Wood County Current Events
Public Sale of County Items
Wood County Emergency Management will be holding a public sale of surplus County items on July 27, 2016. Some of the items included in this sale are listed below.
The sale will be held from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on July 27th at the Emergency Management shop located at 551 17th Ave in Wisconsin Rapids. All items are sold as is and on a first come first served basis. There will be no holds on items.
Some items featured in the sale include:
- File Cabinets
- Desk Chairs
- Projector Screens
- Adding Machines
- Wooden Storage Boxes
- 4 Foot Fluorescent Lights
- Fax Machine
- Computer Monitors
- Jeep SUV
- Floor Polisher
Wood County ATV Area CLOSED due to storm damage.
The Wood County ATV area is closed effective immediately due to storm damage. We will re-open once the debris has been cleaned up. Thank you for your cooperation. Sandra Green, Wood County Park & Forestry Office Supervisor, ATV/Snowmobile Trail Coordinator
Logging in Wood County ATV Area
SEE ATTACHMENT BELOW.
EXTREME HOT WEATHER
State emergency management and health officials are urging everyone to “beat the heat” if you have to be outside or in non-air conditioned homes this week, and to check on older or isolated neighbors who may need assistance. Temperatures are expected to rise to the mid-90s, with heat indexes reaching a potentially dangerous 95-108 degree range.
Heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in Wisconsin and in the United States. Those who are most at risk are older adults and young children, and people living with chronic or mental health conditions. General heat exhaustion symptoms include fainting, rash, fatigue and nausea. Skin can become clammy and moist, or hot and dry. Heat stroke can come on rapidly and may progress to life-threatening illness within minutes. If heat-related symptoms appear, action should be taken immediately to reduce body temperature. This includes taking a cool shower, bath or sponge bath. Wearing wet clothing also has a cooling effect.
People who do not have access to air conditioning in their homes are encouraged to seek out air conditioned facilities such as public buildings, malls, libraries or senior centers, or stay with family or neighbors who have air conditioning. Some cooling centers may have extended hours and services to alleviate the stress of high temperatures. Call 211 for more information on cooling centers in your area.
Here are some tips to keep safe in hot weather:
• Never leave anyone, especially children or pets, in a parked car – even briefly. Temperatures in a car can become life threatening within minutes. On an 80-degree day, the temperature inside a car, even with the windows cracked slightly, can reach 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
• Keep your living space cool. Cover windows to keep the sun from shining in. If you don’t have an air conditioner, open windows to let air circulate. When it’s hotter than 95 degrees, use fans. Basements or ground floors are usually cooler than upper floors.
• Slow down and limit physical activity. Plan outings or exertion for the early morning or after dark when temperatures are cooler.
• Drink plenty of water and eat lightly. Do not wait for thirst, but instead drink plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid alcohol or caffeine and stay away from hot, heavy meals.
• Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Add a hat or umbrella to keep your head cool, and don’t forget sunscreen.
Don’t stop taking medication unless your doctor says you should. Take extra care to stay cool and ask
your doctor or pharmacist for any special heat advice as some medications can react adversely with
• Taking a cool shower or bath will cool you down. A shower or bath will actually work faster than an air
conditioner. Applying cold wet towels to the neck, head and limbs also cools down the body quickly.
• Check on neighbors throughout the day who may need assistance to protect themselves against
• Empty any small containers, rain gutters, or any tires on property that may contain water. Standing water during extreme heat can lead to an increase in the mosquito population. Increased exposure to
mosquitoes can increase the risk of mosquito borne diseases.
• Pets and livestock can also suffer from the heat. Make sure all pets and livestock have access to cool,clean water and shade. If you can, bring pets inside where there is air conditioning. Try to provide shade for all animals pastured outside. Limit exercising your pet to early morning or late evening hours when it is cooler. Some of the signs of heatstroke in pets include heavy panting, glazed eyes, and excessive thirst. Seek veterinary assistance immediately.
• The heat can cause roads to buckle. For up-to-date closures and detour information visit
www.511wi.gov, download the free mobile app or follow @511WI on Twitter.
