MARINETTE — “The State of the City of Marinette remains strong.” 

Mayor Steve Genisot closed his annual State of the City address on Tuesday with an affirmation that he believes Marinette is heading in the right direction, after speaking to City Council members about the various community accomplishments the city witnessed and participated in during 2018. 

“As we begin 2019, I want to thank the citizens of the City of Marinette for giving me the honor to serve as your mayor,” he said. “Obviously it’s very exciting, the number of projects that we’ve had happen in the city.”Genisot opened by thanking the city staff and employees for the work they put in to bring many of the projects together. 

“I always respond, when folks say ‘you’re doing a great job,’ I say I have a great team behind me, and I truly believe that,” he said. “We make the best out of what we have, and you certainly can see that from what you see today.” 

Genisot also thanked the City Council for its support, and for being “positive and forward-thinking.” 

At the top of Genisot’s list of accomplishments in 2018 was the Community REC Center at 2501 Pierce Ave., which opened in January after years of planning and work. Genisot thanked donors, taxpayers and “many officials that worked for many decades” on the plans, design and fundraising for the facility. He invited those members of the public who have yet to tour the new recreation center to come and see it. 

Genisot also praised Bay Area Medical Center (BAMC) for opening its new $135 million hospital on University Drive; Bellin Health for opening its $20 million facility on Gallagher Road; new and opening stores at the Pine Tree Mall; ongoing improvements to Menekaunee Harbor Park; the $31 million commitment from Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers to improve the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard in anticipation of new contracts with the U.S. Navy; a partnership with Newcap Inc. to build a work force housing complex on Main Street; the brewery expansion at Rail House Restaurant & Brewpub; and the new extended-stay rooming options at Country Inn & Suites. Future projects he drew attention to included upcoming fishing tournaments in the summer and several road reconstruction projects. 

Other announcements Genisot made included the news that BAMC, which is set to come under new management this year by Advocate Aurora Health, has established a new $25 million health and wellness fund for the community that the city will be able to utilize. Additionally, Genisot said the city will see the keel laid on the highly-anticipated LCS-25 — the future USS Marinette — “in the coming months.” 

City issues that Genisot said he would work on next include City Hall’s aging structure and possible renovation, as well as the search for more space for the police department. 

“We are very excited with the progress we have seen in the City of Marinette, and we accomplished a great deal of things recently and over the past few years,” he said. “We are working hard each day to keep the City of Marinette a great place to live and work and play.” 

In other business, the Marinette City Council: 

¦ Heard from Kim Brooks and Plan Commission member Keith Killen about the upcoming announcement of the Top 5 communities in the running for season four of the Hulu series, “Small Business Revolution — Main Street.” Brooks and Killen presented council members with a handout about what to do, should Marinette and Menominee be selected as one of the Top 5, which included information about voting beginning Feb. 12 and running through Feb. 19. 

¦ Approved an ordinance amendment to relocate election polling sites for all city wards to the Community REC Center, 2501 Pierce Ave.