Fotos from the Past
Researched by Michael J. Caylor, Jr.
An architectural firm from Manitowoc made several recommendations to the MAPS Board of Education last week for what they see is the future of MAPS buildings. Rauber-Petri-Stark feels the best move for MAPS to make is to abandon the current and build a new Jefferson Elementary School. That building currently is overcrowded and does not have proper exit capacity or lunch facilities. A new Jefferson would be built somewhere in the Sixth Ward and would have capacity for 450 students instead of the current 250-student capacity at Jefferson. The firm also recommended that MAPS abandon plans to occupy the former vocational building and build its own central administrative office. The reasoning behind that move is the vocational school would leave little parking for staff and any combination of a school/admin building would add a huge cost increase due to strict building codes for schools. The board also heard of plans to expand the present Junior High to increase capacity eventually to 1,200 students. When the company first started looking at that possibility, they planned for a Junior High that could hold 940 students; however, since they began, enrollment there has ballooned to more than 1,000. Only one Board member objected to that plan; Roger Zuelsdorff said he would rather see a larger high school and a middle school complex. (Always a visionary that Roger)
Lincoln County Chief Deputy Harvey Woodward is back on the job, for now. After a one-day hearing in front of the County Law Enforcement Committee, Woodward was reinstated in his role by a 4-1 vote and was awarded all back pay from the start of his July 15th suspension by a 3-2 vote. Sheriff Al Giese suspended Woodward for a slew of charges, but according to testimony before the Committee, the majority of the issues are a personality conflict between the two lawmen. Woodward was hired by Giese in 1969 to become the agency’s first Chief Deputy. Prior to that, the position was called Under-Sheriff and he and the rest of the Deputies served at the pleasure of the Sheriff. Civil services ordinances adopted in 1969 changed those rules, and Woodward and his attorney contended Giese had no right to fire him or discipline him without Committee approval. Giese was subpoenaed to appear before the Committee and offer testimony, and he arrived with his attorneys, J. Michael Nolan and Len Schmidt, declared the hearing and ordinance as invalid, and left. This left Woodward’s attorney the only person present to question the 13 other witnesses that Woodward had subpoenaed to appear before the group, all of whom called Woodward a competent administrator of the agency. Rev. Robert Riedmueller, the agency’s Communication Officer said he had tried to work with Giese to bring harmony to the agency, but his attempts fell on deaf ears. Woodward has returned to work as of this publication, but Giese is expected to seek remedy in the courts.
Few business owners showed up yesterday at a meeting in City Hall Council Chambers to address the replacement of East Main Street. City Engineer Charles Pierotti explained to the dozen participants that the City will likely have little alternative other than replacing all the water pipes under the street, many of which were installed in 1900. So far sewer mains appear in good shape according to cameras that were run through them. The entire project will likely cost the City $100,000.
Chamber VP Dee Olsen is calling this past week’s Crazy Days event a huge success. Olsen said she was pleased to see the usual afternoon lull was avoided this year as a stream of shoppers seemed heavy all day long. Vendors on the street also reported heavy sales, and the children’s parade was well attended with 37 entrants. In the Sixth Ward, the crowds were very large for the annual firemen vs the Sixth Ward Business Association water fights, which were followed by the tug-o-war contest. No one seemed to care who won either contest, but the youth attending were happy to enjoy the water spray during the hot temperatures. The only trouble reported for the day was when four people were arrested after two separate fights that night during a street dance at Caylor’s Corners. One person had to be transported by ambulance to Holy Cross for injuries received. Two of the arrested were women. (That is why Bill and Tim couldn’t have nice things.)
The sun is shining brightly as the Lincoln County Fair entered its second day today. Last night the Milwaukee-based band, Bad Boy, played in the grandstand, while the City Band plays tonight, and the Demo Derby will highlight tomorrow’s grandstand attractions. A second round of Demo Derbies will be Friday, which includes the Central Wisconsin Championship. The fair will end on Friday night.
First Responders are now serving the greater Gleason area. The group, who has been preparing for service for months, finally went online on Monday. The service, which is free, does not involve transporting patients, but instead will concentrate on stabilizing them until an ambulance arrives.
The Lincoln County Board will likely decide tomorrow if they will accept a bid to tear down what remains of the Prairie Dells Dam. Five bids, ranging in price from $48,000 to $350,000, were received for phase one of the project. The first phase would include lowering the dam approximately 14 feet below the water level, which will be followed by phase two, removing the 200-foot-wide masonry structure. The Dam has been a source of controversy (and a money pit) since 1981, when the DNR declared it unsafe and in imminent danger of collapse. During the saga, the County did recover money from two contractors who made recommendations or tried to repair the structure.