Opinions

Sat
24
Oct

City staff answer frequently asked questions

“Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them.” — Dr. Ralph Gerard

Today’s column contains questions our city staff has been asked, along with their answers.

Q: What are the most common things you need a building permit for?

A: (Brian Bunke, zoning administrator/building inspector) The most common permit is for roofing, siding, fences and windows. The cost for any of these is $40. If you have any question about building permits or run down houses, please call me (715-526-6150) Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Q: Can I register or renew my car or truck license at the Police Department?

Sat
24
Oct

Letter: Middle school renovations are needed

To the editor:

Recently I attended one of the public meetings on the Shawano Community Middle School referendum. After hearing the facts, I’d encourage our voting-age citizens to vote in favor of this referendum.

The middle school is the oldest school facility in the district, and 65 percent of the referendum is to replace and upgrade the HVAC systems that were original to the building in 1954. After 61 years of service, it’s time to get a more efficient system into the middle school. As somebody that coached middle school football for nine years, I can truly attest that the locker rooms needed to be renovated years ago and truly are an embarrassment when boys and girls teams travel to play in Shawano.

Other enhancements bolster our security systems and ADA requirements at the middle school.

Sat
17
Oct

City staff answers questions about tax bills, licenses

“If curiosity killed the cat, the cat died nobly.” Arnold Edinborough

The city staff often receives questions from the public. The next several weekly articles will contain our staff’s answers to questions raised by residents.

Q: Do I really need to get a cat license if my cat never goes outside?

Lisa Bruette, administrative assistant and deputy treasurer: Yes, a license is required. Proof of rabies shot must be shown. The rabies tag is not acceptable; the actual paper from the vet showing when the shot was given including the expiration date is required. The fee for a cat license is $4 if they are spayed or neutered and $10 if not.

Q: I thought the $100 on my tax bill was to pay for the garbage and recycling bin yet it appears on my tax bill every year. Why?

Sat
10
Oct

City enforcing ordinances covering quality of life

“Autumn is the year’s last loveliest smile.” — William Cullen Bryant

This week, I received a letter from a community member who is autistic. The individual typed the letter himself. He wrote, “I have an idea for the old hospital across Green Bay Street on North Bartlett Street.” I was delighted to receive his letter and I will be sure his suggestion is shared with others. We appreciate residents taking the time to communicate their thoughts and ideas.

On occasion, I receive an anonymous letter. Those do not receive the same level of consideration. In fact, I disregard them. I personally believe if someone feels strongly enough about an issue/concern to write a letter, they should be willing to sign their name.

The city has been trying to get the word out that we are taking an aggressive approach to the enforcement of ordinances that address keeping our community safe, clean and aesthetically pleasing. As a reminder, here are a few of those ordinances:

Sat
10
Oct

Letter: District shouldn’t delay middle school fixes any longer

To the editor:

The voters of Shawano School District will vote on Nov. 3 to approve a referendum of $9.25 million for improvements to Shawano Community Middle School. We would like to add our enthusiastic support for this referendum and encourage our fellow voters to do the same.

Over the years, the Shawano Board of Education has delayed improvements to the middle school to keep our annual budget as low as possible. Unfortunately, needs for this building have built up over the years to the point where the board no longer has the luxury of delaying repairs and improvements any further.

Sat
10
Oct

Letter: Airport doesn’t benefit the non-fliers

To the editor:

The Shawano airport; ah yes, indeed! First of all, it is not a public transport airport.

It is probably mostly for bloated, rich, golf-playing, globe-trotting elitists of a certain political leaning who travel the nation to discuss their “business U.S.A.” without fear of any inquisitive reporters asking questions. Between the airports and the golf courses, they are free to plan the usage of “business U.S.A.” without any interruptions or objections.

So, why ask for the city of Shawano, the state of Wisconsin, the U.S. government and taxpayers to pay for this flyway for the rich? Well, I guess these flyboys know that they can get away with it through cronyism of “bought and paid for” officials in Madison and Washington, D.C.

Fri
02
Oct

Public Works gets new director during busy season

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” — John Maxwell

Eddie Sheppard, assistant city administrator/public works coordinator, recently announced the promotion of Andy Daniel to operations director of the Shawano Public Works Department.

Andy commented, “I have worked in the department for a total of about 28 years; 25 years were full-time. I was a laborer, truck driver and an engineering aid. I guess I was a bit of a jack of all trades.”

He added, “I worked closely with Scott Kroening (engineering technician). I am quite detail-oriented and we worked very well together. I learned a lot from him.”

As operations director, Andy oversees the street department and the landfill operations. He commented, “We have a great group of employees; they do their best to serve the community. This position is new to me and I really appreciate their support and patience.”

Fri
02
Oct

Letter: It’s time to focus on improving middle school

To the editor:

This letter was shared with the Shawano Board of Education at its Aug. 2 meeting in support of the Shawano Community Middle School referendum on Nov. 3.

Good evening! I attended the tour of the middle school on July 22. It was an eye-opening experience, and I was surprised at some of the areas within school. So I decided to write down my concerns and communicate them to the board tonight.

It’s our responsibility to provide the children of this community with an educational environment that provides them the ability to learn and grow to be productive citizens.

Fri
02
Oct

Letter: Teacher-parent-taxpayer supports Tigerton referendum

To the editor:

On Nov. 3 there will be a referendum in the Tigerton School District to increase the spending to the district so that the school district will be able to continue operating. This is not because of poor budgeting on the district’s part, but rather inadequate and reduced school funding from the state that doesn’t take into account the financial challenges of rural districts.

No matter how I look at the issue I come to the same conclusion: Vote “Yes.”

When I look at it as a teacher, I have dedicated 27 years (my whole teaching career) to the Tigerton School District, and I believe in the quality education we provide our students. I believe in small rural schools and the advantages they have over larger districts. Even though we are small and lack some of the resources of larger schools, we have earned several awards at both the elementary and secondary levels that acknowledge the high-quality education we provide.

Fri
02
Oct

Letter: Government listens on Clintonville road project

To the editor:

Citizens speak and government listens!

Several months ago, Dennis Lichtenberg and other residents on County Road I in Clintonville got the news that the 50-plus-year-old road was to be resurfaced. The road is only 20 feet wide in addition to being in very poor condition. From a safety standpoint, residents pointed out that people living in the mobile home park and apartments bordering the road frequently walk on it to go to church, shop, etc. Many of these folks do not have automobiles.

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