News

Wed
22
Aug

School district presenting budget to public

The public will have two opportunities to give their input on the Shawano School District’s 2018-19 budget prior to September’s annual meeting.

The district is holding public forums at 5 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 29 to explain the new budget and answer questions.

Business manager Louise Fischer gave a dress rehearsal of the budget presentation Monday to the Shawano School Board, showing a $29 million budget with a $91,000 deficit that will be taken from the district’s fund balance.

However, the numbers could change, depending on several factors. One of them is the student count.

Wed
22
Aug

New Clintonville sidewalk leaking

The sidewalk on Clintonville’s Ninth Street that was repaired last summer after months of discussion by the city and the property owners involved is now leaking.

According to Clintonville public works director Kray Brown at the Aug. 14 meeting of the Common Council, there are cracks in the sidewalk more to the side entrance of B & H and would be a warranty item.

According to information released by the city, a metered hydrant was used as a water source on July 24, to spray water on top of the curb and sidewalk apron areas of the Ninth Street vaulted sidewalk to determine the locations of the leaks.

Neither MSA Professional Services, the engineering company for the project, nor Norcon Corporation who did the sidewalk work have communicated to Brown as to a remedy for the leaking.

Alderman Steve Kettenhoven said he was disturbed with how long this sidewalk issue has gone on and thought it may be time to get the city attorney involved.

Wed
22
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 20

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 1000 block of South Andrews Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of South Sawyer Street.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 300 block of East Richmond Street.

Theft — Gas was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 600 block of Mills Street.

Theft — A purse was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 1000 block of South Sawyer Street.

Aug. 19

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Assault — Police investigated an assault complaint in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of West Picnic Street.

Assault — Police investigated an assault complaint in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Aug. 18

Tue
21
Aug

Wescott town chairman remembered for commitment to community


Leader File Photo Mike Schuler, right, walks along Lake Drive during the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the town of Wescott, a tradition he participated in for many years. Schuler passed away Saturday at the age of 75.

Friends and acquaintances of longtime Wescott Town Chairman Mike Schuler remembered him this week not only for his three decades of service to the town, but as well for his dedication to Shawano County and a host of community organizations.

“It’s a tremendous loss to our community and to his family,” said Shawano Alderman Bob Kurkiewicz.

Schuler passed away Saturday at the age of 75 after a battle with leukemia.

“He was involved in so many community service things,” said Ron Stuber, who became head of the Department of Social Services back when Schuler was a county supervisor.

“Then I got to know him when Social Services moved over to the job center and we were able to get state grants to start a nonprofit to actually manage that and he was on the board of directors and had been the chairperson since that initial startup,” Stuber said.

Stuber also worked with him on the Wolf River Treatment Plant Commission.

Sat
18
Aug

City pulls back on roadwork as state moves in

The city of Shawano will pull back on street reconstruction projects next year as the state Department of Transportation moves in to carry out some massive roadwork of its own on state highways.

“It’ll seem like the whole darn town’s being torn up,” said City Administrator Brian Knapp.

Department of Public Works Coordinator Eddie Sheppard said the city has had “a couple big years in a row” catching up on overdue projects.

Next year, the DOT will be working on a Green Bay Street overlay from Main Street to east of Airport Drive that’s expected to last through the summer, reconstruction of both of the city’s railroad crossings and a project from the state Highway 22 bridge on Main Street north to Zingler Avenue.

“Also, Fifth Street is going to be done, and we’re coordinating that with Green Bay Street so they’re not closed at the same time,” Sheppard said.

Sat
18
Aug

DPW meeting on Main Street work Tuesday

Shawano’s Department of Public Works will hold a public meeting Tuesday to answer questions about the water main saddle replacement along Main Street that will commence the middle of next month.

The west parking lane of Main Street will be torn open from just south of the channel to the end of the 200 block of South Main Street starting on Sept. 17.

The project is expected to take until Oct. 26.

At issue are the stainless steel saddles holding in place the service connection to the water main that were installed during the Main Street reconstruction project in 2002 and 2003. The project stretched from the channel to the Mountain Bay Trail at Oshkosh Street.

The Shawano Common Council last month approved borrowing up to $180,000 from the Shawano Lake Sanitary District to cover the cost of replacing 71 saddles along Main Street.

The loan will be paid back over a five-year period with an interest rate of 3 percent.

Sat
18
Aug

DNR approves Pigeon Lake drawdown

The city of Clintonville has received approval from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to draw down Pigeon Lake to help with repairing the city’s dam.

City Administrator Sharon Eveland said the city initially planned to begin the process of drawing down mid-September but will instead begin Sept. 3. The DNR told the city must stop the process by Oct. 1.

The Clintonville Common Council had approved the drawdown in May.

According to Eveland, it is the city’s intent to refill the lake as soon as possible but the DNR will not allow the refilling until May 15, 2019, even if repairs are completed before that date. She said the city has been talking to the DNR about help with restocking the lake with fish.

The project was rebid with consideration for a drawdown. The city received three bids to rebuild the dam if they draw down the water. The Michaels Corp. bid for $426,785 was approved.

Sat
18
Aug

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Aug. 16

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

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

Sex Offender Registry — A 51-year-old Shawano man was cited for violating the sexual offender residency ordinance in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 300 block of South Sawyer Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of South River Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Aug. 16

Deputies logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized during an apparent theft attempt on North Shore Drive in the town of Wescott.

Fri
17
Aug

Electric utility customers can expect decrease

Utility customers in Shawano and Clintonville can expect a decrease in utility rates starting in September, which they’ll see on their October electric bills, partly thanks to corporate tax breaks passed in Congress last year.

While tax breaks given to private corporations might or might not trickle down to employees and customers, companies dealing with the private sector — such as wholesale suppliers of power — are required to pass those savings along.

The Badger Power Marketing Authority, where Shawano Municipal Utilities and Clintonville Water and Electric get their power, is reducing its electric rates starting next month by about 5 percent, according to SMU General Manager Brian Knapp.

Badger Power Marketing Authority is a partnership between the cities of Shawano and Clintonville started in 1984 as a way to join together and purchase wholesale electric power in larger contract blocks to save money for the electric customers of SMU and CWE.

Fri
17
Aug

Shiocton native joins funeral home staff

Rob and Nancy Mickelson, owners of Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service, Inc. of Shawano, announce the addition of Jacob Wege to their staff.

Wege was born and raised in Shiocton, graduating from Shiocton High School with the class of 2009. He went on to study at Fox Valley Technical College for a year before deciding to become a funeral director.

He joined the mortuary/funeral services program at Milwaukee Area Technical College, where he served as a board member for his class. Wege graduated in 2012, obtained his funeral director license and worked in Oshkosh assisting families for six years. In May 2018, Wege joined Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service Inc.

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