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Sat
07
Sep

Letter: Roundabout best answer for Airport Drive/County B intersection

To the editor:

The city of Shawano, along with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, is now in the design state for the reconstruction of Airport Drive (state Highway 47/55) from state Highway 29 to East Green Bay Street.

Living and working in the local area, I see the Airport Drive and County Road B intersection becoming increasingly dangerous.

The intersection, I believe, needs serious control consideration.

Increasing traffic volume, minimal sight distance to the north and more truck traffic to adjacent industrial parks make the through and turning movements from County Road B challenging. Recently, a fatal crash occurred at the intersection.

Consider Shawano’s first roundabout there. Roundabouts have proved to smoothly control traffic and, most importantly, reduce serious injury and fatal crashes.

Sat
07
Sep

Letter: Menominee change tune on mining?

To the editor:

When Gov. Thompson was promoting a mine at the headwaters of the Wolf River, the Menominee leadership was vehemently opposed.

In his letter to the editor (Aug. 31), Menominee Chairman Craig Corn writes, “We’ve seen Gov. Walker show admirable grit and tenacity in promoting mining legislation.”

I guess it depends on who’s backyard the mine is located.

It’s an insult to all who worked so hard to prevent the Crandon Mine, and especially to Walt Bresette, from Red Cliff, whose spirit must surely be tormented by this statement.

Len Pubanz

Shawano

Sat
31
Aug

City crews continue storm cleanup efforts

“Storms make oaks take deeper root.” — George Herbert

It is always a good thing when we can say “the storm has passed.” However, the recovery and cleanup will continue into the future.

First and foremost, on behalf of the city of Shawano, I would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Menominee Nation, the family and friends and all who mourn the death of Marlo King. All of the destruction that occurred in Shawano and surrounding areas pale in comparison to the loss of a life.

The reports coming in from the various departments show the devastation the storm caused. Some of the numbers are quite staggering. I cannot say enough about how proud we can all be with the efforts made by the crews.

Sat
31
Aug

Letter: Casino fits Walker goal of job creation

To the editor:

With one signature, Gov. Scott Walker can create thousands of Wisconsin jobs and generate over $35 million annually in new state revenue. He can help build a brighter future for one of the state’s poorest tribes, promote free-market competition and increase consumer choice.

Gov. Walker has the power to approve the Menominee Tribe’s proposed Kenosha casino, which has already been approved by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. On behalf of our 8,700 tribal members and everyone who wants more jobs and economic opportunity in our state, I ask the governor to use his pen to partner with Menominee. Our casino fits perfectly with his goal of creating 250,000 jobs and demonstrates that – to borrow his phrase – Wisconsin is open for business.

As we call on Gov. Walker to do what’s best for Wisconsin, the Forest County Potawatomi are calling on him with a different, anti-Wisconsin message.

Sat
31
Aug

Letter: Show your support for Anello's zoo

To the editor:

I am writing in regard to Anello’s petting zoo.

Just because some dumb kid can’t read, she has caused all this trouble for Rita.

I’ve watched this zoo grow from a few chickens, rabbits, geese and goats to include a camel, zebras, llamas, kangaroos, parrots, etc.

I think the zoo is an asset to Shawano. The cages and yards are well kept, and the animals are healthy. Rita purchased these animals and maintains them at her expense for our enjoyment.

It’s not costing the city a penny, and I think the zoning laws should be changed in favor of keeping the zoo as it is.

Call the mayor of planning commission with your opinion. Better yet, let’s show up at Anello’s on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. when the commission will tour the zoo.

Karen Lynch

Shawano

Fri
23
Aug

Recommendations made for SMC site

“Your aspirations are your possibilities.” — Dr. Samuel Johnson

The Shawano Medical Center reuse task force met this week. Members who recently toured the facility were impressed with the overall condition of the building. They were surprised to learn it is larger in square footage than the local Walmart.

The main entrance, which includes the atrium, waiting area, offices and public restrooms, was built in 2007. The Riverside Clinic, also built in 2007, consists of 30 exam rooms and 14 offices. It is separated from the rest of the building by a corridor.

Also on the first floor are three operating rooms and 17 preparation rooms, the Riverside Café and dining room, a laboratory, the emergency area with triage, 14 exam rooms, two trauma rooms, 10 offices and an ambulance garage. Housekeeping, medical records, physicians’ lounge, radiology with 11 exam rooms, three offices, the boiler room and maintenance shop are also on the first floor.

Sat
17
Aug

Letter: SCEPI needs more diversity on board

To the editor:

The article “New position signals shakeup at SCEPI” in the Aug. 9 edition of The Shawano Leader inferred that the development of a new position will guide the SCEPI organization in the future. I am hopeful that with the addition of the new chief economic development position, SCEPI will capitalize on the opportunity to diversify its board to include more women, younger people and minorities.

I know the members of the board have the education, experience and credentials to be productive. The concern, however, is that the SCEPI board does not have a well-rounded perspective regarding the representation of the community as a whole. Of the 15 board members listed in the 2012 Annual Report/2013 Plan of Work, there was one female, very few members under the age of 40 and no minority representation. And if this area wants to increase in 1,000 new jobs by 2017, diverse perspectives will be pertinent to success.

Sat
17
Aug

Task force takes firsthand look at SMC facility

“Be happy, and a reason will come along.” — Robert Brault

On Monday evening, the Shawano Medical Center reuse task force went on a tour of the facility. Drawings of the various heating/cooling systems and the dates of building additions were distributed to the members. Committee members were able to get a good sense of the size and condition of the entire structure.

Carol Ryczek, SMC community relations manager, said, “Most folks on the tour did not have a sense of how big the building is, but did after the tour. The tour will be a valuable part of the decision making process for this committee, and I look forward to hearing their comments at Monday night’s meeting.”

She added, “Kudos to SMC’s facilities manager, Tony Jagla, for (literally) opening so many doors.”

Task force chairperson Jeanne Cronce commented, “The building is in remarkable shape for how old it is and how many building additions were added.”

Mon
05
Aug

More history of the Soo Line depot

To the editor:

Referencing Ron Dahm’s letter to the editor of July 26 regarding the preservation of the Soo Line (Wisconsin and Northern) depot, Mr. Daum misses a number of salient facts that should be brought to the attention of the residents of Shawano County.

The Wisconsin and Northern Railroad, which eventually connected Neenah to Argonne, was begun in 1906 and completed by 1920. The railroad was constructed in a number of unconnected sections beginning with a right of way south of Crandon and finishing with the completion of the right of way between Shawano and Neenah, via Black Creek and Appleton.

Mon
05
Aug

It’s never too late to become what you might have been

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” — Albert Einstein

Congratulations to William (Bill) Beyer on his recent retirement. Bill began his employment with the City on June 13, 1977. He officially retired on July 1 of this year. He worked in the Department of Public Works as a truck driver. His many years of dedicated service are appreciated.

The task force appointed to make recommendations regarding the re-purposing of our existing hospital (Shawano Medical Center) will be touring the facility on Aug. 12. The task force will meet in City Hall’s community room on Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Qualified candidates have until Aug. 10 to apply for the position of assistant city administrator/public works coordinator. Interviews will be scheduled for late August or early September. We are pleased to have Mary Nordin filling in as an interim public works director until the position can be filled.

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