church or…for the most persistent out there…a captive (albeit unwilling) audience just wanting to get the root canal over with.  Good times.
 
And how could I even think about calling this worthwhile without a mention of the glorious, perpetual praises from the public?  A day doesn’t go by where I’m not blessed with the unsolicited “advice” of those I serve who…obviously…are much better versed in what I do and how I should be doing it.  I’m ever in awe of just how many experts I have the privilege to serve.  I’ll never forget the sage advice of a fine constituent found reclining, shall we say, in the open trunk of a burned out car… “Ya can’t call this (hiccup) junk cuz (hiccup) it’s a piece of friggin’ art, man.  (hiccup)”  The brilliance of an artist’s mind is obviously beyond my comprehension.  But I can comprehend the brilliance of a little sign by my desk that reads…Nobody notices what I do until I don’t do it”.  Amen.
 
At least we can all thank Eros, the God of Zoning (doesn’t sound right, but Jennrich swears it is…and we all know he knows everything) for providing us a sense of humor.  It’s perhaps our best defense to burning out or acting on that little voice in our heads convincingly guaranteeing you know places where a body will never be found.  On days where even humor can’t be found, take my advice…take some time off and do what makes you happy.  Get into the woods.  Get onto a lake.  Sniff a baby.  Recenter your focus on what’s meaningful to you.  Work is an important and necessary part of all our lives, but it doesn’t have to be the center. 

I hope we’re all able to muster some smiles and chuckles in this busy, busy season!
Our very own Chris Mrdutt from Portage County attended the awards ceremony for Amherst High School to award Kristin Pagel (daughter of Lara Pagel of Waupaca County) with one of the $500 scholarships awarded by WCCA. Kristen will be attending UW Stevens Point this fall majoring in Biology. Congratulations Kristin! Best of luck to you!
PLEASE GET DIRECTORY UPDATES TO CECE AT wccawebpage@gmail.com
 

WCCA SUMMER DECODER
JULY 2019
 
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SAVE THE DATE - WCCA FALL CONFERENCE
October 16-18, 2019
Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

CeCe (Elizabeth) Rudnicki 

 

The September 1998 WCCA DeCoder article by Dan Miller (Lincoln County Zoning Administrator and NW District President) announced the new Rusk County Zoning Administrator that started on July 16, 1998. Dan wrote "CeCe is looking forward to serving as the Rusk County Zoning Administrator for many years." Little did I know how long that would be!

Less than four years before I got this job, I was homeless and living in a camper on someone else’s land with my two sons, aged 2 and 7. My only big possessions were my camper, my ‘66 Impala, my two sons and a porta potty. Who would have ever thought that 25 years later I would be where I am?

I had worked on the Wisconsin Conservation Corps crew as the crew leader for several years. One day while helping a crew member get his pinched saw out of a tree, the wind came up and dropped a big tree on me. I couldn’t work in the woods anymore and I got a job with a local plumber/excavator. In 1998, when the Rusk County Zoning Administrator position became available, I thought I would give it a try – never thinking I would get it. Years earlier, as the WCC Crew Leader, working with inmates and at-risk young people, I would teach them how to fill out job applications. I would always tell them, “Make sure you answer every line. If it doesn’t apply, put N/A” So while filling out the county’s application, there was a box that said “Any other comments” and it didn’t really relate to the previous question. I remember thinking, “what do I put in here?” So I put “He who snores loudest, always falls asleep first”. I remember at the interview they asked me about this and we all got a good laugh. Well, they hired me! – This just shows how desperate Rusk County was! Of the two administrators before me, one got fired for growing marijuana and the other was asked to leave after taking the county vehicle to the bar!

Well, now I live in a wonderful home with my husband and my cat. I have some sheep in the pasture. My boys are all grown up and I have three outstanding grandsons. I've come a long way baby! And I got rid of my porta potty, too!

I can tell you for sure that I never would have made it this far in my career if it wasn't for the people who make up the WCCA!  I have learned so much from attending conferences, district meetings and Executive Board meetings. I have been honored to serve with WCCA for so long. While I have taken a job withe DSPS, I hope to still be involved with WCCA as the Webpage Coordinator for the time being. And within DSPS, I hope to help make positive changes that will improve the county/state relationship. My heart will always be with this organization. The friends I have made are some of the best people I know.  From the bottom of my heart, Thank you!
WCCA CONTACTS

Email - wccaprofessional@gmail.com
Web Page - www.wccadm.com


President - Scott Godfrey, Iowa County
1st Vice President - Josh Rowley, Ashland County
2nd Vice President - Dave Sadenwasser, Vilas County
Past President - Rob Schierman, Bayfield County
Secretary/Treasurer - Krista Kamke, Green Lake County


Webpage Coordinator/DeCoder Editor - CeCe Rudnicki, wccawebpage@gmail.com
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2019 WCCA Summer DeCoder

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