space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* COUNTRY COUSIN
space
space
Sports Shorts
* WIAA GOLF
* WIAA Track & Field
* Area Softball
* Area Baseball
* Marinette Golfers Winners at Menominee/Oconto Falls Invites

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 Adopts New Sewer Rates, Fire Dept. Fees

By a series of unanimous votes at their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 7 Peshtigo City Council adopted ordinances that increase sewer rates by approximately 57 percent, authorize charges for some fire department services, require boat launch stickers year round, restore parking on Maple Street between Wells Street and Beebe Ave., and prohibit parking on either side of West Park Drive and in the Municipal Building driveway that extends from French Street south to the alley that runs between Emery and Ellis avenues.

The evening started at 6:30 p.m. with a public hearing on the four proposed ordinances. Only two members of the public addressed the Council.

Karen Hanneman, a resident on Maple Street, has been working to get parking restored there since the Highway 41 bypass removed much of the traffic. She told the Council she had planned to urge them to adopt the ordinance, but if no one disagreed with lifting the parking ban she would not speak. We’ve needed this ordinance for so long, she declared. She was told Chief Kent Kline will see to it that the no parking signs are taken down.

I think it’s outrageous they’re raising it 57 percent, Sharon Schounard said of the increase in sewer fees. She said her water bill is already $190 a quarter thanks to the recent hike in water rates, and now the sewer bills are going up by more than 50 percent. She commented that when she lived in the country she never had to pay a sewer or water bill.

Some things were mandated...We didn’t have a choice, Mayor Al Krizenesky said of the giant leap in sewer usage fees. He mentioned the wastewater treatment plant reconstruction project that is nearing completion at a cost of nearly $2 million, DNR orders to institute a regular water line flushing program, and orders a few years ago to remove naturally occurring radon from the city water supply, all of which must be paid for.

Schounard asked if the money could come from some other city fund instead of being a direct burden on residents.

Alderman Tom Gryzwa told her by Wisconsin regulations water and sewer services are stand alone. The services must pay for themselves and not be supported by property tax dollars.

We’ve got a $1.8 to $1.9 million reconstruction at the sewer plant...It was mandated, declared former Alderman Fred Meintz, who chairs the Water and Sewer Committee. He said even before the costly reconstruction project the sewer utility had been running in the red for years. We have to keep our plant up, he declared, then added, If you don’t like it, move to the country. Put in a well and septic and pay for that!

That remark led to a shocked reaction on the part of the Council, and assurances from a couple of aldermen to Schounard that she was more than welcome to stay in the city.

After the hearing adjourned Meintz said that his comment was a response to her statement that in the country she paid no sewer and water bills. He said people in the country pay high prices to have wells and septic tanks put in, and then must keep them maintained. They also pay for electricity to pump water.

Gryzwa explained the sharp hike in the sewer rates happened because rates had not gone up for years and there never was a replacement fund. Now there will be, and this will not happen again, he declared.

He explained the consultants have designed the fees to pay all current operating costs plus a fund for future maintenance and replacement.

Alderman Tim Colburn felt they should have raised sewer prices every year, and if they had done so the shock wouldn’t have come all at once.

Schounard said she was worried that people on fixed incomes won’t be able to pay their water and sewer bills.

I know there are people out there that are going to suffer, but we really had no choice, Krizenesky replied.

Former Alderman Mary Lock asked if they had totally ruled out the possibility UDAG could give a million dollars to help pay for the wastewater treatment plant upgrade.

Gryzwa said there is still that possibility, but the city has applied for a Clean Water Fund Grant and using the UDAG money could change that picture. There is money from the government out there, he said, adding that if that fails they can consider all other possible funding sources, including other grants and the UDAG fund.

Krizenesky noted if the city does get a windfall they could lower sewer rates without going through the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. WPSC regulates water rates but not sewer.

When the Fire Department Service Reimbursement Ordinance came up, Alderman Cathi Malke sought to reassure all citizens that they will not be charged for calls to their residences, and was told that is the case.

