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

Mayor’s Message – 10.31.14

 

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

 

Hello Everyone!

 

Remember that Halloween is “creeping” up on us, and Oconto’s Trick or Treat hours on October 31st are 5:00 p.m. To 7:00 p.m.  Also, if you get a chance, take a relaxing ride or walk around any part of the City, and check out our community’s wonderful Fall and Halloween displays.  Guaranteed to make you smile!

 

Everyone is very well aware of the Oconto Area Humane Society’s importance in our county, and the fact that it recently came into hard times.  I received a letter from a gal in Gillett asking that I mention the circumstances the Society is facing, and the fact that if every person in the County gave $1.00 a year, they could get along just fine.  Please contact Kathy Campshure at 373-5477 if you wish to assist.

 

I am extremely disheartened by the recent events cumulating at the Council meeting on Tuesday night.  Because I had not presented new recommendations (the entire committee was shot down after the election in April) for the Ethics Committee (which has never officially met to address a situation according to longstanding members), without consulting and working with me, the Council President Roger Reed with help from Councilperson Al Schreiber presented recommendations for this committee, and for the vacancy of Advisory Member of the Tourism Committee.  What is the sense of urgency?  What is the actual plan that this has to be done immediately? – To try to stop me, because I am trying to bring to light, issues that are wrong in this building?  According to State Law and Local Ordinances, that is my job!  I did not have a problem with 3 recommendations.  The other 3 were questionable in my opinion – also the Advisory Tourism member (who I have tried to work with, to no avail).  Our ordinance 2-2-3(d)(2) states that the Common Council MAY then nominate an appointee to such position, SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE MAYOR. When I voiced my disapproval (according the ordinance) I was told by the City Attorney that I had to submit a Veto letter after the meeting, and if I didn’t proceed with the Agenda and appointments, the Council President would take over the meeting (this said to me in a raised voice!)  I was in such shock that the City Attorney would threaten me in such a way, that I did not respond to the fact that the Mayor is the Presiding Officer of the meeting (Roberts Rules of Order which Oconto adopts every year) – he did not have the authority to say this, and to threaten and try to bully me is despicable.  I did proceed with the meeting, but voiced my disapproval (as is my right by ordinance) with those recommendations that I do not approve of.  This should have been the end of those recommendations but instead the Council members voted on them.  I do not believe this is lawful, as the (d) Mayoral Appointments part of the ordinance is clear (and separate from (c) Mayor Veto Power) that I have to approve of their recommendations, just as they have to approve my recommendations.  I am in the process of obtaining other legal opinions on this situation, as I do not believe this City Attorney represents this Mayor’s office.

 

On Thursday I discovered that there are already 3 citizens on the Ethics Board whose terms are not yet expired, not until July 1, 2015.  I believe it is unlawful to remove and replace these appointed persons, unless they are given a public hearing, according to our Ordinance Sec. 2-4-15 (b) Member subject to removal.

 

Have A Great Day!  And remember, “In great matters, men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small matters, as they are.”  –  Gamaliel Bradford   (Thank You, Brett!)

 

Mayor’s Message – 10.23.14

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

The November election is right around the corner – November 4th.  Not only is this a gubernatorial election for us, but Oconto has an extremely important school referendum to participate in!  I encourage everyone (as always) to become informed, that they vote in the best interests of the future of our children.  City Hall has explanatory pamphlets on the counter for everyone’s perusal, meetings are being arranged that you can ask questions, and I am sure any member of the school board or the superintendent would be happy to answer any questions you have.  Please exercise your very important right, and VOTE!

Also, in-house absentee voting begins at City Hall on Monday, October 20th and goes through October 31st during regular business house (8 a.m. To 5 p.m.).  Also, you may register to vote for the first time – bring a form of identification (including present address).

Please remember that our fall curbside collection of leaves and garden waste starts on October 13th and continues until November 21st, if weather permits.  It is not possible to tell you the exact day of pick up.  Please place material at the curb in separate piles, in a row, no more than 4 feet wide or 3 feet high.  Leaves should be placed between the curb and sidewalk – not in the street – not around obstacles such as street signs or trees.  No brush or bagged or mixed material will be picked up.  You may also bring loose leaves and garden waste to the City’s yard waste site at 1616 Main Street.  Any questions call 834-7725 between 6:30 a.m. To 3:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

I am very pleased to announce that our Steve Woodworth of our Oconto Utility has earned the honor of State of Wisconsin Operator of the Year!  We are very proud of this designation and will offer our congratulations to Steve at the Regular Council Meeting on October 14th at 6:00 p.m.  Please be sure to do the same when you see Steve – for bringing this honor to Oconto!

A HUGE Oconto Thank You to our new business QuikTrip for their wonderful donation of $500 toward the repair of the Farnsworth Library roof!  Such a perfect gesture toward their new community!

Have A Great Day!  And remember, “There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”  –  C.S. Lewis

Mayor’s Message – 10.10.14

MAYOR’S MESSAGE: Hello Everyone! Halloween is on its way! As we walk, bike, or drive around the City, many unique Halloween decorations greet us and make us smile! Oconto’s Halloween will be celebrated on Friday, October 31st from the hours of 5 p.m. To 7 p.m. I will remind everyone as it gets closer. The Farnsworth Public Library roof has been in a very sad state – especially if you look on the back side. As this wonderful, historic building was given to Oconto by George Farnsworth more than 100 years ago, we are responsible for maintenance. As money was not budgeted years ago, this had to be brought to the critical forefront. At last year’s Budget time, I had requested that the Finance and Council take the money spent on fishing tournaments ($25,000) and apply it to the needed roof repair. However, that did not happen. The roof cannot wait any longer. This year Jeremy Wusterbarth (Superintendent of Public Works) and Darrell Anderson (Councilman) worked with the Library Director and Board of Trustees to send out bids and receive quotes. In September, all government bodies included the City Council voted to repair the roof, approving an amount not to exceed $65,000, with the intention that it be done before winter. Money will be transferred from Pool Operations of 2014 (because we did not operate the pool this summer) for this repair. Because our grant from the K.C. Stock Foundation hinged on having that money in Pool Operations, a letter was sent from the Finance Committee reassuring the Foundation that money will be put in the 2015 Pool Operations account, to make sure we are abiding by the terms of the grant. One Saturday afternoon, I heard voices out on my front porch. Opening the door, I saw three of Oconto’s children with handwritten letters in their possession. The letters were addressed to the Mayor asking for help to build a bike and skateboard park in Oconto (two more letters were dropped off later.) I know this has been brought up before, and unfortunately, did not transpire. I assured the children that their idea would be added to the next Agenda of the Park and Recreation Committee. At last Thursday’s meeting the committee wholeheartedly supported looking into the bike/skateboard park. Of course, as we are starting from square one, this will be a process that will take a while. But as I have always believed, we should be listening to the voices of our children – especially when they ask for help! Great news regarding the ice-fishing access at Breakwater Park’s Causeway. The Harbor Commission voted on September 24th to approve the site chosen by the volunteers representing both the ice fishermen and the residents who live in the area. Oconto will next get the DNR approval (hopefully soon) and construction can then proceed. Of course, we are shooting for this winter! Have A Great Day! And remember, “Youth is not entirely a time of life – it is a state of mind. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. — Douglas MacArthur Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

Voting by Absentee Ballot for the November 4, 2014 Election

 

 

 

                     VOTING BY ABSENTEE BALLOT

 

Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot.  A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before the election.  The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot.

 

You must make a request for an absentee ballot in writing.

 

Contact your municipal clerk and request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the primary or election or both.  You may also submit a written request in the form of a letter.  Your written request must list your voting address within the municipality where you wish to vote, the address where the absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature.  You may make application for an absentee ballot by mail or in person.

 

Making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail

 

The deadline for making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail is: 5 pm on the fifth day before the election, Thursday, October 30, 2014.

 

Note:  Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors who are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror.  If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk regarding deadlines for requesting and submitting an absentee ballot.

 

Voting an absentee ballot in person

 

You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office or other specified location during the days and hours specified for casting an absentee ballot in person. Municipalities with an asterisk (*) are available by appointment only Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

City of Oconto

Sara Perrizo (920) 834-7711

1210 Main Street Oconto, WI 54153

Hours:  Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

 

The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is:

Monday, October 20, 2014

 

The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office:

Friday, October 31, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.

 

No in-person absentee voting may occur on a weekend or legal holiday.

 

The municipal clerk will deliver voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place or counting location before the polls close on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.  Any ballots received after the polls close will be counted by the board of canvassers if postmarked by Election Day and received no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Friday following the election.

Mayor’s Message – 10.02.14

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

I am told that there was a wonderful turn-out at the recent Sportsman’s Club Youth Event – around 100 children took part in the activities.  Thank You to all the members for providing this experience to our children.   I was also pleased to hear that a 5th generation of the Panetti family is now a member of the Sportsman’s Club – from Gilbert in 1943, to Robert, to John, to Dan, and now to baby Tanner!   I know we have father and son members in some of our organizations – which is excellent continuity to be also proud of.  What an even further achievement to go all through generations!  Are there more families that have done this, and I am not aware of it?  Please let me know, I would like to recognize you!   Office – 834-7717    Home – 834-3891    Cell – 373-1768

Please remember that the water mains will be flushed soon – areas south of the Oconto River on Monday, September 29th – areas north of the Oconto River, West of and including Superior Avenue on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 30th and October 1st – areas north of the Oconto River, East of Superior Avenue on Thursday and Friday, October 2nd and 3rd.  Due to certain water main connections, other areas could be affected.  Please check your water for discoloration before using laundry.

At the last Park and Recreation meeting, it was brought to the committee’s attention during Public Input, that people are driving and parking beyond the gated area at Holtwood Complex, even though it is signed, and states “No vehicles (other than city work vehicles) beyond this point.”  And worse yet, parking and driving on the grass areas!  The signs are there for a reason, and everyone is asked to respect the rules, and park in the parking lots that are available.  Violators will be reported next year, as this has gotten way out of hand, and everyone should know better.  The Holtwood Complex facility is of such a high degree – people from other cities are always saying how lucky we are – we should be extremely proud, and more than willing to assist in taking care of it!

Great News for Oconto!  We now have in our hands the grant agreement from the DNR for $8,190 and did order the handicapped-accessible dock immediately, that we would not be paying next year’s possible price raise.  The company will build and store it for us until spring, which is really great!

Have A Great Day!  And remember, a quote submitted from Bill W. — “When little people cast big shadows, it’s always at the close of the day.”

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto