News – September 13, 2016

Mayville Council Signs Off On Walking, Bike Paths

 

9/13/16 – Mayville’s Common Council approved a resolution last night that calls for the creation of a walking path on Highway 28/67.  Mayor Rob Boelk says the five-foot wide path will run from the park pavilion to Mayville Savings Bank’s south property line and also from the east side of the bank’s property line along the river.  Boelk says there will be also be a bike path on the east side of 28/67 to ensure the seasonal walking path is for foot traffic only.  Prior to the council’s vote, representatives from Mayville Savings Bank stated any plan that was passed needed to be friendly to the bank’s property.  Chairman Tom Malesevich recently met with city officials and says they reached an agreement that protected the bank’s frontal landscape, including trees that are roughly 30 years old.  With the council’s action last night, the 2018 reconstruction project should remain on schedule.  However, city officials say Mayville could be fined up to $30,000 for altering the original design plan.

 

Mayor Presents Mayville’s 2017 Budget

 

9/13/16 – Early indications show the city portion of taxes in Mayville could stay fairly level.  Mayor Rob Boelk introduced his budget at last night’s council meeting, stating the $2,840,000 tax levy is down slightly from last year.  Treasurer Lois Krueger expects the 2017 mill rate will be similar to last year’s $9.34 per thousand dollars of assessed value.  Council members will start reviewing the budget later this month.

 

Disaster Aid Possible For Mayville

 

9/13/16 – Mayville’s recent state of emergency was made official last night.  The council signed off on Mayor Rob Boelk’s declaration from last Wednesday.  It came after the parts of the city were flooded by heavy rainstorms last Tuesday and Wednesday.  If the city reaches $18,600 in damage costs, Boelk says it is eligible for state disaster aid.  He says the total is still unknown, but there was damage to the Department of Public Works’ parking lot.  None of the city’s public schools were damaged.

 

Voting Equipment Purchase Approved In Mayville

 

9/13/16 – Mayville’s Common Council signed off on purchasing new voting equipment at its meeting last night.  The city will pay $2,800 toward the $9,000 electronic ballot box.  The remaining cost will be picked up by Dodge County, who is replacing the 16-year-old machines in each polling place county-wide.  The equipment should be in place for the 2018 elections.

 

Beaver Dam School Board Approves $6-M In Short Term Borrowing

 

9/13/16 – The Beaver Dam School Board last night approved $6-million in short term borrowing for the upcoming school year. Director of Business Services Anne-Marie Woznicki says because of the intermittent way the school district receives funding, cash flow is needed to cover routine expenses like payroll. Half of the money will come from a loan while the other half will come from a credit line through a local bank that will be drawn as needed.

 

Columbus School Planning ‘Launching A New Legacy’

 

9/13/16 – Columbus schools are planning a three-day community conversation on the district’s future. Details were discussed at last night’s school board meeting. The event planners hope “Launching a New Legacy” will create a clear vision of the school’s future in education. The district is inviting parents, students, teachers, community members, business leaders and government officials on October 6th, 7th and 8th. The sessions are designed to process community thoughts ideas and gain input into a guide for the district’s future. The Launching a New Legacy Thursday and Friday sessions will start at 5:30pm. The Saturday session runs from 8am until 2pm. All the sessions will be held at the Kestrel Ridge Golf Club in Columbus. School District residents can call Pam Zander at (920) 623-5950 to register at the District Office or go online at www.columbus.k-12.wi.us/LaunchingANewLegacy.

 

DA Expected To File Motion To Retry Today Brantner In Beck Murder

 

9/13/16 – Decisions will be made today on if and when a 63-year-old Kenosha man will be retried for the murder of 18-year-old Berit Beck. Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney says he wants to retry Dennis Brantner after a jury in June was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. Brantner’s lawyer, Craig Powell, claims retrying his client would be double jeopardy. A motion hearing is set for this afternoon. Beck was driving from her Racine County home to a computer seminar in Appleton in 1990 when her van was later found empty in Fond du Lac — and her remains were found several weeks later in a ditch near Waupun.

 

Markesan Stabbing Suspect Makes Initial Appearance

 

9/13/16 – In Green Lake County Court yesterday, a Merrill man made his initial appearance in connection with a stabbing in Markesan last week. 21-year-old Evan Delonay is charged with felony Second Degree Reckless Injury for allegedly stabbing the 20-year-old victim in the face and arm. Two witnesses with medical experience helped authorities with the victim before paramedics arrived and he was flown to Theda Care in Neenah. The victim said the stab wounds were sustained during a fight with Delonay. A judge yesterday denied a defense motion to reduce bond which was set at $1000 cash. A preliminary hearing for Delonay is scheduled later this month.

 

Madison Judge Says WERC Violated Open Records Law

 

9/13/16 – A Madison judge says a state agency broke the open records law when it refused to tell a teachers’ union which of its members voted while its certifying election was going on. It happened last November, when Madison Teachers Incorporated asked the state Employment Relations Commission for the names of those who had voted six days into a 20 day election to maintain its union status. The union wanted to find out who didn’t vote, so it could remind them to do so — but the W-E-R-C said it would not release that while the election was continuing. On Monday, Dane County Circuit Judge Peter Anderson said the state was apparently trying to make it “harder for the union to retain its ability to negotiate over wages” — and the state said it would appeal. The 2011 public union bargaining limits require unions to hold certification votes each year.

 

Manpower Survey Shows Slower Wisconsin Job Growth

 

9/13/16 – Wisconsin employers are more cautious than others about adding new people to their payrolls this fall. That’s according to the latest survey from Milwaukee’s Manpower Incorporated — which says 23-percent of Wisconsin firms plan to add workers during the final three months of the year, down from 29-percent in the current quarter. Manpower says eight-percent of state companies plan layoffs this fall, two-percent more than during the summer — and 68-percent plan to maintain their current staffing levels. Manpower’s Chris Layden says Wisconsin employers are showing more caution than on a national basis — where hiring levels are at their highest since the Great Recession. More than eleven-thousand U-S employers are asked about their hiring plans in the quarterly Manpower surveys.

 

State Crops On Pace Set New Records

 

9/13/16 – Wisconsin’s two largest crops could both set new records for production. The U-S-D-A now predicts that the state will make 560-million bushels of corn this year — one percent more than the government’s last forecast in August, and a 14-percent increase from one year ago. The current projection calls for 45-million more bushels than Wisconsin’s previous record from 2011. Corn yields are expected to average 175 bushels per acre, based on weather and crop conditions from September first. Meanwhile, the U-S-D-A predicts the state’s soybean output to be 101-million bushels, about eight-million more bushels than the previous record set one year ago.