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- RiverHeath development set for next phase (posted Oct. 1, 2015)
The next phase of the RiverHeath development is set to begin construction, pending Common Council approval of an amendment to the original development agreement at the October 7 meeting.
- Mayor Hanna's Open Office Hours Scheduled for Monday, October 5, 2015 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. on two Valley Transit bus routes. (posted Sept. 29, 2015)
Mayor Hanna's Open Office Hours
- Appleton Housing Authority Hosting First-time Homebuyer
Education Classes in October
(posted Sept. 23, 2015)
The Appleton Housing Authority (AHA) offers monthly Homebuyer Education classes designed to assist qualified first-time homebuyers in their journey to homeownership.
- Appleton in top 10 for best cities for children (posted Sept. 23, 2015)
Appleton has already been ranked as one of the best places in the country to do business, raise a family, one of the most affordable places and one of the most improved in terms of safety. Now we can also add one of the top 10 best cities in the country for children to that list.
- Downtown Traffic Information and Police Planning for Octoberfest Weekend (posted Sept. 23, 2015)
Motorists traveling through downtown Appleton should plan alternate routes during the Octoberfest weekend.

License to Cruise will take place on Friday, September 25, 2015. It begins at 6 PM and ends at 9:30 PM. To allow for staging of the vehicles involved in the event, College Avenue will close between Drew and Lawe Streets at 1PM. The remainder of College Avenue (from Memorial Drive/Richmond Street to Drew Street) will close two hours later at 3 PM.

Participants with vehicles in the License to Cruise event are reminded that shows of power (spinning tires, burn outs) are not permitted. Vehicles should not have motors running at any time during the actual event. Vehicles involved in the event will begin to load onto College Avenue at 4 PM (featured vehicles) and 4:30 PM (all other involved vehicles).

License to Cruise is an alcohol free event.

Following the event, College Avenue will remain closed throughout the night and during the duration of Octoberfest.

Octoberfest takes place on Saturday, September 26, 2015. It runs from 9AM until 6 PM.

Cross traffic will be restricted at the intersections of College Avenue and Morrison Street and the intersection of College Avenue and Appleton Street.

The specific times for these closures are as follows:

License To Cruise (Friday, September 25, 2015): Appleton Street and Morrison Street will close at College Avenue between 6 PM and 10 PM. All other cross streets along College Avenue from Memorial Drive/Richmond Street to Drew Street will be closed the entire event starting at 3 PM.

Octoberfest (Saturday, September 26, 2015): Appleton Street and Morrison Street will be closed at College Avenue between 9 AM and 6 PM. All cross streets along College Avenue from Memorial Drive/Richmond Street to Lawe Street will be closed for the entire event starting at 5 AM and will not reopen until event clean up is completed (at approximately 9 PM). Event attendees can assist in the clean-up process by giving crews from the City of Appleton Department of Public Works the space they need for equipment operation.

A bypass route has been planned for northbound motorists on South Oneida Street (crossing the Skyline Bridge). It utilizes W. Prospect Avenue and diverts traffic to S. Memorial Drive. For motorists traveling southbound on N. Appleton Street, traffic will be diverted on W. Franklin Street to N. Richmond Street. These detours will be marked. During the events, Appleton Police Department personnel will monitor traffic conditions. To avoid the congested downtown area, motorists are encouraged to use the East College Avenue Bridge or South Memorial Bridge, in lieu of the Skyline Bridge.

New to the event is a large message board. The Appleton Police Department will have this board in the area of Houdini Plaza. Any updates to the event status will be posted on this board (to include weather warnings).

The Appleton Police Department will not have a command vehicle at N. Appleton Street and W. College Avenue. If individuals become separated from their children, they are requested to respond to the Avenue Mall (College/Oneida). Two officers are assigned to the location. It is suggested that parents take a photo of their children upon arrival at the event. This information could be distributed electronically to event personnel, should a parent and child become separated.

The Appleton Police Department encourages attendees to follow event updates on the Appleton Police Department’s Twitter (@AppletonPD_WI) and Facebook page.

