City of Plymouth Wisconsin Plymouth Wisconsin City Government Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:03:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Plymouth Wins Award for New Reservoir Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:49:45 +0000 In Fall of 2013 the Plymouth Common Council approved construction of the city’s first new water reservoir since 1941.  The city hired Kapur and Associates, an engineering consulting firm out of Milwaukee, to design the reservoir.  Kapur & Assoc. chose a tilt-up design in which the reservoir is put together just as the name implies.  For this style of construction, the walls are formed and poured on the ground then when dry are tilted up into place.

A local concrete supplier, VanDerVart Concrete Products, provided Ready Mix concrete for the project.  They also nominated the reservoir’s design for a Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete award.

The award for the Tilt-Up design category was presented to the Director of Public Works and City Engineer, Bill Immich, on January 15, 2015.

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Park Shelter Reservations Begin Monday, February 2 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:45:23 +0000 City of Plymouth park facility reservations will begin Monday, February 2 at 7:30 a.m. in the Clerk’s Office at Plymouth City Hall, 128 Smith Street. The Smith Street doors will open at 6:30 am. Early morning applicants must use this entrance. Arrivals should take a number so they are served in the order in which they arrive. Rental forms will be available. Park shelter rental fees are: $50 for resident, $100 for non-resident, $100 for Plymouth business, $200 for non-Plymouth business.
Bandshell/Gazebo and Rotary Park shelter rentals require a security deposit at time of reservation. Security deposit rates are $50 for parties fewer than 50 people and $100 for parties over 50 people. Security deposits for all other park shelter locations are due at time of key pickup. Payments can be made with cash or check. Checks must be made payable to the City of Plymouth.


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CITY OF PLYMOUTH, WISCONSIN NOTICE OF PUBLIC BID FOR CITY HALL ROOFTOP SOLAR (PV) SYSTEM Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:12:46 +0000 The City of Plymouth is accepting bids for a 20 kW rooftop solar system to be installed on City Hall.  Specifications and information about proposals may be obtained below or by visiting the City Clerk-Treasurer’s Office at City Hall, 128 Smith Street, Plymouth, WI.

Sealed proposals should be marked “City Hall Solar Project” and returned to the City Administrator/Utilities Manager, Plymouth City Hall, 128 Smith Street, PO Box 107, Plymouth, WI 53073, no later than 4:00 pm on Thursday January 29th.

The City of Plymouth reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids and to accept the bid deemed most advantageous to the City.  The project is contingent on grant funding and project approval by the Common Council.

Brian E. Yerges

City Administrator/Utilities Manager


19.84kW Solar PV Grid-Tied System
Tier 1 Modules are required. Micro-Invers are required. Monitoring System required – to be accessible online via website dedicated to the PV System Aluminum-frame Ballast Racking System.  No roof penetrations allowed for racking, only for electrical 35-degree racking system / solar module pitch.  Prevailing wages, appropriate reporting, and documentation will be required.



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Employment in Sheboygan County is the Fastest Growing on the Lakeshore Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:35:40 +0000 The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has announced that Sheboygan County’s employment levels are not only at their highest point in four years, but are also one of the highest among other lakeshore counties.  The county’s present growth is over three times Wisconsin’s growth as a whole.  So what does this mean to county residents?

What this means is that there are jobs available with companies that are willing to train new employees and offer better wages and benefits.  Better jobs bring new residents which increases the county’s tax base.  More tax dollars equal better infrastructure for everyone.  Plus, by adding those employment opportunities to quality schools, affordable housing, and great quality of life, Sheboygan County is well on its way to maintaining its economic momentum.

Check out employment opportunities in Sheboygan County by visiting the Economic Development Corporation’s website:

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Around the Corner with John McGivern Features Plymouth, Wisconsin Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:35:54 +0000

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The Wastewater has Arrived at the Wastewater Treatment Plant… Now What? Wed, 07 Jan 2015 18:59:00 +0000 After the wastewater has arrived at 675 CTH PP (see March 14, 2014 article) it passes through a grit chamber.  This chamber is about 16 feet deep and a column of air is blown down the center of it to mix its contents.  In this first step of the treatment process grit is allowed to settle to the bottom of the tank.  Then it is drawn off with a pump in an adjoining room and collected in a barrel.  A typical volume of these small loose particles of stone ro sand is 6 five-gallon pails per day.

Organic matter and other lighter materials are allowed to pass through the grit chamber.  A good grit consists of little organic material and 90% grit is desirable.

The wastewater then passes through a fine bar screen which filters out material larger than 1/4 inch.  This material can be organic in composition but it is primarily rags and plastics.  Filtered material is compacted and dropped in a two-yard dumpster along with the grit.  These two materials are picked up weekly and disposed of in a licensed landfill.

The grit system is from the 1978 construction of the wastewater treatment plant and the bar screen was installed in the 1994 upgrade to the WWTP.  The screen has been a very beneficial addition and it takes out matter that otherwise accumulates in other plant processes and makes it more difficult to operate the plant.

Both of these processes are common in a typical WWTP.





Submitted by Mike Penkwitz, WWTP Superintendent


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Resource Potential in Wastewater Treatment Plants Wed, 07 Jan 2015 14:24:33 +0000 Wastewater Resources


Submitted by Mike Penkwitz, City of Plymouth WWTP Superinetndent

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New Plymouth Utilities Billing Statements to Provide Customers with Valuable Information Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:42:09 +0000 Customers of Plymouth Utilities will discover a new look when they open their bill statements this month. The utility has updated its statements with a new design and format aimed at helping customers make more informed decisions about their energy use.

“One of the most immediate and effective things we can do during these difficult economic times is to help customers keep their bills down by encouraging them to conserve and use less energy,” said Brian Yerges, City Administrator/Utilities Manager.   “And the billing process is an opportunity to communicate ways that customers can do just that.”

In addition to the monthly balance, and detailed electric, water and wastewater service charges, the new statements will feature usage comparison charts for both electric and water consumption. The new format will enable customers to quickly visualize how their current month’s usage compares to the previous month. The charts also display data for the same period for the previous year.

“We know that customers are more likely to reduce their consumption when they are regularly provided with this information in a clearly displayed and easy-to-understand format,” said Yerges.

The bills will also feature energy-saving tips, expert advice and timely messages about technical assistance and financial incentives available to utility customers.

The utility implemented the redesign as part of a pilot effort in partnership with power supplier WPPI Energy.  The Plymouth Utilities format is anticipated to serve as a model that will also help WPPI Energy’s 50 other member utilities to improve their billing statements and put more information into the hands of customers.

Together, the 51 community-owned utilities in WPPI Energy’s membership serve 195,000 homes and business in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa. Together, the consumer-owned utilities are helping their customers better understand their energy costs and help them make more informed decisions about their consumption.

For more information about the new billing statements, Plymouth Utilities customers are encouraged to contact the utility at 920-893-1471 or visit

How to Read your new Utilities Bill

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Joint Action Keeps Local Utility Strong Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:20:08 +0000 By Mayor Don Pohlman

Plymouth is one of 2,000 communities nationwide that has its own electric utility, which is owned by the community and overseen by the Plymouth Common Council.

Why does this matter?  As a public power community, we benefit from reliable service and reasonable rates.  The employees of Plymouth Utilities provide prompt, hometown service. Equally important is the utility’s not-for-profit status.  The revenue generated by our utility stays within the community’s control, contributing to job creation and supporting the local economy.  Dollars are re-invested in needed local electric infrastructure and service to our customers.

In addition, Plymouth Utilities has been a member of WPPI Energy since 2001.  By joining the organization, we joined forces with 50 other locally owned utilities in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa.  By working together through WPPI Energy – known as a joint action agency – our community has:

  • A reliable power provider that strives to keep electricity costs lower over the long term, which is possible in part to WPPI Energy’s ownership stake in power generation facilities and transmission assets.
  • A commitment to sustainability, as 13% of our power supply comes from renewable resources.
  • Access to joint purchasing, shared technologies, programs, and services to better serve residents and keep our businesses competitive.  In 2013, our utility helped customers reduce energy usage by 2,996 megawatt-hours, equivalent to the average annual energy usage of 332 homes in the Upper Midwest.  These efforts saved homes and businesses $271,685 in energy costs in just one year.
  • A seat at the table with regulators and policymakers so we can better advocate for rules and legislation that protect customers.  In 2013, we encouraged state legislators to enact a new Wisconsin law that preserves the privacy of municipal utility customers.   At the national level, we are actively working to preserve tax-exempt financing for all of our communities.   We’ll be just as active to ensure that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new greenhouse gas rules do not adversely affect our customers.

For local governments, finding efficiencies remains as important as ever.  During National Public Power Week, October 5-11, Plymouth will commemorate 113 years as a public power community. It’s a decision that has paid many dividends over the decades.  We will also celebrate our joint action partnership with other utilities through WPPI Energy, which gives us the needed resources to keep our city up and running every day.

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Plymouth Public Library Closed for Final Re-carpeting Stage Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:07:57 +0000 The Plymouth Public Library will be closed from Monday, August 18th,
through Monday, September 1st.
The library will be finishing its re-carpeting project during those two
weeks.  The bookdrop will be open for returns.

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