The Portage County Traffic Safety Commission is a statutory committee of Portage County. It was created to enhance the level of safety on all public roadways in Portage County for all users of those roadways, including pedestrians, bicyclist, motorcyclist, motorist, maintenance workers, and emergency services personnel.
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The Commission meets at least quarterly to review traffic accident data from the County and, upon review, the Commission makes recommendations for any corrective action it deems appropriate to the County Board and, where appropriate, to the County Highway Committee, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and, to any other branch of the local government.
The Commission regularly meets on the first Tuesday of the last month of each quarter (i.e. March, June, September, and December) from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Portage County Sheriff's Office Training Room, 1500 Strongs Avenue, Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The meetings are open to the public, and citizens are encouraged to attend. Dates, times, and location may vary, so check the official public listing for the current information and agenda.
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The membership of the Commission is either specified in state statutes, appointed by the Wisconsin Secretary of Transportation, or appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Board. The current membership is:
Nathan Check, Portage County Highway Commissioner (or designee)
Captain Joshua Ostrowski, Portage County Sheriff (or designee) Commission President
Chief Deputy Benjamin Beaudoin, Portage County Sheriff, County Highway Safety Coordinator
Daniel Brugman, WisDOT NC Region Traffic Safety Engineer, Sec.of Transportation Representative - Highways
Sergeant Rhae Stertz, Wisconsin State Patrol, Secretary of Transportation Representative - Law Enforcement Daniel Kontos, BOTS Law Enforcement Liaison, Secretary of Transportation Representative - Highway Safety
Christian Budzinski, County Representative - Education
Assistant Chief Joe Gemza, Portage County Ambulance, County Representative - Medicine
Attorney David Ray, County Representative - Law
Alan Haga, County Board Chairman
Chris Holman, County Executive
Don Jankowski, Portage County Safety Officer
Sergeant Steven Spath, Stevens Point Police Department Representative
Lieutenant Ryan Fox, Plover Police Department Representative
Scott Rifleman, Portage County Medical Examiner
Sergeant Craig Loiselle, Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Officer (Commission Vice President)
Detective Joseph Mulrooney, Traffic Incident Management Committee
Jeffrey Schuler, Director, Portage County Planning & Zoning Department
Bob Weinert, Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Coordinator
Crash Spot Map
By law [§ 83.013(1), Wis. Stats.], the Commission maintains a spot map showing the locations of traffic crashes across Portage County. The Commission has chosen to utilize Community Maps to display this information for research purposes. Community Maps provides Wisconsin's local law enforcement and county Traffic Safety Commissions with an online interface for mapping crash data. Fatal crash locations are mapped from 2001 to the present. Severe injury crashes are mapped from 2012. Crashes are mapped through a combination of manual and automated processing. Community Maps is hosted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by the Wisconsin Traffic Operations and Safety (TOPS) Laboratory in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Bureau of Transportation Safety (BOTS).
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Anatomy of Traffic Safety: Portage County
Anatomy of Traffic Safety by county, prepared by the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety, gives some insight and statistics regarding factors that go into highway safety.
Previous Commission Meeting Minutes
2014: March June September December
2015: March June September December
2019: March June September December
Contact Us/More Information
For more information, contact the Sheriff's Office at (715) 346-1400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.