Last downtown plan hearing next week

A proposed master plan for downtown Shawano will go to the public next week for one final hearing before being sent off to the plan commission and Common Council for implementation.

The Redevelopment Authority will host an open house from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St., for one last round of input.

It will be the last of three open house meetings hosted by an RDA steering committee, which has been tasked with creating a new vision, marketing plan and implementation strategy for Shawano’s downtown.

The project is being overseen by Madison-based planning consultant Vierbacher, which was hired by the Shawano Redevelopment Authority.


McClelland declared winner in County Board District 4

It was Mike McClelland’s name that was pulled from a hat Thursday to break a tie and be declared winner in the Shawano County Board District 4 supervisory race.

Incumbent Supervisor Aimee Zeinert has asked for a recount, however, which will take place at 10 a.m. Friday at the Shawano County Courthouse.

McClelland, making a bid to to win back the seat he lost two years ago, was deadlocked with Zeinert at 92 votes apiece after Tuesday’s election.

The Shawano County Board of Canvass met Thursday to certify the numbers and confirmed the 92-92 tie before pulling a name from a hat and declaring McClelland the winner.

Unless Friday’s recount changes the vote tally, McClelland will be sworn in as District 4 county supervisor on April 17.

The district includes Wards 7 and 8 of the city of Shawano.


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 4

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 600 block of South Main Street.

Fraud — A debit card fraud complaint was reported at Family Dollar, 413 S. Main St.

OWI — A 52-year-old Shawano man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at Lieg Avenue and Hamlin Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 4

Deputies logged 44 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint on Webb Street in Wittenberg.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on County Road Y in the town of Belle Plaine.

Harassment — Harassment was reported on Cardinal Lane in the town of Wittenberg.


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 3

Police logged 11 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at the Shawano County Job Center, 607 E. Elizabeth St.

Shoplifting — The People’s Express, 716 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Fraud — Police investigated an internet scam complaint in the 1000 block of South Andrews Street.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 1000 block of East Fifth Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 3

Deputies logged 69 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Authorities investigated a juvenile alcohol complaint on North Shore Lane in the town of Wescott.

Truancy — Authorities logged five truancy complaints from Bonduel Middle/High School, 400 W. Green Bay St. in Bonduel.

Fraud — Authorities investigated an internet scam complaint on Green Bay Street in Bonduel.


Shawano police investigating second school threat

Shawano police are investigating yet another threat to the schools after a message was found stamped into the snow near Sturgeon Park.

The Shawano School District and parochial schools in the city have been notified of the threat, according to Police Chief Dan Mauel.

Police responded at about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday to the area of Sturgeon Park for an anonymous report of a non-specific threat to schools. Arriving officers located a message stamped in the snow which spelled out “I go shoot up school.”

Police and the school district jointly released an advisory notice acknowledging the threat.

“While we are unsure of the credibility of the message, we take all threats seriously,” the statement read. “Student and staff safety is of the utmost importance and we will continue to do our due diligence to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”


Commission goosed into dropping euthanasia plan

Leader photo by Tim Ryan Shawano Park and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks explains the options considered prior to a plan to round up and euthanize geese at Smalley Park and Huckleberry Harbor at a public hearing Wednesday at City Hall.

Leader photo by Tim Ryan Jeff O’Brien encourages the Shawano Park and Recreation Commission to consider alternatives to euthanizing geese, including harassment measures to drive them away, at a public hearing Wednesday at City Hall. The commission dropped its plan to round up and euthanize the geese after overhwelming public opposition.

The Shawano Park and Recreation Commission Wednesday killed off a controversial plan to round up and euthanize geese after attendees at a boisterous public hearing voiced their overwhelming objections.

More than 100 people crammed into the Community Room at City Hall to urge the commission to consider any or all other options for dealing with the growing geese population at Smalley Park and Huckleberry Harbor.

Another option that included oiling goose eggs in their nests to prevent them from hatching was also rejected after audience members had an equally visceral negative reaction.

Dozens of community members lined up to speak against the round-up and many audience members continued to banter and interact with commission members during what was intended to be the commission’s post-hearing discussion.


Wittenberg voters support ‘We the People’ amendment

Voters in the village of Wittenberg on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported adding an amendment to the U.S. Constitution clarifying that only people, not corporations or entities, should have constitutional rights.

The amendment would declare that money is not the same as speech, and political spending can be limited to allow all Americans to participate in the democratic process.

Voters in Wittenberg supported the amendment by a vote of 86 to 17, voicing a resounding “yes” to the question of whether Wittenberg residents “seek to reclaim democracy from the expansion of corporate personhood rights and the corrupting influence of unregulated political contributions and spending.”

So far, more than 120 Wisconsin communities have voted in favor of the We The People amendment.

Nationwide, 19 state legislatures and more than 760 towns, villages, cities, and counties have already voted in favor of the measure.

Write-in snags vacant board seat


Rau resigns as Bonduel superintendent

Bonduel School District is looking for a new superintendent after Patrick Rau tendered his resignation.

Rau submitted his resignation to the Bonduel School Board in March, effective June 30. He has accepted a superintendent position with the Peshtigo School District.

Rau said in a phone interview Wednesday that he was looking forward to the challenge of a new position. He noted that the Peshtigo School District has about 400 more students than Bonduel; Bonduel’s student count was 769, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s official third Friday count taken in September 2017.

Rau has been superintendent for the last four years, taking over after longtime administrator Peter Behnke retired. His administration has been challenged with cuts in state aid to the district that prompted it to call for a referendum to increase local taxes; it failed twice.


Whealon edges out Cronce for Shawano mayor

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Mayoral challenger Ed Whealon cast his vote Tuesday at Shawano City Hall. Whealon, making his first foray into public office by challenging incumbent Jeanne Cronce, won the election 734-700.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Mayor Jeanne Cronce visits with family members Tuesday morning in her office at City Hall while voters gathered elsewhere in the building to decide whether she remained mayor for another two years.

Former Shawano police chief Ed Whealon narrowly beat out incumbent Jeanne Cronce in Tuesday’s mayoral race, clinching the win by just 34 votes in an election dampened by inclement weather.

Unofficial results reported Tuesday night were:

Whealon — 734

Cronce — 700

The results still need to be certified by the Board of Canvass.

“I’m grateful for all of the support,” Whealon said, after the votes were counted.

Whealon said he knew his “back was against the wall” going up against an incumbent, but felt he had the support of many members of the community.

“People in the community were looking for a different direction,” Whealon said, citing spending as one of the top concerns of voters.

“I’m looking forward to working on those issues,” he said.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Whealon said. “But we’ve also got a lot of positives we can build on.”

Cronce could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.


Election results

Unofficial election results in contested area races reported in Tuesday’s spring election. Results still need to be verified by the Board of Canvass.

City of Shawano


Ed Whealon — 734

Jeanne Cronce (I) — 700

Shawano School Board

Area 4

Tyler Schmidt (I) — 1,493

Mart Grams — 655


Bruce Milavitz (I) — 1,234

Mart Grams — 913

Shawano County Board

District 3

Milt Marquardt (I) — 101

Kevin Barkow — 94

District 4

Aimee Zeinert (I) — 92

Mike McClelland — 92

District 8

Rosetta Stern (I) — 94

Devin Krizan — 54

District 14

Peter Schmidt — 131

Roger Guex — 36

District 21

Joseph Miller — 96

Bert Huntington — 77

District 23

Ray Faehling (I) — 104

Jill Brown — 92

Bowler School District

Town of Seneca representative

Raquel Treptow — 194


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