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Keshena man drowns in Wolf River

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 9:28pm
‘Overwhelming current and high water’ blamedBy: 

David Wilhelms Leader Correspondent


Photo by David Wilhelms The Wolf River was at ‘overwhelming current and high water’according to Richard Nacotee, Menominee tribal interim police chief. Conditions contributed to the drowning of Chad Caldwell on July 20 below Keshena Falls dam.

Overwhelming current and high water due to repeated storms over the weekend contributed a drowning in the Wolf River in Keshena, according to Richard Nacotee, Menominee tribal interim police chief.

The body of Chad Caldwell, 32, was recovered on the west side of the river by the walking bridge below the Keshena Falls dam about 8 p.m. on Sunday, said Ben Warrington, Menominee tribal coordinator of emergency management.

Nacotee reconstructed what he called “an unfortunate accident” by noting the Keshena man entered the river below the dam near Oshkosh Road late on Saturday afternoon. Some teenagers saw Caldwell in trouble but their efforts to pull him from the popular swimming area were unsuccessful, according to Nacotee.

Caldwell was apparently too heavy and the current too strong, Nacotee added.

“They saw him struggling and then he went underwater,” the chief said, adding counseling services are available to the teenagers if needed.

Glenn Tucker, Caldwell’s uncle, was also at the scene. A passerby noticed his distress and notified law enforcement at 6:17 p.m., Nacotee said. The tribal police were the first to respond and were joined by the fire department, tribal emergency services, the Shawano County dive team, the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department and tribal conservation wardens.

A combined search on the riverbank and in the water was suspended about 9:15 p.m. Resuming on the following morning, Caldwell was eventually recovered about a half-mile downstream.

The chief said no autopsy is scheduled but a toxicology report will be prepared. “It’s unfortunate that we lost him,” Nacotee said, adding the emergency responders and the tribe sends their deepest condolences.

Strong storms tear through area

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 9:25pm
Greatest damage, tornadoes north and south of ShawanoBy: 

Leader Staff


Contributed photo by Zach Lueck HUNKERING DOWN: The Lueck family and their neighbors rode out the storm together on in the kitchen of the Lueck cabin on Loon Lake. Dennis Lueck is standing; Nick Lueck is in the bucket hat; AJ Riehle is holding the baby, Arlette Riehle; Avery Lueck is at far right. Jen Lueck is the girl in the front of the photo. The group gathered in the kitchen of the cabin because it was the most sheltered part of the house, except for the bathroom, which did not accommodate everyone. The photo was taken during the Friday night storm.

The Menominee Indian Reservation remained under a state of emergency on Monday in response to the widespread damage and power outages of the past weekend.

Menominee tribal chairman Douglas Cox declared the emergency on Sunday, allowing tribal resources to be available for response activities, and calls for the Menominee Tribe Emergency Management to activate the tribe’s emergency operations plan. Theemergency declaration allows the tribe to call upon local, state, and federal assistance, according to a tribal press release.

Authorities across northeastern Wisconsin reported widespread wind damage from the storms but Shawano County fared relatively well compared to surrounding areas, according to Jim Davel, Shawano County emergency management director.

“Overall, we did very well compared to counties to the north and to the south of us,” Davel said. “There were four confirmed tornadoes in Outagamie County. We didn’t have anywhere near the magnitude of Langlade or Oconto (counties). There were trees just sheared right off. We had trees down and mostly it was just limbs more than trees on power lines. We’ve had some power outages and those continue to be worked off.”

Davel also credited the work of county 911 dispatchers.

“They fielded a lot of calls,” he said.

County crews cleared about 30 trees from county and state roads on Saturday, according to Davel.

“County crews went out relatively quickly right after the second round of storms,” he said.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department reported 242 weather-related calls Friday and Saturday, including trees and power lines down and trees blocking roads. According to Sheriff Adam Bieber, about 500 residents, mostly in western Shawano County, were still without power Monday morning.

The Menominee Indian Reservation had all of its public roads open by the evening of the storms’ passage, according to Ben Warrington, tribal coordinator of emergency management. State Highway 55 was blocked in a number of places with downed tree from Keshena to the Langlade County line, he said, adding that there was a report of a car hitting a downed tree on the highway but no injuries were sustained.

Warrington noted “we had a lot of emergencies going on,” including responding to a man drowning in the Wolf River near Keshena on Saturday evening.

Alliant Energy crews are working to restore power to residents, Warrington reported. As of Monday morning, power was still out in Middle Village, Zoar and an area along Highway 55 from South Branch to County Road M, Warrington added.

Relief centers remained open Monday in Middle Village, South Branch and Zoar where residents can get water and some snacks, mostly provided by the Red Cross, Warrington said. Area fire departments were supplying water as well. The Red Cross has also provided water and refreshments to emergency response teams.

A number of tribal, county and town officials and workers were going door-to-door on the reservation on Monday to assess needs and respond to problems, Warrington said. The cooperation and collaboration of the various tribal and government units definitely made a difference in the quick and effective response, he said.

Davel said Shawano County also sent some crews to help out in Langlade County, which was harder hit by the storms.

“They just activated the National Guard to go to Langlade County,” Davel said.

Approximately two dozen Wisconsin Army National Guardsmen from the 32nd “Red Arrow” Infantry Brigade Combat Team are delivering water to to flush septic systems and for other purposes. Gov. Tony Evers on Sunday declared a statewide state of emergency that authorized the use of National Guard units.

Oconto County customers of Wisconsin Public Services (WPS) without electricity total 38,000 as of Monday afternoon, said Matt Cullen, utility spokesman. About 1,000 field and service personnel are working on the outages, including some crews from WE Energies. The damage was so extensive that it required basic rebuilding of circuits throughout the WPS service area, he added.

Cullen noted the weekend’s storms were some of the most powerful in the past years.

So far, WPS crews have replaced 125,000 feet of wire, 3,000 fuses, 100 transformers and 75 utility poles, Cullen reported.

There was also a report of a tree down and damaging a school building at St. Paul Lutheran School, 240 E. Green Bay St. in Bonduel. A tree was also reported down on a house on state Highway 29 in the town of Herman.

Shawano police responded to 30 weather-related calls Friday evening through early Saturday afternoon, according to Police Chief Dan Mauel.

Reports included trees down and blocking roadways, power lines down and two vehicles damaged by fallen trees. A vehicle was also reported damaged by a large branch and a garage in the 900 block of South Andrews Street was reported damaged by a fallen tree.

No injuries were reported from any of the weekend weather in Shawano County.

Todd Dobberstein, a principal with Hometown Insurance in Shawano, said his office was inundated with 70-80 calls about claims for water and wind damage. What isn’t always apparent in storms like these are claims for spoiled food, especially for restaurants, and flooded basements, he said.

“This patch of storms this weekend were worse than anything so far this year,” Dobberstein said. “We’ve had more claims in the past 48 hours than for all of the rest of the storms this year.”

Elsewhere, a tornado with estimated winds of 85 to 110 mph struck in Waupaca County, three miles to the southwest of New London at 11:05 a.m. on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

The tornado moved from eastern Waupaca County into western Outagamie County, causing downed trees, snapped power poles, damage to siding, as well as some roofs on homes.

Home hit by huge maple tree

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 9:19pm
Double truck hits room, spares boatBy: 

Carol Ryczek [email protected]


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek TREE DAMAGE: Homeowner Tim Nulph, right, surveys the damage to his home on 20th Street in Clintonville with a neighbor on Saturday morning. A severe storm took down a large maple tree. The tree landed partly on the house’s roof and partly in the yard, between the house and a boat parked on the street.

It would be easy to jump to the conclusion that the Nulph family is the luckiest, or unluckiest family in Clintonville. A massive maple tree fell on the family home at 19 20th St. during the severe storm that blew through the area on Saturday.

Half of the tree fell across the entire length of the roof of the house.

The other half fell between the house and the the street, where the family’s fishing boat was parked. The boat was unharmed. Not a single window was broken on the house. No one was injured. As soon as the tree fell, neighbors came over with chain saws to clear away the debris.

Cash Nulph was at one of the windows when the tree came down. The son of Tim and Candace Nulph, he said the impact shook everything.

“I heard what sounded like lightning, but it lasted a lot longer,” he said.

“I could see as far as the high school. Then I couldn’t even see the road,” Cash Nulph said. “There was no visibility at all, except I could see wind blowing one way and then another.”

No one know for sure about the timing of the crash, because the storm took out the power. Severe storm warnings, and a tornado warning for Clintonville were issued by the National Weather Service between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday.

Tim Nulph estimated the tree was at least 60-70 years old.

It was probably planted when the house was moved to the site from Belle Plaine in 1941, Cash Nulph speculated.

One of the casualties of the fall was a new peach tree that Candace Nulph had planted this year. It was broken off at about the one foot level. She also heard the big tree come down.

“I heard the crack and the thud, but then, right after that, the neighbors came over with chainsaws, ready to help, ready to sweat. It makes me feel fortunate. And thank, you to the universe, to God, that this part of the tree landed where it did,” she said.

By early afternoon the tree in the front of the house had been cut into small pieces and the debris was piled in the street.

“It’s a nice neighborhood,” Tim Nulph said. “Everyone keeps to themselves, but when you need help, they’re there.”

Not only neighbors, but Tim Nulph’s employer was planning to help, he said. Tim Nulph works for American Car Care in Shawano. He said his boss, Bruce Milavitz, was sending a new wrecker with a boom to help get the tree from the roof.

“Brand new wrecker. This will be its first job,” he said.

American Care Care reported on Monday that any attempt to remove the tree will have to wait for an inspection and authorization by the Nulphs’ insurance adjustor.

Public Record

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 9:17pm

Shawano Police Department

July 21

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 300 block of Pearl Avenue.

Harassment — Harassment was reported in the 1800 block of Estates Lane.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 400 block of West Richmond Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of South Andrews Street.

July 20

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — A 29-year-old Birmingham, Alabama woman was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the Super 8 Motel, 211 Waukechon St.

Disturbance — A 41-year-old Shawano man was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia and a 37-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule III narcotic and illegal possession of a prescription after a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of South Union Street.

Accidents — Police responded to a two-vehicle injury accident at Green Bay and Main streets and a two-vehicle property damage accident at Green Bay and Sawyer streets.

Weather — Police logged eight reports of storm damage, including trees down and blocking roadways and power lines down.

July 19

Police logged 53 incidents, including the following:

Bail Jumping — A 52-year-old Keshena man was arrested for bail jumping after police responded to a noise complaint in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at ThedaCare Medical Center, 100 County Road B.

Weather — Police logged 16 reports of storm damage, including trees down and blocking roadways, power lines down and two vehicles damaged by fallen trees. A vehicle was also reported damaged by a large branch and a garage in the 900 block of South Andrews Street was reported damaged by a fallen tree.

July 18

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Harassment was reported in the 500 block of East Green Bay Street.

Warrants — A 42-year-old Green Bay man was arrested for an outstanding warrant and cited for possession of drug paraphernalia in the 500 block of South Main Street. A 33-year-old Fond du Lac woman was arrested for an outstanding warrant at ThedaCare Medical Center, 100 County Road B. A 30-year-old Shawano man was arrested for a probation violation at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St. A 26-year-old Shawano man was arrested for an outstanding warrant in the 700 block of East Maurer Street. A 55-year-old Shawano man was arrested for an outstanding warrant in the 1000 block of South Lutz Street.

Fraud — Police investigated an identity theft complaint in the 300 block of Lakeland Road. A counterfeit $100 bill was reported at People’s Express South, 716 S. Main St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 21

Deputies logged 54 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A pontoon was reported stolen on Loon Lake Road in the town of Wescott. A wallet was reported stolen at the Remington Gas Station, 444 U.S. Highway 45 in Birnamwood.

Disturbances — Authorities responded to disturbances on Cherry Road in the town of Aniwa and Quartz Avenue in Mattoon, and a domestic disturbance on Ah Toh Wuk Road in Bowler.

Accidents — Authorities responded to an injury accident on County Road A in the town of Red Springs.

July 20

Deputies logged 80 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported at the North Star Casino, W12180 County Road A in the town of Bartelme and on Webb Street in Wittenberg.

Disturbance — A disturbance was reported at the Shawano County Jail, 405 N. Main St.

Theft — An attempted theft of wood was reported on State Street in Bonduel.

Weather — Sheriff’s deputies and Stockbridge-Munsee police logged 30 reports of trees and power lines down. In many cases around the county trees were reported blocking roadways. A tree was reported down on a house on state Highway 29 in the town of Herman. No injuries were reported.

July 19

Deputies logged 82 incidents, including the following:

Disturbances — Disturbances were reported on Rollman Street in Bowler and on County Road G in the town of Seneca.

Theft — Change was reported stolen from a vehicle on Prouty Street in Wittenberg.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a telephone scam complaint on Arbutus Lane in the town of Richmond.

Harassment — Harassment was reported on Honeysuckle Lane in Tigerton.

Weather — Authorities logged 23 reports of storm damage, including trees and power lines down and trees blocking roads. There was also a report of a tree down and damaging a school building at St. Paul Lutheran School, 240 E. Green Bay St. in Bonduel.

July 18

Deputies logged 44 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A disturbance was reported on County Road Y in the town of Belle Plaine.

OAR — A 26-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on County Road A in the town of Wescott.

Accidents — Authorities responded to injury accidents on County Road S in the town of Maple Grove and U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Wittenberg.

Clintonville Police Department

July 21

Police logged 13 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — A burglary was reported on North Main Street.

Theft — A theft was reported on Robert Street.

Disturbance — Officers responded to North Main Street for an unwanted subject. A 28-year-old Clintonville man was subsequently taken into custody on a Department of Corrections warrant and resisting arrest.

July 20

Police logged six incidents, including the following:

Burglary — A burglary and criminal damage to property complaint was reported on Brent Street.

Disturbance — A domestic abuse incident was reported on Brent Street.

Accident — A vehicle vs. pedestrian accident was reported in a parking lot on South Main Street.

Disorderly — A disorderly conduct incident was reported on West Madison Street.

OWI — A 22-year-old La Crosse man was arrested for operating while intoxicated after a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 45 and East Campus Drive.

July 19

Police logged 11 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — A worthless check complaint was under investigation.

Disturbances — Warnings were issued after neighbor disputes on South Main Street and on North 12th Street.

July 18

Police logged five incidents, including the following:

Accident — A two-vehicle property damage accident was reported in a parking lot on South Main Street.

Keshena man indicted for obstruction and firearm offenses

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 9:16pm
Shawano woman charged with false declarations

A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against a man and woman allegedly involved in a firearms offense on the Menominee Indian Reservation, Matthew Krueger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced.

The July 16 indictment charged Aaron Smith, formerly of Keshena, and Keanna King, of Shawano.

Information on the indictments was released July 19 by the U.S. Department of Justice. An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt.

DOJ charged Smith with prohibited possession of a firearm. Smith faces a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release if convicted of this offense.

The indictment also charged Smith with obstruction of justice. If convicted of this offense, Smith faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release.

King is charged with false declarations before a grand jury. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release.

According to the indictment, on April 21, Smith possessed a .25 caliber handgun despite knowing he was prohibited from possession due to a previous conviction. On May 6, Smith allegedly acted to influence King’s testimony before a federal grand jury. According to the indictment, on or about May 29, King provided false testimony to a federal grand jury when she denied Smith handed her a firearm he illegally possessed on April 21.

The Menominee Tribal Police Department, Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory, and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier.

Storm recovery loans offered by CoVantage Credit Union

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 9:15pm

CoVantage Credit Union has announced that it will provide special storm recovery loans to those dealing with unplanned expenses related to recent storm damage.

“Part of the CoVantage mission is to work with members experiencing financial challenge. When natural disasters occur that impact our members and their families, we want to help. We believe this storm recovery loan is a way CoVantage can help by providing some peace of mind during a very stressful time,” said Charlie Zanayed, CoVantage President/CEO.

With this program, eligible borrowers can apply for an unsecured loan of u[ to $25,000 to help with losses or expenses related to property damage, repairs and restoration services, replacement of personal belongings, or to assist until insurance checks arrive.

The storm recovery loan rate is 2.99% APR and borrowers have up to 4 years to pay it back.

Zanayed said he hopes the loans will provide relief to those who need it.

“The last thing someone needs when dealing with storm damage is worrying about where they will get the money to repair their home and replace possessions,” he said.

For details on the program or to apply, visit a local CoVantage Credit Union branch, call 715-627-4336 option 2, or go to www.covantagecu.org.

Anderson taking reins of Shawano schools

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 8:31pm
New superintendent’s first day is Aug. 5By: 

Lee Pulaski, [email protected]


Contributed photo Randi Anderson begins as superintendent of the Shawano School District on Aug. 5.

It only took 15 minutes for the Shawano School Board to deliberate and decide on Monday that Randi Anderson, superintendent of the Pelican Rapids School District in Minnesota, would be the new leader for the Shawano School District.

The board voted unanimously, with two members absent, to hire Anderson, effective Aug. 5. She will be succeeding Gary Cumberland, who will formally retire Aug. 31 as he takes a principal position with Sacred Heart Catholic School.

There was no public debate during the vote, but after the meeting, board president Tyler Schmidt said that Anderson seemed to best fit the approach the district wanted to take in the future. The district is looking at developing a strategic plan, and the new superintendent would take the lead on coordinating efforts to create it.

“She was where we felt most comfortable as a board. There are really no specifics” on what made Anderson stand out, Schmidt said. “She had experience, which we liked.”

Schmidt said Anderson would be making $144,500 annually as superintendent. He said the salary is “mid-range” when compared with schools within CESA 8, within the area and with schools of comparable size to Shawano.

Anderson was not present for the vote, but she made her case to the public on July 15 on what she has done in her education career and what direction she sees K-12 education going in the future. She has been Pelican Rapids’ superintendent for two years, but her career has included being a teacher, coach, consultant and director of personalized learning, among other things.

Regarding long-term education planning, Anderson mentioned at the public forum the importance of mapping out children’s education from birth.

“We looked at a baby born in 2018, and we tried to figure out what we need to make sure they graduate in 2036,” Anderson said.

She also pointed out efforts in her school district to make sure that snow days are still days for learning, with an e-learning day possible through internet connection so that, even though a teacher isn’t live and in person, lessons are still being given through prepared video recordings.

Anderson also stressed how school safety would be a priority for her.

“Colombine set the road that we’re on now, but our role needs to be proactive,” she said.

Anderson has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Dakota, and she has a post-master’s administrative license from Viterbo University.

In a press release from the district, Anderson said she is looking forward to becoming a part of the community, and that her daughter will be entering the sixth grade at Shawano Community Middle School.

The other finalists for the superintendent position were Gereon Methner, currently the secondary principal for the Gibraltar School District in Fish Creek, Wisconsin, and Annette Deuman, who is the superintendent for the Columbus School District in Columbus, Wisconsin.

Clintonville man killed in Waupaca County rollover

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 8:31am

A 27-year-old Clintonville man was killed in a rollover accident just after midnight in the town of Matteson, the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department reported.

The crash occurred on Jepson Road north of Anton Road.

The driver was identified as Tyler Pfefferle.

The truck had been traveling southbound on Jepson Road, entered the west ditch of the roadway, overturned, and came to rest upside down in the west ditch, according to the sheriff’s department.

Authorities responded to a 911 call reporting the crash at 12:01 a.m.

Pfefferle was ejected from the truck during the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Waupaca County medical examiner. He was the only occupant of the truck.

Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office, Marion Police Department, Embarrass Fire Department, and Clintonville Area Ambulance initially responded to the scene.

No further information is being released at this time while the investigation is still ongoing, according to the sheriff’s department.

INTERNET OUTAGE

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 4:54am

A temporary ban on credit and debit cards meant business was “a lot slower” at The Store, a gas station and convenience store at 404 E. Green Bay St., Shawano, said cashier Rachel Ebert, right. She handled a cash transaction from Leslie Jarchow during the internet/telecommunications outage in Shawano on Wednesday afternoon. Phone and internet service was down in the Shawano, Clintonville and Marion areas for about five hours, about 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Wednesday. The cause has yet to be released. Jim Davel, Shawano County emergency management director, said the outage was due to a fiber cable that was cut. He didn’t have any more details as of press time but added the outage did not affect the county’s 911 emergency system.

Osprey chick returns home

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 9:42pm
Shalagoco, WE Energies, The Feather bring the bird homeBy: 

Carol Ryczek [email protected]


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Cam Gardner, WE Energies lead lineman, holds the osprey chick as The Feather’s Mike Young attaches a band to its leg. The band was added before the chick was returned to its nest at the Shawano Lake Golf Club on Thursday.

An osprey chick played through at the Shawano Lake Golf Club on Thursday and found itself safely perched high above the course, next to its nest mate, with its parents circling nearby.

The bird was returned to its nest on a platform at electric-pole height, thanks to the efforts of the Shawano Lake Golf Club, two bird rescue societies and WE Energies.

The unnamed chick had been found Wednesday by Rob Schroeder, a maintenance grounds worker at the golf club. Club general manager Matt Schroder called a bird rescue operation in Antigo, who referred him to The Feather Wildlife Rehab/ Education Center in New London.

The Feather does a lot of work with ospreys, according to Pat Fisher, who was one of the Feather members bringing the chick back to Shawano. She said it appeared that the chick had fallen from the nest, though it was impossible to say for certain. What she knew was that the chick needed to be returned to its parent to survive.

Fisher said the chick was not eating well and was vomiting the food she tried to give it.

“We need to get him back to where he belongs,” she said.

Osprey are summer residents in Wisconsin. They are listed as threatened on Wisconsin’s Endangered Species List, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Adult ospreys can have a wingspan of up to six feet. They eat mostly fish.

Ospreys have a high death rate during the first two years of life due to weather, predation and accidents. An average of one chick per nest dies each year.

When a chick is in distress, The Feather jumps into action, Fisher said. She said WE Energies is a frequent partner in the New London area in restoring chicks to their nests, which are found on human-built platforms or very high in trees. This was a first for the Bonduel WE crew, though.

The chick from the golf club was about five weeks old, she said. It weighed 117 grams, a little over four ounces.

Mike Young, a retired game warden from Shiocton, was also on hand to return the chick. He would also use the opportunity to band the chick — which means attaching a metal number to the chick’s leg.

The rescue operation involved shutting down a portion of the golf course to allow a lift truck from WE Energies to drive to the platform. After banding the young bird, Young and Vince Rynish, WE Energies lineman, used the left to raise the bird up to the nest.

The operation was witnessed by a group of golfers and four ospreys. The birds cried loudly as the WE truck raised its bucket toward the platform. Fisher said it looked like the parents of the bird and another nearby nesting pair were overseeing the operation.

“They never like seeing us and they always complain,” she said.

As soon as the chick was in the nest, Fisher asked all of the spectators to move away.

Fisher and Young watched for the mother from a distance to allow her to return as quickly as possible.

“There she is,” Young said, watching through a pair of binoculars.

“We’ve done what we can do,” Fisher added, “and now we will just wait and see.”

Powers recalled as strong public servant

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 9:38pm
Longtime community activist dead at 85By: 

David Wilhelms Leader Correspondent


Cliff Powers

Clifford Anthony Powers, a long-time public official in the Town of Angelica, Pulaski School District, farm organizations and the Shawano County Board died July 13 at Forest Glen in Seymour.

He was 85.

Rich Ferfecki, current Town of Angelica chair and county board member, remembers Powers as a mentor.

“When he got off the county board, he sort of guided me into it,” said Ferfecki, who was first elected to the county board in 2012.

Powers served on the county board for 16 years and was a member of the highway, public safety and human services committees. Ferfecki noted that Powers was deeply involved in building the new jail. Powers also served for nine years on the Pulaski School Board and was a director of the Pulaski-Chase Cooperative for four years. He was a supervisor on the Town of Angelica board for 12 years.

