City of Plymouth Wisconsin http://www.ciplywi.com Plymouth Wisconsin City Government Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:47:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Plymouth Utilities’ Enduring Commitment to Community http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/03/30/plymouth-utilities-enduring-commitment-to-community/ http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/03/30/plymouth-utilities-enduring-commitment-to-community/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:36:39 +0000 http://www.ciplywi.com/?p=3793 On March 20th, I was going through some “old” files and came across a typed (two different versions) speech that a Plymouth Utilities employee gave to the local Kiwanis Club in the mid-1960s.  I presume the speech was prepared by a former Utilities Manager.  You can view the drafts of the speech by clicking on the links below.

The themes of local ownership, local control, and responsiveness still ring true today.  Our budget is larger, we have more wells and reservoirs, a larger treatment plant, and more customers than ever but we still pride ourselves on providing safe and secure water, sewer, and electric service to the greater Plymouth community.

Enjoy the read!

Brian Yerges
City Administrator/Utilities Manager

SPEECH DRAFT #1          SPEECH DRAFT #2

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“Ground breaking Ceremony” to commemorate the beginning of the construction of the railroad line between Plymouth and Kohler, WI http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/03/23/ground-breaking-ceremony-to-commemorate-the-beginning-of-the-construction-of-the-railroad-line-between-plymouth-and-kohler-wi/ http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/03/23/ground-breaking-ceremony-to-commemorate-the-beginning-of-the-construction-of-the-railroad-line-between-plymouth-and-kohler-wi/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:04:35 +0000 http://www.ciplywi.com/?p=3727 On Tuesday, March 24th @ 3:00 p.m., the City of Plymouth, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR) will host a Ground Breaking Ceremony to “kick-off” the construction phase of the Plymouth to Kohler Rebuilding Project. We are honored to have the Honorable Secretary of Transportation Mark Gottlieb to headline this historic event. Also appearing will be Mayor Don Pohlman (Plymouth), Mayor Randy Meyer (Falls), former County-Chair (now) Mayor Mike Vandersteen (Sheboygan), current County Chair Roger Te Stroete, WSOR Representative and Bemis Representative and other local officials.

Location will be in the Plymouth Rail Yard of WSOR between Thayer Street and Reed Street. Parking will be available on Appleton Street and Depot Road by The Depot Restaurant. For GPS users: 114 Depot Road, Plymouth, WI. After the event, snacks and refreshments will be provided. Hope you can join us for this historical event.

When this project is complete, Sheboygan County and its communities will be more diverse – economically, positioning itself to attract future investments and job growth.

Media Contacts:

Mary Hauser, Executive Director Plymouth Chamber of Commerce; (920)893-0079; mmhauser@frontier.com

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Mullet River Corridor Study Begins http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/03/17/mullet-river-corridor-study-begins/ http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/03/17/mullet-river-corridor-study-begins/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:06:50 +0000 http://www.ciplywi.com/?p=3722 The City of Plymouth kicked off the Mullet River Corridor Study Committee on Wednesday March 11, 2015.  The planning work studies the Mullet River corridor from STH 23, through downtown, to CTH PP, as an aesthetic, recreational, and economic amenity that affects all City residents.  The planning initiative will consider various projects and improvements to enhance the use and health of this valuable community resource.  The City hired MSA Professional Services to assist with completion of the planning study.  The City has formed a temporary Mullet River Corridor Study Committee comprised of city and community stakeholders to work with MSA and City staff.

The project includes three phases.  In Phase I, MSA will study the Mill Pond to evaluate and present two alternatives for the future of the pond.  The City is considering whether it should proceed with removal of the dam or improvements to the dam and removal of the sediment in some way to improve the health of the pond.  Each option will have social, aesthetic, environmental, and economic impacts.  The purpose of this phase of the project is to evaluate the impacts and facilitate discussion about the pond/dam improvements versus dam removal.  The evaluation will compare these two basic alternatives in terms of cost, impact on surrounding properties and the community, opportunities for public recreation, and aesthetic outcomes.  The final report will not include a recommendation but will describe the social, aesthetic, environmental, and economic impacts of each option, including developing concept plans and illustrations of each option.

