Dear Friends and Neighbors:
As the holidays are fast approaching, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Enjoy the season with friends and family. We will all look forward to the New Year of 2016.
I wanted to give you a quick snap shot of what we have accomplished this past year and our plans for the upcoming New Year.
The riverfront area will be halfway completed as soon as the statue of Abe Lincoln is delivered. We are in the planning stages to complete the second half of that area and hope we can do so in 2016. We are still awaiting word on the OSLAD Grant to continue our vision for the Sturgeon Bay Park, a hiking trail and eagle watch.
ANR Pipeline Company donated a 2005 Ford F150 to the City of New Boston and we could be a recipient of an additional vehicle again next year. The City has purchased a new back hoe and will be building a machine shed/shop at the water tower area to store all of the cities equipment.
A grant of $600,000.00 will be applied for in the February time frame to replace storm sewer and new drainage systems for storm water. Once the new storm sewers are in place we can then focus on repaving our streets.
New Christmas decorations have been ordered to put down along Main Street, hopefully they come in on time to decorate for this year’s Christmas Holiday. We have also been approved to purchase solar powered lamps for the River Front as well as down along Main Street. These lamps will be used to help beautify our City and our river front.
We said a sad good bye to our Treasurer Audrey Stineman, retiring after 37 years of dedicated service to New Boston. She will be greatly missed. Tonya LeHew has been sworn in as the new Treasurer and Velma Stineman will be Ward II Alderman, replacing Phil Franklin. We welcome them both to our team.
There will be an Open Forum meeting here at City Hall March 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. It is a way for you to let us know your ideas to help improve our home town and we can let you know our plans for the future.
The Corp of Engineers will begin a lengthy project on Sturgeon Bay to restore the fish, the wild life, and other habitat. They will begin to dredge the area from the boat landings to the Bay Bridge, all the way to Bells Pocket and up through Mill Shoot and it should take up to 2 to 3 years to complete. It will be dredged 50 feet wide by 8 feet deep. Meetings are set for March to discuss time line of start to finish of the dredging.
I really hope to see you March 9th at our City Council meeting to voice any ideas that you may have.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to phone City Hall at (309) 587-8181.
Christopher T. DeFrieze, Mayor
City of New Boston