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Marinette’s Main Street to Get More Beautification

The City of Marinette’s Main Street will have more landscaping and streetscaping features when an extensive reconstruction project is completed in the fall. City Engineer Brian Miller and Municipal Engineer Peter Kolaszewski of Ayres Associates made the recommendations to the Marinette City Council at a meeting on Monday, April 14. The additional features were made possible when bids for the project came in at a lower price than expected. 

The new features include about 20 decorative pedestrian lights between Ely and Stanton Streets, two taller street lights on signal poles on the west side of Wells Street, three additional colored crosswalks at the intersection of Main and Wells Streets, and 35 trees along Main Street east of Ely Street. 

The Council voted unanimously to purchase the extra $80,300 in new features for the reconstruction of Main, Ely, and Stanton Streets. The construction work will begin on Monday, April 21, weather permitting, and should be completed by Oct. 31.

A public information session describing the reconstruction is planned for Thursday, April 17, from 5 to 6 P.M. in the Council chamber.

In other business, the Council voted to purchase about one and one third acres of land from Tyco-Ansul, including a seven-tenth’s acre parcel on which Woleske Road is located. Tyco-Ansul which has been very cooperative offered to sell the land for closing costs, which, with title insurance, should add up to a $500 expenditure by the city. City Attorney Jonathan Sbar told the Council the acquisition will clarify the ownership of one stretch of Woleske Road that is due to be reconstructed this summer. Taking on all of the closing costs would be less expensive than going to court to prove ownership.

Miller also recommended to the Council the city begin the process of declaring a special assessment on three homeowners on James Street to remove concrete from their driveways, replace the current steel culverts with concrete box culverts, and repair the driveways where the culverts were installed. 

The assessments, at about $2,000 per property, are part of a larger rebuilding of the ditch, culverts, and retaining walls on James Street, part of which will be reconstructed during the summer along with sections of Florence Street and Todd Avenues. Curb and gutter will be installed on the rebuilt streets, but sidewalks will not be added. 

Miller reports that the James Street ditches and culverts are a critical part of a large drainage corridor for the city, and the failure to address corroding culverts and retaining walls could lead to major problems with street and basement flooding.

At the recommendation of the Personnel and License Committee, the Council voted 8-1, with Bradley Behrendt dissenting, to allow Municipal Judge Carl Mercier to promote his current part-time assistant clerk to full time clerk’s position at her current rate of pay and to pay a new part time clerk $16.24 per hour. Longtime Court Clerk Christine Pecard will retire on April 30, making the staff changes necessary.

At the encouragement of Alderperson Dorothy Kowalski, the Council set a special meeting for Wednesday, April 30 at 5 P.M. to meet as a committee of the whole to study and take action on a citywide needs assessment proposal.

Mayor Denise Ruleau thanked Carol Kempka for her years of service to the Council. Kempka chose not to seek reelection to another term as an Alderperson. Ruleau further thanked City Clerk Jim Anderson, Sbar, Miller, and Alderpersons David Buechler and Martha Karban for their assistance with the Council’s work during the past year. She further expressed her thanks to all the Council members who took part in a large number of special meetings during the year and applauded Kempka for her service. 

The new Common Council, with newly elected alderperson Pam Goes, met to organize on Tuesday, April 15 at 5 P.M.


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