Changes to Marinette Yard Waste Dumping.

metal trash canChanges to Marinette Yard Waste Dumping could begin in the Spring.

At Tuesday evening’s Marinette City Council meeting the council approved the Department of Public Works six-month trial period for Yard Waste Dumping and Metal Collection. The trial period includes the possibility of longer hours for the dump, a metal recycling container available for residents to dispose of any metal free of charge to residents, as well as having the option for residents to drop off their yard waste beyond the regular dump hours. During the trial period the City will determine what is working and what isn’t working for the residents of Marinette. The Board of Public Works will determine when the trial period will begin.

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Homeless Hygiene Drive Interview with Judy Alwin

judy alwinThe Twin City Homeless Hygiene Drive is in need  of donations.
For the third year in a row, the Marinette Welcome Center is participating in the family help for the homeless drive. This unique drive assists individuals and families in our communities with hygiene and cleaning products.
Marinette Welcome Center Manager, Judy Alwin, says all items that are collected stay in our communities.  
Alwin says these items help ease the financial strain on area homeless and crisis programs. The Marinette Welcome Center is open from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Donations will be accepted until March 12th.the family

Listen to the full interview with Judy Alwin here  

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Twin Cities partner for the Fourth of July Fireworks Display.

Marinette and Menominee might be a couple of City’s but their residents make up one Community…And that one community’s voice was heard by the City of Marinette and

the City of Menominee when it came down to the Fourth of July Fireworks. At Monday evening’s, Marinette City Council meeting the council discussed the idea of joining with the City of Menominee in sharing the Fourth of July fireworks display. Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot, read a letter from the Menominee City Manager, Tony Graff, inviting the City of Marinette to explore the opportunity to work together as twin cities.

Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot

The Marinette City Council wholeheartedly supports the joint venture and approved the M & M Fireworks event, as well as the five-thousand-dollar donation towards the fireworks display. A future joint city council meeting will be announced.

MM Fireworks Letter

 

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An unforeseen delay in the development of a Marinette extended stay hotel

Extended Stay Hotel Land DescriptionThe City of Marinette Zoning Ordinance Board of Appeals allowed for the delay in the Country Inn and Suites extended stay hotel in Marinette after hearing from the adjacent property owners’ attorney, Thomas Maxwell, at Monday evening’s meeting. While Maxwell agreed that Moyle Development made many attempts to purchase the property at 20-60 Old Peshtigo Road, neither parties were ever able to come to an agreement.

Attorney Thomas Maxwell

The Country Inn & Suites representative, Barry Givens, of Division-1-Design expresses his concerns about the property.extended stay 2

Barry Givens

Ultimately, the board agreed that a three-week delay would allow for Attorney Maxwell and Developer Moyle to negotiate the sale of additional property to make the setbacks more feasible. If an agreement is reached, Moyle development will still have to go through Planning Commission for approval and the Zoning Board of Appeals for approval.

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The City and County of Marinette discuss UNITY in TOURISM

Tourism LogoAt Yesterday’s Marinette Tourism Commission meeting the City and Marinette County discussed the possibility of moving forward in a joint effort for tourism. Marinette County Chair, Mark Anderson, says this is just one of many items that the County and the City should be working on.

Marinette County Chairman, Mark Anderson 

Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot, says it’s not just the City of Marinette it’s all of Marinette County that benefits from tourism.

Marinette Mayor, Steve Genisot
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Mayor Genisot goes on to say that they need to start thinking bigger and broader to get people to come and visit the area and enjoy everything that Marinette and the County has to offer.

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VA holding Town Hall meetings for Veterans.

Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical CenterTown Hall meetings are being held at two VFW locations for Veterans Tuesday.
The Oscar G. Johnson VA medical center is holding two town hall meetings for Veterans on Tuesday, March 7th,2017. The first location will be held at the VFW Post 2063 in Crivitz at 1pm; while the next meeting will be held in Menominee at the American Legion Post 146 at 5pm. VA Public Affairs Officer, Brad Nelson, says the meetings are open to all Veterans and their families.



Nelson says this is a good time for the VA to talk one-on-one with the Veterans to really know how they feel about the VA care.OGJVAMCBannerImage

Nelson mentions that if you haven’t been to a town hall meeting and would like to learn more or cannot attend either of these meetings, you can contact him, Brad Nelson, at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain at 800 – 215 – 8262 extension 32001.

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We have to find a better way!

Tourism LogoWe have to find a better way! It was heard many times throughout this week’s Marinette County Board meeting.
Only this time it was expressed by Interim County Administrator, John Lefebvre, as he spoke about the Carlson – Dettman Wage Study. Currently, the County is about three weeks behind schedule with the study but March will more than make up for the delay, when the County Board decides on a step or merit pay structure for its employees. Lefebvre says, currently the county is based on a merit pay structure but it isn’t being utilized.


LeFebvre says, he wants the county board members to understand that he does not want to use the existing investments to pay salaries.

During this time, all department heads will be reviewing the hierarchy of their staff and Interim Administrator Lefebvre and Human Resources will be looking at the County as a whole. A Carlson – Dettman representative will also be on hand to assist and address any pay structure concerns.

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Marinette County Sheriff gives Annual Report

We can do better is the core statement made by the Marinette County Sheriff in his annual report to the Marinette County Board.

The loss of good employees, employee wages, and an overpopulated county jail are at the forefront of Marinette County Sheriff, Jerry Sauve’s, concerns. Sauve says they are taking extreme measures in making sure that other options are being utilized, other than sending individuals directly to jail, such as drug court, sober link, and electronic monitoring.

Sheriff Sauve

While the jail is overcrowded, Sheriff Sauve says, he’s facing a very serious reality and that’s with the staffing of the facility.
Sheriff Sauve

Sauve goes on to say that the County needs to compensate the employees fairly and there needs to be some sort of recruitment set in place to obtain employees and not lose them to other counties once they’ve got some time on the job in Marinette County.

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Community Sports and Event Center raises questions and concerns from the Marinette County Board

02 28 Marinette CTY BoardMarinette Mayor, Steve Genisot, along with members of the proposed Community Sports and Events Center council attended yesterday's County Board Meeting to discuss the possibility of Marinette County contributing the remaining balance 1.5 million dollars towards the 12 million-dollar project. Mayor Genisot says the City is giving six million dollars towards funding the project.

Mayor Genisot speaking to the County Board 

Interim County Administrator, John Lefebvre says what’s good for the city is good for the county and that goes for any municipality in Marinette County.

Interim County Administrator, John Lefebvre speaking to the County Board

Further discussions will continue at Marinette County’s Executive Committee next month with possible action to take place during March’s County Board meeting. For now, the City of Marinette continues to fundraise for the remaining 1.5 million-dollars.

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A Marinette County Propane Company is allegedly in violation of Wisconsin Consumer Protection Laws.

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During the polar vortex winter of 20-13 and 20-14, Customers Gas Service of Amberg, Wisconsin, unfairly charged consumers above their contracted price and failed to supply their consumers with their propane needs. Customers Gas sold propane through three different contracts; pre-buy, budget, and routed/scheduled delivery. Customer’s pre-buy and budget contracts stated that their consumers would get a set amount of propane at a secured price through one of two contracts. Pre-Buy customers paid in full for their propane at the time of contracting. However, Customers Gas did not secure the necessary amount of propane to perform its pre-buy and budget contracts. Ultimately, Customers gas sold greater amounts of propane than it was able to deliver to its pre-buy customers for the 20-13 and 20-14 heating season. Customers Gas is currently facing two violations, Count One is for the unfair billing for consumer goods and services and count two is for fraudulent representations. A court date has not yet been announced.

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The Marinette Fire Department is looking to upgrade their Hovercraft

At this weeks, City of Marinette public safety meeting, Marinette Fire Chief, Jay Heckel, addressed the committee with a formal request for them to consider replacing its chief jay heckel sm current hovercraft. Heckle says what they currently have is unsafe, outdated, and doesn't function well on water and he has found one that could meet all of their needs.


Heckle also explained to the committee that the craft is 20-years-old and parts are getting harder to find.



After hearing Heckel's safety concerns the committee agreed to forward his request to the finance committee for consideration in adding the hovercraft to the Cities 20-18 budget.

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