Author Archives: Sara

Youth Football Sign-Up

Oconto Youth Football sign-up will be held on Monday, August 6th, Tuesday, August 7th and Wednesday, August 8th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day. Sign-up will be held at Oconto High School by the blue sheds located northwest of the school. Flag football is for kids in 1st grade through 3rd grade and tackle football is for 4th grade through 6th grade (grades entering school this Fall). For tackle, there will be two teams: 4/5 graders and 5/6 graders. Cost is $20 for flag, $40 for tackle or $50 per family. Tackle players MUST attend sign-up with parents to be fitted for their gear. Also available at sign-up will be free tickets for the Packers exhibition opener on Thursday, August 9th at Lambeau Field. These tickets were made available to Oconto Youth Football players and parents through a Green Bay Packers grant. We have 100 tickets available. Please pass the word and information to others. Any questions, call Will Neering at 920-373-1146 or Jon Bostedt at 920-604-2521. Thanks.

2-08 Annual Fireworks

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
Administrator

Oconto Harbor Waterfest – July 3, 2018

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!

Response to Articles Printed in the Oconto County Reporter – April/May 2018

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.