Village News for November, 2018

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Bruce Nowak was presented with a plaque by Village President Thomas Schnettler for his years of service as a Village Trustee. Bruce resigned from the Village Board on September 17th.

Village Meetings Scheduled for November
11/7     Library Board            at Kohler Public Library     12:30pm
11/8     Planning Commission                                               4:30 pm
11/12   Property Committee                                                   4:30 pm
11/12   Finance Committee                                                    5:30 pm
11/19   Village Board                                                                5:30 pm
All meetings are held at Kohler Village Hall, 319 Highland Drive, unless otherwise indicated.

General Election November 6The General Election will be held Tuesday, November 6. The polling place is located in the Kirkpatrick Center at the Kohler Village Hall, 319 Highland Drive, and will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Voter Registration
Are you registered to vote in the Village of Kohler? You can register on Election Day. New registrants must provide a document establishing their proof of residence as part of the voter registration application. Valid forms of proof of residence must include the voter’s name and current address. Examples: current and valid Wisconsin driver license or identification card; official identification card or license issued by a WI governmental body; real estate tax bill or receipt for current year or year preceding the date of the election; college ID card (must include photo) along with a fee receipt dated within the last 9 months; gas, electric or telephone service statement for period commencing no earlier than 90 days before the Election; bank statement; paycheck; check or other document issued by a unit of government.

Nomination Papers for Spring Election
Saturday, December 1, 2018, is the first day to circulate nomination papers for the 2019 Spring Election. Nomination papers are available at the Village Offices during regular business hours or on-line at The due date for filing nomination papers is Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at 5:00 pm. All terms begin on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, and are for two years. The following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed:
Village President – Thomas R. Schnettler
Village Trustee – Brian Post
Village Trustee – Kristine Young
Village Trustee – Mike Zimmermann

If you have any questions regarding nomination papers, please contact the Village Clerk-Treasurer’s Office, 920-459-3873 or email The Spring Primary, if needed, will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, and the Spring Election will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Village Office Hours
The Village Office will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. Regular office hours are Monday–Friday, 7:30 am–4:00 pm.

Retirement: Most of the community is aware that I’m retiring on Oct 31st. If you haven’t heard, I announced to my department and the Village Board recently my intentions. This obviously was not an easy decision to make, and it will be a huge change for me and my family. I was hired in 1999 as the Lieutenant after having worked at West Bend PD for 11 years and eventually made Chief in 2001. The Village of Kohler embraced my family and me and it has been a very rewarding job in many different aspects. Since the news has gone out, I have heard from many of you through email, text messages, phone calls, personal visits that included handshakes and hugs. I appreciate all the well wishes. I’m not moving from the area, and will be taking some time off before I start some part-time gigs. Thank you for being such a great community to work for.

Gunlocks: With gun deer hunting season right around the corner, the Kohler Police Department is reminding all those with firearms to use caution when handling firearms. Also, the Kohler Police Department continues to supply Masterlock trigger locks for all residents that want one.  One free gunlock can be obtained from the police department just by stopping in. For those who have already obtained one in 2018, another can be obtained starting in 2019. In addition to the Masterlock trigger locks provided by the Kohler Police Department, a federal program, Project Childsafe continues to have locks available at the police department, while supplies last. These locks are the cable lock variety and anyone may request up to three of those for their guns too.

Leaf collection will continue until December 7th. Leaves should be raked into the street along the curb in a three-foot (3’) wide rows. No grass clippings, sticks, or other garden debris is allowed. The Public Works Department follows a schedule for leaf collection. Each week, the collection starts on the south end of the Village where the trees are more mature and produce more leaves. The route continues to the west and north sections of the Village. During the last part of October and early part of November we may only be able to get through the Village once a week due to the heavy leaf fall.

As a reminder, brush (tree branches) must be neatly piled in four-foot lengths. The maximum diameter is six inches. No brush or branches with thorns will be picked up. Thorny material must be cut up and put in the cart with the green lid. Brush not complying will be tagged and not picked up.

On November 6th and 13th special Yard Waste collections will be held. After the green Yard Waste Cart is full, yard waste may be put into additional containers for collection. Place these containers on the curb adjacent to the standard containers. No container shall weigh more than 50 pounds.

Residents looking for landscape mulch are encouraged to call the Public Works Department at 459-3881. Mulch will be delivered to your home for $10/Cubic Yard plus tax. Deliveries will be on Fridays only.

If you are considering installing a fence, please be reminded of the following process. The home owner needs to obtain a property survey, a copy of your deed, pictures of the areas impacted by the fence, fence specifications, a site plan and a cover letter explaining the scope of the project.  This information is submitted to Kohler Co. for approval. Once approved by Kohler Co., the Village’s Planning Commission needs to review and approve as well. This process may take up to 3 months.

Residents are encouraged to store their garbage receptacles in discrete locations. Ideally they should be stored in a garage. Other suitable areas include side/back yards, or any other area screened from public view. Please be reminded that all containers must be stored with the lids securely closed and away from any heat source (grill).

The Reconstruction of Highway PP is well underway. Be mindful of detour signs and drive defensively. Construction will be complete in November.

To register for activities or lunch stop at Village Hall, call 920-459-3873 or email

Activities in November
11/6 Card Making
11/8 Book Club
11/11 VFW Dinner
11/15 Spinners Group
11/15 Las Brisa’s
11/15 Painting Club
11/29 Ho Chunk

Thursday lunch at Village Hall

11:30 am, cost $5 – Sign up by Tuesday
11/1 Fish boil
11/8 Beef stew
11/29 Liver and onions

Exercise Classes
No pre-registration required. Classes are $5 for members or $6 for non-members.
Monday & Wednesday Chair Yoga 8:15am-Village Hall
Monday Therapeutic Yoga 9:30am-Village Hall
Tuesday Core & More 9:30am-Village Hall
Friday Balance & Flexibility 10:30am-Village Hall

Ping Pong
Mondays at Village Hall 1pm. No pre-registration required. Members are free, non-members are $1.

Walkers Club
Wednesdays 8:30am meet in Village Gym (use pool entrance on School Street).

Pickle Ball
Wednesdays at School Gym 6:30pm. No pre-registration required. Members are free, non-members are $1.


Aquatics in the Village:
Hours for Open Swim: Saturdays and Sundays  1:30-4pm
Fee: Residents are Free, Non-Resident $2 if you are with a resident, $5 if not with a resident

Water in Motion
Water in Motion Water Aerobics class will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7-8am
Evening Deep Water Aerobics, 6-7pm, Monday
Morning Deep Water Aerobics, 8-9am, Wednesday
There is no pre-registration for this class. Fee is $1 for residents, $3 for non-residents
There are punch cards available: 12 classes for $10 for residents, or $34 for non-residents.

Lap Swim
Lap swim is available Monday – Thursday from 8-9am.

Hours of Operation for November 2018
Monday-Friday 3-5:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 12:30-5pm
Open Friday, November 16 12:30-5pm (no school)
Open Wednesday, November 21 12-4pm (early release)
Closed November 22, 23, 24, & 25 for Thanksgiving
Located on School Street, Door 19, right next to the Pool

Need a quick snack after school or before practice? Need a place to unwind? Need a place to hang out and get some homework done? Need a quick and easy dinner? Here to help at the Kohler Youth Center, we offer after school snacks, after school unwind time and a place to meet your friends.

WHAT: Holiday Party and After Hours Event
WHEN: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:30-11pm
WHY: Let’s enjoy this holiday season with a get-together that includes the white elephant gift exchange, music, open gym, fun.
DON’T FORGET: White Elephant Gift Exchange at 9pm. What is a White Elephant Gift? . . . A White Elephant gift is that ‘something unusual’ you purchased, or were given, that has value to someone, somewhere. You can’t bring yourself to throw it away, so you wrap or rewrap it and give it away as a White Elephant Gift.

Remember this event is open to everyone, but please note: Elementary aged students should be accompanied by a parent; Middle and High School students may come on their own. This event will be supervised and staffed, however guests will be able to come and go as they wish throughout the night just like during normal business hours. With the emphasis put on a safe, easy-going place to go to meet your friends and have fun, we look forward to meeting you at our next event.

Save the date:
 Join Us for the Winter After Hours Event on February 16, 2018. We will extend our hours and be open 7:30-11pm.

Attention Parents and Students, Looking for a great venue to hold your next kid friendly event, get-together, or birthday party? Remember The Youth Center is available for rent! Contact Rhonda Holland @ 920-207-6537 for more information.

The Youth Center can be found on Facebook and Snapchat.
LIKE:  “Kohler Youth Center” on Facebook
ADD:  @kohleruthcenter on Snapchat
Check out our website too:
These pages will keep you informed of upcoming events, happenings, and what’s new!
Remember, the Youth Center begins with YOU! See you soon.

This Month’s Menu Highlight:
Pizza Pocket $1.50
Milkshake $1.50
Mozzarella Sticks $1.50
Warm or Iced Specialty Coffee $2.00


The Village Board approved the following items during their September 10 and 17 meetings:

  • Easement through Fenwood Park to allow River Wildlife to install a sanitary sewer line.
  • Operator’s licenses as presented.
  • Hire swimming instructor for the Recreation Department.
  • Temporary amendment to the Kohler Co. alcohol beverage license.
  • Agreement for transit service between the City of Sheboygan and the Village of Kohler.
  • August 2018 Revenue & Expense reports, bank reconciliation and journal entry.
  • Building permit to Kohler Co. for signage at Prevea Eye Clinic.
  • Accepted resignation letters from Bruce Nowak (Village Board Trustee) and David Warner (Planning Commission member).
  • Request from Klub 55 for a bonfire at Lost Woods Park on 10/26/18.
  • Appointed Bruce Neerhof to Cemetery Commission.
  • Authorized Village President to negotiate an agreement with Kohler Co. for Kohler Memorial Theatre Renovation payment plan for three years or less.
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