Noppenberg seeks re-election to City Council
Monday, March 20, 2017 12:00 AM
MARINETTE — Peter Noppenberg, 63, was only sworn in as Ward 6 Alderman for Marinette in October, but he is more than ready to continue his service to the City of Marinette.
“I’ve lived here 26 years now, and I’ve had a good life here,” he said. “I just want to give something back.”
Born in raised in Menominee, Noppenberg spent some some time living in Scottsdale, Ariz. before moving back to the area in 1991 to be near his children after a divorce. With his background in manufacturing and logistics, he worked at Marinette Marine until 2009, before getting into e-commerce sales and working from home with Team National, a membership-driven program which awards rebates for shopping and membership enrollment. Noppenberg is happy with his current self-employment status, which allows him to attend various city meetings freely besides the committees he is a member of.
“I see that as important, it’s part of the learning curve,” he said. “It helps me get more experience, seeing how the city programs run and the different networks of interest in the city.”
Noppenberg currently sits on the Civic Affairs, Cemetery, Traffic & Lights Committee and the Personnel & License Committee, and attends others just to sit and listen in. His extra time spent catching up with current events in the city government has helped him get involved with several projects happening in the City of Marinette, such as the possible “revamping” of the Forest Home Cemetery chapel.
“I think it’s important because it’s an iconic structure and it’s falling apart,” Noppenberg said. “I want to see if it’s feasible, financially, to revamp it, maybe a little at a time.”
Aside from the chapel, Noppenberg said he was interested in using his potential reelection for attracting tourism to the city, keeping up the city parks, bringing back men’s softball and repairing some of the local streets which need work. He also said he looked forward to the construction of the new Community & Sports Events Center, which he felt would greatly benefit the city, and he supported a city hall move which would benefit the city employees and the police department.
Some immediate goals for Noppenberg were to get a seat on the Finance & Insurance Committee and the Board of Public Works, which he said were of interest to him because they represented many of the physical changes to the city that the public can see are being made. He congratulated and thanked all members of the City Council and Mayor Steve Genisot for their public service to the city, and said he looked forward to working with them again.
Noppenberg has also been doing volunteer work with the Jail Outreach program for seven years, visiting the jails in Marinette, Menominee and Oconto counties “to try and help the young men and women get their lives back on track.”
Noppenberg has two sons; Patrick Noppenberg, who is a member of the U.S. Air Force in Abileen, Texas, and Tom Noppenberg, who works at Marinette Marine in Marinette.
Noppenberg will face James Kostura for the Ward 6 seat in the April 4 spring election. He currently resides at 2011 Sherman St. in Marinette and can be reached at 715-587-1337.