Mayor’s Message – 07.30.15

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

In our midst, we are honored to relay, that one of our Ocontoan’s (who was actually born here at 317 Madison Street,) Marceil Schumacher, will be celebrating her 100th birthday on July 23rd! If you wish to send her a card, her address is: 101 First Street, #405, Oconto, WI 54153     HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY, MARCEIL!

AMVETS Post 63 will be having a hamburger, bratwurst, and hot dog stand at Thompson’s County Market Coke Shack on Friday and Saturday July 24-25, 2015. The proceeds from this sale will be used for donations to the VA Hospitals and also their Post 63 scholarship.

A HUGE Thank You to Connie Bickel and Bruce Retzlaff who have been tackling the East Roundabout, and really making progress! This help is really appreciated!

The “First Impressions” Program idea (a program for community assessment and improvement) was brought to the Tourism Committee a few months ago. The committee was in total support of this exchange of ideas, and gave committee member Dale Mohr the go-ahead to contact Algoma. A group consisting of Tourism members Dale Mohr, Doug Thompson, and Chairman Carol Newbury along with Rick LeBreck, Pete Stark, Becky Dolata, and youth members, Shyanne Lessor and Becky Berth, and myself will be visiting Algoma on July 23rd to assess their community. The members of the Algoma group were in Oconto on July 14th. This is a perfect opportunity to communicate to us where we can get even better; and we will be providing the same service to Algoma. Communities helping each other out – a wonderful idea!

Thank You to the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the rental on the 2 optical viewers, placed on the handicapped fishing pier at the Causeway of Breakwater Park, and also on the viewing platform at the Oconto Marsh. This is the second year that the Chamber has paid for these viewers, and we are all very grateful for the enjoyment they provide!

There is still a chance to participate in the FREE Sailing Lessons at Breakwater Park from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. On July 24,25, August 1,7,8,14,15. Please call Steve Eliason at 920/216-7353 or go to the website bestdaysailing@gmail.com to register.

Thank You to Ellis Mercier, who recently provided a copy of the Great Lakes Angler magazine to me, and pointed out that Oconto was given the super compliment, “It’s a world-class walleye fishery” by veteran walleye pro Mark Martin! (Also Thank You to Mark Martin!) I am very grateful to Ellis, a long-time member of the Harbor Commission, who faithfully encourages me to make contact with the fishing magazines, and is the reason that we now have the wonderful tie with Great Lakes Boating Magazine! You will remember Oconto received the 4-page article with pictures last June, got a fabulous deal on a $4,000-a-page ad (taxpayers ended up paying only $630) that is still in each issue, and in the recent May/June issue, a wonderful article and picture on our SailFest. Thank You again, Ellis, and Thank You, Great Lakes Boating Magazine!

Have A Great Day! And remember, “To accomplish great things, you must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” — Anatole France (Thank You sister, Donna!)

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

August Events in Oconto!

July 31st and August 1st:  “MDA Fill the Boot” sponsored by the Oconto Fire Department – Friday, July 31st from 3 to 7 p.m. – Saturday, August 1st from 8 a.m. To 3 p.m.

August 1st and 2nd:   SAGBRAW Biking Tour will be staying overnight in Oconto at the Elementary School.  The majority will be arriving in Oconto around 2 or 3 p.m. Saturday, August 1st.  After registering at the school, they will be boarding Commission on Aging busses and taken around the City – “A Taste of Oconto” (our restaurants, bars, supper club).  They will be taken back to Crivello’s for a Rules Meeting at 7:15 p.m.  Following the meeting they will be transported back to the elementary school up to 10:00 p.m.

August 4th:  National Night Out at Oconto City Hall from 6 to 9 p.m.

August 8th:  Kiwanis 5K – 1/2 Marathon Race (N.E.W. Road Race Championships) – 7:00 a.m. To 1:30 p.m.  Race starts at Copper Culture Park – 1/2 Marathoners go to the end of the Causeway and back – 5K’s around Brazeau Avenue and back.

August 16th:  Sheboygan Walleye Club/Sportsmen’s Club Fishing Tournament at Breakwater Park.

August 21st and 22nd:  AIM Fishing Tournament at Breakwater Park.

August 22nd:  Oconto Music Festival on Huron Avenue – 2 to 10 p.m.

Utility Bill Past Due and Disconnection Notices

Please note that beginning with the July 2015 billing cycle, all City of Oconto utility customers who are at risk of having utilities disconnected due to non-payment will no longer receive separate disconnection notices.

Instead, the disconnection notices and past due amounts will be included with the regular quarterly bills.  This is being done in an effort to save postage and reduce costs.

If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at 834-7711.

Thank you!

Mayor’s Message – 07.22.15

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

“Lights for the Vets” is a very unique idea, brought to life by the Oconto Hospital Auxiliary many years ago, and now displayed on the Brazeau Avenue Fence. Last year (and this year) the American Legion Post 74 has added to this perfect exhibition of honor and respect to our veterans, by attaching a flag to every post on the fence. The banner to “Thank the Vets” donated last year is the “icing on the cake!” When you ride by the “Lights for the Vets,” please remember to Thank all of the veterans who have served, and those members of the military who continue to protect us and the freedoms we hold dear!

Speaking of our country’s flag, I continue to be very proud of those businesses and citizens who are proudly displaying our nation’s symbol. Wherever I go in our beautiful City, I see a new one. This certainly communicates to everyone, not only our support of the veterans and military; but also the value we place on being an American! Thank You, everyone!

Also, the participation of our community in beautifying all areas, makes me beam with pride! Continuously we are sprucing up houses with paint, siding, new windows and doors, and cleaning up yards. I am always speechless on the different flower arrangements that we come up with, along with bird baths, houses, and feeders, (as we are a sustained Bird City High Flyer!) And let us not forget those unique lawn ornaments, wind catchers, and chimes! Thank You, everyone!

There have been questions regarding grass clippings in the streets, which in turn are causing some of the storm sewers to become plugged. During recent heavy rainstorms, we do not want our citizens driving through dangerous amounts of water! Please remember that Oconto Ordinance Sec. 6-2-11 states that it is unlawful such material in any public street; therefore, if it continues in areas, fines will have to be issued.

The “Bikes for Breakwater Park” are now secured in their bike rack. Many, many Thanks to John Matravers, Balin Welch, Denise and Kevin Judy, Jodi Bostedt, and Shelli Peetz for making this accessibility possible to our visitors boating to Oconto! Also, Thank You to Sue Cross who recently donated a bike to add to the collection!

There will be 2 fishing tournaments in Oconto this summer, both in August. We will be host to the AIM Tournament on Friday, August 21st and Saturday, August 22nd, and the Sheboygan Walleye Club will be making their 9th return appearance on Sunday, August 16th. The AIM contract was negotiated between the Harbor Commission and AIM, with the final amount becoming $2,500 (definitely more reasonable than the over $16,000 of last year.) I am working with Denny Fox, Representative of AIM, on an early morning program (as we normally do) including a prayer, the National Anthem, and a color guard. Also, safe parking is in discussion. I am so happy and relieved that the Oconto Kiwanis Club in partnership with Ron Pecha of the Brothers 3 will be serving food and refreshments in the pavilion on Saturday, August 22nd. Thank You, Oconto Kiwanis Club and Brothers 3!

Have A Great Day! And remember, “Nothing brings you peace, but the triumph of principles.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

Mayor’s Message – 07.09.15

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

The raindrops kept falling at Saturday’s SailFest event, but all the participants stood their ground, and had fun sailing with Steve and Sara Eliason of International Youth Sailing of Oshkosh, Ltd.,  going on a pontoon ride with Captain Kenny, checking out the Coast Guard vessel and “Coastie” (the Coast Guard robot), visiting the Oconto Fire Department’s Safety Trailer and speaking with the firemen, getting their faces painted and a piece of balloon art from the Merlines, receiving a neat can cooler from the Oconto Yacht Club, drinking homemade root beer (and watching it bubble) along with popcorn by Venna Dreshek, and devouring delicious sloppy joes and nachos with cheese from The Brothers Three!  Everyone I spoke to is looking forward to next year’s SailFest, and I want to Thank all the above for their involvement – and support – to insure that we would celebrate this unique event!

Please remember to register for FREE sailing lessons on July 17, 18, 24, 25, and August 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 by calling Steve Eliasen at (920) 216-7353 or register online at bestdaysailing@gmail.com   This is a wonderful opportunity to have a “…best day of my life…” Sailing Experience and it is FREE!

Finally I had a chance to deliver more of the Great Lakes Boating Magazines – which include our Oconto ad – to Oconto businesses with waiting areas.  Copies are now available at First Merit Bank, Dr. Olsen’s office, Deb’s Hair Emporium, Main Street Insurance, Salon Mystique, American Family Insurance, Stephenson Bank, XS Hair Studio, and State Farm Insurance.  Check out the ad when you are visiting these much appreciated Oconto establishments.

A huge Thank You to Pat Hansen for again planting the round flower pots on Main Street, planting at our Oconto parks, and add more perennials to the Allouez Park (Father Allouez cross area) on Brazeau Avenue!  This is quite an undertaking, and if there is anyone willing to assist Pat with this, please let me know – 834-7717, as she could really use the help with this project each year.

Also, Thank You to the Oconto Woman’s Club for their annual planting of the water trough at Freedom Park on Main Street.

And Thank You to Connie Bickel for planting flowers in the City Hall flower pots in the front of the building, and Ruth Carriveau of our Commission on Aging office for providing a planter with flowers for the back entrance of City Hall.  This is very much appreciated by all of us who enjoy the beauty of colorful blossoms in the summer!

Oconto will be host to approximately 400 bicyclists August 1st and 2nd, when SAGBRAW visits our beautiful city overnight, as the first leg of their tour.  This will be a perfect time to showcase Oconto, and put out our best WELCOME mat!  It would be great if those businesses with outdoor signs would put “Welcome SAGBRAW” on them.

Have A Great Day!  And remember, “Flowers are our greatest friends.”

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

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. The deadline for this opening has been extended to July 20, 2015 at 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