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Don't Forget! 2nd ATV Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Dexter County Park 9/18/19 5pm

Posted 9/17/2019 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

Don't forget! Tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 5pm is our ribbon cutting ceremony. Please note DETOUR in Dexter.

The highway will be closed at the crossing, the following detour applies:

  • Southbound traffic: WIS 73 west to WIS 80 south to WIS 54 east
  • Northbound traffic: WIS 54 west to WIS 80 north to WIS 73 east

SEE YOU THERE!

Wood County is a sponsor of the Solar Power Hours

Posted 9/4/2019 by University of Wisconsin - Extension

Have you considered solar for your home and business but want to know more about solar ownership? The upcoming Solar Power Hours are for you! You will also learn about incentive programs through Focus on Energy, the Central Wisconsin group buy "Grow Solar" discounts, and  the final year of 30% federal tax incentives.

Through the 2019 Grow Solar program, business and home owners have already signed up for more than 100 kw of solar installations, resulting in an additional $1,000 discount for most of the participants!

Upcoming Solar Power Hours in Wood County:

Thursday Sept. 5, 6:00-7:00 pm Mid-State (Room T165)

500 32nd St N, Wisconsin Rapids

Saturday Sept.14, noon to 1 pm Uptown Coffee Company 

121 S Central Ave, Marshfield

 

Additional Central Wisconsin Power Hours are listed at https://www.growsolar.org/solar-central-wisconsin/

Disaster Recovery Microloans Now Available

Posted 8/16/2019 by Wood County Planning and Zoning

The North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (NCWRPC) has again partnered with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to provide Disaster Recovery Microloan (DRM) funds.

This program will provide a source of funds for small businesses to cover expenses related to storm damage that occurred in July. Businesses within Langlade, Portage and Wood Counties are eligible to apply. The loans, up to $20,000 per business, may be used for procurement of cleanup and restoration services, operating expenses, temporary space, and repair and reconstruction work.

These are no-interest loans that have a two-year repayment period, with payments deferred for at least six months.  For more information about the microloan program: http://www.ncwrpc.org/disaster-microloan

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) Wood County Community Development Block Grant

Posted 8/14/2019 by CDBG Housing Committee

Request for proposal to provide administrative services for the Wood County Community Developement Block Grant Housing and Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund Program.

The County of Wood has an active Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Revolving Loan Fund. The funds that are part of the CDBG and may be used for:

-Rehabilitation of owner-occupied housing units

-Rehabilitation renter-occupied housing units

The County of Wood, through the CDBG Housing Committee is soliciting proposals to administer this program.

Fall LEO Sessions

Posted 8/12/2019 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
LEO logo

The LEO Program Fall Sessions

The LEO Program explores how the human brain works and why our brain is not prepared for the challenges of today's world. Youth ages 14-20 are eligible to participate if they reside in Wood County or attend a school in Wood County and are not diagnosed with a substance use disorder.

This program is FREE!!

See the flyers for WI Rapids and Marshfield dates and times.

New Youth Mentor Program

Posted 8/7/2019 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us

The Youth Mentor Program made its official launch in June 2019. The program was created to fill a need for youth support in the Wood County area, and is now accepting in-house referrals for at-risk youth. This program itself is an intensive, youth-centered, support, and strengths-based program with a goal to provide a caring adult relationship and connection to youth. The program heavily promotes inclusivity, autonomy, safety, values, growth, and empowerment for youth participants. Providing a caring and supportive adult connection for at-risk youth has many benefits including, but not limited to, increased high school graduation rates, increased self-esteem and confidence, reduced out-of-home placement, and improved relationships and decision-making.

The program works with five to seven youth at a time between the ages of 12-18. Youth mentees participate for a minimum of 12 months, meeting with the Youth Mentor Case Manager at least once a week (with a goal of even more contact than this), and can transition out of the program at that time or extend their time in the program if the youth so desires.

Wood County is thrilled to have the opportunity to provide a space for support, transformation, and connection where it may not have been available before.

For more information contact Karriann at 715-421-8598.

Economic Development Grants – Application Deadline August 19, 2019

Posted 7/30/2019 by Conservation, Education and Economic Development Committee (CEED)

Wood County, through the Conservation, Education and Economic Development Committee (CEED) will be providing grant funds for economic development projects in the County for 2020. Eligible applicants include any organization that collaborates with the County on economic development projects or initiatives. The total amount of County funds allocated towards the grants has not been determined yet. More details regarding the grant and eligible projects can be found by clicking on the form fillable application below. All applications are due by August 19, 2019.

