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Combining six Vilas departments hits dead end with county panel

By Ken Anderson
News Correspondent

Combining programs and work responsibilities of six Vilas County departments by creating one oversight committee appeared to be too bold a proposal put forth by Supervisor Jim Behling when the county’s Legislative and Judicial Committee met last week.

Called the Public Works Committee, it was proposed to provide oversight to the county highway, forestry, land and facilities, recreation and purchasing functions, as well as the professional services, consulting and vendor contracts.

Meanwhile, committee Chairman Chris Mayer admitted the number of Vilas County committees currently in place, 25, is not out of order for many counties. In addition, there are 13 other commissions and board appointments.

“We’ve danced around this and there seems to be a lot of resistance,”

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 6:28 PM

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