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Gillett adopts 2014 tax levy with 4-2 vote

Although the proposed 2014 budget came under fire from two aldermen Nov. 25, the city of Gillett plans to use tax money to pay for a fourth full-time police officer whose employment was funded by a grant since 2011.

Aldermen Rick Raatz and Tod Anderson voted against the proposed $392,627 tax levy, which was approved 4-2. The levy is up 4 percent over last year.

The budget included total expenditures of $1.21 million, down .02 percent from last year. A tax rate for residents has not been determined, city officials said.

At a budget hearing attended by a dozen residents, several speakers accused the council of overspending for public works projects — including the 2012 purchase of a new snow plow — and poor planning, claiming the council should have developed a way to pay for the police officer long before the grant funding disappeared.

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04
Dec

VIP program benefits offenders, taxpayers


Times Herald Photo by Joan Koehne

Joe LaFortune, shown in an Oconto County courtroom, is recruiting agents for the Volunteers in Probation program, which he directs.

A “double-benefit” is how Gerome Finn described Oconto County’s Volunteers in Probation program.

The program, an alternative to jail or state probation for first-time offenders of nonviolent, misdemeanor crimes, helps rehabilitate first-time offenders (benefit No. 1) at no expense to county taxpayers (benefit No. 2).

“The main thing is there is more of an individual, personal relationship between the agents and the clients where we can meet them and work with them,” said Finn, comparing VIP to state probation. “For that reason, and also financially, I think it is a great program.”

It’s a “great program” in need of more volunteers, said Joe LaFortune, VIP director who has worked with the program for 11 years.

VIP was established in 1997 by Larry Jeske, a circuit court judge, and modeled after an Outagamie County program begun in 1971.

Wed
04
Dec

Candidates can begin quest for local offices

Oconto County residents interested in holding public office have five weeks to file nomination papers for the spring election.

Nomination papers are available at Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board website, gab.wi.gov, or at municipal buildings for town, village and city positions, school district offices for school board races and the Oconto County Courthouse for supervisory seats.

Candidates must submit the papers before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7. A primary will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18, if needed, with the spring election on Tuesday, April 1.

Following is a list of incumbents:

County supervisors

All 31 Oconto County supervisory districts will be on the ballot. Supervisors are elected for two-year terms.

Wed
04
Dec

CMH welcomes surgeon to staff

Board certified general surgeon Dr. Seth Smith of Prevea Health has joined the medical staff of Community Memorial Hospital.

Smith provides a full range of surgical services including minimally invasive breast surgery, thyroid and parathyroid disease surgery, and advanced laparoscopic surgery of the colon, gallbladder, adrenal, hernia and spleen.

“As a general surgeon, I enjoy providing my patients with the most advanced methods available to give the best outcome and superior cosmetic results,” Smith said. “Some of the greatest recent medical advancements have been in breast and laparoscopic surgery. I’m proud to have the latest training in these areas.

“I also strive to put my patients at ease by thoroughly discussing any questions or concerns they have.”

Smith received his medical education from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha. He completed his residency at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

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04
Dec

Oconto Falls Police Department

Two 13-year-old boys from Oconto Falls were stopped by police Nov. 10 after throwing eggs at a home on West Highland Drive.

A concrete deer on display on the lawn of St. Anthony Church, 253 N. Franklin St., was tipped over Nov. 11, and one of its antlers broke, causing $400 in damage. An outdoor water spigot was also damaged.

A 44-year-old woman from Cecil and 41-year-old man from Oconto Falls were arrested on outstanding warrants after causing a disturbance Nov. 13 at an apartment on Jackson Street.

A dark-colored SUV lost its side mirror after striking a mailbox Nov. 14 on West Highland Drive. The vehicle left the scene. The mailbox was not damaged.

Police responded to a false alarm at N.E.W. Credit Union on Nov. 20.

The door to a storage area at a Park Avenue apartment was damaged Nov. 21, but nothing inside the storage area was reported missing.

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04
Dec

Oconto County Circuit Court

Proceedings from Nov. 27

Sentencing for Chad W. Fischer, 34, Oconto Falls, is Jan. 17. He is charged with felony bail jumping on Sept. 10. He had been scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 10 on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia, which allegedly took place Aug. 9, 2012, in Oconto Falls. His $8,000 cash bond continues.

Proceedings from Nov. 25

James B. Nowak, 56, West Bend, made an initial appearance on a charge of driving while intoxicated, fifth or sixth offense. He was arrested Nov. 22 in Oconto Falls. His appearance is continued to Dec. 5, and a $2,500 cash bond was set with the conditions he have no alcohol, illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia, does not drive without a valid license and does not visit any bars or taverns.

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04
Dec

Oconto County Sheriff’s Department

At 1:22 p.m. Nov. 22, a car driven by a man from Gillett was eastbound on Gray Lake Road, town of Oconto Falls, went out of control on ice, entered a ditch and struck several trees. The driver was not injured. Severe damage was reported to his auto.

At 6:38 a.m. Nov. 22, a car driven by a Green Bay man went out of control while traveling on U.S. 141 south of County Road E in the town of Abrams. His vehicle entered the median and struck a sign post. Passengers in his vehicle, a man from Luxemburg and a man from Denmark, suffered injuries and were transported to a medical facility. The auto sustained severe damage.

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27
Nov

Bellin joins national pilot program

Bellin Health Oconto Hospital & Clinic is part of a national pilot program focusing on patient transfers from small, rural emergency departments to larger, urban centers. The program seeks to enhance the abilities of rural emergency departments to facilitate the seamless transfer of patients.

The program is funded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Office of Rural Health and MetaStar, a state quality improvement organization, are also working in partnership on this effort.

Wed
27
Nov

OFHS students gain engineering tool

Oconto Falls High School students will be capable of taking a design full circle, from concept to a complete working model, thanks to a donation by ST Paper.

ST Paper, to support engineering efforts at the school, provided a $23,000 donation for a new 3D printer.

The 3D printer is similar to those used by thousands of engineers to test their designs. It is a highly advanced, powerful and stable platform that works seamlessly with the district’s computer-aided design software. Through the design process, the uPrint SE software turns a student’s idea into a functional model ready for collaboration and testing.

Students will have the ability to create a working prototype in hours, obtain feedback, refine their designs and repeat the cycle until their designs are precise. The process will facilitate and increase innovation for the young engineers. Students will also learn how design constraints impact engineering and manufacturing.

Wed
27
Nov

Gillett contracts with NEOLA Policy Services

The Gillett School Board voted Thursday to hire NEOLA Policy Service to review, develop and update its policies and manuals to comply with state guidelines.

Superintendent Todd Carlson recommended the board approve a contract with Ohio-based NEOLA after a representative from the firm attended the Oct. 17 board meeting. Stu Waller explained how the company provides management options for school districts for school board policies and bylaws, administrative guidelines and procedures, and student, parent and staff handbooks.

The Gillett board has reviewed and updated its policies regularly, but Carlson said more policies need updating to comply with state guidelines.

“One way or another, you have to update your policies,” he said.

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