The year brought turmoil to city politics that eventually brought changes to the makeup of local government.
An alderman resigned, while another was recalled. The city administrator resigned, while the mayor took a medical leave of absence. And the 2015 city budget was balanced by using undesignated fund balance.
On July 1, A&W in Clintonville celebrated its 75th anniversary.
Tami Bagstad assumed the principal duties at Rexford/Longfellow Elementary School in Clintonville. She replaced Kris Strauman, who retired after 17 years with the district.
The Department of Natural Resources investigated a release of wastewater from a diary farm located along Reinke Road near the city of Clintonville.
At the July 8 Clintonville City Council meeting, the council placed City Administrator Lisa Kotter on immediate administrative leave with pay. The motion said she was to remain on leave until an attorney provides specialized information to the council.
At the same meeting, the council approved an ordinance that would allow chickens to be raised within city limits.
William Van Daalwyk filed a statement of Intent to Circulate Recall Petition with the city of Clintonville to recall Alderman Greg Rose. Signatures began to be collected to move the recall effort forward.
Bob Obst donated landscaping, as well as a picnic table, to Sun Valley Manor in Clintonville. Obst’s late wife, Peggie Hall-Obst, was an administrator at Sun Valley Manor for 18 years.
The Clintonville American Legion Post 63 Diamond Cats won the Marion Regional, punching a ticket to the Class A American Legion Baseball State Tournament in Nekoosa.
Pastor Titus Buelow was installed as pastor at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church on July 20.
After two hours of closed session deliberation at a special Clintonville Council meeting July 28, the council adjourned without taking any action regarding the city administrator position. Kotter remained on administrative leave.
The Clintonville American Legion Post 63 Diamond Cats went 1-2 at the Class A American Legion Baseball State Tournament.
Reinstalling city street lights that were previously taken down passed the Street Committee on Aug. 5.
When reinstalling city street lights was discussed at the Aug. 12 city council meeting, the council decided it needed more information.
At that same meeting, the council took no action regarding the administrative leave City Administrator Kotter was on. Kotter was placed on leave by the council more than a month prior.
The city council was also informed that the Clintonville Fire Department had received a grand it had applied for. The approved project costs totaled $155,000.
The Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office was seeking a suspect in an attempted abduction near Clintonville. At about 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 18, an 18-year-old woman was walking east on County Trunk O toward U.S. Highway 45 when a man in an eastbound pickup truck stopped and offered her a ride.
The signatures collected to recall Alderman Rose were delivered to Clintonville City Hall on Aug. 22.
Much needed repairs to the foundation of the History House began.
The Clintonville School Board unanimously approved the purchase of an upgraded dust collection system for the high school. The cost was estimated to be more than $100,000.
The approved Clintonville School budget increased 0.1 percent.
At a Sept. 2 city council meeting, Alderwoman Mary-Beth Kuester attempted to censure mayor Judy Magee. Legal questions arose because the censure was not on the agenda for the meeting.
Alderman Jerry Jorgenson submitted his resignation from the Clintonville City Council on Sept. 3.
Five foreign exchange students begin classes at Clintonville High School.
On Sept. 11 Magee sent out a press release stating that Kotter had submitted her letter of resignation after weeks of negotiations between attorneys representing both sides. The resignation was effective Sept. 2. Part of the agreement called for Kotter to be paid through May 15, 2015.
At its Sept. 9 meeting the Clintonville City Council censured Magee.
Rose submitted a written challenge to the validity of the recall petition filed against him.
The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) issued an order to the Clintonville City Council that it promptly convene to call the recall election involving Rose. The council failed to call the recall election at a prior council meeting.
Magee took a medical leave of absence from the position of mayor. Magee made the announcement in a press release dated Oct. 1.
At a special city council meeting, Oct. 7, the council accepted the Certificate of Sufficiency for the recall election of Rose. The recall election was scheduled for Nov. 18.
Ninety years of service to the community was celebrated by the Clintonville Lions Club on Oct. 11.
The city of Clintonville hired Chuck Kell as interim city administrator at the council meeting, Oct. 14.
At the same meeting, Amy Steenbock was appointed by the Clintonville City Council to fill the District 3 vacancy.
Also at the same meeting, the council voted 6-3-1 to have the city lights ranked as priority 1 put back up. When the lights are reinstalled they will be LED lights. No finalized plan was presented as to how to pay for the street lights.
The 2015 city budget continued to be discussed. It was announced at a Finance Committee meeting that the city needed to cut $425,063 from the proposed budget.
On Oct. 17, Public Finance Manager Mandy Kriesel submitted her resignation from her position with the city of Clintonville, effective Nov. 7.
Retired Clintonville teacher Werner Wernberg received the Community Hero award at the 5th annual Clintonville Area Foundation Gala event on Oct. 18.
Five members of the Green Bay Packers organization and a variety of other volunteers helped install new playground equipment at Olen Park in Clintonville on Oct. 21.
State Superintendent Tony Evers visists Rexford/Longfellow Elementary School on Oct. 23.
Ali Johnson and Jessica Petruzates, two of Clintonville’s top cross country runners, qualified for the state competition.
After a month-long, multi-jurisdictional investigation, police raided two homes on Behnke Road in rural Clintonville on Oct. 30, and seized more than 56 pounds of marijuana. Arrested and facing felony drug trafficking charges were 53-year-old Allen Schubert, 48-year-old Lynn Koszuta, and 51-year-old Thomas Boldig.
Lois Bressette defeated Rose in the recall election for a District 4 seat on the council. The vote was 108-93.
The Clintonville Tribune-Gazette reported that Tim Schmid, former city attorney for the city of Clintonville, had filed a Notice of Claim for $71,250 against the city of Clintonville.
Six local businesses received awards at the 104th annual Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce awards banquet on Nov. 6. Specialized Products Ltd. was awarded the Large Business of the Year award. Wanta’s Floral received the Small Business of the Year award. Cambridge Designs received the Excellence in Innovation award. A&W Restaurant and Clintonville Tribune-Gazette received the Community Enhancement award. The Clintonville Area Foundation received the Quality of Life award.
At its Nov. 11 meeting, the Clintonville City Council voted not to cut the council’s pay in half.
On Nov. 18, the Clintonville City Council passed the 2015 city budget. To balance the budget, the council used money from the undesignated fund balance.
Magee returned from medical leave on Nov. 27 to re-assume the duties of mayor.
The Clintonville Police Department announced the addition of its new canine police dog Chero (pronounced Kar-O) to the force.