Monthly Archives: May 2015

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.

Oconto High School – Operation CarePackage

A caring and motivated group of 5 students from Mr. Ledvina’s English Oral & Interpersonal Communications class at Oconto High School met with the Mayor 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 the City, 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!

Important Informatin About Your Drinking Water

This letter will be arriving in the mail to all properties located in the City of Oconto.  We are also posting it here in an effort to make sure everyone is informed.

Important information about your Drinking Water

Levels of Radium, (226 + 228) in Oconto Waterworks water exceed standard

Dear Residents of the City of Oconto:

The City of Oconto’s Utility Commission has been informed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources that Well # 7 located on VanHecke Ave in the City of Oconto has exceeded the Radium, (226 + 228) maximum contaminant level (MCL) based on four quarterly samples taken from Well 7 between April 2014 and March 2015. The average of these samples is 5.72 PCI/L, which exceeds the 5 PCI/L MCL for Radium, (226 + 228) as specified in ch. NR 809, Wis. Adm. Code.

Well 7 can remain in operation, but we have chosen to shut this well down, until a solution is found to keep the levels under the MCL. The City of Oconto has two other wells that will supply the City and its residents with safe drinking water.

What precautions should be taken at this time?

You DO NOT need to use an alternative (e.g. , bottled) water supply. However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.

What does this mean?

This is not an immediate risk. If it had been, you would have been notified immediately. Some people who drink water containing radium 226 or 228 in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer. For example, if you drank 2 liters of water every day over a seventy year period with the above MCL’s you would have a one in 10,000 chance of getting cancer.

The number one priority of the City is to supply safe drinking water to its customers and will work with the D.N.R and its staff as well as other water specialists to resolve the problem as soon as possible. We will notify you when the problem is resolved.

If you have questions regarding the safety of our drinking water, please contact:

Jeremy Wusterbarth – Superintendent of Public Works & Utilities – 920-834-7725- jeremy@cityofoconto.com
1210 Main St – Oconto, WI 54153

I certify that the information and statements contained in this public notice are true and correct and have been provided to consumers in accordance with the delivery, content, format, and deadline requirements in Subchapter VII of ch. NR 809, Wis. Adm. Code.

Jeremy Wusterbarth, Superintendent of Public Works & Utilities