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Peshtigo Okays Car Show Street Permit For July 25

Issue Date: June 3, 2020

Request for a street use permit that will allow Zion Lutheran Church to hold its annual Car Show on Saturday, July 25 was approved by Peshtigo City Council at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 2. Council also approved a one-year only reduction in the cost of Class B beer and liquor licenses to help six of the city's businesses that were among the hardest hit by the mandated coronavirus closings, waived rental fee for Webelos Peshtigo Pack 4054 to use the Badger Park large pavilion for a picnic on Aug. 12, and approved purchase of of a new equipment/rescue truck for the fire department for $230,736 from Custom Fab & Body of Marion, the same company that is producing the new fire engine that was approved earlier this year.

Council also approved all renewal beer, liquor and bartender license applications as recommended by the License and Police Committee, including 41 bartender license renewals.

After considerable discussion Council withheld approval of a new Class B beer license sought by Christopher Schmidt for an outdoor beer garden he hopes to build at his Peshtigo Stone & Garden site in the Pine View industrial Park. In connection with that request, Schmidt is seeking a variance from the city's Zoning Board of Appeals to allow the beer garden in an area zoned for industrial use. That request is scheduled for Plan Commission action at a 1 p.m. meeting on Thursday, June 25. Council decision was to hold off on the license application until conditions set by the License and Police Committee are met, and if the variance is approved, act on the license at its meeting on Tuesday, July 7.

Present for Tuesday's Council meeting were Mayor Cathi Malke, Clerk/Treasurer Tammy Kasal, City Attorney David Spangenberg, Fire Chief Charles Gardon, Park and Rec Director Shawn Northrop, Police Chief Rick Badgley, Public Works Director George Cowell, and Alderpersons Debbie Sievert, Brigitte Schmidt, Archer Leupp, Mike Behnke, and Richard Berth, and Zion Lutheran Church representatives Les Gertz and Allen England. Alderman John Berendt was absent and excused. Mandatory social distancing was observed.

At the start of the meeting Malke asked for approval of the fee and deposit waiver for the Webelos troop, and council agreed without dissent.

She also requested approval of the street use permit for the Zion Lutheran Church car show event on Saturday, July 25, which was unanimously granted after very brief discussion. Behnke commented in the past the car show sponsors have always carried out a very good event, with respect shown for use of city facilities, and they are good supporters of the entire community. England said there had been some questions in regard to coronavirus restrictions, but they decided to go ahead with event. He expressed hope that everyone will have a lot of fun.

"We know you will proceed with due diligence, and we appreciate that," Malke told him.

Before the vote to buy the recommended fire department equipment truck Chief Gardon introduced Custom Fab representative Gary Bogenschutz. Gardon said there had been three bids submitted for the truck, and the Fire Lighting and Building Committee had agreed with fire department officials to accept the Custom Fab bid. They had agreed to not include the performance bond since the city will not be paying until the truck is ready for delivery.

Gary said delivery is many months off, not by their choice, but because of orders backed up due to the coronavirus shutdowns. He said it will take 30 to 35 weeks for the Ford chassis to be delivered to them by Ewald Ford, after which they can begin the custom work, which will take another five to six months, "...so you will see the truck in about a year."

He said the city's fire engine, ordered in April, will be done sooner because larger trucks were considered essential and their construction was not halted.

Malke thanked Gardon and the truck committee for all their work on specs for the trucks, and Gardon in turn thanked Gary for his help and said all the vendors had been very cooperative and helpful.

"The truck we're replacing is 51 years old," Malke said, and jokingly asked if this one was guaranteed to last as long. Gary said he didn't know about the truck, but he wouldn't be around that long.

Then, on a serious note, Malke credited the long life of the truck to good maintenance work done by fire department personnel and other city employees.

Turning to the License and Police Committee recommendations, Leupp as committee chair, reported on their recommendation to cut the fee for Class B beer and liquor licenses by 50 percent, for this year only. This year's price will be $200 each for the six Class B beer and liquor licenses in the city, and $50 for the sole Class B beer license. (See related story on the License and Police Committee meeting that was held earlier in the day.)

Behnke noted the 50 percent fee reduction will cost the city $1,250 in license revenue, and everyone agreed with Leupp that is a token for the financial hardship the mandated 2-month closing brought to these businesses.

After being kept closed early in the season due to the coronavirus pandemic the city's parks, playgrounds and beach were opened for the season on Friday, Badger Park Campground opened on Monday, June 1, and Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Northrop said he planned to open the Skate Park on Wednesday, June 3. All park restrooms remain closed except for those nearest the Badger Park entrance. Shower facilities also remain closed. There are no restrooms at the other city parks and playgrounds.

After the meeting Northrop expressed thanks to Peshtigo Woman's Club for donating not one, but two new flags and flagpoles for Badger Park, and Peshtigo Cedar Corp. for donating a bundle of cedar slabs that he used for building a privacy fence at the Badger Park Campground.


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