space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Marinette Golfers Winners at Menominee/Oconto Falls Invites
* Peshtigo Boys Dominate Running Events
* M&O Softball - Peshtigo Claims Conference, Earns Fourth Straight Title
* M&O Baseball - Casper's Crew Adds Another Conference Crown
* Area Golf - Marines Finish Second at the NEC Mega Meet

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

City OKs Wastewater Treatment Plant Loan

The big thing is the city’s tax rate is staying the same as last year, there’s no tax increase, declared Peshtigo Mayor Al Krizenesky at the budget hearing that preceded the City Council’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3. No one from the public spoke for or against the proposed budget, which was later approved without dissent by the Council, with Alderman Tim Colburn absent.

With levies added for Marinette County, Peshtigo School District, NWTC and the State of Wisconsin, the levy for properties in the city is .019752, which equates to $1,920 on a $100,000 property. Of this, $480 is for city purposes, $165 goes to NWTC, $426 to the county, $16.91 to the state, and $887 goes to support the school district.

Council approved a series of financial transactions for long-term financing of the recently completed Wastewater Treatment Plant reconstruction.

First came a financial assistance agreement with the DNR and Wisconsin Department of Administration for a loan of $1,808,056, with $232,628 of principal forgiveness, which leaves a balance of $1,575,428 to be repaid to the state.

Next came adoption of a resolution authorizing issuance and sale of up to $1,575,428 Sewerage System Revenue Bonds to back that transaction, and approval of hiring Quarles & Brady for a fee of $6,000 to serve as bond counsel for the Clean Water Fund loan transactions.

This is a great thing for the city, declared Alderman Tom Gryzwa, referring to the $232,628 of principal forgiveness, which equates to a grant for that amount of the reconstruction costs. Gryzwa, who chairs both the Finance Committee and the Water and Sewer Committee, expressed thanks to Taryn Nall of Kaempfer & Associates, consultants for the project, and everyone else who helped with the application.

On recommendation of the UDAG Committee, council approved a $100,000 loan at 2 percent interest for 15 years, to Faucett Forest Products LLC or an entity acceptable to the Council to guarantee the debt. The city is to share first position with the bank on real estate, and an appraisal is to be provided.

Wade Fronsee was present for the meeting on behalf of Faucett Forest Products. Gryzwa, who also chairs the UDAG committee, declared, This is for a local industry that’s expanding! He thanked Fronsee for expanding in Peshtigo and congratulated him on the growth of his business.

Over strong objections from Krizenesky, Council unanimously adopted a schedule of charges for a number of items either dropped off at the dumpster and recycling center at the city garage or picked up from residences on a call-in basis. Property taxes are levied to pay for services to our community, Krizenesky declared. You’re double dipping when you charge for them again, he declared. We raised sewer rates, we raised water rates, and now we’re charging for garbage!

For four years I campaigned not to charge for services, Krizenesky went on. He said he agreed they should charge at the dumpsters because residents from surrounding towns were bringing in their trash and taking advantage of the no charge policy, but felt residents shouldn’t need to come to City Hall for a permit, or pay $10 to have a television set hauled away. He threatened to veto the measure if it was adopted by Council.

Our auditors say we’re in great shape, Krizenesky remarked. He felt the $6,000 the fees would generate each year is insignificant, and declared, I’m recommending that you don’t vote for this! He suggested that in general, the aldermen earn more than many households in the city, and perhaps did not understand the impact a somewhat slight extra charge would have on lower income people.

I don’t think we really balanced the budget, Alderman Brigitte Schmidt replied, We just applied a $45,000 band aid. She said if eliminating the user fees raises taxes there is an even harder impact on low income residents.

Alderman Deb Sievert suggested if there are no user fees there is nothing to stop relatives from outside the city from bringing in their televisions sets and other trash.

Where does it end, Mayor? asked Alderman Mike Behnke. What do we do when you can’t afford to provide services because we didn’t charge user fees?

After the unanimous vote in favor of the user fee charges, Krizenesky did not indicate if he would or would not veto the measure. Charges are $15 for a TV, and $20 if that TV is partly dismantled; $5 each for computer/entertainment components, $5 top $20 for tires, and $10 for appliance pickup at curbside. Charge for trash brought to the dumpster is $10 per car load, $20 per pickup or single axle trailer load; $35 per double axle trailer load, and $50 each for single household furniture item.

After a bit of discussion, Council approved a request from River Road Riders Snowmobile Club to extend their trail on the east side of the city to the parking area at the end of the Peshtigo River Bridge on Business 41, where fishermen frequently park. The trail currently ends at the city garage. Pete Hass, club president, explained the parking area will be good for loading and unloading snowmobiles.

The trail will run along the river through properties owned by WPS and the Harper family, and Hass said the club has verbal agreements with both.

Before moving for approval, Alderman Behnke, who serves on the Parks and Recreation committee, said he had spoken with Hass on the trail request, and feels the extension will be good for visitors and residents alike.

Alderman Schmidt asked how a snowmobile trail will affect plans for a cross country ski trail through the area, which is the city’s newest park. Development there is just beginning. Behnke commented it is a wide slice of property, with plenty of room for both types of trails.

Krizenesky noted trail development work was started this summer by Parks and Recreation Director Dave Zahn, but there’s a lot of work to be done there, and it takes time.

Public Works Director George Cowell said the trail has been widened to about five feet, but more widening will need to be done by the snowmobile club.

Alderman Sievert asked if the club had considered having the trail cross the old highway to access business places, perhaps by using the old railroad crossing to the old Badger Paper Mills Pulp area.

Hass said for this year they want to end it at the parking area. Crossing at that corner would be hazardous, but in future they want to find a spot where they could cross. She asked if the trail will be marked, and Hass assured her it will.

Schmidt said she enjoys snowshoeing through that area and questioned the conditions to be placed on the snowmobile club.

City Clerk/Treasurer Mary Ann Wills wondered if it would be necessary to amend the city ordinance regulating snowmobiling, but City Attorney Dave Spangenberg advised they only need to amend the existing trail map. The ordinance already states snowmobiles can operate in the city only in designated areas.

Schmidt wondered if there would be a way to discuss the issue with the Parks and Recreation Committee prior to approval, but received no support from other members of the Council.

Cowell said there are already two trails through the area, and only one will be used by the snowmobiles. Work has been done on the trail closest to the water, but not on the other one. Hass said in other places the club successfully shares trails with cross country skiers and there is no conflict.

Gryzwa commented the snowmobile trails have been coming into the city at the east and west ends for three to four years. It’s been very successful and they’re not going to screw it up now.

Ultimately, Behnke’s motion to approve the trail extension was approved without dissent, with Aldermen Tim Colburn and Cathi Malke absent. Despite obvious misgivings, Schmidt also voted in favor. The motion included provisions that permission from the other property owners be obtained prior to trail development, and instructions that the club is to work closely with Zahn on location, development and signing of the trail.

As long as we don’t have complaints, we won’t have any problems, Krizenesky commented.

Malke, who chairs the Parks and Recreation Committee, arrived shortly after the vote, and Schmidt asked her to put the issue on the next committee agenda to discuss snowshoe and cross country ski implications.

Cowell reported the city’s new plow and salt truck, still under warranty, had broken down. Snow was falling at the time. Cowell said they currently have one new plow truck, an older 5-yard truck, and no working salter, so he had made arrangements with the county to help if necessary. There is an old salter in the city garage that they may install on an existing truck as a fill in unit. Icy snow was falling at the time, and Cowell said plowing would start at 2 a.m. We’ll do our best with the equipment we have, he promised.

The first streets to be plowed will be French Street and Maple Street, which make up the old Hwy. 41 route through the city, plus East and West Park and Aubin to Rennes Health Center because of the school. Next in priority are Old Peshtigo Road to Jopek and Beebe Ave.

Cowell said despite an announced date weeks ago for the end of curbside leaf pickup for the year, leaf pickup is still going on. There are still leaf piles to be picked up on Aubin Street and Meadow Lane. In some places property owners were still raking leaves into the street two weeks after pickup was to have stopped, and if left there they will clog storm water drains. He suspects with the snow falling and plows out some of the leaves may be back in the yards that they came from.

In other action:

*Council approved proceeding with Tyler Technologies for an update to the city’s computer software, the first in 10 years. Price is not to exceed $35,000, including $5,000 for travel.

*The 2014 salary and wage schedule for non-union city employees was approved as recommended by the Personnel Committee.

*Labor contract with WPPA/LEER, the Police Department’s employee association, was approved for three years, with a 1 percent raise each year. The clothing allowance is to be increased from $450 to $500 each year, sick leave is reduced from 1 1/2 days to one per month, and a provision is added stating that regardless of promotion or rank, after 15 years of continued service to the city, the most senior bargaining unit officer will be compensated at the sergeant rate of pay.

Malke said the Personnel Committee wants to make sick pay equal for all departments, so it will need to be addressed for non-union employees next month. The two union contracts already have the reduced sick pay provisions. Malke noted the city’s insurance already provides long term and short term disability payment provisions.

*On recommendation of Fire Chief Steve Anderson, Council approved Ryan Haulotte for a position of firefighter for the city fire department. Anderson explained Haulotte had served on the department for four years before leaving to take a job in Wausau. He is now back, and is returning to the department. Another firefighter recently announced plans to resign, so Anderson still will be seeking another firefighter.

*A petition for detachment submitted by property owners Kyle and Megan Cheney was tentatively approved. Cheney explained that due to an old survey error, about four tenths of an acre of their property in the Shorewood Heights Subdivision lies within Peshtigo City Limits, and their remaining property, like their neighbors, is all in the Town of Peshtigo. Cheney said it is highly unlikely any city services will ever be extended there, and the property taxes come to about $15 a year. He said having the property split into two municipalities will impact the decision on where the house they may build can be located. It is currently a vacant lot. City Attorney Dave Spangenberg pointed out that approval by three quarters of the Council members is required for a detachment petition, which would be difficult with two members absent. However, that can be done next month, and all they needed today was a majority vote in favor of having the ordinance drawn up and setting date for the public hearing in January. Krizenesky jokingly asked if they wouldn’t prefer to have the whole property annexed by the city to take advantage of city police and fire protection. To accompanying laughter, Cheney declined.

*A letter explaining a Findings of Fact and order from the office of the Commissioner of Railroads was received and placed on file. The railroad and the city are each instructed to clear brush from their right of ways at the East and West Front Street crossing by May 31, and the railroad is instructed to install crossing gates at the crossing there, with work not to start until appropriate federal aid or other funding arrangements have been received and the Wisconsin DOT informs the railroad they may start work.

* Appointments to the Elections Board were approved for Beverly Kain, Irene Marquardt, Jeannine Hipke, Barbara Thompson, Donna Zeske, Mary Gansebom and Mary Seidl. Diedre McCormick, Donna Biernasz, Sharon Zehren, Shirley Olson and Mary Dahl were approved as alternates.

*Next year’s Historical Day will have fireworks. Council approved a fireworks permit for Spieelbauer Fireworks Co., Inc., for Sept. 27, 2014. Chief Anderson said he has no objection, provided the firm complies with requirements of the National Fire Protection Association for fireworks displays and prepares the proper maps. If weather makes the display a risk there will be no fireworks. Anderson said the fire department will need to stand by for the event. Behnke said the firm has a $5 million insurance policy, and has experienced operators and a good crew.

*Malke reported that concerns over what appeared to be a cut in pay for the Riverside Cemetery workers prompted another meeting of the Volunteer Cemetery Committee. However, it was found that the cemetery budget this year had separated take-home pay for the two employees from their withholdings so apparently the actual pay amount was unchanged.

*Sale of two old pieces of city equipment to the high bidders was approved. Andy Bergeson was awarded purchase of the 1986 pickup truck for $2,010, and Bob Nielson had high bid of $503 for the old Hustler Shortcut Mower. Krizenesky commented Cowell felt those prices were just fine.

*Council approved first reading of a proposed ordinance governing cross connection controls on water systems. Public hearing on the ordinance will be held before the next Council meeting.

*A Parks and Recreation Committee recommendation to raise rates for campground sites at Badger Park from $18 to $20 per night and to charge non-campers $5 for each use of the dump station was approved.

*On recommendation of the Water and Sewer Committee, Council approved hiring a licensed operator and appropriate labor and support personnel to allow the city to operate the Wastewater Treatment Plant subject to cancellation of the operation agreement with BPM, Inc. The BPM,, Inc. contract expires in 2015. Krizenesky hoped something can be worked out with BPM, Inc. to continue their operation. Gryzwa said they had sought bids for another outside operator, and prices came in between $199,050 and $249,000. He said to stay within the recently established rate structure the committee felt the city would have to take over the operation. There is a Water and Sewer Committee meeting slated for Tuesday, Dec. 10, and there will be more discussions with BPM, Inc. at that time, Gryzwa said.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
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

05-04-2016Obituaries
Arlene E. Jaeger

05-04-2016Obituaries
Michael L. Gilligan

05-04-2016Obituaries
Jean A. Kanzenbach

05-04-2016Obituaries
Carmen M. (Shallow) Danks

05-04-2016Obituaries
Alberta L. Risner-Clute

05-04-2016Community - Coleman
Pastor David Navis Seated With Pound Village Board

05-04-2016Obituaries
Michael C. Cloutier

05-04-2016Obituaries
Gerald H. Chenard

05-04-2016Community - Coleman
Equity Park Craft Fair, Flea Market on June 18

05-04-2016Obituaries
Earl E. Bramschreiber, Jr.

05-04-2016Obituaries
William F. Baumler, Jr.

05-04-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Pound Annual Rummage Sales May 20-21

05-04-2016Obituaries
Dorothy A. Anderson

05-04-2016Obituaries
Delbert G. Zahn

05-04-2016Obituaries
Donald A. Witt

05-04-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Legion Memorial Day Program May 30th

05-04-2016Obituaries
Gerald J. Williamsen

05-04-2016Obituaries
Virginia Wardecke

05-04-2016Obituaries
Suzanne M. Timock

05-04-2016Obituaries
Robert J. Taylor

05-04-2016Obituaries
Everett D. Stinehart

05-04-2016Front Page
Crivitz Fire Department Chosen For CBA/CRA Annual Awards

05-04-2016Obituaries
Earl Shallow

05-04-2016Obituaries
David L. Schingeck

05-04-2016Obituaries
John S. Ries,

05-04-2016Obituaries
James E. Reed Jr.

05-04-2016Obituaries
Ellsworth Luebeck

05-04-2016Obituaries
Hollis Lance

05-04-2016Obituaries
Margaret Kloida

05-04-2016Obituaries
Dorothy A. Holmquist

05-04-2016Obituaries
Frank J. Bretl, Jr.

05-04-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

05-04-2016Front Page
Council Approves Design, Survey for Civic Center

05-04-2016Perspectives
From our readers

05-04-2016Front Page
Lena School Considers Europe Educational Trip for High Schoolers

05-04-2016Perspectives
From My Window

05-04-2016Front Page
Peshtigo School Ad Hoc Looks To Next Referendum Attempt

05-04-2016Front Page
Coleman Considers ATV Trails in Village

05-04-2016Sports
M&O Golf - Crivitz Wins Conference Nine Hole Match; Peshtigo Claims Annual Ryder Cup Event

05-04-2016Sports
Local Track Squads Compete At 66th Annual Oconto Falls Invite

05-04-2016Sports
Area Softball - M&O Heats Up as Second Round Begins

05-04-2016Sports
M&O Baseball - State Ranked Coleman Continues Conference Run

04-28-2016Sports
Marines Suffer First Set Back

04-28-2016Sports
Marines Win Mega Meet; Oconto Tops Crivitz Invite

04-28-2016Sports
Area Athletes Standout at Rosholt/Suring Invites

04-28-2016Sports
Peshtigo Stays Perfect to Pace Conference

04-28-2016Obituaries
Marian E. Smiltneck


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