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Fri
23
Sep

City, United Coop finalize park deal

The city finalized a deal this week with United Cooperative that will close down one Shawano park, but will fund a new one not far away.

Shawano Park and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks said the Center Street park, adjacent to the United Coop property at 660 E. Seward St., is now private property.

The cooperative property borders East Green Bay Street on the north and extends south about four blocks to Center Street.

United’s plans for a major expansion and renovation of the property presented to the city last year included having truck traffic enter the property from Green Bay Street and exit on Center Street.

However, that raised some safety concerns because of the adjacent park.

The city and United Cooperative subsequently reached an agreement to have the cooperative purchase the Center Street park property for $158,000.

Fri
23
Sep

Grants, donations bolster city park improvements

Development projects at two city parks and improvements planned at Huckleberry Harbor have gotten a financial shot in the arm this year from outside sources, significantly easing capital project budget demands at the Shawano Park and Recreation Department.

Park and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks said the city has received more than $270,000 in “outside money” this year to assist in developing Franklin and Smalley parks, improve the boat launch at Huckleberry Harbor and help purchase properties along the Wolf River where the city hopes to someday complete a walking trail.

“It shows there’s a belief that the city’s park system has a lot of potential and people want to support it,” he said.

The development of Franklin Park is moving ahead rapidly.

The city has completed grading and filling at the park, and the snow fences have come down, Hendricks said.

A wet summer has helped cultivate plenty of green space.

Fri
23
Sep

Clintonville salutes resident headed overseas


Photo by Grace Kirchner Army Sgt. Darrell Hansen, of Clintonville, is joined by his parents, Sue Stueck and Darrell Hansen, for a community sendoff organized by the Clintonville Fire Department. He is being deployed overseas for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Family, friends, co-workers and others turned out Thursday morning to take part in a sendoff for Sgt. Darrell Hansen as he prepares for deployment for Operation Enduring Freedom.

Hansen, who joined the U.S. Army in 2006, is the son of Sue Stueck and Darrell Hansen Sr. He is a graduate of Clintonville High School and a member of the Clintonville Fire Department. He works at Seagrave.

The Clintonville Fire Department provided an escort for Hanson that traveled past the high school and Seagrave.

“I don’t know what to say,” Hansen said about the community support. “I am speechless.”

He was on active duty for nearly five years and has been with the reserve since then. He has been deployed overseas twice. He isn’t certain of the exact date when he will be leaving this time.

Fri
23
Sep

Clintonville, Aster resolve dispute over TIF funds

The City of Clintonville and Aster Retirement Community have settled a disagreement over past Tax Incremental Financing district payments.

According to the agreement, Aster will pay the city about $314,000 over the next three years as well as payments in the future in lieu of taxes.

Angelus Retirement Community, an assisted living facility, was part of a TIF district when it was sold in 2015 to MHDC Clintonville, LLC, parent company of Aster Retirement Community.

City Administrator Chuck Kell said the development agreement required Angelus to maintain tax payments to the city until the debt for the TIF borrowing was eliminated and precluded Angelus from selling the property to a tax-exempt entity without city approval.

Fri
23
Sep

Clintonville agrees to pay back taxes on condemned building

The city of Clintonville has agreed to pay two years of delinquent taxes and the 2016 taxes on two properties so it can raze a condemned building on 11th Street.

The Common Council voted Sept. 13 to accept Waupaca County’s offer to pay $5,316 in back taxes on the properties, as well as the 2016 taxes, which are not known at this time.

City Attorney Keith Steckbauer said a previous council reached an agreement with the property owners to have the city take over the properties, have them condemned and ask the county to waive the property taxes. However, county officials told Steckbauer they never discussed the proposal with the city.

Jim and Gloria Krause, owners of one of the parcels, are current with their taxes. Joseph Larson, the other owner, is not. The Larson property has been vacant. The portion owned by the Krauses was occupied by a laundromat and hair salon.

Fri
23
Sep

Court News

Sex offender violation

A federal grand jury on Tuesday returned a one-count indictment charging John Mendoza, of Keshena, with a violation of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

If convicted of the offense, Mendoza, 39, faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and from five years up to lifetime of supervised release.

According to the indictment, Mendoza failed to comply with the sex offender registry from June through Aug. 11.

The case was investigated by the Menominee Tribal Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry Program, United States Probation Office, and United States Marshals Service.

Assault

A federal grand jury on Tuesday returned a one-count indictment charging Bryant Waupoose Sr., of Keshena, with assault resulting in serious bodily harm.

Fri
23
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 22

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 30-year-old Keshena woman was arrested for disorderly conduct after a verbal disturbance in Slacker’s Bar, 146 S. Main St.

Arrest — A man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a verbal dispute in the 400 block of South Smalley Street.

Arrest — A woman was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint at Fourth and Franklin streets.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Sept. 22

Deputies logged 29 incidents, including the following:

Fri
23
Sep

Committee recommends moving forward on library consolidation plan

An ad hoc committee recommended this week moving forward with developing a plan for consolidation of Shawano County libraries into a separate library system.

That recommendation will go before the Shawano County Board on Wednesday in a resolution asking members to allow the ad hoc library planning committee to develop a plan that would come back to the board for final approval.

The plan would also have to be accepted by each of Shawano County’s library branches.

“We need to develop a plan so when those branches look at it they’ll know exactly what we’re talking about,” County Administrative Coordinator Brent Miller said.

It’s not certain at this point that all of the branches will be on board, though library administrators have expressed a willingness to discuss the idea.

Fri
23
Sep

RDA sets Oct. 18 public hearing

Letters went out this week to property owners within and adjacent to the city’s recently established redevelopment district notifying them of the public hearing next month on the Redevelopment Authority’s proposed plan of action.

In an apparent attempt to assuage some of the concerns likely to come up at the Oct. 18 public hearing, notices were accompanied by an explanation of the RDA’s goals and objectives and several case histories of properties that have benefited from some of the financial assistance that could be available for property improvements.

The RDA has sometimes struggled over the past few months to win over the acceptance of property owners upset that their properties have been included in a blight elimination district.

Fri
23
Sep

Bike, walk or run to see quilts


Leader File Photo Riders participating in this year’s Bike the Barn Quilts will see anywhere from three to 30 quilts, depending on which ride they choose. This is the fourth year that Shawano Pathways has organized the event.

Started in 2013, Bike the Barn Quilts quickly became a popular annual event. On Saturday, Shawano Pathways is adding a few things to keep the excitement going.

A 5K and 10K walk/run will be an option for those who opt not to ride bikes. Also, a dozen mini-quilts created by local artists will be part of several routes and are available for sale at an auction later in the day.

The bicycle rides vary in distance, with one quick ride at 5 miles and the longest topping out at 70 miles. All funds generated go to support the SAM 25 homeless shelter, the Shawano Boys and Girls Club, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The Shawano Leader spoke with Greg Sturm, president of Shawano Pathways, about this year’s event and what to expect.

Q The 5K and 10K are new to the Bike the Barn Quilts event. What prompted adding this event?

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