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Apr

Safe water is goal of Lena’s $3.4 million project


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Craig Schuh, an engineer with Ayres Associates, points to a blueprint of a proposed water treatment facility to be constructed south of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Lena. Construction will begin this summer. The treatment process is required to bring the water supplied by well No. 1 into compliance with Department of Natural Resources radium regulations.

Just over a year after Lena closed one of its two wells, the course is set to rectify the problem.

In February 2013, Well No. 1, at the Village Hall, was above 5 picocurie per liter of water (pCi/l) and out of compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. It was immediately shut down, and the village began operating with only one well—and studying its options.

At an informational meeting Thursday, village leaders and a consulting engineer unveiled plans for a new water treatment facility and related underground infrastructure, plus modifications to the two wells in the village. The $3.4 million project is scheduled to begin this summer.

The meeting occurred just three days after the village received some good news in the form of a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Administration. The village is also in the running for an EPA grant of $500,000 in principal forgiveness.

Wed
02
Apr

Committees hash out law enforcement center issues

The city of Oconto will be changed forever.

Come 2015, a residential neighborhood in the city will give way to a modern jail facility and related offices. Just how much the city will change is a concern of an ad hoc committee created by the Oconto City Council.

On March 26, the committee met with Oconto County officials to learn about plans for the $25 million project, scheduled to be completed in December 2017.

Administrative Coordinator Kevin Hamann said the county will consider a number of design options, such as underground parking below the Sheriff’s Department, for the law enforcement center, which will include a jail to accommodate 125 inmates and an Emergency Operation Center.

Hamann said the center has the potential to expand in the future, adding another 50 to 60 beds.

Ad hoc committee member Marsha Present was concerned about the center’s appearance.

“I don’t want an industrial park area,” she said.

Wed
02
Apr

Oconto among less healthy counties in Wisconsin

Oconto County ranks among the less healthy counties in the state, according to the annual County Health Rankings released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The County Health Rankings rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states. The rankings allow counties to see how well they are doing on 29 factors that influence health, including smoking, high school graduation rates, employment, physical inactivity and access to healthy foods.

Oconto County ranks in the bottom half for health outcomes, with a rating of 57 out of 72 counties. In 2013, it ranked 46th in this area, which measures length and quality of life by determining the number of poor physical or mental health days and the occurrence of premature death and low birth weight.

Wed
02
Apr

County adopts health improvement plan

Oconto County’s low rating—57th of 72 counties—in the state’s County Health Rankings was not unexpected by Debbie Konitzer, Oconto County health officer. The rankings were released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“This data reflects what Healthy Oconto County 2018 found during the 2013 community health assessment and plan,” Konitzer said in a news release.

Healthy Oconto County 2018 is a group of citizens and organizations working to improve the health of area residents by focusing on three priorities: alcohol and other drug abuse, mental health, and nutrition and physical activity.

Wed
02
Apr

Oconto Falls Police Department

An Oconto Falls man, 45, was cited for careless operation of a snowmobile and operating a snowmobile while intoxicated on March 7.

An Oconto Falls woman was cited for possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia at her River Street residence March 10.

A tree limb fell on a vehicle parked on Franklin Street on March 11, causing minor damage.

A male student was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia March 13 at Oconto Falls High School, 210 N. Farm Road.

A male student was referred to Oconto County Health and Human Services for possession of THC and drug paraphernalia March 13 at Oconto Falls High School, 210 N. Farm Road.

The theft of dog food or cat food was reported March 14 at Witt’s Piggly Wiggly, 409 E. Highland Drive. A witness saw an individual take the food from a Humane Society donation box.

Wed
02
Apr

Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceedings from March 26

A preliminary hearing was held for Michael R. Knight, 32, Oconto Falls, on a charge of strangulation and suffocation, domestic abuse, which allegedly occurred Feb. 28 in Oconto Falls. A cash bond of $500 continues. An arraignment is April 10.

Proceedings from March 25

Ryan L. Lunzmann, 31, Oconto, pleaded no contest to forgery, which occurred Sept. 19 in Oconto. He was sentenced to nine months jail, imposed and stayed, and two years in the Volunteers in Probation program. He must pay restitution of $497.24 and serve five days in jail.

Matthias C. Andrews, 25, Abrams, pleaded not guilty to strangulation and suffocation, which allegedly occurred Jan. 20 in Oconto. A cash bond of $1,000 is continued. A pretrial conference is May 8.

Wed
02
Apr

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

At 1 a.m. March 23 in Little River, an unknown person operating a vehicle stolen from a residence in Oconto was northbound on Superior Street at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a curve near County Road S. The vehicle left the road and hit a brick culvert. The vehicle sustained severe damage, and the driver left the scene.

At 5:50 a.m. March 23 in Little Suamico, a female from Little Suamico was driving northbound on East Frontage Road at Brown Road, went off the road to the right and rolled over. She received incapacitating injuries and required medical transport. The vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed. The woman was able to crawl from the car and told rescue personnel she fell asleep.

Wed
02
Apr

New welcome signs erected at city entries


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Chris Siolka, left, and Tim Otis, of Jones Sign Company, prepare to install a welcome sign Friday at the state Highway 22 entry to Oconto Falls. A second sign was installed Friday on County Road CC.

New welcome signs will greet motorists entering Oconto Falls from two directions.

On Friday, signs were installed at the state Highway 22 and County Road CC entries to the city. The Highway 22 sign includes an electronic, full-color message center that will be activated once warmer weather allows the city to hook up the electrical service.

The Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce purchased the signs for $37,000 from Jones Sign of Green Bay with the aid of a $24,000 donation from ST Paper. A plaque on the CC sign recognizes the paper mill’s contribution.

Gail Yatso, president of the chamber, watched the installation Friday, photographing the progress made by Chris Siolka and Tim Otis.

Wed
26
Mar

Law enforcement center project advances

Plans for a proposed law enforcement center are moving ahead on several fronts.

The law enforcement center is scheduled to be built on a 4.7-acre block adjacent to the courthouse in Oconto. It would replace an outdated facility in the courthouse complex that needs major repairs and has limited capacity. Construction of the $25 million center is scheduled to begin in 2015.

The County Board on Thursday passed a resolution that allows for the acquisition and relocation of the buildings located one block north of the courthouse. Supervisor Rose Stellmacher voted nay; she has opposed all resolutions regarding the courthouse location for the center.

Despite her objections, the project is moving forward.

Wed
26
Mar

Lemke finds success by ‘giving it my all’


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Carly Lemke, a three-sport athlete involved in student council and choir at Oconto Falls High School, is the recipient of an Excellence Scholarship from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.

Carly Lemke achieved a rare trifecta this month. By earning a berth to the WIAA state basketball tournament, Lemke added another chapter to her successful high school sports career, with her last three seasons finishing at the state meet.

Lemke, of Oconto Falls, competed in the state basketball tournament Friday, the state volleyball tournament in 2011 and 2013, and the state track meet in 2013.

Although each sports season is special, Lemke admitted she has a favorite.

“I definitely love volleyball, but right now, basketball is pretty exciting, too,” she said, acknowledging the euphoria of a state-tournament run.

The multi-sport standout earned another honor this month, winning the prestigious Excellence Scholarship from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.

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