The news from the last half of 2014


WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS, former colleagues and village officials on hand, former Elkhart Lake Administrator/ Clerk/Treasurer Jeanette Moioffer cuts the ribbon on a new park named in her honor. — Review file photo WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS, former colleagues and village officials on hand, former Elkhart Lake Administrator/ Clerk/Treasurer Jeanette Moioffer cuts the ribbon on a new park named in her honor. — Review file photo JULY

Retired Village Administrator/ Clerk/Treasurer Jeanette Moioffer is honored as the village names it’s newest park off Kettleview Court to the east of June Vollrath Athletic Park Jeanette Moioffer Park.

The Cascade Village Board authorizes former village resident and trustee Dan Mayer of Mayer Automotive to obtain a new truck for the village.

The Plymouth City Council awards a $1,019,500 contract to construct a new water reservoir to DN Tanks of Wakefield, Mass.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board approves a sign grant and a business startup loan for Sain Rx, a new business in the Feed Mill Market building.

The annual Mill Street Festival draws crowds to downtown Plymouth for food, fun, games, music and, of course, bargains.


CROWDS OF BARGAIN hunters and fun seekers fill downtown Plymouth for the annual Mill Street Fest. — Review file photo CROWDS OF BARGAIN hunters and fun seekers fill downtown Plymouth for the annual Mill Street Fest. — Review file photo The Sheboygan County Board gives fi- nal approval to the $4.2 million purchase of the 332-acre Amsterdam Dunes tract in the town of Holland and the purchase of a house on Pennsylvania Avenue in the city of Sheboygan just south of the Law Enforcement Center for $71,000.

Concerns about illegal use of fireworks and dogs running at large in the village streets are raised before the Waldo Village Board.

Assistant Superintendent Dan Mella reports to the Plymouth School Board that progress on upgrading academic performance through the academic pillar program is progressing ahead of schedule.

Citing uncertainty over how to apply it, the Howards Grove Village Board votes to eliminate the ‘vacant rate’ from the sanitary sewer user billing system.


A LITTLE BIT of Deutschland comes to City Park with the annual German Night concert. — Review file photo A LITTLE BIT of Deutschland comes to City Park with the annual German Night concert. — Review file photo Sheboygan County receives a $400,000 brownfield assessment grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Don Albright of Kapur and Associates, the village’s consulting engineers, presents a site evaluation for a potential new public works garage to the Elkhart Lake Village Board.

Two Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School students – Holly Francis and Simone Bulebosh – report to the School Board on their project which won a gold in national competition for the Family, Career, Community Leaders of America.

Following a public hearing attended by nearly 50 people, the Plymouth City Council reverses its earlier vote and grants a retail liquor license to the Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition for the Generations center building by a margin of one vote.


IT’S FUN FOR young and old when Elkhart Lake celebrated their annual Downtown Night. — Review file photo IT’S FUN FOR young and old when Elkhart Lake celebrated their annual Downtown Night. — Review file photo The Howards Grove School Board approves a 1.45 percent pay raise for support staff.

The Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and the Redevelopment Authority announce the hiring of Randy Schwoerer as downtown business manager.

Four candidates for the Republican nomination for ththe 6 Congressional District seat – Thomas Denow, Glenn Grothman, Joe Leibham and Duey Stroebel - tout their conservative bona fides during a debate in the Plymouth High School Acuity Auditorium.

One day after the council grants it, Plymouth Mayor Donald Pohlman vetoes the retail liquor license for the Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition.

AUGUST


THE KOHLER FIRE DEPARTMENT celebrates its 100th anniversary with festivities including a parade through the streets of the village. — Review file photo THE KOHLER FIRE DEPARTMENT celebrates its 100th anniversary with festivities including a parade through the streets of the village. — Review file photo The Elkhart Lake Village Board approves borrowing to finance street projects in tax incremental finance districts 2 and 3, to aid expansions at Sargento Foods and The Osthoff resort.

The village of Howards Grove will investigate contracting with the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement services and abandoning the current constable positions.

The city will seek to obtain a trademark on the phrase “Cheese Capital of the World” after learning that the phrase “World’s Cheese Capital” has been trademarked by a Green Bay firm, Language Links LLC.

An addition to the Plymouth Industries plant on County C, which will add 10 to 20 new jobs, is approved by the Plan Commission.


THE SHEBOYGAN COUNTY FAIR brings visitor up close and personal with the county’s dairy heritage over the Labor Day weekend. — Review file photo THE SHEBOYGAN COUNTY FAIR brings visitor up close and personal with the county’s dairy heritage over the Labor Day weekend. — Review file photo The Redevelopment Authority approves the placement of four wood carvings created last fall as a fundraiser for the group along the Mullet River Walkway.

The Waldo Village Board addresses two errors related to a burial in the village cemetery, agreeing to reimburse a family that had a family member’s casket reburied after it was first buried in the wrong location.

The Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District seat ends in a close vote, with Glenn Grothman edging Joe Leibham by only 215 votes out of more than 60,000 total votes, while winners in Assembly Republican primaries are Terry Katsma (26th District), Tyler Vorpagel (27th District) and Jesse Kremer (59th District).

A bid to overturn Mayor Donald Pohlman’s veto of the liquor license for Generations falls two votes short as the City Council splits 4-4 on the issue.


ROAD AMERICA IN Elkhart Lake hosts a different kind of challenge when the Tough Mudder course winds through the grounds. — Review file photo ROAD AMERICA IN Elkhart Lake hosts a different kind of challenge when the Tough Mudder course winds through the grounds. — Review file photo The village of Cascade has completed purchase of a new utility truck, including a snow plow blade, the Village Board learns.

The Plymouth City Council approves a resolution supporting the closing of the railroad crossing on North Milwaukee Street, which has been ordered by the state Commissioner of Railroads.

The county is forming a study committee on reporting election results after delays in tabulating votes in the August primary election, which led to a near reversal in the final vote tally for the 6th Congressional District Republican primary.

The Howards Grove School Board approves a 2014-2015 district budget that will mean a 7.24 percent drop in the property tax levy.


THE CITY OF Plymouth was the subject as the Plymouth Arts Center hosted a Paint the Town competition. — Review file photo THE CITY OF Plymouth was the subject as the Plymouth Arts Center hosted a Paint the Town competition. — Review file photo After a number of questions are raised at a public hearing, the Elkhart Lake Village Board tables a rezoning request from Victory Elkhart LLC that would be the first step toward construction of a 48-unit apartment building.

Two local members of The Kids from Wisconsin – Kevin Dolfin of Hingham and Traverse Such of Plymouth – are saluted at a luncheon at the Sherman Station restaurant in Adell, owned by the Such family, before the troupe performs at the Weill Center in Sheboygan.

The district is less than $50,000 from the fundraising goal for a new greenhouse at the high school, District Superintendent Ann Buechel Haack tells the Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah School Board.

The County Board approves a revision to the employee grievance procedure that makes the Human Resources Committee, board chair and vice-chair the final arbiter rather than the full County Board.


THE CIVIL WAR comes to life when the Wade House hosts its annual Civil War Reenactment weekend. — Review file photo THE CIVIL WAR comes to life when the Wade House hosts its annual Civil War Reenactment weekend. — Review file photo The Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial is rededicated in a ceremony marking ththe 20 anniversary of its erection in Sheboygan’s Taylor Park.

The Friends of the Broughton Sheboygan County Marsh Park are accelerating their fundraising efforts to build a $660,000 environmentallyfriendly multi-purpose educational and meeting building at the marsh.

The Kohler Fire Department caps its 100th anniversary celebration with a day of festivities highlighted by a parade through the village streets.

Following the controversy generated by the Generations liquor license application, the Plymouth City Council appoints a study committee to review the city’s liquor licensing ordinances and recommend possible changes.


NEW BRICKS, INCLUDING one honoring Plymouth resident and World War II prisoner of war Antone Costa, are placed in the Veterans Memorial Walk in Veterans Park. — Review file photo NEW BRICKS, INCLUDING one honoring Plymouth resident and World War II prisoner of war Antone Costa, are placed in the Veterans Memorial Walk in Veterans Park. — Review file photo The Howards Grove Village Board makes it official, voting to eliminate the village constable positions and contract with the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department for police services.

