space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* From Our Readers
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Area Teams Prepare for Friday Night Openers
* Anderson Takes Over as Marinette Football Coach
* Bayerl Looks at Rebuilding Season for Young Bulldogs
* Bear Management Zones Stay Unchanged for the 2019 season
* Redbirds Wins Playoff Matchup Over Pulaski

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Speakers Scold Mayor For Personnel Handling

Issue Date: August 8, 2019

Two of the five speakers who addressed Peshtigo City Council during time for public comment at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 6 used their allotted three minutes to scold Mayor Cathi Malke for her handling of city business.

Their comments appeared to be related to the Aug. 1 firing of David Zahn from his position as Parks and Recreation Director for the city.

After the small amount of regular business was taken care of during the open portion of the meeting, which lasted only half an hour, council went into closed executive session for the purpose of "Conferring with legal counsel for the governmental body who is rendering oral or written advice concerning strategyt o be adopted by the body with respect to litigation in which it is or is likely to become involved."

According to Clerk/Treasurer Tammy Kasal, Council then returned to open session and voted without dissent "to grant authority to the mayor and attorney to act as discussed in closed session."

Aldermen John Berendt, Brigitte Schmidt, Mike Behnke and Jillian Schutte were present and voting. Aldermen Debbie Sievert and Archer Leupp were absent and excused because they were on vacation.

Just before adjourning Council scheduled a Streets and Drainage committee meeting for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29. Malke wanted an evening meeting to try to get as many citizens as possible to come and voice their opinions on whether or not the city should switch to an automated garbage collection system when it buys a new garbage truck next year.

This would involve purchase of garbage carts, and two types were on display during the meeting. Malke mentioned trying to get a vendor to bring a garbage truck to Peshtigo for a demonstration in connection with the Aug. 29 meeting.

The Aug. 6 Council meeting was heavily attended, with 17 people in the audience.

The only business items included accepting a $17,610.67 bid from M&M Automated Services LLC for a security and surveillance camera system for the Parks and Recreation Department, agreeing to return a driveway variance issue to committee, and approval of bartender licenses for Kara Bresnahan, Hanah Lemke, Ronald Wilch, Daniel Maye and Kenneth Perry.

"I am here to talk about trees falling on my house for 10 years," Ken Gable, told the Council when it was his turn to speak. He said the trees are falling from city owned property north of his house. Two fell in the past two years, and they were not small ones, he declared. Six trees fell on his house in the past 10 years. He said the smaller trees he has been taking care of himself, but the larger ones were turned in to his insurance company, which subsequently informed him his insurance could be cancelled due to the number of claims.

He said he had talked to Zahn about the problem three times in the past 10 years, and called Alderman Mike Behnke as well. He then called Public Works Director George Cowell, who came and walked the property and looked things over, but "....nothing has happened and trees keep falling on my house!"

He added, "If my insurance gets cancelled, I want it on record that I have done all I can."

Malke asked Cowell to take another look and come back with suggestions. Cowell is forester for the city.

Next speaker was Pete Villas, on behalf of Jamie Villas, who has been seeking a variance to install a driveway without a culvert at the curve in the Lake Court cul de sac. Villas said they learned much at the previous Streets and Drainage Committee meeting, and he felt there were more things to consider. Committee Chair Berendt agreed to withhold a recommendation to refuse the variance request and have it discussed again in committee.

Pam Dura spoke on behalf of Alateen, a group she said serves teens aged 10 to 18 whose lives are affected by other people's additions, and work with the Al-Anon program. They meet at 7 p.m every Tuesday night at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 917 Church Street, Marinette, and at 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the Stephenson Public Library in Marinette. Malke suggested she hand out literature, and said they appreciate referrals.

Next at the podium was Jenifer Fox-Gerrits, who said she was present "to address the recent termination of several city employees and what is perceived by the public as a caustic environment in the city." She said she had attended previous meetings here and witnessed first hand "the hostility directed not only toward staff but at residents of our community."

