News April 22, 2009

City Councils Hold Organizational Meetings

4/22/09 – There were new some faces seated at council meetings throughout Dodge County yesterday as most cities held their organizational meetings.

Pictured from left to right: Robert Ballweg, Laine Meyer, Lisa Davidson, Aaron Onsrud, Donna Fuhrman, Glen Link and John Litscher.

Two new alderpersons were among seven sworn-in at last night’s organizational meeting of the Beaver Dam Common Council. Donna Fuhrman was named to the Operations Committee and Senior Center Steering Committee. Lisa Davidson will sit on the Administrative Committee and the Community Development Committee. Also named to the CDC as a citizen representative: former mayor Steve Sabatke. John Litscher was elected council president by a 10-4 vote over Don Neuert.

In Mayville, newcomer E. Jay Gering joined incumbents Dottie Hoy and Alan Voss in taking the oath.

In Horicon, write-in candidate Nathan Anfinson was seated in District Three. A vacancy remains in the First District where Doug Psenicka did not seek reelection and no one else ran.

In Waupun, newcomers Dale Schmidt and Matthew Hickman were sworn in to represent district’s one and three, respectively.

In Juneau, John Schuster and JoAnne Link, who were both re-elected to another term, joined new alderman Jason Buske in taking the oath.

BD Looks To Turn Waste Green

4/22/09 – The city of Beaver Dam may be seeing green in more ways than one if plans to expand their outdated wastewater treatment plant are approved. Jim Smith with consulting firm Applied Technologies says the plan would allow the city to pre-treat waste from Kraft Foods and convert it to biogas which will be used to generate electricity, saving the city about a quarter million dollars a year in electricity costs. In addition, Alliant Energy will buy surplus electricity from the city, estimated at another quarter million dollars annually. The total project cost is projected at $16.9 million dollars, but Smith says the city is very high on the priority list to receive federal stimulus funds and low interest loans. At $37 a quarter, Beaver Dam sewer bills are among the lowest in the state; the average is $93. A 2007 facilities plan to upgrade the sewer treatment plant would have increased sewer bills to $50. This new green approach would allow the city to keep bills below $40. The city does need to have designs drawn up to submit to the state by June 30, at a cost of $778,000. The plan will be considered at the council’s next meeting in May.

Supervisors Approve Prayer Before Meetings

4/22/09 – There will be prayer before Dodge County Board meetings. That’s the result of a 33 to 2 vote by the board yesterday (Tue). In the past the board would have a prayer at the beginning of their meeting but after a complaint about the prayers content by a supervisor, the county’s corporation counsel went about putting together a resolution that would abide by the law and allow prayer to continue. As a result, the resolution passed yesterday will allow for a group of rotating clergy to come and lead a prayer before the monthly meeting is brought to order. The clergy will be selected on a first come first serve basis as they respond to a mass letter to be sent out to all religious leaders in the county. Fuller was one of the two people to vote against the resolution; he says the selection process could be tainted because not all religions will be represented. However, that resolution wasn’t the only one on the agenda. Supervisor Eugene Wurtz submitted a resolution for last month’s meeting that would keep the prayer at the beginning of the meeting. That resolution was tabled but Wurtz brought it back again this month and it appeared on the agenda after the first prayer resolution. It failed but had seven votes of support.

Thompson Offered Contract at Dodgeland

4/22/09 – The Dodgeland School District may soon have a new Superintendent. Interim District Administrator Al Rosenthal says the board offered a contract to Annette VanHook Thompson following a closed session meeting Monday night. Thompson has been with the district for 22 years, most recently serving as the school psychologist and the gifted and the talented Coordinator. Action on the contract offer will be taken at the board’s regular meeting on Monday.

Hady Sentenced for Horicon Business Burglaries

4/22/09 – A teenager who burglarized two Horicon businesses will spend a year in jail. John Hady of Horicon pleaded “guilty” to two counts of felony Burglary. The 19-year-old broke into Marshland Pharmacy late last year and stole 7300 narcotic pills. He also broke into the Tan Down Under Salon and took their cash register. Hady overdosed later that same day; investigators found a medication bottle from the pharmacy at the scene. He initially told authorities he purchased the pills from the burglar and told them they were hidden in a wooded area. Officers staked out the wooded area and caught Hady retrieving the pills. He then identified a person he said stole the pills but upon investigation authorities learned the person in question was recovering from surgery at the time of the burglary. It was only then that Hady confessed to the burglaries. He was placed on probation for ten years and ordered to pay restitution to each of the businesses.