Looking back at the news from 2013


SUMMER BROUGHT THE arrival of construction season, including intersection improvements on State 23 north of the city of Plymouth. — Review file photo SUMMER BROUGHT THE arrival of construction season, including intersection improvements on State 23 north of the city of Plymouth. — Review file photo JULY

His second shot was a winner as the Plymouth Town Board approves developer Chris Wold’s rezoning request to create a championship tournament golf lodge at a property on Sumac Road.

With the developer no longer interested in the project, the Waldo Village Board officially abandoned the tax incremental fi- nance district created to aid development of an assisted living facility in the village.

The Plymouth City Council passes an ordinance establishing a provisional liquor license procedure, something it had been allowed to do under state law but had never done.

The Cascade Village Board has two alternatives to the month-to-month contract with Advanced Disposal for garbage and recyclables collection to consider.


THE SUMMER WAS filled with popular events big and small, like the Elkhart Lake Firemen’s Picnic (top) and Mill Street Fest (above), German Night (below) and Jazz Crawl (bottom) in Plymouth. — Review file photo THE SUMMER WAS filled with popular events big and small, like the Elkhart Lake Firemen’s Picnic (top) and Mill Street Fest (above), German Night (below) and Jazz Crawl (bottom) in Plymouth. — Review file photo The Plymouth Plan Commission approves a site plan for expansion of the strip mall at 540 Walton Drive to make room for an expanded and relocated Dollar Tree store.

With a grant from the county’s stewardship fund to help, Elkhart Lake will move forward with plans to create a park entrance on a Kettleview Court lot at the east side of the June Vollrath Athletic Park.

The expansion of the greenhouse facilities at the high school is fueling a growth in agriculture and food programs there, the Plymouth School Board learns.

With the budget writing process in full swing, county officials are confident they can close a $2.2 million spending gap before the 2014 document is finalized.

The city of Plymouth and the state Department of Transportation are still at an impasse over the route for a future frontage road/bypass of State 23 when the highway is updated to freeway status at some future date.

The village of Adell Planning Commission continues its work on updating the zoning ordinance.

The Public Works and Utilities Commission recommends that the city of Plymouth spend up to $44,000 over the next year to upgrade the fiber-optic network connecting city and utilities facilities.

The Howards Grove School Board hears an update on district-wide curriculum, assessment and instruction upgrades that will be implemented in the fall.

Members of the Wisconsin Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association install a brandnew, state-of-the-art septic system at the rural Cascade home of Ron and Barb Joslyn to kick off WOWRA’s “Rejuvenate a Family Day” program.

Village residents affected by the Mill/ Audubon/Millersville Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program sidewalk project are receiving letters from the village informing them of the impact of the project and offering to work with them to resolve any problems.

With rising interest rates rebuffing their effort to go the utilities revenue bond route, the Plymouth City Council opts for refi- nancing an earlier Build America bond issue as city general obligation bonds to save the city money on the borrowing.

Ferraris rule in Elkhart Lake as the Ferrari Club of America holds its 50th Anniversary celebration in the village.

Plymouth Utilities is authorized to seek a water rate increase of 39 percent – the first increase since 2006 – by the City Council.

AUGUST

Sartori Cheese of Plymouth earns five ribbons for their handcrafted Italian-style cheeses at the 2013 American Cheese Society annual conference and competition in Madison.

The Plymouth-Sheboygan Falls rail line restoration project should be completed by the end of summer 2014, a stakeholders’ meeting is told.

The Plymouth Plan Commission directs Glacier Transit and Storage to increase the size of a rooftop screen at their new building on Willow Road to hide mechanical equipment that turns out to be larger than originally designed.

The Plymouth Town Board schedules a special meeting with residents of River Bend Heights and Terrace Drive concerning plans to rebuild those streets and replace existing culverts later this year.

Despite the presence of numerous opponents, the Elkhart Lake Village Board follows the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approves a rezoning request that would be the first step to allowing a helicopter charter service to operate in the village.


THE SHEBOYGAN COUNTY FAIR drew big crowds Labor Day weekend (above) and featured new events, like a celebrity cream puff eating contest (below). — Review file photo THE SHEBOYGAN COUNTY FAIR drew big crowds Labor Day weekend (above) and featured new events, like a celebrity cream puff eating contest (below). — Review file photo Neighbors of a gravel pit being operated by a contractor for the Department of Transportation’s

State 23 project are told by the Plymouth Town Board that state law prohibits them from taking any action against the operators.

The long-awaited project to widen State 23 to four lanes from Plymouth to Fond du Lac has been pushed back three years due to state budget cuts, Department of Transportation officials confirm.

