space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Big Crowd Expected For Trappers Convention And Outdoor Show July 24-27
* Racquetball Lessons At Bond Center
* Habitat Golf And Auction August 15
* — 50th Annual — 4-Team WIAA Summer Baseball Tournament Slated For July 25
* —— July 24-26 —— AIM Pro Team Walleye Challenge In Oconto

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 County Will Repave Hwy. E, Not D

The Marinette County Highway Committee has suspended all planned construction activities related to the controversial reconstruction of County BB (Shore Drive) in 2014. At its meeting on Wednesday, March 5 the committee agreed to allocate $1.5 million of the $3.5 million budgeted for the BB project to resurface County E from County D north to Hwy. 64, and from Hwy. 64 north to County G. That job had been slated for the 2015 construction in the 5-year capital improvement plan approved by County Board last year.

A news article last week left some confusion over which road is to be resurfaced in 2014. In one paragraph the repaving project was incorrectly identified as Hwy. D, which was just redone last year, and later in the article the project was correctly identified as County E.

The change in plans was recommended by Highway Commissioner Ray Palonen in view of the 21 official objections filed by property owners who received notices to remove encroachments. There were also 33 objections filed by property owners who do not have encroachments, but some may have right of way issues. The right of way dispute now apparently will be settled in Circuit Court, unless some other agreement is reached.

Palonen said because of the pending legal actions no engineering for the BB project can be done at this time. Engineering work needed includes preparing bid request documents. No road building can be done, and obstructions, including trees and utilities, cannot be cleared from the right of way, Palonen said. He told the committee there is not enough time to get all the legal issues resolved and preparation work done in time for the 2014 road building season.

Many BB residents and the Peshtigo Town Board have spoken in favor of resurfacing BB and adding 2-foot paved shoulders for walking and biking (a $2 million project), but have vigorously opposed the proposed $3.5 million reconstruction of the road between University Drive and Pond Road. That project includes constructing a 4-rod road complete with ditches and culverts in many areas. Several property owners say they have legal documents proving that the county right of way adjoining their property is for a three rod road, not four, and have indicated they are seeking legal counsel.

The Highway Committee in November offered to repave the entire road according to the $2 million plan favored by the town board, provided the town would then agree to a jurisdictional transfer through which it would become a town road. In December the Town Board rejected that proposal, contending that state highway aids do not cover the cost of maintaining the road.

Peshtigo Town Chair Herman Pottratz and Supervisor Don Pazynski, who represents the BB area on Marinette County Board, expressed their views during the public comment time at the start of the March 5 Highway Committee meeting.

Pazynski reviewed the history of citizen petitions opposing the project, including one that gained 100 signatures. He challenged contentions that the Highway Committee can change the funded projects for 2014 without approval of a majority of the full County Board. He said the road badly needs repaving as soon as possible, but in accord with the original $2 million plan, not the reconstruction in the $3.5 million project. He likened removing BB from the 2014 plan entirely to acting “like spoiled children” who want to “take your ball and go home.”

Pottratz questioned the need for new ditches and culverts on the highway, asserting that, “we never had a drainage problem on that road.” He also doubted the wisdom of attempting to bring all county roads up to state road standards.

During committee discussion of the motion to suspend the 2014 work on BB, Highway Committee member Joe Policello urged the town board to accept jurisdiction over BB after the county rebuilds it to the town’s specifications. He believes this option will save BB residents and the county money on both litigation and construction.

Committee member Mel Sharpe also urged Pottratz and the town to accept the road as the best solution all around. He said by accepting a newly repaved road they can collect road aids for perhaps 25 years without need for major work, and by taking ownership will prevent similar disputes over right of way in future years without the costs of going to court.

Committee member Shirley Kaufman, who has staunchly supported the town’s preferred plan for BB, agreed they need to suspend work on that road, at least for now. She commented allocating the $1.5 million for County E still leaves $2 million in the 2014 budget for repaving BB in accord with the original plan that the town favors.

Russ Bauer, the remaining committee member, was absent and excused. He also has consistently favored the $2 million version of plans for BB.

