From the Desk of the Building Inspectors – 02.09.16

The City of Oconto and the City’s Building Inspection Department would like to help out the citizens by bringing out some of the most common questions that are asked.

One of the first question that is asked after turning in a permit application is how long before the permit can be obtained? It’s all dependent on the type and size of the project. The project may look small in nature but could involve a lot of variables. A project may need to be reviewed by the inspectors and or designees which could take multiple days to get accomplished depending on the details involved.

Per Wisconsin Administrative Code SPS 320.09(11); Time-Span for Approval or Denial. Action to approve or deny a uniform building permit application shall be completed within 10 business days of receipt of all forms, fees, plans and documents required to process the application, and completion of other local prerequisite permitting requirements.

Inspection of such work that has been performed, as stated by the permit application, will also need to be done prior to the permit being closed out. The Inspection Department asks that the work be completely done prior to calling for an inspection. The inspection process per Wisconsin Administrative Code SPS 320.10(2)-3; and inspector has 48 hours from the initial call or notification that an inspection needs to be done.

Please feel free to contact the Inspection Department at any time for additional questions.


Thank You

City of Oconto Inspection Department

Mayor’s Message – 02.03.16


Hello Everyone!

Please remember that this time of the year usually produces icy conditions and frozen pipes. Please drive a little slower, that we are looking out for everyone else, and keeping safe.  If you have a sidewalk, please make sure it is ice-free and throw a little salt, if necessary.  Please make sure your water pipes are wrapped (if they have a tendency to freeze) and keep in touch with our utility, if it may become necessary to let your water run (check with them first.)  Thank You, everyone!

Everything is moving along quite nicely regarding our new Oconto Preserve, which you will recall is the 70 acres of city property purchased by the Northeast Land Trust, through a grant awarded by the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. This area, of course, is located on the east side of Jones Avenue between Franklin Street and Taylor Road.  It also connects an area between Park Avenue and Superior Avenue.  A public meeting was held on January 21st, that everyone could have their questions answered.  If you were not able to attend this meeting, please call 920/738-7265 or e:mail at

A fund-raising group has been formed to help build our new Bike/Skateboard Park. Their first project will be to oversee the Great Northwoods Chili Cook-Off at WinterFest 2016.  Please contact Sue Anderson at 920/834-2362, if you wish to submit a chili in this contest – or bring it to the Oconto Legion Golf Club on Saturday, February 13th at 10:30 a.m.  We realize it is not cheap to make a delicious chili, and that is why monetary prizes will be given to the 1st , 2nd, and 3rd place winners – $100, $50, and $25, respectively, along with the trophies for the 3 places and the traveling trophy for lst place.

Oconto’s business/industry of the week is Oconto Furniture on Main Street, one of the Main Street businesses owned by John Matravers. Whether you are looking for one item of furniture as a couch an easy chair, child’s rocking chair, lamp, end table, mattress or an entire living room set or dining area set, you will find it here – most items in a variety of patterns and colors.  The selection of used furniture in the adjoining building is phenomenal and sure to please.  Venna, Carol, or Willy greet you with a warm smile, and help you make those sometimes difficult decisions, on what to choose.  Oconto Furniture and John always generously assists our local Machickanee Players Theatre Group (for over 30 years,) supplying items for the individual plays, and that is really appreciated!

Have A Great Day! And remember, “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things!”  —  Mother Teresa

Mayor’s Message – 01.27.16


Hello Everyone!

Bayshore Chiropractic has opened its doors in the former Dr. Chung office on Main Street, and what a wonderful sight to see the new life in this building! Thank You and Welcome, Bayshore Chiropractic, and Dr. Nathan Jackson!

Also, Welcome to Copperleaf Realty who is occupying the former Check Advance building on Main Street!

Please remember regarding snowfalls the rest of winter, that the sidewalks should be shoveled, even if we just get a dusting.   If the temperature changes, the dusting has the potential to change to ice, which can be very dangerous.  Even though the ordinance officially states that the sidewalk should be cleared within 48 hours after the snow stops, I want to hope that each person having sidewalks is concerned about the people using them.  Also, if at all possible, to direct the snow away from the road, as snow banks will eventually cause visibility problems.  Thank You!

Also, we would appreciate the assistance of “Adopting a Hydrant” if you have one located by your property. This, of course, means to keep the hydrant and area around it visible and free from snow.

The business/industry of the week is Thompson’s County Market, a family-owned business that has invested in Oconto for three generations!   From great-grandfather, George, to Mark and John (and the rest of George’s children who all worked in the store), and presently, Kenny and Mike, and hopefully their children in the future.  Thompson’s County Market offers everything from food staples, bakery, and deli, to movies, greeting cards, and also a liquor selection.  If you are looking for an exotic food item, you will find it here, (or they will acquire it for you!)  Thompson’s County Market has always been very supportive of our community sports’ teams and our local projects and events.  And their unique “Coke Shack” has been a wonderful source of fund-raising for many of our nonprofits, along with letting nonprofits sell raffle tickets in the entrance to the store.  Thank You, Thompson’s County Market!

Have A Great Day! And remember, “If you don’t stand up for yourself (“and others”), you are letting the bully win.”  —  Selena Gomez

Mayor’s Message – 01.15.16


Hello Everyone!

