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Superior's current mayor is throwing his support behind the candidate he says has the business and municipal government experience to fill out his term. Mayor Bruce Hagen announced Thursday that he is endorsing City Councilor Brent Fennessey for mayor. Fennessey, 34, garnered his business experience as a member of the leadership team at Otis-Magie Insurance.
Douglas County Administrator Andy Lisak announced last week that he is battling an aggressive form of cancer. "When you deal with a health challenge, sometimes it's a personal thing," Lisak told the County Board. "But in this case, it's something that's not only going to impact my family and friends, but also the County Board and my colleagues here at Douglas County."
The city of Superior is lending its support — and a long-closed landfill on Wisconsin Point — to a plan to clean up Howard's Bay despite opposition from the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. The project, now years in planning, will remove contaminated dredge from Howard's Bay, also known as Howard's Pocket. Mildly contaminated dredged material — meeting non-industrial standards — will be placed over the cap of the landfill to resolve settling that allows standing water on the cap to seep into the landfill.
Douglas County has an idea of how to develop the fairgrounds parking lot on the west side of Tower Avenue. Now it's a matter of determining how to implement the plan. If developed, the site located south of Menards could offer 82,000 square feet of retail space, 40 apartment units, 52 town house units and 30 twin home or duplex units. "This is the concept plan that LHB provided to us," said Douglas County Administrator Andy Lisak.
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.