The Year in Review - 2016


WINTER WAS IN full swing as skaters old and young skated on the Plymouth Mill Pond. — Review file photo WINTER WAS IN full swing as skaters old and young skated on the Plymouth Mill Pond. — Review file photo JANUARY

The main event was moved up from midnight to 10 p.m. but crowds of revelers still welcome the new year – partying on until midnight and beyond – at the Plymouth Arts Center’s 8th Annual Cheese Drop New Year’s Eve event.

Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco announces he will not seek re-election in November, ending 14 years in office for the Democrat.

A month before it was scheduled to take formal action on it, the Plymouth Town Board heard an earful of complaints from neighbors about PRL Excavating’s request to renew a conditional use permit for a gravel pit on Highview Road.

Investment firm KKR of New York purchases the Mills Fleet Farm retail store chain, including their Plymouth store, ending more than 60 years of family ownership by the Mills family.


SCHNEE DAYS IN Elkhart Lake included all the usual winter fun along with a colorful kite fly over the frozen lake. — Review file photo SCHNEE DAYS IN Elkhart Lake included all the usual winter fun along with a colorful kite fly over the frozen lake. — Review file photo Very few contests will be on the April general election ballot – including no candidates for one County Board seat – and the only primary will be for the Wisconsin Supreme Court seat held by Rebecca Bradley.

The Ad Hoc Liquor Committee not only wants to keep the 300-foot restriction on liquor licenses in proximity to churches and schools in place, it wants to prevent the City Council from waiving that restriction.

The Howards Grove Village Board approves increasing sewer rates by one-third to pay for required updates to the village’s wastewater treatment plant.

The City Council approves the purchase of new Pierce fire truck and Edraulic tools for the Plymouth Fire Department, using funds on hand from fire department reserves to pay for them.


RESIDENTS AT ATRIUM celebrated Valentine’s Day in style, including selecting a king and queen for the day. — Review file photo RESIDENTS AT ATRIUM celebrated Valentine’s Day in style, including selecting a king and queen for the day. — Review file photo The Cascade Village Board vows to keep a closer eye on unsightly properties in the villages after receiving several concerns from residents.

The village of Waldo will adopt a late fee for dog licenses after being one of the few municipalities in the county without such a fee.

Naleta Burr of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. explained the ins and outs and benefits of forming a business improvement district (BID) to about two dozen downtown property and business owners.

McMahon Engineers Architects of Neenah is hired to help the city develop a plan to meet a DNR order to reduce phosphorus levels in the water it puts into the Mullet River from the wastewater treatment plant by 2022.


RETIRED MILWAUKEE POLICE Officer Gordon Moll celebrated his 100th birthday with friends at Salem Greene and special recognition from his former department. — Review file photo RETIRED MILWAUKEE POLICE Officer Gordon Moll celebrated his 100th birthday with friends at Salem Greene and special recognition from his former department. — Review file photo Disc golf and foot golf courses will be added to the Broughton Sheboygan County Marsh Park this year, according to the Friends of the Sheboygan Marsh.

The Plymouth School Board approves a grant application to the Wisconsin Economic

Development Corp. to help create a fabrication laboratory as part of the technology center at Plymouth High School.

For the second month in a row, the County Board approves a refinancing bond issue that will save the county in interest costs.

The Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah School Board hears success stories from three high school students taking part in the Youth Apprenticeship program through Lakeshore Technical College.

The Howards Grove School Board continues to review its policy on alternative education diplomas for district students.


KIDS WERE SCRAMBLING to find ice cubes on a snow pile at the annual Pig in the Marsh event. — Review file photo KIDS WERE SCRAMBLING to find ice cubes on a snow pile at the annual Pig in the Marsh event. — Review file photo Two suspects, Andrew Manderle and Kylie Unterweger, are charged in connection with the arson fire last June which destroyed the historic landmark Huson Water Tower, while the city moves forward with plans to rebuild the tower in conjunction with the Plymouth Historical Society.

As a cost-saving measure, the Howards Grove Village Board approves a proposal from Clerk/Treasurer JoAnn Lesser to close the Village Hall an hour earlier each day, at 4 p.m. instead of 5 p.m.