A reminder to those individuals attending theses events:
• NO alcoholic beverage carry-ins allowed at the events
• NO glass containers
• A wristband is required for the purchase of alcohol at Octoberfest
• Wristband and ticket sales end at 5 PM
• The sale of alcohol ends at 5:30 PM
• NO animals are allowed at special events
• Pedestrians must obey all traffic laws at intersections around the event
• Individuals consuming alcoholic beverages should plan a safe ride home.
• Extra patrols will be out during and after the events to help ensure a safe time for all.

For additional information, please contact Sgt. David Lund at (920) 832-5509.
- Appleton Police Museum Open House on September 16, 2015 (posted Sept. 11, 2015)
On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, from 8 AM until 11:30 AM, we are inviting the public for an open viewing of the Appleton Police Department’s Museum. It is located in the lobby and lower level training rooms of the department (222 S. Walnut Street).

Because our museum has so many police artifacts (photos, equipment, daily logs and uniforms), we aren’t able to display them all on a routine basis. During our open house, we will be bringing out many more items for public viewing. This is in addition to all the police memorabilia normally on display.

Our historian (and retired Detective Sergeant) Arnie Nettekoven will be giving 10 minute talks at the top of each hour:
At 8 AM - Early History of the APD (1853 - 1870).
At 9 AM - Marshals and Chiefs.
At 10 AM - APD Policewomen.
At 11 AM - Officers and Their Stories.

Retired officers will also be guiding tours of the Appleton Police Department during our museum open house.
Parking is available both on street around the department and in the parking lot of St. Joseph’s Church (directly to the north of the police department).

If you would like further information please contact Sgt. Dave Lund at (920) 832-5509.
- Applications for the Homeowner Rehabilitation Loan Program are now available (posted Sept. 11, 2015)
The City of Appleton Community Development Department will be accepting applications from eligible households for the Homeowner Rehabilitation Loan Program from September 14, 2015 to October 16, 2015. Further information and applications can be found by following this link or by contacting the Community Development Department at: 920-832-6468.
- A Message to the Community - Chief Todd Thomas (posted Sept. 9, 2015)
A number of recent tragic incidents involving the police have created an intense discussion about police and race relations in our country. What communities need to do now is diverge from the sometimes unhealthy national rhetoric and have a healthy discussion about the current state of local race relations and their plans for improving things.

Unfortunately for police officers across the country, the visceral national dialog has given groups with a pre-existing anti-police bias a platform to incite further turmoil. Some media members have also gone beyond reporting and have opined on and sensationalized some of the incidents, frequently without having all the facts. The groups encouraging divisiveness need to be held accountable for their actions.

This fusion of hate speech and racial polarization, along with gaps in mental health services and the availability of firearms, almost guarantees we will continue to see violence against officers.

The marches, peaceful demonstrations, and hashtag movements may have merit and good intentions in those troubled areas. But when demonstrations become riots, spread hate, and encourage attacks on police officers, those involved show themselves to just be criminals hiding behind a banner. The ones who should be the most upset by those actions are the people in these movements who are truly trying to effect positive change and improve their community.

Our Community and Race Relations

I cautiously comment on this because I am sensitive to bringing racial conflict into our predominantly peaceful community. But there are some who want to paint with a broad brush and categorize all police officers as being the same.

The United States has over 600,000 law enforcement officers; the few incidents we have seen of officers acting criminally are not indicative of an epidemic. All of the officers who are sacrificing and quietly serving every day while under verbal and sometimes physical attack is the real epidemic. The epidemic is that their loved ones watch the news and fear for their officer’s safety more than ever before.

Our Fox Cities community is not perfect. We have the same problem with bias and racism as every other city or village in this state and country. Biases are everywhere. We all have them and it isn’t always about race. People have bias and prejudge others because of religion, economics, where they live, how they dress, and even because of the uniform they wear. But we do have a special community, and your officers are part of the community. I am proud to work with a group of people as professional, progressive and accepting of others as the employees of the Appleton Police Department.

Law enforcement leaders have struggled with how to address this issue. If we don’t discuss the issues we are insinuating a lack of support for our officers or a lack of understanding of any local racial issues. But if we openly discuss the issue we also need to talk about what we have done or are doing to make things better, which some will perceive as being defensive and not understanding of the depth of the problem. I believe that is a parochial view of a complex issue.

It is my duty to tell you what your police department’s core beliefs and values are. I personally believe that if you always choose doing the hard right thing over the easier wrong thing, you will have a constant peace of heart.

APD’s Innovative Solutions

The Appleton Police Department employs the finest, expects their best, and serves our community in the pursuit of the highest quality of life. Many of the innovative ideas and programs some agencies around the country are talking about creating are longstanding and established programs at your police department.
• Under progressive Chiefs, and a supportive Mayor and Council, we created the position of a diversity and inclusion coordinator over a decade ago.
• We have civilian oversight by a diverse and involved Police and Fire Commission.
• We have had squad car and body cameras for years. We recently purchased the newest generation of body worn cameras for almost all of our officers. We embrace transparency and the result is excellent police services with very few civilian complaints.
• We have had a policy of having other agencies investigate our critical incidents years before it was mandated by the state.
• Officers have taken it upon themselves to organize cultural advisory committees and groups to encourage trust, build relationships, and help the members of other cultures understand what we do.
• We brought Crisis Intervention Training in the state and have trained most of our staff on how to assist those in mental health crisis.
• Our training isn’t focused on tactical skills and physical intervention. We have focused our training on disengagement and de-escalation so we don’t need to use force unless all other options fail.
• We have encouraged diversion courts and have been instrumental in their creation and actively participate in them.
• Every officer will attend mandatory Fair and Impartial Policing training to educate them on how to recognize their biases and guard against using them to make decisions.
• We are developing a multi-pronged community survey that will tell us what our citizens think our strengths are, how we are perceived by different groups, and what they feel we need to improve on.
• We will continue to build relationships with faith-based groups and look for non-traditional ways to connect with those who may not have a voice.
• We will look for opportunities to collaborate with others to address social issues that have not historically been police issues such as poverty, truancy, mental health gaps, and others.

A Healthy and Honest Discussion

We have done a lot to address racial and equity issues but we know we can always do better in our pursuit of excellence in police services. We need to weed out any officer who is taking action on racial or bias-based profiling instead of a person’s behavior. We don’t want them wearing our badge.

We cannot be diverted or distracted by those who would cause more racial conflict and division. We acknowledge our ugly racist past as a country, and recognize that law enforcement is a part of that history. We need to continue to strive for the fair and equitable treatment of all people.

That means going beyond the simple narrative that the criminal justice system is racist. Those who feel the racial disparity issue in the criminal justice system is mainly because of law enforcement need to examine the real causation of crime. The police get involved at the end, when all else has failed. We need to have the hard and honest discussion about how the impact the larger social issues of poverty, broken families, truancy, inadequate education, alcohol and drug abuse, and a lack of employment opportunities also impact this racial disparity.

We accept that we are the most visible arm of government, and because of that we sometimes get lashed out at. Sam Adams said, “Facts are stubborn things”, here are some facts:

Police officers didn’t created the minimum mandatory prison sentences of the 90’s that incarcerated a disproportionate number of minorities; that was done by your elected representatives and thankfully we didn’t see marches, riots, or attacks on them.

Not one police officer has ever sentenced anyone to jail or prison. We are only the first third of the criminal justice system, the others being the courts and corrections. A district attorney has to review our case to determine if it has prosecutorial merit. A judge or jury then has to find the person guilty, and the judge determines if they go to jail or prison, guided by sentencing guidelines established by your legislatures. Again, thankfully, we don’t see marches, riots, or attacks on any of them.

An Opportunity - Be a Peacemaker

Since August 1st, fifteen police officers have died in the line of duty. By the time you read this I pray we haven’t added to that number. Those officers had 34 children, and two grandchildren, that will now grow up without them. These were fathers or mothers who committed to a career of public service. They knew they would work terrible hours for low pay, miss holidays with their families, be scorned, spit on and ridiculed at times, just so they could have the privilege to wear the badge and help those who needed help.