She also questioned Provision 5, which states: Rescue Calls shall be invoiced per occurrence with the responsible party being the rescued person or that person’s natural or legal guardian. Assisting at rescue calls will be at no charge. She said the rescue squad does not charge for calls, and often they need the fire department to assist with lifts, etc. and there should be no bill for their service either.

Krizenesky said it is a matter of billing for services that are covered by insurance. He felt if there is no insurance coverage payment will not be required. It doesn’t seem like we’re harming anybody but the insurance companies, he commented.

Gryzwa told Malke intent of the ordinance is to not charge for dual calls, and assured her the wording means that if the Rescue Squad is involved in a call there will be no charge. The charges are to be for other types of rescues, perhaps of a person trapped in a vehicle, or on a boat in the river.

Malke indicated that her concerns had been answered and at the Council meeting later joined the others in voting to adopt the ordinance.

Wording in the Fire Department Fee ordinance states that accounts unpaid after 60 days shall be subject to legal collection action and remedies, which can include assessment against the property that was the site of the emergency to be billed on the following year’s real estate tax.

The boat launch user fee ordinance keeps the annual permit cost at $12 per year for city residents and $18 per year for non-residents. Daily launch permit fees will be $3 for everyone. Fine for lack of a permit or sticker is $25 per occurrence.

City boat launch facilities are located at Riverfront Park and Peshtigo River Landing by the city garage.

Krizenesky said at the restaurant that morning, They hit me pretty heavy...We need to provide more parking by the city garage...Maybe George could move some of those piles to give more parking space, he suggested, referring to Public Works Director George Cowell.

That is a working Department of Public Works yard and really isn’t available for a park, Cowell replied. He said he and the mayor had looked the area over and they could add a gravel parking shoulder on the south side, and there is a parking area available by the trees that is not very visible.

Gryzwa suggested next spring they could put a sign showing where parking is available.

There were repeated cautions that the discussion was not on the meeting agenda and no action could be taken. Krizenesky asked that it be taken up at a committee meeting in the near future, and Alderman Mike Behnke, Council president, assured him that will be done.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
05-25-2016Community - Wausaukee
Goodman Legion, VFW 4 Memorial Services

05-25-2016Community - Wausaukee
Reschedule Board Review to June 18

05-25-2016Community - Wausaukee
Town Wausaukee Weekly Garbage Pickup June 2

05-25-2016Front Page
New Constable

05-25-2016Community - Wausaukee
Memorial Services at Wausaukee May 30

05-25-2016Community - Crivitz
Village of Crivitz Hosts Red, White, Music Fest

05-25-2016Front Page
Community Contributes $39,912 For Coleman School Playground

05-25-2016Community - Crivitz
Legion Trap Shoot Changed to Shaffer's

05-25-2016Front Page
Oconto County Board Hears Celebration Plans

05-25-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Memorial Day Services May 30

05-25-2016Front Page
Co. Land Info Committee To Discuss Zoning Changes

05-25-2016Community - Crivitz
Uniq Partners To Reuse Products for Oil Cleanup

05-25-2016Front Page
County Board to Hear Shoreland Zoning Plans

05-25-2016Community - Crivitz
Graduation for Crivitz Senior Class May 21

05-25-2016Community - Coleman
LCMC Rummage Sale a Success

05-25-2016Community - Coleman
CCBA To Hold Meet May 19

05-25-2016Community - Coleman
Pound Car Show Seeks Venders

05-25-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Legion Memorial Day Program May 30th

05-25-2016Sports
WIAA GOLF

05-25-2016Sports
WIAA Track & Field

05-25-2016Sports
Area Softball

05-25-2016Sports
Area Baseball

05-25-2016Perspectives
COUNTRY COUSIN

05-25-2016Perspectives
From Our Readers

05-25-2016Perspectives
From My Window

05-25-2016Obituaries
Eleanor D. Lezotte Unsin

05-25-2016Obituaries
Elizabeth J. Wood

05-25-2016Obituaries
Charles W. Voskamp

05-25-2016Obituaries
June B. Schomaker

05-25-2016Obituaries
Kenneth D. "Spagett" Ruleau

05-25-2016Obituaries
James D. Reynen

05-25-2016Obituaries
Thomas P. Osier

05-25-2016Obituaries
Virginia Marineau

05-25-2016Obituaries
Richard Harper

05-25-2016Obituaries
Dorothy M. Dworshok

05-25-2016Obituaries
Debora K. DuPont

05-25-2016Obituaries
Stephen Batjes

05-25-2016Obituaries
Alan J. Nogalski

05-25-2016Obituaries
Edgar R. Mech

05-25-2016Obituaries
Eleanor I. Krueger

05-25-2016Obituaries
Patricia Kelm

05-25-2016Obituaries
Duane Kabacinski

05-25-2016Obituaries
Donald B. Hoerres

05-25-2016Obituaries
Janis Gaffaney

05-25-2016Obituaries
Dr. Robert J. Fischer

05-25-2016Obituaries
Ronald E. Deschaine

05-25-2016Obituaries
Russell O. Bousley Sr.

05-18-2016Sports
Marinette Golfers Winners at Menominee/Oconto Falls Invites

05-18-2016Sports
Peshtigo Boys Dominate Running Events

05-18-2016Sports
M&O Softball - Peshtigo Claims Conference, Earns Fourth Straight Title

05-18-2016Sports
M&O Baseball - Casper's Crew Adds Another Conference Crown

05-18-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

05-18-2016Perspectives
From our readers

05-18-2016Perspectives
From My Window

05-18-2016Obituaries
Morris Whiting

05-18-2016Obituaries
David L. Teteak

05-18-2016Obituaries
Ivan Ryan

05-18-2016Obituaries
Thomas W. Robison

05-18-2016Obituaries
Tony Rabas, Jr.

05-18-2016Obituaries
Harriet M. Pearson

05-18-2016Obituaries
Richard J. Netzer

05-18-2016Obituaries
Elizabeth H. Myers

05-18-2016Obituaries
Rev. Frederick Mueller 

05-18-2016Obituaries
Verna F. Minzlaff

05-18-2016Obituaries
Arlyn C. LaFortune

05-18-2016Obituaries
Virginia E. Harner

05-18-2016Obituaries
Scott G. Grady

05-18-2016Obituaries
James A. Durocher

05-18-2016Obituaries
Deacon Jim Dennison

05-18-2016Obituaries
Alexander J. Brisko

05-18-2016Obituaries
Harriet l. Bergfelt

05-18-2016Obituaries
Dorothy A. Anderson

05-18-2016Obituaries
Virginia M. Adams

05-18-2016Obituaries
Jed C. Barley

05-18-2016Obituaries
Leigh E. Konop

05-18-2016Obituaries
Karlene and Henry Keller

05-18-2016Obituaries
David D. Kasten

05-18-2016Obituaries
Ruby E. Ivens

05-18-2016Obituaries
James J. Hanna Sr.

05-18-2016Obituaries
Babe Doney

05-18-2016Obituaries
Gladys M. Davis

05-18-2016Obituaries
Elsie V. Bair

05-18-2016Community - Wausaukee
Residents Can Join Flea Market

05-18-2016Community - Wausaukee
Grand Opening of Goodman Historical

05-18-2016Community - Wausaukee
Legion Memorial Service May 30

05-18-2016Community - Wausaukee
Red Hots Dine at Red Brick

05-18-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Sponsors Summer Food Service Program

05-18-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Rescue Squad Lists Annual Presentations

05-18-2016Community - Crivitz
Country Gospel Jam May 20th

05-18-2016Community - Crivitz
Seek Volunteers to Clean Up Park

05-18-2016Community - Coleman
Pound Car Show Seeks Venders

05-18-2016Community - Coleman
Recognition Night for Coleman Seniors

05-18-2016Community - Coleman
LCMC In Area Rummage Sale

05-18-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Choirs Get Good Rating at Fest

