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Womans Club To Donate Flag Pole At Drees Center

Issue Date: March 16, 2018

Mary Ann Wills and Mary Lou Richter, representing Peshtigo Woman's Club, presented at the City of Peshtigo Fire Lighting and Building Committee meeting on Thursday, March 8, their plan to install a 20 foot flag pole with a 3 foot by 5 foot durable polyester flag at the Henry Drees Community Center. There will be a solar light that clamps onto the pole and it will be located to the right of the center of the building in line with the cream colored panel on the building.

Alderperson and Fire, Lighting and Building Committee Chairperson, Mary Lock recommended two months ago at the Woman's Club meeting that it would be nice to have a flag at the center and Wells and Richter acted on the recommendation. They sourced out different companies and chose Fly Me Flag from Green Bay after observing several different installations in the area done by the company, including Peshtigo High School, Rennes and Saint Johns Church.

Fly Me Flag has been in business for 33 years and is a third generation company. The total cost is $835.80 and includes the the flag, pole, mileage and installation. They will also come one to two times a year to check the flag, snaps, pole and rope and replace anything that is worn out other than the flag which is $37 to replace.

The Peshtigo Woman's Club along with volunteers and veterans will be responsible for flying the flag at half staff on appropriate occasions. Wills will verify dates with the post office of specific dates the flags are to be flown at half staff. They hope to have it set up by Memorial Day.

Alderperson Tom Gryzwa said "It is a great project and will be a good addition to the Drees Center and in today's times it is something we need to do". He also asked if they can put a pad of concrete at the base of the pole for ease of mowing the grass around the pole. Wills stated that is included in the installation.

It was recommended to move forward and recommend that City Council accept the Woman's Club offer.

After discussion the committee approved the Building Inspector Tom Smith's recommendation to file a condemnation notice on the old abandoned motel at 100 Chicago Street. It is in poor condition and Smith's last report indicated the building is uninhabitable and is a breeding ground for rats and skunks.

Gryzwa commented, the building was purchased several years ago at a Sheriffs sale and no work has been done to the structure.

Concerns of the condition of certain areas of the City Hall Municipal building were discussed including the inside corner of the structure by the Police Chief's office. Water from rain or melting snow is running down the corner and deteriorating the siding and it is flaking off in layers.

The water needs to be moved away from the corner. Lock said she will have John Berman look at it and make a recommendation of options to the committee to correct the situation. The repair cost will come out of the Municipal building fund.

Another concern at the municipal building is the condition of the bathrooms. Both bathrooms need the fans replaced and the men's bathroom needs updating, painting and the mirror and faucets need to be replaced. The lounge area also needs painting.

At the Drees Community Center, the weather stripping on the door needs to be replaced. Lock will get estimates and recommendations for the repairs or replacement and recommend to Council her findings.


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