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Council OKs Tourist Booth Lease, Firefighter, Gets Building Report

Issue Date: February 3, 2021

The brief 7 p.m. regular monthly Peshtigo City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2 began with an even briefer public hearing on a request from Pineview Storage, LLC to split their property at 830 Pine Street in accord with an accompanying certified survey map.

At the hearing no one spoke for or against the request, and immediately after the hearing was closed the split was unanimously approved by City Council with all members present.

Next on the agenda was a Marinette County resolution supporting fair housing opportunities for all Americans. A copy of the full resolution was included with the meeting packet, and Clerk/Treasurer Tammy Kasal said it was for information only, with no action needed.

However, adoption of the resolution is required for counties and municipalities to be eligible for certain federal funding and other grants, and Alderman Mike Behnke, who is also a County Board Supervisor, felt the city should officially approve the resolution, required or not, and made a motion to that effect. He received a prompt second from Alderman John Berendt. Council vote in favor was unanimous.

Request of Peshtigo Fire Chief Chuck Gardon to hire Edward Swanson for a firefighter position with the Fire Department was approved without dissent. Malke asked how many firefighters are now on the department, and how many new members he would have room for. Gardon said they can have up to 30 members, and currently have only 21, "...but I'd say we prefer quality over quantity." He added that Swanson is fully trained and said he would like to get him on board as quickly as possible.

Also by unanimous vote Council approved a motion by Fire, Lighting and Building Committee Chair Richard Berth to renew the 3-year lease with Peshtigo Area Chamber of Commerce for the Tourist Information Booth at 590 Maple Street for $1 per year. Maintenance, upkeep and insurance are responsibilities of the Chamber.

Building Inspector Tom Smith reported issuing three building permits in January. One was to Lawrence Gunderman for remodeling at 726 French Street, one to Ariman Technologies for a sign at 920 French Street and one to Donald Strojny for an attached garage at 501 Rainbow Drive.

Smith reported issues with 101 South Beebe are still pending. The owner has not requested a change of use or building permit. Work was started to make the previous Day Care Center into a home, but Smith said the problem is that this will need a change of use permit and then getting a building permit. The building remains empty.

Smith said he received calls with concerns about the grade selected for a new home being built on Splake, including one from the contractor who had called to discuss the same issue prior to starting the project. Smith said in the report that they decided it was appropriate to set the grade for the new home to match others in the neighborhood to stay above the water table with the basement. Smith added that because fill will be brought in, the adjacent property owner had a concern about his undeveloped land. "I assured him that when final grading is done the code requires that drainage will be considered and it is the responsibility of the contractor to do that," Smith said.

Smith also reported getting inquiries from companies looking for a place to expand their business. "Although you never know if they will pick your community they did seem very pleased with how I answered their questions," Smith wrote.

Finance Committee Chair Debbie Sievert asked Council to approve December budget adjustments and transfers totaling $1,487,716.44, and that was done. Added revenues included $55,471 and $2,520.27 from Routes to Recovery grants, $9,900 from general fish viewing platform donations plus a $5,000 grant for that purpose from WPS. Deferred revenue of $149,147 was also allocated for the platform, and the added revenues total the related expenses. there were also a $2,000 donation from the WPS Foundation for the Fire Department and $1,340 in donations for flowers for planters along some main city streets.

They also unanimously voted to accept the gift of a fishing pier from Peshtigo Lions Club for the pond on Schacht Road, as recommended by the Parks and Recreation Committee.


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