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Sat
18
Aug

City pulls back on roadwork as state moves in

The city of Shawano will pull back on street reconstruction projects next year as the state Department of Transportation moves in to carry out some massive roadwork of its own on state highways.

“It’ll seem like the whole darn town’s being torn up,” said City Administrator Brian Knapp.

Department of Public Works Coordinator Eddie Sheppard said the city has had “a couple big years in a row” catching up on overdue projects.

Next year, the DOT will be working on a Green Bay Street overlay from Main Street to east of Airport Drive that’s expected to last through the summer, reconstruction of both of the city’s railroad crossings and a project from the state Highway 22 bridge on Main Street north to Zingler Avenue.

“Also, Fifth Street is going to be done, and we’re coordinating that with Green Bay Street so they’re not closed at the same time,” Sheppard said.

Sat
18
Aug

DPW meeting on Main Street work Tuesday

Shawano’s Department of Public Works will hold a public meeting Tuesday to answer questions about the water main saddle replacement along Main Street that will commence the middle of next month.

The west parking lane of Main Street will be torn open from just south of the channel to the end of the 200 block of South Main Street starting on Sept. 17.

The project is expected to take until Oct. 26.

At issue are the stainless steel saddles holding in place the service connection to the water main that were installed during the Main Street reconstruction project in 2002 and 2003. The project stretched from the channel to the Mountain Bay Trail at Oshkosh Street.

The Shawano Common Council last month approved borrowing up to $180,000 from the Shawano Lake Sanitary District to cover the cost of replacing 71 saddles along Main Street.

The loan will be paid back over a five-year period with an interest rate of 3 percent.

Sat
18
Aug

DNR approves Pigeon Lake drawdown

The city of Clintonville has received approval from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to draw down Pigeon Lake to help with repairing the city’s dam.

City Administrator Sharon Eveland said the city initially planned to begin the process of drawing down mid-September but will instead begin Sept. 3. The DNR told the city must stop the process by Oct. 1.

The Clintonville Common Council had approved the drawdown in May.

According to Eveland, it is the city’s intent to refill the lake as soon as possible but the DNR will not allow the refilling until May 15, 2019, even if repairs are completed before that date. She said the city has been talking to the DNR about help with restocking the lake with fish.

The project was rebid with consideration for a drawdown. The city received three bids to rebuild the dam if they draw down the water. The Michaels Corp. bid for $426,785 was approved.

Sat
18
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 16

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Sex Offender Registry — A 51-year-old Shawano man was cited for violating the sexual offender residency ordinance in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 300 block of South Sawyer Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of South River Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 16

Deputies logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized during an apparent theft attempt on North Shore Drive in the town of Wescott.

Fri
17
Aug

Electric utility customers can expect decrease

Utility customers in Shawano and Clintonville can expect a decrease in utility rates starting in September, which they’ll see on their October electric bills, partly thanks to corporate tax breaks passed in Congress last year.

While tax breaks given to private corporations might or might not trickle down to employees and customers, companies dealing with the private sector — such as wholesale suppliers of power — are required to pass those savings along.

The Badger Power Marketing Authority, where Shawano Municipal Utilities and Clintonville Water and Electric get their power, is reducing its electric rates starting next month by about 5 percent, according to SMU General Manager Brian Knapp.

Badger Power Marketing Authority is a partnership between the cities of Shawano and Clintonville started in 1984 as a way to join together and purchase wholesale electric power in larger contract blocks to save money for the electric customers of SMU and CWE.

Fri
17
Aug

Shiocton native joins funeral home staff

Rob and Nancy Mickelson, owners of Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service, Inc. of Shawano, announce the addition of Jacob Wege to their staff.

Wege was born and raised in Shiocton, graduating from Shiocton High School with the class of 2009. He went on to study at Fox Valley Technical College for a year before deciding to become a funeral director.

He joined the mortuary/funeral services program at Milwaukee Area Technical College, where he served as a board member for his class. Wege graduated in 2012, obtained his funeral director license and worked in Oshkosh assisting families for six years. In May 2018, Wege joined Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service Inc.

Fri
17
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 15

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 54-year-old Shawano man was arrested for first-offense operating while intoxicated at Lieg Avenue and Lafayette Street.

Theft — A wallet was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 600 block of East Maurer Street.

Theft — An air conditioner was reported stolen in the 400 block of South Lincoln Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 500 block of South Main Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 400 block of East Division Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 15

Deputies logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Authorities responded to a property theft complaint on Cloverleaf Lake Road in the town of Belle Plaine.

Thu
16
Aug

Bieber wins Republican primary over Gutho

Incumbent Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber turned back a challenge from former chief deputy John Gutho to clinch the Republican nomination in Tuesday’s primary race.

Bieber will face independent candidate and Shawano police officer Keith Sorlie in the Nov. 6 general election.

The final vote tally, which still has to be certified by the Board of Canvass, was

Bieber — 3,672

Gutho — 2,469

Gutho held his own and in some cases outperformed Bieber in some of the outlying areas of the county, but the vote began trending Bieber’s way as results closer to the city of Shawano, where Bieber resides, started coming in.

Bieber won 963 votes in the city to Gutho’s 418.

“I knew before those numbers came in I wasn’t going to win Shawano,” Gutho said.

Gutho said Bieber’s incumbent status was an advantage for Bieber, but perhaps moreso was the Shawano area’s familiarity with Bieber through his work with the Shawano School District.

Thu
16
Aug

Sarnwick wins Dem nod for 6th District Assembly

Richard Sarnwick defeated William Switalla in the Democratic primary Tuesday for the 6th District Wisconsin Assembly seat.

Sarnwick won 61 percent of the vote to Switalla’s 39 percent. The unofficial vote tally was

Sarnwick — 1,453

Switalla — 919

In Shawano County, Sarnwick won 906 votes to 551 for Switalla.

The totals still need to be certified by the Board of Canvass.

Sarnwick now goes on the the Nov. 6 general election where he will face incumbent Rep. Gary Tauchen, R-Bonduel, and Libertarian candidate Michael Hammond.

Sarnwick, a Shawano doctor, is making his first foray into politics.

“I worked hard on knocking on doors in the district and going to parades and doing the debates and doing all the other things that occurred,” Sarnwick said. “I’m happy it turned out this way. It was my first run for office, so I had no idea if I worked hard enough or not.”

Thu
16
Aug

Gallagher plans bills to get Congress to work

U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, northeast Wisconsin’s representative in Congress, didn’t want to be on recess this month, and he even crafted a bill to try and keep the House in Washington for August.

He wasn’t successful, but he’s still moving forward with legislation that would keep him and his colleagues focused on the people’s business and not on efforts to remain in office. Between a visit to the Sun Drop Museum in Shawano and a meet-and-greet with the Shawano County Republican Party, Gallagher sat down with The Shawano Leader on Monday to talk about how he’s taking steps to drain the swamp.

“The status quo in D.C. — the swamp — is very powerful, so it’s going to require us to convince our colleagues,” Gallagher said. “I’m hopeful, though, because the next generation on both sides is committed to reforms.”

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