Animal shelter outbreak passes

Leader Photo by Scott Williams A dog available for adoption greets visitors Friday inside the Shawano County Humane Society, which reopened after an illness outbreak prompted the facility’s closure.

The Shawano County Humane Society is returning to normal after an illness outbreak affected many dogs and forced the facility to close its doors temporarily.

Officials said the humane society’s animal shelter suffered an outbreak of “kennel cough,” a contagious respiratory illness that spread among the facility’s canine population.

No animals were euthanized, officials said, and the shelter reopened to the public Friday after getting the kennel cough under control.

“We wanted to be on the safe side,” said Phil Zuhse, a member of the humane society’s board of directors.

The humane society, 1290 Jaycee Court, is a nonprofit organizations that maintains indoor and outdoor facilities to accommodate more than 100 cats and about 45 dogs.

Shelter Director Robin Hogan said Friday that operations were back to normal, but she referred other questions to the organization’s board of directors.


RDA outlines strategy for public workshop

The Shawano Redevelopment Authority met Friday to discuss its plans for a public workshop Tuesday at City Hall, where officials are hoping to assuage concerns and address what they fear is misinformation about the RDA’s blight redevelopment district.

Some property owners have already expressed their views during the public comment portions of recent city meetings, but without the give-and-take necessary to address all of the individual questions.

“This will be a non-controversial way of having those discussions with the public,” Assistant City Administrator Eddie Sheppard said.

Sheppard said there are still “hurt feelings” about why some properties are considered blighted, what the blight designation means and the statutory requirements that went into the creation of the district.

“There are a lot of the comments we’ve heard, we’d love to just stand up and explain, but we didn’t have that format,” Sheppard said.


Developer sees potential on east side

New business development could be coming soon to a high-profile location across from the drive-in movie theater on Shawano’s east side.

Romenesko Developments Inc., based in Appleton, has purchased the former North Country Homes headquarters property with hopes of drawing new commercial activity there.

“We see the potential,” company president Carl Romenesko said.

The developer paid $325,000 to purchase 8 acres of largely vacant real estate at 1501 E. Green Bay St., directly across the road from the Shawano Cinema indoor and outdoor movie theater.

For about 30 years, starting in the early 1970s, the site was headquarters for North Country Homes, a manufactured home dealership that operated offices and displayed model homes there.

North Country Homes relocated to Bonduel in 2002 and then listed the Shawano property for sale.


Stockbridge-Munsee plan retail center in Belle Plaine

Contributed Illustration This rendering shows a retail center being developed by the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe on state Highway 22 in Belle Plaine. Groundbreaking is scheduled for Friday.

The Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe will break ground Friday for a 12,000-square-foot retail center on state Highway 22 in the town of Belle Plaine.

The tribe said the $1.3 million project is aimed at spurring growth throughout the area.

“As the largest employer in Shawano County, the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe is committed to being good stewards of our resources and good neighbors to our surrounding communities,” said Shannon Holsey, president of the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Council.

The retail center will be located near U.S. Highway 29, on the corner of Highway 22 and County Road CC, a highly trafficked area that sees about 5,000 passenger cars per day.


Crescent Theater to become craft brewery

The former Crescent Pitcher Show at 220 S. Main St. will become a microbrewery under a plan that will go before the Shawano Plan Commission on Wednesday.

The commission will vote on a development agreement with Stubborn Brothers Brewery, LLC, of Marion, that will provide a low-interest loan and a grant to the brewery, with the money coming from one of the city’s Tax Incremental Finance districts.

The agreement calls for the city to provide Stubborn Brothers with a $270,000 10-year loan at a 4 percent interest rate, and a grant of $80,000.

For its part, Stubborn Brothers is expecting to put about $600,000 in remodeling costs into the project.

It’s expected the building will have an assessed valuation of $500,000 once the remodeling and renovation is done. If it falls below that figure, Stubborn Brothers will have to make a payment to the city in lieu of taxes to make up the difference in property tax revenue.


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 25

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Washington and Division streets.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint at Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle accident at Green Bay and Main streets.

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

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 300 block of South Washington Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 25

Deputies logged 40 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 28-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on state Highway 117 in the town of Washington.

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen on Bartelt Street in Gresham.


Stanley the Sturgeon coming to Shawano and beyond

Mountain Bay Outfitters (Lazy Wolf Adventures) has made the Judd Park/Lieg Avenue Boat Landing a busy place! It makes me smile watching them unload the colorful kayaks, tubes and canoes for their excited customers.

Owner Tim Conradt commented: “It’s been a good summer, and business has been steady. We will continue to be open seven days a week through Labor Day. We will adjust our hours after Labor Day and continue to stay open as long as the weather cooperates, probably until the first part of November.”

Tim continued: “Fall is such a beautiful time of the year. A paddle down the Wolf River when the leaves are colorful is a sight worth seeing. Some people think kayaking and rafting is just a summertime recreation, but autumn is actually a great time to be out on the river.

“Shawano Lake is popular and a busy spot for both locals and visitors. But it is nice that the Wolf River is becoming busier; it is such an asset for the area.”


New neighborhood watch group draws big turnout

Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Shawano Police Lt. Dan Mauel takes questions from residents during the inaugural meeting of a new neighborhood watch group at a home in the 200 block of South Franklin Street on Thursday.

Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Sue Scheinert, one of the organizers of a new neighborhood watch group, talks with fellow residents of the area during the group’s inaugural meeting Thursday at a home in the 200 block of South Franklin Street.

It was word of a convicted sex offender wanting to move into the South Franklin Street neighborhood that spurred Sue Scheinert and Joyce Kotschi into action.

They rallied about a dozen neighbors to attend a meeting of the Sexual Offenders Appeal Board at City Hall to protest.

“I did not want a damn pervert in my neighborhood,” Scheinert said.

As it turned out the offender wouldn’t have been allowed to move into the neighborhood, anyway, and his request was denied. Their success at enlisting neighborhood involvement, however, started Scheinert and Kotschi thinking there was even more they could do.

On Thursday, they hosted the inaugural meeting a new neighborhood watch group. More than two dozen people showed up.

“Turnout was absolutely fabulous,” Scheinert said. “I was not expecting that many people.”

Several of them had experiences to share about break-ins, vandalism and other problems they have witnessed.


County finance staff losing one

Shawano County is losing a key member of the finance staff that prepares and manages the county’s $51 million annual budget.

Darcy Smith, the county’s deputy finance director, is stepping aside to become finance director for Oneida County.

Smith, who has been with Shawano County for five years, works with Administrative Coordinator Brent Miller in a restructured finance department that was created last year.

Her departure, effective Sept. 16, comes as preparations are drawing to a close on the county’s 2017 budget, which will be presented to the County Board in October.

County officials are expressing confidence that the turnover will not disrupt county budget planning.

County Supervisor Deb Noffke, a member of the county finance committee, said staff work on the 2017 budget is far enough along that she expects no serious problems.

“Everybody gets to step up,” Noffke said. “We’ve got a pretty decent staff — they can handle it.”


Clintonville voters OK lower school levy

Taxpayers in the Clintonville School District will pay slightly less in school taxes this year.

Voters agreed at the district’s annual meeting Monday to a tax levy of $5.99 million, compared with $6.17 million last year. The estimated tax rate will be $10.52 per $1,000 assessed valuation, compared to $10.84 last year.

Owners of a $75,000 home can expect to pay $722 school taxes this year, compared with $746 last year.

The final budget and levy won’t be determined until after the official enrollment count is taken in September and the state releases its equalized valuations in October.

The rate discussed Monday assumes no change in the district’s equalized valuation. However, district officials said the equalized values might be down again this year.


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