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Wed
08
May

Disability committee merges with senior citizens commission

The Shawano Common Council voted Wednesday to disband the People With a Disability Committee, but expand the Senior Citizens Commission to include two members of that now-defunct group.

The council also discussed a new incarnation of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board, which would become a program primarily run out of Shawano Community High School.

Mayor Ed Whealon has previously said there was lack of community interest in both boards, and he was having a hard time finding prospective members for those committees.

He also said at Wednesday’s meeting that the disability committee hasn’t met in almost two years.

“Talking with some of the people on that committee, their issues aren’t being heard,” Whealon said. “There’s no forum for them to be heard.”

One vacant seat on the Senior Citizens Commission will be filled by a member of the disability committee and the commission will be expanded to include an additional member of that committee.

Wed
08
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 7

Police logged 43 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 32-year-old woman was cited for operating after revocation at Division and Lincoln streets.

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

Harassment — Harassment was reported in the 1000 block of East Green Bay Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 100 block of East Maurer Street.

Drug Offenses — Police investigated drug complaints in the 100 block of Acorn Street and 800 block of East Richmond Street.

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

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 1300 block of Lieg Avenue.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 7

Deputies logged 41 incidents, including the following:

Wed
08
May

County obtains loan for jail, dispatch upgrades

Shawano County has obtained a loan for the money needed to upgrade its jail facility and dispatch center.

The state’s Board of Commissioners of Public Lands on Tuesday approved a State Trust Fund Loan totaling $4.5 million for the upgrades.

The County Board in December approved borrowing up to $3.5 million for security improvements at the jail and up to $1 million to improve its 911 dispatch center.

The 10-year loan has an interest rate of 4.25 percent. The county had initially proposed a 4.5 percent interest rate before revising its borrowing resolution at the County Board last month.

County Administrative Coordinator Brent Miller said the lower interest rate will save the county $66,636. He also said the county has the option of paying off the loan early.

At the jail, the money will be used to upgrade the jail’s computer and software system and its door-locking, intercom and monitoring systems.

Wed
08
May

WADC comes up with BIG program for Wittenberg

The Wittenberg Area Development Corp. is seeking businesses to take advantage of its matching grant program. The Building Improvement Grant, or BIG, provides matching funds up to $1,000 in a program designed to help businesses improve their properties.

Money is available for existing commercial properties and can be used for most internal or external construction projects, including paying for the labor costs of cleaning and/or painting as well as materials for signs and awnings. Improvement projects must be completed within six months. Preference is given to Wittenberg Area Chamber of Commerce members, which would include Birnamwood businesses.

Dennis Heling, director of Shawano County Economic Progress Inc., said BIG is similar to Vision 2017, a five-year grant program offered through Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce. The purpose is to help maintain property values by keeping businesses looking fresh and attractive.

Tue
07
May

Teacher pay issue dogs school board

Shawano school district officials expecting to discuss the merits of a joint-recreational facility with the city were pulled into a debate over teacher pay issues during a sometimes contentious board meeting Monday.

Discontent over the district’s handling of the issue was set out in no uncertain terms at the outset of the public comment period when high school music teacher Jill Sousek, a 15-year veteran of the district, let it be known she was looking for employment elsewhere.

“I have looked for a different job,” she said. “I have two interviews coming up because I am looking at leaving the district.”

Sousek said she is not happy with the way teachers are being treated.

School district faculty was recently sent a survey seeking their input on possible changes to the district’s teacher pay plan that was implemented three years ago.

Tue
07
May

Man arrested after claiming lost backpack with meth inside

A 31-year-old Shawano man was arrested Monday when he turned up at the Shawano police station to claim a lost backpack, which happened to contain 1.9 grams of methamphetamine, according to the police department.

The incident started as a suspicious item complaint reported by the Shawano County Library, 128 S. Sawyer St., around 3:30 p.m.

The library reported that a backpack had been sitting unattended at the library for more than an hour.

Police recovered the backpack and took it across the street to the police station, where the meth was discovered along with some personal items in the backpack.

About three hours later, the owner came to the police station looking for his backpack, and he was subsequently arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a probation violation.

Tue
07
May

Optimists honor Officers of the Year


Contributed photo From left, Shawano County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Strike, Shawano Police Officer Michelle Kamba and DNR Warden Clark Delzer display their plaques after being honored May 1 as Officers of the Year by the Shawano Optimists Club.

The Shawano Optimist Club recognized three law enforcement professionals at its Respect for Law event May 1.

Each year, the club recognizes local officers for outstanding service to the community.

This year’s honors went to Shawano Police Officer Michelle Kamba, Shawano County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Strike and DNR Warden Clark Delzer.

“Michelle was selected by our management team for her community engagement efforts, specifically for her work with the first annual National Night Out,” Police Chief Dan Mauel said in a Facebook post.

“Michelle brought this idea forward and was instrumental in planning a very successful event that we know will continue for years to come,” Mauel said. “Michelle is also the Franklin Park Neighborhood Watch liaison officer. Michelle’s commitment to our community and her willingness to work with our community members, especially our children, is commendable.”

Tue
07
May

School board approves agreement with ThedaCare

The Shawano School Board approved a memorandum of understanding Monday with ThedaCare for mental health services to be provided at two of the district’s schools.

“The reason why we’re partnering with ThedaCare is to eliminate any barriers that any of our students might have if they are in need of any clinical counseling,” Director of Pupil Services Kim Klister said.

The agreement allows a ThedaCare therapist to work on-site in the district for eight hours per week, starting with Olga Brener Intermediate School and Shawano Community Middle School for two afternoons per week.

The therapist will see eight to 10 students each week, Klister said.

Klister said there is a need for this service at all of the district’s schools and could be expanded to Hillcrest Primary School and the Shawano Community High School in the future.

Tue
07
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 6

Police logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Disturbances — A 39-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for bail jumping after a disturbance in the 1000 block of South Franklin Street. A 38-year-old Shawano man was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and five counts of bail jumping after a disturbance in the 100 block of Prairie Street. Police also responded to another disturbance in the 1000 block of South Franklin Street and a disturbance at Lafayette and Third streets.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported two shoplifting incidents.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 1000 block of South Sawyer Street.

Theft — A TV was reported stolen in the 1000 block of South River Street.

Tue
07
May

Strokes and diet drinks — are they linked?

Sugar-sweetened soft drinks and beverages have long been known to contribute to weight gain and related health problems. If you often turn to your favorite diet drink instead, you may want to know more about recent news suggesting a link between artificially sweetened drinks and stroke.

A study published in the medical journal “Stroke” in February was picked up by mainstream media and widely reported, and the results aren’t as clear as some reports might have implied.

“We know that sugary drinks are empty calories and can contribute to excess weight, diabetes, heart disease and other serious health conditions,” said Dr. Simone Fearon, medical director and physician leader with ThedaCare Cardiovascular Care.

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