Peshtigo Times Wisconsin Community Newspaper
space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* From My Window
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Area Gridders Eager For Action
* WIAA Task Force Meets on Realignment Process
* WIAA Board Elects Officers; Votes on Action Items
* Bonus Turkey Harvest Authorizations On-Sale
* Championship Men's League at LRCC Set for Aug. 20th

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Porterfield Plans To Form Zoning/Land Use Committee

Issue Date: May 17, 2018

Partly in response to recent controversy over siting of a non-metallic mine (a limestone gravel pit) adjoining a residential subdivision on the Menominee River off Hwy. 180 near the end of County Hwy. G, the Porterfield Town Board on Wednesday, May 9 took some unofficial first steps toward forming a Land Use and Zoning Committee.

One of the first assignments of that committee would be to devise ways to regulate location and operation of mines, both metallic and non-metallic, in the future.

Town officials and about 25 residents were present for the meeting, and State Representative Jeff Mursau paid a visit. In addition to more ordinary business, the agenda included provision for "discussion and action on non-metallic mine."

The "non-metallic mine" issue had been the subject of a special town meeting on Tuesday, May 1, where Town Attorney Kim Coggins provided some advice on the gravel pit planned by Biehl Construction.

Coggins had told the people there that neither the town's existing nuisance ordinance nor a new one would result in shutting down the mine. If there are violations the result would be a fine which would get more significant as the violations continue.

He said private land owners also have the ability to take action under "private nuisance" provisions in state laws. He explained neighboring land owners could retain legal counsel and if they felt the mining operation was significant enough to impact their daily life they could think about commencing a lawsuit with the Circuit Court system. However, he said not to expect a very prompt resolution to a case, "...this could take months."

Mr. Coggins stated he is very acquainted with these types of issues. He was lead counsel involved with all the well and water issues surrounding construction of the landfill near the airport in Menominee County several years ago, and was involved with that for 10 years.

"Was there a lot of money spent?" he asked. "Absolutely!Experts submitted bills that ran into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. But ultimately all the property owners were taken care of. They either received city water or they received new wells."

He said there is a mechanism in place that the judicial system will take care of. "Municipalities can't necessarily legislate that relief for you," he added, "all they can do is put appropriate permits in place.

"I heard a number of references to a reclamation plan tonight, as well as to water monitoring and dust abatement programs," Coggins said. "All those regulations are through the DNR and if there are issues that arise, then it's incumbent upon every one of you as a citizen in the community to make a complaint. You (need to) become very well known in Madison," he advised. "The area code for Madison is 608. You remember that " you will be dialing that a lot! If there are issues, that's how you address it."

"As I understand it the Town of Porterfield doesn't have zoning," Coggins went on. "That's a huge issue. If a business comes in they get the appropriate state permits and county permits, there's not a lot that can be done about it. I have told all municipalities that I represent, I tell them all the time, I believe zoning is appropriate, zoning protects us."

He said he had heard a lot of comments about people loving to live out here, partly because of the freedom. "I understand that, but most of the cities that you deal with, Marinette, Peshtigo, Menominee across the river " they have zoning. For that reason someone is not going to put a horse rendering plant next to my house in Menominee. They just can't do it. Unfortunately that's not the case here. You don't have zoning, so as long as the uses comply with existing law and permitting they're allowed to exist."

He added just because the businesses can exist does not mean they're allowed to exist unfettered. "If there are issues, then you have to make the necessary complaints. And do have a nuisance ordinance so you can ask that citations be issued for that. If there are ongoing problems with the operation, you have the county and you have the DNR and those are the people that you will have to make noise to."

At the May 1 meeting Biehl Construction spokesman Eric Bulin said the active portions of the quarry will be 500 feet from houses and 1,500 feet from the Menominee River. He said the company has insurance in case anything goes wrong at the site, or if blasting or other activities cause problems for neighbors.

At the April 17 County Board meeting County Administrator John LeFebvre, who formerly was County Zoning Administrator, said town zoning could regulate noise and other nuisances. He said the county's only jurisdiction was over approval of the final closure plan, which calls for a 20-foot deep pond with sloped sides, so if someone falls in they can walk safely out.

At the May 9 regular town board meeting Town Chair Dan Marzu commented that the town hall was filled for the special meeting, "And we had a very good, very orderly discussion." He said one thing the board will do as a result of that meeting is appoint a Land Use/Zoning Committee. He said that idea had been well supported at the May 1 meeting, and after it adjourned he had asked Steve Hemstock if he would head the new committee. Hemstock had agreed to do that. The next step would be appointing members, Marzu said, adding he would like to see broad base of members from all walks of life, male and female, and of different ages.

Supervisor Audrey Guseck pointed out formation of the committee was not on the evening's agenda, so it appears that formally creating the committee will apparently not happen until the board's next meeting, which will be on Wednesday, June 6.

Guseck felt they would need to budget for professional help with the zoning plan, probably through a contract with Bay Lakes Regional Planning Commission, so they could get something started now, "but we can't do much until we get some money." Marzu and Supervisor Donald Limberg suggested they might also get advice from UWEX Community Development people.

Guseck noted all the books and records from the previous Land Use and Zoning Committee, started years ago under the direction of Larry Theisen, are still available. She added that the Zoning Plan they came up with had lost hugely in a town-wide referendum vote.

"Does it have to go to referendum?" Hemstock asked.

Guseck said Coggins felt they would need one, and County Board Chair Mark Anderson felt they would not.

There was a brief discussion on that previous committee, which included Bob Veriha, Jim Shea, Mary Linstad, Marzu and others, and met over a period of perhaps 15 years.

"It's an extensive process," Hemstock commented. He said he has been doing some research since Marzu talked to him about heading the committee. He proposed a committee of seven members, young and old, with a lot of views, to flesh out whatever they can and then "adopt a minor example of what the committee thinks we should do."

Clerk Amy Linstad felt everybody in town should have a voice in whatever ordinance is adopted.

There was talk of comparing Zoning Ordinances of the Town of Grover and the Town of Peshtigo. Grover is zoned entirely agricultural, and any business that wants to locate there must get a conditional use permit. Someone felt the Town of Peshtigo ordinance had gone too far, become too detailed.

Marzu felt too large a committee would not work well, but said they also should not discourage public input.

Talk returned to the overwhelming defeat of the last attempt to adopt a Zoning Ordinance, and that many of the people at that time declared they not only disliked, but firmly hated the idea of zoning. At least one member of the audience declared they should not spend money on writing a zoning ordinance when it would probably never be adopted.

Decision on whether or not to establish a committee to deal with the zoning subject is to be made by the board in June.

In regard to the gravel pit/non-metallic mine issue, Guseck said she and Marzu had asked R&R Assessing for input on what effect, if any, similar facilities had on nearby property values in other residential areas. The answer appears to be that there is no impact.

The letter, read aloud, basically it stated that the location of an active pit does not have a negative impact on neighboring property values, "and if properly operated, they (residential areas and gravel quarries) can co-exist."

"We all have a lot of respect for Eric Bulin," Marzu commented. "I have worked with him a lot during the last few years, and my experience with him has been very positive."

Moving on to other business, Linstad reported there were applications from Handicapped United for liquor and operator's licenses for Porterfield Country Music Fest, the Crusin' 50s show and Snowmobile Grass Races to be held at Green's Green Acres this summer.

Marzu commented here never has been a problem with licenses for the Music Fest, but he did have a call from a man last year who wanted them to stop the music at 10 p.m. Limberg recalled complaints in the past about the festival itself.

After explanations from Linstad about costs and rules for special beverage licenses for special fund raising events board approval was unanimous.

Because a property for a period of 8 to 10 years was assessed as "fertile land" instead of getting a tax break as "agricultural land," there had been a "palpable error" in the tax roll. The board approved refunding $632.13 to property owners Wanda and Michael Brien to correct this error. Treasurer Wendell Phillips said the county and the school districts will eventually repay their proportionate shares to the town.

The spring road tour will cover two days, starting at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 24. The board has 71 miles of roads to view.

The agenda called for action on professional services for Twin Creek Road. Former Town Chair Roger Runoe, on a volunteer basis, has been doing some work on proposed reconstruction of Twin Creek Road and East and West Oak roads. Marzu complimented the good job Runoe had done of writing up specifications for a bid on the planning and permitting work.

Payne and Dolan had bid $15,000 for the planning work and permitting needed for that project. Marzu said he had also gotten a bid from Coleman Engineering and their price was much higher.

"I have some specifications written too, and they're very similar to his," Guseck declared. "I'm not paying Payne and Dolan $15,000 for permits that we can get without them!" Going down the list of services proposed by Payne and Dolan, Guseck said the town itself can do most of the work. She said she and Limberg will work on getting the project permits.

"If you two want to do that, I'm suggesting you find out very soon, because the longer you wait the more the project will cost," Runoe advised.

Guseck asked Runoe to continue working on culvert replacements, and asked him to meet with the DNR at the installation sites to talk about what they need for fish passage and other issues. She said Marinette County Highway Commissioner Rick Rickaby had told her the town may be able to share culvert costs 50/50 with the county through county bridge aids, but repeated, "I do not - I will not - pay anything to Payne and Dolan for permits!"

Marzu said he had talked with Bulin about graveling needed in some places on town roads and it will be taken care of.

Mursau had come in before the discussion on road work began. He said Wisconsin Secretary of Transportation David Ross had been at the Crivitz Village Hall on Monday, May 2 for a "town hall" discussion on highway and transportation issues.

"There are some interesting things going on in the DOT," Mursau said. He explained simplification and cost saving measures Ross is implementing. For example, there were five layers of oversight for projects like Porterfield's Twin Creek reconstruction. Ross has managed to eliminate two of the layers and thinks there may be one more that he can get rid of, Mursau said. The layers of oversight have an effect on the cost of designs and obtaining the permits the board had just been discussing. He said those layers add greatly to the costs of road building for towns and the roads are no better for it. He also said every cost for towns has gone up, but state aid paid to towns has not, and levy limits remain in place, so budgets are strapped.

In other developments, Mursau said 600 people in Wisconsin are working with industrial hemp on an experimental basis. He said hemp, which some define as a non-THC variety of marijuana, makes better clothing than cotton, and also makes "kevlar," the main component of bullet proof vests. "There are 50,000 different uses,"Mursau declared.

Before growing hemp was outlawed by the federal government Wisconsin and Kentucky were the biggest producers in the US, and the product can be extremely profitable for farmers, Mursau said. He stressed they are talking about the non-narcotic version of hemp, and said Wisconsin has asked Washington to take if off the prohibited list.

He said legislators have changed the DNR permit process for plastic materials, including plastic bags and waste from cheese packing plant wrappers and drinking straw manufacturers, to be converted into jet fuel. If all the approvals go through a firm from Ohio plans to start a huge plant in Wisconsin.

Guseck introduced Wayne Ruechel, the town's newly hired building inspector. She said he issued one permit for a new house in the past month. Building permits are posted on the town hall door.

The board had received a letter from Circuit Court Judge Jim Morrison offering to attend one of their meetings to talk about Drug Court and Mental Health Court, one of the new programs being set up. He is to be invited to the board's July meeting. The next regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
08-16-2018Front Page
Sauve, Dudka Win Marinette Co. Races

08-16-2018Front Page
Winsert Breaks Ground For Another Major Expansion

08-16-2018Front Page
BPM, Inc. Is Considering Wastewater Plant Options

08-16-2018Front Page
Plan Honor Caravan To Escort Wall That Heals

08-16-2018Front Page
New Floor In Peshtigo School May Be Aacer Training Project

08-16-2018Community - Wausaukee
Hundreds at Silver Cliff Fire and Rescue Auxiliary Parade and Picnic

08-16-2018Community - Wausaukee
Michael Schroeder Benefit Set at Wausaukee Sept. 8th

08-16-2018Community - Wausaukee
10th Annual Village of Wausaukee Fall Festival

08-16-2018Community - Wausaukee
Work Day for Marinette Co Fair

08-16-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Continues Plans For Wall That Heals Visit

08-16-2018Community - Crivitz
Wolverine PTO Donates $10,000 for Playground

08-16-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz School Open House is Aug. 30

08-16-2018Community - Crivitz
Monthly CPR Class at Bellin, Crivitz

08-16-2018Community - Coleman
Pickup Items at Pound Cemetery

08-16-2018Community - Coleman
Pound Fire Department Picnic Profit Was $7,563

08-16-2018Community - Coleman
Dogleg Open Golf Fundraiser at Pound

08-16-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman 1952-58 Classes Reunion

08-16-2018Sports
Area Gridders Eager For Action

08-16-2018Sports
WIAA Task Force Meets on Realignment Process

08-16-2018Sports
WIAA Board Elects Officers; Votes on Action Items

08-16-2018Sports
Bonus Turkey Harvest Authorizations On-Sale

08-16-2018Sports
Championship Men's League at LRCC Set for Aug. 20th

08-16-2018Perspectives
From My Window

08-16-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-16-2018Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-16-2018Obituaries
Jeffrey W. Baumler

08-16-2018Obituaries
LaVonne Brazeau

08-16-2018Obituaries
Cindy S. Cole

08-16-2018Obituaries
Brett J. Dessart

08-16-2018Obituaries
Wally Faltynski

08-16-2018Obituaries
Rodney L. Grom

08-16-2018Obituaries
Rich Hanson

08-16-2018Obituaries
Richard L. Holmes

08-16-2018Obituaries
Kristy L. Korth

08-16-2018Obituaries
Genevieve M. Kovnesky

08-16-2018Obituaries
Eleanor L. Lavalley

08-16-2018Obituaries
Arletta R. Laundre

08-16-2018Obituaries
Betty LeTendre

08-16-2018Obituaries
Leocadia M. Metzner

08-16-2018Obituaries
John E. Phillips

08-16-2018Obituaries
Sherry (Wilber) Vorpahl

08-16-2018Obituaries
Lorraine M. Washuleski

08-09-2018Front Page
Marinette National Night Out Enjoyed By Many

08-09-2018Front Page
Court Battles Continue Over Back Forty Mine

08-09-2018Front Page
Peshtigo Council Okays 3% Water Rate Increase

08-09-2018Front Page
OK Plans For Added Officer, Full Time Medical Examiner

08-09-2018Front Page
City Considers Format For Filing Complaints

08-09-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman Utility Meeting Aug. 13

08-09-2018Community - Coleman
Joint Municipal Court Lists Recent Court Activity

08-09-2018Community - Coleman
Judge Clifford Patz Attends Trial Seminar

08-09-2018Community - Coleman
James Kobus Memorial Ride Set for Sept. 29

08-09-2018Community - Crivitz
Seek Vietnam Veterans Names for Hall Exhibit

08-09-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Church Salad Luncheon

08-09-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz-Stephenson Historical Society Recipients of Grant

08-09-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Ski Cats Corn Roast Show Aug. 11

08-09-2018Community - Wausaukee
41st Annual Silver Cliff Fire Rescue Parade, Picnic Aug. 11

08-09-2018Community - Wausaukee
Concert Aug. 12 at Athelstane Church

08-09-2018Community - Wausaukee
Under the Lights Entertainment For Wausaukee Enterprises Fundraiser

08-09-2018Sports
Red Wave Battles To 2nd Place In State Tourney

08-09-2018Sports
Son Follows in Father's Footsteps, Wins DNR Trout Stamp Design Contest

08-09-2018Sports
Bonus Antlerless Deer Harvest Authorizations Available Aug 13

08-09-2018Sports
Youth Trap League Benefit Raffle Results

08-09-2018Sports
Enter Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Photo Contest

08-09-2018Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-09-2018Perspectives
From My Window

08-09-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-09-2018Obituaries
Gloria J. Behling

08-09-2018Obituaries
William Bertrand

08-09-2018Obituaries
William L. Bristol, Jr.

