space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* COUNTRY COUSIN
space
space
Sports Shorts
* WIAA GOLF
* WIAA Track & Field
* Area Softball
* Area Baseball
* Marinette Golfers Winners at Menominee/Oconto Falls Invites

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Town of Peshtigo Asks Attorney To Look Into Shore Drive Encroachments

Peshtigo Town Board, on recommendation of Town Chair Herman Pottratz, agreed not to fill the vacancy left by the recent death of Supervisor Pat Ravet until it can be done by voters at the polls in April.

Pottratz said he had several persons interested in the appointment, but felt the board could function with four members for a while, and it would be more fair to give everyone an equal chance. Supervisors Denise Wiedemeier, Mark Monnette and Dan Staudenmaier agreed. The meeting had begun with a moment of silence for Ravet.

During time for public comment, Joe Wilke, who lives on Old Peshtigo Road, said that at the annual meeting he had asked about getting stripes on Old Peshtigo Road, but was told it is too expensive, and the town doesn’t do that. Then last month the board approved stripes for Roosevelt Road.

Pottratz said striping can get expensive, because once they start they have to keep the stripes maintained. However, Roosevelt Road carries 19,000 cars a day, and even there they were only striping areas where the ditches are deep.

Wilke said striping and center lines might keep cars driving on their own sides of the road, and Monnette said it does help keep them off shoulders.

Wilke again referred to safety issues on the hills and curves of Old Peshtigo Road, and Pottratz said that would be addressed later in the meeting. The agenda provision for reducing the speed limit to 35 miles per hour for the entire road was unanimously approved by the board. Staudenmaier commented that would be better than the current patchwork system that alternates between 45 and 35. Town Clerk Clarence Coble pointed out in many areas on that road the posted speed limit is 45 mph for traffic from one direction and 35 mph from the other.

Before moving to implement the 35 mph limit, Staudenmaier commented county roads and the state highway are very close, and anyone in a hurry could use them.

Pottratz mentioned problems residents of Shore Drive (County BB) are facing because of the County Highway Department’s decision to widen the road, put in ditches, and strictly enforce encroachment rules. Residents have been sent letters stating that anything on their property that extends into the county’s road right of way will need to be moved. They have only 30 days to respond, but do have until mid-May to move or remove any encroaching buildings, trees, plantings, fences, etc.

Pottratz recalled that at the last Highway Committee meeting Chair Russ Bousley had asked Ray Palonen, highway commissioner, if he would allow an inch of encroachment, and Palonen had replied he wouldn’t even allow a quarter of an inch.

Pat Pottratz, from the audience, mentioned a lady who has a foot-high wooden fence built slightly into the county’s right of way and has been ordered to move it. That fence, she said, was built by the woman’s son, who is now deceased and it means a lot to her. Another has been ordered to remove her flower bed.

Pottratz commented the new commissioner does not even live in Marinette County and has no feelings for the situations or people here. He felt the $69,000 Palonen spent to have Robert E. Lee survey and draw up plans for rebuilding the road was unnecessary, and that the plans Robert E. Lee produced were unnecessarily expensive. Supervisors Monnette and Staudenmaier supported Pottratz’ contention that in the sandy soil of the area the proposed ditches were entirely unnecessary.

Pottratz, who has long opposed the planned ditches on Shore Drive as unnecessary, costly, and damaging to adjoining property owners, suggested the town should have its attorney look into the possibility of some relief for those people whose fences, buildings or whatever have been where they are for years and now apparently will have to be moved. Pottratz said even though it is a county road the town can have input.

He said the new plans devised by Palonen had driven the cost of the project from $1.5 million to $3.5 million, which he felt was totally unnecessary. He said he had visited the residents affected, looked at their properties and discussed their problems and felt the town might be able to do something to help them. He said the ditches that already exist are handling runoff nicely and additional ditching is not necessary.

Wiedemeier said she had not had time to visit the areas in question. Pottratz said although the residents have until next May to remove encroachments, response to the letters must be in 30 days, so waiting until the next Town Board meeting was not an option.

Eventually, vote to seek legal counsel on behalf of the affected residents was approved, with Pottratz. Monnette and Staudenmaier voting in favor and Wiedemeier opposed.

The board voted without dissent to designate Spitzmacher Road from the DNR road east as requested by the snowmobile club. Pottratz noted they should see that the DNR gets a copy of the motion, along with a request that they keep their gate open.

After some discussion about problems with unauthorized people dumping garbage in and around the container at the Harbor Road boat landing the board decided to have it moved to the recycling center, provided that can be done without affecting the existing contract with Waste Management. That 3-year contract will expire in a few months, and Wiedemeier, whose task assignment for the town is to manage garbage and recycling, said she does not want to do anything that would result in extending it. The board has been looking at the possibility of going out for bids rather than allowing the existing contract to automatically renew.

A sign warning of a $1,000 fine for illegal dumping will be posted at the boat landing, along with a message indicating times and dates that the dumpster will be available at the Recycling Center.

Coble noted they put in calls to Waste Management, but our account manager never calls back. He said occasionally a man from Waste Management at Menominee responds to his calls.

Next on the agenda was review of the Waste Management contracts, which date from 2008.

We got thrown around to eight different people last month. They were terrible! Wiedemeier said about questions they tried to put to Waste Management.

Wiedemeier felt minutes of the previous meeting should have included discussion of raises for employees at the Recycling Center, and said she had expected that issue to be on the agenda for this meeting. She said they have not had a raise in four years. Since it was not on the agenda there could be no discussion or action, but Pottratz said it will be on the agenda for the October meeting.

Treasurer Vilas Schroeder reported he had taken money from savings to pay for bills that came in this month, mainly because bills for road construction had come in earlier than expected.

The Conservation and Development Account was overspent by $900. On his recommendation the board approved moving $1,300 from contingency to that account to cover other expenses that may arise.

The board approved paying bills that totaled $37,088.09 for the month.

Public works spending to date this year is only $11,000 under budget, and we have a few months to go, Schroeder said, noting snow plowing and other maintenance work comes from that account. He said they will probably need to add to it before the end of the year.

Pottratz will attend a meeting of Wisconsin Towns Association at Wausaukee on Thursday, Sept. 19.

The board agreed there is no rush to sell the old fire truck, and the old one that eventually will be offered for sale will be kept until the replacement is delivered, which is expected to happen toward the end of October.

The Town Board will hold a budget meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1. The annual budget hearing is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, just prior to the regular Town Board meeting.

By unanimous vote the board approved a resolution supporting a proposed change in state law that would allow towns with their own zoning ordinances to withdraw from county zoning. The resolution states that the town finds it unnecessarily burdensome for town residents to apply for a zoning change in the town and then have to wait for additional time for the county to approve the same request, and would like to be able to withdraw from county shoreline zoning and adopt its own shoreline zoning.

Fire Chief Mike Folgert reported the department’s recent golf outing and open house drew excellent turnouts. He expressed thanks to everyone on the 16 teams that golfed, and the many people who helped with the events.

The department had seven calls in the past month, one to a house fire that started when lightning hit an attached garage during one of the August storms. There were four calls to vehicle accidents, one for a power line down, and one for a grass fire. Folgert said it was raining so hard when the call came in about the house fire that their trucks couldn’t see to drive over 30 miles per hour while they were enroute.

The Fire Commission will meet on Monday, Sept. 30.

Wiedemeier said they needed to review the contracts with the town treasurer and town clerk, and Coble said if they were going to conduct personal reviews he wanted it done in closed session. It was agreed that will be done after the budget meeting on Oct. 1.

Schroeder, who chairs Marinette County Board, reported they had been treated that morning to a demonstration of the two canine officers on Marinette County Sheriff’s Department and their handlers. He had been privileged to ride with one of the K-9 teams and was very impressed with their abilities. He noted new dogs are acquired through donations, but their care and feeding is covered by the county budget.

Wiedemeier reported Oconto County got a $10,000 donation last week toward purchase of a canine for their Sheriff’s Department.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
05-25-2016Community - Wausaukee
Goodman Legion, VFW 4 Memorial Services

05-25-2016Community - Wausaukee
Reschedule Board Review to June 18

05-25-2016Community - Wausaukee
Town Wausaukee Weekly Garbage Pickup June 2

05-25-2016Front Page
New Constable

05-25-2016Community - Wausaukee
Memorial Services at Wausaukee May 30

05-25-2016Community - Crivitz
Village of Crivitz Hosts Red, White, Music Fest

05-25-2016Front Page
Community Contributes $39,912 For Coleman School Playground

05-25-2016Community - Crivitz
Legion Trap Shoot Changed to Shaffer's

05-25-2016Front Page
Oconto County Board Hears Celebration Plans

05-25-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Memorial Day Services May 30

