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A developer’s agreement that calls for the city of Antigo to construct a new walking trail along Remington Lake as part of a multi-unit apartment complex construction project will be reviewed Wednesday by the Common Council.

Aldermen will convene for their October session at 6 p.m. in the chambers at City Hall.

Leading the agenda will be review and action on the seven-page agreement between the city and at S.C. Swiderski for the apartment project planned near the intersection of Pierce Avenue and North Hogan Street.

The agreement was reached following extensive negotiations between the attorneys for the city and the developer. It calls for construction of two buildings of eight units each in 2018 with the remainder of the 40 to 56 total units to be built based on continued market demand.

Once 40 units are constructed, the city agrees to develop an asphalt paved bicycle/pedestrian recreational trail encompassing nearby Remington Lake with access to the apartment complex at a location to be determined.

The city plans to use the $41,250 Swiderski paid for the parcel, along with a state and federal matching grant to facilitate the recreational trail construction, according to the agreement.

In June, the council accepted the offer from Swiderski to purchase 8.25 acres of city-owned property located at the corner of North Hogan Street and Pierce Avenue. The land will be used for phase 2 of the developer’s apartment plans in the city. Phase 1—88 units on Prosser Avenue and Charlotte Court—is about two-thirds occupied, the point when Swiderski wanted to start the new endeavor.

The complex will contain five, eight-unit buildings with a total of 30 two-bedroom and 10 three-bedroom apartments. All will have one or two-car attached garages. All will have private and garage entrances, balconies or patios and a variety of amenities. They will be rented at market rates and are not subsidized housing, officials have stressed.

In other business, aldermen are expected to approve revised job descriptions that will better detail essential duties and responsibilities of the clerk-treasurer and her deputy.

The first resolution changes the position of clerk-treasurer to that of clerk-treasurer/finance director. Her additional duties as listed in the revised description will focus on operating budgets, capital investment, grant administration, project documentation and the changing criteria related to insurance programs along with increased responsibility for the oversight of the city’s consultant-based assessment and Block Grant programs. She will also receive a one-step increase in her pay grade, to $89,607 as of Jan. 1, 2018.

The deputy clerk-treasurer will also receive an updated job description detailing additional duties related to public inquiries, monthly agency reporting, processing of electronic payments, coordination of internal departments, serving as a member of the Insurance Review Committee, and added support of daily operations. She will also receive a pay grade step-up, to $65,165 as of Jan. 1.

There are other personnel items on the agenda as well.

Aldermen will be asked to approved 2 percent cost of living adjustments for non-represented employees, making their raises consistent with the negotiated wage increases provided to the police and fire union employees.

Aldermen are expected to increase election inspectors’ wages to $150 per day, with chief inspectors receiving $165 and registrars, $135 daily.

Three resolutions relating to fire and rescue services are also on the agenda.

Aldermen are expected to purchase four Power Load systems which will lift and load the EMS cot with patient, up to 700 pounds, into the ambulance. Funding will largely be provided through an Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

They will also accept a $2,000 grant from the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, targeted toward the purchase of two sets of Rescue Trask Force gear, including ballistic vests and helmets and EMS trauma bandaging supplies.

The third resolution involves updating the city’s mutual aid agreement with Birnamwood Area Emergency Services.

Aldermen will also:

—implement a wastewater utility tax equivalency payment to the city in the amount of $40,000 and increase the water tax equivalency payment from $160,00 to $180,000. Funding will come from the two utilities and will be used to cover increased costs of providing services.

—and transfer $6.326 from the general fund severance account to the library to cover the accrued vacation time for the retiring library director. Half of the amount will be reimbursed by Langlade County.

Following the meeting, the council will reconvene as a committee of the whole to review 2018 health and dental insurance and continue work on the 2018 budget.
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A photograph taken this morning of Remington's Lake on Antigo's west side.

New apartment complex pact, walking path on council agenda
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A developer’s agreement that calls for the city of Antigo to construct a new walking trail along Remington Lake as part of a multi-unit apartment complex construction project will be reviewed Wednesday by the Common Council.

Aldermen will convene for their October session at 6 p.m. in the chambers at City Hall.

Leading the agenda will be review and action on the seven-page agreement between the city and at S.C. Swiderski for the apartment project planned near the intersection of Pierce Avenue and North Hogan Street.

The agreement was reached following extensive negotiations between the attorneys for the city and the developer. It calls for construction of two buildings of eight units each in 2018 with the remainder of the 40 to 56 total units to be built based on continued market demand.

Once 40 units are constructed, the city agrees to develop an asphalt paved bicycle/pedestrian recreational trail encompassing nearby Remington Lake with access to the apartment complex at a location to be determined.

The city plans to use the $41,250 Swiderski paid for the parcel, along with a state and federal matching grant to facilitate the recreational trail construction, according to the agreement.

In June, the council accepted the offer from Swiderski to purchase 8.25 acres of city-owned property located at the corner of North Hogan Street and Pierce Avenue. The land will be used for phase 2 of the developer’s apartment plans in the city. Phase 1—88 units on Prosser Avenue and Charlotte Court—is about two-thirds occupied, the point when Swiderski wanted to start the new endeavor.

The complex will contain five, eight-unit buildings with a total of 30 two-bedroom and 10 three-bedroom apartments. All will have one or two-car attached garages. All will have private and garage entrances, balconies or patios and a variety of amenities. They will be rented at market rates and are not subsidized housing, officials have stressed.

In other business, aldermen are expected to approve revised job descriptions that will better detail essential duties and responsibilities of the clerk-treasurer and her deputy.

The first resolution changes the position of clerk-treasurer to that of clerk-treasurer/finance director. Her additional duties as listed in the revised description will focus on operating budgets, capital investment, grant administration, project documentation and the changing criteria related to insurance programs along with increased responsibility for the oversight of the city’s consultant-based assessment and Block Grant programs. She will also receive a one-step increase in her pay grade, to $89,607 as of Jan. 1, 2018.

The deputy clerk-treasurer will also receive an updated job description detailing additional duties related to public inquiries, monthly agency reporting, processing of electronic payments, coordination of internal departments, serving as a member of the Insurance Review Committee, and added support of daily operations. She will also receive a pay grade step-up, to $65,165 as of Jan. 1.

There are other personnel items on the agenda as well.

Aldermen will be asked to approved 2 percent cost of living adjustments for non-represented employees, making their raises consistent with the negotiated wage increases provided to the police and fire union employees.

Aldermen are expected to increase election inspectors’ wages to $150 per day, with chief inspectors receiving $165 and registrars, $135 daily.

Three resolutions relating to fire and rescue services are also on the agenda.

Aldermen are expected to purchase four Power Load systems which will lift and load the EMS cot with patient, up to 700 pounds, into the ambulance. Funding will largely be provided through an Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

They will also accept a $2,000 grant from the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, targeted toward the purchase of two sets of Rescue Trask Force gear, including ballistic vests and helmets and EMS trauma bandaging supplies.

The third resolution involves updating the city’s mutual aid agreement with Birnamwood Area Emergency Services.

Aldermen will also:

—implement a wastewater utility tax equivalency payment to the city in the amount of $40,000 and increase the water tax equivalency payment from $160,00 to $180,000. Funding will come from the two utilities and will be used to cover increased costs of providing services.

—and transfer $6.326 from the general fund severance account to the library to cover the accrued vacation time for the retiring library director. Half of the amount will be reimbursed by Langlade County.

Following the meeting, the council will reconvene as a committee of the whole to review 2018 health and dental insurance and continue work on the 2018 budget.
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A photograph taken this morning of Remington's Lake on Antigo's west side.
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