THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From our readers
Issue Date: August 15, 2012
Recently, the city of Peshtigo received news that they did not receive a $358,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that they had applied for in order to dredge certain parts of the Peshtigo River. While our office sends our deepest regrets about this, we also feel that there are a few misconceptions that need clearing up.
On July 10, I received a phone call from a representative at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He told me that he had spoken to a Peshtigo city official and that Peshtigo had received the $358,000 grant from the EPA. He informed me that in order to effectively use the grant, Peshtigo needed to fill out an application with the DNR in order to complete the dredging in the Peshtigo River.
With the application came a 30-day comment period, as defined by Wisconsin State Statutes Chapter 30.208 (4), where individuals throughout the city would be allowed to express their support or opposition for the project. As the river drawdown was scheduled to end Aug. 15, 2012, this became an extremely time sensitive issue. Our office immediately called the Peshtigo City Officials and told them they needed to complete this task as quickly as possible.
A few weeks later, however, we were informed by the EPA that no grants had been awarded yet. Shortly after that, Peshtigo was informed that they had not received any grant at all. While my staff and I regret that we shared what we now know to be incorrect information, the fact remains that we were doing our best to serve our constituents. When we received the news that Peshtigo had gotten the grant from a reliable source (DNR official) we believed it to be true, and, knowing that the city was in a time crunch to complete the application process, we pushed for them to get things done quickly. In no way was our office trying to undermine any individuals - we were simply doing what we thought best for the city of Peshtigo in order to use the grant most effectively.
In no way is our office placing blame on any individual for this misunderstanding. All of the individuals involved were simply doing their jobs and attempting to reap the maximum amount of benefits from the supposed grant. Misconceptions do occur, especially when multiple parties are involved and deadlines are short; unfortunately, this happened to be one of them. As always, I and my office wish only the best for my constituents.
89th Assembly District
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