05-25-2016Front Page
Co. Land Info Committee To Discuss Zoning Changes

05-25-2016Community - Crivitz
Uniq Partners To Reuse Products for Oil Cleanup

05-25-2016Front Page
County Board to Hear Shoreland Zoning Plans

05-25-2016Community - Crivitz
Graduation for Crivitz Senior Class May 21

05-25-2016Community - Coleman
LCMC Rummage Sale a Success

05-25-2016Community - Coleman
CCBA To Hold Meet May 19

05-25-2016Community - Coleman
Pound Car Show Seeks Venders

05-25-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Legion Memorial Day Program May 30th

05-25-2016Sports
WIAA GOLF

05-25-2016Sports
WIAA Track & Field

05-25-2016Sports
Area Softball

05-25-2016Sports
Area Baseball

05-25-2016Perspectives
COUNTRY COUSIN

05-25-2016Perspectives
From Our Readers

05-25-2016Perspectives
From My Window

05-25-2016Obituaries
Eleanor D. Lezotte Unsin

05-25-2016Obituaries
Elizabeth J. Wood

05-25-2016Obituaries
Charles W. Voskamp

05-25-2016Obituaries
June B. Schomaker

05-25-2016Obituaries
Kenneth D. "Spagett" Ruleau

05-25-2016Obituaries
James D. Reynen

05-25-2016Obituaries
Thomas P. Osier

05-25-2016Obituaries
Virginia Marineau

05-25-2016Obituaries
Richard Harper

05-25-2016Obituaries
Dorothy M. Dworshok

05-25-2016Obituaries
Debora K. DuPont

05-25-2016Obituaries
Stephen Batjes

05-25-2016Obituaries
Alan J. Nogalski

05-25-2016Obituaries
Edgar R. Mech

05-25-2016Obituaries
Eleanor I. Krueger

05-25-2016Obituaries
Patricia Kelm

05-25-2016Obituaries
Duane Kabacinski

05-25-2016Obituaries
Donald B. Hoerres

05-25-2016Obituaries
Janis Gaffaney

05-25-2016Obituaries
Dr. Robert J. Fischer

05-25-2016Obituaries
Ronald E. Deschaine

05-25-2016Obituaries
Russell O. Bousley Sr.

05-18-2016Sports
Marinette Golfers Winners at Menominee/Oconto Falls Invites

05-18-2016Sports
Peshtigo Boys Dominate Running Events

05-18-2016Sports
M&O Softball - Peshtigo Claims Conference, Earns Fourth Straight Title

05-18-2016Sports
M&O Baseball - Casper's Crew Adds Another Conference Crown

05-18-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

05-18-2016Perspectives
From our readers

05-18-2016Perspectives
From My Window

05-18-2016Obituaries
Morris Whiting

05-18-2016Obituaries
David L. Teteak

05-18-2016Obituaries
Ivan Ryan

05-18-2016Obituaries
Thomas W. Robison

05-18-2016Obituaries
Tony Rabas, Jr.

05-18-2016Obituaries
Harriet M. Pearson

05-18-2016Obituaries
Richard J. Netzer

05-18-2016Obituaries
Elizabeth H. Myers

05-18-2016Obituaries
Rev. Frederick Mueller 

05-18-2016Obituaries
Verna F. Minzlaff

05-18-2016Obituaries
Arlyn C. LaFortune

05-18-2016Obituaries
Virginia E. Harner

05-18-2016Obituaries
Scott G. Grady

05-18-2016Obituaries
James A. Durocher

05-18-2016Obituaries
Deacon Jim Dennison

05-18-2016Obituaries
Alexander J. Brisko

05-18-2016Obituaries
Harriet l. Bergfelt

05-18-2016Obituaries
Dorothy A. Anderson

05-18-2016Obituaries
Virginia M. Adams

05-18-2016Obituaries
Jed C. Barley

05-18-2016Obituaries
Leigh E. Konop

05-18-2016Obituaries
Karlene and Henry Keller

05-18-2016Obituaries
David D. Kasten

05-18-2016Obituaries
Ruby E. Ivens

05-18-2016Obituaries
James J. Hanna Sr.

05-18-2016Obituaries
Babe Doney

05-18-2016Obituaries
Gladys M. Davis

05-18-2016Obituaries
Elsie V. Bair

05-18-2016Community - Wausaukee
Residents Can Join Flea Market

05-18-2016Community - Wausaukee
Grand Opening of Goodman Historical

05-18-2016Community - Wausaukee
Legion Memorial Service May 30

05-18-2016Community - Wausaukee
Red Hots Dine at Red Brick

05-18-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Sponsors Summer Food Service Program

05-18-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Rescue Squad Lists Annual Presentations

05-18-2016Community - Crivitz
Country Gospel Jam May 20th

05-18-2016Community - Crivitz
Seek Volunteers to Clean Up Park

05-18-2016Community - Coleman
Pound Car Show Seeks Venders

05-18-2016Community - Coleman
Recognition Night for Coleman Seniors

05-18-2016Community - Coleman
LCMC In Area Rummage Sale

05-18-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Choirs Get Good Rating at Fest

05-18-2016Front Page
Officers Remembered at Law Enforcement Memorial Service

05-18-2016Front Page
Jail Only Current Option For Marinette County Mentally Ill

05-18-2016Front Page
Rededicate Town Brazeau Memorial Field May 28

05-18-2016Front Page
Miron Will Have Two Separate Jury Trials

05-18-2016Front Page
Jail Crews Help Clean Up County Roadsides

05-11-2016Obituaries
Jodyn Walters

05-11-2016Obituaries
Patricia M. Wilcox

05-11-2016Obituaries
Alan W. Vollmer III

05-11-2016Obituaries
Dorothy B. Usiak

05-11-2016Obituaries
Jacob A. Thorne

05-11-2016Obituaries
Ernest R. Schroder

05-11-2016Obituaries
Janina Sabon

05-11-2016Obituaries
Barbara E. Paulson

05-11-2016Obituaries
Francis H. Nowakowski

05-11-2016Obituaries
Sylvia Markusen

05-11-2016Obituaries
Richard T. Lowery  

05-11-2016Obituaries
Loretta L. Hanson

05-11-2016Obituaries
John D. Elliot

05-11-2016Obituaries
Marcia G. Booker

05-11-2016Obituaries
Irene M. Plewka

05-11-2016Obituaries
Ann M. Klescewski

05-11-2016Obituaries
William J. Block

05-11-2016Sports
Area Golf - Marines Finish Second at the NEC Mega Meet

05-11-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

05-11-2016Sports
Area Track & Field - Marinette Boys Top Peshtigo Invite; Marine Girls Second

05-11-2016Perspectives
From our readers

05-11-2016Perspectives
From My Window

05-11-2016Sports
M&O Softball - Peshtigo One Step Closer to Title

05-11-2016Front Page
BAMC Breaks Ground For New $135 Million Hospital

05-11-2016Sports
M&O Baseball - Coleman Extends Conference Lead; Takes Down Wausaukee

05-11-2016Front Page
Closing Fieldhouse Pool More Expensive Than Other Options

05-11-2016Perspectives
9th Annual Ride for Homeless Vets May 21

05-11-2016Front Page
Parkinson Support Meeting May 19th

05-11-2016Front Page
Creative Flea Market Town of Peshtigo Style

05-11-2016Community - Wausaukee
Bailey Miller is Scholarship Recipient

05-11-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Town Board To Meet May 11th

05-11-2016Community - Wausaukee
MI Board Meet May 12

05-11-2016Community - Crivitz
NWTC Provides Small Business Workshops

05-11-2016Community - Crivitz
Fishing Derby at Timberline June 25

05-11-2016Community - Crivitz
VFW Brat Fry May 15

05-11-2016Community - Crivitz
Stephenson Board Looks At Road Work, Building Project

05-11-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Pound Annual Rummage Sales May 20-21

05-11-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman High School Commencement May 28

05-11-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board Monthly Meet May 16

05-11-2016Community - Coleman
2 Classes at Coleman Library

05-04-2016Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Fire, Rescue May 9

05-04-2016Community - Wausaukee
Change Pembine School Board Meet

05-04-2016Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Post 66 Plans Memorial Rites

05-04-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Greenhouse 5th Annual Plant Sale

05-04-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Legion Gun Show May 7

05-04-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz American Legion Names New Officers

05-04-2016Obituaries
Lori A. Wilson

05-04-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz VFW Auxiliary Current Officers Remain

05-04-2016Obituaries
Morris W. Lange, Sr. 

05-04-2016Obituaries
Roger A. Kittson, Sr.

05-04-2016Community - Crivitz
Loomis Historical Meeting is May 5


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
The Obama administration is telling all U.S. public school districts to allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms "consistent with their gender identity". Do you agree?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2016
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites