Looking back at the news from 2013


PLYMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL honored the late Gabe Miller in a ceremony retiring his Panther basketball jersey. — Review file photo PLYMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL honored the late Gabe Miller in a ceremony retiring his Panther basketball jersey. — Review file photo JANUARY

in the city of Plymouth when three candidates – incumbent Jay Reilly, Camsiha Anne Miller and John Nelson – file to run for the 2nd District seat in the April general election.

C.D. Smith Construction of Fond du Lac is finishing construction and Triad Creative Group of Brookfield is ready to begin installation of displays and exhibits at the new Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum building at the Wade House in Greenbush.

With the submission of a formal application, the approval process begins for Windy Acres Wind Farm’s proposal for four wind turbines in the town of Sherman.

With no representative of the developers available to answer questions, the Plymouth Plan Commission puts off a decision on a request to locate a storage shed at the Pleasant View Town Home development.


IT WAS A long winter, with frequent snowfalls even into March. — Review file photos IT WAS A long winter, with frequent snowfalls even into March. — Review file photos With three new businesses interested in obtaining a retail liquor license, the Plymouth City Council decides to open up the two available licenses it had been holding in reserve.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board receives a list of potential projects for the village to put excess funds from the soon-to-close tax incremental finance district toward.

The Cascade Village Board approves a list of four candidates for three open trustee positions in their annual caucus and hears a protest from resident Sue Lodl when they decline to fill a vacant position on the board.

The Plymouth City Council discusses how to handle disposal of bulky items from residents, now that Advanced Disposal will no longer pick up such items for free as part of its new contract with the city, without reaching a conclusion.

Plymouth-based Wisconsin Army National Guard Battery B, 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery, is wrapping up training at Fort Bliss, Texas, prior to deployment to Afghanistan.

By a margin of six votes, the Sheboygan County Board approves a long-contemplated combined joint emergency dispatch center with the city of Sheboygan.

The Waldo Village Board adjusts rental fees for the Memorial Hall to provide for a lower fee for village residents than for nonresidents.

The Plymouth School Board heard an update on ag and ag-related courses at the high school from teacher Walter Taylor.

The Howards Grove Village Board approves a three-party contract for the Millersville, Audubon and Mill street sidewalk project.

State Department of Transportation offi- cials outlined plans for the reconstruction of State 67, the main north-south thoroughfare in the city of Plymouth, at a public meeting attended by about two dozen people.


THE WADE HOUSE State Historic Site opened a new Visitors Center/Wesley Jung Carriage Museum building, moving wagons over the river and through the woods in the snow to the new building (top), then assembling all the displays in time for the season opening. — Review file photos THE WADE HOUSE State Historic Site opened a new Visitors Center/Wesley Jung Carriage Museum building, moving wagons over the river and through the woods in the snow to the new building (top), then assembling all the displays in time for the season opening. — Review file photos New Elkhart Lake Police Chief Michael Meeusen makes his first official annual report to the Village Board that includes a farewell message from former Chief Randy Boeldt, who retired at the end of 2012.

The Howards Grove School District is looking to fare better in open enrollment than they did last year, when the district saw a net loss of eight students, Superintendent Chris Peterson tells the School Board.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board approves an updated support staff employee handbook.

The Howards Grove Village Board approves a rezoning from single-family to multi-family for a lot at Forest Hills Drive and Appletree Road.

Plymouth is chosen as one of 20 municipalities across the state to be the first participants in the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.’s Connect Communities program.

The City Council approves a proposed new arrangement with the Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition under which the city would contract with PIC to run the Plymouth Adult Community Center and end the city’s rental of spaced at the Generations building for the former senior center.

Antonio Barbeau, the 14-year-old Sheboygan boy charged in the brutal killing of his great-grandmother last September in Sheboygan Falls, enters a plea of not guilty by mental disease or defect in Sheboygan County Circuit Court.

The discussion of liquor licenses by the Plymouth City Council turns to how the $10,000 state-mandated fee for new reserve licenses should be handled.


SNOW WAS STILL on the ground, but it didn’t prevent the Irish, and Irish at heart, from parading on St. Patrick’s Day. — Review file photo SNOW WAS STILL on the ground, but it didn’t prevent the Irish, and Irish at heart, from parading on St. Patrick’s Day. — Review file photo FEBRUARY

The Elkhart Lake Village Board endorses a request from the First Responders that the county retain its policy of sending an ambulance on any call for the First Responders, instead of changing to requiring the responders to call for an ambulance after assessing the scene.

Developer Chris Wold presents preliminary plans for the Tournament Club, a lodge he would build to house golfers visiting to play on the area’s championship golf courses.

The Redevelopment Authority agrees to purchase 500 shares of stock in the Plymouth Industrial Development Corp. in an effort to help assure the future of the group which owns the vacant land in the city’s industrial parks.


VOTERS ONLY HAD the spring general election, with a primary in Feburary and final ballot in April, to contend with in 2013. — Review file photo VOTERS ONLY HAD the spring general election, with a primary in Feburary and final ballot in April, to contend with in 2013. — Review file photo The city is seeking buyers for the former Plymouth Utilities garage on Reed Street after the RDA and the Plan Commission both endorse the sale of the vacant building.

Random Lake native Andrea Boehlke returns to CBS-TV’s “Survivor” series in a fans vs. favorites series, following up on her appearance on the long-running series in 2011.

The Plymouth Plan Commission approves a land split allowing Valley Elderly LLC to sell off a portion of the parcel where Libby’s House East is located.

Trustee Drew Heiden resigns from the Waldo Village Board for what he states are personal reasons.


A LITTLE FREE Library is dedicated in the village of Cascade, allowing residents to share books. — Review file photo A LITTLE FREE Library is dedicated in the village of Cascade, allowing residents to share books. — Review file photo The Plymouth City Council eliminates holds on new liquor licenses and makes them available for issue, also authorizing the Redevelopment Authority to control how much of the $10,000 fee for new licenses is rebated to applicants.

The Howards Grove Village Board approves an agreement with the state Department of Transportation pertaining to the State 32/42 roadwork project scheduled for later this year.

Rather than having the city handle the issue, the Plymouth City Council approves a proposal from two private haulers to offer large refuse item pickup from city residents for a fee after the city’s garbage hauler, Advanced Disposal, announced it would no longer pick up large items with regular garbage collection.

John Nelson finishes first in a three-way primary race in the 2nd Aldermanic District in Plymouth, finishing well ahead of incumbent Jay Reilly and Camisha Miller, with Nelson and Reilly advancing to the April ballot.


HEAVY SPRING RAINS added to melting snow runoff created flooding conditions throughout Sheboygan County. — Review file photo HEAVY SPRING RAINS added to melting snow runoff created flooding conditions throughout Sheboygan County. — Review file photo Elkhart Lake is taking steps to create a tax incremental finance district to aid an expansion of the Sargento Foods facility in the village, a year after successfully closing out its first TIF.

Plymouth School Board President Mark Rhyan urges district residents to contact their local legislators to urge a loosening on spending limits imposed on school districts by the state.

Representatives of the Elkhart Lake Improvement Association ask the Elkhart Lake Village Board for support in its efforts to eradicate Eurasian water milfoil and other invasive weeds in the lake.

National Exchange Bank and Trust announces plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its branch office in Glenbeulah next month.


EXPANSION IN THE city’s newest industrial park continued as Glacier Transit and Storage constructed a new main office and storage facility at County PP and Willow Road. — Review file photo EXPANSION IN THE city’s newest industrial park continued as Glacier Transit and Storage constructed a new main office and storage facility at County PP and Willow Road. — Review file photo The Howards Grove School Board hears a report on the Youth Apprenticeship Program from representatives of Lakeshore Technical College and two Howards Grove students who are part of the program.

The County Board approves contracts with law enforcement, social workers and highway department employees that grant pay raises, the cost of which are more than offset by other concessions by the employees.

The Plymouth City Council approves transferring just under $100,000 in Plymouth Utilities reserve funds to cover what City Administrator Brian Yerges says is the last year of revenue shortfalls in the city’s TIF 6, created in 2010 to aid an office expansion at Sargento Foods.


ANGLERS TOOK TO the Mill Pond in Waldo for the annual Waldo Carp Derby in early June. — Review file photo ANGLERS TOOK TO the Mill Pond in Waldo for the annual Waldo Carp Derby in early June. — Review file photo State Department of Transportation officials outline plans for the 2015 reconstruction of 6.9 miles of State 144 between State 28 and State 57 in Random Lake and the towns of Scott and Sherman at a public meeting in Silver Creek.

MARCH

denies a request from town resident Earl Ney to keep bees on his home property, noting that such activity is only allowed on land zoned for agriculture, not residential like Ney’s property.

Sargento Foods will add a 70-foot tall cheese storage tower at its One Persnickety Place campus after the Plymouth Plan Commission approves the plans.

The Howards Grove Village Board approves a trial period to go paperless for meeting agendas, utilizing a projector and screen to display agendas during meetings.


THE DEDICATION OF the Pfeifer Drug Store mural, downtown Plymouth’s 25th mural, was a highlight of the first-ever Plymouth Mural and Arts Festival. — Review file photo THE DEDICATION OF the Pfeifer Drug Store mural, downtown Plymouth’s 25th mural, was a highlight of the first-ever Plymouth Mural and Arts Festival. — Review file photo The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority begins preliminary discussion on establishing a policy for liquor license fee rebates.

