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Fri
15
Dec

Beggs running for Clintonville mayor

Former Clintonville Mayor Richard Beggs has submitted his declaration of candidacy to Clintonville City Clerk Peggy Johnson, indicating his intention to seek another term as mayor.

Beggs is circulating his candidacy papers, and current Mayor Lois Bressette has filed non-candidacy papers, saying she will not seek a second term.

Bresette said she is frustrated by the relationship between her office and the rest of the city council. She said she has a different vision than that of the city administrator and the council.

Beggs said he is running because he enjoyed being mayor previously but he felt worn out at the time he left. He said he believes many of the problems are behind, and there is now a good working council that he looks forward to working with.

Fri
15
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 13

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A theft was reported in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 400 block of East Center Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 900 block of South Washington Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 13

Deputies logged 46 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a domestic disturbance on Cloverleaf Lake Road in the town of Belle Plaine.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on Balsam Street in Eland.

Accidents — Authorities logged 28 mostly weather-related minor accidents.

Clintonville Police Department

Dec. 13

Police logged 12 incidents, including the following:

Fri
15
Dec

Wage disparity causes council division

The Shawano Common Council was divided Wednesday over a proposal to retract its approval of next year’s Shawano Municipal Utilities budget over concerns that SMU employees were getting higher wage increases than city employees.

The resolution to reconsider the SMU budget approval was ultimately defeated after Mayor Jeanne Cronce was forced to cast her first tie-breaking vote, resolving a 3-3 stalemate among council members.

“I think this has been hashed over,” Cronce said. “I think what we need to do is look at our city budget to bring up the salaries of our city people.”

The SMU budget calls for a 2 percent increase for linemen and a 1.5 percent increase for all other SMU employees while the city’s budget calls for a 1 percent across the board increase for non-union city employees.

Police officers are the only employees still covered by a union.

Fri
15
Dec

Rural Health Initiative gets AT&T grant


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Rhonda Strebel, left, executive director for the Rural Health Initiative, accepts a $5,000 check Thursday from Robyn Gruner, external affairs director for AT&T Wisconsin, at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, as state Rep. Gary Tauchen looks on. The grant will help fund the Sugar Busters program, which encourages farm workers to cut back on sugary beverage consumption.

The Rural Health Initiative received a $5,000 grant Thursday from AT&T Wisconsin to further efforts to improve the health of farm families in northeast Wisconsin.

The grant funding was provided through the AT&T Investment and Innovation program, which AT&T external affairs director Robyn Gruner described as a source for helping local-based nonprofits to grow. Gruner said she first learned about RHI from state representative and farm owner Gary Tauchen.

“The goal is for AT&T to find community based programs that are doing good things in the community and impacting the lives of our neighbors,” Gruner said.

AT&T gives out 10 grants per year to Wisconsin programs through the Investment and Innovation program, Gruner said.

Thu
14
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 12

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

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

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint at Main and Oshkosh streets.

Theft — Items were reported stolen in the 900 block of Waukechon street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Industrial Drive and Richmond Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 12

Deputies logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a domestic disturbance on Elm Tree Lane in the town of Aniwa.

Warrant — A subject was taken into custody on a warrant on Laney Road in the town of Maple Grove.

Assault — Authorities investigated a sexual assault complaint on Hemlock Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Clintonville Police Department

Thu
14
Dec

Clintonville School Board clerk resigns

Clintonville School Board Clerk Jim Dins has submitted his resignation effective Nov. 28. He had been elected in 2006, and his term was up again in April. No reason was given for his resignation, which was accepted by the board Monday night.

Upon recommendation of President Ben Huber, the board decided to leave Dins’ seat vacant until the April election. Huber said he felt the voters could decide on the new member since the election was so near.

Board member Mark Zachow was chosen to take over clerk responsibilities for Dins.

Besides Dins, the terms of two other members of the Board of Education are up for election this spring — including Huber, who was first elected in 2008, and Laurie Vollrath, who was appointed a couple months ago to fill a vacancy created by Clyde Tellock’s unexpected resignation. Vollrath has submitted the necessary paperwork indicating she will be seeking re-election in spring.

Thu
14
Dec

Culver’s coming to Shawano

It’s been on the community’s wish list for years, but now those dreams are coming true.

Culver’s Frozen Custard Restaurant is finally coming to Shawano.

Mayor Jeanne Cronce made the announcement at Wednesday’s Common Council meeting to a round of applause from council members.

Ken Horkan, owner of three Culver’s franchises in Sheboygan, has purchased the vacant property at 1224 E. Green Bay St., north of the Goodwill parking lot, for construction of a Shawano Culver’s expected to open in early summer next year.

Horkan said the goal is to open in June if the weather permits construction to stay on schedule.

“That all depends on Mother Nature,” he said.

Horkan said a Shawano location was considered eight years ago, but didn’t work out at that time.

“It’s been a long time coming to get here to Shawano,” Horkan said. “We’re very excited to be here.”

Thu
14
Dec

Development at former SMC property passes 1st step

A development proposal to put a luxury apartment building and single-family condominiums on the former Shawano Medical Center property passed its first hurdles at the Shawano Common Council meeting Wednesday.

The council voted 4-2 to approve two resolutions, including a zone change that would allow for the development contingent on a developer’s agreement being reached and a letter of intent between the city and the developer that sets the guidelines for reaching such an agreement.

Council members Bob Kurkiewicz and Sandy Steinke voted against both resolutions.

Tadych Investment Partners of Green Bay is proposing a four-story, 39-unit luxury apartment building and 25 single-family condominiums.

The resolutions were recommended by the plan commission last week in spite of a public hearing at which a contingent of neighbors objected to a four-story apartment building in their residential neighborhood.

Wed
13
Dec

Asbestos removal project underway at courthouse


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Furniture and other items line the basement hallway at the Shawano County Courthouse as meeting rooms and the employee break room are prepared for the first stage of a major asbestos abatement project.

Visitors to the Shawano County Courthouse will see some cluttered hallways on some floors and in some alternating locations between now and the end of April, with further disruptions starting again next November.

It’s all part of a long-awaited asbestos abatement project that will finally remove all traces of the health hazard from the courthouse.

That hazard has been contained by tile and carpeting and hasn’t posed any immediate danger, but those tiles and the carpeting are beginning to deteriorate.

“The tile is asphalt-asbestos tile,” said Building Maintenance Supervisor Steve Dreher. “It was cutting edge in the 50s. Unfortunately, it’s not so much cutting edge right now.”

In some areas of the courthouse, carpet was laid over the tiles as an approved measure of encapsulation.

Wed
13
Dec

3 posible County Board races shaping up

There are now three potential races shaping up so far for the Shawano County Board in the April election.

Meanwhile, District 20 Supervisor Tom Madsen has filed notice that he will not seek another two-year term.

Rick Giese, who lost that seat to Madsen in 2016, has taken out papers to run in that district, which includes the village of Gresham, Ward 1 of the town of Herman and Ward 2 of the town of Red Springs.

In other potential county races, former supervisor Mike McClelland has taken out papers for a possible rematch against District 4 Supervisor Aimee Zeinert, who defeated McClelland in 2016. The district includes wards 7 and 8 of the city of Shawano.

Devin Krizan has taken out papers for a challenge to incumbent District 8 Supervisor Rosetta Stern. The district includes wards 3 and 4 of the town of Wescott.

Stern has not yet taken out papers.

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