Well, the snow we were searching for on our Christmas holiday did appear! And in a force that certainly proves – here in Wisconsin – anything can happen!  I realize it was quite a shock to deal with, but I am so proud of all of us, regarding our strength in dealing with whatever comes our way (and in the best mood that is possible.)  I was also very impressed by the neighbors who were helping each other out!  And a very special Thank You to our city crew for all their hours (even 2:00 a.m. On Wednesday morning) and their determination to keep our City safe and functioning.  We must always go on – we have lived long enough to know a winter of any type.  Thank You, everyone in our City, for your patience and perseverance.  And I always look around our country at the devastation they are coping with – floods and tornadoes that wipe out entire communities!  We really do live in a very special place and have been very lucky.

I want to remind everyone that we have some fun, outdoor activities coming up in February, so you can mark your calendars! Saturday, February 6th is the annual Candlelight Walk at Copper Culture State Park from 6 to 8 p.m.  This is such an excellent opportunity to walk the unique trails of this wonderful park during the evening hours, which places you in another time – under the stars!  Saturday, February 13th will be our 6th Annual WinterFest on Porter at the Oconto Legion Golf Club!  From 11:00 a.m. To 3 p.m. Will be the outdoor events – prizes will be awarded to the winners – no cost to play.  At the same time the Great Northwoods Chili Cook-Off will be occurring inside the building.  This year, cash prizes will also be handed out for the winning soups, along with the usual trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. (Another incentive to submit your own personal, delicious chili!)  At 3:00 p.m., the FREE raffle will be held – you will be given a ticket – that is all you need to participate – no cost at all!  And what terrific prizes have been handed out in the last years – each year it gets better and better, thanks to all the local businesses and industries who generously donate, make the raffle a huge success!  If anyone is interested in assisting in these two fun activities, please contact John Bostedt, Park and Recreation Director at 920/834-7706.  We can always use your help! J

Have A Great Day! And remember, “Write it on your heart, that every day is the best day of the year.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Public Informational Meeting on Nature Preserve – January 21, 2016

Mark your calendars to attend the public information meeting to be held by the N.E.W. Land Trust on January 21, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Beyer Home Carriage House Museum, 917 Park Avenue.  Information will be provided on plans for the N.E.W. Land Trust Nature Preserve in the City of Oconto and there will be a presentation at 6:00 p.m.  Light refreshements will be served.

For more information, see the attached flyer or go to


Snow Emergency Extended – 12/29/2015

The snow emergency for the City of Oconto has been extended until 1 p.m. on Wednesday. No parking will be allowed on any City streets until that time to allow for continued plowing and removal of the accumulated snow from the streets.


Thank you for your cooperation!


Sara Perrizo

City Administrator

City of Oconto

Snow Emergency Declared – 12/28/15

The City of Oconto Police Chief and Superintendent of Public Works have declared a snow emergency for the City of Oconto effective immediately through noon on Tuesday. A snow emergency means that no parking is allowed on any City streets. Violators may be towed at the owner’s cost. Thank you for your cooperation!

Sara Perrizo
City Administrator
City of Oconto

Mayor’s Message – 12.09.15

Hello Everyone!
Please remember that the Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 5th at 6:00 p.m. If you wish to become a participant, call Gary Zahn at (920) 373-1998 or (920) 835-2647. See you there!
How wonderful that citizens are already getting into the Christmas spirit by decorating outside of their homes! I have been checking out the unique ideas – and it brings joy to my heart already! The more participation we have by all citizens and businesses will really prove that Oconto is the brightest and most Christmas-spirited place on earth! Thank You, everyone!
To warn everyone ahead of time, this is also the time of the year when you will receive your tax bill. The budget hearings were held, and we are looking at a tax increase. I am not very happy that this is occurring, but losing an entire block of our City did not help matters. Also, unfortunately, we need to push and start somewhere to put more money aside for fixing our streets, repairing and updating our equipment and vehicles, maintenance dredging of the river, etc. Four years ago (and before that) the tendency was to borrow money for these projects – which has produced our present $14 million ($19 million with interest) debt – instead of raising taxes. Since I have been Mayor, I constantly repeat to the committees, commissions, and council – that we CANNOT borrow any more money! Huge debt is not healthy for an individual, nor is it for a city!
The business/industry of the week is Bay Impressions. Walking in their front door, along with the wonderfully-large display windows and display counter, is like going back in nostalgic history (especially when you check out their photos of yesteryear!) Laurel, Carlie, or Lynn greet you with a warm smile, and “I can help you with any project” attitude. Whether you need a piece of office equipment, holiday stationary, ANY type of office supply, blue & gold window paint, book written by a local author, ornate selection of key rings, mini-tablet, fish pen, jeweled stylus, you will find it all here!
Have A Great Day! And remember, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, and the worst thing is to do nothing.” — Theodore Roosevelt

2016 Candlelight Walk and Winterfest!

Mark your calendards for events that will be happening in early 2016! The candlelight walk at Copper Culture State Park will be held on Feburary 6 and Winterfest will be held on February 13 at the Oconto Legion Golf Course, with events taking place from 11-3 and a FREE raffle at 3:00 p.m.