In the end, the Highway Committee voted unanimously in favor of both the motion to suspend BB work, and allocating the $1.5 million of capital improvement funds for repaving 5.7 miles of County E as recommended by Palonen. Palonen said County E is severely rutted, hard to maintain, and badly in need of new pavement. Work will consist of pulverizing the existing pavement, reshaping the road, and repaving it.

After the committee approved the two motions, Chair Russ Bousley commented the work still needs to be done on both BB and E. He added they have three years to use the bond issue proceeds, so one way or the other, BB will be done.

Palonen reported the 2013 budget year ended with a $265,000 gain for the Highway Department compared to a $200,000 loss in 2012. The turnaround comes from utilizing the county’s equipment more effectively and eliminating old equipment that’s unused, he said.

He also reported that a curb and gutter project on County C in Athelstane will need some engineering work to determine drainage patterns before the road improvements are planned.  He is currently seeking bids for that work. 

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) wrote to all County Highway commissioners about the continuing salt shortage. Palonen told the committee that the county has 2,000 tons of salt in reserve that have yet to arrive at county facilities. The Crivitz and Pembine highway shops each have about 700 tons of salt on hand. Palonen has cut back on sales of salt to cities, villages, and towns. 

He plans to seek bids from outside contractors for work on County roads R and W, work that will be heavily impacted by this summer’s rebuilding of Highway 41.

Patrol Supervisor Joe Baranek reported sand that has been mined from county owned land in Pembine is very good for the sand-salt mixture used after snowstorms. Selling sand to the state and municipalities has generated quite a bit of revenue for the department.

In other business, the committee recommended to the Marinette County Board the acceptance of a $32,028 bid from Ewald’s Automotive Group of Oconomowoc for a 4-door crew cab Dodge truck; a $10,433 bid from Olson Trailer and Body of Green Bay for a Dump Box and Tool Box if the chassis is purchased, and a bid of $23,344 from Palmen Motors of Kenosha for a Dodge Ram one crew cab pickup truck.

The Committee recommends approval of a maintenance agreement for line painting in Marinette and Oconto counties for $78,500. 

Palonen recommended the Committee reject two bids from Aring Equipment for a used asphalt distributor, believing that better equipment is available at a lower cost, and the committee accepted his advice.

Bousley called the 80 minute meeting to order at 9 A.M. The Committee will next meet on Wednesday, March 19 at 9 A.M. at the Peshtigo Highway Shop.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
07-24-2014Sports
Big Crowd Expected For Trappers Convention And Outdoor Show July 24-27

07-24-2014Sports
Racquetball Lessons At Bond Center

07-24-2014Sports
Habitat Golf And Auction August 15

07-24-2014Sports
— 50th Annual — 4-Team WIAA Summer Baseball Tournament Slated For July 25

07-24-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

07-24-2014Perspectives
From our readers

07-24-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

07-24-2014Obituaries
Antoinette Wesolowski

07-24-2014Obituaries
Anita N. Wehrle

07-24-2014Obituaries
Gerald E. Wedin

07-24-2014Obituaries
Harriet Ann Wasko

07-24-2014Obituaries
Therese C. Thoune

07-24-2014Obituaries
Mark P. Stevens

07-24-2014Obituaries
Leonard E. Lesperance

07-24-2014Obituaries
Bradley Lemke

07-24-2014Obituaries
Barbara Koury

07-24-2014Obituaries
Elmer Giese

07-24-2014Obituaries
Bernard J. Gabriel

07-24-2014Obituaries
Ardith Fleischman

07-24-2014Obituaries
Kenneth M. Demmith-Veasley

07-24-2014Obituaries
Rosemary Christenson

07-24-2014Obituaries
Barbara J. Byers

07-24-2014Obituaries
James R. Ausloos

07-24-2014Obituaries
Kathleen Ann Thomas

07-24-2014Obituaries
Benjamin N. Schumacher

07-24-2014Obituaries
Terri Jo Ryan

07-24-2014Obituaries
Krystin Kuffner Rau

07-24-2014Obituaries
Krystin Kuffner Rau

07-24-2014Obituaries
Mary E. Parent

07-24-2014Obituaries
Timothy Norwood

07-24-2014Obituaries
Bonnie J. Mitterreiter

07-24-2014Obituaries
Ruth A. McIntosh

07-24-2014Obituaries
Florence R. Liddle

07-24-2014Obituaries
Harry G. Kososki

07-24-2014Obituaries
Ronald R. Johnson

07-24-2014Obituaries
Marion Ermenc

07-24-2014Obituaries
Elizabeth J. Brown

07-24-2014Obituaries
Wesley C. Branyan

07-24-2014Obituaries
Lois G. Bertrand

07-24-2014Obituaries
Ferdinand F. Baumler

07-24-2014News
Area School Supply Drive

07-24-2014News
Brazeau Emergency Services Picnic, Wrestling July 26

07-24-2014News
Need Volunteers for Centennial

07-24-2014Community - Wausaukee
Library to Host Comedy Science

07-24-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Historical Lists 15 Winners in Quilt Raffle

07-24-2014Community - Wausaukee
WHS Athletes Physicals July 29

07-24-2014Community - Wausaukee
Library to Host Comedy Science

07-24-2014Community - Crivitz
Loomis Legion, Unit Fun Day is July 26

07-24-2014Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Blood Drive Aug. 4

07-24-2014Community - Crivitz
Movie in Park at Crivitz July 24

07-24-2014Community - Crivitz
800 Attend Miracle for Mike Frievalt Benefit

07-24-2014Community - Coleman
Zoglman Receives Lions Fellowship

07-24-2014Community - Coleman
T/Pound Opposed To County Bond Issue

07-24-2014Community - Coleman
List Winners in Big Coleman Fire Dept. Parade, Picnic

07-24-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Board Votes Against Outsourcing Sub Teacher Plan

07-24-2014Front Page
3 Injured When Car, Two Semis Crash

07-24-2014Front Page
Menominee May Go To Court Over Airport Commission Appointment

07-24-2014Front Page
DNR: Wausaukee Water Supply “Precarious”; New Well Needed

07-24-2014Front Page
Peshtigo Utility Changes Water Disconnection Policies

07-24-2014Front Page
Christmas At Badger Park, Peshtigo July 25-27

07-17-2014Sports
—— July 24-26 —— AIM Pro Team Walleye Challenge In Oconto

07-17-2014Sports
—— August 18 —— Coleman Booster Club Sets Kickoff Banquet

07-17-2014Sports
Sports Exams To Aid Area School Districts

07-17-2014Sports
—— Little League—— Peshtigo 12's Claim Tournament Title; 10's Finish Second

