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Letter to Editor:

There are two Zoning Plans that everybody in Marinette County should be very concerned about. One is the “Title 13 Zoning Ordinance” in the Town of Stephenson and the other is “Shoreland Zoning NR115 Rules”. Both are being strongly considered by local government bodies. Both will greatly impact property owners and all our tax dollars. Any time that more rules of any kind are made into laws it further limits property owners use of their property and costs folks money. Someone has to be employed to oversee the new rules, there is paperwork, permits and fees required. The penalties for not doing the paperwork or following the rules result in fines and cost the owners still more money.

Many towns seem to follow the Town of Stephenson’s lead so while you may think that what happens in Stephenson does not matter to you it will eventually. The worst potential issues I see will be for a property owner that has a business in their home, adjacent to it or not in an area zoned for business. Most likely the owner won’t be able to sell the business or even transfer it in the future. Not to mention that a bank won’t lend money against a business that cannot be sold or transferred to another person as a working business. I have a business and I know this to be a fact!

Shoreland Zoning NR115 Rules will greatly limit the building or improvements on all property within 300’ of any type of water in the State of Wisconsin. Keep in mind that the state-wide shoreland zoning rules already limit the owners by not allowing any new building within 75’ of the high water mark. This means that 25% of the land cannot be built on already! They often talk about doing “mitigation” as a way to still be able to do what you want. I live year round next to a weekend place on Lake Noquebay where the owners had to do “mitigation.” Frankly, their lake front yard (“mitigation”) is an eyesore and the weeds that they planted are not cared for either as that is also what “mitigation” seems to require. I’d invite anyone to come to my house for a look at this eyesore called “mitigation” I look at every day while paying high taxes for the privilege of living on a lake in Northeastern Wisconsin.

One of the biggest reasons I moved up north other than for the peace and quiet was to get away from so many rules and regulations. There are plenty of zoning and building rules in place already so we need voters and taxpayers to turn out for the meetings as well as to contact all elected officials and tell them what you think about “Title 13 Zoning Ordinance” in the Town of Stephenson, “Shoreland Zoning NR115 Rules” and any more zoning rules in general. Thanks!

Sincerely,

Pete Pfankuch



To the Editor:

As we come to the close of the 2012 Marinette Youth Baseball & Softball season we would like to take a moment to thank everyone who supports our program.

We would like to thank all the volunteers and local businesses that helped make this season happen. Without the support of parents, local businesses and community members our program could not thrive. We rely on the volunteer time of the players’ parents and other community members who step up to help us out.

We want to also thank all area businesses and individuals who donated to our 10th annual Fun Night Raffle that was held on September 15. With their support and the support of everyone who purchased a ticket and enjoyed a fun evening our raffle was a success.

We look forward to the continued partnership that we share with everyone in the coming seasons.

Dave Francour,

On behalf of the Marinette Youth

Baseball & Softball Board of Directors



Editor:

It’s been about 10 years since I wrote to then Assemblyman John Gard as to why there was no law requiring mud flaps on dump trucks. He had written me back verifying the lack of a law and referred me to Senator Dave Hansen.

I wrote to Dave about my concerns and he replied, suggesting I get hold of John Gard.

I could see that they didn’t have a problem with someone’s windshield being chipped or broken so I wrote to Governor Doyle only to receive a letter about another subject.

I started to wonder if the dump truck folks had a lobby in Madison fighting the use of mud flaps.

I was going to give up until a stone from a dump truck cracked my windshield.

I wrote to Assemblyman John Nygren, telling him of the no mud flap situation and mentioned that the Third World country of Belize requires mud flaps on dump trucks. He replied, saying he would look into it.

He obviously didn’t find it to be a problem because that was two years ago.

Respectfully,

Robert Davis


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