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

T/Peshtigo Rejects Ownership Of BB

At its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Dec. 17 Peshtigo Town Board agreed to send a letter to Marinette County Highway Commissioner Ray Palonen and all 30 County Board Supervisors accepting a county offer to resurface County BB (Shore Drive) and add 3-foot shoulders as the town has requested, but rejecting an associated provision that they also accept a jurisdictional transfer giving the town future responsibility for care and maintenance of the road.

During time for public comment at the meeting, County Supervisor Don Pazynski advised compromise, and expressed concern the county might not do the improvements requested any time in the near future if the town rejected Palonen’s offer.

The proposed reconstruction of County BB/Shore Drive from University Ave. at the Marinette City Limits to Pond Road has been sought by town residents for several years. It was proposed for improvements costing $1.5 million a year or two ago, then was redesigned into a $3.5 million project after Palonen became highway commissioner.

That new design includes raising the level of the road in many areas, and widening it to a 4-rod road which in many places would have deep ditches necessitating culverts under driveways. In late summer residents with buildings, fences or plantings inside the 4-rod right of way claimed by the county were notified they would have to remove encroachments. The entire project plan drew a fire storm of objections from a majority of property owners in the project area, many of whom wanted provision for 3-foot shoulders to accommodate bicycle and foot traffic, but objected to the proposed ditching and to the 4-rod right of way.

Documents were produced contesting the county ‘s right of way claims. Lengthy court battles were predicted before the legal issues could be settled for reconstruction in accord with the county’s plans. Apparently Palonen came up with an alternate plan he believed the Highway Committee would approve. In a letter dated Thursday, Nov. 7, Palonen wrote to Peshtigo Town Chair Herman Pottratz:

Subject: Possible Jurisdictional Transfer of CTH BB between University Drive and CTH B.

On behalf of the Marinette County Highway Committee I am writing you to propose a jurisdictional transfer of CTH BB between University Drive and CTH B to the Town of Peshtigo. The intent to offer a jurisdictional transfer is an attempt to act cooperatively and in conjunction with the township to allow the planned CTH BB project between University Dr. and Pond Road to be repaired/constructed to standards that are acceptable to the township and the residents living within the project limits.

The township and several residents have repeatedly stated the current design of the roadway is unacceptable and did not wish to have ditches constructed, the roadway raised, or right of way encroachments removed. With a jurisdictional transfer, Marinette County would be willing to discuss funding the construction activities in order to meet the desired project scope the Township would like which would not involve ditching, raising the roadway, or removing right of way encroachments if the township so desired.

In addition, the segment of CTH BB from 2.7 miles south of CTH B to Pond Road is currently planned for pavement replacement in 2015. If a jurisdictional transfer is acceptable to the township, that segment of roadway could be moved forward into 2014 with Highway Committee approval. By completing this remaining segment, the entire length of CTH BB would have a pavement condition rating considered good to excellent by state pavement rating standards, Palonen wrote.

He continued, Please consider the offer and respond in writing as to your willingness to negotiate a jurisdictional transfer of CTH BB to the Township of Peshtigo. A deadline of December 31, 2013 has been established as a date to have a resolution passed by the township accepting jurisdiction of the roadway upon completion of the project. I am optimistic with regard to the outcome, and feel a jurisdictional transfer will allow the town to better serve the residents of the township and those living along CTH BB.

I look forward to your written response, Palonen’s letter concluded.

The response drafted by Pottratz and approved by the town board Tuesday night reads: RE: Shore Drive - Jurisdictional Transfer:

As chairman of the Town of Peshtigo, it is welcome news that the Marinette County Highway Department is willing to listen to the town residents who voiced their concerns about ditching, culverts, unnecessary widening of the roadway beyond the legal right-of-way, and the general cost of the project. If the road is built to standards as agreed to by the County and citizens of Shore Drive, the savings should be substantial (approximately $2,000,000.00) and can be used for other roads in our County. It will also resolve any costly legal conflicts and encroachment issues. By retaining the roadway, the County will also receive State aids as they have in the past. In my opinion there is no need for a jurisdictional transfer of the roadway.

Thank you for addressing the concerns of the Town of Peshtigo residents. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, the letter concludes.

It was approved by 3 to 1 vote, with Pottratz and Supervisors Denise Wiedemeier and Dan Staudenmaier voting in favor and Supervisor Mark Monnette opposed.

Monnette did not object to the message in the letter, but felt it should go just to Palonen, not to the full County Board. Pottratz disagreed, and said the envelopes in fact were already addressed to all the supervisors.

The meeting attracted a full house, mainly because it was followed by the town’s annual pot luck Christmas Party, although some residents were there strictly for the BB/Shore Drive issue.

The board approved some minor budget changes as recommended by Treasurer Vilas Schroeder (who also chairs County Board), and agreed to pay bills totaling $86,562.21. Schroeder reported a withdrawal taken from a town CD to meet cash flow needs has been replaced, and everything is where it belongs.

Pottratz explained town residents in the Marinette School District were upset about increases in their property tax bills this year. He stressed that town taxes had not gone up, and asked Schroeder to explain the increases.

Schroeder said Marinette School District taxes had increased by 10 percent, which added about 46 cents per $1,000 to the tax bill. However, last year there had been a clerical error and the town had levied $81,000 too little for the Marinette School District taxes, and had paid the money out of other town funds. This year they levied an extra 45 cents per $1,000 to make up that shortfall, in addition to the 10 percent increase, for an extra 96 cents per $1,000. Next year the extra 45 cents will not be there,

Peshtigo School District taxes did not go up. Pottratz stressed that town taxes too had not gone up. They stayed at 78 cents per $1,000. We know how to live within our means, he declared.

Town Clerk Clarence Coble explained last year he had transposed some numbers, which led to the assessment shortfall. Also though, he noted the Marinette School District has had a big jump in the levy over the last three years on its own. He added that sometimes town assessments also change, which means property owners can get hit on their tax bills, even if the tax levies do not go up.

Next on the agenda was public comment. Pazynski noted the County BB issue was an important item coming up later in the meeting. He said there were three important factors to be considered. One, that the Shore Drive residents are a very intelligent and highly motivated group that knows how to get things done. He cited their successful efforts to get an $800,000 state grant to treat phragmites along the shoreline of Green Bay.

Then, he said, there are 350 homes in the greater project area, which equates to about 700 votes in a small area.

Finally, and most important, he cautioned, If we postpone any decision, the entire project will be postponed at least another year. He said waiting until the elections and reorganization in April would almost certainly delay the project, and urged compromise. He commented compromise has been defined as meaning that both sides are unhappy, but said sometimes there must be compromises to get things done.

He felt costs would be minimal if the town accepted the jurisdictional transfer. We’re already sending a snow plow down Shore Drive to reach the side roads, he said. It doesn’t cost much more to put the plow down.

He said the Shore Drive residents have been waiting several years for the improvements requested, and a compromise would not be that bad.

Most of the audience had not seen a copy of Palonen’s letter or the town’s response, but Shore Drive resident Wendell Johnson had. He described it as an excellent example of lots of words. He objected to the notion of saving money for other county roads, and wanted the $3.5 million road built and maintained by the county as planned. This is our shot at a good road that is safe and meets all the requirements, he declared. This is the only shot we’ll get for a long, long time. He said the road as it exists is a narrow, fast and winding road, dangerous even in a car, and doubly dangerous for pedestrians or bicyclists.

Johnson and his group are putting together another Century Bike Ride, an event that draws hundreds of participants as visitors to Marinette County.

I’m surprised the tourism director isn’t here pounding on the table, he declared. We want that road, with a bike lane!

Bob Kowalski, who said he has been living on Shore Drive since 1946, didn’t agree with Johnson. If this road is built as the county has designed it, God help us! he declared. He said it would turn into a speed zone in an area where there already is not enough law enforcement.

He said building as planned, with deep ditches and an elevated roadway would be dangerous and unnecessary. I have yet to see a drop of water on Shore Drive in all my years since 1946, he declared. He said they should grind the surface, and put down new blacktop. As to bicycle and walking lanes, If you want sidewalks, stay in the city! This is rural. Let’s keep it rural!

