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Mayor Genisot Gives State of City Address

Issue Date: February 10, 2021

City of Marintte Mayor Steve Genisot gave his State of the City Address at the Common Council Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Genisot stated, "As we begin 2021, I want to thank the citizens of the City of Marinette for giving me the honor and privilege to serve as your Mayor. As I am nearing the end of my second three-year term, I look forward to serving you for a third time to finish many exciting economic projects the City is working on. Although 2020 was a challenging year with COVID-19, the City stayed operational and worked hard to provide service to meet the needs of our residents. I am proud of our dedicated employees, and appreciate the support of our elected Common Council, as well as the many appointed officials on our numerous standing and advisory committees and commissions".

"Highlights of the year included: Vice President Pence's arrival, followed up with a visit from President Donald J. Trump with both the first seated president and vice president to arrive in Marinette. The President came to Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM), to award a $5 billion contract for the building of frigates for the US Navy. An additional $29 million in Harbor Assistance grant was awarded through the City of Marinette to help FMM fulfill this Naval contract supporting expansion".

"This momentum created a ripple-effect for our City and State to bring an additional 1,000 new jobs and economic growth to an already industrious community. These grants involved bipartisan backing through State Representative John Nygren, Senator Dave Hansen, US Senator Tammy Baldwin and US Representative Mike Gallagher"

"Following up on FMM expansion, a ship representing our hometown, the USS Marinette will be a Freedom-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy, made in Marinette. We look forward to a ceremonial christening of this achievement for our great City later in 2021.. It is truly something a community our size and the many workers that support this project can be proud of".

"Marinette development does not just stop with FMM's expansion of its facility. Marinette County invested $3 million for improvements to the County Courthouse/Annex and a list of many of the largest employers such as: Chem Design, KK Integrated Logistics, Inc., Johnson Controls, Samuel Pressure Vessel Group all expanded or made improvements to their operations. Other business expansion included: Hurckman Mechanical, Pioneer Plastics, Marinette Machine, The Cottages Phase II, Applejack's Restaurant & Pub/Edgewater Sports Bar, Erik's Auto Body, Jimmy Johns, Waterworks Carwash, Achieve Nutrition and Domino's".

"Pine Tree Mall is a vibrant part of the City once again. During the past year, the City of Marinette TIF District #13 (Pine Tree Mall Redevelopment) has seen new businesses including: Ross Dress for Less, Jimmy Johns and Aspen Dental, opening soon. FMM worked with Pine Tree Mall owner, Ned Brickman to rent space for 150 employees in the old Younkers portion of the mall. Again, this recent growth and redevelopment in the community solidifies the statement: Why not Marinette"?

"With manufacturing businesses expanding and moving into the City, the need for more employees and associated housing increases. This growth is expected to drive population growth and increase economic opportunities for local businesses. Non-profit Newcap, Inc. began construction on the "Trolley Station" project at the site of the former Colonial Building. The three-story project sits on 2 acres Downtown on Main Street. Both private and grant funding was obtained for the $7 million, 45-unit affordable housing property. Of the property's 45 units, 38 will be reserved for renters who earn up to 60 percent of area median income. There are units also designated for local veteransâ€.

"Additional projects underway include work to rehab single-family dwellings in the City in collaboration with Marinette County.The City is also looking at ways to develop vacant lots to add more housing. This is in addition to new Multi-Family developments currently under negotiations to meet upcoming housing demands".

"There is more work to be done to improve our Downtown area. The start of Newcap's $7 million project will be a catalyst to the Downtown Redevelopment, attracting additional investment for both housing and retail. "Walkability" is a key component for many new developments".

"This work continues with Infrastructure Grant applications that were submitted, including a U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration Cares Act Grant (EDA) for $5 million and a Transportation Facilities Economic Assistance and Development (TEA) Program grant for $1 million. These grants are to support infrastructure improvements. Upon successful award, proposed improvements will include roadway, utilities, sidewalks, lighting, and parking. These projects would begin in 2021 and remaining work completed in 2022".

"Roadways included in these grants are: Ludington Street from US Hwy 41 intersection east to Stanton Street near the entrance to the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipbuilding site and Main Street and Wells Street in Downtown Marinette. Additional grants applied for include a Community Development Block Grant for $961,977. If successful, this grant will fund street reconstruction and fund a storage building addition for Marinette Fire Department. Other Roadways include: Maple Street from Madison Avenue to Dunlap Avenue and Dunlap Avenue from Madison Avenue to Stephenson".

"Grants received: include the CDBG Planning Grant for $75,000 and Wisconsin Coast Management Grant for Comprehensive Plan update for$45,000".

"Last year in January, I was appointed a three-year term to the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Board of Directors. I am proud to represent the northeastern part of Wisconsin and Marinette. The League advocates for local democracy through a commonsense citizen-led government and focuses on issues that affect our community. Their goal is to produce workable solutions for Marinette and other Wisconsin cities and villages. We continue to help municipalities like ours work for a best approach to common problems".

"The Community REC Center has shown growth and has prospered in 2020 while adhering to Governor Evers COVID-19 Executive Orders. Safely staying open has given the community a closer connection to normalcy, and ensuring a safe and healthy facility for employees and residents.Through strict health and cleaning protocols, the REC has had successful events including hockey tournaments, basketball, volleyball, tennis, sports classes, day camps, vendor shows and elections The REC Center also collaborated with Marinette School District, with enough space to social distance, hosting study period for a number of students. The REC Center remains a great value for the community's quality of life".

"Our City infrastructure projects are one of the top community priorities. Street Projects Completed in 2020 are as follows: State Street, from Carney Avenue (City Park) to Hattie Street. The city collaborated with the Escanaba & Lake Superior and the Canadian National Railroads to upgrade the three-track railroad crossing; Garfield Avenue, from Pierce Avenue to Church Street; Stearns Drive, from Woleske Road to Cleveland Avenue; Golden Court, from Pierce Avenue to Wells Street; City Court, from Wells Street to the end; Water main relay in Van Cleve Avenue, from White Street to Riverside Avenue; Sanitary sewer replacement in the alley from 8th Street to 6th Street, between Carney Avenue and Elizabeth Avenue".

"Street Projects Planned for 2021 include:Colfax Street, from Newberry Avenue to Carney Boulevard; State Street, from Mary Street to Carney Avenue (City Park); Prairie Street, from Shore Drive to 10th Street; Mill Street, from White Street to State Street; Shore Drive - Edwin Street Intersection will be reconstructed with new concrete pavement; Sanitary sewer replacement in the alley from Shore Drive to Cook Street, between Main Street and Merryman Street; A new water main will be installed between the Marinette REC Center and Woleske Road to loop the water distribution system; Shore Drive - Edwin Street Intersection will be reconstructed with new concrete pavement; Sanitary sewer replacement in the alley from Shore Drive to Cook Street and a new water main will be installed between the Marinette REC Center and Woleske Road to loop the water distribution system".


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