1717 East Park Street, Two Rivers WI 54241 (920) 793-5523

 

City Manager

Two Rivers City Hall
  • Business Phone:
    (920)793-5532
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    (920)793-5512
  • Business Hours:
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00AM to 4:30PM
  • Saturday and Sunday
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  • 1717 E. Park Street
  • PO Box 87
  • Two Rivers, WI 54241

Welcome

Greg Buckley has served as Two Rivers City Manager since August of 1995.

His career in local government management dates back to 1981, and he has previously served as City Manager of Buchanan, Michigan, Assistant to the Village Manager of Oak Park Illinois, and Assistant City Manager of Grand Haven Michigan.

Mr. Buckley's education includes a BA degree in Public Management from the University of Maine and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Wisconsin City Management Association, and the Two Rivers Lions Club.

Weekly Articles

Technology Upgrade for City Council Chambers

A one-overdue upgrade of the audio-visual technology in the Council Chambers at City Hall is near completion.

At the City Council meeting on Monday of this week, the new sound system and new camera were in use, providing much-improved audio and video feed to Charter Cable.  Feedback from viewers was generally positive.

At the April 3 Council meeting, we will begin live-streaming of City Council meetings on the internet, and will likewise begin cloud storage of meetings for later viewing.  At long last, the ability to view City Council meetings will be available to the broader community, not just Charter Cable subscribers.

Other improvements include a new, high resolution projector and screen, and video monitors at the Council dais, making it easier for everyone to view presentations at Council meetings.

Expect more visual presentations to be incorporated into our meetings as the result.

United Way Recognizes TRHS Octagon Club and Judy Goodchild

United Way of Manitowoc County this week recognized the Two Rivers High School Octagon Club with United Way’s Campaign Champion Award, awarded to an entity “whose creativity and dedication translates into positive results for United Way’s campaign.”

Members of the TRHS Octagon Club are involved in a wide variety of community service activities,  including leaf raking for local seniors, bell ringing for the Salvation Army, and reading to children at area day care centers.

You will also find Octagon Club volunteers assisting at lots of community special events, including Kites Over Lake Michigan, the Fisjing Fantasy Parade, Winter Fun Day and Optimists’ Empty Bowls campaign.  The Club also donated $500 to United Way in 2016.

United Way also recognized a valued member of our city management team, and advisor to the TRHS Octagon Club—TR Parks and Rec Director Judy Goodchild—with their Extraordinary Service Award.

This award recognizes extraordinary service by an individual “directly involved with United Way or a United Way funded program.”

Mrs. Goodchild has been involved in both categories, with service that has included inspiring and coordinating the 2016 “Day of Action” at TR’s Washington Park, serving as a “Power of 12” campaign member, and reading to local 2nd graders to promote literacy.  Judy is also a longtime donor to United Way.

Congratulations to the Two Rivers Octagon Club and Judy Goodchild on being recognized for your great work by United Way—our community is very proud of you!

In-Person Absentee Voting in Advance of April 4 Election

In-person absentee voting for the April 4 Election can be done at City Hall from now through Friday, March 31.

Hours for such voting, at the City Clerk’s Office, are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday;  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday, March 31 only.

The April 4 ballot includes races for City Council, TR Board of Education and Circuit Court Judge, among others.  You can view a sample ballot on the City’s website, www.two-rivers.org.

Two Rivers City Manager Greg Buckley can be contacted by calling 920-793-5532 or by e-mailing gbuckley@two-rivers.org.

 

Lincoln Avenue Project Starts Next Week

Work on the Lincoln Avenue reconstruction project is slated to start next week.

This WisDOT-led project involves about one mile of STH 42/Llincoln Avenue, from 22nd   Street to 35th Place.  Total cost is about $5 million, and the project will take the entire construction season—completion is expected by early November.

Asphalt milling equipment is scheduled to begin work on Friday, March 17, chewing off the asphalt overlay that is the current driving surface.

The week of March 20, crews from project contractor Vinton Construction will start removing the underlying concrete pavement, to ‘open up” the street for installing new water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer utilities.

