Council borrows $10.4m to pay off old pension liability

The Oshkosh Common Council resolved a costly bit of old business Tuesday when it approved borrowing $10.4 million to pay off an unfunded pension liability. City Manager Mark Rohloff said the liability is probably four decades old and dates back … Continue reading

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Walleyes Pub license renewed, but owner faces back taxes, short deadline

The owner of Walleyes Pub has 20 days to pay back taxes, get the Sixth Avenue building inspected and resume operations if he wants to claim the liquor license the Oshkosh Common Council renewed for him on Tuesday. Walleyes, 522 … Continue reading

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Rift in Hmong center’s leadership puts Memorial Day festival in jeopardy

A rift in the Oshkosh Hmong community over who is in charge of the Hmong Service Center has cost the center its ability to hold its lucrative Memorial Day weekend soccer tournament and cultural festival. The Oshkosh Common Council voted … Continue reading

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Fiscal Bureau director: Wisconsin faces $717 million budget shortfall in 2015-17

Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau Director Bob Lang calculates the state will need to find $717 million in new revenue or spending cuts to balance the 2015-17 state budget if nothing changes. The estimates he shared with the nearly 40 people … Continue reading

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Absence of pub crawl organizer frustrates city, businesses alike

Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff said the city intends to use “every legal means possible” to ensure the Oshkosh Pub Crawl organizer and participating businesses pay the event’s extra costs. The Oshkosh Common Council had few kind words for the … Continue reading

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Message, mobilization and money early focus for school referendum supporters

Oshkosh schools teach “The Three Rs,” but supporters of the Oshkosh Area School District’s latest referendum focused on The Three Ms as they campaign for voters’ support. The Three Ms in question–Message, Mobilizing and Money–took center stage among a group … Continue reading

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Council focuses on landlords’ role in residential design standards

Oshkosh Common Councilors expressed concern Tuesday about a proposal that could give landlords a virtual veto on implementing residential design standards in some older neighborhoods. The proposed changes to the zoning ordinance came up for a first public hearing during Tuesday evening’s … Continue reading

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Council offsets extra raise with minor changes

The Oshkosh Common Council approved $78,000 in accounting changes to offset an additional raise for non-represented city employees for 2014. The move, approved 5-2 Tuesday night, fixes a misunderstanding five councilors said they shared about the raise they approved as … Continue reading

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Public understands need for residential design standards, but question the details

The public’s first up-close look at proposed residential design standards produced a lot of questions, but city planners’ answers seemed to put a lot of worries to rest. More than 50 people, including several Realtors and Oshkosh Common Councilors, attended … Continue reading

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Council, staff weigh minor changes to special events policy

Three years after Oshkosh implemented a special events permit policy, Wisconsin’s Event City has seen little to no decline in the number of events it hosts while tourism’s economic impact has grown. Community leaders expressed concern in the lead-up to … Continue reading

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