The news from the last half of 2016


VILLAGE AND TOURISM officials joined Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker on her Walk with Walker event in Elkhart Lake. — Review file photo VILLAGE AND TOURISM officials joined Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker on her Walk with Walker event in Elkhart Lake. — Review file photo JULY

The Downtown Plymouth Historic District is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Saying they did not want to set a precedent, the Cascade Village Board denies a request from a Lake Street resident to install a guard rail on the street.

Local officials and village residents join Tonette Walker, wife of Gov. Scott Walker, on her Walk with Walker through Elkhart Lake to promote health and fitness while showcasing some of the state’s beautiful sites.

The Plymouth Plan Commission approves expansions for Oshkosh Cold Storage and Suchon Funeral Home.

Waldo Pond Association representatives update the Village Board on plans for improvements to the pond, including a signboard and a bench.


AS ALWAYS, THE University of Wisconsin Marching Band was one of the highlights of the Elkhart Lake Fireman’s Picnic parade over Fourth of July weekend. — Review file photo AS ALWAYS, THE University of Wisconsin Marching Band was one of the highlights of the Elkhart Lake Fireman’s Picnic parade over Fourth of July weekend. — Review file photo Plymouth residents will be switching to a garbage cart system and one day a week collection for the entire city under a new 10-year contract with Advance Disposal approved by the City Council.

The Plymouth Historical Society announces it has raised enough money to go ahead with plans to add a cupola and windmill to the restored Huson Water Tower.

The state Commissioner of Railroads orders the Milwaukee Street railroad crossing in the city of Plymouth closed by Aug. 31.

With one dissenting vote, the Executive and Finance committees of the County Board recommend adoption of a half-percent county sales tax.

Plymouth city officials confirm that emerald ash borer has been has been found in a tree at the entrance to the wastewater treatment plant on County PP.


FUTURE PERFORMERS GOT dancing lessons from the cast of Kids From Wisconsin prior to the troupe’s performance at Plymouth High School. — Review file photo FUTURE PERFORMERS GOT dancing lessons from the cast of Kids From Wisconsin prior to the troupe’s performance at Plymouth High School. — Review file photo The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority and the City Council approve agreements to allow the renovation of 133 E. Mill St. into a cheese-themed museum and heritage center.

The Howards Grove School Board votes to put a $4.7 million referendum for school improvements, including an auditorium at the high school, on the November ballot.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board schedules a community meet-andgreet with new high school principal Ryan Faris.

By a vote of 18-7, the County Board approves a halfpercent county sales tax with proceeds earmarked for transportation projects, including sharing some of the revenue with local municipalities for their use on street and road projects.


WATER FIGHTS WAS just one of the activities at the annual Cascade Fire Department picnic. — Review file photo WATER FIGHTS WAS just one of the activities at the annual Cascade Fire Department picnic. — Review file photo The Adell Village Board follows a recommendation from its public works director and votes to pursue a contract with the county Highway Department to provide snow plowing in the village.

The Plymouth School Board hears a report on the annual science day trip to Six Flags Great America amusement park.

The County Board approves the future sale of the Elkhart Lake highway shed to Sargento, along with the purchase of three homes on Pennsylvania Avenue in the city of Sheboygan to be combined with a non-longer-needed county parking lot as a developmental parcel to sell.

Despite a roomful of future neighbors expressing their opposition, the Plymouth City Council approves a rezoning that will be the first step toward a proposed 96-unit apartment complex on Hill and Dale Road just west of State 67.


THE WAR BETWEEN the States came to life at the Wade House when it hosted its annual Civil War Reenactment Weekend. — Review file photo THE WAR BETWEEN the States came to life at the Wade House when it hosted its annual Civil War Reenactment Weekend. — Review file photo State Department of Transportation officials present plans to upgrade State 23 from Sheboygan Falls to Plymouth from an expressway to a freeway at a public information meeting at Riverview Middle School.

The Plymouth City Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee directs that a resolution be written to increase residential garbage collection fees over the next 10 years to fully place the cost of collection on homeowners.

