News 5/11/2010

Randolph PD Investigates Vehicle Thefts

5/11/10 – The Randolph Police Department is investigating a series of garage and vehicle break-ins. Chief Michael Klavekoske says it is believed that most of the activity took place early yesterday (Mon) morning. While most of the garages and vehicles were unlocked there was forced entry in some cases. Klavekoske says loose change was taken from several of the unlocked vehicles while a GPS unit and radar detector were taken from a locked vehicle on the 200 block of Grove Street. In addition, there were two bicycles stolen from outside a residence on West Stroud Street that was later abandoned on the 200 block of Second Street. Klavekoske says it appears that the bicycles were used as transportation during some of the thefts. A shelter at Randolph Village Park was also broken into but nothing was taken. At this time, there are no suspects but authorities are asking anyone that witnesses suspicious activity early this morning to contact the Randolph Police Department. (326-4620)

BDPD Police Beat

5/11/10 – The Beaver Dam Police Department fielded a variety of reports of garage and vehicle break-ins this weekend. A resident on Judson Drive reported Friday afternoon that a metal detector was stolen from an apartment storage unit. Also Friday afternoon, a resident on the 100 block of Bogert Street reported that someone went through an unlocked garage and vehicle but nothing was missing. It was reported Saturday morning that two vehicles were rifled through on the 500 block of East Mill Street. Saturday afternoon a report was filed that someone went through a vehicle on Roller Street. Nothing was apparently missing in those incidents. On Sunday, a stereo was reported stolen from a car on the 700 block of South Center Street. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Beaver Dam Police Department or the anonymous We-Tip hotline at 800-78-CRIME.

Spring Street Planters On Chopping Block

5/11/10 – City officials in Beaver Dam are talking about removing a half dozen concrete planters installed downtown on South Spring Street decades ago. Director of Facilities David Stoiser told the Operations Committee last night that upkeep is expensive on the built-in stone structures and they are in disrepair. He says the most logical step is to remove them as they become hazards to motorists and pedestrians. Stoiser says once the concrete planters are removed, the land will be smoothed until flat. He says at roughly $7500 per planter, it wouldn’t be cost-effective to convert it to parking spaces, especially with reconstruction planned on that stretch in the not-to-distant future. The Operations Committee is expected to officially sign-off on the plan at their next meeting.

City Hall Parking Lot Reconstruction Underway

5/11/10 – Construction of the Beaver Dam Municipal Building parking lot got underway yesterday. Director of Facilities David Stoiser says concrete curb and sidewalk are being removed and replaced at the Washington Street entrance. He says inbound traffic should plan to use the exit drive to enter the parking lot. A handful of parking spaces will be temporarily closed off during the work. The entrance drive will be reopened at the end of each working day. The construction is intended to provide better handicap access as well as to improve drainage. The project should be complete by the end of the week though final pavement patching is being contracted out and will be finished soon after city crews complete their portion of the work.

DPW: ‘Watch Grass Clippings’

5/11/10 – The City of Beaver Dam Stormwater Utility is reminding residents and contractors that it is a violation of city ordinance to discharge grass clippings onto public streets. Director of Utilities David Stoiser says the practice contributes to the degradation of waterways and ultimately the lake. He says leaves and grass clippings decompose and affect water quality as well as clog

storm pipes which can result in localized flooding. When mowing near the roadway, Stoiser says you should direct the chute of the mower away from the road, containing clippings on the lawn for decomposition. If clippings inadvertently end up in the gutter, Stoiser says they should be swept up and disposed of. Yard waste can be brought to the Department of Public Works during business hours, Monday through Friday 7am to 3:30pm and Saturdays 10am to 2pm.