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“Time to Heal” Message from Vilas County Board Vice-Chairman

Ken Anderson

It was a mostly routine meeting of the Vilas County Board of Supervisors that approved resolutions with little or no debate but board vice-chairman Jerry Burkett, who ran the meeting in the absence of board chairman Ron DeBruyne, gave a lecture to board members.

Burkett felt it was time to put the past election in the past and move on.

“It’s time to heal,” Burkett said, “the vote is done and it’s a time to heal. It’s time to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and put everything behind us.”

He continued by saying “it’s time for all of us to heal and it starts with every one of us, everyone of you, as individuals, to heal.”

The vacant Supervisory district #21 in the town of Lincoln was filled by Dan Kramer who was sworn in to replace Kim Simac. It covers Ward 3.

Probably the most significant resolution adopted honored supervisor Al Bauman of lac du Flambeau who gave his resignation due to health concerns. Bauman served almost 27 years on multiple county board committee’s.  A plaque was suggested by supervisor Bob Hanson of Lac du Flambeau and he was appointed to make that happen.

In other action the board designated public depository for county funds, approved sale of tax deed properties, electrical easements, applying for DNR grants, and providing a 2% salary increase for employees except those in the deputy sheriff’s bargaining unit.

Two resolutions sent to state officials supported increasing child support funding and increasing funding for aging and disability resource centers.

Finally, supervisor Carolyn Ritter indicated Vilas public health reported 1,936 COVID cases with 1,773 recovered, 150 active cases along with 34 deaths and 900 flu shots given.

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