Please direct any questions to Jason R. Grueneberg, Director of Planning & Zoning at 715-421-8466 or jgrueneberg@co.wood.wi.us jgrueneberg@co.wood.wi.us

Report Storm Damages to Businesses

Posted 7/25/2019 by Wood County Planning & Zoning Office

**Attention**

Please report storm damage to businesses in Wood County.

We are in the process of reporting the extent of damage to businesses in Wood County to the State of Wisconsin. The purpose of reporting this information to the State is in the hope of being eligible for economic support through emergency assistance programs they have available.

Please contact the Wood County Planning & Zoning office at 715-421-8466 by Monday, July 29th, by 4:30pm if you are a business or know of a business affected by storm damage. Information we will need is the business name, a contact person, phone number and a brief description of the storm damage.

 

Request for Proposal to Provide Administrative Services

Posted 7/19/2019 by Wood County Community Development

Wood County is soliciting requests for proposal (RFPs) for the administration of the Wood County Community Development Block Grant Housing Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund Program. Please reference the RFP/bid document below if interested. All proposals must be received by August 9, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

Dexter ATV Camping Policy & Information

Posted 7/1/2019 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

Map and policy information for the new ATV camping area at Dexter Park.  Please read carefully.  Thank you!

Sandra Green, Office Supervisor

Updated Map for ATV Trail/Route System June, 2019

Posted 6/26/2019 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

Please see the attachment for an updated map.

Parks: Must make reservations 7 days in advance!

Posted 6/26/2019 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
NEWS RELEASE

 

The Wood County Parks and Forestry Department would like to remind our customers regarding our new camping reservation policy at our Dexter, North and South Wood County campgrounds.

 

 

As a reminder, our camping reservation procedure has changed beginning in 2019.  Reservations must be made at least seven (7) days prior to your first night’s stay.  Example:  Reservation for camping beginning Friday, July 12 must be made by Friday, July 5th.  If a reservation is not

made, that does not mean you cannot come and enjoy one of our Wood County Campgrounds!  Simply go to the campground, find a site that is not reserved or occupied, and complete the self-registration process at the campground.  You must put a camping unit on the site immediately upon self-registering. 

 

If you are using our on-line reservation program, and try to reserve a site for a date that is less than the 7-day

minimum, it will show that there are no sites available.  There is a good chance that there are still sites

available, but are only available for self-registration at the campground.  Current site availability can be

determined by going out to the campground or by calling or e-mailing the Parks and Forestry office,

715-421-8422, parks@co.wood.wi.us

 

In addition, we no longer offer the “buy 4, get the 5th free” special, instead we are running various specials throughout the year.

 

Thank you. Sandra Green, Office Supervisor and Wood County ATV/Snowmobile Trail Coordinator

Lottery and Gaming Credit Awareness Week

Posted 5/13/2019 by Heather L. Gehrt

DATE: May 9, 2019

FROM: Heather L Gehrt, Wood County Treasurer

May 13 – 17 Lottery and Gaming Credit Awareness Week

The Wood County Treasurer’s Office, in conjunction with the Wisconsin County Treasurer’s Association and supported by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, is dedicating the week of May 13 – 17 as Lottery and Gaming Credit Awareness Week.

The lottery and gaming credit is a reduction on your real estate tax bill. To qualify for the lottery and gaming credit, the property owner must be a Wisconsin resident and must use the dwelling as their primary residence as of the certification date of January 1st. If temporarily absent, typically for a period no longer than 6 months (hospital, vacation, etc.), it is the home to which the property owner returns. A property owner may claim only one primary residence [sec. 79.10 (1) (dm), (9) (bm), Wis. Stats.]. Rental properties are not eligible for the lottery credit and gaming credit and should have it removed.

Heather L Gehrt, County Treasurer, is recommending that all eligible property owners review their 2018 real estate tax bill to verify they received their lottery and gaming credit. Last year the average lottery and gaming credit in Wood County was approximately $160. The exact amount is based upon the school district in which your home is located.

If you are eligible to apply for a late 2018 lottery and gaming credit with the WI Department of Revenue, go to:  

https://www.revenue.wi.gov/DORForms/18lc-300f.pdf

Complete and follow the instructions on form LC-300 and mail to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Local Government Services Bureau 6-97, PO Box 8971, Madison, WI 53708-8971

To apply for a 2019 lottery and gaming credit with the Wood County Treasurer, go to:

https://www.revenue.wi.gov/DORForms/19lc-100f.pdf

If eligible, complete and follow the instructions on form LC-100 and mail to the Wood County Treasurer, PO Box 8095, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-8095.

To remove lottery and gaming credit with the Wood County Treasurer, go to:

https://www.revenue.wi.gov/DORForms/lc-400f.pdf

For more information and assistance, please contact the Wood County Treasurer’s Office at (715) 421-8484.

Measles Information

Posted 5/2/2019 by velliott@co.wood.wi.us

There have been no measles cases in Wisconsin residents since 2014. However, there are on-going measles cases in neighboring states. More information can be found at the links below.

https://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/faqs.html#protection

https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p4/p42174.pdf

http://immunize.org/askexperts/experts_mmr.asp#general

Who needs a MMR (measles mumps and rubella) vaccine? 

  • For children, two doses of MMR vaccine are needed for full protection. The first dose should be given at 12 through 15 months of age and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age.
  • Adults born during or after 1957 who received killed measles vaccine or measles vaccine of unknown type, or who cannot document having been vaccinated with a live vaccine or having laboratory-confirmed measles disease should receive at least 1 dose of MMR. Some people at increased risk of exposure to measles (such as healthcare professionals, college students, and international travelers) should receive 2 doses of MMR separated by at least 4 weeks.
  • Adults born before 1957 are considered immune and do not need a vaccine.
  • International travelers: Infants 6 through 11 months of age should receive one dose of MMR vaccine. Infants who get one dose of MMR vaccine before their first birthday should get two more doses (one dose at 12 through 15 months of age and another dose separated by at least 28 days).  Children 12 months of age and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.  Teenagers and adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.

For a dose to be considered valid, the patient needs some type of document that provides the date the vaccine was given and the type of vaccine administered. If someone has no documentation, they can/should receive an MMR now. 

 

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Wood County

Posted 4/25/2019 by Wood County – UW Extension
MSTC Students work on solar panels

In Wood County, there is interest in reducing energy costs by residents, businesses, schools and government offices; employing energy efficiencies in their buildings is a common way to achieve this goal. Community members are also interested in meeting their energy needs using renewable energy sources.

Wood County has compiled information about energy efficiency and renewable energy to provide its residents with a locally-relevant resource on new webpages. The webpages include tips on getting started, incentive and financing programs, policies, laws, and workforce development. In addition, the county is reviewing the permitting process for solar installations to be sure it is streamlined.

Energy Efficiency and Renewables

2019 Parks Summer Brochure is available online

Posted 4/25/2019 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

See attachment. 

Drinking Water Testing for High Nitrate - Towns of Armenia & Port Edwards

Posted 3/27/2019 by Wood County Environmental Health

Recent tests of wells in the Armenia area indicated levels of nitrate above the drinking water standard. Juneau and Wood County Health Departments are working with the DNR and area farmers to provide free nitrate water tests for residents in the Towns of Port Edwards and Armenia. The test will let participants know if the nitrate level of their drinking water is safe for consumption. Water with a high nitrate level is unsafe for infants, pregnant women and women who may become pregnant, as it may cause birth defects. For all other adults and children, some studies have shown that consuming water with high nitrates may cause cancers, thyroid disease and diabetes.

Who: Homeowners from the Towns of Armenia or Port Edwards

What: Nitrate Test bottle pickup at the Juneau and Wood county Health Departments

When: During regular business hours from March 25th through April 5th.

Collect your sample and drop off on the same day sample is collected.

Sample Drop Off Dates:

April 2nd, April 4th, April 9th or April 11th at the Wood and Juneau County Health Departments.

Samples will be analyzed by the Wood County Water Laboratory at no cost. Participants will receive nitrate results within a month. If the nitrate levels are unsafe, a confirmatory test may be taken by County staff followed by an offer of free drinking water and a water treatment system provided by the Armenia Growers Coalition.

The Counties and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are working together to find a more permanent solution to high nitrates in the groundwater in this area. Questions?? Call 715-421-8911 or 608-847-722, ext 112 for assistance.

RESIDENTS REMINDED TO TAKE STEPS TO STAY SAFE DURING FLOODING EVENTS

Posted 3/15/2019 by velliott@co.wood.wi.us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/15/2019
Contact: Sue Kunferman (715) 421-8911

During Flood Safety Awareness Week, Wood County Health Department is reminding residents on how to stay safe during flooding events.

Click the link below to view press release.

Seeking Committee Member Registered Nurse Applicants

Posted 3/11/2019 by Wood County Clerk

The Wood County Health And Human Services Committee seeks applicants for an opening for a registered nurse citizen member. 

A description of the committee and its duties are as follows:

Membership shall consist of five (5) Wood County Supervisors appointed by the County Board Chairperson and four (4) citizen representatives.  The four citizen representatives shall be:

  1. a physician,
  2. a registered nurse, 
  3. an individual who has demonstrated interest or competence in the field of public health and human services, and 
  4. an individual who has received services for mental illness, developmental disability, alcoholism or drug dependency, or a family member of such an individual.

The County Board Chairperson shall appoint 5 county board members to serve on the Health and Human Services Committee.  The Health and Human Services Committee shall elect a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Secretary.The Health and Human Services Committee shall have oversight of the following departments: Human Services, Public Health Department, Edgewater Haven, and Veteran’s Service Office.  The Committee shall perform the following functions with respect to the departments it oversees: draft proposed budgets; audit the revenues and expenditures pursuant to the approved budgets; study and develop recommendations to the county board pertaining to changes in the budgets, functions, and personnel; and oversee the management of the departments and the services they provide.

The County Board chairman and the chairman of the Health and Human Services committee wishes to invite any registered nurse interested in serving to submit a letter of interest to Trent Miner, Wood County Clerk, P.O. Box 8095, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 or tminer@co.wood.wi.us by April 1, 2019.  

Wood County Pharmaceutical Drop-off Locations

Posted 1/8/2019 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Prevent misuse and protect the environment!
Bring unwanted, unneeded, or outdated prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to these local drop box locations...
  • Marshfield Clinic Health System Pharmacies
  • Marshfield Police Department
  • Nekoosa Police Department
  • Pittsville Police Department
  • Port Edwards Police Department
  • Town of Grand Rapids Municipal Building
  • Wisconsin Rapids Police Department
  • Wisconsin Rapids Walgreens 
  • Wood County Sheriff's Department
  • Rome Police Department (Adams County)
Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, inhalers, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.
  • Place all pills and capsules in a zip lock bag.
  • Liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging.
Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc...), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas).

For more information on locations and office hours, please view the attached flyer.

General Election Results

Posted 11/6/2018 by ctyclerk@co.wood.wi.us
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, is Election Day.

Results from Wood County are collected by the County Clerk's office and can be viewed on our Election Results page.

2019 Wisconsin Rapids Downtown Farmers Market Application

Posted 11/5/2018 by ssalewski@co.wood.wi.us
Attached is the 2019 Wisconsin Rapids Downtown Farmers Market Application. More details will be announced as details of the new location solidify.  

The farmers market will run Mid-June - October 2019. Thursday and Saturdays 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

Please read the rules and regulations and then download the appropriate application for the day you wish to vend. 

Send completed applications to information stated on the form. A fillable PDF version will soon be available. 

Pets in the Parks

Posted 10/30/2018 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
A friendly reminder to all of our customers that utilize our parks. Your pets
MUST BE ON A LEASH AT ALL TIMES
while on any of the parks properties. This is an Ordinance and if violated, you will receive a citation from the park attendant.
Thank you. Sandra Green, Office Supervisor
Chapter 600 .08 ANIMALS (1) Pets. It shall be unlawful for any person to allow pets to enter any public building, bathing beach, picnic grounds, or playgrounds within any county park, or to run at large at any time on county park grounds. In other county park areas and campgrounds, pets are permitted provided they shall at all times be kept on a leash not more than 10 feet long. All pets shall be effectively restrained or under the owner's control at all times. No person shall allow his pet to deprive or disrupt the enjoyment or use of any area by others. Pet owners are required to immediately clean up after their pets


September Lunch & Learn

Posted 9/13/2018 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is on Thursday, September 20th.

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm 
Topic: Dealing with Difficult People
Presenter: Lynn Meinders, MSW, EAP Counselor; Aspirus Business Health
RSVP: Appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Presentations are recorded, and can be viewed later on WRCM or by visiting the Wood County UW-Extension website.

Raising A Thinking Child

Posted 9/12/2018 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
How can you communicate with your 4-7 year old child and get them to respond?

Join us for Raising A Thinking Child, an evidence-based workshop series to help you guide your child to solve common, every day problems through communication.

This online workshop will be held on Mondays in October and November.

A $20 fee covers the workbook and scholarships are available.

Online registration available at: https://goo.gl/forms/2LAGG07MyC5Xx4E43

Call 715-421-8437 with questions or to register.

Congratulations to Kate Carlson, Wood County Distinguished Public Health Employee!

Posted 9/6/2018 by velliott@co.wood.wi.us
We recognize Kate for her professionalism, inspiration, and outstanding contributions to public health in Wood County and beyond. Kate is a strong leader. She continually strives to actively listen to and understand her clients, co-workers, team members, students, and other’s perspectives to better serve and educate those she comes in contact with. She often goes above and beyond to answer questions and provide accurate information to clients and teammates alike. Co-workers rely on Kate for knowledge and her willingness to help. Kate is known in the community as a reliable resource and is a credible voice for our department. Her strong leadership and mentoring skills help the environmental health team and its customers thrive. It is evident that Kate truly cares about her co-workers and community. Honest, accountable, self-directed, and respectful all describe Kate well. The Health Department’s mission and vision are clearly a part of her everyday work. Her passion for the field is admirable. It is with great pride that we commend Kate for her accomplishments.

Intersection of Lincoln Ave and Adler Rd/CTH Y in Marshfield Closed to East and West Bound Traffic

Posted 8/29/2018 by Highway Department
Starting Thursday, August 30th, 2018 and extending through the morning of Tuesday, September 4, 2018, the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Adler Road/County Highway Y in the City of Marshfield, WI will be closed to traffic traveling east and west along Adler Road. The closure is due to construction on Adler Road east of the intersection. Traffic traveling north and south on Lincoln Avenue will be open, but reduced to one lane at the intersection.

Drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes for the duration of the closure. A detour for Adler Road/County Highway Y is posted and a map can be found on the Wood County website at https://www.co.wood.wi.us/Departments/Highway. Any questions can be directed to the Wood County Highway Department at 715-421-8875.

Wood County Clean Sweep

Posted 8/28/2018 by UW Extension
Clean Sweep Logo

The 2018 Wood County Clean Sweep will be held on Saturday, September 29th from 8:00am-12:00pm at the Marshfield Fairgrounds. Clean Sweep is a voluntary program for the legal and safe disposal of hazardous wastes from homes, farms and businesses. Hazardous chemicals can cause health, safety or environmental problems. Improperly stored or disposed chemicals can pollute lakes, rivers and drinking water.

All Wood County residents are encouraged to participate. Please see the attached brochure for more information.

Wood County Highway Y Road Closing

Posted 7/16/2018 by ccarmody@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Highway Department is announcing County Highway Y (West Adler Street) from Wren Road to Lincoln Avenue in the City of Marshfield & Town of Lincoln will be closed starting Monday, July 30, 2018, for pavement replacement. Motorists should use the signed detour routes and adjust commute times accordingly. The road will be reopened in September.

The closure schedule is:
Starting 5:00 AM Monday, July 30, Wood County Highway Y (West Adler Street) will be closed to through traffic from Wren Road to Lincoln Avenue in the City of Marshfield and the Town of Lincoln. Local traffic will be permitted to use CTH Y (West Adler Street) to access their property within the work zone. Crews plan to reopen the roadway in September.

For more information, contact:
Roland Hawk, PE, Wood County Highway Commissioner
715-421-8875, rhawk@co.wood.wi.us

Offers to Purchase Now Being Accepted

Posted 6/6/2018 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
View of 1010 Airport Ave from street

The Wood County Executive Committee will accept offers to purchase at the Wood County Treasurer's Office, 400 Market Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494, for review at the next Executive Committee meeting.

Property located at 1010 Airport Avenue.

(Interested parties may view the house Monday-Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Please call 715-421-8484 to make an appointment, advanced notice appreciated.)

Assessed Value: $182,600

Listed Value: $169,000

The Committee reserves the right to negotiate any or all offers to purchase or to accept any offer they deem most advantageous to Wood County.

By Order of the Wood County Executive Committee:

Heather L. Gehrt
Wood County Treasurer


June Lunch & Learn

Posted 6/4/2018 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is on Thursday, June 21st.

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm
Topic: Caregiver Support & Mental Health
Presenter: Erin Johnson, Caregiver Support Coordinator; ADRC-Central Wisconsin
RSVP: Appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Presentations are recorded, and can be viewed later on WRCM or by visiting the Wood County UW-Extension website.

Notice of Quotes

Posted 5/23/2018 by jpeckham@co.wood.wi.us

The Wood County Highway Infrastructure and Recreation Committee will accept sealed quotes only (no faxed quotes accepted) up until 1:00 PM (CST) on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the Highway Commissioner's Office, 555 17th Ave N, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-1966, for purchasing of the following:

Wood County Highway Pittsville Shop Property

(interested parties may view the site and buildings by calling 715-421-8875 to set up an appointment,)

Specifications, Quoting Procedures, and Forms may be had by applying at the above office.

The Committee reserves the right to reject any or all quotes or to accept any quote they deem most advantageous to Wood County.

By Order of the Wood County Highway Infrastructure and Recreation Committee:

Douglas J Passineau, Commissioner

Community Development Educator

Posted 5/3/2018 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Do you know someone interested in making Wood County a better place to live by bringing evidence-based research to local residents and community leaders?

We are looking for a Community Development Educator to join the Wood County UW-Extension staff.

Complete details and position description can be found online here.

Request for Proposal - PLSS Corner Perpetuation & Maintenance

Posted 2/6/2018 by jconner@co.wood.wi.us

Due By: March 1, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.

Wood County, Wisconsin is seeking proposals for contracted services of a Professional Land Surveyor licensed in the State of Wisconsin to establish and/or maintain PLSS section and quarter section corners as part of the county wide maintenance program. A total of 141 corners have been selected for this RFP. All corners for this project have tie sheets of record and an existing coordinate. Wood County is seeking a lump sum bid for the scope of services detailed in this request for proposal. All proposers are responsible for researching authoritative information that is necessary to respond to this request for proposal.


PLSS Corner Perpetuation & Maintenance Project RFP

January Lunch & Learn

Posted 1/11/2018 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.
Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is on Thursday, January 18th.
Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm
Topic: How to Beat the Afternoon Slump
Presenter: Asia Bay BS, CPT, CWP, CHWC; Aspirus Business Health
RSVP: Appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Presentations are recorded, and can be viewed later on WRCM or by visiting the Wood County UW-Extension website.

December Lunch & Learn

Posted 12/12/2017 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.
Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is on Wednesday, December 13th.
Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm
Topic: Goals are Dreams with Deadlines
Presenter: Samantha Mallo MS, CWHC; Wellness Specialist, Aspirus Business Health
RSVP: Appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Presentations are recorded, and can be viewed later on WRCM or by visiting the Wood County UW-Extension website.

All community members are invited!

November Lunch & Learn

Posted 11/6/2017 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is on Thursday, November 16th.
Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm
Topic: Cultivating Gratitude: A Path to Greater Well-being
Presenter: Dr. Richelle Hoekstra-Anderson, Clinical Psychologist & Certified Dream Builder Life Coach; Crossroads Renewal Coaching & Counseling
RSVP: Appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Presentations are recorded, and can be viewed later on WRCM or by visiting the Wood County UW-Extension website.

All community members are invited!

October Lunch & Learn

Posted 10/4/2017 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is on Tuesday, October 10th.

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm
Topic: Real Work/Life Balance
Presenter: Leah Szemborski, MS, LPC; EAP Counselor
RSVP: Appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Presentations are recorded, and can be viewed later on WRCM or by visiting the Wood County UW-Extension website.

All community members are invited!

Noxious Weed in Wood County - Wild Parsnip

Posted 8/9/2017 by esalvinski@co.wood.wi.us
Wild Parsnip
The Wood County Land and Water Conservation Department is working with citizens, the Farmers of Mill Creek, and the Towns to identify, locate, map, and eradicate wild parsnip.

If you see wild parsnip please report it to the department by calling 715-421-8475, or to EddMaps.

For more information on this invasive and others, visit the Land and Water Conservation Invasive Species Page.

August Lunch & Learn

Posted 7/25/2017 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
August Lunch & Learn
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is on Wednesday, August 9th.

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm
Topic: 4 Steps to Creating Balance in an Unbalanced World
Presenter: Dr. Richelle Hoekstra-Anderson, Clinical Psychologist and Life Coach; Crossroads Renewal Coaching and Counseling Services
RSVP: Appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Presentations are recorded, and can be viewed later on WRCM or by visiting the Wood County UW-Extension website.

All community members are invited!

Community Resources

Posted 6/19/2017 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Behavioral (Mental) Health Bike Path - Roadmap
The purpose of this "Bike Path" (or roadmap) is to be a first step for families, and individuals under age 21, with behavioral (mental) health concerns. This easy to read guide helps connect Wood County residents with local, state and federal resources and services.

Wood County Area Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Resources List
The purpose of this resource list is to provide a list of treatment facilities, recovery groups and other resources in Central Wisconsin for those needing counseling or assistance recovering from substance abuse. The information provided may not be inclusive of all resources, but can support those in need.

Free Wood County Community Trainings

Posted 6/19/2017 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
The Healthy People Wood County Coalitions, Wood County Wellness Program, and UW Extension have hosted several free community training's called Lunch-n-Learns. View the flyers for upcoming training's and the videos of past Lunch-n-Learns (recorded by Wisconsin Rapids Community Media) by following the links below.
Link April 2015 Lunch-n-Learn: PTSD from a Combat Veteran’s Perspective
Link May 2015 Lunch-n-Learn: Introduction to E-Cigarettes
Link September 2015 Lunch-n-Learn: Hoarding
Link October 2015 Lunch-n-Learn: Cyber-Bullying
Link December 2015 Lunch-n-Learn: The Holiday Blues – Depression
Link January 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Addiction and the Family
Link February 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Interface
Link March 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Cultural Diversity
Link March 28, 2016: Human Trafficking Training/Presentation
Link April 6, 2016: Dose of Reality - The Truth About Heroin In Our Community
Link April 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Creating a Safe and Supportive Environment
Link May 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Trauma-Informed Care - Terms and Triggers
Link June 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care
Link July 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Being “Well-Being” Focused
Link August 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Preparing Children for a Lifetime of Learning
Link October 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Identity Theft & Your Credit Report
Link November 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: Coping After Loss
Link December 2016 Lunch-n-Learn: A Civil Discourse on Substance Use, Addiction, Prevention and Treatment
Link February 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: Heart Health
Link March 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: Bring Back the Family Meal
Link April 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: Investing In Your Health
Link May 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: Bed Bugs & Lice & Fleas, OH MY!
Link June 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: Summer Time Fun & Safety
Link July 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: How to Survive (and Thrive) in a Multi-Generational Workforce
Link August 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: 4 Steps to Creating Balance in an Unbalanced World
Link October 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: Real Work/Life Balance
Link November 2017 Lunch-n-Learn: Cultivating Gratitude

Suicide Prevention Training: QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)

Posted 6/19/2017 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Suicide prevention is everybody’s business, and anyone can help prevent the tragedy of suicide.

Fact: If people in a crisis get the help they need, they will probably never be suicidal again.

View the attached flyer for more information on how to schedule a training.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Posted 6/19/2017 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are serious childhood traumas that result in toxic stress that can harm a child's brain. This toxic stress may prevent a child from learning, from playing in a healthy way with other children, and can result in long-term health problems.

Below are links to the ACE Survey and a handout on understanding ACEs. 

Eliminate stigma and share your story of hope!

Posted 6/19/2017 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Healthy People Wood County partnered with WISE (Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination) to record several Wood County stories of hope and recovery.

Go to the Rogers InHealth website link below for more information and to view video's of hope and recovery.

May Lunch & Learn

Posted 5/3/2017 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
May Lunch & Learn
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is on Wednesday, May 10th.

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm
Topic: Bed Bugs & Fleas & Lice, OH MY!
Presenter: Greg Kolodziej, Environmental Health ; Wood County Health Department
RSVP: Not necessary, but appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Presentations are recorded, and can be viewed later on WRCM or by visiting the Wood County UW-Extension website

All community members are invited!

March Lunch & Learn

Posted 3/7/2017 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is coming up on Thursday, March 16th.

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114
Time: 12:00–12:45 pm
Topic: Bring Back the Family Meal
Presenter: Sarah Siegel, Family Living Educator; Wood County UW-Extension
RSVP: Not necessary, but appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Everyone is invited - employees and community members!

Powers Bluff Long Range Master Plan

Posted 2/2/2017 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
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February Lunch & Learn

Posted 2/1/2017 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is coming up on Thursday, February 16th.

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114

Time: 12:00 – 12:45

Topic: Heart Health

Presenter: Andrea Wagner, MS, RDN, CD, CLS; Clinical Nutrition Supervisor; Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Clinics, Inc.

RSVP: Not necessary, but appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Everyone is invited - employees and community members!

January Lunch & Learn

Posted 1/3/2017 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension, Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood County employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is coming up on Wednesday, January 11th.

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114

Time: 12:00 – 12:45

Topic: Love & Language - and Other Tools to Keep Relationships Healthy

Presenter: Lisa Kegler, MS, LPC; Therapist at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Marshfield

RSVP: Not necessary, but appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Everyone is invited - employees and community members!

December Lunch & Learn

Posted 12/5/2016 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Each month, the Wood County Health Department, UW-Extension,Healthy People Wood County and Wisconsin Rapids Community Media collaborate to provide a Lunch & Learn to Wood county employees as well as the local community.

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch and join us for a brief presentation on important and relevant topics.

Our next Lunch & Learn is coming up on December 14th.

Date: Wednesday, December 14th

Location: Wood County Courthouse, Room 114

Time: 12:00 – 12:45

Topic: Substance Use, Abuse,Prevention and Treatment

Presenter: Connor A.Tiggerus, LPC, SAC-IT, Therapy Without Walls, LLC

RSVP: Not necessary, but appreciated for room set-up: Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Everyone is invited - employees and community members!

October Lunch & Learn

Posted 10/12/2016 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
Join us on Wednesday, October 19th for a Lunch & Learn presentation on Identity Theft and Checking Your Credit Report.

Presenters:
  • Sarah Siegel, Wood County UW-Extension Family Living Educator
  • Jeremy Keith, Wood County Sheriff's Department

The presentation is from 12:00-12:45 in Room 114 of the Wood County Courthouse.

RSVP to Wendy Young at 715-421-8437 or wyoung@co.wood.wi.us

Everyone in the community is invited.

For Wood County employees, you can earn 100 wellness points!

Clean Sweep 2016

Posted 9/8/2016 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
The 2016 Wood County Agricultural and Household Clean Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, September 24, from 8:00am-12:00pm at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.

A full list of items that will be accepted can be found here.

Contact the Wood County UW-Extension office at 715-421-8440 with questions.

June Dairy Breakfasts

Posted 6/2/2016 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
June is dairy month! Join local farmers and enjoy a dairy breakfast this month.
Click on the attachment for a full list of dairy breakfasts in Wood and Portage counties.

Congratulations to Val Elliott, Wood County Distinguished Public Health Employee!

Posted 4/18/2016 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us
We recognize Val for her exceptional customer service, great attitude, and hard work. Juggling involvement in multiple teams and program areas, Val makes it all come together. Her efforts and hard work on various coalitions and projects does not go unnoticed! Helpful and flexible are traits that describe Val well. She is always willing to take on new tasks- in Environmental Health, Healthy People, Healthy Smiles and other department areas. Whatever the assignment may be, she puts forth 100% effort and completes it in a timely fashion with quality outcomes. Val believes in the Health Department’s proactive approach and has been actively involved in the strategic planning efforts among other department initiatives that align with our mission. Val consistently demonstrates kindness, dependability and strong work ethic. We appreciate Val’s dedication to public health and thank her for her hard work. It is with great pride and honor that we commend Val for a job well done.

Pictures of CAMPSITES available on Facebook!

Posted 4/13/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
We have uploaded pictures of each campsite as well as dimensions of the sites and pads at each campground on our Facebook page. You can better determine if your camper will "fit" in a particular spot, or if it's too sunny, or not close enough to the water.

Click on "PHOTOS", then click on ALBUMS". Scroll down until you find the album you are looking for. Check out our Facebook page and "LIKE" us. Thank you.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wood-County-Park-Forestry-Department/204221776296438

Voter Photo ID Now Required for All In-Person Voting

Posted 2/9/2016 by ctyclerk@co.wood.wi.us
There are currently four elections scheduled for 2016: February 16, April 5, August 9, and November 8. Voter Photo ID will be required for all in-person and absentee voters (with certain exceptions for military, overseas and indefinitely confined electors).

Are you ready to vote? Do you have one of the eight acceptable forms of Photo ID? Do you need to apply for a free Wisconsin ID card?

Find out here: Voter ID Law Information 

2016 Tree, Shrub & Wildflower Sale

Posted 12/7/2015 by tgildenzopf@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Land Conservation Department is currently holding their annual tree, shrub and wildflower sale. Orders will be accepted through January 15, 2016.

Wood County Community Health Needs Assessment

Posted 9/16/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Health Department, in partnership with Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital, Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Clinics, Marshfield Clinic, and the Legacy Foundation is working together to determine health needs for Wood County.

Wood County Clean Sweep

Posted 9/9/2015 by adarr@co.wood.wi.us
A Wood County Clean Sweep will be held on Saturday October 3rd, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at the Saratoga Town Hall. Clean Sweep is for collection of household chemicals.

See the attached brochure for more information.

Housing Repair Loans

Posted 3/26/2015 by jgrueneberg@co.wood.wi.us
Are you in need of funding for home repairs but unable to secure a loan?

If so, please consider applying for a Central Wisconsin Housing Region loan. The loans are available to:

  • Low-to-moderate income (LMI) Wood County residents with owner-occupied homes.
  • Owners of rental units in Wood County that rent to low-to-moderate income (LMI) tenants.
The Central Wisconsin Housing Region covers Adams, Green Lake, Juneau, Marathon, Marquette, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood County. The program administrator is the Juneau County Housing Authority. This is a program that was created to ensure the community’s ability to conserve, rehabilitate and improve residential properties occupied by low-to-moderate income (LMI) residents.

Click below to download the Central Housing Region Brochure.

For more information and application materials contact:

Central Wisconsin Housing Region Program Administrator
Juneau County Housing Authority
717 E. State Street
Mauston, WI 53948
(608) 847-7309
juncoha@frontier.com

Wood County Poster and Speaking Contests

Posted 10/14/2014 by tarnold@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Land Conservation Department will be holding its annual
Poster and Speaking Contest on January 30, 2015.

Posters are due January 30, 2015 to Wood County LCD.
The theme is “Local Heroes Your Hardworking Pollinators”.

The Speaking Contest will be held Thursday February 5, 2015, at Pittsville High School @6:00.
Entry forms are due by January 30, 2015.

For more information contact the Wood County Land Conservation Department at 715-421-8475
or email tarnold@co.wood.wi.us.

Courthouse Parking

Posted 4/16/2014 by webmaster@co.wood.wi.us
In April 2014, road construction began near the Courthouse at the intersection of Baker Street and Market Street.

As a result, access to the Baker Street parking lot has changed. Please refer to the attached map for details.