As with any challenge in life we need to look for the opportunity that comes with it. The opportunity to have a healthy conversation about local race relations is one of those opportunities. But there is another opportunity for law enforcement that we need to fully embrace. Now is not the time for law enforcement to polarize ourselves from the public. What we need to do is reach out even more and become more involved with you, our community.

These are not just politically correct buzzwords to us; this is the policy of the Appleton Police Department and what I have directed our officers to do. When they have discretionary time you will continue to see them walking in the parks, on the Avenue, in the business districts and schools, and in your neighborhoods. We call them “crime prevention screens”, but more importantly they are opportunities for you to meet each other and talk.

When we have officers who die in the line of duty we mourn and honor them by wearing a band over our badges. We will be mourning those we have lost recently and honoring all of our fellow officers, but this time we are asking you to join us.

You will see Appleton Police Officers wearing a thin blue line ribbon on their uniforms during the month of September. We are asking you to join us by wearing a blue ribbon at some point during the month. If you don’t have one we are supplying COPS ribbons in our lobby for any member of the public who wants to wear one. If you have a blue light we encourage you to change your porch light in a show of support also.

Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. This verse is carved on numerous memorials to fallen officers across our country. We believe this applies to all of us. You can be Peacemakers also, we ask you to embrace that role and join us in making Appleton an even better place to live, work and play.