“He put his heart into everything he did,” Ferfecki said. “He was very upfront on things. If he didn’t like something, he wasn’t bashful in telling you.”

He added Powers was “not outspoken but frank.”

Ferfecki said his personal experience was, “We disagreed on a number of items but we remained friends. And he was right most of the time.”

Ferfecki now is a member of the county board’s Human Services committee just as Powers was and called him a “cherished member. They still speak of him in committee meetings.”

Ferfecki said public service was a family tradition for Powers as his father was Angelica town chair for many years and his wife was Angelica town clerk for 20 years. That may have influenced his choice of favorite quote: “Take time; make time. There might not be another time.”

A lifelong member of Assumption BVM Parish in Pulaski, Powers served on the parish school board.

The son of Michael and Frances (Drzewiecki), Powers was born at home in Angelica on June 2, 1934. He attended Angelica Grade School and graduated from Pulaski High School in 1952. He farmed with his father after high school until he enlisted in the Army. He served in Germany with the 264th Field Artillery Battalion as a driver for an atomic cannon rig and received recognition as Soldier of the Month.

Cliff met his wife, Janet Eleanor Runge, in March 1963. The couple married Jan. 4, 1964, at Sacred Heart Church in Sherwood. They purchased his father’s farm in 1964.

Cliff received the 1968 Shawano County Outstanding Young Farmer Award and was said to be very proud of the family’s all-registered Holstein herd. The family planted and sold sweet corn in front of their home for 31 years.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Assumption BVM Church, 119 E. Pulaski St., Pulaski, on July 27. The Rev. Patrick Gawrylewski will preside over the Mass, which will be followed by military honors by the Pulaski Area Veterans. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Angelica.

Students pumped over city water system tour

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 9:36pm
Tour part of CMN sustainability programBy: 

David Wilhelms Leader Correspondent


Photo by David Wilhelms Patrick Bergner, Shawano water and sewer foreman, guides a group of high school students from the Menominee Indian, Gresham and Shawano school districts on a July 11 tour of the city’s water system. The students are part of a Sustainability Leadership Cohort through the College of Menominee Nation.

Residents of Shawano use about 1.5 million gallons of water daily and there’s a lot that goes on before the turn of the tap.

The city’s water supply comes from four groundwater wells drilled in Cambrian sandstone, said Patrick Bergner, Shawano’s water and sewer foreman. The city distributes and stores its water through 58 miles of water main, 981 valves, two reservoirs and one water tower.

Bergner said about 400,000 gallons are pumped out and replaced each day at the reservoir. The tank, built in 1970, is inspected every five years and drained and inspected on the 10th year, he added.

The water tower, at a height of 129 feet, provides the pressure that keeps the taps flowing. Its 500,000 gallons of water are drained to about 33% of capacity and then refilled, usually happening three times per day, Bergner said.

Those facts were among the takeaways for 20 students from the Menominee Indian, Gresham and Shawano school districts in the College of Menominee Nation’s Sustainability Leadership Cohort when they toured the city’s water system July 11 as part of the course learning about water with an infusion of culture. The group will apply the knowledge to a Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) project they are putting together for third- through fifth-graders. They are also making a movie about the experience as part of the non-credit course. College students majoring in education at CMN as well as faculty members are assisting cohort participants.

One of the four wells (despite being known as “Well No. 5”) was drilled in 1940. At a depth of 250 feet, the well pumps between 750 and 1,000 gallons per minute. Bergner said the well, like all facets of the water system, is monitored regularly for contaminants.

“We monitor many different contaminants in our drinking water according to state and federal laws, which include potentially harmful bacteria,” Bergner said.

Contaminants are monitored on a weekly basis in the city’s distribution system and quarterly in all the wells, he added.

Because security is an issue, the foreman noted that cameras and an alarm system have been installed at the wells, the 2 million gallon above-ground reservoir and the city’s water tower.

BY THE NUMBERS

Water system facts

• Four groundwater wells

• One 500,000 gallon storage tank

• One 2 million gallon above-ground storage reservoir

• 58 miles of water main

• 438 fire hydrants

• 981 valves

Public Record

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 9:26pm

Shawano Police Department

July 17

Police logged 42 incidents, including the following:

Fleeing — A vehicle fled from a traffic stop at Fifth and Sawyer streets. The officer terminated the pursuit after he lost sight of the vehicle while northbound on Main Street. The pursuit distance was 0.9 mile and the speed was 70 mph. The investigation is on-going to try and determine who the driver is.

Disturbance — A charge of battery/domestic is being referred to the DA for a 26-year-old Shawano man who fled from a domestic disturbance before officers arrived in the 100 block of Acorn Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 100 block of Woodlawn Drive.

Trespass — Trespassing was reported at The Gathering, 2600 E. Richmond St.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 900 block of South Washington Street.

Assault — Police investigated an assault complaint at Fifth and Franklin streets.

Fraud — People’s Express South, 716 S. Main St., reported a counterfeit $100 bill.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 17

Deputies logged 51 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 29-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

Disturbances — Authorities responded to a domestic disturbance on Cardinal Lane in the town of Wittenberg and disturbances on Norway Lane in the town of Belle Plaine, Herman Street in the town of Herman and Rollman Street in Bowler.

Theft — Authorities investigated property theft complaints on West Line Road in the town of Aniwa and Loon Lake Circle in the town of Wescott.

Juvenile — Authorities responded to a juvenile problem on Smalley Street in the town of Wescott.

Warrant — A 22-year-old woman was taken into custody on a warrant at the North Star Casino, W12180 County Road A in the town of Bartelme.

Clintonville Police Department

July 17

Police logged nine incidents, including the following:

Theft — A juvenile referral was completed for a retail theft on North Main Street.

Disturbances — Police responded to two family disturbances on West Morning Glory Drive.

Harassment — A harassment issue was reported on West Morning Glory Drive.

SONGS AND STORIES

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 9:35pm
Shawano resident tells of Oneida culture through mother’s eyesBy: 

Lee Pulaski [email protected]


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Edi Cornelius-Grosskopf, center, signs a book while standing between Holly Zander and Dan Labby during a presentation she gave on “Traveling Home: Blessed by Spirit Songs” on Saturday at Beans and Books in Shawano. The author is working on providing a comprehensive look into Oneida history and culture with the book.

