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Lori Gross Is New Clerk For Village of Coleman

Issue Date: March 5, 2020

At the Coleman Village Board meeting on Monday, March 2, President Glenn Woulf formally introduced Lori Gross as the new Village Clerk/Treasurer and expressed hope she will be happy in her new position. She replaces Jodi Karas, who said she is going back to work for the Coleman School District. Gross took minutes for the meeting under the tutelage of Karas.

It was the last board meeting for Trustee Jesse Parker, who did not seek re-election. He noted the next board meeting is being held on Monday, April 20, which is after the April 7 elections and after his term ends. He said it had been a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of this board for the last eight years, and thanked them for having him. Woulf thanked Parker for his service and commented that Wausaukee should be happy to be getting him.

Woulf announced that due to some mechanical problems with equipment the village is getting a new garbage hauler, and garbage pickup will be every Friday. If a holiday falls on a Friday, pickup will be on Saturday that week. Woulf said everything else will remain the same, including the people who do the work.

Woulf read a letter from Marinette County Emergency Management Coordinator Kathy Frank inviting Coleman and other municipalities in Marinette County to adopt the county-wide Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan updated for 2020 through 2025. After brief discussion the board voted unanimously in favor of a resolution adopting the county plan.

In the letter Frank advised that a comprehensive planning update of the county's Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan is required every five years under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. She said the plans are intended to curtail losses from disasters, reduce future public and private expenditures through mitigation, and speed up recovery from disasters.

Frank explained that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) allows incorporated towns, villages and cities within the county to adopt the county plan, but should a municipality chose not to adopt the county plan it would need to develop and adopt its own plan consistent with the federal regulations and the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 to be eligible for disaster funding. She noted Coleman had adopted the last county Hazard Mitigation plan in 2014.

Frank said her office has completed updating the county's plan with assistance from Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission, and reminded them that input from communities had been sought last year. The updated plan was approved by Marinette County Board at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

"With the very real threat of flooding this spring and extreme weather I encourage you to adopt the updated Marinette County, Wisconsin hazard Mitigation Plan 2020-2025 as your local mitigation plan," Frank wrote. She said municipalities within Marinette County and the county as a whole, were included in a Federal Disaster Declaration last summer, and this allowed them to recoup thousands of dollars in response and recovery expenses. She advised that adopting the plan also makes municipalities eligible for mitigation funding programs, and urged them to either place the approval on their earliest meeting agenda and send her a copy of the signed resolution for forwarding with the plan being sent to FEMA for acceptance. Frank's letter noted full copies of the plan are too large to e-mail, but can be found at marinettecounty.com/departments/emergencymanaement/mitigation/forms and documents/./

Woulf commented that village employees had done a lot of disaster-related work last year and village is getting some funding. "This is a good plan...It worked for us," he added.

The resolution states that the village recognizes the threat that natural hazards pose to people and property, and that undertaking hazard mitigation actions before disasters occur will reduce the potential for harm to people and property and save taxpayer dollars.

It acknowledges that Bay Lakes Regional Planning Commission will submit the adopted plan to Wisconsin and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials as required under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

Woulf expressed congratulations to the Coleman Wrestling team for placing 10th at the state tournament, and to Carson Casper, who took first in his class. he also congratulated the Coleman Boys Basketball Team for its fine record.

The board had received a letter from Marinette & Menominee County Crime Stoppers thanking the village for its $200 donation toward helping make the two counties a safer place to live.

Dennis Gross advised the board that as building inspector he had responded to a question from a resident on remodeling a house, responded to a question from a potential land owner about in-ground pools and setbacks, and contacted the owner about the appearance of an apartment building.Gross noted the owner had assured him he will improve conditions by summer.

There were two building permits issued in the month, one to Alex Tisler for work on windows and doors at 205 Meadowwood Drive for $4,000, and one for Clifford Patz for re-roofing at 241 River Drive for $36,000.

Trustee Dave Podoski read the fire department report prepared by Coleman Fire Chief Tom Behnke. The department responded to four calls in February, one each for a car rolllover, a car vs deer accident, a lift assist with Coleman Rescue and a call for a house fire with Brazeau Fire. Total man hours for February were 60.75, and there had been 10 total calls for the year. Training was on Blood borne Pathogens.

Behnke noted the department is looking for new members, and is sponsoring a meat raffle and smear tournament at Kyle's Fortier's Bar on Sunday, April 19.

Podoski also read he police and municipal court report submitted by Chief Ida Soletske.

The department received nine complaints in February. There were two adult citations issued, with penalties totaling $437. There were no juvenile citations. February court cases involved 27 adults and one juvenile.

Financial report was read by Trustee Nancy Stank, who chairs the Finance committee. The village had a total of $369,705.86 in various accounts at the end of February, compared with $228,004.36 the previous month.


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