space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin - Is It Spring?...
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Peshtigo's Lepkowski Heads To State; OFalls Sends Six Led By Trepanier/Ash
* Coleman Sends Six Wrestlers To State; Florence/Niagara, Oconto Send 1 Each
* Six M&O Teams to Play in Regional Semis
* Lena Stops Suring in OT; Peshtigo Clinches M&O Title
* Peshtigo and Suring Remain in Contention for M&O Title

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

County Budget Approved; Employees Get 1% Raise

The public was notably missing from Marinette County Board’s Public Hearing Tuesday, Nov. 13 on their proposed 2013 budget. The levy of $14,891,970 is up very slightly from last year’s $14,738,407. The tax rate also is up very slightly, from 4.14 mills last year to 4.19 mills. The county tax would have been $414 on a $100,000 property last year, and under the 2012 levy rate will be $419. County taxes account for approximately one quarter of the total property tax bill.

The board approved a one percent across the board wage and salary increase for all county employees except Sheriff’s Department sworn deputies, who continue to have contracts negotiated by their union, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA), and elected officials, whose salaries by law must be set before they can circulate nomination papers for new terms. The motion included a provision referring to perameters being set by Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission or the courts, since there are still lawsuits that could change the state’s negotiating rules. The existing highway department union contract sunsets on Dec. 31, after which they too will be subject to the county’s 1 percent raise.

Personnel Committee Chair Connie Seefeldt reminded the board there were no raises at all last year for county employees, and that this year they will be paying more toward fringe benefits.

County Administrator Ellen Sorensen said the 1 percent raise equals $400 a year more for an employee earning $40,000 a year, but raises in the amounts they contribute toward health and dental insurance, retirement, FICA and other benefits is more than the raise, which only mitigates their drop in take-home pay. She said they would need to give 2.3 percent annual increases to keep people whole. She added they could not absorb that amount of raise in the budget, one percent is what we thought we could do.

Law Enforcement Committee recommendations to award the jail food service contract to Aramark for 2013 through 2016, and approve an as-needed agreement with Wisconsin Lock and Load Prisoner Transports for in-state conveyance and extradition services for the Sheriff’s Department were both approved after some questions were answered.

Sheriff Jerry Sauve said the meal contract with CVM had expired and Aramark was low among four or five bidders. He and jail staff sat down with Aramark and found they met all their requirements. Meals will cost a bit less under the new contract, but actual price depends on the number of prisoners being fed.

Supervisor Ken Keller, Chair of the Law Enforcement Committee, said he had been present when bids were opened.

Sorensen said Brown County had Aramark for years and they were well satisfied. She had toured their facility and found it very satisfactory.

Supervisor Alice Baumgarten asked Sheriff Sauve if he had tasted the Aramark food, and he replied,Not yet.

In regard to the prisoner transport contract, Sauve explained it is not exclusive, but having the contract allows him to use the service when it best serves us. He said it can help prevent overtime for deputies and delay in prisoner transports. Keller commended Sauve for seeking the agreement, describing it as a service that is long overdue and will save the county money in the long run.

On the resolution asking for a continued state trooper assigned to the county, Sauve said the current trooper is retiring and the state at this time does not plan to replace him. He said his requests may be falling on deaf ears, but he has received strong support from other law enforcement agencies in municipalities throughout the county. He will be at the state sheriff’s conference later this year, which happens to be held on the State Patrol Training Academy campus, and plans to reiterate his request there.

In a no choice situation the county approved a routine maintenance agreement with the state in which the Highway Department will receive $1,575,100 from the Wisconsin DOT for highway maintenance. This is a three percent cut from prior years, but County Board Chair Vilas Schroeder commented, It is something we have no control over, so we’ll have to make do. Highway Committee Chair Russ Bousley said they may need to do a bit less brush cutting and mowing to keep costs down.

Parking in the annex lot near the east entrance to the courthouse is now limited to two hours. Seefeldt asked why the limit, saying she often finds no cars parked there. Supervisor Mike Behnke, who chairs the Buildings and Property Committee, said they are trying to keep parking spaces open for people who want to get into the Courthouse to do their business and leave again, rather than for those who will be parking all day. Even the judges no longer park there. Supervisor Nick Lakari asked how the parking limit will be enforced. Behnke expressed hope people will just be honest enough for now to follow the rule, but said they have an agreement with the Marinette City Police Chief that when requested officers will come across the street to issue tickets for over-long parking in the courthouse lot. Fines will be levied and paid to the city Municipal Court as determined by city ordinance.

Supervisor Gilbert Engel asked what will happen to people waiting more than two hours for court appearances, and Behnke said if that is the case they can void their tickets.

Baumgarten asked if they do not have enough parking. Sorensen said they do have a lot of parking, but there are times when all the lots around the courthouse are packed. Baumgarten noted employees of other businesses in the area often park in one or another of the county lots. Keller agreed that has been a problem for years, and said he feels that will need to be addressed in the future.

Supervisor Don Pazynski said they also could use more handicapped parking spaces. He said so far he has always managed to find one, but has seen others turn away because they were full.

The morning had started at 9 a.m. with the regular County Board meeting. Supervisor Ken Mattison was excused. The other 29 supervisors were on hand for what in some years has proven to be a long and arduous day. This year proved to be different.

In the 38-minute opening session the board took care of all the regular monthly county business on the day’s agenda, and then was obliged to break until the 11 a.m. scheduled start of the Budget Hearing.

When the Budget ˙earing opened there were no members of the public present to comment for or against it, but several supervisors had questions. After the hearing the board briefly continued its budget discussion and voted unanimous approval before adjourning at approximately 11:30 a.m.

The entire budget process on Tuesday lasted approximately half an hour, but culminated months of deliberation, cuts and planning by Sorensen and her administrative assistant Gina Teeple, Finance Director Pat Kass, committees and department heads.

Several supervisors complimented Sorensen and Teeple on the new budget format, and said they found it much easier to understand. After an error was pointed out by Engel, Sorensen said there were a few errors to be corrected in the 158-page document, including a misplaced decimal point that would have authorized a whole army of librarians had it not been discovered and corrected.

During the regular meeting the board unanimously approved a resolution asking the state to continue having Wisconsin State Patrol Resident Troopers stationed in Marinette County.

Supervisors posed a few questions before unanimously approving Sorensen’s appointment of Marinette Police Chief John Mabry and Circuit Court Judge James Morrison to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee with no term expirations.

Supervisor Engel asked why there were so many positions with no term limits on that committee. Sorensen explained that is the way County Board had initially set it up. She added that the position is advisory only, and appointments are by position. She said Judge Morrison had been named to fill a vacancy created when Judge David Miron resigned from the committee.

Keller said it was set up that way for continuity.

Behnke added that the positions on the committee are filled by the main players in the Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement system. They are the people in the best position to see the needs, to judge what is working and what needs to be done.

Sorensen added the positions have no term limits, but from time to time the persons who fill those positions change, and then so does the person on the committee.

Engel, who represents the City of Niagara on County Board is himself a former Health and Human Services employee, had some questions and comments about a recommendation from both the Personnel and Health and Human Services committees to eliminate the existing HHSD intensive in-home therapist position in Niagara in favor of creating an additional 40-hour per week mental therapist position effective Jan. 1. He wanted to know why the position was being eliminated in Niagara and not in Marinette, and declared the in-home therapist post was created to allow the social worker to visit the homes of people who will not or cannot come in to their office, the most vulnerable and high risk families in the county.

It’s a change of philosophy, HHSD Administrator Robin Elsner told Engel, a change to an integrated services team rather than an intensive in-home position. He said this will give them broader services for some individuals and a broader ability to deliver services for citizens in the northern part of the county.

The change will be about an $8,000 increase in wages because the new position will be for a 40-hour work week while the old one was 35 hours. But the department will be able to bill for more services, which will provide offsetting income.

To another question from Engel, Elsner said the new therapist will continue to work from the Niagara office, but the new position gives flexibility to do a number of things, including work in the community.

An explanation in the budget book prepared by Sorensen shows that of the $419 tax on that theoretical $100,000 home, $165 goes for law enforcement, $41 for Central Dispatch and Emergency Management, $63 for Highways, $80 for Health and Human Services, $17 for the court systems, $2 for Twin County Airport, $20 for Land Information Systems, $5 for Veterans, $8 for Extension, $2 for Economic Development, $3 for Tourism promotion, $4 for Child Support, $5 for the Elderly Services agency, $2 for care and maintenance of UW Marinette campus buildings.

It also provides $15 for parks and other outdoor recreation, $2 for Camp Bird Youth Center, $26 for Library Services, and nothing for debt service, which is funded by the half a percent county sales tax.

Profitable operation of the Forestry Department generates over $2 million that in effect cuts $38 off taxes that would otherwise need to be levied on that $100,000 home, and all other programs, departments and administration, including county board, corporation counsel, county clerk, treasurer, finance and building and grounds departments cuts a total of $1 from the tax on a $100,000 home, mainly because unallocated state aid, interest on delinquent property taxes and interest on investments are credited to those departments, and income from Register of Deeds office cuts another $2 from the amount needed for the levy.

Highway Department revenue and expenditure allocations for 2013 balanced at $19,347,063, up approximately $1.25 million from last year’s $18,009,904.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
02-22-2017Front Page
PLACE SECOND

02-22-2017Front Page
County May Donate $1.5 Million For Marinette Community Center

02-22-2017Front Page
Lt. Ducane Is New Traffic Safety Commission Chair

02-22-2017Front Page
Pottratz, Wiedemeier, Staudenmaier, Buechler Win In Town of Peshtigo

02-22-2017Front Page
County Jail Population Nears Excess Capacity

02-22-2017Sports
Peshtigo's Lepkowski Heads To State; OFalls Sends Six Led By Trepanier/Ash

02-22-2017Sports
Coleman Sends Six Wrestlers To State; Florence/Niagara, Oconto Send 1 Each

02-22-2017Sports
Six M&O Teams to Play in Regional Semis

02-22-2017Sports
Lena Stops Suring in OT; Peshtigo Clinches M&O Title

02-22-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin - Is It Spring?...

02-22-2017Perspectives
From My Window - Part II - Going, Going, Gone

02-22-2017Perspectives
From Our Readers

02-22-2017Perspectives
From Our Readers

02-22-2017Obituaries
Florence A. Zielinski

02-22-2017Obituaries
Illma E. Young

02-22-2017Obituaries
Harvey Wellnitz

02-22-2017Obituaries
Jon Wangerin

02-22-2017Obituaries
Rev. Donald F. Wandersee

02-22-2017Obituaries
Dorothy M. Van

02-22-2017Obituaries
Eugene J. Turner

02-22-2017Obituaries
Gary R. Steinwehr

02-22-2017Obituaries
Beatrice V. Olson

02-22-2017Obituaries
Patricia L. Milbach

02-22-2017Obituaries
Roxanne L. Huff

02-22-2017Obituaries
Glendon A. Harvey

02-22-2017Obituaries
James A. Briley

02-22-2017Obituaries
Kenneth G. Becker

02-22-2017Obituaries
Pat Waselchuk

02-22-2017Obituaries
Bruce F. Schulz

02-22-2017Obituaries
William J. Pytleski

02-22-2017Obituaries
Arlene E. Peterson

02-22-2017Obituaries
Michael E. Linley

02-22-2017Obituaries
Roy E. Johnson

02-22-2017Obituaries
Donald B. Geurts

02-22-2017Obituaries
Barry Danford

02-22-2017Obituaries
Coreena L. Chaltry

02-22-2017Community - Wausaukee
Lions Bowling Tourney Mar. 11, 18

02-22-2017Community - Wausaukee
Town Board of Audit Finds Books in Order

02-22-2017Community - Wausaukee
Youth Rally at Wausaukee Feb. 28

02-22-2017Community - Wausaukee
Town Board of Audit Finds Books in Order

02-22-2017Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Board Okays Ordinance Amendments

02-22-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Area Woman's Club Girls Night Out Apr. 17

02-22-2017Community - Crivitz
11 at Monday Card Group

02-22-2017Community - Coleman
Register for Trinity School 3K, 4K

02-22-2017Community - Coleman
Equity Park Annual Craft Fair, Flea Market

02-22-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman/Pound Has Busy Court Action

02-22-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Child Development Days, RegisterJr. Kindergarten

02-22-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board Feb. 27

02-15-2017Front Page
Organize Citizens Building Committee for School Options

02-15-2017Front Page
Town of Peshtigo Has Feb. 21 Primaries for Chair, Supervisor

02-15-2017Front Page
Two Week Trial For Menominee Murder Suspect Is Underway

02-15-2017Front Page
Wausaukee Rescue Squad Has Annual Meeting Feb. 12

02-15-2017Front Page
Primaries Feb. 21 For State School Superintendent, Peshtigo Town Offices

02-15-2017Community - Coleman
CCBA To Meet at Barnstormers

02-15-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Accepts Open Enrollment

02-15-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman K.C. Plans March 3rd Fish Fry

02-15-2017Community - Coleman
Youth Baseball Signup Dates

02-15-2017Community - Crivitz
Country Gospel Jam Feb. 17

02-15-2017Community - Crivitz
Middle Inlet Eligible For T.R.I.D, T.R.I.P In 2018

02-15-2017Community - Crivitz
Stephenson Board Approves Rescue Squad Contracts

02-15-2017Community - Crivitz
Clip-Clop Trail Riders Receive $4100 Donation

02-15-2017Community - Wausaukee
Lions Bowling Tourney Mar. 11, 18

02-15-2017Community - Wausaukee
Winners in Silver Cliff Card Party

02-15-2017Community - Wausaukee
Youth Rally at Wausaukee Feb. 28

02-15-2017Community - Wausaukee
Guest Speakers at Presbyterian Churches

02-15-2017Obituaries
Raymond Younger

02-15-2017Obituaries
William J. Wazniak 

02-15-2017Obituaries
Gordon VanLaanen

02-15-2017Obituaries
Willard S. Paugh, Jr.

02-15-2017Obituaries
Dennis L. Nicklaus

02-15-2017Obituaries
Shelby J. Mcbride

02-15-2017Obituaries
Eleanor LaLiberte 

02-15-2017Obituaries
Lon M. LeFebre

02-15-2017Obituaries
Ella Just

02-15-2017Obituaries
May A. (Bates) Jandt

02-15-2017Obituaries
Richard Gibbs 

02-15-2017Obituaries
Warren J. Faust 

02-15-2017Obituaries
Betty Lou Erdman

02-15-2017Obituaries
Robert J. Dyer

02-15-2017Obituaries
H. Bielinski Sr.

02-15-2017Obituaries
Lodavine I. Thorne

02-15-2017Obituaries
Thomas A. Rost

02-15-2017Obituaries
Marcia J. Ottmar

02-15-2017Obituaries
Robert E. Mays

02-15-2017Obituaries
James Mastejko

02-15-2017Obituaries
Lorraine V. Marrs

02-15-2017Obituaries
Lavina M. Hofer

02-15-2017Obituaries
Gregory F. Gritt

02-15-2017Obituaries
Jeffrey M. Forgette

02-15-2017Obituaries
Guy Jordan Erb, Jr.

02-15-2017Obituaries
Clarence E. Engel

02-15-2017Obituaries
Scott A. Baumler

02-15-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

02-15-2017Perspectives
From our readers

02-15-2017Perspectives
From My Window

02-15-2017Sports
Peshtigo and Suring Remain in Contention for M&O Title

02-15-2017Sports
Peshtigo Experience Shines Against Wausaukee

02-15-2017Sports
Area Wrestlers Advance to Sectional Competition

02-15-2017Sports
Lady Bucs Finish Undefeated; Win Third Straight WCC Title

02-08-2017Obituaries
Peter R. Zimmer

02-08-2017Obituaries
Clutch Zeske 

02-08-2017Obituaries
David W. Wickstrom

02-08-2017Obituaries
Marilyn S. VanBeek

02-08-2017Obituaries
Virgil C. Thomson

02-08-2017Obituaries
Mary L. Olson

02-08-2017Obituaries
Joseph M. Massie

02-08-2017Obituaries
Terry J. Nelson

02-08-2017Obituaries
Carmelita S. Lloyd

02-08-2017Obituaries
Alfred C. Lindstrom, Jr.

02-08-2017Obituaries
Robert Leafe

02-08-2017Obituaries
Shirley A. Konop

02-08-2017Obituaries
Marie J. Konell

02-08-2017Obituaries
Leslie L. Kehl

02-08-2017Obituaries
Bernard L. Jashinsky

02-08-2017Obituaries
Father Norman A. Clisch

02-08-2017Obituaries
Andre M. Christenson

02-08-2017Obituaries
Sister Jacqueline Capelle, OSF

02-08-2017Obituaries
Beatrice Bushey

02-08-2017Obituaries
Helen Stec

02-08-2017Obituaries
Gustav J. Schenkoske

02-08-2017Obituaries
Ivan W. Lusardi, Sr

02-08-2017Obituaries
Ronald J. Laundree

02-08-2017Obituaries
Rudolph J. Kristoff

02-08-2017Obituaries
Gaylord H. King

02-08-2017Obituaries
Tracy J. Heinz

02-08-2017Obituaries
George W. Felch

02-08-2017Obituaries
Joseph DeGroot

02-08-2017Obituaries
Duane Braham

02-08-2017Obituaries
Blanche B. Bolen

02-08-2017Obituaries
Leona Berg

02-08-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

02-08-2017Obituaries
Lillian M. Belongia

02-08-2017Community - Wausaukee
Sweet Sale for Wausaukee Church

02-08-2017Perspectives
From our readers

02-08-2017Perspectives
From My Window

02-08-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Wine, Beer Tasting Event

02-08-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Lions Bowl Tourney

02-08-2017Community - Wausaukee
Collect 56 Units in Blood Drive

02-08-2017Sports
M&O Boys Basketball - Suring/Lena Keep Title Hopes Alive

02-08-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Area Woman's Club Offers Scholarships

02-08-2017Community - Crivitz
Parkinson Meeting at Menominee on Feb. 16

02-08-2017Community - Crivitz
State Park Plans Candlelight Hike

02-08-2017Community - Crivitz
High Falls Fish-O-Rama, Radar Run, and Winterfest

02-08-2017Sports
M&O Girls Basketball - Peshtigo Maintains Lead Going Into Final Stretch

02-08-2017Community - Coleman
Local Winners in Free Throw Contest

02-08-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman KC Free Throw Contest

02-08-2017Sports
Area Grapplers Start Post-Season Tournaments

02-08-2017Community - Coleman
Living Waters Church Holds Annual Meeting

02-08-2017Community - Coleman
CCBA Meet February 16

02-08-2017Front Page
RECEIVE DEFIBRILLATOR


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do You Support President Trumps Executive Order on Immigration?
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