Clintonville administrator job draws 17 applicants

Seventeen people have applied for the city administrator job in the city of Clintonville.

The deadline for applications was Dec. 9.

Chuck Kell was hired as interim city administrator in 2014 following the resignation of Lisa (Kuss) Kotter. After the city’s first attempt to recruit a full-time administrator failed to draw much interest, Kell’s agreement was extended until the end of June.

The city’s qualifications for the job include a bachelor’s degree in public administration, community and economic development or a related field, and five years of municipal administration experience. Candidates are to have a strong general management and administrative leadership background, including a proven history in personnel and human resource management, along with financial management ability and a proven record in effective service delivery and creative problem solving.

The salary range is $75,000 to $85,000.


County seeks compromise with historical society

Shawano County officials are offering to accept future ownership of the Shawano County Historical Society complex if the nonprofit group will agree to handle maintenance and repairs.

The offer extended Tuesday is designed as a compromise to resolve questions of ownership following a destructive fire inside one of the historical society’s properties situated in a county park.

Without clearly indicating whether they will pay to repair the fire-damaged schoolhouse, county officials are seeking to update the county’s partnership with the historical society moving forward.

Since the Oct. 10 fire inside the schoolhouse at county-owned Heritage Park, the two sides have engaged in a bit of a standoff over who will take responsibility for repairs and restoration to the historic schoolhouse. It remains unclear whether the new partnership under discussion would resolve that issue.


Vision 2017 grants help Senzig’s with exterior improvements

Contributed Photo Senzig’s Fine Home Furnishings recently received $7,500 in Vision 2017 grants to update exterior signage and install new awnings and flooring. Shown, from left, are Nancy Smith, Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce executive director; Todd Senzig, owner of Senzig’s Fine Home Furnishings; and Dennis Heling, Shawano County Economic Progress Inc. chief economic development officer.

Senzig’s Fine Home Furnishings, 1482 E. Green Bay St., Shawano, has received $7,500 in Vision 2017 façade and interior grants. The grants were used to update their exterior signage, install new awnings and flooring.

Father and son Willard and Jerry Senzig opened their 15,000-square-foot furniture store in downtown Shawano in 1965. The store has moved two times in order to accommodate growth. The current 55,000-square-foot store employs 19 full-time and six part-time employees. The business plans to add up to two more employees in the near future.

Third-generation owner Todd Senzig has effectively branded his business as “Wisconsin’s Furniture Giant.” His new sign reinforces that brand.

Nancy Smith, Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce executive director, said the longevity of Senzig’s store is a testament to the owners’ desire to grow and focus on exceptional customer service.


DNR accepting comments regarding CWD

Wisconsin residents are invited to provide input over the next couple of weeks regarding the state’s chronic wasting disease response plan.

Over the past several months, the state Department of Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and Wisconsin Conservation Congress have sponsored a committee to discuss and review the DNR’s 15-year chronic wasting disease response plan.

The plan covers CWD surveillance and monitoring, hunting season tools, captive deer regulations, biosecurity and safety, research and public involvement.

Review committee recommendations are available online for public comment until Jan. 3. To view the recommendations and provide feedback, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ website at and search keyword “CWD response plan.”


School district hires new HR director

A longtime school administrator has been hired to become the new human resources director for the Shawano School District.

The school board voted Monday to hire Todd Kleinhans for an $80,000-a-year position that the district created at the urging of an outside management consultant.

Kleinhans, who will start his new job Jan. 3, has held a number of administrative positions in school districts, most recently serving as superintendent of the Lakeland Union School District in Minocqua.

Shawano school officials created the human resources position after the consulting firm Springsted Inc. studied the district’s management structure earlier this year and recommended beefing up human resources management.

Springsted found many Shawano administrative staff employees felt underpaid, were confused about job assignments and experienced high dissatisfaction about their work.


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 19

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Civil Matter — Police responded to a neighbor dispute over snow-blowing in the 700 block of West Picnic Street.

Theft — License plates were reported stolen in the 200 block of East Division Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

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

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 19

Deputies logged 45 incidents, including the following:

Fire — Authorities responded to a barn fire on Circle Drive in the town of Red Springs.

Harassment — Authorities responded to a harassment complaint on Prouty Street in Wittenberg.


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 18

Police logged 13 incidents, including the following:

Hit and Run — Police investigated a hit-and-run property damage accident in the 400 block of North Main Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 1100 block of South Lafayette Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a hit-and-run property damage accident at County Road B and South Lincoln Street.

Dec. 17

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 700 block of South Union Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of East Green Bay Street.

OWI — An intoxicated driver was reported at Main and Green Bay streets. Police did not respond to a request for additional information.


Closings and cancellations


Sounds of the Season Community Christmas Concert rescheduled for Dec. 20.

Shawano School District weekend events canceled.

Sacred Heart Catholic weekend events canceled.

Shawano Youth Wrestling tournament Sunday canceled.


Bonduel School District weekend events canceled.

Bonduel private school weekend events canceled.


Recreation center closed Saturday.


Gresham Community School weekend activities canceled.


St. Casimir Saturday Mass canceled.


Marion school events canceled.


Shawano area deals with winter storm

Leader Photo by Scott Williams A Shawano city snowplow truck makes a pass to keep traffic moving along Main Street near Wescott Avenue during the early hours of Friday’s winter storm.

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Randy Steffen shovels snow during Friday’s winter storm in the driveway outside the home where his parents-in-law live on Lincoln Street in Shawano.

Winter weather kicked into high gear in the Shawano area Friday with a storm that was expected to dump up to a foot of snow, followed by bitter cold temperatures.

The Shawano School District canceled weekend activities, and street maintenance crews were planning to work long hours to combat the snowstorm.

“We’ll be on it,” Shawano County Highway Commissioner Grant Bystol said.

Snow began to fall early Friday morning and continued much of the day. But the heaviest accumulations were expected to start later Friday night.

The National Weather Service was forecasting about 2 inches of snow during the day Friday, followed by another 6 inches overnight and then 3 or 4 more inches on Saturday.

Temperatures accompanied by brisk winds were expected to plunge to below-zero levels on Saturday, and to remain frigid Sunday before rebounding into the teens on Monday.


Holiday drunken driving crackdown underway

Local authorities are joining law enforcement across the country over the next couple of weeks in a national mobilization against drunken driving, targeting the increase in drinking and driving often seen during the holidays.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown began Thursday and runs through New Year’s Day.

“Drunken driving is dangerous any time of the year, but it’s particularly tragic this time of the year,” said Mike Panosh, regional program manager with Wisconsin State Patrol in the Bureau of Transportation Safety.

Officials are not making any secret of the enhanced enforcement effort.

“It’s not a sting, Panosh said. “It’s not some kind of thing where we’re hiding in the shadows. We’re trying to let people know in advance. We’re going to be out there. There’s going to be increased enforcement. We’re going to be looking for drunken drivers.”


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