Year in review

JANUARY

The Plymouth Historical Society releases a 50-minute video production, “In Search of Isaac Thorp,” weaving a search for the burial place of early Plymouth settler Isaac Thorp with stories of the city's founding and early days.
While there will be no contested races in the city of Plymouth and elsewhere, voters will face two judicial primary elections in the spring voting, one for Sheboygan County Circuit Court judge and one for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Following a stormy two-hour discussion, the County Board Planning, Resources, Agriculture and Extension Committee votes to ask for an extension from the full board before making a recommendation on a proposal to eliminate the county recreation fee.
New Howards Grove Village Clerk/Treasurer Lavonne Athorp informs the Village Board that 16 people have applied for the vacant office assistant position and that she has narrowed the list to six finalists.
Director of City Services Brian Yerges outlines for the City Council proposals for streamlining the city's budget-writing process, including a timeline for preparing the budget.
Festival Foods announces plans to open a new 70,000-square foot grocery store on the site of the former Wal-Mart store on Taylor Drive in Sheboygan.
With its pending move into the new inter-generational center, issues arise before the Plymouth City Council on how the move of the Plymouth Adult Community Center will take place, including purchasing new items and disposing of old items.
Andrea Boehlke, a 2007 Random Lake High School graduate, has been chosen for the cast of “Survivor: Redemption Island,” the 22nd series of the CBS reality program which will air beginning Feb. 16.
The County Board passes contracts with public health nurses and social workers that will freeze wages for one year and grant a 1.5 percent pay increase the second year, but not without opposition from some supervisors who want to see pay frozen both years.
The Citizens Advisory Committee for the Howards Grove School District recommends a $3.8 million referendum for technology upgrades at district schools.
Voters in the village of Howards Grove will decide whether village funds should be given to private nonprofit organizations in a referendum question, the Village Board decides.
University of Wisconsin-Extension natural resources specialist John Panuska recommends a drawdown of the Broughton Sheboygan County Marsh to the County Board's Planning, Resources, Agriculture and Extension Committee.
The City Council votes to use $400,000 from Plymouth Utilities reserve funds to make the first incentive payment due to Sargento Foods for their office expansion project, to be repaid out of tax proceeds from the tax incremental finance district created for the Sargento project.
Contracts are awarded for long-awaited sidewalk projects in the villages of Adell and Oostburg, to be financed with federal non-motorized transportation pilot program grant funds.
The City Council's Finance and Personnel committees, now two separate groups, would be combined as one committee as part of the the new budget process proposed by Director of City Services Brian Yerges.
The Plymouth Arts Center will debut a new musical, “The Dream Cafe,” written and directed by Katie O'Regan, next month.

FEBRUARY

The second month of the year opens with a major blizzard, which forced school, church and factory closings, led to countless accidents and stranded cars, and had people struggling to find some place to shovel or blow all the snow.
Members of Plymouth-based Bravo battery, 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery National Guard are among nearly 100 Wisconsin National Guard soldiers and airmen who responded to the statewide snow emergency declared by Gov. Scott Walker during the blizzard.
The Plan Commission approves the site plan for a new Plymouth Utilities Operations Center at the intersection of County PP and South Street.
The county should put a two-year hold on the recreation fee, the Planning, Resources, Agriculture and Extension Committee votes following a long, convoluted discussion.
University of Wisconsin-Extension Growth Management Educator Kevin Struck will work with the Plan Commission and city officials to update Plymouth's 10-year-old master plan.
A drawdown of the Broughton Sheboygan County Marsh will begin in March and continue through the summer, the Planning, Resources, Agriculture and Extension Committee decides. It takes a lot of close votes and even one tie-breaking vote from Mayor Donald Pohlman, but the City Council approves a list of items covering the move of the Plymouth Adult Community Center to the new inter-generational building.
The council's Finance and Personnel committees both vote separately to combine the two committees as part of a new city budget process.

Two women – incumbent Judge Angela Sutkiewicz and Sheboygan/Kohler Municipal Judge Catherine Delahunt – emerge from a three-way primary race for Sheboygan County Circuit Court Branch 3 judge and advance to the April 5 general election. The Plymouth School Board delays a decision on allowing district students to participate in the Sheboygan Lakers, a co-op high school hockey team hosted by Sheboygan South High School. The County Board approves another union contract, with registered nurses at Rocky Knoll, despite uncertainty over the impact of Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget repair bill on local government employee contracts. The Howards Grove Village Board establishes a tax incremental finance district to support Harbor Homes, a proposed assisted living development in the village. The owners of The Bull at Pinehurst Farms Golf Course in Sheboygan Falls remain optimistic about the future of the Jack Nicklaus-designed championship course despite a foreclosure notice filed against them by Community Bank & Trust. The proposed 49,608-square foot Plymouth Utilities Operations Center building is ready to put out for bids, the City Council is told. A preliminary plat for the Harvest Homes assisted living development is approved by the Howards Grove Village Board. The City Council approves a federal Surface Transportation Program grant to pay the city's share of rebuilding North Milwaukee Street/State 67 in 2014.