Phase II will evaluate alternatives for a connected system of bicycle and pedestrian trails along the Mullet River from the Old Plank Road Trail to CTH PP.  Phase III will evaluate the costs and benefits of implementing a number of infrastructure improvement projects along the Mullet River in downtown, including evaluating improvements to retaining walls, studying the feasibility of burying overhead utility lines, and evaluating removal of the public parking ramp (ramp not deck).

The final report will serve to inform a future decision by the Common Council regarding a course of action with the Mill Pond and other Mullet River Corridor improvement projects.  In addition, Kapur & Associates will provide a technical memorandum describing problematic issues (including zoning) with the dam’s classification as a “high hazard” dam.

Click on the link below to review a timeline of previous reports, studies, and plans related to the Mill Pond, dam, and Mullet River along with past management activities.

Timeline

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http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/03/13/3713/ http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/03/13/3713/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 18:30:49 +0000 http://www.ciplywi.com/?p=3713 NOTICE: CLEARWATER REQUIREMENT AND CERTIFICATION

The City of Plymouth has adopted Ordinance Section 15-1-21 requiring Clearwater Inspections and Certification of Compliance beginning June 1, 2015. This will apply to any transfers of property occurring after this date.

This inspection will be done by the Building Inspector of the City of Plymouth. The current fee is $55.00 and will be collected at the Inspectors office at City Hall in Room 206, or can be mailed to City of Plymouth, P.O. Box 107, Plymouth, WI 53073. The inspection can be requested by calling 920-893-1271 Ext. 320.

A copy of the new ordinance can be found online on the City of Plymouth website Ordinance 1 2015 Clearwater Fees or a copy can be obtained in the Clerk-Treasurer’s office at City Hall.

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WI Southern Railroad Project Updates http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/03/03/wi-southern-railroad-project-updates/ http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/03/03/wi-southern-railroad-project-updates/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:56:30 +0000 http://www.ciplywi.com/?p=3669 The ongoing project to connect the rail line between Plymouth and Sheboygan Falls will progress through October of 2015.  A pre-construction meeting was held in February at Plymouth City Hall outlining safety, the project overview and proposed schedule.

Updates and announcements will be posted as they arise.

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Plymouth’s Intergenerational Community Honored http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/02/23/plymouths-intergenerational-community-honored/ http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/02/23/plymouths-intergenerational-community-honored/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:00:27 +0000 http://www.ciplywi.com/?p=3657 The intergenerational community in Plymouth has been honored for its hard work and dedication by the receipt of an award for 2015 Best Intergenerational Community.  Communities that exhibit exceptional creativity and innovation in intergenerational activities are recognized by Generations United and MetLife Foundation, national organizations that sponsor the contest.

Details of the contest and features about the winners are available in a printable brochure.  Click here to download the brochure.

