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Cranberry Street Project Comes In Under Budget

Issue Date: December 3, 2021

At the City of Peshtigo Streets and Drainage meeting on Monday, Nov. 29, Public Works Director George Cowell announced that the Cranberry Avenue improvement project came in under budget.

After a final change order with several adjustments from PTS Contractors of Green Bay, the contract was below budget by $15,908.64.

After reviewing the 2021 fee schedules in preparation for the 2022 scheduling, many items stayed the same with the exception of five items pertaining to Streets and Drainage including Well Permits going from $5 per five years to $50 per five years. Cowell said, "It makes sense to raise this fee with having to send notices to residents, have to do an inspection and sometimes there is a need to follow up if there is no response".

Other changes include opening connecting private drain or sewer with public from $10 to $50; Street Use Permit went from $5 to $20; Driveway permits from $5 to $25, with Natural Lawn Permit staying the same at $25.

The committee also discussed the dumpster fee schedule for disposing of various recycling items. Again most fees stayed the same as prior with the exception of computer monitors going from $5 to $10; TVs from $15 to $25 and partially salvaged/ dismantled TV's from $20 each to $35.00 each.

Cowell stated "There is a lot of work dealing with TV's but the $25 fee should be enough and we can monitor and adjust if need be".

All the suggested edits will be forwarded to Council for further discussion and / or final approval.

As a reminder, items that are not accepted for disposal in the dumpster include: Building demolition debris, roofing, plaster and sheetrock, bricks or blocks, floor tile, treated lumber, liquid paint, brush, stumps, gas tanks and propane tanks.

Also, waste will not be accepted at the Department of Public Works Dumpster Area from residential building contractors, commercial contractors, commercial businesses or industrial facilities.

Recyclable items accepted includes, aluminum cans, metal cans, papers, magazines, newspapers, cardboard, #1 and #2 plastics and glass containers.

In his report, Cowell said, "The leaves in the streets have been picked up and we are hoping to get a break in the weather to get the piles of leaves out of the alleys. We are in the process of putting up the decorative ornaments and garland". He also stated, "If there is a want for Fall banners, you may need to replace what we have".

Cowell added, "The Cranberry Street projected is completed. We will be finalizing the plans by June 7 for the West Park Drive and we anticipate to start that project after school is out for the summer. We also put in a grant application for a couple of blocks of repairs also. We are in the process of getting ready for snow and put the wings on the plows. We also helped with removal of the planted pots and benches".

Cowell also commented Garbage pickup is going well but did mention that residents need to leave four feet between the garbage and the recycling containers for easier maneuvering and so the bins don't get damaged. Another issue was the containers being put to close to parked vehicles making it very difficult or unable for the truck to pick up the container.

The next meeting of Streets and Drainage is Monday, Jan. 10 at 3 p.m.

The Fire Lighting and Building Committee meeting then followed the Finance and Claims meeting starting with discussion of the Building Inspector fees. It was mentioned by Clerk Treasurer Tammy Kasal that we can set the fees and it is a 90/10 split with the building inspector getting 90% of the fee and the City receiving the 10% balance of the fee.

Alderperson Katie Berman stated, she did check with other municipalities and his fee schedule for a Razing permit is $55 versus $125 in other municipalities. Mayor Cathi Malke interjected, "We do not pay Smith for anything he does and we have already had two home owners that had to take their home down because they were so bad. He does not get paid for any of that work he does for us other than the percentage. We ask him other things over and above and he doesn't charge us for those other things that he does. He does a lot out of good will work at no charge to the City".

Behrendt asked, "How do the fees for us compare with other municipalities"? Smith commented, Less than some, more than a few and some are in more rural areas. The city is different because you have a lot more ordinances than townships do. The fees are all pretty close other than that and pretty much in reason and very close to other comparable areas. It is good to have a sliding scale on roofing and accessory buildings because why should a resident pay the same amount for a small shed versus someone with a larger building".

Smith added, "I am not a commercial inspector and there is not a lot of commercial stuff. That is a whole different set of licenses. The State inspector will take care of that, it falls under their realm. There are a lot of expired building permits out there that need to be taken care of but we work on the hardest most dangerous ones first, but some of the others do need attention at this point as well".

Fire Chief Chuck Gardon commented to Smith, "You had mentioned you don't do commercial permits, my question is how can you issue a commercial building permit and site plan if you are not able to do commercial buildings".

Smith said "I can enforce city ordinances but not the commercial uniform code". Gardon replied, "I think before a commercial building permit is issued, there should be a plan given to you of what is going to be going in there so you can determine whether or not a commercial building permit should be issued".

The discussion was then tabled to be put on the next agenda to be held on Monday, Jan. 10 at 4 p.m. for further discussion and action. It was approved to leave the fee schedule as listed with no changes.




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