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City Of Marinette To Purchase The Old Fleet Farm Property

Issue Date: March 3, 2022

The City of Marinette Common Council meeting of Tuesday, March 1 began with recognizing the retirement of Scott Ries from the Marinette Police Department with a service award.

Ries served almost 27 years, as an Officer and Lieutenant for seven years, Sergeant for 3 years and Patrol Officer for 17 years. He was dedicated to enforcing the law, helped with many various City events, was very active in the community, was involved in the drug awareness program and Sheriff's auxiliary, worked with drug recognition experts, was a firearms and taser instructor, an operating while intoxicated educator and was dedicated to make the department and community a better place to live.

Mayor Steve Genisot advised the cityhad a lot of requests of where people can vote and he noted that it was in both papers, on the radio and on the website. City Clerk Lana Bero added "There was a notice several times on the radio and in the newspaper as well as in the Peshtigo Times announcing the new wards and what areas are in which wards. We are trying to make people aware if they had ward changes because of the new districting. We put this out there so voters can call City Hall to see which ward they are in or they can go online to myvote.wi.gov website, put in their address and it will tell them which ward they are in, it is very easy to maneuver. All voting is done at the Marinette REC facility. Early voting in the Clerks office starts March 22 through April 1 at 5 p.m. Anyone with a current absentee ballot on file, ballots will go out approximately March 14 or 15, depending on when we get them from the county. Anybody can request a ballot up until March 30 at 5 p.m." Genisot added that they will continue to keep it posted for the public.

Two venues for the Logging and Heritage Festival were approved, including the band, Next Myle that will perform July 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Also approved was the Great Lakes Timber featuring events of chainsaw carving, axe throwing, antique logging tools, crosscut sawing, modified chain-sawing, log rolling, audience participation and lots of clean family humor. The show will be presented up to three times throughout the day, approximately 30 minutes apart.

A motion was made to approve the funds for the Playground equipment for Higley Field not to exceed $150,000 with a target of installation before the fall of 2022.

Recommended from the Plan Commission to be approved by Council was Resolution 03-2022 creating a Tax Incremental District (TID) for a project plan and establishment of boundaries for the old Shopko building designated as West of Pine Tree Mall and the East side of Roosevelt Road as mixed use for a hotel and commercial site. Associated with this project would bring 20 jobs to the community.

This area is zoned as 16 acres for retail development located by Roosevelt Road, Gallagher Road and Angwall Drive. The goal is to start construction this year on a hotel with half being completed in 2022 and the other half in 2023, along with a possible restaurant in 2024. This TID is estimated to generate just under $4 million dollars of revenue.

There was a lot of discussion of the scope of the project by adding or deleting certain options of the TID, but in the end, the vote was only to approve the establishing of the TID, not approving a dollar amount nor the nitty gritty details. There will be opportunities after the TID is passed to make changes and/or deletions as it is further discussed by the committees and council. It was then approved to go forward with the TID.

What was on the agenda as a closed session item, was moved into open session in reference to negotiations of terms regarding an offer to purchase real estate located in the City of Marinette. Mayor Genisot announced the offer to purchase was for what is known as "The Fleet Farm" property located near Hwy 41, County T and Cleveland Ave. The City had the option to purchase the 20 acres of property for $650,000 with absolutely no contingencies. Unlike in the past, all restrictions are now removed, with the opportunity to make whatever improvements are wanted. The land will be used for redevelopment.

The funding for the purchase will come from the $457,000 from the sale of the former Walmart building. The remaining amount is to be determined from which fund balance the remaining funds will be taken from.

Genisot said, "We have talked about safety at the corridor, this is our opportunity". Alderperson Rick Polzin added, "This is a great opportunity to purchase the largest parcel available in Marinette. Site control is one of the most important parts of this project". Keller stated, "In comparison and perspective, if this would have been purchased two or three years ago, this definitely would have been developed on by now".


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