July 19, 2016

Parking Restrictions Discussed Following Child Fatality


7/19/16 – A child struck and killed on the 400 block of Fourth Street led the Beaver Dam Operations Committee Monday night to consider parking restrictions. There is parking on both sides of Fourth Street leaving only enough room for one car to drive down the two-way street. In December of 2012, a five-year-old Beaver Dam child sprang out from behind a legally parked vehicle and was fatally injured. The request was brought forward by area residents and their alderman requested the item be placed on the agenda. City Engineering Coordinator Ritchie Piltz says feedback was obtained through petitions and letters sent to affected residents asking about the possibility of restricting parking on the south side of the street. Piltz says the majority of the respondents were against the parking restrictions. Nearly all of the respondents on Fourth Street were against restrictions while the majority of those in favor did not live on Fourth Street. Alderman Mick Fischer made the motion to restrict parking which failed on a 4-to-2 vote.


Committee Reverses Vote On DPW Study


7/19/16 – The Beaver Dam Operations Committee voted unanimously Monday night to reverse a vote cast last month that would have funded a study for a new DPW facility. The committee decided not to seek Requests for Proposals from area agencies to conduct a feasibility study. The study would have evaluated the current Department of Public Works location on South Center Street, built in the 1940’s, as well as other properties throughout the city to see which spot would work best for a new DPW campus. The current facility is landlocked and in need of costly upgrades, including a boiler estimated at $70-thousand. The city budgeted $70-thousand dollars for the study in their 2016 borrowing plan. Chair Robert Ballweg says the committee felt that money would be better spent on permanent heating. The facility is currently using temporary heating in the winter which is not considered cost-effective long term.


Contract Awarded For University Street Repaving


7/19/16 – The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night awarded a contract for repaving South University Avenue. Northeast Asphalt of Fond du Lac was the low-bidder at $68,000. The project will run from Stone Street to the southern city limits. The project came in $30,000 under budget and city officials are in the process of determining the best use of the excess funds.


County Still Working On Billing Changes For Human Services


7/19/16 – In its operational review of Dodge County’s Human Services and Health Department Monday summer, Baker Tilly recommended 33 changes to department policy.  The two major areas identified were to add oversight and increase billing efficiency.  While oversight has been increased through having multiple people review important documents, billing is still a work in progress.  A new billing software program called Netsmart was supposed to go live this month, but the target date has been pushed back to September 1.  At last night’s External Audit Review Oversight Committee meeting, County Administrator Jim Mielke said more software testing is needed before either the provider or Dodge County feels comfortable launching the program.  The department is currently over three months behind on billing and has not completed any write-offs since the end of 2015.  Those write-offs total around $400,000-$500,000 each year.  Dodge County’s Fiscal and Support Services Division Manager Ken Kamps says that is due to the county serving many clients who are unable to pay for services.  He says any costs that are not covered by Medicaid or a private insurance company are listed as a write-off.  While no exact number was given, Kamps says many of the 33 issues identified by Baker Tilly have been addressed.  He says Netsmart will address some but not all of the ones remaining.  Mielke says multiple factors have caused delays in implementing the recommended changes.  Those include not having a human services director since Janet Wimmer was terminated in April and dealing with multiple large software changes simultaneously.  Mielke has recommended Fond du Lac County Deputy Program Director and Mental Health Coordinator Rebecca Bell for Dodge County’s Human Services and Health Director position.  The county board will vote on that recommendation tonight.


Winnebago County Shooting Death Under Investigation


7/19/16 – Winnebago County Sheriff’s officials are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and another wounded. It happened Monday morning on County Highway N in the Town of Utica where they got a call about a disturbance and then shots fired. A couple, a 29-year-old man and 36-year-old woman, were found inside. One was dead and the other was taken to a hospital. Deputies also found three recently deceased dogs.


Sheboygan Police Officers On Leave Following Robbery Shooting


7/19/16 – Two veteran Sheboygan Police officers have been placed on administrative leave while they are being investigated for shooting an armed robbery suspect to death. The suspect came out of the Union Tap with an AR-15 rifle leaving behind a wounded tavern employee late Sunday night. Asked to drop the rifle he would not comply. That’s when the officers both shot him. He died on the scene. Another tavern employee and two patrons were not hurt during the robbery.


Fox Lake Man IDed As Suspect Filming Children in Waupun


7/19/16 – No criminal charges have been brought yet against a 52-year-old Fox Lake man who approached two young girls on a street in Waupun Saturday night. The man asked for directions to Home Depot and told the girls he was filming them for a You Tube video. Waupun Deputy Police Chief Scott Louden says the man’s behavior wasn’t appropriate. He says the man knows they are looking at him. Louden says they are still considering whether to charge the man.


Convicted Felon Accused Of Possessing Gun In Beaver Dam


7/19/16 – Bond was set at $1,000 yesterday for a Sun Prairie man accused of doing drugs outside a Beaver Dam apartment complex.  Arnold Evans is facing felony counts of Possessing a Firearm as a Felon and Possession of THC along with one misdemeanor.  An officer saw Evans and a woman sitting in Evans’ car with the engine off early Monday.  After the two left the vehicle, the officer went up to the car, smelled marijuana, and reportedly saw bags of drugs through the window.  A further search of the car allegedly resulted in the officer finding a gun in the trunk, which Evans is not allowed to possess due to a prior felony conviction.  If he is found guilty on all counts, Evans faces over 13 years in prison.  His preliminary hearing is September 8.


Slenderman Stabbings Subject Of HBO Documentary


7/19/16 – An H-B-O documentary about Waukesha’s Slender Man stabbings will be shown this fall at the annual Milwaukee Film Festival. The film is called “Beware the Slenderman,” and H-B-O plans to show it early next year after it premiered in March at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. It examines the case of Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, who are still waiting to find out if they’ll be tried as adults or juveniles for allegedly stabbing a friend 19 times in 2014 to please the online fictional character Slender Man. Former Oscar nominee Irene Taylor Brodsky made the documentary, which uses interrogation footage and interviews to see how online culture influences folklore. The Milwaukee Film Festival is scheduled September 22nd through October sixth.


American Tribute Ride To Help Homeless Vets


7/19/16 – As part of the American Tribute Ride this Saturday participants will be taking donations to the homeless veterans at the King Veterans Center. Ride organizer Ron Naab says they collect hygiene items, snacks, books, and games for the 25 or so homeless veterans. The motorcycle ride will start out in Fond du Lac at Open Road Harley-Davidson and end at the King Veterans Center.  The ride is a tribute to veterans, law enforcement, and firefighters who died in service to their country.20016