The bids coming in for the new Community REC Center are off to a slow start.

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In a special Public Works meeting held before this week’s City of Marinette Council meeting full council was in attendance to hear from the REC Center’s Project Manager about the received bids and the need to re-bid 13 of the 25 work categories for the new facility. Project Manager, Mike Murphy says as much as this is a great project it is very surprising that more bids didn’t come in.

Listen to Mike Murphy address the council.

Murphy says he would like to see more local participation from the work categories that they are re-bidding.

Listen to Mike Murphy address the council.

Following a motion from public works and action from City Council it was unanimously approved to rebid the 13 work categories.

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Aquila Resources acquires another permit.

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Aquila Resources announced yesterday that they have received the third of four necessary permits from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for it's zinc-and gold-rich Back Forty Project. 

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit (NPDES Permit) was issued by the MDEQ on Wednesday following a public commentary period that ended on November 3rd including a review by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency completed on February 24th.

The NPDS permit regulates the effluent limitations and monitoring requirements of water discharged to the Menominee River during mine operation.  Aquila resources received their Mining Permt and Air Use permit on December 28th, 2016 and is currently working with the MDEQ to finalize the Wetlands Protection Permit expected later this year.

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BAMC and Aurora BayCare Medical donate a combined One-Million-Dollars towards the Community Sports and Events Center.

Bay Cities Multi Media Center Community REC Center The much-anticipated announcement is made at Wednesday night’s City of Marinette Council meeting following the council’s approval of the healthcare’s name and signage for the new events center. The Director of Marketing at Bay Area Medical Center, John Hofer along with Aurora BayCenter Medical Marketing Director, Krissy Lillie both say the Rec Center meets their mission…it is health, it is wellness…and it is COMMUNITY!

  Listen to John Hofer Speak to the City Council.

Hofer says they wanted the name of the building to be something that was easily understood.

Listen to John Hofer speak to the City Council.


The donation made by the healthcare collaboration is a milestone for the fundraising efforts and it also includes the naming rights for the new facility. It will now be called the Community REC Center – Recreation, Education, and Community. The name represents both hospitals and the City’s intended use of the center.

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Gas Prices are on the rise...again!

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According to Triple A’ Michigan, statewide gas prices have risen by about 15 cents per gallon in the past week. On Monday, the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about two-dollars and forty-five cents per gallon.

That’s about 36 cents more that it was at this time last year.  

Wisconsin’s current statewide average is at two-dollars and thirty cents per gallon, up from two-dollars and one-cent from last year.

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The City of Marinette is tightening up their ship and moving towards a formal grant application process.

UPDATED coMarinette Logo USE this oneThe City of Marinette Tourism Commission approved of the Room Tax Grant Application following the approval by the tourism commission at Monday's Tourism Commission Meeting.

At one time groups and organizations would address the room tax commission for their help in funding a project but now they will have a more formalized process to follow. Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot says this will allow for those groups that are requesting funds to plan ahead when seeking donations or sponsorship's from the City.

Listen to Mayor Genisot

Mayor Gensiot also says that there will be two grant application deadlines. The first will be at the beginning of the year, with an application deadline of February 28th with funds being available June 15th. The second application deadline will be September 30th and those funds would be available January 15th.

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What you need to know about today's Wisconsin Spring Elections.

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All three polling sites are open today beginning at seven am and ending at eight pm. Wards seven and eight are at the Duer Gym. Wards two, four, and six are at the Marinette High School, and Wards one, three, and five are at NWTC. Marinette City Clerk, Lana Bero says there’s one major change this year and that’s at the NWTC polling location.
City Clerk, Lana Bero
Bero says each polling site as two ballots that are the same.

City Clerk, Lana Bero

Bero says there shouldn’t be long lines at the polls today. However, she does want to remind those that use the N-W-T-C polling location to be aware that parking is in the back, the voting room has changed, and to be on the lookout for signs indicating where you need to go.

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Menominee's 14th Avenue Reconstruction Project Meeting.

Menominee’s 14th Avenue Reconstruction project will begin earlier than expected

 

At last night’s 14th avenue reconstruction information meeting. Menominee City Engineer, Valerie Melon updated residents on how the reconstruction process will take place. First by letting them know that the original May 1st start date will begin with a tentative April 15th start date, which is two-weeks earlier than anticipated. Melon says if you live on the 23-hundred block it will become difficult to get through and you will need to utilize the alley way. Melon says you will see a gravel street for the majority of the project.
Melon says that the 24-hundred block will receive new storm sewer where they never had storm sewer before, so you’ll see sewer work happening on both sides of the street early on in the project. There will NOT be a driving detour for motorists but the City of Menominee will post updates for residents on their website and other media outlets.

 

 

 

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It’s an annual event that helps raise homelessness awareness.

Freezin 4 Reasons For the past ten years, Freezin’ 4 Reasons, has helped create awareness of homelessness for families in our community.

The Coordinator for Saint Vincent DePaul Youth Jeanine Harper says youth will be outside collecting money at the NWTC North Coast Building in Marinette.

Listen to Jeanne Harper

The Freezin’ 4 Reasons event begins at 2 pm and goes until midnight.

Listen to Jeanne Harper


All proceeds from the Freezin’ 4 Reasons is used only for Marinette – Menominee and greater area homeless families throughout the coming year. If you would like to donate monetarily or clothing items they will be given to the Salvation Army Pantry.

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The Menominee County Board Administrator debate continues.

Menominee County CourthouseTuesday evenings Menominee County Board of Commissioners meeting held the on-going conversation of hiring someone to fill the vacant county administrators position. Although though the board voted two-weeks ago, to begin the restart of the search by advertising the position. Some commissioners feel that it isn’t necessary to spend more money to broaden their search or even fill the vacancy. Commissioner John Nelson says that there are things that are popping up to be fixed even when they had an administrator.
Commissioner John Nelson.

Commissioner Jerry Piche says they need advertise in places where they can find the type of people they are looking for.

Commissioner Jerry Piche.

Following much debate the board decided to move it forward to the next meeting as to whether they should spend five-hundred dollars towards online advertising or the minimum of seventy-five dollars towards advertising for the County Administrator position.

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Cemetery lot owners in Menominee, the winter decoration removal deadline is approaching.

The deadline to have your lots cleared of winter decorations at the Riverside Cemetery in Menominee is April 15th. Any items that are left after April 15th will be disposed of by cemetery personnel. The City of Menominee appreciates your cooperation which provides for the most thorough and efficient clean-up operations. The Spring clean-up of the cemetery and information about Summer decorations will be announced at a later date.

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The 22nd Annual Master Gardner’s Conference is just days away

The 20-17 Spring Garden Conference at UW-Marinette is being held this Saturday, April 1st beginning at 8am until 3:45pm. The annual conference offers a continental breakfast, four educational sessions, and lunch. Various workshops for beginners to experts are available to the public. Pre-registration and payment is required to participate. Proceeds from this event are used for the Harmony Arboretum, Horticulture Scholarships, and other educational programs. If you would like to attend Saturday’s, Spring Garden Conference, contact the UW-Extension at 715-732-75-10 or go to their website which is located at www.marinette.uwex.edu

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The Community Sports & Events Center is becoming a reality!

Marinette Sports and Event CenterIt might’ve taken three rounds of votes, hours of discussion between the 31-member board of supervisors, the Mayor of Marinette, and the county administrator but an agreement is made by Marinette County Board of Supervisors at yesterday’s Marinette County Board Meeting.

County Administrator, Jon Lafabvre says the county wants to be a partner to the towns, villages, and cities throughout Marinette County and if this project does not move forward, it will only put a road block between the county and the city.

Jon LaFabvre

The Marinette County Board voted in favor of loaning seven point five million dollars to the City of Marinette for the sports and event center.

Jeff Zeratsky Recreation Center Committee Member
 
The City of Marinette is currently in the beginning stages of the bidding process for the project. More about the project will be announced at next month’s City Council Meeting.

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Marinette Police are urging citizens and businesses to be on alert.

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A recent string of burglaries in the City of Marinette have the Marinette Police Department asking citizens and business owners to be aware of anything that may look suspicious. Since March 16th there has been break-ins at Cusack’s Tap, Thunder Lake Lodge, Mickey-Lou Bar-B-Q, and the Red Brick Tavern. Due to the similarity of the crimes the possibility of a connection between them has not been ruled out. Marinette Police Department is working in conjunction with other area law enforcement agencies. Anyone with information about the burglaries should contact Crime Stoppers at 715-735-5111.

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This weeks Oconto County Road Repair Update.

Road WorkOconto County roadwork continues, expect lane closures.
The contractor will close WIS 22 between County I and Duame Road to begin installing erosion control, removal of tree stumps, and the removal of asphalt pavement. Roadway WIS 22 will be detoured from WIS 22 to County I to County A to US 141 to WIS 22. The project is scheduled for completion at the beginning of August. Motorists are reminded to use caution and remain alert when driving through this or any work zone. 

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Prison is ordered for two men who attempted to deliver heroin

Two of the Three people Arrested in a Drug Dealing Case in Crivitz last fall are sentenced to Prison.
29-year old Cullen Jon Mitchem of Iron Mountain and 39-year-old William L. Nichols of Florence, Wisconsin were convicted each on a count of Possession with Intent to Deliver During a traffic stop on Highway 141 near Crivitz last October. Mitchem and Nichols were found with over 4 grams of heroin, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. Both have been sentenced to five-years initial confinement in prison and five-years of extended supervision.

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Wisconsin’s Economy is in the Best Shape since 2000

scott walkerIn February, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate went down to 3.7%and according to estimates Wisconsin added over 7,000 jobs. Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker says without a doubt, we are working and winning for Wisconsin.
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Walker says job creation is strong and wages are up.
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Walker goes on to say this is all great news for working families across the State of Wisconsin but he won’t be satisfied until everyone who wants a job, has a job.

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Michigan's Forest Legacy Applications are now being accepted.

MIDNRThis program protects private forest land from conversion to non-forest uses. The legacy program provides an opportunity for private forest land owners to ensure that their forestland continues to provide critical wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. Applications to nominate forest land for enrollment in Michigan’s Legacy program must be received by June 16th. Apply online at www.michigan.gov/privateforestland 

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Marinette County has yet to make a decision to help fund the new Community Sports and Events Center.

Last month the City of Marinette attended the County Board of Supervisors meeting with the hopes that the County would join in the effort to help with the remaining one point five million dollars needed for the new Sports and Events Center. This request was moved to the County’s Finance Committee, after many supervisors raised concerns about how it would benefit the County as a whole. However, at Monday’s Finance Committee meeting, a decision still wasn’t made and it was tossed to the County’s Executive Committee for them to decide whether or not they would support the two low-interest loans to the City, for ten point five million dollars, instead of the original donation of one point five-million-dollars. The meeting of the Executive Committee is scheduled for 9am today at the Marinette County Courthouse.

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The Chapel at Forest Home Cemetery is receiving Community Support

forest home cemeteryAt Monday evenings, City of Marinette Civic Affairs, Cemetery, Traffic and Lights Committee meeting, discussions continued as to what the City should do about the depreciating Chapel at the Forest Home Cemetery. While the committee discussed their options for the chapel, two community members attended the meeting with alternatives to help beautify and raise monetary funds towards saving the chapel.

A member from the Marinette Genealogy Group, Joan Pace, provided the committee with the groups idea of a Cemetery Walk in the Forest Home Cemetery later this year.
Listen to Joan Pace

Eagle Scout, Christian Hornick, says he wants to build a sitting bench for the Cemetery as a part of his eagle scout project.
Listen to Christian Hornick 
The committee approved both projects and they now move to full council for their approval.

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The City of Menominee and the City of Marinette receive praise…

city of menominee small NEWThe ongoing collaborations between the two Cities is steadily being recognized by area organizations. At last night’s City of Menominee Council Meeting, City Manager, Tony Graff, stated that he and Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot, attended a meeting with the M&M Board of Realtors where they gave them positive feedback.
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Graff also requested location ideas for the upcoming joint council meeting that will be hosted in Menominee.



After some discussion between council members, it was unanimously decided that the Stephenson Public Library will be the location that will unite the two councils for their one common goal…community.

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