space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* PHS Alumni Pepper "Fore" Golf Scholarship Outing Set for June 16
* Bulldog Track & Field Teams Claim Multi-Team Meets
* Peshtigo Refuses to Relinquish 1st
* Coleman and Niagara to Play for Top Spot in M&O
* Marines Fall Twice in NEC, Oconto Falls Splits Games

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

Lakari, Johns Resign Twin County Airport Positions, Judge Rules Anderson On

The balance of power on Twin County Airport Commission switched abruptly Friday, Aug. 8, when two of the three Marinette County Commissioners resigned and Menominee Circuit Court Judge Richard Celello issued a ruling that seats Garry Anderson as Menominee County’s third member of the airport’s governing body. Supervisor Ted Sauve is now Marinette County’s only representative on the Commission.

Meanwhile, no commission business has been conducted since June. The regular monthly meeting on July 14 ended without a quorum after Menominee County Commissioners Charlie Meintz and Chris Plutchak walked out after a motion to seat Anderson was defeated, 3 to 2.

Neither of the two Menominee Commissioners attended the Friday noon meeting, so it too ended without action, except that Marinette County Supervisor Nick Lakari and At-Large Commissioner Mary Johns submitted their resignations to Airport Manager Tony Krysiak.

Johns and Lakari both were upset with what Johns termed failure of Marinette County to provide its representatives on the Commission with legal counsel, or even casual advice. Lakari stated as he submitted his resignation that The help we have been requesting has not been granted....There has been no political assistance from our county board chair, and no legal assistance from our corporation counsel.

Lakari said his concerns matched those of Johns, and he had expressed them in the resignation letter he addressed to County Board Chair Vilas Schroeder.

The three Marinette County Commissioners had received summons to appear in court Friday afternoon, and did so without the assistance of legal counsel.

Comments later indicated Marinette County Corporation Counsel Gale Mattison is not licensed to practice law in Michigan. In addition to her Corporation Counsel duties, Mattison is a member of the triumvirate serving as Marinette County Administrator since the resignation of Ellen Sorensen. Other members of the administrative team are Finance Director Pat Kass and Human Resources Director Jennifer Holtger.

Sauve said after the court proceedings and resignations on Friday that Commission by-laws allow any two commissioners to request a meeting. He said payroll has not been interrupted because of continuing authorization, but was concerned that other bills and essential airport business are not being taken care of. He expressed hope that the first order of business at the next Commission meeting will be election of a chair and vice chair.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Airport Commission would be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19. Special meetings can be called by the chair with four hours advance notice, but since the commission currently has neither a chair or vice chair, that option does not appear viable.

Marinette County has not yet named its new Commissioners, and that may not be possible until its next County Board meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 26.

The controversy dates back to June, when Jason Lauzer, Menominee County’s at-large commissioner, resigned to accept a job out of state. Menominee County Board, on a split vote, appointed Anderson to fill that post.

The three Marinette County Commissioners voted in June and July not to seat him, citing issues connected with Anderson’s ownership of a hangar at the airport and lease of the space it occupies. In her resignation letter, Johns also cited the controversy that surrounded Anderson’s prior term on the commission, which ended in 2010 when he was defeated by Jim Pearson in a County Board recall election.

After the July 15 refusal to seat Anderson the two Menominee County Commissioners walked out, leaving the Marinette County members without a quorum to continue the meeting.

At a special meeting on Friday, July 18, Menominee County Board authorized Prosecuting Attorney Dan Hass to file suit aimed at forcing the Airport Commission to accept Anderson as the its citizen at large member. Hass filed the suit later that day, and the Aug. 8 hearing was subsequently scheduled.

The suit asked the court to order TCAC to approve Anderson’s appointment immediately, and sought recovery of legal fees and other associated costs incurred by Menominee County.

Hass said at that time, and again in court on Aug. 8, that the issue was not whether or not there was support for Anderson, it was whether or not the Twin County Airport documents do or do not give Menominee County Board the right to choose the persons who will represent them on the Commission.

A meeting of the Commission’s Executive/Finance committee that had been scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 was canceled. Agenda for the canceled meeting included review of financials, review of the 2015 budget, review of comp time for Airport Manager, and status of summons and complaint naming TCAC as Defendant, Info only.

The Friday, Aug. 8 events began at the noon meeting of the Airport Commission that was convened by Lakari, acting chair since Lauzer’s resignation.

Agenda included possible hiring of an attorney to defend the commission in the Menominee County suit, possible use of Commission funds to pay for hiring an attorney to defend the summons and complaint, and discuss/consider requesting reimbursement from both Marinette and Menominee Counties for costs associated with hiring an attorney to defend Summons and Complaint.

Lakari, Sauve and Johns were present. Meintz had said he would not attend. Plutchak was absent without an explanation. Eight members of the public were on hand.

Lakari noted there was no quorum and declared the meeting adjourned. He also asked the press to remain for announcements.

I am rather disgusted and discouraged by Marinette County, Johns declared. We had requested information and advice and we did not get it!

In a formal letter to Mattison Johns wrote: Marinette county has chosen not to provide its representatives on the commission with legal counsel, or even casual advice, concerning the lawsuit filed by Menominee County. Why would I choose to volunteer for an entity that provides no support for my efforts?

She went on;

You refused to give any advice to Nick Lakari when he sough it on not one, but two occasions. The fact that you aren’t licensed to practice law in Michigan does not preclude you from giving non-legal advice in your role as part of the county’s interim administrative team.

You work for the taxpayers. You have much to answer for to your constituency.

An airport is a dynamic force in the economic development of a community. But there appears to be little support for the airport on the part of either county. It seems the Majority of the Menominee County Board want to turn the airport into a playground for private pilots, not a viable economic asset, Johns concluded. I simply prefer to focus my energies where I have a chance of accomplishing something.

In her formal statement at the meeting, Johns declared:

I would not be resigning if Marinette County had offered us legal counsel or even advice when it was sought back in June.

When county government has cross-border financial and administrative legal agreements, the county should have a corporate counsel who is licensed to practice law in both states. This is a stipulation that the Marinette County Board should insist upon going forward. No more excuses!

I believe the lawsuit could have been avoided with appropriate legal counsel.

It is irresponsible and cavalier when the knee-jerk reaction on the part of the allegedly aggrieved Menominee County Board is to file a lawsuit that further divides a community that should be working together.

A majority of the Menominee County Board wants to leave the impression our reluctance to seat Mr. Anderson is merely over whether or not his hangar lease and ownership has been properly transferred. The reluctance to seat him goes well beyond than that. One need look no further than newspaper clippings from 2009 and 2010 to see what problems occurred the last time Mr. Anderson was on the airport commission.

I believe a majority of the Menominee County Board wants the airport to remain a playground for private pilots, not a viable economic asset. It is time for Marinette County to step up to the plate and support the airport’s economic vitality by supporting its representatives on the commission.

My kudos to Bernie Lang and James Furlong of Menominee County for understanding the larger picture and the importance of the airport to a vibrant and growing community.

I applaud Nick Lakari and Ted Sauve for their efforts on behalf of the airport and Marinette County. It’s a pity they have not received support from Marinette County.

Airport Manager Tony Krysiak and Lineman Jeff LaFleur have demonstrated their devotion to the airport; they are to be commended and not, as in the past, harassed by Menominee County’s Airport Commission members, Johns concluded.

Lakari said he also wrote to the Marinette County Board Chair expressing the same concerns.

The real losers are the taxpayers if the airport is no longer supported by the counties, Johns declared.

Sauve said he will continue to represent Marinette County as he has in the past, and will continue to support the airport.

This is the first time in my 44 years in government that I have experienced people walking out if they disagree with a position, Sauve said in regard to the departure of Plutchak and Meintz from the July meeting. I find it deplorable for Menominee County to walk out when they didn’t get their way!

However, Sauve went on, I hope we can proceed with things that we have going at this time for the benefit of both counties.

Comments of the commissioners indicated that Marinette County had mailed no responses to the court documents in regard to the hearing that was to begin two hours later in Menominee County Courthouse.

Sauve, Lakari and Johns were present on the Marinette County side of the aisle for the Show Cause hearing, along with Marinette County Supervisor Joe Banaszak. Banaszak, who also is a Town of Stephenson Supervisor, is manager of the town-owned Crivitz Airport. There were at least 15 spectators on the Menominee side, including Meintz and Plutchak.

Hass, who on many issues has served as legal advisor for the Airport Commission, was present on behalf of Menominee County Board.

Judge Celello asked if anyone was present to defend the Airport Commission, and there was no response.

He asked if the commissioners had been in contact with an attorney and noted the Airport Commission had not filed a response.

Lakari said he and the other two Marinette County Commissioners were present because they had been ordered to appear. In response to a question from Celello, Lakari said the commission had not hired an attorney.

Celello told Hass he had read his documents. Hass said since there had been nothing filed on behalf of the Marinette County position, I’m asking the court to make a finding they are not in dispute. I’m asking you to act on the Menominee County Board’s request.

This boils down to Democracy 101, Hass told the court. It is Menominee County’s right to receive equal representation on the Airport Commisison....It’s a board of six and we need to have Menominee County’s representative recognized.

This is not about Garry Anderson, Hass declared. Menominee County has a legal right to make the appointment...It’s the Commission’s duty to seat the representative...All we’re asking is for this court to recognize Menominee County’s right to appoint.

Celello asked Lakari his status, and Lakari said he had been acting chair of the Commission until noon, when I chose to submit my resignation.

Celello explained as a public corporation the Commission could not act through lay people, it must be represented by an attorney. Whether on the Commission or not, You have no standing except as a witness, Celello told the Marinette County contingent. You can come and be a witness as to why a writ of mandamus should not be issued.

When there was no response, Celello ruled that the Commission must accept the transfer of lease for Anderson’s hangar and accept the appointment of Anderson to the Commission.

He gave Hass 14 days to prepare the writ of mandamus papers, and said he will sign them as soon as they are ready. Hass said after court adjourned that he would get the papers done quickly. He believed as soon as the writ is signed the Menominee County appointee (Anderson) is on the Commission. Hass said there had been a conflict of interest in regard to the hangar lease, but it has been resolved, so now let’s move on.

With Anderson seated the Commission has four members - Sauve from Marinette County and Anderson, Meintz and Plutchak from Menominee County.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
04-19-2017Obituaries
Regina Waciak

04-19-2017Obituaries
Marcella F. Tebo

04-19-2017Obituaries
Donald J. Paasch

04-19-2017Obituaries
David P. LeRoy

04-19-2017Obituaries
Ruby M. Harring

04-19-2017Obituaries
Donna Belle Gropp

04-19-2017Obituaries
Joan Ernst

04-19-2017Obituaries
Otto A. Delzer

04-19-2017Obituaries
Mary Witt

04-19-2017Obituaries
Christine Wasbotten

04-19-2017Obituaries
Kim M. Seizyk-Trudell

04-19-2017Obituaries
June E. Tordeur

04-19-2017Obituaries
Mary Smiltneek

04-19-2017Obituaries
Jerald O. Schulz

04-19-2017Obituaries
Nancy J. Schuette

04-19-2017Obituaries
James L. Pileggi

04-19-2017Obituaries
Arlene E. Peterson

04-19-2017Obituaries
Julie A. Patton

04-19-2017Obituaries
Emma A. Mueller

04-19-2017Obituaries
John Montevideo, Jr.

04-19-2017Obituaries
Emily A. McBride

04-19-2017Obituaries
Kathleen A. Darrow 

04-19-2017Obituaries
James J. Anderle 

04-19-2017Obituaries
Helen  M. Wright 

04-19-2017Obituaries
Carol J. Tebo

04-19-2017Obituaries
Joseph K. Orlando      

04-19-2017Obituaries
Ann G. Knope

04-19-2017Obituaries
Denny Dunn

04-19-2017Obituaries
Georgene Ann Duellman

04-19-2017Sports
PHS Alumni Pepper "Fore" Golf Scholarship Outing Set for June 16

04-19-2017Sports
Bulldog Track & Field Teams Claim Multi-Team Meets

04-19-2017Sports
Peshtigo Refuses to Relinquish 1st

04-19-2017Sports
Coleman and Niagara to Play for Top Spot in M&O

04-19-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-19-2017Perspectives
From our readers

04-19-2017Perspectives
From My Window

04-19-2017Community - Wausaukee
Legion Auxiliary Unit 66 Has 65 Paid Members

04-19-2017Community - Wausaukee
Hearing Discontinue Town Public Way

04-19-2017Community - Wausaukee
Presbyterian Churches List Worship Leaders

04-19-2017Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Town Board Awards Roads Bids

04-19-2017Community - Crivitz
Country Gospel Jam April 21

04-19-2017Community - Crivitz
Benefit Golf Scramble at Crivitz on June 10th

04-19-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Elementary WPTO 5K Run/Walk May 13th

04-19-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Craftfest Set for May 6th

04-19-2017Community - Coleman
Chickens, Garden Topics at Library

04-19-2017Community - Coleman
Sonny Seymour To Mark Third Birthday

04-19-2017Community - Coleman
Community Rummage Sale Slated May 19, 20

04-19-2017Community - Coleman
Equity Club Re-Elects Officers at Annual Meet

04-19-2017Front Page
Puncer Open Raised $3400 for Charities

04-19-2017Front Page
Tricia Grebin Seated On Marinette County Board

04-19-2017Front Page
Proposed State Budget Good For Peshtigo School Finances

04-19-2017Front Page
Peshtigo Chamber Announces 2017 Persons of the Year

04-19-2017Front Page
Denise Wiedemeier Assumes Role as New Town of Peshtigo Chair

04-12-2017Front Page
Convenience Store Burglars Caught After 2-Day Chase

04-12-2017Front Page
Citizens School Building Committee Meets April 17

04-12-2017Front Page
Peshtigo Council To Reorganize April 18

04-12-2017Front Page
Auditor: 2016 Was Good Year For City of Peshtigo Budget

04-12-2017Front Page
CBA/CRA Salute Nick Witt as 2017 "Person of the Year"

04-12-2017
Silver Cliff Card Party Honorees

04-12-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Board Meeting April 18

04-12-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Jr/Sr High School 3rd Quarter Honor Roll Listed

04-12-2017Community - Wausaukee
Writers Lunch at Wausauke

04-12-2017Community - Crivitz
SC Fire, Rescue to Offer Scholarship

04-12-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Craftfest Set for May 6th

04-12-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Egg Hunt Apr. 15

04-12-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Middle School 3rd Quarter Honor Rolls Listed

04-12-2017Community - Coleman
Fish Fry Good Friday at Equity

04-12-2017Community - Coleman
Pound Hillside North Family Easter Event

04-12-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman High School 3rd Quarter Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance

04-12-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Middle School Lists 3rd Quarter Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance

04-12-2017Sports
Marines Fall Twice in NEC, Oconto Falls Splits Games

04-12-2017Sports
AREA GOLF

04-12-2017Sports
AREA TRACK AND FIELD

04-12-2017Sports
M&O Softball

04-12-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-12-2017Perspectives
From our readers

04-12-2017Perspectives
From My Window

04-12-2017Obituaries
Thomas J. Ausloos

04-12-2017Obituaries
Carol J. Blomquist

04-12-2017Obituaries
Richard C. Baribeau

04-12-2017Obituaries
David W. Cain

04-12-2017Obituaries
Frederick J. Charles

04-12-2017Obituaries
Judith Corey

04-12-2017Obituaries
Norman Damp

04-12-2017Obituaries
Viola Jashinsky

04-12-2017Obituaries
Randy I. Konell

04-12-2017Obituaries
JoAnn Kowalkowski 

04-12-2017Obituaries
Jerome M. Lemsky

04-12-2017Obituaries
David P. LeRoy

04-12-2017Obituaries
Henry R. Miller

04-12-2017Obituaries
Elizabeth C. Olsheske

04-12-2017Obituaries
John P. Przewrocki

04-12-2017Obituaries
Bernice B. Stone 

04-12-2017Obituaries
Carol J. Wyttenback

04-06-2017Obituaries
David Yudes

04-06-2017Obituaries
Helen Weinschrott

04-06-2017Obituaries
Eugene Tachick

04-06-2017Obituaries
Kenneth H. Rosner

04-06-2017Obituaries
June M. Sotka

04-06-2017Obituaries
Dorothy J. Simonick

04-06-2017Obituaries
Andrew G. Nesbitt

04-06-2017Obituaries
Jaymes L. Monette

04-06-2017Obituaries
Nancy J. Krzewina

04-06-2017Obituaries
Myron J. Kosmal

04-06-2017Obituaries
Florence Finney

04-06-2017Obituaries
Charles Brooks

04-06-2017Obituaries
Thomas Bashford

04-06-2017Obituaries
Florence L. (Rusch) Winkler 

04-06-2017Obituaries
Royce C. Squier

04-06-2017Obituaries
Dolores M. Spaulding

04-06-2017Obituaries
Gladys M. Rasner

04-06-2017Obituaries
Ethel M. Larson

04-06-2017Obituaries
Edna M. Kurilla

04-06-2017Obituaries
Bill W. Krahn

04-06-2017Obituaries
Wallace R. Kempke

04-06-2017Obituaries
Jacqueline R. Kelly

04-06-2017Obituaries
Nancy Haluska

04-06-2017Community - Wausaukee
Methodist Churches List Guest Speakers

04-06-2017Obituaries
Gertrude Haluska

04-06-2017Obituaries
Mark J. Engel

04-06-2017Community - Wausaukee
Goodman Students in Reading Olympics

04-06-2017Obituaries
Gene A. Boyd

04-06-2017Obituaries
Rosalie Babicky

04-06-2017Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire, Rescue to Offer Scholarship

04-06-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Cemetery Deco Off by April 23

04-06-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin - Is It Spring Yet?

04-06-2017Community - Crivitz
Seven Members at Crivitz Legion Unit Meet

04-06-2017Community - Crivitz
CBA Egg Hunt Apr. 15

04-06-2017Community - Crivitz
Robert Hoyer is New Lions President

04-06-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Craftfest Set for May 6th

04-06-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman K.C. Fish Fry April 7th

04-06-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board April 10

04-06-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman/Pound Lions Palm Sunday Brunch

04-06-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Student State Bound for Piano Solo

04-06-2017Perspectives
From Our Readers

04-06-2017Front Page
Town of Peshtigo Fights Blaze

04-06-2017Perspectives
From My Window - The Debut Of A Princess

04-06-2017Sports
James "Pug" Douglas - A Tribute To My Dad

04-06-2017Sports
Buccaneers Selected to WCC All-Conference Team

04-06-2017Sports
Area Girls Lace Cleats Up For Another Season

04-06-2017Front Page
Tri-Town Meeting Sparks Move To Change Sex Offender Law

04-06-2017Front Page
Coleman Board Adopts State Campground Rule

04-06-2017Sports
Baseball Returns to M&O Diamonds

04-06-2017Front Page
Wiedemeier Defeats Pottratz For Peshtigo Town Chair Post

04-06-2017Front Page
Rescue Squads Agree To Seek County Organization

03-29-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

03-29-2017Perspectives
From Our Readers

03-29-2017Perspectives
From My Window

03-29-2017Front Page
Check for New Dog

03-29-2017Front Page
County To Loan $7.5 Million For Marinette Civic Center


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