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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 7

Police logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 31-year-old Shawano man was arrested on a warrant in the 700 block of South Franklin Street.

Truancy — Police logged three truancy complaint from Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Warrant — A 24-year-old Shawano man was arrested on a warrant in the 500 block of Prospect Circle.

Theft — Police responded to a theft complaint in the 600 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Arrest — A 52-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

OAR — A 39-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation at Zingler Avenue and Dallman Lane.

Fraud — Police investigated a mail scam complaint in the 500 block of South Hamlin Street.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 300 block of North Franklin Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Sat
09
Jun

Major makeover for former SMC development project

A development project proposed for the former Shawano Medical Center property that had a number of neighbors up in arms earlier this year has gone through a total revamp and will get a new public hearing later this month.

“Because of the significant change, it has to go back for review,” said City Administrator Brian Knapp. “We’re basically starting from scratch.”

Tadych Investment Partners, LLC, of Green Bay, had originally proposed a four-story, 39-unit luxury apartment building and 25 single-family condominiums on the property.

According to Knapp, Tadych subsequently determined the smaller lots were not economically feasible.

In a letter that went out to neighbors Friday, Knapp wrote Tadych determined “that the occupant-owned single-family condominium or individual lot concept is not a viable economic option as ‘new build’ costs cannot be supported by local comparable sales and the risk for speculative builders is simply too great.”

Sat
09
Jun

SAWM holds annual fundraiser Tuesday

Shawano Area Waterways Management will hold its fundraiser of the year Tuesday with a golf outing at the Golden Sands Golf Course in Cecil.

“This is the outing of the year,” said SAWM board member Tony Zielinski. “It creates money to support Shawano Lake and the Wolf River.”

Those who put the event together are volunteering their time and prizes have been donated, which means all the money raised will be put to use in the interests of Shawano area waterways.

“It goes 100 percent to SAWM as custodian of Shawano Lake and the Wolf River,” Zielinski said.

There are already some 140 people signed up for the event, but anyone else wanting to participate can register on site.

“We won’t turn anybody away,” Zielinski said.

In addition to a day of golf and a dinner, participants will have an opportunity to win $10,000 in prizes.

“Everybody will have a chance to win,” Zielinski said.

Fri
08
Jun

Canada geese beginning to flock back to waterfront parks

The geese are beginning to come home to roost at Smalley Park and Huckleberry Harbor as Shawano readies its harassment plan against the birds for its first summer of operation.

“It will take the course of the summer to see how effective things were,” said Park and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks.

A large population of Canada geese has been an ongoing seasonal problem for Smalley Park and Huckleberry Harbor, with hundreds of birds congregating at those sites and leaving behind one to two pounds of feces per bird each day.

The geese are slowly beginning to fly back in for the summer now that their young ones are hatching, according to Hendricks.

“We’ve seen them moving back into the parks,” he said.

So far, it’s been small clusters of geese, but it’s expected larger numbers will begin flocking in within the next week or two, Hendricks said.

Fri
08
Jun

School board readies for referendum this fall

Voters in the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District this fall will be asked to support nearly $18 million in facility improvements and school updates in two referendum questions.

The school board got the details on the two proposed projects and their respective price tags from Lisa Voisin, managing director of Baird Public Finance, on May 31.

First, the board is looking to borrow $13.435 million to cover improvements to all three school buildings, including securing the entrances, adding family restrooms, and restructuring and building classroom space. In a second referendum question, the district will seek $4.42 million for additional high school gym space.

Fri
08
Jun

Hwy. 156 project will cause road closures

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Northeast Region office announced this week upcoming traffic impacts associated with construction of the state highways 29 and 156 interchange project taking place in Brown and Shawano counties.

Highway 156 in the project work zone will be closed and detoured from June 14 through early August. This closure is necessary to construct a box culvert, replace several cross culverts, mill and overlay the asphalt, construct the new St. Augustine Road and Highway 156 intersection, place new shoulder gravel, and install new permanent signing and marking.

Highway 156 from state Highway 55 to County Road Y will close to all through traffic June 14. No access will be allowed across the box culvert during construction. The box culvert is located about 1 mile east of state Highway 55.

Thu
07
Jun

Water levels in FERC hands after DNR supports hike


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis DNR members give presentations and answer questions during Wednesday’s water meeting in Shawano.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Shawano Area Waterways Management board members attend Wednesday’s Department of Natural Resources water meeting in Shawano. From left, Jeff Puissant, Tim Day, state Sen. Robert Cowles and Tony Zielinski.

Water levels on the Wolf River, channel and Shawano Lake are now solely in the hands of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) after the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said it would support raising those levels during the non-winter months.

The DNR previously said it had no objections to higher water levels, but a new recommendation to FERC expected to be sent Thursday will more explicitly state the department is in support of raising the levels.

The DNR held a meeting Wednesday at the Shawano County Courthouse with several board members of Shawano Area Waterways Management (SAWM), officials from Shawano County, the city of Shawano and the village of Cecil, and representatives from Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, which operates the Shawano dam.

Thu
07
Jun

Franklin Park development on schedule


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Shawano Park and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks takes the park and rec commission on a tour Wednesday of progress in the development of Franklin Park, including showing off a 10,000-pound rock that will eventually display a restored bronze plaque honoring veterans.

Development of Franklin Park is on schedule and on track to meet its targeted completion date of Oct. 1, according to Shawano Park and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks.

Hendricks took the park and recreation commission on a tour of progress at the park Wednesday.

Right now, aside from the entrance way and picnic tables, the most prominent feature of the park would seem to be huge mounds of dirt left over from putting park infrastructure in the ground.

“Although it just looks like dirt piles, everything that’s in the ground is in the ground where it’s supposed to be,” Hendricks said, including water lines, sewer lines and underground conduit for electrical components.

“Now it gets a little more interesting because things will actually get built that people will be able to see,” Hendricks said.

That includes a gathering area centered by a 10,000-pound rock that will eventually carry a restored bronze veterans’ plaque.

Thu
07
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 5

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

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

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Shawano Central Library, 128 S. Sawyer St.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident in the 500 block of North Main Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Main Street and Lieg Avenue.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint at Memorial Park, 909 S. Lincoln St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 5

Deputies logged 53 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Honeysuckle Lane in Tigerton.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized on Witt-Birn Town Line Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Wed
06
Jun

Cowles, Tauchen call for raising water levels

Two state lawmakers representing the Shawano area are calling on a federal agency to immediately raise water levels at the Shawano dam to put an end to the health and safety concerns that have plagued Shawano area waterways since the water level was lowered last month.

State Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, and State Rep. Gary Tauchen, R-Bonduel, sent a joint letter Tuesday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) calling for a return to the higher water levels at which the dam had been operating for more than 30 years.

“It is our hope that FERC takes the prompt and necessary action to right this wrong done to property owners and those who recreate on Shawano Lake so they can get back to enjoying their summer,” the lawmakers said in a joint press release.

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

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