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County Board Moves Forward With Mountain Bike Trail Plans

Issue Date: July 1, 2021

Actions taken by Marinette County Board at its meeting on Tuesday, June 29 will expand and improve the county's reputation as a mecca for those who enjoy use of recreational trails.

For some months the county's Infrastructure Committee has been negotiating plans to develop a mountain bike recreational trail in the Goodman Park area to be known as the Peshtigo River Mountain Bike Trail, and on Tuesday vote was unanimous in favor of a $44,430 contract with Trail Solutions, IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) to provide planning and trail construction and maintenance training for local personnel, who will be doing most of the work. The money is to come from some of the nearly $4 million in Federal funds the county has received through the American Rescue Plan. The money must be spent before the end of 2024, and is the first half of the $7.85 million the county will receive.

LeFebvre said he will not rush to find places to spend the money, but a portion will most likely go to expand broadband internet access to underserved areas of the county.

Supervisor Don Pazynski praised development of the Mountain Bike Trail. In response to questions from him and other supervisors, LeFebvre said actual construction of the mountain bike trail will be in the county's 2022 budget. The goal is to have one trail system with multiple miles of trail, probably at least 10 miles. LeFebvre said there were two responses from very competent providers to their request for proposals to design the trails, and he hopes both will ultimately be involved in the trail design.

County Board also approved revisions to the ATV/UTV ordinance designating the Highway Department as the maintaining authority for highway segments designated as ATV/UTV routes, and requiring requesting clubs and municipalities to pay for necessary signage related to those designations.

County Board also unanimously approved Infrastructure Committee recommendations to designate County Highway X beginning at Right of Way Road and ending at Lake Mary Road all in the Town of Middle Inlet; County Highway G beginning 200 feet west of State Highway 180 and ending at Bagley Road, and County Highway E beginning 700 feet north of State Highway 64 and ending at Rowe Road in the Town of Porterfield as ATV/UTV routes. Use by the recreational vehicles on designated county highways is allowed from May 1 through December 1 each year.

To questions from Supervisor Tom Mailand, Highway Commissioner Eric Burmeister said the routes stop short of the state highways for safety reasons, but are designed to let the vehicles access business places. Wisconsin does not allow ATV/UTV vehicles to operate on state highways.

During time for public comment at the start of the meeting Tom Oldenburg, chairman of the United Constitutionalists of Marinette County, asked for a conversation with county officials on security concerns he has with the Dominion voting machines purchased this year for all Marinette County polling places.

Board Chair John Guarisco told Oldenburg that conversation should be held with a committee, and said after the meeting he, LeFebvre and Corporation Counsel Gale Mattison agreed that discussion would be placed on the agenda for the next Administrative Committee meeting, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 15.

Also during public comment, John Moritz, owner of Goodman Clubhouse, expressed his disapproval of any type of electronic voting machines in Marinette County, saying they should use only actual paper ballots. â€In the next few weeks you're going to find out they (the Dominion machines) are as crooked as they can be, and our last elections were controlled by foreign governments!†Moritz concluded.

Before the meeting adjourned, Supervisor Gale Wanek asked to have information on 980 Sex Offender housing arrangements placed on the agenda for the next County Board meeting, and was told that will be done.

When questioned after the meeting, Guarisco said the 980 Committee had met in closed executive session, and he had been advised they sent a proposal for a residence to the Wisconsin Department of Health and are now awaiting their decision. The deadline set by the state for the county to resolve this issue without facing penalties is July 10.

LeFebvre reported that due to some huge increases in material prices, the Niagara Community Development Block Grant funded project has been amended to only include sidewalks through the city from Dewey Court (County N) to Washington Ave. by Niagara City Hall. The bid for that work was $450,000, and the total grant was $500,000. Planned street improvements connected with the CDBG funding have been removed from the project.


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