The City of Oconto would like to address and respond to recent articles that were printed in the Oconto County Reporter regarding the denial of an open records request made by Kent Tempus, editor of the Reporter. The request asked that the City disclose the names, cities of residence and the current positions of those interviewed for the Police Chief position. The City was advised to deny that request. The Oconto County Reporter responded by publishing an article which states that Oconto officials violated the public’s trust, and that “Wisconsin law is very clear: The names of finalists for public office must be released.” The City disagrees.
An opinion written by the State of Wisconsin Attorney General on Wis. Stat. § 19.36 states the following:
“That definition (of “final candidate”) itself is in turn limited; it does not apply to all local public offices. For example, it would not apply to an officer appointed to serve an indefinite term who was also removable for cause, or an officer appointed by a body other than the governing body or the executive or administrative head of the local government. The statute does not apply, for example, to the office of chief of police because chiefs are appointed by the police and fire commission and hold their offices during good behavior, subject to suspension or removal by the board for cause. Sec. 62.13(3), Stats (emphasis added)”
81 Atty. Gen. 37 (1993).
The City believes that, based on the above-referenced opinion, it was likely correct to deny the open records request.
The Oconto County Reporter filed a lawsuit against the City seeking the attorneys’ fees it incurred as a result of the request. The City, upon the advice of counsel, has agreed to a negotiated settlement to avoid further costs to its taxpayers as a result of the litigation. This settlement will be paid for by the City’s insurance carrier as part of the City’s insurance policy.
SPRING LOOSE LEAF
City of Oconto
The City of Oconto Department of Public Works will begin its spring curbside collection of leaves and garden waste on Monday, May 7th, 2018 until Thursday May 31st. This material should be placed at the curb in separate piles. Leaves should be in a row no more than 4 feet wide and approximately 3 feet high. Leaves should be placed in open areas and not around obstacles such as street signs or trees or will not be picked up. Bagged material or mixed material will not be picked up.
Do not put leaves into the street. Place the leaves between the curb and the sidewalk and as close to the curb as possible. Leaves placed on the street will not be picked-up unless placed back in the area defined for proper pick-up. Brush cannot be mixed in with leaf piles.
Residents may also bring their loose leaves and garden waste to the City’s yard waste site, which is located at 1616 Main St.
It is not possible to accurately tell residents the exact day their leaves and garden wastes will be picked up.
If you have any questions, call 834-7725 between 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
Superintendent of Public Works & Utilities
This year’s Waterfest at the Oconto Harbor will be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 starting at 5 p.m. There will be vendors, food, kids activities and music by Subject 2 Change. The City’s annual Fireworks show will begin at 10 p.m. over the Oconto River.
The City of Oconto is looking for vendors of all kinds to participate in the 2nd annual Waterfest, which will be held at Breakwater Park on Tuesday, July 3 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost for a booth is $10 and you provide your own table/tent if necessary. If you are interested in selling your good at Waterfest, please contact Sara at (920)834-7711. Thank you!
Due to the large amount of snow received, garbage pickup for the city of Oconto for this week Monday and Tuesday has been moved to Wednesday and Thursday. If your normal garbage day is Monday, it will be picked up on Wednesday. If your normal day is Tuesday, it will be picked up on Thursday.
Thank you for your patience!
AS OF 8:00 P.M. ON APRIL 3, 2018, THE NUMBER OF OUTSTANDING PROVISIONAL BALLOTS FOR THE APRIL 3, 2018 SPRING ELECTION IS __0__.
The City of Oconto Building Inspection Department will be closed the week of April 16th to the 20th. Any paperwork or permits can still be dropped off during that time and will be processed the following week. Please plan accordingly for any inspections that will need to be done and/or any permits that will be needed to begin construction. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Joe Last, Building Inspector
The City of Oconto has a job opening for the following position: Harbor Master at the Breakwater Park & Harbor. This is a summer-time, part-time position that will start in mid-April and go through the end of October, weaterh permitting. Applications are available at City Hall between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018. Any questions, contact the Oconto Parks Department at (920)834-7706.
Please be informed: There are NO ATV’s/UTVS allowed to drive on City streets that are under construction. Thank you for your patience and understanding!