MARINETTE — The statue of Isaac Stephenson on Riverside Avenue is likely to spend another cold winter in its present condition.

At a brief meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission held Monday, Chairman Dan Kallgren updated the commission on the lack of response from the individual contacted to repair and renovate the iconic statue.

“I’ve called him at least three times (with no response),” Kallgren reported. “The window of getting this done this year has closed.”

Kallgren said he is concerned about exposing the deteriorating statue to the elements for another winter, but wasn’t sure that protecting it with something like a tarp would be better than leaving it uncovered.

“It could be worse,” he said. “It’s kind of frustrating.”

Kallgren said he would try to contact Bill Casper of the Hangup Gallery in Neenah, Wis., one more time to see if he was interested in taking on the project, or if he could recommend someone else.

Commission member Jim LaMalfa said Casper is an artist and a chemist, who had renovated a mural at Peace United Church of Christ on Elizabeth Avenue and had done an excellent job.