Three children - ages 11, 10 and 7 - are killed in an evening house fire on Western Avenue in Sheboygan Falls.

Farmers in the town of Lyndon will receive information from the Town Board on incentives for rezoning in order to continue taking advantage of the Wisconsin Farmland Preservation tax credit program.


THE RETURN OF spring brought construction season as well and in Elkhart Lake work progressed on the Villa Motorsports development. — Review file photo THE RETURN OF spring brought construction season as well and in Elkhart Lake work progressed on the Villa Motorsports development. — Review file photo FEBRUARY

Responding to concerns from neighbors, the Plymouth Town Board imposes a list of conditions on a renewed two-year conditional use permit for PRL Excavating to continue running a gravel pit on Highview Road.

While the village experienced growth in the past year in total assessed valuation, room tax revenues and many other areas, there was one village number that declined in the past year, Elkhart Lake Administrator/ Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly reports to the Village Board – the number of dog licenses issued.

Representatives of Premier Real Estate Management present a concept plan for a 96-unit apartment development on Hill and Dale Road west of State 67 to the Plymouth Plan Commission.


2016 WAS AN election year and voters cast their ballots at Plymouth City Hall in the April general election and presidential primary. — Review file photo 2016 WAS AN election year and voters cast their ballots at Plymouth City Hall in the April general election and presidential primary. — Review file photo Wittkopp Funeral and Cremation Services reopens under new management in their original historic location on South Street.

Plymouth Foam is back before the Plan Commission to seek approval of a revised plan for expansion of their plant, now planned for 114,000 square feet instead of the 60,000 approved by the commission last fall.

The long-deliberated revised liquor license ordinance is presented to the Plymouth City Council for review and several aldermen object to a provision prohibiting the council from waiving the distance restriction on licenses near churches or schools.

The Waldo Village Board approves charging a late fee for dog owners who do not license their animal by April 1.

SAMPLING AND PURCHASING locally grown and made fare was in order as PHS hosted a Local Food Fair. — Review file photoSAMPLING AND PURCHASING locally grown and made fare was in order as PHS hosted a Local Food Fair. — Review file photo
With a report that delaying the project a year could save the town 20 to 30 percent on the cost, the Sherman Town Board puts off work on Abbott Drive until 2017.

After more than an hour of discussion with the project engineer, Adell Village Board members are still left with a number of questions regarding two planned water main projects in the village.

Road America announces plans to construct a new retail and visitor center inside the paddock at the race track, along with a new main gate off State 67.

Tourism Director Kathleen Eickhoff, in her annual report to the Elkhart Lake Village Board, said room tax revenue grew by 7.75 percent last year, reflecting another year of growth for the village’s main industry, tourism.


LEARNING JAPANESE CALLIGRAPHY was just one of the fun and educational activities at the Plymouth High School Culture Fair. — Review file photo LEARNING JAPANESE CALLIGRAPHY was just one of the fun and educational activities at the Plymouth High School Culture Fair. — Review file photo The Plymouth School Board hears a report on a new “Collaborating, Co-teaching and Inclusion” teaching model being utilized by several secondgrade teachers at Horizon Elementary School.

The Howards Grove School Board establishes a special fund to set aside money for longterm improvement projects.

An expansion of the Chromebooks program to the fourth grade is approved by the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board.

Daniel Shilts Jr., 42, is arrested on a parole violation charge after an explosion at his home in Waldo leads to the discovery of material for making fireworks and forces the evacuation of several neighboring homes while the material is removed.


CONSTRUCTION WAS WELL underway in Plymouth as well, such as the excavation for an addition to the St. Vincent dePaul store and offices on Eastern Avenue. — Review file photo CONSTRUCTION WAS WELL underway in Plymouth as well, such as the excavation for an addition to the St. Vincent dePaul store and offices on Eastern Avenue. — Review file photo In his annual State of the County address to the County Board, County Administrator Adam Payne said the county continues to be in strong fiscally but renewed his warning that the county needs to find new revenue sources to meet continuing and future needs.

With his election as second assistant fire chief, Cascade Village Trustee Craig DeSmidt resigns from the Village Board, as fire department by-laws prohibit any chief from holding an elected local position.

