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Drivers Warned Against Speed, Noise On Peshtigo River Bridge

Issue Date: February 9, 2022

After some in-depth discussion at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 7, members of Peshtigo City Council's License and Police Committee voted without dissent to allow Peshtigo Police Department to sponsor a "Pumping for a Purpose" event as a fund-raiser to help local families dealing with childhood cancer, and to give police and residents a chance to get acquainted in non-law enforcement roles. Officers from Marinette County Sheriff's Department will also be invited to volunteer to help turn the city's three filling station/convenience stores into full service gas stations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20.

Mayor Cathi Malke said the city attorney had recommended approval by the full City Council to be sure the city's liability insurance would cover the volunteers, and scheduled a special City Council meeting for 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Other issues later placed on the agenda for that meeting are consideration of an updated memorandum of understanding between Peshtigo Fire Department and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and a proposal to offer two nights of free camping at Badger Park campground for veterans and front line workers between June 7 and June 13.

In other business at its Feb. 7 meeting, the committee discussed complaints about unnecessary noise, especially from vehicles speeding across the Peshtigo River Bridge. Committee Chair John Berendt said the issue was raised by alderman Keith Klimek, who said he can hear the noise from his house, with the windows shut.

Alderman Katie Berman said inside the beauty shop, which is near the west end of the bridge, they can listen to vehicles take off all day long, and added sometimes the noise is so loud it makes her customers jump.

Mayor Cathi Malke said the city has an ordinance that regulates noise at night, and recalled some years ago a resident was stopped from cutting wood at night.

Police Chief Fred Popp said it appears Peshtigo has no ordinance against daytime noise. He said the City of Marinette has one that prohibits noise over a certain level from crossing property lines.

Berendt noted the Peshtigo ordinance against excess noise at night is difficult to enforce, but asked Popp if he could do anything about it with the ordinances that exist.

Popp said it is a matter of rights, of what is too loud, and what is unnecessary acceleration. He said they can write tickets.

Alderman Brigitte Schmidt read an ordinance prohibiting unnecessary noise and unnecessary acceleration.

Popp said they have issued tickets under that ordinance. Berendt suggested the police should continue doing that, and perhaps spend some extra time near the bridge. Popp agreed, and said he has no problem spending more effort on enforcing the noise provisions.

There were remarks that letting drivers know that tickets may be issued could help ease the problem.

In other business, Chief Popp reported he had checked with two firms about getting squad car windows tinted for privacy and protection of the occupants but had no prices yet.

Malke mentioned a League of Municipalities suggestion of a company that not only tints the squad car glass, but also strengthens it to provide protection against bullets. She was to provide Popp with the information.

Popp said there is money in his budget for the tinting but wondered where money could come from to cover cost of strengthening the glass. He will look into it.

Next on the agenda was discussion of training for the police department secretary, which is provided on a part-time basis from personnel in the city clerk's office. Clerk/Treasurer Tammy Kasal said her office is already short handed. Berendt said he understood Tracy Jandt's time is supposed to be shared half and half between police work and city hall work.

Kasal said the position is supposed to provide 20 hours a week to her office, and nine hours each to the police and parks and recreation office. She repeated that her office is short handed. She said they used to have four full time people and now have the equivalent of two and a half.

Malke suggested they may need to add a permanent part time person to work in the police department.

Berndt asked Popp to bring more information to the next meeting on what the secretary would do and how much time would be needed, and added, "Unless you push for it, we're not going to push anything."

Popp reported the two newly hired part-time police officers had started working 12-hour shifts on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday, Feb. 20 is the last day for Officer Steve Kessler. Officer Koronkiewicz is to take over field training responsibilities, and is currently off at school for the training. Popp said Lt. Jared Phillips is also trained, but is not authorized to sign off as a field training officer on some of the tasks. Popp said he is fully authorized and can do it for now.

In his monthly report, Popp said he has been advertising for more part-time patrol officers and has 10 applicants. "That says a lot for the City of Peshtigo," he commented. They will fill up to four positions. One officer was out for a week with COVID.

Popp has signed up for training offered for new police chiefs and sheriffs, at no cost to the city through the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Chief Popp commented he had accepted an invitation to the Fire Department Christmas party and had attended with his son.

He had accepted an invitation from Alderman Berman for a "Meet and Greet" at the Peshtigo Food Pantry open house on Jan. 19. They had handed out business cards so Food Pantry workers can more easily refer people who need police help.

Popp reported that Lt. Jared Phillips had attended the autopsy for the person who was found dead near the Peshtigo Times parking lot on Dec. 23. The case has been closed out and no foul play is suspected, Popp said.

On Tuesday, Jan. 4, a city squad car struck a deer while responding to an emergency call. No one was injured. Damages to the 2018 vehicle are estimated at less than $5,000, and repairs are being done by Ford Motor Company.

The new Ford Expedition squad car was ordered on Jan. 5 from Ewald's Auto, which had the best bid at $39,819. Popp said once the squad is outfitted with computer, radio, etc. the cost should be near the $55,000 that was budgeted, but should not exceed it.

Officer Koronkiewicz is to be lead officer in the department's new Explorer Cadet program, which is spearheaded by Marinette Police Department. There is no cost for Peshtigo to participate. The program works with kids who are interested in becoming police officers. Marinette County Sheriff's Department is also participating.

Popp said he had found that the city was paying for a cell phone that has not been used since October. They cancelled it, and saved the city a couple hundred dollars a year.

Duty gear has been ordered from Nelson Tactical Gear and Uniform Shoppe in Green Bay for the two newly hired officers - Adam Hynnek and Josh Lindt. Popp reported that as of Feb. 7 there was $6,723 in the budget for clothing allowance and uniforms, and they had spent $2,356 on the newly hired officers, not including uniform pants and shirts. He estimated they will be left with about $2,000 in the clothing budget, and predicted another $1,500 will be needed for clothing allowances.

"If you need it, we need it," Berndt told him. "If there's an issue before the end of the year, come and ask for it."

Two current Peshtigo Police officers have resigned to accept jobs with other law enforcement agencies. Officer Ryan Nemetz has accepted a position with the Marinette County Sheriff Department, and Steve Kessler will be joining the Oconto County Sheriff Department.

Berendt asked if exit interviews were planned. Popp said both of the departing officers have agreed to come in for an exit interview on the day after their final day of work, when they come in to turn in their gear. Popp said he will talk with each of them.

The Police Pumping for a Purpose event came up nearly at he end of the long agenda. Alderman Berman said she had been trying to find a way to keep a spotlight on the police department, and give city residents a chance to get to meet them.

"Nobody likes to pump gas," Berman said, so the Pump for a Purpose idea was born. She had talked about the idea with Alderman Klimek. They found there are two families in Peshtigo who have children currently being treated for cancer at Children's Hospital. She then talked with Chief Popp, who felt his department could help raise money for the families.

"This gives people another way to help people," Berman commented. She said the public would also get to see police officers volunteering their time to help people.

"This will help build good will," Mayor Malke agreed.

Berman said serving as a volunteer would also give the officers a chance to meet another segment of the community, talk to them, and see their faces.

Berendt said when Berman first talked to him about the idea he had a lot of questions about liability, since the officers would be working on their own time, but in uniform.

Kasal said she had learned with city sponsorship they have event coverage, that will protect against liability, but if the volunteers get injured, cost goes to their own insurance, since they are on their own time and not covered by Workman's Comp. However, if the chief allows officers to pump the gas while on duty and in uniform, they would be covered. Regardless, if doing the volunteer work causes damage to a vehicle, for example a scratch in a fender, the city's event coverage would pay that liability expense.

Based on her research, Kasal had prepared liability release forms for the volunteers to sign.

Malke thanked Kasal for all the time she had spent researching issued connected to he Pump for a Purpose event to be sure they do everything correctly.

Berman then moved to allow the event, and after it was approved without dissent Malke suggested the special council meeting on Thursday morning, in line with advice from City Attorney David Spangenberg that it should be approved by the full council.

Malke noted this should be a short meeting, and suggested Aldermen should not charge the usual per diem for attending. There was no action on that suggestion.

Berman said Sheriff's Department officers and officers from other police departments are more than welcome to be volunteer gas pumpers, and said she will provide T-shirts to any who come forward to identify them as volunteers.

In a statement issued after the committee meeting, Berman declared:

"Peshtigo's Police Chief, Fred Popp in conjunction with Katie Berman, are excited to announce their first community service event. As active members of our local community, the officers have felt the call to reach beyond their typical duties and lend their support to our community members. This event has been named Peshtigo Police Pumping for a Purpose.

"The upcoming event is sponsored and organized by Chief Fred Popp with the aid of Katie Berman and manned by the Peshtigo Police Department. On Sunday, February 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Peshtigo Police Department, with assistance from the Marinette County Sheriff's Department, will be pumping gas for "good will tips and donations". All proceeds will go directly to aid local families whose children are battling cancer. 

"Having a child with cancer is one of the most painful and difficult situations a family can face. Please come out to help support the families of Vega Ellis and Kody Klimek," Berman said.

She said at age 18 months, Vega Ellis's parents noticed some areas of prolonged bruising. In January of 2021 she was diagnosed with Acute Megakaryoblastic Leukemia (AMKL) and began receiving treatments immediately. In August of 2021, Vega received a short break in treatment in hopes she wouldn't need any further interventions. In December of 2021 the family was hoping to receive good news, but instead they heard the news that her labs were not good and the treatments needed to resume. The now two and a half year old Vega is currently receiving treatments for AMKL at the Children's Hospital of Milwaukee. 

Eighteen year old Kody Klimek was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma December 2021. Ewings Sarcoma is a cancerous tumor that grows in the bones or tissues around bones, often spreading to the legs, pelvis, ribs, arms or spine. It can spread to the lungs and bone marrow. Kody's cancer started in his knee and tibia and has already spread from there to his lungs and pelvis. Kody is currently receiving treatment and care at the Children's Hospital of Milwaukee.   

"By participating in the "Pumping for a Purpose' event you will be helping to support Vega, Kody and their families, but also our local Police Officers. Please stop by any of the 3 gas stations in Peshtigo on February 20th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.," Berman went on. She said the three locations are: Krist, at 510 Maple St.; The Store, at 705 French St.; and Peshtigo Shell, at 815 French St. She said the local businesses will also be selling "Paper slips" - paper cut outs you can buy and the money will go to Vega and Kody. You can write your name on them and they will be hung all over the businesses. 

"Please come out February 20th and see us at one of the gas stations, where you can help raise awareness for a great cause and donate to these local families so they can receive the care and support they need during a difficult time," Berman concluded. "If you are unable to attend our event and would like to make a donation, please contact Katie Berman. If your local business would like to help support this event by selling and posting the donation cards, please contact Katie Berman at 715-938-0931."

All donations are to be split evenly between Vega Ellis and Kody Klimek.


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