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

Design Work Starts on New Oconto County Jail

Design work for the new Oconto County Jail and Law Enforcement Center will officially begin on Thursday, Aug. 7 at a 9 a.m. meeting between members of the County Board’s Law Enforcement/Judiciary and Public Properties committees, other county officials and Potter Lawson of Madison, architects for the project.

Administrative Coordin-ator Kevin Hamann advised County Board of the tentative date for the design kickoff sessions at its monthly meeting on Thursday, July 24.

There will be a follow-up meeting with the architects at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18 to allow others, including the City of Oconto’s Ad Hoc Committee, state and city officials, etc. to provide input into the project. At noon on that day, Potter Lawson people will meet with the Criminal Justice Coordination Council, which includes the sheriff, judges, district attorney, public defender and state probation and parole. Hamann said format for the meetings will be informal, with ample opportunity for public comment.

The Law Enforcement/ Judiciary and Public Properties committees were to meet jointly at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6. They were expected to approve a process for disposing of debris and removing structures and other improvements from the 14 properties the county has purchased on the north side of the Courthouse for the Law Enforcement Center projects. Hamann said SRF Consultants will have a recommendation and he may have another. He said there has been a request from Habitat For Humanity of Marinette to come in and salvage building materials for their work projects. After an update on property acquisitions the committees were to go into closed session to discuss possible property purchase.

The July 24 County Board meeting also included a half hour closed-door to discuss or negotiate for purchase of public properties. There was no action when they returned to open session. There are five remaining properties to acquire. Timeline calls for acquisition of all properties by late 2014 or early 2015, and all properties to be cleared by July of 2015.

One property still under discussion is the USDA building and parking lot at 111 Arbutus Street. Hamann reported they received permission from the property owner to enter the building to do an appraisal, which SRF will do at a cost of $4,690. The appraisal is to be completed by the end of September. This will go to committee in October and at its October meeting County Board will be asked if they want to make an offer, and if so, what the offer price will be.

Tentative budget for the overall project is at $30 million of which $25 million will be from bonding, and $2 million from a general fund transfer in 2014. There was $3 million transferred for the project in 2013.

At the July 24 meeting, County Board approved a resolution designating the additional $2 million from the General Fund balance for the project. They had previously approved the $25 million bond issue, and the $3 million allocation from 2013. According to the resolution, the recently completed 2013 audit shows the county had $9,920,056 in its unassigned General Fund. Of this, $4 million is to be retained as working capital and $2 million in contingency, which is in accord with county policy. After reserving $760,000 for the 2014 budget there would be $3,209,056 remaining unassigned, and the Finance Committee recommended using $2 million of this to bring total funding for the Law Enforcement Center to $30 million, which Hamann predicted will be the total cost, when all is said and done.

We were told all along it would be $25 million and now it’s $30 million, Supervisor Rose Stellmacher objected.

Hamann agreed, but explained that was because they added some things, for example acquiring the USDA building (appraised at $191,000), and putting in a $4 million contingency fund, which we hope to never use. He said if they do not need to use the contingency fund, they will be very close to the $25 million originally projected. After taking out the $2 million the remaining unassigned general fund balance drop to approximately $1.2 million, which Hamann admitted is low. Stellmacher cast the sole opposing vote.

Amounts roughly included in the $30 million but not yet specifically determined include payments to the City of Oconto in lieu of taxes and for utility relocation, tax loss, and possible acquisition of Adams Street.

Projected acquisition costs are $2,415,000, somewhat over the original $1,700,000 budget. This includes $200,000 for SRF Acquisition Services, $1,700,000 for acquisition of properties on the north block, $200,000 for the USDA Building, $65,000 for additional services from SRF, and $250,000 for soil tests and demolition.

Design contracts are in place, and only $5,000 over the $13,000,000 budget. This includes $4,000 for Samuels Group for handling the RFPs, $25,000 to the Samuels Group for design review and pre-construction work, and $1,276,000 to Potter Lawson for the design itself.

Construction is slated to begin in August of 2015 and be completed by November of 2017.

With little discussion or debate, the board agreed to transfer $191,000 from the Contingency Fund to various departments to cover the costs of implementing the Carlson-Dettman wage study that they accepted in March. The enabling resolution explains that costs were not known when the 2014 budget was completed, but $250,000 had been set aside in the 2014 contingency fund for that purpose. Now that calculations have been completed, the transfer totals $191,000, $59,000 less than the amount set aside to implement the study.

