space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* AREA GOLF
* AREA TRACK AND FIELD
* M&O Softball
* M&O Baseball
* PHS Alumni Pepper "Fore" Golf Scholarship Outing Set for June 16

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Peshtigo Joins Call For More State Road Aids

In response to a request from the Wisconsin League of Municipalities, the City of Peshtigo's Judiciary Committee on Monday, Aug. 22 approved a resolution calling on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the state legislature to "Just Fix It," in regard to transportation funding. In effect, without saying so, the resolution urges the Legislature to consider increasing registration fees, gas tax, or both, or finding some other way to raise money for transportation needs.

Alderman Mary Lock, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, noted the resolution supports the efforts of Rep. John Nygren of Marinette to find a solution to the funding problem.

The letter from the League of Municipalities says that Nygren, head of the legislature's Finance Committee, is working to find a solution to the state's transportation crisis and they are asking every city and village in Nygren's district to pass the resolution, which calls on the legislature "to find a balanced answer to maintain our critical transportation infrastructure."

City Council is expected to consider the resolution at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Similar resolutions have been gaining approval at recent city, village, town and county government meetings around the state in recent weeks.

The resolution states that according to a recent study commissioned by the Wisconsin Local Government Institute, Wisconsin now ranks in the bottom third of the states in the condition of its highways. It further notes that state funding for local roads has failed to keep up with costs over the past several decades, municipal transportation spending has dropped from $275 per capita in 2000 to $227 in 2012, and levy limits do not allow local government to make up for the deterioration in state funding.

It goes on to say that Wisconsin's over-reliance on borrowing eats away at the state's segregated funding sources - the state gas tax and vehicle registration fees - which increasingly go to pay debt service rather than fund transportation needs, and further says that from a competitive standpoint, "Wisconsin residents pay significantly less than any of its neighbors when you combine the annual cost of the state gas tax and vehicle registration fees."

The Transportation Finance and Policy Commission appointed by the Governor and Legislature clearly found that if Wisconsin does not adjust its user fees, "the condition of our state and local roads as well as local transit systems will deteriorate significantly over the next decade," the resolution states.

In its concluding paragraph, the resolution urges the Governor and legislature to agree on a sustainable solution "that includes a responsible level of bonding and adjusts user fees to adequately and sustainably fund the state's multi-modal transportation system."

At Monday's Finance Committee meeting, Mayor Cathi Malke noted the resolution came from the League of Municipalities, not from Nygren.

Alderman Brigitte Schmidt moved to support the resolution, but Alderman Rich Berth declined to second her motion. "It doesn't really have a plan," he said of the resolution. He said the legislature could chose to increase registration fees, gas tax, etc., and he felt registration fees are already high. He said there are places the state Department of Transportation could cut its spending on state road construction, which would leave more for the municipalities. He said many of the very large projects the state Department of Transportation has been working on for several years, for example the new system in Green Bay, is almost done, and this should free up funds for local road aids.

Lock eventually seconded Schmidt's motion, and Berth very hesitantly voted in favor as well, for unanimous approval.

The committee readily okayed a resolution they had asked Atty. David Spangenberg to draw up to bring the city's residency requirements for employees into line with state law.

In 2005 the city adopted a resolution requiring that all city employes live within a 10-mile radius of the city, but also adopted employee handbook wording that was inconsistent with that rule. Recently the state Supreme Court ruled that governmental units cannot enforce any residency requirements as a condition of employment except that they can require non-volunteer police, firefighters and emergency personnel to live within 15 miles of the boundaries. The new resolution reflects that 15-mile rule for emergency personnel and requires that they maintain an up-to-date record of their residence with the city clerk. The provisions maybe waived by specific action of the Council.

After being assured that the officers affected do not object, the committee agreed to recommend an ordinance amendment changing the position of Assistant Police Chief (currently held by Jared Phillips) to that of lieutenant (at the same pay), and to restore the position of sergeant. Neither the lieutenant position nor the assistant chief position would be union members, but the sergeant position is.

