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Denise Wiedemeier Assumes Role as New Town of Peshtigo Chair

After approval of the annual meeting minutes at the Town of Peshtigo meeting on Tuesday, April 18, handing of the gavel from current Town Chairman, Herman Pottratz to newly elected chair, Denise Wiedemeier took place. He served on the Town Board for 20 years with the last 18 years as chairman. Prior to that, served as a supervisor from 1982 to 1984. Wiedemeier presented Pottratz with a plaque in appreciation for his years of service.

Before Pottratz's tenure ended, he concluded with his last chairmans report. He commended Road King for a great job of maintaining the roads this winter season. "With it being a mild winter as far as snow and cold weather, Road King continues to do a great job and we continue to receive compliments for a job well done." He said there was a lot of salting in some areas for safety concerns, and roads blacktopped were Keller, Hale and a portion of Cleveland Ave.

Pottratz also mentioned that Keith Shallow continues to do an excellent job for the entire town and extended a big thank you to Mike Folgert, Richard Seils and all the firemen for their service.

Work was done on gravel roads of Spitzmacher, Felmer, Pond, Bieneck and Lea. Pottratz reported that Lea Road will be turned over to Chuck LaCourt since he is the only one that uses the road. LaCourt will take over the cost of maintaining the road once the land is deeded over.

Shouldering still needs to be done and ditching was completed where needed on Schacht and Krause roads. The vision issue at the intersection of Schacht and Jopek road is corrected and Pottratz concluded the Recycling Center is now operating well with the new workers in charge of the compactors.

Wiedemeier in her first meeting of town chair, thanked the public for their support, confidence and votes and said she is committed to doing a good job and listening to concerns of the people.

She said there will be a meeting on Wednesday evening, April 19 with Mark Monnette to review the open book instructional material and assessments. They will fine tune that along with addressing other board issues. She said they will also be working on creating a template for fair bidding practice using project numbers for bids, creating a whole process from start to finish.

Once bids are complete, each member will get a copy of the sealed bid at the meeting.

Wiedemeier advised the public that office hours of the Town Hall are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The website is being updated with department heads and contact information so the public will know whom to contact for what, should they have a specific question.

In public comment, Jack Zarling said where Boneham Addition joins Cleveland Ave. there are big potholes with chunks of blacktop that need to be taken care of. Monnette stated it will be repaired. Zarling also said, the ditch near his home needs to be scooped out. He worked with the state with no results and asked if he addressed the state again if the Town would support him to help get the issue resolved. He also stated when John Quick was supervisor the town had Biehl clear the ditches. Other people also commented on several other ditches that need attention.

Jerry Hansen has resigned as Dog Park president and Justine Raygo will replace him.

Permission was approved for Vilas Schroeder to attend the treasurer's conference on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28. The Department of Revenue will be present and Schroeder said it is important to keep up to date on information from the department. Also approved was the opportunity for town officials to attend a workshop in Green Bay on Tuesday, May 16. Wiedemeier encouraged board members to attend and those wanting to attend should contact her or Clerk Clarence Coble.

With the resignation at the March 21 meeting of Gerald Pennings from the Board of Appeals, Tom Lawson will fill the remainder of his term ending Jan. 31, 2019.

With the supervisor vacancy left from Wiedemeier becoming Chairman, procedures will have to be reviewed as to how to fill the position. Presently, three people are interested, Steven Schulke, Chiropractor; Rebecca Demarce, who is involved in the schools and Tom Holterman, a former teacher.

To give the public a chance to apply for the post, Supervisor Dan Staudenmeier suggested to possibly advertise so other qualified candidates can apply. Anyone interested in Supervisor 3 position can contact Wiedemeier or Coble. The item was tabled until the next meeting for further discussion.

Supervisor Dan VanBeek reported the Recycling Center is running good. Recently they recycled 9,606 pounds of TVs, electronics and computer monitors and received $2,800. A question from the public was asked if they were going to do a spring clean up and Wiedemeier said she will address at the next meeting.

Town of Peshtigo Fire Chief Folgert reported there were three grass fires and a pole building fire on Keller road that was assisted with mutual help from the MABAS response system. Also, 11 firefighters attended emergency response training. Brandon Bebo resigned from the Town of Peshtigo Fire Department to accept a full time position on the Menominee Fire Department.

Folgert also commented that after reviewing the insurance on the fire trucks, it was found that some of the trucks are under the agreed value limit. The two main entrance trucks along with the two large tankers are underinsured. After checking with the insurance company, the four trucks can be insured at a replacement value of $300,000 with a yearly cost of only an additional $195. Approval was given to increase the agreed value limit on all four trucks.


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