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Peshtigo Town Hears Speeding Complaints

Issue Date: May 18, 2022

At the Tuesday, May 17 Town of Peshtigo meeting, after reviewing the minutes of several board meetings, minor changes were made by Supervisors to some of the minutes that were recorded. Most of the changes were minute grammar changes. Clerk Clarence Coble commented, 'This is turning into a play on words', after there were two changes requested by Supervisor Cindy Baur in reference to a typing error as stating no to report versus none to report. Another request to change from Baur was her asking who the board member was in one of the recorded minutes stating 'after a discussion from board member' and should have stated plural as members.

In the announcements portion of the meeting, Supervisor Kayla Furton mentioned about the NERR presentation that was given at a prior meeting for the NERR Research facility. Furton said, "They have narrowed down their potential study areas and the Peshtigo Flowage in the Town of Peshtigo is still in the running of the nine locations as well as Marinette. I will continue to follow that, I saw that as a huge positive because wherever it is in the area of the Bay of Green Bay it will benefit our area".

Resident Mark Halbrook spoke in public comment stating, "My concern is of what I believe is not a proper speed limit posting in area of the NWTC parking lots and my property. From intersection going North is Pierce Avenue which is 25 MPH and to the East on University Drive, it is also 25 MPH. In looking to the West on County Road T it is 35 MPH, which is an improved road which doesn't seem to present any problems. Looking South onto Green Gable Road, it is immediately 45 MPH at the stop sign. Given that 45 MPH is the new 60 for everyone, people are flying through that area at a high rate of speed by the NWTC parking lot and my property. The Stop Ahead sign on Green Gable Road is a quarter of a mile away from the intersection so it is totally ignored by the time they get to the stop sign. I feel strongly that we should make it a 25 MPH zone until it is clear of the NWTC parking lot. It would make it a lot safer for everyone. I have lived here since December and I have already seen two very close calls of possible accidents of people coming out of NWTC parking lot due to people traveling so fast in that area. Coming off the intersection onto Green Gable Road, the road is in poor condition and is deteriorating and being washed out. My main concern is the speed limit and I have seen kids riding their bikes down the road into the NWTC parking lot and I feel this is a safety hazard at a 45 MPH speed limit.

Baur commented, "That is probably the worst road in the town and the City says they don't own it and the Town says they don't own it". Coble added, "The City says they never took ownership of the road but they annexed the road into the City, but refused to do anything with the road". Chairperson Cindy Boyle said "Thank You so much for this report, It is in the process of being looked at".

In his Fire Department report, Fire Chief Mike Folgert said, "To date there were 12 calls that the department went on including: April 20, EMS Assist on Rehms Road; April 29 Barn Fire assist on Miles Road in Porterfield; April 30 one vehicle versus tree crash on County BB and one vehicle versus deer crash on Hwy 64 at County RW; May 1, Vehicle crash on US Hwy 41 at Cty T; May 4 EMS assist on Old Peshtigo Road; May 9 Scrap Yard fire on State Hwy 64; May 9, Tree burning on line on Green Gable Road; May 10, house fire assist on Chicago Court in Peshtigo; May 14 water rescue assist at Peshtigo River Dam on NW Front Street with a good ending of plucking three people out of the water; May 15, EMS assist on Rehms Road and most recent a fire call on May 17.

Folgert also announced that Karen Sylvester was elected Chairperson of the Fire Commission and Dale Edlebeck was elected Vice Chair. Also, the Fire Commission received an update from the Truck Committee on three option being considered for the design and purchase of a new fire engines in a couple of years. The next meeting is scheduled for June 16 to further review option and planning for the new truck.

A grant in the amount of $2,500 was received from the M&M Area Community Foundation and was awarded from the Peshtigo Endowment fund for the purchase of a new multi gas meter.

Special events for the Department include the Bellin 5K Heart Run. On April 30 the department provided traffic control during the event. On May 7 they participated in a Hwy 41 overpass salute to a VetsRoll Motorcade on its way to the launching of the USS Beloit and on June 11, the department will assist in the event honoring veterans and first responders. They will have apparatus on display and will also conduct their gun raffle drawing at 2 p.m.

In Personnel, the current roster stands at 22 volunteers with two new applicants received with background checks in progress.

Folgert stressed the importance for residents living on Shore Drive and County BB to be specific on directions and addresses if they would need to call for an emergency situation. Due to Shore Drive connecting with County BB, in some instances there are two homes with the same numbered address but one is specific to County BB and the other is specific to Shore Drive.

Unfortunately after dispatch got as much information as possible for a recent emergency call, the address was not clearly stated as being specific as to being a Shore Drive location or County B location. Therefore, the emergency service went to the wrong location due to both ends of the road having duplicate numbers.

Folgert stated it that it is very important to give detailed directions and be sure to reference that your address is on Shore Drive or County BB and if possible note your actual mailing address, fire number and reference cross roads that are near.

With new Supervisors on the board, Boyle announced the Standing Chair Designations and Ad-Hoc Committee members. Committees that remained the same are: Finance - Supervisor Kayla Furton; Recycling Center - Supervisor Cindy Baur; Ad-hoc Water Committee - Chairperson Cindy Boyle; Ad-hoc Public Projects Grants Committee - Supervisor Kayla Furton; Ad-hoc Policy Committee - Chairperson Cindy Boyle; Ad-hoc Policy Committee - Chairperson Cindy Boyle; Ad-hoc Personnel/ Human Resources Committee - Cindy Baur and Ad-Hoc Technology Committee - Chairperson Cindy Boyle.

Both the Roads Committee and Buildings and Grounds Committee will be represented by newly elected Supervisors Tatum Schroeder and John Kowalski. Schroeder brings experience to the role of both committees with being involved in the family businesses of Cramer Excavating owned by her father and Schroeder Construction owne

d by her and her husband.

In her Recycling Committee report, Baur stated the first shredding event was held, but resulted in a low turnout. However the 25 people that did use the shredding service was very appreciative that this option was provided. There was 500 pound of materials that were shredded.

Boyle reminded Supervisor Kowalski that there is no snow removal contract in place and he would need to think about acquiring bids for snow removal. After brief discussion Coble pointed out "You don't want to put out for bid for services such as snowplowing and grading. You need to ask for proposals or quotes so you can choose the services rather than be locked into the lowest bid. The lowest bid is not always the best service".

The Board had a discussion on the Building Infrastructure Law (BIL) funding. The cost of this infrastructure funding would be 20% which would be only about a third of the cost of what the total amount would be. If the funding was awarded for all the projects, the total cost would be $921,000 worth of road work with the Town's portion to pay would only be $331,000. We are hoping to be awarded at least some of the funding for repair of our roads. All the costs of administrating the road project would be covered by the program.

We removed Dahl Road from the first list because it had recently been chip sealed. Per Supervisor Kowalski's suggestion I added a section of Radar Road from Old Peshtigo to the 90 degree turn, basically to Radar itself, then Old Peshtigo Road, Flame Road to Radar Road. That section is significantly more deteriorated than further down. From previous approval the roads that were approved were Frontage Road, Krause Road,Harbor Road, Little River Road and Hale School Road.

If all awarded, the timeline would be, in 2023 the design for Hale School Road to Harbor Road would go out. Next year would be construction and additional design Then it would be the Krause Road construction and rest of design costs and finally the rest of the construction.

Boyle asked for approval to start investigating water infrastructure grant applications and administration of the grant . She asked if we can start to look for relationships that we can submit an RFP or RFQ for someone to assist us in the grant opportunities related to water and infrastructure. Just like the roads, we need assistance for the grant application and if awarded the implementation. She asked for formal approval to start researching and come back to the board with information. The board approved Boyle's request.

Furton submitted a request to Senator Baldwins office for $74 million for long term water options. Of the amount, 80% would be funded and 20% would be from local support. Furton found out on May 16 that Senator Baldwins office approved to move that forward but that would leave $15 million dollars of the Town's responsibility which could come from grant dollars but not from federal dollars. I would make a motion to let Baldwin office know that we would like to move forward if we are not locked in. Boyle interjected saying this is earmarked money but not final yet. It was approved to move forward as long as the town is not locked in.

The meeting convened into closed session for negotiation of potential water service solutions to address PFAS contamination and update new supervisors on strategy of Grant and Eisenhofer legal counsel.

The next regular board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 21.


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