Paul Lata declared right now the road is dangerous, both for the people walking and riding bicycles, and for the cars that try to avoid hitting them. He said the DOT says the wider shoulders pay for themselves over the years by saving in future maintenance costs.

There was no immediate response from the board, but when the BB/Shore Drive letter came up on the agenda there was more discussion. Pottratz said the county has learned they do not have enough right of way for a 4-rod road. He recounted a brief history, saying two years ago County Administrator Ellen Sorensen said the county could do the job for $1.5 million, and Pottratz said just recently he has spoken with contractors who told him they could still build that 5.8-mile stretch of road, without the ditches and with the 3-foot bicycle/walking shoulders, for $1.5 million rather than the $3.5 million project the county proposes.

He said as to the town taking over the road, they would get $13,000 a year in state aid, and would have to do snow plowing, general maintenance, striping, and eventually rebuild it. He noted the county had offered to give the town the other 6 miles of BB as well. He read the response he planned to send to the county, and repeated the county currently has only three rods of right of way and cannot build the road as planned.

James Goodman declared all the residents have asked that the road not have the proposed ditches and culverts, and asked for reassurance that the road will be built as the residents want.

Pottratz felt it will. He said the town does not want to take over the road, just to have it rebuilt in accord with the wishes of the people who live there.

Monnette did not want the letter sent to all County Supervisors but Pottratz felt it should.

Schroeder advised him the issue will not come to the full County Board in any case. It is an issue that will be decided by the Highway Committee. Pottratz felt if the supervisors do not get the letter they will not know what is going on.

Monnette argued the town’s response should go just to Palonen, Tell Mr. Palonen thanks but no thanks, he urged. Where are we going to get $2 million 30 years from now to rebuild that road?

To a question from the audience as to whether or not the county would do it as requested if the town rejects their offer, Monnette replied, That’s up to Mr. Palonen.

We don’t want the road, Pottratz declared.

There was a request from the audience that Palonen’s letter be read, but Pottratz said it would be printed in the paper.

After the meeting, Pazynski expressed dismay that the town board chose not to accept the county’s proposal. If accepted as proposed the road work would have been completed exactly as its residents wish with minimal cost to the town, he said. Unfortunately, I fear this decision could move the project backward with a delay of possibly a year or more.

On other business, Fire Chief Mike Folgert reported the department responded to five calls last month, most of them to vehicle accidents. One was for a chimney fire, and a call the previous night was for a fire that started with a vehicle in a garage. He urged residents to drive carefully on slippery roads, burn clean wood, and keep chimneys clean. Take good care of your property so we don’t have to visit you at 3 a.m., he urged.

Slow down, it’s slippery, Monnette also urged.

By unanimous vote the board approved a resolution donating a highway traffic counter and speed sign to Marinette County Sheriff’s Department. Pottratz said purchase of the unit had been approved by residents at last year’s annual town meeting in hopes the Sheriff’s Department will use it sometimes on Town of Peshtigo roads, but there are no strings attached.

Wiedemeier reported the new recycling center schedule is in the newsletter. They are planning another Spring cleanup day, probably in April. There was a joking request to schedule it earlier if Spring comes with it.

The board approved a long list of potential election inspectors that Coble can call on to work on election days. They are Robert Kowalski, Grace Pennings, Georgetta Preg, Lou Ann Seils, Leonard Wiedemeier, Michael Fifarek, Marcella Malechuk, Cindy Malke, Donald Van Hefty, Roberta Kowalski, Shirley Mans, Vilas Schroeder, Karen Sylvester, Rhonda Mellinger, Linda Rohde, Norman Rohde, Cheri Schroeder, Gerald Pennings, Shirley Brown, Sally Hayes, Arlene Hoard, Mike Hoard, Susan Lindstrom, Karen Sutek, Lois Anderson, Frank Faucett, Chris Faucett, Patty Hassemer, Cyndie Russell, Lynn Seils, Mary Durocher, Jerry Durocher, Pat Roland, Mary Albright, Bill Beattie, Janet Diemer, Ben Duran, Charlotte Duran, Ellen Jung, Marsha Rettke, Catherine Rouse.

The next meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.


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