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HEAD OSHKOSH: North High is looking to upgrade its football pitch; County officials are trying to allay concerns about ‘COVID cells’ in jail

Welcome to the August 16 edition of HEADS UP OSHKOSH, where you get a preview of the news you’ll hear and talk about this week. This is our 30th issue of 2021.

TOP ARTICLES THIS WEEK:

  • Oshkosh North is looking to upgrade its sports field
  • Amcor will publish its results
  • County considering COVID quarantine cells (for inmates)
  • Supervisors decide board size
  • The city could sell land to renovate a building
  • Featured – week of August 9

Oshkosh North is looking to upgrade its sports field

A plan to upgrade outdoor sports facilities at Oshkosh North High School will be presented to the Planning Commission on Tuesday. The school district wants to install a synthetic turf field and add bleachers, 70-foot lamp posts and fencing on land east of the existing track. The site, bounded by Smith and Linwood Avenues, is currently a soccer practice area and would be used primarily for non-college soccer and football games.

Amcor will publish its results

Amcor, the packaging company that is one of Oshkosh’s largest employers, is expected to report fourth-quarter and full-year results on Tuesday. The company has benefited from greater at-home food and beverage consumption during the pandemic, and analysts expect that trend to continue in the latest quarter. The consensus estimate is that the company will report earnings per share of 22 cents for the last three months of its fiscal year, which ended in June.

County considering COVID quarantine cells (for inmates)

The county plans to convert some jail cells into COVID quarantine isolation units using a state grant. News of the plan, which is contained in a resolution on the Board of Supervisors’ agenda for Tuesday, sparked a social media storm after the county executive and sheriff’s office took to Facebook to explain what was going on.

“No, we’re not building them for the general population,” County Executive Jon Doemel said. “These are only intended to quarantine inmates.”

Safety glass will be used in place of the existing wire mesh. “The conversion of these cells will better protect the health and well-being of inmates and staff and help mitigate the potential spread of COVID within the correctional facility,” according to the Sheriff.

Supervisors decide board size

County supervisors are expected to spend much of their time Tuesday debating whether to reduce the size of the board. The size of the council must be determined before the redistricting process based on the new census data can begin.

The city could sell land to renovate a building

The redevelopment authority will hold a special meeting on Wednesday to consider selling a small lot on the south side to allow a husband-and-wife team to redevelop a historic building on Oregon Street. The RDA had planned to review the plan in July but was unable to muster a quorum.

The building is on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Oregon. Sheila Kanter told the RDA in July that she would like to put three high-end apartments on the top floor and rent the ground floor to commercial clients. She said she needed the extra land to provide parking for businesses and is offering $9,000 for 50 feet of frontage.

Featured – week of August 9