100 YEARS AGO: Menominee is to have a concrete roadway soon. The regular meeting of the city of Menominee was called to order last night (Aug. 18) at 8 o’clock in the council chambers of city hall. Before the regular business of the council was taken up, Mayor Doyle introduced Miss Anderson of Elgin, Ill., who had asked the permission to address the council on the subject of a new device which would facilitate the cleaning of the streets in a better and more economical way that it is now being done with the aid of manual labor. No steps were taken in regard to the combination spray and street sweeping devices of which she showed illustrations because the city at this time could not appropriate the sum necessary for its purchase.

50 YEARS AGO: The seemingly never-ending problem of deteriorating railroad crossings attracted more attention from the Menominee City Council Monday evening. City Attorney Kenneth O. Doyle informed the council that the problem is being worked on but that it takes time to get results. He asked the aldermen to be patient and understanding while the problem is being investigated. Ald. Jerome Nesbitt, second ward, quizzed Doyle as to whether the  railroads could be penalized for failing to comply with city requests to repair the crossings. The city attorney emphatically pointed out that the city could not take any legal action. Several councilmen have been critical of the railroad crossings for some time and the issue has been on the council floor frequently within the past two years 

25 YEARS AGO: Despite several complaints from city residents members of the Menominee Police Department insist they’re doing their job to control of the youth problems in the vicinity of 10th Avenue. “I’m afraid the public may perceive this (youth problem) as police ineffectiveness,” Chairman Pete Mayhew said at Thursday’s Public Safety Committee meeting. “This department continues to work overtime.” Earlier this year, the city began preparing for possible problems in the area implementing the patrol lieutenant position within the police department, starting the bike patrol and increasing patrols in the 10th Avenue vicinity by two or three times, Mayhew said. “We recognize we have not solved the problem,” Mayhew said. “We’re trying.” In June, officers logged 28 hours of overtime in the 10th Avenue area, according to Chief Joesph Posephny. In July, they put in 132 hours.

FIVE YEARS AGO: The Marinette Water Utility has reported losses of more than $171,000 stemming from frozen pipe incidents and related repairs from this past winter season. Wisconsin was denied a request for a  disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which would have resulted in federal financial relief for many municipal water utilities in the state, including the Marinette Water Utility. An appeal of that decision in currently being processed. “We’re keeping our fingers crossed and we’re hoping — we haven’t heard anymore,” said Dana Weber, business manager for the Marinette Water Utility. “We should be hearing something towards the end of this month if that is something we can pursue further or if it’s a dead issue.”