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City park reservations to begin

City of Plymouth park facility reservations will begin Monday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 a.m. in the clerk’s office at Plymouth City Hall, 128 Smith St.

The Smith Street doors will open at 6:30 am. Early morning applicants must use this entrance. Arrivals should take a number so they are served in the order in which they arrive.

Rental forms will be available. Park shelter rental fees are: $50 for resident, $100 for non-resident, $100 for Plymouth business, $200 for non-Plymouth business.

Bandshell/Gazebo and Rotary Park shelter rentals require a security deposit at time of reservation. Security deposit rates are $50 for parties fewer than 50 people and $100 for parties over 50 people. Security deposits for all other park shelter locations are due at time of key pickup.

Payments can be made with cash or check. Checks must be made payable to the city of Plymouth.

Frozen road law now statewide

Wisconsin’s frozen road law was expanded to include numbered state and federal highways statewide by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) Jan. 14.

The frozen road law allows heavier loads for trucks carrying peeled or unpeeled forest products cut crosswise (not including woodchips), and salt and sand for winter maintenance until approximately early March, unless thawing necessitates an earlier cancellation of the provision or continued cold weather allows for an extension of the declaration period.

The declaration is issued once the ground under highway pavement is frozen to a depth of at least 18-inches, allowing the maximum gross weight for trucks hauling logs or salt and sand for maintaining roads in winter to go up to 98,000 pounds on vehicles with a minimum of five axles (from the normal 80,000 pounds). Special permits for hauling the increased weights are not required when the frozen road law is in effect, however, vehicles must be legally licensed at 80,000 pounds to handle the increased weights. The higher weight limits do not apply to county or local roads unless authorized by the local agency having maintenance authority. Also, higher weights may not be transported on any highways or bridges specifically posted for lower weight limits.

Further information can be found at truck/frozenroad.htm and by checking a recorded message on the Frozen Road Hotline at (608) 266-8417. Haulers with specific questions can contact DOT’s Oversize/Overweight Permits Unit at (608) 266-7320.

Volunteer naturalist class offered

People who are fascinated with nature and eager to share their knowledge and skills with others can enroll in an upcoming course to be certified as a Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer.

The University of Wisconsin-Extension is a major partner in this program with the Department of Natural Resources. The program is a statewide effort to promote awareness, understanding and stewardship of the state’s natural resources.

“The Department of Natural Resources parks program has helped train master naturalist volunteers since September 2013, and DNR representatives have served on the program’s advisory committee since 2009,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp in a press release. “The training helps staff our summer programs with naturalists. This is a partnership we’re happy to help promote.”

A volunteer training course will be held at the Sanderling Nature Center, Kohler-Andrae State Park, beginning Saturday, May 9, and ending Saturday, June 20. The course fee is $250 and involves 40 hours of training in natural history, interpretation and conservation stewardship.

Upon completion of training, the naturalist provides volunteer service in one of three areas: education/interpretation, stewardship or citizen science.

Classes will run approximately seven hours each Saturday on May 9, 16 and 30. June classes are scheduled each Saturday on June 6 and 13 and conclude with a five - hour class on June 20. Both indoor and outdoor instruction plus at least two field trips are included in the training.

Visit the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program website and click on the link for “show all” upcoming events for course registration. For additional information, please contact the WIMN state office at Registration for the Sheboygan course closes Friday, April 17.

Groups sought for fair concessions

The Sheboygan County Fair Association is seeking non-profit organizations to operate concessions during Plymouth Dirt Track Racing events this summer and during the 2015 Sheboygan County Fair over Labor Day weekend.

Operating the concessions can be a simple fundraiser for non-profit organizations. Any group interested should contact the Sheboygan County Fair office for details at (920) 893-5751.

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