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Sat
09
Dec

Hearing set for SMU rate hike

A hearing is set later this month on Shawano Municipal Utilities’ request for an electric rate hike, but even SMU at that hearing will argue against the way the state Public Service Commission has divvied up the increase among customer types.

SMU has requested a rate increase that would bring in an additional $621,000 in revenue, or about 2.9 percent more than electric rates are bringing in now.

The PSC, however, determines how that increase should be spread out.

As currently proposed, general service, or small business customers, and large industrial operations would be the hardest hit, each facing an increase of more than 7 percent.

Residential customers would be looking at an increase of roughly 1 percent, large general service rates would go up about 1.5 percent, rates for both small and large power services would go up just over 1.2 percent, and small industrial power users would see an increase of 1.09 percent.

Sat
09
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 7

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Theft — An attempted theft from a vehicle was reported on Jesse Court.

Theft — A vehicle was reported broken into in the 300 block of South Sawyer Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a man attempted to leave the store with three TVs.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of South Lincoln Street.

Theft — Medication was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle at Goodwill Industries, 300 Lakeland Road.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 7

Police logged 45 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — An 18-year-old Wittenberg female was taken into custody on a warrant on Harrison Street in Wittenberg.

Fri
08
Dec

FRESH putting together farmer directory

The FRESH Project is creating a directory of farmers and food producers in Shawano County and the surrounding area that sell directly to consumers.

The directory will be made available to the public, so everyone knows where they can get good food locally, but also to ensure a strong local food system by supporting local producers.

“The Farmer and Producer Directory is part of a wider effort by the FRESH Project to create healthier, accessible, and sustainable food systems for everyone,” said Barbara Mendoza, executive director. “By increasing food security, educating, and engaging the community, the Project is working to make sure all area residents have access to food that’s good for their health, their families, and their community.”

Fri
08
Dec

State Bank appoints 2 new directors

Samuel Sousek II, president of State Bank, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Kerber and Pat Trinko to its board of directors. State Bank is a full service bank with offices in Shawano and Gresham.

Kerber is the managing partner and one of the founding members of KerberRose, a CPA firm with over 110 employees. He also is chairman of the Shawano Industrial and Commercial Development Commission and is an active member of the Shawano Redevelopment Authority as well as having held positions in Shawano County Economic Progress Inc. and the Shawano Area Business and Economic Education organization.

Kerber also belongs to American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Kerber and his wife, Karen, reside in Shawano.

Trinko grew up in Shawano, graduating from Shawano High School in 1988. He has been a part of, and managed, Shawano Ambulance Service since 1994.

Fri
08
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 6

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 400 block of South Weed Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 700 block of East Fifth Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Departments

Dec. 6

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Shawano County Courthouse, 311 N. Main St. in Shawano.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Pathfinder Court in the town of Wescott.

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on Pioneer Drive in the town of Washington.

Fri
08
Dec

Development at former SMC property calls for $2M investment

A development proposal to put a luxury apartment building and single-family condominiums on the former Shawano Medical Center property would require a $2 million Tax Incremental Finance grant from the city if the project moves forward.

The Shawano Plan Commission, after a closed session discussion Wednesday, approved a letter of intent from Tadych Investment Partners of Green Bay that lays out its plans for the property and proposed terms of the deal.

Tadych would pay $500,000 for the roughly seven-acre property, a portion of which is owned by the city and the rest by ThedaCare.

According to Tadych, the project will cost another $11 million in design and construction costs, site work, permits and fees, financing and other expenses.

Most of those cost estimates are based on what was put into Tadych’s luxury apartment project in De Pere, according to the letter.

Thu
07
Dec

Plan Commission advances new hospital property project

The Shawano Plan Commission recommended a zone change Wednesday that clears the way for a proposed luxury apartment building and 25 single-family condominiums on the the former Shawano Medical Center property.

The zone change, which will go to the Common Council for consideration next week, is contingent on reaching a development agreement with Tadych Investment Partners, LLC, of Green Bay.

That agreement is expected to include financial assistance for the project from the city, likely in the form of a new Tax Incremental Finance district. The purchase price of the property is also yet to be determined.

The commission’s approval came in spite of a public hearing at which a contingent of neighbors expressed some of the same concerns voiced last month when a four-story, 40-unit senior housing complex was proposed on the north parking lot of the former hospital property.

Thu
07
Dec

NY man indicted for sex with Shawano teen

A New York man who traveled to Shawano to allegedly continue a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl was indicted Tuesday in federal court with child exploitation and coercion to engage in sexual activity.

According to the criminal complaint, James A. Huskisson, 45, of Ozone Park, aka James Lee, Lucky and Jason Desantes, began chatting online in September with a Wolf River Lutheran High School female student.

Huskisson and the girl had allegedly sent each other sexually explicit photos and engaged in sexual conversations which resulted in Huskisson driving to the Shawano area in late September.

Photos and text messages recovered from the girl’s smart phone indicate she had been with Huskisson in her bedroom on Sept. 27.

Thu
07
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 5

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — A burglary was reported in the 200 block of North Main Street.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint at ThedaCare Medical Center, 100 County Road B.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint at BMO Harris Bank, 101 N. Main St.

Arrest — A 31-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Green Bay Street and Eberlein Park Drive.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 5

Deputies logged 59 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 41-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on River Street in Shawano.

Wed
06
Dec

TAKING A STAND

Seeing NFL players kneel during the National Anthem at football games this season made local business owner Dan Fiedler angry.

So he took a stand in another way.

That way saw trucks and other vehicles forming a serpentine line around the storage units at DS Storage on Saturday, as people waited to load up furniture and other necessities.

The furniture all came from a hotel liquidation in Pennsylvania, part of Fiedler’s business. Normally, that furniture is resold, but Fiedler brought the items to his storage units just off State Highway 22 between Shawano and Cecil, and he invited veterans and single parents to the facility to select three items they could leave with for free.

Steven LaCount, who just bought a house in Oconto, said he heard about Fiedler’s plans and decided that it was a good opportunity to get a jump on furnishing the place. LaCount, a corporal in the U.S. Army, is in the reserves until 2020.

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