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Select Smokey The Bear As Wausaukee Parade Marshall

Issue Date: June 20, 2019

Though it is considered a privilege to be a community Parade Marshall, the Village of Wausaukee had a hard time finding someone to take the lead position in its Independence Day Parade, which will be held this year at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 6.

Then, at the Village Board meeting on Monday, June 17, DNR Forester Jerry Stoltenberg, of the Wausaukee Ranger Station, came up with what everyone agreed was the perfect solution. Stoltenberg suggested that since this year is the 75th birthday of Smokey Bear, he should receive this honor, and a member of the DNR or Fire Department should volunteer to wear the costume and be a highlight of the parade. Everyone thought this was a fantastic idea and would save them for another year from having to hunt down a willing community member.

Stoltenberg agreed to get the necessary permissions and make arrangements for someone to play the iconic "Prevent Forest Fires" Smokey the Bear role and lead the parade.

The parade starts at 1 p.m., and events at the ball field will start right after the parade ends. There will be fireworks at dusk.

The board agreed to close portions of Fairgrounds Road, Cedar Street and Pike River Road on Saturday, July 6 for the 5K Run/Walk that is being held as part of the Independence Day celebration.

Village President Hilbert Radtke made special mention of Garry Parrett's efforts to have a cast of characters from the Wizard of Oz in the parade this year, and extended his appreciation and thanks to those who have donated toward this year's fireworks display, including Bear Point Yacht Club, Big Woods Realty, Carriveau Insurance, Chippewa Bar, Décor Products, DeLaet Enterprises, Eagle Grinding, Engebos Heating and Cooling, Greg and Amy Schroeder, Hogan's Towing, J&R Auto, North Countree Christmas NCX, NE Tax Accounting Service, Pat Tracy, Peshtigo Times, R&R Welding, S&S Glass, Sal's Foods, Ice Cream Station, Wausaukee Bowl, Wausaukee Housing Authority, Wausaukee Lion's Club, Wausaukee Lumber Company, Wausaukee Rescue Squad, William Braker, and Wisconsin Public Service.

At the start of the meeting the board was approached by members of the Wausaukee Community Association with its annual request for assistance with the October Fall Festival, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 5. This included: closure of Harrison Avenue west of Highway 141, placing picnic tables under the tents on Harrison Avenue, placement of trash receptacles, barricades, and "Pedestrian Crossing" signs as needed. The request for additional help from Village employees was contingent on who the employees would be working with. Last year there was an incident among the workers and the safety of village employees was called into question.

Trustee Mack McKim said, "I stand behind Sara, Junior, and Randy on this"what they had to go through last year with that tent is not going to happen again." The Association may end up outsourcing the tent set up due to the events from last October.

The meeting was opened up for audience members to speak and ask questions, which allowed community member Hilbert Radtke III to express concerns about the alleyway behind the old bank. He suggested that there be a yield or stop sign installed there as it is prone to collisions due to lack of visibility. The board agreed to look into what can be done to improve safety in that area.

Stoltenberg reported that construction on the proposed storage building at the DNR Ranger Station on the corner of Ray Road and Pine Street will be starting late summer to early autumn. Some trees will have to be removed. Bids will be let at the end of July.

David Wick, a new member of community, inquired about hosting a block picnic on May Street, which he and his family hope to do in July. Clerk/Treasurer Sara Pullen advised that these applications can be found at the village hall or by requesting it from a board member. She said neighbors must give consent and if music is to be played later than the village's set quiet hours, an amplified device application must also be completed and approved. All approvals must be made by the village board at their monthly meetings.

All other minutes and bills were approved.

On the Village Street Report, Dennis Whitton Jr. advised the board that a new lift was purchased for the use of hanging banners and lights around town. The lift works well but the banners needed to be adjusted slightly to accommodate the height of the lift. He also reported that the roofs were repaired. A question was raised during the Waste Water Treatment Report by Jef Mayou, OIC, as to whether the water being put down floor drains was mixed with bleach or other chemicals. This was confirmed not to be the case.

