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- 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.
- Applications for 2015 Community Development Block Grant funds are now available. (posted Sept. 30, 2014)
Applications for 2015 CDBG funds are now available. Click here for an application. Application due date is October 24, 2014. Visit the CDBG webpage for more information about the CDBG program.
- 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.
- Valley Transit Offers Special Fares for Octoberfest (posted Sept. 25, 2014)
Special Octoberfest fares
- 2nd annual Sidewalk Poetry Program (posted Sept. 24, 2014)
The City of Appleton’s Department of Public Works is engaging in its 2nd annual Sidewalk Poetry Program. The idea (created by Saint Paul’s City Artist in Residence, Marcus Young) is to transform the city’s sidewalks into an open poetry book. By using our current sidewalk maintenance program and stamping poems into sidewalk squares throughout the city, we can create everyday moments of open-air reading for our residents!
- Voter ID changes in effect for November election (posted Sept. 24, 2014)
If you are planning to vote in the November general election, the City Clerk's office is reminding voters that a valid photo ID is now required when voting at the polling place and by absentee ballot.
- Notice of Public Hearing Regarding the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and Community Development Needs (posted Sept. 23, 2014)
A public hearing will be held at a regularly scheduled Community and Economic Development Committee (CEDC) meeting on Monday, October 6, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in Council Chambers on the sixth floor of Appleton City Hall, 100 N. Appleton Street, Appleton, WI. The primary function of this hearing is to obtain citizen views on priority community needs and the use of the City’s CDBG funds in general over the next five years and more specifically for the use of funds during the 2015 Program Year (April 2015-March 2016).

A brief overview of citizen and stakeholder input already collected in preparation of the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, as well as a summary of the use of CDBG funds during the past five years is available for review HERE.

Written comments may be submitted via email to or via U.S. Mail to: City of Appleton – Community and Economic Development Department; 100 North Appleton Street; Appleton, WI 54911. The City shall consider all public comments received before preparing the plan, in addition to providing HUD with a summary of such comments as they relate to the Consolidated Plan and the 2015 Annual Action Plan.
- Octoberfest Weekend - Police Planning and Traffic Information (posted Sept. 23, 2014)
Motorists traveling through downtown Appleton should plan alternate routes during the Octoberfest weekend.

License to Cruise will take place on Friday, September 26, 2014. It begins at 6PM and ends at 9:30PM. 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 3PM. Following the event, College Avenue will remain closed throughout the night and during the duration of Octoberfest.

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.

Additionally, License to Cruise is an alcohol free event.

Octoberfest takes place on Saturday, September 27, 2014. It runs from 9AM until 6PM.

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 26, 2014): Appleton Street and Morrison Street will close at College Avenue between 6PM and 10:00PM. All other cross streets along College Avenue from Memorial Drive/Richmond Street to Drew Street will be closed the entire event starting at 3PM.

Octoberfest (Saturday, September 27, 2014): Appleton Street and Morrison Street will be closed at College Avenue between 9AM and 6PM. All cross streets along College Avenue from Memorial Drive/Richmond Street to Lawe Street will be closed for the entire event starting at 5AM and will not reopen until event clean up is completed (at approximately 9PM). 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.

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.

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
•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 or (920)419-5180.
- 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.
- #City of Appleton now accepting applications for Account Clerk I. (posted Sept. 19, 2014)
This position will perform a wide variety of customer service, cash handling/receipting and clerical functions. Duties of this position include collecting and processing various customer payments including property taxes, utility bills and parking ticket remittances. The successful candidate must have the ability to communicate effectively, accurate and rapid data entry skills and be able to perform in a highly visible environment.
- Common questions about the wheel tax and how it will be applied (posted Sept. 19, 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.
- Retired Police K9 Passes Away (posted Sept. 19, 2014)
The Appleton Police Department regretfully reports the passing of retired K9 Mato on September 18, 2014.

K9 Mato was the first canine to join the department after the Appleton Police Department had gone over a decade without a canine program. His purchase and training were possible due to fundraising efforts from K-9’s for a Safer Community. Mato began his training with Sgt. Matt McQuaid in October of 2006 and began working on the streets of Appleton in December of 2006. He continued to work with Sgt. McQuaid until December of 2012.

During Mato’s career, he was utilized during over 1,000 incidents. His work resulted in the discovery of over 9 pounds of marijuana, 135 grams of cocaine and 112 pieces of drug paraphernalia. He also had 19 successful suspect tracks during his career.

Mato, who was 11 years old, was described by Sgt. McQuaid as being an “ever-faithful and fearless service dog partner”.

The Appleton Police Department currently has two K9 assigned to the patrol division, Jico (Officer Haney) and Syrt (Officer Duven).

For additional information, please contact Sgt. Lund at (920)832-5509.
- The City of Appleton Historic Preservation Commission invites you to participate in the nomination of property owners for its 2015 Historic Preservation Awards. (posted Sept. 15, 2014)
The City of Appleton Historic Preservation Commission invites you to participate in the nomination of property owners of residential and non-residential property who have taken care to preserve their property or have undertaken restoration or revitalization projects that have restored, rehabilitated, and/or preserved a part of the City’s historical resources. Two types of certificates will be given, one for Stewardship and one for Historic Preservation/Restoration. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION about the awards.

Visit the Historic Preservation webpage for more information about the Commission, to view a list of past award recipients and use the online nomination forms.
- Homeowner Rehabilitation Loan Program Now Accepting Applications (posted Sept. 12, 2014)
The City of Appleton's Homeowner Rehabilitation Loan Program is now accepting applications. CLICK HERE to get an application. Visit the Program's webpage for more information.
- James Lewis Sworn in as Interim Chief of Police (posted Sept. 8, 2014)
James Lewis was sworn in this morning as the Interim Chief of Police of the Appleton Police Department. Chief Lewis will represent the police department during a national search for a chief to replace Chief Pete Helein, who retired on September 5, 2014.

Chief Lewis brings a wealth of law enforcement experience with him, previously serving as Assistant Chief in Bakersfield, CA; Chief of Police in Green Bay; Chief of Police in Pomona, CA; Interim Chief in Grand Chute; Chief of Police in New Haven, CT; and, Interim Director of Safety at Yale University. He also served as Interim Chief at the Appleton Police Department from January to July of 2007.

During this morning’s ceremony, Chief Lewis honored long-time Appleton Police Department Crossing Guard, Irmgard Miller, for her 45 years of dedicated service to the safety of schoolchildren.

If you would like further information please contact Sgt. Lund at (920)832-5509.
- City of Appleton now accepting applications for Assistant City Attorney I. (posted Sept. 5, 2014)
This professional position is responsible for providing legal services to the City, with primary responsibilities of prosecuting City traffic, municipal ordinance, and code violations, and acting as a liaison between the Police Department and the Legal Services Department.
- 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.
- Water Hydrant Flushing (posted Aug. 28, 2014)
- 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.
- 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 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
- 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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