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Tue
22
Apr

Assault in Cecil sends man to hospital

An assault in Cecil early Saturday that sent a 27-year-old Gillett man to the hospital was still under investigation Tuesday by the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

Kyle Patzer was listed in serious but stable condition with a skull fracture and other injuries. The incident took place about 1 a.m. outside a tavern on Warrington Avenue.

Capt. Tom Tuma said parties on scene were not cooperative but authorities are still hoping a witness or others at the bar will provide more information.

Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff’s Department at 715-526-3111.

Tue
22
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 20

Police logged 14 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A wallet was reported stolen in the 200 block of Mills Street.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint in the 1400 block of East Elizabeth Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Wisconsin House, 216 E. Green Bay St.

April 19

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at Shawano Medical Center, 309 N. Bartlett St.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Lincoln and Richmond streets.

Shoplifting — Police responded to a shoplifting complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

April 18

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A cable box was reported stolen in the 300 block of West Stevens Street.

Sat
19
Apr

Farms ordered to report pig virus cases

Farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease, the federal government announced Friday.

Porcine epidemic diarrhea has killed millions of pigs in 27 states since showing up in the U.S. last May, with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and North Carolina being hit hardest. The disease has been blamed for recent increases in bacon and pork prices. Farmers have struggled to control the virus, because little is known about how it spreads and there is not yet a federally approved vaccine.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it would step up efforts by requiring farms to report infections and labs to report positive tests from submitted tissue and fecal samples. Farms that suffer an outbreak also will have to participate in a program to help control the spread of the disease; details of that program have not yet been worked out.

Sat
19
Apr

Shawano grocery bill above state average

Customers shopping in Shawano grocery stores might be shelling out more money than others in the state, according to the latest Marketbasket Survey done by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.

However, a WFB spokeswoman pointed out that the prices depend where one shops and that prices overall have remained relatively stable.

According to survey results taken in March, Shawano residents paid about $58.53 for 16 everyday items, compared with $50.04 statewide and $53.27 for the nation. In March 2013, locals paid $51.10 for the same items.

Meat and cheese prices jumped the most. Out of the 16 items, only three items dropped in price, and one remained the same.

The biggest prince increases was for shredded cheddar cheese, which went from $3.50 per pound in 2013 to $5.98 today. The average state consumer paid $4.38 for cheese, according to the survey results.

Sat
19
Apr

City approves equipment purchases

Shawano officials this week approved a bid for the 2014 concrete sidewalk program, along with more than $200,000 in other spending on capital equipment purchases and services.

Work on the city’s sidewalks was awarded to Cerveny Construction Inc., of Shawano, in the amount of $41,150. The city had budgeted $45,000 for the program this year.

The Shawano Common Council also approved annual transformer purchases for Shawano Municipal Utilities from Resco (Rural Electric Supply Cooperative), of Madison, in the amount of $56,943.

Several purchases were also approved for the Department of Public Works, including a Volvo L60G rubber-tire wheel loader with grapple in the amount of $132,140 from Airing Equipment, of De Pere. The amount includes the trade-in of an older model. The city had budgeted $135,000 for the purchase.

Sat
19
Apr

Council approves Judd Park

Judd Park and Boat Landing is now an official part of Shawano’s park system.

The Shawano Common Council this week formerly approved the name change recommended by the Park and Recreation Commission to honor Judd for 31 years of service to the city.

Judd retired on March 7 as the park and recreation director. Matt Hendricks took over as director on April 1.

The newly named park includes a parcel of property recently acquired by the city to expand the Lieg Avenue boat landing.

The council approved the new name at its reorganizational meeting Tuesday and recommended that Judd Park and Boat Landing be added to the city’s master plan.

There would be the 27th park in the city overseen by the Park and Recreation Department, which is also responsible for Woodlawn Cemetery.

Sat
19
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 17

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 800 block of Olson Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle crash at Andrews and Highview streets. No injuries were reported.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint on South Main Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Green Bay and Washington streets.

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

Trespass — Kids were reported running through the construction area at the former Lincoln School, 237 S. Sawyer St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 17

Deputies logged 40 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Pine Drive in Red Springs.

Fri
18
Apr

Hearing set for SMU rate increase

A public hearing has been scheduled next month to consider Shawano Municipal Utilities’ request for an increase in electric rates.

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission will hold a teleconference at 9:30 a.m. May 8 from Madison with utility officials in the SMU conference room at 122 N. Sawyer St.

Residential customers would barely be impacted by the increase, City Administrator and SMU General Manager Brian Knapp said.

Instead, large commercial operations and industrial customers would bear the brunt of the rate hike, with their bills going up anywhere from 2 percent to 6.6 percent, depending on their size.

Aarrowcast, at 2900 E. Richmond St., in the city’s industrial park, has filed as an intervenor in the case, objecting to the rate increase.

SMU originally requested an increase that would allow for a 5.5 percent rate of return in net revenue, with hopes that a rate increase would be in place by the end of last year.

Fri
18
Apr

Gresham siren rebuilt, back on line

Sewer rates in Clintonville will increase nearly 22 percent over the next two years to help pay for $3.5 million in upgrades at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

The first increase, of about 12 percent, will take effect with the July bills. The second increase, of about 10 percent, will take effect when the improvement project is completed in late 2015 or early 2016. The city last increased sewer rates in 2008.

The Common Council approved the plant upgrades and rate increases April 8.

City Administrator Lisa Kuss said for a family of four using 7,000 gallons per month, with a five-eighths-inch meter, the monthly base rate would increase from $8.50 to $11 in July and to $13.25 when the project is completed. The rates are higher for customers with larger meters.

The volume charge, per 1,000 gallons of water, also will increase, from the current $3.90 to $4.15 in July and to $4.40 upon project completion.

Fri
18
Apr

Clintonville sewer rates going up

Sewer rates in Clintonville will increase nearly 22 percent over the next two years to help pay for $3.5 million in upgrades at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

The first increase, of about 12 percent, will take effect with the July bills. The second increase, of about 10 percent, will take effect when the improvement project is completed in late 2015 or early 2016. The city last increased sewer rates in 2008.

The Common Council approved the plant upgrades and rate increases April 8.

City Administrator Lisa Kuss said for a family of four using 7,000 gallons per month, with a five-eighths-inch meter, the monthly base rate would increase from $8.50 to $11 in July and to $13.25 when the project is completed. The rates are higher for customers with larger meters.

The volume charge, per 1,000 gallons of water, also will increase, from the current $3.90 to $4.15 in July and to $4.40 upon project completion.

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