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City Marinette Approves Bidding For Police Cars

After months of seeing the high mileage and constant repair costs on a couple of their police cars, the Marinette Common Council made the decision Tuesday, March 5 to authorize Police Chief Mabry to go out and get bids for two new vehicles.

An idea was presented recently about the possibility of saving some money by leasing the vehicles instead of an outright purchase, but study by the Finance and Claims Committee showed that a three-year lease would actually costs about $110 more than purchasing the same. A three payment, three-year lease would total $27,462. An outright purchase yielded a total price of $27,352. It was also pointed out that a leased vehicle would have no resale value for the city, while a purchased vehicle would at least yield a little.

Alderman Bradley Behrendt said he recently talked with the Two Rivers City Manager and they spoke well of the leasing option, therefore he would like to keep the leasing idea on the table for the future. However, Behrendt felt the city should move now to purchase two new vehicles.

One vehicle is in the budget for 2013 and cost of the second vehicle would have to be taken out of the Contingency Fund.

Alderman Martha Karban agreed with Behrendt about the time being right to purchase, however she disagreed on the idea of leasing being a viable option. Karban favored the city budgeting for two new police cars every year.

Mayor Denise Ruleau agreed with the idea of purchase. She said, “The time has come to get our Police Department back to where it needs to be.” The council agreed by unanimous vote.

Another major item brought up at the meeting was in connection with grant money for major street work on Mann, Ely, Main and Stanton Streets.

City Engineer Brian Miller announced that the city is close to finalizing a Transportation Economic Assistance Grant with the state in the amount of $682,370. When that is in hand, then the city qualifies for a $506,000 Community Development Block Grant. A match for TEA grant from the TIF #11.

As part of the TEA Grant, Marinette Marine has agreed to repay the grant amount if it fails to retain 1,000 jobs and adds an additional 136 jobs within the next three years, and then retains all of those jobs for another four years.

Miller added that the Economic Development Administration has indicated that the funding for the city $2,277,350.00 grant could become available very soon. In anticipation that it will, the EDA has requested that the city proceed with the first step of the project, which includes hiring the Engineering Consultant for project design and administration. After going out for bids, the Board of Public Works recommended Ayres Associations for this responsibility. The Council agreed and approved the recommendation.

With all of the pieces nearly in place, it looks like the City of Marinette is finally ready to move ahead with a major redesign/reconstruction of the streets in the major manufacturing area along the river.

In other matters, the Council approved renewal for the City of Marinette website domain address. There is no cost to the city for this.

An amendment to the Menominee Animal Shelter contract was approved. The $5000 year fee covers boarding for healthy dogs, immunizations, spaying and neutering with 7 days. There was no disagreement on this item.

Alderman John Marx, however, was concerned about the Non-Fixed costs in the contract, which includes a $45 charge for Vet checks on rescued dogs. Also, euthanizations are extra, but there only had to be two last year. Another area of concern to Marx was that cat acceptance and care are not guaranteed.

With these items in mind, Marx presented the idea of including a “cap” amount on the contract, which would include a “trigger amount” for a meeting and negotiations. The Council set the trigger amount at $1,000 in the non-fixed category.

The decisions of the Personnel and License Committee prompted several speakers during the Public Comment section of the meeting. The Committee had recommended the denial of operators’ licenses to Ashley Gillis and Jody Nelson, basically because the content of their police records set off some red flags. Both women explained the circumstances of the items in their past, which caused the Council to override their own rules and grant both licenses.

The Council also approved licenses for Merissa Brunette, Brittany Degayner, Amanda Hanley, Jessica Hannon, Kelly Hickey, Sarah Kokott, Tarra Simmons, and Amber Vieth. A license for David Thiry was denied. The Council also approved a Second Hand Article and Jewelry license for Christopher Ricca.

From the Board of Public Works, the Council approved a street use application from Bill and Judy Alwin on behalf of the Marinette Logging and Heritage Festival Bike and Car Show scheduled for July 14 on a portion of Bridge Street.

Other major items from Public Works included approval of the bid of $687,966.93 from Barley Trucking and Excavating for the Hosmer Street - Fifth Street to Tenth Street - Street and Utility Construction project. There were six bids received. Barley was the low bid.

One of the more interesting ordinances approved included one to limit parking to 30 minutes during school hours starting 15 feet west of St. Thomas Aquinas Academy driveway extending 95 feet west on the north side of Main Street. Another ordinance designated an area of Main Street by St. Thomas Academy as a loading/unloading zone only. The area in question commences at extension of the east right of way of Shore Drive, extending 100 feet west on the north side of Main Street.


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