space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Menominee Sportsman Fall Trap League Begins Sept. 1
* 2015 Volleyball Season Underway
* Bulldogs K.O. Kewaunee; Smith Leads Strong Defense
* Russ’s Rangers Win in Final Seconds, 20-14
* Marines Seek to Re-establish in North Eastern Conference

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

City Property Tax Levy Is Up One Cent Per $1,000

City of Peshtigo property owners will see their tax bill go up slightly this year, but only one penny of the anticipated 28 cents per $1,000 tax increase is due to city expenses, and the remaining 27 cents is from the school district levy hike, Mayor Al Krizenesky pointed out at the conclusion of the City Council’s public hearing on the budget at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. He said the increase for city and school purposes equates to $28 for the year on a $100,000 home.

The School Tax Credit allocation from the state is still not known, but when the money is designated it will be used to reduce the gross tax rate to the net rate listed on the tax bill, for which at least the first half is due on Jan. 31.

The gross tax last year, prior to subtracting the school tax credit, was $20.20 per $1,000 of equalized assessed value to support all the taxing entities - city, school, county, state and NWTC. This year the gross rate is $20.49 per $1,000. That rate will be reduced by whatever amount comes from the state for school tax credits. The bottom line of the total property tax bill will not be known until that number is announced.

There were no members of the public at the hearing, and no one spoke for or against the proposed city budget and tax levy. Budget and levy figures were read by Alderman Mike Behnke, chair of the Finance Committee. During the regular Council meeting that followed the proposed city budget and related tax levies were unanimously approved.

This year’s budget provides for city expenses totaling $3,116,319, offset by anticipated revenues of $2,507,218, requiring a city levy of $609,101 plus Tax Increment District levy of $170,466. Total assessed value of city properties is $159,207,843, plus $35,174,900 for the TIF District.

First item on the regular Council agenda was a letter from Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc., asking the city to contribute toward purchase of new vehicles, particularly a transport unit that costs over $120,000.

Alderman Mary Lock asked if the budget included money for the Squad, and suggested the request be referred to the Finance Committee. Clerk/Treasurer Mary Ann Wills said the city allocated $2,000 for the Squad this year, as it does every year. That payment will go out in January.

Alderman Cathi Malke, a Rescue Squad officer, explained the letter is a request for an additional contribution. “This is probably the only squad in the whole United States that does not charge for its services, so we are dependent on the communities for support,” she declared. She said the Squad needs two new vehicles and can save a great deal of money by buying them both at the same time. She said one of the vehicles being replaced is permanently stationed in Peshtigo.

Krizenesky commented there is probably money in fund balances to provide for an added contribution. The request was referred to the Finance Committee.

A proposal from Krizenesky that the city send a letter to the Peshtigo School District asking that a member of the City Council be part of closed meetings on buying land for a new school was changed to a proposal that instead the school board president or a member that he designates be asked to report to City Council, in open or closed session as necessary.

Krizenesky explained the city will be asked to play a big part in future plans for a new school, particularly in terms of requests for extension of sewer and water services and probable annexation of property, and should be kept informed and have input into school district plans. He said several alderpersons had approached him with requests that they be kept better informed of discussions in closed session school board meetings on the subject.

The school board has been looking into the possibility of building a new high school outside the present city limits.

“My feeling is we need to know what is going on,” Gryzwa agreed. “The school is the city’s largest employer, and the school is an important part of the city’s commercial district.” He said many city businesses are not in favor of moving the school away from downtown.

Lock commented there are three school board seats up for election this spring, “and if somebody was truly interested, they could run for school board.” She asked what good it would do to have one alderpersonn attend school board meetings, since they could not report back to the full Council in any case if the school board discussions were held in closed session. She suggested Council should have a closed session to hear a report from the School Board president or someone he designates, and that suggestion was ultimately accepted by the full Council.

Malke objected to the school board discussing the future location of the school behind closed doors in any case. “When they are discussing the future of the city everyone should have input,” she declared.

Krizenesky reiterated Gryzwa’s comment that some city businessmen want to keep the school in the city, since it is a benefit to their businesses.

There were comments that discussing possible property purchases in open session could result in a price hike.

Alderperson Fred Meintz commented the School Board did not keep the city informed the last time they were considering a property purchase that would affect the city by way of annexation and sewer and water services.

Meintz said the School Board should be asked to inform the Council what they are contemplating. Behnke noted the School Board could invite the Council to attend their closed sessions any time they want to.

Eventually Lock, with a second from Behnke, moved to invite the School Board president to report on proposals for any land purchase at a City Council meeting, in either closed or open session, as they prefer. That motion was unanimously approved.

Vernon Dumke was on hand to explain a request that the lien the city holds against a flat bed trailer as collateral for a UDAG be transferred to a skidder valued at $12,000 to $15,000. He explained he no longer uses the trailer, which is valued at approximately $4,000, and can trade it to Frank’s Logging for logs that he can use. He said Frank’s will benefit from getting a flatbed they can use, he will benefit from getting logs he can use, and the city will benefit by a lien on equipment with greater value.

Lock asked who set the value on the skidder, and wondered why the request went directly to Council rather than to the UDAG Committee.

Krizenesky said going through UDAG would delay the transaction by at least a month or two. Alderman Tim Colburn pointed out the city, not UDAG, holds the lien. “He’s been honest with us, and his interest payments are up to date,” Krizenesky added.

Dumke said business has picked up with Aacer and since Wade Fronsee bought the Forest Products business he no longer needs to haul his logs.

Gryzwa, who serves on the UDAG Committee, reminded Dumke and the Council that UDAG will rewrite the Dumke loan on March 31. He felt they should have an updated appraisal on all assets of the firm.

“We don’t want to bury another business,” Krizenesky declared. He felt who pays for the appraisals should be discussed, and Gryzwa agreed.

When the discussion ended everyone voted in favor of granting Dumke’s request.

City Engineer George Cowell reported there had been a pre-construction meeting on transportation enhancement grant project held earlier that day, and they hope to get electric conduit for the new street lights wired up to the bridge before really bad weather sets in. He expects construction will start Thursday morning. If all goes well they will have about a week and a half to get the conduit work done, and then when the new lights arrive they can be connected.

Lock asked what would be done about the bumps and the guard rail, and Cowell said the bumps will be fixed when spring comes and the DOT is looking into the safety aspects of the guard rail requests and will report back to the city in writing.

By unanimous vote Council approved Finance Committee recommendations to renew insurance coverage with EMC Insurance Companies for 2013 and authorized Krizenesky to sign the necessary documents. They agreed to retain Schenck to do the 2012 audit for the city at a cost of $19,120, and to have Schenck also audit Riverside Cemetery Association records for $1,030, with that cost to be paid by Riverside Cemetery.

Council approved a Taxicab Service license for Kenneth Coddington after Behnke, reporting for the License and Police committee, said all his other licenses and permits are up to date.

Council also approved a request from Nancy Bruce to transfer the Class B retail license to serve fermented malt beverages for BLB Enterprise LLC from 811 French Street to 101 S. Emery Ave. The license change will allow sale of fermented malt beverages at the corner restaurant that they expect to open on Friday.

Malke, as chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee, reported there are still seats available on the bus trip to the Botanical Gardens Light Show in Green Bay on Saturday, Dec. 8. She said they will be eating at the Golden Corral, and not Old Country Buffet as previously announced. After the meeting Malke said the $15 cost of the trip pays for the meal. WPS, a sponsor of the trip, is paying for the bus and the Botanical Gardens admission tickets.

Council approved committee recommendations to remove the one week maximum for stays in the Badger Park cabins, approved plans for Christmas in July at the campgrounds on July 26 and 27, with campers to be allowed to stay for three nights while paying for only two, and agreed to advertise for campground hosts for Badger Park for the summer.

Also on Malke’s recommendation they agreed to pay Alfredson Brothers Construction Co. $95,219.19 and allow partial lien waivers for payment No. three on the Riverfront Park Boardwalk Development project.

In relation to that project, Malke happily declared, “I am proud to report there have been no geese in that park yet!” She said geese are reputed to prefer open and unrestricted spaces, so the bench, gazebos, lights, board walk etc. being installed there are making the park less desirable for geese and more inviting for citizens.

On motion from Colburn, as chair of the Personnel Committee, Council approved Fire Chief Steve Anderson’s recommendation to change the head truck driver from Joseph Bayer to Christopher Rhode, effective Dec. 1 at the established salary for the position.

Meintz, chair of the Water and Sewer committee, commented council was already aware of the $61,916 Focus on Energy grant.

On his recommendation Council approved partial payment of $463,431 to Oudenhoven Construction, Inc., for work on the wastewater treatment plant aeration system improvements.

Meintz said he, Cowell, Consultant Chris Kaempfer of Kaempfer and Associates and two workers from the Wastewater Treatment plant had an inspection on Nov. 1, and a list of things to be done will be compiled. The list may be long.

“There will be action to require better maintenance than has been going on,” Meintz declared. “You’ll be hearing more about that!” he promised.

As chair of the Fire, Lighting and Building Committee, Meintz noted the city received a letter from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin regarding the Strategic Energy Assessment for Jan. 1, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2018 advising them that copies of the projected energy needs document are available on-line and will be sent by mail if requested.

There were five building permits issued in November, the largest to Steven and Tammy Kasal for an estimated $535,000 commercial building at 830 French Street. The permit required a variance for less than a 20 foot rear setback and fewer than the required number of parking spaces. The variances were approved by the Board of Appeals on Tuesday, Nov. 27, so construction of what is to be a 91,000 square foot Dollar General store can go forward as soon as plans receive the required state approval.

There were comments that installation of the new city warning sirens is complete, and they will be tested on Friday, Dec. 7.

The next Council meeting will be on Wednesday, Jan. 2 because the first Monday of the month is also New Year’s Day.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
08-27-2015Sports
Menominee Sportsman Fall Trap League Begins Sept. 1

08-27-2015Sports
2015 Volleyball Season Underway

08-27-2015Sports
Bulldogs K.O. Kewaunee; Smith Leads Strong Defense

08-27-2015Sports
Russ’s Rangers Win in Final Seconds, 20-14

08-27-2015Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Picnic Is Big Success

08-27-2015Community - Wausaukee
50 Units Goal in Blood Drive

08-27-2015Community - Crivitz
Stephenson Seeks Lower Speed Limits, Snowplow Bids

08-27-2015Community - Crivitz
Soup to Nuts Host Marovich Dinner Show

08-27-2015Community - Crivitz
Maye, Nelson Get Scholarships

08-27-2015Community - Crivitz
Final Movie in the Park Aug. 27

08-27-2015Community - Crivitz
Crivitz School Starts Sept. 11

08-27-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-27-2015Perspectives
Love Isn’t Labor

08-27-2015Perspectives
Our Prayer

08-27-2015Perspectives
To the Editor:

08-27-2015Perspectives
Letter to Editor:

08-27-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

08-27-2015Community - Coleman
New Staff Members For Coleman School District

08-27-2015Obituaries
John C. Wessel

08-27-2015Obituaries
William Allen Swenson

08-27-2015Community - Coleman
Special School Board Meeting

08-27-2015Obituaries
Richard G. Smith Sr.