The Plymouth Piggly Wiggly accepts a shipment of state-of-the-art plastic shopping carts manufactured by Bemis Mfg. of Sheboygan Falls.

Plymouth Utilities will apply to the state Public Service Commission for a 4.95 rate increase for electric service.

SEPTEMBER

The Sheboygan County Fair wraps up its annual five-day run over the Labor Day weekend with large crowds and the full menu of fun, games, exhibits, food, drinks, music and more. The Plymouth Town Board agrees to accept two roads – Jennifer Lane and Windchime Court – as town roads in order to facilitate their paving. Noting that there are still many steps and approvals that will be needed before final construction, the Elkhart Lake Village Board approves a rezoning for a 48-acre parcel on the village’s north side where Victory Elkhart LLC hopes to build a 48-unit apartment complex.


ST. JOHN LUTHERAN School students load items collected in a food drive for the Plymouth Food Pantry onto a truck for delivery to the pantry. — Review file photo ST. JOHN LUTHERAN School students load items collected in a food drive for the Plymouth Food Pantry onto a truck for delivery to the pantry. — Review file photo The Waldo Village Board meets with engineer Ellen Faulkner of Ayres Associates to discuss the future of the Onion River dam, which the state Department of Natural Resources has classified as a “significant risk.”


GREEN BAY PACKER rookie safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix fires up the student body during a visit to St. John the Baptist Catholic School. — Review file photo GREEN BAY PACKER rookie safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix fires up the student body during a visit to St. John the Baptist Catholic School. — Review file photo The Cascade Village Board hears reports on several improvements in the Village Park, including a new brat stand being built by the Fire Department with assistance from the village.

The University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan plans a series of events, including a public lecture series focused on topics from 1964 and a groundbreaking ceremony for a new thengineering building, to celebrate the 50 anniversary of the opening of the Sheboygan two-year campus.

New downtown manager Randy Schwoerer tells the Redevelopment Authority he sees great potential in Plymouth’s downtown but cautions that a lot of polish and a little initiative is needed to help realize it.

Howards Grove School District offi cials are exploring establishing a common school day starting time for all district schools, the School Board is told.


THE CHRISTMAS SEASON kicks off with the annual Holiday Gathering Christmas Parade through downtown Plymouth the day after Thanksgiving. — Review file photo THE CHRISTMAS SEASON kicks off with the annual Holiday Gathering Christmas Parade through downtown Plymouth the day after Thanksgiving. — Review file photo The Elkhart Lake Village Board is considering a list of possible names for the short street connecting Rhine and Lake streets on the southwest corner of the Village Park in front of the Pledge Allegiance statue, including one suggested by several attendees at the board meeting – Arno Way.

The Plymouth School Board approves a final 2014- 2015 district budget that decreased the property tax rate by 74 cents.

The Plymouth Plan Commission approves a site plan for a new 220,000-square foot cold storage facility on County PP to be built by Oshkosh Cold Storage.

The Howards Grove Village Board adjusts its permit fee for mobile food service trucks to make it more equitable for shortterm events.


SANTA CLAUS BRINGS smiles to children of all ages on many visits to Plymouth and Sheboygan County leading up to Christmas. — Review file photo SANTA CLAUS BRINGS smiles to children of all ages on many visits to Plymouth and Sheboygan County leading up to Christmas. — Review file photo The County Board approves creation of a 14-member Amsterdam Dunes Advisory Committee.

The Plymouth Education Foundations announces that it has reached its fundraising goal of $1 million for construction of a new Food Science and Agriculture building at Plymouth High School.

The Plymouth City Council approves a preliminary resolution to close the Milwaukee Street railroad crossing while scheduling a public hearing on the issue for Nov. 11.

OCTOBER

Plymouth Ambulance Service and Orange Cross Ambulance announce that the two services have merged, with the combined service to operate as Orange Cross Ambulance Service.

City Administrator Brian Yerges informs the Redevelopment Authority that the city is planning to finance a study of the Mullet River corridor from city limits to city limits.

The Plymouth Plan Commission approves plans for two new warehouse/trucking facilities, a warehouse expansion at Plymouth Foam and a commercial renovation of the former Plymouth Oil buildings on Highland Avenue.

The Plymouth Town Board agrees to extend the lease with American Tower Corp. for a cell tower located on the former town dump property for 20 additional years, to run through 2050.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board votes to name the short street in front of the Pledge Allegiance statue Arno Way in memory of Arno Feldmann, who for many years op- erated a tavern in the commercial block that stood where the Village Park and the Grashorn Municipal Building now stand.

The Howards Grove Village Board votes to move more than $82,000 from the park impact fee fund to the general fund to reimburse the general fund for past park improvements in the village.


A SIGN FROM the past is uncovered during renovation work on a former warehouse building on Stafford Street. — Review file photo A SIGN FROM the past is uncovered during renovation work on a former warehouse building on Stafford Street. — Review file photo A new flying disc golf course, an Eagle Scout project spearheaded by Josh Harrison, is dedicated in the Cascade Village Park.

The village has been given 10 years to upgrade the Onion River dam by the Department of Natural Resources, Waldo Village President Dan Schneider tells the Village Board.

More bricks are installed on the Plymouth Veterans Walk in Veterans Park, including one for Plymouth resident and World War II prisoner of war Antone Costa.

The Howards Grove School Board gives final approval to the 2014-2015 budget that calls for a 7.4 percent decrease in the property tax levy.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District has reached its fundraising goal for construction of a new greenhouse at the high school and the School Board authorizes Jos. Schmitt and Sons Construction to begin the work.

The County Board adopts a resolution supporting the request of the district attorney’s office for five additional prosecutors.

The Plymouth School Board officially adopts the 2014-2015 budget along with several attendant financial resolutions.

The proposed 2015 city budget, which will include a $9.50 recycling fee for city homeowners on their tax bill but will keep the property tax levy unchanged, is introduced to the City Council.

In the only change to the proposed 2015 county budget, the County Board approves adding $30,000 to the shelter building project at Taylor Park in the city of Sheboygan by one vote.

A presentation on a new alternative from the state Department of Transportation for a frontage road when State 23 is upgraded to a freeway between State 57 and State 67 draws sharp criticism from residents of the River Heights subdivision, which the new alternative would be routed through.

NOVEMBER

Republicans sweep the day in the fall general election as county voters elect a new Congressman, state Senator and three Assemblymen, all Republicans.

The official state population estimate shows the village of Elkhart Lake has declined by 12 people, from 967 to 955, Administrator/ Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly tells the Village Board.

The County Board approves a nearly $125 million 2015 county budget, after Supervisor Fay Uraynar criticizes how the county has portrayed its fiscal performance over the last decade.

Green Bay Packer rookie defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix visits St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Plymouth.

The city has officially obtained a state trademark on the slogan “Cheese Capital of the World” and the Redevelopment Authority begins discussions on how to utilize the slogan in marketing the city and downtown.

The Plymouth Plan Commission votes to oppose the order by the state commissioner of railroads to close the Milwaukee Street rail crossing after unanimous objection at a public hearing on the issue.

With the pending retirement of Fire Chief Ronald Nicolaus after 33 as head of the department, the Police and Fire Commission approves advertising for a new fire chief and approves a job description for the position.

Following a public hearing with one attendee but no comment, the Cascade Village Board approves a $319,843 budget for 2015.

After hearing objections based on safety, access and emergency service at a public hearing, the Plymouth City Council votes unanimously votes to oppose an order to close the Milwaukee Street railroad crossing.

The Waldo Village Board votes to abandon the never-developed Cascade Street, which still appears on the original plat of the village and where storage sheds now stand.

The City Council rebuffs Alderman Jim Faller’s effort to remove a $100,000 donation toward the Plymouth High School Food Science and Agriculture Center and adopts the 2015 city budget.

Two Sheboygan County residents – brother and sister William (Bill) Jens and Nancy Kissel – are among the initial inductees into the Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame, recognizing the more than a half of a century each has dedicated to 4-H in the county.

The Plymouth School Board hears a report on the success of the Project Grill venture in which high school students, in conjunction with local industries, designed and built a custom grill that can grill up to 350 brats at a time.

Student participants in the Youth Apprenticeship Program at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School update the School Board on their experiences with the program.

The Howards Grove Village Board sets a public hearing for Dec. 8 on the proposed 2015 village budget, which would have no increase in the property tax levy.

The Howards Grove School Board receives a recommendation from Schenk and Associates, the district’s auditor, on refi- nancing the referendum debt to save the district interest costs.

Dr. Cliff Feldmann, president of Sheboygan Falls-based Feldmann Engineering & Manufacturing, makes a gift of $840,000 to the natural sciences division of Lakeland College, his alma mater.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board approves a 2015 village budget that cuts overall spending slightly but will require a slight increase in the property tax rate to provide one-time support for tax incremental finance district borrowing.

The Plymouth City Council approves an initial resolution for industrial revenue bonding to support Plymouth Cold Storage LLC’s new building, similar to a resolution supporting IRBs for OCS Plymouth LLC passed last month.

More than two dozen people attend a public information meeting on creating a historic preservation district for downtown Plymouth and are generally receptive to the plan, which would provide tax incentives for historically-friendly renovations.

The City Council approves the sale of the vacant former Plymouth Utilities garage building at 200 Reed St. to John and Chris Wolf for their Back to Nature Metal Sculptures business.

DECEMBER

State Sen. Joe Leibham, who gave up his seat to run unsuccessfully for Congress, resigns five weeks ahead of schedule to take a position with the Foley and Lardner law firm.

Citing declining participation and uncertainty over the recertification process, the Plymouth Town Board votes to drop out of the state’s farmland preservation program.

An ordinance that would change parking rules to open up more parking spaces in the village is introduced to the Elkhart Lake Village Board.

The Redevelopment Authority gets a first look at a number of different possible logos to promote the newly-trademarked “Cheese Capitol of the World” slogan for the city of Plymouth.

The Howards Grove Village Board adopts a $1,489,142 budget for 2015, a decrease of 16.9 percent in spending.

The proposed creation of a historic preservation district for downtown Plymouth wins the endorsement of the Redevelopment Authority.

Learning that state Department of Transportation is also opposed to closing the railroad crossing on North Milwaukee Street, the Plymouth City Council directs City Administrator Brian Yerges to send a letter to the state commissioner of railroads endorsing the DOT proposal to keep the crossing open and upgrade signals there.

The Cascade Village Board authorizes Village President David Jaeckels to begin negotiations to purchase land for sale adjacent to the Village Park.

Several major Plymouth Utilities projects – a new water reservoir and a biogas conversion system at the wastewater treatment plant – are up and running or will be shortly, the City Council learns.

Members of the Waldo Village Board express pleasure over the newly-refurbished village Christmas star, which they note is now much more visible.

Plymouth Mayor Donald Pohlman presents a plaque and certificate to retiring Fire Chief Ron Nicolaus recognizing him for 50 years as a member of the fire department, including the last 33 as fire chief.

The Plymouth City Council endorses the latest proposal from the state Department of Transportation for a future State 23 frontage road.

Noting a shortage of substitute teachers in the district, the Howards Grove Village Board approves pay raises for both short- and long-term substitutes.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board approves the course catalog for the 2015-2016 school year, including two new agriculture science courses.

The new website for Elkhart Lake’s village government - www.elkhartlakewi.gov – is up and running, village Administrator/ Clerk/ Treasurer Jessica Reilly informs the Village Board.

The Plymouth School District continues to exceed its goals for academic performance and standards, the School Board learns.

Retiring Clerk of Circuit Courts Nan Todd is recognized by the County Board on her retirement after 36 years in the department, the last 14 as clerk.

Dozens of representatives from interested firms attend a contractors’ meeting and tour hosted by the state Department of Transportation, the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad and Via Rail consultants for the final phase of the Plymouth-Kohler rail line restoration, which will be bid for construction in 2015.


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