'Visit Waupaca County' presented to Council
The project has been in the making for about one and a half years. Thiel and Zeinert said they have been working hard with local businesses to help create a brand image for the county that includes all of the best the county has to offer-from natural resources to retail stores.
Zeinert explained that he has been traveling to businesses across the county to learn more about what they have to offer while creating a Waupaca County "Bucket List", which is designed to generate interest and attract tourists to businesses within the county.
The "Bucket List" can be found on the "Visit Waupaca County" Facebook page. Photos and video can be found on the page, and visitors can take the "Bucket List Survey". This allows them to vote for their favorite in seven categories: best parade or festival, best burger, best fish fry, best Old Fashion, best coffee shop, best Bloody Mary, and best day on the water.
Interviews with local business owners can also be found on the "Visit Waupaca County" Facebook page, as well as on YouTube. The countywide tourism effort's website, www.visitwaupacacounty.com, features an extensive list of upcoming events, area attractions, information on communities, maps, and stories.
Zeinert said the tourism initiative is going quite well, and expects to report back to the council in the future to keep them informed on the tourism program's progress.
Resident Arlo Dumke addressed the council during the citizen's forum, asking them to consider their options with regard to the city-owned lot at 157 N. Main Street. The council had discussed the idea of making this a parking lot for N. Main Street residents after N. Main Street is constructed and parking is no longer allowed.
"It's not the most desirable option, but it may be the only feasible option," Dumke said. "I'd like the city to keep this lot for about 2-5 years after the reconstruction of N. Main Street to see if it is needed for parking space. Then, let the affected residents vote on whether or not to turn that lot into a parking lot."
Mayor Judy Magee recognized electric utility employee Brian Ellickson for his creativity in helping find cost effective solutions for utility customers, and lauded his superior commitment to the electric utility.
Magee also informed the council that Officer Glen Lundt has retired from the Clintonville Police Department. Lundt joined the department as a part-time officer in February 1991. He also worked part time for the Manawa Police Department during this time while attending Fox Valley Technical College. He earned his degree in May 1991 and was promoted to full-time on Feb. 3, 1992. He also served as the department's first motorcycle officer in over 30 years when he received specialized training in that field in 2008.
Lundt served the community for 20 years and five months as a full-time police officer, involving himself in 3,395 incidents and investigations, as well as 2,885 arrests. Captain Jim Beggs spoke during the citizen's forum to thank Lundt for his years of service. Beggs also commented Park and Rec Director Justin Mc Auly on the superb condition of city parks this summer.
Correspondence between the mayor and Mary Beth Kuester was also discussed. Kuester has requested to hear from council members regarding their votes on the selection of an official newspaper. Alderperson Jeannie Schley asked why this wasn't an agenda item, and Magee said she chose not to put it on the agenda because she was in conversation with Kuester and was working to answer her questions. Magee asked Kuester to have a meeting with herself and City Administrator Lisa Kuss. This meeting may or may not work, as Kuseter wants a response from the alderpersons who voted on the selection of an official newspaper. The matter may be brought before the council at a future meeting.
The council was informed that the state Department of Transportation will be installing rumble strips on some state-owned highways in the area, in an effort to cut down on traffic accidents. The rumble strips will be installed on the center line of some parts of area state highways.
A presentation from the Working Together for Waupaca County was also given, and council members referred the organization's suggested resolution on sustainability to the Safety and Ordinance Committee for further review. The committee will then come back to the council with a recommendation on whether or not to pursue the suggested sustainability resolution.
The City Council approved the following items:
• A bid from MCC for $59,588 to install the final lift of asphalt from last year's rebuild of Seventh street (unanimous);
• Allowing the police and fire commission to explore and develop a plan for possibly allowing public use of the police range (unanimous). Police Chief Terry Lorge said he is in favor of making the range more useful and open to the public if liability and insurance concerns can be adequately addressed;
• Operators licenses and temporary Class B beer licenses for the Golden Woody LLC (Aug. 3-5) and the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce (Sept. 15) were unanimous; a temporary Class B beer license for the Clintonville Firemen's Association was approved 9-0 with Doornink abstaining;
• Electric capital improvements bidding-authorizing the Utility Board to seek bids for building a new substation on the northwest side of the city and a transformer at Walker Forge;
• Electric capital long term debt bids-authorizing the electric utility to borrow capital long term debt to pay for improvements; the council authorized going out for bond bids immediately after Public Service Commission rate approval is given, versus waiting until a new meeting.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at City Hall.
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