From our readersIssue Date: May 22, 2014
Letter to the Editor:
Hundreds of law enforcement agencies from all over Wisconsin will participate in the annual Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement campaign from May 19 to June 1. Click It or Ticket is the largest law enforcement mobilization in the state.
Law enforcement agencies participate in Click It or Ticket because their officers know all too well what happens to unbuckled drivers and passengers in crashes. Theyve seen people whove been ejected from vehicles. Theyve seen people whove been thrown around violently inside a vehicle and have smashed into other vehicle occupants with massive force. And they know that these people likely could have escaped a violent death or serious injury if they would have buckled up.
Fastening your safety belt every time you drive or ride in a vehicle provides proven protection against serious and fatal injuries. Buckling-up also is quick and easy, so its hard to understand why approximately one out of five Wisconsin motorists does not wear a safety belt.
During Click It or Ticket and throughout the year, law enforcement agencies and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation are striving to reduce the number of preventable traffic deaths to Zero in Wisconsin. To achieve this life-saving goal, all of us need to buckle upday or night, and every trip, every time.
Secretary of the Wisconsin
Department of Transportation
To the Editor:
A dog might be a mans best friend, but it is not always a letter carriers. Warmer temperatures mean children playing, letter carriers delivering, and dogs barking. Most dogs are safely behind a fence or on a lease. However, there are some situations when a dog can be potentially dangerous.
Several of our letter carriers know first-hand about the prevention and pain of animal attacks, and we want to help educate the community, especially during National Dog Bite Prevention Week.
More than 4.5 million people are bitten annually by dogs. Last year, 5,600 postal employees were victimized by dogs across the country. And more than 2 million children receive dog bite injuries each year. Small children, the elderly and letter carriers, in that order, are the most frequent victims of dog bites.
Dog attacks are the most commonly reported childhood public health problem in the United States. Dog bite victims account for up to 5 percent of emergency room visits.
So what can you do to avoid being bitten? Dont run past a dog. The dogs natural instinct is to chase and catch you. If a dog threatens you, dont scream. Avoid eye contact. Try to remain motionless until the dog leaves, and then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight. If you believe a dog is about to attack you, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack or a bicycle.
What can a responsible dog owner do to keep the community safe? Take your dog to obedience training. It can teach dogs proper behavior and help owners control their dog in any situation. When the letter carrier comes to your home, please keep your dog inside, away from the door, in another room, or on a leash.
To learn more about National Dog Bite Prevention Week, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office, or visit www.avma.org.
I write this letter with much regret as the beauty and dignity of our area highways and surrounding communities are being trashed and littered with garbage and unimaginable items that lay in the ditches and on the roadsides, rotting and floating in sitting water.
The winter of 2014 was harsh in many ways and spring is a time when hope is supposedly renewed and nature brings back a special sort of fresh beauty. Not this year. The area has never looked so disgusting and abused by trash and carelessness as it does at present.
Seems interesting that this goes unnoticed by so many when the county patrol seems to be routinely covering the area. It is well understood that there are many important duties and affairs to tend to in addition to keeping a county looking prideful and safe, but just maybe if some of these individuals tossing this trash out were given a hefty fine, a message would be sent. It would be pure denial to say it cannot be noticed. Something needs to be done.
I walk daily with a friend and we have picked up, literally, 3,000 cans in the past month (that total is not exaggerated). Most of them beer cans. That does not account for the many alcohol bottles that lay there as well. What does this say for the safety of those driving our roads? Last week I walked a quarter of a mile each way from where I live and filled two large garbage bags with every kind of trash you can imagine. One might also consider the disease that can breed in such filth.
Seriously, we have no McDonalds or fast food restaurants out here and if the persons who buy this food on their way through the county cant exercise proper disposal of this waste, it should not be allowed out of the fast food restaurants or convenience stores. Seems to be no conscience as to where it lands.
Possibly the people sitting in the jails could be earning their keep by volunteering to get on this detail. Seems they receive more privileges than some law abiding citizens. I am a working person who after putting in a work day would enjoy not having to clean up the careless actions of those passing by.
We frequently come across smaller plastic bags of tied up garbage (such as Shopko, Wal-Mart bags, etc.) as people feel free to just conveniently toss them out as they travel to town or wherever, not caring to use the dump or recycle center of the town.
It would be greatly appreciated if this problem was addressed and attended to. We faithfully pay our taxes and maintain our property, as the best part of our township does, and it find it extremely disappointing to have to see this disgrace day after day.
Times are hard enough at present and this irresponsible behavior should not be tolerated. Respect and stewardship of the world we have been given should be of first nature. These are not birth rights, but gifts not to be taken for granted. Seems the more freedoms we acquire, the more we lose.
I take much pride in America and this community as well as where we live. My fathers and forefathers fought hard to preserve a country so blessed. A bit of effort to keep our communities tidy and clean can go a long way, especially when people work together. When communities care about the appearance of where they live it shows. The unkempt community also sends a message. I believe I speak for many who feel as we do.
Marinette County is a high point of many who travel through the area regularly, and come to enjoy the beauty. Lets see if we can resolve this issue and revive the beauty of the northwoods and towns by making all aware of what is required to present a prideful community in the surrounding areas.
Letter to the Editor:
Should the Town of Lake contract out snowplowing, salting and sanding of 60 miles of tow roads?
Town of Middle Inlet has 60 miles of road and they contract out snowplowing for $57,000.
Town of Wagner has 54.6 miles of road and pays $62,000 per year for snowplowing.
Town of Peshtigo contracts out to snowplow, salt and sand their 86 miles of road for $110,000 for the year 2013.
Town of Grover for 95 miles of road for snowplowing paid $55,000 per year.
No matter which bid you look at, salt and sand is bought from Marinette County at the same additional cost per ton for each town.
At the annual meeting for 2014, a proposal for a new Lake Department of Public Works building came up. The architect hired came back with a price of just under $1 million for a new building. Town Chairman Lyle Cherry requested Lakes Construction give an estimate of remodeling the present structure. Remodeling cost came back at about $50,000. This was without an architect looking at what is needed.
Keep in mind, this building has room for only one snowplow truck. The roof leaks, there is a build up of black mold along both eaves on the inside of the building from years of leakage. The present town employee has an office desk plus work area in the building. The walls of the interior of the garage are covered with diesel exhaust residue. There is no makeup air or exhaust removal from the DPW building.
At a monthly Town Board meeting on May 6, agenda item 6 was proposals for a snowplow truck. Chairman Cherry told the board that bid specs for a new snowplow truck had been changed. Instead of $180,000, the truck could be bought for $120,000. It is unknown if all the different companies that placed bids were made aware of the spec changes.
The chairman then requested a motion from Supervisors Linda Tarman and Travis Mueller to purchase the snowplow truck at the reduced bid price. This brought angry, out of order comments from the public.
Travis Mueller and Linda Tarman after some heated debate tabled the motion until a special meeting on June 2 is held. The special meeting will be held for more information on contracting out services.
The health and well being of present town employee Brian Wenchell is at stake because of working conditions in the present DPW building.
Please show up for the special meeting.
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