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Wed
13
Dec

Asbestos removal project underway at courthouse


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Furniture and other items line the basement hallway at the Shawano County Courthouse as meeting rooms and the employee break room are prepared for the first stage of a major asbestos abatement project.

Visitors to the Shawano County Courthouse will see some cluttered hallways on some floors and in some alternating locations between now and the end of April, with further disruptions starting again next November.

It’s all part of a long-awaited asbestos abatement project that will finally remove all traces of the health hazard from the courthouse.

That hazard has been contained by tile and carpeting and hasn’t posed any immediate danger, but those tiles and the carpeting are beginning to deteriorate.

“The tile is asphalt-asbestos tile,” said Building Maintenance Supervisor Steve Dreher. “It was cutting edge in the 50s. Unfortunately, it’s not so much cutting edge right now.”

In some areas of the courthouse, carpet was laid over the tiles as an approved measure of encapsulation.

Wed
13
Dec

3 posible County Board races shaping up

There are now three potential races shaping up so far for the Shawano County Board in the April election.

Meanwhile, District 20 Supervisor Tom Madsen has filed notice that he will not seek another two-year term.

Rick Giese, who lost that seat to Madsen in 2016, has taken out papers to run in that district, which includes the village of Gresham, Ward 1 of the town of Herman and Ward 2 of the town of Red Springs.

In other potential county races, former supervisor Mike McClelland has taken out papers for a possible rematch against District 4 Supervisor Aimee Zeinert, who defeated McClelland in 2016. The district includes wards 7 and 8 of the city of Shawano.

Devin Krizan has taken out papers for a challenge to incumbent District 8 Supervisor Rosetta Stern. The district includes wards 3 and 4 of the town of Wescott.

Stern has not yet taken out papers.

Wed
13
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 11

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 1000 block of South River Street.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 200 block of South Andrews Street.

Assault — Police investigated an assault complaint at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of South Weed Street.

Dec. 10

Police logged 16 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — A burglary was reported in the 700 block of South Hamlin Street.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Richmond Street and Airport Drive.

Warrant — A 42-year-old man was arrested on a probation and parole warrant in the 600 block of East Green Bay Street.

Sat
09
Dec

Hearing set for SMU rate hike

A hearing is set later this month on Shawano Municipal Utilities’ request for an electric rate hike, but even SMU at that hearing will argue against the way the state Public Service Commission has divvied up the increase among customer types.

SMU has requested a rate increase that would bring in an additional $621,000 in revenue, or about 2.9 percent more than electric rates are bringing in now.

The PSC, however, determines how that increase should be spread out.

As currently proposed, general service, or small business customers, and large industrial operations would be the hardest hit, each facing an increase of more than 7 percent.

Residential customers would be looking at an increase of roughly 1 percent, large general service rates would go up about 1.5 percent, rates for both small and large power services would go up just over 1.2 percent, and small industrial power users would see an increase of 1.09 percent.

Sat
09
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 7

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Theft — An attempted theft from a vehicle was reported on Jesse Court.

Theft — A vehicle was reported broken into in the 300 block of South Sawyer Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a man attempted to leave the store with three TVs.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of South Lincoln Street.

Theft — Medication was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle at Goodwill Industries, 300 Lakeland Road.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 7

Police logged 45 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — An 18-year-old Wittenberg female was taken into custody on a warrant on Harrison Street in Wittenberg.

Fri
08
Dec

FRESH putting together farmer directory

The FRESH Project is creating a directory of farmers and food producers in Shawano County and the surrounding area that sell directly to consumers.

The directory will be made available to the public, so everyone knows where they can get good food locally, but also to ensure a strong local food system by supporting local producers.

“The Farmer and Producer Directory is part of a wider effort by the FRESH Project to create healthier, accessible, and sustainable food systems for everyone,” said Barbara Mendoza, executive director. “By increasing food security, educating, and engaging the community, the Project is working to make sure all area residents have access to food that’s good for their health, their families, and their community.”

Fri
08
Dec

State Bank appoints 2 new directors

Samuel Sousek II, president of State Bank, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Kerber and Pat Trinko to its board of directors. State Bank is a full service bank with offices in Shawano and Gresham.

Kerber is the managing partner and one of the founding members of KerberRose, a CPA firm with over 110 employees. He also is chairman of the Shawano Industrial and Commercial Development Commission and is an active member of the Shawano Redevelopment Authority as well as having held positions in Shawano County Economic Progress Inc. and the Shawano Area Business and Economic Education organization.

Kerber also belongs to American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Kerber and his wife, Karen, reside in Shawano.

Trinko grew up in Shawano, graduating from Shawano High School in 1988. He has been a part of, and managed, Shawano Ambulance Service since 1994.

Fri
08
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 6

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 400 block of South Weed Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 700 block of East Fifth Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Departments

Dec. 6

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Shawano County Courthouse, 311 N. Main St. in Shawano.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Pathfinder Court in the town of Wescott.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on Pioneer Drive in the town of Washington.

Fri
08
Dec

Development at former SMC property calls for $2M investment

A development proposal to put a luxury apartment building and single-family condominiums on the former Shawano Medical Center property would require a $2 million Tax Incremental Finance grant from the city if the project moves forward.

The Shawano Plan Commission, after a closed session discussion Wednesday, approved a letter of intent from Tadych Investment Partners of Green Bay that lays out its plans for the property and proposed terms of the deal.

Tadych would pay $500,000 for the roughly seven-acre property, a portion of which is owned by the city and the rest by ThedaCare.

According to Tadych, the project will cost another $11 million in design and construction costs, site work, permits and fees, financing and other expenses.

Most of those cost estimates are based on what was put into Tadych’s luxury apartment project in De Pere, according to the letter.

Thu
07
Dec

Plan Commission advances new hospital property project

The Shawano Plan Commission recommended a zone change Wednesday that clears the way for a proposed luxury apartment building and 25 single-family condominiums on the the former Shawano Medical Center property.

The zone change, which will go to the Common Council for consideration next week, is contingent on reaching a development agreement with Tadych Investment Partners, LLC, of Green Bay.

That agreement is expected to include financial assistance for the project from the city, likely in the form of a new Tax Incremental Finance district. The purchase price of the property is also yet to be determined.

The commission’s approval came in spite of a public hearing at which a contingent of neighbors expressed some of the same concerns voiced last month when a four-story, 40-unit senior housing complex was proposed on the north parking lot of the former hospital property.

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