"Research identifies six characteristics of effective leaders. They are honesty and integrity, the ability to inspire others, the willingness to be held accountable, the ability to delegate and empower, empathy, and good communication skills, specifically being a good listener with strong conflict resolution skills. I am challenging the mayor's possession of these skills," she went on. She asked Malke, "given the possibility that you could remain mayor for the next eight months...how do you plan to improve these skills in an effort to become a better leader and to prevent the continued loss of quality employees?"

She asked if Malke would take advantage of training opportunities through the Wisconsin League of Municipalities of if she would continue with a negative attitude "and risk continued loss of valuable employees."

Next up was John Breault, who had resigned as a city employee shortly after Zahn's termination was announced. Breault said he was pretty much here to say the same things that Fox-Gerrits had said. "I believe we need a trained city manager," he said, and told Malke he believed she was micro-managing to the point where "employees are on pins and needles." "You made a lot of decisions that don't make sense," he said, "but you can do that because you're the queen."

Malke said due to legal technicalities she could not discuss one of the firings, but she could talk about the other. That she said, had come when she discovered a city employee wearing open sandals while operating a city lawn mower. She told him he could not do that, and he told her Zahn had said he could. She made him get off the machine, and he then made disparaging remarks, disparaging hand signals and later created a disturbance at city hall. He was discharged.

Asked about an invoice for a security camera with recording software, Malke said that was not an invoice, it was a price quote for an other entity that she was helping with another problem. That was verified by another member of the audience who had been assisting with the same issue.

Asked if one of the security cameras would going into the city skate park, Malke said it would, and was part of the package Council had just approved. She said it could have been installed sooner, but things kept getting delayed, "and due to poor job performance, it was not."


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
08-22-2019


08-22-2019Front Page
Martin J. Pesmark Family Receives Purple Heart

08-22-2019Front Page
Village of Wausaukee Poised For Some Major Developments

08-22-2019Front Page
Marinette County Fair Starts Thursday, Aug. 22

08-22-2019Front Page
Fair Coronation To Take Place Aug. 22

08-22-2019Front Page
Peshtigo Is Formally Seeking Parks And Recreation Director

08-22-2019Community - Wausaukee
Town Wagner Considers New Gravel Quarry

08-22-2019Community - Wausaukee
Town Of Wausaukee Deeds Evergreen Park To Village

08-22-2019Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive is Sept. 9th

08-22-2019Community - Wausaukee
Lego Makerspace at Niagara Library

08-22-2019Community - Crivitz
Town of Stephenson Accepts Solway Resignation

08-22-2019Community - Crivitz
Middle Inlet Board Ok's Scott's Bid

08-22-2019Community - Crivitz
Ducane, Smerchek Win in National Ski Contest

08-22-2019Community - Crivitz
To Hold Crivitz School Annual Meeting Aug. 28

08-22-2019Community - Coleman
Coleman School Spotlights Costa Rica Trip On Aug. 26

08-22-2019Community - Coleman
CCBA Sell-A-Bration in Coleman Sept. 21

08-22-2019Sports
Area Teams Prepare for Friday Night Openers

08-22-2019Sports
Anderson Takes Over as Marinette Football Coach

08-22-2019Sports
Bayerl Looks at Rebuilding Season for Young Bulldogs

08-22-2019Sports
Bear Management Zones Stay Unchanged for the 2019 season

08-22-2019Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-22-2019Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-22-2019Perspectives
From My Window

08-22-2019Obituaries
Brother George R. Armstrong

08-22-2019Obituaries
Marsha J. Corsten

08-22-2019Obituaries
Debra J. Deldin

08-22-2019Obituaries
Thomas A. Dufek

08-22-2019Obituaries
Francis L. Green

08-22-2019Obituaries
Brian W. Harris

08-22-2019Obituaries
Lorraine M. Hayes

08-22-2019Obituaries
Terry P. Howerton

08-22-2019Obituaries
Marjorie E. Jarisch

08-22-2019Obituaries
Gene D. Kaempf

08-22-2019Obituaries
James H. Krueger

08-22-2019Obituaries
Isabelle E. Luebeck

08-22-2019Obituaries
Karen L. Salzwedel

08-22-2019Obituaries
Donna M. Semrau

08-22-2019Obituaries
Arthur W. Smeester

08-22-2019Obituaries
Gerald L. Stary

08-22-2019Obituaries
Fred F. Strojny Sr.

