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Crivitz May Qualify For State Emergency Aid

Crivitz and areas around it were hard hit by the storms on Sunday, June 11 into the morning of Monday, June 12. Wind and lightning damage created a great deal of work for village employees and emergency responders.

At the monthly meeting of the village's Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, June 13, Village President John Deschane had high praise for everyone involved in the work during and after the storm.

"All our employees deserve a massive round of applause for the way they handled themselves," Deschane declared. He specifically thanked Public Works Superintendent Glen Franzen, Fire Chief Rudi Jensen, Public Works Employee Greg Gocht, Police Chief Mike Frievalt, Police Officer Dave Pusek, Assistant Fire Chief Luke Deschane and all the firefighters for their part in restoring services and keeping the village safe in the wake of 60-mile an hour winds that damaged some buildings and downed trees, downed electric wires and created widespread power outages.

"I'd like to commend these people. They did an excellent job and I'm proud of them, and they deserve to be thanked," Deschane repeated.

There was still one unit of the fire department out at 7 p.m. Monday, Assistant Fire Chief Deschane told the committee.

Clerk/Treasurer Marilyn Padgett said she had been contacted by Kathy Frank of the Marinette County Emergency Managaement Office in regard to applying for emergency state aid to help cover costs of cleaning up after the storm. She said they only need to reach a threshold of $3.61 per resident to qualify. She felt they would do that easily, but there is a considerable amount of work involved in documenting expenses. If the threshold is reached the village can be compensated for overtime employee hours, contractor expenses, and use of machinery reimbursed at regular DNR rates. Every employee must be identified by name and hours worked. She is preparing the reports. "I'm convinced we'll easily have that amount," Padgett repeated.

Deschane said Franzen had suggested holding a post-event meeting for village employees to talk about what they did and how it worked, what went right, and what could be done better. He agreed a post-event discussion was a good idea, and said he particularly wanted Franzen, Jensen, Frievalt, Luke Deschane and all full time village employees to be there. Date will be set for that meeting, and there will be a follow-up discussion at the July Public Safety Committee meeting.

Padgett said they need to do some work on the village's Emergency Response plan in regard to contacting elderly and disabled village residents.

Deschane agreed, and said the contact list of elderly and disabled residents who should be checked on regularly needs to be updated to remove those who are deceased or have moved away, and add new names to the list.

Padgett said they also need to add a definition of who is to contact these people, especially after an event like the storm. She added the village Emergency Response plan says those on the list are to be contacted by village workers in pairs, but does not specify who the "pairs" should be.

"Public works, law enforcement, fire department ...We had all hands on deck after the storm this weekend," Deschane declared. He said none of them were available to do the contacting. Padgett agreed, and said the people responsible for doing the contacting would not necessarily even need to be village employees. She and Deschane had checked on some of the names on the list, but not all of them. That subject too will be on a future agenda.

Agenda forth meeting had included discussion and possible action on the Sex offender Residency Restriction Ordinance and a Drone Ordinance, but both were postponed until next month because reports were not received back from Village Attorney Richard Boren.

Padgett said they are in the process of revising the village's existing Sex Offender residency ordinance to bring it into compliance with the new state law. (The new law governing sex offender residency went into effect on Jan. 1 of this year.) That law, Padgett added, "has pretty much taken the teeth out of any local ordinance." She had referred that issue and the proposed Drone ordinance over to Boren to be put into ordinance form, but he has not completed work on them. Both issues will be on the July agenda.

After considerable discussion the Committee agreed to put the fire department's 1984 Chevrolet diesel 4X4 on display at the fire station for sale for $5,000 or the highest acceptable offer. Proceeds are to go into the fire department's vehicle replacement fund. Luke Deschane wondered if they should put it on the state's auction site, but committee members felt a direct sale without a percentage seller's fee would be a better choice. The Fire Department is replacing that truck with a 2008 Ford F250 passed along from the Public Works Department.

Luke Deschane said the fire department is hoping for a state grant to pay for red flasher warning lights instead of the amber ones now on the unit and for painting the vehicle to go with the Fire Department. They also are hoping for a DNR grant next year to pay for a removable "skid unit" for the back of that truck that includes a 150-gallon water tank, pump and hoses to be used for fighting wild fires within the village limits. Deschane is to come back next month with a quote for the cost of replacing the emergency lights and painting and re-lettering the unit.

Luke Deschane and Rudi Jensen were authorized to attend the State Fire Chief's annual conference to be held this year in Green Bay. Due to the proximity, they will not be staying overnight for the event, which runs from Thursday, June 22 through Saturday, June 24. He said cost will not exceed $494.

The committee also approved some purchases and routine bills, and received monthly police and fire reports. Those present for the meeting included Padgett, John and Luke Deschane, trustees Kurt Kostig, Fred Franzen, and Committee Chair, Trustee Duane Swanson.


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