Kohler Co. announces plans for a major expansion of the Inn on Woodlake in Kohler.

AUGUST

In the face of questions from neighbors, the Plymouth Town Board tables action on a request from Van Horn Automotive for a 40,150-square foot new car storage lot on County O.


MUSIC, RIDES, exhibits, food and fun filled the grounds for the five-day Labor Day weekend run of the 2016 Sheboygan County Fair. — Review file photos MUSIC, RIDES, exhibits, food and fun filled the grounds for the five-day Labor Day weekend run of the 2016 Sheboygan County Fair. — Review file photos The Plymouth Plan Commission approves expansion plans for Christian Life Assembly of God church that will nearly double the size of the building.

The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority approves a contract with Retailworks of Mequon to begin work on the creation of a cheese center at 133 E. Mill St.

The Sherman Town Board accepts a bid from the Sheboygan County Highway Department for $51,176 for road work on Lynn Road.

With only two Democratic races on the ballot, voter turnout is light for the primary for the fall general election, with Sarah Lloyd winning the Democratic nod for the 6th Congressional District race and Rebecca Clarke winning the Democratic primary in the 26th Assembly District.

The Waldo Village Board continues its review of suggested permit fee changes with an eye toward final action in September.

The Adell Village Board approves a conditional use permit for expansion of the Milk Specialties Global whey plant in the village.

A Sheboygan Falls mother is charged with firstdegree intentional homicide in the death of her twoyear old son.

The Cascade Village Board is one step closer to having a sexual offender residency restriction ordinance proposal to consider.

Bank First National announces plans to construct a new office building in Plymouth on Eastern Avenue in 2017.

The estimated 2017-18 school year budget presented to the Howards Grove School Board projects a drop in the property tax rate.

The Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah School Board reviews the annual district audit, progress on maintenance projects and other items.


PLYMOUTH HOSTED A district-wide Silent March to commemorate National POW/MIA Recognition Day. — Review file photo PLYMOUTH HOSTED A district-wide Silent March to commemorate National POW/MIA Recognition Day. — Review file photo The Elkhart Lake Village Board hears a complaint that the village code does not allow golf cart use on village streets, although it is a common practice for some residents.

The Plymouth City Council approves a 10-year plan to increase residential garbage and recycling collection fees to bring them up to the full cost of the service by 2017.

The Adell Village Board approved the special assessment resolution for the proposed water main project on Wisconsin Avenue.

In his first budget presentation to the County Board, County Administrator Adam Payne says the plan is to bring in a budget with reductions in the property tax levy and rate.

The Plymouth City Council approves a contract with Kapur and Associates for preliminary engineering to close the Milwaukee Street railroad crossing.


BOAT RIDES ON Little Elkhart Lake was just one of the highlights of the annual Fallapalooza event at Camp Anokijig. — Review file photo BOAT RIDES ON Little Elkhart Lake was just one of the highlights of the annual Fallapalooza event at Camp Anokijig. — Review file photo Lakeshore Technical College President Dr. Michael Lanser announces that he will be retiring at the end of the coming school year after serving as president 13 years.

The city of Plymouth has identified 506 ash trees in parks and along street right-ofways that will be removed over the next five years in an effort to stem the spread of the emerald ash borer.

SEPTEMBER

Despite some concerns raised at a public hearing, the Elkhart Lake Village Board approves conditional use permits for tennis courts and a vehicle storage building on separate lots in the Turtle Bay area of the village.

Town residents raise concerns to the Sherman Town Board over registered sex offenders who were moved onto Abbott Drive, with town officials responding that they are not involved in or consulted on those decisions.


A GOLD STAR memorial plaque was dedicated at the Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial in Shebogyan. — Review file photo A GOLD STAR memorial plaque was dedicated at the Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial in Shebogyan. — Review file photo The Plymouth Plan Commission approves plans for a trailer parking lot at Plymouth Foam Products.

The Ladewig- Zinkgraf American Legion Post 243 of Plymouth hosts the District 2 Silent March through downtown Plymouth to mark National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

Representatives of the Sheboygan Falls School District make the case for the upcoming middle school referendum before the Waldo Village Board.

The Cascade Village Board is presented with a draft ordinance setting residency restrictions for registered sex offenders in the village.

The Plymouth City Council approves a contract for electrical and lighting upgrades underneath the parking structure at the east end of Mill Street.


MAKING THINGS WITH fire and water during the 19th Century was theme for a weekend event at the Wade House. — Review file photo MAKING THINGS WITH fire and water during the 19th Century was theme for a weekend event at the Wade House. — Review file photo The Adell Village Board revises one part of its zoning code addressing the discharge of clear water into the village’s sewer system.

An early morning thunderstorm knocks down tree limbs and caused an hour-anda half power outage in parts of the city of Plymouth.

Voters at the annual meeting approve the 2016-17 budget for the Plymouth School District with a drop in the property tax rate.

A bond issue to refinance existing debt results in lower borrowing and lower interest rates for the village of Elkhart Lake.

Two supervisors – Fay Uraynar and Brian Hoffmann – raised questions about the five-year capital plan but the spending package is still approved by the County Board.


ARTISTS CAPTURED THE city and its many sights on canvas during the Plymouth Arts Center’s annual Paint the Town event. — Review file photo ARTISTS CAPTURED THE city and its many sights on canvas during the Plymouth Arts Center’s annual Paint the Town event. — Review file photo Superintendent Ann Buechel Haack discusses the district’s safety program for active shooter situations with the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board.

Dissatisfied with the service they are cur- rently receiving from the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department, Howards Grove village officials are actively pursuing other alternatives for law enforcement services, including contracting with the Elkhart Lake Police Department.

The Adell Village Board approves borrowing for water main projects planned on Edgewood Avenue and Wisconsin Street.

The book “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown is announced as the book for the second annual One Book One Community event in Plymouth.


HEAVY VOTER TURNOUT in Plymouth for the fall election included this little guy making sure he had his dad’s back while he voted. — Review file photo HEAVY VOTER TURNOUT in Plymouth for the fall election included this little guy making sure he had his dad’s back while he voted. — Review file photo The Howards Grove School Board approves a 2016-17 school budget that reduces the property tax levy by 2.71 percent.

Ground is broken for a Habitat for Humanity house on McColm Street in Plymouth.

Barricades should be in place by the end of October to close off the Milwaukee Street railroad crossing, Public Works Director Bill Immich tells the Plymouth City Council.

County and local officials make the case for increased funding for roads in the state at one of 70 county-sponsored “Just Fix It” forums on transportation needs statewide.

OCTOBER

The Elkhart Lake Village Board approves a special award loan for a project to create a microbrewery in the Feed Mill Shops building on Gottfried Street, Switchgear Brewing.


PACKER TIGHT END Jared Cook shared high fives with students during a visit to St. John the Baptist School In Plymouth. — Review file photo PACKER TIGHT END Jared Cook shared high fives with students during a visit to St. John the Baptist School In Plymouth. — Review file photo The Plymouth Town Board comes faceto face with the tiny home movement when a resident raises questions about her plans for such a dwelling on her property in the town.

Just a little over a year after approving the original plan, the Adell Village Board grants a conditional use permit for Mark Garofalo to expand operations at his two facilities in the village.

The Plymouth Plan Commission reviews a proposed sign ordinance revision necessitated by a Supreme Court ruling in 2015 limiting how municipalities can restrict and regulate signs.

The Sherman Town Board learns it has adequate coverage in its annual review of insurance.

Plymouth High School’s Homecoming is a little bittersweet for students at Riverview Middle School, who make a special celebration for teacher Jeff Petrie, who is battling cancer, only to learn their beloved teacher passed away the next day.


THE CHRISTMAS SEASON kicked off with the annual Holiday Gathering parade through downtown Plymouth. — Review file photo THE CHRISTMAS SEASON kicked off with the annual Holiday Gathering parade through downtown Plymouth. — Review file photo Everything is on schedule for one-day-aweek cart collection for the entire city, Plymouth City Council members are told by a representative of Advanced Disposal.

