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CITY OF MENOMINEE PUBLIC WORKS ANNOUNCES THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS OF WORKING WITH MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO SET UP A CLOSURE OF THE NORTHBOUND US-41 ROADWAY LANES FROM DUNKIN DONUTS TO THE NICOLET BANK AND HAVE BOTH DIRECTIONS OF TRAFFIC MAINTAINED IN THE SOUTHBOUND LANES FOR WORK TO REPAIR THE SINKHOLES. THESE SINKHOLES HAVE DEVELOPED DUE TO LEAKS IN THE SANITARY SEWER AND DETERIORATION OF THE MANHOLES. CREWS WILL BEGIN WORK ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH AFTER THE MORNING RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC HAS SUBSIDED AND WILL CONTINUE INTERMITTENTLY THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO REOPEN THE LANES ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON SEPTEMBER 21ST. THE ELEVENTH STREET INTERSECTION WILL REMAIN OPEN AND TRAFFIC ACCESS WILL ALSO BE MAINTAINED TO ALL BUSINESSES LOCATED WITHIN THE WORK ZONE.
The Menominee Fire Department will be conducting fire hydrant flushing to help maintain the water quality and to evaluate the amount of water available for fire fighting purposes. The flushing will be done South of 11th Avenue including all streets from 1st through 25th. Flushing will begin Monday September 18th and continue through Friday September 29th. Residents may experience some discoloration of water and possibly lower than normal water pressure. These conditions do not represent a health hazard. However, customers are cautioned to determine if their water is clear before washing clothes (or any other process) as staining may occur. If you experience discolored water, run the cold water in you faucets for approximately 5-10 minutes.
THE MARINETTE MARINES ARE COMPETING WITH LUXEMBURG-CASCO EVEN BEFORE KICKOFF FRIDAY AT NOON. AS A DISTRICT AND A COMMUNITY, MARINETTE IS FIGHTING TO RAISE THE MOST DONATIONS FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY HURRICANE IRMA. DONATIONS WILL BE GIVEN TO UNITED WAY BY BOTH SCHOOLS. ITEMS TO BE COLLECTED ARE SCHOOL SUPPLIES, NEW STUFFED ANIMALS, TOYS, BLANKETS AND HYGIENE PRODUCTS. PLEASE BRING ONLY THESE ITEMS, WITH NEW TAGS ATTACHED. OTHER ITEMS WON’T BE ACCEPTED. BRING YOUR DONATIONS TO ANY OF THE MARINETTE SCHOOLS BEFORE THURSDAY AT 430, OR DROP THEM AT THE TRAILER BY THE FOOTBALL FIELD DURING THE JV GAME THURSDAY BETWEEN 430 AND 8PM. THEY WILL THEN BE TAKEN TO THE VARSITY GAME AT LUXEMBURG-CASCO ON FRIDAY, AND SENT ON THEIR WAY TO HELP THOSE IN NEED. FROM EVERYONE AT MARINETTE SCHOOLS, THANKS FOR HELPING THE MARINES TO BENEFIT VICTIMS OF HURRICANE IRMA.
EARLIER THIS WEEK THE MARINETTE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION MET TO DISCUSS VARIOUS ITEMS, AMONG WHICH WAS THE PRESERVATION OF THE FOREST HOME CEMETERY CHAPEL. CURRENTLY THE COMMISSION IS SHOPPING FOR BIDS ON LABOR AND MATERIALS BEFORE APPROVING THE PROJECT. ALSO UP FOR DISCUSSION WERE THE PROPOSED SIGNS FOR THE RIVERSIDE AVENUE HISTORIC DISTRICT TO BE INSTALLED AT BOTH ENDS OF THE ROUTE, THOUGH AT THIS JUNCTURE THE TYPE OF POLES REQUIRED FOR THE SIGNS IS IN NEED OF CLARIFICATION. ONCE FINAL DESIGNS ARE CONFIRMED, THE PROJECT WILL MOVE FORWARD. ALSO ADDRESSED WAS A PROJECT FOR IDENTIFYING AND PRESERVING VARIOUS CITY CULTURAL OBJECTS, AND WHO MIGHT BE COMMISSIONED TO MAINTAIN THEM, SUCH AS THE HISTORIC MURAL, SCULPTURES, THE STEPHENSON BRONZE, THE MARKER FOR THE FIRST SAWMILL SITE, AND THE QUEEN MARINETTE MONUMENT. THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION MEETS NEXT ON OCTOBER SECOND.
DURING MONDAY’S LAW ENFORCEMENT MEETING, PROGRESS WAS ANNOUNCED IN STAFFING AND REDUCTION OF INMATE OVERCROWDING. STAFF IS WITHIN ONE POSITION OF BEING FILLED AND INMATE POPULATION WAS ABOUT 108 IN AUGUST, 20 LESS THAN AUGUST OF LAST YEAR. A NEW CORRECTIONS OFFICER HIRE IS IN STAGE 2 TRAINING, AND INTERVIEWS WILL HAPPEN SOON TO FILL ANOTHER POSITION. ONE OF THE REASONS FOR THE JAIL STAFFING PROCESS IMPROVING COULD BE THE COUNTY BOARD’S APPROVAL OF THE CARLSON-DETTMANN WAGE STUDY EARLIER THIS YEAR THAT IMPROVED THE PAY OF SEVERAL COUNTY POSITIONS. REPAIRS TO & UPGRADES OF THE FLOORS IN TWO PODS ALSO UNDERWAY. ADDITIONALLY DISCUSSED AND MOVED FORWARD IN THE PROCESS IS A NEW DISPATCH CENTER, AS THREE NEW HIRES ARE IN TRAINING CURRENTLY, AS WELL AS IMPROVEMENTS AND BUDGETS FOR EMS AND VIDEO VISITATION SYSTEMS. THE PORT SECURITY GRANT CONSIDERATION HAS BEEN RESTRUCTURED AND WILL BE REPROPOSED NEXT YEAR.
The Marinette Salvation Army raised over $32,000 for the Hurricane Harvey disaster effort. In four short days area donors contributed $22,345.68 in the Red Kettles. Another $9,715.00 came in via the mail or walk-in donations. Major Carol Lemorand sends out a big thank you to those who contributed, for the volunteers who rang bells, to the managers and store staff for allowing them to make a presence for this effort. It's never too late to contribute to the Hurricane Harvey disaster and that of Hurricane Irma. 100% of the money collected goes directly to the affected area. You can go on The Salvation Army National website to see the impact of dollars raised. Every day thousands and maybe even millions of meals are being served by The Salvation Army personnel now in Texas, Florida and elsewhere.
Each year, the third Friday in September is set aside to honor the commitment and the sacrifices made by the nation’s Prisoners of War and those who are still Missing in Action, as well as their families. Marinette American Legion Post 39 will hold an event for POW/MIA Recognition Day at 10:00am on Friday in the Marinette City Hall Council Chambers, 1905 Hall Avenue. You are invited to attend and reflect on the sacrifices made by military men and women who are recognized prisoners of war (POWs) or missing in action (MIA) from all war eras.
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra brings music to the Tri-Cities when they perform at the Blesch Auditorium in Menominee, October 4TH at 7:30. The next morning at 10, they’ll perform a youth concert at Menominee High for middle school students from OVER 20 regional schools.
This year’s theme is “Celebrate America in Music”. The concert will feature pieces by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. They’ll also perform Dvorak’s “New World” symphony. Experience the world-renowned Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in Menominee October 4th. Tickets are $25, $10 for students grade school through college and are available at the Marinette-Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce, Jack’s Fresh Markets, the Menominee County Library in Stephenson, VIA mail, OR at the door. For details call the Marinette-Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce at 715-735-6681. The ability to bring this world-class orchestra to the Tri-Cities is dependent on patron support. Don’t miss the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at the Blesch Auditorium in Menominee, October 4TH at 7:30.
There could be help on the way for the backlogged Marinette County District Attorney’s Office. State Representative John Nygren, Co-Chair of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee announced the committee had included a provision in the budget that would provide additional funding for counties under 45,000 population with significant backlogs in their District Attorney Offices. The funding would effectively make the part time assistant DA position fulltime for the next two years.
The Joint Finance committee completed it’s work on the budget, which will be taken up by the Assembly next week.
A budget amendment to increase funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration Small Shipyard Grant Program passed the House Wednesday. Northeastern Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher was an original co-sponsor of the amendment. The program awards federal grants to small shipyards across the country to repair and modernize equipment, increase efficiencies and productivity, and compete in the global marketplace. Gallagher said the Small Shipyard Grant program is making sure our local shipyards are able to invest in modern equipment and a high-skilled workforce that supports thousands of good-paying jobs in Northeast Wisconsin.
