Opinions

Fri
30
Oct

Letter: Vote no on Nov. 3

To the editor:

Shawano residents should vote no on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and oppose the Shawano Community Middle School’s push for a $14 million property tax increase.

This referendum takes place during an off-year election, when voter turnout is low and the polls will be flooded with union members and bureaucrats, so it is critically important for taxpayers to defeat this multimillion-dollar property tax increase.

The $14 million property tax increase on the ballot is supposed to include the construction costs for Shawano Community Middle School and the interest on the debt incurred, but we can’t afford the price tag. Some of the proposed construction includes $598,000 for updating the gym, $755,000 for fixing up the locker room and $869,346 for modernizing the kitchen. One of the most expensive plans calls for $6.4 million to upgrade the heating system and add rooftop air-conditioning units.

Fri
30
Oct

Letter: ‘Let’s get after it,’ Shawano

To the editor:

“Let’s get after it!”

How often have we heard Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers say this? As concerned parents, family members, business leaders, educators and citizens of Shawano, we need to take a long look at the upcoming referendum to update and repair the aging Shawano Community Middle School. The building is in dire need of attention. The students at Shawano Community Middle School deserve a safe and secure environment to learn.

At this time, the building has not had any major work done to the heating and cooling systems for years, and repairs and replacements of these units are needed. The boys and girls locker rooms have not been updated since the building was built. They have been in constant use, not only by the SCMS students, but also many community members that use the gyms. The locker rooms are small and unsafe due to the fact that they are difficult to monitor. Don’t you think this needs to change?

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.

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