The official project detour for northbound “through” traffic on STH 42  is STH 147 (Forest Avenue/Mishicot Road) north to CTH VV (45th Street), east to STH 42 just north of Eggers and the high school.  Southbound traffic will follow the same route, in the opposite direction.

There will be good rear access to all businesses located along the project corridor.

Recent improvements to Garfield Street will make it easy to make a run to Krajnik Chevrolet, Dairy Queen and other businesses on the east side of the street, while connecting streets off Jackson will provide access to businesses like Holly’s Headway and Pekarske Automotive, along the west side of Lincoln.

Let’s all make an extra effort to patronize east side businesses during the project, since through traffic on STH 42 is being detoured away from them.

This is a major infrastructure project, which the City is grateful to see moving forward in 2017.

LWV Council Candidate Forum on Thursday Night

The League of Women Voters of Manitowoc County will host a candidate forum for candidates for TR City Council this Thursday night, March 9, starting at 7:00 PM, in the Behringer Room of the J.E. Hamilton Community House.

Plan to attend the meeting in person, or go to the City’s website, www.two-rivers.org, to view it live-streamed.    (Forum will not appear on Charter Cable.)

There are four candidates for three at-large City Council seats on the April ballot:  incumbents Bonnie Shimulunas and Brad Yaggie, and challengers David England and Erin Gonnerman.

Technology Upgrade for City Council Chambers

A long-overdue technology upgrade is currently underway in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The City is investing about $75,000 in a project that includes: new microphones and sound system; new, ceiling-mounted camera with touchpad controller; new ceiling-mounted high-resolution projector; new projection screen; video monitors at the Council table; digital recording equipment and other improvements.

When the project is completed, public meetings telecast on cable TV will have improved sound and video quality.  Meetings will also be live-streamed via the Internet, and archived for later viewing via the City’s website.

Presentations at meetings will be simultaneously send out over cable TV and the internet, shown on the large screen in Council Chambers, and displayed on the new monitors at the Council table.   ….With just a few clicks on a laptop.

That’s a big improvement over setting up a video projector, trying to zoom in on the projector screen for feed to cable, and having Council members stand up and move in order to view a presentation.

Program on Drug Issues to be Held at TRHS

Drug abuse–whether involving opiods, heroin, meth, alcohol or other substances—is a big problem in Two Rivers, Manitowoc and in every community across our nation.

Learn more about this issue, and what we as a community can do to combat drugs, at “Choose to Refuse Drugs,” a program being offered on Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 PM at Two Rivers High School.

The program will include presentations by the TR Police Department, TR Fire and EMS, Two Rivers Schools, Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit, Manitowoc County Coroner, Circuit Court Judge Mark Rohrer and others.

This event is sponsored, for the benefit of the community, by Rotary of Two Rivers and Next Era Energy/Point Beach Nuclear Plant.  Plan to attend!

Two Rivers City Manager Greg Buckley can be contracted by calling 920-793-5532 or by e-mailing gbuckley@two-rivers.org.

 

Strategic Planning for Economic Development

On Thursday of this week, an ad hoc committee consisting of City Council members Mark Bittner, Kay Koach and Brad Yaggie will meet to interview three firms that are interested in helping the City undertake community strategic planning.

These consultants replied to a request for proposals issued by the City Manager’s Office in January.  They will each address what they can “bring to the table” in conducting one-on-one interviews with local business and community leaders, and facilitating at least two community meetings on planning for the future development of Two Rivers.

The City has developed, and implemented, many plans in recent years, including a new Comprehensive Plan in 2010, Harbor Master Plan in 2013, Bike and Pedestrian Facilities Plan in 2013, Park and Open Space Plan in 2014, and Hamilton Property Re-Use and Waterfront Public Access Plan in 2016.

But it has been 21 years since the City pursued strategic planning for economic development, bringing together interested business and community leaders to gain insight and direction.

In light of the closure and clearing of the downtown Hamilton site and other events in the area economy over the past five years, this is a good time to address TR’s future.

…And a good time to consider how limited public resources can best be used to encourage more private investment to provide jobs, create tax base and enhance quality of life in our beautiful lakefront community.

The City Council and I expect to undertake this effort in the Spring of 2017, to be completed by mid-June.

