Osteopathic college will give board an update
JEFFERSON -- Tuesday’s meeting of the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors is shaping up to be a whopper, featuring an item that could have huge, long-term impacts on the county and the region as a whole.
According to Jefferson County Board Chairman Jim Schroeder, the public will find this “special order of business” to be conducted near the close of this month’s regular meeting to be quite interesting in that it involves a presentation on future development of vacant land owned by the county on Jefferson’s southwest side. In particular, the land is located near Collins Road and state Highway 26, adjacent to the county’s workforce development center. It appears this land is being cultivated to house the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine, originally tentatively planned for Jefferson’s far north side.
Schroeder spoke to the Daily Times this morning regarding the matter in order to provide the newspaper with preparatory background for Tuesday’s meeting and made it clear he was speaking “off-the-record” with the newspaper. He said it could be made public that some impactful potential developmental details would be revealed Tuesday evening in formal fashion.
Midmorning today, however, Schroeder contacted the Daily Times again and stated he had been given permission by Jefferson County Administrator Ben Wehmeier to reveal the special order of business regarding land development Tuesday is related to the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Earlier this year, a representative of the proposed college, Jennifer DeKrey, said it is hoped the osteopathic college would change the overall physician residency model in the state. She said she and others involved in the project want residencies in each county.
“So the economic impact of this college coming out of Jefferson would be significant,” DeKrey said.
If it is up and running in the next few years, the college might graduate classes of 160 annually.
DeKrey said the economic impact of these osteopathic physicians as they move their practices into the more remote parts of Wisconsin and into the inner city of Milwaukee will be significant.
Presentations Tuesday during the special order of business related to the college are expected to be detailed.
Also on the busy agenda of the board will be special orders of business related to possible amending of the proposed 2019 county budget and approval of resolutions calling for establishment of a county tax levy and fees, as well as a setting of noncountywide levies for health and library services.
The executive committee will bring before the board an ordinance that would approve broadband network projects.
The highway committee will present to the board a resolution calling for the purchase of salt brine blending equipment and additional salt brine storage for the Lake Mills, Concord and Jefferson satellite highway shops.
Another large matter to come before the board Tuesday will involve the county possibly entering into an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with Waukesha County for the services of a University of Wisconsin Extension community development outreach specialist/natural resources educator.