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Crivitz Resumes Police Chief Quest; Ida Soletske Will Stay At Coleman

Issue Date: September 30, 2021

Crivitz Village Board learned at their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 22 that their search for a new police chief is not over. Coleman Police Chief Ida Soletske has refused a job offer from Crivitz and will stay on as head of the Village of Coleman Police Department. Soletske also recently took on duties of Code Enforcement Officer for the Village of Pound under terms of a contract between those two adjacent villages.

Chief Soletske had been selected for the job offer after candidates were interviewed by a Police Chief Interview Committee that included Village President Amy Grandaw, Trustee Jeff Dorschner, Interim Police Chief Randy Miller, Gerry Hruska, Gordy Kowalski and Jared Schmitz.

Grandaw told her board that their job had been offered to Chief Soletske, but she had turned it down, "... so we will work on another selection."

In other action at the brief but productive meeting, the board agreed to legalize haunting of village streets for Halloween Trick or Treating from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31; approved the contract with Crivitz Rescue Squad, Inc. for a total price of $28,857 for the year 2022; and approved a street permit for the Crivitz High School Homecoming parade at about 2:20 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8,

Raises for fire fighting positions were approved at $1 per hour for fire fighter basic through level 2, lieutenants and captains, and $2 per hour for the Assistant Fire Chief effective Jan. 1, 2022.

Wage scale for Assistant Fire Chief was increased from $11.60 to $16 per hour, and a raise to $26 per hour was approved for Water Superintendent Rudi Jensen, with the proviso that he will not receive a COLA increase in 2022 if one is given.

They accepted proposals from Richen Excavating for drainage improvements at George Street and Anderson Avenue at a cost not to exceed $6,000, and from Northeast Asphalt and Richlen Excavating for blacktopping at Wells No. 2 and 3 for not more than $23,000; approved an update to the Police Department Policy & Procedure manual. Trustee Jeff Dorschner expressed thanks to everyone who worked on the update.

Operator's Licenses were approved for Jan Nisleit, Ashley Brady and Melissa Paris, who had all received satisfactory background check reports.

Numerous vouchers were approved for payment, and financial reports were accepted.

The board was reminded that there will be a public hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 27 prior to the start of their next regular board meeting, on resolutions to discontinue a 46-foot wide portion of Tena Avenue proceeding west from Louisa Street for an approximate distance of 200-feet located between Crivitz Plat Blocks 6 and 31, and a 25-foot portion of alleyway proceeding north from Rosa Ave. for an approximate distance of 180 feet in Crivitz Plat Block 6.

The action items had all been discussed in detail at a series of committee meetings on Monday, Sept. 20.

During time for public comment at the start of the regular board meeting on Sept. 22, Trustee Ginger Deschane thanked Sally Witt and others on Crivitz Business Association for putting pumpkins and other Autumn decorations by the benches along sidewalks in the downtown area.

Trustee Stew Swanson participated via Zoom. Officials attending in person were Grandaw; trustees Deschane, Dorschner, Michael Strandt, George R. Gocht and Ross Behrendt; Clerk/Treasurer Marilyn Padgett; Village Attorney Frank Calvert, and Public Works Director Glen Franzen.

The meeting ended with a surprise announcement by Grandaw that there were some awards to be presented. Padgett was honored for her 32 years of service to the village, first as clerk and then as clerk/treasurer, and Franzen was recognized for for his 36 years as a village employee operating public works and utilities for the community.

Grandaw also announced that Padgett had recently been honored by Wisconsin Municipal Clerk's Association for 25 years of service in that group, and that refreshments were to be shared after the meeting in the Village Hall adjacent to the board meeting room.

Among those in the audience were State Rep. Jeff Mursau, who had been Crivitz Village president from 1990 to 2005, and his successor John Deschane, who was Village President from 2005 to 2019. Both had worked with Franzen and Padgett during their 14 years each as village president.

Mursau presented Padgett and Franzen each with a set of flags and plaques honoring their respective many years of service to the village and listing a few of their contributions to the community. The plaques bore the Wisconsin State Seal and were signed by him and State Senator Mary Felzkowski.

"I've worked with both of you for many years," Mursau told Padgett and Franzen. "I was here, as Village President, for 14 years, and we went through a lot".It's pretty impressive that you both have been with the community for so long and have done so much."

The plaque for Padgett stated she had served the village as clerk since August of 1989, and on May 20, 1995 Mursau appointed her also as village treasurer and utilities clerk.

It goes on to say, ""despite already holding many prominent and important local positions, Marilyn never stopped working to expand her knowledge, and on July 18, 1997 she completed Wisconsin Municipal Clerk's Institute training through UWGB."

"Marilyn has been active in her community, not only through her service as village clerk, but also volunteered her time over the years through the Crivitz Rescue Squad, Crivitz Ski Cats, Littleland Playground and many other projects and organizations," the plaque message continued, and concluded that she was being recognized for "her long-standing dedication to serving the Crivitz community and the difference she's made in the lives of its residents."

Franzen's plaque stated he ""has been a pillar of the community since he was hired on Feb. 16, 1985 as a full time utilities operator"After a number of years of exemplary service, Glen was promoted to the position of Utilities Supervisor for Crivitz, where he oversaw the staff and operations, responsible for maintaining the water distribution and wastewater systems for the Crivitz area, and continued to serve his community as the Employee Supervisor, Public Works Supervisor and Water Superintendent for the Village of Crivitz."

The plaque continues that Franzen ""not only has been a dedicated public servant, but has also been a valuable member of the Crivitz Volunteer Fire Department; and was recently recognized for his hard work by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with the 2020 Operator of the Year for Waste Water Treatment Award."

The pair of official State of Wisconsin citations were signed by Mursau, in his official capacity as Representative for the 36th Assembly District and by 12th District State Senator Mary Felzkowski.

Mursau stressed the importance of having good people to work with and remarked. "Even to do a good job in Madison, it isn't me that makes the difference, it's the staff!"






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