08-27-2015Community - Coleman
North Country Kickers Start Dance Lessons

08-27-2015Obituaries
Peter E. Smith

08-27-2015Community - Coleman
Area Senior Club To Meet Aug. 31

08-27-2015Obituaries
Donald L. Samsa

08-27-2015Obituaries
Marvin F. Reindl

08-27-2015Obituaries
Shirley M. Race

08-27-2015Obituaries
Todd A. Millette

08-27-2015Obituaries
Brenda L. Kopatz

08-27-2015Front Page
Large Crowd at “Walk in the Past” at Fire Cemetery

08-27-2015Obituaries
Dennis M. Klaus

08-27-2015Obituaries
Gary J. Homa

08-27-2015Front Page
County Hires Firm for Capital Improvement Loans

08-27-2015Obituaries
Jack Christian

08-27-2015Front Page
Saputo Cheese Gives $25,000 for New Coleman School Playground

08-27-2015Obituaries
John C. Wessel

08-27-2015Obituaries
William A. Swenson

08-27-2015Front Page
Crivitz High School Debt Will Be Paid Off In 2017

08-27-2015Obituaries
Richard G. Smith Sr.

08-27-2015Front Page
Famed Researcher Offers Advice, Information on Parkinson’s Disease

08-27-2015Obituaries
Peter E. Smith

08-27-2015Obituaries
Donald L. Samsa

08-27-2015Obituaries
Marvin F. Reindl

08-27-2015Obituaries
Shirley M. Race

08-27-2015Obituaries
Todd A. Millette

08-27-2015Obituaries
Brenda L. Kopatz

08-27-2015Obituaries
Dennis M. Klaus

08-27-2015Obituaries
Gary J. Homa

08-27-2015Obituaries
Jack Christian

08-27-2015Obituaries
Dale J. Wawrzon

08-27-2015Obituaries
Genevieve Sinclair

08-27-2015Obituaries
Richard A. Nordgren

08-27-2015Obituaries
Timothy M. Kloida

08-27-2015Obituaries
Mary S.House

08-27-2015Obituaries
Dolores A. Betzinger

08-27-2015Obituaries
Laurence W. Berggren

08-26-2015Obituaries
Kathleen M. Berg

08-26-2015Obituaries
Harry Behnke

08-19-2015Sports
Marines Seek to Re-establish in North Eastern Conference

08-19-2015Sports
Oconto River Kids Plan Bear Hunt

08-19-2015Sports
Peshtigo river Bowhunters Rinehart Shoot Big Success

08-19-2015Sports
M&O Football Teams Gear Up For 2015 Season

08-19-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-19-2015Perspectives
From our readers

08-19-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

08-19-2015Obituaries
Dale J. Wawrzon

08-19-2015Obituaries
Kenneth L. Wangberg

08-19-2015Obituaries
Joseph Turner

08-19-2015Obituaries
Ray Trever Jr.

08-19-2015Obituaries
Marvin F. Reindl

08-19-2015Obituaries
Marilyn A. Peterson

08-19-2015Obituaries
Genevieve L. Mortier

08-19-2015Obituaries
Allen Miller

08-19-2015Obituaries
Donald D. Jones

08-19-2015Obituaries
Beverly A. Hansen

08-19-2015Obituaries
Martha E. Gardon

08-19-2015Obituaries
Mary Braun

08-19-2015Obituaries
James F. Ganter

08-19-2015Obituaries
Karen J. Smeiska

08-19-2015Obituaries
Sophie M. Strojny

08-19-2015Obituaries
Arthur W. Spaude 

08-19-2015Obituaries
Nancy L. Rowe

08-19-2015Obituaries
Gerald W. Reiswitz, Sr

08-19-2015Obituaries
Courtney R. Mackie Jr.

