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Marinette Council Discusses Shoreline Erosion Problem

Issue Date: July 8, 2020

Prior to the Common Council meeting on Tuesday, July 7, two special meetings were on the agenda for discussion and possible recommendation to Council.

First was a special Board of Public Works meeting regarding a proposal from Marinette County to line stripe various city streets to be determined by Marinette Department of Public Works. The estimated time to complete is 16 hours with a total estimated project cost of $15,763.

The second special meeting was for the Finance and Insurance Committee to possibly approve emergency funding for shoreline erosion at Red Arrow Park. Dorothy Kowalski, Alderperson At Large commented, "We received money back for last years storm damage for an amount of $53,953.31. The bid for shoring up the shoreline is $49,000".

Alderman Rick Polzin asked, "Is the purpose to save the shoreline or the facilities"? Alderman Ken Keller responded, "Both, there is 37 feet of asphalt that is under water and there is a substantial amount of water. The waves are rolling in even with no wind. Right now the water is encroaching the holding tanks". Polzin said, "My concern is flooding, the rock will break the wave action but it won't stop the flooding". Mayor Steve Genisot clarified, the first area to protect is the holding tanks. The large rocks would be put far enough so that they break the waves, then the barricades would go in front. After all the rock is in place we are hoping it will prevent any further erosion.

A recommendation was then made to allow up to, but no more than the $57,953.31 and was later approved by Council.

Also approved under the Finance Insurance Committee was the installation of six dog signs and five waste disposal stations at City Parks for an amount of $1,680.

Per recommendation from the Personnel and License Committee a Class B Fermented Malt Beverage application for Marinette Central Labor Council for the Labor Day picnic being held on Sept. 7 at City Park was approved. Also approved were 13 Operator renewal license applications and 10 new operator license applications, all with no restrictions.

In new business, Council approved the contract for Bay Lake Regional Planning Commission to prepare the City's Comprehensive Plan update and approve the revised budget with regard to the Grant Application match that was approved in October 19, 2019 in the amount of $22,500.

Council also approved a contract with Carrico Aquatic Resources for a Water Management Assistance Program for servicing and ensuring efficient operation in compliance with federal and state regulations for the Civic Center pool. They offer a myriad of services tailored to all aspects of aquatic management and operations from pools to spas.

Several unfinished business items were taken care of, starting with the City submitting a grant to the Economic Development Administration (EDA) requesting $4.5 to $5 million for improvements to Ludington, Wells, Eggener and Main Streets. Improvements would include road reconstruction sidewalks, curb and gutters, stormwater improvements and other utilities. The plans also call for a round about at the intersection of Wells and Ludington Streets. This request follows up on a similar grant that we receive in 2012 to improve Main Street from Shore Drive to Wells Street. The grant would be a 80/ 20 match with the City providing the 20% match in funding.

The City also sent a project proposal to develop a City-wide Community Development plan. It was announced at the meeting that the City was awarded the Community Development Block Grant Planning (CDBG-PLNG) in the amount of $50,000 by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA).

Genisot also announced that Cedar Corp has three gold shovel sites in Marinette for redevelopment of housing opportunities and they sent out to approximately 50 contractors for response or feedback.

Also in unfinished business, it was approved for the boat launch fees for the boat landing be waived during the city sponsored fishing tournaments on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7, 8 & 9.

In his report, Mayor Genisot announced the city has been working on promoting tourism with the help from Pete Schwaba who created a video capturing all four seasons and is available to view on the cities website.

Genisot also said, "As we continue to work through COVID-19, portions of the city opened but the Senior Center remains closed as they work through ways to safely re-open". He added, at City Hall we are taking extra precautions with a requirement of any of the public coming into city hall is required to wear a mask, all employees are also required to wear a mask, we are limiting public access and masks are also required at meetings. We have also asked a health department representative to discuss where we are trending as a county with up-ticks in cases. At present we are in the 70s of who has contacted COVID. We want to see where we are, where we are going and take the proper pre-cautions.

Service awards were presented, including Steve Reichl who retired March 6, 2020. Genisot commented "Reichl started in the Water Department Jan. 6, 1998 and became Chief Utilities Operator in 2013 and was responsible for meter readings, cross connections and was always willing to help.

Water / Wastewater Operations Manager Warren Howard added, "I have known Steve for a longtime, he was always there to help out and I enjoyed working with him and having him as a friend. I can't say enough for what he has done". Reichl replied, "I have met a lot of great people and thank you for the opportunity to work for the city".

Kent Kostelecky, former Marinette Parks and Rec Director was also recognized for his 16-1/2 years of service. Kostelecky started with the Rec Department in May of 2003 and retired the end of the year in 2019. Genisot commended Kostelecky for all that he has done and appreciates his support of the Parks and Rec Department, the Welcome Center, Senior Center and the Logging Heritage Festival of which he is still part of the committee. Kostelecky was also a Moose Lodge member for many years. Kostelecky then thanked the city for the opportunity. "Everyday was challenging and I worked with many council members and mayors and everyone of them was passionate about the kids in the community", he said. Genisot added, "Kent was a key in helping us with getting $1.6 million in donations for the Rec Center".

Two others were mentioned but were not present to receive their awards, Former Judge Carl Mercier with 13 plus years as Municipal Judge and Todd Schoen for 30 years of service as a Marinette Police Officer and they will be recognized at a later date.


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