News – April 20, 2023

(Juneau) A number of Dodge County residents want to see County Road II fixed immediately. A petition with over 120 signatures was presented to the Dodge County Board at their meeting this week, with a few of those who live near the roadway expressing their desire to see it repaired as soon as possible. The stretch of road has not been reconstructed for 50 years. Construction is currently slated for 2024, with four miles of work planned. The 540-mile county highway system is on a 25-year pavement life cycle. Dodge County Highway Commissioner Brian Field says 22-miles of roadway should be repaired a year, but the county has historically come short of that goal.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department is highlighting the promotion of one of their own. Firefighter/Medic Josh Coffey has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant. He officially began his new role on Tuesday. In addition to his more than two decades of experience, Coffey also holds a Wisconsin Paramedic license and is a certified emergency instructor. A swearing in ceremony will be held at the Beaver Dam Fire Department in the Fall.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam teen was found guilty of Retail Theft Wednesday and was placed on two years’ probation. Sharief Williams admitted to taken to vape cartridges from the Beaver Dam business, not named in the complaint, last August. The 18-year-old’s record will be expunged if he successfully completes his probation period.

(Columbus) Two bills authored by a state representative from Columbus have passed the Assembly. Will Penterman’s legislation would require the same disabled parking privileges for UW campuses as the rest of the state. Under current law, University of Wisconsin campuses are exempt from honoring DOT-issued disability identifications for disabled individuals. It passed with bi-partisan support. His other bill would eliminate Wisconsin’s Land Recycling Loan Program, which has had no new applicants since 2008. It now heads to the governor’s desk for a signature.

(Lodi) The Assembly also passed legislation authored by State Representative Jon Plumer. The state lawmaker from Lodi says he’s grateful his colleagues unanimously approved his legislation to clean up outdated statutes within the Department of Tourism. He says it will ensure things run more efficiently.

(Juneau) Thursday’s planned statewide tornado drill has been postponed to Friday. The decision was made due to the potential for severe weather conditions in southern and central Wisconsin. The schedule will remain the same, with mock tornado tests sounding at 1:45pm and 6:45pm.