At the start of the meeting, former Supervisor Louis Winkler was presented plaques by Jane Severt, Executive Director, on behalf of the Wisconsin County Forest Association and Shelly Wrzochalski, Forester, on behalf of the Wisconsin DNR Division of Forestry for over 25 years of outstanding service to the Wisconsin County Forests. A tearful Severt said Winkler will be greatly missed. He had served over 34 years as a member of WCFA, and was a member of its board of directors for 25 years.

Wrzochalski noted the Oconto County Forest now has over $1 million in forest crop sales each year, which will greatly help the county budget in future years. Winkler said during his 34-year tenure on the County Forestry Committee over 2 million trees were planted in the Oconto County Forest. Wrzochalski presented Winkler with a plaque from DNR Chief Forester Paul DeLong, noting he had planted that 2 millionth tree. Wrzochalski told Winkler state’s county forests are in better condition because of his leadership.

The awards were originally presented at the state WCFA convention earlier this year, but Winkler had been ill and unable to attend to receive them personally. Winkler said he spent 14 days in the hospital and 49 days in a nursing home.

Personnel from the county’s Forestry Department were on hand for the presentation and extend congratulations to Winkler.

Clerk Kim Pytleski read e-mails from Shawn O’Connor, addressed to Hamann, expressing thanks for the outstanding service he received from Child Support Agency Director Joy Hogan. County Board Chair Lee Rymer introduced Hogan to the board and thanked her for her good service. We like getting those types of e-mails, Hamann declared.

Pytleski also read a letter from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs awarding the county a $10,000 Veterans Service Grant for 2014.

Bridge Aid Petitions for work on 14 roads in the towns of Bagley, Brazeau, Breed, Chase, Gillett, Morgan, Oconto Falls, Pensaukee, and Stiles totaling $42,213.30 were referred to the Highway Committee.

Generally zoning changes are somewhat routine, but the first rezoning request dealt with by the board at its July 24 meeting was anything but. It included requests for zoning 34 parcels in the Town of Bagley that previously had been unzoned, but with a Conservancy overlay.

This not a normal application, Zoning Administrator Pat Virtues explained. He said the properties involved are mostly wetlands, so the Conservancy overlay was basically correct, but some of the properties do contain upland areas, and base zoning is needed if the owners want to do anything on the properties they own. Many of the properties involved are in the area along Hwy. 64 near the muck farms.

Stellmacher asked if the owners were opposed, and Virtues said they are not, in fact the owners of one property wanted to build a small cabin, and this will allow them to do that. Supervisor Alan Sleeter explained most owners were pleased. This change will make it easier to work with their towns and develop their properties.

Except for one property zoned Community Service due to a WPS pipeline, the properties were all put into either Agriculture or Forestry zones, with woodland being the primary intended use. Two of the owners indicated residential with woodland being possible future uses.

Hamann asked if any of these types of rezones existed before, and Virtues said there were about 70 parcels done previously in the Town of Brazeau.

All 31 supervisors voted in favor of the rezone.

Next rezone was for Van Hefty Acres, LLC, for an existing mobile home park in the Town of Chase. The rezone, which changes a quarter of an acre from residential single family and general commercial to mobile home park and residential single family, will bring the 12.24 property into compliance. There are no plans for added sites, Virtue said.

Supervisor Dennis Kroll asked if there would be conditional use restrictions, and Virtues said there will not, because mobile home parks are a permitted use, not conditional. He said neighbors have raised some management issues, and they will be advised that will be on the agenda for discussion at the next zoning committee meeting.

Again, all 31 supervisors voted in favor of the rezone, as they did on the rezone ordinance amendments for the remaining three properties.

A 1.58 parcel owned by Howard Pethke in the Town of How was rezoned from Agricultural to Residential Single Family to permit splitting the residential portion from tillable acres and a barn. Virtues said the residential district is consistent with zoning in the area.

A 5.54 acre parcel on Hwy. 32 owned by Tim and Joyce Fifield et al in the Town of Maple Valley was rezoned from Agricultural to Rural Residential to permit a son to build a residence on the property.

A .53-acre parcel owned by James and Margaret Fischer in the Town of Stiles was rezoned from Forest to Rural Residential to eliminate an easement concern and bring the property into compliance.

After an explanation from Oconto County Economic Development Director Paul Ehrfurth, and on recommendation of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee, the board approved a $24,500 loan to Executive Enterprises, LLC, for 10 years at 2.6 percent interest, guaranteed by a second mortgage on the real estate involved and personal guarantees of owner Tricia Ascher, Adam Ascher and Ascher’s Janitorial Services. Ehrfurth explained Tricia Ascher lives in Abrams and will purchase the Old Clock Tower there as a headquarters for her janitorial service business.

He described Ascher as a dynamic business person, who recently added 35 new clients and gives lectures all over the country on the LEAN process. The Abrams facility will be for corporate management, now for use by day to day work.

This is a very good loan, Ehrfurth declared. I wish we had more like this. All supervisors voted in favor.

According to information provided for the meeting, money for the loan will come from the Oconto County Business Development Loan Fund, which has an available cash balance of $579,606 and eight outstanding loans receivable totaling $407,838. There is no tax levy involved in the revolving loan fund activity.

Routine updating of the 2010 Land Records Modernization Plan was also approved without dissent. There is no funding involved, but submission of the plan to the state Department of Administration keeps the county compliant for grant applications and the Wisconsin Land Information Program.

The board unanimously supported state legislation and budget action to provide more funding for the 911 system.

The resolution notes that revenues from the 40 cent per phone landline fee are declining due to the increased use of cellular telephones and the fee is often insufficient to cover the cost of these services, thereby requiring any difference to be paid for with property taxes and asks the state to fully fund the County and Municipal Aid Program (shared revenue) with state General Purpose Revenue, rather than the Police and Fire Protection Fee raised from taxing phone lines, establish a technology-neutral fee on all cell phones, landline phones, and other devices capable of dialing 911; and uses the revenue from this fee to fund a grant program to pay for equipment purchases and training for county 911 programs.

Hiring of an additional Child Protective Services Initial Assessment Worker for an estimated cost of $41,000 for the remainder of this year was unanimously approved following an explanation by Greg Benesh, Deputy H&HS Director and Misty Hommerding, CST/Child Protective Services Supervisor. Cost next year will be about $80,000.

Benesh explained a few years ago the county eliminated a third position, but now the position is needed again. Hommerding explained when the third position was dropped in 2011 the number of cases per investigator had dropped to 99, which two investigators could handle. Currently each investigator is handling at least 160. In June alone, 21 new cases needed investigating, she said. ‘Workers can’t take vacations, comp time, or other time off.

Stellmacher explained the neglect the investigator must interview every child and adult that lives in the household. They also must interview doctors, teachers and others who may be involved. They must make entries into the stat window within a 60-day window. Stellmacher said there are no state recommendations for work load, but in counties of our size the workers generally have four cases a month, and Oconto County has been averaging 6.6 cases per worker per month.

After the board voted it unanimous approval, Benesh said they would offer the position that day to a person who has already agreed to accept. He expects the person to be working by mid August. We need that person in that office ASAP! Hamann declared.

Because only one employee has signed up, Hamann recommended ending the Mass Mutual Deferred Compensation Plan. Hamann said he will negotiate with the law enforcement union, which would like the county to take their plan.

Supervisor Gerald Beekman reported they have been able to use money gained from selling sand on the airport property to pay the local share of some major improvement projects in recent years.

We’re very fortunate to have that airport here. I think they’re doing a great job, declared Stellmacher.

Pytleski reminded everyone of the poartisan primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Rymer and sujpervisors Richard Nelson and Doug McMahon gave announcements related to the County Fair on Thursday, Aug. 14 through Sunday, Aug. 17, and the Horse Show and Dog/Cat/Exotic Animal show the previous weekend.

Supervisor ron Korzeniewski invited everyone to attend the Morgan/Green Valley Fireman’s Picnic on Saturday, Aug. 9.

Hamann announced WCA Conference updates, and that Cindy Polzin from the Governor’s office will be in Oconto County on Aug. 14. He said the 2013 audit is complete and can be viewed on the county website.

Employee report showed that two persons hired as corrections officers in June were terminated for failing to pass their probation period.


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