The Plymouth City Council adopts a revised liquor license ordinance, but removes the provision suggested by the ad-hoc study committee that drew it up limiting its discretion in issuing licenses within proximity of schools and churches.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers returns for a tour of his alma mater, Plymouth High School, including the newly opened Food Science and Agriculture Center.


MEALS ON WHEELS was the beneficiary of a two-minute shopping spree at Plymouth’s Piggly Wiggly by Director Kelly Heyn and Director of Produce Jane Nauschultz. — Review file photo MEALS ON WHEELS was the beneficiary of a two-minute shopping spree at Plymouth’s Piggly Wiggly by Director Kelly Heyn and Director of Produce Jane Nauschultz. — Review file photo City Administrator/Utilities Manager Brian Yerges reports to the City Council’s Committee of the Whole that the city is back in compliance with lead levels in drinking water.

Two people charged with setting the arson fire that destroyed the Huson Water Tower last June are bound over for trial on felony arson charges in Sheboygan County Circuit Court.

Masters Gallery Foods of Plymouth is one of six winners of the prestigious Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year award from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.

MARCH


LT. ALICIA GRENIER of Plymouth’s Bravo Battery was the featured speaker at the city’s Memorial Day ceremony in Union Cemetery. — Review file photo LT. ALICIA GRENIER of Plymouth’s Bravo Battery was the featured speaker at the city’s Memorial Day ceremony in Union Cemetery. — Review file photo The Plymouth Town Board agrees to auction off the fire department’s unusable tanker truck, which has a cracked frame and is not road safe, according to Fire Chief Denis Fellows.

Sherman Town Board members express a sense of irony that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources controls the state deer population, but leaves it to local municipalities to remove deer carcasses from local roads.

The Family Fun Day event in downtown Plymouth this summer will have activities for another group this year – dogs – Downtown Manager Randy Schwoerer tells the Redevelopment Authority.

Village and Chamber of Commerce officials are scrambling to find a new location for the Farmer’s Market this summer after learning that booths may no longer be set up on railroad right-ofway in or near the Village Square.


SMILES AND HUGS were the order of the day as Plymouth High School held its commencement exercises in City Park. — Review file photo SMILES AND HUGS were the order of the day as Plymouth High School held its commencement exercises in City Park. — Review file photo The Cascade Village Board sets the first Saturday in May for a villagewide cleanup day, including collection of yard wastes.

Expressing concerns about that wide a limit, the Plymouth City Council tables a revised ordinance on sex offender residency rules in the city that includes a ban within 2,000 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, day care centers and other areas where children may congregate.

The Adell Village Board approves a project to replace water mains on two village streets – Wisconsin Street and Edgewood Avenue.

The Waldo Village Board hears a report on the village’s new, improved website.


WITH SCHOOL OVER, it was into the pool for young and old at the Plymouth Outdoor Aquatic Center in City Park. — Review file photo WITH SCHOOL OVER, it was into the pool for young and old at the Plymouth Outdoor Aquatic Center in City Park. — Review file photo The County Board approves the sale of less than half an acre of land in Taylor Park in the city of Sheboygan to provide access to a proposed apartment development south of the park and north of Sunny Ridge.

At a public hearing, village residents pushed the Howards Grove Village Board to delay the start of two street projects scheduled for this summer.

The state Department of Transportation will hold a pre-construction meeting for affected businesses on the planned State 28 road project that promises to snarl traffic in one of the city of Sheboygan’s major commercial areas for the entire summer.

The Elkhart Lake Police Department has been accredited by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association Group, Police Chief Michael Meeusen tells the Village Board, becoming the first department in the county to be accredited.


BREAKFAST ON THE Farm meant good eating to help celebrate June Dairy Month in Sheboygan County. — Review file photo BREAKFAST ON THE Farm meant good eating to help celebrate June Dairy Month in Sheboygan County. — Review file photo The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board hears reports on several different programs involving high school students.

Gov. Scott Walker delivers a message of economic and job growth in the state to the annual meeting of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce.

The city will save more than half a million dollars in interest costs after the Plymouth City Council approves a $6 million refinancing bond issue.

APRIL

Four days ahead of the state’s presidential preferential primary, Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks before an enthusiastic crowd of more than 2,000 at a campaign rally in Sheboygan.

