Marathon council takes up boat ramp behind the airport

The Marathon City Council meets for the first time in 2016 with new city leadership in place.

The 5:30 p.m. Tuesday session at the Marathon Government Center will be the first meeting for new City Manager Chuck Lindsey, who started Jan. 4. He is a newly retired command master chief for the U.S. coast Guard in the Pacific Northwest. He served as senior operations manager for Coast Guard Station Marathon from 2010 to 2013.

Former City Manager Mike Puto will be acknowledged for serving in an interim role for a year. But he will also help Lindsey transition into his new role.

Also scheduled for Tuesday:

  • A discussion of the city-owned boat ramp at Harbor Drive. Councilman Dan Zieg wants less use of it by the general public. Rather, he wants to generally make it a ramp for the nearby residents through a permit system.
  • Up to $90,000 set aside for nonprofits in the city budget may be awarded. To qualify for funding, an organization must be designated as a nonprofit and provide "cultural, educational, recreational or social services within the city of Marathon," according to city rules.

  • Approval of a contract change with GTech Construction Group LLC for sludge removal from part of the city wastewater system. It would be an increase of $43,622 for a total of $110,357 and extended to Sept. 30. Also up for vote is a contract with Third Generation Plumbing to install a vacuum sewer main and laterals and vacuum pits, and for cleanouts and restoration to not exceed $289,378.