New Police Chief Joe FitzGerald said he is not accustomed to working with an assistant chief in such a small department, and feels having one lieutenant and one sergeant solidifies the chain of command. Having been employed more than 15 years, Officer Rick Badgley is already paid at the level of sergeant although he does not hold the title, and under the new format sergeant responsibilities could be assigned to him.

There currently are no job descriptions for either the sergeant or lieutenant positions, and the Personnel Committee will be asked to prepare them for insertion into the employee handbook and union contract.

At the request of Joseph Krawczyk, owner of Field and Forest Products, Inc., a new business being established in Peshtigo's Pineview Industrial Park to raise specialty mushrooms and mushroom spawn, the committee agreed to recommend changing the name of Hart Industrial Drive to simply Hart Drive. There are no other businesses or residences on Hart Industrial Drive, so Krawczyk is the only one who will be affected at this time.The new spawn producing business will be in addition to Krawczyk's mushroom farm in the Town of Peshtigo.

Krawczyk had previously petitioned the city for an address more "green" than that conjured by "Hart Industrial Drive," but city officials wanted to retain the name in memory of the Hart family, who had significant impact on the economic growth of the city.

Krawczyk at that time had thought he could change the orientation of his building to gain an address on Elm Street but because of setback rules and to maintain the integrity of a dune on the site that makes it so desirable for his business needs, they had been unable to alter the "footprint" to make the building front on Elm Street.

He said removing the word "industrial" from the street name "satisfies our business needs while also remembering Mr. Hart's contribution to the community."

The committee approved the idea, and discussion turned to mechanics of what needs to be done to make it happen. Atty. Spangenberg said since it is part of a recorded plat there will be recording fees, and Krawczyk said if there are associated costs, he will take care of them, "It's a cost of doing business. Spangenberg said any charges would be for recording fees, etc., but there will be no charges for his time.

Malke said she had again received a request from Gary Semrau to be allowed to ride his 3-wheel ATV on city streets. She explained that Semrau, who is handicapped and has told them he needs the vehicle to get around, had been refused permission by the Police and License Committee. "We all agreed it would be a wonderful thing if we could work it out," Malke said, but added that would mean opening the streets to everyone who wanted to ride an ATV, and could create dangerous situations.

Schmidt said a mother had asked her if her son could be allowed to ride his "long board", a version of skateboard, on sidewalks to school. That request too will be on the agenda for the next committee meeting.

There was brief discussion on need to address use of the Skate Park, to make it more user-inclusive, and that led to discussion on who actually owns the Skate Park.

Public Works Director George Cowell said they need to clean up the ordinance governing the Water and Sewer Board. The ordinance calls for three members but in fact it has long functioned as a 5-member board. He found the discrepancy when preparing documentation for the report to the state on a sewer overflow problem a few months ago.

That issue too will be on the agenda for a future Judiciary Committee meeting.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
04-26-2017Community - Wausaukee
Town of Wausaukee Approves Addition to Building Ordinance

04-26-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Group Plans to Start Sportsman's Club

04-26-2017Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire, Rescue to Offer Scholarship

04-26-2017Community - Wausaukee
Village Changes Zoning From Ag to Residential

04-26-2017Community - Crivitz
Poppy Days Are May 17-28

04-26-2017Community - Crivitz
CBA/CRA Community Events Now Online

04-26-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Craftfest Set for May 6th

04-26-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Zoning Board Meeting on May 23rd

04-26-2017Community - Coleman
Community Rummage Sale Slated May 19, 20

04-26-2017Community - Coleman
Village of Pound Car Show Set for June 24

04-26-2017Community - Coleman
Lioness Meat Raffle April 30

04-26-2017Community - Coleman
Village Board To Meet May 1

04-26-2017Front Page
Joint Finance Hears State Budget Concerns At Hearing In Marinette

04-26-2017Front Page
State Selects Pound As Home For Sex Offenders

04-26-2017Front Page
Town Of Peshtigo Appoints Holterman New Supervisor

04-26-2017Front Page
Towns Association Urges Broadband Connections

04-26-2017Front Page
State New Owner Of Popular Peshtigo River Access Site

04-26-2017Sports
AREA GOLF

04-26-2017Sports
AREA TRACK AND FIELD

04-26-2017Sports
M&O Softball

04-26-2017Sports
M&O Baseball

04-26-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-26-2017Perspectives
From Our Readers

04-26-2017Perspectives
From My Window

04-26-2017Obituaries
Glen N. Belongia

04-26-2017Obituaries
Allan A. Chaloupka

04-26-2017Obituaries
Donald M. Chapman

04-26-2017Obituaries
Claudine Conrad

04-26-2017Obituaries
Janet C. Christian

04-26-2017Obituaries
Kim Y. Chung, M.D.

04-26-2017Obituaries
Charles W. Clarke

04-26-2017Obituaries
Glenn C. Feifarek

04-26-2017Obituaries
Willard P. Frederiksen

04-26-2017Obituaries
Wayne R. Funk

04-26-2017Obituaries
Lynn M. Heise

04-26-2017Obituaries
Gloria C. Henneman-O'Meara

04-26-2017Obituaries
Donald Jakups

04-26-2017Obituaries
Susan M. Meyer

04-26-2017Obituaries
Elda Miller

04-26-2017Obituaries
Aaron J. Morois

04-26-2017Obituaries
Jessie Anna Neyens

04-26-2017Obituaries
Wanda F. Osterberg

04-26-2017Obituaries
John R. Peshek

04-26-2017Obituaries
Forest Phillips Sr.

04-26-2017Obituaries
Eileen M. Polzin

04-26-2017Obituaries
Evelyn Quist

04-26-2017Obituaries
Margaret Rhodes

04-26-2017Obituaries
George F. Schmidt 

04-26-2017Obituaries
Jeffrey M. Schoenwalder

04-26-2017Obituaries
Garth R. Seehawer

04-26-2017Obituaries
Laurel Stepien

04-26-2017Obituaries
Gerald C. White

04-19-2017Obituaries
Regina Waciak

04-19-2017Obituaries
Marcella F. Tebo

04-19-2017Obituaries
Donald J. Paasch

04-19-2017Obituaries
David P. LeRoy

04-19-2017Obituaries
Ruby M. Harring

04-19-2017Obituaries
Donna Belle Gropp

04-19-2017Obituaries
Joan Ernst

04-19-2017Obituaries
Otto A. Delzer

04-19-2017Obituaries
Mary Witt

04-19-2017Obituaries
Christine Wasbotten

04-19-2017Obituaries
Kim M. Seizyk-Trudell

04-19-2017Obituaries
June E. Tordeur

04-19-2017Obituaries
Mary Smiltneek

04-19-2017Obituaries
Jerald O. Schulz

04-19-2017Obituaries
Nancy J. Schuette

04-19-2017Obituaries
James L. Pileggi

04-19-2017Obituaries
Arlene E. Peterson

04-19-2017Obituaries
Julie A. Patton

04-19-2017Obituaries
Emma A. Mueller

04-19-2017Obituaries
John Montevideo, Jr.

04-19-2017Obituaries
Emily A. McBride

04-19-2017Obituaries
Kathleen A. Darrow 

04-19-2017Obituaries
James J. Anderle 

04-19-2017Obituaries
Helen  M. Wright 

04-19-2017Obituaries
Carol J. Tebo

04-19-2017Obituaries
Joseph K. Orlando      

04-19-2017Obituaries
Ann G. Knope

04-19-2017Obituaries
Denny Dunn

04-19-2017Obituaries
Georgene Ann Duellman

04-19-2017Sports
PHS Alumni Pepper "Fore" Golf Scholarship Outing Set for June 16

04-19-2017Sports
Bulldog Track & Field Teams Claim Multi-Team Meets

04-19-2017Sports
Peshtigo Refuses to Relinquish 1st

04-19-2017Sports
Coleman and Niagara to Play for Top Spot in M&O

04-19-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-19-2017Perspectives
From our readers

04-19-2017Perspectives
From My Window

04-19-2017Community - Wausaukee
Legion Auxiliary Unit 66 Has 65 Paid Members

04-19-2017Community - Wausaukee
Hearing Discontinue Town Public Way

04-19-2017Community - Wausaukee
Presbyterian Churches List Worship Leaders

04-19-2017Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Town Board Awards Roads Bids

04-19-2017Community - Crivitz
Country Gospel Jam April 21

04-19-2017Community - Crivitz
Benefit Golf Scramble at Crivitz on June 10th

04-19-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Elementary WPTO 5K Run/Walk May 13th

04-19-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Craftfest Set for May 6th

04-19-2017Community - Coleman
Chickens, Garden Topics at Library

04-19-2017Community - Coleman
Sonny Seymour To Mark Third Birthday

04-19-2017Community - Coleman
Community Rummage Sale Slated May 19, 20

04-19-2017Community - Coleman
Equity Club Re-Elects Officers at Annual Meet

04-19-2017Front Page
Puncer Open Raised $3400 for Charities

04-19-2017Front Page
Tricia Grebin Seated On Marinette County Board

04-19-2017Front Page
Proposed State Budget Good For Peshtigo School Finances

04-19-2017Front Page
Peshtigo Chamber Announces 2017 Persons of the Year

04-19-2017Front Page
Denise Wiedemeier Assumes Role as New Town of Peshtigo Chair

04-12-2017Front Page
Convenience Store Burglars Caught After 2-Day Chase

04-12-2017Front Page
Citizens School Building Committee Meets April 17

04-12-2017Front Page
Peshtigo Council To Reorganize April 18

04-12-2017Front Page
Auditor: 2016 Was Good Year For City of Peshtigo Budget

04-12-2017Front Page
CBA/CRA Salute Nick Witt as 2017 "Person of the Year"

04-12-2017
Silver Cliff Card Party Honorees

04-12-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Board Meeting April 18

04-12-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Jr/Sr High School 3rd Quarter Honor Roll Listed

04-12-2017Community - Wausaukee
Writers Lunch at Wausauke

04-12-2017Community - Crivitz
SC Fire, Rescue to Offer Scholarship

04-12-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Craftfest Set for May 6th

04-12-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Egg Hunt Apr. 15

04-12-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Middle School 3rd Quarter Honor Rolls Listed

04-12-2017Community - Coleman
Fish Fry Good Friday at Equity

04-12-2017Community - Coleman
Pound Hillside North Family Easter Event

04-12-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman High School 3rd Quarter Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance

04-12-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Middle School Lists 3rd Quarter Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance

04-12-2017Sports
Marines Fall Twice in NEC, Oconto Falls Splits Games

04-12-2017Sports
AREA GOLF

04-12-2017Sports
AREA TRACK AND FIELD

04-12-2017Sports
M&O Softball

04-12-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-12-2017Perspectives
From our readers

04-12-2017Perspectives
From My Window

04-12-2017Obituaries
Thomas J. Ausloos

04-12-2017Obituaries
Carol J. Blomquist

04-12-2017Obituaries
Richard C. Baribeau

04-12-2017Obituaries
David W. Cain

04-12-2017Obituaries
Frederick J. Charles

04-12-2017Obituaries
Judith Corey

04-12-2017Obituaries
Norman Damp

04-12-2017Obituaries
Viola Jashinsky

04-12-2017Obituaries
Randy I. Konell

04-12-2017Obituaries
JoAnn Kowalkowski 

04-12-2017Obituaries
Jerome M. Lemsky

04-12-2017Obituaries
David P. LeRoy

04-12-2017Obituaries
Henry R. Miller

04-12-2017Obituaries
Elizabeth C. Olsheske

04-12-2017Obituaries
John P. Przewrocki

04-12-2017Obituaries
Bernice B. Stone 

04-12-2017Obituaries
Carol J. Wyttenback

04-06-2017Obituaries
David Yudes

04-06-2017Obituaries
Helen Weinschrott

04-06-2017Obituaries
Eugene Tachick

04-06-2017Obituaries
Kenneth H. Rosner


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think President Trump being tough with North Korea is the thing to do?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2017
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites