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From our readers

Letter to Editor:

Open County Roads to ATV/UTV Traffic " Exciting but Not Responsible

Allowing ATVs and UTVs to drive on county roads is a most irresponsible decision on the part of Mr. Bauer and the county board. I live on Parkway Road in the Town of Stephenson and witness the ATV traffic on a weekly basis.

Competition between ATVs and regular vehicle traffic on Parkway Road gets contentious at times, and that's with a 35 mph speed limit for normal vehicle traffic. Can you imagine the problems with traffic moving at 55 mph on County Roads A, X, and W west of Crivitz contending with ATV/UTVs traveling at their legal speed limit of 25 mph? However, if you think that the recreation vehicles will hold their speed to 25 mph, you're dreaming. I've witnessed convoys of ATVs on Parkway Road traveling in excess of 45 mph. And the reason they do that is because there is virtually no enforcement of the speed limit.

Now, ATVs are not designed to travel at highway speeds, but yet, some riders do it because they can. So now we're either going to have ATVs competing with cars and trucks at highway speeds or traveling their legal speed limit of 25 mph being passed by the cars and trucks going at least 55 mph.

And how about meeting a string of ATVs on Cty Road X west of Hwy 141 at night? That will be exciting! I recognize Mr. Bauer's tactics by telling John Lefebvre that he is "out of line" for wanting to continue the discussion. Mr. Bauer wants to prevent facts from coming out that show his decision to be less than credible. I would like to know who is influencing Mr. Bauer's decision to open the roads to AVT/UTV traffic. Sounds like the same process that the Town of Stephenson board used when they were deciding on opening the town roads.

At that time, I asked one of the town supervisors what process they were using to determine if allowing ATVs on town roads was workable. I was told that there was going to be a test period to determine if the ATV riders liked it (riding on town roads). That's like going into a bar and asking if everybody is in favor of free beer. ATVs and UTVs belong on trails meant for them, not on public highways meant for cars and trucks. I know that the businesses like the additional recreation traffic, and opening county roads certainly has the potential to do that. But someone with a more objective view needs to be in charge of this decision and look at all the facts and it doesn't appear that Russ Bauer is that person.

Bob Kleba,

Town of Stephenson



Letter to Editor:

This past Wednesday, October 18th, the City of Peshtigo held a Finance meeting to work on the 2018 city budget. As mayor of the City of Peshtigo, I presented a letter from the Emergency Rescue Squad asking for an increase from the city with their annual donation to the Rescue Squad. The Emergency Rescue Squad has been servicing area communities for 70 years and responded to approximately 500 calls to the City of Peshtigo in 2016. ERS is on that same pace for more calls in 2017.

I have been on the Rescue Squad going on 25 years and for those 25 years the City of Peshtigo has donated $2,000 annually. Over the years operating costs with vehicles, gas and maintenance, and buying equipment, have risen substantially. One thing that hasn't changed is the cost of labor, because as you know, ERS DOES NOT charge for any services rendered and they receive no monetary compensation. ERS is 100% volunteer.

The Rescue Squad is requesting an increase to $5,000 annually to continue to offer vital services to city residents at no charge. This is not the first time a letter has been sent to City Hall requesting an increase in financial support. ERS is supported 100% through donations in the communities they serve.

During the course of the meeting, at least 4 times, I repeatedly brought up the Rescue Squad and their request. One finance committee member stated I was too passionate about the organization. I am passionate about the rescue squad, but more passionate about what they do for our citizens. Getting up at all hours to answer 911 calls for help is a pretty upstanding organization in my opinion.

The late Roman Lorenz saw a need for Peshtigo residents to become ERS members and have their own unit in Peshtigo, as time is of the essence when it is the difference between life and death.

Twenty five years ago depending on the availability of vehicles to respond, people who needed help were waiting sometimes an hour or more for someone to respond to Peshtigo. Bay Area Hospital/Aurora resources can be unavailable when they are called out of the City of Marinette to go on intercepts with outlying rescue squads anywhere in the county.

Now twenty five years later, communities have grown in numbers and have seen an increase in tourism bringing more people throughout Marinette County. The number of 911 calls have increased tremendously and I don't want the city to go back like it was years ago.

As I sat at the meeting, getting no response from committee members, I could feel my frustrations building. After my fourth request, I was so upset, I became teary eyed and walked out of the meeting. When I returned to the meeting a short time later, I was informed the committee had raised the city's annual donation to $3,500.

Here is a service that responds 24/7, 365 days a year and the best we can do is $3,500 a year? I am still hurt and embarrassed. I say shame on the City of Peshtigo. To have this type of emergency services coverage available to the city and we don't pay wages, benefits or retirement and we can't come up with $5,000 annually?

Granted next year's city budget will be tight. Department heads were asked to have no increases in their budget requests due to the short fall. As mayor, I told the committee any difference in the budget will be made up by taking money out of the General Fund. I feel the difference for next year's Rescue Squad contribution should also come out of the General Fund. All we are talking about is an additional $3,000 or less than $14.00 a day.

Peshtigo Police Chief Joseph FitzGerald generously offered to take $3,000 out of his budget and apply it to the Emergency Rescue Squad request knowing how valuable the service they provide is to the community. But unfortunately, his gracious gesture was not accepted by the Finance Committee.

As you can tell, I am still very upset with the outcome of the meeting. It is the city's responsibility to take care of its residents. The finance committee fell short of that responsibility, in my opinion.

I am asking residents who have utilized the ERS services to let an Alderman know how you feel about this issue. I encourage everyone to come to the Public Hearing at Peshtigo City Hall on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 1:30 p.m. and voice your concerns.

Sincerely,

Cathi Malke,

Mayor, City of Peshtigo





Thank You, Pastor

Say thank you to your pastor,

October's Thank You month, you know.

Tell him that you appreciate him,

And wanted him to know.

Thank him for the time he spends

On messages each week.

Thank him for the time he spends

With the sickly and the weak.

Thank him for the time he spends

Studying God's precious word.

And for the many prayers he prays

For those who haven't heard.

Thank him for the tears he sheds

For others, you and me.

And for those lonely precious hours

He spends upon his knees.

So thank God and your pastor

For being faithful, kind and true.

For through the work of your dear pastor,

God is daily shaping you.



By Joyce Bedora,

Krakow


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