Chief Todd Thomas
Appleton Police Department
- Appleton Housing Authority Awarded Grant for Rental Assistance Program (posted Sept. 4, 2015)
The Appleton Housing Authority (AHA) has been awarded significant grant funding from the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration for the continuation of its Home Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) Program, which assists those experiencing homelessness in their transition to stable, safe affordable housing in Appleton and surrounding Fox Cities communities.
- Appleton Housing Authorityís Community Report Earns National Award Recognition (posted Sept. 4, 2015)
The Appleton Housing Authority (AHA) has received an Award of Merit from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) for its 2014 Faces of Affordable Housing Annual Report, which highlights the personal stories of families that have been assisted in their journey to finding affordable housing through each one of the AHA’s 14 programs.
- Photo ID provision in effect for elections (posted Sept. 4, 2015)
The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the photo ID provisions of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23. A photo ID is now required to receive a ballot in all special and regular elections. If you are applying for an absentee ballot, your request must include an acceptable photo ID. For more information visit:
- West Nile virus found in dead bird in Appleton (posted Aug. 12, 2015)
The Appleton Health Department reports a dead crow found in the City on June 29 tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Outagamie County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.
- Valley Transit partners with Mile of Music to offer pop-up concerts on the bus (posted Aug. 4, 2015)
- Seeking Election Officials for the City of Appleton (posted June 25, 2015)
Seeking Election Officials for the City of Appleton
- Parking meter changes take effect 6/27 (posted June 23, 2015)
Filling the parking meter in downtown Appleton will cost less and be more convenient starting Saturday.
- New trees bring new life to Kiwanis Park (posted Apr. 29, 2015)
Thanks to the hard work of dozens of volunteers, Kiwanis Park in Appleton now has 100 new trees dotting the landscape of the park.
- Appleton celebrates Arbor Day with another Tree City USA designation (posted Apr. 24, 2015)
The City of Appleton has once again been named a Tree City USA.
- Appleton Rd/441 improvements start Monday (posted Apr. 10, 2015)
A major road construction project is set to affect many drivers on the south side of Appleton starting Monday.
- Reid Golf Course open for 2015 season (posted Apr. 2, 2015)
Reid Golf Course opens for the 2015 season at 10:00 a.m. today with new staff and some early season golf specials.
- Health Dept. increasing number of monthly immunization clinics (posted Apr. 1, 2015)
The Appleton Health Department is now offering more vaccine clinics in an effort to support young families.
- Oneida St. bridge undergoing major rehab project (posted Mar. 26, 2015)
If you are one of the 14,000 drivers who use the Oneida Street bridge each day, you may want to plan for extra time for the next few months.
- Jackman Street to be closed for construction through October (posted Mar. 24, 2015)
Drivers looking to access Fratello’s restaurant and the Paper Discovery Center may need to use an alternate route for much of this year.
- Future of downtown to be addressed at LWV forum (posted Mar. 20, 2015)
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a community forum to discuss the proposed downtown exhibition center and downtown library projects Monday night.
- Help shape the future of Appleton Memorial Park (posted Mar. 13, 2015)
If you have an interest in helping to shape the future design of Appleton Memorial Park, come to a public input session on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Scheig Center in Appleton Memorial Park.
- Watch for five new poems beneath your feet on Appleton sidewalks (posted Mar. 12, 2015)
Five new poems have been chosen to join six others installed on Appleton sidewalks last summer.
- Reid Golf Course clubhouse opens with new staff (posted Mar. 9, 2015)
The Reid Golf Course clubhouse opened for the season today with a new superintendent out on the course and a new manager in the clubhouse.
- Share your photos for the new City of Appleton website (posted Mar. 2, 2015)
Calling all photographers! Lend us your talents and showcase your amazing photography on our new website.
- Appleton history detailed in new book (posted Feb. 27, 2015)
The history of Appleton is detailed in a new book from the Appleton Historical Society.
- Exhibition Center questions answered following special meeting (posted Feb. 26, 2015)
Following a special meeting about the proposed Fox Cities Exhibition Center, the Community and Economic Development Committee has released a detailed question and answer document covering questions raised at the meeting.
- Special meeting to detail exhibition center project (posted Feb. 20, 2015)
If you have interest in learning more about the proposed downtown exhibition center project or have questions you would like answered, plan to attend a special meeting of the Community and Economic Development Committee next Monday at 6 p.m.
- Joint effort helps Appleton schools prepare for measles (posted Feb. 18, 2015)
While no measles cases have been reported in Wisconsin so far, the City of Appleton Health Department and local healthcare providers are doing what they can to make sure the community is informed and prepared.
- Appleton Fire Department Annual Report 2014 (posted Feb. 17, 2015)
2014 annual report for the Appleton Fire Department
- Emerald Ash Borer found in Appleton (posted Feb. 10, 2015)
The first case of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Outagamie County has been confirmed at a private residence in Appleton.
- Study suggests replacing ramp, other parking improvements downtown (posted Feb. 5, 2015)
Replacement of an aging parking ramp with a mixed-use ramp, mobile payment options and tiered parking ramp pricing are all recommendations included in a downtown parking study released Thursday.
- Spring Primary Election in District 9 (posted Feb. 3, 2015)
The City of Appleton will have a Spring Primary on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, for District 9 only.
- Appleton named one of nationís most affordable places to live (posted Feb. 2, 2015)
When it comes to having it all and providing it affordably, agrees Appleton does it about as well as any city in the country.
- Getting to know new Appleton Police Chief Todd Thomas (posted Jan. 7, 2015)
New Appleton Police Chief looks to the past for guiding APD into the future.
- 2014: A year of recognition for what makes Appleton great (posted Dec. 31, 2014)
The end of the year is always a time to look back and reflect. For the City of Appleton, 2014 brought with it some well-deserved recognition for the people, places and things that make Appleton great.
- DMV begins mailing vehicle registration renewals with wheel tax (posted Dec. 30, 2014)
Starting Wednesday, the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles will begin mailing renewals for vehicles with registrations expiring in February, the first month the newly enacted $20 wheel tax in Appleton will be charged.
- Common Council agenda for week of Dec 15-19, 2014 (posted Dec. 15, 2014)
Here is a look at the Common Council agenda for week of Dec 15-19, 2014
- Important information regarding Valley Transit fare increase (posted Dec. 11, 2014)
fare increase info
- Utilities Committee, community get first look at plans for new water tower (posted Dec. 8, 2014)
The landscape on Appleton’s east side will see a big change in 2015.
- Common Council committee work for the week of December 8-12, 2014. (posted Dec. 5, 2014)
Here is a look at the agendas for the Common Council committees for the week of December 8-12, 2014.
- Common Council agenda for week of Dec 1-5, 2014 (posted Dec. 1, 2014)
Here is a look at the agendas for the Common Council and several special committee meetings for the week of December 1-5, 2014.
- No on-street parking downtown Tuesday, free parking available in city-owned ramps (posted Nov. 24, 2014)
The Appleton Department of Public Works is advising drivers there will be no on-street parking in the downtown area Tuesday. esday morning.
- Committee work for the week of November 24-28 (posted Nov. 21, 2014)
Here is a look at council committee work for the week of November 24-28, 2014.
- Appleton ranked one of safest communities in the state (posted Nov. 20, 2014)
A blog by the a security firm has ranked Appleton as one of the most improved and safest communities in the state.
- Police and Fire Commission makes Police Chief selection (posted Nov. 20, 2014)
Following two rounds of candidate interviews, the Appleton Police and Fire Commission has made a conditional offer of employment to Todd Thomas to be the next Police Chief for the City of Appleton.
- Committee work for the week of November 10-14, 2014 (posted Nov. 7, 2014)
Here is a look at council committee work for the week of November 10-14, 2014.
- Appleton snowplow painting project on display (posted Nov. 3, 2014)
While we may not be excited to see snow flying soon, area elementary school students will be watching closely when Appleton Department of Public Works snowplows drive by.
- Common Council agenda for the week of November 3-7, 2014 (posted Nov. 3, 2014)
Here is a look at what’s on the Common Council agenda for the week of November 3-7, 2014.
- College Avenue wins APA People's Choice Award (posted Oct. 31, 2014)
College Avenue was selected Friday as the “People’s Choice” Great Place Designation by the American Planning Association.
- Possible sale of Radisson Paper Valley Hotel creates opportunity (posted Oct. 28, 2014)
The owners of the Paper Valley Hotel have taken steps in preparation for moving ahead with the future Fox Cities Exhibition Center by listing the hotel at the website.
- Committee work for the week of October 27-31, 2014. (posted Oct. 24, 2014)
Here is a look at council committee work for the week of October 27-31, 2014.
- Valley Transit issues RFP for Paratransit (ADA & Ancillary) Service Contract (posted Oct. 24, 2014)
RFP VT-14-003
- Committee work for the week of October 20-24, 2014. (posted Oct. 20, 2014)
Here is a look at council committee work for the week of October 20-24, 2014.
- Valley Transit Announces Proposed 2015 Fare Increase (posted Oct. 13, 2014)
Proposed fare increase