The Cascade Village Board approves an agreement to sell renewable energy credits from a wind turbine at the wastewater treatment plant to REpower Now.

Conduits and wiring for the traffic lights at Eastern and Highland avenues will be repaired and upgraded, at a cost of around $14,000, which should eliminate the problem of shorts in the wiring causing the lights to go out.

The village of Waldo will wait for more information on the status and future of the Mill Pond dam before adopting a new floodplain ordinance.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board approves a contract with Ehlers and Associates to develop plans for the village’s second tax incremental finance district.

The Howards Grove School Board re- ceives an update from Superintendent Chris Peterson on capital projects financed under a recent referendum.

Plymouth School District officials tell the School Board that the financial picture for the district looks better with indications from area legislators that some thawing of state-mandated spending caps is possible.

The potential impact of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed biennial budget is “not too bad,” County Administrator Adam Payne tells the County Board.

A Green Bay Packers Super Bowl I sweatshirt, purchased at the Plymouth J.C. Penney store in 1967, is donated to the Packer Hall of Fame by owner and Plymouth native Kevin Eggebeen.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board approves a pilot program to provide iPads in the seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms.

Deployed members of Bravo Battery, the Plymouth-based National Guard unit currently deployed in Afghanistan, had a chance to update family members via a Skype video call session at The Osthoff resort in Elkhart Lake.

The city reaches an agreement to sell the vacant Plymouth Utilities Reed Street garage to Badger State Restorations.

Plymouth Utilities Manager John MacKinnon announces that he will be retiring Oct. 1 after 31 years with the utilities.

APRIL

Two Plymouth City Council incumbents nd – Jay Reilly in the 2 District and Jim Faller rd in the 3 District – were unseated in the spring election by challengers John Nelson and Jack Fernsler, respectively.

It was a better year than expected for tourism in the village in 2012, Director of Tourism Kathleen Eickhoff said in her annual report to the Elkhart Lake Village Board.

Former Sheboygan County Board Chairman Michael Vandersteen unseated incumbent Terry Van Akkeren and won election as mayor of the city of Sheboygan.

The Elkhart Lake/Rhine Joint Fire Station Committee will change its name to the Joint Emergency Response Committee and have jurisdiction over the fire department, first responders and other emergency response personnel.

Martha Laning, citing personal and family reasons, announces her resignation after serving as the first executive director of the Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition and overseeing fundraising and construction of the Generations inter-generational center.

The Plymouth Town Board says split zoning may be the best solution for property on County S where developer Chris Wold wants to build a tournament golf lodge.

Sheboygan Falls Mayor Randy Meyer and his wife Tammy are injured in a twovehicle accident at the intersection of State 32 and County J that claimed the lives of two Plymouth residents.

The Plymouth Plan Commission approves a certified survey map for Sargento Foods that consolidates all of the company’s property at 1 Persnickety Place, expanded over the years, into one parcel.

Reaffirming their decision a month ago, the Plymouth Town Board again denies a request from a town resident to keep bees on his residential-zoned property.

The Waldo Village Board continues to seek more information and answers from the state Department of Natural Resources on the status and future of the Mill Pond dam.

The Plymouth City Council takes advantage of a volume discount offer and agrees to buy five new pickup trucks for Plymouth Utilities from Mike Burkart Ford at a total savings of over $40,000.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board approves a new teacher compensation package, based on a model used in the Oostburg School District.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board votes to make an offer on a vacant lot just east of June Vollrath Park to be converted into a park/entrance to Vollrath Park.

Connie Kline and her family move into a new home in the city, the sixth one built in the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program.

Plymouth School Superintendent Dr. Clark Reinke admits to the School Board that the final impact on the district’s budget of state budget deliberations is still unclear.

Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. tells the County Board that the public/private partnership has already exceeded several of its goals in its first three years of existence.

Heavy spring rains added to melting snow from numerous winter storms combined to create flooding that washed out roads and streets throughout the county.

Work on the second phase of the State 57 road project from the north to the south county line gets underway to kick off the summer road construction season.

Plans for the first-ever Plymouth Mural and Arts Festival the last weekend in June are announced, with the highlight to be the dedication of downtown’s latest mural, the Pfeifer Drug Store mural.

The City Council votes to accept a $285,000 grant from Focus on Energy to help finance a $1.13 million biogas generation system at the Plymouth Utilities wastewater treatment plant.

MAY

An early morning explosion and fire destroys a warehouse building on Appleton Street near Cold Storage Street which at one time was a storage facility in the Cheeseville district.

The Plymouth Plan Commission approves plans to convert the former Twinbrook Cleaners building at Eastern Avenue and Collins Street into an indoor pistol range.

The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority will consider a three-prong test to determine whether an applicant for a new liquor license in the city would receive all or part of the initial $10,000 license fee back.

The proposed project plan for TIF 2 in Elkhart Lake, as presented to the Planning Commission, could impact a much larger area of the village than just the Sargento expansion that is the immediate beneficiary, with well upgrades; street improvements, extensions and new streets; well upgrades; sewer replacements and more in the plan.

A request from Excel.Net Inc. of Sheboygan to add an array to the Appleton Street antenna tower is tabled by the Plymouth Plan Commission with a request for further engineering study.

Deciding that it just wouldn’t fit with current zoning and nearby land uses, the Plymouth Town Board turns down a proposal by Chris Wold to build a tournament golf lodge on County S.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board approves the purchase of eight to 10 dog waste stations to be located throughout the village.

The Howards Grove Village Board authorizes the Public Works Department to do maintenance and restoration work on the Fischer Creek Park trail.

David Fantle, deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, delivers an upbeat message of continued growth in the tourism business statewide at the 2013 Sheboygan County Tourism Breakfast in Plymouth.

The new Waldo wastewater treatment plant, a source of controversy when it was first proposed, has been open a year and is already exceeding expectations, the Village Board is told by a consulting engineer.

The Cascade Village Board approves three street projects for the coming year.

The Plymouth City Council approves City Administrator Brian Yerges as the city’s representative to the WPPI Energy Board of Directors, replacing former Plymouth Utilities Manager John MacKinnon, who earlier had announced his retirement on Oct. 1 but worked his last day at the utilities on Mar. 29.

Fay Uraynar, owner of Innovative Solutions for Business LLC, is appointed to the Sheboygan County Board, filling the vacancy left when Supervisor Mike Vandersteen resigned to run successfully for mayor of Sheboygan.

Installation of a more secure entrance to the elementary/middle school is approved by the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board.

Mark DeAmico is elected president of the Howards Grove School Board.

The change in interest payments being made by the federal government resulting from the budget sequestration will allow the city to reissue Build America bonds it sold in 2010 at a lower interest rate, saving the city money.

The Kohler Co. announces plans for an 80,000-square foot expansion at the Kohler Generator plant in the town of Mosel that could add up to 300 new jobs.

JUNE

Seven finalists are announced for the 2013 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair competition, with the winner to be announced June 17.

Developer Chris Wold was back before the Plymouth Town Board with a new proposed location for his Tournament Golf Club, this time purchasing an existing lodge at the intersection of County E and Sumac Road.

The final developer’s agreement with Sargento Foods for the six-year, $15 million expansion of their facility is approved by the Elkhart Lake Village Board.

The Kohler Credit Union celebrates its th 75 anniversary.

The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority adopts a final set of guidelines that gives it plenty of flexibility in awarding rebates of new liquor license fees.

The upcoming Plymouth Mural and Arts Festival receives a $29,083 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the state Department of Tourism.

The Parks Committee recommends a series of minor repairs needed in village parks for the coming summer to the Cascade Village Board.

Concerns about the condition of a home and yard on Reed Street are brought to the Plymouth City Council by several neighbors on Reed and Collins streets.

The Waldo Village Board reviews village policies regarding burning restrictions and police duties.

County, state and federal officials gather at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Sheboygan to celebrate the completion of dredging of polluted sediments from the Sheboygan River and harbor.

Another road project gets underway as crews start work on intersection enhancements on State 23 at County O, County E, Pleasantview Road and County M.

Oostburg resident Jennifer Kuffel is crowned the 2013 Fairest of the Fair at the annual June 17 gala held at Laack’s Ballroom in Johnsonville.

Longtime Elkhart Lake Administrator/ Clerk-Treasurer Jeanette Moioffer makes it official, submitting her official retirement letter to the Village Board effective Dec. 20.

Newly-adopted state policies will likely have a greater impact on local school districts that the recently-adopted state budget they are part of, retiring Superintendent Dr. Clark Reinke tells the Plymouth School Board.

Committee reshuffling necessitated by the replacement ob Michael Vandersteen by Fay Uraynar on the County Board draws some questions and opposition but are ultimately approved by the supervisors.

As the result of volatility in the bond market, the Plymouth City Council holds off a bond sale to refinance Build America bonds first issued in 2010.

A recent audit shows the village is in better financial position than many other communities its size, Howards Grove Village President James Scheiber tells the Village Board.

Areas of concern raised by the facilities study continue to be discussed by the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board.

The second half of the 2013 Year in Review, covering July through December, will appear in the Tuesday, Dec. 31 Review. There will be no Thursday, Dec. 26 or Thursday, Jan. 2, issues of The Review.


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