The Marinette County OWI Task Force was deployed on Saturday. The 4 Deputies and Officers made 31 traffic stops resulting in 9 citation, 14 warnings, and 7 equipment warnings.
There were no drunk drivers arrested during the deployment. There were two drugs arrests made for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A group of volunteers is planning to head to Texas Friday to assist with disaster relief and are seeking donations to take with them.
Karl Koenigs says they don’t need clothing, but there is a long list of items they do need…
Koenigs has a complete list on his Facebook page. (See list below)
Donations can be dropped off at a semi-trailer parked at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Marinette Avenue today and Thursday.
They are also looking for volunteers to go to Texas for at least a couple of weeks.The local volunteers will be meeting up with other groups
You can contact Koenigs at 715-801-0098.
According to boots on the ground, we do not need very many clothes. We need:
> medicine (especially for children),
> we need fuel
> First Aid,
> FLAT BOTTOM BOAT, engine and a good anchor for use in swift currents
> Personal Flotation Devices,
> UNICELLULAR PLASTIC throw-able LIFE RING BUOY type IV PFD with light reflective material/tape and water resistant line,
> Towels, washcloths,
> bedding supplies and/or lite sleeping bags and small pillows
> rain gear,
> 12 amp or heavier power cords,
> electric and/or gas generators,
> electric and/or gas water pumps,
> sun and rain foldout canopies,
> 2@55 gallon drums or a 100+ gallon tank for diesel fuel and electric or manual hand pump that fits it.
> Diapers are urgent. A few even adult diapers.
> Baby Formula
> Baby Food
> Non-perishable food, canned foods, MREs, Freeze Dried Foods, etc...
> Tripod Electric Lights
> First responder gear and equipment
> Survival gear
> Spare batteries
> Lanterns Electric or Propane
> WE NEED MORE HARDY, WILLING AND ABLE VOLUNTEERS
> Think of things you would desperately and urgently need if your family were suddenly flooded out. Clothes just are not on the top of the priority list.
On Friday September 8, the Feeding America mobile food pantry will provide pantry staples to people in need at St. Vincent de Paul’s parking lot behind the store located at 1619 Main St. in Marinette. The mobile food pantry will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feeding America operates a network of food banks and is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. The Feeding America mobile food pantry was made possible through assistance from Molina Healthcare.
MARINETTE PLAN COMMISSION 090717
THE CONTROVERSY CONTINUES OVER THE MARINETTE PLAN COMMISSION’S AGENDA TO REZONE TWO PARCELS ON STEPHENSON STREET TO ALLOW EXPANDED PARKING for the STEPHENSON NATIONAL BANK AND TRUST PROPERTY DOWNTOWN. THE COMMISSION MET YESTERDAY AND VOTED TO FORWARD THE ISSUE TO THE CITY COUNCIL, BUT SOME NEIGHBORS ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THE PLANS… .. IN A VIGOROUS BUT COURTEOUS DEBATE, BOTH SIDES WERE HEARD. AT ISSUE IS THE PURCHASE OF 2 OLDER, NOW VACANT HOMES AT THE EDGE OF THE BANK PROPERTY. BANK OFFICERS MADE A PRESENTATION FOR BEAUTIFICATION & ADDITIONAL PARKING FOR EMPLOYEES, YET MANY COMMUNITY MEMBERS ATTENDED TO VOICE THEIR OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSAL. THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL WAS PRESENTED IN 2004. THIS ISSUE WILL NOW BE ADDRESSED FURTHER BY MARINETTE CITY COUNCIL.
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The West Shore Fishing Museum will host its annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m., CST. The event features a huge selection of delicious homemade pies, brats, hot dogs, root beer, ice cream, and root beer floats. Donations of homemade fruit pies to support the event are welcome. Two live music acts featuring guitar and vocals will entertain. Nick Vieth will start the day followed by Matt Johnson. There is no admission or parking charge. Most of the museum and grounds are handicapped accessible. The museum operates largely on the funds raised at this yearly event and on donations and memberships. It is located off Highway M-35 at Bailey Park, 15 miles north of Menominee or 7 miles south of Cedar River. Drive into Bailey Park and then go north on the shady lane into the museum grounds. Contact Noreen Johnson at 715-923-9756 for more information.