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Wed
13
Feb

City, chamber reach deal on room tax money

An agreement appears to have been reached between the city of Shawano and the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce on divvying up room tax money that Shawano wants to earmark for promoting local events.

The city in September announced plans to retain an additional $19,000 from the room tax to pay for tourism-related events, particularly at Franklin Park, such as concerts and movies.

The chamber initially balked at those plans, saying it would devastate its own tourism marketing efforts.

Since then, however, city and chamber officials say they have come to an agreement that will set money aside for the city’s park events without impeding on the chamber’s tourism budget.

“We are currently working with the city of Shawano on a resolution that will create a new revenue stream for the Shawano Parks Department and not harm the marketing budget for Shawano Country Tourism,” chamber Executive Director Nancy Smith said in an email Tuesday.

Wed
13
Feb

Shawano County motorists handle latest snowstorm well


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek FACING THE SNOW: Mark Klibanow confronts the snow outside of his home at 511 S. Union St. in Shawano. Klibanow said he came out to clear his walks with a snowblower every couple of hours to prevent the snow from piling up. Up to a foot of snow was forecast for the area in the latest winter storm.

Shawano County motorists seemed to adapt more readily to Tuesday’s heavy snowfall after the mess an ice storm created on county roads last week, with drivers either keeping off the roads entirely or at least driving more slowly.

The sheriff’s department reported only a few slide-ins as of mid-afternoon.

“For the most part it hasn’t been too bad,” Chief Deputy George Lenzner said. “I think people are staying home and a lot of stuff’s canceled. I think they learned from last Monday.”

The county enacted a tow-ban at 1:30 p.m., determining that the weather and road conditions made it too hazardous to pull vehicles out of ditches.

Several other surrounding counties issued similar bans, leaving vehicles that slid off the road where they are until things clear up on Wednesday.

The storm forced numerous closures Tuesday, including area school districts, a number of businesses and government offices like City Hall, which shut down at noon.

Wed
13
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 11

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to disturbances in the 1300 block of East Green Bay Street and at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Theft — Gloves were reported stolen in the 200 block of South Washington Street.

Truancy — Police logged two truancy complaints from the Shawano School District.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 900 block of South Cleveland Street.

Feb. 10

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — A 30-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for an outstanding warrant and cited for retail theft from Walmart at Richmond and Prospect streets.

Warrant — A 24-year-old man was arrested on a warrant at Main and Division streets.

Sat
09
Feb

City again marking territory for dog park

Shawano residents who have been panting for a city dog park for years might soon have another proposed location to consider, four years after the Common Council put down a previous proposal.

Though still early in the process, the city is eyeing a vacant city-owned lot in the industrial park at Industrial Drive and Jaycee Court, across from the Shawano County Humane Society.

If that property becomes a city dog park, however, it won’t be city money that makes it happen, according to the current proposal.

It would be the aid and support of community organizations and their donations to the project, according to city administrator Eddie Sheppard.

“It’s very early in the conversation,” Sheppard said. “We put together some cost estimates and how it can be done but at this point it’s just an opportunity for us to create the vision for it.”

Sat
09
Feb

A taste of summer


Leader Photo by Carol Ryczek Some apple varieties are better for “putting up” than eating. Gravenstein, a variety that dates back to the late 1700’s, is one of those varieties. It might be a good choice for apple chutney, pictured here at the Shawano Farmers Market.

Freedom. Honeycrisp. Snowsweet.

Even the names sound delicious.

Rick Stemman, from Bailey’s Nursery in St. Paul, Minnesota, described over a dozen varieties of hardy apples to a small but dedicated crowd at the garden seminar “Hardy Apple Tree Varieties for This Area,” at Qualheim’s True Value on Thursday.

About 30 people braved the sleet, snow and cold to find out what kinds of apples will thrive in a climate that includes sleet, snow and cold.

Though the names sound delicious, actual Delicious apples weren’t on the list of hardy choices.

“Delicious Red are zone five through eight — not good for here,” Stemman said. “Some ripen late, mid- to late-October.”

As this is after the first frost in the Shawano area, even if the trees survive, they won’t have time to ripen fruit, he said. Growers here need trees that are in climate zones three or four.

Sat
09
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 7

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Arrest — A 35-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 100 block of South Lafayette Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 7

Deputies logged 36 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 45-year-old Shawano man was arrested on a warrant on Maple Avenue in the town of Richmond.

Accidents — Authorities logged nine accidents, including one deer-related crash.

Clintonville Police Department

Feb. 7

Police logged 14 incidents, including the following:

Truancy — Police logged two truancy complaints from the Clintonville School District, 45 W. Green Tree Road.

Theft — A theft was reported at Clintonville High School, 64 W. Green Tree Road.

Sat
09
Feb

FSA announces county committee election results

Shawano-Menominee County U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announced that Tim Mehlberg, of Marion, and Wayne Nischke, of Pulaski, were elected to represent their local administrative areas during the recent county committee election.

William Bowers, of Marion, and Bruce Raymakers, of Pulaski, will serve as the first alternates.

“County committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA,” said Emily Schildgen, county FSA executive director. “They help deliver programs at the county level and work to serve the needs of local producers.”

Nearly 7,800 FSA county committee members made up of local farmers, ranchers and foresters serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms.

For information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections or contact the Shawano-Menominee County FSA office at 715-524-4814, ext. 2.

Fri
08
Feb

Shawano may encourage affordable housing

The city is looking to promote new affordable housing in Shawano and renovate existing units under a plan that would tap two expiring Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) districts to help make that happen.

The finance committee Thursday recommended resolutions that would use some of the taxes collected in those districts for those efforts.

The Shawano Common Council will take up those resolutions when it meets Wednesday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

The resolutions technically call for extending the life of those TIF districts, but in reality would use the last year of TIF-related tax collections in those districts to go to affordable housing, which is allowed by state statutes, according to City Administrator Eddie Sheppard.

“By passing a resolution extending the TIF district for affordable housing right now we can utilize the 2018 collection for the affordable housing,” Sheppard said. “Next month, we’ll pass a resolution closing the TIF districts.”

Fri
08
Feb

Open enrollment application period begins

Parents and guardians can apply now to send their children to any public school in the state through the Wisconsin Public School Open Enrollment program.

The online application period for the 2019-20 school year opened Monday and runs through April 30, with applications available on the Department of Public Instruction website. Open enrollment is a tuition-free opportunity for parents to apply for their children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live.

The open enrollment program has been in operation for more than 20 years. In the 2017-18 school year, 60,820 Wisconsin students transferred through open enrollment.

Of note, application deadlines for the program are firm; early and late applications are not accepted. Districts will notify parents by June 7 whether their open enrollment applications have been approved.

Fri
08
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 6

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — A suspicious person was reported in the 400 block of South Main Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 800 block of South River Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 800 block of East Green Bay St.

OWI — A 63-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for first offense operating while intoxicated at Main and Elizabeth streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 6

Deputies logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on Elm Road in the town of Angelica.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a credit card fraud complaint on Forest Haven Road in the town of Richmond.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on U.S. Highway 45 in Tigerton.

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