AS OF 8:00 P.M. ON AUGUST 14, 2018, THE NUMBER OF OUTSTANDING ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR THE AUGUST 14, 2018 PRIMARY ELECTION IS __6__.
THE NUMBER OF OUTSTANDING PRIVISIONAL BALLOTS IS _0__.
The McDonald Street pedestrian bridge will be closed all day on Thursday, August 23 for repairs. The bridge will reopen on Friday, August 24.
Summitt Players is presenting “Twelfth Night” as part of its “Shakespeare in the State Park” series this Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Copper Culture State Park. The evening will kick off with a workshop at 5:30 p.m., followed by the show at 7:00 p.m. Admission is FREE. For more information, go to www.summitplayerstheatre.com. Hope to see you there!
City of Oconto Fireworks Display
The City of Oconto annual fireworks display will be held at 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Fireworks will be shot off at Breakwater Park during the 2nd Annual Waterfest Celebration, which will include vendors, kid activities, music by Subject 2 Change and more!
Sara J. Perrizo
Garbage pick-up will remain the same on Monday and Tuesday. Recycling pick-ups that would normally happen on Wednesday will be moved to Friday, due to the 4th of July.
OCONTO HARBOR WATERFEST
1301 HARBOR ROAD, OCONTO
Tuesday, July 3 – 4 P.M. TO 10 P.M.
MUSIC BY SUBJECT 2 CHANGE
6 P.M. TO 10 P.M.
LIGHTED BOAT PARADE AT 9:30 P.M.
FIREWORKS AT 10 P.M.
FOOD, VENDORS, GAMES AND MORE!
FREE ADMISSION AND SHUTTLES FROM HOLTWOOD CAMPGROUND AND CITY HALL!
The City of Oconto would like to address and respond to recent articles that were printed in the Oconto County Reporter regarding the denial of an open records request made by Kent Tempus, editor of the Reporter. The request asked that the City disclose the names, cities of residence and the current positions of those interviewed for the Police Chief position. The City was advised to deny that request. The Oconto County Reporter responded by publishing an article which states that Oconto officials violated the public’s trust, and that “Wisconsin law is very clear: The names of finalists for public office must be released.” The City disagrees.
An opinion written by the State of Wisconsin Attorney General on Wis. Stat. § 19.36 states the following:
“That definition (of “final candidate”) itself is in turn limited; it does not apply to all local public offices. For example, it would not apply to an officer appointed to serve an indefinite term who was also removable for cause, or an officer appointed by a body other than the governing body or the executive or administrative head of the local government. The statute does not apply, for example, to the office of chief of police because chiefs are appointed by the police and fire commission and hold their offices during good behavior, subject to suspension or removal by the board for cause. Sec. 62.13(3), Stats (emphasis added)”
81 Atty. Gen. 37 (1993).
The City believes that, based on the above-referenced opinion, it was likely correct to deny the open records request.
The Oconto County Reporter filed a lawsuit against the City seeking the attorneys’ fees it incurred as a result of the request. The City, upon the advice of counsel, has agreed to a negotiated settlement to avoid further costs to its taxpayers as a result of the litigation. This settlement will be paid for by the City’s insurance carrier as part of the City’s insurance policy.