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Mayor's message: Time to clear up some misconceptions

3:49 PM, Feb. 5, 2013  |  Comments
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Hello Everyone!

I wish to clear up a few misconceptions on issues that are at the forefront.

People have mentioned to me that they heard the Green Bay attorney I had proposed to be appointed was going to be paid by the hour. That is not true. He had accepted the 2013 budgeted amount for City Attorney, which includes $25,000 for contractual services, $600 per diem and $500 training and conferences. His contract stated that postage, duplication, telephone charges were not included in services, but he wouldn't use the $500 for training and conferences, so the above expenses could be taken out of the $500 or the $600 per diem.

My biggest concern regarding the swimming pool is that we have our citizens input on its future through a vote. The following information is in response to questions and comments from the people.

The $13,100 in pool expenses, presented to the Council one month ago, included $925 for tiles and repair of tile areas from a reputable pool business, ADA chair lift for $6,475, painting of the pool for $500 and shower improvements of $5,200.

At that time it was hoped to put in outside showers to rinse off before entering the pool and after swimming and not use the inside showers. However, state law requires inside showers, which will cost more, as well as remove the asbestos in the walls that hold the shower heads and controls. This brought the total cost estimates up to $22,000 to $29,000.

The capital improvements fund has $28,000 carried over from last year to fix the pool. We still have a pool that does not leak, so the amount of $50,000 (and meant to be scary), that is on the ballot, is far-fetched in my mind. I believe that real credence should be given to the community volunteers and fundraisers who want to help defray the costs. There's been so many discussions over a year's time on this pool - which has been a city asset for 40 years and still could be an asset - but not a blink of an eye to okay $25,000 for two weekends of fishing tournaments.

Yes, there is plan is to dredge our Oconto River after June 15, which is Phase I of the dredging plan (maintenance dredging). If we receive the state HAP Grant (application just submitted last week), we will dredge wider and deeper through Phase II. Please think great thoughts that we will receive this grant, which will help insure our future for using the Oconto River.

Have a great day! And thank you to Roger B. for another applicable quote: "The only problem with common sense...is that it is not all that common."

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