space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Letter To The Editor
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Cougar Students Teach Faculty a Tough Lesson
* Dunlap Sets Tone at State Powerlifting Competition
* Lake Noquebay Sportsman's Begin Youth Trap League
* Big 3 on 3 Crivitz Classic on April 1, 2
* M&O ALL CONFERENCE WRESTLING

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 Shaves $40,000 From $1.08 Million Projects

Dismayed over the realization that as proposed, the 5-year Capital Improvement Plan started in 2013 will add over $36 million in new debt by 2019, Marinette County Board at its meeting on Tuesday, June 24 sent the plan back to the individual committees, with a request to cut the proposed 2015 projects wherever they can. Plans are to pay for the projects with bond issue borrowing, which will be repaid over a 10 to 15 year period by increased property taxes.

That $36 million is in addition to the $9.435 million the board borrowed in January of this year to finance capital improvements, mainly roads, in 2014.

The lion’s share of the total $36 million in debt-financed capital spending comes from other committees, mainly Highway, Law Enforcement and Information Services.

At its meeting on Tuesday, July 8, the County’s Buildings and Properties Committee took up the request to trim its capital project proposals for 2015, but ended up shaving only $40,000 from the total of $1,085,000. On advice of Finance Director Pat Kass, they reduced proposed spending for replacement of courtroom furniture from $60,000 to $20,000.

Other committees will be looking at their projects as they meet during the next month with an eye to cutting projects they have recommended.

Projects left unchanged by the Buildings and Property Committee include $75,000 for work on the Niagara Senior Center in addition to the roof that was scheduled for this year; $100,000 to replace the library building roof at UW-Marinette plus $700,000 to replace the eight aging heat exchange units there, and $150,000 to refurbish the UW-Marinette administration building elevator. The $40,000 cut in the proposed allocation for courtroom furniture brings their debt financed project total down to $1,045,000.

Projects listed for 2016 include $150,000 to replace the cattle barn on the fairgrounds in Wausaukee, and $200,000 for UW-Marinette Field House parking lot and lighting. Their only project planned for 2018 is replacing internally insulated ducts in the courthouse for $150,000.

In other action at Tuesday’s meeting the committee agreed to hire Alfredson Brothers Construction of Menominee to do a remodeling project at the Highway, Forestry and Parks Department headquarters in Peshtigo for their low bid of $30,135. Cost will be divided equally between Highway, Parks and Forestry departments. Supervisor Russ Bousley pointed out the Parks and Forestry Department already has money set aside for the project.

The only other bid was from Pride Builders of Marinette, for $43,624.

The Parks and Forestry Departments were moved to the Peshtigo facility last year. The project, designed by Seaborg/Bunting Architects of Menominee, involves adding automatic handicap entry doors and moving partitions to create offices for Forest and Parks Administrator Pete Vilas and Assistant Parks Director Dave Marquardt. Construction of a handicap entry ramp will be handled by Highway Department personnel.

In discussion before deciding to accept the Alfredson bid, Supervisor Ken Mattison wondered why there was such a spread in bids. Bousley felt it depended on how badly each company wanted the job. He pointed out the project involves no plumbing and very little wiring. County Board Chair Vilas Schroeder felt even the $30,000 price is on the high side considering the limited amount of work to be done.

Once it’s approved by Corporation Counsel Gale Mattison the contract will go to the Highway, Parks and Forestry committees and then to Finance for additional funding if necessary before going on to the full county board. Bousley asked Highway Commissioner Ray Palonen and Facilities Maintenance Director James Swanson to keep an eye on things as the job progresses, particularly the subcontractors that Alfredson Brothers may choose.

It was Swanson’s first meeting in his new role as Facilities Maintenance Director for the county. He has been on the job for just two weeks, and was introduced to County Board for the first time by Mattison at its meeting on Tuesday, June 24. He was selected by the three person team that is temporarily designated as county administrator. Members of that team are Mattison, Finance Director Pat Kass and Human Resources Director Jennifer Holtger.

The committee agreed to accept the low bid of $286,893 from Pride Builders of Marinette for construction of a new heated storage building at the Law Enforcement Center. However, the Law Enforcement budget only allocated $277,000 for the job, so Finance Committee will need to find the extra money. A spectator at the meeting commented that $60 per square foot isn’t bad for a building of this nature.

