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Koronkiewicz Will Retire As City Clerk/Treasurer May 18

Issue Date: January 3, 2018

At its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2, Peshtigo City Council reluctantly accepted the resignation of Clerk/Treasurer Vicki Koronkiewicz effective on May 18. They agreed to advertise for a replacement as soon as possible after the Personnel Committee discusses the position and the quest for someone to fill it.

Alderman Mike Behnke, Chair of the Personnel Committee, stressed that he wants to get someone hired in time for Koronkiewicz to train before she leaves city employ.

Mayor Cathi Malke said Koronkiewicz had told her some time ago that she planned to retire, and asked how much advance notice she should give.

"I told her three months," Malke said, "but I realize now that even six months might not be enough."

There were few attempts to reject the motion accepting her retirement, but it was approved without dissent, and with comments that she will be missed.

Aldermen Mary Lock and Tom Gryzwa had announced at the December Council meeting that they will be leaving the council when their terms expire in April. Agenda for Tuesday's Council meeting had included provision for drawing names for ballot position, but that was not necessary. Mayor Malke and incumbent District 1 Alderperson Jillian Schutte are unopposed in bids for return to office. Archer Leup is the sole candidate for the District 3 Alderman post being vacated by Lock, and John Berndt faces no competition as a candidate for the District 2 post being vacated by Gryzwa.

They also accepted the resignation of Police Officer Andrew VandeBerg, with regrets, effective Thursday, Jan. 4. He has accepted a position with Oconto County Sheriffs Department.

On recommendation of Police Chief Joseph FitzGerald Council unanimously agreed to hire Steven Kessler to fill the full time position that VandeBerg is leaving. Kessler, son of former Marinette County Sheriff Mike Kessler, had been a Peshtigo Police Officer for over four years before resigning to accept a position in the police force in Waunakee.

Kessler later returned to Peshtigo and has been working part time for the Peshtigo Police Department for several months. His pay as a full time officer for the department will be $21 per hour for the remainder of his 6-month probationary period, after which he will return to the pay grade he held previously.

Malke welcomed Kessler back as a full time officer for the city. She said it will give city officials more opportunity to see his parents, and added that he understands that public safety, law enforcement and health are the priorities of the City of Peshtigo.

On recommendation of the Personnel and Finance committees, and as recommended by Chief FitzGerald, Council agreed to raise pay of the Police Lieutenant to $25.38 per hour by using money that would otherwise have gone to give FitzGerald a 1 percent raise.

Council accepted an offer from Tatem Schroeder to purchase a 1.24 acre parcel in Pine View Industrial Park north of Hwy. 41 for $2,480, contingent on construction in accord with state approved site plans. Schroeder has told city officials he is planning to build a showroom to display products his N.E.W. Schroeder Construction Company, LLC. can use in construction projects.

At the meeting Gryzwa asked that the motion approving the sale include requirement for an approved site plan. "We've been burned out there before," he commented.

City Attorney Dave Spangenberg said due to size of the building Schroeder needs state approved plans, so the motion was amended to include a requirement for state approved plans.

Malke noted that John M. Bayer has again formally asked that his property be switched from city jurisdiction to the Town of Peshtigo. Malke noted that the first time he came to them with that request he had been given a list of things he would need to do first. She said he has done some, but other things remain to be completed. Spangenberg said he was told by the city building inspector that most of the work on the property is done, including the certified survey, but Bayer now will need to start again from scratch to fulfill legal requirements, including the mandatory public hearings.

Without discussion, Council approved proclaiming the week of Jan. 21 through 27 as School Choice Week. Gov. Scot Walker had issued a similar proclamation for the state.

Parks and Recreation Director David Zahn reported he and County Conservationist Chuck Druckrey will be in Madison on Tuesday, Jan. 30 to present their grant application for Fish Viewing Platform funding to the Wisconsin Council on Coastal Management.

Public Works Director George Cowell reported problems with winter freeze-ups have already begun.

Before December ended one frozen water main and two laterals had to be thawed. "The temperatures we've been having are not helpful," he declared.

He said there have been short work weeks and employee vacations but they managed to get their work done. Brush and leaf removal was hampered by an early snowstorm that made it necessary to use the loader to dig brush out of the snow so they could haul it away.

Gryzwa and others complimented the young men working on the back of the garbage truck."It was really, really cold today, but they were doing their jobs," he said.

Sale of the 1996 Jeep Cherokee was awarded to Derek McKee for his high bid of $3,025.

Cowell said the highest bid for the 1997 VacAll Sweeper came in at $3,250, which is far below the $7,000 reserve price. At his suggestion they will keep the machine for now and readvertise in spring. Cowell said a problem is that it has to be stored outdoors because there is no room in the garage. There is no cost to advertise on the web, and the bidder is required to pay the 12 percent fee.

A bartender's license was approved for Jamie Lee Wingers, and a Class B Beer and Liquor license was approved for Tracy Berken for the King of Clubs at 341 Oconto Ave.


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