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Marinette Withdraws As Water Source For Town

Issue Date: February 23, 2022

The City of Marinette Personnel and License Committee meeting was held on Tuesday Feb. 15 followed by a Special Common Council meeting.

At the Dec. 21, 2021 meeting, no action was taken nor was there any discussion and possible action regarding Chapter two of the Code of Ordinance. Mayor Steve Genisot stated his office was working on Chapter two in the Code of Ordinances and adding feedback from committee members. Once again no action was taken at this meeting of Feb. 15 and it will remain as a discussion and action item for the March meeting.

There were several Temporary Class B fermented Malt Beverage and Wine license applications approved including four events for Marinette Menominee Area Youth Hockey Association (MMAYHA) including a request for The Outdoor Show held Feb. 17-20, which was later approved at the Special Common Council meeting. Other licensed approved were for: The Lyle "Chummy" McDonald Memorial Hockey Tournament on March 18-20, M&M Danglefest on April 1-3 and M&M Shamrock's Spring Meltdown for Miles on April 22-24, all being held at the REC Center.

Approval of other Class B Malt Beverage applications included: St Thomas Aquinas Academy for the Spring Auction on April 3 at 1200 Main Street and Triple C Riders for the Fall Fest being held on Sept. 23 at 1600 Bridge Street (Stephenson Island).

Two Appointment of Successor Agents were recommended to Council for approval for Krist Food Mart and the other for Walgreens

Nine out of 10 new operator license applications were approved with the exception of one applicant with too many disqualifiers in excess of what the policy allows. Those approved were: Sterling Brickman, Tammy Corwin, Alexis LaCombe, Lisa Rashid, Bethany Sotka, Brian Torreano, Kayla Walters, Sally Anne Womack and Abigail Zidarich.

As of now, the only item added for March's agenda was a carryover to have a discussion regarding Chapter two of the code of Ordinances.

A Special Common Council meeting then followed with a short agenda. The main discussion was the contract between Waste Management (WM) and the city of Marinette for automated collection with a 64 gallon cart service.

The City of Marinette asked for a bid for the cart service from WM and the bid was received at the February Council meeting. Revisions and all concerns were then addressed at the meeting.

After further review, Alderman Jason Flatt mentioned there was one revision to the portion of the contract marked as Exhibit A under the heading of Non-Recyclables for the item marked as 'Plastics not listed under the recyclables listing, but not limited to those with symbols of #3, #4, #6 and #7 and unnumbered plastics including utensils' which may be allowed if approved by Waste Management (WM). Items in that category are identified as aseptic containers and other plastic items such as orange juice and tabletop cartons. These items were allowed as acceptable recyclables before and now they are indicated as not being recyclable the way it is listed.

After further clarification via phone call with Waste Management, it was stated that these items are not specifically excluded, but it is for in the future if these items are no longer marketable if dictated by State of Wisconsin. At present those items will still be allowed to be recycled and it is more preventative language at this point, in case they are no longer acceptable materials in the future.

It was decided to move the section stating about the #s: 3, 4, 6 and 7 along with unnumbered plastics/ utensils under the section of Recyclables which includes items that are still recyclable at this time and will be reviewed if those items are declared no longer marketable by the State of Wisconsin.

WM then approved an amendment to the language for the discussed plastics to be moved into the acceptable recyclables portion of the contract. It was also clarified by WM that alley pickup will remain the same with the new contract. WM will be using a front carry can type of truck that will still allow alley pickup. The type of service residents were receiving will remain the same whether it was curbside or alley pickup.

The meeting concluded with Mayor Steve Genisot communicating to Council that the City of Marinette participated in two sessions of the Water Summit that was organized by the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). The city agreed to participate in the two sessions under the understanding that all parties would be in a room to discuss the issues associated with water supply to the Town of Peshtigo (TOP) residents. To date, the City has only met with Tyco as part of these sessions and did not meet with the TOP.

Genisot continued, "From what we have heard, it appears based on the water study conducted by Strand Associates Inc that TOP is considering water service from the City of Peshtigo and the Town is no longer considering the City of Marinette as a source for water. It further appears that the City of Marinette's current ordinance requiring annexation prior to providing water service creates an impasse for the TOP Board to consider the City of Marinette as a water source. If this is correct, the City of Marinette is withdrawing from this water summit so that the remaining parties may focus their time on solutions that meet the needs of the TOP and its residents. We have not had any communications with TOP since July 2021"


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