Shawano resident Edi Cornelius-Grosskopf was told stories by her mother about a journey to Indian boarding schools and the return back home to Wisconsin, and she never forgot them.

Cornelius-Grosskopf knew from the time that she was young that she wanted to put her mother’s history into some kind of book, but it took turning 60 to really motivate her to start the book.

“My father died when he was 61, and my brother died when he was 61,” Cornelius-Grosskopf said. “I thought, I’d better write this book before I turn 61 or I might not make it.”

That revelation came about seven years ago, but Cornelius-Grosskopf is still alive and kicking today, and her book “Traveling Home: Blessed by Spirit Songs,” is now a reality, sharing the tales of how Alice, her mother, dealt with hardships and overcame obstacles as an Oneida woman growing up in the early 1900s.

Alice was born in 1907, and at that time, all Native Americans were required to go to the boarding schools run by the U.S. government. Cornelius-Grosskopf said the children had to get rid of their possessions, abandon their tribal traditions and were stripped of the culture in order to be assimilated into American society.

“The Christians and the government had separate schools, but they would work together for these boarding schools,” Cornelius-Grosskopf said. “They would pull them away from their families specifically so they would assimilate into mainstream American society.”

She pointed out that African-Americans were allowed to keep their spiritual beliefs while integrating into society, but “assimilation” was what Native Americans endured as they were changed to reflect the beliefs of a predominantly white country.

“That’s a keyword that I think is important,” Cornelius-Grosskopf said.

Cornelius-Grosskopf said her grandmother managed to keep Alice out of the boarding school until 1918, but eventually had to send her away to the boarding school in Tomah to become a “good American citizen.”

Cornelius-Grosskopf’s book is written so middle school students and older can read and understand the material.

Besides putting her mother’s story into print, Cornelius-Grosskopf wanted to bring more attention to the Oneida culture and history. Even though there are 11 recognized Native American tribes in Wisconsin, and Act 31 requires the teaching of tribal history in the schools, there are not a lot of stories beyond traditional history books to draw on, she said.

“There’s very little known, and there’s not a lot of it in children’s books,” Cornelius-Grosskopf said. “I wanted to deal with subjects like abandonment and alcoholism and death and other things that aren’t necessarily cool, but in our culture, they’re part of life, so it’s natural.”

She also wanted to illustrate the importance of music in the Oneida culture.

“The Oneida spiritual hymns are very spirit-filled; they’re very biblical,” Cornelius-Grosskopf said.

The book also stresses the importance of religion in spirituality.

“I wanted people to know about Jesus,” Cornelius-Grosskopf said.

Alice lived to be 97 and passed away in 2004, which gave Cornelius-Grosskopf a lot of life information to draw on. Cornelius-Grosskopf kept a journal and wrote down her mother’s stories as she told them. Many of those stories focused on the family’s values.

“I feel like some of these basic values—unconditional love, how to plan and save,” Cornelius-Grosskopf said. “Just like you use a bank today (to save money), they had to do the same things with food and that kind of thing.”

The values also included the importance of sharing a meal with other family members and planning ahead with the garden.

“They’re cross-cultural, and they’re things that I think kids need to hear, too,” Cornelius-Grosskopf said.

She is working on having her book serve as the basis for a family class on the Oneida Reservation near Green Bay. Families could attend four nights, one per month, and learn about many of the historical and cultural values of the Oneida people.

Cornelius-Grosskopf said she’s also working on getting “Traveling Home” into the public schools, but she fears that school officials might be concerned that the parts about Christianity might cause concern over religious indoctrination.

“I’m in the process of making a guidebook for teachers to use in their classrooms,” Cornelius-Grosskopf said.

She also hopes to meet with state representatives and PBS to further get out the word about the Oneida. The Oneida Tribal Council has already recognized Cornelius-Grosskopf for writing the book and trying to get the tribe’s history and culture in the spotlight.

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: Book reading and signing for “Traveling Home” by Edi Cornelius-Grosskopf

WHEN: 6-7:30 p.m. June 26

WHERE: Cafeteria, St. James Lutheran School, 324 S. Andrews St., Shawano

Search continues for Bonduel man in Ashland County

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 9:31pm
By: 

Leader Staff


Contributed photo A photo of Richard Dilabio, Bonduel, was taken at the Kwik Trip in Park Falls on July 9 and released by the Ashland County Sheriff’s Department. Dilabio was reported missing since July 12.

The search continues for a Bonduel man in Ashland County.

Richard J. Dilabio checked into an Ashland County campground on July 10. He was reported missing on July 12.

According to the sheriff’s office, agencies are conducting ground searches in the area with dog teams from Sawyer County Search and Rescue and St. Louis County Search and Rescue. They have no new leads at this time.

On July 12, at about 9:30 a.m., the Ashland County 911 Communications Center received a telephone call from a U.S. Forest Service park ranger reporting a camper was unaccounted for at the East Twin Lake campground in the township of Gordon, just north of Clam Lake.

Sheriff’s deputies responded and assisted the U.S. Forest Service with an initial search of the area.

Dilabio was last seen wearing a dark green shirt, blue jeans and motorcycle leathers. He is 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighs 163 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. He was riding a green and yellow 1990 BMW motorcycle. The motorcycle was still at the camp site.

The sheriff’s department released a photo of Dilabio taken at the Kwik Trip in Park Falls on July 9.

Anyone who has seen Richard since July 10 or knows anything of his whereabouts, should contact the Ashland County sheriff’s office at 715-682-7023, ext. 1.

Public Record

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 9:30pm

Shawano Police Department

July 16

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Trespass — Trespassing was reported in the 700 block of South Cleveland Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a report of a fight in progress in the 300 block of Lakeland Road.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported in the 200 block of West Lieg Avenue.

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen in the 200 block of East Maurer Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 16

Deputies logged 43 incidents, including the following:

Fleeing — A 14-year-old Bear Creek male was arrested for fleeing, speeding, failure to yield to at two stop signs and operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license after a chase that started in Oconto County. The teen eventually crashed the vehicle and was was arrested after a suspicious person complaint on Meadow Road in the town of Washington. The caller said the teen had showed up at the door of the residence asking for a ride to Clintonville.

Theft — Mail was reported stolen on U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Fairbanks.

Disturbances — Authorities responded to disturbances on Old Shawano Road in the town of Pella and on Fourth Street in the town of Herman.

Dive Team Call — A 14-year-old girl was reported missing on Wilson Lake in the town of Wittenberg after a flotation device was spotted on the lake. The girl was found safe onshore a few minutes later.

Accidents — A 54-year-old Shawano man was taken to ThedaCare Medical Center after an injury accident on state Highway 22 in the town of Belle Plaine. Extent of the injuries were unknown. The vehicle was later reported stolen. A 15-year-old Cecil male was cited for failure to yield for a stop sign after an injury accident on Mill Street in Bonduel. Authorities also responded to an injury accident on Town Hall Road in the town of Red Springs.

Clintonville Police Department

July 16

Police logged nine incidents, including the following:

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint on Modoc Street.

Disturbance — Domestic abuse was reported on North 12th Street.

USDA extends flood reporting deadline

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 9:21pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the deadline for agricultural producers in states impacted by spring flooding and heavy moisture. The new Monday deadline applies to producers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and 10 other states for reporting spring-seeded crops to USDA’s Farm Service Agency county offices and crop insurance agents.

“These are challenging times for farmers, and we are here to help,” said Bill Northey, USDA undersecretary for farm production and conservation. “This deadline extension is part of our broader effort to increase program flexibility and reduce overall regulatory burden for producers who are having to make some tough choices for their operations.”

Filing a timely crop acreage report is important for maintaining eligibility for USDA conservation, disaster assistance, safety net, crop insurance and farm loan programs. A crop acreage report documents all crops and their intended uses and is an important part of record-keeping for your farm or ranch.

Producers filing reports with FSA county offices are encouraged to set up an appointment before visiting the office. Acreage reports from producers in the affected states who set up appointments before Monday are considered timely filed, even if the appointment occurs after the deadline.

“We encourage you to contact your FSA county office today to set up an appointment,” Northey said. “Our team is standing by to help you complete this important process that keeps you eligible for key USDA programs.”

For information, contact your FSA county office or visit fsa.usda.gov.

Superintendent candidates meet the public

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 9:38pm
3 finalists talk students, staff with communityBy: 

Lee Pulaski [email protected]

The three finalists for the Shawano School District superintendent position had to make their cases to the Shawano School Board behind closed doors Monday night, but they also had to face the public in a separate forum.

Annette Deuman, Randi Anderson and Gereon Methner each answered questions for about an hour in the Shawano Community High School auditorium, talking about their backgrounds as educators and administrators while giving their thoughts on the future of Shawano schools. The forum was facilitated by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards.

Methner had the advantage of working previously with the public schools in Shawano, but Dueman and Anderson trumped him in that they’re both currently superintendents, while he is currently a middle and high school principal.

Deuman described herself as someone who enjoyed teaching but only entered the administrative side of education reluctantly at the request of others. She taught in Stevens Point and Waupaca before becoming an administrator in De Pere for 13 years. She’s currently the superintendent for the Columbus School District in Columbus, Wisconsin, which has about 1,400 students.

Anderson has been involved in education in multiple states. After starting her career in Colorado, she has also been involved with strategic planning in La Crosse, as well as working with inner-city school systems with as many as 22,000 students. Anderson has spent the last two years as a district superintendent in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.

Methner has twice been part of the Shawano School District. His first time was as a French teacher and coach for several sports. After leaving for grad school, he returned in 2013 to work as the district’s at-risk coordinator and executive director for the LEADS Charter School. He is currently a principal for the Gibraltar School District in Fish Creek.

The candidates were peppered with questions about working with education associations, incorporating career and technical education into the essential core classes, school safety, their experiences with one-to-one technology programs and their visions for the district. They were also asked why they wanted to make their home in the Shawano area.

For Deuman, having family in the Wausau area and wanting to be closer with those loved ones was a factor in her pursuit of the superintendent position.

“I am not getting any younger, and I’m looking for a position that is long-term for me,” Deuman said. “As I’m rounding out my time in education, where would that be? Family is important to me, and it is clear in this community that it is important to you.”

Anderson said working in the larger school districts has made her yearn to be a part of a smaller system.

“What I need, as an administrator, is relationships,” Anderson said. “I need to be able to know who you are, what you’re doing and what you stand for.”

For Methner, the reason for returning to Shawano is to give back. He noted the skills he learned working locally came in handy when he became an administrator in Fish Creek.

“I have a great job, but the opportunity to be in this community and to raise my children … I couldn’t be more excited to have my son graduate as a Hawk,” Methner said. “Shawano has given me far more than I’ve given back, and I don’t feel like I’m done yet.”

Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber asked all three candidates what their plans were to curb school bullying.

Deuman noted that it was not something that was heavily dealt with when she first started in education, but the 1999 Colombine High School shooting forever changed that. She said it’s made worse by bullying going from face-to-face attacks to cyber assaults via social media.

“Whoever thought we’d be at this point in society and education when we’d have to talk about safety by actually talking about it, where our buildings are locked and secure?” Deuman said. “It’s important for all of us to pledge to be role models, because our kids are watching what we’re doing.”

Anderson also noted the influence of social media on the escalation of youth bullying. She recommends emphasizing problem-solving skills in education to find alternatives to bullying.

“Bullying has happened since we were in school,” Anderson said. “We can do a couple of things: We can lock out the world and say it won’t happen, or I prefer to take a proactive approach. We have to keep our kids safe in the building, on the bus, on the playgrounds.”

Methner noted that bullying can be combated but only when victims come forward.

“I fail at 100% of the bullying cases that I know nothing about,” Methner said. “That responsibility isn’t just on the kid. What are we putting into place so that all kids feel comfortable making that report in the first place?”

