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Mount Pleasant trustees will meet in closed session Monday to review their contract with the village administrator and to discuss in open session the creation of a countywide health department.

Kurt Wahlen was hired in May last year to fill the administrator seat left vacant since the late Mike Andreasen was fired in 2011. His appointment was approved with a 4-2 vote – one trustee abstained – and included a two-year contact with a review after the first year.

Wahlen was assigned an $80,000 annual salary, 24 days of sick time and four weeks of vacation. He did not receive any retirement or health benefits under Mount Pleasant’s employee plan.

Trustees will also discuss the village supporting the creation of a countywide health department as proposed by County Executive Jim Ladwig after he learned the Western Racine County Health Department was closing.

Mount Pleasant, Caledonia, Sturtevant, North Bay, Union Grove and the Town of Waterford comprise the Central Racine County Health Department, and Western Racine covers the City of Burlington, the towns of Burlington, Norway, Raymond, Dover, and Yorkville, and the villages of Rochester and Waterford.

The new health department would cover all those communities and would be funded through tax levies through the county instead of through local municipal property taxes. The City of Racine has its own health department.

Caledonia trustees agreed with Ladwig’s proposal, and voted last week 5-2 to further explore the issue.

Sturtevant trustees are continuing to discuss the matter.

“Intergovernmental agreements take time,” Sturtevant Village President Steven Jansen said.

The Mount Pleasant Village Board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive. Call (262) 664-7800.


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