Trempealeau County Board approves borrowing for new justice center, courthouse renovations

WHITEHALL - The Trempealeau County Board of Supervisors gave its approval for the county to borrow up to $43.5 million to pay for the costs of the county's new justice center and renovations to the county courthouse in Whitehall during its most recent meeting held back on Feb. 22.

The vote for the resolution was approved by a 16-1 margin with only Supervisor Michelle Haines (District No. 9 - Town of Arcadia) voting against. The money for the courthouse renovations should help the county's Aging and Disability Resource Center (ARDC) move back into the county courthouse from its office across the street and provide new offices for county departments near the entryway area where the new justice center and current courthouse are adjoining. Bids for the project will be issued in April. The bond schedule for 20 years.

Board members came to the consensus that with interest rates low and with the county paying off other debt, now would be the time to borrow for the project as the payments would not significantly add to the county tax bill, with estimates as a few cents per thousand of property value.

In other agenda items, the board approved a merger of Women Infant and Children (WIC) program with that of Buffalo County's WIC program, approved a $50,000 employee compensation study, approved spending $37,000 to the county's community TV station WTCO to purchase new technology and named Kellen Nelson as the new supervisor for District No. 14. which is the Town of Hale.

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