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K9 Initiative Started http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/02/23/k9-initiative-started/ http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/02/23/k9-initiative-started/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:59:48 +0000 http://www.ciplywi.com/?p=3631 The Plymouth Police Department is proud to announce it is launching a fundraising campaign for the addition of a K-9 unit to our department. Throughout the state of Wisconsin, there has been an increase in drug related crimes and particularly disturbing, a steady increase in the use of heroin. The City of Plymouth is not immune from these problems, 3 dogs imageand our officers have seen firsthand the overdoses and deaths that heroin and other drugs cause in our community. We have realized the need for change, and the addition of a K-9 unit would be a welcome tool to assist our officers in our effort to combat this growing trend.
Plymouth Police Chief Jeffrey Tauscheck states that “the predominant tool for law enforcement in the detection of illegal drugs is a canine unit.” Sheboygan County currently has only three K-9 units. The Plymouth Police Department would like to fill the deficiency in western Sheboygan County by acquiring a K-9 unit to assist officers in our area. The K-9 unit would compliment the existing K-9’s and would be available to help combat illegal drug activity county-wide. The dog would be certified in detecting marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine’s. Their keen sense of smell is unmatched by any human police officer.
Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco supports the Plymouth Police Department’s decision to obtain a K-9 unit. He states, “The problem with heroin has exploded in the county, and 5-7 years ago it was hardly heard of.” There is a marked increase in the use of heroin in our county and he currently has six heroin death prosecution cases that are pending. The first occurred only four years ago. In 2014, there were ninety-four drug search warrants executed with thirty-four being heroin search warrants.
A K-9 unit would be on day to day patrol with its handler and accessible for traffic stops, available for educational purposes to local schools and civic groups, and it would fill the requests of local schools for canine searches throughout the school year. Canines can search a building in a fraction of the time it would take an officer.
The Sheboygan County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Group (MEG) unit utilizes a K-9 unit on many occasions and supports the addition of another K-9 in the county. K-9’s are used most often on traffic stops to indicate if a vehicle may be transporting heroin, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and other narcotic drugs. Chief Mike Meeusen of the Elkhart Lake Police Department also supports adding a K-9 unit and states, “This will be a good addition to the law enforcement community. The western portion of Sheboygan County will benefit from this K-9 patrol.”
The K-9 unit will be completely funded by donations from local businesses, community organizations, private citizens and grant/foundation monies. Our goal is to raise $60,000 to implement a K-9 unit at the agency. This will cover the cost of the dog, handler training, fully equipping a K-9 squad and the yearly cost for food and veterinary bills. After the initial investment, the yearly cost for annual recertification, food and veterinary bills is expected to be approximately $1,750. The typical service life of a drug-detection canine is approximately nine years. Charitable contributions to the K-9 fund are tax-deductible under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code.
With this goal in mind, we will be offering a unique incentive for the first three corporate donations at or above the $10,000 level. For a donation of $10,000 or more, recognition will be prominently displayed on the new K-9 squad.
This is a great opportunity to address a specific law-enforcement need in our community, making Plymouth and Sheboygan County a safer place to live. Donations of any amount will be greatly appreciated. If you have further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Chief Jeffrey G. Tauscheck at (920) 893-6541. More information can be found at:

  • www.plymouthgov.com/police
  • FaceBook site https://www.facebook.com/PlymouthPoliceDepartment
  • You may also Donate at www.gofundme.com/PlymouthK9.

Deputy Chief Chris Ringel
Plymouth Police Deprtment

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Plymouth Utilities Report: Winter 2014-2015 http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/02/20/plymouth-utilities-report-winter-2014-2015/ http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/02/20/plymouth-utilities-report-winter-2014-2015/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:36:16 +0000 http://www.ciplywi.com/?p=3629 Plymouth_Final_200U (1)_Page_1

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Plymouth Parks & Rec Looking for Furniture Donation http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/02/17/plymouth-parks-rec-looking-for-furniture-donation/ http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/02/17/plymouth-parks-rec-looking-for-furniture-donation/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:31:10 +0000 http://www.ciplywi.com/?p=3618 Do you have a couch or chair you would like to get rid of? We are looking for a couch and three large, comfortable chairs for use in the parks and recreation department. The items need to be in good condition and will be picked up by a city crew. If you are interested in making a donation, please send a photo of the item along with your contact information to twilliamson@plymouthutilities.com.

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Upcoming Historic District Designation a Boon for Downtown Plymouth http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/02/16/historic-district-designation-a-boon-for-downtown-plymouth/ http://www.ciplywi.com/2015/02/16/historic-district-designation-a-boon-for-downtown-plymouth/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:14:18 +0000 http://www.ciplywi.com/?p=3593 “Legacy Architecture, Inc. of Sheboygan has begun work on a National Register of Historic Places historic district nomination for East Mill Street in downtown Plymouth. The district will stretch approximately from Caroline Street to North Street and will include roughly fifty historic commercial properties.  The research and nomination documentation will completed during the months of February and March.  It is anticipated that the nomination will be presented to the State Historic Preservation Review Board for listing in the Wisconsin Register of Historic Places in May or August of 2015, with listing in the National Register of Historic Places coming in the preceding months.  Once listed, property owners will be eligible to take  advantage of federal and state historic tax credits for building repairs and improvements and will be in a better economic advantage to preserve their historic buildings.  If members of the public have any historical information or archive photographs on the properties within the district, please feel free to contact Rowan Davidson at Legacy Architecture at (920) 783-6303 or at  email to: rdavidson@legacy-architecture.com

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