- Common Council agenda for the week of October 13-17, 2014 (posted Oct. 10, 2014)
Here is a look at what’s on the Common Council agenda for the week of October 13-17, 2014.
- Common questions about the wheel tax and how it will be applied (posted Oct. 10, 2014)
Since the Common Council approved a wheel tax September 3, many questions have arisen as to who the tax will apply to and how it will be administered. Here are a number of questions and answers that have been posed to city staff.
- Olde Oneida St. bridge repairs completed (posted Oct. 9, 2014)
A 10-ton weight limit has been lifted from the Olde Oneida Street bridge after repairs following an inspection earlier this year.
- Committee work for the week of October 6-10, 2014. (posted Oct. 6, 2014)
Here is a look at council committee work for the week of October 6-10, 2014.
- Reid Golf Course redesign earns international award (posted Oct. 2, 2014)
The third annual American Society of Golf Course Architects Design Excellence Recognition Program recipients have been named. Projects from 12 courses in the United States and Asia have been cited for their work with ASGCA members in addressing unique design challenges.
- Focus on downtown redevelopment highlights 2015 budget (posted Oct. 1, 2014)
Mayor Tim Hanna presented his 2015 Executive Budget to the Appleton Common Council Wednesday night. It’s highlighted by several major projects aimed at spurring growth and investment in the downtown.
- Common Council agenda for the week of September 29-October 3, 2014 (posted Sept. 29, 2014)
Here is a look at what’s on the Common Council agenda for the week of September 29-October 3, 2014.
- Appleton Firefighters Local 257 Operation Warm Coat Campaign (posted Sept. 25, 2014)
Appleton Firefighters Local 257 Operation Warm Coat Campaign
- Help the Appleton Department of Public Works by taking a customer survey (posted Sept. 25, 2014)
Help the Appleton Department of Public Works by taking a customer survey.
- Committee work for the week of September 22-26 (posted Sept. 22, 2014)
Here is a look at council committee work for the week of September 22-26, 2014.
- September 23 is National Voter Registration Day (posted Sept. 22, 2014)
September 23 is National Voter Registration Day. The City of Appleton encourages all eligible voters to stop in, mail in, or go online to register to vote for the upcoming November 4 election.
- Wheel tax proposal back to Common Council (posted Sept. 3, 2014)
After considering the idea for more than a month, Wednesday night the Common Council could vote on whether or not to adopt a wheel tax to replace part of the city's long-standing special assessment policy.
- Appleton Health Department receives highest state designation (posted Sept. 2, 2014)
When it comes to keeping our community healthy, state officials say Appleton is at the top of the list.
- Prepare and be disaster aware during National Preparedness Month (posted Sept. 2, 2014)
Do you have an emergency plan? How about an emergency kit?

Those are some of the questions the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Appleton Fire Department want you to ask yourself during National Preparedness Month.
- Appleton leading the pack in National Bike Challenge (posted Aug. 22, 2014)
When you see bikes riding down Appleton streets, there’s a pretty good chance at least some of those riders are helping Appleton maintain its lead in the National Bike Challenge.
- Common Council to debate wheel tax (posted Aug. 20, 2014)
Wednesday night the Common Council will take its first look at whether or not to adopt a wheel tax to replace part of the city's long-standing special assessment policy.
- Mayor Hanna invites community to join in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (posted Aug. 15, 2014)
Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna, Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels and De Pere Mayor Michael Walsh are inviting the community to join them to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at the Appleton Farm Market Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. in Houdini Plaza.
- PFC selects interim Police Chief, starts search to replace Chief Helein (posted Aug. 14, 2014)
The Appleton Police and Fire Commission selected Jim Lewis as the interim Police Chief for the Appleton Police Department Thursday.
- Committee to debate charging homeowners for street reconstruction (posted Aug. 13, 2014)
Appleton's Finance Committee will meet at 4:30 Wednesday to tackle what will likely be the most debated portion of the city’s special assessment policy.
- Finance Committee recommends wheel tax to replace portion of special assessments (posted Aug. 13, 2014)
Appleton's Finance Committee approved a resolution Wednesday to adopt a wheel tax in lieu of a decades old portion of the special assessment policy that charged homeowners for part of the cost to reconstruct city streets.
- Voting information for partisan primary (posted Aug. 11, 2014)
There are a number of statewide and local races on the ballot in the Tuesday partisan primary election.
- Police Chief Pete Helein to retire from APD Sept. 5th (posted Aug. 8, 2014)
Police Chief Pete Helein notified Mayor Hanna and members of the Appleton Police and Fire Commission Thursday he plans to retire effective September 5, 2014.
- Appleton skate park construction under way (posted Aug. 7, 2014)
While they may have only turned over a shovelful of dirt Thursday, it’s a day local skaters have long been waiting for.
- Pierce Park adds brain games for kids with new trail (posted Aug. 6, 2014)
New adventures await children swinging by the Pierce Park playground.
- APD open house opens window to history of law enforcement (posted Aug. 5, 2014)
Walking into the basement of the Appleton police department Tuesday was like a walk back in time.
- Homeowner praises AFD installed smoke detector for saving her life (posted Aug. 1, 2014)
Appleton resident Jean Besaw said she made a simple mistake before she headed to bed Wednesday night.
- Overnight street repair work on College Ave. (posted July 29, 2014)
Public Works crews will be doing overnight street repair work to College Avenue from Drew Street to Richmond Street through Thursday morning.
- Appleton/Fox Cities rank high for places to do business (posted July 24, 2014)
Not only is Appleton a great place to live, but according to Forbes Magazine, a pretty good place to do business too.
- Plan to add more bike lanes on hold for now (posted July 23, 2014)
Some bike lane projects in Appleton are on hold, at least for now.
- Council changes new subdivision special assessment policy (posted July 17, 2014)
With little debate, at least at Wednesday’s meeting, the Appleton Common Council passed a change to the new subdivision portion of the city’s special assessment policy.
- Some homeowners to get notice of change in property values (posted July 15, 2014)
In just a few weeks thousands of Appleton homeowners will get a letter in the mail from the assessor’s office about a change in their property values.
- Construction work set for several Appleton bridges (posted July 11, 2014)
Construction work on several downtown Appleton bridges could may have an impact on your commute in the coming weeks.
- Appleton Skate Park project moving foward (posted July 10, 2014)
A skate park in Telulah Park is a step closer to reality after the city’s finance committee voted to approve a bid by Miron Construction Wednesday night.
- Finance committee slows down wheel tax discussion (posted July 10, 2014)
The idea of a wheel tax in Appleton is on hold, at least for now.
- New subdivision special assessment policy heads to council (posted July 10, 2014)
The portion of the city’s special assessment policy that deals with new subdivisions is heading back to council for approval.
- Sidewalk poetry program encourages you to watch where you step (posted July 9, 2014)
The first of six poems in a new citywide sidewalk poetry program were stamped at City Park Wednesday.
- Helping to understand Appleton's special assessment policy (posted July 3, 2014)
As Appleton's Common Council examines the city's special assessment policy over the coming weeks, we are posting a series of documents to help understand the process.
- RiverHeath Development celebrates grand opening (posted June 26, 2014)
A new housing project along the Fox River in Appleton that was eight years in the making celebrated its grand opening Wednesday.
- Fox Valley ready to corner the indoor sports tourism market (posted June 25, 2014)
A report presented to area leaders and tourism officials in Neenah Wednesday say the Fox Valley should build a state-of-the-art indoor sports facility to draw tourism to the area.
- Appleton Municipal Services Committee to discuss future bike lane projects (posted June 23, 2014)
Appleton's Municipal Services Committee will take a look at several different bike lane projects tentatively scheduled to be added to the city's growing network of bike lanes.
- Appleton named one of most affordable college towns (posted June 23, 2014)
Appleton has been named as one of the 50 most affordable college towns in the country.
- Appleton welcomes Wisconsin DAV State Convention (posted June 13, 2014)
Appleton welcomes the 86th annual Wisconsin DAV State Convention to the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel this weekend.
- Appleton named a must see summer destination (posted June 10, 2014)
The secret about the great things Appleton has to offer is out! A Huffington Post story named Appleton one of six small towns around the country to visit this summer.
- Street Music Week fills the air in Downtown Appleton for a good cause (posted June 10, 2014)
The second go-round of Street Music Week in Appleton is in full swing along College Avenue.
- Sign up to get Valley Transit service alerts via email. Visit (posted May 29, 2014)
Stay informed on important Valley Transit service updates and alerts. Sign up for our new e-alert program
- Food Safety Tips During a Power Outage (posted Aug. 7, 2013)
Appleton Health Department has posted tips for food safety during a power outage.
- Online outdoor firepit permit application (posted May 1, 2013)
To apply online for an outdoor firepit permit, please click here.
- Appleton Fire Department Red Shirt Friday Fundraiser (posted Nov. 15, 2012)
AFD Red Shirt Friday Fundraiser
- Effects of Concealed Carry Law on Valley Transit (posted Oct. 31, 2011)
Valley Transit will continue its policy of “Weapons of any kind, including firearms or knives, are prohibited, unless carried on board by a law enforcement officer" on Valley Transit buses, in bus shelters and in transfer centers as listed under "Rules of the Road" on the Rider's Guide and at this link.

This policy was reaffirmed by the Fox Cities Transit Commission on October 26, 2011.
- Reminder: Rummage sale signs cannot be placed in the terrace. (posted May 2, 2011)
Reminder: Rummage sale signs cannot be placed in the terrace. Signs are prohibited on the terrace or anywhere else in the public right-of-way. Signs, handbills, posters or notices may not be placed on traffic control boxes, traffic signs, utility poles, or traffic control support structures. See Municipal Code §§23-505 and 23-507.
- Coming February 14 -- Park up to 3 hours in the parking lot south of the Library. (posted Feb. 1, 2011)
In order to better accommodate Library visitors, beginning February 14 most meters in the lot in front of the Library will be extended to allow up to 3 hours.
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