The news from the last half of 2015


THE CASCADE FIRE Department wrapped up their centennial celebration with a huge, colorful parade the first Sunday in August. — Review file photo THE CASCADE FIRE Department wrapped up their centennial celebration with a huge, colorful parade the first Sunday in August. — Review file photo JULY

Vanessa Arbuckle is chosen from a field of four candidates to be Miss Flame as part of the Cascade Fire Department’s centennial celebration coming later this month.

The town of Sherman Plan Commission tables a conditional use permit request for construction of a slurry storage tank after considerable discussion leaves no clear answer whether it would be a permitted use under the zoning code or not.

The Department of Natural Resources announces a public meeting on the proposed Kohler Co. golf course in the town of Wilson to give residents a chance to voice their opinions on the plans.

The Plymouth Town Board approves rezoning a 36-plus acre at the southwest corner of State 67 and County J which the county is planning to buy for a new headquarters and highway shed for the county Highway Department.


THE UW MARCHING Band had them dancing in the streets at the Elkhart Lake Firemans’ Picnic parade Fourth of July weekend. — Review file photo THE UW MARCHING Band had them dancing in the streets at the Elkhart Lake Firemans’ Picnic parade Fourth of July weekend. — Review file photo Old and new 4-H members celebrate and reminisce as a new multi-use public trail is dedicated at Camp Riversite in Hingham.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board instates a one-year moratorium on issuing new tavern licenses in order to study and, if necessary, revise the village’s ordinance governing the licenses.

The Mullet River Corridor Study Committee sets a public forum on the draft corridor plan after giving it a final review.

The city receives a $500,000 grant for the Plymouth Downtown Community Incentives Fund through the Lakeshore Community Foundation in Manitowoc to go toward the renovation of the vacant 133 E. Mill St. building.


TOUCH A TRUCK was just one of the highlights of the Downtown Plymouth Association’s first-ever Family Fun Day. — Review file photo TOUCH A TRUCK was just one of the highlights of the Downtown Plymouth Association’s first-ever Family Fun Day. — Review file photo Plymouth Brewing Co.’s plans to purchase the building at 207 E. Mill St. to use for expanded brewing and bottling are approved by the Plan Commission.

The Adell Village Board is looking to raise the conditional use permit fee after Village Clerk/Treasurer Kelly Rathke reports on the final cost for the permit process recently completed for an application from Mike Garofalo.

Repairs on the road leading to the Mill Pond is nearly complete, Waldo Village President Dan Schneider informs the Village Board.

Several Plymouth City Council members question the decision by the state commissioner of railroads that only yield signs and crossbuck railroad crossing signs are adequate for the street crossings in the city on the soonto be-reopened Plymouth-Kohler rail line.

THE DUST WAS flying on Mill Street when crews sandblasted away noparking paint to create more on street parking downtown. — Review file photo

THE DUST WAS flying on Mill Street when crews sandblasted away noparking paint to create more on street parking downtown. — Review file photo

The late Plymouth High School Athletic Director Mike Slagle, who passed away earlier this month, is memorialized during a Celebration of Life in the high school gymnasium.

The Sheboygan County Relay for Life celebrates its 20th year of fundraising for the

American Cancer

Society.

The Elkhart

Lake- Glenbeulah

School Board votes to switch to Chromebook laptops for student use to replace the computer tablets that had been in use.

The Plymouth

School Board approves the hiring of seven new teachers for the district, including five firstyear teachers.

Elkhart Lake resident Mike Crowley has agreed to donate funds to repair and Line caboose at the depot, paint the retired Soo


THE INTERSECTION OF State 67 and County PP got a new look as part of the major reconstruction of State 67 through the city. — Review file photo THE INTERSECTION OF State 67 and County PP got a new look as part of the major reconstruction of State 67 through the city. — Review file photo Village President Alan Rudnick tells the Village Board.

Sheriff Todd Priebe tells the County Board that the ongoing replacement of emergency radios throughout the county and the creation of a combined emergency dispatch for the county and the city of Sheboygan are both on schedule and under budget so far.

The Plymouth City Council approves an application for a $300,000 USDA Rural Development Economic Development loan and grant to aid the rehabilitation of the city-owned 133 E. Mill St. building.

The Department of Natural Resources has classified the Mill Pond dam as a low hazard dam but is still requiring the city to upgrade the spillway in the next 10 years, Plymouth City Administrator Brian Yerges tells the Public Works and Utilities Committee.


JASON DAY TOOK home the trophy but Sheboygan County was the prize-winner as Whistling Straits golf course hosted the 2015 PGA Championship. — Photo by PGA of America JASON DAY TOOK home the trophy but Sheboygan County was the prize-winner as Whistling Straits golf course hosted the 2015 PGA Championship. — Photo by PGA of America Railroad Services Coordinator Jerry Thompson reassures the Plymouth City Council that the railroad crossing warnings planned for five streets in the city are the standard across the state.

AUGUST

Work is progressing on creating the village’s fourth tax incremental finance district and it should come before the Elkhart Lake Village Board before the end of the month.

Plymouth Town Board members reconfirm their opposition to any plan for a State 23 bypass that does not follow the original route south of the highway and run from State 57 to State 67.

The Plymouth Plan Commission votes to recommend annexation of the Robert and Helen Abhold home at 2702 Eastern Ave.


AS PART OF its centennial celebration, the Plymouth Public Library A Time Remembered with Gina Sauber, who demonstrated items, crafts and toys from the 19th century, along with animal pelts, skins and other things. — Review file photo AS PART OF its centennial celebration, the Plymouth Public Library A Time Remembered with Gina Sauber, who demonstrated items, crafts and toys from the 19th century, along with animal pelts, skins and other things. — Review file photo The Cascade Village Board hears plans from two Boy Scouts for Eagle projects that would improve the Village Park gazebo and footbridge.

The fire department training building in the Village Park would be expanded as part of a proposed Eagle project presented to the Waldo Village Board.

The Plymouth City Council approves its first class A retail liquor license for cider only, a new class of license recently created by the state, to the Kwik Trip store.

Sheboygan County once again became the golf capital of the world as Jason Day captures the 2015 PGA championship at Whistling Straits with a record-setting 20-under-par score of 268.


BIG NAME COUNTRY entertainment returned to the Sheboygan County Fair when Joe NIchols performed in front of the grandstand. — Review file photo BIG NAME COUNTRY entertainment returned to the Sheboygan County Fair when Joe NIchols performed in front of the grandstand. — Review file photo First Congregational United of Church in Plymouth celebrates its 160th anniversary with a Civil War encampment on the church grounds, culminating in an 1860s outdoor church service and wedding.

Sidewalk work and the FEMA mapping project are both nearly complete, Village President James Scheiber tells the Howards Grove Village Board.

The Plymouth School Board approves the proposed 2015-16 school district budget which will go to the public for final approval at the annual meeting in September.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board approves creation of the village’s fourth tax incremental finance district in support of the Wolf Motorsports development on State 67 and Badger Road.

The County Board approves the purchase of a 36.4-acre parcel in the town of Plymouth which will be the location of a new headquarters and shed facility for the Highway Department.


IT WAS A different kind of race at Road America when the Tough Mudders took their endurance challenge to the RA grounds for the second year in a row. — Review file photo IT WAS A different kind of race at Road America when the Tough Mudders took their endurance challenge to the RA grounds for the second year in a row. — Review file photo The focus of public comments on the proposed Mullet River Corridor study are on the Mill Pond and dam and their future.

The City Council lifts a five-year-old hiring freeze for the city and Plymouth Utilities.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District qualified for sparsity aid from the state - $154,800 worth – for the first time this year thanks to a change in the state law, District Superintendent Ann Buechel Haack tells the School Board.

SEPTEMBER

Town Attorney Jim Hughes is directed by the Plymouth Town Board to make further refinements in a proposed ordinance to allow keeping chickens in residentially zoned areas.


THE FOG OF war enveloped the grounds at the Old Wade House as it hosted the annual Civil War Reenactment weekend. — Review file photo THE FOG OF war enveloped the grounds at the Old Wade House as it hosted the annual Civil War Reenactment weekend. — Review file photo Representatives of the Random Lake Union Cemetery Association make an appeal to the Sherman Town Board for financial help for the cash-strapped association to maintain the cemetery.

Despite a request from the owner of the now-closed Braun’s Ranch restaurant, the Elkhart Lake Village Board votes to keep its moratorium on issuing new tavern licenses in place.

The Plymouth Plan Commission indicates its support for preliminary plans presented by the Van Horn Automotive Group to construct a truck center on the south side of Eastern Avenue opposite their present Chevrolet and Dodge dealerships.

The Ad Hoc Liquor License Ordinance Study Committee revisits its earlier decision to recommend an increase in the number of retail liquor store licenses the city should allow .


MUTTON-CHOPPING WAS part of the Homecoming festivities as Mayor Donald Pohlman sacrificed his sideburns in public when the Family Fun event reached its fundraising goal. — Review file photo MUTTON-CHOPPING WAS part of the Homecoming festivities as Mayor Donald Pohlman sacrificed his sideburns in public when the Family Fun event reached its fundraising goal. — Review file photo A couple who received a letter from village officials concerning complaints about their unsightly property appear before the Adell Village Board seeking clarification of the issues involved.

Dennis Reinemann is sworn in as the newest member of the Waldo Village Board, filling the seat vacated when former Trustee Michele Preder moved out of the village earlier this year.

The Howards Grove Village Board approves pedestrian crossing signs for the crosswalk on State 32 outside the Forest Hill subdivision.

The County Board waives its right of first refusal, clearing the way for the sale of the Red Cross building on Erie Avenue in Sheboygan, located on land originally sold by the county to the Kettle Moraine Boys Scouts Council in 1960 for $1.


A PLYMOUTH UTILITIES crew made sure traffic kept moving safely by replacing a bulb in a Mill Street traffic light. — Review file photo A PLYMOUTH UTILITIES crew made sure traffic kept moving safely by replacing a bulb in a Mill Street traffic light. — Review file photo With a small turnout, the 2015- 16 Plymouth School District budget is approved at the annual meeting of voters.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board reiterated its tavern license moratorium, formally rejecting a request from the owner of the closed Braun’s Ranch restaurant.

Plymouth High School senior Karly Knaus wins the 2016 Miss Wisconsin Teen USA title in the annual competition in Fond du Lac.

The Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah School Board meets several students who competed as freshmen at the Family, Career, Community Leaders of America national competition in Washington, D.C., earlier this year.


PAINTERS WERE UP in the air – and up on the roof – as St. John Lutheran Church got a fresh coat of paint. — Review file photo PAINTERS WERE UP in the air – and up on the roof – as St. John Lutheran Church got a fresh coat of paint. — Review file photo City officials cut the ribbon on the city of Plymouth’s newest water well.

The Howards Grove School Board approves the 2015-16 district budget which will mean a 1.3 percent decrease in the property tax rate.

The Plymouth City Council passes a resolution setting guidelines for what messages can be displayed on the Anton Park signboard.

OCTOBER

Dairy Farmers of America announces it will close its Plymouth plant, built in 1954 and upgraded and expanded in 2011, after the first of the year, idling more than 300 workers.

The Ad Hoc Liquor License Ordinance Study Committee decides to recommend increasing the number of retail liquor store licenses, but restricting any new licenses to new buildings or unlicensed entities in existing buildings.


ROCKY KNOLL HEALTH Care Center saluted veterans on Veterans Day, as did schools, churches and other facilities throughout the area. — Review file photo ROCKY KNOLL HEALTH Care Center saluted veterans on Veterans Day, as did schools, churches and other facilities throughout the area. — Review file photo The Elkhart Lake Village Board approves the final plat for the 32-unit Wolf condominium project on the south edge of the village.

The Plymouth Town Board initiates the process of vacating Short Street, a platted street off State 67 that was never fully developed.

The Sherman Town Board returns a rezoning request from Krier Foods to build a storage tank for water residue from bottling soda when issues arise over whether the use fits the requested zoning.

Representatives of the Sheboygan Falls School District visit the Waldo Village Board meeting as part of the district’s effort to reach out to the communities they serve.


A CHARMING DOWNTOWN was the theme for a special shopping event on Mill Street sponsored by the Downtown Plymouth Association. — Review file photo A CHARMING DOWNTOWN was the theme for a special shopping event on Mill Street sponsored by the Downtown Plymouth Association. — Review file photo The Eagle Scout project to refurbish the footbridge in Cascade Memorial Park came in under budget – by $1 – the Village Board learns.

The Plymouth City Council approves a grant from the Senior Fund to help the Generations inter-generational center build an outdoor pickleball court.

The Adell Village Board enters into a fiveyear contract with Advanced Disposal for trash collection that will require village residents to use carts supplied by the company for their trash and garbage.

Howards Grove Village Board members conduct their final review of budget requests in preparation for final budget approval next month.

The Plymouth School Board certifies the final property tax levy for the 2015-16 district budget.


A FAMILIAR FACE made a number of holiday appearances in the area in December, including the Plymouth Public Library where Santa Claus read this little girl’s Christmas wish list. — Review file photo A FAMILIAR FACE made a number of holiday appearances in the area in December, including the Plymouth Public Library where Santa Claus read this little girl’s Christmas wish list. — Review file photo The Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah School Board hears a report on the new greenhouse at the high school, which will be formally dedicated later this month.

A dedication ceremony marks the expansion of the Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial on Taylor Drive in Sheboygan.

The Sheboygan County Board votes to increase its selfimposed annual limit on borrowing for capital projects from $4 million to $5.5 million.

The Plymouth Police Department’s newest officer – K-9 officer Zoey, a chocolate Labrador – is sworn in by City Clerk/Treasurer Patty Huberty.

Plymouth City Administrator Brian Yerges presents the preliminary 2016 city budget to the City Council with a property tax levy unchanged from the previous budget.

NOVEMBER

A last-minute attempt to remove the purchase of an armored rescue vehicle for the Sheriff’s Department is defeated as the County Board approves the 2016 county budget.

Sufficient funds have been raised that work can begin on restoration of the caboose at the Elkhart Lake depot, the Village Board is told.

The Howards Grove Village Board finalizes the 2016 budget in time for the scheduled public hearing next month.

Redevelopment Authority member Jackie Jarvis proposes that the city offer a developer’s incentive for the vacant 33 E. Mill St. building equivalent to the cost of tearing the city-owned structure down.

The Cascade Village Board is asked to review its ordinance on “blighted properties,” which was last revised in 1983, by a village resident with concerns about unsightly properties in the village.

The Plymouth City Council adopts a 2016 city budget that keeps the property tax levy the same but increases the recycling fee included on property tax bills from $9.50 to $19.

The Department of Transportation will allow the village of Waldo to install “no engine braking” signs on State 57, but only within the village limits, the Village Board is told.

For the first time since 1983, members of United Auto Workers Local 833 went on strike against the Kohler Co. after overwhelmingly rejecting what the company termed its “last, best and final contract offer” by an overwhelming 94 percent.

The Adell Village Board adopts a 2016 budget that includes slight decreases in spending and tax levy, due mainly to a drop in state shared revenue.

District Superintendent Chris Peterson proposes that the district adopt a computer 1:1 pilot program to the Howards Grove School Board. The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board votes to continue the co-op soccer program with New Holstein after hearing a report on the success of the program, including the first home game at Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah High School.

The Plymouth School Board asks for applicants to fill a vacancy on the board created when John Klemme resigned after moving out of the district.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board makes necessary revisions to the zoning ordinance to allow Monica Lettow to establish a tea room in her Jay Lee Inn bed and breakfast on Lake Street.

State and local officials man the scissors as the ribbon is cut on the restored Plymouth- Kohler rail line and the first Wisconsin and Southern train takes off shortly after for Sheboygan Falls.

The Plymouth City Council adopts a new ordinance that clarifies the definition of dangerous and vicious dogs.

The holiday season kicks off with the annual Holiday Gathering parade in Plymouth – with K-9 officers Justin Daniels and Zoey serving as marshals – and the annual tree lighting ceremony in Elkhart Lake.

DECEMBER

The Plymouth Town Board approves changes to the zoning ordinance which will allow the town to be re-certified for the farmland preservation tax credit program.

The Sherman Town Board approves a three-way split of a 40-acre parcel that keeps the entire property within the farmland preservation program.

The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority endorses a $15,000 developer’s incentive for the city-owned vacant 31 E. Mill St. building.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board, citing the village’s master plan and their reluctance to set a precedent, denies a rezoning request to multi-family residential for a Sharpes Drive property.

The Cascade Village Board, following a report from its Relief and Health Committee, decides that the village’s ordinance on unsightly properties is sufficient as it stands and does not need changes or amendment.

Plymouth’s Bravo Battery is home to one of the state’s first two female National Guard field artillery officers, 2nd Lt. Alicia Grenier.

Capt. Cory Roeseler of the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department reports to the Adell Village Board on progress being made to address an unsightly property in the village.

The Plymouth City Council agrees to offer a $15,000 developer’s incentive for one year to any potential buyer of the 31 E. Mill St. building.

The latest bond issue by Sheboygan County, for long-term capital improvement projects, sold at a better-than-projected interest rate and will save the county $316,000 in interest costs, the County Board learns.

Waldo Fire Chief Jason Parrish gives his year-end report to the Waldo Village Board, including a positive audit report from the state of Wisconsin.

Sheboygan County is awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the second straight year by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The Plymouth School Board elects Tony Backhaus vicepresident to succeed former board member Jamie Klemme, who resigned from the board when she moved out of the district.

A proposed 33 percent increase in sewer rates drew several negative comments and questions at a public hearing before the Howards Grove Village Board.

The County Board turns down a proposal to grant protective occupation status for correctional officers in the county detention center.


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