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Fri
19
Apr

Plan to extend hunting season scrapped

Plans to recommend a holiday hunt over Christmas and New Year’s Day, along with extending the crossbow and archery season until the end of January 2020 were scrapped by the Shawano County Deer Advisory Council.

The council voted unanimously against holding a holiday hunt after many spoke out Wednesday against having an extended season that infringed on snowmobilers enjoying their winter sport. While there is no law that prevents snowmobilers from enjoying the trails any time there is snow on the ground, some private property owners do not opt to open trails on their land until hunters have left for safety reasons.

The CDAC had originally brought up the idea of extending the hunting season as a way of reducing an overswollen deer population in the county. James Weinmann said he had initially brought it up to give hunters more time to help trim the herd, which is estimated at more than 70 deer per square mile for Shawano County.

Fri
19
Apr

RDA takes possession of 2 blighted buildings

The Samanta Roy Institute of Science and Technology has agreed to sell two blighted downtown Shawano buildings to the Shawano Redevelopment Authority, ending months of inaction as SIST fought condemnation proceedings in court, Shawano City Administrator Eddie Sheppard announced at the Shawano Business Improvement District annual meeting on Thursday.

SIST agreed to the sale of the 214-216 S. Main St. properties for what Sheppard said was the original offer, $32,000 for both properties. That figure represents what was considered a fair market value for the buildings, he said.

The RDA is allowed to use Tax Incremental Financing funds for property acquisition, he said.

The announcement, and speculation that the buildings would come down this summer, brought a round of applause from the attendees, mostly downtown business owners, at the BID meeting at Angie’s cafe.

Fri
19
Apr

Main Street saddle replacement underway

The long-awaited saddle replacement project on Main Street got underway this week, beginning north of Main Street up to Third Street for the first phase.

The entire project will cover Main Street from just south of the channel to the end of the 200 block of South Main Street.

At issue are stainless steel saddles (a type of metal sleeve) that hold the service connection to the water main. They were installed during the Main Street reconstruction project in 2002 and 2003. The project stretched from the channel to the Mountain Bay Trail at Oshkosh Street.

The Shawano Common Council approved borrowing up to $180,000 from the Shawano Lake Sanitary District to cover the cost of replacing 71 saddles along Main Street.

The loan will be paid back over a five-year period with an interest rate of 3 percent.

The project is being done by DeGroot Inc.

Fri
19
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 17

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — JMerchant, 128 Woodlawn Drive, and The Store, 404 E. Green Bay St., reported shoplifting incidents.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported at Oak and Ellis streets.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint in the 600 block of South Hamlin Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 17

Deputies logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Authorities investigated a juvenile tobacco complaint at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, 400 W. Grand Ave. in Wittenberg, and a juvenile alcohol complaint on state Highway 156 in the town of Navarino.

Intoxicated Person — Authorities responded to an intoxicated person complaint at the 22 Shell, N4543 Highway 22 in the town of Belle Plaine.

Fri
19
Apr

Fairest to return to the fair

The Fairest of the Fair is returning to Shawano County.

The position of Fairest of the Fair, the youth ambassador for the fair, was eliminated last year because of the decrease in applicants in the past few years, said Kerry Danley, the volunteer who took over the program this year.

Danley, who had shared Fairest duties as first runner-up several years ago, said she felt the position contributed both to the fair and the skills and experience of the winner. She advocated bringing it back and the Shawano Area Agricultural Society, which sponsors the fair, agreed.

“It just felt like something we were missing,” she said.

In the past, the position was limited to applicants who were ages 18-23. This year, the position is open to those ages 16-23, she said.

Wed
17
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 16

Police logged 35 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 21-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for operating while intoxicated after police responded to a property damage hit-and-run in the 100 block of South Washington Street.

Truancy — Police logged four truancy complaints from Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

OAR — A 46-year-old Shawano man was cited for operating after revocation and having no insurance at Sawyer and Fifth streets. A 24-year-old man was also cited for OAR at Fifth and Andrews streets.

Harassment — Harassment was reported in the 400 block of East Division Street.

Vandalism — Vandalism was reported in the 100 block of South Franklin Street.

Disorderly Conduct — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Wed
17
Apr

City greenlights downtown chiropractic center

The long-vacant property at Main and Division streets in downtown Shawano will soon have new life in it.

City officials Tuesday signed off on a development agreement between the Shawano Redevelopment Authority and Cornerstone Chiropractic and Wellness, LLC, to locate a chiropractic center at 153 S. Main St.

Amy Stuber, who has a full-time chiropractic practice in Antigo, said she is looking forward to branching out into Shawano, where she has lived for the past 12 years.

“I would love to expand into this area,” Stuber told the Common Council on Tuesday. “I’m really excited about being on Main Street and being involved in the city. I love the downtown area and I’m looking forward to the project.”

Stuber said the chiropractic center would occupy the first floor of the building, with the possibility of renting or leasing out space on the second floor at some future date.

The center is expected to be up and running this fall.

Wed
17
Apr

Bonduel water service and employee honored


Leader Photo by Carol Ryczek Winners of awards from the Wisconsin Rural Water Association are, from left, Jim Welcing, Rodney Hoppe, Jeremy Morris and Todd Lorbiecki. Welcing received the District 1 Operator of the Year award, and the utility received the statewide Conservation Award.

The Bonduel Sewer and Water Utility and one of its longtime employees were recently honored by the Wisconsin Rural Water Association.

The sewer and water service received the statewide Conservation Award, and 33-year veteran Jim Welcing received the District 1 Operator of the Year award, announced Todd Lorbiecki, Bonduel’s director of public works.

The rural water association, of which the Bonduel utility is a member, is a nonprofit organization representing most of the water and wastewater systems in the state.

The conservation award shows “that we are looking to do the improvements more efficiently, which ultimately saves the residents and users from having to pay higher rates” Lorbiecki said. “It means we are putting the time in to make sure things are working correctly.”

Bonduel’s reduction in “non-meter water loss” by 50% is probably the reason that the utility won the conservation award this year, Lorbiecki said.

Wed
17
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 15

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A disturbance was reported at SAM’s House Emergency Shelter, 213 E. Green Bay St. Police also responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 100 block of Aspen Court.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 15

Deputies logged 35 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint on County Road Y in the town of Belle Plaine.

Vandalism — Multiple items around gravestones, including flower pots, flags and a wreath were reported vandalized at St. Paul’s Cemetery, 240 E. Green Bay St. in Bonduel.

Theft — A license plate was reported stolen on Jefferson Street in Bonduel.

Trespass — Trespassing was reported on Farmall Lane in the town of Grant.

Wed
17
Apr

Council delays decision on disbanding 2 committees

A proposal to disband the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board and People with a Disability Committee was pulled from the Shawano Common Council’s agenda Tuesday at its re-organizational meeting.

Alderwoman Sandy Steinke made a motion at the outset of the meeting to pull those items off the agenda for further review.

The motion passed unanimously and without any discussion.

Mayor Ed Whealon said in an interview last week he was recommending disbanding those entities after consulting with city staff.

He said there has been a lack of interest among people who have been sought to serve on the youth board and the disability committee.

It has also been some time since either have been active.

According to records available on the city’s website, the People with a Disability Committee’s last meeting was June 5 of last year.

The agenda shows that the only action taken was the election of officers.

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