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Update on Algoma Marina Fire

Algoma City Administrator Jeff Wiswell announced the temporary closing of the City Marina and Crescent Beach.

Wiswell said the order to close these two popular facilities was necessitated by an overnight fire earlier Thursday morning whenthe Algoma Fire Department, along with the Kewaunee Fire Department, was dispatched to a reported boat fire at the Algoma Marina.Upon arrival, the Algoma Fire Department determined that the fire involved five large sport fishing boats located on two separate docks in the marina.A total of four boats sunk as a result of the fire. No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard was also on scene to help avoid any possible environmental impact from sinking boats or leaking fuel or oil.   Booms were used to stop the possible spread of any pollutants.

“The next step in the recovery process,” according to Wiswell, “is to get the sunken vessels out of the water as quickly and safely as possible, so there is minimal damage to wildlife and the environment.”Boat owner have hired salvage contractors to aid in the cleanup and they are on the scene.   Wiswell noted that “One boat has been lifted out the water, and the dive teams and salvage crews expect the other three boats to be out of the water by Saturday.”

“Our marina is one of the most popular marinas along the lakeshore,” Wiswell said.  “As we enter into the busy fishing season the City will do everything it can to get the marina opened up, especially since the big fish,including King Salmons, are really starting to bite.”   During the meantime small craft can still launch elsewhere along the Ahnapee River, while larger vessels are being diverted over the next few daysto the Kewaunee marina for launching.   The two bridges in Algoma have a 10 foot clearance.

Tourism has become an increasingly larger part of the city’s economy over the last several decades with the growth of the sport fishing industry.   The sport fishing fleet located in Algoma is still one of the largest on Lake Michigan and the rest of the Great Lakes.

On a second front, Wiswell said that “After talking with the DNR, Kewaunee County Health Department and the State Toxicology Department, the City decided to put beach closure flags up as a precautionary move.”

Parks Director Sara Robertson said “The effects of swimming in potentially contaminated water could be a skin irritation much like a sunburn. If we deem the water to be safe tomorrow after checking for the presence of a sheen on the water, then we will remove the red flags and put the green flags back up.”

Police Administrator Dave Cornelius said “Algoma Police and Kewaunee County Deputies will continue to maintain a perimeter around the marina until further notice.”

Administrator Wiswell thanked all first responders, including police, fire and Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Deputies and Emergency Management, DNRandthe U.S. Coast Guard for their timely response.

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Man & Child Killed in Fond du Lac Crash

The State Patrol continues to investigate a three vehicle freeway crash that killed an eight-year-old boy and a 26-year-old man in Fond du Lac. Troopers say the two were passengers in a car that was stopped behind a semi truck — and the car was rear ended by an S-U-V, thus causing a chain reaction crash involving all three units. It happened late Wednesday morning on Interstate 41 in Fond du Lac. The S-U-V overturned, and a 35-year-old Eldorado man who was a passenger in that S-U-V was flown to a hospital with life threatening injuries. Drivers of the car and the S-U-V were treated for non life threatening injuries.

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Dewey Street Construction Coming in July

Reconstruction of Dewey Street from S. 26th Street to 400 feet west of S. 39th Street has beenre-scheduled to begin on July 18, 2016 instead of July 11, 2016 and will run through September 30, 2016.  The project will include new doweled concrete pavement with integral concrete curb, replacement of concrete driveway approaches, replacement of concrete sidewalk at the intersections, and the installation of drain tile behind the concrete curb.  The street is being reconstructed as part of the City’s overall Street Improvement Program.  One eastbound lane of traffic will remain open during the project.For through traffic alternate routes are suggested.

 

For additional information regarding Dewey Street reconstructioncontact the Department of Public Infrastructure – Engineering Division at 686-6910.

 

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Fight in Washington Park

On Tuesday night, June 21st, at approximately 9:45pm, Manitowoc Police responded to a fight in progress at the basketball courts in Washington Park.

It was determined two local Manitowoc men, ages 20 and 38, were arguing over a woman, when their confrontation escalated into a fist fight.

When they finally separated, the 38 year old man walked off, only to return to the scene a few minutes later in his vehicle. The 38 year old man drove his vehicle into the park near the basketball courts and erratically circled the south end of park in what appeared to be an effort to strike people with his vehicle. Several people had to quickly scurry out of the way to avoid being struck, and some even jumped onto picnic tables to avoid being run down.

The 38 year old man finally drove off, but returned once again on foot, apparently to continue to the confrontation, when he was arrested by Manitowoc Police. The 20 year old man was also pulled over as he attempted to drive away from the area in his own vehicle.

The 20 year old man was cited for Disorderly Conduct and released. He has been formally expelled from entering into all Manitowoc Parks for the next 30 days.

The 38 year old man was arrested and jailed for the felony charge of Recklessly Endangering Safety. He has been expelled from entering into all Manitowoc Parks for one year.

Fortunately, nobody was struck or injured by the hostile driver.

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June Winner of Felician Village Excellence Award

Ron June 2 (2).JPGFelician Village announces Ron Gosz, Maintenance Technician, won the Service Excellence Star Award for the month of June.
Ron’s nomination: “Thanks for demonstrating our Resident First philosophy. Ron flexed his hours two days to paint in the St. Francis household – coming in at 4 a.m. so he would be done before breakfast. The painting really helps to brighten things up. We appreciate your willingness to do this before most residents woke so it did not alter their routine.”
In photo: (left to right) Rick Hodgson, Director of Plant Operations, Ron Gosz, Service Excellence Award Winner and Aaron Seng, Director of Mission Services.
About the Service Excellence Star Award
In conjunction with Felician Village’s Service Excellence initiative and Resident Firstsm philosophy, selection is based on the employee’s conduct as it reflects Felician Village values. Service Excellence is a way of consciously living out the mission and core values of Felician Village and fostering an environment that creates exceptional experiences for all.
Co-workers, residents, family members and visitors are encouraged to nominate an employee to be considered for the Service Excellence Star Award. The award subcommittee reviews the completed nomination forms monthly and a winner is selected.

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Park Closures

SILVER CREEK PARK – PARK CLOSURES
Disc golf holes six and eight will be closed until further notice.

Due to the number of trees posing a public safety risk at Silver Creek Park, the park will be closed for storm damage tree work as follows:

Thursday, June 16, 2016 Noon – 4 PM
Friday, June 17, 2016 6 AM – 4 PM
Monday, June 20, 2016 6 AM – 4 PM

If you need visit the park outside of these hours, please avoid the caution taped areas.
DEWEY STREET SKATEBOARD PARK – CLOSED
Due to a tree down damaging the Skateboard Park, it will be closed until further notice.

Check the City of Manitowoc website for updates on Park Closures.

For additional information regarding these Park Closures, contact the Department of Public Infrastructure – Parks Division at 686-3580.

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Beware of Fake Vacation Rental Ads Online

Online classified advertisements on websites like Craigslist, Etsy or eBay Classifieds are a double-edged sword.  On one hand, they offer a convenient means of setting up transactions like buying or selling goods, posting or finding jobs, and listing or seeking rental properties.  But on the other hand, the open nature of these sites that appeals to their users also appeals to scammers.

With the summer travel season underway, be on the lookout for too-good-to-be-true vacation and house rental deals in online classified ads.  A disturbing trend involves scammers ripping pictures and descriptions of properties from real estate listings and posting the information to a classified ad as a rental property.  When interested renters inquire, the “owner” of the rental claims to be out of town and offers to send the keys for the property if a security deposit and first month’s rent are paid upfront, typically by wire transfer.  These crooks just take the money and run.

Imposter scams are the primary ways con artists use these sites to victimize the public.  Fraudsters regularly post fake ads for rentals, employment opportunities and products for sale.  According to Craigslist’s safety page, most of these rip-offs share a number of common characteristics:

  • You are interacting by email or text with someone who is not in your area;
  • The transaction begins with a vague initial inquiry and the back and forth communications are riddled with spelling and grammatical errors;
  • You are asked to make a payment by wire transfer, prepaid debit card, PayPal or another service that provides instant transactions that leave little trace; and
  • The other party either refuses to meet or claims to be unable to meet face-to-face to complete the transaction.

Some tips to remember when dealing with another party through an online classified ad:

  • If you are making a purchase or selling an item, deal locally and meet face-to-face with the other party in a public place.  Some police departments offer their constituents their station lobbies or parking lots as “safe zones” to use for transactions (call your local department to inquire before establishing it as the meeting point).
  • Always be suspicious of over-the-top claims and too-good-to-be-true prices.
  • Never wire funds to strangers or provide the code and PIN from a prepaid debit or gift card.
  • Never rent a property sight unseen or provide information for a background check for a rental or a job until you have met a potential landlord or employer in person.
  • If someone sends you a check and asks you to cash it and return a portion or send a portion to another person, it is a scam.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at http://datcp.wi.gov, send an e-mail to datcphotline@wisconsin.gov or call the Consumer Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.

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