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Morois Named Deputy City Clerk/Treasurer

By unanimous vote Tuesday, Sept. 2, Peshtigo City Council officially approved Anita Morois as Deputy City Clerk/Treasurer. Morois was appointed by Clerk/Treasurer Vicki Koronkiewicz, who was appointed to that position by Mayor Cathi Malke at the August Council meeting. Koronkiewicz and Morois have been handling the duties of the positions they now hold on a permanent basis since the retirement of former Clerk/Treasurer Mary Ann Wills in February.

In her letter appointing Morois, Koronkiewicz wrote, “Anita has been with the City of Peshtigo since September 15, 2006 as Clerk Typist II. She has been a valuable asset to the City of Peshtigo with her hard work and dedication to the City. I feel this promotion is in the best interest of the City of Peshtigo.”

Later in the meeting Council approved a recommendation from the Personnel Committee that Koronkiewicz follow the same vacation schedule as the previous Clerk-Treasurer.

Malke and aldermen extended congratulations to Morois, and she was feted with a brief cake and coffee reception after the meeting adjourned.

Also by unanimous vote, Council awarded the contract for reconstruction of Ellis Avenue to Barley Excavating for their low bid price of $406,004.99. The work is to be done before the end of the year.

Council accepted the resignation of Norman Marquardt from the Peshtigo Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners effective with its October meeting, and approved Mary Thibodeau to replace him as a voting member until his term expires in 2017. Thibodeau will fill the role of a tenant as a voting member of the board.

Marquardt is chair of the Housing Authority Board, and has been a member since April of 1995. “Tell your Dad we’re all thinking of him and thank him for all his years of service on that committee,” Malke told Alderman Dave Marquardt.

Council also approved appointment of Sharon Anderson as a Commissioner on the Housing Authority Board for a 5-year term starting on Oct. 1, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.

On recommendation of the Parks and Recreation Committee, the board accepted an offer from Bands at Badger and the Peshtigo Woman’s Club to donate funds to construct a “Gaga Ball” pit for Badger Park. Parks and Recreation Director David Zahn said the “Gaga Ball,” a kinder, gentler version of Dodge Ball, originated in Israel, where it is extremely popular. He said members of Peshtigo teams who played in communities that offer the game came home with glowing reports, and that led to the plan to build a pit in Badger Park.

“We would not be able to do a lot of the things we do without the support we get from businesses and individuals in our area,” Zahn declared in his report to the board. He particularly thanked Larry Suring of Grover for his sawmill’s donation of another load of 2-inch thick white ash board that were used for the planking on Bridge No. 3 on the park trails and Sentinel Structures of Peshtigo for donating two curved beams that were used to replace the rotting balance beams in Badger Boardwalk. He said the old beams were coming apart and he had gone to Mory Rhude for advice on how to repair them. Instead Rhude showed him two perfect new beams at the Sentinel Structures facility that were almost the identical shape and said the city can have them.

He also thanked NWTC instructor Jim Demuse, who had called him to see if the city could use two or three new picnic tables, and there is a need. The tables will be constructed by a woodworking class and donated to the city.

Council approved purchase of clear sealer and super deck coating for sealing the horizontal areas of Badger Boardwalk from Sherwin Williams at a cost not to exceed $968.88, but was unable to accept an offer from a volunteer church group to do the work because it had not been placed on the agenda. Money for the materials is already in the budget, and Zahn had previously said he wanted to get the work done after the busiest part of the summer season, but before the weather gets bad.

They also agreed to allow Marinette County Land and Water Conservation Department to use Badger Park and the pavilion (in case of rain) at no charge on Thursday, Sept. 25 for their annual Environmental Field Day.

“I’m excited about the possibilities,” Parks and Recreation Chair Brigitte Schmidt said when reporting an offer from Cindy and Keith Anderson to build a stone “crib” with inscribed granite information stands around it for display near the river. The Andersons had made a presentation on the project at the committee meeting on Thursday, Aug. 28. They would like the display near the area where the original stone-filled cribs provided a base in the river for lumbermen helping logs make their way to the mills downstream in the heyday of lumbering in the Peshtigo area. Schmidt said the committee will continue to research the project.

On recommendation of the committee Council agreed when opportunity arises to have a probation or parole individual do work for the Parks and Recreation Department to complete requirements for community service hours the request should be given directly to the Parks and Recreation Director. There had been a provision that the request should first go to the mayor, but Malke had asked to have that requirement removed. Alderman Marquardt asked if the request would need to go through committee, but Malke pointed out that community service workers do not get paid, and said the intent is to simplify the approval process. Zahn is to work with the Probation and Parole officer to be sure the workers are appropriate for the tasks he would assign them to in the parks.

Council agreed campers who reserve space and then cancel their reservations will get reimbursed in the form of cash vouchers for use during the remainder of the current year or following year minus, $10.

Tom Gryzwa reported the Fire, Lighting and Building Committee had recommended leaving rent for the space the library occupies in the Municipal Building at $650 per month for 2015, and Council unanimously approved the recommendation. Gryzwa said the committee’s decision came after “a very fine presentation” by head Marinette County Librarian Jennifer Thiele gave them a much better understanding of why the rent needs to stay where it is. However, he added, “we will be looking at that again next year.”

Several of the committee’s recommendations regarding rates for use of the Drees Community Center staying the same for 2015 were accepted. They included keeping general rates the same for 2015, setting rates for regular renters at $15 for the small room, $20 for room A or Room B, and continuing to allow free use to renters who currently are not being charged. Otherwise rates for local organizations will be charged $15 for the small room, $20 for Room A or Room B, and an additional $15 for full use of the kitchen.

On recommendation of Gryzwa as chair of the Finance and Claims Committee, Council approved budget adjustments as presented by Morois at their meeting on Monday, Aug. 25.

Gryzwa reported the Revolving Loan Fund/UDAG Committee felt they need to set some time lines to bring persons in default on their UDAG loans up to date. Council approved their recommendation to commence foreclosure proceedings on the Dumke Forest Products UDAG loan and to no longer accept the sum of $150,810 in satisfaction of the loan unless the transaction for Faucett Forest Products LLC to purchase a portion of Dumke Forest Products is completed prior to Oct. 7.

As recommended by the Streets and Drainage Committee, Council approved a project with the Chamber of Commerce to have special Halloween and autumn decorations on city street light poles. A Letter of Agreement with guidelines being drafted by Chamber representatives, Public Works Director George Cowell and Alderman Debbie Sievert as chair of the committee will be reviewed by City Attorney David Spangenberg before it goes into effect.

Also on recommendation of the Streets and Drainage Committee, Council approved selling Daryl Joy of Joy Properties, LLC 400 to 600 truck loads of sand at 25 cents per yard, with the sand to be removed no later than Dec. 31, 2015.

The Peshtigo Historical Day Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 27 is getting close. Council approved a Class B retailer’s license to the Peshtigo Historical Day organization for that date in Badger Park, and agreed to a request from Eva Kiefer, director of the Peshtigo Chamber of Commerce that the fee be waived for their group to use the Drees Community Center kitchen on Friday, Sept. 26, to prepare food for their Booyah Booth in Badger Park the following day. Malke said again this year the Chamber will make a $25 donation to the city for use of the electricity. Kiefer said they mainly will be using counter space to prepare their vegetables, but will not do the actual cooking there.

Gryzwa commented the Chamber does a lot for the community. He said for next year they are planning to make some changes to the charges for use of the Community Center, and they should not have to go through the separate approval process every year.

Pat Roland, past Chamber president, had asked that fees for the band shell and pavilion in Badger Park be waived for a “Movie in the Park” on Sunday, Oct. 12, with a rain date of Wednesday, Oct. 15. However, Alderman Mary Lock pointed out that rules when the band shell was donated specified that it will never be used free, and money collected for its use is to be kept in a separate fund for maintenance of the structure. She said “Bands at Badger” pays for use of the band shell. Kiefer said Cans for Kids has said they will donate the rental fee amount if the Council did not approve the free band shell use for the movie, which reportedly is to be Halloween-related.

Malke asked if Council could approve free use of the pavilion but not the band shell, and a motion to that effect received unanimous Council approval.

Police Chief Kent Kline reported Gryzwa had finished building their evidence and records rooms, and said the organized space is very welcome.

He said the department had sent an officer for SWAT Team training with Marinette and Menominee Counties Sheriff’s Department personnel, and now he can do training.

They also participated in FBI hostage negotiations training, something he hopes they will never need to use, but should be able to handle just in case.

The proposed K-9 unit is on hold until they can resolve some budget issues, but a local business person has talked with him on the possibility of sponsorship, Kline said.

The new Bike Patrol instituted by Officer Kessler “seems to be a positive addition to the police department,” Kline reported. He said Kessler made one arrest for a curfew violation that never would have happened with a squad car, and the officer on a bicycle has been well received.

Public Works Director George Cowell reported his summer help college students are done for the year. He praised their work and said Andrew Majewski and Joe Sparks were very helpful on the garbage collection work.

Cowell said water main flushing is now complete for the entire city, but next year they start on another round, as the mains must now be done on a two year rotation in accord with DNR rules.

He reminded everyone that the trash and recycling center is open from 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Anyone planning to bring materials there needs to pay first at the City Hall.

He said some residents are still putting things out on the curb that are no longer accepted for pickup, and he needs to spread the word.

He also reminded everyone the maximum weight for garbage bags or barrels is 52 pounds, and containers must be no more than 32 gallons capacity.

Council approved a Water and Sewer Committee recommendation to purchase a new pickup truck through the State Pool for the water utility for $22,007 and transfer the current water utility truck to work at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The pickup truck they had intended to transfer for sewer utility use was totaled in an accident before the transaction could take place.


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