There was some discussion on whether or not the bid included a contingency fund, but it was decided to go with the bid as is. Bousley felt there wasn’t much likelihood of change orders, since it’s a pretty simple building, a roof, a floor, four walls, and a steel frame. UP Engineering is to handle construction oversight. The one problem that could be encountered involves soil at the site, which is mainly sand, but does include some swampy areas.

On Swanson’s recommendation the committee agreed to issue a request for proposals to replace heating system glycol at the courthouse. Swanson explained it’s like changing oil in a car, and needs to be done occasionally. He said the current glycol has become acidic and is corroding the system. Committee Chair Mike Behnke asked if the leaky valves are getting worse because of the glycol, and was told they are.

Swanson said at first the new glycol, which will be thinner, may make the leaks worse. He said they may also need to add pipes to the bottom of the boiler to get the sludge out. Currently there is no means of back flushing.

Later on the agenda the committee approved an agreement with Johnson Controls to repair 38 steam traps at a cost of $4,913.35. Swanson said this is a recurring expense, and he was told by the Johnson Controls person that they last only about three years. He said the county needs to look at ways to make them last longer, since they should need to replace no more than 10 percent of the valves a year instead of one third, which they have been doing. Supervisor Mike Cassidy suggested waiting to do the steam traps until the glycol is replaced, and Swanson said they have talked about coordinating the work, but they need to get it done before winter.

In the absence of a full time Facilities Maintenance Director, Bill Prue had been handling part of the responsibilities on a temporary basis until Swanson was hired, along with Highway Commissioner Palonen.

The Veterans Memorial Fountain at the courthouse is to get a face lift. Paint on the fountain and statues is not adhering. It was determined that ice blasting to remove the remaining paint would create a surface too smooth for new paint to adhere well. The committee approved a proposal from Quality Sandblasting, Inc. of Green Bay to do the sandblasting for not more than $3,000, and from Pool Works , Inc. of Green Bay to apply a Pebble Technology finish in either black or a sandy beach color for $1,900. The finish will be guaranteed for 20 years, and will keep looking very nice for that long as well, Pool Works representative Dave Kubiak said in a letter that was copied to Prue. The highway crew will remove the boulders in and around the fountain prior to the refinishing work and then return them to their regular positions.

Prue, with help from Joe Sievert, had obtained information on work needed on the fountain. Committee members commented Sievert had done a nice job of finding out what needs to be done.

Swanson told the committee the lift dock at the Law Enforcement Center is in bad shape and needs to be either repaired or replaced in the very near future.

It’s built in a pit, which is unfortunate for equipment, Swanson said. The bottom frame is rusted out, some of the rollers are corroded, and there are other problems. He said there is a floor drain in the middle of the pit, but it apparently was not properly maintained and became clogged with debris, keeping dampness around the base of the unit. He said repairs will cost $15,500, while a completely new lift, including a new hydraulic power unit, can be purchased for $21,500. Life expectancy of a hydraulic unit is 10 to 15 years, and the current one is that age now. He said in future, there will be regular maintenance, with the pit cleaned and the unit oiled on a monthly basis, and then he hopes it will last longer.

Schroeder asked if replacing one pit lift with another was the best option, of if they should try to find another system. Swanson said ideally there would have been a loading dock, but that’s not the way it’s designed. Delivery trucks use the lift every day, mainly to deliver jail supplies to the Law Enforcement Center building.

Corporation Counsel Mattison had entered the meeting during the discussion and pointed out the agenda said only that they would authorize RFPs for repairs, and they were already talking about prices and replacement.

Behnke suggested they should put out an RFP for prices for both repairs and replacement. Mattison pointed out their facilities director recommends new. Swanson repeated the repairs cost would about 75 percent of the cost of a totally new unit. Motion to seek RFPs for a new unit was unanimously approved.

