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Zahn is Park, Rec Director, OK Laureen Sharpe Memorial

Issue Date: July 10, 2013

While it was not officially listed on the agenda as an action item, Peshtigo Mayor Al Krizenesky announced at the Tuesday, July 2 meeting of the Peshtigo City Council that David Zahn had been offered the position of the City’s Park and Recreation Director. Zahn replaces David Marquardt who vacated the position in May when he was named Marinette County Park Administrator. Zahn will begin his duties on Monday, July 15. The appointment, which was preceded by a two month search and two rounds of interviews, will be ratified at the Aug. 6 meeting of the Council.

In other Parks related matters, the Council authorized the Peshtigo Library Foundation to place a memorial for Laureen Sharpe at Badger Park Campground. The memorial is in the form of a Little Free Library structure intended to provide free books to lend to campers during their stay at the campground. The book stand, which contains about a dozen books, is located near the campground registration booth.

A Park and Rec Committee recommendation to allow the 2012 Leadership Academy Annual Dog Walk to be held at Badger Park was approved. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The Council also approved a recommendation from Park and Rec to accept the donation of a Peshtigo River Recreation Park-Ellis Memorial Tail sign. The sign will be placed at the start of the recreation area just below the dam.

Krizenesky expressed concern about the high cost of placing signs on the highway for Badger Park Campground. The big, blue signs cost the city about $1,000 per year. He requested that the Park/Rec Committee reviewed the practice at their July meeting.

The Council approved a Finance and Claims Committee recommendation to accept the bid proposal from UES Computers for a new city computer network. The price tag is $28,167.75 and includes new network server hardware and software, an extensive backup system, and three i7 desktops. The council further approved the committee recommendation to finance the new network by using $10,000 from the city’s general fund, $10,000 from the UDAG funds, and $8,167.75 from the Water and Sewer funds.

The Personnel Committee reported they received a letter from the Fire Chief Steve Anderson regarding the resignation of Ryan Haulotte. Haulotte was resigning from the Fire Department because he had accepted a position in Wausau. The Committee also reported that they had also discussed a personnel issue with a city employee and that they had started preparing for the initial exchange with the Teamsters Union Local 662, who desire to pen the current labor agreement.

Upon recommendation of the License and Police Committee, the Council approved a Class A Liquor License for Trident Petro, LLC, also known as the Shell Station on the southwest edge of the city.

Two loan recommendations from the Revolving Loan Fund/Urban Development Action Grant Committee received Council approval. A $40,000 loan to Tri-City Machining Group for equipment purchases was approved, as was a $225,000 loan to Miller Machine LLC for building expansion.

Eleven building permits were presented. They were Debbie Konyn (roof), Thomas Gryzwa (windows), Renee Olsen (replace porch, roof), Francis and Helen Duquaine (fascia/soffit), Kay Yunker (siding, windows, roof), Lisa Bruce (fence), Thomas and Patricia Menor (kitchen remodel), Crystal Klimek (deck, windows), Michael and Deborah Sievert (roof, windows, siding), Newmark Grubb Pfefferle (two signs for new Dollar General), and Joseph and Charity Ellie (fence),

Upon recommendation of the Water and Sewer Committee, the Council approved four Change Orders. The first was a $2,050 decrease from Oudenhoven Construction. The other three were for winter weather related completion date extensions granted to Oudenhoven Construction and two from Elmstar Electric Corporation. All of the change orders are connected to the construction project at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

During the Communications, a letter was received from Marinette County Emergency Management asking the city to review its Hazard Mitigation Materials critical assets list. The Council members said they would work with the Fire Chief and other appropriate people to revise and correct the list before the deadline. Alderman Bridgette Schmidt suggested adding to the list that the city might in the near future be looking at some kind of public tornado shelter for residents.

A letter was received from the Office of the Commission of Railroads regarding some investigation they are doing about the adequacy of the warning devices at the East Front Street crossing. If they find that enhancements need to be made, the city will not be liable for the costs.

The council discussed a letter from Patrick and Rose Ann Harper regarding the city sharing the cost of installing their new driveway. The letter stated that back when the city did a project on their street, their driveway was not worked on because of some elevation and drainage issues. City Engineer George Cowell and Alderman Gryzwa both examined what had happened at their address and came to the conclusion that the city had never completed the project. The Harpers were asking the city to pay for the driveway work up to the right-of-way line. The matter was sent back to the Streets and Drainage Committee for recommendation.

The Council reviewed a letter from the Marinette County Treasurer’s Office listing the 10 properties in the City which are up for tax lien foreclosure. The list can be viewed as part of the agenda packet for this meeting in the City Clerk’s office.


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