Pullen assured board and community members that the low influx of cash at this time is normal for June and the $70,000 that was transferred from the money market to the village will be paid back in the coming months. Additionally, an extra $88,000 was distributed to designated funds.

Radtke took a moment to thank the property owners who cleaned and mowed their lawns for the Village Rummage Sale. Those who have neglected their lawns will receive letters before the village takes further action, he said. The rummage sale was a success with some beautiful weather on Saturday, Radtke said, but he still wished that more residents would participate in the event.

He thanked Marinette County for taking care of its property east of the fairgrounds, and asked Whitton to remind them that cutting still needs to be done on parts of the area where fireworks are held to keep fire danger down. The board is calling for volunteers to mow this and the park.

Donations for the Independence Day celebration fireworks have been steadily coming in, but Radtke said they are hoping to get even more so they will live up to being "the best fireworks around for a little town!"

Lights on village properties have almost completely been replaced with fluorescent and LED lights, which will save the village energy and tax payers money. The board asked others in the community to consider replacing their own lights and electronics with energy saving devices by going to Focus on Energy to receive a rebate. More information can be found at www.focusonenergy.com.

The board received a letter from the Back to School Program on behalf of its students, which applauded the support they have received from the village.

All Retailer's License Beer and Liquor Class A and B and Cigarette License were approved. However, there are contingencies that if a business has not paid bills to the village or their whole salers, a hold can and will be placed on the business before they receive their licenses. If a business fails to pay by June 30 and does not receive its license, it may get a visit from the Department of Revenue.

Annual 2019-2020 Retailer's License Class "A" Beer & "Class A" Liquor renewals were approved for Wausaukee LaFaive Corp (BP), Krist Oil Co., Sal's Food Center, Family Dollar, and Ranger City Market Place. " Schmidt made a motion seconded by McKim to approve the annual 2019-2020 Class A beer and liquor retailer's licenses for Wausaukee LaFaive Corp (BP), Krist Oil Co., Sal's Food Center, Family Dollar, and Ranger City Market Place.

Retailer's License Class "B" Beer & "Class B" Liquor renewals were approved for Chippewa LLC, Perry Zeutzius, Newingham's Supper Club, and Wausaukee Bowl, contingent on all bills owed the municipality and wholesalers are paid in full.

Cigarette Licenses were approved for Wausaukee LaFaive Corp (BP), Krist Oil Co., Sal's Food Center, Family Dollar.

U.P. Engineers Consultant Trista Hobbs, project engineer for the planned Evergreen Park improvements, reported there were problems with the bids that were opened on Friday, June 14. The sole bid was well over budget. At its May meeting the board had been advised by Trustee Pat Tracy that bid estimates were coming in 20 to 40 percent higher than anticipated. The board then accepted hobbs' suggestion to advertise for the bid in sections with add-on alternates. They said bids should be for the lower campground portion to be completed by April 10 of 2020 and add-ons by Aug. 30 of 2020. That was done, and the disappointing results at the June 14 bid opening led to the board's decision this month to again table the project.

A Parks Committee meeting will take place at 4 p.m. Monday June 24, with Hobbs and trustees Pat Tracy, Steve Stumbris, and JoAnn Polomis, who serve on the Parks Committee. They will further discuss what actions will be taken and how the village can save money on this project.

The board approved a motion to renew the Stephenson National Bank and Trust (SNBT) open line of credit for the park project in the amount of $300,000 for a 2-year term.

They also approved a motion to open a line of credit with SNBT for $500,000 for the well project. The village has been approved for a a safe drinking water loan for the Well Project, which will potentially have up 30% forgiveness.

They also agreed to renew the Water & Sewer Repairs and Maintenance CD at Nicolet Bank.

When other business was completed the board went into closed session where they discussed an employee performance review, purchase of public property for development, investigation of charges pending in an upcoming court case of a village resident, and the agreement for housing development between the village and Creative Element Builders.

When the board returned to open session they approved the housing development agreement with Creative Element Builders and took no action on the employee performance data other than agreeing to re-evaluate the employee, Tyler Stumbris, OIC, in 60 days.


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