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Town Of Peshtigo Appoints Holterman New Supervisor
A special meeting of the Town of Peshtigo board was held on Tuesday April 25 to appoint a Supervisor 3 to fill the vacancy created when incumbent Denise Weidemeier was elected chairperson. The committee needed to make a decision so the new supervisor can get acclimated for the upcoming spring clean up day on Saturday, May 13.
Weidemeir commented that the board was very fortunate to have four excellent candidates interested in the position. They were:
Rebecca Demarce, who is active in the community, involved in many school functions and takes a hands on approach;
Dr. Steven Schulke, who owns Peshtigo Chiropractic and has been in practice for 30 years. He is a former member of the Emergency Rescue Squad Board of Directors and an active member of the Peshtigo Lions Club;
Tom Holterman, who is a retired teacher of industrial education, at risk and special needs children and regular education. He also has experience as a Civil Technician and Surveyors Helper, which involved mapping, land surveying and street, water and sewer construction projects;
Carl Jaeger has moved to the area and has an interest in politics and becoming involved in the community. He has two young children and is settled in the area. He would like to take an active role on the town board.
Weidemeier said the main focus for her tenure is to have a board that can get along well and make decisions as a team. She said "Communication is key," along with keeping the best interest of the town residents in mind in the decisions they make.
Weidemeier told the board she had struggled with the appointment, having a choice of four very qualified candidates with positive feedback from the community and with each having an impressive resume. After she considered all of their qualities and credentials, her final decision was for Tom Holterman.
Holterman will finish the term of Weidemeier's Supervisor 3 seat which runs through April of 2018. He will be responsible for supervising the three employees of the Recycling Center. Those interested in running for the position then will have an opportunity to file in December of 2017.
In further discussion about the Recycling Center, it was incorrectly stated in the April 19 edition of the Peshtigo Times in reference to the 9,606 pounds of TVs and electronics collected that the town received $2,800 as income. That should have been stated that this was an expense paid out of $2,800 and not as an income.
With Holterman now in the Supervisor 3 seat, Weidemeier hopes he can find a less expensive way to recycle electronics and items the town pays to dispose of. At present it costs the town $35 for each microwave disposed of. Holterman said he recycled a microwave and some other items with Bill Harris of Menominee and Harris picked them up for free. There is also another private party recycler in Menominee who offers this service.
Another option Weidemeier suggested was to put recycling on the tax roll with free recycling and garbage pickup to Town of Peshtigo residents and the the town is responsible for removal of all electronics that need to be disposed of.
Spring Clean-up Day will be held on Saturday, May 13 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An ID and town sticker is required and will be checked for anyone wanting to dispose of their recyclables.
Items accepted that day will be normal recycling items, cardboard, paper, plastics, metal or steel, yard waste brush/branches up to 4" in diameter, tires with a limit of four per household, appliances with a limit of one freon appliance per household and TVs/electronics with a limit of one per household.
Anything over the limit can be disposed of at the regular recycling cost which can be found in the Town of Peshtigo flyer or on the website. A full list of requirements can be found at www.townofpeshtigo.org or by email to the town hall at email@example.com
Mulch will be given free and an employee will be on site with equipment to load the mulch into truck or trailer.
Up to this point, former chair, Herman Pottratz has allowed the town to use his personal trailer to transport the lawnmower for grass cutting at the parks, but now the town now needs to purchase a trailer, Weidemeier said. Town of Peshtigo employee, Keith Swallow did research for a trailer that would best fit the town needs and received quotes. The trailer will also be available for fire department use. The cost of the trailer chosen will be $1,175 and purchase was approved.