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.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Activities
The Wood County Human Services Department is increasing efforts related to prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. This year, we began to partner with the Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth (MACY) and Healthy People Wood County (HPWC) in order to develop a comprehensive prevention plan. The plan includes participation on community coalitions including the Wood County Drug Task Force, MACY and HPWC Mental Health and AODA Coalitions. The plan also includes Human Services Department sponsorship and participation in community presentations and activities that are intended to promote education, understanding and open discussion of topics related to mental health, the impact of trauma, and drug and alcohol abuse in our community. Keep an eye out for information on upcoming presentations on these important topics.
Free Wood County Community Trainings
The Wood County Health Department and Wood County Human Services Department 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 River Cities Community Access - RCCA) by following the links below.
Suicide Prevention Training: QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
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.
Eliminate stigma and share your story of hope!
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.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
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.
Wood County Pharmaceutical Drop-off Locations
Prevent misuse and protect the environment!
Bring unwanted, unneeded, or outdated prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to these local drop box locations...
Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.
- Marshfield Police Department
- Nekoosa Police Department
- Pittsville Police Department
- Port Edwards Police Department
- Town of Grand Rapids Municipal Building
- Wisconsin Rapids Police Department
- Wood County Sheriff's Department
- Rome Police Department (Adams County)
Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, inhalers, 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).
- Place all pills and capsules in a zip lock bag.
- Liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging.
For more information on locations and office hours, please view the attached flyer.
WI Wins - Thank you Retailers
The Wisconsin Wins Program is a campaign designed to decrease youth access to tobacco/nicotine products. The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition, in partnership with the Wood County Health Department, Healthy People Wood County AODA Coalition, and local law enforcement agencies, have been conducting retail compliance checks around Wood County to establish retailer compliance with the law.
Fifty-three 'checks' were completed around Wood County between March and July 2016. Of those locations 'checked', forty-seven followed the law and did NOT sell to youth.
The Central Wisconsin Tobacco Free Coalition, Healthy People Wood County Coalition, and the Wood County Health Department would like to thank those Wood County retailers who complied with the law and did not sell tobacco/nicotine products to youth under 18 years of age.
See the attached document for a full list of retailers who did not sell to youth.
Exclusion from this list does not imply the sale of tobacco/nicotine products to minors.
When our community works together to keep tobacco and other nicotine products out of the hands of youth, everyone wins!
Wood County Rifle Range
There will be a Wood County Rifle Range clean-up on Monday, June 27 beginning at approximately 8:00 AM until Noon. During this time, the range will be CLOSED to the public. Thank you!
NOTIFICATION TO THE PUBLIC REGARDING UPCOMING CLOSURES OF RED SANDS BEACH , SOUTH WOOD COUNTY PARK,
Red Sands Beach Closing(s)
Notice to the public: The Lake Wazeecha Red Sands Beach in the Town of Grand Rapids will be closed this Wednesday evening, June 15, 2016 from 5:30 to dark and Sunday evening, June 19, 2016 from 5:00-dark for the Aqua Skiers team show practice.
June Dairy Breakfasts
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.
Parents Who Host Lose the Most
"Parents Who Host Lose the Most is a public awareness program educating communities and parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen parties.
This program encourages parents and the entire community to send a unified message that teen alcohol consumption is unhealthy, unsafe and unacceptable."
For more information visit the Drug Free Alliance website by clicking on the link below.
The City of Wisconsin Rapids has a social host ordinance. Adults allowing minors to consume alcohol on their property could be fined a minimum $1,000 and a maximum $5,000.
Students and teachers from the Wisconsin Rapids area, City of Wisconsin Rapids Police Department, and RCCA Media partnered together to make this Public Service Announcement video.
2016 Healthy People Wood County Mental Health Conference
Save the Date: Friday, October 21, 2016
Arrival and Registration: begins at 7:15 a.m.
Conference: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Open registration will begin Monday, August 29, 2016!
This years theme is Resilience.
Watch for more information!
Wood County Beaches Opening
NEWS RELEASE The Wood County beaches will be open to the public on Saturday, May 28, 2016 for the Memorial Day holiday and stay open through the Labor Day holiday. County beaches are not staffed with lifeguards, and will be unguarded. Dogs are not allowed in the beach areas. We hope you will come and enjoy the Wood County Parks this summer. For information, contact at (715) 421-8422, or Wood County Park & Forestry Department, Courthouse, PO Box 8095, 400 Market Street, Room 205, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54495. For further information, visit our website at: www.co.wood.wi.us/departments/parks or find us on Facebook.
Dexter Storage Building Bid Opening Results
May 17, 2016 - 8:00 am, Dexter Storage Building Bid Opening , approved by the HIRC (Highway Infrastructure and Recreation Committee) on May 17, 2016 at 9:00 am.
Wood County Park & Forestry 2016 Summer Newspaper is here!
Check it out!
Clean Sweep 2016
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.
Campgrounds Opening Tomorrow and Firewood Ban
A reminder with our campgrounds opening tomorrow regarding the Firewood Ban Ordinance. Please do not bring firewood to any of our campgrounds to burn during your stay (you may bring untreated, clean, dimensional lumber (e.g. cut off 2x4's). You will need to purchase your firewood directly at the campground. Thank you.
Campgrounds open April 29, 2016 - Summer Activities
The Wood County Park and Forestry Department would like to inform the public that our parks will be opening on Friday, April 29th, 2016.
Please come out and enjoy your parks!
If you are not familiar with what the Wood County Park and Forestry system has to offer, the following are some of the activities that are available to you:
Camping: Three campgrounds are available (Dexter Park, South Wood County Park, and North Wood County Park). Self-registration (camping on a first-come, first-served basis) is done at the campground prior to Memorial Day weekend. For reservations beginning from May 25th and later, you may logon to www.co.wood.wi.us/departments/parks and make your reservation on-line. Or, call (715) 421-8422 Monday through Friday from 9AM—3 PM with a MasterCard or Visa.
Shelter Rental: There are four enclosed, two open, and one year round shelter available for rent for your special gatherings. These can be reserved one year in advance of your event.
Boating & Fishing: Lake Dexter, Lake Wazeecha and Nepco Lakes provide a variety of activities from fishing to boating (pass required for boating…$5.00 daily/ $20.00 annual) and swimming. (Beaches open officially on Memorial Day weekend and there are no lifeguards on duty at any time).
Passive activities: There are many passive activities that can also be enjoyed in the parks such as hiking, biking, picnicking, disc golf, playground areas etc.
New in 2016: Effective January 25, 2016, Wood County Park Ordinance, Chapter 600 .07 - C. Unlawful Firewood. It shall be unlawful for park users to bring outside firewood into any Wood County Park facility, shelter, land or area. Untreated, clean, and fully debarked dimensional lumber may be brought in for burning. Down and dead wood may also be gathered inside the park for burning. Chainsaws are not allowed to be used for this purpose. Wood County shall have firewood available, for purchase, at each of its designated campgrounds.
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. Please visit the Park & Forestry Facebook Page for more information. When you get there, click on "PHOTOS", then click on “ALBUMS". Scroll down until you find the album you are looking for.
For a free brochure and recreation guide of the Wood County Park & Forestry areas, please call
(715) 421-8422 or check out our web site at: www.co.wood.wi.us/departments/parks or find us on Facebook, “Wood County Park & Forestry Department”. Thank you.
Congratulations to Val Elliott, Wood County Distinguished Public Health Employee!
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.
Elderly and Disabled Transportation Program
Wood County Human Services Department Elderly and Disabled Transportation Program provides an important service to senior and disabled citizens in both the Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield areas. Since this program is subsidized by Federal, State and County dollars, there is a nominal charge for citizens who use this service. This service helps individuals that might not otherwise have transportation to get to medical appointments, shopping and other necessary events. Recently, the program and a few of the employees that make it happen were featured in a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin article and video production.
