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Tue
29
Jul

Bieber targets take-home squads to pay for K9 unit

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories drawn from recent interviews with Shawano County sheriff candidates Randy Wright and Adam Bieber.

Both candidates for Shawano County sheriff believe the department’s K9 unit should be funded by the county rather than a private group, but only one of them is vowing to make it a budgeted item even if he has to make cuts elsewhere.

“If we’re not fully funding the K9 unit, we’re not doing our number one job,” said Adam Bieber, who is challenging incumbent Randy Wright in the Aug. 12 Republican primary.

He said the K9 unit is law enforcement’s top tool for drug detection and search and rescue and shouldn’t be left to a private group to pay for it, with deputies often involved in fundraising efforts.

“I don’t like it that they’re out doing bake sales, dunk tanks, golf outings,” he said. “That’s one thing I’m going to fight for is money to be budgeted for the K9.”

Tue
29
Jul

Meeting on new farm machinery laws scheduled

Farmers, agriculturists and local town officials are invited to a meeting next week to discuss recently enacted Wisconsin legislation that updates state laws regarding farm machinery operating on state roadways.

The meeting will be held from 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesday at the Hartland Town Hall, W3454 County Road BE, and is presented by the University of Wisconsin-Extension Shawano County along with the Shawano County Farm Bureau.

The new legislation, which was signed into law in April as Wisconsin Act 377, updates the definition of implements of husbandry, creates a definition for an agricultural commercial motor vehicle, provides an additional weight allowance from a maximum single axle weight of 20,000 pounds to 23,000, and increases the maximum gross vehicle weight from 80,000 to 92,000 pounds.

Tue
29
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 28

Police logged 33 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 26-year-old woman was cited for operating after revocation at Main and Prairie streets.

Disturbance — A 16-year-old male was taken into custody on charges of domestic violence and disorderly conduct in the 300 block of East Richmond Street.

OAR — A 28-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation in the 2300 block of East Richmond Street.

Vandalism — Buildings were reported spray-painted in the 600 block of South Main Street and the 200 block of East Richmond Street.

Burglary — Police investigated a burglary to a storage unit in the 1000 block of Waukechon Street.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 400 block of South Washington Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 28

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Tue
29
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 27

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 32-year-old man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at Woodlawn Drive and Green Bay Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 1000 block of South Cleveland Street.

Shoplifting — Family Dollar, 413 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 200 block of North Bartlett Street.

July 26

Police logged 19 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 100 block of South Washington Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 100 block of River Heights.

Fraud — Police investigated a forgery complaint in the 700 block of South Lincoln Street.

Fri
25
Jul

Sheriff sees election as referendum on board

Editor’s note: The Shawano Leader sat down for interviews Friday with Republican sheriff’s candidates Randy Wright and Adam Bieber. This is the first of a series of stories from those interviews.

As far as incumbent Randy Wright is concerned, the race for Shawano County sheriff is as much about the Shawano County Board as it is about the sheriff’s office.

“That’s not just what I’m feeling, that’s what I’m hearing from people out there as I’m going door to door,” Wright said. “People are fed up with the board being stalled by a handful of people. That’s comments I’ve been hearing throughout this county.”

Wright, who is seeking another four-year term as sheriff, is being challenged in the Aug. 12 Republican primary by Shawano police officer Adam Bieber.

Bieber has raised the strained relations between Wright and the County Board as an election issue.

Fri
25
Jul

Absentee voting interest seems high

In-office absentee voting for the Aug. 12 primary starts Monday and, if the votes cast this week at area nursing homes is any indication, municipal clerks can look forward to a busy election season.

Special voting deputies collected ballots Friday at the Birch Hill Health Care Center, 1475 Birch Hill Lane, in Shawano and took in a higher number than usual.

“Absentee voting for the nursing homes has far exceeded what it has in the past,” Shawano Deputy Clerk Lesley Nemetz said. “Typically we have three to four, sometimes up to 10 at a facility that will vote. The one today had 22.”

Nemetz said the county sheriff’s race seems to be the big draw.

“I think that one race in particular is getting a lot of people’s attention,” she said.

The city has also mailed out more than 100 absentee ballots to voters who won’t be in town Aug. 12., which Nemetz said is higher than normal.

Fri
25
Jul

Recall effort targets Clintonville alderman

The controversy surrounding the Clintonville Common Council took another turn recently when a recall effort was launched against Fourth District Alderman Greg Rose, who was elected to a two-year term in April 2013.

Wm. Van Daalwyk filed a statement of intent to circulate a petition to recall Rose with the city clerk’s office on July 17. Van Daalwyk said Rose’s actions have proved to be hostile to business and industry in Clintonville, and have incited divisiveness within the community. He also said Rose breached his fiduciary duty by voting to replace a competent municipal attorney with an inexperienced relative of two council members.

“I feel this is a knee-jerk reaction to the investigation leveled at the city administrator, and one has to be in office a year before you can be recalled,” Rose said. “The other aldermen involved are new and not eligible for a recall.”

Fri
25
Jul

Clintonville public works manager retires


Photo by Grace Kirchner Mike McCord wore a variety of hats while working for the city of Clintonville the past 25 years. It was a job he appreciated, but he is now enjoying retirement with plans to spend some of the time in the beautiful backyard at his home.

On a nice summer day, you will likely find Mike McCord with a cup of coffee in his backyard, recovering from recent surgeries.

McCord recently retired after 25 years as superintendent of the Clintonville Public Works Department.

“This is a great city,” McCord said. “I consider Clintonville my home.”

“I am very appreciative for what he has done for the city for 25 years,” Mayor Judith Magee said. “He was an excellent employee.”

McCord grew up in Waukesha, graduated from high school when he was 17, worked for several years and then attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, earning a degree in civil engineering and surveying.

Cord accepted the position as Clintonville public works superintendent in June 1990.

Fri
25
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 24

Police logged 38 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 500 block of South Main Street.

Juvenile — Two juveniles were cited for curfew violation in the 500 block of South Main Street.

Theft — Shawano City-County Library, 128 S. Sawyer St., reported eight theft complaints involving unreturned library materials.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the 1300 block of Valley Lane.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 1200 block of South Prospect Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 24

Deputies logged 47 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Firewood was reported stolen on Schabow Street in Gresham.

Thu
24
Jul

Board OKs Green Bay Street TIF district

Property owners along East Green Bay Street will soon be eligible to apply for low-interest loans and other incentives aimed at encouraging development along that corridor of the city.

A Joint Review Board made up of the city and other taxing entities gave its final approval Thursday to a new tax increment finance (TIF) district that will stretch from mid-block between Sawyer and Andrews streets east to roughly midway between Airport Drive and Rusch Road.

TIF districts are areas where municipalities invest in infrastructure, such as sewer and water, to attract development where it might not otherwise occur, or to make improvements, such as eliminating blight.

Whatever increase in tax revenue that results from development in those districts goes to paying back the debt the municipality incurred from making improvements to the district.

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