2016 Rewind - What happen in Falls this year?

by Jeff Pederson
Sheboygan Falls News Editor


SHEBOYGAN FALLS POLICE CHIEF and Director of Public Safety Steve Riffel (left) discusses a homicide case involving Katlyn A. Kinateder and her 2-year-old son, Dexter, during a press conference Friday, Aug. 5, at the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building. In Sheboygan County Circuit Court on Monday, Aug. 8, Kinateder was charged with felony first-degree intentional homicide in Dexter’s death. SFPD Deputy Chief Steve Ross (right) is also pictured. - Falls News file photo by Jeff Pederson SHEBOYGAN FALLS POLICE CHIEF and Director of Public Safety Steve Riffel (left) discusses a homicide case involving Katlyn A. Kinateder and her 2-year-old son, Dexter, during a press conference Friday, Aug. 5, at the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building. In Sheboygan County Circuit Court on Monday, Aug. 8, Kinateder was charged with felony first-degree intentional homicide in Dexter’s death. SFPD Deputy Chief Steve Ross (right) is also pictured. - Falls News file photo by Jeff Pederson Last week we took a tour through the top stories occurring in Sheboygan Falls during the first four months of 2016.

Now it’s time to examine the standout headlines from the spring and summer months of May, June, July and August 2016.

MAY

On Sunday, May 1, Rev. Dr. John R. Throop was officially welcomed with a Celebration of New Ministry service at the church, led by the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac Rt. Rev. Matthew Gunter.


A HISTORIC BUILDING at 324 Broadway Street, which had served as offices for the Stern Tannery, was taken down Tuesday, June 28. The property was owned by former Stern Tannery owner Jeff Stern under the name Falls Riverfront Properties LLC. - Submitted file photo A HISTORIC BUILDING at 324 Broadway Street, which had served as offices for the Stern Tannery, was taken down Tuesday, June 28. The property was owned by former Stern Tannery owner Jeff Stern under the name Falls Riverfront Properties LLC. - Submitted file photo Rev. Throop, known as “Father John” came to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with 35 years of experience as an ordained minister.

He previously served in congregations in Tennessee, Illinois, Ohio and Virginia and, most recently as rector of two churches in Watertown, New York.

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In an effort to free up parking availability for downtown shoppers, the Sheboygan Falls Common Council approved the the designation of five short-term, one-hour parking spots in the former Ebbers Building parking lot, during a semimonthly meeting Tuesday, May 3, at the Municipal Building.


AFTER 34½ YEARS OF SERVICE to the city of Sheboygan Falls, Director of City and Administrative Services Joel Tauschek retired from his position on Friday, June 24. - Falls News file photo by Jeff Pederson AFTER 34½ YEARS OF SERVICE to the city of Sheboygan Falls, Director of City and Administrative Services Joel Tauschek retired from his position on Friday, June 24. - Falls News file photo by Jeff Pederson ***

The Sheboygan Falls Common Council Committee of the Whole held a joint meeting with the Sheboygan Falls Park Board to discuss the purchase of new playground equipment at Rochester Park and Woodview Park and advancing a citywide tree planting program to combat the presence of the invasive emerald ash borer Tuesday, May 3, at the Municipal Building. Hackel noted that the nearby presence of the invasive emerald ash borer, which is an exotic green jewel beetle native to Eastern Asia that feeds on ash trees and eventually kills them, has accelerated the Park Board’s plans to plant and raise new trees.

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Blessed Trinity Parish celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of its church building at 327 Giddings Ave. in Sheboygan Falls with a two-day party titled “Celebrating the Cornerstone” May 21-22.

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Seven valedictorians and one salutatorian were announced to lead the senior class at the 2016 Sheboygan Falls High School Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 5.

Joshua Becker, Shania Mayer, Rachel Novicki, Kimberly Schwobe, Rebecca Sohn, Brittny Thackrey and Erika Van Engen were designated as co-valedictorians for this year’s SFHS graduating class, while Austin Arenz earned salutatorian honors for the SFHS Class of 2016..

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Members of the Sheboygan Falls School Board discussed options for the tentatively planned November middle school referendum, during a monthly meeting Monday, May 16, in the Sheboygan Falls High School library.

Each member of the board spoke on the topic of the possible construction of a new middle school and the board’s intentions to include a middle school referendum on the fall election ballot in November.

The discussion referenced the report submitted by the Facilities Advisory Committee, which indicated a preference for two of the four construction options.

*** Members of the Sheboygan Falls Common Council began to examine ways to combat the invasive emerald ash borer beetle’s projected deadly impact on the city’s ash tree inventory, during a City Service Committee meeting Tuesday, May 17, at the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building.

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Salon 511, a full-service salon and spa located at 511 Broadway Street in downtown Sheboygan Falls celebrated its 10 year in business.

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The top ten students of the Sheboygan Falls High School Class of 2016 celebrated their academic, extra-curricular and community service achievements and honored their most influential teachers at the 12th annual Sheboygan Falls High School Top Ten Program Monday, May 23.

The top ten students and their selected most influential teacher are listed as follows.

Austin Arenz – Ed Hughes (high school technology education).

Joshua Becker – Dan Winter (elementary school fourth grade).

Kayla Hemb – Derek Beekhuizen

(high school band director).

Benjamin Le Blanc – Dawn Hogue (high school English).

Shania Mayer – Andrew Jagow (high school science).

Rachel Novicki – Laura Dell Landázuri (high school world language-Spanish).

Kimberly Schwobe – Brad Hoffmann (high school science).

Rebecca Sohn - Pamela Salm (high school science).

Brittny Thackray – Tom Oetjen (elementary school third grade).

Erika Van Engen - Bernadette Stahlkopf (high school English).

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The Sheboygan Falls Plan Commission voted to support a conditional-use permit request for a new art studio and gift shop in downtown Sheboygan Falls.

During an initial appearance before the Plan Commission on Tuesday, May 24, David Peterman of Green Lakes Airbrush discussed his intentions to move his businesses from Plymouth to a building owned by Randy and Tammy Meyer at 500 Water St. in Sheboygan Falls..

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The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service recently awarded the Sheboygan Falls School District a “One in a Melon” award for administering an exemplary Farm to School program.

JUNE

Following a thorough overview from company leaders and considerable discussion among council members, the Sheboygan Falls Common Council approved the purchase of a new utilities inventory work order software system from Terraspatial Technologies, during a semimonthly meeting Wednesday, June 1, at the Municipal Building.

A decision on the purchase had been delayed due to a considerable difference in prices submitted by Terraspatial Technologies of Hood River, Ore. and Civic Systems of Madison.

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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Vinton Construction informed city of Sheboygan Falls government officials that the 40-day construction timetable for the roundabout project at the intersection of State 32-Happy Lane could be pushed back if heavy traffic in the area did not ease soon.

City of Sheboygan Falls Deputy Administrator Shad Tenpas said Vinton Construction officials stated at a meeting on Thursday, June 2 that an exceedingly high volume of traffic in the vicinity of State 32 and Happy Lane slowed the progress of construction crews during the first week of the project.

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Members of the Sheboygan Falls High School Class of 2016 opened the door to a brave new world, while offering a nod to the lifetime memories created as classmates, during the annual SFHS Commencement Ceremony Sunday, June 5, in the SFHS auditorium.

A total of 134 seniors crossed the stage to receive their diplomas, commemorating 13 years of hard work, determination, commitment, challenges and successes with a little of fun thrown in for good measure.

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The Sheboygan Falls Town Board heard information from Rick LeMahieu from Donohue and Associates regarding the Meadowlark Bridge between County C and State 23, during a monthly meeting Monday, June 6.

The Town Board decided that to add a bike path to the bridge, which will be rebuilt in 2018, was not necessary due to the low bicycle count on the road.

The board also agreed that it is not feasible to add a bike path to the rest of the road due to the narrowness and the deep ditches and lack of shouldering on Meadowlark Road.

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After months of deliberation and analysis, members of the Sheboygan Falls School Board agreed to go forward with a plan to build a new middle school on property adjacent to the elementary school site on Alfred Miley Way

The collective decision took place at a special board meeting on June 6 and was confirmed at another special meeting held June 13.

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The Sheboygan Falls Common Council officially appointed Sabrina Dittman to the city clerktreasurer position, during a semimonthly meeting Wednesday, June 15, at the Municipal Building.

Dittman had been serving as the deputy city clerk-treasurer since Jan. 5.

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The Sheboygan Falls School Board gave its preliminary approval for the 2016-17 budget, during a monthly meeting Monday, June 20, at the Sheboygan Falls High School library.

District Director of Business Services Mary Blaha said the 2016-17 estimated total tax levy is projected to be $8,819,435, which is 1.7 percent lower that it was last year.

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After serving the city of Sheboygan Falls for 34½ years, Direct or of City and Administrative Services Joel Tauschek retired from his duties on Friday June 24.

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One of Sheboygan Falls’ most historic buildings was brought to the ground in the city’s celebrated downtown business district Tuesday, June 28, as the former Stern Tannery building, located at 324 Broadway St., was leveled by crews from Spielvogel Excavation.

JULY

Ashley Lorge of Sheboygan Falls earned a spot among the 10 finalists in the Lakeshore’s Rising Stars singing competition at the Capitol Civic Centre in Manitowoc.

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Following a spirited discussion among its members, the Sheboygan Falls Common Council agreed to update the city’s fire pit ordinance, during a semimonthly meeting Wednesday, July 20, at the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building.

During a Public Safety Committee meeting, Alderman Peter Weber stated that the city recently received two complaints in regard to the use of fire pits in the city.

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The Sheboygan Falls Common Council backed a proposal to complete design plans and the bidding process for Phase 3 of the Vision Business Park development plan, during a semimonthly meeting Wednesday, July 20, at the Municipal Building.

City Administrator Shad Tenpas said the Phase 3 design plan covers the extension of Vision Parkway and Stedman Way at a estimated cost of $69,340 from AECOM Technical Services Inc.

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The Sheboygan Falls School Board approved a 2.25 percent property tax levy decrease as part of the 2016-17 district budget, during its annual budget hearing and public meeting Monday, July 25, in the Sheboygan Falls High School library.

The district’s mill rate also decreased by 23 cents to $10.07 per thousand of assessed valuation, which equals out to a $23 dollar property tax decrease for a $100,000 home.

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The Sheboygan Falls Plan Commission approved a site plan for a proposed 52-room Best Western Glo hotel just east of the Plankview Green Retail Center, during a monthly meeting Tuesday, July 26.

AUGUST

The Sheboygan Falls Common Council turned down a proposal to extend the hours of the city’s compost site to include selected Sundays and holidays, during a City Services Committee meeting Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building.

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The Sheboygan Falls Common Council approved the creation of tax increment financing (TIF) District 4 in the area surrounding the Plankview Green Retail Center, during a semimonthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 3.

During an Economic Development meeting, city and county officials spoke about the potential economic impact of TIF District 4, while outlining several road projects and infrastructure updates needed to facilitate new development in the area.

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A 27-year-old Sheboygan Falls woman was charged with felony first-degree intentional homicide and moving, hiding, burying the corpse of a child and in the death of her 2-year-old son Thursday, Aug. 4, at their apartment in the Woodview Ridge Condominiums in Sheboygan Falls.

On Monday, Aug. 8, Katlyn A. Kinateder was formally charged in Sheboygan County Circuit Court in the death of her toddler son, Dexter Kinateder, at their home at 720 Woodview Drive, Apt. 3 in the city of Sheboygan Falls.

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Political newcomers Rebecca Clarke and Sarah Lloyd each won their respective Democratic nominations in the fall primary election Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Clarke, who hails from Sheboygan, topped topped Sheboygan native Evan Braun by a margin of 1,687 to 530 votes in the state Assembly District 26 Democratic Primary.

In the U.S. Congressional District 6 Democratic Primary, Wisconsin

Dells dairy farmer Sarah Lloyd topped W. Michael Slattery 19,611 to 6,445.

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An intense late morning fire decimated an eight-unit apartment building located within the Timber Springs Apartment Complex at 1046 Happy Lane in Sheboygan Falls Wednesday, Aug. 10.

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Local businessman and Sheboygan Falls Lions Club member Steve Schmitt, owner of Jos. Schmitt and Sons Construction Co. in Sheboygan, made an appearance before members of the Sheboygan Falls Common Council during a Property Committee meeting Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building.

Schmitt proposed assisting the city of Sheboygan Falls in raising money to pay for development of the 36-acre west side park project on Bluebird Lane across from the Pine Haven Prairie Crossing Assisted Living Center.

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City residents voice their opinions on a pair of proposed apartment complex developments, during a Sheboygan Falls Plan Commission meeting Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building.

A total of 12 city residents, residing mainly in the area surrounding Edelweiss Lane, Fond du Lac Avenue, North Main Street and Green Bay Court turned out to voice their opinions in regard to a pair of proposed apartment complex developments.

The first proposed came from Stoney Ridge Homes LLC, which submitted a conditional-use request to build a 36-unit apartment complex along Edelweiss Lane to the north of Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly.

The second proposal was submitted by William Bodner of Bodner Property Management for a 104-unit apartment complex along the west side of North Main Street, east side of North Sixth Street and north of the properties currently fronting the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Fond du Lac Avenue.

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Katlyn Kinateder, the 27-yearold Sheboygan Falls woman charged with felony first-degree intentional homicide in the death of her 2-year-old son on Aug. 4, filed a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in Sheboygan County Circuit Court Monday, Aug. 29.

Kinateder, who also faces a felony charge of moving, hiding or burying the corpse of a child, will need to undergo a psychiatric exam before the case can move forward.

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Stay tuned to next week’s Sheboygan Falls News for the top happenings from September through December 2016.


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