Several village residents raise concerns before the Waldo Village Board about a proposal by Ferrellgas to construct a propane storage facility in the village.

A sexual offender residency restriction ordinance is introduced to the Cascade Village Board.

The plan for permanent closure of the Milwaukee Street railroad crossing will include extending curb and gutter on the east side of Western Avenue, a beam guard north of the crossing on Milwaukee Street and private pedestrian walkway between North Milwaukee Street and Western Avenue, the Plymouth City Council learns.


THE NEW HUSON Water Tower is lowered into place on Collins Street, replacing the historic structure destroyed in an arson fire in 2015. — Review file photo THE NEW HUSON Water Tower is lowered into place on Collins Street, replacing the historic structure destroyed in an arson fire in 2015. — Review file photo Garbage collection in the village of Adell will move from Fridays to Thursdays after the first of the year, the Village Board is informed.

In a solemn ceremony, a Gold Star memorial marker is dedicated at the Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial by the National Ivy League Garden Clubs.

Sheboygan County Citizen Leadership awards are presented to Sheboygan resident Dave Smith and Review News Editor Emmitt B. Feldner by County Administrator Adam Payne.

The Howards Grove School Board approves the creation of a Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Club at the high school.


THE LAST MONTH of the year brought a number of visits to area events by Santa Claus, who heard wish lists from children of all ages. — Review file photos THE LAST MONTH of the year brought a number of visits to area events by Santa Claus, who heard wish lists from children of all ages. — Review file photos The Plymouth School Board hears a report on the Global Navigator Scholarships program from several high school students who have benefited from the program.

The County Board formally authorizes the relocation of Highway Department facilities to the planned new headquarters in the town of Plymouth, but not without some opposition.

Several high school students participating in the Youth Apprenticeship program give a report to the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board.

Plymouth City Administrator Brian Yerges presents the proposed 2017 city budget to the City Council with no increase in the property tax levy, but the Public Works and Utilities Committee is proposing increasing the levy by $100,000 to fund capital projects.

The County Board quickly completes its review of the proposed 2017 county budget, with no comments at the public hearing.

NOVEMBER

The Plymouth Town Board approves a conditional use permit for the proposed Sheboygan County Highway Department complex at State 67 and County J, but only after it was questioned by a number of town residents at the public hearing.

The Sherman Town Board approves the 2017 budget with a 1.04 percent increase in the property tax levy.

The Howards Grove Village Board approves the abandonment of the undeveloped North Lincoln Drive road stub.

In front of an overflow crowd that raised a number of concerns, the Plymouth Plan Commission approves the site plan for a 96-unit apartment complex on Hill and Dale Road west of State 67.

The 2017 county budget wins final approval from the County Board, but not without a few final questions and one no vote.


MID-DECEMBER BROUGHT the first major snowstorm of the season, dumping more than half a foot of snow on the area. — Review file photo MID-DECEMBER BROUGHT the first major snowstorm of the season, dumping more than half a foot of snow on the area. — Review file photo The village planned to repair one drinking water well this fall and wound up doing two after one well went out of service unexpectedly, the Elkhart Lake Village Board learns.

Voters in Plymouth and Sheboygan County followed state and national trends in the fall election, supporting Republican Donald Trump for president and Republicans in every contested legislative race.

Concerns over the negative impacts of dust from the Adell Co-op are raised by several village residents before the Adell Village Board.

The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. presents its annual “Sheboygan County Economic Driver of the Year” award to Johnsonville Foods.

The Howards Grove Village Board approves a proposed contract for patrol services with the Elkhart Lake Police Department, pending approval by the village of Elkhart Lake.

Cascade Fire Chief Todd Triebensee asks the Village Board to begin looking into building a new fire station for the village.

Plymouth School Board President Tim St. Clair tells the School Board he is keeping an eye on what will develop in next year’s state budget and its potential impact on local school districts.

The Waldo Village Board passes the 2017 budget with a slight decrease in the property tax levy.

The Plymouth City Council approves a $100,000 increase in the property tax levy by a one-vote margin, the first increase in the levy since 2011.

