An upgrade to the barrier system in front of the Marinette Professional Center has received tentative approval from the City’s Civic Affairs Committee. Several months ago that same body asked Fincantieri Marinette Marine to bring to them new, more attractive options for the cement barriers that have fallen into disrepair outside the building on Main Street that houses Naval and Lockheed Martin personnel. Last month, FMM proposed to the full Common Council updating the design of the barricades along Main Street and replacing the barriers on the sides of the building with newer versions of the same cement blocks, and Council responded by asking them to update the design on all sides of the building visible to Main Street and consider additional options like decorative planters that might offer a less industrial aesthetic to passersby. Company representatives came back to Civic Affairs this week reporting the company would replace all barriers on the front and sides, but Nate Milsap with FMM asked that they be allowed to hold off on other additional ornamentation for the time being.

Civic Affairs was amenable to this proposal, but in his motion to approve, Committee Chairperson Jason Flatt also called on FMM to foot the bill for repairs to a light pole on the site that was damaged by the installation of the existing barriers.

The motion was passed along to the full Council on a 3-2 margin and cost estimates to repair the pole are expected to be presented at the council meeting. If the plan to replace the barricades gets final approval, FMM says the project will take between 6 and 8 weeks to complete.