Electric Workers Complete Mutual Aid Mission

Lineworkers from our Electric Utility recently returned from a mutual aid mission in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where they assisted in restoring electric services wiped out by hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Fall of 2017.

Expert lineworkers Brian Delleman and Darrick Wendricks worked for an initial 30-day rotation on St. Thomas.  Expert lineworkers Jason Harteau and Jason Sisel followed, for a period of about three weeks.

The utility’s small bucket truck was also deployed for this mutual aid effort, organized through the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW).  The truck arrived back in Florida by ship on February 10 and was driven back to TR by our lineworkers, arriving home on February 12.

Personnel and equipment costs incurred on this mutual aid effort will be reimbursed by the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority.

This mutual aid engagement provided a valuable training opportunity for our lineworkers, as well as an opportunity to assist some of our fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Hearing on Proposed Water Rate Increase

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin will hold a public hearing on a proposed increase in City water rates on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 3:00 PM in the City Hall council chambers.  The hearing is held by telephone, by a PSCW hearing officer based in Madison.

The City Council authorized filing for a rate adjustment in August 2017.  Following staff review at the PSCW, that agency has recommend a rate adjustment that would increase utility revenues by 12 percent.

Water rates were last raised in January 2015, when a 3 percent increase was implemented.

St. John’s to Build New Church, Offer Downtown Properties for Sale

The voting members of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church decided at their annual meeting in January to relocate the church to the site of its school at 3607 45th Street.  A new church sanctuary and related facilities will be constructed at that location.

Along with that decision, the congregation’s voters agreed to list for sale the historic church building at 1707 East Park Street, the former parsonage and church office buildings located east of the church along 17th Street, and two parking lots that round out St. John’s downtown campus.

It would be a real shame to lose the beautiful, historic church structure, whose steeple and clock have stood sentinel over Central Park since 1899.

Be assured that the City will encourage and provide any assistance feasible to assist in the successful redevelopment/adaptive re-use of the church building and adjacent properties.

We have seen successful adaptive re-use projects involving historic St. Luke’s School (now 32 apartments) and St. Luke’s Church (now Sepia Chapel, a private wedding chapel and event venue).

Here’s hoping there’s a re-use for historic St. Johns Church that will allow this beautiful old building to continue gracing TR’s historic downtown district.

Grant to Help Market Volleyball Tournament

The Manitowoc Area Visitor and Convention Bureau (MAVCB) has secured a Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the WI Department of Tourism, to assist in marketing the third annual Coolest Coast Classic beach volleyball tournament, to be held July 20-22 at Neshotah Beach.

The $5,965 grant is intended to increase attendance at this event, by marketing it regionally in nearby market areas like Green Bay and the Fox Cities.

Major Project Planned at Wastewater Treatment Plant

The City will open bids in April for a major project to upgrade and modernize the “head end” facilities at its wastewater treatment plant.

The project is estimated to cost $4 million, and will include the addition of grit removal facilities, electrical upgrades and new automated monitoring and control systems.  If all goes well, it will be completed by mid-2019.

Financing will be through Wisconsin’s Clean Water Fund, which is expected to provide “principal forgiveness” assistance of $700,000, and low interest loan financing for the balance of project costs ($3.3 million), to be repaid over 20 years at an annual interest rate of 1.7 percent.

Boost for Trail Connection to South Breakwater

Plans for a quarter mile “trail spur” connecting Mariners Trail to TR’s south breakwater got a boost in late January.

The Project Selection Committee for Wisconsin’s Coastal Management Program concurred with a CMP staff recommendation to fund 40 percent ($48,000) of the estimated $120,000 cost for an 8 foot wide paved trail that will run from the area of McDonalds to the south breakwater.

That grant award is contingent on passage of a new Federal Budget that maintains funding for NOAA’s Coastal Management Program.

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

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