08-19-2015Obituaries
Arnella C. Lohr

08-19-2015Obituaries
Laura A. Lesperance

08-19-2015Obituaries
Tina M. Kowalski

08-19-2015Obituaries
Richard H. Klawitter

08-19-2015Obituaries
Donald D. Jones

08-19-2015Obituaries
Joyce Jendrusiak

08-19-2015Obituaries
Earl T. Guseck

08-19-2015Obituaries
Louis J. Derocher

08-19-2015Obituaries
Helen M. Baye

08-19-2015News
Suring Library Used Book Sale

08-19-2015News
Marinette Rec Kids Night Out

08-19-2015News
Free School Supply Distribution Aug. 25

08-19-2015Community - Wausaukee
Lumbermill Has 100’ Tree

08-19-2015Community - Wausaukee
Seeks Tree Award, Plans Propane Bulk Tank Area

08-19-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee School Considers Day Care, Name Russ Grid Coach

08-19-2015Community - Crivitz
Country Gospel Jam Aug. 21

08-19-2015Community - Crivitz
Loomis Day Potluck Sept. 27

08-19-2015Community - Crivitz
Dama Seeks Nominees In Need of Furnace

08-19-2015Community - Crivitz
New Pastor at Crivitz Faith Ev. Presbyterian

08-19-2015Community - Coleman
Free School Supply Distribution Aug. 25

08-19-2015Community - Coleman
CHS ‘54 Class Luncheon Oct. 7

08-19-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board, Committee Meetings Set

08-19-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman Elementary Open House Aug. 27

08-19-2015Front Page
Curbs and Gutters Aid Drainage, Control Traffic, Cut Maintenance

08-19-2015Front Page
Peshtigo Board Sets Vote Nov. 3 For New School

08-19-2015Front Page
Come To The Fair! Fun Starts Aug. 27

08-19-2015Front Page
Forest, Parks Income Up; Sales Tax Down $200,000

08-19-2015Front Page
Peshtigo Rejects Mower Tractor, Buys Fire Truck

08-12-2015Sports
Predators Upset Redbirds for Wishigan Title

08-12-2015Sports
Organization Gives Youth a Chance to Experience the “Game of a Lifetime”

08-12-2015Sports
Antlerless Tags Available Aug. 17

08-12-2015Sports
Local Athlete Seeks Future in Olympic Competition

08-12-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-12-2015Perspectives
From our readers

08-12-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

08-12-2015Obituaries
Philip F. Wanner Jr.

08-12-2015Obituaries
Donald R. Waldrop

08-12-2015Obituaries
James A. Thogersen Minor

08-12-2015Obituaries
William B. Robelia

08-12-2015Obituaries
Lorraine M. Renton

08-12-2015Obituaries
Marie A. Ravet

08-12-2015Obituaries
Dorothy M. Paris

08-12-2015Obituaries
Ryan R. McDonald 

08-12-2015Obituaries
Shirley A. Marsden

08-12-2015Obituaries
June J. Maier

08-12-2015Obituaries
Robert M. Le Sage Sr.

08-12-2015Obituaries
Blaine A. Hyska

08-12-2015Obituaries
Daniel H. Drifka

08-12-2015Obituaries
Joseph H. Delfosse

08-12-2015Obituaries
Richard A. Chevalier

08-12-2015Obituaries
Myril A. Brix Jr.

08-12-2015Obituaries
Jeanne L. Braun

08-12-2015Obituaries
Elaine M. Aronson

08-12-2015Obituaries
Debra L. Polzin

08-12-2015Obituaries
Cecelia M. Peterson

08-12-2015Obituaries
Gloria M. Kuder

08-12-2015Obituaries
Ordamae King

08-12-2015Obituaries
Barbara J. Kane

08-12-2015Obituaries
June H. Johnson

08-12-2015Obituaries
Robert L. Hedmark

08-12-2015Obituaries
LaVerne Hamblen

08-12-2015Obituaries
Everett R. Gratto

08-12-2015Obituaries
Lea A. Gerhartz

08-12-2015Obituaries
Dorothy (Pizinski) L. Demarce

08-12-2015Obituaries
Dorothy M. Brock


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Will the Packers make it to the Super Bowl this season?
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
© 2000-2015
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites