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Receive Certificate-The Peshtigo City Council honored longtime crossing guard Lana Alguire at the city council meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 2. She received a certificate for her many years of service to the city. Pictured left to right are Police Chief Richard Badgley, Lana Alguire and Mike Behnke, member of the City Council and chairman of Streets and Drainage Committee. In her short remarks, Alguire thanked the council for allowing her to work for city keeping kids safe as they cross the roads.

Peshtigo City Council Award, Certificate, Accepts Grants

Issue Date: January 9, 2019

The City of Peshtigo Common Council meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 2 started with recognizing of Crossing Guard, Lana Alguire, for her service as crossing guard.

Alderperson, Mike Behnke, along with Police Chief, Rick Badgley awarded Alguire with a certificate recognizing her many years of dedicated service and thanked her for "keeping our children safe." Alguire responded with "Thank you and God Bless".

In other business, Mayor Cathi Malke, commented that a request from BPM Inc for a rate reduction was authorized for Director George Cowell to move forward wth the Proposal for Sewer usage charges from Ruckert-Mielke to respond to the request from BPM Inc rate change request.

Parks and Rec Director, David Zahn addressed the Council with Parks and Recreation Department updates. He stated, they will be in the beginning process of constructing the fish/river view platform later this year. He said, "We would still like to raise more money for future costs and enhancements and we will continue to make granite tiles available for purchase". There are three sizes of tiles to be used on a donor wall. Informational brochures are available at Peshtigo City Hall outlining how anyone and everyone can help.

Mayor Malke said, "I would also like to inform the Council and City of Peshtigo that I applied for funding for the Fish viewing platform under Wisconsin Public Service Foundation Grant Program and we will receive $10,000 towards the project. The City of Peshtigo is proud to partner with WPS to make this project become a reality. On behalf of the City of Peshtigo, I want to thank you for helping make our community and visitors to the City aware of our Natural Resources and what they have to offer".

Malke also encouraged Council to accept a $100,000 grant from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, contingent upon execution of a "land use license agreement" with Wisconsin Public Service Corp for use of adjacent land for parking, walkways and signage and execution of a lease agreement for lease of the piers in the Peshtigo River on which the platform will be built from BPM Inc., both contracts to be approved by the City Attorney and ratified by Common Council. She said, "We meed top accept this funding with this contingency, I expect the contract to last for 20 years and the most we would have go pay if anything is $15,000 at the end of three years.

Zahn advised that Wednesday, Jan. 2 was the first business day for the ability to make campground reservations for 2019. Phone reservations only will be taken through Friday, Jan. 11 by calling 715-582-4321. After Jan. 12, the online registration system will be available as well.

In other activity, registration for the Lil' Dribbler basketball program for children from Kindergarten to 3rd grade is in progress. There will also be Guided Snowshoe hikes geared to adults and older children in River Rec Park which is located below the dam. For more information you can go on the City website or on the Facebook page.

Zahn also said he had gotten phone calls inquiring about the Harper Park Ice Rink on Ellis Avenue. Zahn said, "This weather is not conducive to making an ice rink. A base of six to eight inches of frost in the ground is needed along with 10 degrees or less temperature and daytime consistently below freezing in order to make a good rink". He is hoping if weather co-operates he can possibly start laying down some water next week.

In a recap of numbers for Fall programs, there were 48 children enrolled in Flag Football, 37 girls took part in girls basketball programs and 61 boys were enrolled in the boys basketball program. The Wednesday Nights Men's open basketball, "Old man Basketball" has been averaging in the mid 20's, both in numbers and average age of the participants.

Mayor Malke announced the City of Peshtigo on Oct. 8, 2021 will be celebrating 150 years (Sesquicentennial) for the anniversary of the Great Peshtigo Fire. "In commemoration of the Sesquicentennial, we will be holding a contest to design a stamp, commemorating the anniversary of 150 years". "Please keep in mind the end result will be the size of a stamp. Entries can be turned in at Peshtigo City Hall by close of day on Jan. 31. Please be sure to put your name, phone number and address on the back".

The top two selections will be submitted to the United States Postal Service with hopes of being chosen to become a forever stamp. To be selected for a stamp would give the Great Peshtigo Fire nationwide recognition that the lives lost on that horrific day will not be forgotten. It is also sad about the number of people across the country that has not heard of the "Great Peshtigo Fire".

The Peshtigo Historical Society has already chosen the commemorative coins for the Sesquicentennial that will go on sale later this year.


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