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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No raise in Oshkosh superintendent’s new contract despite “excellent” review

The Oshkosh school board unanimously approved a new two-year contract for Superintendent Stan Mack II on Wednesday. Mack, who was hired in July 2010, will continue receiving the same annual base salary of $160,000 with the possibility of an additional … Continue reading

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Revised home design standards only apply most basic citywide

Oshkosh city planners’ revised approach to residential design standards would apply only the most basic standards citywide. Director of Planning Services Darryn Burich and Principal Planner David Buck told three city committees Tuesday evening the new approach would bring an … Continue reading

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Council raises tax rate 3.85 percent, restores firefighters in 2014 budget

The Oshkosh Common Council restored firefighter, planning and information technology positions before unanimously adopting a 2014 budget Tuesday night. The $67.8 million total budget increases the tax levy required to fund operations to $32 million, a 4.66 percent increase over … Continue reading

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Oshkosh now has two department director positions to fill

The city of Oshkosh now has to find new finance and transportation directors after Chris Strong accepted a transportation position in Oregon. Strong, who managed everything from traffic signals to the GO Transit system, recently notified Oshkosh City Manager Mark … Continue reading

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