MARCH

The Plymouth Plan Commission approves two property transfers the city is or hopes to be involved in shortly – selling a city-owned condemned home at 615 E. Main St. and purchasing a home at 102 E. Mill St. to create a new downtown parking lot.
Just weeks before the move into the new inter-generational center, Plymouth Adult Community Center Director Jayne Olig submits her resignation to the City Council because she will be moving out of state.
The controversial county recreation fee is revised by the Executive and Finance committees to apply only to users of county-owned boat launches.
The Plymouth City Council approves new contracts with two employee unions that include two-year pay freezes.
The Elkhart Lake Village Board registers its opposition to routing a proposed new electric transmission line through the village.
The Random Lake/town of Sherman bicycle path project, to be funded through the federal non-motorized transportation pilot program grant, is ready to go out for bid.
One of the city's long-standing fast-food icons has new ownership as Richard Sadiq of Elkhart Lake purchases Chester's drive-in restaurant on Eastern Avenue from the Richards family.
While the city of Plymouth and Sheboygan County grew, the city of Sheboygan lost population, according to 2010 census figures released this month.
Despite a crowd of sportsmen and women in the audience showing their opposition, the County Board approves a boat launch only recreation fee.
The Plymouth School Board approves a three-year contract with teachers that freezes wages all three years
and requires increased pension and health insurance contributions from teachers.
An unprecedented six-year contract with Rocky Knoll employees with concessions that could save the county nearly $10 million wins County Board approval.
“Generations” will be the name of the new inter-generational facility in Plymouth, set to open soon.
Howards Grove School District Superintendent Chris Peterson appeals to the Village Board for support for the district's $3.4 million technology referendum, which will go to the voters next month.
The school district is in good shape for the coming year, but things will get tight starting in 2012-13, Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Superintendent Ann Buechel-Haack tells the Elkhart Lake Village Board.
The County Board Executive Committee votes to contribute $100,000 in county funds toward the expected $15 million cost of restoring the Plymouth-Kohler rail line.
Zachary Wolf and Adam Schleih receive Citizen Awards of Merit from Elkhart Lake Police Chief Randy Boeldt for their role in helping save a woman who was attempting suicide in Elkhart Lake last summer.
The County Board, set to be reduced to 25 members from the current 34, should include 10 districts for the city of Sheboygan and 15 for the rest of the county, the Executive Committee recommends.
The city will contract with the Family Resource Center to provide interim management of the Plymouth Adult Community Center until a decision is made on a permanent replacement for former Director Jayne Olig.
The amount the city would contribute is down to $400,000, but several City Council members remained unconvinced about investing in the Plymouth-Kohler rail line restoration during a Committee of the Whole discussion.

APRIL

Incumbent Sheboygan County Circuit Court Branch 3 Judge Angela Sutkiewicz wins election to a full term by just 128 votes, less than half a percent, over challenger Catherine Delahunt while voters in the Howards Grove School District approve a $3.4 million technology referendum in the spring general election.
In their first look at updating the city's Master Plan, members of the update committee concede that growth in the city over the past decade hasn't matched what was projected in the original plan.
Bids for construction of the new Plymouth Utilities Operations Center come in 20 percent under the original projected cost.
Testing of sediment from the Mill Pond show only slightly elevated levels of chromium, copper and lead, meaning the sediment is clean enough for upland spreading should the pond ever be dredged, the Mill Pond Study Committee learned.
The City Council unanimously adopts a resolution calling on the state Department of Transportation to include an interchange at County E (Highland Avenue) when the State 23 bypass is upgraded to freeway status.
Sheboygan County Clerk Julie Glancey begins a recount of the April 5 election results for circuit court judge after a request from challenger Catherine Delahunt.
A $5.058 million contract to build the Plymouth Utilities Operations Center is awarded to Mike Keonig Construction of Sheboygan by the City Council.
There's nearly a half-million dollar gap to fill and everything's on the table to make up the difference, Plymouth School Board President Mark Rhyan tells a school budget forum audience.
William T. Jens ends three decades of service to the town of Lima, leaving the Town Board after deciding not to run for re-election as town chairman earlier this month.
Jay Reilly is sworn in as the newest member of the Plymouth City Council, replacing Douglas Dobratz in the 2nd District seat.
More than a few incumbent supervisors will be forced to run against each other next spring, County Clerk Julie Glancey told the Redistricting Committee as she presented several alternative maps for the reduction of the board size from 34 to 25.
A lengthy discussion leads to a consensus among City Council members to leave the number of liquor licenses in the city of Plymouth the same.
The Howards Grove Village Board gives final approval to the tax incremental finance district for the Harvest Homes assisted living development.
Bonding to pay for construction of the new Plymouth Utilities Operations Center, along with tax incremental finance district 6 projects for the Sargento office expansion project, is approved by the City Council.

MAY

After some last-minute cutting and pasting on a few districts, the Redistricting Committee approves new maps for County Board districts to proceed to a public hearing.
Former trustee Jim Moersch and his wife Jeanne appeal to the Elkhart Lake Village Board to either forego the every other week test of the emergency sirens in the village or relocate one of the village sirens near their property.
Several citizens appeal to the Plan Commission to change city code to allow keeping chickens within the city limits.
Fire Chief Leonard Schwinn and firefighters Kurt Schmidt and Joel Bertram update the Howards Grove Village Board on the department's 2011 budget and future needs.
The Plan Commission approves the installation of solar power panels at the future Plymouth Utilities Operations Center.
The Waldo Village Board awards the contract for construction of a new wastewater treatment plant to Miron Construction of Neenah for $1,851,868.
Members of the City Council express concern with the fee paid to Bray Associates for designing the Plymouth Utilities Operations Center, as well as the proposal to install solar power panels as part of the project.
The first anniversary of the dedication of the Broughton Sheboygan County Marsh tower is celebrated by the Friends of the Marsh with the unveiling of a new information sign and donation box at the 80-foot tall wooden observation tower.
The City Council authorizes seeking bids for a vacant house at 615 E. Mill St. which had been foreclosed by the city.
With just over a month to go before the event, Walldogs chairman Jerry Thompson unveils some of the mural designs and outlines needed donations and volunteer opportunities while the council approves several requests for the event.
The Elkhart Lake Village Board votes down a request from Jim and Jeanne Moersch to silence or move the emergency warning siren located near their home.
Garlic mustard weed problems at Fisher Creek Park and dog problems in all village parks are addressed by the Howards Grove Village Board.
Plymouth School Board President Mark Rhyan calls on citizens to contact legislators with their concerns about the impact of state budget cuts and mandates on local school districts.
The County Board votes to send a series of position papers on Gov. Scott Walker's proposed state budget and its impact on the county to the governor and local legislators, but not without opposition from some supervisors.
Generations, Plymouth's new and innovative inter-generational center, officially opens with a ribbon-cutting and public open house.
Linda Wieck, founder of the Plymouth-based Camo Quilt project, is honored on national “Make a Difference” Day for her efforts to supply free quilts to deployed service members.
The City Council approves a chemical spraying of the Mill Pond to kill cattails during the summer.
Residents throughout the county pause to honor those who fell serving their country at solemn ceremonies to mark Memorial Day.

JUNE

City officials will create a set of rules for keeping chickens in the city for consideration by the Plan Commission, based on regulations in place in other communities.
The Plan Commission approves an expansion and remodeling of the Plymouth McDonald's restaurant, including the addition of a second drive-through lane.
Lakeside Park Road residents Tom and Bea Hollfelder have offered to donate a limited edition “Pledge Allegiance” statue by nationally-known artist Glenna Goodacre to Elkhart Lake to be located in Village Park, Village President Alan Rudnick informs the Village Board.
The Howards Grove Village Board is considering scaling back on its recycling schedule to save costs.
As it continued to consider changes to the city's liquor license code, Plymouth City Council members indicate they might be open to increasing the number of retail liquor sales licenses.
Brittany Ann Faber of Plymouth is crowned the 2011 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair, selected from a crowded field of nine candidates.
A ribbon cutting marks the official opening of a new picnic pavilion and shelter building at Lone Oak Park on Valley Road.
The Waldo Village Board gives its approval to a weekly farmer's market to run through October in the parking lot west of Memorial Hall.
Favorable rates on the sale of the bonds will save the city nearly three-quarters of a million dollars over the 20-year life of the bonds to finance construction of the Plymouth Utilities Operations Center, the City Council learns.
The county is close to balancing the 2012 budget, County Administrator Adam Payne tells the County Board.
Technology upgrades financed by the referendum approved by voters in April have begun in the district's schools, Howards Grove School Superintendent Chris Peterson reports to the School Board.
Painting begins on 21 historic murals to be painted on walls in downtown Plymouth by a small army of Walldogs artists.
Plymouth Foam Products is producing a Siddely foam plane toy, based on a character in the Disney Pixar animated film “Cars 2,” for international toymaker Spinmaster.
It was an invasion the likes of which Plymouth had never seen as artists from across the country created 21 unique historic murals ind downtown Plymouth over a five-day period in which they literally “Rocked the Cheese Capital.” City Council members continue to be divided on the issue of how many liquor licenses should be made available in the city of Plymouth, coming no closer to a final answer after a lengthy Committee of the Whole discussion.


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