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Marinette Council Okays Patching Fish Platform

Issue Date: March 5, 2020

Before the City of Marinette Council meeting on Tuesday, March 3, a Board of Public Works Committee meeting was held to discuss the findings and recommendation for the Fishing Platform structural repairs at the Hattie Street Bridge structure.

After an inspection was completed, it was noted there were various stages of corrosion from minor to extreme. Ayres Associates presented three options to Council: One, do nothing and the fishing platform would continue to deteriorate and would eventually need to be closed; Two, patch and repair the existing channels and concrete bracket arms which would extend the life of the platform by 10 to 15 years at an estimated cost of $100,000; Three, replace the fishing platform and repair existing bracket arms, install new precast concrete channels on the reconditioned bracket arms, a new concrete topping and railing with an estimated life of 20 to 25 years with an estimated cost of $700,000.

Ayres recommend option two and council followed their lead, voting to approve the patch and repair alternative to be equally shared between Marinette and Menominee with each contributing 50% of the cost to be shared equally not to exceed a total of $100,000 or $50,000 each.

After the Public Works meeting, a rescheduled Finance and Insurance meeting followed. Besides normal business, one of the main items was in regards to a Lease Agreement with NCL Government Capital to acquire a plow truck with accessories. Council found themselves approving two trucks. When planning for a truck it was budgeted for $183,000, and a deal was worked out as an agreement to purchase one at $171,000, but paid $180,000 with the second truck a lease agreement. City Engineer Brian Miller explained with the existing trucks requiring so many repairs, if we don't get two this year, Superintendent of Public Works Patrick Carlson was in fear of not having any truck next year.

Mayor Steve Genisot announced his recommendations for Citizen Boards and Committees for 2020. Keith West was appointed for a three year term beginning April 2020 through 2023 on the Water and Wastewater Utilities Commission, replacing Steve Lange who resigned. The Information Technology Ad Hoc Task Group for the 2020 year will include Mayor Genisot, Alderperson Dorothy Kowalski, Finance Director Jacki Miller, City Clerk Lana Hero, Police Department Detective Craig Kopatz and Technology Specialist Steve Olcott. Mark Davenport was appointed to a vacant position starting March 2020 through April 2022 as a remainder of a three year term on the Historic Preservation committee and Daela Reiswitz was appointed for a three year term beginning April 2020 through 2023 on the Stephenson Library Trust Board, replacing Karen Kolstad who is resigning at the completion of her April 2020 term.

Marinette Fire Chief Jay Heckel gave an update on the status of the donations and purchase commitment of the airboat. There was $74,500 earmarked for funding of the boat for this year and the plan was to fund $52,500 from the bank. There is also pre-commitments for donations and pledges in the amount of $47,500. One interested donor is willing to give $10,000, but if it can be spread out in three year payments, they will donate $15,000. There is also an interested buyer of the existing hovercraft. We will continue to fund raise and secure donations and confirm commitments that were made by local companies.

The City of Marinette is working with Ayres Associates to prepare a Wisconsin Department of Administration Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources (DCA-DEHCR) Community Development block Grant Planning (DCDBG-PLNG) grant application. If successful, these grant funds will be used to pay for development of a City-wide community Development Plan for adoption by the city. The plan will identify and assess needs, assets and priority investments of the community through a series of components.

Four resolutions were then approved, including Resolution 04-20 approving the adoption of a Citizen Participation plan through the application of a community Development Grant (CDBG) which allows Citizens to comment as part of this grant; Resolution 05-20 was approved as a policy to prohibit the use of excessive force and to enforce applicable state and local laws prohibiting physically barring entrances/exits for non-violent civil rights demonstrations; Resolution 06-20 was approved authorizing resolution to commit matching funds and Resolution 07-20 authorizing resolution to submit a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application.

Two events were approved for the 10th annual Logging and Heritage Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, including Mischief and Magic providing balloon twisting, face painting, other related entertainment along with two mascots and two handlers in the parade. All of the events held on the island on Saturday will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A local well known entertaining group will return again this year. Sunny and The Heat will perform Saturday, July 11 from 2 p.m. to 5 p..m.

Four Class B Picnic Licenses were issued for St. Thomas Aquinas Academy for the 38th Annual Auction on March 29 and three Fish Fry Fundraisers on March 20, April 3 and April 10, all being held at St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, 1200 Main Street, Marinette. Nine new operator licenses were approved for Diana Buchman, Samantha Gielow, Lori Gilbert, Timothy Gustman, Shanena Ketchum, Lexy Klatt, Aurora Kolaszewski, Nicole Peak and Stacey Webb.

The regular monthly Council Meeting of Tuesday, April 7 will be be moved to Wednesday, April 8 due to Spring Election and Presidential Preference voting being held on April 7.


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