07-17-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

07-17-2014Perspectives
From our readers

07-17-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

07-17-2014Front Page
Plan Guitars For Vets Chapter in Marinette Area

07-17-2014Obituaries
Gerald Wedin

07-17-2014Obituaries
Marian L. Payette

07-17-2014Obituaries
Betty K. Mikus

07-17-2014Obituaries
Theresa M. Krulatz

07-17-2014Obituaries
Glenn E. Johnson

07-17-2014Obituaries
Joseph Hyland

07-17-2014Obituaries
Peter P. Hendricks

07-17-2014Obituaries
Violet Jessie Frehr

07-17-2014Obituaries
Terence Crowley

07-17-2014Obituaries
Orville "Pat" Cappaert

07-17-2014Obituaries
Mary L. Wyman

07-17-2014Obituaries
Glenn A. Rietz

07-17-2014Obituaries
Francis M. Lemansky

07-17-2014Obituaries
Frances K. Last

07-17-2014Obituaries
Kenneth S. Kososki

07-17-2014Obituaries
Lorraine M. Knitter

07-17-2014Obituaries
Rochele Jaskolski

07-17-2014Obituaries
Helen Huss

07-17-2014Obituaries
Adeline M. (Cloutier) Evancheck

07-17-2014Obituaries
Kathleen M. Ebben

07-17-2014Front Page
Menominee Commissioners Walk Out of Airport Meeting

07-17-2014Front Page
Peshtigo Hires Principal, School Secretary To Retire

07-17-2014Front Page
Bob Schwartz Benefit At Equity On Aug. 2

07-17-2014Front Page
2014 Logging, Heritage Fest A Huge Success

07-17-2014News
Menekaunee Sets Old Timers Picnic July 26

07-17-2014News
Marinette Co. Fair Raffle Tickets Available for Sale

07-17-2014News
Crivitz Blood Drive Aug. 4

07-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
VBS at Wausaukee Church July 21-25

07-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire Auxiliary Finalize Picnic Plans

07-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Fire/Rescue Auxiliary Picnic Aug. 9th

07-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
WHS Athletes Physicals July 29

07-17-2014Community - Crivitz
Motorcycle Ride for Crivitz Rescue Squad

07-17-2014Community - Crivitz
MI Fire Dept. Picnic, Open House Aug. 9

07-17-2014Community - Crivitz
Loomis Legion, Unit Fun Day is July 26

07-17-2014Community - Crivitz
Country Gospel Jam July 16

07-17-2014Community - Coleman
Brazeau Emergency Services Picnic, Wrestling July 26

07-17-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Church VBS July 21-25

07-17-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board July 21

07-17-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Fire Dept. 19th Annual Parade, Picnic

07-10-2014Front Page
Two Injured In Car, Motorcycle Crash

07-10-2014Front Page
Committee Shaves $40,000 From $1.08 Million Projects

07-10-2014Front Page
Drug Units Arrest 2 In Meth Investigations

07-10-2014Front Page
Marinette Plan To Consider Waterfront, Historic Zoning

07-10-2014Front Page
Coleman Board Okays Property Cleanup Study

07-10-2014Sports
Marinette Notches M&M Win

07-10-2014Sports
Sports Exams To Aid Area School District

07-10-2014Sports
MYBI Players To March In July 13 Parade

07-10-2014Sports
Peshtigo Rallies Past White Lake

07-10-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

07-10-2014Perspectives
From our readers

07-10-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

07-10-2014Obituaries
Jerome Wontor

07-10-2014Obituaries
Catherine M. Wheelock

07-10-2014Obituaries
John J. Wertelusky

07-10-2014Obituaries
Marvin L. Wagner

07-10-2014Obituaries
Debra A Vandenberg

07-10-2014Obituaries
Pastor Kenneth C. Schlueter

07-10-2014Obituaries
Robert Reed

07-10-2014Obituaries
Edgar W. Raess

07-10-2014Obituaries
Gregg S. Meser

07-10-2014Obituaries
Warren C. Manske

07-10-2014Obituaries
Joan C. Lutri

07-10-2014Obituaries
Inez A. Kulick

07-10-2014Obituaries
Delores Junco

07-10-2014Obituaries
Cora G. Erickson

07-10-2014Obituaries
Agnes Clark

07-10-2014Obituaries
Pauline M. Barribeau

07-10-2014Obituaries
Gladys Stiglitz

07-10-2014Obituaries
Melvin G. Sovinski

07-10-2014Obituaries
Alice E. Nieft

07-10-2014Obituaries
John R. Maves

07-10-2014Obituaries
Arnold Martin

07-10-2014Obituaries
Robin S. Luedtke

07-10-2014Obituaries
Marilyn LaCoursier

07-10-2014Obituaries
Cecelia M. LaChapell

07-10-2014Obituaries
Rochelle Ihander

07-10-2014Obituaries
Rob Holman

07-10-2014Obituaries
Larry J. Hohol

07-10-2014Obituaries
Annette M. Blumreich

07-10-2014Obituaries
Constance E. Besaw

07-10-2014Obituaries
Nancy L. Bartels

07-10-2014News
Suring Auxiliary Rummage Sale


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think Russia is responsible for shooting down Malaysian plane MH17?
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
© 2000-2014
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites