E. Mason St at Lime Kiln Rd is down to one lane in each direction due to a water main break. The affected area may have lane restrictions most of today.
Archives for July 2016
Mayor Jim Schmitt and Green Bay city officials would like to invite interested community members to attend the second of three public meetings for the Stadium Entertainment District Master Plan. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at the Tundra Lodge Resort and Conference Center, Superior Room, located at 865 Lombardi Avenue.
This area, which is generally bounded by Lombardi Avenue, Ashland Avenue, and the Village of Ashwaubenon, was historically developed in industrial uses. With a shift towards entertainment and tourist-based uses, the City intends to use this Master Plan to help guide redevelopment opportunities as well as new development in this area.
The kick-off meeting, held June 15, 2016, introduced the community to the planning process, outlined the overall goals of the Plan, and identified various ways that interested stakeholders can become involved. The upcoming meeting will focus on gathering public opinion on design, place-making, public amenities, and how to implement the Master Plan. This will be done through interactive exercises and surveys. Information gathered at this meeting will be used as the foundation of the Plan.
Please be advised that the Zippin Pippin has been recertified by the State Department of Safety and Professional Services for immediate operations to commence.
We are planning a grand re-opening of the Zippin Pippin for Saturday, July 9th at 12:00 noon. We will hold a press conference prior to the re-opening at 11:45 a.m. in front of the Zippin Pippin.
The City of Green Bay has been working diligently to determine what may have caused the incident on June 20, 2016, when one train bumped into the other as it was entering the loading station. Extensive testing has been performed, and it has been made clear to the City time and again that the ride is very well maintained.
To ensure the safety of riders, the City has performed maintenance upgrades and conducted extensive test runs on the ride. The City has also addressed the findings from the State, including providing additional operational training to the Zippin Pippin coaster operators. The City of Green Bay and the State have determined that the ride is safe for single train operation and the Zippin Pippin will resume operation on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at noon. One train has been inspected, repaired, and recertified by the manufacturer at its factory in Philadelphia. Two-train operation will resume when the second train arrives in Green Bay and after approvals are received from the State of Wisconsin and each of the manufacturers and suppliers involved.
“I am delighted with the cooperative team effort over the past three weeks to assure we have a safe ride,” commented Mayor Schmitt. “The Zippin Pippin is one of the highlights at Bay Beach, and we’re glad it’s back in operation. I look forward to being one of the first riders, along with many others who’ve been anticipating this re-opening.”
We are in receipt of the Safety Inspection Report and Orders from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. While there are some minor corrections the City needs to address, the cause of the Zippin Pippin incident is still under investigation. We hope to have final findings and full certification by next week.
The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) has elected Mayor James J. Schmitt to be a new Trustee for the nonpartisan organization following its 84′” Annual meeting in Indianapolis.
Approximately 200 mayors from across the country attended the conference, where the local leaders discussed a broad range of policy issues impacting America’s cities and their economic health including community policing, gun violence, immigration, job creation, federal investment in America’s cities and public partnerships that drive innovation and efficiency.
With more than 85% of Americans living in our nation’s cities and metro areas, mayors are convinced that despite their geographic location, cities large and small share many of the same challenges. As a result, Conference leadership is working to ensure that issues impacting Main Street America are
infused in federal policy discussions.
Trustees of the Conference, along with the top three officers and past presidents make up the Executive Committee of the organization.
USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran said, “We welcome Mayor Schmitt as a Trustee. As a long-time member of the Conference, Mayor Schmitt brings a wealth of experience to policy discussions on many key issues including healthy communities and a creative workforce. We look forward to his
leadership, as mayors around the county lead the charge to make cities more efficient and create Main Street jobs.”
“I’m honored to be elected by my peers to an executive role in this influential and long-standing organization,” said Mayor Schmitt.
Recreational boaters plan ahead! On Monday, July 4, 2016, City of Green Bay lift bridges have lift restrictions for pleasure craft between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.
The Port of Green Bay is officially closed to ALL water craft (freighters and pleasure craft) between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. However, Bridge Tenders are authorized to use their discretion to open lift bridges on July 4th as follows:
Mason Street Bridge – may open all day dependent on traffic and pedestrian conditions
Walnut Street Bridge – may open all day dependent on traffic and pedestrian conditions
Main Street Bridge –
1. Midnight (12:00 a.m.) until 9:00 a.m. – will open for all water craft
2. 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – will not open for any water craft
3. 11:00 p.m. to midnight (12:00 a.m.) – will open for all water craft
Fox River – Walnut Street Bridge to Main Street Bridge
1. Waterboard Warrior Ski Show from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Docking at City Deck during this time is not allowed.
2. Reminder – No boats are allowed to dock overnight at City Deck. Also, because of the Water Board Warrior Ski Show, docking adjacent to City Deck will be restricted on July 4th until 4:30 p.m. Docking at City Deck will be allowed from 4:30 p.m. to midnight (12:00 a.m.). Again, no overnight docking.
The City realizes that the July 4th holiday brings many boats out on local waters. These restrictions are established for the safety of the “Festival Foods Fire Over the Fox” event. The City thanks boaters for their understanding of this issue. Please circulate this information so the boating public can plan their river trips accordingly.