NEWS AND EVENTS
Posted May 22, 2015:
An open letter to the citizen’s of Washburn:
night (5/20/15), the Harbor Commission was asked to consider a request from a
company (Foth Infrastructure and Environment) that is working to build a 1000'
stone break wall to shelter the Ashland Superfund site. The request is to lease the Coal Dock for
approximately one year. The operation
would consist of trucking in 70,000 tons of stone from Highbridge and Merrill,
WI, to the Coal Dock. From there, it
would be loaded on to barges using a crane and front-end loaders. The barges would then carry the stone across
the bay to Ashland.
In order for this
amount of stone to be moved, the company estimates that it will require 40-60
semi-truck loads per day from June through November of this year, and possibly
into the spring and early summer of 2016.
operation, if approved by the Harbor Commission, will have a significant impact
on the City of Washburn and the Marina due to increased truck traffic and noise
from the loading and unloading of the stone.
Members of the Harbor Commission were very concerned with this impact, and considered it at great
length. The Harbor Commission is
negotiating with the company based not on the market rates for commercial dock
space, but on the impact that this operation would have on our city. Representatives from Foth gave a presentation to the Harbor
Commission, and the highlights of their initial proposal included:
$14,000 per month lease of the dock
during active shipping (June-November & May-June 2016)
$2,000 per month during winter months
Operations from 7am-9pm, 7 days per
Coal Dock closed to the public for
duration of the lease
After hearing a
presentation the Harbor Commission went into closed session and immediately
recognized that the disruption caused by this type of industrial shipping operation
could not be justified for the amount of financial compensation being offered. The Harbor Commission rejected the initial offer from Foth. As city attorney David Siegler stated to the
Foth representatives after the closed session, “The Harbor Commission cannot
justify a project of this scale, with no direct benefit to the City of Washburn
unless it can in fact result in a direct benefit to the City of Washburn.”
One of the
significant financial and infrastructure challenges facing the City is the
deterioration of the Coal Dock. The
North/East wall of the dock is in dire need of repair. The 2013 estimates
to repair the dock with sheet piling, the least expensive alternative, ranges
from $1.2 to 1.54 million dollars.
At this time, we believe we have exhausted all outside grant
opportunities to fund this repair, which means that the full burden of the
repair falls on the City’s, and therefore the taxpayer’s, shoulders.
severe infrastructure needs of the Coal Dock, the Harbor Commission agreed to
continue negotiations with Foth beginning with these highlighted stipulations,
offered in a counter-proposal.
Full structural analysis of the Coal
Dock performed by an engineer of the
choosing, at the expense of the contractor. No agreement will move forward if
the Coal Dock cannot withstand the proposed operation.
Full PASER and video assessment of
Central Ave. and/or 1st Ave E. prior to project start. Foth will be responsible to bring the street
back to or better than existing conditions at the completion of the project.
1-year flat fee lease of the Coal Dock
for $1.5million- It is anticipated
that this amount will cover the cost to fully repair the Coal Dock north/east
M-F 7am-8pm, Sat. 8am-6pm, No operations
No operations during 4th of
July, Homecoming, Labor Day, or Applefest weekends.
Coal Dock to be re-opened for public
use after active shipping has ended for the winter.
It is important to note that no final
agreement has been reached.
Negotiations will continue for the next few weeks if Foth is interested in continuing to negotiate. The Harbor Commission may choose to vote on
the contract at their next meeting, which is currently scheduled for June 17th, if negotiations continue and a final document can be
prepared by that time.
It is possible that
the Harbor Commission could schedule a special meeting before that date. If you have questions or concerns, feel free
to reach out to me or to Harbor Commission members. You can find a list of the Harbor Commissioners
Mayor, City of Washburn
Posted: May 18, 2015
Announcing City Hall
Beginning May 26th and ending September 4th:
City Hall Hours will
be from 7:30 A.M. Until 4:30P.M.
May 18, 2015
CITY OF WASHBURN
Applications Filed For Alcohol Beverage Licenses
Renewals and Original
Applications 7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016
Uncle Walleyes LLC, Barbara K. Engelhard Agent, Patsy’s
Bar, Corporation Class B Fermented Malt Beverage & Intoxicating Liquor,
328 West Bayfield Street.
Inc., Harlan Guske, Agent, Firehouse, Corporation Combination Class B
Fermented Malt Beverage & Intoxicating Liquor, 10 West Bayfield Street.
John's Prime Steak Pit, Inc., Edith M. Deutsch, Agent,
The Steak Pit, Corporation Combination Class B Fermented Malt Beverage &
Intoxicating Liquor, 125 Harbor
IGA Bitzer's Inc., Robert J. Bitzer, Agent, Washburn IGA, Corporation Class A
Fermented Malt Beverage and Intoxicating Liquor, 226 West Bayfield Street.
David P. Nickels, A Nickel's Worth, Individual
Combination Class B Fermented Malt Beverage & Intoxicating Liquor, 800
West Bayfield Street.
Lyndale Terminal Co., dba Holiday Station store #227,
Eugene Rich, Agent, Corporation Class A Fermented Malt Beverage, 606 West Bayfield Street.
Gas & Goods, Inc., Susan M. Tibbits, Agent, Corporation Class A Fermented
Malt Beverage, 137 West Bayfield
Timothy F. Ledin, dba Hugo’s Log Cabin, Individual
Class B Fermented Malt Beverage License, 905 W. Bayfield Street.
StageNorth, LTD, Scott Burchill, Agent,
Stage Door Bar, Corporation Combination Class B Fermented Malt Beverage and
Intoxicating Liquor, 123 West Omaha Street.
DaLou’s Bistro, Inc., Dale Hanson,
Agent, DaLou’s Bistro, Corporation Class B Fermented Malt Beverage and Class
C Wine, 310 West Bayfield Street
The Snug, LLC, dba The Snug, Kristi M.
Doman, Agent, Corporation Class B Fermented Malt Beverage & Intoxicating
Liquor, 308 West Bayfield Street
Naturally Superior, Inc., Dale A.
Brevak, Agent, Lake Superior View Golf, Corporation Class B Fermented Malt
Beverage, 950 County Hwy C
Bay, LLC, dba Sauce, Jeremy Michael Olson, Agent, Renewal Class B Fermented
Malt Beverage and Original Class C Wine, 631 West Bayfield Street
Washburn Asian, LLC, dba Golden Dragon
Chinese & Japanese Restaurant, Yan Lin, Agent, Corporation Class B Fermented
Malt Beverage and Class C Wine, 211 West Bayfield Street
Outdoor Allure, LLC, Kacey L. Slowinski,
Agent, Original Class A Fermented Malt Beverage, 1819 W. Bayfield Street
Assistant Administrator/Deputy Clerk
Posted: May 15,
CITY OF WASHBURN
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Common Council for the City of Washburn will be holding a public hearing
pursuant to Section 3-6-4(d), Code Of Ordinances, Washburn, Wisconsin, on
Monday, June 8, 2015, 5:30 PM, in the Council Chambers of the Washburn City
Hall, 119 Washington Avenue, Washburn, Wisconsin, to receive public comment on
placement of the following properties on the Citys
surplus real property sales list as recommended by the Plan Commission.
Parcels described as:
And Map # Tax
#27 37075 South
of Harbor View Drive, Surface Utility
Remain in City Ownership
#26 & 28
Property – For Construction of Boat Storage Facility only
37054, 37055 Properties
Repurchased South of Omaha Street
37056, 32603 between Central Avenue and South 2nd
#49 None Road Easement off of
Harbor View Drive
The Council is likely to act
on the Plan Commissions recommendation immediately after the Public Hearing
on whether the above described lands will be placed on the Citys Surplus Real Property Sales List. If placed on the list, the properties will be
available for sale 30 days after placement on the list. All sales require approval of the Common
related to the For Sale list is available at the Washburn City Hall.
Scott J. Kluver
Post Updated: May 15, 2015
to View the Most Recent Draft of West End Park Master Plan
The City Council and the West End Park Ad
Hoc Committee will be meeting this Monday, May 18th at 6:00pm at the
Washburn City Hall to discuss the Concept Plan and other plan components. The public is encouraged to attend.
Posted: May 1, 2015
PARTICIPATE IN LOCAL
City of Washburn
The City of Washburn has a vacancy for immediate filling
to complete an unexpired term on its Plan Commission. The vacant current term
expires in April of 2016; full terms are three years.
Application forms to which an individual may attach a
resume or additional information on qualifications are available at the
Washburn City Hall, 119 Washington Avenue, M-F, 8AM-5PM. Application deadline is Noon on May 22, 2015.
For further information on the duties of position, term
of office, and other related concerns, please contact Scott Kluver, 373-6160
ext. 4. The position is appointed by
the Mayor, with confirmation by the Common Council. The Mayor may choose a personal interview
with each candidate for possible appointment prior the City Council meeting
scheduled for June 8, 2015.
Scott J. Kluver
Published: April 30, 2015
REVIEW BOARD MEETING
THE PROPOSED CREATION OF
IN THE CITY OF
Notice is Hereby Given that the City of Washburn will hold an organizational Joint Review
Board meeting on May 21, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Washburn City Hall,
located at 119 Washington Avenue. The purpose of this meeting is to organize a Joint
Review Board for purposes of considering the proposed creation of, and proposed
project plan for, Tax Incremental District No. 3 (the “District”).
Notice is Hereby Given that the Plan Commission of the City of Washburn will hold a public hearing on May 21, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.at the Washburn City Hall,
located at 119 Washington Avenue, for the purpose of providing the community a
reasonable opportunity to comment upon the proposed creation of the Project
Plan for the District.
The proposed boundaries of the District would be
within an area generally described as including portions of the downtown area
and parcels to the north and northwest of downtown.
The District is expected to be a mixed-use district based
on the identification and classification of the property proposed to be
included within the District; and
Proposed projects costs may include, but are not
limited to: property acquisition for development, property acquisition for
conservancy, acquisition of rights-of-way, acquisition of easements, relocation
costs, environmental audits and remediation, demolition, site grading, sanitary
sewer system improvements, water system improvements, stormwater management
system improvements, electric service, gas service, communications infrastructure,
street improvements, streetscaping and landscaping, contribution to Community
Development Authority, revolving loan/grant
program, rail spur, cash grants to owners, lessees or developers of land
located within the district (development incentives), professional and
organizational services, administrative costs, and finance costs. The proposed
costs may include projects within the proposed boundary and within a ½ mile
radius of the proposed boundary of the District.
interested parties will be given a reasonable opportunity to express their
views on the proposed creation of the District, the proposed boundaries of the
District, and the proposed Project Plan thereof. A copy of the Project Plan,
including a description of the proposed boundaries, will be available for
viewing in the offices of the City Clerk at
the Washburn City Hall,
located at 119 Washington Avenue, during normal business hours and will be provided
hearing shall be public and citizens and interested parties shall then be
heard. This hearing may be adjourned from time to time.
By Order of the City of Washburn,
May 7, 2015
& May 14, 2015
Posted: April 20,
CITY OF WASHBURN
NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECT
LIBRARY WINDOW REPLACEMENT PROJECT
Notice is hereby given that the
Library Board of the City of Washburn intends to enter into a contract on May
5, 2015 exceeding $5,000 but less than $25,000 for the labor involved in
replacing windows on the lower level of the Library.
Questions on the Library Window
Replacement Project should be directed to Darrell Pendergrass at
715-373-6172. The Washburn Library is
located at 307 Washington Ave., Washburn, WI 54891.
This notice is published as
required under Wisconsin Statues 62.15(1).
Scott J. Kluver, Administrator
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