Council approves ‘Taste of Plymouth’ permits

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The City Council Tuesday cleared the way for another summer event in downtown Plymouth.

The council approved permits for the first “Taste of Plymouth” event on Mill Street Thursday, June 11, from 3:30-11 p.m.

Downtown Manager Randy Schwoerer told the council the event is being sponsored by the Downtown Plymouth Association and will benefit the Generations inter-generational center.

“We’re going to have 15 food stands, businesses will have displays on the street and there will be entertainment from various bands on the street,” Schwoerer said.

It will also include beer, wine and soda for sale from a stand in the alley next to the Brown Bottle tavern, he added.

The street use permit and temporary one-day picnic liquor license will cover Mill Street from Stafford Street east to the Mill Street Transfer and Mill Street Garden buildings.

By defining the permit area that way, City Clerk/Treasurer Patty Huberty explained, it will allow for sale of beer and wine as well as open containers in that area of Mill Street.

Schwoerer said liquor sales will be controlled through use of wristbands sold to those of legal drinking age. He told the council he had operated similar taste events in Sheboygan for six years and that the system worked well there.

“We will have officers walking through the event,” Police Chief Jeff Tauscheck assured the council after he was asked about enforcing the alcohol sales and drinking. “We usually have enough people on that time of year. I don’t anticipate any big issues at all.”

Huberty noted that the event organizers will have to provide a certifi- cate of insurance to cover the event in order to receive the permits.

“We’ll set up a detour similar to Mill Street Day and have it posted well enough with signage,” Tauscheck told the council. Specifics of the detour route will depend on how far work has proceeded by that point on the State 67/Milwaukee Street road project, he added.

The council instructed Public Works Director Bill Immich to work with Schwoerer and the DPA to set up barricades before the event as well as benches and tables, if requested.

The council awarded a contract for sanitary sewer replacement on Franklin and Schwartz streets to Kip Gulseth Construction of Manitowoc for $76,604.19.

The council earlier this month authorized replacement of the lines on Schwartz Street from Laack Street to Sunset Drive and on Franklin Street from Plymouth to Park streets.

Both lines are old clay tiles, according to Immich, and the plan is to replace them with six-inch plastic pipe.

Several residents on both streets experienced sewer backups into their basements earlier this year and subsequent investigation showed the lines were collapsed in spots and had root growth incursion in others.

Immich said the city received five bids for the project.

The two lowest bids, from Gulseth and Vinton Construction of Manitowoc, were within a little more than $100 of each other.

“That’s the closest I’ve even seen bids come out since I’ve been around here,” Immich commented.

Immich reminded residents that signs for garage and yard sales are not allowed within street right-of-ways, which he noted generally run 15 feet in from the curb. Any signs illegally in a street right-of-way will be removed, he warned.

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