space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Sportsman's Club Summer Trap Results
* Suring Claims Regional Crowns; Sectional Set for Thursday
* Coleman Claims Conference Crown
* Post-Season Baseball Begins Thursday
* Bulldogs Win Second Straight M&O Golf Title

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

Town Peshtigo 2014 Tax Rates is Down Slightly

The 11 electors at the Town of Peshtigo Budget meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19 (most of them town officials) readily passed the town tax levy of $244,440 to support the budget for 2014 as proposed. This means a tax rate of about 77.5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, slightly lower than last year, according to Vilas Schroeder, Town Treasurer.

Schroeder said he believes his estimate of the tax rate will prove to be pretty close. Owner of a property valued at $100,000 will pay $77.50 in 2014 for services the town provides. Taxes for school, county, the State of Wisconsin and NWTC are included in the tax bills that will go out in December.

If you like this budget, we have an open seat on the board, Town Chair Herman Pottratz invited. The vacancy was created by the death of Supervisor 4 Pat Ravet, whose term would have expired in April of 2014. The board chose to leave Ravet’s seat vacant until the spring elections. Supervisor 3 Denise Wiedemeier, whose term also expires in April, is expected to seek re-election. Nomination papers may be circulated by any interested candidates beginning Dec. 1.

The other invitation issued at the meeting was to all town residents, for a pot luck town Christmas party immediately following the 7 p.m. board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Reservations can be made with Assistant Clerk Cindy Hagert at 715-582-4332, but Clerk Clarence Coble said reservations aren’t necessary. Just bring yourself and a dish to pass, he suggested.

Pottratz reported that he had met recently with Assemblyman John Nygren, Sen. Dave Hansen and some WisDOT people. The town and the DOT have finally reached an agreement on some of the road issues left over from the Hwy. 41 by-pass, Pottratz said. He added the state has agreed to remove a line in the agreement that would make the town responsible for care and maintenance of approaches to the new highway, and to pay the town for some of the roads involved. It’s been three years! Pottratz declared.

The evening began at 6:30 p.m. with a public hearing on proposed sale of half of an abandoned roadway to Rodney Pizinski, who owns the adjoining property and already owns the other half of the road right of way. Pottratz pointed out that neighboring property owners had been notified and no one spoke against the proposed sale. Pizinski was present on his own behalf.

Clerk Coble said it had cost $48.65 to publish legal notices on the proposed sale, and the board decided the price to Pizinski should be $1 plus all costs associated with the transaction. He is therefore to pay the town $50, and pay for having a proper deed prepared and recorded. Coble will provide him with the necessary paper work. The sale was formally approved at the regular monthly town board meeting that followed the hearings on budget and the property sale. The parcel being purchased by Pizinski is half of what formerly was Schacht Road north of Old Peshtigo Road.

All three motions offered for the special town meeting following the budget hearing were approved in one unanimous vote that okayed the proposed tax levy, and gave permission to the town board to sell excess town equipment and to sell surplus real estate.

The volunteer fire department’s new foam pumper truck, purchased from Red Power Diesel in Freemont for $85,478 was on display outside in the parking lot during, before and after the meeting. Fire Chief Mike Folgert proudly invited everyone to look it over. He said they had picked up the vehicle in Freemont on Friday and already had some training on it. He predicted they will like it very well.

Pottratz invited everyone to look over the new vehicle after the meeting. You guys spent a lot of time putting that together, Pottratz declared. I hope it’s exactly what you want.

During the budget hearing, Folgert noticed that the Public Works allocation was up by $50,000 and the Capital Expenditures allowance was down by about the same amount. He asked if the difference was the new fire truck, and Pottratz said yes. The town had put money toward that in the 2013 budget, and in 2014 they will focus on roads, which had been slightly neglected. There is still $15,000 in the budget for fire department purchases, Pottratz noted.

At the start of the regular board meeting, Schroeder reported that the state shared revenue check, for $261,780 had arrived the previous day. It was a little smaller than anticipated but will be put to good use, he said.

