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Courtesy of a big victory at the polls in November, Superior Days delegates scored a win down in Madison this week. Superior voters in November overwhelmingly supported asking the governor and Legislature to craft legislation to create a small-market exposition district in Superior. It would enable the city to levy taxes on hotel stays, car rentals and prepared food and beverages to help develop Superior's downtown.
Voters in Superior head to the polls on Tuesday to narrow the field of candidates in the running to lead the city. Four candidates stepped up to finish the remaining two years of retiring Mayor Bruce Hagen's term in office; voters will reduce the field to two in Tuesday's primary. City councilors Brent Fennessey and Mike Herrick, city Plan Commissioner Kalee Hermanson and Douglas County Board Vice Chairman Jim Paine are all vying for an opportunity to lead the city. The top two vote-getters move on to the April 4 election.
When San Antonio residents and tourists mark the Texas city's tricentennial in 2018, a Superior-based company will play a role in the celebration. Lake Assault Boats in Superior has secured a $6.2 million contract with the city of San Antonio to build 43 new barges for the city's iconic River Walk. The all-aluminum barges will replace the fleet of tourist and commuter barges used on the San Antonio River through the city's downtown.
Voters in Superior will decide school board and city council seats this spring, along with a special election to determine the city's mayor for the next two years. Plus, a couple of statewide races are on the ballot this year. Wisconsin's Supreme Court is unlikely to see a change this year. Justice Annette Ziegler is running unopposed for another 10-year term on the state's highest court.
Bids for the reconstruction of Belknap Street came in higher than expected. Last week the Superior City Council closed the gap in funding using money set aside for other capital improvement projects over the next five years to cover an additional $1.6 million in expenses related to the two-year reconstruction of the failing state highway.
A plan to clean up a Superior bay is nearing completion, and work could get underway next year. The project to clean up Howard's Pocket, also known as Howard's Bay, is a collaboration among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the city of Superior and Fraser Shipyards — the only U.S.-based shipyard remaining on Lake Superior. The Superior City Council recently was presented with an update on the project planning.
Douglas County election officials got right to work Thursday morning, reconciling poll books and absentee ballot certificates — then sorting, counting and recounting ballots by hand as Wisconsin's first statewide...
A Superior city councilor has announced plans to run for mayor of the city, joining several other candidates who have said they intend to seek the office. Councilor Brent Fennessey said Monday that he wants to be a champion for the city. Fennessey, 34, whose father Tom also serves on the City Council, said his goal is to foster an economic environment so businesses fill empty storefronts and industries remain welcome in a climate in which they can thrive.
Superior is putting together surplus city-owned land for housing development. City administration has identified about a dozen parcels citywide it plans to put up for bid, with the caveat that the buyer will have to use the property to develop housing. Land sold will not be allowed to be used to expand yards or for construction of garages or other outbuildings. Some of the lots had been taken by tax deed by the county and turned over to the city — including sites where the city had razed buildings, said Jason Serck, economic development, port and planning director.
In an effort to better serve customers, save energy, reduce costs and provide safe and reliable service, Superior Water, Light and Power is planning to install advanced digital meters over the next five years. The company will replace aging analog meters with an "advanced metering infrastructure." The project is estimated to cost $11.2 million. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin on Friday approved the plan by SWL&P, a wholly owned subsidiary of Allete Inc.