Moving on to their discussion on the capital improvements plan, Mattison asked if they hadn’t just recently replaced the roof at UW-Marinette. The roof, at $100,000. The county owns the university buildings and is responsible for their maintenance. Schroeder and Behnke serve on the UW Marinette Campus County Working Group along with Dean Paula Langteau, Ron Birr and Kurt Willman. Schroeder, as County Board Chair, also serves on the UW Foundation board of directors.

Schroeder said the roof they replaced was on another building, not the library. As far as I know, this one is original, which makes it 50 years old, he said. UW Marinette was established in 1965, and will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. The heat exchange units are also original. They can’t be repaired because parts are not made for them any more. Since they are mounted on the roof, it would be better to replace them while the roof is being done.

Like the lift at the Law Enforcement Center, the elevator goes into a pit in the ground, and that creates corrosion problems. It doesn’t even have a safety phone, Schroeder commented. He said it may last, but if they put off replacing it in 2015 they will just have to do it with the next borrowing. There is no safety catch, and if it falls it would go down into the pit. Decision was to leave both items on the 2015 schedule.

As to the Niagara Senior Center, Cassidy pointed out Phase One, approved last year, had been scheduled for this year, but has not been started yet. Because they did not want to load Palonen with work they had not asked him to put out RFPs. The $75,000 for Phase One is to include replacing a rotted roof deck, canopy and light, four laminated beams, added insulation and installation of seamless gutters. Cassidy suggested they get Swanson going on the Niagara issue and put it on the agenda for the next meeting.

Behnke said he and Swanson would be taking a ride around the county on Tuesday and will visit the Niagara site.

Bousley suggested while there they should ask if the smell coming from city sewers is still a problem. He also noted, in regard to putting off the proposed improvements, that a lot of warm air is leaking out of the building due to poorly fitting windows, and suggested that enough money will be saved to make it worth getting the work done.

Swanson said from the time an RFP is issued until the work gets started they generally need to allow about two months. Cassidy suggested they request RFBs and then schedule a special meeting prior to the start of the July 29 County Board meeting, and that proposal was later approved.

Behnke said they have been putting off replacement of the university heat exchangers for a couple of years already, and need to get it done to prevent failure in midwinter.

Schroeder suggested forwarding their portion of the Capital Improvement Plan to the county board as it stands, except for changing the allocation for courtroom furniture from $60,000 to $40,000, and that motion was unanimously approved.

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks, Swanson said in his first report as Facilities Maintenance Director. He said he had been fortunate to receive a lot of good information from the custodial and maintenance staff, who do a quality job, trying to please everyone and keep things looking good. Swanson said he has been meeting people, learning things, and deciding where to go from here.

The next regular committee meeting will include discussion on replacing the air handling unit at the Health and Human Services building, and possible asbestos issues at the courthouse, where some things may have been disturbed that should not have been, according to Swanson. Responses to the RFP on Phase One of the Niagara Senior Center are also expected to be on the agenda for that meeting.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
03-22-2017Sports
Cougar Students Teach Faculty a Tough Lesson

03-22-2017Sports
Dunlap Sets Tone at State Powerlifting Competition

03-22-2017Sports
Lake Noquebay Sportsman's Begin Youth Trap League

03-22-2017Sports
Big 3 on 3 Crivitz Classic on April 1, 2

03-22-2017Perspectives
Letter To The Editor

03-22-2017Perspectives
Letter To The Editor

03-22-2017Perspectives
Letter To The Editor

03-22-2017Obituaries
Vernon L. Anderle

03-22-2017Perspectives
Letter To The Editor

03-22-2017Obituaries
Leonard A. Boknevitz, Jr.

03-22-2017Obituaries
Steven J. Byng

03-22-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin - Welcome Spring!...

