MARINETTE — The Marinette Board of Public Works Tuesday heard about the extent of flooding throughout the city.
City Engineer Brian Miller reported on the severity of the flooding. Miller provided a map during the meeting to highlight the area’s of most concern. The map also distinguishes whether the flooding is either street or property flooding.
The main areas of concern, according to Miller’s map, are:
■ Low areas along West Cleveland Avenue
■ A low area west of Van Cleve Avenue
■ Stephenson Island
■ Low areas behind buildings along Cleveland Avenue
■ Nature areas west of Bay Shore Street
■ Several properties along Russell Street
■ Flooding on Carney Boulevard, 3rd Street and Hosmer Street
■ Flooding on Water Street at Second Street
■ Flooding on Russell Street, west of Ogden Street
■ Streets and properties east of Ogden Street
Committee Chairman Ken Keller advised the need for a system to measure the severity of flooding.
“We’re going to have to establish some criteria for pumping out water, otherwise your going to get calls from everyone who has water in their yard, which the city is not responsible for,” Keller said.
Miller assured Keller that he has personally examined all areas indicated on his map, and that he has judged them to be severe enough to warrant intervention from the city. “People don’t know what to do, so they come to the city seeking assistance to relieve the high water in their yards and help them during these difficult times,” Miller said.
“Right now I would like a somewhat broad approval to dispatch our public works personnel to deploy pumps and hoses when needed,” Miller said.
Currently, Public Works is focusing on applying for permits and grants from the DNR and providing emergency relief for effected areas.
In another matter, the Marinette’s Finance committee discussed what to do about dump card refunds.
The issue of the dump card refunds have been a continued issue for City Treasurer and Finance Director Jackie Miller. Several attempts to refund several Marinette citizens has proven ineffective, mainly due to people’s lack of interest.
The city has been providing refunds for the cards since the dump closed several months ago, but inaccurate addresses and indifference from the public have made it so the office still has more than $10,000 to return to citizens. Most of the refunds are under $50, but 1,400 people still haven’t approached the city for their refunds.
In the end the committee decided to provide refunds at Marinette’s Rec center until the end of the year, and to also send out one final letter letting people know that they are eligible for a refund. After the end of the year, the remaining money will be sent to the state and anyone looking for a refund will have to go through the state to receive their money.