Finances are in good shape for one local school district. At an annual budget hearing Tuesday, Marinette School District’s Director of Business and Finance, Brian Walters, presented the 2017- 2018 revenue and expenditures list. He says one of the most notable highlights is the achievement of a balanced budget for next school year and that required more than just looking at the district’s immediate needs and resources.
AUDIO: “…we’re financially stable.”
Walters adds the new budget will impact local taxpayers, but the district’s mill rate remains lower than the state average.
AUDIO: “…ability to pay.”
The Marinette School Board was unable to formally adopt the 2017-2018 budget Tuesday because the action item was not added their regular meeting agenda. A special meeting will be held next Monday, October 23rd, so that board members can officially vote on the budget. (Written by Amber Myszka)
WELL, IT WORKED! “EMPTY THE SHELTERS”, the Bissell Pet Foundation SPONSORED EVENT THIS PAST SATURDAY AT THE MENOMINEE ANIMAL SHELTER FOUND 30 RESCUE ANIMALS A GOOD HOME – 23 CATS AND ALL SEVEN DOGS, WITH 2,142 ADOPTED OUT ACROSS MICHIGAN IN ONE DAY. BISSELL PET FOUNDATION COVERED ADOPTION FEES FOR PETS SPAYED & NEUTERED. STOP BY the Menominee Animal Shelter AT N184 Haggerson Court, BUT YOU MIGHT WANT TO GIVE THEM A MINUTE TO FIND NEW FURRY BOARDERS. FIND THEM ON FACEBOOK, OR ONLINE AT m-a shelter DOT org.
City of Marinette Downtown “Trick or Treat” will be held Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 3 P.M. until 5 P.M. Watch for the bright orange signs indicating participating merchants. Attention Downtown Businesses: If you would like to participate in the Downtown “Trick or Treat” activities, please display the orange Halloween sign mailed to you in a visible spot indicating you are a participating business. If you do not receive a sign before October 20th, stop by Community Development, Marinette City Hall to pick one up. The downtown area includes: Main, Ludington, Wells, State and Stephenson Streets, along with Hall, Maple and Pierce Avenues. The City of Marinette has partnered with Menominee Downtown business owners so that Downtown “Trick or Treat” are on the same date and time.
City of Marinette Halloween Night “Trick or Treat” hours are set for Tuesday, October 31st from 4 P.M. until 6 P.M. and urge everyone to follow these TIPS FOR TRICK OR TREATING: Always Trick or Treat with an adult. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up, and walk - don’t run - across the street. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. Also note these TIPS FOR DRIVERS: Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances. The City of Marinette wants to emphasize that safety must be foremost in our minds during “Trick or Treat” activities, and do have a happy and safe Halloween. Also note that Halloween night Tuesday October 31st recommended Trick or Treat hours in Menominee and Peshtigo are also from 4 to 6 PM.
The Menominee Kiwanis Club’s “Fall Back Bash” 50/50 Raffle happens Friday November 3rd at Riverside Golf Club, 3459 Fourteenth Avenue in Menominee. A twenty dollar ticket admits 2 people, and there are many opportunities for prizes. The drawing begins at 6pm. Food and refreshments are included along with bucket raffles. Tickets are available from Kiwanis members, Ron Nerat with Rerun Furniture, Diane St. Martin at Stephenson Bank & Trust, or Bill St. Martin at Cycle Path, all in Menominee. Funds raised at the raffle will provide College Scholarships, sponsor Baseball, Football, and Middle School Agendas, Imagination Library (giving children 0-5 a free book each month), The Salvation Army School Supply Program, Special Days for Special people, Make-A-Wish Foundation for local children, Menominee High School Key Club and much more. Menominee Kiwanis Club invites anyone to become a member. Save the date for The Menominee Kiwanis Club’s “Fall Back Bash” 50/50 Raffle, Friday November 3rd at Riverside Golf Club, 3459 Fourteenth Avenue in Menominee.
The Back Forty mine project again took center stage at last night’s Menominee City Council meeting. The item was not on the agenda, but Council member Frank Pohlman again made a motion to add to the agenda discussion of whether the city should take a stand on the controversial mine. The council declined to add the issue to the agenda on a 6-3 vote, with only Pohlman, Steve Fifarek, and Mayor Jean Stegeman supporting it. Opponents of the mine once again were heard during a sometimes heated public comment period. (Public Comment audio, 1min 4sec) Mayor Jean Stegeman announced that she will be fulfilling the final two years of her term. (Mayor Stegeman audio) Earlier this year, Stegeman indicated she had a decision to make on whether to remain as Mayor as she was taking the Executive Director’s position at the Tri-City United Way.
Student leaders in the U-W system say they want input on the proposed mergers of the 2 year and 4 year campuses. In a statement, the Student Representatives' group says it's asking university leaders to address their concerns and "welcome student participation". U-W President Ray Cross has proposed that the state's network of 13 two year colleges and the Extension service be disbanded - and that the colleges merge with their nearbt four year schools, while Madison acquires the Extension. Under the plan, U-W Marinette would be merged into Green Bay.
Genetics are not the only cause of ALS, Lou Gherig's disease and other killer diseases. Listen to these 2 seven minute segments as aired on 103.7 FM and 1340 WAGN last Thursday morning, and you'll want to see this exclusive free screening of the highly enlightening film TOXIC PUZZLE this Tuesday evening at U-W Marinette. UWM's Rebecca Richer' gives us a preview...
The Salvation Army Bell Ringing season runs from November 3rd to December 23rd. Some groups and individuals have already chosen their times to ring, others are checking their calendars! The Salvation Army invites you to help. Accomplishments happen because we care and take action to provide for those who need the services of The Salvation Army. The 2017 Bell Ringing shifts are posted online at S A Marinette dot org. If you've experienced the expression on the face of a child who receives brand new school supplies when the family can barely afford the every day living expenses, or a Christmas present for a family where one parent is extremely ill, or youth programs and camps for children who have few if any extra curricular activities, you know you can make a difference right here in Marinette and Menominee Counties! This year Salvation Army has set a milestone goal of $100,000 in hopes to expand services to those who show a need. Last year you helped raise $80,601.11, and another $37,600 for hurricane relief this year, so if every bell ringing shift is "covered", this and more will be realized. You can make the difference! Details are online at S A Marinette dot org.
IT’S TIME TO “EMPTY THE SHELTERS”! THE BISSELL PET FOUNDATION’S EVENT OF THE SAME NAME COMES TO THE MENOMINEE ANIMAL SHELTER THIS SATURDAY, FROM NOON TO 5PM. ALL DOGS OVER 5 MONTHS OR 5 POUNDS THAT HAVE BEEN SPAYED OR NEUTERED WILL BE FREE ACCORDING TO DIRECTOR NANCY HOLZBERGER. BISSELL WILL COVER THE ADOPTION FEES. SORRY, KITTENS DON’T QUALIFY. VISIT THE MENOMINEE ANIMAL SHELTER AT N184 HAGGERSON COURT, HELP BISSELL EMPTY THE SHELTER AND GIVE A PET A GREAT HOME. GETTING PRE-APPROVED HELPS TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU WANT TO TAKE A FURRY FRIEND HOME ON SATURDAY. GET YOUR APPLICATION IN NOW TO QUALIFY FOR THE BISSELL SPECIAL, WHICH MEANS FREE! THE MENOMINEE SHELTER HOUSES 29 CATS AND SEVEN DOGS. FOR EVENT INFO & TO PRE-QUALIFY, CALL 906-864-7297 OR VISIT M-A SHELTER DOT ORG. BISSELL’S “EMPTY THE SHELTERS”, AT THE MENOMINEE ANIMAL SHELTER THIS SATURDAY, NOON TO 5PM.
The man found guilty of stabbing Menominee native Drew Nesbitt to death last March in Nesbitt’s Madison apartment has been sentenced to life in prison. 24 year old Darrick Anderson was found guilty of first degree intentional homicide by a Madison jury last week, and Wednesday the same jury rejected Anderson’s insanity defense. Authorities say Anderson stabbed Nesbitt 76 times in the fatal attack.
More details have been released about the events leading to the arrest of 28 year old Cassandra Nygren, daughter of State Representative John Nygren and her 33 year old fiance' Shawn Gray. Brown County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Todd Delain says the pair allegedly provided the drugs in the June fentanyl overdose death of a pregnant woman at the Allouez home.
Delain says the Officers located and tried to stop the pair earlier this week.
Nygren and Gray face homicide charges for the death of 31 year old Jennifer Skeen and her unborn child. Nygren's cash bond is set at $50,000.00 Formal charges are expected the week of October 16, 2017.
It’s back – for its 6th scary year. Colton’s haunted house, Saturday October 7th and 21st, from 7:00 pm till 10:30pm, at 149 Northwood avenue, Peshtigo. Admission is a non-perishable food item for the Peshtigo food pantry. The goal this year is 1500 pounds. A tip jar is also available to offset expenses. Coleton McKenney has more… this weekend, we have to finish prep for my haunted house. A painless gift to the community, come and help out for our town! The admission is a non-perishable food item which is donated to the Peshtigo food pantry. That’s how we’re donating to them and last year we donated about 1200 pounds. Colton’s haunted house, Saturday October 7th and 21st, from 7:00 pm till 1030pm, at 149 Northwood avenue, Peshtigo.
Tri-city United Way executive director Jean Stegman says it’s official – United Way’s annual fund-raising campaign is underway, with this year’s goal set to reach 350,000. United Way’s mission is to improve lives in the Tri-city United Way area by mobilizing the caring power of our communities to advance the common good, promoting educational success, financial stability and health & well-being of all our residents. Tri-city United Way has been helping our communities for over sixty-seven years. Donations from residents and businesses help united way’s ability to continue reaching these goals. No donation is too big or too small. Tri-city United Way also helps to raise funds for various local partner agencies because the need is so great in our area, such as big brother’s big sisters, catholic charities, goodwill industries, healthy youth coalition, Marinette county elderly services, rainbow house domestic abuse services, twin counties free clinic and many more. A transparent system of check & balances assures funds go locally to where the biggest needs are.
Monday afternoon, Marinette historic preservation commission members had many victories, and much progress was made. The preservation plan for the forest home cemetery chapel has made progress. Since the last meeting, the building has maintained, windows have been mounted, and for protection & preservation, plywood has been mounted to protect the windows. Grounds have been cleaned, and further maintenance & upgrades will continue. The historic preservation commission also noted that the riverside avenue historic district signs & signposts project budget has been doubled by the city, from the former $15,000 to $30,000. There was also discussion regarding identifying city cultural objects, cataloguing and preservation. The process of inventorying all items on city property will now begin. Also of note, a purchase has been approved for the properties at 2118 and 2120 hall downtown. Included in the façade improvement program, the storefronts of both properties will be cleaned and prepared for complete renovation.
The Menominee County Board of Commissioners have voted to approve, as proposed, the 2017/2018 budget, on a 5-3 roll call vote. The amount approved towards the fund balance in the general fund was $743,733.00, which included 630,000.00 for a 911 console.. It was agreed that the budget needed to be approved now because if not done, money would have been lost as of October 1st. But it was also agreed that simply because things are proposed within the budget does not lock the county in to purchasing exact items. The question of what 911 console might be purchased will be decided later.
Marinette County recorded its second traffic fatality of the year in a Friday afternoon crash on Harbor Road in the Town of Peshtigo. Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve reports authorities were called to the scene at 3:25pm Friday where they found a vehicle with a lone male occupant had gone off the road and crashed to some trees. 70 year old Lawrence Schoen (Shane) of the town of Peshtigo was treated at the scene and taken to Bay Area Medical Center where he later died. Coroner George Smith says an autopsy conducted Saturday showed Schoen died of internal injuries as a result of the crash, which remains under investigation.
Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine delivered the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9) to the U.S. Navy on Monday.
The future USS Little Rock, the fifth Freedom-variant LCS built by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine, is scheduled to be commissioned in Buffalo later this year. She will be the first U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned next to her decommissioned namesake.
LCS 9 completed acceptance trials last month with the highest score of any Freedom-variant LCS to date, earning a “clean sweep.” During sea trials, the industry team also successfully demonstrated performance improvements, which will be incorporated into all future Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships.
After two failed referendum votes, it’s back to the drawing board for Peshtigo School District officials wondering what to do about the aging middle and high school building. Monday, representatives from Miron Construction and Somerville, Inc. presented the Middle-High School Citizen’s Building Committee with options to either expand and update the existing facility or construct an entirely new school, both of which would require the community to pass a sizable referendum, impacting local taxpayers. Matt Honold with Somerville says the plans address the issues most commonly voiced by staff and community members.
Renovating the current school is estimated to cost around thirty-point-eight million dollars, potentially increasing the district’s mill rate by one-dollar and-ninety-five cents, while new construction comes with a price tag just over 34-million-dollars, raising the mill rate by about two-dollars and thirty-one cents. Megan Prestebak with Miron says the final cost will ultimately be determined by what the community wants and what they’re will to pay for.
Both new options for the middle and high school building will be circulated throughout the district for feedback and suggestions. The earliest voters could see a referendum question on the ballot would be in the Spring of 2018. (Written by Amber Myszka)