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Sat
19
Jul

Few people attending SCHS open swim


Leader Photo by Jason Arndt The Shawano Recreation Center offers a handicapped-accessible ramp for its swimming pool. The detachable ramp can also be converted into stairs leading into the pool.

The director of Shawano Community Education does not think many people will miss the open swimming and weight room hours cancelled recently by the School Board.

“It is not like we have a whole lot of people coming and we are shutting the doors,” Sandra Kane said.

The Shawano School Board voted July 7 to discontinue the open hours at the Shawano Community High School facilities, citing high costs and low participation.

“On a good day, we have maybe 10 people (swimming),” Kane said. “It is not like we have a lot of people going to open swim. We don’t.”

School district officials said, from July 2013 through June 1, the swimming pool and weight room generated $785 and $196 in revenue, respectively, but the district spent $9,782 on staffing and maintenance for the pool and $5,290 for the weight room.

State regulations mandate a supervisor and lifeguard must be present during the open swim hours.

Sat
19
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 17

Police logged 16 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 42-year-old Shawano man was taken into custody on a warrant at the Probation and Parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Animal — A skunk was reported trapped in a window well of the chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery, 100 Woodlawn Drive.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 300 block of South Sawyer Street.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 17

Deputies logged 45 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 49-year-old Wittenberg man was arrested on a warrant on U.S. Highway 45 in Birnamwood.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance at the Shawano County Courthouse, 311 N. Main St., Shawano.

Fri
18
Jul

City wrapping up major street construction

Asphalt repairs on Fifth Street are lingering, but, for the most part, major street reconstruction in Shawano has wrapped up for the year and has come in within budget, according to the Department of Public Works.

“We’re very happy with the results,” Public Works Coordinator Eddie Sheppard said.

The Shawano Common Council in March awarded this year’s street and utility reconstruction projects to DeGroot Inc., of Green Bay, on a bid of $966,975.

Sheppard said there are still a few bills coming in, but the most recent calculation showed the projects coming in around $15,000 under budget. He said he expects the projects to be right along budget lines by the time all the bills are in.

“Everything went smoothly,” he said.

The city completed four major street reconstructions this year, but still needs to cover its asphalt from the controversial Fifth Street project that was delayed and not fully completed last year.

Fri
18
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 16

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Green Bay Street and Airport Drive.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at People’s Express South, 716 S. Main St.

Warrant — A 22-year-old man was taken into custody on a warrant after a traffic stop at Cleveland and Maurer streets.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a juvenile female in custody for shoplifting.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 16

Deputies logged 49 incidents, including the following:

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen on Witt-Birn Town Line Road in Birnamwood.

Theft — A wallet was reported stolen from a vehicle at the Shell gas station, 504 E. Grand Ave., in Wittenberg.

Thu
17
Jul

Safety concerns raised over crosswalk

Shawano officials recently raised safety concerns about the crosswalk that takes the Mountain Bay Trail across East Green Bay Street, with some worried it’s only a matter of time before an injury or death occurs.

“We’re setting somebody up for a disaster,” Alderman Bob Kurkiewicz said at a meeting last week of the Common Council.

The city has been applying annually since 2007 for grant money that could make the crosswalk safer and has been denied every year. That’s because, so far, there haven’t been any accidents at the crosswalk.

“It isn’t meeting the warrants necessary to be eligible for the grant funding,” City Administrator Brian Knapp said.

The absence of injuries or accidents could be because many people are afraid to use the crosswalk, according to city officials.

The crosswalk, located just west of Lakeland Road near Woodlawn Cemetery, traverses a four-lane state highway that is perhaps the busiest street in Shawano.

Thu
17
Jul

Residents question proposed schools budget

Nearly two dozen residents attended Shawano School District’s second public information meeting on the 2014-15 budget Wednesday morning at the Shawano Civic Center.

The 2014-15 budget plan recommends a $13.5 million tax levy, the maximum the district would be allowed to tax and about $600,000 more than this year’s levy of $12.9 million.

The tax rate would increase from $10.31 per $1,000 of equalized value in 2013-14 to $10.81 in 2014-15, according to the district’s scenario, which is based on no increase in district property values, which will not be known until October.

District Business Manager Louise Fischer said, because of state legislation passed in 1993-94, districts lose out on state aid if they do not maximize their tax levy. The School Board has opted not to levy the maximum in recent years.

“If we spend less, we will receive less aid from the state,” Fischer said. “If you spend more money, you get more money in state aid.”

Thu
17
Jul

Court News

Arson

A Tigerton man is facing two felony counts of arson for allegedly setting fire to deer stands on his father’s property over the weekend.

Donald R. Johnson, 53, was arrested in the town of Germania on Saturday after Shawano County sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance call at the property.

According to the criminal complaint, one of the stands was still burning when authorities arrived and Johnson was found standing nearby. Johnson told authorities he had dropped his cigarette.

Johnson could face a maximum 3½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine on each of the counts if found guilty. He was freed on a $1,000 signature bond after a court appearance Tuesday and is due back in court for an adjourned initial appearance Aug. 18.

Child abuse

Thu
17
Jul

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 15

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police received a report of a suspicious person at the intersection of Main Street and County Road B.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance between a male and female in the 200 block of Center Street.

Suspicious — Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle at Strands Hair Salon, 110 E. Division St.

Property — Police received a report of a damaged road sign at the former Ponderosa, 1247 E. Green Bay St.

Suspicious — Police responded to a complaint of suspicious persons at American Marine, 826 E. Green Bay St.

Probation — Police took a 40-year-old male into custody on a probation and parole violation.

Theft — Police investigated theft of a cellular phone from a locker at the Shawano Recreation Center, 220 E. Division St.

Thu
17
Jul

Clintonville historic home receives makeover


Photo by Grace Kirchner Vicki Mikkelson stands at the entrance of the house that once served as the first hospital in Clintonville. After extensive remodeling, the historical home is for sale.

About a year ago, Kent and Vickie Mikkelson purchased a neat old house with a beautiful big front porch at 81 Waupaca St. in Clintonville.

They had been looking for a fixer-upper as an investment opportunity. It was only after the purchase that they learned the home had important historical significance. It had been the city’s first hospital.

“Often people would stop to tell us they were born here or they knew someone that was born here,” Vicki Mikkelson said at a recent open house that attracted several potential buyers.

It is believed that the house was built in 1900. Mrs. Floyd Stevens and Mrs. Mildred Brill opened a private 11-bed hospital there in 1932, according to early history books. Later, Brill purchased Stevens’ interest in the hospital and remained as the manager for about 10 years.

Tue
15
Jul

School Board considering maximum levy

Fewer than a dozen people turned out Tuesday for the first in a series of public information meetings on the Shawano School District’s proposed budget for next school year, but if their response was any indication, the district could face an uphill climb getting public approval.

Business Manager Louise Fischer laid out a budget scenario for the 2014-2015 school year that recommends a $13.5 million levy, the maximum the district would be allowed to tax. That would be an increase of $600,000 over this year’s levy of $12.9 million.

Depending on how equalized valuation data from the state shakes out when it’s released in October, that could translate into a tax rate of $10.81 per $1,000 of equalized value; a 50 cent increase over this year’s rate of $10.31 per $1,000.

Fischer said she based her calculation on what she hopes is a conservative estimate of no increase in property values.

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