05-18-2016Front Page
Officers Remembered at Law Enforcement Memorial Service

05-18-2016Front Page
Jail Only Current Option For Marinette County Mentally Ill

05-18-2016Front Page
Rededicate Town Brazeau Memorial Field May 28

05-18-2016Front Page
Miron Will Have Two Separate Jury Trials

05-18-2016Front Page
Jail Crews Help Clean Up County Roadsides

05-11-2016Obituaries
Jodyn Walters

05-11-2016Obituaries
Patricia M. Wilcox

05-11-2016Obituaries
Alan W. Vollmer III

05-11-2016Obituaries
Dorothy B. Usiak

05-11-2016Obituaries
Jacob A. Thorne

05-11-2016Obituaries
Ernest R. Schroder

05-11-2016Obituaries
Janina Sabon

05-11-2016Obituaries
Barbara E. Paulson

05-11-2016Obituaries
Francis H. Nowakowski

05-11-2016Obituaries
Sylvia Markusen

05-11-2016Obituaries
Richard T. Lowery  

05-11-2016Obituaries
Loretta L. Hanson

05-11-2016Obituaries
John D. Elliot

05-11-2016Obituaries
Marcia G. Booker

05-11-2016Obituaries
Irene M. Plewka

05-11-2016Obituaries
Ann M. Klescewski

05-11-2016Obituaries
William J. Block

05-11-2016Sports
Area Golf - Marines Finish Second at the NEC Mega Meet

05-11-2016Perspectives
Country Cousin

05-11-2016Sports
Area Track & Field - Marinette Boys Top Peshtigo Invite; Marine Girls Second

05-11-2016Perspectives
From our readers

05-11-2016Perspectives
From My Window

05-11-2016Sports
M&O Softball - Peshtigo One Step Closer to Title

05-11-2016Front Page
BAMC Breaks Ground For New $135 Million Hospital

05-11-2016Sports
M&O Baseball - Coleman Extends Conference Lead; Takes Down Wausaukee

05-11-2016Front Page
Closing Fieldhouse Pool More Expensive Than Other Options

05-11-2016Perspectives
9th Annual Ride for Homeless Vets May 21

05-11-2016Front Page
Parkinson Support Meeting May 19th

05-11-2016Front Page
Creative Flea Market Town of Peshtigo Style

05-11-2016Community - Wausaukee
Bailey Miller is Scholarship Recipient

05-11-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Town Board To Meet May 11th

05-11-2016Community - Wausaukee
MI Board Meet May 12

05-11-2016Community - Crivitz
NWTC Provides Small Business Workshops

05-11-2016Community - Crivitz
Fishing Derby at Timberline June 25

05-11-2016Community - Crivitz
VFW Brat Fry May 15

05-11-2016Community - Crivitz
Stephenson Board Looks At Road Work, Building Project

05-11-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman Pound Annual Rummage Sales May 20-21

05-11-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman High School Commencement May 28

05-11-2016Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board Monthly Meet May 16

05-11-2016Community - Coleman
2 Classes at Coleman Library

05-04-2016Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Fire, Rescue May 9

05-04-2016Community - Wausaukee
Change Pembine School Board Meet

05-04-2016Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Post 66 Plans Memorial Rites

05-04-2016Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Greenhouse 5th Annual Plant Sale

05-04-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Legion Gun Show May 7

05-04-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz American Legion Names New Officers

05-04-2016Obituaries
Lori A. Wilson

05-04-2016Community - Crivitz
Crivitz VFW Auxiliary Current Officers Remain

05-04-2016Obituaries
Morris W. Lange, Sr. 

05-04-2016Obituaries
Roger A. Kittson, Sr.

05-04-2016Community - Crivitz
Loomis Historical Meeting is May 5


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
The Obama administration is telling all U.S. public school districts to allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms "consistent with their gender identity". Do you agree?
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