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Cheese Counter & Dairy Heritage Center and More…

The Cheese Counter & Dairy Heritage Center is open to the public on Friday October 20th.  Business hours are Wednesday through Monday from 10 am to 6 pm.  The Cheese Counter is closed on Tuesdays.  For things to do in the Cheese Capital please view the pdfs below for a two day itinerary and tour information.

Two-Day Plymouth Itinerary

Plymouth Group Tours

Henry H. Huson Tower Dedication

Henry H. Huson Tower dedication:  September 23, 2017

While it may go unnoticed, Plymouth lost a landmark in the early morning hours of June 21st, 2015.  The Huson Water Tower, on Collins Street, was destroyed by fire.  A little piece of history making Plymouth one of those charming communities is no more.

The water tower dated pre-1881.  Henry Huson, 2nd mayor of Plymouth, built a Victorian home on the bluff of Collins Street in the 1870’s.  Across the street, along the banks of the Mullet River, he built a barn and stable for horses and sheep, which grazed on the hill.  A simple wind mill and pump provided water for the animals.

In 1881 Henry enclosed the wind mill creating an elegant little building on the Huson homestead.  Three stories tall with decorative embellishments, it included a 4- windowed tower at its peak with a wooden wind mill to pump water.  In the late 1890’s, underground pipes enabled water to be pumped directly to the Huson house. Undoubtedly due to Henry’s ingenuity, water was stored in second floor copper tanks with gravity providing running water for the house, a novelty at that time.

The last Huson family member to live in the Huson House, Alice Huson Bush, passed away in 1964.  The following year Henry Bush, Alice’s son and grandson of Henry Huson, donated the water tower and surrounding land to the city to be used for park purposes.

On April 30, 1974, by resolution, the city named the park in honor of Henry Huson.  A 3 ½ year tower restoration project was undertaken, in part, in anticipation of the city’s 100th anniversary.  Friends and community organizations created what was described as a “natural paradise in the middle of the city.”

On June 26, 1976, the tower and park was officially dedicated by Mayor Bill Bruhy. Wilbur Westphalen and Chuck Schumacher, of the Lions club, acknowledged clubs and organizations which helped in the endeavor.  They included the Kiwanis, Rotary, Garden, Junior Women’s, Jaycees, Jaycettes, Association of Commerce, National Guard, Toastmasters, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Building Tradesmen and the Industrial Development Corporation.  Wayne Capelle and AI Lyng, of the original project committee, received special thanks.  A copper time capsule containing the names of 118 citizens who donated $1,776 and a $50 bank note were placed in the foundation of the tower with the intention of reopening the capsule in one-hundred years.  The funds were to be used to celebrate the nation’s tri-centennial celebration.

In 1980 The National Register of Historic places deemed the Huson Water Tower a historic and archeological resource, bestowing it National Landmark status.  Only two other such properties in Plymouth have received this honor; 52 Stafford and the Henry Huson House.

A smaller scale restoration project was undertaken in 2004 when decaying wood was replaced and the tower was repainted to its original 1881 color scheme.

For decades, the tower has provided mystique and charm.  City employees and residents have carefully tended to the tower, from cutting grass, setting field stones, planting flowers, and even gracing the front door with a Christmas wreath.

A popular tourist attraction, the tower has been frequented by local and out-of-town visitors who would stop and see this unusual and mysterious little building.  If only to read the historical plaque from the street or peek in its windows, a framed building that had survived

134 years, is now a mere cement foundation.  Seeing this brings a sense of sorrow and loss, as a piece of quaintness only found in our hometown of Plymouth, is now gone.

Dan Buckman

President Plymouth Historical Society

June 25, 2015 – Plymouth Review

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-A planning committee was formed and met August 17, 2015.  The committee consisted of Don Pohlman, Mayor; Brian Verges, City Administrator; Mark Pflaller, Architect; Glen Guerra, Architectural Consultant; Dan Buckman, President Plymouth Historical Society.  The committee planned and organized reconstruction of the tower which was completed in 2017.

-Original tower measurements were taken by Jerry Thompson, Plymouth Wis. These measurements were invaluable in designing the new tower.

Architect- Pfaller Architectural Associates Inc. Elkhart Lake, Wis. Structural Engineer- Bob Steckel, Cedarburg, Wis.

Contractor- MZ Construction Inc. Linden, Wis.

Windmill design and construction- Ron Hartman, Sheboygan, Wis. Tower Dedication- Plymouth Historical Society

Plymouth Utilities Celebrates Public Power Week

Plymouth Utilities is celebrating Public Power Week, October 1-7, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 49 million Americans.  Plymouth Utilities invites community members and customers to visit our Plymouth Utilities Operations Center at 900 County Road PP this week and sign-up for prizes.  We would invite you to read the op-ed from Jeff Stone, Executive Director of the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW) which highlights the import value of locally owned municipal utilities like Plymouth Utilities.

