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Fri
11
Jan

Lake cleanup project to cost $150,000

The Pigeon Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District plans to use $150,000 to clean up 6.4 acres near Mathew’s Supper Club on Eighth Street.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources held a special public informational hearing Wednesday night at the Fox Valley Technical College campus in Clintonville to gather information regarding the district’s proposal for a dredging project.

According to Scott Koehnke, DNR water management specialists, the district had originally applied for a permit to do a $2 million dredging project in four areas of the pond. It has scaled that down to do cleanup and dredging of the southern bay near Mathew’s Supper Club on Eighth Street at a cost of up to $150,000.

Fri
11
Jan

City signs on to lobbying effort against new wastewater rules

Shawano city officials have signed on to a lobbying effort against new regulations being considered by the Legislature that could force expensive upgrades to the Wolf River Treatment Plant.

The local plant and others around the state are drafting a letter to state legislators in opposition to a proposal that would tighten restrictions on the amount of phosphorus being discharged.

The requirements would greatly decrease the allowable phosphorus levels for treatment plant discharge of phosphorus into the Wolf River Basin, City Administrator Eddie Sheppard told the Common Council on Wednesday.

“It would have a substantial impact on our plant and many plants.” he said, “and would cost potentially millions of dollars in plant rehabilitation to meet these requirements.”

Sheppard said the industry doesn’t necessarily agree with the idea that there is any significant issue with phosphorus discharge from the plants.

Fri
11
Jan

Authorities concerned about ice conditions

Multiple ice shacks broke through the ice and went into the water Wednesday, the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department said, along with a pickup truck that also sank into Shawano Lake, prompting officials to issue new warnings about safety on the lake.

“We’re very concerned about deteriorating ice conditions,” Capt. Tom Tuma said.

Tuma did not have an exact number, but said there were reports of multiple shacks that went through the ice.

The sheriff’s department is warning that ice conditions have changed this passed week and that caution should be used because the ice cannot be trusted.

At about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, a truck towing an ice shack went through the ice. The driver, who was the only occupant, managed to get out safely and was not injured.

That incident was turned over to the Department of Natural Resources for further action.

Fri
11
Jan

City approves agreement for gyros restaurant

The Shawano Common Council on Wednesday approved a development agreement paving the way for a gyro and cheesesteak restaurant in the city.

Big City Gyros plans to remodel and expand the former Domino’s at 230 E. Green Bay St. Domino’s moved last year to 704 E. Green Bay St.

According to the developer’s agreement, Big City plans to put $208,000 into the project, including land acquisition, construction and restaurant equipment, with expectations that the property’s current assessed value of $65,000 to $125,000.

The city would provide a $10,000 grant toward the project, along with a low-interest loan of $25,000, with money for both coming from the city’s Tax Incremental Finance District 6.

Big City expects to complete the project by July 1.

Fri
11
Jan

Local KerberRose intern wins HR scholarship

Cathryn Siolka, a St. Norbert College student and human resources intern at KerberRose certified public accounting firm, was recently awarded a national scholarship by the Society of Human Resource Management.

Siolka, a Bonduel resident who is majoring in business administration with a concentration in human resource management, will earn her degree from the De Pere college in just three years. She began her KerberRose internship in June 2017 and plans to start work as a full-time KerberRose human resource generalist in May.

The Society of Human Resource Management is the largest human resource professional society in more than 165 countries. For information, visit www.shrm.org.

Fri
11
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 9

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 1100 block of South Park Street.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Main and Maurer streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 9

Deputies logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated drug complaints on County Road M in the town of Belle Plaine and at the Ho Chunk Casino, N7198 Highway 45 in the town of Wittenberg.

Fraud — Authorities responded to a fraud complaint on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

OAR — A 59-year-old Black Creek man was cited for operating after revocation and speeding on Cecil Street in Bonduel.

Thu
10
Jan

County tweaks approach to abandoned items at foreclosed properties

Shawano County staff is taking additional steps to account for personal items left behind at properties foreclosed on by the county, if those items are taken from the property for county use.

Any other abandoned items will be photographed but not inventoried, as has been a longstanding practice.

The change is apparently in response to charges of felony burglary and theft filed against Shawano County Supervisor William Switalla, who removed a grill from the garage of a foreclosed property last year while cleaning up garbage at the site.

Switalla, who later returned the grill, has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is scheduled for a pre-trial conference in March.

Properties acquired by the county, also known as in rem properties, are often seized for non payment of property taxes.

Thu
10
Jan

Tobacco policy sent back to committee

An update to the Shawano School District’s policy on student tobacco use is going back to its policy committee after a member of the school board raised concerns about Native Americans and tobacco.

The policy, which has been in effect for years and was being revised to give specifics on nicotine, does not differentiate between commercial tobacco, which is used for cigarettes, and traditional tobacco, put into pouches by many tribes and used in special ceremonies. The lack of distinction was a concern for board member Starlyn Tourtillott, a direct descendant of the Menominee and Stockbridge-Munsee tribes.

“Overall, I’m happy with this policy. We do need this policy to protect our students and grounds from the harmful effects of smoking,” Tourtillott said. “However, with the native community, there is a difference between commercial tobacco and traditional tobacco.”

Thu
10
Jan

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Jan. 8

Police logged 33 incidents, including the following:

Truancy — Police logged four truancy complaints from Hillcrest Primary School, 1410 Waukechon St.

Arrest — A 47-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices.

Trespass — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a trespassing incident.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 8

Deputies logged 38 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Authorities responded to a property theft complaint on Lemke Street in Cecil.

Disturbance — Charges of disorderly conduct were referred against a 21-year-old man and a 55-year-old man, both of Shawano, after a domestic disturbance on Loon Lake Circle.

Wed
09
Jan

Board approves $25K for rec center research

The Shawano School Board unanimously approved $25,000 for administrators to look into the feasibility of a joint recreation center between the Shawano School District and the city of Shawano.

District officials have been talking for months about ways to expand facilities at Shawano Community High School, specifically the weight room, according to Superintendent Gary Cumberland. They also contacted city officials to see if they had a need for improved facilities. Now that there are plans to spend an amount of money over $10,000 on consultants and surveys, they needed board approval before they could proceed.

This proposal came with a recommendation from the board’s executive committee.

“Our weight room was getting small,” Cumberland said, “so we looked at a way of making it bigger. Plus, we had other activities going on in the weight room, so people are tripping over one another.”

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