Council backs full-time SFPD clerk position

by Jeff Pederson
Sheboygan Falls News Editor

SHEBOYGAN FALLS POLICE CHIEF Steve Ross (right) presents Officer Eric Wischki (left) with the Sheboygan Falls Police Department Officer of the Quarter Award for April-June 2018, during a Sheboygan Falls Common Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building. Submitted photoSHEBOYGAN FALLS POLICE CHIEF Steve Ross (right) presents Officer Eric Wischki (left) with the Sheboygan Falls Police Department Officer of the Quarter Award for April-June 2018, during a Sheboygan Falls Common Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building. Submitted photo
The Sheboygan Falls Common Council endorsed a request from Police Chief Steve Ross to create a new full-time clerical position in the police department, during a semimonthly meeting held Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building.

Finance and Personnel committee Chair Terry Van Engen explained why adding a fulltime clerical position would be more beneficial to the department than filling the currently open part-time clerical position.

“We currently have a parttime clerical opening in the police department and two other part-time staff already in place,” Van Engen said. “Chief Ross is recommending that we offer a full-time position to one of the part-time staff already in place, instead of having three part-timers.

“In my experience, having the full-time position helps to make things run more efficiently than they likely would with part-time people,” he said. “Although we are adding cost with the additional benefits that come with the full-time position, I agree that it is preferable to add the full-time spot, rather than having three-part staff.”

Mayor Randy Meyer agreed with Van Engen’s assessment.

“Generally, when jobs are hard to find, the part-time system works well, but when jobs aren’t hard to find, getting parttime staff is difficult,” Meyer said. “That is the situation we are in now. Having another fulltime staff member will help with cross training and will just be very helpful in the overall flow and efficiency within the police department. Not to mention how much it will help in regard to retention.

“Essentially what we are doing is bumping a 1½ full-time equivalent up to 2,” he said. “We previously had four part-timers before one person left.”

Ross said he has an existing part-time clerical staff member in mind to fill the position.

“We have one person that has been with us for five years that I believe would do a great job in the full-time position,” Ross said. “This person is highly dedicated and responsible and is currently working 20 hours with us and 20 hours somewhere else, but has expressed interest in seeking one full-time job. I am hoping to be able to offer this position to her.”

In other business, the council approved a conditional-use permit for Kathryn Hillstrom and Vicky LeMahieu to use rental space in the historic Richardson building, located at 202 Pine St. in downtown Sheboygan Falls for a hair salon, spa, boutique and wellness facility.

During an Aug. 28 Sheboygan Falls Plan Commission meeting, Hillstrom said the new business will be called K Lorraine Boutique, Salon and Spa.

“It will be an Aveda Concepts salon with a strong focus on nature-based wellness and well being,” Hillstrom said on Aug. 28. “We plan to operate the business as a salon, spa, boutique and wellness facility.”

She went on to discuss the building at 202 Pine St., which had previously served as the home of Richardson Furniture Emporium and its still owned by Richardson Associates LLC, which will rent the space to Hillstrom and LeMahieu.

“It is a very unique and historic building and it will serve as a great space for the new salon and spa,” Hillstrom said. “In addition to operating our salon and spa in the building, our vision is to have other businesses with similar wellness goals come in and share the ample building space that we have available at this site.”

The conditions of the permit established hours of non operation for the salon and spa as 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily and Hillstrom noted that the salon will utilize city garbage pick up.

Hillstrom and LeMahieu, who are currently part owners of Salon 511, located at 511 Broadway St. in downtown Sheboygan Falls, are planning to open K Lorraine Boutique, Salon and Spa in December.

The Council also approved a conditional-use permit submitted by Larry Kettle for the operation of Kettle Financial at 1102 Fond du Lac Ave. in Sheboygan Falls.

Kettle intends to use the rental space owned by Eric Zabel of Glasstone LLC to operate a financial advising practice.

As part of the conditional use permit, all garbage must be placed in a dumpster or stored off site and the business is not allowed to operate between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

After being read by City Clerk-Treasurer Sabrina Dittman, a proclamation for National Suicide Prevention Awareness for the month of September earned Common Council approval.

The council approved a $760,000 application for a state trust fund loan to support improvements in the Vintage Willow Subdivision.

A travel request for Shad Tenpas and Randy Meyer to attend the 120th league annual conference to be held in Wisconsin Dells Oct. 24-26 was approved at a cost of $630.

A bid from O&W Communications to upgrade the Department of Public Works telephone system was approved at a cost of $3,600, which will come out of the capital improvement budget.

The council approved a bid from HVA Products to repair the fire department exhaust system at a total cost of $2,389.20 to come out of the fire department’s repair budget.

The council approved a direct seller’s permit for Craig Rusch of Woodland Tree Farm to sell seasonal agricultural products, including pumpkins, gourds, straw bales and corn stalks during the fall holiday season in September and October, as well as Christmas trees, wreaths, boughs/swags and garland during November and December at Odyssey Fun Center located at 100 Hamann Drive in Sheboygan Falls.

The sales area was designated as the southeast portion of the parking lot as Rusch has done in previous years.

The council also backed a direct seller’s permit for Pumpkins Plus to sell seasonal agricultural products from a parking lot located at 1060 State 32.

The council authorized the publication of a Class B beer and liquor retail license application for Fat Cow Pub & Eatery located at 406 Broadway St. in downtown Sheboygan Falls.

The council also approved an amusement license for Fat Cow Pub & Eatery.

Beverage license applications for Angela Klunck, Laura Schultz, Kendra Ison, Alicia Warm and Erin Rajkovich earned council approval, along with a beverage license renewal for Janet Kramer.

During the appearances portion of the meeting, Ross presented the Sheboygan Falls Police Officer of the Quarter Award for April-June 2018 to SFPD Officer Eric Wischki.

Wischki joined the SFPD as a part-time patrol officer in 2008 and was hired as a fulltime patrol officer in 2011. He currently heads the department’s K-9 drug investigation unit with dog Bo.

“Officer Wischki is extremely dedicated and readily available whenever there is a need in the department,” Ross said. “He prepares thoroughly for his position and is a very accomodating team player. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated officer with us in the SFPD.

“Under Officer Wischki’s direction, the K-9 unit with Bo, has been deployed 20 times this quarter,” he said. “In attention, Officer Wischki participates in various K-9, traffic control and domestic abuse training events on a continuous basis. Officer Wischki was nominated for the Officer of the Quarter Award by a supervisor in the department.”

During the appearances portion of the meeting, city resident Tom Bigler inquired if an open forum, public input session will be held for the 64-unit senior housing and townhouse development recently proposed at the former Sheboygan Falls Middle School property.

Meyer said a open forum, public input session on the proposed project will be included as part of the next Sheboygan Falls Plan Commission meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at the Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building.

The next Sheboygan Falls Plan Commission meeting will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Sheboygan Falls City Hall Council Chambers.


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