03-22-2017Obituaries
Phyllis D. Ermis

03-22-2017Obituaries
Elaine Gaertig

03-22-2017Obituaries
Cletus O. Horack

03-22-2017Obituaries
Dege K. Hurzeler

03-22-2017Perspectives
From My Window - Welcome Spring

03-22-2017Community - Wausaukee
Town of Wausaukee Takes Truck, Road Bids

03-22-2017Obituaries
Yvonne M. Johnson

03-22-2017Community - Wausaukee
Town Wagner Needs Outside Burn Permits

03-22-2017Obituaries
Charles V. Johnston

03-22-2017Community - Wausaukee
Town of Athelstane to Purchase 2006 Chassis

03-22-2017Obituaries
Martin W. Keller

03-22-2017Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire, Rescue to Offer Scholarship

03-22-2017Obituaries
James F. Johnston

03-22-2017Obituaries
Bonnie J. Reinke-Kelsey

03-22-2017Community - Crivitz
Benefit for Special Needs Children at Crivitz Apr. 1

03-22-2017Obituaries
Beverly E. Kempke

03-22-2017Obituaries
Rebecca M. Kuehnel

03-22-2017Community - Crivitz
Free Car Seat Safety Inspections at Crivitz Rescue

03-22-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz School Kids Running Club

03-22-2017Obituaries
Robert L. Ledger Sr.

03-22-2017Community - Crivitz
CRA/CBA Annual Banquet at Gateway

03-22-2017Obituaries
Charles M. LeMay

03-22-2017Obituaries
Gary Lemery

03-22-2017Community - Coleman
Lions Club Annual Pancake Brunch Apr. 9

03-22-2017Obituaries
Jorden M. Lycan

03-22-2017Community - Coleman
Karl Zeitler Memorial Fundraiser for K-9 Dogs

03-22-2017Obituaries
Donald N. Maas

03-22-2017Obituaries
Edith B. Mueller

03-22-2017Community - Coleman
GreenStone Returns $33 Million to Members

03-22-2017Obituaries
Therese Y. Nelson 

03-22-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Youth Wrestling Recognition Night Mar. 28

03-22-2017Obituaries
Glenn J. Paul

03-22-2017Obituaries
Louis Piszor

03-22-2017Obituaries
Jacqueline S. Polzin

03-22-2017Front Page
Town of Goodman Awarded M&M Grant

03-22-2017Obituaries
Cheryl A. Shampo

03-22-2017Obituaries
Albertus South, Jr.

03-22-2017Obituaries
Dorothy M. Sprangers

03-22-2017Obituaries
Jeremy C. Sutrick

03-22-2017Front Page
County Considers Loan For Marinette Project

03-22-2017Front Page
Peshtigo Okays Raises, Awards Town Audit Bid

03-22-2017Front Page
Only One Water Main Freeze-Up This Winter

03-22-2017Front Page
County Board To Air Options For Civic Center Financing

03-15-2017Sports
M&O ALL CONFERENCE WRESTLING

03-15-2017Sports
WIAA Post-Season

03-15-2017Sports
Freshman Standout Tops"M&O Voting

03-15-2017Sports
M&O All-Conference Basketball

03-15-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

03-15-2017Perspectives
From our readers

03-15-2017Perspectives
From My Window

03-15-2017Obituaries
Jennie Beyersdorf

03-15-2017Obituaries
Clarence R. Bjorkman

03-15-2017Obituaries
Nancy Bloom

03-15-2017Obituaries
Michael J. Brooks

03-15-2017Obituaries
Joan M. Bruce

03-15-2017Obituaries
Dr. Wayne A. Covioux

03-15-2017Obituaries
Arnold M. DeClark

03-15-2017Obituaries
Norman J. DeCremer

03-15-2017Obituaries
Lillian J. Diamond

03-15-2017Obituaries
Jane C. Ebert

03-15-2017Obituaries
Anton Gnand

03-15-2017Obituaries
Janet A. Hansen

03-15-2017Obituaries
Joan E. Johnson 

03-15-2017Obituaries
Raymond G. Kelley

03-15-2017Obituaries
Elsie M. Koller

03-15-2017Obituaries
Brenda S. LaGassie

03-15-2017Obituaries
Joseph "Joe" Lopez

03-15-2017Obituaries
Tom Matel

03-15-2017Obituaries
Lillian M. Miller

03-15-2017Obituaries
Sister Virginia Neja

03-15-2017Obituaries
Mari A. Osten

03-15-2017Obituaries
June Pauls

03-15-2017Obituaries
Elaine A. Pfaff

03-15-2017Obituaries
Donald J. Rabideau

03-15-2017Obituaries
Evelyn R. Schreiner

03-15-2017Obituaries
Helen F. Smith

03-15-2017Obituaries
Gerald W. Theuerkauf

03-15-2017Community - Wausaukee
Worship Leaders at Presbyterian Churches

03-15-2017Community - Wausaukee
Students Forum for Board Candidates

03-15-2017Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire, Rescue to Offer Scholarship

03-15-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Students At Global Youth Summit

03-15-2017Community - Crivitz
Unit 66 To Host ALA Conference

03-15-2017Community - Crivitz
State KC Big Raffle Drawing April 29

03-15-2017Community - Crivitz
CRA/CBA Annual Awards Banquet Apr. 10

03-15-2017Community - Crivitz
Town of Stephenson Okay Well Testing Contract Hike

03-15-2017Community - Coleman
Suring School Board Hears "Our Family" Report

03-15-2017Community - Coleman
Village of Coleman Sets T-Ball Signup Times

03-15-2017Community - Coleman
Pound Church Meals, Worship

03-15-2017Community - Coleman
Equity Park Craft Fair, Flea Market on June 17

03-15-2017Front Page
Extensive Damage to Porterfield Home

03-15-2017Front Page
Pound Has Slight Hope Sex Offenders Won't Move In

03-15-2017Front Page
Citizens Committee Addresses Peshtigo School Board Meeting

03-15-2017Front Page
Parks and Forestry Discusses Possible New ATV Campground

03-15-2017Front Page
Riverside Cemetery Board To Propose Changes In By-Laws

03-08-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Needs Plan Commission Members

03-08-2017Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane/Silver Cliff ALA Offers $1000 Scholarship

03-08-2017Community - Wausaukee
Card Series Benefit at Wagner Hall

03-08-2017Community - Wausaukee
State KC Big Raffle Drawing April 29

03-08-2017Community - Crivitz
Woman's Club Meeting Mar. 16

03-08-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Legion Gun Show Mar. 11

03-08-2017Community - Crivitz
Blood Drive at Crivitz Mar. 16

03-08-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Youth Baseball, Softball Registration

03-08-2017Community - Coleman
Child Development Day at Lena Mar. 31

03-08-2017Community - Coleman
Lena KC Council Names Family, Persons of Month

03-08-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Utility Board Mar. 13

03-08-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board Adopts 2017-18 Calendar

03-08-2017Sports
Board Approves New Carcass Tag Procedure

03-08-2017Sports
STATE BOWLING

03-08-2017Sports
Division 3 WIAA Playoffs

03-08-2017Sports
Division 4 & 5 WIAA Playoffs

03-08-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

03-08-2017Perspectives
From our readers

03-08-2017Perspectives
From our readers

03-08-2017Perspectives
From My Window

03-08-2017Obituaries
Thomas W. Bashford

03-08-2017Obituaries
Alice V. Bauer

03-08-2017Obituaries
Jessica M. Baumann

03-08-2017Obituaries
Judith A. Beyer

03-08-2017Obituaries
Romayne N. Brundage

03-08-2017Obituaries
Donald Falash

03-08-2017Obituaries
Mary J. Fleischman

03-08-2017Obituaries
Dolores H. Klussendorf

03-08-2017Obituaries
Jim A. Nesberg

03-08-2017Obituaries
Alton P. Peterson

03-08-2017Obituaries
Lorin Philipps

03-08-2017Obituaries
Karen A. Pillsbury

03-08-2017Obituaries
Ruth E. Pleshek

03-08-2017Obituaries
Gloria J. Putzkie

03-08-2017Obituaries
Frances M. Reed

03-08-2017Obituaries
Betty J. Sadowsky

03-08-2017Obituaries
Jeannine T. Smith

03-08-2017Obituaries
Glenn Stansfield

03-08-2017Obituaries
Bradley Teasdale

03-08-2017Obituaries
Raymond Valley

03-08-2017Obituaries
Martha Walk

03-08-2017Obituaries
Michael A. Wesolowski

03-08-2017Front Page
Winds Cause Widespread Power Outages In Area

03-08-2017Front Page
Sheriff: Drug Deaths Down, Jail Overcrowding Is Issue


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Now that Donald Trump is in office, should he stop tweeting as President?
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
© 2000-2017
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites