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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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No Grass Clippings In Peshtigo Streets

Issue Date: July 11, 2019

City of Peshtigo residents are reminded that they cannot put grass clippings in the streets any more until fall. The wet clippings in summer cause the gutters to clog up, Public Works Director George Cowell told City Council on Tuesday, July 2. Street sweeping had just been completed.

Cowell also reminded residents that if they want to put large items on the curb for pickup by the city's garbage collection crew they need to pay for that service first at the Municipal Building. They can also bring the items to the city garage from 8 a.m. to noon on the first and third Mondays of each month. Raked up grass clippings and yard debris can also be brought to that site.

Cowell said probably because of all the wet weather, sink holes had developed under streets and near catch basins in various parts of the city, including one near City Hall and others in Rainbow Court, on Prestine Street and McGraw Avenue. They are being repaired.

After one more night of water main flushing in July that chore will be done for the year, Cowell said.

Letters have gone out to property owners with unregistered wells reminding them they need to be registered and either sealed or inspected. A contractor had to be hired to cut several lawns in the city where owners had not followed through with notices to mow.

Streets will be striped soon, and the contractor had started this year's crack sealing projects earlier in the day.

Mayor Cathi Malke asked Cowell to thank workers on the city crew for the fine job they have been doing.

Cowell said he expected the Jopek Road paving project to start during the week of July 10. The Aubin Street resurfacing project is done, and it went well. Mail boxes were moved closer to the street. Council was pleased to approve a change order in which $6,310.07 was cut from the cost of the total cost of the project.

Council also was pleased to approve June budget adjustments that added revenues of $610.96 from a Wisconsin DNR Forest Fire Protection Grant, $4,500 from sale of the old street sweeper and $4,250 from sale of the old dump truck. There were no new capital outlay requests.

As recommended by the Plan Commission, Council approved a Certified Survey map for Tracy Berken for properties located at 341 Oconto Ave. and 370 French Street.

The Plan Commission had recommended approval of a petition from K&K W, LLC to vacate an unimproved portion of a alley lying south of McGraw Street between S. Peck Ave. and S, Ellis Ave. However, Mayor Cathi Malke, reporting on behalf of the Plan Commission, said instead of approving the recommendation Council would have to schedule a public hearing, and at least 40 days advance notice is required. The hearing was then scheduled for 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, just prior to the Council's regular September meeting unless a special Council meeting is scheduled before then.

As recommended by the License and Police Committee, the Council approved application of Christopher Schmidt for Class A licenses to allow sale of beer and liquor package goods at Peshtigo Stone & Garden, LLC.

Alderman Archer Leupp, former pastor of Faith Church in Peshtigo, has accepted a position with an organization called Converge Great Lakes, through which he serves as Police Chaplain for Peshtigo and Marinette city police departments and Marinette and Oconto County Sheriff's Departments at no charge. He also now works full time with the organization to help law enforcement agencies all across the state set up police chaplain services for their departments. He said he is paid through Converge Great Lakes but must raise enough money himself to cover the cost of his salary and other expenses involved in doing his job.

Mayor Malke had suggested that the city should donate the Police Department's currently unused 2012 Ford Taurus to Converge Great Lakes, in view of the fact the car would be used to serve the City of Peshtigo and surrounding areas as a police chaplain vehicle.

When it came up at the June 10 committee meeting Aldermen John Berendt and Debbie Sievert voted in favor of the recommending the donation. Leupp had recused himself from participation in the meeting and was out of the room when the discussion and voting took place.

At the July 2 Council meeting, instead of moving for approval of the committee's recommendation, Leupp declared, "I am shelving this for time to look into precedence, ethics and legalities."

He explained after the meeting that the vehicle request may be back on the agenda in August, after questions have been answered. He said old squad cars have been donated previously for Emergency Medical services, but added, "If this will cause any waves at all, I don't want it!"

He said a police chaplain provides counseling for officers, who have to live with the many terrible things they see in their work, "but we're also a tool in their belt for them to use for incidents in the community, such as informing family members of a death or staying with family members and comforting them while officers investigate an accident or a crime."


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