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Peshtigo Town Board To Install High Water Signs

Issue Date: March 18, 2020

The Town of Peshtigo meeting on Tuesday, March 17 was minimally attended with the new restriction due to the Coronavirus with only 10 people per gathering in public places.

Even the agenda was smaller with less than half of the items of what was originally planned. Only items that needed approval to move forward with Town business were on the agenda with 13 items crossed out and left for a future meeting.

Supervisor Jon Drees said, "After talking with Town residents and the other Supervisors per a request from Kristin Edgar that the Town video tape and post on line all Town Board meetings, the decision was made that the Town is not going to purchase equipment nor post the meetings on line, however, attendees of the meeting are welcome to tape and post the meeting themselves".

Four election workers were approved including, Wayne Kamka, Jill Beyer and David and Shirley Miller. Also approved was for use of the Town Hall for the Bellin Health 5K run/walk that was originally to be held May 2 from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. With the virus, the date will be moved into June at this time. It was approved so they can continue to plan the event.

There were new members appointed to the Plan Commission, Appeals Board and Fire Commission. It was also authorized to hire a part-time employee for the Recycle Center. Kieth Shallow's father will fill the part-time position at $19 per hour.

An item that was not approved was the purchase of a saw attachment for the tractor boom for an amount of $10,600. Chairman Herman Pottratz said, "This attachment would save a lot of time and do a good job for bent over trees and will save money in the long run." Pottratz was met with opposition with Supervisor Dan VanBeek saying, "I think we should look into this more". Supervisor Dan Staudenmeier echoed VanBeek's comment saying "I would rather have it checked out and get more information". Pottratz commented, "Ok, but we will have to cut with the extended saw then and how many trees can you do with that"? A motion was made by Drees to talk to the person about the attachment, get more information and view a video of how this works before we invest in this piece of equipment".

The last item of discussion was to install guide posts along Canal Lane and Harbor Road with it soon to be under water. The posts will also be installed on other roads as needed. The posts will be 100 feet apart and will be visible at night. Pottratz stated, "Kathy Frank, Marinette County Emergency Management Coordinator is preparing the County for any emergency that may result if this gets under water and if they are called to that area". It was unanimously approved to immediately go ahead with the installation of the posts at a cost of $4,600.

The meeting ended with announcing the next scheduled meeting for Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m.


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