County roads considered impassable as winter storm continues to blanket area

Washington County Sheriff Len Campbell stated that several of the county’s eastern and western county roads are drifting shut as the storm continues. Kiefer Heiman stated that even efforts to clear off the roads are short-lived as within an hour they are impassable. Heiman had reiterated that by 6 or 7 p.m. Thursday evening, CountyContinue reading “County roads considered impassable as winter storm continues to blanket area”

County board declares Circuit Clerk office vacant

The Washington County Board met for a special meeting on Monday, Jan. 31, to declare the vacancy of circuit clerk office. Board chairman David Meyer addressed the board that after the untimely death of Circuit Clerk Cindy Barczewski, who passed away on Jan. 26. “I wanted to have a special board meeting so we couldContinue reading “County board declares Circuit Clerk office vacant”

Board declines vote to have county employees cover COVID testing

A vote that would require county employees to pay for COVID testing with their own money did not pass during the Washington County Board meeting last week. The discussion marked the second month in a row that the county has brought up protocol in testing county employees. Vice Chairman Gary Suedmeyer said the Finance CommitteeContinue reading “Board declines vote to have county employees cover COVID testing”

County Clerk to to not seek re-election

Heseman has been working for the county for more than 40 years County Clerk Nancy Heseman announced at the Washington County Board on Tuesday evening that she would not be seeking another term. Heseman started on Sept. 1, 1977, working under then Clerk Virgil May.  “When I started we had no computers, wrote the taxContinue reading “County Clerk to to not seek re-election”

Washington County board OKs raises for ambulance services, dispatchers

Retired dispatcher calls out sheriff, says pay is ‘not the issue’ The Washington County Board approved increases in pay for county emergency personnel and dispatchers during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night. The board unanimously passed three items that included a $2.50 per hour premium to be added to current and newly hired paramedics andContinue reading “Washington County board OKs raises for ambulance services, dispatchers”

Washington County Board goes with Bellwether to consult with ARPA funds

Editor’s note: This is the first in several installments from the July Washington County Board meeting. More in this series will be posted this week. After quite a bit of discussion, the Washington County Board moved forward with Bellwether to consult with the allocated American Rescue Plan Act funds. The vote came during the board’sContinue reading “Washington County Board goes with Bellwether to consult with ARPA funds”