Wrapping up the 2017 year in review


THE SHEBOYGAN COUNTY Fair marked the end of summer, with dairy (and cows) front and center. — Review file photo THE SHEBOYGAN COUNTY Fair marked the end of summer, with dairy (and cows) front and center. — Review file photo SEPTEMBER

They had to go to Bryn Mawr, Pa., to find it, but the Elkhart Lake/Rhine Fire Department finds a replacement ladder truck with only 22,000 miles on it for almost half of what it expected to pay for a new one and the Village Board approves the sale.

The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority tours the Cheese Counter and Dairy Heritage Center, learning that it will open in October.

The Greenbush Town Board reaches an agreement with the neighboring town of Forest in Fond du Lac County to split road maintenance costs for Division Road on the boundary line between the two towns.

The Redevelopment Authority would like to explore putting a banner or sign on the railroad bridge over East Mill Street in downtown Plymouth.


THE ANNUAL CIVIL War Reenactment Weekend at the Wade House brought history to life for visitors. — Review file photo THE ANNUAL CIVIL War Reenactment Weekend at the Wade House brought history to life for visitors. — Review file photo Issues with drainage and water flow on the south side of Elkhart Lake near Shoreland Road are discussed by the Rhine Town Board.

After no comment at a public hearing, the Cascade Village Board adopts an update to the 1983 nuisance ordinance.

Waldo Village President Gary Dekker explains the significance of the Flag of Heroes, commemorating firefighters who lost their lives in the 9/11 attack, displayed in the Village Hall to the Village Board.

The Plymouth City Council approves an agreement which will allow the new county highway complex in the town of Plymouth to connect to a city sewer line extension that currently serves Rocky Knoll across State 67.

The Adell Village Board agrees to work with Kevin Struck, growth management educator at the Sheboygan UW Extension, on a required update to the village’s master plan.


PLYMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL’S Homecoming Week culminated in the annual parade down Mill Street. — Review file photo PLYMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL’S Homecoming Week culminated in the annual parade down Mill Street. — Review file photo An agreement on a police services contract between Howards Grove and Elkhart Lake is close to completion, the Howards Grove Village Board learns.

A tentative budget for the 2017-18 school year wins approval at the annual Plymouth School District meeting.

Stu- dents who attended the FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) national conference in Nashville give a presentation to the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board on their experiences there.

Kristine Strange and John Ewert are named to fill two vacancies on the Kohler Village Board.

A five-year, $20 million capital spending project plan wins County Board approval after an attempt to remove financing for a terminal building at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport fails.


THE TRANSFORMATION OF the Mullet River waterfront behind Mill Street began to take shape, with the installation of new inclusive playground equipment (top and bottom) as well as construction of a new shelter pavilion building (center), parking lot improvements, a new public restroom building and more. — Review file photos THE TRANSFORMATION OF the Mullet River waterfront behind Mill Street began to take shape, with the installation of new inclusive playground equipment (top and bottom) as well as construction of a new shelter pavilion building (center), parking lot improvements, a new public restroom building and more. — Review file photos The Plymouth School Board hires Architects Group Limited for facility planning services and approves a community wide survey on the district’s future facilities needs.

County Director of Conservation and Planning Aaron Brault informs the County Board that the county has received its first grant for wetland restoration at the Amsterdam Dunes property, $200,000 from the U.S. Forestry Service.

The rebuilt Huson Water Tower on Collins Street is dedicated with an open house including city officials, Plymouth Historical Society representatives and others.


REV. PHILIP REIFENBERG of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church conducted the annual blessing of the animals outside the school. — Review file photo REV. PHILIP REIFENBERG of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church conducted the annual blessing of the animals outside the school. — Review file photo The Plymouth City Council agrees to donate $5,000 form the sale of a used fire truck to help the Plymouth Fire Department celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2018.

The Howards Grove School Board approves the 2017-18 school year budget with a 4 percent increase in spending and a 5.8 percent increase in the property tax rate.

Retiring Alderman David Williams and Public Works Department Street Superintendent Charles Kreisa are honored by the Plymouth City Council.

Greenbush Town Board members review their options for updating the town’s master plan with Kevin Struck of the UW-Extension Sheboygan County office.

OCTOBER

The replacement of lead water service lines, financed largely by a federal grant, should begin this fall, the Elkhart Lake Village Board learns.


GREEN BAY PACKER wide receiver Davante Adams was a big hit when he visited St. John the Baptist Catholic School. — Review file photo GREEN BAY PACKER wide receiver Davante Adams was a big hit when he visited St. John the Baptist Catholic School. — Review file photo The Plymouth Town Board approves a concept plan for a business incubator building on County O.

The Sherman Town Board approves the development agreement and final plat for the Country Meadows Estates subdivision.

The Waldo Village Board is looking for volunteers to help continue the annual village Halloween party.

Boy Scouts Caiden Jasinski and Robert Horner present Troop 880’s plans for a Haunted Trail event for children in Memorial Park later this month.

At the urging of their financial advisor, the Rhine Town Board will upgrade the town’s accounting system.

The Adell Plan Commission opted for the basic addendum option to update the village’s master plan.


THE FIRE PREVENTION Week open house at the Plymouth Fire Department was fun and educational for young and old. — Review file photo THE FIRE PREVENTION Week open house at the Plymouth Fire Department was fun and educational for young and old. — Review file photo Whether the village needs a new emergency warning siren, and how often it should be tested, are discussed by the Glenbeulah Village Board, with a pledge to look into state laws and requirements on the issue.

The Howards Grove School Board approves a final 2017-18 budget that increases the property tax levy 8 percent.

The final 2017-18 budget approved by the Plymouth School Board includes a higher property tax levy than the preliminary budget passed earlier, but the property tax rate is unchanged.

Aurora Health Care has approved a pre development agreement with the village of Kohler for a proposed $324 million medical facility on a 56-acre parcel in the village north of Acuity and south of the UW-Sheboygan campus.


EMERGENCY PERSONNEL FROM the county and surrounding area took part in a mock disaster drill at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds. — Review file photo EMERGENCY PERSONNEL FROM the county and surrounding area took part in a mock disaster drill at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds. — Review file photo The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board hears about the Youth Apprenticeship program at the high school from five students participating in the program.

The Greenbush Town Board postpones a decision on a rezoning request when the sellers of the property failed to appear at the board meeting to explain their request.

By a vote 18-6, the County Board votes to join a potential lawsuit by counties across the state against several opioid manufacturers.

The concession stand at Memorial Park will be upgraded after the Howards Grove Village Board approves a contract with A Chappa Construction of Sheboygan Falls for the work.

The County Board votes to reaffirm its support for a four-lane expansion of State 23 from Plymouth to Fond du Lac as the state Department of Transportation gathers public comment on an updated environmental impact statement for the project.


VETERANS DAY WAS marked with ceremonies and recognitions throughout the area, including at Plymouth High School. — Review file photo VETERANS DAY WAS marked with ceremonies and recognitions throughout the area, including at Plymouth High School. — Review file photo The Plymouth City Council votes to seek applicants for the 1st District seat left open by David Williams’ resignation last month.

The proposed $149 million 2018 county budget has its review and public hearing before the County Board prior to final action.

City Administrator Brian Yerges presents the proposed 2018 Plymouth city budget to the City Council, including a proposed property tax levy increase of $100,000.

NOVEMBER

The Adell Village Board approves borrowing up to $2.5 million for repairs and improvements at the wastewater treatment plant.


THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY Gathering Parade through downtown Plymouth the day after Thanksgiving kicked off the Christmas season. — Review file photo THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY Gathering Parade through downtown Plymouth the day after Thanksgiving kicked off the Christmas season. — Review file photo The Elkhart Lake Village Board will lose its senior member when Trustee Steve Kapellen resigns following the next board meeting after serving more than three decades on the board.

After a lengthy debate, the County Board votes to keep a deer feeding ban in place in the county, despite a recently-enacted law lifting the state ban in many areas, including Sheboygan County.

Complaints and concerns about ‘bees’ wings’ – flying membranes that become airborne during corn drying at local co-ops – come before the Adell Village Board again.

The Sherman Town Board adopts a 2018 town budget with a 7.77 percent increase in the property tax levy.

An early morning fire at 408 E. Mill St. costs the life of resident Tammy L. Aschenbach, who had gotten out of the building but went back in trying to bring out her children, not knowing that they were already safely out of the building.


THE SPIRIT OF Christmas filled the air - and the area - throughout the month of December. Whether it was visits from that right jolly old THE SPIRIT OF Christmas filled the air - and the area - throughout the month of December. Whether it was visits from that right jolly old Rhine Town Board members are questioned about a planned condominium/ duplex development that would straddle the border between the town of Rhine and the town of Plymouth.

The Waldo Village Board meets Jason Liermann, who is taking over as Cascade

Police Chief and will be serving Waldo as well.

Cascade Village President David Jaeckels tells the Village Board that it would not pay for the village to add a garbage fee to property tax bills, as it would have to lower the property tax levy by an equivalent amount.

Glenbeulah Village Board members discuss issues surrounding a proposed cell phone antenna tower in the village, but delay any decision until the matter can be investigated further.


elf himself at Breakfast with Santa at Generations (left) or at the Plymouth Library (right), or sharing the Christmas spirit through giving and elf himself at Breakfast with Santa at Generations (left) or at the Plymouth Library (right), or sharing the Christmas spirit through giving and Department of Transportation representatives outline plans for the planned resurfacing of State 67 between Plymouth and Kiel at a public information held at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board presents resigning Trustee Steve Kapellen with a resolution of commendation at his last board meeting.

A district-wide survey shows strong support for a proposed $31.9 million upgrade plan for Plymouth School District schools and for a referendum to gain official approval for the project.

The Howar d s Grove School Board votes to add an additional special education teacher at Northview Elementary School.


sharing, like a violin-playing Salvation Army red bell ringer at Woodlake Market in Kohler (center), Christmas was in the air. — Review file photos sharing, like a violin-playing Salvation Army red bell ringer at Woodlake Market in Kohler (center), Christmas was in the air. — Review file photos A three-year contract for the Elkhart Lake Police Department to provide 10 hours a week of patrol service in the village of Howards Grove wins approval from the Elkhart Lake Village Board.

The former Borden plant on South Street will become the home of Safety Fresh Foods, a high pressure pasteurization plant, with the aid of a $305,000 revolving loan approved by the Plymouth City Council.

Both sides – proponents and opponents - present their case at a Department of Natural Resources public hearing on a proposed lakeshore golf course adjacent to Kohler-Andrae State Park being proposed by the Kohler Co.

DECEMBER

Capt. Cory Roeseler is appointed Sheboygan County Sheriff, to take effect Jan. 3 after the resignation of Sheriff Todd Priebe, by Gov. Scott Walker.

Terri Knowles is named to the Elkhart Lake Village Board to replace Steve Kapellen, who resigned last month as he is moving out of state.

The Greenbush Town Board is still looking for answers on the future of the town’s post office, which could be in jeopardy of being closed if a new locations can’t be found.

The Plymouth Town Board provides answers for a new landowner about her plans for property at the town’s boundary with the city of Plymouth.

The Howards Grove Village Board approves the 2018 village budget along with a three-year contract for police patrol service with the village of Elkhart Lake.

The Sherman Town Board approves a prepayment on the loan for last summer’s Abbott Drive road project while taking a first look at possible road projects for 2018.

The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority is considering welcome banners for either side of the East Mill Street railroad bridge that would resemble old-time “Welcome to Plymouth” postcards.

Questions about setback rules for lakefront lots are still to be answered as the Rhine Town Board considers revisions to the setback ordinance.

A shelter structure at the 7th Element Skate Park in City Park that would be an Eagle Scout project is approved by the Plymouth Plan Commission.

The New Town Hall Committee discusses several options with the Mitchell Town Board.

Cascade Village President David Jaeckels tells the Village Board that the purchase of property for a new fire house should close by the end of the year.

Waldo Clerk/Treasurer Michelle Brecht updates the Village Board on the village’s improved website.

The village is not liable for damage caused by emissions from local co-ops, Adell Village President Andrew Schmitt tells the Village Board, summarizing the advice of the village’s attorney.

A cooperative girls tennis team with Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School is approved by the Howards Grove School Board.

The Glenbeulah Village Board schedules a hearing in January for a request to locate a cell phone antenna tower in the village.

The Plymouth School Board votes to place a $31.9 million facilities upgrade referendum on the April election ballot.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board reviews the state Department of Public Instruction’s report card for the district, which gave the district an overall grade of “Exceeds Expectations.”

County officials are lending their support to proposed state legislation that would direct the state Department of Natural Resources to use a monitoring site in Haven to measure air quality compliance in the county instead of the current site on the lakeshore in Kohler- Andrae State Park.

The County Board approves the sale of $6.68 million in bonds for capital improvement projects, $500,000 less than originally anticipated and at a lower interest rate than initially projected.


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