Check out the story or watch the video on the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune or the Marshfield News Herald websites links below!
For more information please see the Wood County Human Services Elderly and Disabled Transportation webpage.
Pictures of CAMPSITES available on Facebook!
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.
Timber Sale Bid Opening Results
Attached are the results for the Timber Sale Bid Opening held on 4/4 at 9:00 am at the Wood County Courthouse. Thank you.
Timber Sale Bid Opening (4/4/16) Packet
Spring 2016 Timber Sale information is now available. The full packet is available here (note small paperclip below - click on that. It is on .pdf format) as well as on our Facebook page "Wood County Park & Forestry Department". Please "LIKE" us while you're there! You can also request the full packet by calling our office at 715-421-8422 or stopping in Monday through Friday between 8am and 4:30pm. All bids are due back by 4:00 PM on Friday, April 1st or hand delivered by 9:00 AM on Monday, April 4th. Thank you.
Autism Services Update Information
Prior to 1/1/16, when a family needed intensive autism services (in-home for 10-30 hours a week) for their child, our agency would evaluate them and once we determined they were eligible and in need of services the child went on a State waiting list for funding. The child could not be over 8 years old when they went on the list. The wait list time was sometimes over a year, and at a critical time of the child’s development.
The Center for Medicaid and Medicare (federal government) informed WI that these services needed to be an MA card service, available when needed and not a service to be on a wait list. Over the last year the WI Department of Health Services has been working to develop a system to accomplish this task.
Effective 1/1/2016 these intensive in-home services are available as an MA card service (like doctor visits and medication coverage). This brings several changes with it:
• The county does not evaluate to determine if a child qualifies for in-home services, this is performed by the provider of the services
• The child’s diagnosis does not have to be autism which potentially opens up services for other behaviorally challenged children
• The child can be older than eight when services start
• If the family/child is in need of other services (respite, daily living skills, equipment …) the family contacts human services for an assessment to determine eligibility for funding through Children’s Community Options Program or Children’s Long Term Support Waivers.
If the child has Medical Assistance, the family can call the agency they would like to work with to make a referral for themselves.
If the child does not have Medical Assistance, the family can contact their health insurance to determine if there is coverage, or determine if the child will be eligible for Medical Assistance.
Voter Photo ID Now Required for All In-Person Voting
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
Trauma Informed Care Approach
The Wood County Human Services Department began learning about what it means to utilize trauma informed principles of care as part of a department wide initiative. This process began with the development of a committee that includes employees from each service area throughout the department. Our vision for Trauma Informed Care is to empower and instill hope by understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of trauma and creating a safe environment for consumers, employees, partners and our communities.
Trauma Informed Care (TIC) shifts the perspective away from asking “what is wrong with you?” to instead ask “what has happened to you?”. We have recently completed an agency assessment that has provided information regarding areas of strengths and areas for improvements as we continue our journey towards becoming more trauma informed.
The principles of Trauma Informed Care align with our department mission, vision, and values; we believe that embracing the perspectives learned through research, regarding how traumatic stress can impact healing and recovery, we will have better outcomes for the consumers we serve.
2016 Tree, Shrub & Wildflower Sale
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
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
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.
NOAA Weather Radios
Wood County Emergency Management would like to say THANK YOU to the sponsors that made the NOAA Weather Radio program possible. Without you we couldn't have done it.
Housing Repair Loans
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
Wood County Poster and Speaking Contests
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Are you interested in Wildlife and what happens to it in our area? Do you want a way to voice your opinion on how it should be managed?
If so, then WE WANT YOU.....to join the Wood County Wildlife Area Advisory Committee.
This Committee currently has (1) opening for a 3 year term. This Committee meets 4 times a year in January, April, July, and October on a Tuesday evening at the Sandhill Wildlife Area.
If you are interested, please fill out the attached form and mail it back to the Wood County Park & Forestry Department.
Powers Bluff Long Range Plan
This is a .pdf file and is very large. It may take a few moments to download.
Pets In The Parks
Per our ordinance 600.08 (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.