Author: Warren Bluhm

Officers set down their razors for a cause

Image © Ildar Galeev | Dreamstime Law enforcment personnel in Kewaunee County may begin to look a bit more furry in coming weeks. Starting Sept. 16 members of the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department, City of Kewaunee Police Department and City of Algoma Police Department have been involved in a beard growing competition. Officers choosing to participate paid an entry fee and agreed to be clean-shaven on Sept. 16. During the week of Nov. 13, the judging will begin. The departmens’ clerical staff will observe the participants and determine who the winner is. The winner will then take the entry fees...

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County sales tax meets expectations in the early going

Kewaunee County’s new sales tax appears to be performing as advertised, at least after three full months of collections. County Administrator Scott Feldt said Tuesday he is “fairly optimistic” the half-percent sales tax will meet the projection that it will collect about $1 million in revenues annually. The County Board voted last November to establish the tax as one way of making up for lost revenues resulting from the 2013 closure of the Kewaunee Power Station nuclear plant. Feldt was asked for an informal report during his monthly report to the board on Tuesday. “The first month, which was...

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County settles lawsuit over uncompleted biodigester study

A divided Kewaunee County Board on Tuesday decided to accept a settlement with a vendor that the state Public Service Commission said did an inadequate job on a feasibility study for a countywide system of anaerobic digesters to convert manure into natural gas. The so-called Project Phoenix report was completed by Dynamic Concepts LLC after the PSC rejected the work done by Roach & Associates LLC. The PSC reimbursed the county for Dynamic’s $50,000 study but refused to honor the $25,000 bill submitted by Roach, which was revised to $28,000. Roach sued the county to get paid, and county...

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Kewaunee County Board endorses manure rules update

The Kewaunee County Board is on record in support of new state rules regulating manure spreading on shallow soils over fragile karst bedrock, such as the land over much of northern Kewaunee and Door counties. The board voted 19-1 Tuesday for a resolution strongly supporting the update to NR 151 that grew from the recommendations of the Groundwater Collaboration Workgroup that spent more than a year laying the groundwork for the new rules. Supervisor Linda Sinkula was the lone dissenting vote. Manure spreading on soils 20 feet or less from karst bedrock is among the factors linked to groundwater...

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County participates in exercise with Point Beach Nuclear Plant

Point Beach Nuclear Plant photo © James Bushelle | Dreamstime More than 100 Kewaunee County employees and volunteers took part in an “Ingestion Pathway” emergency response exercise Monday and Tuesday with Point Beach Nuclear Plant. The exercise is being evaluated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Federal regulations require local and state government agencies, in whose jurisdiction a nuclear plant is located, to biennially demonstrate that they can protect the health and safety of people potentially at risk in the 10-mile radius of the plant. “It is highly unlikely we will ever have to implement the complex procedures in...

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