Saturday, February 18, 2017

Court denies preliminary injunction in Rental Inspection Program lawsuit against city

Court denies preliminary injunction in Rental Inspection Lawsuit

OSHKOSH, Wis. February 13, 2017 – The United States District Court for the Eastern District of
Wisconsin has issued an order denying the Plaintiff’s Motion for a Preliminary Injunction that sought to prevent the City of Oshkosh from moving forward with its Rental Inspection Program.  The Court
determined that the Plaintiffs failed to meet the requirements for issuance of an injunction because they were unlikely to succeed on their Fourth Amendment claim and had failed to make any showing of a likelihood of success on the merits as to their state law claims.

The City is pleased with the Court’s decision denying the plaintiff’s request for a preliminary injunction. The City believes that the ordinance is an important tool to protect the health, safety and welfare of tenants and neighbors and one that was carefully crafted to meet the requirements of both state and federal law.  

Although the Court concluded that the plaintiffs could not show that they were likely to succeed on the merits challenging the City’s ordinance as it is currently drafted, the City has proposed changes to the ordinance that the City believes will improve the clarity of the ordinance.  The Court referenced these changes in its decision and the City still plans to move forward with those amendments at the Oshkosh Common Council meeting scheduled Tuesday, February 14th at 6 p.m.

For more information about the Rental Inspection Program, visit the city website, www.ci.oshkosh.wi.us, or call Communications Coordinator, Emily Springstroh at (920) 236‐5269.

Frozen road law comes to an end

Warmer temperatures mean frozen road law coming to an end - Spring Thaw and Class II road restrictions to be implemented
Changes take effect Saturday in Zones 3, 4 and 5 (southern half of Wisconsin), and on Monday in Zones 1 and 2 (northern half of the state)

Due to predicted warmer weather, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is announcing the frozen road declaration will end soon - along with implementation of Spring Thaw and Class II road restrictions. The changes take effect Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. in Zones 3, 4 and 5 (roughly the southern half of the state) and on Monday, February 20th at 12:01 a.m. in Zones 1 and 2 (northern half of Wisconsin).

Class II roads include about 1,400 miles of state highways susceptible to damage from heavy trucks during the spring thaw period as frost leaves the ground. More information regarding Class II roadways and roadway postings can be found on WisDOT’s website by looking under “Weight Restriction Programs.”

Declaration of Spring Thaw also means suspension of most divisible load overweight permits including permit numbers beginning with any of the following two-letter codes:  AC, AG, FF, MI, PB and RF.

Non-divisible load permit restriction: The following permit types are not valid on Class II Highways during spring thaw and may not exceed posted weight on any road or bridge: AA, AP, BH, GG, II, MH, MP, SA, SM, SS and ST. Transportation of liquid milk products under non-divisible permit type AA is also suspended.

County highways, town roads, and city and village streets may also be posted or limited to legal load limits or less. Decisions to place or lift weight restrictions on those roads are up to local units of government. More information on overweight permits can be found on the WisDOT website by searching under “oversize overweight permits.” Haulers with specific questions can contact WisDOT’s Oversize/Overweight Permits Unit at (608) 266-7320. A recorded message with general information on road restrictions is available by calling (608) 266-8417.

Friday, February 17, 2017

New laws and a presidency like none we've ever seen

The latest edition of Eye on Oshkosh is now online. Taped on Feb. 16, 2017, host Cheryl Hentz talks with local attorney and political pundit George Curtis about new Wisconsin laws that went into effect on Jan 1, 2017, and the current state of politics, both in our nation's capital and in Wisconsin. The show can be seen on local cable access OR at the following You Tube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj_6JR2_OxU

Friday, February 03, 2017

Oshkosh appears to have a diversity problem

The latest edition of Eye on Oshkosh is now online. In this episode, host Cheryl Hentz examines diversity, inclusiveness and diversity protections offered within the Oshkosh, WI area based on the recent Human Rights Campaign's 2016 Municipal Equality Index Scorecard and results of the UW-Oshkosh's 2016 Campus Climate Survey conducted on Oct. 20.

Sadly, Oshkosh scored a mere 21 out of 100 points, the lowest score of the seven Wisconsin cities reviewed in the HRC's scorecard. This, despite some local leaders, and Common Council candidates running for office in the Feb. 21 Primary and April 4 General elections, suggesting that city does not have a diversity problem.

Joining Hentz in this discussion are Dr. Liz Cannon from UW Oshkosh who is director of the LGBTQ Center for Equality on campus, and Tracey Robertson, executive director of Fit Oshkosh. During the hour-long episode, the three also discuss a local event coming up on Feb. 21 sponsored by both organizations, which will feature a panel discussion highlighting the experiences of several LGBTQ+ community members.

If planning to go, this Color-Brave Conversation event will be held on Feb. 21 from 6:30 to 8 pm in the community room (basement) at the Fit Oshkosh offices, located in the Hooper Building (also known as the United Way Building), at 36 Broad St., Oshkosh. If more information is needed, please call Fit Oshkosh at (920) 479-5380, or email Tracey Robertson at fitoshkoshdirector@gmail.com.

You can see the episode here: https://youtu.be/sw37CrRIxM4

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Do you know about the Living Healthy Community Clinic - if not, you should

The latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now online. In this show, host Cheryl Hentz spends the hour talking with medical professionals from the Living Healthy Community Clinic which serves uninsured or underinsured persons in the Oshkosh, Wisc. area. In this hour, you'll find out how the clinic got its start, who they serve, what services they provide and about their new outreach efforts to the Hispanic community, as well as who their partners and supporters are, and how you can help them help others, or get help yourself, if you need it. Watch the program here: https://youtu.be/REWqr8S_zXw

In the meantime, the Living Healthy Community Clinic is starting to treat patients with Hepatitis C. Dr. Basiliere is working with a local gastroenterologist to offer treatment at the clinic for patients who qualify.

To qualify for the treatment the person must have lab work and enroll in the medication assistance program. To qualify for medication assistance you must be uninsured and not eligible for government programs, such as Medicare or Medicaid. You must also fall within the income guidelines.

If people are concerned about having Hepatitis C and have never been tested they can call the clinic. They can offer free testing for those without insurance.

Some risk factors for Hepatitis C:  
-  If you were born between 1945-1965; 
You have shared needles with anyone; 
You have had a blood transfusion prior to 1992

For more information, please call the clinic 920-424-1242. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What is the REAL story about the City of Oshkosh's new Rental Inspection program

Since the City of Oshkosh announced and subsequently adopted, a Rental Inspection program, which took effect at the start of the new year, rumors have been flying around that simply are untrue. You may have also seen the signs around town that read "Renters Have Rights, Too." Renters do have rights and the inspection program IN NO WAY violates those rights. As a matter of fact, the new ordinance and inspection program will actually help to guarantee rights that renters may not even be aware they had.

The Chief Building Official in the Inspection Services Division of the City of Oshkosh was a recent guest on Eye on Oshkosh. As he explains during the hour-long program, the purpose of the inspections is to protect tenants or renters from things that could be safety hazards, etc., and, in turn, to protect landlords from having issues that could potentially impact them if a tenant should sue them. Those are just a few of the benefits of the program and ordinance. You can see the program in its entirety here: https://youtu.be/411Xwgqwadg.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Oshkosh City Manager makes year-end visit to Eye on Oshkosh

The latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now online. Host Cheryl Hentz spends the hour talking with Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff about property taxes, snow plowing information, snow shoveling ordinances, the ongoing use of a local park for Sawdust Days, etc. You can watch the show by going to the following link: https://youtu.be/qpZTmLaSkP4