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Committee Type and Reporting Relationship: The Highway Safety Commission (a statutory commission) coordinates through the Marathon County Infrastructure Standing Committee to the County Board.
Mission/Purpose Statement: Recommend improvements to elected officials regarding traffic safety problems
Statutory Responsibilities: The Highway Safety Commission will follow Chapters 59, 62, 66, and 83 of the Wis. Statutes.
Membership: Total of 15 members consisting of
A.  Required representation. Each Commission is required to have at least the following nine members:
1.     The County Highway Commissioner or a designated representative.
2.     The Chief County Law Enforcement Officer or a designated representative.
3.     The County Highway Safety Coordinator, designated by the County Board.
4.     An Education Representative designated by the County Board.
5.     A Medical Representative designated by the County Board (e.g., doctor, nurse, hospital administrator, paramedic, etc.).
6.     A Legal Representative designated by the County Board.
7.     A Division of State Patrol Representative designated by Wisconsin Department of Transportation. (WisDOT).
8.     A Highway Traffic Engineering Representative designated by WisDOT.
9.     A Traffic Safety Representative designated by WisDOT (Bureau of Transportation Safety, Regional Program Manager).
B. Optional Additional Representation. Additional representation is encouraged; counties may appoint additional persons:
Elected officials, representative from citizen organizations and other civic leaders concerned with traffic safety (e.g., Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers, Students Against Driving Drunk, Wo/Men Highway Safety Leaders, Railroad representatives, etc.), news media representatives, and county infrastructure committee members.
Member Term:  All County Board members and other County appointees are appointed for a two year term to coincide with biennial organization of the County Board except Highway Safety Coordinator. Highway Safety coordinator is appointed by the County Administrator subject to County Board Approval. Appointments are made by the County Board Chair and confirmed by the County Board. Committee vacancies will be filled according to County Board Rule 13.
Duties and Responsibilities:
        1.     Encourage and foster traffic safety activity in the county and its cities and towns. (e.g., bike rodeos, pedestrian safety education, etc.).
        2.     Conduct traffic safety assessments and field reviews.
        3.     Advocate for on traffic safety issues and legislation.
        4.     Recommend specific traffic safety improvements to be included in local agency budgets, federal highway programs, hazard elimination projects, etc.
        5.     Alert highway safety professionals, advocates, and when appropriate, elected officials, state or local, to traffic safety problems.
        6.     Review traffic crash data from the county/city (e.g., crash reports, spot maps, etc.).
        7.     Review other traffic safety related information (citation data, engineering studies, speed studies, etc.).
        8.     Prepare and maintain a spot map of traffic crash locations.
        9.     Send recommendations for corrective actions in writing to appropriate governmental officials, businesses and other interested groups.
        10.   File a report on each meeting with the Bureau of Transportation Safety (BOTS).
        11.   Represent the interests of their constituency. (health, engineering, enforcement, citizen groups, etc.).
        12.   Offer solutions to traffic safety related problems that are brought to the Commission.
        13.   Report back to their constituency.
Other Organization Relationships:
        Public Safety Committee
        County Sheriff


Commission Members:



Name Address Home Phone Business Phone
James Palmer
T8581 Quarry Road
Wausau, WI  54403
Lt. Ted Knoeck
500 Forest Street
Wausau, WI  54403
Scott Parks 500 Forest Street
Wausau, WI  54403
James Griesbach 1430 West Street
Wausau, WI  54401
Travis Wanless State Patrol


John Keiffer WI DOT - Traffic Engineering    
Robert Bott WI DOT - Traffic Safety    
Jessica Blahnik Medical Examiner    
Nathan Pekarske City of Wausau Police    

Brian Fiene


Northcentral Technical College    
Sherri Arlen Medical    
Kevin Crooks Legal Representative