News Digest

Library study group seeks members

Sheboygan County is seeking applicants for three citizen member appointments to the newly created Joint County Library Planning Committee, which will serve Sheboygan and Ozaukee counties.

The County Board created the committee to review and revise the current county library service plan, which expires at the end of 2015. The new plan will provide for library services to Sheboygan and Ozaukee County residents who live in towns and villages that do not have a public library.

Sheboygan County Administrator Adam Payne said applicants must reside in Sheboygan County.

Three appointments will be made — two citizens residing in a town or village that does not operate a public library and one citizen residing in a town, village or city that operates a public library.

Applicants should send a letter of interest and brief resume to Adam Payne at the Sheboygan County Administration Building, 508 New York Ave., Sheboygan, 53081. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.

“Sheboygan County will levy nearly $1.2 million for library services in 2014, and demand for services continues to rise. I am hopeful this committee will help both improve library service and assure a good value for the taxpayer’s investment,” Payne said in a press release.

The Joint County Library Planning Committee will meet four to six times in 2014 to develop a new five-year plan. The new plan may provide for improving public library service countywide. It will specify the method and level of funding to be provided by the county to implement the services described in the plan, including reimbursement of public libraries for access by residents in an adjacent county who do not reside in a municipality that operates a public library.

Among the issues the planning committee is being asked to examine and make recommendations include the following:

• Countywide library technology initiatives on e-books, electronic information, and EasiCat.

• Delivery of materials for use by non-libraried residents.

• Reimbursement of the bookmobile service for the cost of serving libraried residents, and

• Reimbursement of public libraries at 100 percent of their costs, including the use of electronic materials.

Road work continues on 23, I-43

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation regional office in Green Bay is providing a weekly update on road construction in Sheboygan County.

Work will occur this week in the median of Interstate 43 at Mueller Road. Work will consist of removing existing guardrail, re-grading the ditch and installing new guardrail.

The project includes removing existing guardrail, re-grading the ditch and installing new guardrail.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in both the northbound and southbound directions during daylight hours.

Crews continue working on the remaining outstanding contract items (punch list) on State 23 at the County O, County E, Pleasant View Road and County M intersections. Existing concrete pavement repairs and replacements on mainline State 23 eastbound (driving lane) at those intersections were completed Monday, Nov. 4. The eastbound driving lane will remain closed until the end of the week (Friday noon), for the concrete to reach acceptable strengths.

The County O, County E and Pleasant View intersections are open to the public. State 23 turn lanes may be temporarily closed as needed to complete contract work.

At these intersections traffic is able to access east bound State 23 from the south and west bound State 23 from the north, right turn only. Traffic on State 23 is allowed to exit north or south at these two intersections.

Various lane closures east bound and west bound on State 23 may continue between State 57 and State 67.

State 23 eastbound and westbound will be reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph when lane closures are in place. County M is currently open to State 23 from the south and north. Traffic on County M is able to access east bound State 23 from the south and west bound from the north, right turn only.

Traffic on State 23 is allowed to exit north or south at County M. State 23 turn lanes maybe temporarily closed as needed to complete contract work. Traffic can utilize Willow Road to the west or Hillside Road to the east of County M as temporary alternate routes.

Various lane closures eastbound and westbound on State 23 may continue between Willow Road and Hillside Road.

Motorists are advised to use caution and remain alert when driving through any work zone.

Drivers are also encouraged to seek information about work zones and detours in the following ways: For statewide, recorded road construction information, 24 hours a day, call 511. For statewide road construction on the World Wide Web, visit www.511wi.gov.

All work is weather dependent.

Richardson Hospice offers tours

The Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls is offering tours of the hospice center on Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 4-5 p.m.

Interested parties are invited to meet staff members, learn what hospice care provides for the community and enjoy complimentary cookies.

Groups of 10 or more people are asked to make reservations by calling 467-7940.


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