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Dan Everson, Dane County

Greetings everyone,
Tis the season for preparing the annual non-metallic mining permits.  I don’t know about you, but I have a lot on my mind; work related and non-work related.  I find myself sitting at work thinking of my non-work to do list and then I get home I start thinking of all the work related items that are coming up.    
First off, I have to say thank you to all those on the Executive Board that have made this transition smooth.  Also, a big thank you to my cohorts at Dane County for being supportive with this role.  In addition, I want to say congratulations to Terry Ochs on the job well done serving our organization and representing us in his various positions throughout the years.  Also, the last two Terri(y)’s deserve some recognition by starting an initiative to open the door with other entities in order to be recognized and try to get things heard with one voice.  As they say, strength in numbers! 
For those that do not know me or my background, I was part of the first Zoning Leadership program back in 2006/2007 and then shortly thereafter became District Rep. for the Southwest District.  I have been with Dane County Planning and Development now for 16 years.  It’s crazy how fast it’s gone by and it seems like just a few years ago I met a lot of you at the 2001 Fall Conference in LaCrosse.  Here’s a line that I dropped to some of you back in the day:  “When I think of the WCCA I tend to think about one big family.”  (Amy Barrows is smiling)
Speaking of family, the Executive Board will be meeting in Wausau on January 19th to discuss the many items that will shape our 2017 year.  We are eliminating day two of the agenda and trying to accomplish all of the items in one day.  Should be fun.  
Trying to keep this short because nobody really reads these things anyway, continue to do your best this New Year and stay positive in a not so positive world.  You and I will be challenged more than ever this New Year and there is a lot of work to do, especially in the area of shoreland and technically that is the foundation for a lot of our departments.  It may seem at times that our positions go without notice and we may become complacent.  However, there is considerable value and purpose in what we do.  In baseball terms, think like it’s a contract year.  Go beyond the bare minimum of just processing paperwork, reach out, do a little hand holding at the counter and strengthen those relationships through education.  More to come on this in the next message as this is one of the goals for 2017. 
I hope you will enjoy the upcoming Christmas holiday, some time off during the New Year and get out and enjoy the winter landscape.      

CeCe is working on a WCCA directory for the website. Please fill out the form HERE. It is a form-fill form so it can be filled out on your computer, saved and emailed. Don't forget a photo! Submit all by Jan 15, 2017.

The Wisconsin County Code Administrators 2016 Professional of the Year, Kay Lutze, served on the WCCA Executive Board for several years and was the president in 2014. She served on the WCCA Shoreland and Wetlands subcommittees. WCCA received an award from the Wisconsin Wetlands Association the year she was president. Kay has since moved on to the WI DNR as the Shoreland Zoning Policy Coordinator. With the recent changes in legislation that have affected all areas of the state, in her new position, Kay has helped to establish methods of dealing with the new rules. She has helped to keep balance between WI DNR and counties and has worked behind the scenes to resolve issues affecting the counties.
This exceptional workshop is designed for new or nearly new county zoning staff. It is sponsored by WCCA and the Center for Land Use Education It will be held Jan 9-10, 2017 at the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station in Amherst Junction 
Click the photo above to go to the website for more information
Click above to get your WCCA Membership Application. Membership gets you connected to WCCA Google Group and reduced conference fees. Your membership matters! Stay connected and renew or sign up today!
Heather Marquardt of Wood County is the 2017 WCCA Secretary/Treasurer.
Welcome Heather!
Dean Johnson of Marathon County is the 2017 WCCA 2nd Vice President. Dean has served on the Executive Board as a District Rep for several years.
Welcome Dean!


Haillie Passow, Chippewa County


Haillie Passow is the new Zoning Technician for Chippewa County. She graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 2015 with a BS in Geology – Hydrogeology Emphasis and Mathematics Minor. Right after graduation, she started working at the WI DNR – Eau Claire office as a LTE Hydrogeologist in the Remediation and Redevelopment Program. There she handled contaminated soil and groundwater sites ranging from underground storage tanks, dry cleaners, paper mills, spills, etc. 

She enjoys photography, being outdoors and traveling. She says she loves to just jump in her car with her camera and go for a drive to see what she discovers. Haillie also has a rescue dog who always keeps her entertained and she also enjoys curling up with a good book or movie and relaxing in the afternoon.

Haillie is originally from the Wausau area but spent a lot of time in northern Wisconsin at her family’s cabin near St. Germain. She currently lives in Chippewa Falls with her dog, Lola.

She rides motorcycles and loves it! She has a Triumph Bonneville and a Yamaha XT250 Enduro. She have been riding for about 5 years now and says it's a great escape!



Marathon County Conservation Planning and Zoning


The Marathon County Conservation Planning and Zoning Department was created in 2003 when the Planning Department, Conservation Department and Zoning Department were combined. In 2009, the structure of the office changed to include a director and two program managers. Rebecca Frisch is the current director. Paul Daigle is the Land and Water Program Manager and Dave Mack is the Transportation and GIS Program Manager. There are 14 other staff members in the department including a surveyor and assistant, POWTS staff, Nonmetallic Mining Reclamation staff, GIS staff, planners, a zoning administrator and three administrative assistants. The department administers the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, Shoreland and Floodplain Zoning, POWTS Ordinance, Land Division, Nonmetallic Mining Reclamation, 911 Addressing, GIS/Mapping and Transportation and Sewer Service Planning.
Marathon County is the largest county by area in the State and is home to the two largest villages – Kronenwetter  and Maine. Ruby Red and Rose Red stone are quarried in Marathon County. With the exceptional land use mix of agricultural lands and forested lands in the county, it gives residents and visitors a feel of both “Rural America” and the “Northwoods”.
Marathon County offers a wide variety of places to visit. Granite Peak/Rib Mountain State Park offer year-round activities. There is also Mead Wildlife Area Visitor’s Center, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau Whitewater Park, Dells of Eau Claire River, 9-mile County Forest Area which offers mountain biking, cross country skiing and hiking and 3 Disc Golf Courses including Yellow Banks, Big Eau Pleine County Park an Memorial Park.  

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President - Dan Everson, Dane County
1st Vice President - Rob Schierman, Bayfield County
2nd Vice President - Dean Johnson, Marathon County
Past President - Terry Ochs, Dodge County
Secretary/Treasurer - Heather Marquardt, Wood County

Webpage Coordinator/DeCoder Editor - CeCe Tesky, Rusk County
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