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

Town of Peshtigo Okays Committee Appointments

Road work and committee appointments comprised most of the business for Peshtigo Town Board at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Prompted by Town Chair Herman Pottratz, Treasurer Vilas Schroeder reported that since the town installed new LED exterior lights about eight months ago they have been saving over $90 a month on the light bill.

Without dissent the board approved a number of reappointments as proposed by Pottratz. Tim Oestreich, Joyce Buchman, Thomas Russell, Jim Deveich and alternate Leo Krivickas were returned to the Plan Commission for terms ending on March 31, 2020; Don Wahl was approved for a new Fire Commission term ending on April 30, 2020, and Wayne Gerondale and Edward Kowalski were returned to the Board of Appeals for terms ending on Jan. 21, 2020.

Without dissent the board approved paying the town's $5,5005.76 share to participate in the state's Fire Department Service Award program. In that program the state matches the town's contribution to the fund that provides retirement pay to longtime volunteer firefighters based on the number of years they have served. The town has been part of the program since it began several years ago

"Being on the fire department is no picnic...They're called out at all hours of the night, fighting fires, pulling cars out of ditches, keeping people safe," commented Pottratz before casting his vote in favor. Supervisor Mark Monnette abstained from voting because he is a member of the fire department. Supervisors Dan Van Beek and Dan Staudenmaier voted in favor. Supervisor Denise Wiedemeier was absent because she is out of the state.

At the end of November the town had a healthy balance in its winter maintenance account for roads, but that changed with the weather in December. Monnette, who is in charge of road work, reported they put 150 tons of salt and sand on town roads in December, and people still were complaining. "I hate to see what January's bills will look like," he added, partly in reference to the previous night's freezing rain and the number of snow storms already since the first of the month.

That led to a general discussion on people's expectations in regard to winter road conditions. Monnette recalled the town used to just salt and sand hills, curves and intersections, but now the public demands that the entire road be salted. "People need to slow down and drive," he commented.

Bruce Vogeltanz, who was present with his wife Gayle and neighbors Harold and Elizabeth Myers to discuss getting Brooke Road converted from a private road to a town road, asked to speak on the winter maintenance issue.

Vogeltanz said he moved to the town from Menominee County five years ago, "and the roads are 100 percent better here than they are in either the city or county of Menominee...You guys do a wonderful job!" It's amazing how good the roads are here, they're wonderful!"

"The people in our town are spoiled," Monnette agreed.

Pottratz said the town has been working with Marinette County on road projects, and said County Highway Commissioner Ray Palonen does a good job.

Pottratz particularly praised Road King for their handling of the winter plowing operations and other work. "He's fussier than the dickens," Pottratz commented. "We've got to commend him for the good job he does!"

Monnette reported briefly on road work done in 2016 and projects planned for 2017.

The 2016 work included Kutz Road, small portions of Cleveland Ave., part of Hale Road, and Spitzmacher Road. In 2017, paving is planned for small sections of Leaf Road, Rehms Road, Old Peshtigo Road, and Rader Road. Shouldering will be done on Frontage and Madsen Roads. They may put more gravel on Spitzmacher Road to build up the base so it can be paved again in future.

Ditching work will be done as needed. Monnette said they may buy the used sign truck from Marinette County and a new mower for the Tiger tractor that will extend into the ditch.

"With the cost of blacktop, we can only do small sections," Monnette declared. "We can't keep up with what should be done. We're falling behind year after year!"

At the start of the meeting Pottratz said he had been contacted by Mrs. Vogeltanz and Mrs. Myers on the possibility of getting Brooke Lane turned into a town road rather than a private drive. The agenda was amended to include discussion on that issue.

Pottratz said Brooke Lane has been a problem for several years. The person who had owned the property built the subdivision and sold lots with 99 year easements for use of Brooke Lane. It was basically built to town standards but was never paved. Since then, the property on which Brooke Lane is located has been sold several times, but the road remains private, which means the town does not take care of snow plowing or other maintenance. At least one former owner kept the road plowed but the new owner does not.