In addition, if you know the names of anyone in the vintage Plymouth Utilities photo please e-mail us at Plymouthutilities@plymouthutilities.com.

Plymouth Public Works and Utilities Offer Recycling/Bulk Item Days

Stayer Park Playground

Work continues on the new playground at Stayer Park in Downtown Plymouth.  The new playground equipment style is revealed through the renderings below.

Plymouth Foam Receives New Construction Incentives

Plymouth, WI – Plymouth Foam recently completed a warehouse addition totaling 115,000 square foot at their Plymouth, WI production facility. The company produces insulation and foam products for the construction industry, automotive industry and other foam-based products, such as packaging and toy gliders. The addition will give the business room for warehouse storage as well as the future ability to grow manufacturing capabilities for the developing new foam market.

Plymouth Foam received an incentive of $5,375 from WPPI Energy in addition to a $17,485.00 incentive from Focus on Energy as a result of efficiency measures implemented at the new addition.  WPPI Energy, headquartered in Sun Prairie, WI, provides power and services to Plymouth Utilities plus 50 other municipal utilities, located in Wisconsin, Michigan’s UP and Iowa. Focus on Energy is Wisconsin’s Statewide Energy Efficiency & Renewable Resource Program.

The efficiency improvements, which included LED lighting and controls, efficient windows and HVAC equipment as well as extra roof insulation, are estimated to save more than 210,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually.  The annual reduction in energy consumption is the environmental equivalent of removing 690 cars from the road, planting over 340 acres of trees, avoiding the burning of more than 1000 tons of coal or preventing 1700 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.  Dating back to 2012, Plymouth Foam has completed efficiency measures, including lighting, compressed air and HVAC, as well as an innovative new production process, that are estimated to save more than 380,000 kWh (enough electricity to serve about 50 Wisconsin homes).

Plymouth Utilities, WPPI Energy and Focus on Energy programs help all customers – residential, commercial, agricultural, institutional, and industrial – save energy.  Those energy conservation efforts help Wisconsin customers manage rising energy costs, protect the environment, promote in-state economic development, and control Wisconsin’s growing demand for electricity.

“We’re always trying to keep businesses competitive in our communities,” said Frank Barth, Energy Services Representative with WPPI Energy. “Though providing safe, reliable and affordable power is always our first priority, partnering with our customers to help them use their energy resources wisely is also of key importance.”

 Photo Caption:  Top: Steve Steinpreis, Director of Technical Services, Plymouth Foam, Inc., holds an incentive check presented by Plymouth Utilities. Bottom: New warehouse addition at Plymouth Foam.

Utilities Wholesale Rate Update

Mullet River Corridor Plan Recipient of the 2017 Vernon Deines Merit Award for an Outstanding Small Town Project Plan

Plymouth, WI – In May, the Mullet River Corridor Plan was selected by the American Planning Association Small Town and Rural Planning Division as a recipient of the 2017 Vernon Deines Merit Award for an Outstanding Small Town Special Project Plan.  The Awards Committee was “incredibly impressed with the plan and feels it embodies the best of small town planning…the engagement for the project was top notch, and the Committee was particularly interested in the work with the local Lion’s Club.”  The award was accepted by MSA Professional Services at the National Planning Conference in New York City on behalf of the City of Plymouth.  MSA Professional Services was hired by the City of Plymouth as the planning consultant for the project.

The 2017 Stayer Park rehab project is one of the major plan elements of the Mullet River Corridor Plan.  The project includes new public bathrooms, park shelter and plaza area, playground, and parking and drive areas.  The City partnered with the local Lion’s Club on the project as well as Johnsville Sausage.  The project is slated to be completed by early fall 2017 and represents approximately a $1.4m investment in the downtown park.

For additional information or for questions, please contact the City Administrator/Utilities Manager Brian Yerges at Plymouth City Hall at (920) 893-1271 or e-mail at byerges@plymouthgov.com.

Energy Efficiency Awarded in Plymouth

The Plymouth Utilities biennial energy conference was held on May 2nd, 2017.  The conference agenda included utility updates, efficiency incentive program updates, an industrial lighting presentation and efficiency improvement awards.  Energy Efficiency Improvement Award recipients included (left to right), Mike Burkart – Burkart Ford, Mark Majerus – Great Lakes Cheese, Steve Steinpreis – Plymouth Foam, Ryan Hill – Roundy’s Inc. (Plymouth Pick ‘N Save) and Plymouth Industries (not pictured).  Collectively the award recipients will save an estimated 850,000 kilowatt hours annually as a result of energy efficiency improvement measures which is the amount of energy needed to power about 85 homes.