Green Bay City Council
Council approved fence for police parking lot
The Green Bay Police Department parking lot will soon have additional security.
The City Council approved the use of $148,100 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars to install a fence around the unsecured parking lot, located at 307 S. Adams St. in downtown Green Bay, at its meeting on Tuesday 7 June.
District 9 Alderman Brian Johnson has offered to postpone the project until the Ad Hoc Facilities Committee meets again to discuss other options regarding potential future plans for a new service. city police.
Police Chief Chris Davis said while he appreciates looking to the future, the safety concern that unregulated parking places on officers and staff outweighs that.
Davis said the department houses critical infrastructure, vehicles and resources that are left unprotected every day.
“We went ahead with this proposal, and I’m sticking with this proposal, really because it’s a pretty serious problem,” he said. “I realize there is a lot of energy around new facilities for the police and I certainly support that and very much appreciate it. But that future is so uncertain, and that need is so dire and real, and that’s why we recommended going ahead with this particular project. Not having secure parking for a police station, and I’ve seen this, because I’m from a place that doesn’t have secure parking for all of their police stations, we might have some really big issues .
District 2 Alderman Jim Hutchison said there should be no reason to delay the project.
“I understand the business sense of this, but I see no reason to delay this action. $148,000 of these funds to put this fence around the police department – it’s absolutely necessary, and it’s needed now. C This is how we support our local police officers.It’s a concrete way of doing it.
Johnson asked that staff potentially research options other than the planned eight-foot fence with slats.
“It’s a really unwelcoming design and style structure that sits in the heart of your downtown,” he said. “I would just ask if the staff could perhaps take a look at other options. I mean, it’s an awfully tall, frankly unattractive fence. Again, consider other options that provide security measures.
Draft plan for pedestrians and bicycles
The aldermen also approved the use of $1.6 million in ARPA funds from the Capital Needs and Organizational Priorities category to be used for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan project.
The two-part project includes the installation of Rapid Flashing Rectangular Beacon (or RRFB) systems throughout the city, as well as the replacement of all 15 school speed limit signs when children are present, all two aimed at creating a safer walking and cycling plan everywhere. the city.
The project may go through a Green Bay School District referendum in November.
Staff said that if the project is approved by referendum, any funds distributed at this stage will be reallocated to the ARPA fund balance and can be used for other projects.
Creation of the Baird Creek Parkway neighborhood association
City Council has unanimously approved the creation of the newest Green Bay Neighborhood Association.
The Baird Creek Parkway Neighborhood Association will serve residents of the City of Green Bay in the neighborhood bounded by the west side of Lost Ridge Court; the north side of Sage Drive, Thyme Place, Artesian Way; the east side of Burgundy Court, Traders Point Lane, Moon Valley Drive; the north side of Newberry Avenue; the east side of Alpine Drive; the north side of Deckner Avenue to Edmund Drive; and the south side of Remington Road.
The resolution states that the mission of the association is to: “improve the quality of life in our community by bringing neighbors together, promoting community awareness, keeping our neighborhood a safe and pleasant place to live, and holding residents informed of important city and neighborhood issues.”
Communal Committee of Allouez
Eagle Scout Recognition
The village council approved two resolutions at its meeting on Tuesday, June 7, officially thanking the Boy Scouts of Americaa for their service and their partnership with the Village of Allouez; and Eagle Scout Josiah Feldhausen for his work designing and building an educational gazebo near Heritage Hill Pond.
Temporary patio approval
Council voted unanimously to once again allow businesses to establish temporary outdoor patios.
Such temporary outdoor patios were permitted in 2020 and 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I don’t think the effects of COVID are over,” village chairman Jim Rafter said. “Things are still different. We’d like to think we’re all back to normal, but I like the idea of allowing companies to try and get a head start because they certainly haven’t been cured. They are still catching up. They do what they can. And I would say, for one more year, I would allow it.
Planning and Community Development Director Trevor Fuller said concerns about temporary patios were two-fold, with safety issues and equity concerns for businesses that invested in permanent patios being potential issues.
“It is above all a question of security,” he said. “But there is also a certain point of fairness. Other companies have invested quite large sums in patios and permanent patios. »
Ultimately, the council approved the temporary permits for 2022, however, Fuller said it was not a blanket approval.
Companies wishing to set up a temporary terrace must still make an individual request and follow the appropriate steps.
ARPA Fund Discussion
The board discussed American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and proposed plans for the use of those funds.
Village administrator Brad Lange presented council with an updated and more detailed list of those projects at Tuesday’s meeting.
No action has been taken, but further discussion and possible action is tentatively scheduled for a future meeting in mid-July.
Howard-Suamico School Board
Change of student leadership
Bay Port senior Rohan Gala, who served as a student representative on the Howard-Suamico School Board for two years, attended his last meeting on Monday, June 6.
Gala was recognized by Dr. Jill Underly, Superintendent of State Schools, for her years of service and dedication as a district student representative on the school board.
Gala said her role as a student representative gave her the opportunity to develop her leadership qualities while learning more about the education system.
He will graduate on June 12.
Current sophomore Madeline Thoreson will take on the role, who will serve alongside junior Cara Wreen as the student representative for the 2022-23 school year.
Wreen is in the second year of his two-year term.
Superintendent’s contract approval
After meeting in camera to conduct a performance review of Superintendent Damian LaCroix, the board met again in open session to take action where they unanimously approved the Superintendent’s contract.
The contract will be finalized on June 15 and more details will be available at that time.
LaCroix has been with the district since July 2005.
He was named State Superintendent of the Year in 2017.
Suamico Village Council
Changes to speed limits discussed
Speed limits on two village roads were one of the main topics of discussion at the board meeting on Monday June 6.
The roads to be discussed were Hidden Lake Lane in its entirety half a mile and Northwood Road from Whippoorwill Drive to 3485 Northwood Rd.
Residents were calling for the speed limit on Hidden Lake Lane to be reduced from 35 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour and from 45 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour on Northwood Road.
Village administrator Alex Kaker said both demands had already been made to the public health and safety committee, which refused to take action to lower the speed limits.
Kaker said that 85 percentile traffic surveys had been carried out – which is the most widely accepted matrix according to the Department for Transport – council members debated whether this should be the only matrix used.
Notable factors, such as geometry (curves and hills) and previous crashes, should also be taken into consideration.
However, with few accidents occurring on Hidden Lake Road, some council members seemed reluctant to force a change when drivers appeared to be self-governing, given current road conditions.
Ultimately, given last year’s decision to allow ATV/UTV use on village roads, council approved the request to lower the speed limit on Hidden Lake Lane by 35 at 25, 6-1.
Discussion of Northwood Road, however, was unanimously adjourned until more public comment could be gathered.
PSC Water Unit Rate Case Study
In other matters, the council reviewed the water service rate filing, which the village must file by December 31, 2022.
The board awarded the contract, not exceeding $8,000, to Clifton Larson Allen.
Work on the project should begin on June 20 and the tariff file ideally completed by September 30.
Director of Administrative Services Jessica Legois said funds for the work are already built into the budget.
Fire Department Grant
The Village of Suamico applied for and received a $4,250 grant from the Northeast Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition, which will be used to purchase ballistic vests and helmets to protect firefighters in the event of active fire.
Fire Chief Joe Bertler said the grant comes with a required 15% match, which would amount to $750.
Bertler said the match could come from the fire department’s operational budget or possibly from the Fire Department Association.
The board unanimously accepted the grant and the 15% matching requirement.
Press Times editor Heather Graves, interns Kat Halfman and Jim Paul, and intern Janelle Fisher contributed to these memoirs.