space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Coleman Finishes Undefeated, On Top Of M-O
* Maroons Make It Six Straight Over Marines
* Free Basketball Clinic For Boys Grades 3-6
* Michigan Muskies Fit To Fight In Wisconsin
* Marinette County Deer Advisory Council Second Meeting Oct. 28

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

Committee Puts Co. BB Project On Hold For Now

Unless something changes, it appears the County BB (Shore Drive) right of way issues will be settled in court. County BB will not be resurfaced or rebuilt this year, unless either the Town of Peshtigo or Marinette County changes its mind. The 54 property owners who received 30-day notices to remove encroachments sent out on Feb. 4 will not need to do anything about them, at least for now.

Part of the $3.5 million that had been budgeted for BB in 2014 will now be used to resurface County D, which had been on the waiting list for 2015. That will be good news for the motorists who use it regularly. Highway Commissioner Ray Palonen said the County D surface is badly rutted, causing problems for snow plows in winter and collecting rain in summer.

Marinette County Highway Committee on Wednesday, March 5 voted unanimously to suspend all planned construction activities for the $3.5 million County BB project between University Drive and Pond Road, in view of the official objections filed by property owners that will force the right of way issues into Circuit Court. He said they need to get the actual right of way settled in any case.

Before proposing the change in plans, Palonen reported that as of Monday the county had received 51 letters from property owners denying right of way encroachments and objecting to the county’s plans. He added that 30 of those were from property owners who had not received notices, meaning that 21 of the owners who received notices filed objections, and 33 did not, which he interpreted as meaning they are willing to remove their encroachments.

He said the county has been clear that its claim to a 66-foot right of way is supported by a registered survey and the Corporation Counsel has expressed that opinion. However, the right of way needs to be defined, and for that, court action is required.

Palonen said with approval of a required engineering contract delayed by County Board in January and the time involved in getting the encroachment issues settled in court, there will not be time to get the BB project done to county specifications this summer. The work, and the money to pay for it, will be in the 2015 budget.

All that could change if the Town of Peshtigo would relent and accept a county offer to build the road as the town wants it done, and then accept ownership, which would make the town responsible for future care and maintenance. State highway aids would help offset the cost to the town, but Town Chair Herman Pottratz feels that would not cover expenses.

There has been a sharp division of opinion between the Town of Peshtigo and the County Highway Committee over plans to rebuild County BB as a 66-foot county road with paved shoulders, ditches and culverts, with a $3.5 million rice tag, versus an earlier plan to repave and recondition the road at its current 44-foot width and add paved shoulders, at an estimated cost of $1.5 to $2 million.

Supervisor Shirley Kaufman, who has consistently supported the town’s arguments about the road, was reassured that even after transferring the $1.5 million there will be enough left of the $9 million bond issue approved by County Board in January to build the $2 version of BB.

In a related action, committee vote was 3 to 1 to spend approximately $1.5 million of the $3.5 million that had been approved for BB reconstruction this year on reconditioning County E from Hwy. 64 north to County G and south to County D.

Votes in favor were cast by supervisors Joe Policello, Mel Sharpe and Russ Bousley, committee chair. Supervisor Shirley Kaufman voted against, after some deliberation. Supervisor Russ Bauer, the fifth committee member, was absent.

Kaufman, who along with Bauer has consistently favored the town’s version of the BB plan, was reassured that even after transferring the $1.5 million for County D, the $2 million needed to construct the less costly version of BB will remain.

Nearly a dozen members of the public were on hand. Supervisor Don Pazynski, who represents the district in which the 5.8 mile BB project is located, had some harsh words for the committee during time for public comment at the start of the meeting.

“I have been addressing this committee for over a year and a half. Citizens have appeared as well, we had 35 citizens here at one time last fall. We also had 2 citizen meetings with more than 125 people in attendance at each meeting. We submitted a petition to you with about 100 signatures and only once in all that time did you offer a face to face meeting,” Pazynski declared.

He accused the committee of basically ignoring the citizens’ wishes, and went on, “I’ve got to ask — Are you so convinced you have such autonomy that you do not need to respond to the citizens you have sworn to serve? Are you so arrogant that no one should dare to differ with your plans?”

He said the town board maintains just under 100 miles of roads, and he as a past town board member and the current town board have much experience with the care, construction and maintenance of roads, as well as working with the DNR.

He accused the committee of “acting like spoiled children wanting to take the ball and go home”, because of the halt caused by the official objections. “You want to reallocate the funds designated by the full board for County BB and apply them elsewhere. Are you so naive that you do not realize how you are essentially insulting the citizens?” he asked. “Either way, it is our opinion and that of other legal counsel that the full board must approve such action.”

He said a historical 3-rod right-of-way was established the last time the road was resurfaced in 1967.

“It would appear you have nothing budgeted for a 2nd relocation of utilities. How much does it cost to relocate 6 miles of nature gas line? I don’t know. I hope you do. You have been insistent that you will not tolerate any encroachment of inches and yet major utility poles appear to be well within a 66 ft right-of-way. What will it cost to move them? We have offered a proposal that would eliminate the need for expensive litigation over encroachment and right-of-way issues,” Pazynski went on.

He said if he must he will call for a showdown decision by the full county board.

Peshtigo Town Chair Herman Pottratz chastised the committee for spending $2 million that could be so well used elsewhere. He noted the county only has $21 million in reserves and said the $9 million bond issue approved for 2014 projects will need to be repaid. He too asked the committee to let the whole County Board help make the decision.

“We still have one option,” declared Policello. “If the Town of Peshtigo will take control of the road we’ll build it the way the town wants before we give it to them...That’s the sensible thing to do!”also declared the town should accept the count’s offer.

Sharpe, who represents part of the Peshtigo city maintained if the town takes control of the road they can get enough instate aids to handle plowing and ordinary maintenance and put away $80,000 to $100,000 to cover the cost of more serious maintenance when it is needed 25 or so years down the road. By doing so, there would be no more future hassles with the county over right of way issues.

Pottratz said the town had given its response to that proposal, and maintained the state aid will not come close to covering cost of being responsible for the road.

Sharpe argued in 25 years the town will collect over $225,000 in state road aids, far less than they will need to spend. He agreed after 25 years, it might start costing the town money.

Pazynski insisted the entire County Board approved individual projects in the bond issue, and that their approval is needed to change that.

County Administrator Ellen Sorensen disagreed. Pazynski said he will seek to have the issue settled at the March County Board meeting.

After the committee approved the two motions, Bousley commented the work still needs to be done on both BB and D, and they have three years to use the bond issue proceeds, so one way or the other, BB will be done.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
10-23-2014Obituaries
Joyce A. Zorn

10-23-2014Obituaries
Genevieve Van Iten

10-23-2014Obituaries
Susan J. Tetzlaff

10-23-2014Obituaries
Ralph J. Schoch

10-23-2014Obituaries
Francis D. Menacher

10-23-2014Obituaries
Paul R. Madary

10-23-2014Obituaries
Kyle Adam Kobrow

10-23-2014Obituaries
Frances L. Hammersley

10-23-2014Obituaries
William Fumelle

10-23-2014Obituaries
Lucille M. (Opper) Dietzen

10-23-2014Obituaries
Betty E. Bourassa

10-23-2014Obituaries
Ruth J. Bolander

10-23-2014Obituaries
Kenneth Behnke

10-23-2014Obituaries
Lenore M. Teige

10-23-2014Obituaries
Arlene Smolander

10-23-2014Obituaries
Richard R. Moore

10-23-2014Obituaries
Cecil E. Kuhnle

10-23-2014Obituaries
Mabel Konell

10-23-2014Obituaries
Rev. Ralph J. Gillis

10-23-2014Obituaries
Lorraine Fritz

10-23-2014Obituaries
George E. Belaire

10-23-2014Obituaries
Mary F. Baron

10-23-2014Sports
Coleman Finishes Undefeated, On Top Of M-O

10-23-2014Sports
Maroons Make It Six Straight Over Marines

10-23-2014Sports
Free Basketball Clinic For Boys Grades 3-6

10-23-2014Sports
Michigan Muskies Fit To Fight In Wisconsin

10-23-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

10-23-2014Perspectives
From our readers

10-23-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

10-23-2014News
Lake Fire Hosts Trick, Treaters

10-23-2014News
4 Area Students Graduate UW-L

10-23-2014News
Lioness Raffles at Equity Nov. 7

10-23-2014News
Karla Blohm Benefit Oct. 25

10-23-2014Community - Wausaukee
Pembine Senior Class Craft Fair

10-23-2014Community - Wausaukee
Remove Decorations Wausaukee Cemetery

10-23-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Acts On Budget, Pumper Truck, Old Tires

10-23-2014Community - Wausaukee
Acts On Mobile Home Variance, ATV Route

10-23-2014Community - Crivitz
Loomis Historical Thanksgiving Meal

10-23-2014Community - Crivitz
FAB Event & Planning Business Opens in Crivitz

10-23-2014Community - Crivitz
Dr. Nichols To Speak At Cornerstone Nov. 2

10-23-2014Community - Crivitz
CBA Lists Events, Seek New Director, Secretary

10-23-2014Community - Coleman
Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club Booyah Party

10-23-2014Community - Coleman
Lena Fall Craft, Bake Sale Oct. 26

10-23-2014Community - Coleman
Lena School Hires Worker, Names Delegate

10-23-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman-Pound Library Open House, Renovated

10-23-2014Front Page
LCS Detroit Launch Makes Big Splash

10-23-2014Front Page
Bill Reynolds Gets Tentative Nod As County Administrator

10-23-2014Front Page
Hwy. 141 Expressway To Give DOT Access Control

10-23-2014Front Page
Town of Peshtigo Works Out “No Increase” Budget

10-23-2014Front Page
Anderson, Pazynski Chair, Vice Chair At Twin County

10-15-2014Sports
Marinette County Deer Advisory Council Second Meeting Oct. 28

10-15-2014Sports
Another Big Invite, Another Strong Bulldogs Showing

10-15-2014Sports
Season Coming To Close, Badgers Still On Top Of M-O With Perfect 14-0 Mark

10-15-2014Sports
Playoff Picture Taking Shape

10-15-2014Perspectives
From our readers

10-15-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

10-15-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

10-15-2014Obituaries
Nancy L. Trepanier

10-15-2014Obituaries
Donna L. Rowley

10-15-2014Obituaries
Clarence W. Retlick

10-15-2014Obituaries
Douglas J. Payette

10-15-2014Obituaries
Beverly A. Johnson

10-15-2014Obituaries
Marie P. Holquist

10-15-2014Obituaries
John (Jack) E. Voyle

10-15-2014Obituaries
Roger C. Utke

10-15-2014Obituaries
Betty L. and Lloyd Tuma

10-15-2014Obituaries
Jackie Teteak

10-15-2014Obituaries
Anne C. Smith

10-15-2014Obituaries
Eunice C. School

10-15-2014Obituaries
Phyllis M. Rothlesberger

10-15-2014Obituaries
Gladys K. Rhoades

10-15-2014Obituaries
Emily M. O’Connor

10-15-2014Obituaries
Robert L. Ness

10-15-2014Obituaries
Eunice F. Meinert

10-15-2014Obituaries
Joseph F. McAuliffe

10-15-2014Obituaries
Betty Ann Kress

10-15-2014Obituaries
Norbert J. Jaworski

10-15-2014Obituaries
Agnes M. Hoffman

10-15-2014Obituaries
Marie A. Harris

10-15-2014Obituaries
Marilyn P. Graham

10-15-2014Obituaries
Marjorie E. Chaney

10-15-2014Obituaries
John P. Butts

10-15-2014Obituaries
Irene M. Brekke

10-15-2014Obituaries
Penny L. Berger

10-15-2014Obituaries
Wesley W. Anderson

10-15-2014Obituaries
Gene H. Albers

10-15-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Library Digital on e Books

10-15-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Clerk is Institute Grad

10-15-2014Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire, Rescue Plans Bake Sale

10-15-2014Community - Wausaukee
Big Crowd Attends Fall Fest at Wausaukee Oct. 4

10-15-2014Community - Crivitz
Halloween at Assisted Living

10-15-2014Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Kindergartners Take Part in “Flat Stanley” Project

10-15-2014Community - Crivitz
Haunted Hallways, Bingo at School Oct. 30

10-15-2014Community - Crivitz
MI Special Meet To Finalize Budget

10-15-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman-Pound Lions List Coming Events

10-15-2014Community - Coleman
T/Pound Board Asks Plan Unit To View Lot Coverage

10-15-2014Community - Coleman
Kickers Halloween Party at Equity

10-15-2014Community - Coleman
A Teen Lives at the End of Life

10-15-2014News
Lena Legion To Retire Old Flags

10-15-2014News
Lena Fall Craft, Bake Sale Oct. 26

10-15-2014News
Benefit For Schlies at Baseball Training

10-15-2014News
Benefit for Karla Blohm, Cancer Victim

10-15-2014Front Page
Over 600 Attend Diggers Meet, Greet

10-15-2014Front Page
Marinette Marine Launches USS Detroit on Saturday

10-15-2014Front Page
Water Utility Shows Positive Return Rate

10-15-2014Front Page
Goodman/Armstrong School Tax Levy Drops Due To Revenue Caps

10-15-2014Front Page
Grover May Seek Permission To Exceed State Levy Limits

10-08-2014Sports
October Signals The Opening Of Many Furbearer Hunting And Trapping Seasons In Wisconsin

10-08-2014Sports
Niagara Still Playing Strong; Rest Of M-O Remains Up For Grabs

10-08-2014Sports
Peshtigo CC Enjoys Another Strong Outing

10-08-2014Sports
Cougars Keep Top Spot

10-08-2014Perspectives
From our readers

10-08-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

10-08-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

10-08-2014Obituaries
Jack L. Wright

10-08-2014Obituaries
Gordon W. Thomas

10-08-2014Obituaries
Jeffrey M. MacDonald

10-08-2014Obituaries
John C. Gustaveson

10-08-2014Obituaries
Kathleen B. Genke

10-08-2014Obituaries
Ronald J. Enderby

10-08-2014Obituaries
Donald Drolette

10-08-2014Obituaries
Ronald L. Bubolz

10-08-2014Obituaries
George R. Anderson

10-08-2014Obituaries
Rose V. Zimanek

10-08-2014Obituaries
Oren Woodworth, Jr.

10-08-2014Obituaries
Gerald W. Smith

10-08-2014Obituaries
Kenneth J. Reese

10-08-2014Obituaries
Richard C. Ratajczyk

10-08-2014Obituaries
Keith A. Neubert

10-08-2014Obituaries
Ronald "Ronnie" F. Magee

10-08-2014Obituaries
Rosemary LaCanne

10-08-2014Obituaries
Donald E. Hoppe

10-08-2014Obituaries
Walter A Fuchs, Sr.

10-08-2014Obituaries
Geraldine M. Farley

10-08-2014Obituaries
Bernie G. Doucette

10-08-2014Obituaries
Robert L. Wellens

10-08-2014Obituaries
Doris M. Walters

10-08-2014Obituaries
Daniel J. Timm

10-08-2014Obituaries
Agnes C. Thoney

10-08-2014Obituaries
Joanne M. Thomas

10-08-2014Obituaries
Eleanor A. Oliva

10-08-2014Obituaries
Rev. Ralph C. Merkatoris

10-08-2014Obituaries
Michael H. McDermid

10-08-2014Obituaries
Richard J. Luchene

10-08-2014Obituaries
Margaret L. Kragie

10-08-2014Obituaries
Walter P. Haluska Sr

10-08-2014Obituaries
Todd A. Gunderson

10-08-2014Obituaries
Paul K. Davis

10-08-2014Obituaries
James H. Davis

10-08-2014Obituaries
Carrol M. Charlier


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think the Republicans will take control of the U.S. Senate in the November 4 election?
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
© 2000-2014
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites