space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Four Amigos Winners In FFA Bowl Tourney
* M&M Thunder Place First In Home Tournament
* Wolverines Edge Rival Rangers In Final Moments
* Rangers Roll Over Wolverines In Wausaukee
* Hunters Register 4,220 Turkeys in Fall Hunt, Set Spring Permit Levels

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 OKs Wastewater Treatment Plant Loan

“The big thing is the city’s tax rate is staying the same as last year, there’s no tax increase,” declared Peshtigo Mayor Al Krizenesky at the budget hearing that preceded the City Council’s regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3. No one from the public spoke for or against the proposed budget, which was later approved without dissent by the Council, with Alderman Tim Colburn absent.

With levies added for Marinette County, Peshtigo School District, NWTC and the State of Wisconsin, the levy for properties in the city is .019752, which equates to $1,920 on a $100,000 property. Of this, $480 is for city purposes, $165 goes to NWTC, $426 to the county, $16.91 to the state, and $887 goes to support the school district.

Council approved a series of financial transactions for long-term financing of the recently completed Wastewater Treatment Plant reconstruction.

First came a financial assistance agreement with the DNR and Wisconsin Department of Administration for a loan of $1,808,056, with $232,628 of principal forgiveness, which leaves a balance of $1,575,428 to be repaid to the state.

Next came adoption of a resolution authorizing issuance and sale of up to $1,575,428 Sewerage System Revenue Bonds to back that transaction, and approval of hiring Quarles & Brady for a fee of $6,000 to serve as bond counsel for the Clean Water Fund loan transactions.

“This is a great thing for the city,” declared Alderman Tom Gryzwa, referring to the $232,628 of principal forgiveness, which equates to a grant for that amount of the reconstruction costs. Gryzwa, who chairs both the Finance Committee and the Water and Sewer Committee, expressed thanks to Taryn Nall of Kaempfer & Associates, consultants for the project, and everyone else who helped with the application.

On recommendation of the UDAG Committee, council approved a $100,000 loan at 2 percent interest for 15 years, to Faucett Forest Products LLC “or an entity acceptable to the Council to guarantee the debt.” The city is to share first position with the bank on real estate, and an appraisal is to be provided.

Wade Fronsee was present for the meeting on behalf of Faucett Forest Products. Gryzwa, who also chairs the UDAG committee, declared, “This is for a local industry that’s expanding!” He thanked Fronsee for expanding in Peshtigo and congratulated him on the growth of his business.

Over strong objections from Krizenesky, Council unanimously adopted a schedule of charges for a number of items either dropped off at the dumpster and recycling center at the city garage or picked up from residences on a call-in basis. “Property taxes are levied to pay for services to our community,” Krizenesky declared. “You’re double dipping when you charge for them again,” he declared. “We raised sewer rates, we raised water rates, and now we’re charging for garbage!”

“For four years I campaigned not to charge for services,” Krizenesky went on. He said he agreed they should charge at the dumpsters because residents from surrounding towns were bringing in their trash and taking advantage of the no charge policy, but felt residents shouldn’t need to come to City Hall for a permit, or pay $10 to have a television set hauled away. He threatened to veto the measure if it was adopted by Council.

“Our auditors say we’re in great shape,” Krizenesky remarked. He felt the $6,000 the fees would generate each year is insignificant, and declared, “I’m recommending that you don’t vote for this!” He suggested that in general, the aldermen earn more than many households in the city, and perhaps did not understand the impact a somewhat slight extra charge would have on lower income people.

“I don’t think we really balanced the budget,” Alderman Brigitte Schmidt replied, “We just applied a $45,000 band aid.” She said if eliminating the user fees raises taxes there is an even harder impact on low income residents.

Alderman Deb Sievert suggested if there are no user fees there is nothing to stop relatives from outside the city from bringing in their televisions sets and other trash.

“Where does it end, Mayor?” asked Alderman Mike Behnke. “What do we do when you can’t afford to provide services because we didn’t charge user fees?”

After the unanimous vote in favor of the user fee charges, Krizenesky did not indicate if he would or would not veto the measure. Charges are $15 for a TV, and $20 if that TV is partly dismantled; $5 each for computer/entertainment components, $5 top $20 for tires, and $10 for appliance pickup at curbside. Charge for trash brought to the dumpster is $10 per car load, $20 per pickup or single axle trailer load; $35 per double axle trailer load, and $50 each for single household furniture item.

After a bit of discussion, Council approved a request from River Road Riders Snowmobile Club to extend their trail on the east side of the city to the parking area at the end of the Peshtigo River Bridge on Business 41, where fishermen frequently park. The trail currently ends at the city garage. Pete Hass, club president, explained the parking area will be good for loading and unloading snowmobiles.

The trail will run along the river through properties owned by WPS and the Harper family, and Hass said the club has verbal agreements with both.

Before moving for approval, Alderman Behnke, who serves on the Parks and Recreation committee, said he had spoken with Hass on the trail request, and feels the extension will be good for visitors and residents alike.

Alderman Schmidt asked how a snowmobile trail will affect plans for a cross country ski trail through the area, which is the city’s newest park. Development there is just beginning. Behnke commented it is a wide slice of property, with plenty of room for both types of trails.

Krizenesky noted trail development work was started this summer by Parks and Recreation Director Dave Zahn, “but there’s a lot of work to be done there, and it takes time.”

Public Works Director George Cowell said the trail has been widened to about five feet, but more widening will need to be done by the snowmobile club.

Alderman Sievert asked if the club had considered having the trail cross the old highway to access business places, perhaps by using the old railroad crossing to the old Badger Paper Mills Pulp area.

Hass said for this year they want to end it at the parking area. Crossing at that corner would be hazardous, but in future they want to find a spot where they could cross. She asked if the trail will be marked, and Hass assured her it will.

Schmidt said she enjoys snowshoeing through that area and questioned the conditions to be placed on the snowmobile club.

City Clerk/Treasurer Mary Ann Wills wondered if it would be necessary to amend the city ordinance regulating snowmobiling, but City Attorney Dave Spangenberg advised they only need to amend the existing trail map. The ordinance already states snowmobiles can operate in the city only in designated areas.

Schmidt wondered if there would be a way to discuss the issue with the Parks and Recreation Committee prior to approval, but received no support from other members of the Council.

Cowell said there are already two trails through the area, and only one will be used by the snowmobiles. Work has been done on the trail closest to the water, but not on the other one. Hass said in other places the club successfully shares trails with cross country skiers and there is no conflict.

Gryzwa commented the snowmobile trails have been coming into the city at the east and west ends for three to four years. “It’s been very successful and they’re not going to screw it up now.”

Ultimately, Behnke’s motion to approve the trail extension was approved without dissent, with Aldermen Tim Colburn and Cathi Malke absent. Despite obvious misgivings, Schmidt also voted in favor. The motion included provisions that permission from the other property owners be obtained prior to trail development, and instructions that the club is to work closely with Zahn on location, development and signing of the trail.

“As long as we don’t have complaints, we won’t have any problems,” Krizenesky commented.

Malke, who chairs the Parks and Recreation Committee, arrived shortly after the vote, and Schmidt asked her to put the issue on the next committee agenda to discuss snowshoe and cross country ski implications.

Cowell reported the city’s new plow and salt truck, still under warranty, had broken down. Snow was falling at the time. Cowell said they currently have one new plow truck, an older 5-yard truck, and no working salter, so he had made arrangements with the county to help if necessary. There is an old salter in the city garage that they may install on an existing truck as a fill in unit. Icy snow was falling at the time, and Cowell said plowing would start at 2 a.m. “We’ll do our best with the equipment we have,” he promised.

The first streets to be plowed will be French Street and Maple Street, which make up the old Hwy. 41 route through the city, plus East and West Park and Aubin to Rennes Health Center because of the school. Next in priority are Old Peshtigo Road to Jopek and Beebe Ave.

Cowell said despite an announced date weeks ago for the end of curbside leaf pickup for the year, leaf pickup is still going on. There are still leaf piles to be picked up on Aubin Street and Meadow Lane. In some places property owners were still raking leaves into the street two weeks after pickup was to have stopped, and if left there they will clog storm water drains. He suspects with the snow falling and plows out some of the leaves may be back in the yards that they came from.

In other action:

*Council approved proceeding with Tyler Technologies for an update to the city’s computer software, the first in 10 years. Price is not to exceed $35,000, including $5,000 for travel.

*The 2014 salary and wage schedule for non-union city employees was approved as recommended by the Personnel Committee.

*Labor contract with WPPA/LEER, the Police Department’s employee association, was approved for three years, with a 1 percent raise each year. The clothing allowance is to be increased from $450 to $500 each year, sick leave is reduced from 1 1/2 days to one per month, and a provision is added stating that regardless of promotion or rank, after 15 years of continued service to the city, the most senior bargaining unit officer will be compensated at the sergeant rate of pay.

Malke said the Personnel Committee wants to make sick pay equal for all departments, so it will need to be addressed for non-union employees next month. The two union contracts already have the reduced sick pay provisions. Malke noted the city’s insurance already provides long term and short term disability payment provisions.

*On recommendation of Fire Chief Steve Anderson, Council approved Ryan Haulotte for a position of firefighter for the city fire department. Anderson explained Haulotte had served on the department for four years before leaving to take a job in Wausau. He is now back, and is returning to the department. Another firefighter recently announced plans to resign, so Anderson still will be seeking another firefighter.

*A petition for detachment submitted by property owners Kyle and Megan Cheney was tentatively approved. Cheney explained that due to an old survey error, about four tenths of an acre of their property in the Shorewood Heights Subdivision lies within Peshtigo City Limits, and their remaining property, like their neighbors, is all in the Town of Peshtigo. Cheney said it is highly unlikely any city services will ever be extended there, and the property taxes come to about $15 a year. He said having the property split into two municipalities will impact the decision on where the house they may build can be located. It is currently a vacant lot. City Attorney Dave Spangenberg pointed out that approval by three quarters of the Council members is required for a detachment petition, which would be difficult with two members absent. However, that can be done next month, and all they needed today was a majority vote in favor of having the ordinance drawn up and setting date for the public hearing in January. Krizenesky jokingly asked if they wouldn’t prefer to have the whole property annexed by the city to take advantage of city police and fire protection. To accompanying laughter, Cheney declined.

*A letter explaining a Findings of Fact and order from the office of the Commissioner of Railroads was received and placed on file. The railroad and the city are each instructed to clear brush from their right of ways at the East and West Front Street crossing by May 31, and the railroad is instructed to install crossing gates at the crossing there, with work not to start until appropriate federal aid or other funding arrangements have been received and the Wisconsin DOT informs the railroad they may start work.

* Appointments to the Elections Board were approved for Beverly Kain, Irene Marquardt, Jeannine Hipke, Barbara Thompson, Donna Zeske, Mary Gansebom and Mary Seidl. Diedre McCormick, Donna Biernasz, Sharon Zehren, Shirley Olson and Mary Dahl were approved as alternates.

*Next year’s Historical Day will have fireworks. Council approved a fireworks permit for Spieelbauer Fireworks Co., Inc., for Sept. 27, 2014. Chief Anderson said he has no objection, provided the firm complies with requirements of the National Fire Protection Association for fireworks displays and prepares the proper maps. If weather makes the display a risk there will be no fireworks. Anderson said the fire department will need to stand by for the event. Behnke said the firm has a $5 million insurance policy, and has experienced operators and a good crew.

*Malke reported that concerns over what appeared to be a cut in pay for the Riverside Cemetery workers prompted another meeting of the Volunteer Cemetery Committee. However, it was found that the cemetery budget this year had separated take-home pay for the two employees from their withholdings so apparently the actual pay amount was unchanged.

*Sale of two old pieces of city equipment to the high bidders was approved. Andy Bergeson was awarded purchase of the 1986 pickup truck for $2,010, and Bob Nielson had high bid of $503 for the old Hustler Shortcut Mower. Krizenesky commented Cowell felt those prices were “just fine.”

*Council approved first reading of a proposed ordinance governing cross connection controls on water systems. Public hearing on the ordinance will be held before the next Council meeting.

*A Parks and Recreation Committee recommendation to raise rates for campground sites at Badger Park from $18 to $20 per night and to charge non-campers $5 for each use of the dump station was approved.

*On recommendation of the Water and Sewer Committee, Council approved hiring a licensed operator and appropriate labor and support personnel to allow the city to operate the Wastewater Treatment Plant “subject to cancellation of the operation agreement with BPM, Inc.” The BPM,, Inc. contract expires in 2015. Krizenesky hoped something can be worked out with BPM, Inc. to continue their operation. Gryzwa said they had sought bids for another outside operator, and prices came in between $199,050 and $249,000. He said to stay within the recently established rate structure the committee felt the city would have to take over the operation. There is a Water and Sewer Committee meeting slated for Tuesday, Dec. 10, and there will be more discussions with BPM, Inc. at that time, Gryzwa said.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
01-28-2015Sports
Four Amigos Winners In FFA Bowl Tourney

01-28-2015Sports
M&M Thunder Place First In Home Tournament

01-28-2015Sports
Wolverines Edge Rival Rangers In Final Moments

01-28-2015Sports
Rangers Roll Over Wolverines In Wausaukee

01-28-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

01-28-2015Perspectives
From our readers

01-28-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

01-28-2015Obituaries
Robert Wenner

01-28-2015Obituaries
George Wendt

01-28-2015Obituaries
Diane Schaf

01-28-2015Obituaries
Kathleen M. Pladies

01-28-2015Obituaries
Ronald Myslik

01-28-2015Obituaries
Kevin J. Kirkland

01-28-2015Obituaries
Spencer M. Kaufman

01-28-2015Obituaries
Audrey G. Jerzyk

01-28-2015Obituaries
Loretta J. Heuer

01-28-2015Obituaries
Elaine C. Boesen-Wedemeier

01-28-2015Obituaries
Virginia Biernasz

01-28-2015Obituaries
Franklyn E. Zaroff

01-28-2015Obituaries
James F. Stodola

01-28-2015Obituaries
Gloria L. Stellick

01-28-2015Obituaries
Nettie M. Reuter

01-28-2015Obituaries
Victoria L. Rietz

01-28-2015Obituaries
Tracie L. Peterson

01-28-2015Obituaries
Sabina M. Monette

01-28-2015Obituaries
Mary L. Johnson

01-28-2015Obituaries
Diana A. Hoerth

01-28-2015Obituaries
Stephen J. Heegeman

01-28-2015Obituaries
George Forst

01-28-2015Obituaries
Harry D. Ellery

01-28-2015Obituaries
James J. Chaltry

01-28-2015Obituaries
Judith A. Bates

01-28-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Church Sweet Sale Feb. 13

01-28-2015Community - Wausaukee
SC Auxiliary To Offer Scholarships

01-28-2015Community - Wausaukee
SC Card Party Jan. 24 Winners

01-28-2015Community - Wausaukee
60 Unit 66 Members Pay Dues

01-28-2015Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Area Woman’s Club Offer Scholarships

01-28-2015Community - Crivitz
CBA Updated On Egg Hunt, Tourist Booth

01-28-2015Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Legion Gun Show Dates

01-28-2015Community - Crivitz
Orientation for Badger Staters

01-28-2015Community - Coleman
Brazeau Fire Dept. Acquires New Saws

01-28-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman School District Reorganizes PTO Group

01-28-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman Village Board Feb. 2

01-28-2015Community - Coleman
Faith Christian Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance

01-28-2015News
Lena Legion To Select Badger Boys

01-28-2015News
On President’s List at DU

01-28-2015News
Seeks Valentine Cards for Vets

01-28-2015News
Huff Earns Honors

01-28-2015Front Page
Marquardt Pleads No Contest Sentencing Set for March 26

01-28-2015Front Page
Full County Board Work Hours Discussion Shot Down, 6 to 6

01-28-2015Front Page
BPM Ready For Salt Water Taffy Season

01-28-2015Front Page
Bow Hunting In City May Become Legal

01-28-2015Front Page
Snowmobile Route On Council Agenda

01-21-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

01-21-2015Perspectives
From our readers

01-21-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

01-21-2015Obituaries
Myron J. Thoune

01-21-2015Obituaries
James Thompson

01-21-2015Obituaries
Douglas Stockwell

01-21-2015Obituaries
Arba J. Rupert

01-21-2015Obituaries
Joyce E. Pultz

01-21-2015Obituaries
Virginia C. Peterson

01-21-2015Obituaries
Tracie L. Peterson

01-21-2015Obituaries
Marlene J. Neerdaels

01-21-2015Obituaries
Yvonne M. Murphy

01-21-2015Obituaries
James F. Kauppila Sr.

01-21-2015Obituaries
Marvin P. Heisler

01-21-2015Obituaries
Wanda H. Elliott

01-21-2015Obituaries
Barbara J. Caves

01-21-2015Obituaries
Dominick Appleglise

01-21-2015Obituaries
Gertrude Martha Whipp

01-21-2015Obituaries
Helen M. Westrich

01-21-2015Obituaries
James D. Schabel

01-21-2015Obituaries
Julie (Wieting) Richards

01-21-2015Obituaries
Mary Ann Philipps

01-21-2015Obituaries
Ross Pettey

01-21-2015Obituaries
John J. Orland

01-21-2015Obituaries
Lorraine Lindquist

01-21-2015Obituaries
Richard Wright Jones

01-21-2015Obituaries
Saundra Ann (Osment) Hopp

01-21-2015Obituaries
Anthony Hohol

01-21-2015Obituaries
Violet Hilbert

01-21-2015Obituaries
Emilee Rose Gill

01-21-2015Obituaries
Patricia L. Gamelin

01-21-2015Obituaries
Glynes "Goosie” Frechette

01-21-2015Obituaries
Claryce M. Finger

01-21-2015Obituaries
Arnold Coel

01-21-2015Obituaries
Julia Cavicchioni

01-21-2015Obituaries
Donald Roger Borths

01-21-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Rec Plans Jan. 31 Winterfest

01-21-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Lions Brat Fry Jan. 24

01-21-2015Community - Wausaukee
Unit 66 Auxiliary Meeting April 4

01-21-2015Community - Wausaukee
List Winners in SC Card Party

01-21-2015Community - Crivitz
Crivitz School Board Regular Meeting

01-21-2015Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Water Hike Lower Than Expected

01-21-2015Community - Crivitz
Fire at Porfillio House in Crivitz

01-21-2015Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Church Valentine Dance

01-21-2015Community - Coleman
Child Development, Junior K Registration

01-21-2015Community - Coleman
School Board at State Meet

01-21-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman-Pound Lions Ice Fishing Banquet

01-21-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman Free Throw Contest

01-21-2015News
4-H Lucky Dog Orientation Jan. 22

01-21-2015News
Dodgeball Benefit for Marinette Student Mar. 29

01-21-2015News
FFA Alumni, KC Scan Tickets

01-21-2015News
Stephenson ‘56 Class Luncheon

01-21-2015Front Page
Train Provides Early Crivitz Year-Round Transportation

01-21-2015Front Page
Peshtigo Town Fire Dept. Had 10 Calls In Month

01-21-2015Front Page
Contributions Help Bring Many Improvements For Fairgrounds

01-21-2015Front Page
Peshtigo School Board Sells Town of Grover Land

01-21-2015Front Page
Net Tax Rate in County Differs from Municipality to Municipality

01-14-2015Sports
Hunters Register 4,220 Turkeys in Fall Hunt, Set Spring Permit Levels

01-14-2015Sports
M&O WRESTLING - Coleman Wins M&O Showdown With Peshtigo

01-14-2015Sports
Peshtigo Dominates Crivitz in a 67-9 Victory

01-14-2015Sports
Rangers End Peshtigo’s Unbeaten Streak At 74, Claim Top Spot In M&O

01-14-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

01-14-2015Perspectives
From our readers

01-14-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

01-14-2015Obituaries
James Ziemer

01-14-2015Obituaries
David H. Wilson

01-14-2015Obituaries
Louis J. Wilimek

01-14-2015Obituaries
Julia Richards

01-14-2015Obituaries
Delores Rice

01-14-2015Obituaries
Karen J. Reinhold

01-14-2015Obituaries
Shirley M. Pederson-Aschenbrenner

01-14-2015Obituaries
Mary D. Olsen

01-14-2015Obituaries
Robert Newlin

01-14-2015Obituaries
Evalyn R. Nast

01-14-2015Obituaries
June E. Misenar

01-14-2015Obituaries
Laurence Mayotte

01-14-2015Obituaries
Margaret M. Lamirande

01-14-2015Obituaries
Jason R. Kainz

01-14-2015Obituaries
Robert B. Huben

01-14-2015Obituaries
Beverly R. Hipke

01-14-2015Obituaries
Violet Hilbert

01-14-2015Obituaries
Pamela A. Hanchek

01-14-2015Obituaries
Alan S. DeBauche

01-14-2015Obituaries
Joseph L. Bartels Sr.

01-14-2015Obituaries
Duane W. Baker

01-14-2015Obituaries
Joanne M. Willems

01-14-2015Obituaries
Patrick J. Wickman

01-14-2015Obituaries
John A. Walski

01-14-2015Obituaries
William P. Trumble

01-14-2015Obituaries
Lawrence F. Treptow

01-14-2015Obituaries
Patricia L. Rynish

01-14-2015Obituaries
David D. Redle

01-14-2015Obituaries
Anita J. May

01-14-2015Obituaries
Richard K. Jacobsen

01-14-2015Obituaries
William J. Erno

01-14-2015Obituaries
Dorothy E. Erdman

01-14-2015Obituaries
Sallie A. Davis


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
American Sniper is on the way to becoming the highest domestic grossing war film of all time. Have your seen, or are you planning on seeing the movie?
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
© 2000-2015
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites