THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Fish Viewing Platform Gets Tentative Nod
It appears very likely that the proposed fish viewing platform across the Peshtigo River just below the dam at the paper mill will become a reality. At its meeting on Tuesday,Oct. 4, Peshtigo City Council without dissent voted in favor of a Finance Committee recommendation to move forward with the engineering design provided a minimum of $7,983, 75 percent of the needed funds, can be raised through donations. If that happens, the remaining $2,661 is to come from the Parks and Recreation Department budget if needed.
Parks and Recreation Director David Zahn said a meeting of the fund raising committee was scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 at City Hall. BPM, Inc. has already promised a $10,000 contribution to make the project a reality.
If built, the platform will utilize some concrete pillars that used to support a mill walkway across the Peshtigo River.
Before the vote Alderman Mary Lock asked if they know the city's deadline for use of the grant already received to construct the platform, and Zahn said they have until June 30, 2017.
Mayor Cathi Malke pointed out that BPM, Inc. is under a different time constraint for removal of the pillars if they are not going to be used for the viewing platform.
Lock said she would like to know what it will cost the mill to remove the pillars should the fish viewing platform not be built.
However, vote was called without the question answered and the project will apparently go forward.
Zahn reported the snowmobile trail through Badger Park is complete. The gates are in where needed and the wood chips are down,
Zahn said, but indicated he hopes the snow needed to use the trail won't arrive for a while.
Zahn reported the Badger Park Campground will close for the season on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Water lines will be drained by then for the winter. He thanked campground hosts Bob and Kay VanVooren for doing a good job there again this year.
There are some Halloween events planned for Badger Park campers on Friday, and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8. One of the event is a costume contest, and Zahn asked for volunteers, with or without costumes of their own, to help with the costume judging at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Council authorized trick or treating in the city from 4 to 6 p.m. on Halloween, which is Monday, Oct. 31.
Over strongly voiced objections from City Engineer George Cowell Council approved a Personnel Committee recommendation that trims a part time worker from the Public Works Department. Cowell said in addition to that cut, he is losing the help of the Experience Works helper who was employed through that program at no cost to the city.
Expressing thanks for his many years of service, Council accepted the resignation of Andrew T. Bergeson from his position on the City Crew effective Wednesday, Oct. 5 and authorized Cowell to advertise for a replacement.
They also accepted the resignation of part-time employee Gary A. Martin, but voted in favor of the Personnel Committee's decision to not fill the position at this time.
Cowell said Council could override the committee recommendation if they chose, but they chose not to.
He said he will live with whatever they decide, but may need to cut some services to do it.
Sale of a second lot in the Industrial Park to Field and Forest Products was for $5,720 for their new buildings was approved after Alderperson Tom Gryzwa assured them the new owner will start a building on both lots within the two year time allowed. He said because of the business name and the nature of their products (wild mushrooms) they are trying to preserve as much of the forested area as possible, and alignment of the buildings requires the second lot.
Carol Belonga was approved as a commissioner on the Peshtigo Housing Authority for a five year term, from 2016-2021.
Dan Seymour was approved to fill a vacancy on the UDAG/RLF Committee created by the resignation of Mark Hannon, who is moving out of the city.