Our weather patterns are changing daily. As the frost goes deeper with warmer weather, please be aware of possible frozen pipes (slow flushing toilet) and communicate with Julie or Jeremy at 834-7710 as it was stated in this paper last week. We all must keep a close eye on this. Also, please clear the drain area by the curb (if you are located near such a drain area), giving the melted snow a direction to go. And please remove any snow around a fire hydrant for safety purposes. As a community, we will work together to address any future issues, leading into spring. (Yes, spring will arrive, I promise!! J)
We are still working on the ice-fishing access permit, but we must follow procedures. I know that winter is winding down, and the access may not get use this year, but I was told by Jeremy that he plans to build it as soon as we get the permit. It will then be barricaded until next winter, and ready to go!
Regarding the incident at Wayne’s Family Restaurant during the WOCO Mayor Interview on Feb. 5th. Only one person’s view was allowed, before the Primary Election. It is only fair to give my side. I have no problem that my opponent appeared there. However, pulling up a chair from the table nearest to us, and sitting too close were obvious distraction and intimidation gestures. The “professional conduct” (described last week) would be to sit a good distance away, until the interview was finished. That did not happen. As far as “I didn’t raise my voice” – why was everyone looking in our direction – why did a waitress stop me, give me a hug, saying “You need a hug after that!” Why did his voice sound irate at the end of the tape recording? Why did Mr. Stumpf feel he needed to address what had occurred?
Remember, “And in the end, it will be found, that the truth is mightier than the sword.” – Douglas MacArthur
Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto
I must take a moment in memory of Earl DeCloux of The Bond Foundation to Thank him for his generous gifts to his hometown of Oconto – Bond Community Center, Professional Ball Fields, Wading Pool, Sharp Park Bathrooms, Flag Pole in Freedom Park, Bond Park Playground Equipment, Weight Room at the High School, Kitchen at Elks Club, Donations to Schools Sporting Programs, Lighting and Equipment at Holtwood Sporting Complex, to name a few. Rest in Peace, Earl.
Another disappointment at the Finance Meeting Tuesday night, for those citizens who want Aageson Pool back! Because there were only 4 Council members present (Roger Reed is on a two-month vacation) – the motion had been made by Bob LeBreck to approve the quotes to fix the pool, seconded by Sheri Groll, then the vote ended with 2 yes and 2 no (Joe Stiloski and Ron Daul) therefore, it could not go to Council. A group of future fund-raisers for the pool also attended the meeting in the hope that the quotes would be passed, and they could begin their efforts. The Park and Recreation Committee will be meeting on February 19th at 6:00 p.m. To decide the next steps regarding Aageson Pool, and their decision would then be presented to the Committee of the Whole (and Finance) on March 4th. The people in the community have been commenting how wonderful and generous that Oconto received a grant from the K.C. Stock Foundation, and that if K.C. And his sons have faith in the future of this pool, we should be moving forward with it!
On Tuesday night, the Council passed the Industrial Commission’s recommendation of Plan #4 in regard to the balance of the Bond Pickle Property, where a road will be put in from Howard Lane to Cook Avenue. This is a huge step to entice future interest in the balance of this property. Plan #4 also includes the new interested party’s 2 acres. Everything is moving very quickly, and we will have this area filled before we know it!
Don’t forget to attend the Oconto-Bird City event on February 26th at 6:00 p.m. In the Multi-Purpose Room at City Hall. It will be an interesting Bluebird Presentation by Kent Hall. There are many efforts being done to increase the Bluebird population here!
Have A Great Day! And remember, “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto
CONGRATULATIONS to the four Oconto High School wrestlers who won their Sectional matches and will be representing Oconto at State – Aiden Wusterbarth, Elton Kelsey, Brandon Tousey and Bryan Ozak! Way to go guys and good luck at State!!!
MAYOR’S MESSAGE: Oconto is bursting with pride, and announcing it to our Laken James! Not only was she just featured as the Channel 5’s Scheels Sports Extra’s Scholar-Athlete of the Week, but has also been recruited by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Phoenix Girls Basketball Team! Laken’s teamwork and goals are well known by all – I especially love the goal of this team reaching STATE! Thank You, Laken, for bringing your Oconto into the spotlight! Another source of Oconto’s pride is the recent announcement by Cruisers that they will be adding 70 more jobs with the addition of their most recent boat line, a 32-foot sport boat, the 328 S/S Sport Series Bow-Rider! Congratulations on this very smart, move adding to their yacht line, and also receiving Boating Magazine’s 2013 Boat of the Year Award for the 328 series! A Huge Thank-You to the K.C. Stock Foundation who has offered a $14,000 grant toward the repairs of Aageson Pool. This commitment relays to the City Government that this asset should be fixed, given back to the people of Oconto, and utilized to its full potential. The approval for repairs is on Tuesday, February 11th’s Finance (5:30 p.m.) and Council (6:00 p.m.) Agenda if you wish to attend. The frost is going deeper into the ground and some citizens are having problems with frozen pipes. The Utility Department reminds you to check your crawl space and make sure the window is tightly closed, and that the pipe from the ground is properly insulated. If your toilets are running low (an indication of frozen pipes), you may want to keep a slow drip going from a faucet (call the Utility – 834-7715 to let them know you are doing this). Have A Great Day! And remember, “Believing is 90% of doing.” Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto
See you at Winterfest on Porter on February 8th from 11 a.m. To 4 p.m. At the Oconto Golf Club. Every event is FREE to enter, and the raffle at 4:00 p.m. Is also FREE. Also, the Oconto Girls Scouts will be sponsoring a Chili Cook-off for a reasonable ($5 last 2 years) and you get to keep the cute bowl!
As I am extremely concerned about the $17,000,000 that is our debt (and how we can pay it off), it is great to see all the new businesses that have appeared in the last two years, and the interested parties in portions of our Bond Pickle Property (a new one just recently!). All development brings more people here to visit and to live. It makes total sense that new industry will follow – everyone wants to be a part of positive growth! I am very grateful to these 8 new businesses – The Salon Mystique, Tammie’s Too, Wise Guy’s Riverside, One Touch Wireless, Main Street Insurance, X S Hair Studio, Classy Clutter Mercantile, and most recently, Café 303. These business owners saw a vision of Oconto’s future, and invested in it. Thank You! Now there are also plans to build a Quik-Trip combining Oconto Mobil and Hardees. An agreement has been signed for 1 acre of the Bond Pickle Property for a future business. Thank You! I am ALWAYS very grateful to all of our wonderful mainstay businesses who have refused to let a wavering economy (that is now making its way back up again!) wear them down in defeat! Thank You! We are on our way to a wonderful future – believing in ourselves, and that all things are possible and can be accomplished!
Please remember that the ice-skating rink at Sharp Park is open during park hours, and asking to be utilized! I understand that the winter weather has not been conducive to ice-skating, but maybe February and March will!
Have A Great Day! And remember, “Choose the life that is most useful and habit will make it most agreeable.” – Francis Bacon (Thank You, Chatch!)
Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto
Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are all vulnerable to freezing, especially if there are cracks or openings that allow cold, outside air to flow across the pipes. Cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes should be sealed with caulking to keep cold wind away from the pipes. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets can keep warm inside air from reaching pipes under sinks and in adjacent outside walls. It’s a good idea to keep cabinet doors open during cold spells to let the warm air circulate around the pipes. Electric heating tapes and cables are available to run along pipes to keep the water from freezing. These must be used with extreme caution; follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to avoid the risk of fire
When away from the house for an extended period during the winter, be careful how much you lower the heat. A lower temperature may save on the heating bill, but there could be a disaster if a cold spell strikes and pipes that normally would be safe, freeze and burst.
Homeowners should also be aware of where there water service enters the house from the curb stop, which is generally located between the sidewalk and curb or generally 5 to 10 ft. behind the street. Residents sometimes clear to much snow off in front of their property’s, which will cause frost to penetrate faster and deeper, snow acts as a good insulator and should not be removed over water services, unless absolutely necessary.
Due to record low temperatures placing underground water services in jeopardy of freezing, the Oconto Utility Commission is asking residents in the areas listed below to immediately begin leaving a pencil sized stream of water to flow from one of your sinks to prevent freezing. The decision is NOT city-wide and only includes areas that the Utility feels have the greatest concern for freeze-ups. Letters will be sent to residents in the affected areas.
Section 185.35(7) of the Wisconsin Administrative Code provides that “Where because of some deficiency in the utility’s portion of the facilities and at the request of the utility, a customer permits a stream of water to flow to prevent freezing of the service or main, the utility shall adjust the bill for the excess consumption which results.” This means that a utility must still bill its customers based on actual consumption (meter readings), but the utility is required to adjust the bill to reflect water used to prevent freezing.
Under section 185.88 a customer is responsible for maintaining their portion of the lateral. However, if the customer’s lateral is electrically conductive, the first thaw is at the utility’s expense if the utility has not provided the customer with seasonal notice of the corrective actions to be taken.
List of Areas with Run-Water Orders:
Erie Ave – from Pecor St to Main St
Van Dyke – from Cook Ave to RR Tracks
Mott St – from Charles to Mill Street
Mill St - from Mott to Mott St
Sargent Ave – from Pecor to Baldwin
- Jones Ave – from Main to Jackson
- Washington St – from Jones to Porter
- Mineau – from McDonald to Gale
- Neddo – from Smith to Pierce
- Hazen – from Smith to Pierce
- Pierce – from Neddo to Hazen
- 1st St – from Scherer to Clark
- 2nd St – from Collins to Krueger
- 3rd St – from Collins to Krueger
- 4th St – from Scherer to Willow
- 4th St – from Knapp to Krueger
- 5th St – from Scherer to Krueger
If you have any questions, please call (920)834-7715 Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. Thank you!!
The City and Utility Commission are aware of the recent freeze ups in some residential areas. Utility employees will be checking frost levels again today (Monday) and decisions will be made on Tuesday on whether or not run water orders will be issued for the entire community, or just certain areas. Any questions, please contact Jeremy Wusterbarth at 834-7725 or 373-2408.
Congratulations to our Varsity Girls Basketball Team, who I am told is now rated 5th in the State! Go Blue Devil Girls!
If you are already registered and interested in voting by absentee ballot in the Primary Election of February 18, 2014, you can stop by the City Hall office, fill out an application and your ballot will be sent to you. Anyone needing to register, please bring a proof of residency (of at least 28 days) with you. Starting February 3rd until February 14th at 5:00 p.m., you will be able to vote by absentee ballot here at the City Hall office (and could also fill out your application at the same time.) Please exercise your right to vote!
The Commission on Aging office, here at City Hall, has tax forms available for anyone who needs them. As copies of these forms need to be made, please call Alicia at 834-7707 beforehand, and she will get them ready to be picked up. There is no cost for this service, as the Commission on Aging is nonprofit, but donations are definitely accepted and very much appreciated!
A Warm Welcome to our newest business in Oconto located on Brazeau Avenue, “Café 303”!!! I understand omelets, French toast and breakfast sandwiches, plus lunchtime sandwiches, wraps, salads, and a “gourmet” burger are being served. And the plan is to offer desserts eventually! Another wonderful addition to our city!
Let us all take the lead from our “Sonny” who believes in “Paying It Forward.” When someone makes a kind and giving gesture toward you, please do the same to someone else, therefore you are “Paying It Forward.”
Have A Great Day! And remember, “One of the deep secrets of life is, that all that is really worth doing, is what we do for others!” – Lewis Carroll (Thank You, Jackie!)
Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto