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Water Testing Continues In The Town Of Peshtigo

Issue Date: October 18, 2018

Chris Behrend from Johnson Control/Tyco gave the monthly update of ground water testing at the Town of Peshtigo meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Behrend said the summer testing has been completed and brings the ground water surface testing current through August 29. The site investigation has been submitted to the DNR and the findings can be found on the DNR website and they will be submitting subsequent reports once more testing is completed.

There have been elevated levels of PFOAs (Perfluorooctanoic acid) higher than the recommended levels detected in ground water in two samples in the southern part of Marinette. Behrend stated additional testing will begin in areas south of Radar Road. He also stated contaminations are further south in Marinette than what they thought with detection in two ditches, one in Industrial Parkway and the second crosses West Bayshore Street.

Behrend said, Johnson Controls is working closely with the DNR to better understand the data and are working with the DNR for permits to possibly treat the water in the ditches before the winter months.

Behrend stressed "Creeks and ditches don't carry drinking water, only surface water".

Completion of summer samplings have been done and fall testing will begin in November and they will be looking at the seasonal testing schedule after that.

Behrend stated there are 126 customers of private wells still receiving Culligan bottled water with 34 Point of Entry (POET) systems installed with six more systems to be installed in homes of those affected.

Behrend ended with "We will continue to work with the DNR to keep the community updated."

In Public Comment, Wendell Johnson commended the Board on the clean up and well maintaining of the Kowalski walking trail. Johnson said, "The trail is a real asset for he Town of Peshtigo and I hope the Town keeps building and working on the trail".

In other news, it was unanimously approved to deed the Peshtigo Cemetery, located next to the Peshtigo Fire Museum, back to the City of Peshtigo or their designee upon acceptance of either. After a Paranormal group was interested in researching the cemetery, it was found out that the land that the cemetery is on was sold by Peshtigo Company in 1856 to the Town of Peshtigo for a price of $69. A motion was made by Supervisor Mark Monnette to offer the deed to the City of Peshtigo or its designee at the Nov. 5 Peshtigo Museum Historical meeting and then proceed to final approval at the Peshtigo City Council at their Nov. 6 meeting.

Chairperson, Denise Wiedemeier addressed the possible sale of the piece of property that is the former dump site on Heath Lane. Monnette said, "If we have the opportunity to sell any of our dump sites, we should sell them".

Town resident, Wendell Johnson asked if there would be a public meeting if the Town decides to sell the property. "I think the town should look at keeping that as a recreational area. As the town grows and more people move here it will be important to have green space for everyone to enjoy. Since it is not a buildable area, it has some unique vegetation and would be nice to leave this area as part of the town for future use." Wiedemeir replied, "This is just a preliminary step to see what the Town could do with the property".

The board approved to sell the property, but in further discussion decided to have legal council review the possible sale, as it is not a buildable site. Town Clerk, Clarence Coble will contact the lawyer and the topic will be put on the agenda for the November meeting.

Weidemeier announced she received a letter from Leo Krivickas, Town Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator expressing his wishes to no longer be the zoning administrator. Monnette made a motion to regretfully accept Krivickas' resignation.

Monnette addressed the board with a computer use policy for employees of the town in an effort to prevent viruses, protect their investment and for protection of the employees. He stated, "It is a standard generic computer use policy".

In general the board was in agreement that there should be a policy, but with resistance from Coble stating he is in favor of the policy but wished the employees and board could have had a chance to review and discuss the policy before a final vote.

The policy was tabled for an opportunity for further review and will be put on the November agenda for discussion for possible approval at that time.

Not much new to report with the various committees of the Town, other than all departments are operating well.

Fire Chief, Mike Folgert in his report stated the department had 13 calls including eight for tree - power line related, two vehicle crashes, one carbon monoxide alarm, one law enforcement assist and a major house fire on Hwy. 64.

Folgert also reported one fire fighter resigned due to moving out of the area and one is in the National Guard going over seas for one year and will be returning after his service time is completed.

Folgert also stated, the department completed trainings for chimney fires and carbon monoxide. There are three new fire fighters in training and the Fire Department banquet will be Sunday, Nov. 11 and all board members are invited to attend.

Supervisor Tom Holterman reported he is in the process of finding out which roads need seal coating and will be reviewing in winter and spring. He also stated there was a tree downed that was too large to be removed by the town crew, so he will have Affordable Tree Service remove the tree and the Town crew will cut and haul away.

Wiedemeir added, the second round of cutting and clearing the ditches was started but with the rain and the ditches being full of water, it is limited as to what they can accomplish at this point.

Marinette County Circuit Judge, Jim Morrison addressed the board and provided an update on the Drug Court, Mental Health Court, CASA program and Juvenile Court Improvement Project. He explained how each program works.

The next Town Board meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 20 starting at 7 p.m. with the Hearing for the 2019 Town Budget and Town Residents meeting to approve the Town levy for 2019. The monthly board meeting will follow.


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