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City Committee Clarifies Fire Department Charges

The City of Peshtigo Finance and Claims Committee met on Monday, Jan. 28 to clarify and review plans to have the Peshtigo Fire Department charge for certain fire calls.

The Committee clarified that city tax dollars cover fire department services for structure fires within the city limits, hence there will be no billing for those services.

However, vehicle fires and other type calls are open to billing. After reviewing information received from the City of Marinette and the Town of Peshtigo, the Committee decided to recommend the following billable events: Cut or severed natural gas lines-$350 per incident; Vehicle fire-$250; Extraction from vehicle-$500; Any liquid spill or accident response (traffic control)-$100. Part of the rationale for vehicle fires/ calls was that they may not belong to city residents.

It was noted that some vehicle insurance companies cover many of these types of charges.

The Committee also decided to direct the Fire Department to charge for responses which occur on highways maintained by the state through a program called the “State Trunk Highway Fire Call Claim Program.”

The recommendations were forwarded to the City Council, who, if passed, will forward them to the City’s Judiciary Committee to have them written into the City Ordinances.

In other matters, the Committee discussed the status of the grants involved with work at the park. Because many of the grants were for work in 2012, concern was expressed that some of the grant money may be closing out. Cathi Malke, Chairman of the Parks and Rec Committee said extensions can be requested.

Alderman Fred Meintz asked about the possibility of putting water to some campsites and the status of grant expenditures. He was told those matters were on the upcoming Park/Rec Commit-tee agenda.

Meintz then reported the city will be able to apply the full $25,000 grant from Focus on Energy to their furnace boiler project. He said he made sure of this, especially because of the city’s recent history with grant recantations. The total costs on the project should be just under $26,000. Meintz added a representative from Focus On Energy will meet with the Energy Committee in a couple of days.

In order to wrap up the paperwork for the city’s financial statements, the Committee officially approved writing off what the agenda called the “Ploczyn-ski’s UDAG loan.” The $57,970.57 loan was for the property known as the Peshtigo Caf building. The Committee approved writing off the loan retroactive to December of 2012. It was added that the property sale netted the city one-half of the price, which came to $36,647.75; so in essence, the city lost just $21,322.82.


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