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Board Meeting - September 11, 2007

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Meeting Summary - Employee Suggestion Board
September 11, 2007
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Investment Board, 121 E. Wilson St., Madison, WI




Board Members: Sandy Drew, Chair; Gene Dalhoff, Member; David Vriezen, Member
OSER Staff: Robert Toomey, Statewide Program Coordinator



The Board reviewed and decided on the following regular employee suggestions:

1 outstanding suggestion from Fiscal Year 2007:

SESP Number

Name & Agency


Suggestion Descriptions & Benefits

Board Decision


Forestry Education Specialist Team (FEST), DNR

DNR has a building (“DNR Park”) located within the Wisconsin State Fair Park.  Each year during the Wisconsin State Fair, DNR staff explain to visitors the many programs DNR administers as well as selling hunting/fishing licenses, giving demonstrations and maintaining exhibits. One of the areas of focus at DNR Park is invasive plant species and their threat to natural resources. Ironically, many plants in State Fair Park (including the area around the DNR Park building) are invasive plants. The team contacted State Fair Park and requested their permission to remove the invasive plants and replace them with other plant stock. DNR staff helped with removal of the invasive species plants and planting of new plants. This will help send a message to State Fair visitors that DNR leads by example and takes the threats of invasive species seriously.


Cost Savings:  $4,525 one-time savings.  (Annual savings averaged over 5 years:  $905.)


New suggestions for Fiscal Year 2008:

ESP Number

Name & Agency

Suggestion Description & Benefits

Board Decision


Linda Juno, DOT

Post information on the DMV public web site that would replace a 30-page informational starter packet that is currently mailed to all new third-party agents who join the automated processing partnership system.  Cost Savings:  $2,447 per year.

Certificate and Cash Award of $75


Rod Korth, DOT

Work with DNR to provide access to a list of applicants that are registered with the DNR Refrigerant Recovery Program so an original salvage dealer license plate can be issued faster.  Cost Savings:  $2,920 per year.

Certificate and Cash Award of $90


Maura Ducharme, DOT

Designate a vacant curb parking spot (for a week) to a STAR suggester. It was decided to randomly select a name from the list of attendees invited to the annual STAR awards ceremony.



The Board reviewed the suggestions from Fiscal Year 2007 in consideration of the special annual awards to be presented in November.  The Board chose Individual Suggester of the Year, Group Suggestion of the Year, Agency of the Year, and Agency Coordinator of the Year.  Award-winners will be announced in a press release and on the web site closer to the date of the annual awards ceremony.



The annual awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2007, beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Governor's Conference Room at the State Capitol in Madison.  A press release will be issued close to the date of the ceremony announcing the award-winners.


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