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Council moves economic development changes forward

The Oshkosh Common Council approved budget adjustments to add three employees necessary for the city to launch its own economic development activities. They did so at the expense of two longtime partners: The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce and Chamco, the … Continue reading

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Council candidates confront limitations and options for reviving Pioneer

The Pioneer Resort and its slow decay has become the symbol of economic development in Oshkosh. The six candidates for three Oshkosh Common Council seats touched on many facets of economic development during the League of Women Voters candidates forum … Continue reading

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Council unanimously adopts residential design standards

The Oshkosh Common Council unanimously adopted the city’s first residential design standards ordinances Tuesday night. Councilors said the standards will bring an end to the types of home modifications that destroy the traditional character of the city’s older homes, preserve … 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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Oshkosh launches riverfront development standards initiative

Almost 10 years after the creation of redevelopment districts on the north and south shores of the Fox River, Oshkosh city officials want to develop comprehensive guidelines for the projects they hope to see fill those areas. The guidelines would … 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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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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