Thursday, August 22, 2013 |
A weekly Newspaper published by MMC LLC
Volume 171 | Issue 35
www.waupacanow.com Sorry we’re late!
Disc golf course..................10
One Chief, two cities.................. 2
Fuel bids.................................... 3
Leadership program.................. 2
Rath appointed.......................... 3
Due to software changes delivery of the County Post East was late this week. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Manawa to share police chief with Marion Pamperin’s notice of claim disallowed By Jane Myhra Reporter
MANAWA – The cities of Manawa and Marion have agreed to share the services of a police chief. The Marion council approved the “Intergovernmental Shared Use Agreement” on Aug. 12 and the Manawa Police Chief David Walker is shown helping Chief with a fire investigation. Jane Myhra photo continues on page
Police Chief explains why sirens were silent during tornadoes Weather radios recommended By Tim Beimal Editor
NEW LONDON – Six tornadoes ravaged northeast Wisconsin Aug. 6-7. The strongest one—an EF-2 tornado—did significant damage to the southwest side of New London. Despite the severe weather, tornado sirens were silent throughout the night. “Our officers were on patrol that night and they did not receive any information other than there was a thunderstorm warning,” Police Chief Jeff Schlueter told the County Post East on Thursday, Aug. 15. “We did not receive any information of a
possible tornado.” Schlueter explained that the tornado sirens are designed to go off to warn people that are outside their homes of potential bad weather. He said the sirens are not designed to be loud enough to warn everyone inside their house of bad weather. “If the sirens would have sounded during the night of the tornadoes, most people in their houses probably would not have heard the sirens if their windows were closed,” said Schlueter. “This is why we recommend people have a weather radio inside their house so that they can receive severe weather alerts.” Schlueter went on to ex-
plain that the city does have emergency plans in place, but they were not used during the storm. Table top exercises for situations like flooding and tornadoes have been executed in the past. “We used the emergency plan a couple years ago when we had severe straight line winds and more widely spread damage across the city,” said Schlueter. “Even though we did not execute the emergency plan this time, I believe our Street Department, Utilities Department and Police Department did an excellent job working together in the middle of the night to clear streets, get the power back on, and provide any services that we could to our citizens.”
Mulroy sings with Neenah Ambassadors
Melissa Mulroy, of New London, sings with the Neenah Ambassadors on Thursday evening, Aug. 15, at Taft Park in downtown New London. Mulroy added her voice to a variety of Big Band tunes performed by, front from left, saxophone players Joe Mattern, Max Carpenter, Marc Sackman and Woody Howard; middle row, trombones Ward Patton and Lee Hammerstein; standing, bass Jim Morgenstern, trumpets Dan Bean, John Daniel and Harold Clumpner. Out of sight but in the band are saxophone Sharon Dunham, trombones Alan Gear and Bob Tegge, pianist Gabe Graham and drummer George Dunham. Sackman directs the 16-piece orchestra, which plays in parades and at venues as varied as private parties, veterans homes, libraries and other regional stages. Their next public gig is at Riverside Park in Neenah on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Diane Montz photo
Dogs, guns come under fire By Diane Montz Special to the County Post East
NEW LONDON – Dogs and guns came under fire at the New London Common Council meeting Tuesday, Aug. 13. With Tom O’Connell opposed, the council voted 9-1 to prohibit the use of firearms within the city. O’Connell did not comment on his “no” vote. The council voted unanimously to ban animals from public events.
Park and recreation director Chad Hoerth has received complaints this summer about dogs at baseball and softball games, according to minutes of the Aug. 6 Parks & Recreation Committee meeting. Hoerth recommended changing a city ordinance that banned animals from special events where more than 100 people were expected. The ban does not include service dogs. On a different baseball issue, the council voted
ArtyFest financials at center of discussion By Tim Beimal Editor
CLINTONVILLE – The use of taxpayer money for the ArtyFest event on July 27 was discussed at length by City Council members and citizens at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Residents John Wilson and John Moericke got things started with their comments during the Citizens Forum. “I think it was at the last meeting or the one before where I asked a question about whether or not taxpayer money would be used for ArtyFest,” said Wilson. “Who paid the city workers to put up the fencing in the park? Who paid for the signs? I was told there was to be no expenses out of city funds. People in my district asked why I voted in favor of this event when I was on the council, and I said I thought no city funds would be used for it. They said, ‘you lied to me!’” “The Embarrass Fire Department truck had a banner on it thanking Clintonville for their support of Fun
Daze during the Firemen’s Festival parade last weekend,” said Moericke. “What about the bills for ArtyFest? I heard some have not been paid yet? I was at Symco this year, and the food lines were much longer than at ArtyFest. Charging $15 for the ArtyFest event? Someone should have their head examined. It’s sad when the city does something like this, only to have it be a total flop.” After Wilson and Moericke had made their remarks, the council and city officials held a discussion on the event. “We haven’t received all of the bills from ArtyFest yet,” said Mayor Judy Magee. “I will look into the bills that have been received to see if they have been paid.” City Administrator Lisa Kuss said all bills that had come in so far would be paid Wednesday, Aug. 14. “We have 30 days to pay,” she said. “Tent rentals and bands were paid in advance, per their contracts.” “It takes at least three years to build up an event like this. It takes time to build up the format and at-
tract greater numbers to an event like this,” continued Magee. “If the numbers aren’t there after three years, then we probably would not continue. We would like to do this event again next year, but not on the same weekend as Embarrass Fun Daze.” Magee stated that ArtyFest is geared towards an adult crowd, and that the vision for ArtyFest is to see it become a destination music festival, with big name bands headlining the event in future years. Attendance numbers showed that a total of 449 tickets were sold, while 418 people attended the event. Alderperson Greg Rose asked if a list of attendees – including the city and state they traveled from – was available. Kuss said that list would be provided to the council, along with a full revenue and expense report will be presented once all bills have been paid and all revenues have been collected. Concessions were sold in the park on the day of the event. “We were told that no tax dollars would be spent on this event,” said
Rose. “Where in the budget are the Culvers purchases and cheese purchases?” Kuss replied that the items were purchased and then sold at the event, while leftovers were either sold at a discount or returned. “So, you did spend tax dollars, but expected them to be offset by revenue?” asked Rose. “I said that at the end of the day, no tax dollars would be spent on this event,” responded Kuss. “The council signed on to be a part of this event. We had to have starting cash to make the necessary purchases prior to the event. In the end, there will be no tax dollars used on this event.” Rose asked if the city had approached Culvers and Dupont Cheese about putting up their own food stands at the event. “It made sense to have snack food at this event,” said Kuss. “It was a last-minute decision to add one more food stand, and we sold every ounce ArtyFest continues on page
unanimous approval of an additional loan of $17,000 to New London Youth Baseball. The baseball organization is funding construction of bathrooms and a pavilion at Pfeifer Park. Unanticipated costs for a retaining wall and handrail on an access ramp total about $16,000, according to an Aug. 1 letter from the organization to the Finance Committee. Youth Baseball estimated total project costs at $57,600. The organization asked the city for an additional $17,000 to complete construction and an additional year to repay the total borrowed amount. The council approved a five-year lease with the Waupaca County Salvation Army for the Franklin Park building at 301 E. Beacon Ave. A one-year lease expired, and Hoerth said the Salvation Army had asked for a five-year lease rather than an annual renewal. The council vote was unanimous. The Salvation Army pays no rent for the space. The lease states that it provides a service that benefits the city.
Tornado Cleanup Mayor Gary Henke offered a “pat on the back to all citizens who responded” in the aftermath of the tornado and windstorm on Aug. 7. Henke noted the city sustained “one humongous loss” — the damage to Trinity Lutheran Church — as well as damage to a number of homes and many trees downed.
He urged people to be patient during the cleanup, noting that it takes time for city crews to get around to pick up debris. Utility manager Steve Thompson said the tree damage was minor compared to 2010. Thompson said a portion of the church flew into a utility line, cutting power to some customers. Within 16 hours, he said, service had been restored to all but three sites. City engineer and public works director Jeff Bodoh said crews would be picking up brush through the end of this week. Brush should be placed on the curb, not on the street, Bodoh said. In other business, the council: • Voted unanimously to accept the lowest bid for Cook Street sanitary system repairs. Robert J. Immel Excavating, of Greenville, bid $4,475 for the job. Two other bids, of $4,900 and $7,525, were received. • Gave unanimous approval to a second reading of an ordinance to rezone a vacant lot at the northeast corner of Wyman and Spring streets from residential to business. The action was taken to facilitate the sale of the land to an adjoining business owner, who was not named. • Learned that five consultants had expressed interest in the river wall project. Bodoh sent requests for proposals to all five and asked for volunteers to review the proposals; Henke and council member John Romberg offered to help.