A look back at second half of 2010

JULY
The village of Elkhart Lake will dedicated the Pledge Allegiance statue, donated to the village by Tom and
Bea Hollfelder, at the annual Downtown Night in August, Village President Alan Rudnick informs the
Village Board.
By a 5-1 vote, the Plan Commission tables proposed ordinances to allow chickens in the city of Plymouth,
declining to send the proposal to the City Council with either a yes or no recommendation.
Thousands fill the streets of downtown Plymouth, looking for bargains, food, music, fun and good times
during the annual Mill Street Fest.
Ray Zittel, 93, of Sheboygan, has a donor's mid-level platform plaque dedicated at the 80-foot tall
Sheboygan Marsh Tower, which he has climbed half a dozen or so times since it opened just over a year
ago.
The Plymouth City Council votes against adding any new retail liquor licenses, leaving just the four that are
already issued to Cut Rate Liquors, Kris' Cheese to Please, Piggly Wiggly and Pick 'n Save.
Construction of the new water treatment plant is on schedule, Jack Mentink of Integrity Engineering informs
the Waldo Village Board.
A motion to contribute $250,000 toward the Plymouth-Kohler rail line restoration project is referred to the
Committee of the Whole for further discussion by the City Council.
Population growth will force the village to add a fourth ward for voting, Village Clerk/Treasurer Lavonne
Athorp informs the Howards Grove Village Board.
Gary Dulmes, Lil Pipping and Dirk Zylman are honored with Citizen Leadership awards during the
Sheboygan County Board meeting.
Plymouth students have done “pretty well” in the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts examinations during
the past school year, with especially improved grades in science at the high school as well as better grades
in elementary school reading, science and math, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Carrie Dassow tells
the School Board.
The Howards Grove Village board hires Civic Plus, a website designer for municipalities, to help design a
new website for the village.
A historic red barn, formerly located behind the Plymouth Arts Center, is moved to a new home behind the
Plymouth Historical Society museum to make way for expansion and remodeling of the arts center building.
The Sheboygan County YMCA, approaching their 75th anniversary in 2014, kicks off an ambitious $7.67
million capital and building campaign to upgrade and expand its facilities countywide.
It took several tie-breaking votes from Mayor Donald Pohlman, but the Plymouth City Council finally
approves a $400,000 contribution to the required $3 million local for the restoration of the Plymouth-
Kohler rail line.
The Adell Village Board puts off discontinuing weekly yard waste for now, but will review the policy
before the end of the year and make a decision for 2012.
The new city parking lot at the corner of East Mill and Caroline streets will include a 'pocket park,' with a
brick seating area, benches, trees, green space and an information kiosk under plans approved by the City
Council.
Plymouth Utilities files a request with the state Public Service Commission for an electric rate increase of
3.2 percent overall and 6 percent for residential customers.
Citing the bad economy and the impact of special assessments, residents of Cardinal Lane and Warbler
Road ask the Howards Grove Village Board to postpone or cancel planned street work in their
neighborhood.
AUGUST
Unlike previous additions, there is no opposition at public hearing before the Plymouth Plan Commission to
a request to add more antennas to an existing platform on the cell phone tower on Appleton Street.
The Plymouth City Council approves a developer's agreement with Dairy Farmers of America that clears
the way for $13.4 million upgrade and expansion of DFA's South Street plant, the former Borden's plant.
The Waldo Village Board approves an application for a recycling grant to fund curbside pickup of
recyclable yard waste.
The sale of a vacant foreclosed home at 615 E. Main St. to Jonathon and Samantha Puetz of Elkhart Lake is
approved by the Plymouth City Council.
Aurora Health Care presents Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department Deputy Anthony Blodgett with a
special award for using an automatic external defibrillator to save a patient's life after responding to a 911
call.
Elkhart Lake has received positive publicity in travel publications from Cape Cod to Tampa, Fla., and many
other areas as a result of tourism writer junkets to the village sponsored by the Elkhart Lake Chamber of
Commerce, the Village Board learns.
The County Board approves a $1 million community development block grant for Morgan Aircraft, which
plans to begin building vertical takeoff and landing jet aircraft at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport

by 2015.
The first draft of a proposed 2011-12 school district budget, showing a deficit of around $111,000, is
approved by the Plymouth School Board.
Work gets underway on a $1.5 million expansion and renovation project at the Plymouth Arts Center at the
corner of East Mill and North streets.
The school district will explore different traffic patterns at schools to coordinate with new sidewalks leading
to the schools and the Safe Routes to Schools program, Superintendent Chris Peterson reports to the
Howards Grove School Board.
With employees and guests looking on, the S&R mural painted by the Walldogs in June was mounted and
unveiled on the side of Sartori Foods West Main Street plant.
The city will save more than $100,000 in interest payments than originally expected on a $2.08 million
bond sale for several TIF projects and other items, Financial Advisor Phil Cosson tells the Plymouth City
Council.
SEPTEMBER
Cool temperatures and a few days of on-and-off drizzle kept total attendance figures from breaking records,
but the 2012 Sheboygan County Fair closed its five-day run over Labor Day weekend with several strong
days of attendance and strong support again for exhibits and events.
The Howards Grove Village Board votes to postpone the Cardinal Drive/Warbler Road street project to
2012.
With construction underway on the new Plymouth Utilities operations center, the city will begin exploring
possible new uses for the utilities' existing buildings, Director of City Services Brian Yerges tells the Plan
Commission.
Village officials continue to get positive feedback on the new Pledge Allegiance statue in Village Park, the
Elkhart Lake Village Board reports.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth holds a full day of celebrations and festivities to mark the
church's 150th anniversary.
The Plymouth City Council lowers the speed limit on Highland Avenue from Eastern Avenue to Douglas
Drive from 35 to 25 mph, a change made more urgent by the recent opening of Generations, the intergenerational center.
The Howards Grove Village Board is considering putting the question of how to pay for street work
projects – on the general tax roll or through special assessments – on a referendum question for village
residents to decide.
Sheboygan County is named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American
Bicyclists.
The use of netbook computers both at home and at school has yielded encouraging results, school officials
tell the Plymouth School Board.
The Howards Grove School Board approves a $14,860,170 budget for the 2011-12 school year.
Water levels are being restored in the Broughton Sheboygan County Marsh after a summer drawdown
intended to combat the growth of cattails in the marsh.
Village residents express their opposition to changing the payment method for street work, from special
assessments to the general tax levy, to the Howards Grove Village Board.
OCTOBER
The Elkhart Lake Village Board passes an ordinance prohibiting concealed weapons inside the Grashorn
Municipal Building in advance of the state's concealed carry law going into effect later this fall.
The village of Howards Grove looks into new alternatives for yard waste disposal after the current
contractor, Larry's Hauling, moves its disposal site farther away from the village.
Rohde Bros. Inc. celebrates its 100th year in the construction business, all in Plymouth and all under family
ownership, now in the fourth generation.
The Plymouth Plan Commission approves plans for a lower level accessible entrance to the Plymouth
Historical Society Museum on Mill Street.
A pair of informational meetings draw large crowds in advance of a referendum election on how street work
should be paid for in the village of Howards Grove.
Cascade village officials are asking citizens to volunteer to research the cost and suggest methods of
replacing the American flags and banners for utility poles in the village.
The Plymouth City Council approved changes to four existing revolving loans, to either make repayment
easier for businesses struggling to repay the loans or to help finance expansions by other businesses.
A Lockheed T-33a Shooting Star training jet is dedicated at the Aviation Heritage Center at the Sheboygan
County Memorial Airport to serve as the Gate Guardian.
The result was a resounding no to changing the method of paying for street work, as Howards Grove
residents vote 804 to 179 against changing the payment method from a special assessment on property
owners to the general tax levy.
Divisions over the room tax – how much it should be and what percentage of revenues should go to the
village – surface as the Elkhart Lake Village Board begins its consideration of the 2012 budget.
Plymouth native and Sheboygan Falls High School guidance counselor Janis Jarosch wins a 2011
Volkswagen Golf and $5,000 in gas money during an appearance on the TV game show “Let's Make a

Deal.”
The Plymouth School Board recognizes the Plymouth High School High Mileage Vehicle team, which
came in fifth out of 47 schools in a competition at Road America, during their regular meeting.
Despite a reduction in total spending and the property tax levy, the proposed 2012 budget presented to the
County Board results in a five-cent increase in the property tax rate as a result of declining property values.
The Van Horn Auto Group of Plymouth announces the purchase of the former Jim Pankow Construction
building on State 23 north of the city, with plans to bring a yet-to-be-announced car line dealership to the
site.
Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials present plans to reconstruct State 28 between Taylor
Drive and Prange Road in Sheboygan, Kohler and the town of Sheboygan in 2016.
The County Board turns down a proposal to utilize $430,000 from the county's reserve funds to lower the
tax rate during its review of the proposed 2012 county budget.
The city of Plymouth will hire a consultant to help address above acceptable lead levels in city drinking
water that were discovered in recent testing.
The City Council began consideration of a proposed 2012 city budget that will cut spending 2.12 percent to
keep the property tax levy the same as last year.
The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board approves a final 2011-12 school budget that cuts the property
tax levy 6.82 percent.
The Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition was the only respondent to a request for proposals to manage the
Plymouth Adult Community Center, leaving the City Council with either that or city management as options
for running the center.
Football will become an eight-man sport at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School, due to declining number
of participants, the School Board decides.
NOVEMBER
A last-minute effort to reduce the allocation to the Sheboygan County Historical Society Museum is
defeated as the County Board approves the 2012 county budget.
The Rhine Town Board approves the purchase of a security system for the Town Hall after town resident
Audrey Sager donates $249 to cover the cost of purchasing the system.
The speed limit on Highland Avenue (County E) from Douglas Drive north past the Generations center is
lowered to 35 mph by the County Board.
The Plymouth Plan Commission approves a site plan for a 211,000-square foot Glacier Transit and Storage
cheese storage facility in the County PP/Willow Road industrial park that will include a siding off the yetto be-restored Plymouth-Kohler rail line.
The Cascade Village Board approves a $300,000 budget for 2012.
A steady rain fails to dampen enthusiasm as state and local officials break ground for a new $21.1 million,
38,000-square foot year-round Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum facility at the Wade
House Historic Site.
The Plymouth City Council approves the 2012 city budget that cuts spending, maintains a level property tax
levy and cuts the property tax rate by 8 cents.
The first reading of an ordinance increasing the room tax by 1 percent in 2012 reveals that there are still
divisions on the Elkhart Lake Village Board over the tax and how revenue from it should be divided.
Officials of the Adell Cooperative submit concept plans to the Village Board for replacing buildings
destroyed in the Sept. 4 fire.
A major reconstruction of State 57 from the south county border to the north will take two years to
complete but only require detours in the first year of work next summer, state Department of Transportation
officials explain at a pair of public meetings on the project.
With final numbers for the sidewalk project and garbage collection services not available yet, the Howards
Grove Village Board puts off final action on the 2012 budget until the end of the month.
The Ad-hoc Mill Pond Study Committee will seek to have a partial drawdown of the Mill Pond yet this fall
in order to remove more cattails and other weeds from the pond.
The Waldo Village Board learns that the new wastewater treatment plant, now under construction, will
require a $400,000 to $500,000 expansion within 10 years to meet new rules on phosphorus limits in
wastewater.
A Brookfield man was able to walk away with only minor injuries after he crash lands his plane in a
soybean field in the town of Rhine after experiencing mechanical problems during a flight from Marquette,
Mich. to Brookfield.
Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Hurley announces that she will be leaving the
chamber Feb. 1 for a job with HomeCare Health Services and Hospice.
Members of the Friends of the Broughton Sheboygan County Marsh make the final payment to Jos. Schmitt
and Sons Constrution for construction of the 80-foot wooden observation tower at the marsh.
The Plymouth City Council approves a three-year extension of the room tax agreement with the Plymouth
Chamber of Commerce.
At a special meeting, the Howards Grove Village Board approves a $1,552,620 budget for 2012.
DECEMBER
Two additional loading docks at Glacier Transit and Storage's Laack Street facility win approval from the

Plymouth Plan Commission.
Howards Grove School Superintendent Chris Peterson updates the School Board on an online employee
wellness program implemented this year by the district.
Elkhart Lake Police Chief Randy Boeldt announces that he will be retiring at the end of 2012.
The Finance and Personnel Committee of the Plymouth City Council approves resolutions freezing wages
for non-union employees in 2012.
The Plymouth Town Board will investigate whether to purchase a home for sale located just to the west of
the Town Hall for possible future expansion of the hall.
The Plymouth City Council, by a two-vote margin, votes to contract with the Plymouth Intergenerational
Coalition to manage the Plymouth Adult Community Center.
The Waldo Village Board takes the first steps toward eventual replacement of the Depot Street bridge by
hiring an engineering consultant to study the project.
The Friends of the Kettle Moraine hold a grand opening and celebration for the new Zillmer Shelter
building in the state forest near New Prospect.
The Plymouth City Council directs the Plan Commission to take another look at proposed ordinances
regulating chickens in the city and make a recommendation to the full council on the proposal next month.
The Cascade Village Board will begin seeking private donations to help offset the cost of replacing the flags
for the village light poles, which it is estimated will cost around $500.
The Ad-hoc Mill Pond Study Committee decides to move forward with plans to form a lake association for
the pond after favorable response to an initial survey on the idea.
The Plymouth City Council begins the process of seeking applicants to fill the 1st District aldermanic seat
that will be vacated next month when incumbent Jack Fernsler moves out of the district.
The projected cost of restoring the Plymouth-Kohler rail line has risen 28 percent, but state and local
support remains behind the project as Wisconsin and Southern Railroad officials announce they will be
letting a contract for the first phase of the work, clearing brush along the line.
The Howards Grove School approves the start of the second phase of school upgrades and modernizations.
The Van Horn Automotive Group pledges to donate $15,000 a year for the next three years to help upgrade
the Plymouth School District's transportation technology program.


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