space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Second Elk Herd Released in Wisconsin
* Friends of Mike Golf Outing at Little River CC August 5
* JV Legion
* Legion Baseball
* U.P.'s Biggest Outdoors Expo, Trapping Show

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

Marinette Changes Utility Administrator Ordinance

By a six to two vote, the Marinette City Council at a meeting Thursday, Dec. 19 revised a city ordinance describing the duties of the Water and Wastewater Utility Administrator. The new ordinance provides for the new administrator to serve at the pleasure of the mayor and to be appointed by the Personnel and License Committee, the Mayor and the Council using procedures in the Marinette Municipal code. 

The Council stressed the chain of accountability for the new Administrator by changing the proposed language to read: The Chief Operator shall report to the Mayor and the Chairperson, as well as the Administrator of Utilities. This eliminates the original language that had the operator reporting the Mayor and/or the Chairperson. Alderpersons Ken Keller and Bradley Behrendt voted against the ordinance only because they believe that such a change is premature.

Tim Peterson, current administrator, will retire on Feb. 14.  Citing problems with management of the utility, the Council is considering changing the job description to that of an operator. The Water and Wastewater Utility commission hired a consultant from City Water LLC of Mequon to examine the utility’s needs and make recommendations in January. Both the Council and the Utility are considering hiring an interim administrator to work after Peterson’s departure until a new job description is established and a new person hired.

City Attorney Jonathan Sbar received several resumes for the administrator position that was advertised on Dec. 3, but he has not interviewed any candidates, as he is unsure what kind of position the city will want to fill.

In other business the Council voted unanimously to purchase two squad vehicles for the Police Department from The Motor Company in Marinette. Each vehicle will cost $25,652, about $1,500 per vehicle less than budgeted. Police Chief John Mabry reports the vehicles will be fully equipped.

With dissenting votes by Martha Karban and David Marx, the Council accepted from Rite-Way Towing on State Street for the post-arrest towing and storage of cars. Rite-Way will charge a base towing rate of $50, and $65 for use of a flat-bed truck. Rite-Way has the shortest response time at 15 minutes.

The Council also voted to grant a Class A retail fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquor license to Darryl Lee Joy of JP Beverage, LLC, doing business as Haller’s Beverage at 1000 Pierce Avenue.

The meeting closed with a presentation by Richard Lundeen of Mead and Hunt Engineering about the future of facilities owned and maintained by the city.  A concept plan for converting the former county Jail into Marinette Police Department headquarters was included. 

Other items under discussion were the Fire Station, the Public Works Garage, the Civic Center Hockey Dome, Tennis Dome and Pool, and City Hall. Lundeen presented a chart with six possible options for most facilities from staying in place to new construction or remodeling for facilities most in need of updating. He noted that the current Fire Station was in an optimal place to respond to emergencies in heavy industrial settings. Between the station’s location and the high quality of firefighter training, manufacturers were able to purchase insurance at favorable rates.

Alderpersons Karban, Marx, Behrendt, Keller, Dorothy Kowalski, Carol Kempka, Martha Karban, David Buechler, and Dennis Colborn were joined by Mabry, Sbar, Mayor Denise Ruleau and City Clerk Jim Anderson at the meeting.

Two Council Committees also met Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Finance and Insurance Committee. Members voted to pay $3,080 to Tyler Technologies of Lubbock, Tex., if Business Manager Kathy Cleven is unable to negotiate a lower amount with the term. The committee reviewed the history of the work that Tyler did for the city in January 2012 when the company sold the city computer software and sent a staff member to Marinette to train city workers. Officials have been unable to locate a signed agreement with the company. 

Committee members also believe the city handled the instructor’s schedule poorly by failing to notify several staff members until the day before the instructor’s departure. Further, Cleven reports the company has all of the appropriate paperwork detailing the hours of training that were performed by the instructor.

The committee also a denied a request to waive $111.04 in delinquent tax penalties owed by Perry Wos. Wos owned a double wide mobile home on a leased lot for several years, and sold it in February of 2011 to an individual who died on Sept. 20, 2012. Wos misunderstood city statutes that he owed property taxes on the mobile home for all of 2011. He paid the delinquent taxes but asked to have the late fees and interest charges waived. Members commended Wos on taking the initiative to clear up the matter, but did not want to create a precedent of waiving fees in this situation.

Cleven also informed the committee that Water Utility employees worked a significant number of overtime hours during November. Referring to an ongoing conflict between the Council and the Water and Wastewater Commission, Cleven told the committee, I was not pleased with overtime for last month. She further reported the Water and Wastewater utility needs to work on its system of internal controls to prevent extraordinary overtime hours worked in non-emergency situations.

Ipads for council members have been ordered and are expected in two to three weeks. City Hall staff will teach Council members about how to use them in two small group sessions.

Shared Revenue funds from Wisconsin totaled $4,600,000, about $100,000 more than had been expected.

Committee members Bradley Behrendt, David Buechler, John Marx and Carol Kempka took part in the meeting and were joined by Cleven, Mayor Denise Ruleau, City Clerk Mike Anderson and City Attorney Jonathan Sbar.

At the Personnel and License Committee members vigorously discussed a revised job description for the Utilities Administrator. They agreed that the new Administrator should report directly to the Mayor, and changed the proposed language in the description to read Reports to: Mayor and Water Utility Chairperson. 

The matter is on hold, however, until the Council decides whether to hire a new administrator or hire a person who would be considered an operator of the utility. A consultant from City Water LLC of Mequon will examine the Water and Wastewater utility operation in early January, and report to the Council.

City Attorney Jonathan Sbar added his job description should include the duties of a Human Resources Director, because that has been part of the work he does for years. The city, he reports, cannot afford a separate Human Resources Director.

Brian Miller, Director of Public Works and City Engineer suggested a few changes in his job description, including the removal of several committees and task forces that no longer exist from his duties. The committee voted to recommend changes to the Council.

The committee also voted to recommend that the council grant a Class A retail fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquor license to Darryl Lee Joy of JP Beverage, LLC, which does business as Haller’s Beverage at 1000 Pierce Avenue. The group also granted a mobile Home Park License for 2014 to Golden Sands Mobile Home Park on Cleveland Avenue. Sign Erector Licenses for 2014 were granted to Jones Sign Company, MJB Industries, Inc., Colortech of Wisconsin, Inc., and United Sign Corporation.

Alderpersons David Buechler, Ken Keller, Dorothy Kowalski, John Marx, and Bradley Beherendt participated, and were joined by Mayor Denise Ruleau, City Clerk Ken Anderson, and City Attorney Jonathan Sbar.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
07-20-2016Obituaries
Grace A. Williquette

07-20-2016Obituaries
Ellen M. Wearing

07-20-2016Obituaries
Rose A. Sutterfield

07-20-2016Obituaries
Richard J. Steeno

07-20-2016Obituaries
John J. Stanczak

07-20-2016Obituaries
Edwin J. Shrader

07-20-2016Obituaries
Summer Powless

07-20-2016Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Town Board Changes Meeting to Aug. 16

07-20-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Board Okays Another Voting Machine

07-20-2016Community - Wausaukee
Compulsory WHS Activities Meeting

07-20-2016Obituaries
Margaret V. Myers

07-20-2016Obituaries
Melvin Luetkens, Sr.

07-20-2016Community - Wausaukee
Amberg Church Polka Mass, Booyah Party

07-20-2016Obituaries
Dorothy A. Lenca

07-20-2016Community - Wausaukee
Marinette Co. Council ALA Names Deanna Farley Head

07-20-2016Obituaries
Marvin Konrath

07-20-2016Obituaries
Alice M. Johnson

07-20-2016Community - Crivitz
Women Wrestlers Car Wash July 23

07-20-2016Community - Crivitz
Edward Jones Open House, Lea Schneider Gets Award

07-20-2016Obituaries
Mary A. Dyer

07-20-2016Obituaries
William A. Balzer

07-20-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Back to School Program

07-20-2016Community - Crivitz
12 at Monday, July 11 Cards

07-20-2016Obituaries
William G. Schumacher

07-20-2016Obituaries
Greg K. Klukas

07-20-2016Community - Coleman
Back to School Name tags for students in Marinette and Menominee counties are now available for Adoption from the School Van parked inside of the Pine Tree Mall.  Residents are encouraged to adopt a child by purchasing school supplies and their first day'

07-20-2016Community - Coleman
Back to School Help For Needy

07-20-2016Obituaries
Marlene A. Kasmarek-Wurth

07-20-2016Community - Coleman
ATV Trail May Again Go Through Coleman

07-20-2016Obituaries
Armand P. Chartre

07-20-2016Obituaries
Hela M. Burg

07-20-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board Discusses Employee Leave

07-20-2016Sports
Second Elk Herd Released in Wisconsin

07-20-2016Obituaries
Jeanene M. Behnke

07-20-2016Sports
Friends of Mike Golf Outing at Little River CC August 5

07-20-2016Obituaries
Richard C. Basten

07-20-2016Sports
JV Legion

07-20-2016Sports
Legion Baseball

07-20-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

07-20-2016Perspectives
From our readers

07-20-2016Perspectives
From My Window

07-20-2016Front Page
Lay Keel For Next LCS Built At Marinette Marine

07-20-2016Front Page
Marinette Pharmacist Angry Over New HHS Contract

07-20-2016Front Page
Peshtigo School Board Okays New Wage Hike for Staff

07-20-2016Front Page
Pharmacist To Address Board Against Genoa

07-20-2016Front Page
Town of Peshtigo Sets Aug. 4 Zoning Meeting

07-13-2016Obituaries
Alice M. Johnson

07-13-2016Obituaries
Michael J. Kacalo

07-13-2016Obituaries
John J. Chervenka

07-13-2016Obituaries
Ronald W. Worm

07-13-2016Obituaries
Michael P. Sieloff

07-13-2016Obituaries
Roger F. Reiswitz

07-13-2016Obituaries
Sheila A. Porter

07-13-2016Obituaries
Beatrice R. Padour

07-13-2016Obituaries
Helen Drath

07-13-2016Obituaries
Edith Cerull

07-13-2016Obituaries
Lloyd Boettcher

07-13-2016Obituaries
Lou L. Bishop

07-13-2016Obituaries
Mary C. Schmeisser

07-13-2016Obituaries
Mary C. Schmeisser

07-13-2016Obituaries
Howard R. Schleihs

07-13-2016Obituaries
Gayle Roach 

07-13-2016Obituaries
Nancy J. Marlatt

07-13-2016Obituaries
Janice M. Kakuk

07-13-2016Obituaries
Jeannine A. Haasch

07-13-2016Obituaries
Bruce A. Erb

07-13-2016Obituaries
Mary A. Dyer

07-13-2016Obituaries
Joy G. Barstow

07-13-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin - Half Past Summer!...

07-13-2016Perspectives
From Our Readers

07-13-2016Perspectives
From Our Readers

07-13-2016Front Page
PARADE FUN

07-13-2016Perspectives


07-13-2016Perspectives
From Our Readers

07-13-2016
From My Window - America's Pastime

07-13-2016Sports
U.P.'s Biggest Outdoors Expo, Trapping Show

07-13-2016Sports
Friends of Mike Golf Outing at Little River CC August 5

07-13-2016Sports
Area Baseball Teams Compete at 2016 Peshtigo Summer Slam

07-13-2016Front Page
Expect County Board Pool Decision July 26

07-13-2016Sports
Predators Avenge Early Loss to Storm

07-13-2016Sports
Tough Week For Area Legion Teams

07-13-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board Regular Meet July 18

07-13-2016Community - Coleman
Cave Quest VBS at Hillside, Pound

07-13-2016Community - Coleman
Trinity Church Plan VBS for July 25-29

07-13-2016Community - Coleman
Movie in Park at Coleman July 15

07-13-2016Community - Wausaukee
Presbyterian VBS is July 25-28

07-13-2016Community - Wausaukee
Loomis ALA Elects Officers

07-13-2016Community - Wausaukee
Big Crowd at Athelstane Fire Department Picnic July 9

07-13-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Fire Department 36th Annual Picnic July 30

07-13-2016Community - Crivitz
Bible Soccer Camp at Crivitz Church

07-13-2016Community - Crivitz
Loomis Legion Community Fun Day Set for July 23rd

07-13-2016Community - Crivitz
Motorcycle Charity Ride To Benefit Rescue Squad

07-13-2016Community - Crivitz
Licenses, Roads, Public Works on Town Agenda

07-13-2016Front Page
DOT Installs Flashing Signs On 41 Near George Webb

07-13-2016Front Page
Kimberly-Clark: 125 Years of Papermaking In Marinette

07-13-2016Front Page
Marinette Plan Approves Carry-Out Restaurant

07-13-2016Front Page
Two State Patrol Officers Assigned to Marinette Co.

07-06-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

07-06-2016Perspectives
From our readers

07-06-2016Perspectives
From My Window

07-06-2016Obituaries
Adell M. Wutke

07-06-2016Obituaries
Janet M. Wolard

07-06-2016Obituaries
Mabel L. Winter

07-06-2016Obituaries
Marlene L. Welton

07-06-2016Obituaries
Patricia Uecke

07-06-2016Obituaries
Lt. Col. John H. Strandquist

07-06-2016Obituaries
Melvin L. Scheer

07-06-2016Obituaries
Thomas J. Martens

07-06-2016Obituaries
Karter K. Lusardi

07-06-2016Obituaries
William B. Johnson

07-06-2016Obituaries
Dalton P. Heimerman

07-06-2016Obituaries
Martha A. Dufresne

07-06-2016Obituaries
JoAnn Wheeler

07-06-2016Obituaries
Jeanie Thomson

07-06-2016Obituaries
Lael A. Snow

07-06-2016Obituaries
Irene L. Schindel

07-06-2016Obituaries
Meryldine E. Peterson

07-06-2016Obituaries
Ann V. Liegeois

07-06-2016Community - Crivitz
Thousands in Crivitz for Annual July 4th Parade

07-06-2016Community - Crivitz
Sand Lake Conservation Camp Successful Year

07-06-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Computers Cost $50,000, Not $400,000

07-06-2016Community - Wausaukee
Lions Raffle Tickets on Sale

07-06-2016Community - Wausaukee
Dyer Earns Pine College Honors

07-06-2016Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire, Rescue Unit To Meet

07-06-2016Community - Wausaukee
Beecher Church Cookout, Car Show

07-06-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Utility Board July 11

07-06-2016Community - Coleman
Yard Sale in June a Success

07-06-2016Community - Coleman
Public Forum on Health Programs

07-06-2016Community - Coleman
Ride Pride in Coleman Parade

07-06-2016Sports
Lake Noquebay Sportsman Adult, Youth Week 8 Scores

07-06-2016Sports
Kuchta Takes Girls BB Job at Seymour

07-06-2016Sports
Pillath Tabbed Wisconsin Track Athlete of the Year

07-06-2016Sports
Legion Baseball

07-06-2016Front Page
Peshtigo Hires Police Chief From Michigan

07-06-2016Front Page
4th of July Parade

07-06-2016Front Page
Group to Investigate OF Killing of Geese

07-06-2016Front Page
Deer Kill May End Up at DNR Door

07-06-2016Front Page
Village of Pound Approves Street Repair Assessments

07-06-2016Front Page
Marinette Council Approves Hattie Street Bridge Project

06-29-2016Obituaries
Harold A. Towle

06-29-2016Obituaries
Peter Schussler

06-29-2016Obituaries
Donald Schuchart, Jr.

06-29-2016Obituaries
Marvin R. School

06-29-2016Obituaries
George F. Sager

06-29-2016Obituaries
Ione I. Richardson 

06-29-2016Obituaries
Donald A. Payne

06-29-2016Obituaries
Annabelle M. Pawlowski

06-29-2016Obituaries
Hildegarde Patz

06-29-2016Obituaries
Margaret V. Myers

06-29-2016Obituaries
Raymond P. Kess


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Are you happy with the presidential candidate choices?
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