08-22-2019Obituaries
Casimer M. Wozniak

08-15-2019Front Page
BPM, Inc. Advances Plans For Water Resource Recovery Facility

08-15-2019Front Page
Pelkin's Piggly Wiggly Is Robbed Saturday

08-15-2019Front Page
Michigan Judge Hears Evidence On Back 40 Mine Permit Appeals

08-15-2019Front Page
Town Seeks Legislator Help On Camp Five Culvert Issues

08-15-2019Front Page
Couple is Lena Dairy Fest Parade Grand Marshals

08-15-2019Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive Set For Sept. 9

08-15-2019Community - Wausaukee
Family Packet Pick-Up is Aug. 22-23

08-15-2019Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Fire & Rescue Picnic was Great Success

08-15-2019Community - Crivitz
Town Committees Meet, Supervisor Solway Resigns

08-15-2019Community - Crivitz
Suicide Awareness Training Aug. 17, 20

08-15-2019Community - Crivitz
Historical Society to Visit Land of Oz Museum

08-15-2019Community - Crivitz
Fall Conference at Crivitz Sept. 21st

08-15-2019Community - Coleman
Coleman/Pound Lioness Club Receives $1000 Grant

08-15-2019Community - Coleman
9th Dogleg Open Golf Outing for MS

08-15-2019Community - Coleman
Oconto Historical 10th Cemetery Walk Sept. 17-19

08-15-2019Community - Coleman
Chute Pond Snomo Club Raises Funds for Trail Repair

08-15-2019Sports
Redbirds Wins Playoff Matchup Over Pulaski

08-15-2019Sports
Bonus Fall Turkey Harvest Tags On-Sale Saturday, August 17th

08-15-2019Sports
WIAA Board Approves 2020 8-Player Football Alignment

08-15-2019Sports
Lindsley Shades Kravlovetz in Norway Speedway Feature Race

08-15-2019Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-15-2019Perspectives
From My Window

08-15-2019Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-15-2019Obituaries
Patricia Aderman

08-15-2019Obituaries
Charles T. Aucutt

08-15-2019Obituaries
Gloria A. Blankschien

08-15-2019Obituaries
Mary A. Brasure

08-15-2019Obituaries
Patrick E. Caebe

08-15-2019Obituaries
Carol L. Engles-Welzien

08-15-2019Obituaries
Pearl Erdman

08-15-2019Obituaries
Gary G. Hasenfus

08-15-2019Obituaries
Michele Heller

08-15-2019Obituaries
Linda M. Hemminger

08-15-2019Obituaries
Connor R. Kellogg

08-15-2019Obituaries
John W. Klescewski

08-15-2019Obituaries
James J. Lasley

08-15-2019Obituaries
Carol A. Montour

08-15-2019Obituaries
Max F. Osmanski

08-15-2019Obituaries
Henry C. Porras III

08-15-2019Obituaries
Richard A. Race

08-15-2019Obituaries
Tyler J. Seid

08-15-2019Obituaries
Beverly S. Smith 

08-15-2019Obituaries
Dennis L. Strojny

08-15-2019Obituaries
Daniel Votava

08-08-2019


08-08-2019Front Page
Peshtigo Okays Dismissal Of Parks And Rec Director

08-08-2019Front Page
Strong Thunder Storm Rips Through Peshtigo

08-08-2019Front Page
Speakers Scold Mayor For Personnel Handling

08-08-2019Front Page
Peshtigo Sets 5-Year Plan For Street Improvements

08-08-2019Front Page
Ryan Philipps Charged With Attempted Murder

08-08-2019Community - Wausaukee
SC Auxiliary Finalizes Aug. 10 Picnic Plans

08-08-2019Community - Wausaukee
Packerland Broadband Ruran Internet Now Astrea

08-08-2019Community - Wausaukee
Under Ice Beaver Trapping Demo Aug. 8

08-08-2019Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive Sept. 9th

08-08-2019Community - Crivitz
Northwoods Apostolic Fall Town Hall Tour

08-08-2019Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Youth Football Registration Aug. 12