Reminder: Public Info Meeting on Lincoln Avenue

WisDOT and the City will host a public information meeting about the upcoming Highway 42/Lincoln Avenue reconstruction project next Thursday, March 2, starting at 5:00 PM, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Work on this major reconstruction project—many years in the planning—will start around March 13 and continue until early November.

Total cost for rebuilding this one-mile segment of STH 42, and all the utilities beneath it, is over $5 million.  Project general contractor is Vinton Construction of Two Rivers and Manitowoc.

Upcoming Candidate Forums

There are four candidates for three Two Rivers City Council seats that will appear on the April 4 election ballot:  incumbents Bonnie Shimulunas and Brad Yaggie and challengers David England and Erin Gonnerman.

If you would like to learn more about these candidates’ views on local issues, there are a couple of opportunities coming up in March.

First, the Chamber of Manitowoc County will feature candidates for local offices at its March “Business Meets With Government” lunch, on Monday, March 6, 12:00 noon at the Lighthouse Inn.  Reservations can be made through the Chamber Office.

Second, the League of Women Voters of Manitowoc County will host a City Council candidates forum in the Behringer Room on the lower level of the J.E. Hamilton Community House on Thursday, March 9, at 7:00 PM.

Come on down to meet the candidates in person, and to present questions through the moderator.

The LWV forum will be broadcast live on Charter Cable Channel 993.  Watch for dates and times for replays.

Two Rivers City Manager Greg Buckley can be contacted by calling 920-793-5532 or by e-mailing gbuckley@two-rivers.org.

 

Upcoming Meetings on STH 42/Lincoln Avenue Project

The City, WisDOT and project contractor Vinton Construction will be hosting two public information meetings on the upcoming Lincoln Avenue reconstruction project.

The first meeting, for businesses located along the project, will be held on Thursday, February 23, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The second meeting, for all property owners along the project (and other interested parties) will be held a week later—Thursday, March 2, also from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers.  (Invitations for that meeting will be mailed later this week.)

At both meetings, presenters will address the project schedule, detour routes, and access to homes and businesses during construction.

City staff will address the planned special assessments for the local share of paving and for storm sewer, to be charged to all properties abutting the street.  A public hearing on those assessments will be held by City Council on Monday, March 6, at 6:00 PM.  (Hearing notices to be mailed this week.)

City staff will also address requirements for replacing any defective sanitary sewer laterals and any lead water service laterals, per recent City ordinance changes.  There will be information on financial assistance available through the City for such lateral replacements.

This street reconstruction project is about one mile in length, extending from 22nd Street to 35th Place.  It involves milling off the existing asphalt overlay, removing the underlying concrete pavement, plus curbs and sidewalks, replacing all underground utilities, and then pouring a new concrete street and sidewalks.  New street trees and colored concrete crosswalks (flat concrete, not brick patterned) are also included in the project.

WisDOT will pay most of the cost of the new roadway, bike lanes and sidewalks (cost of about $3 million).  The City is responsible for 100 percent of the cost to replace aged water and sewer facilities beneath the street, and for much of the cost of new storm sewer (cost of about $1.75 million total for utilities).

Depending on weather conditions, work should start in mid to late March.  The project will continue throughout the summer, with completion likely in October.

City Loan to Assist D&D Woodcrafters

The City’s Business and Industrial Development Committee (BIDC) on January 24 approved a loan of $33,000 to D&D Woodcrafters, a custom cabinet and furniture maker that will be setting up shop at 2004 14th Street.

The business’ owners are Dale and Christine Eslinger.  Dale is a skilled cabinetmaker who embarked on his own business several years ago, working from their home in Mishicot.  The property on 14th Street will give his business room to grow, and to create additional employment over time.

The City’s loan is being matched by $35,800, from borrower cash and a business loan from Bank First National, to cover the purchase of the business property, plus additional machinery and equipment.

Peter Wills of Progress Lakeshore assisted D&D Woodcrafters with developing its application for financing.

The City’s Economic Development Loan Fund can assist businesses of all sizes with start-ups and expansions.  For more information, contact the City Manager’s Office.

Two Rivers City Manager Greg Buckley can be contacted by calling 920-793-5532 or by e-mailing gbuckley@two-rivers.org.