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Committee Examines County Board Structure

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04/25/2019- Change could be coming to the way the Menominee County Board of Commissioners does business. It’s part of an effort to increase board efficiency and facilitate better conversations about the issues and decisions that impact residents and the county as a whole. County Administrator Jason Carviou brought up the topic at an Executive Committee meeting Wednesday saying under the current structure, some issues were being discussed many times over before any action was taken and that slows the county’s forward progress.
One contributing factor is that the information from the committee dealing with specific issues doesn’t always get to the board before they’re asked to make a decision on it. And, Commissioner Larry Phelps says even when it does, not everyone on the board is doing their research beforehand.
It was suggested that the county eliminate their Personnel and Finance Committees and instead bring the topics that would be presented there to the County Board meetings for discussion by a Committee of the Whole after necessary action items from the previous meeting are taken care of. County Clerk Marc Kleimann says the current County Board agenda structure already allows for this, it’s a matter of taking advantage of it.
Carviou and Kleimann will work to update the county’s by-laws and policies to reflect the elimination of some committees in favor of working as a Committee of the Whole. A formal proposal is expected to be brought forth in the coming months.

Menominee Mayoral, City Council Candidates Released

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04/25/2019-Those in the running to represent the City of Menominee and its residents have been announced. Incumbent Jean Stegeman will run unopposed for the office of the Mayor this year. Trinidy McMahon, Jacqueline Nutter, and Kris Rusch have each declared their candidacy for the First Ward Council seat being vacated by Nick Malone. Unless one of those three withdraw their candidacy by tomorrow, a primary for that position will be held to narrow the field to two in August. In the Second Ward, Scott Christiansen will challenge current Council Member Steve Fifarek. Ed Smith is running against incumbent Dennis Klitzke for the Third Ward Council seat. And, in the Fourth Ward, Frank Pohlmann is running unopposed for another term. All of these positions are four-year terms. Menominee voters will head to the polls to decide on these races November 5th.

Another Dip in Local Unemployment

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04/25/2019- Unemployment fell in Marinette County last month. The updated report released by Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development shows joblessness in the county came in at 4.5% in March. That’s down slightly from the 4.6% recorded in February and more than half a percentage point lower than the 5.1% seen at this time last year. Joblessness across Wisconsin held steady at 2.9% in March. That’s hovering just above the state’s record low of 2.8% percent unemployment in April 2018 and just below the 3% joblessness from March of last year.

Discussing Employment Challenges for Adults with Barriers

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04/25/2019 As local industries continue to grow and the pool of job candidates shrinks, businesses need to be able to adapt to work with employees of all skills and abilities. A community forum being held in Crivitz next week will address employing young adults with barriers and finding workforce solutions. The event is open to all residents, organizations, and businesses and aims to make connections and help the community by identifying how to employ more young adults with barriers. The forum is free to attend and takes place at the Sportsman’s Café on County Road X from 8:00 until 10:00 AM. To register, call 608-318-0700.

DNR Issues Warning Over Sewage Release

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04/24/2019- The City of Oconto is getting a stern warning from the Wisconsin DNR about releasing sewage into the river there. The DNR will issue a “notice of noncompliance” to the City for bypassing the water treatment facility and pumping their sewage directly into the Oconto River last week in an attempt to prevent backups into homes and businesses. This is the first time Oconto has had this type of an issue and, according to the DNR, overflows are prohibited. The DNR notice is not punitive, but rather, details instructions to prevent the issue from occurring again.

National Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday

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04/24/2019- It’s one area you may not have on your spring cleaning list, but local law enforcement says it should be. The annual nationwide Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday, April 27th, making now a good time to go through your medicine cabinet and collect any unused, unnecessary medication you have sitting around. Those items can then be brought to the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office Saturday from 9:00 AM until noon for disposal. Sheriff Jerry Sauve says doing so keeps them from falling into the wrong hands.
If you can’t make it Saturday, Sauve says there are several locations, including the Sheriff’s Office, that offer medication drop-boxes year-round.
While all types of medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, will be accepted during Drug Take-Back Day, medical supplies and equipment, sharps, and inhalers cannot be. Other drop-off locations for the event include Bay Area Mobility Center, the BAMC Stephenson Pharmacy, the Amberg Community Center, and the Niagara Police Department.

Buy 6 Nights, Get 7th Free Proposal for Menominee County Campground Fails

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04/24/2019- A proposal to boost attendance at one Menominee County campground didn’t make it past the board last night. The County’s Board of Commissioners considered a recommendation to amend the 2019 parks price list to include giving campers a seventh night free if they purchased six consecutive nights at Kleinke Park. Use of that park is said to have declined as much as 30% in recent years and the proposal was presented as a one-year special designed to draw more attention to the campground and its amenities. However, some Commissioners weren’t sold on the long-term benefit to the county and others were concerned there would be complaints about only providing the offer at Kleinke Park and not others. Ultimately, the motion failed on a 4 to 5 vote.

Weather Conditions Keeping Some Roadside Parks Closed Longer Than Expected

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04/24/2019- Most of the UP’s roadside parks will reopen this week, but others will remain closed a while longer. Parks operated by the Michigan DOT in Menominee, Delta, and Dickinson Counties will open for the 2019 season tomorrow, but more than a dozen parks in other parts of the UP are expected to remain closed until at least mid-May due to weather conditions. While some parks will be open this week, visitors should not expect drinking water to be turned on until sometime next month after annual testing and treatment of the park water systems is complete. In total, MDOT maintains 32 roadside parks throughout the UP which are typically open from April through October.

City Seeking Questions from Public About PFAS Concerns

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04/23/2019- Residents across Marinette County and beyond have questions about PFAS contamination in area ground and surface water and the City of Marinette wants to hear from them. The City is in the process of planning a combined meeting with representatives from Tyco and the Wisconsin DNR and is offering people the chance to submit their own questions about the issue. Those questions can be emailed to PFAS@marinette.wi.us. Questions will not be immediately replied to but will be complied for use at the upcoming meeting. That meeting date and time have yet to be determined, but will be announced as more information becomes available.

WPS Work Will Affect Water Pressure in Menominee

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04/23/2019- Water flows could be impacted for some customer in Menominee this week. Wisconsin Public Service is scheduled to perform some maintenance work on their power lines feeding the 48th Avenue water pressure booster pump station tomorrow. The booster pump station will need to be shut down for the work and homes and businesses within the high-pressure district will experience a reduction in water pressure. That maintenance work expected to last from about 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

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