The board approved financial reports and budget amendments, mainly addition of $23,233.17 in a TRIP grant for road improvements, and $1,929.40 more than expected from CATV. The public works budget, which mainly goes for roads, was increased to $452,245.31 and capital outlay for machinery went from zero to $7,310, and the Fire Department budget was increased $1,625, to $92,973.

Bills totaling $163,930 were approved for payment as presented.

Budget amendments approved for November, 2013 were mainly addition of $23,233.17 from a TRIP grant for road improvements, and $1,929.40 more than expected from CATV. The public works budget, which mainly goes for roads, was increased to $452,245.31 and capital outlay for machinery was increased from zero to $7,310.

The board unanimously endorsed sending a letter of support to the City of Peshtigo, recommending that they continue working with BPM, Inc. and the Department of Natural Resources to develop a walking bridge using the existing piers in the Peshtigo River. Pottratz said Peshtigo Mayor Al Krizenesky has done a good job of getting this started. He agrees with Krizenesky that the proposed fish viewing platform will be a good draw for tourists now and in the future. If they don’t do something now, he added, the mill will be faced with the cost of removing the piers and an opportunity for the area will be gone. Hagert had already drafted a letter supporting the project, and the board unanimously agreed it should be sent, with our best wishes for success.

Pottratz reported the DNR had done a good job at the boat landing on Harbor Road, which included dredging to accommodate larger boats. He urged people to be careful when putting out shanties to wait until they are certain the ice is thick enough to support them, and to be sure to get them off before things thaw in spring. He urged people to avoid causing ruts in the new boat launch and parking area by driving on them when conditions are not right.

Pottratz said he has been hearing many compliments on Supervisor Denise Wiedemeier’s handling of the garbage and recycling facility.

Constable Oren Ninnemann said he had received another call from the Menominee Animal Shelter thanking the town for its donation.

The agenda called for approval of an ordinance change that would have offered a $1,000 reward for causing intentional damage to town property, but that probably will not happen. Coble reported he has been advised by the town attorney nothing in state law allows a municipality to offer a standing reward. They can only offer rewards on an incident by incident basis. He said the previously approved reward for information leading to the apprehension of litterers also is illegal. The board then approved a motion to bring the wording of their ordinance into line with the attorney’s decision.

A proposal to proceed with condemnation regarding property at W1975 Hwy. 64, the old Hall Avenue Building Supply, currently owned by David M. Kerowicz, met with some sharp opposition from supervisors Wiedemeier and Dan Staudenmaier.

Pottratz said they had gone through the condemnation process before, and thought it was all finished. Then the county took it over on back taxes, and after six or seven months, unknown to us, County Corporation Counsel gave it back to the previous owners, before the county foreclosure even went to the judge.

So now we’re faced with the same situation again, Pottratz declared. He asked the board if they wanted to start the legal proceedings over, but the suggestion was not well received.

We’ve already spent $5,000 on attorney fees, Supervisor Mark Monnette declared. He felt they should not waste any more.

Pottratz said the owners lost their grandfathered argument when the county took the property over.

Supervisor Wiedemeier also felt they should just leave it alone. We’ve done everything we can do for this situation and I don’t think we should ask the taxpayers to do anything more, she declared. She added there are plenty of properties in the town that look worse than this, and if we pick and choose, we’ll get into trouble, she declared.

When we get a signed complaint we have to act on it, Pottratz argued.

I have to agree with Denise, said Staudenmaier. Those buildings were there before I was born. He went on, I don’t want this town to get into the business of telling people what their property should look like...One thing that has never bothered me is what neighbors property looks like.

The people who live next door now knew it was there when they bought it, Wiedemeier said. She likened it to buying property next to a landfill and then demanding that the landfill be moved.

Monnette pointed out the judge did order the owner to clean up the property.

Staudenmaier said the owner did start cleaning up, and hauled out tons of metal. Then there were serious family health issues and the cleanup stopped. He suggested if anything, someone should look into why Marinette County gave the property back, and if there is any sort of enforcement of the court’s cleanup ruling.

Pottratz quickly moved to put Staudenmaier in charge of checking on cleanup of that property and report back to the board. Wiedemeier quickly seconded, and Monnette voted in favor. Staudenmaier voted no, but then said he will work with the owner. He cautioned that no one from the Town of Peshtigo had better be on that property.

As recommended by Wisconsin Towns Association, the town unanimously endorsed a resolution opposing passage of SB349. The resolution states that the proposed legislation, which relates to regulation of non-metallic mining, would limit authority of towns to regulate activities affecting the health and welfare of the town, and vest exclusive jurisdiction over air quality, water quality and quantity issues with the state on all types of activities, not just non-metallic mining. Copies of the resolution are to be sent to legislators and WTA.

Folgert reported the Fire Department had six calls since the last Town Board meeting, none of them major. Two were for vehicle accidents, one for a chimney fire, one for a lift assist and one for a power line down. One of the vehicle accidents required extraction equipment.

Folgert said so far the total number of calls for this year is down. He warned motorists to use caution on the new Hwy. 41, since overpasses tend to ice up quickly in bad weather, which results in some high speed accidents. Any time we’re out on that highway, it’s not real pretty, he declared.

Monnette reported pot holes are patched, mowers are put away, plows are on for the winter, and the necessary road reports have been mailed in. Hopefully, there will not be a lot of snow before the first of the year, or if there is, it will all fall in one big storm instead of several small ones, he commented.

He said they had an emergency culvert replacement on Spitzmacher Road after it collapsed. They had cleaned out another culvert that was fully clogged with sand, and an adjoining one was half blocked. Water is flowing much better now, he said.

Staudenmaier reported the public works department has too much stuff packed into the town garage, and they are considering the possibility of putting a lean-to addition on the back, surrounded by a chain link fence, for storage of equipment that can stay outdoors but still needs to be protected from possible tampering.

Pottratz mentioned a roofed fence enclosure offered by Tractor Supply for only a few hundred dollars, but Monnette said he had checked them and they look good the first year but deteriorate very quickly.

Coble warned that if they start adding to a public building they will need engineered plans for state approval, which can lead to big expenses. No action was taken.

Wiedemeier reported she and Hagert have been working with the DNR and have finalized a service agreement and compliance plan by which the DNR once or twice a year will use the town’s e-cycling facility to dispose of things collected from state owned land. Wiedemeier said Hagert had done a report sheet showing things brought to the town’s facility that had been illegally disposed of on state land, and that too will be a huge help in the recycling facility grant application.

The board also approved:

*A contract with Command Central for $2,040 for voting machine maintenance for 2014.

* Contracting with Marinette County for property tax collection, with the notation that program has worked well for the town in the past.

*Refunding the unused portion of the liquor license fee for 2Cs Game Farm. The license, covering October, 2013 through June 2014, has been turned in to the town.

*Setting the next Town Board meeting for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, with the annual town Christmas party to follow. Everyone who attends is to bring a dish to pass, and all town residents are invited.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
05-24-2017Sports
Sportsman's Club Summer Trap Results

05-24-2017Sports
Suring Claims Regional Crowns; Sectional Set for Thursday

05-24-2017Sports
Coleman Claims Conference Crown

05-24-2017Sports
Post-Season Baseball Begins Thursday

05-24-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

05-24-2017Perspectives
From our readers

05-24-2017Perspectives
From My Window

05-24-2017Obituaries
Joyce Schroeder

05-24-2017Obituaries
Curtis R. Larsen

05-24-2017Obituaries
Joseph L. Kwasny, Jr.

05-24-2017Obituaries
Sandra M. Jarvey

05-24-2017Obituaries
Eleanor C. Brooks

05-24-2017Obituaries
William "Bill" Borkowski,

05-24-2017Obituaries
Isabel M. Williams

05-24-2017Obituaries
Brendalee E. Watkins

05-24-2017Obituaries
Gene G. Voelker

05-24-2017Obituaries
Priscilla A. Thomson

05-24-2017Obituaries
Genevieve O. Suennen

05-24-2017Obituaries
Shirley Sonnenberg

05-24-2017Obituaries
Raymond A. Schultz

05-24-2017Obituaries
Connie G. Schuettpelz

05-24-2017Obituaries
Gloria A. Reynen

05-24-2017Obituaries
Edward A. Oehler

05-24-2017Obituaries
Peter J. Nerenhausen

05-24-2017Obituaries
Crystal Marohl

05-24-2017Obituaries
Jerry L. Lewis

05-24-2017Obituaries
Ruth A. Lasecki

05-24-2017Obituaries
Joseph O. Kershek, Jr.

05-24-2017Obituaries
Lawrence A. Heim

05-24-2017Obituaries
Marian J. Diemer

05-24-2017Obituaries
James Burmeister

05-24-2017Obituaries
Linda L. Ballard

05-24-2017Obituaries
Ruth Legault

05-24-2017Obituaries
Jane M. Albers

05-24-2017Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Church Rummage Sale May 27

05-24-2017Community - Wausaukee
Legion Unit 66 Sets Memorial Day Plans

05-24-2017Community - Wausaukee
Great North Bank Ranger Bank Winners

05-24-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Legion Memorial Day Services May 29th

05-24-2017Community - Crivitz
Family Education Event at Northwoods

05-24-2017Community - Crivitz
Loomis Historical Meeting on June 1

05-24-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz High School Ranked 56th of Over 500 Schools

05-24-2017Community - Crivitz
Zoning Board Request Village Change Ordinance Footage

05-24-2017Community - Coleman
Live Music at CHS Classes Reunion

05-24-2017Community - Coleman
Little Free Library Now in Coleman

05-24-2017Community - Coleman
10th Annual Village Pound Car Show June 24th

05-24-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman School Plans Benefit for Teacher

05-24-2017Front Page
Ground Breaking for New Community Rec Center

05-24-2017Front Page
Grant Hearing On County Board May 30 Agenda

05-24-2017Front Page
Oconto County Rejects Variance For B & D Dairy

05-24-2017Front Page
To Present School Needs Study Proposals May 24

05-24-2017Front Page
Oconto County To Take LEC Ownership May 26

05-17-2017Obituaries
Betty J. Beschta

05-17-2017Obituaries
Richard L. Cairns, Jr.

05-17-2017Obituaries
Gary L. Currie

05-17-2017Obituaries
Debra D. Edlebeck

05-17-2017Obituaries
Ellen Francois

05-17-2017Obituaries
Laurence A. Greening

05-17-2017Obituaries
Kay Grenier

05-17-2017Obituaries
Hilton R. Huncosky

05-17-2017Obituaries
Irene J. Kelly

05-17-2017Obituaries
Dennis J. Larsen

05-17-2017Obituaries
Mitchel J. Long

05-17-2017Obituaries
Rosalie A. Nichols

05-17-2017Obituaries
Norman Paul

05-17-2017Obituaries
Rodger Phillips

05-17-2017Obituaries
Jane E. Reschke

05-17-2017Obituaries
Katherine E. Sauld

05-17-2017Obituaries
Linda L. Sevon

05-17-2017Obituaries
Erna Splingaire

05-17-2017Obituaries
Janice L. Storrm

05-17-2017Obituaries
Marie Tomaszewski

05-17-2017Obituaries
Doris E. Vieth

05-17-2017Obituaries
Thomas L. Vieth

05-17-2017Sports
Bulldogs Win Second Straight M&O Golf Title

05-17-2017Sports
Peshtigo Boys, Suring Girls Repeat as M&O Champions

05-17-2017Sports
Coleman Can Clinch Title Against Niagara

05-17-2017Sports
Coleman Adds Another M&O Title to Banner

05-17-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

05-17-2017Perspectives
From Our Readers

05-17-2017Perspectives
From My Window

05-17-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Town Board Okays Committee Members

05-17-2017Community - Wausaukee
Town Athelstane To Buy Compactor for Recycling

05-17-2017Community - Wausaukee
Town Wagner Gets Update on Permit Process Changes

05-17-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Graduation Ceremony is May 21

05-17-2017Community - Crivitz
Pelkin's Meat Market Voluntary Recalls Sausage

05-17-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Memorial Day Starts at M I Cemetery

05-17-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Legion PTSD 5K Run/ 1 Mile Walk

05-17-2017Community - Crivitz
CBA Urges Businesses, Groups To List Events

05-17-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Fire Buys Equipmen

05-17-2017Community - Coleman
10th Annual Village Pound Car Show June 24th

05-17-2017Community - Coleman
Pound Woman's Club Holds Banquet May 9

05-17-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman High School 2017 Graduation May 27

05-17-2017Front Page
Law Enforcement Memorial at Marinette May 16th

05-17-2017Front Page
Wausaukee Is Looking At Possible New Well

05-17-2017Front Page
Wage Study Unveiled For Personnel Committee

05-17-2017Front Page
Peshtigo Finance Considers Rate Review of Fees

05-17-2017Front Page
Middle Inlet Considers Sex Offender Ordinance

05-10-2017Sports
AREA GOLF

05-10-2017Sports
AREA TRACK & FIELD

05-10-2017Sports
M&O Softball

05-10-2017Sports
M&O Baseball

05-10-2017Obituaries
Darlene Wright 

05-10-2017Obituaries
Virginia E. Wilson

05-10-2017Obituaries
Kimberly J. Trepanier

05-10-2017Obituaries
Patrick A. Tobin

05-10-2017Obituaries
Walter Sucharsky

05-10-2017Obituaries
Ruth L. Rose

05-10-2017Obituaries
LeRoy H. Otto

05-10-2017Obituaries
James Lauerman

05-10-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

05-10-2017Obituaries
Faye I. Larsen

05-10-2017Obituaries
Christian J. Kenney

05-10-2017Obituaries
Richard W. Hartman

05-10-2017Obituaries
Janet G. Groleau

05-10-2017Obituaries
Bernard A. Donlevy

05-10-2017Obituaries
Melvin H. Dausey

05-10-2017Obituaries
Sharon N. Belanger

05-10-2017Obituaries
Richard E. Brevitz

05-10-2017Obituaries
Renee M. Radtke

05-10-2017Perspectives
From our readers

05-10-2017Perspectives
From My Window

05-10-2017Obituaries
Karen D. Philipps

05-10-2017Obituaries
Priscilla Nielsen

05-10-2017Obituaries
Thomas O. Meyer

05-10-2017Obituaries
Karen J. Marineau

05-10-2017Obituaries
Marion J. LaFever

05-10-2017Community - Wausaukee
WPS Helps Wausaukee Students Plant Trees

05-10-2017Obituaries
Ronald A. Laabs

05-10-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Rescue Had 20 Runs In April

05-10-2017Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane/Silver Cliff Unit 66 Lists Two Badger State Girls

05-10-2017Obituaries
Cassidy M. Krische

05-10-2017Community - Wausaukee
Open House at SC Fire, Rescue in May

05-10-2017Obituaries
Dorothy L. Hoeffler

05-10-2017Obituaries
Patricia A. Hestand

05-10-2017Obituaries
Cynthia R. Etersky 

05-10-2017Community - Crivitz
Stickmann at Municipal Judge Orientation & Institute

05-10-2017Obituaries
Willington "Bill" DeTemple Sr.

05-10-2017Obituaries
Corliss L. Castello

05-10-2017Obituaries
Beatrice M. Brzezinski

05-10-2017Community - Crivitz
Town of Stephenson Committees Held Meets

05-10-2017Obituaries
Russell R. Allen

05-10-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Post Office to Stamp out Hunger

05-10-2017Community - Crivitz
2017 Crivitz High School Graduation is May 20th

05-10-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Legion Hosts Memorial Day Program

05-10-2017Community - Coleman
Village of Pound Car Show Set for June 24

05-10-2017Community - Coleman
Community Rummage Sale Slated May 19, 20

05-10-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman High School 2017 Graduation May 27

05-10-2017Front Page
LEGION HONORS TIMM

05-10-2017Front Page
Name Cleereman To Head County Land Information

05-10-2017Front Page
County Plans To End Park Day Use Fees


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think President Trump being tough with North Korea is the thing to do?
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
© 2000-2017
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites