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Sat
18
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 16

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Police investigated five reports of vehicle break-ins in the 400 block of West Fifth Street, 400 block of West Lieg Avenue, 300 block of Fairview Way, 1100 block of South Lafayette Street and 1000 block of South Lincoln Street.

Truancy — Police logged three truancy complaints from Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Shoplifting — A 39-year-old man was cited for shoplifting at Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at El Tequila Restaurant, 1240 E. Green Bay St.

OWI — Police issued a citation for operating while intoxicated at Richmond and Waukechon streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 16

Deputies logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Fri
17
Nov

Wheel tax fails, tax rate increase remains


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Jerry Strickland encourages the Shawano Common Council to cut spending rather than adopt a 60-cent per $1,000 increase in the tax rate at a budget hearing Wednesday at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St.

Shawano city officials ditched a proposed wheel tax Wednesday after hearing from an angry contingent of citizens opposed to it, but a spike in the city’s tax rate remained in place at the end of an exhaustive evening of debate.

The city’s share of the tax rate will jump from $9.29 per $1,000 of assessed value to $9.89 per $1,000.

After a lengthy Common Council debate, city officials adopted the proposed increase in the tax levy of 5.8 percent, pushing the levy from $4.7 million to $5 million.

The vote was 4-2, with council members Bob Kurkiewicz and Lisa Hoffman voting no.

Hoffman conceded during the council discussion that there wasn’t any realistic place to cut the city’s general operating budget, but was bowing to the demands of residents who attended the meeting.

“We run with lean staff and our departments run lean as well,” she said. “I think people need to be aware of that.”

Fri
17
Nov

2 women killed in crash near Gresham

Authorities have released the names of two women killed in a crash near Gresham on Wednesday.

Bernadine M. Bartz, 74, and Meta L. Bartz, 80, both of Shawano, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.

A 2009 Buick driven by Bernadine Bartz was traveling southbound on County Road A waiting to turn east onto County Road G in the town of Herman at about 2:15 p.m. Meta Bartz was a passenger in the vehicle.

According to authorities, the Buick failed to yield the right of way to a 2011 Peterbilt semi unit traveling west on County Road G and was struck by the semi.

The operator of the Peterbilt, a 56-year-old Bryant man, was not injured in the crash.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is conducting the crash investigation and crash reconstruction.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information regarding it is asked to contact the state patrol at 715-845-1143.

Fri
17
Nov

Clintonville Area Foundation celebrates Community Foundation Week

During the past year, the Clintonville Area Foundation has awarded $10,699 in grants to local charitable organizations and handed out $9,000 in scholarships to Clintonville High School students. These accomplishments will be recognized this week as the foundation joins 780 other such organizations across the country in celebrating Community Foundation Week.

“Community foundations impact lives, solve problems and improve futures,” said Connie Carpenter, chair of the Clintonville Area Foundation’s advisory board. “We are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions for some of our most challenging social problems, and advance the most promising of opportunities to benefit our residents.”

Fri
17
Nov

Genex welcomes new employees, promotes others

Two new employees were recently welcomed at Genex, the cattle genetics cooperative headquartered in Shawano.

Jessica Rottier, of Seymour, accepted the position of distribution specialist. Rottier processes orders for bovine genetics.

Dr. Catherine Carrier, of Shawano, joins Genex as the director of veterinary services and education. Carrier provides veterinary services and oversight of biosecurity and health protocols regarding the cooperative’s animals. She earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. Carrier is also board certified in laboratory animal medicine.

In addition to these new hires, two employees were promoted.

Fri
17
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 15

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Lincoln Street and Lieg Avenue.

Arrest — A 23-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported in the 100 block of Acorn Street.

Noise — Police responded to a noise complaint at the VFW Clubhouse, 202 W. Lieg Ave.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 200 block of South Smalley Street.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 700 block of West Picnic Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 15

Deputies logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 35-year-old man was arrested on an Oconto County warrant in the 900 block of South Main Street in Shawano.

Thu
16
Nov

Wheel tax killed, rate increase remains

Shawano city officials ditched a proposed wheel tax Wednesday after hearing from an angry contingent of citizens opposed to it, but a spike in the city’s tax rate remained in place at the end of an exhaustive evening of debate.

The Shawano Common Council spent several hours haggling over how to cover the loss of roughly $99,000 in revenue that the vehicle registration fee was expected to bring in next year.

The council nearly went line by line through the city’s capital improvement projects budget — debating expenses that ranged from $8,400 to $25,000 — before coming to the perhaps foregone conclusion that the budget should be sent back to the finance committee, and that department heads should be asked to suggest cuts.

Thu
16
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 14

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Thefts — A 32-year-old Shawano woman was arrested in connection with two theft complaints. A purse and U.S. mail were reported stolen from a postal truck in the 200 block of East Green Bay Street, and a purse and laptop were reported stolen from Shawano Health Services, 1436 S. Lincoln St.

Fraud — O’Reilly Automotive, 1301 E. Green Bay St., reported receiving counterfeit bills.

Burglary — A stand was reported broken into at the Shawano County Fairgrounds, 900 E. Green Bay St.

Harassment — Harassment was reported in the 700 block of South Washington Street.

Burglary — A burglary was reported and a wallet reported stolen in the 700 block of South Union Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 700 block of South Evergreen Street.

Wed
15
Nov

THE COST OF FREEDOM


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber speaks to the crowd at the veterans memorial outside the Shawano County Courthouse on Saturday. Bieber said he never served in the military, but he was proud of his father and grandfather for answering the call of duty.

Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber has not served in the United States Armed Forces.

He told a gathering at Shawano’s annual Veterans Day ceremony Saturday that it was something he regrets.

“It’s an important day, and one for me, also,” Bieber said. “My grandfather and my father both served in the United States military.”

Bieber said that he couldn’t say no when asked to speak at the local ceremony. When he thinks of Veterans Day, he thinks of all the men and women who have served, going back more than 240 years.

“I think of the Revolutionary War, which meant fighting against an oppressive government and its taxes,” Bieber said.

He noted that soldiers fighting for our independence led to the U.S. Constitution, which outlines American freedoms. Bieber rattled off several, including speech, the right to bear arms, property rights and — a mainstay in his line of work — the right to be innocent until proven guilty.

Wed
15
Nov

Citywide property revaluation could be up for talks soon

It’s not on the Shawano Common Council’s plate just yet, but the time could be right for another citywide property revaluation, according to City Administrator Brian Knapp.

“Property values are significantly out of whack,” he said.

The city has been squirreling away about $25,000 a year for a future revaluation, which could take more than a year to carry out and would cost anywhere from $150,000 to $175,000.

“We would have the resources to do that next year if we chose,” Knapp said. “I would recommend it.”

The city’s equalized value dropped from $510 million to just under $508 million this year, according to state figures, while the city’s assessed value dropped by more than $3 million from $514 million to just under $511 million.

Even within those numbers, there are some glaring discrepancies, mainly associated with properties within the Tax Incremental Finance districts.

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