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Wausaukee Okays 2019 Christmas In The Park

Issue Date: August 30, 2019

Wausaukee Village Board had a busy and productive meeting on Monday, Aug. 19. Starting with a presentation from Cedar Corp. Representatives on results of a feasibility study for redevelopment of the former Stephenson National Bank building for use as a public library, community/senior center, and Village offices. This was followed by discussion with county Administrator John LeFebvre on the possibility of a grant from county CLOSE funds to help meet the required local funding match the board dealt with ordinary monthly business, accepted full ownership of Evergreen Park, discussed issues with County Tourism Director Melissa Ebsch, and was informed by Roberta Davis of InVenture North that she is excited to work with Wausaukee as the 1st case study in Marinette County for housing development.

Davis is working on completing a Village prospectus and will be making a marketing video that showcases the area, local businesses, the school, and local families and will be used to attract developers to the area.

Village President Hilbert Radtke, Clerk Sarah Pullen and Ruth Jicha had attended an Economic Development Round Table discussion at inVenture North earlier in the day where discussion focused around the need for housing development in every community in Marinette County.

In addition to other topics in his monthly presidential report Radtke thanked Arlene Stumbris for the wonderful job she's doing with the upkeep of the plantings and trees along Main Street.

The board set set Halloween Trick-or-Treat hours for Thursday, October 31, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., contingent on the school Halloween celebration date.

Trustees present for the meeting were Darryll Schmidt, Kyle Stumbris, Mack McKim, JoAnn Polomis, and Pat Tracy. Trustee Steve Stumbris was excused. Also in attendance were Pullen, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Barb Pociask, Public Works Supervisor Dennis Whitton, Jr., Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator in Charge Jeff Mayou, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator in Training Tylor Stumbris, Jim Frymark and Cory Scheidler with Cedar Corporation, LeFebvre, Stephenson National Bank President Dan Peterson, Ebsch, Wausaukee Business Association President Kim Marsolek, inVenture North Marketing and Community Development Director Roberta Davis, Lisa Tracy, Sharon Kantner, Ruth Schroeder, Arlene Stumbris, Vonnie DeLaet, Joellen Simpson, Betty Figas, Ruth Jicha, Connie Chambers, Rosie Figas, and the Peshtigo Times reporter.

A request from Friends of The Library for the Village to add the three public parking spaces on the south side of their building be plowed in conjunction with the rest of Harrison Street due to their book delivery driver being unable to access the ramp under heavy snow conditions was discussed at length and Radtke said it will be taken under consideration. There were concerns that everyone must be treated equally.

The board happily approved Wausaukee Business Association's request to hold its second annual Christmas in the Park event in Evergreen Campground in December, and approved a request from Marsolek that the Village pay the $200 annual "Connect Communities" membership dues. The campground in Evergreen Park is open through Deer Season. McKim praised last year's Christmas in the Park event as "fantastic." Decorations will be put up well in advance of the event, hopefully before the ground is frozen.

Ebsch provided the Board with information on tourism in Marinette County from 2018 highlighting total tourism business sales in the County of $228 million and an increase in room tax revenue of 4.35%.

Radtke and others were critical of the write up about Wausaukee in the County Tourism Guide for this year, declaring it grossly inaccurate and poorly written. He emphasized that she needs to speak with local officials and/or community members regarding what they feel the best attributes and assets before publishing any information regarding Wausaukee in the future.

Ebsch said some of the articles in the guide were written by students. Main objections discussed were to references to Wausaukee as "an unincorporated community" when it is in fact an incorporated village; comments that the guide made Wausaukee residents sound like hicks who put on "their best bib and tucker" to go to the County Fair; references to businesses that do not exist, and mention of lakes with no public access as good places to visit. He repeated that next time someone from the village needs to proofread its part of the guide before it gets printed.

Stumbris declared that the county tourist guide needs to have an events page so people can make plans for their visits. Ebsch said she has been reaching out to people to put their events on the calendar, but no one is doing it.

"I've been here for 12 years and I don't believe I've ever been contacted," Pullen commented.

In regard to tourism, Marsolek said WBA plans to open a tourist information booth near the ice cream shop next summer.


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