The school board reviewed video footage of the forum and evaluation forms that community members filled out afterward. The board’s next meeting is 5:30 p.m. Monday in the district conference room at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B, Shawano. It is expected to make a decision on hiring a superintendent then.

Go ahead and play

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 9:37pm
Memorial fountain was designed for interactionBy: 

Carol Ryczek [email protected]


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek The fountain at Franklin Park in Shawano, shown here before an evening concert at ShawanoFest, is intended to be used by all — whether by watching the water, sitting near it or playing in it, as these girls are doing, according to the Shawano Park and Recreation Department.

Let the kids play. Without a doubt.

That was what Matt Hendricks, Shawano Park and Recreation director, said when asked if it was OK for children to play in the water feature at Franklin Park, 235 S. Washington St., Shawano.

“We won’t be seeing any ‘Do not play in the water’ signs anywhere,” he said.

The water feature is a rock bordered by shooting water and concrete benches. The installation is at the north side of the park, under an installation of flags near Division Street.

“There is a splash pad at Memorial Park, and it is a true splash pad, but there are many different water features in parks for all different ages,” he said. “We fully anticipated that people would react to it. You can watch the water, or stick your hand in or be a kid and play in it. It’s totally permissible.”

Traditional fountains contain water in a small pool, Hendricks said, but the Franklin version is an “at grade” feature. It was designed to be enjoyed not only for what it looks like, but how it feels.

Unlike the Memorial Park splash pad, with age-appropriate areas, the fountain at Franklin Park isn’t set up to be a play area, Hendricks said. He said he expects parents to set rules and step in if the kids exceeded their parents’ “risk tolerance.” It’s like that for everything in a park, even playgrounds, he said.

Hendricks added that the fountain water is not reused and goes into wastewater.

“It is always fresh,” he said to allay fears of parents who saw children trying to catch drops of water to drink.

Hendricks said he was aware that there had been questions about the appropriateness of kids’ in the fountain area on social media.

Although there is a memorial to World War I veterans on the park grounds, he said, the entire park is not a memorial. The Veterans Memorial at Shawano’s Woodlawn Cemetery serves that purpose, he said.

Instead, he said the park included a restoration of the original World War I monument as one of the stories the park tells.

“Parks tell stories,” Hendricks said. “We have art and culture. We have a bronze statue and bench, in memory of Linda Grams. It’s near the little free library. The bronze statue was donated by Mart Grams, fully funded and donated by him. It is both art and a bench; you can sit there.

“The grounds used to be a school. We have the work of the Wild Ones, and we have the farmers market. Memorials are monument to the people who made the community. We are giving thanks to those community members who paved the way in the past.”

He said he agreed with the sentiment that those who “gave so much” would appreciate that their sacrifices allowed children to play joyfully in the water, and that they could look up and see flags above them.

“That will instill a sense of pride,” he said.

FYI

Thursdayz at Franklin, a new Shawano Park and Rec project, continues today, weather permitting, with the Copper Box performing at 6 p.m. The performance is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Shawano. Admission is free. Seating is limited, so lawn chairs are recommended.

Committee recommends bridge repairs

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 9:34pm
Clintonville street committee suggests up to $10,000By: 

Grace Kirchner Leader Correspondent


Photo by Grace Kirchner The Clintonville street committee has recommended spending up to $10,000 for repairs to the pedestrian bridge in Clintonville. The closed sign has been posted for on the bridge after the railing was found to be unsafe. The bridge connects the parking lot at the Community Center, 30 S. Main St., and the parking lot of the shopping center at the corner of West 12th Street and South Main Street.

The Clintonville street committee has recommended that the city spend up to $10,000 to make repairs to the pedestrian bridge located near the Community Center.

The street committee referred the matter to the Clintonville finance committee for funding. It is then referred to the Common Council for the final say.

The walking bridge, over the Pigeon River, connects the parking lot at the Community Center, 30 S. Main St., and the parking lot of the shopping center at the corner of West 12th Street and South Main Street.

The estimated cost to make the repairs to reopen the bridge is estimated at $7,000 to $10,000. The bridge has been closed since July 2017 when an assessment found the femcing to be unsafe.

At a June 27 meeting, City Administrator Sharon Eveland said that the estimate was from the MSA Professional Services. This were not a firm that would be bidding on the work.

MSA did have some concerns with the long-term viability of the bridge. According to Eveland, the assessment said that if some repairs are made to the fencing on the bridge, the bridge could be reopened. An assessment would then be needed every year to inspect for further deterioration.

MSA recommended replacing the bridge. The cost to do that was estimated at $90,000 to $100,000. Taking the bridge out would cost $10,000 to $20,000.

The city finance committee will see if there are funds available from the capital account for the repairs.

“Is there a need to spend $7,000 to $10,000 to repair the bridge if it is only a temporary fix?” asked committee member Brandon Braden.

Eveland said that she knows the bridge is really important to this community. She said there have been a lot of calls about it.

She also noted that the city’s vision for the area of the bridge is for a riverwalk to be added in the future and having the pedestrian crossovers would be nice.

“I think, long term, we are looking at a full replacement, but that could be 15 to 20 years down the road before we could really do what we want for that area,” Eveland said. “I think $7,000 to $10,000 to give the community something that they have been asking for is well worth it.”

Clintonville Mayor Richard Beggs said the pediatrician bridge is important to Clintonville, and the city has to stop shutting things down and not reopening them.

“We have to start adding back to our value, to our overall appearance,” Beggs said.

He recommended approving the repairs needed to reopen the bridge.

Braden asked if the city has to pay an annual fee to have the pedestrian bridge inspected.

Eveland said that Waupaca County can perform he inspection. The city has to have all of the bridges inspected annually.

Committee member Steve Kettenhoven said he would hate to have the city make the fencing repairs only to find out in a year the structural integrity of the bridge would force it closure again.

“I agree that’s a lot of money, but I think that’s the chance we should take and have to take because it makes the people of the community have something good in their eyes and perspective,” said Tammy Strey-Hirt, committee member. “There have been lots of people who have been very upset about that bridge because it’s a part of Clintonville.”

Eveland said the city could not afford to replace the bridge now.

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