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Fri
25
Jul

Sheriff sees election as referendum on board

Editor’s note: The Shawano Leader sat down for interviews Friday with Republican sheriff’s candidates Randy Wright and Adam Bieber. This is the first of a series of stories from those interviews.

As far as incumbent Randy Wright is concerned, the race for Shawano County sheriff is as much about the Shawano County Board as it is about the sheriff’s office.

“That’s not just what I’m feeling, that’s what I’m hearing from people out there as I’m going door to door,” Wright said. “People are fed up with the board being stalled by a handful of people. That’s comments I’ve been hearing throughout this county.”

Wright, who is seeking another four-year term as sheriff, is being challenged in the Aug. 12 Republican primary by Shawano police officer Adam Bieber.

Bieber has raised the strained relations between Wright and the County Board as an election issue.

Fri
25
Jul

Absentee voting interest seems high

In-office absentee voting for the Aug. 12 primary starts Monday and, if the votes cast this week at area nursing homes is any indication, municipal clerks can look forward to a busy election season.

Special voting deputies collected ballots Friday at the Birch Hill Health Care Center, 1475 Birch Hill Lane, in Shawano and took in a higher number than usual.

“Absentee voting for the nursing homes has far exceeded what it has in the past,” Shawano Deputy Clerk Lesley Nemetz said. “Typically we have three to four, sometimes up to 10 at a facility that will vote. The one today had 22.”

Nemetz said the county sheriff’s race seems to be the big draw.

“I think that one race in particular is getting a lot of people’s attention,” she said.

The city has also mailed out more than 100 absentee ballots to voters who won’t be in town Aug. 12., which Nemetz said is higher than normal.

Fri
25
Jul

Recall effort targets Clintonville alderman

The controversy surrounding the Clintonville Common Council took another turn recently when a recall effort was launched against Fourth District Alderman Greg Rose, who was elected to a two-year term in April 2013.

Wm. Van Daalwyk filed a statement of intent to circulate a petition to recall Rose with the city clerk’s office on July 17. Van Daalwyk said Rose’s actions have proved to be hostile to business and industry in Clintonville, and have incited divisiveness within the community. He also said Rose breached his fiduciary duty by voting to replace a competent municipal attorney with an inexperienced relative of two council members.

“I feel this is a knee-jerk reaction to the investigation leveled at the city administrator, and one has to be in office a year before you can be recalled,” Rose said. “The other aldermen involved are new and not eligible for a recall.”

Fri
25
Jul

Clintonville public works manager retires


Photo by Grace Kirchner Mike McCord wore a variety of hats while working for the city of Clintonville the past 25 years. It was a job he appreciated, but he is now enjoying retirement with plans to spend some of the time in the beautiful backyard at his home.

On a nice summer day, you will likely find Mike McCord with a cup of coffee in his backyard, recovering from recent surgeries.

McCord recently retired after 25 years as superintendent of the Clintonville Public Works Department.

“This is a great city,” McCord said. “I consider Clintonville my home.”

“I am very appreciative for what he has done for the city for 25 years,” Mayor Judith Magee said. “He was an excellent employee.”

McCord grew up in Waukesha, graduated from high school when he was 17, worked for several years and then attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, earning a degree in civil engineering and surveying.

Cord accepted the position as Clintonville public works superintendent in June 1990.

Fri
25
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 24

Police logged 38 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 500 block of South Main Street.

Juvenile — Two juveniles were cited for curfew violation in the 500 block of South Main Street.

Theft — Shawano City-County Library, 128 S. Sawyer St., reported eight theft complaints involving unreturned library materials.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the 1300 block of Valley Lane.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 1200 block of South Prospect Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 24

Deputies logged 47 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Firewood was reported stolen on Schabow Street in Gresham.

Thu
24
Jul

Board OKs Green Bay Street TIF district

Property owners along East Green Bay Street will soon be eligible to apply for low-interest loans and other incentives aimed at encouraging development along that corridor of the city.

A Joint Review Board made up of the city and other taxing entities gave its final approval Thursday to a new tax increment finance (TIF) district that will stretch from mid-block between Sawyer and Andrews streets east to roughly midway between Airport Drive and Rusch Road.

TIF districts are areas where municipalities invest in infrastructure, such as sewer and water, to attract development where it might not otherwise occur, or to make improvements, such as eliminating blight.

Whatever increase in tax revenue that results from development in those districts goes to paying back the debt the municipality incurred from making improvements to the district.

Thu
24
Jul

Cecil post office to reduce hours

Cecil residents opted to maintain their post office with reduced hours after a community survey was tallied at Village Hall on Thursday.

Of the 397 U.S. Postal Service surveys that were returned, 83 percent were in favor of realigning hours.

“Based on that 83 percent, that is what (Cecil) is going to do,” Postal Service spokesman Sean Hargadon said. “Basically you go by what the input is from the community.”

Cecil residents were asked to choose from four options for their office: reducing hours of operation by two per day, providing a delivery service using rural carriers or highway contract routes, establishing a Village Post Office in a local business or government facility, and merging with a nearby office.

The survey was mailed in June and closed July 9.

Current office hours are 7:45 a.m to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8-10 a.m. Saturday.

Thu
24
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 23

Police logged 19 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 600 block of South Union Street.

Arrest — A 41-year-old Cecil man was taken into custody at the Probation and Parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Accident — A woman sustained minor injuries in a vehicle versus tree accident in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

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

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a male shoplifter had fled the store.

OAR — A 26-year-old Neopit man was cited for operating after revocation at Waukechon and Elizabeth streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 23

Deputies logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Wed
23
Jul

Protesters rally against big money in politics


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Protesters rally against the influence of big money — and in particular that of the Koch brothers — at a Day of Action event promoting awareness outside the Shawano County Courthouse on Thursday.

Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Delores Graham, 94, of Arizona, enjoys the milder temperatures of Wisconsin at a Day of Action rally protesting big money’s influence on American politics Thursday. Graham joined the rally outside the Shawano County Courthouse while visiting relatives here.

A small but impassioned crowd of people gathered outside the Shawano County Courthouse on Wednesday evening for a pro-democracy rally aimed at exposing the influence of big money in American politics.

Their chief target in particular were the Koch brothers, Charles and David, oil industry billionaires who have spent the last few years pumping money into the campaigns of candidates who support what critics say is the Koch brothers’ ultra-conservative agenda.

“They have $80 billion. They have a lot of money to spend on elections,” said Jan Koch, of Shawano.

No relation to the brothers, she also notes the names are pronounced differently. Hers is pronounced “cook” not “Coke.”

Wed
23
Jul

Rate hike approved for SMU

Shawano Municipal Utilities customers will start paying more for electricity next month, though how much more depends on what class of customers they are.

The Public Service Commission on Tuesday issued an order granting SMU a rate increase sufficient to provide the utility with a 6 percent rate of return.

The increase will start to show up on September bills covering usage for the month of August.

Residential customers and the largest industrial class will fare best under the new prices.

Bills for the residential class will go up 0.9 percent, while the largest industrial customers will pay 0.93 percent more.

The remaining commercial classes will see larger increases ranging from about 2 to 6.5 percent.

SMU was looking for a rate of return that would generate an additional $610,000 a year. The PSC determines how those additional costs are allocated among SMU customers.

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