Pottratz also said the person who owns a private road also has liability if anyone gets injured on it. The property on which Brooke Lane is located is currently owned by Mike Marineau, but his name was not mentioned at the meeting.

There are similar situations elsewhere in the town, Pottratz said. One he cited was Kuran Lane, which was taken over by Marinette County when the owner let it go for back taxes, and apparently is not currently maintained as a road by anyone. The county continues to own it, and continues to bear the liability. However, he said, the residents like their lane and do not want it changed.

As to Brooke Lane, Pottratz said if the people who live on it and have easements for its use can get the owner to give it to them, it could be blacktopped, with the residents getting special assessments to pay the bill over a 5 year period with very low interest. He said the road was built to town road standards, except that it was never paved.

Clerk Clarence Coble said the county will not accept the road right of way as a parcel unless it is surveyed, which will apparently need to be included in the road improvement costs shared by the people who own property on the road. He said everything could be done at once. The town would agree to get the paving done and the adjoining land owners would agree to pay for it.

An alternative would be for the adjoining land owners to get the current owner to deed the road to them and share the costs of plowing, etc., in which case it could remain a private road and remain unpaved.

One of the ladies involved said when they bought their house they did not know it was a private road, and the person who owns the road did not know he owned it.

Asked if they could just leave the road gravel, Monnette said in accord with town ordinance, it has to be blacktopped and built to town standards before the town will accept it. Asked if the ordinance could be changed, Monnette asked, "Why would we?"

Pottratz said changing the ordinance would require approval of the whole town board and the Plan Commission.

Coble said since the ordinance was passed several former private roads have been brought up to standards and blacktopped in order for the town to accept them, and for the town to accept an unpaved road now would be a slap in the face to them.

One of the ladies said if the road remains unplowed the fire department and ambulance could not get to them, and they have been notified their mail will not be delivered if the road is hazardous.

Monnette assured her the fire department would get in, and they have a mile of hose, but rescue squad access could be an issue.

One of the men asked if the repayment time could be extended from five years to seven, which he felt would be better for property owners on fixed incomes. He said with the estimated paving costs, each property owner would need to pay about $1,000 a year to get it paid back in five years.

"Why can't you just leave it gravel?" asked LeRoy Spitzmacher. "You ground up Spitzmacher Road and left it that way." That led to brief talk about the Spitzmacher Road work, which board members said was done to eliminate pot holes.

"This has been going on for several years and we want to get it settled," declared Pottratz.

It was finally agreed that the town should send a letter to the owner. Van Beek felt that would convince the owner that they are serious. Pottratz said the town board could offer to meet with the owner to work out the details.

"That's a good start," Myers remarked.

In other action, the board set the next meeting date for Tuesday, Feb. 14 because of the Spring primary election on Tuesday, Feb. 21, the regular meeting date. They agreed to advertise for quotes for the audit that was approved in the 2017 budget, with acceptance scheduled for the March meeting.

The board unanimously agreed to allow Debby Smith of Brushes and Canvas, LLC to continue using the Community Room at the town hall for classes. All had gone well over the six month trial period that was just completed, and Smith enthusiastically said she would like to continue.

Assistant Fire Chief Rich Seils reported they had two calls in December, one for a tree down and one to a MABAS alarm to help the City of Marinette with a fire. There are three new members in training that should be done by the end of February.

Schroeder, who is a supervisor on Marinette County Board, reported that two weeks ago the board lost an excellent member with the death of Vice Chair Kathy Just. "She had a wealth of knowledge," he declared. "She was a super lady who had the welfare of the county at heart. It's hard to lose her!"

Van Beek reported all is going well at the Recycling Center. He said the new shelter is working well, and traffic moves smoothly through the site as a result of improvements made last summer and fall.


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