Recycling Pick-Up – Week of Christmas

RECYCYLING PICK-UP

CITY OF OCONTO (Christmas week)

There will be no recycling pick-up on Wednesday Dec. 24th & Thursday Dec. 25th.

All residents that would normally get picked up on Wednesday Dec. 24th will get picked up on Monday Dec. 22nd

All residents that would normally get picked up on Thursday Dec. 25th will get picked up on Tuesday Dec. 23rd  

Pick-up for residents on Friday Dec. 26th will remain the same

 

 

Jeremy Wusterbarth

Superintendent of PublicWorks & Utilities

Mayor’s Message – 12.19.14

 

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

 

Hello Everyone!

 

David Ruid of the United States Department of Agriculture will be presenting a program on Urban Goose Management at the December 9th Regular Council Meeting at 6:00 p.m.  If anyone is interested in seeing this very educational information or wishes to comment, please attend.

 

Every day it is extremely enjoyable to take a ride around our City, and observe the most recent decorating ideas that have been innovated!  I am always so impressed on each individual’ and business’ interpretations of their own mini “Winter Wonderlands.”  Thank You all for taking the time and money to bring happiness to others!

 

The comment has been made to me that Oconto is losing its population!  I wish to reassure everyone that we are growing in every way!  Recently we received a final figure from the State and we are at 4,544 which is 31 more than our population signs relate.

 

What a joyous evening last night when I attended the Middle School Christmas Concert – such talented children we have in our City!  I was so proud when the Band Director Mike Marciniek thanked everyone, and mentioned that he has been in bigger cities where the attendance was not at all as huge as this wonderful turn-out. That really says volumes about the support we are giving our precious children, and who we are as a community!  If anyone is interested in attending the rest of the concerts – Oconto High School Band is December 8th at 7 p.m. – Oconto High School Choir is December 15th at 7 p.m. – Oconto Elementary is December 11th at 10:00 a.m., 1 p.m., 6 p.m.

 

Just so everyone has a “heads up” – the tax bills will be going out some time next week.

 

The City has now received permission from the Corps of Engineers and the DNR to build an access for ice-fishing at Breakwater Park.  Following the approval of the Harbor Commission on Wednesday night, this recommendation will now be presented to the Finance Committee and City Council at their meetings December 9th.  Hopefully, they will also approve, that construction can begin immediately on Wednesday or Thursday.  Please be aware that a portion of the Causeway will have to be shut down for this construction, and we ask for your patience.

 

Have A Great Day!  And remember, “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life, as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.” –  Booker T. Washington

 

Mayor’s Message – 12.12.14

MAYOR’S   MESSAGE:

Hello   Everyone!

I hope   everyone’s Thanksgiving was wonderful, and that there was time for reflection   on what we are grateful for.  I am so   grateful for Oconto’s whirlwind of progress -    and Thank everyone responsible!    I am also grateful for the wonderful volunteers in Oconto, and those   who help others out in time of need.    Such was my position on Tuesday morning after our first big winter   storm.  As I was shoveling myself out,   along came my neighbor, Cletus Courchaine, to my rescue and finished   repositioning the snow for me!  Thank   You, Cletus!  This is a perfect example   of the neighborly and right thing to do – for all of us!

I am very   pleased to report the west roundabout has been completed regarding its   winterization and preparing it for spring planting!  A huge Thank You to Cynthia Patterson, Curt   Arnold, Jodi Bostedt, and Jeff Bostedt for taking their off-time, to level   the wood chip piles before they froze too much!

There was   much discussion about future fishing tournaments both at a recent Harbor   Commission meeting and the Budget Meeting November 18th.  Fishing tournaments have been moved from   the Tourism Committee to the Harbor Commission, as they are held at the   harbor’s Breakwater Park.  The Harbor   Director will now be the contact person for these tournaments, and before ANY   tournament can be held through anyone, the Harbor Commission has to be   approached first to give their permission.    Launching fees were discussed, and it was revealed that the revenue   was down $2,000 this year, because of free launching brought about by the   fishing tournaments.

I am always   proud of the sportsmanship of our Oconto athletes and fans!  That is precisely how “The Oconto Way”   began, after a basketball game where we witnessed the very unnecessary,   deliberate physical contact of our opponent, and I relayed to our student   fans that “No matter what other teams do, Oconto cannot and will not stoop to   negative, purposely-hurting behavior” – and when Laken James then replied,   “That is the Oconto Way.”  Children   should NOT be taught to deliberately stop their opponent at all costs – no   matter how someone can get hurt!    Mental and physical quickness is sufficient to play sports the way   they were meant to be played – as competition – without violence.  I have been vehemently against this violence   for the past five years!  I am very   pleased to say for the first time in many years, wonderful sportsmanship was   shown by an opponent, when we played Coleman on Tuesday night.  Although Oconto maintained a lead   throughout the game, Coleman kept playing with excellent sportsmanship – I   even noticed exchanges of smiles between players on both teams.  Shouldn’t that be the ultimate goal with   athletes and fans on both sides?  That   we are friendly and respectful to each other, even though we cheer for our own   team, whom we want to be victorious?

Have A   Great Day!  And remember, “One man   practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.”  –    Knute Rockne

Victoria   Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

 

Full-Time and Part-Time Parks Employee Job Openings

City of Oconto

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department

Employment Opportunities

 

The City of Oconto Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is accepting applications for the position of Parks Working Foreman (40 hours per week).  The salary range for this position is $11.96-$12.46 per hour, depending 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).  The salary range for the position is $11.46-$11.96 per hour, depending 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 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  The deadline to turn in the applications will be Friday, December 26, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

John Bostedt

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director

City of Oconto Police Chief Recruiting

Job Announcement

City of Oconto Police Chief

Police Chief – Oconto, WI (pop. 4,700) located on the Oconto River 30 minutes north of Green Bay is seeking an innovative law enforcement professional with strong leadership and interpersonal skills to lead the Police Department. The Chief, 8 full-time and one part-time officers staff the Oconto Police Department. Ideal candidates would have an Associate’s Degree and ten years of progressive law enforcement experience or a combination of education and experience. Minimum requirements include a high school diploma with ten years of experience in police work, including competence in budget administration and personnel management, a valid Wis. Drivers license, and certification by the Wis. Training and Standards Board. A thorough background check, psychological test, drug screen, and medical exam will be required.  Salary range $57,000 to $67,000 plus an excellent benefit package. The application packet should include a letter of interest, resume and salary requirements, and received before 5:00 PM on December 26, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact policechief@cityofoconto.com or 920-834-7700.  EOE.

Applications may be emailed to policechief@cityofoconto.com or mailed to:

Oconto Police Department

Attn: Chief Ault

1210 Main St.

Oconto, WI 54153

 

Notice of Audit of Voting Equipment – December 11, 2014

PUBLIC NOTICE OF

2014 VOTING SYSTEM AUDIT

OF THE VOTES CAST ON THE

EAGLE OPTICAL SCANNER

FOR THE NOVEMBER 4, 2014 GENERAL ELECTION

 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

9:00 a.m.

City Council Chambers

Oconto City Hall

1210 Main Street, Oconto, WI  54153

The test is open to the public.

If you are an individual with a disability and need special accommodations while attending these meetings as required by the American with Disabilities Act, please notify City Hall, (920) 834-7711 at least 24 hours prior to the meeting in order to make suitable arrangements.

Mayor’s Message – 11.25.14

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

Serving as your Mayor, I always want to work toward all persons being allowed to express their views, regarding situations occurring in our City.  And such was the case at our Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday night.  You will recall that a meeting had been held about a year ago, to work with all sides regarding the music at John’s Garage, the outcome (we all thought) a workable solution.  John also went the extra mile by putting up a tent surrounding his outdoor area and facing the bands toward the river.  From the time of that meeting, everywhere I went, someone mentioned to me how much they enjoyed the music, and why can’t he have his outdoor music anymore?  As there were still concerns by the citizen, and she wanted to speak to the Council, this was placed under Correspondence/Public Input on the Agenda.  The outpouring of those citizens who want the music to continue, and who attended this meeting to precisely and respectfully express why is it so important to every one of them was very, very impressive.  Every age group of our people was represented.  For myself, I believe in the democratic process, and what the majority speak (and vote for) should be adhered to.

Please remember that the Recycling Pick-Up on Thursday and Friday will change for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  All residents who would normally get picked up on Thursday, November 27th will get picked up on Monday, November 24th.  All residents who would normally get picked up on Friday, November 28th will get picked up on Tuesday, November 25th.   Pick-up for residents on Wednesday, November 26th will remain the same.

Our heartfelt Thanks to Jeremy Demerath who volunteered to be the diver responsible for lining up the new launch extensions at Breakwater Park.  Also Thanks to Jeremy Wusterbarth and Rick Schultz for their assistance.  This was accomplished just a few weeks ago – the water was freezing cold!

Oconto’s Christmas activities are wonderfully in the beginning stages.  Please remember that the Christmas Parade is December 6th at 1:00 p.m.   Contact Gary Zahn at 373-1998 if you wish to participate.  I understand it may be another BRRRR cold day this year, but if you dress really warm, it is actually a fun walk or ride down our Main Street.  The wreaths are already adorning the Brazeau Avenue Fence and Holtwood Campground will soon be aglow with Winter Wonderland finery.  I have already witnessed colorful Christmas trees lit in our homes, and decorations placed in our yards!  Thank You to everyone taking part in this “Most Wonderful Time of the Year in Oconto.”

As Thanksgiving is almost here, please take a moment on that day, to relay what you are Thankful for!

Have A Great Day!  And remember, “There is always, always, always – something to the thankful for.”

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

Recycling Pickup – Week of November 26, 2014

RECYCYLING PICK-UP CITY OF OCONTO (Thanksgiving week)

There will be no recycling pick-up on Thursday Nov. 27th & Friday Nov. 28th.

All residents that would normally get picked up on Thursday Nov. 27th will get picked up on Monday Nov. 24th

All residents that would normally get picked up on Friday Nov. 28th will get picked up on Tuesday Nov. 25th

Pick-up for residents on Wednesday Nov. 26th will remain the same

Jeremy Wusterbarth Superintendent of PublicWorks & Utilities

Mayor’s Message – 11.12.14

MAYOR’S MESSAGE: Hello Everyone! Such pride we all feel for our Oconto High School Graphic Arts Class who honored their teacher, Lisa Tousey, presently battling Stage 4 breast cancer, by designing and selling t-shirts to raise funds for her use. Mrs. Tousey “felt honored that she was part of a project that teaches something that you can’t find in most classrooms and that is the ability to reach out to other people.” Our Oconto children worked toward and attained a very inspiring accomplishment, which will be with them throughout their lives. I am so grateful to the “Roundabout Volunteers” and their 5 hours of dedicated work on Saturday to bring it closer to becoming an asset for our beautiful Oconto. A very huge Thank You to Cynthia Patterson, Tom Sasse, Curt Arnold, and Jodi Bostedt who laid down and pegged the fabric on the entire roundabout. Also Thanks to John Bostedt, Bryce Bostedt, Jeff Bostedt, and Craig Schmidt for carrying the heavy roll of fabric from City Hall to the trailer to the roundabout. Thanks to Rick Schultz for hauling truckloads of wood chips to keep the fabric from blowing away! Thanks to Michael McDonald for stopping and asking if we needed help, and then helping, once we began the wood chip dispersal. Some of the piles still need to be smoothed out, and the rest of the wood chips put down, probably in another week or two. Also a word of pride for our Girls Varsity Volleyball Team who as 3rd seed won the match with 2nd seed Laona/Wabeno in their home court, then won the match with 1st seed Bonduel in their home court to bring home the Regional Plaque! WOW! They played “The Oconto Way” with Resilience, Relentlessness, Honor, Courage, and Courtesy. This is the 3rd year in a row that the Volleyball Team has won the Regionals, and that is quite an achievement! Congrats to the Girls and their coaches. Everyone has been asking when O’Reilly’s Auto Parts will be building. We just received the conceptual plan, and from what we understand, they will be building in April or May. A copy of the 2015 Budget for the City of Oconto is on the counter if anyone wishes to look it over. The Budget Hearing will be held before the Regular Council Meeting on November 18th at 5:30 p.m. A member of the Topps group who meet here at the Multi-Purpose Room every Thursday asked me to mention that one of their hospital-grade scales is missing. If anyone borrowed it, or knows its whereabouts, please bring it back to the group, here at City Hall. Have A Great Day! And remember, “I choose to live by choice, not by chance. To make changes, not excuses. To be motivated, not manipulated. I choose self-esteem, not self-deception.” Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

Mayor’s Message

MAYOR’S MESSAGE: Hello Everyone! You will recall that our Laken James was recruited by the UWGB Phoenix Girls Basketball Team, and we are extremely proud of her reaching her ultimate goal! On Tuesday, Laken was interviewed by ESPN, which brings honor to her, and to Oconto! I am so overwhelmingly grateful, from the bottom of my heart, that when she was asked who her most inspirational person was – Laken responded “Mayor Victoria Bostedt.” That a child of Oconto understands who I am – and why I am fighting for the future and people of this City speaks volumes, and means the absolute world to me. As Mayor, the State Statutes 62.09(8)(a) and our Ordinance 2-2-3(b)(1),(3) dictate that the Mayor is the Chief Executive officer of the City who should take care that all City ordinances and State Statutes are observed and enforced and that all City officers and employees discharge their duties. I take these laws very seriously, along with the responsibility they entail. To be criticized for doing my job, on the ruse of calling it micro-managing, or saying that I have to stop doing my job is ridiculous. I believe I presently have a very good working relationship with the majority of our department heads (and with all employees) and trust they are overseeing their departments. This government should not be used as a political game, but treated as a business involving millions of taxpayer dollars, and following the laws that govern it. I would not have been re-elected if the majority of the people of Oconto did not have confidence in my decisions. The progress (we are enjoying and grateful for) in the last two years speaks for itself. Remember that Halloween is “creeping” up on us, and Oconto’s Trick or Treat hours on Friday, October 31st are 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Also, if you get a chance, take a relaxing ride or walk around any part of our City, and check out our community’s wonderful Fall and Halloween displays. Even one pumpkin on a porch ties us together! Guaranteed to make you smile! Have A Great Day! And remember, “A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.” — John F. Kennedy Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto