In-person absentee voting now open in Sheboygan

In-person early voting starts today, Tuesday, October 20, in Wisconsin. In-person absentee voting allows voters to fill and submit absentee ballots in-person. The ballots are held until election day when they are opened and counted with ballots cast on election day. For most municipalities, in-person absentee voting is available at the municipal clerk’s office. You must bring a valid ID to vote.

City to have fencing installed around Armory site this month

The City of Sheboygan will have fencing installed surrounding the Municipal Auditorium and Armory this month. In the spring of 2019 the city requested demolition bids which requested that the contractors be willing to install fencing surrounding the building to “discourage passersby from conceiving clever ideas for re-use or rehabilitation.” It was announced Monday, that the city would move forward with those plans. Before actual demolition will take place crews must complete interior work, including further abatement work of asbestos glazed windows and other building elements. The contractor estimates demolition will not be complete for six months. City leaders have been working towards clearing the site for years.

Ryder Cup rescheduled to 2021

After weeks of speculation, PGA of America, Ryder Cup Europe and the PGA TOUR jointly announced today that both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup have been rescheduled and will now be played one year later than originally planned.

Sheboygan police at scene of officer involved shooting

Fatal officer-involved shooting under investigation in Sheboygan

One person is dead after an officer involved  shooting near 15th and Illinois Avenue in the city of Sheboygan. The Sheboygan Police Department responded to a disturbance call near the intersection of S. 15th St and Illinois Ave July 2, around 5:50 a.m. The 911 caller reported one of the people involved in the disturbance was armed. Police made contact with the individual and a shooting occurred. The Police said the deceased is a male, but further details about their identity have not been released. Officers were uninjured in the incident.

Ryan Sorenson elected as Common Council President

In a special City of Sheboygan Common Council meeting held Monday, Ryan Sorenson was elected to serve as Council President. The election was held to fill the position after former Council President, Todd Wolf, resigned from Common Council in order to be hired to the City Administrator Position. “I am grateful and humbled from the support that the council has entrusted me to lead the city Council during these challenging times. There is so much work that city needs to do, and we have so much room for growth and improvement. These are not easy times, but if we can come together as a community, we can make great progress.”Ryan Sorenson, City of Sheboygan Common Council President

In an interview with MySheboygan, Sorenson laid out some of the goals he hopes to lead common council towards from his new position.

Courtesy John Michael Kohler Arts Center

John Michael Kohler Arts Center announces programming (at a distance) in place of Levitt AMP concert series

The Sheboygan community may miss the live concert series this summer, but the John Michael Kohler Arts Center still plans to offer “a new kind of summer fun.” “Thursday Nights Together (at a Distance)” is new weekly music and arts programming that will take the place of the Levitt Amp concert series this summer. Beginning June 25th, Sheboygan residents should keep an eye open for pop-up concerts that will be performed aboard the Arts Center’s Culinary Art Car. It will be making surprise trips to city neighborhoods three times this summer. 

Playlists of music performed by artists featured in past Levitt AMP Sheboygan concerts will be streamed Thursdays, July 2–August 20 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. on Spotify. The Arts Center will also be hosting a weekly contest and providing weekly “Creating Care Kits” featuring different activities with new materials for participants to try at home.

Common Council seeks to appoint current council president Todd Wolf as City Administrator

In a special meeting to be held on tomorrow, June 22, at 6 pm, Sheboygan common council president Todd Wolf plans to resign from his position. Then, after a closed session final interview, common council will vote on a resolution submitted by Alderpersons Donahue and Sorenson to appoint Todd Wolf as the new City Administrator effective July 7. This latest reshuffling will take place after the current administrator, Darrell Hofland announced his July 3 retirement and submitted his resignation in late April. The City Administrator role was added in 2011 after the council stripped the mayor of certain duties in the wake of the Bob Ryan scandal. Since then, the position has been tasked with overseeing day-to-day operations in city departments, and except for a few remaining powers, the mayor’s office is mostly ceremonial.

Fourth COVID19 death reported in Sheboygan County

Sheboygan, WI — Sheboygan County Health and Human Services is reporting the county’s fourth death related to coronavirus. Unlike the previous three deaths within the county, the latest victim was not associated with a long term care facility and was in the 40-59 age group. In addition to the reported death, there are five new cases of the virus also being reported in the county. This news comes on the heels of Sheboygan County moving to “Phase Two” of the “Sheboygan County Safe Restart Guidelines” on Friday, June 5. Under Phase Two non-essential businesses such as restaurants and bars choosing to adhere to the guidelines are limiting capacity to 50%, which is up from 25% under Phase One.