THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
City Plans Limited Holiday Christmas Decorations
Because of the slow progress in the downtown reconstruction projects and the accompanying electrical work, the City of Peshtigo Park and Recreation Committee announced at their Tuesday, Nov. 27 meeting that there will be limited Christmas/Holiday decorations in the downtown area this year.
Traditionally the city has had lighted decorations in the Riverfront Park, but with the construction work taking place, limited electrical outlets are available for plugging in lights for the trees. Also, it has been the citys tradition to place decorations on the downtown light poles, but with the slow electrical progress on the project, the decision was made not to put many of those decorations up this year.
Discussion took place about putting up more decorations around city hall, but there is only one exterior electrical outlet outside the building. However, the committee did decide to focus attention on the triangle parking lot across the street from city hall, where plans were made to erect some lighted displays.
The Committee already began making plans for next years decorations, intending to acquire new decorations during the post Christmas sales this year. It was also announced that the new light poles will be able to accommodate the citys current light pole decorations.
The Committee also received an update on the planned bus trip to the Green Bay Botanical Gardens Light Show on Dec. 8. Only 15 currently have signed up for the trip. More advertising will follow. The cost of the trip, which leaves Peshtigo at 3:30 p.m., is $15, including transportation, admission and an all-you-can-eat dinner at Old Country Buffet. Call City Hall at 715-582-3041 to sign up.
A progress report was given on investigations into an online reservation system for Badger Campground. Park and Rec Director Dave Marquardt is working with an online program and will report back at the December meeting. The Committee also discussed ways to better market the campground.
In that regard, the Committee forwarded to the City Council a recommendation to remove the one week maximum rule on cabin rentals. Other suggestions and changes were made for the campground website.
The idea was presented on possibly expanding the internet reservation program being investigated for the campground to also include other rentals in the city like the band shell, pavilions, community center, etc.
With the approach of the new year, the Committee began the process of setting firm dates for certain events in the campground. July 26-28 was set for the annual Christmas In July event, which will be forwarded to the City Council. Another event talked about included a possible expanded Nascar event. The committee is open to public suggestions for events to try at the campground.
Some discussion was also held on possibly reintroducing vending machines at the park/campground area for the summer, as well as possibly selling prepackaged firewood.
The Committee approved payment number three, with partial lien waver, dated Nov. 14 for the Boardwalk Development Project (Riverfront Park), in the amount of $95,219.19, to Alfredson Brothers Construction. Committee Chairman Cathi Malke noted that the project consultant and City Engineer George Cowell have been doing an excellent job of staying on top of everything with the project, and that Alfredson is also doing a great job.