St. Elizabeth wants to move helicopter pad

With the potential new bed tower at St. Elizabeth Hospital, planners hope to relocate a helicopter landing pad closer to the emergency department. The move will require a zoning change from Appleton, and city staff has already recommended approval at … Continue reading

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Valley Transit labor agreement in the works

City leaders and Valley Transit Teamsters met in closed session this week and are working to secure a new labor agreement. The bus workers’ last contract, which expires at the end of this year, was passed in March 2011 after … Continue reading

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Library looks ahead to future, back to steampunk

Appleton’s Public Library is seeking public input at a meeting next week about the future of its services. Last month, the library hired Dallas-based Godfrey’s Associates to complete a $17,000 study to modernize and “become a 21st century library.” “We … Continue reading

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Appleton rolls out interactive city maps

Appleton’s mapping gurus unveiled some nifty new tools this week on a city website for property owners or developers. The Geographic Informational Systems office launched gis.appleton.org, which shows both satellite and composite interactive maps of the area. “You can go … Continue reading

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How they voted on worker compensation

A reader called this morning about today’s story on the worker compensation veto issued by Mayor Tim Hanna. He wondered how the 10-5 vote broke down on Sept. 5 that took away a three-day waiting period for injured non-union city … Continue reading

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City re-signs loan deal with schools

For the third year since 2009, the city inked a deal with the Appleton Area School District to lend up to $15 million in short-term cash. Appleton’s finance director Lisa Remiker said it has been advantageous given the sluggish economy … Continue reading

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Trial scheduled for parking utility thefts

A former Appleton employee suspected of swiping thousands from the city’s parking utility coffers will have her day in court next month. Tracy Haviland, 48, of Black Creek, is accused of five misdemeanor counts of theft. If convicted, she faces … Continue reading

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Appleton needs poll workers

City Clerk Char Peterson needs a few good men…and women to work the polls this November. Appleton is looking for 32 poll workers to flesh out its ranks. Election officials are paid for either a half day or full day … Continue reading

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Houdini Plaza funding comes into focus

Questions about funding the $1.5 million renovation of Houdini Plaza were answered Wednesday when the Common Council gave final approval to a plan that will allow construction to begin. The council approved a $350,000 budget adjustment for the project that … Continue reading

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Council feels $750K sticker shock at Washington Place

City leaders apologized Wednesday night for drastically underestimating the costs associated with razing a former senior housing facility downtown. “We missed the mark…badly,” Mayor Tim Hanna said Wednesday referring to his request for $1.25 million in a budget adjustment for … Continue reading

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