Ash Trees Replaced in Plymouth

City of Plymouth – a Tree City USA – crews planted 75 trees obtained from the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission and Wisconsin DNR Emerald Ash Borer Mitigation Grant.



The City will receive sealed bids for the Plymouth Wash Room Facility for Stayer Park, until 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Plymouth City Hall, 128 Smith Street, Room 305, Plymouth, Wisconsin 53073.  Said bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time.

The work for which the bids are asked includes:

Constructing a 30’ x 18’ ± concrete block and wood exterior, men’s, women’s, and family washroom facility.

PLAN DOCUMENTS may be obtained from Pfaller Architectural Associates by contacting Mark F. Pfaller II, AIA at (920) 892-8585 or by e-mail at with a subject line of Re: Plymouth Wash Room Project. General questions pertaining to the contract and bidding should also be directed to Mark Pfaller.  Plan documents are also available at: (see below).

Contractors bidding on the project must pre-qualify for the project.  Pre-qualification forms can be obtained along with the bidding documents.  Pre-qualification forms will also be available at and shall be submitted by Wednesday, April 12, 2017.  Other documents pertaining to the Plymouth Washroom Project are also available on the City of Plymouth website at the address above.

Published March 31 & April 7, 2017

Brian Yerges, City Administrator/Utilities Manager


Stayer Park Wash Room Facility Project Manual

Exhibit A:  Standard General Conditions

Architectural Plans – Set 1

Architectural Plans – Set 2




Energy Services Rep Visits Generations

Plymouth Senior Center meal site program  participants with Frank Barth, Energy Services Representative with Plymouth Utilities.  Barth presented information regarding free and low cost energy saving kits from Focus on Energy and highlighted the most common utility and senior scams.

Agronomy Plant Moving Forward in Plymouth

Country Visions and Kettle Lakes Coop are partnering together to build an agronomy plant just east of Plymouth, WI on the WSOR Sheboygan Falls Subdivision.  The new plant will create 30-40 new jobs and will rely on freight rail service to bring fertilizer into the area for agricultural purposes.  The Plymouth Plan Commission approved plans at the February 2nd meeting. Construction will begin in April and finish before the end of 2017.  The facility is going to replace and expand the capacity of two outdated fertilizer plants in Fond Du Lac and Sheboygan Falls.  The total development will cost around $8.5 million dollars and will be located on a 25-acre parcel in the southeast quadrant of Willow Road and the railroad corridor.

Rate Update Information from Plymouth Utilities

Plymouth Utilities and WPPI Sponsoring Spring Recycling Event

Plymouth Utilities to Invest in Substation #2 & #4

Plymouth, WI – On Tuesday January 31, 2017 the Plymouth Common Council authorized the submission of a certificate of authority (CA) request to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to make improvements to Substation Number 2 and Substation Number 4.  Previously, the Public Works & Utilities Committee recommended that the Common Council authorize the projects to improve reliability for the electric system.  The projects will occur within the confines of the existing municipally owned substations and will require coordination with American Transmission Company (ATC) regarding ancillary upgrades to the high voltage transmission service.

The projects include the addition of a second transformer at Substation Number 4 and replacement of the existing transformer at Substation Number 2 with a larger transformer.  The total budget allowance for the substation improvements for Plymouth Utilities is $2,667,000.  Engineering will begin in 2017 with a tentative scheduled completion of spring 2019.   The substation investments are based on the 2016 Electrical Distribution Study completed by Forster Electrical Engineering in May 2016.  Plymouth Utilities commissioned the study as a preemptive action to ensure long-term reliability of the local electrical distribution system.

Brian Yerges, City Administrator/Utilities Manager stated that “the new substation transformers will substantially increase the system’s reliability and flexibility to deliver electric power to customers.  The substation projects are part of our 10-year capital improvement plan for Plymouth Utilities and represent a carefully reviewed investment in our electrical distribution system.”

Plymouth Utilities owns four (4) substations and an electrical distribution system that serves a customer base of over 8,000 customers in the City of Plymouth and parts of 10 surrounding towns including Forest, Greenbush, Herman, Lyndon, Mitchell, Osceola, Plymouth, Rhine, Scott and Sheboygan Falls.

