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Streets & Drainage Committee Okays Street Closures, Contract

Issue Date: June 10, 2021

The City of Peshtigo Streets and Drainage Committee meeting was held Thursday, June 3 with several items of discussion on the agenda.

Bids were reviewed for three items being sold by the City for a1998 Loadmaster rear loader garbage truck, 1989 Sewer Jetter and a 1994 Mowbark chipper. The garbage truck received two bids. The highest bid was from Tom Roggendorf at $2,300 and the lower of the two being $2,000 from Road King Construction. Only one bid was received for the Jetter from Ron McCllelan at $2,800. The Mohawk Chipper received seven bids including from: Steve Kasal, $2,527; Tom Roggendorf, $1,400; Dennis Staudenmeier, $3,684; Dale Marcuson, $3,700; Terry Stibbe, $653.51, Road King, $1,500 and Ron McClellan, $3,900. With a sole bid for the jetter, it was approved to sell it to McClellan for $2,800. Of the several bids received for the chipper, the highest bid went to McClellan as well at $3,900. The garbage truck went to Roggendorf for $2,300.

There was a lengthy discussion in regards to a Spring Cleanup Day with Alderman Rick Berth leading the conversation with a request to have a free cleanup day Sunday, July 11. This would immediately follow the city wide rummage sales that will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 9 and 10, so if people need to get rid of leftover rummage items they could do so that same weekend.

City Engineer George Cowell commented, "The last time we did a cleanup was in 2019. People had to bring their stuff to the city garage. There was one worker on staff along with one clerical person to collect money and provide receipts. It worked well, but there was very little use for this service and didn't justify the staffs wages with such low usage. People are using the service of pickup of larger disposal items with a fee of $15 per load and are not complaining about it. Sundays may not be the best day with Church, unless you do it in the afternoon".

Mayor Cathi Malke commented, "The main reason we went to a users fee for example is, if you have a mattress you want to get rid of, why should I pay for you to get rid of a mattress"? She then asked Cowell "Once the dumpster is full how much do we pay to get rid of that?" Cowell said, "It is quite significant, we pay for the ton-age plus a poll. It's a lot more to put refuge in the dumpster". Malke replied, "And it wasn't just that, but it was people coming from outside of our community disposing their items and we would have to pay for getting rid of their garbage. That is why we went to a user fee. If I don't have a mattress or TV to get rid of I don't pay anything, but if you have a mattress and TV to get rid of your paying for your own things otherwise in actuality residents are paying for you to get rid of your items".

Alderperson Katie Berman asked Berth, "Would you be agreeable to the Saturday after giving them a week after the rummage sale to determine what they are getting rid of? You would still charge them and give them that one Saturday on a weekend to dispose of their stuff"

Berth added, "I am still thinking for free". Malke added, "Being a tax payer, I don't think we should be paying for someone else to get rid of their garbage". Alderman John Behrendt replied, "I understand you wanting to do a free day, but you can just drive to the Crivitz landsite yourself. I understand it is not as convenient, but it is cheaper dollar wise than having to pay city staff on a weekend. One person to run the dumpster and rear packer and one to collect the money, provide receipts and verify they are a city resident".

After further discussion, it was decided and recommended to bring to Council for further discussion and ideas for a cleanup day with the dumpster open with a fee for disposal on Saturday, July 17 from 8 a.m. to noon. Information will also be put in the Water bill so residents are aware they can use this one time service for cleanup with a fee of $15 per load.

Two street useage permit requests were received including a request from River Pub. The request was to close French Street to Stibbe Lane north. This is an annual fund raiser event that has been held for several years where a chunk of the street by the tavern is blocked off. The past couple of years proceeds were donated to the Food Pantry, but this year donations will be going to Veterans.

The second request was from the Historical Society to block off some areas of Oconto Ave. and North Ellis Ave. for an ice cream social and cemetery walk the weekend of the Sesquicentennial Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. After a brief discussion, the committee approved both requests for the closing of the streets, however, they will double check with the neighbors in the area for the Historical Society event to make sure it is not blocking entrances to anyones driveway. A motion was made and approved as pending notification of residents and approval by the Chief of Police.

Resident Brian Eggener of 940 French Street brought a request to the committee for addition of a second driveway to his property. Eggener wants a second driveway to make it safer for the traffic flow for backing up their camper and other vehicles into their driveway. With the home being located on a busy street next to Dollar General along with a blind spot curve, he is concerned about safety for all when he is trying to maneuver entering his driveway with a camper or trailer. It would make the area much safer with a second driveway with the ability to drive in versus backing in. It was approved at committee level, and will be sent to Council for further discussion and final approval.

Cowell asked for consideration to approve a contract with Harter's Fox Valley Disposal to extend their recycling service contract. "When Harter's bid the contract a year and a half ago, they asked for a two year bid with an extension option. There normally is a 2.9% increase each year. The increase will be minimal to residents with $5.15 per household for the 2021 year and it will go up to $5.30 per household for the 2022 contract if approved. This seems very reasonable compared to prior bids we had received. If approved, Harter will also keep the annual increase to the 2.9% option for the 2023 year as well. We have had really good service from them and they have been very responsive".

Berth asked if there are any other vendors that provide this service, and Cowell indicated there are, but are a lot more expensive than Harter's service.

Alderman John Behrendt reviewed the average increase of recycling services which showed increases of 8% for paper, 12% for residential paper, 15% for aluminum and metals and 8% for plastics.

Behrendt added, " I just want to remind everyone that we pay for garbage by the pound and pay for recycling by the service not by pound. It is my suggestion to the residents to please use recycling as much as you can with it being much more cost effective for all. I recommend to Council to extend the contract with Harter for an additional two years".

In his report, Cowell commented, "The month of May is usually our clean up month. Before Memorial Day we got through the alleys and picked up the compost at least once and picked up brush. Military Banners were up before the holiday and flags were also up; We are utilizing the new crack sealer and it is working very well; We targeted some blocks on the East side to do some crack sealing. The road work consultant will be starting survey work on West Park Drive and one block of South Cranberry; Patching of roads is being done when we can get the asphalt and when staff is available; On Wednesdays and Thursdays water meters are being replaced. We are also catching up with utility breaks from winter and we will be scheduling stump grinding. We also did catch basin cleaning and cleaned storm sewers and sanitary sewers with the new jetter. It has been a huge asset to have the jetter with the vacuum. Streets were all swept before Memorial Day. We also did a review of previous letters that were sent out for un-drivable and unlicensed vehicles. The Graduate signs are up now and when those are taken down the Historical flags will go up and the graduate signs will be returned to the school to be given back to the graduates to keep.




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