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Town of Peshtigo Has Feb. 21 Primaries for Chair, Supervisor

At the Peshtigo Town Board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, Clerk Clarence Coble reminded everyone to vote in the primary election coming up on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Peshtigo is the only town in Marinette County that has primary races for town offices. Incumbent Chair Herman Pottratz faces a challenge from Supervisor Denise Wiedemeier and political newcomer Dale Marcusen, and incumbent Supervisor Dan Staudenmaier is being challenged by Dave Buechler and Rebecca Denarce, both newcomers to the Peshtigo political scene. Voters across the state will choose two of three candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, where incumbent Tony Evers is challenged by Lowell E. Holtz and John Humphries.

In each case, the top two vote getters on Feb. 21 will win places on the April Spring Election ballot, where Supervisor Mark Monnette is being challenged by Duane Panske. The supervisor positions held by Wiedemeier and Dan Van Beek are not up for reelction this year.

Coble commented there were five elections last year, but after the two this spring they will get a break.

In the only action items at the brief meeting, the board unanimously approved payment of vouchers totaling $98,337.87, and agreed to put spring weight limits on town roads into effect as the same time as the county weight limits go on for county roads in the southern half of the county, which is expected to be Monday, Feb. 20.

There was brief discussion on new state rules for building inspections that go into effect on Jan. 2, 2018. Pottratz said according to information at the recent District Wisconsin Towns Association meeting, building inspectors will need to report one and two family building permits to the state, and there will be fines for non-compliance. Coble said Town Building Inspector Leo Krivickas is aware of the pending rule change and is working on it.

Monnette, who has charge of care of town roads, reported the roads are bare at this time, and conditions are "typical for this time of year," with lots of bumps and dips. He commented that "Mother Nature is doing her thing," and added the town spent a lot of money in the last few years to correct the problems caused by winter freezing and the spring thaw, "but with little effect."

Fire Chief Mike Folgert reported the department had six calls in the past month, one to a house fire, three for vehicle crashes, and two for carbon monoxide alerts. One of the carbon monoxide calls was a faulty detector, but one home had a furnace problem and there was a carbon monoxide buildup in the house.

The Fire Department has had problems with the foam system, and repair will be costly. Peshtigo is hosting firefighter classes for three beginning firefighters and has three members enrolled. When that finishes there will be a followup State Certified Fire fighter Class, in which four Peshtigo firefighters will be enrolled.

Wiedemeier, who shares responsibility for the recycling center with Van Beek, was delighted with the graphs on operations at the recycling center prepared by office administrative assistant Nikkee Dionne. She said the graphs cover a number of years, and allow them to see when the peak periods occur, and what materials are coming in. "These are absolutely fantastic," she declared, adding they will be able to save money because they can better judge when they need three attendants on hand and when two will do.

Pottraz complimented operations at the recycling center, particularly since the new road went in. People are not waiting any more, he said.

Coble reported the town newsletter went out in that day's mail, and in it is the schedule of recycling center hours and open dates. Copies are also available at the town hall.

Wiedemeier said they slightly increased some fees for disposing of items in the roll off. Charges range from $5 to $20 depending on the size of the item. For example disposing of a huge couch now costs $20, up from $15. She said previous fees were not covering the cost, and the new fees are still less than in other communities.

Pottratz urged drivers to be careful, as deer are out. "We are taking care of them, but we don't want them taking care of your car, he joked.

Brook Lane had been on the agenda, but no Brook Lane residents were present and no action was taken. The private road serves 10 homes and residents have been asking how they can get it turned into a town road. Pottratz said the owner will turn the right of way over to them if they pay all the legal expenses. If the owners can get together and agree to it, the town can then bring it up to town road standards and put it on their tax bills as a special assessment over a number of years. Once the road meets town road standards it can be accepted as an official town road and the town will take care of snowplowing and general maintenance as it does on all other town roads.

Deputy Treasurer Liz Monnette filled in for Treasurer Vilas Schroeder, who was absent. Because the meeting was held so close to the start of the month, there was no financial report. January and February financial reports will be presented at the next meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21.


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