Plymouth Utilities Power Supply to Include Electricity from Wisconsin’s Largest Solar Energy Center

Plymouth Utilities will meet more of its customers’ electricity needs with power harnessed from the sun thanks to a recently announced agreement between Plymouth Utilities not-for-profit power supplier, WPPI Energy, and NextEra Energy Resources.

WPPI Energy and NextEra Energy Resources recently announced plans to build a 100 megawatt solar energy center – Wisconsin’s largest – with a capacity to serve more than 23,000 people with affordable, clean energy.  “This solar energy center adds diversity to help us meet WPPI Energy member utilities’ long-term needs in a way that’s more cost-effective than other opportunities currently available to us,” said Mike Peters, President and CEO of WPPI Energy.”  “In addition, our membership has achieved significant emissions reductions over the past 10 years, and the clean, renewable energy generated by this project will help us continue that effort.”

NextEra Energy Resources plans to build and operate the Point Beach Solar Energy Center on land adjacent to its existing Point Beach Nuclear Plant in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.  The project is scheduled to come online in 2021.  WPPI Energy has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy the electricity from the solar energy center to serve its 51 member utilities across Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa, including Plymouth Utilities.

“In 2016, Plymouth Utilities extended our long-term power supply contract through December 31, 2055 with WPPI Energy.  One reason we extended our long-term contract was to allow our local utility to share resources and pool our purchasing power with other municipal utilities to provide long-term reliable and affordable electricity.  The WPPI Energy and NextEra power purchase agreement is an example of that joint action philosophy.”

For more information about WPPI Energy visit  For information about NextEra Energy Resources visit


Foundation Grant to Support Stayer Park Project

The City of Plymouth is pleased to announce a $110,000 grant to the Stayer Park rehabilitation project planned for 2017 in downtown Plymouth.

This anonymous award specifically funds an open-air park shelter/performance pavilion, a critical portion of the rehab of Stayer Park, according to City Administrator Brian Yerges.  Donors live out of the area but wish to support the community that helped provide a memorable childhood over 50 years ago.

Project plans also call for a new ADA-inclusive playground, new public restrooms, new pavement for parking and drive areas, burying electrical lines, new park lighting, and trail and sidewalk improvements.

“This donation further shows the strong support for the Stayer Park rehab project as a major park offering for families and as an enhancement to the downtown area and activities such as Mill Street Day,” explained Yerges.

More funds are needed for the project.  The Plymouth Lions Club is leading fundraising efforts for a portion in recognition of its 50+ years of service to the greater Plymouth area.  It presented an initial $100,000 check for the playground and continues accepting donations at Plymouth Lions Club, P.O. Box 102, Plymouth, WI 53073.

Previously, Mr. Ralph Stayer and Johnsonville Sausage helped kick off the park project by announcing a $300,000 challenge grant to spur fundraising.

The Stayer Park rehabilitation is one of two 2017 city projects aimed at enhancing the downtown experience in Plymouth.  A Cheese Counter and Dairy Heritage Center is planned for 133 E. Mill Street.

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

Plymouth Hosts First Bio Solids and Crop Management Workshop

Plymouth Utilities recently held a first ever Bio Solids and Crop Management Workshop in Plymouth to focus on opportunities to improve nutrient management in the Mullet River Watershed.  Stakeholders from Sheboygan County were invited and members of each group shared their knowledge and experience as it relates to different land management practices.

The stakeholders included wastewater operators, The Sheboygan County Planning and Conservation Department, area agronomists, The Natural Resources Conservation Service, UW Extension, WDNR, The Nature Conservancy and farmers.

Plymouth, like most municipalities in Wisconsin, is being requested by EPA to implement a plan as part of their wastewater discharge permit to reduce the level of phosphorus entering the Mullet River. These communities can make a capital investment at the treatment plant or work with the stakeholders in the field to reduce the phosphorus levels in the receiving water. By working with one another, hopefully that can be achieved at a cost savings versus spending an estimated 2.5 million dollars at the wastewater treatment plant.

Submitted by Mike Penkwitz, Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent.