There were hopes the City of Marinette’s new REC center would be available for a state high school hockey tournament being hosted in Marinette at the middle of this month, however it looks like the facility won’t be completed until the middle of April.  Dan Bay of Scherrer Construction updated the Marinette City Council what remains to be done.  He says the bleachers and hockey boards will be installed this week, followed by the rubber floor in the ice rink area.  And the ice rink equipment will start to be fired up and tested next week.  Work continues on the other areas of the facility, the turf and tennis areas, as well.

The City has been concerned with some issues with the exterior wall panels.  Bay says he’s working to come up with a solution.

The lack of finished corners on the building is related to this issue.

The council approved a number of change orders and vendor payments for the REC center at their monthly meeting.

In other business, the council approved a new three year agreement with the union representing the city’s police patrol officers and sergeants.  The agreement calls for a 2 percent increase effective January 1st, and increases of 1 percent July 1st, and a 2 percent increase on January 1st and a 1.25 percent increase on July first in the second and third years of the contract.

The council also approved a one year trial for Wind Rose North Outfitters of Menominee to operate vending machines selling live baits, packaged baits, and fishing tackle at the Boom Landing Boat Launch.

In his report to the council, Mayor Steve Genisot said Marinette may be getting a Starbucks.  A site plan for the store that would be located on a lot in front of the Pine Tree Mall will be reviewed by the City Plan Commission this afternoon.