Plymouth Foam Receives New Construction Incentives

Plymouth, WI – Plymouth Foam recently completed a warehouse addition totaling 115,000 square foot at their Plymouth, WI production facility. The company produces insulation and foam products for the construction industry, automotive industry and other foam-based products, such as packaging and toy gliders. The addition will give the business room for warehouse storage as well as the future ability to grow manufacturing capabilities for the developing new foam market.

Plymouth Foam received an incentive of $5,375 from WPPI Energy in addition to a $17,485.00 incentive from Focus on Energy as a result of efficiency measures implemented at the new addition.  WPPI Energy, headquartered in Sun Prairie, WI, provides power and services to Plymouth Utilities plus 50 other municipal utilities, located in Wisconsin, Michigan’s UP and Iowa. Focus on Energy is Wisconsin’s Statewide Energy Efficiency & Renewable Resource Program.

The efficiency improvements, which included LED lighting and controls, efficient windows and HVAC equipment as well as extra roof insulation, are estimated to save more than 210,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually.  The annual reduction in energy consumption is the environmental equivalent of removing 690 cars from the road, planting over 340 acres of trees, avoiding the burning of more than 1000 tons of coal or preventing 1700 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.  Dating back to 2012, Plymouth Foam has completed efficiency measures, including lighting, compressed air and HVAC, as well as an innovative new production process, that are estimated to save more than 380,000 kWh (enough electricity to serve about 50 Wisconsin homes).

Plymouth Utilities, WPPI Energy and Focus on Energy programs help all customers – residential, commercial, agricultural, institutional, and industrial – save energy.  Those energy conservation efforts help Wisconsin customers manage rising energy costs, protect the environment, promote in-state economic development, and control Wisconsin’s growing demand for electricity.

“We’re always trying to keep businesses competitive in our communities,” said Frank Barth, Energy Services Representative with WPPI Energy. “Though providing safe, reliable and affordable power is always our first priority, partnering with our customers to help them use their energy resources wisely is also of key importance.”

 Photo Caption:  Top: Steve Steinpreis, Director of Technical Services, Plymouth Foam, Inc., holds an incentive check presented by Plymouth Utilities. Bottom: New warehouse addition at Plymouth Foam.

Utilities Wholesale Rate Update

Mullet River Corridor Plan Recipient of the 2017 Vernon Deines Merit Award for an Outstanding Small Town Project Plan

Plymouth, WI – In May, the Mullet River Corridor Plan was selected by the American Planning Association Small Town and Rural Planning Division as a recipient of the 2017 Vernon Deines Merit Award for an Outstanding Small Town Special Project Plan.  The Awards Committee was “incredibly impressed with the plan and feels it embodies the best of small town planning…the engagement for the project was top notch, and the Committee was particularly interested in the work with the local Lion’s Club.”  The award was accepted by MSA Professional Services at the National Planning Conference in New York City on behalf of the City of Plymouth.  MSA Professional Services was hired by the City of Plymouth as the planning consultant for the project.

The 2017 Stayer Park rehab project is one of the major plan elements of the Mullet River Corridor Plan.  The project includes new public bathrooms, park shelter and plaza area, playground, and parking and drive areas.  The City partnered with the local Lion’s Club on the project as well as Johnsville Sausage.  The project is slated to be completed by early fall 2017 and represents approximately a $1.4m investment in the downtown park.

For additional information or for questions, please contact the City Administrator/Utilities Manager Brian Yerges at Plymouth City Hall at (920) 893-1271 or e-mail at byerges@plymouthgov.com.

Energy Efficiency Awarded in Plymouth

The Plymouth Utilities biennial energy conference was held on May 2nd, 2017.  The conference agenda included utility updates, efficiency incentive program updates, an industrial lighting presentation and efficiency improvement awards.  Energy Efficiency Improvement Award recipients included (left to right), Mike Burkart – Burkart Ford, Mark Majerus – Great Lakes Cheese, Steve Steinpreis – Plymouth Foam, Ryan Hill – Roundy’s Inc. (Plymouth Pick ‘N Save) and Plymouth Industries (not pictured).  Collectively the award recipients will save an estimated 850,000 kilowatt hours annually as a result of energy efficiency improvement measures which is the amount of energy needed to power about 85 homes.

Director of Public Works/City Engineer

The City of Plymouth is pleased to announce that Catherine Austin, P.E. will serve as the next Director of Public Works/City Engineer for the City of Plymouth.  The current Director of Public Works/City Engineer, Bill Immich, is slated to retire from the City of Plymouth after approximately 27 years of service on June 2, 2017.  Austin will begin her duties in late May.

Austin currently serves as the Deputy Director of Public Works/City Engineer for the City of Kenosha.  Prior positions with Kenosha include serving as the Deputy Director of Engineering and Civil Engineer I-III.  She has experience in both civil engineering and public works operations.  Austin holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is also a graduate of Plymouth Comprehensive High School.  She is registered with the State of Wisconsin as a Professional Engineer. Austin will perform complex supervisory, administrative and professional work in planning, organizing, directing and supervising the Public Works Department and Water/Sewer Divisions of Plymouth Utilities.

NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION 

Project:  Western Avenue water main and paving project

May 11, 2017

Plans are to begin construction of the water main the first week of May.  The contractor will be placing signage and saw cutting the concrete the first week.

On May 8th, the contractor began installing the new water main.  This work will take approximately three weeks.  During this work there will be no parking on the south side of the street.  There will be no parking on north side of the street on areas adjacent to the work.  The road will be open to traffic at all times, except the days of pulverizing and paving the street.

The plans are to have water lateral replacement will begin the first week of June.

Kapur and Associates has been hired by the City to inspect and oversee the water main project.  If you are having the water line to your house replaced you or your plumber must contact Jon Vogt at 920-362-6253. Jon will coordinate the work with the plumber and the contractor.

After the water laterals are completed the concrete will be pulverized and the road will be repaved (the same as the south end of Western Avenue from Factory Street to Mill Street).   During the pulverizing and paving the road will be closed to traffic.  We expect this to take two days.

You may also contact me at Plymouth Utilities with questions at 893-1471.

Sincerely,

William Immich, P.E.

Director of Public Works / City Engineer

Downtown Public Rest Room Facility Progresses

The bid opening for the downtown public bathroom was held on April 18th at 11:00 am.  The City received three bids for general construction with the low bidder being A. Chappa Construction LLC in the amount of $162,503.  Haucke Plumbing & Heating has the plumbing contract at a cost of $25,219.  The Common Council awarded the contract at the April 25th meeting.  The bathroom project is scheduled to begin in May 2017 and be completed by early July 2017.  Construction drawings of the bathroom may be found below.  The project is part of the Stayer Park project which also includes a new shelter, playground, and repaving of parking and drive areas.  All work is scheduled to be done in 2017.

Stayer Park Rest Room Construction Drawings

City Council Approves Senior Fund Grant

On April 11th the Plymouth Common Council approved a grant to the Adult Community Center at Generations for $7,513.86.

Generations provides senior programming under an agreement with the City of Plymouth.  The funds will be used to enhance the exercise program for seniors as well as a concert series this summer.

Funding for the grant is from money designated for senior benefits left over when the city closed its senior center and moved operations to the Generations facility.

The City of Plymouth Committee on Aging oversees the grant process, confirming the request meets the requirement of benefiting Plymouth seniors.  The committee then makes a recommendation to the Council who makes the decision to approve or disapprove the grant.

The grant maximum is $10,000 and must be used to benefit Plymouth seniors.  For information regarding the Senior Fund Grant please contact the Plymouth City Clerk-Treasurer’s Office at 920-893-1271.

-Submitted by David Williams, City of Plymouth Alderman, District 1

Ash Trees Replaced in Plymouth

City of Plymouth – a Tree City USA – crews planted 75 trees obtained from the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission and Wisconsin DNR Emerald Ash Borer Mitigation Grant.

  

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS – PLYMOUTH WASH ROOM FACILITY AT STAYER PARK

The City will receive sealed bids for the Plymouth Wash Room Facility for Stayer Park, until 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Plymouth City Hall, 128 Smith Street, Room 305, Plymouth, Wisconsin 53073.  Said bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time.

The work for which the bids are asked includes:

Constructing a 30’ x 18’ ± concrete block and wood exterior, men’s, women’s, and family washroom facility.

PLAN DOCUMENTS may be obtained from Pfaller Architectural Associates by contacting Mark F. Pfaller II, AIA at (920) 892-8585 or by e-mail at mark@pfalleraia.com with a subject line of Re: Plymouth Wash Room Project. General questions pertaining to the contract and bidding should also be directed to Mark Pfaller.  Plan documents are also available at: http://www.plymouthgov.com/plymouth-news/ (see below).

Contractors bidding on the project must pre-qualify for the project.  Pre-qualification forms can be obtained along with the bidding documents.  Pre-qualification forms will also be available at http://www.plymouthgov.com/plymouth-news/ and shall be submitted by Wednesday, April 12, 2017.  Other documents pertaining to the Plymouth Washroom Project are also available on the City of Plymouth website at the address above.

Published March 31 & April 7, 2017

Brian Yerges, City Administrator/Utilities Manager

DOCUMENTS:

Stayer Park Wash Room Facility Project Manual

Exhibit A:  Standard General Conditions

Architectural Plans – Set 1

Architectural Plans – Set 2