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Fri
29
Jun

FERC allows higher water levels at Shawano dam


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Hitting the beach in Smalley Park, sunbathers and swimmers cool off in the Wolf River. With Independence Day approaching, area residents can anticipate water levels to rise as FERC announced Thursday that water levels monitored at the Shawano dam will return to 802.9 feet mean sea level.

Boaters will soon be able to breathe easy navigating Shawano area waterways after a federal agency Thursday approved a temporary hike in water levels at the Shawano dam.

Though it might take several days for the water to inch back up to normal on the river, channel and lake, the decision is welcome news for Shawano area tourism and for boaters who have had to traverse the waters with caution for the last two months.

The dam was mandated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in May to reduce its target elevation from 802.9 feet mean sea level (msl) to 802.5 feet msl, resulting in a difference of more than 4 inches in the water level for the river, channel and lake.

Officials at Shawano Area Waterways Management (SAWM) said water levels fell to 5-6 inches below normal, though other estimates placed that closer to 8-10 inches.

Fri
29
Jun

Hospital property project stalled over split of sale proceeds

A development project proposed for the former Shawano Medical Center property was stalled Thursday, even after the Shawano Plan Commission approved it, after the commission rejected a deal with ThedaCare on how the money from the sale of the property should be divided.

Tadych Investment Partners, LLC, of Green Bay, is proposing eight two-story luxury apartment buildings consisting of eight units each, for a total of 64 luxury apartment homes on the former hospital property adjacent to Smalley Park.

Tadych would pay $500,000 for the roughly 6.7-acre property, some of which is owned by the city and some owned by ThedaCare.

The commission unanimously approved Tadych’s plans, as well as the creation of an eighth Tax Incremental Finance district to accommodate the project, and a financial incentive from the city that would give Tadych about $2 million in property tax rebates over the next 24 years.

Fri
29
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 27

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen in the 900 block of South Lincoln Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 900 block of South Kadletz Street.

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 200 block of South Main Street.

Shoplifting — Goodwill Industries, 300 Lakeland Road, reported a shoplifting incident.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 27

Deputies logged 59 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Authorities investigated a juvenile alcohol complaint on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Warrant — A 55-year-old woman was taken into custody on a warrant on Airport Drive in the town of Wescott.

Thu
28
Jun

Security key in planning new human services center

Enhanced security will be a key factor at Shawano County’s new Human Services complex, according to building plans approved by the county’s ad hoc building committee.

The county last year purchased the Dennison’s Retail Lumber property at W7327 Anderson Ave. in the town of Wescott for $1.8 million after determining the Fellman and Lakeland centers were inadequate and expansion at those sites impractical.

The county plans to relocate those two human services centers to the Wescott property.

Human Services Director Rick Kane said improving security was a major concern.

“We’ve had a lot more law enforcement contacts in the last two years than we’ve had ever at both Fellman and Lakeland,” he said. “We’re pretty conscious about security.”

Kane said the population being seen by human services is changing.

Thu
28
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 26

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 400 block of West Green Bay Street.

Theft — Three vehicles were reported broken into in the 300 block of Prospect Circle and another in the 1300 block of East Zingler Avenue.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint at Pizza Hut, 816 E. Green Bay St.

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a female shoplifter being detained.

Fraud — Police investigated a scam complaint on School Court.

Disturbance — A 35-year-old Appleton man was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia after police responded to a disturbance at ThedaCare Medical Center, 100 County Road B.

Wed
27
Jun

Reinhart proposes move to new facility

Reinhart Foodservice is proposing relocating its existing distribution center to a new site on the southern edge of Shawano, provided the city approves of the plan and provides assistance for the project.

The proposal will go before the Shawano Industrial and Commercial Development Commission on Wednesday and the Shawano Plan Commission on Thursday.

The plan would require the city to annex 67 acres south of County Road B in the town of Waukechon, stretching from the county road to state Highway 29.

It would also require the expansion of Shawano’s Tax Incremental Finance District 7, which was created to accommodate the Belmark Inc. project.

A development agreement has yet to be crafted, but one option being discussed would provide Reinhart with about $3.8 million in property tax rebates over the next 10 to 12 years, according to City Administrator Brian Knapp.

Wed
27
Jun

HazMat unit called to suspicious death in Cecil

Shawano County authorities are investigating a suspicious death in Cecil on Saturday that led to the calling of the county’s HazMat unit and assistance from several other agencies.

The sheriff’s department received a call around 11:30 a.m. of a medical emergency at the Fireside Inn, 400 Lake Drive in Cecil.

EMS personnel from Cecil and Bonduel were dispatched and, upon arrival, notified sheriff’s officials that the coroner was required at the scene.

The deceased was a 57-year-old Shawano man, according to the sheriff’s department. The cause of death has not been released.

Deputies at the scene discovered “an unusual material” consistent with dangerous synthetic controlled substances, the sheriff’s department said, and the immediate vicinity was evacuated.

Wed
27
Jun

Shawano man killed in moped crash

Authorities Monday said a moped crash in the town of Richmond on Sunday was still under investigation, but the victim was identified as Richard Peterman, 69, of Shawano.

The crash happened around 4:23 p.m. on County Road MMM near Locust Road.

The driver was the only one riding the moped. He was pronounced dead on scene.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department, Shawano Ambulance and Shawano Fire Department all responded to the scene.

No further details were released.

Wed
27
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 25

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance —A 30-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after a disturbance in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Drug Offense — A 25-year-old Wabeno man was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and arrested on a probation violation, and a 19-year-old Gresham man was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the 2600 block of East Richmond Street.

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

OAR — A 58-year-old woman was cited for operating after revocation in the 500 block of East Green Bay Street.

Theft — An edger and saw were reported stolen from a garage in the 1100 block of South Lafayette Street.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 1100 block of Waukechon Street.

Sat
23
Jun

Celebration of Giving


Photo by Curt Knoke Heidi Waukechon does her part to keep the feline population in check. Her efforts have earned her the Shawano Community Service Award, a volunteer award from the Shawano Area Community Foundation.

Editor’s Note: The Shawano Area Community Foundation, in conjunction with The Shawano Leader, has staged a Celebration of Giving Volunteer of the Year promotion for the last nine years. Each year, select area volunteers are presented $1,000 cash grants for their efforts to improve the quality of life in the Wolf River Region. The awards, sponsored by area businesses, are then reinvested back into area non profit organizations at the direction of the award winners. This is the first in a five-part series profiling outstanding volunteers in the community.

Shawano resident Heidi Waukechon dedicates multiple hours a week to trap, neuter and return feral cats to ensure the local feline population is controlled.

She was nominated for the Shawano Community Service Award for the work she has done as a volunteer at Shawano Cares About Critters (SCAC).

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