Budget meeting moved to Thursday

Wednesday’s scheduled meeting of the Shawano Finance Committee has been called on account of baseball.

The city had planned to meet for a public budget discussion Wednesday evening, but officials have since realized they would be going up against Game 5 in the National League playoffs between the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers.

City officials have hinted that something of public interest in connection with the budget would be discussed at the meeting, though they won’t say what that is.

Rather than compete with the public interest already invested in the Brewers game, the city decided to push the meeting off a day in hopes of getting better attendance.

The finance committee is now scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St.


CMN investiture welcomes Trebian in style

Leader photos by Carol Ryczek New College of Menominee Nation president Paul Trebian accepts the responsibilities of his position at his investiture ceremony in Keshena Friday.

The College of Menominee Nation welcomed its new president Friday in a ceremony that brought together the academic traditions from 12th century Europe with traditional Menominee crafts and music.

Wearing a black doctoral robe and academic stoles, President Paul Trebian agreed to support the mission of CMN, its students and the community. He was presented with a beaded medallion, a new symbol of the office, by CMN Board of Trustees Chairwoman Virginia Nuske.

The investiture of the new president is a first for CMN. Verna Fowler retired from her position as the first CMN president in 2016. In the early days of CMN, other needs took precedence over the need for an investiture ceremony.

The event was held at the Menominee Casino Resort in Keshena.

At the investiture, Fowler was recognized for her work in bringing the college to the Menominee Nation, as were members of the tribal legislature and college board of trustee members.


County tax rate expected to drop again next year

Shawano County property owners should see their tax rates go down again next year under the county’s proposed 2019 budget.

Officials are projecting a tax rate of $5.08 per $1,000 of equalized value, a drop of 11 cents from this year’s rate of $5.19 per $1,000.

This year’s rate was also lower than last year’s $5.29 per $1,000.

County property tax rates vary by municipality, however, because those rates are determined by assessed values and not equalized value.

According to the county, the drop in taxes comes in spite of a 6 percent increase in health insurance costs of about $252,000 and rising costs for other contracted services.

The county’s projected levy for 2018 is $15.8 million, an increase of about $131,000 from this year’s $15.68 million.

That levy will be spread out among taxpayers a little more in 2019 thanks to a 3 percent increase in equalized value, which is rising from $3 million to about $3.1 million.


RDA targets 7 blighted properties for possible condemnation

The Shawano Redevelopment Authority has seven more properties in its crosshairs for possible condemnation proceedings, five of which are owned by the Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology.

The RDA, a semi-independent panel tasked with addressing vacant and blighted buildings in the city, has already initiated condemnation proceedings against two downtown SIST properties, but those proceedings are currently bogged down in circuit court after a legal challenge filed by SIST.

Assistant City Administrator Eddie Sheppard, who provides staff support for the RDA, said it is still the authority’s preference to work with property owners to rehabilitate their buildings.

“We’ve reached out multiple times for all those properties, sent multiple letters, had communication with some but not really any action,” Sheppard said. “So the RDA will be taking steps to start the process, which could eventually lead to condemnation.”


City finance committee discusses budget Wednesday

Shawano city officials are still awaiting some key numbers before being able to finalize a 2019 budget proposal, but the finance committee is scheduled to meet next week for one of its last meetings before sending a proposed budget to the Common Council.

Council President Sandy Steinke took the unusual step of highlighting Wednesday’s committee meeting under new business at this week’s council meeting, noting the meeting will be open to the public.

Her comments hinted that something of public interest could be discussed, but city officials are not saying what that might be.

The finance committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St.

“There are some proposals being discussed and some issues that they might be willing to make public at that time,” City Administrator Brian Knapp said.


Hilgenberg honored for lifetime achievement

Leader photo by Greg Mellis Terry Hilgenberg, of Shawano, received the The Wisconsin Realtors Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Hilgenberg is only the third person in Wisconsin to receive this honor.

Terry Hilgenberg, of Shawano, recently received the The Wisconsin Realtors Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hilgenberg, a real estate agent and broker associate of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in Green Bay, president of Hilgenberg Realty LLC and a partner in Hilgenberg & Associates Inc, is only the third person in Wisconsin to receive this honor.

Michael Theo, WRA president and CEO, said the award recognizes that, “Terry has set the bar pretty high in leadership. We are thankful for all he has done.”

Theo said that Hilgenberg has been a mentor many in the industry, including himself. He cited Hilgenberg’s work in public policy as an important reason for the award.

“I had a legislative background (before becoming WRA’s president). I knew how to work inside the capitol,” Theo said. “Terry helped bridge that with what is happening in the industry.”


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 11

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Accident — A 22-year-old Shawano woman was cited for inattentive driving and no insurance after striking a traffic light and a tree in the front yard of a house in the 800 block of South Main Street. Police said the woman claimed she fell asleep. She complained of a minor injury but was not taken to the hospital. A passenger, a 25-year-old Shawano man, was not injured and was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant.

Sex Offense — A sex offense complaint reported to the county Human Services Department was under investigation.

Shoplifting — Family Dollar, 413 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 400 block of South Lincoln Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Oct. 11

Deputies logged 32 incidents, including the following:


County approves borrowing $14.6M for new human services center

Shawano County supervisors Thursday approved borrowing up to $14.6 million for its new Human Services Department, which will merge services currently offered at the Lakeland and Fellman centers.

The county last year purchased the Dennison’s Retail Lumber property at W7327 Anderson Ave. in the town of Wescott for $1.8 million after determining the Fellman and Lakeland centers were inadequate and expansion at those sites impractical.

“By no means did we make this plan to be meant as a Taj Mahal,” said Supervisor Richard Ferfecki, a member of the ad hoc building committee tasked with planning the new human services center. “The building was designed to stand the test of time with the most effective materials and workmanship.”

County Board Chairman Jerry Erdmann, also on the committee, said the new facility would serve the needs of human services clients for 50 to 75 years.


Shelter expansion nears completion

Leader photos by Carol Ryczek Staff and supporters of the Safe Haven Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Support Center share electronic candles and copies of “Let There Be Peace on Earth” as they prepared for the annual domestic abuse awareness vigil. The annual event was held inside due to Thursday’s cold, windy weather. The event also featured tours of the newly expanded and remodeled shelter.

Visitors to Safe Haven, Shawano’s Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Support Center, shared a somber celebration Wednesday at an annual candlelight vigil and tour.

The annual vigil is a remembrance of those who have been injured or killed through domestic violence. This year, the event also included tours of the newly expanded and upgraded shelter.

Tours, refreshments and thanks to supporters added the note of celebration to the evening.

Renovations to the shelter, which have been underway since April, will be completed by Monday as the final bedrooms are painted and a floor is replaced, said Stacey Cicero, executive director.

“We have refurbished all but three of the bedrooms and we have volunteers coming this weekend to paint them,” Cicero said. “On Monday, they get new linoleum floors,” she added.

Fundraising for the project is at 84 percent, and Cicero said she is also looking forward to completing that portion of the project.


Garbage placement, removal times set in Clintonville

A time frame for placing and removing garbage and recycling containers was set Tuesday by the Clintonville Common Council.

The council approved an ordinance that will regulate the placement and removal time of the garbage and recycling carts. According to the ordinance, carts must be placed out for collection no earlier than 6:30 a.m. on the day prior to collection day. Carts must be removed from the right-of-way no later than 10 a.m. the day after collection.

“It has gotten better lately,” said Mayor Richard Beggs, who had earlier stated that he thought some of the carts were being left out too long at the curb.

Beginning Nov. 1, residents in the city who the garbage and recycling service will see increase in the cost for that service. The increase from $120 to $132.58 per year was approved by the council on Sept. 11.


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