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Fri
13
Jan

Clintonville OKs 2nd sewer rate hike in 9 months

The Clintonville Common Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a sewer rate increase of 21 percent for city residents.

The increase will help the city cover a loan from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development for upgrades to the wastewater treatment facility.

Residential rates will increase from $14.60 per month for 1,000 gallons of water used to $17 per month. The volume rate will increase from $5.55 to $7.25 per 1,000 gallons of water used per month.

Dave Tichnel, Clintonville water and wastewater manager, said most families in the city use 4,000 to 6,000 gallons of water each month.
Tichnel said the rate increase should not come as a surprise, as the city was aware it would have to have two sewer rate increases in order to pay for the wastewater treatment facility upgrade.

Fri
13
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 11

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Richmond and Lincoln streets.

Warrant — A 33-year-old man was taken into custody on an Oconto County warrant at Richmond Street and Lakeland Road after police responded to a report of a hitchhiker.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 200 block of East Randall Street.

Arrest — A 41-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 11

Deputies logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on County Road OO in the town of Wittenberg.

Fire — Authorities responded to a vehicle fire on Basswood Road in the town of Richmond.

Thu
12
Jan

Antigo board rejects Mattoon school district plan

Supporters of a breakaway Mattoon school district are weighing their options after Antigo school officials voted 8-1 Tuesday to deny letting the proposed secession go to a referendum.

The Unified School District of Antigo now needs to provide the state Department of Public Instruction an explanation of its decision.

The board was required to consider seven factors under state law, including the geographical considerations of the district, educational needs, equality in program offerings, support services, fiscal impact, the geography of the reorganized territory, and the socio-economic and racial composition of the proposed new district.

District Administrator Brian Misfeldt said that after considering those factors, the board was unable to support the creation of a Mattoon school district.

He said each factor was considered on the basis of whether it would positively or negatively impact the existing Antigo school district.

Thu
12
Jan

Prevea moving ahead on new clinic

Prevea Health could be offering urgent care and other services from a new location on Shawano’s east side by later this year.

The Green Bay-based health care provider has mapped out plans for a clinic that officials hope to start building this spring at the former site of Anello’s Torch Lite restaurant.

Prevea President and CEO Ashok Rai said the new clinic will be open seven days a week and will offer primary care, urgent care and some specialty care services.

Rai said officials plan to start construction as soon as the winter weather allows, and to open for business by fall.

“We’re excited to move into the community,” he said.

Prevea Health, which operates more than 40 locations in Wisconsin, joins ThedaCare and Aurora Health Care among major providers of health care services in Shawano.

Thu
12
Jan

Primary election need in Menominee Indian board race

A three-way contest will require a Feb. 21 primary to narrow the field for a seat to fill out an unexpired term on the Menominee Indian School Board.

Incumbent Randal Chevalier was appointed to the seat after the Sept. 25 death of longtime board member Mary Wayka, who had recently been re-elected to another three-year term.

Running against Chevalier are Toni Caldwell, who lost to Wayka last year, and Rudolph Reiter.

The top two finishers in the Feb. 21 primary will advance to the April 4 general election to determine who will serve out the remaining two years of Wayka’s term.

Here is a look at school board elections throughout the region:

Bonduel School Board

Town of Hartland (one seat, three-year term)

Jay Krull (I)

Village of Bonduel (one seat, two-year unexpired term)

Hannah Zischka (I)

At-large (one seat, three-year term)

Greg Borowski (I)

Bowler School Board

Thu
12
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 10

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 30-year-old Shawano man was arrested for domestic violence-related battery and disorderly conduct after a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a report of a verbal dispute on Madison Way that was determined to be unfounded.

Accident — A 26-year-old Gresham man fled on foot after a minor crash at Richmond Street and Lakeland Road. He was apprehended about 15 minutes later and cited for having a suspended license, two traffic offenses and obstructing an officer.

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

Vandalism — Vulgar drawings were reported on the windows of 214 S. Main St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 10

Deputies logged 55 incidents, including the following:

Wed
11
Jan

SIST airs history of alleged discrimination

It was intended to be a simple question by the Shawano Redevelopment Authority about what plans the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology might have for some of its long-vacant properties in the city.

What the RDA heard instead Tuesday was a lengthy written statement, and then some impromptu comments from SIST representatives resurrecting long-held grievances against the city and its officials.

“We have been the object of discrimination, organized discrimination, and desecration of SIST properties,” SIST representative Darlene Sense said.

Sense maintained that SIST had extensive plans for its properties until Lorna Marquardt became mayor 14 years ago.

“Lorna Marquardt, as you are all well aware of, ran her campaign on that she would have nothing to do with the businessman from India,” Sense said.

Wed
11
Jan

RDA proceeds with Ponderosa raze order

The Shawano Redevelopment Authority will move ahead with a raze and remove order against the former Ponderosa property, even though its new owners might take care of that without the order having to be executed.

Jeffery Phillips, an attorney representing VDG LLC, told the RDA via telephone Tuesday that the investment group has already contracted with a firm to raze the building, though there was no timeline for how soon that might happen.

The vacant Ponderosa restaurant at 1247 E. Green Bay St. was originally one of 15 properties included in a sweeping, half-million-dollar foreclosure suit against the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology.

The action was dismissed after VDG LLC reached an apparent agreement with the creditor, Wells Fargo Bank of Dallas. Details were not disclosed and are not filed in the court record.

The Ponderosa was carved out of that agreement and set aside for foreclosure.

Wed
11
Jan

Attorney hints at foreclosure of SIST property

The attorney for an investment group that holds first mortgage positions on a number of properties owned by the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology told the Shawano Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday that at least one of those properties is likely headed for foreclosure proceedings.

The vacant property at 143 S. Main St. is among the priorities the RDA has identified for addressing blight concerns in the city.

That property and another vacant SIST property at 214 S. Main St. were inspected in May by health and safety officials who reported significant water damage, mold and structural problems.

“At this point it looks like that’s going to go through a foreclosure process,” said Jeffery Phillips, an attorney for VDG LLC.

The property originally was one of 15 included in a sweeping, half-million dollar foreclosure suit against SIST.

Tue
10
Jan

Clintonville plans $24.9M school referendum in April

Clintonville School District residents will be asked to approve a $24.9 million referendum to build a new elementary school in the April 4 election.

The school board voted unanimously, 5-0, Monday to approve the referendum question, with board members Clyde Tellock and Jim Schultz excused.

Voting in favor were board members Mark Zachow, Tom Neely, Ben Huber, Lori Poppe and Jim Dins, board president.

According to the school district, the plan would include a tax increase of no more than $98 per year for the owner of a $100,000 home for the first five years; the rate would decline after that.

A task force that studied elementary school needs in the district for several months recommended a new school as the best solution in November. A month earlier, a survey conducted for the school district found more residents supported building a new elementary school than renovating the current school.

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