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.
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:
> water, > medicine (especially for children), > we need fuel > Diesel > Gasoline > First Aid, > toiletries > 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, > soup, > bedding supplies and/or lite sleeping bags and small pillows > blankets > cots > generators > rain gear, > 12 amp or heavier power cords, > electric and/or gas generators, > electric and/or gas water pumps, > rope, > tarps, > 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.
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.
Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve is again asking for anyone with information on a missing Wausaukee area woman to contact his office. 83 year old Jean Fullerton was last seen on Tuesday, August 8, at her residence on Four Lakes Road. In the Town of Wagner.
Another exhaustive search of the area around the Fullerton home was conducted last Saturday with multiple public safety personnel, volunteers, and K9’s, but Fullerton remains missing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s office at 715-732-7627.
On Aug. 25, Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine successfully completed acceptance trials on the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9). LCS 9 will be delivered to the U.S. Navy and join the fleet later this year. The future USS Little Rock will be homeported at Mayport Naval Station in Florida.
The Future USS Little Rock (LCS 9) Successfully Completes Acceptance Trials
Marinette, Wis., Aug. 31, 2017 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Fincantieri Marinette Marine successfully completed acceptance trials on the future USS Little Rock (LCS 9), on Aug. 25.
The future USS Little Rock, the fifth Freedom-variant LCS built by Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine, completed acceptance trials with the highest score of any Freedom-variant LCS to date, earning the right to fly brooms atop its mast signifying a clean sweep of the ship's sea trials.
"Our team has raised the bar for Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship performance," said Joe DePietro, vice president of small surface combatants and ship systems. "This was an exceptional trial – the best of the class to date, thanks to the extraordinary contributions of all Freedom-variant LCS teammates.”
The five-day trials, conducted in port and at sea by the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), represent the last major milestone before the ship’s delivery. During the trials, the Navy conducted comprehensive tests of the LCS intended to demonstrate the performance of the propulsion plant, ship handling, and auxiliary systems.
“I am extremely proud of our entire LCS team, including our shipbuilders at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, for producing our team’s best ship to date,” said Jan Allman, Fincantieri Marinette Marine President and CEO. “These are complex vessels, and it takes a strong team effort to design, build and test these American warships.”
Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine are now preparing Little Rock for delivery in the coming weeks. Named in honor of the patriotic and hardworking citizens of Little Rock, LCS 9 will be the second U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of Arkansas’ largest city. She will be commissioned next to her decommissioned namesake in Buffalo later this year.
The Lockheed Martin and Fincantieri Marinette Marine team is currently in full-rate production of the Freedom-variant of the LCS, and has delivered four ships to the U.S. Navy to date. The future USS Little Rock is one of eight ships in various stages of construction at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, with one more in long-lead production.
The Freedom-variant LCS team is comprised of Lockheed Martin, shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine, naval architect Gibbs & Cox, and more than 800 suppliers in 42 states.
The Freedom-variant’s steel monohull design is based on a proven, resilient design recognized for its stability and reliability.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
About Fincantieri Marinette Marine Founded in 1942, Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) is located on the Menominee River flowage into Green Bay. The largest shipyard in the Midwest, FMM has delivered more than 1,300 vessels to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and commercial customers, including the technologically advanced Littoral Combat Ship Freedom variant for the U.S. Navy. In 2008, FMM along with several sister shipyards also based in the Great Lakes region, became part of Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation, with more than 19,400 employees, of whom more than 8,200 in Italy, 20 shipyards in 4 continents. Fincantieri operates in the United States through its subsidiary Fincantieri Marine Group, serving both civilian and government customers. Over the past five years, Fincantieri invested more than $100 million in both capital infrastructure and its resources to support FMM’s transformation into what is now one of the best shipyards in the United States. Employing approximately 1,500 employees, today FMM is a state-of-the-art, full service new construction shipyard.
About Gibbs & Cox Gibbs & Cox, the nation’s leading independent maritime solutions firm specializing in naval architecture, marine engineering and design, is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. The company, founded in 1929, has provided designs for nearly 80 percent of the current U.S. Navy surface combatant fleet; approaching 7,000 naval and commercial ships have been built to Gibbs & Cox designs.