space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* M&O Boys Basketball - Wausaukee Keeps Pressure on M&O Leaders
* M&O Girls Basketball - Peshtigo Tightens Grip on Conference Crown
* Crivitz Hosts All-Girls Wrestling Tournament
* Guns & Hoses Basketball Game Raises $10,892 for Special Olympics
* Cousins Subs Sports Awards Scholarships

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

Marinette Water Facility Selected for State Award

The City of Marinette’s Water and Wastewater Utilities Commission was informed Monday, Feb. 18 that their facility has been selected as the best project in its class for 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards by Wisconsin’s branch of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). “It’s a real compliment, it’s really nice,” Dean Freeberg, of Mead & Hunt of Green Bay, designers of the project, told the Commission. “We weren’t allowed to say anything about it until today.”

As a state finalist, the Marinette project will now go on for consideration in the national competition. National winners will be announced in April. Meanwhile, there will be a state award ceremony in March at Koehler. Freeberg promised to fill the Commission in later with more details. He said the ACEC each year recognizes projects in 12 categories, and the Marinette project qualified in the water resources category.

According to the ACEC, location for the new Marinette facility created challenges because of the surrounding residential neighborhood. The project team (from Mead & Hunt) developed a construction staging plan that provided an uninterrupted water supply to the city throughout the 24-month construction “with minimal disruption to the surrounding neighborhood. Even with limitations on available space, the design includes provision for future expansion.”

“Reliability, energy efficiency, overall cost effectiveness and ease of operation were all considered in the design process. The building and treatment equipment were designed for energy efficiency to meet the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act requirements. The facility can now provide the technology, capacity and reliability to meet the city’s needs for the next 30-50 years. Further, less energy and chemicals are now used, contributing to the facility’s sustainability,” according to Wisconsin ACEC’s Winning Projects Gallery. The national organization refers to the EEA competition as “the Academy Awards of the engineering industry,” which honors the year’s most outstanding engineering accomplishments.

Freeberg said at a future meeting he will bring a copy of the prize application Mead & Hunt submitted on behalf of the Marinette project. “It was a good partnership and a lot of work,” Freeberg declared.

Meanwhile, Freeberg reported the current project has lots of details to finish up. Decisions need to be made on warranty issues and some chemical feed problems and what to do about them. “As built” plans are being completed, and necessary copies of that 150-page document will be provided tothe utility.

Equipment is in place to start connection as soon as the ice breaks up, probably in early March, Freeberg said. They are finalizing the list of equipment. A representative of the equipment provider has been in the city since Tuesday and has made great accomplishments familiarizing local staff with operation of the plant, Freeberg reported, adding the operating instruction manuals consist of 10 volumes, each about 2 inches thick.

Moving on to other business, Utilities Commission Chair Paul Gustafson announced he will not appoint a formal “Personnel Manual Review Committee.” He and at least two other commissioners will study reports separately and get together informally before reporting back to the full commission with their comments and recommendations.

There was discussion but no action on a proposed step based pay structure for utility employees. Comments from the commission were that information can be collected from the Green Bay metropolitan area, but that skews results because that is a strong labor market with higher average wages than the rest of the state.

Apparently it is hard to get comparables for Marinette water plant employees because it is the only surface water plant north of Green Bay until Ashland. In general there is a difference between pay and benefits for local government employees and general service employees and Rural Water data also does not seem to apply to this operation, Manager Tim Peterson told the Commission, but national salaries pretty much fall into the same range as those in Marinette. More information will be collected and studied, and the issue will come up again in March or perhaps even later.

After some discussion the Commission postponed action on a request from Cellcom to lease property in a portion of the employee parking lot on Water Street to put up a cellular communications tower. The figure of $8,400 rent per year was discussed, along with conjecture about subleasing and who would collect the money if other entities rent space on the tower, and possible consequences to the utility as a result of wording in regard to liability and possible soil contamination. It is known that a portion of that property has contaminated soil, but Peterson said that is on the other side and will not be disturbed. City Attorney Jonathan Sbar will be asked to look over the proposed lease before the next Commission, at which time they may choose to act on it.

The commission agreed to buy a Backflow add-on module for billing software from Civic Systems. Peterson said the module will help make billing more automated. The firm is willing to accept half payment now and the remainder in the 2014 budget. “They’re a good outfit and they have done good work for us in the past,” Gustafson commented.

A member of the utility office staff said support from Civic Systems has been top notch, and every problem they had was addressed quickly. The program saves them significant amounts of time. Peterson commented the next step is to get all the billing information available to customers on the Internet.

“We’re not doing as good as last year, but we’re doing okay,” (in terms of bills and preliminary financial reports) Peterson told the Commission. He said there have been some problems with broken pipes, most likely because of the tough winter, but the breaks haven’t necessarily been happening in areas where he expected them, Peterson said.

There was a long discussion on a request from a customer for reimbursement of costs of cleaning out a clogged city sewer line. The Commission agreed they need to update the policy adopted in 1971 to handle requests from customers who pay to have clogged sewer laterals cleaned. The 40-year-old policy says they will pay $45 toward the cost of cleaning the sewer line, which comments indicated hardly makes sense in today’s world.

Finally the Commission agreed to pay the current bill, including the $175 charge for having the clogged area televised. Peterson will draw up wording for a new policy stating they will pay the total cost for cleaning clogged sewers provided the problem area is televised and they get a copy of the tape showing the problem was in the city line, not in the lateral connecting to the home. In that case, the property owner will be responsible for the entire bill. The clog apparently was caused by a piece of mortar in the line.

Peterson said staff put in a lot of extra time during construction, and overtime had been an on-going problem even before that, but he wondered if adding personnel to eliminate that would be worth the extra cost of benefits. He said the staff had put in a lot of extra time during construction, but that is coming to an end. “I am confident we’re on the downhill side of overtime now...our employees are getting tired...It’s amazing the amount of work we were able to get done.”

At the end of the meeting the Commission went into closed executive session to consider “confidential personnel/disciplinary matters.”


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
02-10-2016Sports
M&O Boys Basketball - Wausaukee Keeps Pressure on M&O Leaders

02-10-2016Sports
M&O Girls Basketball - Peshtigo Tightens Grip on Conference Crown

02-10-2016Sports
Crivitz Hosts All-Girls Wrestling Tournament

02-10-2016Sports
Guns & Hoses Basketball Game Raises $10,892 for Special Olympics

02-10-2016Community - Wausaukee
Senator To Visit Wausaukee School

02-10-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

02-10-2016Community - Wausaukee
MI Board Meeting Feb. 11

02-10-2016Community - Wausaukee
Auxiliary Unit 66 Plans Scholarship

02-10-2016Community - Wausaukee
Church Fish Fries To Begin

02-10-2016Perspectives
From our readers

02-10-2016
From My Window

02-10-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Area Woman’s Club Offers Scholarships

02-10-2016Community - Crivitz
7th, 8th Grade Students To Lead P/T Conferences

02-10-2016Community - Crivitz
Girls Nite Out To Aid Charities

02-10-2016Community - Crivitz
Craft-O-Rama at Crivitz Feb. 13

02-10-2016Obituaries
Stella Turek 

02-10-2016Community - Coleman
Food Pantry To Open Feb. 17

02-10-2016Obituaries
Gunder E. Thompson

02-10-2016Obituaries
Gale F. Schneider

02-10-2016Community - Coleman
Child Development Days at Coleman School

02-10-2016Obituaries
Ruth Moore Schmidt

02-10-2016Obituaries
Roger C. Salewsky

02-10-2016Community - Coleman
Kickers Plan Valentine Dance

02-10-2016Community - Coleman
Lenten Worship at Living Waters

02-10-2016Obituaries
Bethany L. Rieth

02-10-2016Obituaries
Annabell J. Prince

02-10-2016Obituaries
Victoria J. Peterson

02-10-2016Obituaries
Mary E. Paulich

02-10-2016Obituaries
John D. Nichols

02-10-2016Obituaries
Gladyce B. McLeod

02-10-2016Obituaries
Shirley Manning

02-10-2016Obituaries
Robert J. LaLonde

02-10-2016Obituaries
Thomas Kowalski

02-10-2016Obituaries
Louise I. Kazmer

02-10-2016Obituaries
Robert L. Gering, Sr.

02-10-2016Obituaries
Dorothy Fellion

02-10-2016Obituaries
Judith A. DeBack

02-10-2016Obituaries
Edward R. Chaney

02-10-2016Obituaries
Paul J. Brunick

02-10-2016Obituaries
Leanne H. Bousley

02-10-2016Obituaries
Robert K. Becker

02-10-2016Obituaries
Vivian A. Wood

02-10-2016Obituaries
Keith D. West Sr.

02-10-2016Front Page
RESPOND TO FIRE

02-10-2016Obituaries
Stella J. Lambrecht

02-10-2016Obituaries
Peter P. Kiefer

02-10-2016Obituaries
Marilyn A. Haines

02-10-2016Front Page
Set March 1 Hearing On Peshtigo Sewer Rate Hike

02-10-2016Obituaries
Richard A. Greening

02-10-2016Obituaries
Bruce E. Christensen

02-10-2016Front Page
Land Committee Acts On Road, Seek DNR Grant

02-10-2016Obituaries
Patricia A. Bottger

02-10-2016Front Page
Chances Good For City Fish Viewing Platform Grant

02-10-2016Front Page
Horses, Fire Towers, Deer On County Forest Agenda

02-03-2016Obituaries
Patricia A. Voight

02-03-2016Obituaries
Charles Vine

02-03-2016Obituaries
Richard J. Vertz, SFC (R)

02-03-2016Obituaries
Sister Margie Traeger

02-03-2016Obituaries
Elizabeth M. Steeno

02-03-2016Obituaries
Delores “Dee” (Heisler) Scully

02-03-2016Obituaries
Vernette A. Schultz

02-03-2016Obituaries
Abigail R. Reiswitz

02-03-2016Obituaries
Kenneth Maloney

02-03-2016Obituaries
Dan Lorenz

02-03-2016Obituaries
Leland E. Kamps

02-03-2016Obituaries
Beverly J. Ehlinger

02-03-2016Obituaries
Lawrence J. Denowski

02-03-2016Obituaries
Barbara A. Decker

02-03-2016Obituaries
Elizabeth M. Steeno

02-03-2016Obituaries
Walter J. Remic Jr.

02-03-2016Obituaries
Theresa A. Nault

02-03-2016Obituaries
Bryan Mattison

02-03-2016Obituaries
David S. Jennings

02-03-2016Obituaries
Vernon D. Holmer, Jr.

02-03-2016Obituaries
Sharon Hanson

02-03-2016Obituaries
Anna A. Furst 

02-03-2016Obituaries
Alden P. Edwards

02-03-2016Obituaries
Bernard “Bernie” J. Boucher

02-03-2016Sports
Cousins Subs Sports Awards Scholarships

02-03-2016Sports
Area Wrestling - Gillett/Suring Downs Dogs for Second Spot in M&O

02-03-2016Sports
M&O Girls Basketball - Lady Bulldogs Fall to State Ranked Royals

02-03-2016Sports
M&O Boys Basketball - Wausaukee Battles Back to Beat St.Thomas Aquinas

02-03-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

02-03-2016Perspectives
From our readers

02-03-2016Perspectives
From My Window

02-03-2016Community - Wausaukee
Natural Resources Board Elects New Officers

02-03-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive February 8th

02-03-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Junior, Senior High Honor Students

02-03-2016Community - Wausaukee
Hillside Assembly to Host Wild Game Banquet and Seminars

02-03-2016Community - Crivitz
CHS Senior Class Play on Feb. 21

02-03-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz High School Quarter Honor Roll

02-03-2016Community - Crivitz
Tomaszewski Gets On UJ Honor Roll

02-03-2016Community - Crivitz
Northland at Dunbar To Continue Camps, Rentals

02-03-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Middle School Lists Semester, Quarter Honor Rolls

02-03-2016Community - Coleman
Ashley Dellenbach Benefit Feb. 7th

02-03-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Has Mortgage of Former Compe Building

02-03-2016Community - Coleman
Semester, Quarter Honor Rolls for Coleman High

02-03-2016Front Page
Drug Court Exceeds Hopes, Now Looking At Mental Court

02-03-2016Front Page
Crivitz School Considers Background Check Options

02-03-2016Front Page
Peshtigo Chamber Takes Nominations for Richard Roland Persons of the Year

02-03-2016Front Page
Storm Causes Business, All Schools Closings

02-03-2016Front Page
Marinette Council Approves Annexation of New Hospital Site

01-27-2016Front Page
Cold Water Rescue Training

01-27-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

01-27-2016Front Page
County Writes Off $500,000 Loan To Defunct Company

01-27-2016Front Page
Judge Hears Crivitz Suit Oral Arguments

01-27-2016Front Page
Wausaukee Faces March Water Inspection Deadline

01-27-2016Front Page
Hattie St. Bridge Project Outlined at Public Meet

01-27-2016Perspectives
From our readers

01-27-2016Perspectives
From our readers

01-27-2016Front Page
DOT To Air Hwy. 41 Plans At 5 p.m. Public Meet Jan. 28

01-27-2016Perspectives
From My Window

01-27-2016Sports
UW-Marinette Takes Lead Over Huskies in East

01-27-2016Sports
Coleman Grapplers Stop Bay Port on Alumni Night

01-27-2016Sports
Peshtigo Continues Winning Ways, Extends Lead

01-27-2016Sports
Wolverines Sweep Rangers, Take Half Game Lead

01-27-2016Community - Wausaukee
Open Enrollment at Wausaukee

01-27-2016Community - Wausaukee
9th District Top in State in Auxiliary Membership

01-27-2016Community - Wausaukee
Says Wausaukee Rescue Squad Staffed And Solvent

01-27-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive February 8th

01-27-2016Community - Crivitz
Marinette County K9 Visits Crivitz School

01-27-2016Community - Crivitz
13th Annual Crivitz Craft Fest is May 7

01-27-2016Community - Coleman
ZZ Top Tribute Band at Equity Hall Jan. 30

01-27-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman School Looks At Conference Realignments

01-27-2016Community - Coleman
Village Board To Meet Feb. 1

01-27-2016Community - Coleman
KC Fish Fry To Start

01-27-2016Obituaries
Kenneth R. Schuman

01-27-2016Obituaries
Frank Steele

01-27-2016Obituaries
Kenneth E. Seefeldt

01-27-2016Obituaries
Maurice J. Rhude

01-27-2016Obituaries
William H. Olsen, Sr.

01-27-2016Obituaries
Leslie J. Lovato

01-27-2016Obituaries
Marian G. Linsmeier

01-27-2016Obituaries
Virginia M. Korch

01-27-2016Obituaries
Mary Haworth

01-27-2016Obituaries
John C. Behnke 

01-27-2016Obituaries
Douglas J. Bailey

01-27-2016Obituaries
Allen Van Winkle

01-27-2016Obituaries
Robert L. Rondeau

01-27-2016Obituaries
Robert Rosera

01-27-2016Obituaries
Tiodolo Fidel Perea

01-27-2016Obituaries
Ava E. Moody

01-27-2016Obituaries
Jim C. Maynard, Sr.

01-27-2016Obituaries
Craig A. Lind

01-27-2016Obituaries
Emma Koenig

01-27-2016Obituaries
Rose M. Kettleson

01-27-2016Obituaries
Donald Jensen

01-27-2016Obituaries
Stanley Jaroszewski

01-27-2016Obituaries
Mary A. Jacobson

01-27-2016Obituaries
Walter Holtz


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Should the DNR remove the fire towers?
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
© 2000-2016
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites