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Fri
15
Jun

Shawano library finally off city’s books

It took nine months longer than expected to resolve, but the Shawano Common Council approved the sale of the city library to Shawano County on Wednesday for a token fee of $1.

The sale was part of the county’s consolidation of the countywide library system, which went into effect the first of the year.

The sale of the library building was first approved by the council in September.

The county later amended the purchase to include not just the building but the parking lot as well for a total of $2, which was approved by the city in December.

However, the city included a deed restriction in the agreement that stated the parking lot would continue to be available for all public parking as well as library parking.

Though the purchase agreement was unanimously approved by the County Board, there were questions raised about the fate of the parking lot if the county at some point in the future decided to relocate the library and sell the property.

Fri
15
Jun

Can you hear me now?


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Participants in an emergency management drill hosted by Shawano County Thursday in the Shawano Community Middle School parking lot tour mobile command units from law enforcement agencies in the Northeast Communication group. The drill was aimed at testing radio communications between mobile command platforms. The platform in the foreground is the Shawano-Menominee County mobile command unit.

Shawano County hosted a Northeast Wisconsin Communication (NEWCOM) mobile command drill Thursday, providing an opportunity for local emergency management programs to exercise their mobile command platforms and attend educational presentations.

The drill was funded by a Homeland Security Exercise Grant.

An estimated 70 representatives from more than a dozen law enforcement and technology agencies participated in the drill, which was focused mainly on ensuring that radio communications between varying mobile command units, or platforms, would work properly during an emergency response.

“We test the radios out at various platforms,” said Jeff Schuh, technical communications analyst for Shawano County who works in radio communications and emergency management.

“We’re bound to find some that don’t work and that’s why we do it now rather than waiting until we have an emergency or something and somebody can’t talk to somebody,” he said.

Fri
15
Jun

Clintonville panel approves home firearms repair shop

Following a public hearing June 5, the Clintonville Plan Commission voted 6-1 to approve a conditional use permit to allow a Clintonville resident a home occupation for firearms sales and service with no inventory kept on hand.

Lowell Easley, plan commission member, cast the only no vote.

Permit applicant Lee Mueller, who lives at 115 E. Madison St., attended the meeting at Clintonville City Hall. He explained that he would be doing firearms repair, and no weapons inventory would be kept at his home. Essentially, he said, his customers would order directly from the manufacturer. Under the guidelines of the permit, Mueller is requred to follow all of the rules of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and he would be authorized to sell firearms if the city of Clintonville approved the conditional use permit.

Tammy Strey-Hirt, plan commission member, said Mueller was not allowed to advertise with signs on his property.

Fri
15
Jun

Propane fire training session coming to Bowler

A live, emergency response training session dealing with propane fires will be held June 21 at the Bowler Fire Department. About 50 firefighters from Bowler and the surrounding areas are expected to attend the training, which is held in partnership with the Wisconsin Propane Education and Research Council.

In addition to classroom instruction, the training will include five fire scenarios, including a grill, forklift, bulk tank and propane terminal piping props. At times, area residents might see flames shooting 20 feet or higher into the air. Observers are welcome to watch. All hands-on training is overseen by Wisconsin certified fire instructors.

The Wisconsin Propane Education and Research Council is the education foundation of the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association. The training will be held at the Bowler Fire Department, 501 School House Road.

Fri
15
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 13

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 39-year-old Shawano man was arrested for operating while intoxicated in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Theft — A desktop computer and cash were reported stolen from a vehicle in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

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

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of South Lincoln Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 13

Deputies logged 51 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 31-year-old Cecil woman was arrested for third-offense operating while intoxicated and operating after revocation on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Theft — An iPad and other items were reported stolen on Main Street in the town of Angelica.

Thu
14
Jun

Shawano dam water level decision delayed

After public safety concerns led to an urgent call for action to raise the water level at the Shawano dam, the federal agency overseeing the dam Wednesday opened a 15-day public input period on whether the level should be raised.

The dam was mandated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last month 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 say water levels are 5-6 inches below normal, though other estimates have placed that closer to 8-10 inches.

Boaters have been urged to use caution navigating the Wolf River and channel and the lower water levels have resulted in multiple reports of damage to boats and near-injury since the new level went into effect.

Thu
14
Jun

City gives doggy treat to pet owners

Canada geese might be causing headaches for the city, but Shawano’s canine residents can thank the problematic bird population for finally allowing them access to four of the city’s parks.

What was initially intended as part of a harassment plan to frighten away geese at Smalley Park and Huckleberry Harbor blossomed into putting out the welcome mat for dogs at not only those two locations, but Kuckuk and Sturgeon parks as well.

The Shawano Common Council unanimously approved an ordinance change Wednesday allowing dogs in those parks, provided they are kept on a visible leash no more than 6 feet long. Also, dog owners will be responsible for cleaning up after the animals.

“I encourage all dog owners to clean up after their dogs so this is not an ordinance we have to rescind at a later date,” Alderman Bob Kurkiewicz said. “The ball’s in their court now to clean up after their pets.”

Thu
14
Jun

Council approves new pay station

Huckleberry Harbor is taking a step into the modern era by ditching the old-fashioned cash box used for the collection of daily boat launch fees and replacing it with an automated pay station.

According to the Park and Recreation Department, the old system required staff to use gloves and face masks when counting the collected fees due to persistent mold issues as well as encountering bee and hornet nests on a regular basis when emptying the cash box.

The automated pay station will allow for credit and debit card, cash and coin payments, as well as an increased level of compliance with launch permits.

The Shawano Common Council voted 5-1 Wednesday to approve a bid from Tapco Inc. of Milwaukee in the amount of $12,000 for the pay station.

Also approved was $1,000 needed to complete the concrete footing and other potential site preparations, and a monthly service fee of $50 for processing the credit and debit card payments.

Thu
14
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 12

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

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

Vandalism — Rocks were reported thrown at windshields at American Car Care, 1229 E. Green Bay St.

Theft — Medication was reported stolen in the 100 block of Prairie Street.

Warrant — A 29-year-old man was arrested on a warrant at Lakeland Road and Raasch Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 900 block of East Maurer Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 400 block of West Richmond Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 12

Deputies logged 51 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 27-year-old woman was taken into custody on a warrant on Cedar Road in the town of Birnamwood.

Thu
14
Jun

Blizzard aid available to Shawano County farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering low-interest emergency loans to Wisconsin agricultural producers who lost property in the mid-April blizzard this year.

The USDA’s Farm Service Agency is making these loans available to cover losses caused by snow and high winds to producers in several Wisconsin counties, including Shawano County.

Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. The deadline for producers to apply for these loans is Jan. 29.

The disaster designation by the Farm Service Agency administrator means loans are available to producers who live in Shawano County, as well as Barron, Brown, Burnett, Door, Dunn, Fond Du Lac, Green Lake, Jackson, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Marinette, Monroe, Oconto, Outagamie, Polk, Portage, Rusk, Sawyer, Trempealeau, Washburn, Waupaca and Wood counties.

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