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- 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's Open Office Hours Scheduled for Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Fire Station #1. (posted Aug. 19, 2014)
Mayor's Open Office Hours.
- 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.
- Valley Transit partners with Mile of Music to offer mini concerts on the bus (posted Aug. 7, 2014)
News Release
- 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.
- Appleton Police and Fire Departments Participate in National Night Out (posted Aug. 4, 2014)
On the evening of August 5, 2014, the Appleton Police and Fire Department will participate in many of the National Night Out celebrations being hosted by local Neighborhood Watch groups. Between 5PM and 10PM, officers from the police and fire departments, members of the Appleton Police and Fire Department’s command staff, Community Service Officers and McGruff the Crime Dog will be visiting many of these community groups.

The National Night Out event began in August of 1984. At the time, 2.5 million Americans in 400 communities participated in the inaugural event. It is estimated 37.8 million Americans, in over 16,000 communities, will participate in tomorrow’s event. This year, over 40 watch groups are participating in the City of Appleton’s event.

In the City of Appleton, National Night Out focuses on the many Neighborhood Watch groups we have in the community. By meeting with our groups, we get a chance to promote safety in the community, meet community members and strengthen our police and community partnerships.

Neighborhood Watch groups have been organizing block parties or parties in the parks. Each watch group will offer something different – including; ice cream socials, bicycle parades, barbecues, potlucks, pig roasts, face painting and dunk tanks. In addition to getting an opportunity to interact with the folks who make our community great, we love having the chance to sample some of the great food the groups prepare. And did we mention we bring McGruff the Crime Dog?

If you are interested in learning more about Neighborhood Watch in Appleton or want to know about creating a group for next year’s event, please contact Leanne Wilson at the Appleton Police Department (920)832-5560.
- 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.
- Update on Olde Oneida St. bridge repairs (posted July 11, 2014)
A 10-ton weight limit has been put in effect on the Olde Oneida Street bridge after a routine inspection raised safety concerns.
- 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.
- The Valley Transit Freedom Pass is back (posted July 1, 2014)
Valley Transit Freedom Pass information
- 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 Police and Fire Announce 2014 Citizens Public Safety Academy (posted June 24, 2014)
The Appleton Police and Fire Departments have joined together to offer their fifth annual, Citizen's Public Safety Academy. The academy will begin on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 and runs through Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

The class meets each Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Classes will be held at either the Appleton Police Station or Appleton Fire Station #6.

The Citizen’s Public Safety Academy provides a glimpse of law enforcement and the life of a firefighter through tours, presentations and many interactive activities. The academy was created to provide a working knowledge of the policies, procedures and personnel of the Police and Fire Departments, for the citizens of our community.

The academy is free of charge. It is open to all citizens who either live or work in the City of Appleton. Applicants must be at least 17 years of age. Citizens who have previously participated are asked to wait three (3) years before applying for another session of the academy. Background checks will be completed, prior to applicants being accepted into the academy.

We are enrolling approximately 15 to 20 people on a first-come, first serve basis. If we do not have room for all interested participants, you will be put on a waiting list for next year’s academy.

Applications are due by Friday, July 11, 2014. The applications are available by contacting Sgt. David Lund at 832-5509 or by e-mail at They can also be found on the Appleton Police Department website at's_public_safety_academy_application.pdf
- ***UPDATED ADDRESS***Sex Offender Release Information (posted June 23, 2014)
The following is a media release authorized by the Outagamie County Sex Offender Community Notification Core Team. The Core Team is made up of representatives from local law enforcement, Department of Corrections, and the Outagamie County DA’s office. The Core Team evaluates and makes decisions on the level of notification to the community for the pending release of sex offenders under Wisconsin Statutes 301.45 and 301.46.

On June 1, 1997, Wisconsin State Statute 301.45 (Act 440), the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification law became effective.

Because sex offenders may pose a continuing risk of engaging in sex offenses while in the community, protection of the public is of paramount importance. Community notification (the release of relevant offender information) furthers the interest of public safety and can enhance strategies for crime detection and prevention.

Sex offenders have always lived in our community. However, until the passage of Megan’s Law in 1997, law enforcement often didn’t know where offenders were living and were not able to share that information with the general public if such information was made available to them. Community notification is not intended to increase fear. Rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

A sex offender who has been convicted of a sex offense requiring registration with law enforcement in Appleton will soon be released to this community and will be residing temporarily at a residence in the 800 block of W. Wisconsin Avenue. He has served the mandatory amount of institutional time as defined by Wisconsin Statutes. He is not wanted by the police at this time.


The City of Appleton Police Department is releasing the following information pursuant to Wisconsin State Statute 301.46 which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offenders release, when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection. The individual who appears on this notification has been committed for a sexual offense. Further, his criminal history places him in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend.

This sex offender is not wanted by the police at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated.

Daniel R. Boehm (09/10/59)

Offender was found guilty of crimes he committed in Outagamie and Brown Counties (1995/1996). Those crimes included; 2nd Degree Sexual Assault, Burglary and Conduct Regardless of Life. Offender has a lengthy history of prowling, unlawful entry into occupied residences and sexual assault of females within those residences. He also has a history of fleeing from police.

Boehm has moved to a residence located at 927 N. Richmond Street (upper unit). He is under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. He will be equipped with a GPS device. His interaction with the community will be restricted by the standard rules placed on sex offenders and specific rules regarding the times of day that he can leave the residence and purpose of those trips. He is prohibited from being out at night without supervision.

Additional questions regarding Daniel Boehm can be directed to Agent Vickee Ostrowski, State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections at 920-997-4260, Tom Smith, Sex Offender Registration Program at (920) 720-3015 or Investigator Matthew Kuether, Appleton Police Department at 920-832-5500.

As of 02/20/2014 there are approximately 23,109 registered sex offenders in the State of Wisconsin. 484 are located in Outagamie County. For more information, please call Investigator Matt Kuether at the Appleton Police Department (920) 832-5933 or visit Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry’s website at

For additional information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920) 832-5509.
- 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.
- #City of Appleton Park and Rec is looking for volunteer coaches for fall sports programs. If interested apply on-line through the City's website. (posted June 19, 2014)
Programs needing coaches are: Soccer, Flag Football and Kickball.
- 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.
- Appleton Bicycle Store Burglarized (posted May 29, 2014)
Media Release
- 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
- Appleton Fire Department Annual Report 2013 (posted Feb. 13, 2014)
2013 annual report for the Appleton Fire Department
- 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.

Please Note: Currently this online Fire Permit application is compatible on computers with the Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser.

You can also apply for the outdoor firepit permit using the Google Chrome browser, however you will need to install the IE Tab extension for the Chrome browser and open the permit with the IE Tab enabled. The IE Tab can be found by clicking here.
- Appleton Fire Department's "Keep the Wreath Green" campaign (posted Nov. 26, 2012)
Appleton Fire Department's "Keep the Wreath Green" campaign
- 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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