The Year in Review - 2017

What made news in the first four months of 2017


THE NEW YEAR 2017 came in with a Plymouth tradition, the Cheese Drop at the Plymouth Arts Center. — Review file photo THE NEW YEAR 2017 came in with a Plymouth tradition, the Cheese Drop at the Plymouth Arts Center. — Review file photo JANUARY

The new year kicks off with what has become a Plymouth tradition as the Plymouth Arts Center holds its 10th annual family- friendly Cheese Drop New Year’s Eve celebration.

Sheboygan County becomes the 64th of Wisconsin’s 72 counties to collect a one-half percent sales tax, which went into effect Jan. 1.

Officer Lindsay Baumhart, a Plymouth High graduate, begins duty as the Plymouth Police Department’s school liaison officer.

A statewide primary for superintendent of public instruction in February is assured as more than two candidates file to run for the office, while only the city of Sheboygan will have any primary contests for the spring general election locally.

The town of Sherman will seek bids for repaving a little over five miles of Abbot Drive this summer.


WINTER RECREATION TOOK many forms in Plymouth, including some friendly ice hockey games on the Plymouth Mill Pond. — Review file photo WINTER RECREATION TOOK many forms in Plymouth, including some friendly ice hockey games on the Plymouth Mill Pond. — Review file photo Two new members of the Plymouth Police Department, officers Gregory Kost and Benjamin Janty, are sworn in by City Clerk/Treasurer Patty Huberty.

Boy Scout Seth Woodke updates the Cascade Village Board on his recent Eagle Scout project, gazebo improvements in the Cascade Memorial Park.

The Plymouth City Council approves the purchase of a new dump/snow plow truck for Plymouth Utilities.

Agreeing it needs to be done but that there is no urgency, the Waldo Village Board begins the process of finding the best way to complete a full upgrade of the village ordinances.

Members of the Plymouth City Council get a first-hand look at the Plymouth Fire Department’s newest piece of equipment, rescue truck number eight.


IT WAS A sweet event at the annual Taste of Chocolate fundraiser held at the Amore ballroom. — Review file photo IT WAS A sweet event at the annual Taste of Chocolate fundraiser held at the Amore ballroom. — Review file photo The Adell Planning Commission and Village Board both approve a request from Adell Co- operative to construct a new grain bin after co-op officials answer several concerns raised at both meetings.

The city of Plymouth receives an anonymous $110,000 grant toward a proposed open-air park shelter/performance area on the north bank of the Mullet River south of Mill Street.

The Howards Grove Village Board votes to donate up to $7,500 toward the 50th anniversary celebration of the incorporation of the village planned for this summer.

Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department Inspector Jim Risseeuw gives the County Board an update on the combined city/ county dispatch center which went into operation in a remodeled portion of the county’s Law Enforcement Center last fall.


MORE THAN 100 people take part in the Million Person March event in Plymouth, one of many such around the nation and world. — Review file photo MORE THAN 100 people take part in the Million Person March event in Plymouth, one of many such around the nation and world. — Review file photo Kettle- Lakes Cooperative and Country Visions Cooperative announce plans to build a $4.5 to $5 million state of  the art co-operative agronomy plant on a 25- acre parcel at the northeast corner of Pilgrim Road and County PP in the city of Plymouth’s southeast industrial park.

More than 100 people – women, men and children – take part in a Million Person Unity March event in Plymouth, one of many such marches across the nation and around the world.

Johnsonville’s Carl Laack, leader of the Carl Laack Band, is presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board hears a report on the Youth Apprenticeship program from several student participants.


WINTER FUN TOOK many forms in the area, including St. John Lutheran School students sliding on snow hills on the playground. — Review file photo WINTER FUN TOOK many forms in the area, including St. John Lutheran School students sliding on snow hills on the playground. — Review file photo The Plymouth City Council approves a $3.827 million project to upgrade four

Plymouth Utilities electric substations to meet increased demand for electricity.

The Sherman Town Board opens bids from three bidders on the Abbott Drive project and refers them to the project manager for study before a final award is made at their February meeting.

Final plans for the closing of the Milwaukee

Street rail crossing and the block of North Milwaukee between Western Avenue and Elizabeth Street are presented to the Plymouth City Council.

FEBRUARY

The Plymouth Plan Commission gives its approval to the $4.5 to $5 million agronomy plant Kettle-Lakes Co-op and Country Visions Co-op plan to build in the southeast industrial park.


THE PLYMOUTH LIBRARY celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday at a Seuss Carnival with fun for ages. — Review file photo THE PLYMOUTH LIBRARY celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday at a Seuss Carnival with fun for ages. — Review file photo The open air park shelter/performance pavilion that will be a centerpiece of a renovated riverfront area downtown wins approval from the Plymouth Plan Commission.

The four members of the Northern Moraine Utilities – the villages of Elkhart Lake and Glenbeulah and the Crystal Lake and Greenbush sanitary districts – are at odds over how to replenish the utilities’ state-mandated $500,000 reserve.

New storage facilities and new restroom/ shower buildings at Road America are approved by the Plymouth Town Board.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board agrees to notify the state Department of Transportation that the village will pay for turning lanes along Lincoln Street as part of the planned repaving of State 67 through the village scheduled for 2019 or 2021.


SUNSHINE ON THE STREET brought a little light to late winter day throughout downtown Plymouth. — Review file photo SUNSHINE ON THE STREET brought a little light to late winter day throughout downtown Plymouth. — Review file photo Northeast Asphalt Inc. of Green Bay wins the contract for repaving Abbott Drive in the town of Sherman with a low bid of $1,386,779.40.

The Adell Village Board met with representatives from the county Highway Department to clear up issues arising from the transition from the village plowing its own streets to the county plowing them starting this winter.

Village President Dan Schneider presents a proposal to the Waldo Village Board to establish a village administrator position and suggested Director of Public Works Bruce Neerhof to fill the position if it is created.

The Plymouth City Council adopts a permanent rate scale and policy for accepting septic system and holding tank waste at the wastewater treatment plant after a successful year-long trial.


THE ANNUAL IRISHMAN’S Walk brought out Irish - and the Irish at heart - for a parade through downtown to the 52 Stafford. — Review file photo THE ANNUAL IRISHMAN’S Walk brought out Irish - and the Irish at heart - for a parade through downtown to the 52 Stafford. — Review file photo Batavia Fire Chief Dennis Schulz met with the Cascade Village Board to address rumors that his department is disbanding or folding.

The Plymouth City Council approves the purchase of a kit for the Stayer Park shelter building, with some of the installation work to be done by Public Works Department crews.

Plymouth resident Myranda Gereau is selected the 2017 Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin in a competition held in Menomonie.

Incumbent and Plymouth native Tony Evers got 70 percent of the vote, finishing far ahead of the rest of the field in a four-way primary race for state superintendent of public instruction.


CITY PARK BECAME a classroom when the Sheboygan County Family Nature Club held a tree climbing program for the public. — Review file photo CITY PARK BECAME a classroom when the Sheboygan County Family Nature Club held a tree climbing program for the public. — Review file photo In the city of Sheboygan, incumbent Mayor Michael Vandersteen got 63 percent of the vote in a four-way primary race for mayor and will face Alderman John Belanger in the April general election.

Howards Grove District Superintendent Chris Peterson reviews building plans for the new auditorium in the high school for School Board members.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board hears about participation in the Global Education Achievement program by a student and teacher at the high school.

The Plymouth School Board recognizes those involved in the high school’s one-act play, which won several awards at this year’s state drama festival.

Elkhart Lake Administrator/ Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly gives her annual report to the Village Board, saying “the village experienced a lot of growth” in 2016.


A SIGN THAT spring is coming was the annual Maple Syrup Day held on the Drewry Farm in Winooski. — Review file photo A SIGN THAT spring is coming was the annual Maple Syrup Day held on the Drewry Farm in Winooski. — Review file photo The Plymouth City Council awards $659,190.50 contract to Buteyn-Peterson Construction of Sheboygan for a water main relay and street project this summer on Western Avenue from Factory Street to the west city limits.

MARCH

The Plymouth Plan Commission approves building plans for a new Bank First National building at 2700 Eastern Avenue.

Interactive video displays, dairy and farming-themed merchandise displays, and a cheese counter food area are among features of the planned Cheese Counter and Dairy Heritage Center project outlined for the Plymouth Redevelopment Authority.

The Plymouth Plan Commission endorses a plan to sell a small strip of Utility Bade Park to Travis Lambrecht after it is discovered that the north wall and driveway of the historic building that houses Dino’s restaurant is actually on city park land.


DECORATING EASTER EGGS was just one of the activities at the Generations Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event. — Review file photo DECORATING EASTER EGGS was just one of the activities at the Generations Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event. — Review file photo The Elkhart Lake and Howards Grove village boards both approve a one-year contract for the Elkhart Lake Police Department to provide ordinance violation enforcement in Howards Grove on a part-time basis.

With rough cost estimates from the county Highway Department in hand, the Plymouth Town Board begins the task of prioritizing road projects for the coming years.

Plymouth High School senior Kalei Hering has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

The Adell Village Board votes to add an electronics recycling event to the annual village-wide rummage sale later this spring.

 THE SEARCH WAS on when the Greenbush Village American Legion Post hosted their annual Easter Board EggHunt.—Review file photo  THE SEARCH WAS on when the Greenbush Village American Legion Post hosted their annual Easter Board EggHunt.—Review file photo 
Batavia Fire Chief Dennis Schulz meets with the Sherman Town Board to update them on the possible consolidation of the Batavia and Beechwood fire departments.

An appraisal of the village’s current fire hall should be completed this month, the first step in possibly replacing the building, Cascade Village President David Jaeckels tells the Village Board.

The Waldo Village Board reviews documents that would create and define a village administrator position.

The Plymouth City Council initiates the process of obtaining a small parcel of land needed for the planned North Milwaukee Street railroad crossing closing.

The Howards Grove School Board hears a report on the need for a before school child care program in the district.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board contracts with Bray Architects to evaluate and redesign the front entrance to the high school building.

A hacker has taken down the village’s website, Elkhart Lake Administrator/ Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly informs the Village Board.

The County Board reaffirms its 2014 vote supporting the creation of a Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary.

The S&R Cheese Co. building in downtown Plymouth has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Wisconsin Historical Society announces.

Increased participation, expanded offerings and a positive financial balance are among the highlights of Director Kathryn Murray on the Community Education and Recreation Department to the Plymouth School Board.

Pointing to the implementation of the half percent county sales tax providing a guaranteed revenue source to fund necessary road maintenance and repairs, County Administrator Adam Payne tells the County Board the state of the county remains strong.

The Plymouth City Council approves pair of annexations totaling about 2.5 acres, one for residential development and one for an industrial expansion, one on the city’s northwest side and the other on the city’s southeast side.

Howards Grove will join the Elkhart Lake Municipal Court, creating a joint Northern Kettle Moraine Municipal Court, after the Howards Grove Village Board approves the merger.

APRIL

Public Works assistant Patrick Zorn will replace Public Works Director Richard Solek when Solek retires next January, the Elkhart Lake Village Board decides.

It is a good day for incumbents, mostly, in the spring general election, with most winning re-election, and in the city of Plymouth, Robert Gonzalez wins the 3rd District race with eight write-in votes as there were no candidates on the ballot.

The historic S&R Cheese signs on the newly-designated historic Sartori building at 2 E. Main St. will be restored after the Plymouth Plan Commission approves a conditional use permit to allow the wall signs to be repainted.

The cul-de-sac on Ollie Lane in the city of Plymouth was redesigned several times over a period of finally being constructed, decades before but that left portions of land originally intended to be part of the street still in the town, the Plymouth Town Board learns.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board hears from two high school wrestlers who reached the WIAA state wrestling tournament last month.

Waldo Village Board members discuss the village’s police options, particularly the current contract with the village of Cascade for patrol hours in the village or contracting with the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department.

The Plymouth City Council approves a Senior Fund grant to cover more than $7,500 in requests and projects at the Generations inter-generational center.

Five re-elected village officials are sworn into office at the Cascade Village Board meeting.

The Department of Transportation announces that the repaving of State 32 from Howards Grove to Kiel will be moved up to this year, thanks to additional funds available from project savings.

Two new trustees – James Jentsch and Leighton Holtz – are sworn in to the Adell Village Board.

With ground broken for their new joint state of  the art agronomy plant in the southeast industrial park in Plymouth, Kettle- Lakes Cooperative and Country Visions Cooperative announce that they have completed plans for a merger of the two cooperatives.

The Plymouth School Board hears from members of the high school Tech Club about Formula High School Car project and view the finished product.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board said farewell to Trustee Michael Wolf, who gave up his board seat to run unsuccessfully for village president, with a plaque and a cake at his last meeting.

Transportation Director Greg Schnell updates the County Board on progress at the new $25 million county transportation com- plex under construction in the town of Plymouth.

The Howards Plumbing of Plymouth are awarded contracts to build a public restroom building between 321 and 401 E. Mill St. by the Plymouth City Council.

The Howards Grove School Board approves the “Morning Grovers” before-school care program at Northview Elementary School, to begin May 1.

The Plymouth City Council agrees to contract with the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. to help manage its revolving loan fund. proves several needed public works and parks improvements.

Sheboygan County Sheriff Todd Priebe announces that he will be resigning his position Jan. 2, 2018, a year before the end of his four-year term, to take a private sector position.

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