Plymouth, Sheboygan County and Wisconsin go against the national trends in primary voting, supporting Sen. Ted Cruz over front-runner Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primary and Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary.


MEMBERS OF BRAVO Battery got to meet their neighbors at an open house at the National Guard Armory in Plymouth. — Review file photo MEMBERS OF BRAVO Battery got to meet their neighbors at an open house at the National Guard Armory in Plymouth. — Review file photo Elkhart Lake village and Chamber of Commerce officials continue to search for a suitable location for the summer farmer’s market that would not utilize railroad rightof way for booths.

The Plymouth Town Board approves a paving project for Ridge Road on the south side of Crystal Lake for this summer and agrees to look at a similar project for nearby Birch Tree Road as well.

The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority endorses the city’s plan to purchase new banners for Mill Street which will feature the Cheese Capital of the World logo.

Her first six months on the job have been a huge success, Plymouth Police Chief Jeffrey Tauscheck tells the City Council in his report on the department’s K-9 officer Zoey.

For the first time in 40 years, the village of Cascade will implement a water rate increase other than a cost-of-living adjustment after winning approval from the state Public Service Commission.

Badger Tag & Label Co. wins approval from the town of Sherman to construct a new manufacturing facility at State 57 and County RR, while keeping its business offices at its present facility in the village of Random Lake.

The Waldo Village Board approves increasing the director of public works position from part-time to full-time.

The city has advertised for bids to reconstruct the Huson Water Tower on Collins Street, destroyed in an arson fire last June, Plymouth City Administrator Brian Yerges tells the City Council.

The County Board approves a two-year contract with the Sheboygan County Law Enforcement Employees Association calling for a two-percent pay increase in each of the two years of the pact.

Howards Grove village officials will discuss further planned street projects for this summer at a Public Works Committee meeting later this month after the Village Board heard concerns from several affected residents.

Citing concerns over the possible impact on village water quality, the Waldo Village Board rescinds permission for two local companies to fill their water trucks with village water.

For the first time in almost four decades, a city of Plymouth supervisor will chair the Sheboygan County Board of Supervisors after Thomas Wegner is elected the new County Board chair, with Supervisor George Marthenze elected vice-chair.

The Plymouth School Board hears a report on the growth of the Future Business Leaders of America group at Plymouth High School.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School robotics team gives a demonstration of its work to the School Board at their monthly meeting.

A survey conducted by the school district found that a majority of district residents have a favorable view of their schools, the Howards Grove School Board learns.

Sheboygan County Administrator Adam Payne is elected president of the Sheboygan County United Way Board of Directors.

The Public Safety Committee sends the proposed sex offender residency ordinance back to the Plymouth City Council for final approval after recommending changing the distance restriction for offenders in proximity to schools, parks and other areas where children might be present from 2,000 to 1,500 feet.

With assurances from VSCDA officials that they will work and cooperate closer with police, the Elkhart Lake Village Board approves a number of requests related to the annual Vintage Festival.

The Public Safety Committee recommends that stop signs on Reed Street at Selma Street be moved to Selma Street.

While some expressed concerns about their severity, the Plymouth City Council approves a new sex offender residency ordinance.

Citing its proximity to other licensed premises, the City Council denies a retail liquor license application from Plymouth BP on Eastern Avenue.

The County Board fills its committees but at least one supervisor, Brian Hoffmann of the town of Wilson, objected to being left off his first choice of assignment, the Transportation Committee.

MAY

The Plymouth Town Board adds crack filling projects on several town roads to the list of road projects for the summer.

Nicola’s Gift Shop owner Nicola Wochinski indicates her interest in moving her store from Rhine Street into the Depot building, but the Elkhart Lake Village Board indicates they have several conditions before they would approve the lease.

Town of Sherman officials are looking to adopt an ordinance limiting cell phone towers in road rights-ofway after learning such an ordinance is required to specifically prevent that as a result of a change in state law.

A proposal from Waldo State Bank to combine five lots in the village in order to build a new bank building wins approval from the Village Board.

The Plymouth City Council approves a $280,750 contract with Northeast Asphalt of Green Bay for five street repaving projects set for this summer.

Deputy Timothy Putz of the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department meets with the Cascade Village Board to, as he puts it, “put a face on the guy driving the squad car.”

At a stakeholders meeting, Department of Transportation officials outline their long-range freeway plans for State 23 north of Plymouth, including extending the frontage road and closing intersections at County O, County E and Pleasant View Road.

After a presentation from engineer Don Albright, the Adell Village Board schedules a public hearing and informational meeting for next month on the proposed water main rebuild project.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board “regretfully” accepts the resignation of high school principal Jim Brown.

The Plymouth School Board endorses a proposal to rename the Plymouth High School pool after late athletic director and swim coach Mike Slagle.

Residents of Audubon Road, Wren Lane and Morning Dove Drive ask the Howards Grove Village Board to address traffic problems they say exist in their neighborhood.

The middle school and high school principals report on the success of the computer pilot program in their buildings to the Howards Grove School Board.

With a few modifications, the Farmer’s Market will be back in its familiar location in the village square downtown this summer, the Elkhart Lake Village Board is told.

Rejecting the recommendation from the Public Safety Committee, the Plymouth City Council votes not to change the stop sign locations on Reed Street.

Rebuilding the Huson Water Tower will require a new foundation as well, the Plymouth City Council learns, as the original foundation – the only thing to survive the arson fire that destroyed the tower last year - failed stress tests.

JUNE

There is apparently not enough support to create a business improvement district in downtown Plymouth, the Redevelopment Authority learns.

Members of the class of 2016 receive their diplomas in graduation ceremonies at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Howards Grove and Plymouth high schools.

The Plymouth Plan Commission approves plans for the first phase of the conversion of 133 E. Mill St. into a cheese center museum and store with upstairs apartments.

Plymouth town officials are considering several different alternatives for this summer’s road projects, including double seal coating for roads with lighter traffic.

Residents of a 16-unit apartment building on North Highland Avenue are left temporarily homeless after an apartment fire in the building.

Dennis Hartwig of Silver Creek is hired to assist village of Adell Public Works Director Shawn Bigelow.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board adopts a revised liquor license after a year-long review and rewrite.

The Sherman Town Board adopts an ordinance limiting and regulating the placement of telecommunications towers in public rights-of-way.

Road America cuts the ribbon on its new Paddock Shop and Fan Engagement Center.

Makayla Klumpyan, a Plymouth High School graduate and University of Wiscon- sin-River Falls student, is chosen as 2016 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair from a field of five candidates.

Reversing their action of less than two months ago, the Plymouth City Council approves retail liquor store licenses for the Plymouth BP and Plymouth Clark convenience stores.

The Cascade Village Board endorses plans by members of Boy Scout Troop 880 to construct a nature trail on 10 acres of land added to the Village Park last year.

The village of Waldo must pay for installation of water and sewer lines for the Hunters Grove subdivision under a court order.

There will be several primaries in August for federal and state legislative seats after candidates file their nomination papers for the fall election.

With the school year over, the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board turns to items for the next school year.

Gov. Scott Walker’s wife Tonette will bring her Walk with Walker event to Elkhart Lake next month, the Elkhart Lake Village Board learns.

County Administrator Adam Payne and Transportation Director Greg Schnell give the County Board a PowerPoint presentation in favor of adopting a half-percent county sales tax, while one county resident appeals to the board to reject the tax proposal.

Plymouth High School 11th graders scored roughly the same as last year on average on the ACT test, Assistant Superintendent Dan Mella reports to the School Board.

The Howards Grove School Board votes to expand the 1:1 Computer Initiative Program for grades five through eight.

With racing legend Mario Andretti as a special guest, Verizon’s Indy Car series returned to Elkhart Lake’s Road America for a weekend racing event after a 13-year absence.

The Howards Grove Village Board denies a request to extend sewer service to the south end of the village limits.

With all of their questions answered, the Plymouth City Council approves three final tavern licenses that were tabled at their last meeting, when the other licenses were approved.

Bravo Battery, 1-121st Field Artillery HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) hosts a Community Day open house at the National Guard Armory, allowing visitors to view the battery’s equipment and see live demonstrations, meet members of the Plymouth based unit, learn about the battery and its mission, and enjoy a free lunch.


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