MARINETTE — Everything is looking up for the City of Marinette.
Along with Tuesday evening’s City Council agenda, Mayor Steve Genisot released his written State of the City address, reiterating and adding to the positive changes and prospects of the city which were expressed in his 2016 address.
“As I begin 2017, and my second year in office, I want to thank the citizens of Marinette for giving me the honor to serve as your mayor,” Genisot wrote. “We really do have a great city, with many wonderful hardworking citizens, as well as many new projects that have happened or are about to start soon.”
“As your mayor, I am involved with the many day-to-day duties for the city and have the support and pleasure to work with many hardworking, dedicated employees,” he went on. “I also have had great support from our elected Common Council, as well as the many appointed officials on our numerous standing and advisory committees and commissions. With their help we have had the opportunity to see many projects happen and many more exciting projects in the works.”
Genisot went on to detail the many ongoing and upcoming projects happening in the city, starting with an update on the recreation center. To date, approximately $10.25 million of the projected $12 million has been raised, including the passing of a resolution for $6 million borrowed by the City of Marinette and $4.25 million donated by community members. The School District of Marinette donated 14.69 acres of school property to the project, and the bidding process is set to begin this year with expected completion in 2018.
The address also praised other completed, ongoing and upcoming construction and business projects in the city, including the new hospital project underway by Bay Area Medical Center, set to be completed in the second quarter of 2018; the new Bellin Health facility on Gallagher Road, which is now open; the progress happening at the Pine Tree Mall, set to welcome Planet Fitness and T.J. Maxx this year; the completion of the new Burnhouse facility constructed by Ansul/Tyco; the ongoing production of the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, in partnership with Lockheed Martin; the upcoming construction of two Kwik Trips within the city limits; the new PCM Credit Union construction on Stephenson Street and the move of Tri-County Credit Union to the Hometown Square Shopping Mall; the opening of the new restaurant, The Cafe Green; the store addition to the Shore Drive The Store gas station; and the recent expansion and received awards of Winsert Inc.
Public and city projects were not left out of the address, which also praised the habitat restoration project in the South Channel of the Menominee River, funded by a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service grant totaling $1.2 million; the habitat restoration of Menekaunee Harbor and the construction of a new boat launch, kayak launch, fish cleaning facility and parking lot on the site of the former Jozaitis Distributing property; the recent decision to host the 2017 Cabela’s National Walleye Tour Championship Tournament in August of this year; the naming of an LCS after the city, the U.S.S. Marinette (LCS-25), to be built at Marinette Marine; several road reconstruction projects, including the upcoming Riverside Avenue, Pierce Avenue, Miller Street, 6th Street and the Hattie Street bridge reconstructions; the introduction of Marinette’s new police K-9 unit, Officer Riggs; and the ongoing construction of the new Maritime Center of Excellence, designed to promote training, education, research and entrepreneurship for the local shipbuilding industry.
“The state of the City of Marinette remains strong,” Genisot wrote.
The mayor did address two projects he hopes to tackle in the future, the search for possible new City Hall site and new or expanded police department facilities. The City Council recently passed a resolution authorizing Genisot to explore possible options for a City Hall and police department relocation.
“I want to assure all that we are working hard each day to develop the many possibilities that will continue to make Marinette a great place to live and work,” he wrote.
While Genisot did not read the address during the Tuesday City Council meeting, he did acknowledge the overall positive state of the City of Marinette and gave credit to the council members, city employees and citizens.
“There’s a lot of great things happening,” he said.
Ward 7 Alderwoman Pamela Goes agreed, with one addition.
“There are a lot of good things happening,” she said. “We have a good leader.”