Mayor’s Message 05.21.15

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

Apologies to everyone that the wrong dates were mentioned last week regarding the Spring City-Wide Drop-Off. The dates are Wednesday, May 13th from 9 a.m. To 3 p.m. And Saturday, May 16th from 8 a.m. To noon. Items will be discounted 50%. Maximum of 4 tires per household. Please remember to bring proof of residency. This is a perfect opportunity for everyone’s spring cleaning!

Posters to announce the reopening of Aageson Pool have been created by our wonderful children at the Oconto Area Nonprofit Day Care and are being placed at businesses around the City. Thank You to Amy Clough and her helpers at the day care and also all the talented kids – the posters are the absolute best!

Also regarding the Reopening of Aageson Pool, remember the celebration is planned for Saturday, June 6th (rain date June 7th). The schedule will be: Activities for the children from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. Dedication ceremony at 1:00 p.m. Following the ceremony will be free swimming. Also food available – music playing – a luau-themed fun day! This event is being planned by the newly-formed “Friends of Aageson Pool” consisting of Darrell and Sue Anderson, Sheri Groll, Beth Aubut, Dick and Lisa Anderson, Sandy Zoeller, Mike Gibeault, Venna Dreshek, Todd and Lynn Hearley. Thank You “Friends of Aageson Pool” for planning this long-awaited reopening and for the involvement in the future!

So many volunteers have already put in many hours to get the pool ready for this summer, and everyone is very grateful for the time and effort given – all for the sake of our children – and the revival of an important City asset. The overgrown shrubs that turned into trees were cut down by Darrell Anderson, Jerid Anderson, Tim Turecek, Dave Wittkopf, and Dick Anderson. J.J. Liegeois removed and ground the stumps. The entire pool building complex was power-washed by Mike Gibeault, Darrell Anderson, Dick Anderson, and Todd Hearley. The piles of mixed sand and wood chips were removed and placed in a trailer by Curt Arnold and Jodi Bostedt. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, volunteers, for giving of yourselves, for a greater good! Your wonderful efforts are really appreciated!

Also, “Hats Off” to Cynthia Patterson who has been/is planting the entire west roundabout all by herself! Her very colorful mixture of perennials surely will bring joy and a smile to everyone who enters our city limits! What a perfect way to greet visitors and our own citizens! Thank You, Cynthia!

There is now a rack just inside the door at City Hall to the left that will showcase only Agendas for the various meetings involving City government. This information will now be easier to distinguish, and will not get mixed in with our various (also important) informational pamphlets.

Many people are asking for rummage-sale-sign sticks, and it is really appreciated. We will keep the supply going from volunteers who are donating them, so do not hesitate to ask for the sticks. Thank You!

Have A Great Day! And remember, “I never did anything alone. Whatever was accomplished in this country was accomplished collectively.” — Golda Meir

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

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Mayor’s Message – 05.14.15

MAYOR’S MESSAGE:

Hello Everyone!

Oconto will have a “Spring City-Wide Drop-Off” to dispose of unwanted items at the City Recycling Center on Wednesday, May 14th from 9 a.m. To 3 p.m. And Saturday, May 17th from 8 a.m. To Noon.  This was decided at the recent Board of Public Works meeting.  Items will be discounted 50% of the usual price.  Limit of 4 tires.  Proof of residency will be required.  Please utilize this opportunity to do some of your Spring Cleaning!

A caring and motivated group of 5 students from Mr. Ledvina’s English Oral & Interpersonal Communications class at Oconto High School met with me on Thursday morning to share their ideas on a new project called “Operation CarePackage.”  The students are Johnathon Ensing, Danny Galvan, Kain VanPay, John Humblet, and McKenna York.  Operation CarePackage is based on the Pay-It-Forward idea.  A list of necessary and wanted items will be assembled by the group.  They will be communicating through myself, posters, etc. With the community to accumulate a generous amount of the listed items and send them to a selected platoon across the seas.  The plan is to place boxes around the City (one will be at City Hall) where citizens can bring items on the list.  More information will follow.  We are very, very proud of our youth!

With Memorial Day around the corner, please remember to display your American flag!  I have been so proud as I make my rounds throughout our City, on how many businesses and residents are displaying American flags – this is wonderful, that we are honoring and respecting those who serve and have served – Thank You!

And also, please replace those flags that are in any way tattered or faded.  I really appreciate it when we get a call from a citizen, when they see any City flags that should be replaced.  We try to keep track, but many eyes are better than a few.  Please remember that there are disposal boxes at Thompson’s County Market and City Hall to place the flags you take down.  These boxes are sponsored by American Legion Post 74, Amvets Post 63, and VFW Post 3071.  Thank You, again, to these Veterans’ organizations!

Please make sure to thoroughly read the correspondence from the City utility, which you received on Friday, Saturday, or Monday, regarding Oconto’s drinking water.  If you did not receive this correspondence for any reason, and/or inadvertently threw it away, there are copies available on the City Hall counter.  Or you can go to the City’s website – www.cityofoconto.com   Any questions you may have, please call Jeremy Wusterbarth, Superintendent of Public Works & Utilities at 920/834-7725 or e:mail at jeremy@cityofoconto.com

We have been asked if the Oconto Kiwanis Club is going to do their 1/2Marathon-5K race this year, and the answer is “YES.”  The date is August 8th at the Copper Culture State Park.  Race starts at 8:00 a.m. (1/2 Marathon walkers – 7:00 a.m.)  You can register now at www.active.com  This Kiwanis race has the honor of being the first walk/run in Oconto, and they really appreciate the support, as the profits sponsor scholarships for our graduating Seniors!

Have A Great Day!  And remember, “Happiness cannot come from without.  It must come from within.  It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.”  — Helen Keller

Victoria Bostedt, Mayor for Oconto

Volunteers Needed for Pool Painting This Weekend!

If anyone has time available this weekend and is willing to assist with the painting of the building at the pool, please come out and join us! Painting will begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. and will continue on Sunday at the same time. We realize that this is Mother’s Day weekend and therefore people may already have plans to celebrate, but if not, please plan on coming out to help! Thank you!!

Aageson Pool Info for 2015

The grand re-opening of Aageson Pool is just under a month away!  On Saturday, June 6, there will be children’s activites from noon to 1 p.m., re-dedication ceremony at 1 p.m and free swimming after the ceremony until 5 p.m.  Admission rates and hours are posted below

Pool Info

City-Wide Drop Off Day 2015

The City of Oconto Public Works Department will once again be holding City-Wide Drop Off Days. On May 13 from 9 am until 3 pm and May 16 from 8 am until noon, City of Oconto residents can bring any normal drop-off items to the City Recycling Center located at 1616 Main Street and pay half of the normal cost to dispose of the item! Please note that there is a maximum of 4 tires that can be dropped off per household. Proof of City of Oconto residency will be required at the time of drop off.

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