News Today – Oconto, DNR say talks on Copper Culture State Park contract coming

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The Copper Culture Museum at Copper Culture State Park in Oconto.

OCONTO – Less than a day after City Council members voted to discontinue maintaining Copper Culture State Park unless a new contract was in place with the state by the end of the year, the Department of Natural Resources is poised to come to the table.

The city and a DNR official confirmed Thursday that they are planning to negotiate a new deal to replace the one that expired at the end of 2010.

However, statements from both sides illustrate differences of opinion on how things reached this point and on the structure of the lapsed agreement.

City officials said it was frustration that led them to take the action at the April 13 Committee of the Whole meeting, saying they had tried periodically for years to get the DNR to update the contract.

“It’s too bad it had to get to this point … come on … 10 years and you can’t get a resolved contract?” Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director John Bostedt said Wednesday morning. “If I didn’t get anything done for 10 years, I wouldn’t be here. It’s ridiculous.”

Parks, Recreation & Forestry Director John Bostedt speaks at a committee meeting in this file photo.

The contact actually expired about a year before Bostedt and City Administrator Sara Perrizo started working for the city. About a year later, Bostedt recalled, a city staff member told them the agreement was out of date.

“We finally got a hold of someone (at the DNR) who said they would get back to us,” Bostedt said. “We got another year or two into it and hadn’t heard anything yet.”

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