HEADS UP OSHKOSH: New Transit Center Unveiled; schooling may not recover for two years

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Welcome to the September 6 edition of HEADS UP OSHKOSH, where you get a preview of the news you’ll hear and talk about this week. This is our 33rd issue of 2021.

TOP ARTICLES THIS WEEK:

  • The City unveils the new transit center building
  • COVID prompts Culver’s to seek a second way
  • Registration may not recover for 2 more years
  • Neighbors learn about the new college
  • Teen Court hosts 9/11 memory

The City unveils the new transit center building

The Planning Commission will be asked on Tuesday to approve the design of a new building at the city’s Downtown Transit Center on Pearl Avenue. The new structure will be just north of the existing landfill shelter and adjacent to an existing utility building.

“The proposed building is constructed of masonry units and will include spaces for customer service, washrooms, a staff break room, offices and a computer room, according to the staff analysis.

The building design provides for a glass wall in front of the vestibule, a variety of masonry colors and a low-pitched roof with aluminum trim. The city is also considering adding new landscaping and getting rid of a little-used bench.

COVID prompts Culver’s to seek a second way

The Koeller Street Culver’s is seeking permission to expand its drive-thru capacity in response to increased demand for takeout during the pandemic.

The new lane would be next to the existing through lane and could accommodate six additional vehicles. Culver’s also wants to add a second, larger menu board.

The request to the Planning Commission says Culver’s wants to “adapt to increased traffic due to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing.” His proposal aims to speed up the flow of customers and avoid traffic pushbacks.

Registration may not recover for 2 more years

As part of a presentation on the school district’s budget, staff prepared enrollment projections showing that Oshkosh’s student enrollment will not return to 2019 levels until 2023.

Enrollment fell to 9,397 last September from 9,735 the previous year, a drop of 338. This year, fiscal 2022, shows full-time equivalent enrollment of 9,503. That number is expected to drop to 9 611 in fiscal year 2023 and drop back to 9,735 in the academic year that begins fall 2023.

Ahead of Wednesday’s meeting, the board will hold a public hearing on the 2022-23 budget, which includes a spending increase of $10.3 million, to $159.9 million.

The budget hearing and meeting will be held virtually. During the meeting, public comments will be limited to two minutes.

Neighbors learn about the new college

Neighbors and other interested parties can attend a meeting at the Merrill School cafeteria Thursday at 6 p.m. to provide feedback on the preliminary site plan and proposed traffic changes for the new college.

The school district wants to reverse the direction of traffic on two one-way streets, Kentucky and Central. This is intended to allow student drop-off and pick-up in Kentucky, which would change from handling northbound traffic to handling southbound traffic.

Changes must be approved by the Municipal Council.

Teen Court hosts 9/11 remembrance

The Winnebago County Youth Court will hold a “9/11 Flag of Honor Memorial Across America” ​​on Saturday and is looking for volunteers to participate in a reading of names. The ceremony will take place on the stairs of the Winnebago County Courthouse.

“This day aims to bring youth and community members together to remember those who have passed away, as well as to shine a light on youth justice programs,” according to a press release. The ceremony will begin at 8:46:40 a.m., to mark the moment Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Everyone is welcome to participate. Contact Sarah Whitman at 920-236-1249.

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