08-09-2018Obituaries
Mary J. Brown

08-09-2018Obituaries
Daniel J. Eggers

08-09-2018Obituaries
Mary E. Fritz

08-09-2018Obituaries
Wesley L. Henry  

08-09-2018Obituaries
Michael Allen Hirsch

08-09-2018Obituaries
James C. Kobus

08-09-2018Obituaries
Nathaniel LaPlant

08-09-2018Obituaries
Lois Mazur Lemerand

08-09-2018Obituaries
David Grant McDowell

08-09-2018Obituaries
Doris M. Mileski-Engel

08-09-2018Obituaries
Dolores E. Monnette

08-09-2018Obituaries
Ralph E. Peterson

08-09-2018Obituaries
Joseph P. Redmann

08-09-2018Obituaries
Marvin R. Rusch

08-09-2018Obituaries
Gary J. Semrau

08-09-2018Obituaries
Martin "Punk" Techmeier

08-09-2018Obituaries
Linda J. Tessmer

08-09-2018Obituaries
Debra Tickler

08-09-2018Obituaries
Marsha Vara

08-09-2018Obituaries
Audrey M. Yetter

08-02-2018Front Page
Gov. Scott Walker Speaks At Marinette Republican Dinner

08-02-2018Front Page
District Attorney Office Is Finally Fully Staffed

08-02-2018Front Page
Marinette Council Awards REC Center Bid of $989,950

08-02-2018Front Page
Back 40 Mine Arguments In Federal Court Aug. 1

08-02-2018Front Page
National Night Out Set for Aug. 7th

08-02-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee School District Receives Safety Grant

08-02-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Historical Lists Raffle Winners

08-02-2018Community - Wausaukee
Legion To Hold Flag Retirement

08-02-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Back To School Program Receives $3,000

08-02-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Church Member on Mission Trip to Antigua

08-02-2018Community - Crivitz
Names Wanted for The Wall That Heals

08-02-2018Community - Crivitz
20 at Even Monday Cards

08-02-2018Community - Crivitz
Settler's Day Picnic Saturday

08-02-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman Board To Meet Aug. 6

08-02-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman 1950 Reunion Aug. 12 at Tradewinds

08-02-2018Community - Coleman
Pound Church Plans Dedication Aug. 12

08-02-2018Sports
Plover Ends Good Marinette Post 39 Season

08-02-2018Sports
Red Wave Play in Tough UP Tourney

08-02-2018Sports
Peshtigo River Bowhunters Summer League Winners

08-02-2018Sports
Koehn Hits Ace at Little River CC

08-02-2018Sports
Little River CC Crowns Junior Club Champions

08-02-2018Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-02-2018Perspectives
From My Window

08-02-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-02-2018Obituaries
Stella M. Alexandrowicz

08-02-2018Obituaries
Jeanette F. Baeder

08-02-2018Obituaries
Vernon T. Benning

08-02-2018Obituaries
John D. Compton

08-02-2018Obituaries
Viola E. Fedler

08-02-2018Obituaries
Elizabeth L. Roenfanz Geist

08-02-2018Obituaries
Wesley L. Henry

08-02-2018Obituaries
Claude W. Knuth

08-02-2018Obituaries
David N. Koenig

08-02-2018Obituaries
Ethel M. Larson

08-02-2018Obituaries
Peggy Madden

08-02-2018Obituaries
Neil D. McNulty

08-02-2018Obituaries
David J. McTrusty

08-02-2018Obituaries
John A. Radoll

08-02-2018Obituaries
Ardith J. Rost

08-02-2018Obituaries
Gene W. Staffeldt

08-02-2018Obituaries
William T. Scheller

08-02-2018Obituaries
Juliann M. Martin-Schroedle

08-02-2018Obituaries
Daniel J. Secor

08-02-2018Obituaries
John V. Szymanski

08-02-2018Obituaries
Martin W. Techmeier

08-02-2018Obituaries
Alice R. Warnecke

08-02-2018Obituaries
Nancy A. Welton

07-26-2018Front Page
Bay Area Medical Center Scheduled to Open Aug. 16

07-26-2018Front Page
County Board To Have Busy Session Aug. 31

07-26-2018Front Page
Alwin Resigns Job As Welcome Center Head

07-26-2018Front Page
Wagner Needs New Public Works Director

07-26-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman Fire Department Lists Raffle Winners

07-26-2018Community - Coleman
R-Angels Program For School Supplies

07-26-2018Community - Coleman
Trinity Lutheran, Coleman Picnic, Service July 29

07-26-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman 1950 Reunion Aug. 12 at Tradewinds

07-26-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Ski Cats 5th at State

07-26-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Rescue Squad 9th Annual Ride July 28

07-26-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Church Salad Luncheon

07-26-2018Community - Crivitz
Loomis Historical Talk on Beekeeping

07-26-2018Community - Wausaukee
DOT Has Highway Landscapers To Replant, Mow In Wausaukee

07-26-2018Community - Wausaukee
DOT Has Highway Landscapers To Replant, Mow In Wausaukee


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2018
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites