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Mayor breaks deadlock, Kassis elected president
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Mayor Bill Brandt broke a 4-4 tie and returned Tim Kassis to the post of council president Wednesday.

Action came at the Common Councilís regular May meeting.

The election had been held over following the councilís reorganizational meeting in April, when Kassis and Bugni were deadlocked 4-4 over several ballots. Brandt broke the same deadlock, swinging his decision to Kassis because, he said, he was the incumbent and had been voted into the position in the past.

Joe Kapusta, the ninth alderman, was excused due to illness.

In action items, aldermen approved a block grant application that, if it wins federal funding, could mean major changes in the city of Antigoís infrastructure.

The council is seeking $500,000 through the Block Grant program, with the matching funds coming from the water, sanitary and storm sewer and street construction accounts.

The project includes Willard Avenue from Clermont Street to Highway 45; Second Avenue from west of Springbrook to Langlade Road; Washington Avenue from Arctic Street to Highway 45; Badger Avenue from Arctic Street to east limits; replacement of water valves serving the water treatment plant; and extension of water main on Clermont Street at north city limits from west side to east right of way.

Related resolutions adopted a citizen participation and relocation plan, necessary steps in the Block Grant process.

In other matters, aldermen approved an agreement negotiated over a period of months with Langlade County that redefines the structure and fee schedule for the use of the Langlade County Safety Building by the Antigo Police Department.

The new agreement reflects current practices and established a set annual increase to replace the existing rent formula that was no longer being followed. The contract establishes rent, an operating agreement and creates city equity in the building.

The last agreement was approved in 1989.

Alderman Phil Beck voted against the plan.

Aldermen agreed to waive insurance and special event fees for a variety of summertime events. The list includes the Memorial Day parade and program on May 26; Relay for Life of Langlade County on June 6 and 7; the Antigo Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Sept. 20; the third annual Clifford Hausman Vietnam Vet Picnic on June 21; and a Night of Hope on Aug. 11.

Aldermen reappointed Andrew Hessedal to the Police and Fire Commission; approved the various tavern, convenience store and entertainment licenses up for annual renewals; and accepted the bid of Tree Solutions for $175 an hour with arborist, machinery and crew, and $150 an hour for an arborist with city crew.


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