January 5, 2015

  1. Spring Street Open After Building Fire


1/5/15 – The two firefighters injured battling a raging Beaver Dam fire in subzero temperatures last night are said to be doing OK. Beaver Dam Fire Captain Paul Hartl says the two were released last night after being treated for smoke inhalation and exhaustion. The fire at 1322 North Spring Street was called in at 4:37pm Sunday in a building that once housed the offices for Green Giant and WMFB. The building is now used for storage. Fire Chief Alan Mannel says smoke and flames were visible when crews arrived on scene which he notes was the “upwind side.” Those strong winds along with frigid temperatures hampered efforts to fight the fire and quickly consumed everything in the north portion of the storage building.  The State Fire Marshall’s Office was contacted which Mannel says is standard procedure for a commercial property with valuable assets inside. Mutual aid was provided by departments from a dozen communities. Most of those units were released around 11:45pm. The last unit was cleared from the scene at around 10:30 this morning and the street re-opened shortly after 2:30pm.


Schmidt Inaugurated as Dodge Co. Sheriff


1/5/15 – Dale Schmidt was officially sworn in as Dodge County Sheriff at a ceremony this morning at the Dodge County Justice Facility in Juneau.  Schmidt, who previously was a sergeant with the department, begins his four year term after having collected over three-fourths of the ballots in the November election.  While Schmidt is already looking forward to his time in office, he was able to take time to enjoy the memorable event that this morning brought.  He notes that he is very appreciative of the support of his colleagues, friends, and family members who were present.  Schmidt says that he is certainly aware of how uncommon it is for one to climb the department ranks this quickly as he has reached the sheriff position after just fifteen years in law enforcement.  Schmidt says that after moving into his office and speaking with the media today, he will hold a number of administrative meetings throughout this coming week that will allow those in the department to have their voices heard regarding the plan for moving forward and to discuss department objectives.

BDUSD Mulling Security Enhancements


1/5/15 – School officials in Beaver Dam are looking to enhance security on campus. The added measures were one of several recommendations that from the districts four-year strategic plan. Superintendent Steve Vessey says the district is conducting a comprehensive security analysis that might include cameras in all schools and a new way of looking at entrances to the school. Vessey says upgrades to entryways would be focused more on the location of the main offices rather than the ease of breaking through doorways. Vessey says camera’s would be helpful for safety but could also as a deterrent. The security enhancements are a work in progress and no final decisions have been made.


Fall River Pit Bull Ban May Be Revisited


1/5/15 – A pit bull ordinance will be one of the first issues the Fall River Village Board will face in 2015. A November Board meeting visit by dog owners and a group called ColoRADogs asked the village to end what they call “breed specific and discriminatory legislation.” Years ago, a village ordinance banning pit bulls was passed following two instances of residents being bitten. Village police asked dog owners to relocate two “pit bull-type dogs” last year. A web petition to the village board started on December 18th claims to have eight thousand supporters. Board members and the Village President Dale Standkey are planning a meeting this month with dog owners to discuss the pit bull ban. According to an American Kennel Club (AKC) spokesperson “these kinds of “breed bans” hurt responsible dog owners more than irresponsible owners.


Beaver Dam Mulling Escort Services Ordinance


1/5/15 – The city of Beaver Dam is considering an ordinance prohibiting escort services in the city. The ordinance described an escort service as (quote) “any service provided by any person who, for a fee, commission, salary, hire, profit, payment or other consideration, furnishes or offers to furnish names of persons who may accompany other persons to or about social affairs, entertainment or places of amusement, or who may consort with others about any place of public resort or within any private quarters or agrees to privately model lingerie, perform a striptease or perform in a nude or seminude state for another person or persons.” The Beaver Dam Common Council will hold first reading tonight and the escort ordinance is expected to come up for a final vote at their January 19 meeting.


State Constitutional Officers Sworn-In Today


1/5/15 – The Wisconsin state government faces a daunting list of challenges.  But for today, they’ll be set aside as numerous officials get sworn into new terms and celebrate their election victories from November.  Republican Governor Scott Walker and new Attorney General Brad Schimel will be among the five constitutional officers sworn in at the Capitol this morning.  Long-time Secretary of State Doug La Follette is the only Democrat of the bunch — and the G-O-P took away virtually all of his duties in the last session.  This afternoon, a more conservative Legislature gets sworn in, as Republicans boast their biggest majority in the Assembly since 1957.  Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald has promised an early push for a right-to-work law — something Walker’s trying to avoid as he considers a run for the presidency in 2016.  The governor says there are a lot more important things — like fixing a nearly 700-million dollar shortfall in the state’s transportation fund, and keeping his promise for more tax relief amid projected deficits of two-point-two billion dollars in the current state budget and the next one.  Walker has said he wants a new budget passed as soon as possible.  It would give him more time to hit the national campaign trail if he decides to enter the Iowa presidential caucuses, which are just a year away.


BDCH Welcomes First Baby of the New Year


1/5/15 – The Beaver Dam Community Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2015 at 4:02am on Saturday, January 3. Dr. Effie Siomos delivered Jameson Joshua Neuman, the son of Randolph’s Ryan and Ashley Neuman. Jameson was born 20.5 inches long and weighed eight pounds, 12 ounces and joins two brothers: three-year-old Rowen and two-year-old Harrison. The family received a basket of gifts to honor the occasion as the hospitals 2015 New Year Baby. Included in the basket were assorted baby clothing, a baby blanket, infant toys, a $50 Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce gift certificate, and a six-month supply of diapers.


Beaver Dam Christmas Tree Pick-Up Begins


1/5/15 – A reminder, city of Beaver Dam residents who receive contracted solid waste collection services will be able to place Christmas trees and boughs street-side for collection by city crews beginning today (Mon). Trees and boughs must be free of ornaments, lights and stands so they can be chipped. Crews will continue to pick-up trees through Friday, January 30. Wreaths and boughs containing roping or wire may also be placed in the Advanced Disposal non-recyclable cart for collection as garbage. City residents can also dispose of Christmas trees and boughs at the Public Works Garage Yard Waste Drop off Site on South Center Street, Monday through Friday. No waste of any kind is accepted from outside of the City or from any contractors.