Job Openings – Parks & Recreation Department

The City of Oconto Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is accepting applications for the position of Parks Lead Worker (40 hours per week).  Wages are dependent on experience and qualifications, plus an excellent benefits package.

The Parks Department is also accepting applications for the position of Part-Time Laborer (35 – 37 hours per week).  Wages are dependent on experience and qualifications.

Both positions require a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid driver’s license.  Applications, along with a job description and additional qualifications can be picked up at Oconto City Hall, 1210 Main Street, Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.   Applications are also available at www.cityofoconto.com.  If you have turned in an application since January 1, 2015 and are interested in applying, please call 920-834-7706. Application deadline is July 13, 2015 @ 4:00 p.m.

John Bostedt

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director

Mayor’s Message – 07.02.15

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

CopperFest was an absolute joy to experience – from the variety of parade entrants to mouth-watering food choices to numerous unique activities and games to carnival rides (and I rode on two of them).  Thank You to all the organizers of CopperFest 2015 – excellent results!

The “Bicycles for Breakwater Park” project is really coming along – Thanks to the participation and donations of very generous people.  Not only did John Matravers of Matravers Hardware start us off with a great wide-tire bike – Balin Welch, one of our children, unselfishly gave us his barely-used blue speed bike – Denise and Kevin Judy actually put new tires on their bike and donated it to us – Shelli Peetz stopped in to offer a bike that she has in storage, which we will check out – isn’t this so fantastic that all ages are coming forward!  Again it proves what Oconto’s people are made of – and I am so proud of all of you!  The bike rack to hold these will be put in place next week; they will be labeled and numbered, and a log will be kept of their comings and goings.

Thank You to everyone who has been co-operating regarding our rummage sale sign idea!  It is so wonderful to see our local entrepreneurs advertise in an organized fashion – as that is who we are as a City.

The two unfortunate events involving our citizens’ pets are very disturbing.  We do not want this type of reaction of incidents to ever happen again.  I implore of everyone who has a pet (which, of course, is part of your family) to please remember the care that must be observed for the safety of the animal, and anyone who would possibly come in contact with it.  That is why it is extremely important to observe the ordinances that are put in place.  All pets must be under the control of their owner at all times (a leash), and safely secured when outside.  Pets should not be allowed to run, as this is where part of the issue becomes a problem.  Some neighbors do not want the birds they feed to become prey, or the flowers they plant to be destroyed by urine or feces.  Everyone’s rights within their own property should be respected and followed.  Rules and laws of an organized society – which we are.

That is why there is also an ordinance in place, of “NO PETS” at Holtwood Complex during games and practices.  Please observe and follow this also, for the protection of the children and spectators watching their players.  This is not a setting for a pet, as no one can guarantee how their pet will react in a crowd or group of people.

Please put Saturday, July 11th at 2:00 p.m. On your calendars for the dedication of the repairs (ten years ago) sponsored by the American Legion Post 74 on the World War I canon resting at City Park.

Have A Great Day!  And remember, “The human contribution is the essential ingredient.  It is only in giving of oneself to others that we truly live.”  —  Ethel Percy Andrus

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

4th of July Fireworks

The annual City of Oconto fireworks show will be held on Saturday, July 4th beginning at 9:30 p.m.  Fireworks will be shot off from Holtwood Park. 

Have a safe and happy holiday!!!


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Mayor’s Message – 06.25.15

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

The glorious moment that all the Aageson Pool supporters had worked for arrived last Saturday, and we couldn’t have been happier with the results – seen through the smiling faces of the children and adults who swam or watched, and the laughter heard throughout the facility once again! THANK YOU EVERYONE, WHO MADE THIS MOMENT POSSIBLE!

Thank You to those who attended the dedication and reopening, those who decorated, and cooked, and fed attendees! Thank You to Brenda Walkowiak who brought over tons of cookies to be given out – yummy – and did they ever go over perfectly!

Thank You to all the Oconto businesses who supported our Varsity Girls Softball in their Sectionals participation by putting up posters and messages! You are appreciated – and isn’t it wonderful how many times this has occurred in the last 3 years between Regionals, Sectionals, State. We are so proud of Oconto’s children!

Oconto is also very proud of Steve Woodworth, our Utility employee, who was showcased in a 4-page article in the Treatment Plant Operator Magazine. There is a copy on the City Hall counter for anyone to check out and read. Thank You, Steve, for bringing honor to Oconto!

2015 SailFest is next week-end, June 20th at Breakwater Park from 1-6 p.m. Activities will include: Free sailing lessons at the north side of the Causeway. Sailboat Races (The Copper Cup Challenge) in the Bay starting at 1 p.m. Sponsored by Hi-Seas Marina (contact John if you wish to participate – 834-2565.) The Coast Guard plans to have a vessel at Slip #3, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary from Green Bay plans to have a booth near the Coast Guard vessel. Captain Kenny will be offering pontoon rides on Slip #6. Watch for a unique Cruisers yacht at either Slip #4 or #5. Oconto Yacht Club will have an info table. Face-painting and balloon art by the Merlines. The two Oconto students who are planning a “European Adventure” will be offering food and drink choices in the pavilion as a fund-raiser for their trip. Venna Dreshek will be offering her homemade root beer and popcorn. The Oconto Fire Department will have their educational Fire Safety Trailer for everyone to check out! This is a perfect time to enjoy the beauty of nature and water that Breakwater Park offers, and to celebrate our waterways – the Oconto River and the Bay of Green Bay! See you out there on June 20th!

Also, there will be a Girls Softball Tournament on June 19th and 20th at Holtwood Complex.

Please support your Oconto events!

Have A Great Day! And remember, “The truest wisdom, in general, is a resolute determination.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

Aageson Pool Hours and Information

Daily Admission Rates

Youth, ages 2 & under                                                                                   Free with paid adult

 

Resident Youth (ages 3-17)                                                                          $2.50

 

Campground Youth (ages 3-17)                                                                 $2.50

 

Resident Adult (18 & over)                                                                          $4.00

 

Campground Adult (18 & over)                                                                  $4.00

 

Non-Resident (ages 3-17)                                                                            $3.50

 

Non-Resident (18 & over)                                                                            $5.00

 

Seniors (60 & over)                                                                                         $1.00

 

Group Rate (20 or more kids & 3 chaperones)                                     $1.00 per kid and 3 adults free

 

**Ages 2 – 7 must be accompanied by an adult                                **After 6:00 p.m., rates are half price to all

Mayor’s Message – 06.18.15

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

The pride is riding high again in Oconto with the success of our Girls Varsity Softball reaching the final game of Sectionals – next stop is State competition – and we believe they can do it!  Congratulations to the girls and Head Coach Jeremy Wusterbarth on all your achievements!

More volunteers and contributors to the Aageson Pool renovating:  Thank You to Ken Altergott who removed the tiles on the shower floors, and did needed cement work.  Thank You to Cruisers, Inc. For materials.  Thank You to Jodi Bostedt for painting the cement blocks by the pool entrance, and painting the shower floors and borders.  Thank You to Connie Bickel for washing out the storage baskets and container they are in.  Thank You to Darrell Anderson, Sheri Groll, and Lisa Anderson for scraping the picnic tables.  Thank You to OraLee and Dennis Martin and Sue Anderson for painting the picnic tables.  Thank You to John and Gavin and Troy for all your help in all matters, and the countless times you opened the pool area for us!  Also all other City employees who helped out in any way!

“The Splash Club” – our new pool fund-raising group deserves our THANKS and a real pat-on-the-back.  I have mentioned the group previously as the “Friends of Aageson Pool.”  They have chosen the new catchy name, and it surely fits!  Thanks to the following for monetary donations to get the group going – Corliss Lightner and Family, Darrell and Sue Anderson, Gibeault Construction, Copperleaf Realty, and Bay Shore Chiropractic (Dr. Nathan Jackson).  Also, THANKS to Joe and Amy Wenzel for their donation of speakers for the pool facility.

The Forestry Committee’s 2015 Poster Contest was presented to the members of the 6th Grade Class of Oconto Middle School.  The theme they worked from this year was “Trees are Terrific Because…….”  The 6th Grade students managed to come up with really fantastic observations on the importance of trees, and were able to transform their ideas perfectly in color and form!  Winners of the Poster Contest this year were:  1st place – Riley Franks;  2nd place – Jenessa Schneider   3rd place – Natalie Miller.   These posters are displayed on the City Hall front entrance hall, along with all the other participants’ excellent work!  Please stop in, and observe the talents of our children!

Remember to sign up for free sailing lessons in July and August by contacting Steve Eliasen at (920) 216-7353 or e:mail him at www.oshkoshsailing.org before all the spots are taken.  You can check about the available dates on the City website www.cityofoconto.com .

And a huge THANK YOU to those local organizations who participated in sponsorships that the children would receive these free lessons:  Oconto Kiwanis Club, Oconto Sportsman’s Club, Oconto Park & Recreation Committee, Oconto Tourism Committee, and Oconto Harbor Commission.

OCONTO EVENTS TO REMEMBER:  1.  CopperFest Weekend on June 12-14th – Parade on June 13th at 10:00 a.m.   2.  SailFest on June 20th at Breakwater Park from 1 to 6:00 p.m.   3.  Nature Festival at Copper Culture State Park on June 27 from 11:00 a.m. To 4:30 p.m.  Also the Little League Tournament at Holtwood Complex on June 26th-28th.   Please support your Oconto events!

Have A Great Day!  (AND WE ARE)  And remember, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  —  Eleanor Roosevelt    This quote is dedicated to the Aageson Pool and its many, many supporters!

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

Newborn Fawn Spotted

Check out this picture of a newborn fawn submitted to us by a citizen from the “north side” who enjoys wild life such as turkeys, sand hill cranes, deer, mallard ducks in the water in the back yard, bears that roam at night, squirrels, etc. He states he has traveled to many places, but believes that Oconto (Jab Switch) is the “Garden Spot of the World.”

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Mayor’s Message – 06.11.15

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

The Pool State Inspector visited us on Wednesday morning, and great news that it is, we are closer to officially reopening Aageson Pool!  With the Inspector’s assistance, we will be making sure everything is safe for the children!

This brings to mind more volunteers to Thank for all the intense work that has been accomplished to get the pool building ready!   THANK YOU TO:  Darrell Anderson and Todd Hearley for taping up plastic, with assistance from Connie Bickel and Sheri Groll.  Travis Cain and Todd Hearley for spray painting all the entire outside walls and ceilings.  Sue Anderson and Lisa Anderson for removing plastic, plus cleaning and painting the concession stand.  Jodi Bostedt, Julie Bostedt, and Brea Bostedt for removing tape and tape residue around building roof.  Curt Arnold for painting both bathrooms.  Connie Bickel for cleaning lockers, showers, and painting.  Jodi Bostedt for scrubbing down the Dr. Aageson Memorial Stone to bring it back to its brilliance.  OraLee and Dennis Martin for painting doors, frames, and poles.  Jodi Bostedt and Mike Burkowski for repairs on door frames, securing pipe, painting.  Darrell Anderson and Mike Gibeault for replacing poles and counter tops.  Jodi Bostedt and Jeff Bostedt for power-washing all the floors (other than bathrooms) and parts of the sidewalks in the facility.  Sheri Groll, Sue Anderson, and Lisa Anderson for getting the concession stand completely ready-to-go.

The Forestry Committee has been dedicated to formulating a plan for the Emerald Ash Borer tree disease, which is as close to us as Brown County.  At their April Regular Council meeting, the City Council passed the Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan, copies of which are available on the City Hall counter.  At this time we would ask that you identify whether you have any ash trees on your property, and let us know.  We can then build an inventory.  We also ask that, with the information contained in the Management Plan, you help us to monitor these trees.  If you need help in identifying whether you have an ash tree, please drive to the movie theatre located by Aageson Pool.  At the right corner are 2 ash trees marked with orange ribbon tied around them.

This also was the main reason that the Firewood Policy at the Campground was changed, to help prevent any diseased wood from being brought it.  This policy, of course, has brought up the question – “How are we going to prevent citizens from burning any kind of firewood in their fire pits?”  My answer to that is – I believe that our people want to prevent this disease from taking over our ash trees, and will do everything in their power, TO NOT burn diseased ash firewood.  I believe they will be watchful, because they care:

IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP:  1.  Dedication of Anchor at Breakwater Park on Friday, June 5th at 2:00 p.m., with the Melvin Brunette family who gifted Oconto with this historic remnant.   2.  Grand Reopening of Aageson Pool on Saturday, June 6th – Noon to 5 p.m. – Ceremony at 1:00 p.m.  Guests attending will be Dr. Aageson’s son Tom and daughter Christine, with her daughter and fiancé.  The pool’s recent benefactor (also an Oconto native), K.C. Stock and his family has also been invited, and we hope they will be able to attend.  Rep. John Nygren, Sen. Dave Hansen, and Camille Solberg from Sen. Ron Johnson’s office, and Dave Kubiak of Pool Works (who was instrumental in the needed repairs) will also be there.  Please support your Oconto events!

Have A Great Day!  And remember, “When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.”  —  Eleanor Roosevelt

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

Mayor’s Message – 06.04.15

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

Graduation is almost here, and I want to wish all our Seniors the very best that the future can offer, and “May All Your Hopes and Dreams Come True.”  With the hard work and perseverance that I have seen from these new adults, I am confident they will further their achievements!

The day is getting closer and closer to realizing the reopening of Aageson Pool!  Please remember that you can purchase an Early Bird Season Pass until June 7th.  Once the pool opens, the price per day will be $2.50 Resident and Campground Youth, $4.00 Resident and Campground Adult, $3.50 Non-Resident Youth, $5.00 Non-Resident Adult, $1.00 Senior (60 & over.)  Regarding “Hours of Operation” – Monday thru Saturday will be Open Swim from 11:00 a.m. – 8 p.m. With a Safety Check from 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  Tuesday & Thursday from 8:00 p.m. To 10:00 p.m. Will be Adult Lap Swim.  Sunday from 12:00 p.m. To 6:00 p.m. Will be Open Swim.  There will also be availability for groups to rent out the pool for a party, etc. – call 834-7706 for availability – a form must be filled out at City Hall (cost $40.)  (Please clip this info out that you have it for future reference.)

Remember the Pool Dedication and Celebration is on Saturday, June 6th with children’s activities from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. – Pool Dedication Ceremony at 1:00 p.m. – Free swimming following the ceremony – Food served by the Friends of Aageson Pool.  Music and fun in a luau-themed atmosphere!

SailFest will also be here before we know it – June 20th from 1 to 6 p.m. At Breakwater Park.  Free sailing lessons sponsored by International Youth Sailing of Oshkosh on the north side of the causeway.  Face-painting and balloon art from 1 to 4 p.m. By the Merlines sponsored by Sohr’s Harbor Shores, Sue and Darrell Anderson and myself.  A Coast Guard vessel is planning to make an appearance (Thanks to a contact to them by Dale Lambert, Commodore of the Oconto Yacht Club.)  Homemade root beer and popcorn by Venna Dreshek.  The Oconto Fire Department will exhibit their safety trailer.  Sailboat races sponsored by Hi Seas Marina.

And due to the generosity of many sponsors (a list will be forthcoming), the July and August sailing lessons given by International Youth Sailing of Oshkosh (Steve and Sara Eliasen) will be entirely FREE!  Thank You, Sponsors!  Please register soon at www.oshkoshsailing.org or call Steve Eliasen at (920) 216-7353, as these FREE spots will all fill up quickly, and you may miss your chance this summer!

Thank You so very much, John Matravers and Matravers Hardware, who is the first to donate a used bicycle (and a Schwin on top of it!) to the “Bikes for Breakwater Park Project” that we are getting started for our guests who visit Oconto by boat!  I am sure this wonderful donation will encourage many more people of Oconto to do the same.

Have A Great Day!  And remember, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you’ve imagined.”  —  Henry David Thoreau

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto