The Year in Review - 2015


IT WAS A night of laughs when a capacity crowd got a sneak peak at the episode of “Around the Corner with John McGivern” on Plymouth in the Plymouth High School Acuity Auditorium. — Review file photo IT WAS A night of laughs when a capacity crowd got a sneak peak at the episode of “Around the Corner with John McGivern” on Plymouth in the Plymouth High School Acuity Auditorium. — Review file photo JANUARY

A capacity crowd fills the Acuity Auditorium at Plymouth High School for a sneak peak at the Milwaukee Public Television program “Around the Corner with John McGivern” and its look at the city of Plymouth and surrounding area.

Three candidates – Sheboygan County Court Commissioner Rebecca Persick, city of Sheboygan Municipal Judge Catherine Delahunt and Plymouth Municipal Judge Matthew Mooney – file to run for a vacant seat on the Sheboygan County Circuit Court, forcing a primary election in February before the April general election.

The Plymouth Town Board reaffirms its opposition to a proposed State 23 frontage road route through the River Heights subdivision.


IT TOOK A while, but winter snow finally came to the area and brought out the snow blowers, shovels and snow toys. — Review file photo IT TOOK A while, but winter snow finally came to the area and brought out the snow blowers, shovels and snow toys. — Review file photo The Plymouth Police and Fire Commission interviews six candidates – including two fire department members – to replace Fire Chief Ronald Nicolaus, who retired Jan. 1.

The Howards Grove Village Board votes to join the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. on a one-year trial basis.

The Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition has been selected to receive one of four Met Life Foundation/Generations United America Best Intergenerational Communities awards.

The Plymouth School District catches up on procedures as the Plan Commission approves site plans two accessory buildings at the high school which the district did not realize required commission approval before they were built.


DASHING THROUGH THE snow behind a team of dogs was one way to spend a winter weekend at the Wade House historic site. — Review file photo DASHING THROUGH THE snow behind a team of dogs was one way to spend a winter weekend at the Wade House historic site. — Review file photo The Cascade Village Board learns of plans for several fundraisers to aid the owners of Arbuckle Floral, whose building was destroyed in a Jan. 5 fire.

The Plymouth City Council approves up to $10 million in industrial revenue bonds for OCS Plymouth, which plans to build a 22,000-square foot cold storage facility on County PP.

The Waldo Village Board decides not to pull the plug on the farmer’s market in the village after organizers said they were willing to continue putting in the time and effort to run the weekly market.

Sheboygan County receives a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.

Plymouth Ambulance Service Director Brian Goelzer is named executive director of Orange Cross Ambulance following the merger of the two services last fall.


THE SIGNS WERE positive when ChiroHealth spearheaded a “Sunshine on the Street” campaign to help chase winter blues. — Review file photo THE SIGNS WERE positive when ChiroHealth spearheaded a “Sunshine on the Street” campaign to help chase winter blues. — Review file photo The sale of the vacant 31 E. Mill St. building to developer and New Zealand native Steven Hobbs is approved by the Redevelopment

Authority.

Alderman David Williams gives a positive report on activities at Generations, the Plymouth inter-generational center, and particularly at the Plymouth Adult Community Center operated by Generations, for which the city provides some funding.

Voters in the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District will vote on a referendum to allow the district to exceed state revenue caps by $725,000 for four years after the School Board approves the referendum question for the April general election.


THE STREETS TURNED green for a day when the annual Irishman’s Walk wound its way from the corner of Eastern and Highland to downtown Plymouth on St. Patrick’s Day. — Review file photo THE STREETS TURNED green for a day when the annual Irishman’s Walk wound its way from the corner of Eastern and Highland to downtown Plymouth on St. Patrick’s Day. — Review file photo The Sheboygan County Board adopts a parking ban along County U near the Parnell Tower to address traffic, parking and safety concerns.

The Plymouth School District will convert nine half-day early release days for teacher in-service into five full days scattered through the 2015-16 school year.

The Elkhart Lake village water tower will be spiffed up this summer after the Village Board approves repainting the facility.

Work is about 95 percent completed on sidewalk projects in the village, Public Works Director Ryan Welsing informs the Howards Grove Village Board.

The Plymouth City Council approves another industrial revenue bond issue for a new cheese cold storage facility, this time $2.25 million for Plymouth Cold Storage LLC.


FOR THE EIGHTH consecutive year, the Plymouth Arts Center welcomed 2015 with their annual Cheese Drop. — Review file photo FOR THE EIGHTH consecutive year, the Plymouth Arts Center welcomed 2015 with their annual Cheese Drop. — Review file photo FEBRUARY

Concerned about costs, the Elkhart Lake Village Board tables a request to update the security camera system at the Grashorn Municipal Building.

The Plymouth Town Board reaffirms its opposition to a state plan to route a State 23 bypass through the River Heights subdivision for neighborhood residents who attend the board meeting.

Family and friends toast Lillian Goethke of Elkhart Lake with Dixie cups and Oreo cookies as all three celebrate their 103rd birthday.

Plymouth City Administrator Brian Yerges tells the Redevelopment Authority that the city will proceed with a professional study of the Mullet River corridor throughout the city this year.


STUDENTS AT HORIZON Elementary School learned about Native American culture when the American Indian Council of Milwaukee demonstrated a number of Indian dances and shared tribal costumes and customs at an assembly. — Review file photo STUDENTS AT HORIZON Elementary School learned about Native American culture when the American Indian Council of Milwaukee demonstrated a number of Indian dances and shared tribal costumes and customs at an assembly. — Review file photo Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Superintendent Ann Buechel Haack updates the Elkhart Lake Village Board on the district’s spending referendum that will be on the April ballot.

Officials in the village of Waldo are negotiating a new contract with Excel.Net to allow the company to continue to mount its antenna on the village’s water tower in exchange for providing internet service to and perhaps create a web site for the village.

The village of Cascade has an accepted offer to purchase an additional ten acres of land adjoining the Village Park in order to expand the park.

The city will turn to two reserves – their own and Plymouth Utilities – to tide over shortfalls in revenue for two tax incremental finance districts, the City Council decides.


PRINCIPAL AMY FLOOD got an escort from her students as she left Fairview Elementary School for the last time after her retirement in March. — Review file photo PRINCIPAL AMY FLOOD got an escort from her students as she left Fairview Elementary School for the last time after her retirement in March. — Review file photo Catherine Delahunt and Rebecca Persick, who were separated by just 43 votes, emerged from a three-candidate primary field for the Sheboygan County Circuit Court Branch IV seat, eliminating Matthew Mooney of Plymouth.

Village resident Marcia Schamberger voiced her opposition to the creation of a new Memorial Day celebration committee to the Elkhart Lake Village Board, claiming the village was overstepping its authority by creating the committee.

The Howards Grove Village Board approves a contract with LJM Architects to design new restroom facilities at Memorial Park.


A COLORFUL PINWHEEL garden was part of an event at Generations to mark Prevent Child Abuse Month in April. — Review file photo A COLORFUL PINWHEEL garden was part of an event at Generations to mark Prevent Child Abuse Month in April. — Review file photo “I think it’s safe to say the county is strong,” Sheboygan County Administrator Adam Payne tells the County Board in his annual “State of the County” message.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board gets a comprehensive overview of the referendum question that will go to district voters at the April election from District Superintendent Ann Buechel Haack.

The proposed new state biennial budget could cost the Howards Grove School District $150 per student in state aid, District Superintendent Chris Peterson tells the School Board.

Former Oscar Mayer executive Nick Merigioli is named the next chief executive officer of Johnsonville Foods, becoming the first CEO of the company who is not a member of the Stayer family, co-founders of the company.


STUDENTS FROM SCHOOLS throughout the county got an up-close look at the Kohler Co. during a STEM (Science, Tecnology, Engineering and Mathematics) tour of the plant. — Review file photo STUDENTS FROM SCHOOLS throughout the county got an up-close look at the Kohler Co. during a STEM (Science, Tecnology, Engineering and Mathematics) tour of the plant. — Review file photo The Police and Fire Commission stays in house to name a new chief for the Plymouth Fire Department, selecting 33-year department member Denis Fellows to succeed recently-retired Ron Nicolaus.

Coats and sweaters were the dress code as the Plymouth City Council hears a report on the recent failure of the City Hall heating system in a heatless council chambers.

An early-morning fire damages the upper level of a duplex at 925 Eastern Ave. in the city of Plymouth.

The Ad Hoc Liquor License Ordinance Study Committee reaches a consensus that the city should make more retail liquor store licenses – now limited to four – available.

The Sheboygan County 4-H Junior Dairy Bowl Team wins the state championship at the Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Bowl Contest in Portage.


A MAJOR RECONSTRUCTION of State 67 through the city of Plymouth proved a challenge for drivers and residents all summer long in the city. — Review file photo A MAJOR RECONSTRUCTION of State 67 through the city of Plymouth proved a challenge for drivers and residents all summer long in the city. — Review file photo MARCH

The Elkhart Lake Village Board refinances old debt, including Build America Bonds from 2009, to include new road projects in a new bond issue that will reduce the village’s interest payments.

The Plymouth Town Board puts Oak Road first on the list of road projects to tackle, while delaying work on Ridge Road at least a year until sewer work planned there by Northern Moraine Utilities is completed.

Tourism continued to grow in the village of Elkhart Lake in 2014, Director of Tourism Kathleen Eickhoff reports to the Village Board, with the Tourism Commission achieving its 2011 goal of increasing room tax revenue by 20 percent in five years two years ahead of schedule.


WITH THE ARRIVAL of summer came the arrival of parade season, including the Greenbush Fireman’s Parade in late June. — Review file photo WITH THE ARRIVAL of summer came the arrival of parade season, including the Greenbush Fireman’s Parade in late June. — Review file photo The Sherman Town Board goes on record opposing a state budget proposal to transfer property assessments from the municipal to county level.

City residents learn exactly what disruptions are coming their way this summer as state Department of Transportation officials present final plans for the reconstruction of State 67 through the city at a public meeting.

The Plymouth Plan Commission approves two projects at Plymouth High School – the $1 million Food Science and Agriculture Center and a $300,000 electrical system upgrade.

The Cascade Village Board recognizes two local Boy Scouts whose Eagle projects have added or will add to the Village Park.


STREET WORK WAS a familiar sight throughout the summer in the city and was fascinating - as long as you weren’t trying to drive through it. — Review file photo STREET WORK WAS a familiar sight throughout the summer in the city and was fascinating - as long as you weren’t trying to drive through it. — Review file photo With a hearing on closing the Milwaukee Street railroad crossing only a week away, the Plymouth City Council proposes a reconstruction plan for the Milwaukee Street/ Western Avenue intersection they hope will keep the crossing open.

The Waldo Village Board gives its blessing to a proposal to add a nine-hole Frisbee golf course at Waldo Village Park.

A clearwater ordinance that requires the building inspector to certify that wastewater is not entering the storm water system before a home in the city can be sold is adopted by the Plymouth City Council.

Sargento Foods announces it has completed planning and will break ground soon for a major expansion of its existing technical center in Elkhart Lake.


SHEARING SHEEP WAS just one of the spring tasks at the Wade House that guests could watch at the historic site. — Review file photo SHEARING SHEEP WAS just one of the spring tasks at the Wade House that guests could watch at the historic site. — Review file photo The Adell Village Board accepts a low bid from the Sheboygan County Highway Department for street work on Seifert Street this summer.

The Mullet River Corridor Study Committee holds its first meeting and heard from consultant Andrew Bremer of MSA Professional Services and engineer Don Albright of Kapur and Associates that the Mill Pond dam will be a major focus of the study.

Jill Preissner of Lakeshore Technical College tells the Plymouth School Board that she considers Plymouth High School the “shining star” of LTC’s Youth Apprenticeship Program.

Andrew Hron, supervisor of the DNR’s Kettle Moraine Fish Hatchery, updates the Scott Town Board on a $28 million upgrade planned for the facility.

The Howards Grove Village Board reaf- firms its intent to continue enforcing its extra territorial zoning jurisdiction in adjoining areas of the town of Herman.

Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School students demonstrate the robot they entered in the state-level robotics competition in Appleton last month for the School Board.

Demolition begins of the old storage building at the Broughton Sheboygan County Marsh Park, clearing the way for the planned construction of a new multipurpose educational center at the park.

The expansion of the Sargento facility in Elkhart Lake that will begin this year will bring new jobs to the village and help accelerate repayment of the village’s Tax Incremental Finance District 2, the Village Board learns.

Expert witness characterize it as unsafe and dangerous while local officials defend it as a vital link for the city and area at a hearing for the state Commissioner of Railroads on the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad’s petition to close the Milwaukee Street railroad crossing.

Job growth and employment in Sheboygan County is outpacing most of the rest of the state, Sheboygan County Economic development Corp. Executive Director Dane Checolinski tells the County Board.

A groundbreaking ceremony with state and local officials and business representatives is held at the Plymouth Depot to kick off the last phase of the reconstruction of the Plymouth-Kohler rail line.

Plymouth Police Chief Jeff Tauscheck informs the City Council that Chuck Van Horn Dodge has offered to sell the department an in-stock police package 2014 Dodge Charger to use for the K-9 unit for which the department is raising money.

APRIL

The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority narrows the list of possible Cheese Capital of the World logos to three and decides to test market the finalists to determine which is most effective.

The Plan Commission approves plans for installation of a 19.84-kilowatt photovoltaic solar panel system for Plymouth City Hall.

Plans for converting the upper floor of the vacant 133 E. Mill St. building are presented to the Plymouth Redevelopment Authority, along with initial efforts to develop the first floor commercial space into a cheese center/store.

Sheboygan County Court Commissioner Rebecca Persick bests Sheboygan/ Kohler Municipal Judge Catherine Delahunt by a better than three-totwo margin to win the election for Sheboygan County Circuit Court Branch 4 judge.

Larry Krause of Donohue & Associates presents an update to the facilities plant plan to the Howards Grove Village Board, highlighting an immediate need for maintenance and upgrades in the wastewater treatment system.

Voters in the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District approve a spending referendum for maintenance and other projects by a better than two-to-one margin.

School, city and local officials wield the shovels as ground is breaking on the Plymouth High School campus for a new $1 million Food Science and Agriculture Center building.

The Adell Village Board tables discussion on holding a dumpster day for village residents to dispose of large items until it can make a determination of what the fees might be.

With the Police Department more than two-thirds of the way to their fundraising goal of $60,000, the Plymouth City Council approves the purchase of a squad car for the department’s proposed K-9 unit.

The Waldo Village Board asks the public for input on the proposed Frisbee golf course and other needed improvements in the Village Park.

The Cascade Village Board discusses a recent complaint about a village resident keeping chickens, noting that nothing in the current village ordinances forbids it.

The Plymouth City Council authorizes replacement of two failing sanitary sewers on Schwartz Street from Laack Street to Sunset Drive and on Franklin Street from Plymouth to Park streets.

A switch to an advanced metering system will be the next major project for Plymouth Utilities, City Administrator/Utilities Manager Brian Yerges tells the council’s Public Works and Utilities Committee.

The Ad Hoc Liquor License Ordinance Study Committee continues to struggle with the definition of abandonment of premises in the revocation and suspension section of the ordinance.

It is a night of positives as the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board hears of several accomplishments by various high school students.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board adds several conditions governing hours of operation before approving a renewed lease with Jason Fischer for retail space in the Depot building.

The County Board votes down a compromise proposed by the Finance Committee on pay raises for non-union employees that were funded in the 2015 budget.

A half-dozen exchange students share their impressions of Plymouth, Plymouth High School and their experiences with the Plymouth School Board.

The Howards Grove Village Board adds its voice to other local government bodies expressing their opposition to a proposal to eliminate the state personal property tax.

The Generations inter-generational center celebrates its fourth anniversary with a community event that culminates in the planting of a tree dedicated to the late Don and Alma Kraus, major benefactors and supporters of the center.

After several meetings, the Adell Village Board grants partial approval of developer Mark Garofalo’s plans for a grain storage facility near the Adell Co-op.

Voters at the town of Sherman annual meeting approve four miles of road work on Abbott Drive this summer.

Crews begin work on the reconstruction of State 67 through the city of Plymouth, with work planned in several stages throughout the summer and into the fall.

The Plymouth City Council approves permits that clear the way for the Downtown Plymouth Association to hold the firstever Taste of Plymouth event on Mill Street in June.

At its annual meeting, the Kohler Co. Board of Directors elects Chairman and CEO Herbert V. Kohler Jr. to the new role of executive chairman and elects David Kohler president and chief executive officer.

MAY

The Elkhart Lake Village Board approves the vacation of portions of four village streets to help make way for expansion of the Sargento Foods technical center.

The Plymouth Town Board approves rezoning and a conditional use permit that will reopening of a gravel pit on Branch Road just off State 23.

Plans for major addition and expansion of the St. Vincent de Paul store and offices on Eastern Avenue win approval from the Plymouth Plan Commission.

The Redevelopment Authority chooses a “Plymouth World’s Cheese Capital” logo that was a clear favorite in online test marketing.

UW-Sheboygan Growth Management Educator Kevin Struck tells the Sherman Town Board that the town’s zoning ordinance requires a few adjustments requested by the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The news is good for the Plymouth City Council as financial advisor Phil Cosson reports that the latest bond issue sold at a lower interest rate than anticipated and did not negatively impact the city’s Aa3 bond rating.

The Waldo Village Board reviews a draft management plan for the Mill Pond.

The Cascade Village Board decides there is no need to adopt any new restrictions on keeping chickens in the village.

The Mullet River Corridor Study Committee begins its look at plans for the corridor divided into five areas – bicycle features, river trail, gateway improvements, downtown riverfront concepts and Mullet River concepts.

With a number of revisions to his plans, developer Mark Garofalo restarts the process of applying to the Adell Village Board for a permit to construct a grain storage facility near the Adell Co-op.

Village President Alan Rudnick tells the Elkhart Lake Village Board that the creation of another tax incremental district in the village is being contemplated to aid several new business and residential developments.

With the year nearly half gone, the County Board approves a plan to grant budgeted 1.57 percent pay raises for non-union employees.

Three students who finished well in state forensics competition are recognized by the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board.

Preliminary figures show the district is in better financial shape heading into the 2015- 16 budget year than it was a year ago, District Business Manager Jon Miller tells the Plymouth School Board.

Elkhart Lake Village Board members express concerns about traffic control plans for the September Vintage Weekend, fearing it may be too severe and too restrictive for visitors and village residents alike.

Switching health insurance providers will save the district about 10 percent in insurance costs next year, the Howards Grove School Board learns.

City officials cut the ribbon on the city’s newest water reservoir, the first built by the city since 1941.

JUNE

The Plymouth Town Board lowers the speed limit on Oak Road between County Z and Sumac Road to 45 mph after a request from residents of the road.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board approves the rezoning request to R-3 residential from Victory Development LLC for their property in the heart of the village.

The Redevelopment Authority approves a color scheme for the “Plymouth Cheese Capital of the World” logo.

Members of the class of 2015 receive their diplomas in graduation ceremonies at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Howards Grove and Plymouth high schools.

Gilbert Gilman, class of 1940; Dr. Sharon (Blanke) Chappy, class of 1975; and Roger Boeckmann, class of 1971 are announced as the newest inductees into the Plymouth High School Alumni Hall of Fame.

Sheboygan County receives a $2.4 million grant from the state Department of Natural Resources Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund to help cover the cost of purchasing the Amsterdam Dunes property.

Elizabeth Widder of Sheboygan Falls emerges from a field of four candidates to win the title of 2015 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair.

The Waldo Village Board opts not to take any further action concerning complaints about dog own- ers not cleaning up after their animals in the village, noting that the situation has improved recently.

The Plymouth Public Library building, celebrating its 100th birthday, is landmarked by the Plymouth Historical Society – which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

The Plymouth City Council approves the list of tavern licenses for the coming year, but puts license holders on notice that they will be required to show their compliance with ordinance requirements$ concerning days of business in afttheer future. $1000.00

Despite off-and-on rain, the first-ever Taste of Plymouth event draws crowds to Mill Street to sample fares from Plymouth eateries.

The Plymouth City Council approves a $25,970 fix for pumps at the County PP lift station damaged by disposal wipes, adult and baby diapers and other items flushed into the system by residents.months of signT onh bonuse yourHowardsCBRF certiG r o v e

Educa- tion Association ratifies a new contract with the school district for the 2015-

16 school year.

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Adell Village Board evaluates proposed improvements to village streets, water main system and park.

District Business Manager Jon Miller presents his “first snapshot” of the 2015-16 school year budget to the Plymouth School Board showing a projected budget deficit of $100,000.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board tables several requests from organizers of the 24th annual Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival in September until the group meets with Police Chief Michael Meeusen to answer his concerns.

The County Board approves a new list of salary ranges for nonunion employees after a compromise brokered by supervisors Richard Bemis and Charles Conrardy addresses the issues of employees above the top of the new pay scales.

Two suspi- cious fires within the space of 24 hours destroy the landmark Huson Water Tower on Collins Street and damage a historic Cheese- ville building in the 400 block of East Clifford Street.

A n anonymous donor has given the Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah School District a dozen high-quality Olympus microscopes, District Superintendent Ann Buechel Haack tells the School Board.

The intersection of Mill and Milwaukee streets in downtown Plymouth reopens as work on the State 67 project in the city moves on to its second phase.

The Johnsonville Fire Department puts its newest piece of equipment, a full response pumper truck, into service.

The Plymouth City Council grants approval for another new downtown event, a Family Day event planned by the Downtown Plymouth Association for July 18.

At a special meeting, the Adell Village Board grants a conditional use permit to allow Mark Garofalo to build a grain dryer and storage system in the village.

For the first time in more than 30 years, a train crosses Clifford Street, Pleas- antview Road, Highland Avenue and South Street as the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad makes the first run on the restored line as far as State 57.


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