At its organizational meeting on April 17, the City Council elected its President and Vice President for the coming year.
Jack Powalisz was selected to serve as Council President. He was re-elected to a second term on the City Council at the April general election.
Erin Gonnerman was selected to serve as Council Vice President. She is in the second year of her first term on City Council.
The Council also welcomed its newest member, Curt Andrews.
Thanks for Your Service, Kay Koach
At its regular meeting on April 16, the City Council thanked Council member Kay Koach for her 12 years of service on that body, including the past year as Council President. Kay opted to retire from the Council, after giving generously of her time, energy and knowledge of the community. Thank you, Kay!
Congratulations to TR’s Police Office and Firefighter/Paramedic of the Year
At an awards dinner held at the Lighthouse Inn on April 7, Two Rivers honored its Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year.
Investigator Nate Steber was chosen by his peers as Police Officer of the Year.
Firefighter/Paramedic Chad Kakes was likewise selected by his peers in the TRFD as Firefighter/Paramedic of the Year.
Congratulations to both of these outstanding public safety employees, and thank you to the Two Rivers Kiwanis and the Neshotah Charitable Foundation for supporting the annual awards dinner.
City Purchases Riverfront Liquor Property
On April 16, the City closed on the purchase of the property at the southeast corner of Washington and East Rivers Streets, formerly Riverfront Bait and Liquor. Purchase price was $83,000.
The main reason for purchasing this property is to improve safety for walkers, bicyclists and motorists at this location. The parking spaces for this business property are just barely out of the street right-of-way; customer vehicles have to back across the sidewalk and into the street upon exiting.
WisDOT is planning to replace the concrete deck on the Washington Street bridge within the next few years. The City has been advocating for a wider, safer, bike/ped facility to replace the sidewalk along the east side of the bridge, as part of that project. The ability to use this corner in tandem with that project will make for an improved connection between Mariners Trail and downtown TR.
Right now, it’s up in the air as to whether the entire building will be razed. The City is looking at the option of just tearing down that portion of the building closest to the intersection, and retaining the rest of the building for a downtown trailhead, perhaps with a trail-related commercial space.
The property does have river frontage, but with a steep embankment. No public uses along the river are likely until improved access can be developed.
Manitowoc County’s long-running variety show to raise funds for the Heart Association is in the midst its six-night run at the J.E. Hamilton Community House. Tickets for performances on May 3, 4 and 5 are available at Piggly Wiggly in Two Rivers or Manitowoc, or online at www.heartarama.org.
Two Rivers City Manager Greg Buckley can be contacted by calling 920-793-5532, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.