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Marinette City Council Receives Update on REC Center Project

The Marinette Community REC Center project is proceeding "on budget and on time", according to representatives from Scherrer Construction.

Senior project manager Dan Bay told the Marinette City Council at a meeting on Tuesday evening, Sept. 5 via phone that the project is still on schedule to be completed in late February 2018. Fellow senior project manager Bruce Bradley attended the meeting in person and gave the council an update on recent and upcoming work at the site. Bradley noted that masonry will be done in about a month and roofing is set to begin shortly.

The council approved a series of pay requests related to the REC Center project.

Some tensions started to flare during discussion over a proposed kayak launch and access road at Red Arrow Park. While a map presented at the meeting by Ward 1 Alderperson Ken Keller showed the access road containing a loop so that cars wouldn't have to back out, Alderperson-at-large Dorothy Kowalski pointed out that the map that had been approved by the Parks & Recreation Committee did not feature a loop.

Several community members from the Menekaunee area, who felt like they had not had a voice in the decision-making process, stated their concern with the proposal and applauded when Keller sharply told the council to not even bother sending the matter back to committee when the idea was brought up and it became clear the council would not approve the access road with a loop.

However, the council voted to send the matter back to committee, with only Keller opposed, to be revisited at the next Parks & Recreation Committee meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 4:30 p.m.

The council also selected CivicPlus, a website designer from Manhattan, Kan. that specializes in municipalities, to take over web design, development and hosting for the city's website. The city had received two proposals, but Finance Director Jacqueline Miller and Recreation Department Kent Kostelecky both spoke highly of and recommended CivicPlus for the contract.

In other matters, the council approved a discount on annual boat launch fees for senior citizens (age 62 and over) and military members (both active and retires), reducing the fee from $25 to $15 for these groups. The council also awarded a bid in the amount of $9,686.28 to Barley Trucking & Excavating in Menominee for a soil cap project on the former Arnovitz site.

During the meeting, Eagle Scout Christian Hornick gave a presentation to the council on a recently completed project he did at the Forest Home Cemetery, which involved him building two benches for the cremation garden.

In his report to the council, Mayor Steve Genisot honored former Marinette Fire Chief Robert Thull with a service award for his 30 years of service to the city. Thull retired last year. Genisot also shared thank-you letters from the organizers of the Cabella's National Walleye Tour, which recently held its national championship in Marinette. In the letter, the organizers lauded the city for going above and beyond in its accommodations.

Another thank-you letter came from the local Moose Lodge for allowing them to provide a dinner for the tournament. Genisot announced that the Moose Lodge will be holding a fish fry open to the public on both Oct. 14 and Oct. 28 using the leftover walleye from the tournament that could not be released. All proceeds from the dinners will be donated toward the REC Center project.


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