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Peshtigo Parks And Rec Hears Playground Update
Issue Date: June 2, 2022
The Peshtigo Parks and Recreation Committee met on Tuesday, May 31 to review potential buildings and grounds improvements along with an update on the Badger Boardwalk.
Mayor Cathi Malke began by saying, "Andy Bergeson did an awesome job in removing the remains of the old Badger Boardwalk. He was there late at night and early in the morning and also was there a day longer than he anticipated. He did a great job of separating the cement and wood and by doing that, he saved the city a lot of money in weight going to the landfill".
Bergeson hauled away all of the wood and cement and brought the cement to the city garage to be used in the future for road projects. There were two separate charges including approximately $3,500 for labor of deconstruction of the remaining wood and cement and approximately $3,400 for landfill charges for disposal of unusable remains that was brought to the the landfill. The committee then approved the invoices not to exceed $8,000 and to be paid out of the Parks Building and Grounds Improvement account. Original estimates from other contractors were at $10,000 or more.
Parks and Rec Director Lori Tonn provided information on the needed repairs at the campground showers and the beach house bathrooms. Tonn stated she received a verbal quote for the shower repairs at $306 per fixture kit and we need to replace all six fixtures plus replacement of the tiles. We did not receive a quote for installation at this point yet.
At present, the cost of a shower is $.25 cents and it was discussed to raise the cost of a shower to $1.00 to cover the increased costs of water and services over the years. It was agreed upon to raise the amount and to update the equipment to reflect the new cost.
A motion was then made by Alderperson Brigitte Schmidt for an amount of $1,900 for fixtures and up to $3,000 for the showers and bathroom repairs at the campground, to be taken out of the Parks Building Improvement account, along with doing research on the coin boxes and updating those to the increased cost for showers.
With the beach house bathrooms being neglected for many years, there are a lot of improvements and upgrades that are needed. The bathrooms were not used for at least four to five years and the last upgrades were made approximately 25 years ago. A shout out to Precision Ice Blast for ice blasting the floors and walls at no charge to prepare the surface for painting.
Tonn said, "We need to finish the floors and put sealant down. With myself, Badger Park Caretaker Mike White and the staff, we will be able to do the installation ourselves. We will need three toilets and two sinks".
Tonn had gotten prices on standard equipment from Menards, but there was concern of the quality of the standard grade and it was suggested to go to a professional industrial grade. At this point, Tonn thought the panels in the bathroom do not need to be replaced, but just painted.
It was then approved for Tonn to upgrade to industrial toilets and sinks with a motion with expenditures not to exceed $5,000 for the beach bathrooms project and be brought back to the committee if there is a need for more than that amount.
Schmidt said, "After everything that has been approved, that brings us down to about $45,000 remaining, I think we need to get a spreadsheet going". Tonn then added, The only other big item we will need is a new pump for the watering system at a cost of between $150 and $250 and that will come out of my normal budget".
Tonn then gave an update on the Boardwalk project stating, "With Bergeson taking care of the clean up, the only prep work we need to do is to remove the rest of the stuff that we are keeping. On Friday, June 3, Diggers Hotline will be mapping out the electrical areas so Ed from Ed's Concrete can lay out his measurements in preparation for the cement work".
There was a brief discussion about cars being driven by the pavilion by the sidewalks. Up to this point vehicles are allowed on the backside to back in to load and unload at the pavilion. Once they are done unloading and/or loading they then need to remove the vehicle from the area to a parking space.
There were thoughts of putting a large rock and/or putting up warning signs by the sidewalk areas where vehicles are not allowed, to deter them from that area. It was decided to add to the pavilion rental rules that the rear cement pads can be used for loading and unloading only along with no parking or driving on grass or sidewalks.
Malke added, "The pavement that is there was originally to be used for a grilling area because there is no grilling to be done inside the pavilion, but it never got finished, I would like to see that finished". Tonn also added, "That area is not intended for cars, it is not wide enough".
Tonn then addressed that the water issue in the campground is still a struggle. "There is water in the area of the electrical boxes. I talked to Mark Madden and he has some ideas and options he is going to try. He already utilized a lot of dirt, sand and stone from the boardwalk to fill in the flooded areas and he is also going to do some trenching", Tonn said.
As a reminder, the Veterans and First Responders/ Caregivers camping event is being held June 9, 10, 11. There will be activities on Saturday, June, 11 including bingo, music, door prizes and the Lions Club will be cooking. There are still opportunities to help with the Saturday event activities. Contact Peshtigo City Hall at 715-582-0341 if interested in helping make this event a huge success for our local Veterans and First Responders/ Caregivers. Those interested in attending are reminded to bring lawn chairs for your enjoyment.