08-08-2019Community - Crivitz
U.S. News Ranks 5th Hospital in State

08-08-2019Community - Crivitz
Friends of Crivitz Airport Get Together

08-08-2019Community - Coleman
CCBA Sell-A-Bration in Coleman Sept. 21

08-08-2019Community - Coleman
Snapshot Day for Aquatic Invasive Species

08-08-2019Community - Coleman
Six Performances of "Sister Act" at Oconto Falls

08-08-2019Community - Coleman
List Winners of Coleman Fire Department Picnic

08-08-2019Perspectives
From Our Readers

08-08-2019Perspectives
From My Window

08-08-2019Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-08-2019Sports
Marinette Shutsdown Shawano With Tenth Inning Double Play

08-08-2019Sports
Peshtigo Middle School Lists Fall Sports Practices

08-08-2019Sports
M&M Stingrays Compete at State Swim Meet

08-08-2019Sports
Football Practice Launches Fall Sport Seasons Preparations

08-08-2019Obituaries
Lucille L. Coppens

08-08-2019Obituaries
Lois Dudkiewicz

08-08-2019Obituaries
Doris Evrard

08-08-2019Obituaries
Fred C. Fleischfresser

08-08-2019Obituaries
James B. Fredrickson

08-08-2019Obituaries
Warren A. Grenier

08-08-2019Obituaries
Laura E. Huffman

08-08-2019Obituaries
Marlene A. Jagiello

08-08-2019Obituaries
Margaret Neilio

08-08-2019Obituaries
Ruth A. Paulsen  

08-08-2019Obituaries
Nicholas J. Racsek

08-08-2019Obituaries
Jerome A. Rouse

08-08-2019Obituaries
Zachary D. Rusch

08-08-2019Obituaries
Arthur Schmittinger

08-08-2019Obituaries
Donald M. Tenarvitz

08-08-2019Obituaries
Elizabeth J. Tickler

08-08-2019Obituaries
Wayne W. Wosnick

07-31-2019Front Page


07-31-2019Front Page
County Agrees to Keep ATV/UTV Routes Open

07-31-2019Front Page
County Board Takes No Action On Twin Bridge Beach

07-31-2019Front Page
Plea Agreement In Pembine Homicide

07-31-2019Front Page
Jane Kopish Sequin Candidate for Judge

07-31-2019Sports
Legion State Tourney Ends Early For Marinette Post 39

07-31-2019Sports
Lena's 1st Dirt City Duel Has Successful Weekend

07-31-2019Sports
MCC/STAA 15th Annual Softball Game Aug. 3

07-31-2019Sports
Lindsley Strikes Again, Wrangles Norway Speedway Late Model Win

07-31-2019Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Fall Festival Planning Meeting Aug. 1

07-31-2019Community - Wausaukee
WHS Activity Code Aug. 5th

07-31-2019Community - Wausaukee
Matriarchs To Lunch at Luigi's

07-31-2019Community - Crivitz
Many Citizens Help Search for Missing Prop

07-31-2019Community - Crivitz
Missionaries to Speak at Crivitz Bible Fellowship

07-31-2019Community - Crivitz
Faith Sponsors Driving Course

07-31-2019Community - Crivitz
CAWC Make More Donations

07-31-2019Community - Coleman
CCBA Sell-A-Bration in Coleman Sept. 21

07-31-2019Community - Coleman
Coleman Flag Football Sign-ups on Aug. 7th

07-31-2019Community - Coleman
Coleman Has Mexican Store

07-31-2019Community - Coleman
Ongoing Research of Purple Martins at Oconto

07-31-2019Perspectives
From My Window

07-31-2019Perspectives
Country Cousin

07-31-2019Obituaries
Susan L. Atwood


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think the Green Bay Packers will have a successful season with their new head coach?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2019
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites