space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* —— July 24-26 —— AIM Pro Team Walleye Challenge In Oconto
* —— August 18 —— Coleman Booster Club Sets Kickoff Banquet
* Sports Exams To Aid Area School Districts
* —— Little League—— Peshtigo 12's Claim Tournament Title; 10's Finish Second
* Marinette Notches M&M Win

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

Auditor Advises City To Watch Fund Balance

“Your unassigned General Fund Balance remains in good condition, but be careful not to use too much of it,” cautioned Jeanean Robenhorst, the auditor presenting the annual audit to Peshtigo City Council on Tuesday, June 3. The audit, done by Schenck CPAs, shows the general fund balance dropped $237,000 between Dec. 31, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2013. Part of that was planned, the Schenck auditor said.

The audit report notes that the unassigned general fund balance of $1,357,053 at the end of 2013, down from $2,140,391 a year earlier, represents 42 percent of the budgeted general fund expenditures for the year. Because the city receives about 60 percent of its annual revenues with the November state shared taxes payment, they project the city needs to maintain a general fund balance between $875,000 $950,000 to finance expenditures until the November payment is received.

Report shows the total general fund balance was $2,414,600 at the end of 2012 and $2,178,942 at the end of 2013. Total city funds dropped during the same period from $6,005,334 to $5,172,410. She said the big drop in TIF funds - almost $500,000, was expected because it is the final year of the construction phase. Based on current returns, the investment should be fully repaid in five years as planned.

Robenhorst said the water utility did better than the year before, reflecting the first full year of the rate increase. Earnings match the 1.3 percent rate of return authorized by the Public Service Commission, up from less than half a percent for 2012.

The sewer utility once again had an operating loss. Robenhorst said they were going to recommend a rate increase but realized that had just happened. “Hopefully, the increase in sewer rates will cover the losses for next year,” she commented. Operating revenues for 2013 were $493,262, up from $350,4012 in 2012, while operating expenses were down, from $749,873 to $672,145. Losses before capital contributions and transfers in from UDAG and TIF were $435,259 in 2012 and $244,156 for 2013.

The report noted that the utility’s assets increased $409,547 for 2013 compared to an increase of $176,664 for 2012, but when evaluating the operating results of a utility, it is important to consider the additional debt service now required, so they provided a cash flow comparative summary. It shows the bottom line balance dropped from $648,819 on Jan. 1, 2013 to zero on Dec. 1. The report notes the city completed a sewer plant upgrade and will need to increase its sewer rates to finance it, but as the auditor had already explained, they then realized the increase is already in effect. She said hopefully that increase will be enough to cover costs in the coming year.

Alderman Mary Lock asked about the TIF payoff projections, and was told currently the balance on the development costs is $3.1 million, and the tax increment was $707,000 for 2013. If that keeps on, in five years more than $3 million will have been generated. Even with the slight decrease for 2013, there should be more than enough to cover the TIF expenditures by 2018, when the TIF ends.

Alderman Tom Gryzwa thanked Robenhorst for her firm’s fine work on the audit, and she expressed appreciation to city personnel for their cooperation. “It’s a joy coming here...they make it easy,” she declared.

The evening started with public hearings at 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. for revisions to the sewer use ordinance and appointment of election officials. No one from the public attended either hearing, and no one spoke for or against either ordinance. Both had been read last month and were fully reviewed by the responsible committees before being sent on for full Council approval, which was unanimous.

The revised ordinance allows the city clerk to divide election day duties between two teams, in order to shorten what otherwise are extremely long days for poll workers.

After a reading by Alderman Mike Behnke, Council formally endorsed a proclamation honoring retiring First Assistant Chief Mike Madden for an unprecedented 50 years as a member of Peshtigo Volunteer Fire Department. Madden was unable to attend, and a formal presentation will be done at a future Council meeting, Behnke said.

Council formally approved Mayor Cathi Malke’s appointment of members to the special volunteer committee that will work with the Diggers television show to be produced in Peshtigo in late summer or early fall. Members are Mary Hahn of the Peshtigo Historical Society, Pat Roland for the Chamber of Commerce, Alderman Mike Behnke for City Council, Stanley Nogalski, a retired DNR employee, and historians Robert Couvillion and Ron Strojny.

Behnke, chair of the Personnel Committee, reported they hired Shayla Radtke for the part time secretary position at $10 per hour. “She’s catching on and working out very nicely,” he commented.

Public Works Director George Cowell reported hopes of buying a demo model plotter planner, and Council authorized purchase of a new one even though the price is $9,495, slightly over the budgeted amount. Cowell said the dealer will take a little off the price to bring it closer to his budget. The demo model had been sold to someone else.

Cowell reported sewer flushing is 75 percent complete. Flushing in the Peck and Brown Avenue areas took more than three hours, and removed significant amounts of manganese and rust. The flushing is done at night to minimize impact on residents.

Two fire hydrants are inoperable and will need to be replaced, Cowell said. He ordered five replacements. Cost is about $1,800 to $2,000 to purchase and $1,500 to $1,800 to install Alderman Dave Marquardt, chair of the License and Police committee reported a number of beer and liquor licenses, and all were approved by unanimous vote. They include a special license for Saint Mary Catholic Church for an event at Badger Park on July 13, and one for Wild Fire Hog Chapter motorcycle club for an event on July 26.

After changing the required amount of insurance coverage from $100,000 to $1 million, the rental agreement for city facilities, in particular ball fields, was unanimously approved as drafted by Parks and Rec director Dave Zahn and refined by City Attorney Dave Spangenberg. The Naming Rights documents had been tabled by the committee and did not come up for Council action.

Council approved the Hazard Mitigation Planning documents that are part of the Marinette County plan.

Contract for repaving Emery Ave from Trout Creek Bridge to East park Drive was awarded to Northeast Asphalt for $56,399.35.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
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

07-10-2014Community - Wausaukee
NWTC Tech Camps for Youth

07-10-2014Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Fire/Rescue Auxiliary Picnic Aug. 9th

07-10-2014Community - Wausaukee
Weather Topic of Library Program

07-10-2014Community - Wausaukee
Legion Participates in Church Service

07-10-2014Community - Crivitz
“Miracle for Mike” Benefit is July 12

07-10-2014Community - Crivitz
Middle Inlet Fire Dept. Picnic/Open House Aug. 9

07-10-2014Community - Crivitz
“Lego Movie” is Featured July 10

07-10-2014Community - Crivitz
Church Bible Soccer Camp July 14-18

07-10-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Legion Auxiliary Invitation for Members

07-10-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Band To March in July 19th Parade

07-10-2014Community - Coleman
Food Pantry Open July 16

07-03-2014Sports
WIAA Limits Contact During Season

07-03-2014Sports
Vintage Mods To Appear At UPIR Track

07-03-2014Sports
Most Fireworks Are Illegal In Wisconsin State Parks, Forests

07-03-2014Sports
Peshtigo Residents Attend International Snowmobile Congress

07-03-2014Sports
Riverside To Offer Golf Experiences With Packers

07-03-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

07-03-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

07-03-2014Obituaries
Dorothy L. Watson

07-03-2014Obituaries
Phillip J. Tjernagel

07-03-2014Obituaries
John J. Shaffer

07-03-2014Obituaries
Shirley J. Neuman

07-03-2014Obituaries
Pearl Moudry

07-03-2014Obituaries
Dale H. McClellan

07-03-2014Obituaries
Rosemary Kolaszewski

07-03-2014Obituaries
Gerald L. Johnson

07-03-2014Obituaries
Fred Jensen

07-03-2014Obituaries
Genevieve A. Hein

07-03-2014Obituaries
Allen J. Engebretsen

07-03-2014Obituaries
William Disjardin

07-03-2014Obituaries
Olga H. Deckert

07-03-2014Obituaries
Lonnie J. Corbeille

07-03-2014Obituaries
Leonard Birr

07-03-2014Obituaries
Helen C. Augustine

07-03-2014Obituaries
James E. Yunowich

07-03-2014Obituaries
Anna Wirtz

07-03-2014Obituaries
Mary Wendt

07-03-2014Obituaries
Ellen K. Sweeney

07-03-2014Obituaries
Patrick W. Smiltneek

07-03-2014Obituaries
Dr. Thomas J. Shepro

07-03-2014Obituaries
Juanita M. Johnson

07-03-2014Obituaries
Doris Jansen

07-03-2014Obituaries
Jerome D. Horen

07-03-2014Obituaries
Barbara A. Hommel

07-03-2014Obituaries
Patti F. Hermann

07-03-2014Obituaries
Allison L. Helgeson

07-03-2014Obituaries
Charlene F. Beck

07-03-2014Obituaries
Elizabeth M. Barlow

07-03-2014News
Garden Walk is July 19

07-03-2014News
Historical Society Meeting July 7th

07-03-2014News
Family Fest at Goodman Park July 5

07-03-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Logo Contest for 2015 Centennial

07-03-2014Community - Wausaukee
Library Program July 9 on Food

07-03-2014Community - Wausaukee
Collect 49 Units in Blood Drive

07-03-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Board To Ok Propane Contract

07-03-2014Community - Crivitz
Town Stephenson OWI Target Area

07-03-2014Community - Crivitz
VFW Brat Fry at Crivitz July 3

07-03-2014Community - Crivitz
Loomis Historical Meeting July 10

07-03-2014Community - Crivitz
MI Board To Meet July 10

07-03-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Village Board July 6


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Is the president responsible for the border crisis we have in America?
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