A mystery safe unearthed during work in the Stayer Park area downtown is opened at City Hall and, while it contained no money or other valuables, it appeared to have belonged to legendary local blasting expert George G. “Dynamite Bill” Gardner.

The Public Works and Utilities Committee of the Plymouth City Council recommends that the access ramp to the East Mill Street parking structure be removed as part of a renovation project along the riverfront.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board hears a presentation on creating a Fabrication Lab/Maker Space at the high school.

Two local structures – the town of Rhine lime kilns and the Rudolph Luder 13-sided barn in the town of Plymouth – are added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board approves a 2017 village budget that lowers the property tax levy and tax rate.

The Howards Grove School Board reviews plans for construction of an auditorium at the high school after voters approved a $4.7 million referendum earlier this month.

Daniel Shilts, 41, of Waldo, is sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest on ten counts arising from an explosion at his home in February caused by improvised explosive devices he was making there.

With a few questions remaining, the Plymouth City Council tables action on a proposed revised sign ordinance.

Almost a year and a half after it was destroyed in an arson fire, the landmark Huson Water Tower – a replica built by MZ Construction of Linden – is erected on the same site on Collins Street.

DECEMBER

The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority gets a look at plans for the Plymouth Cheese Counter and Heritage Center at 133 E. Mill St., scheduled to open next summer.

The Plymouth Plan Commission approves expanding parking for the strip mall at 540 Walton Dr.

Saying time was too short to work out all the details by the first of the year, the Elkhart Lake Village Board’s Protection of Persons and Property Committee turns down a request from the village of Howards Grove for the Elkhart Lake Police Department to provide patrol services there.

With Pearl Harbor survivor and Plymouth resident Stuart “Bud” Sweeney in attendance, the Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post 243 marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the United States into World War II.

The Plymouth Town Board rejects a rezoning request and potential land division on Rocky Lane after neighbors object that creating smaller lots would destroy the ambiance of their neighborhood.

Lakeland University President Daniel Eck announces he will be resigning in January and former President David Black will return to serve as interim president until the university finds a new president.

The S&R Cheese Co. buildings in downtown Plymouth are placed on the State Register of Historic Places by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

The Sherman Town Board hears details of the plans for rebuilding Abbott Drive in 2017.

More than 90 people attend but none speak at a public hearing held by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on plans to convert State 23 from Sheboygan Falls to Plymouth from an expressway to a freeway in the future.

The Plymouth City Council approves creation of a new Tourism Council to oversee the allocation of room tax revenues in the city.

Director of Public Works Bruce Neerhof tells the Waldo Village Board he is working with state Department of Transportation officials to put up signs in the village forbidding truck engine braking.

Police Chief Corey Roesler advises the Cascade Village Board that a proposed nuisance ordinance needs to be refined and clarified before it can be adopted and enforced.

After two votes and being tabled momentarily, a revolving loan fund loan for Seranya Studios is approved by the Plymouth City Council.

Jerry Leick of the Adell Coop assures the Village Board that his company will take steps to reduce dust – known as ‘bee’s wings’ – from their facilities in the village.

The Plymouth City Council approves a new sign ordinance with several changes to allow for larg- er real estate signs.

The Howards Grove School Board approves the proposed calendar for the 2017-18 school year.

Students in the FBLA and FFA at the high school update the Elkhart Lake-Glen- beulah School Board on their groups’ recent activities and accomplishments.

Masters Gallery Foods of Plymouth announces plans for a 150,000-square foot packaging and distribution facility to be built in Oostburg starting next spring.

The County Board approves the final procedures for the merger of the Eastern Shores Library System with the Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System to create the new Monarch Library System covering four counties including Sheboygan County.

The Howards Grove Village Board begins making plans for the 50th anniversary celebration in 2017 of the incorporation of the village.

The village of Elkhart Lake has received a $94,000 federal grant through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to help village residents replace lead water service lines.

The Plymouth School Board reviews a long list of policy revisions and updates as part of its annual process of keeping district policies in line with state and federal regulations.


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