The Waldo Village Board approves a drawdown of the Mill Pond in the fall to facilitate the replacement of a failing lake drain gate in the Mill Pond dam.

The Plymouth City Council approves a series of personnel changes, adding Plymouth Utilities manager duties to City Administrator Brian Yerges’ job and upgrading Bill Immich’s position to director of public works/city engineer.

Differences in information contained in the proposals makes it difficult to easily compare garbage collection proposals from three different vendors, Village President Dave Jaeckels tells the Cascade Village Board, which delays a final decision.

Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Dane Checolinski tells the Plymouth City Council that the public/private partnership group is already ahead of its goal for economic development in the county.

Trustee Michael Wolf questions Village President Alan Rudnick about his handling of the Elkhart Lake Planning Commission’s public hearing on a rezoning request for a proposed helicopter charter service in the village.


THE PLYMOUTH PUBLIC Library gets a fresh coat of paint. — Review file photo THE PLYMOUTH PUBLIC Library gets a fresh coat of paint. — Review file photo Sargento Foods announces that Lou Gentine will step down as CEO at the end of the year, to be succeeded by Louie Gentine, the third generation to head the family-owned cheese company.

The Plymouth School Board votes to release $300,000 in Plymouth Education Foundation funds as a fund-raising match grant for the $1 million high school greenhouse project.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board approves a laude system of graduate recognition, to be put in effect for the class of 2017 and beyond.

The county’s response to a tuberculosis outbreak in the city of Sheboygan earlier this year is being praised as a model for other localities to follow, the County Board is told.

Despite a request from several residents not to continue it, the Howards Grove Village Board votes to complete the sidewalk project for Audubon Road, Mill Street and Millersville Avenue in 2014.


PLYMOUTH NATIVE David McCarthy, who died in a World War II training flight crash, was memorialized by offi cials from Milligan, Neb., where Mc- Carthy died. — Review file photo PLYMOUTH NATIVE David McCarthy, who died in a World War II training flight crash, was memorialized by offi cials from Milligan, Neb., where Mc- Carthy died. — Review file photo A $1.6 million addition to the Health and Human Services building pushes the total capital projects list for the county in 2104 over $9 million, which draws opposition from some County Board members but is still approved.

The Plymouth City Council approves a procedure that would allow Plymouth Utilities to place unpaid electric bills to be placed on the property tax bill of the property owner, starting in 2015.

Kohler Co. and town officials break ground for a new 100,000-square foot expansion of the Kohler Power Systems generator plant in the town of Mosel.

SEPTEMBER

Dan Schneider is elected Waldo Village President by the Village Board, succeeding Lisa Hagenow, who resigned in August.


THERE WAS PLENTY of work along the railroad in the fall as crews continued the upgrading of the rail line between Plymouth and Elkhart Lake (above) as well as the restoration of the line to Sheboygan Falls. — Review file photo THERE WAS PLENTY of work along the railroad in the fall as crews continued the upgrading of the rail line between Plymouth and Elkhart Lake (above) as well as the restoration of the line to Sheboygan Falls. — Review file photo The village of Elkhart Lake is poised to create its third tax incremental finance district – and second this year – to aid an expansion at The Osthoff resort.

At the urging of local legislators, state Department of Transportation officials agree to put the expansion of State 23 from Plymouth to Fond du Lac back on schedule to begin in 2015.

Members of Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post 243 help officials from Milligan, Nebr., commemorate Lt. David McCarthy, a Plymouth native and Army Air Corps pilot killed in a training accident near the Nebraska village in 1944.


PLYMOUTH INTERGENERATIONAL COALITION officials marked paying off the mortgage for the Generations building at a public celebration. — Review file photo PLYMOUTH INTERGENERATIONAL COALITION officials marked paying off the mortgage for the Generations building at a public celebration. — Review file photo The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority sets a completion date of the end of the year for downtown design guidelines and standards.

The Plymouth Plan Commission approves a site plan for new gas pumps and canopy at the West Side Pantry convenience store.

After months of deliberations and consideration, the Cascade Village Board approves a five-year contract with Advanced Disposal for garbage and recyclables collection in the village.

The Plymouth City Council approves a contract with Northeast Asphalt for paved bicycle lanes on Highland Avenue and County PP on the city’s south side.

The Waldo Village Board grants Village President Dan Schneider more time to consider his appointment of a new trustee to fill the position on the Village Board left vacant when Schneider was named village president last month.


GROUND WAS BROKEN for an expansion of The Osthoff Resort, aided in part by a tax incremental finance district created by the village of Elkhart Lake. — Review file photo GROUND WAS BROKEN for an expansion of The Osthoff Resort, aided in part by a tax incremental finance district created by the village of Elkhart Lake. — Review file photo The Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition held a public ceremony to officially burn the mortgage on the Generations intergenerational center building.

Voters at the annual Plymouth School District meeting approve the 2013-14 budget, with a 4.1 percent increase in the property tax levy.

The Howards Grove School Board approves the 2013-14 district budget with an increase of 4 percent in the property tax levy.

Several large private donations enable the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board to move forward with plans for a new greenhouse at the high school.

At a special Waldo Village Board meeting, Village President Dan Schneider announces that he has appointed Galan Gatzke to fill a vacancy on the board.


SNOW AND COLD couldn’t dampen either Veterans Day ceremonies (above) or the Pearl Harbor Day remembrance (below). — Review file photo SNOW AND COLD couldn’t dampen either Veterans Day ceremonies (above) or the Pearl Harbor Day remembrance (below). — Review file photo The Elkhart Lake Village Board approves creation of a third tax incremental finance district to provide developer’s incentives for expansion of The Osthoff resort.

The United Way of Sheboygan County kicks off a $2.5 million fund-raising campaign with a breakfast at the Generations center that draws a record crowd.

The Plymouth City Council approves a $140,000 revolving loan to TruNorth Components, a startup compressor manufacturer being created here by three former executives of Thomas Industries.

The Howards Grove Village Board votes to offer voluntary supplemental accident insurance to city employees at no cost to the employees.

OCTOBER

The Plymouth Town Board approves a conditional use permit to allow Road America to construct a zip line course on their grounds.

The Howards Grove Village Board approves a three-year contract with Tyler Technology to provide assessment services for the village.

A request from Roy Ten Pas for a variance to erect two billboards on the east side of State 57 between County C and State 23 is turned down by the Plymouth Town Board of Adjustments.

An additional set of antennas, at a lower level, on the Appleton Street wireless antenna tower is approved by the Plymouth Plan Commission.

Developer Scott Weigert of Sheboygan Falls discusses his plans for the vacant building at 31 E. Mill St., which he would like to buy, with the Plymouth Redevelopment Authority, which bought the long-vacant building from foreclosure.


STATE SEN. JOE LEIBHAM presented retiring Elkhart Lake Administrator/ Clerk-Treasurer Jeanette Moioffer with a proclamation marking her 30 years of service to the village. — Review file photo STATE SEN. JOE LEIBHAM presented retiring Elkhart Lake Administrator/ Clerk-Treasurer Jeanette Moioffer with a proclamation marking her 30 years of service to the village. — Review file photo Noting that the sewer operations are losing money, the Elkhart Lake Village Board approves a 6.25 percent increase in the monthly village sewer bill staring in January.

The Plymouth City Council struggles with modifying zoning rules to allow contractors to erect signs at project sites in the city, which is currently banned.

The Cascade Village Board approves an ordinance stiffening rules, regulations and fines for usage of public alleyways in the village.

Two Plymouth youths, Cole and Ava Booth, capture the two top places in the junior division of the 2013 World Dairy Expo Youth Showmanship competition in Madison.

Members of the Plymouth-based Army National Guard Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery, return to Fort Bliss, Texas, on their way home from a deployment to Afghanistan.

Community United Church of Christ celebrates its 150th anniversary with several special events during the month.

With the state Department of Natural Resources rifles statewide this year, the Mitchell Town Board debates banning rifles for deer hunting within the township but tables any action on a final decision.

The Plymouth School District will be holding a series of Panther Talks, 30- to 60-minute facilitated conversations open to the general public to discuss the district’s future plans and goals.

It was a joyous occasion when members of Plymouth-based Bravo battery reunite with their families in a homecoming ceremony in an EAA hangar in Oshkosh attended by Gov. Scott Walker and other military and political dignitaries.

Three people – Bill Miller (Class of 1980), Nancy Jusky (Class of 1960) and James Hemauer (Class of 1973) – are inducted into the Plymouth High School Alumni Hall of Fame.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board approves the addition of a rock climbing wall to the middle school gymnasium.

While spending is down 1.1 percent, the proposed 2014 Sheboygan County budget would require a 3.5 percent increase in the property tax levy due to declining total property values.

Former Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition Executive Director Martha Laning announces at the Generations building that she will be a Democratic candidate for the 9th District State Senate seat, currently held by Republican Joe Leibham, in 2014.

The Sheboygan County Board votes to no longer offer health insurance coverage to retired former county employees after Jan. 1.

The Howards Grove Village Board discusses needed upgrades at the village wastewater treatment plant with engineers from Donohue.

City Administrator Brian Yerges presents the proposed 2014 Plymouth city budget to the City Council with a third straight year of no property tax levy increase.

The proposed 2014 county budget was unchanged after review by the County Board, but a public hearing drew several comments on the county’s plans for replacing emergency responses radios and what local municipalities would have to pay toward that cost.

The Howards Grove School Board tables final adoption of the 2013-14 district budget to early next month.

Retired Plymouth Utilities Manager John MacKinnon is presented with a plaque honoring his 31 years of service to the city by Mayor Donald Pohlman at a City Council meeting.

NOVEMBER

The Plymouth City Council modifies a USDA Rural Development Loan it obtained for Glacier Transit and Storage to reflect increased costs for construction of GTS’ facility in the County PP/Willow Road industrial park.

Camo Quilt Project founder Linda Wieck of Plymouth, along with her son Todd Richter, a sargeant with Plymouth-based Bravo Battery, are honored with Citizen Leadership awards by the Sheboygan County Board.

Two separate chemical treatments during the summer proved beneficial to the fight against invasive weeds in Elkhart Lake, Nancy Hanlon of the Elkhart Lake Improvement Association tells the Village Board.

The County Board approves the 2014 county budget, including capital project borrowing above the county’s self-imposed limits to cover the cost of replacing the countywide emergency system radios.

The county terminates its lease at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport with Morgan Aircraft at the request of the company, which has run into financing difficulties.

The Plymouth City Council passes the 2014 city budget with a zero property tax levy increase and three-cent increase in the equalized property tax rate.

With Gov. Scott Walker and others on hand, ground is broken for a $5 million, 20,000-square foot conference center expansion project at The Osthoff resort in Elkhart Lake.

The Cascade Village Board considers a request from Babler Inc., owners of the Cascade Cheese Co., for up to $ million in industrial revenue bonds to aid a factory expansion.

There were no speakers at the public hearing, but members of the Plymouth City Council continue to express a number of different ideas and concerns about a proposal to allow contractor signs at project sites in the city.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board hears positive reports on the Youth Apprenticeship program through the Lakeshore Technical College and the district’s day care program.

The Howards Grove Village Board approves a 2014 budget that cuts spending by 3.51 percent.

The 2014 village budget approved by the Elkhart Lake Village Board increases the property tax levy and rate by 3 percent each.

The Howards Grove School Board approves new high school graduation requirements that includes an increase in the required credits of math and science.

Assistant Superintendent Dan Mella details the results of the district’s scores on the latest state “School Report Card” ratings to the Plymouth School Board.

The Plymouth City Council approves a Senior Fund grant application process to distribute money from the senior center donations fund.

Elkhart Lake’s Road America announces it will host a Tough Mudder endurance challenge competition next September.

The Plymouth City Council approves a series of purchases for the second phase of the biogas renewable energy system being installed at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

DECEMBER

Roy Ten Pas got more support, but still not enough, in his second attempt to get a variance from the Plymouth Town Board of Adjustments to erect two billboards on the east side of State 57 between County C and State 23.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board is asked to reconsider its denial of permission for Jennifer Dippel to hold her wedding on the public beach next July.

The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority votes to spend up to $1,000 for an expanded program of flower plantings downtown and at various entrance and park signs throughout the city.

The Plymouth Plan Commission endorses a property purchase on the city’s west side for construction in 2014 of a new water reservoir tank for the city.

The Cascade Village Board decides to make the village’s annual directory available on its new web site.

The Plymouth City Council approves an addition to the Milwaukee Street/State 67 project scheduled for 2014 to remove a spur rail line and regrade the rail crossing on North Milwaukee Street between Main and Elizabeth streets.

Village President Dan Schneider tells the Waldo Village Board that legal action may have to be taken against developer Bill Haas for failing to meet the terms of his developer’s agreement with the village for the Hunters Grove subdivision.

State Department of Transportation officials outline plans for an intersection improvement project planned at State 67 and County PP in 2015 at a public meeting in Plymouth.

At her last meeting as Village Administrator/ Clerk-Treasurer, Jeanette Moioffer is praised by members of the Elkhart Lake Village Board for her 30 years of service to the village.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board approves a curriculum change that will incorporate geography into other history and Social Studies courses and eliminate a separate geography course.

The County Board designates a two-acre county-owned parcel at Taylor Drive and Indiana Avenue in Sheboygan the Roy Sebald Sheboygan River Natural Area in honor of the late conservationist who led the fight to clean the Sheboygan River.

The Plymouth School Board approves a series of policy changes, including supporting semester exams for high school classes.

Jo Ann Lesser is hired as the new clerk/ treasurer for the village of Howards Grove, replacing Lavonne Athorp.

The Howards Grove School Board approves new employee handbooks for professional and support staff.


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