News – April 4, 2019

(Juneau) The president of a California firm auditing the Dodge County sheriff’s office says an anonymous survey saw good returns. In December the county board hired Matrix Consulting Group for the operational analysis of staffing, budgeting and financial procedures. Matrix Consulting Group President Richard Brady says there were 108 total respondents, roughly two-thirds of the sheriff’s office. He says survey returns highlighted several positive areas including community relations and teamwork within the sheriff’s office. He did note that there were a few negatives such as low staffing and lack of effectiveness of the drug task force. The 20-week review should be complete by the end of June, with a final report presented to the county board in August.

(Mayville) Mayville is looking to have all municipal court matters handled in Beaver Dam. In recent weeks, the city’s police department met to discuss the matter with Beaver Dam’s police chief and municipal court clerk. Mayville Police Chief Jim Ketchem says there are several benefits for the city including reduced fines, collecting an additional $5 for each citation and flexible court schedules. Currently, all municipal ordinance or traffic infractions are handled at the Dodge County Circuit Court. Alderman Bob Smith says Mayville is being asked to look elsewhere to handle such matters. Mayville could join Beaver Dam’s municipal court sometime this fall or early next year.

(Rosendale) Rosendale will remain part of the Lakeside Municipal Court until the end of the month. At that time, the village will form its own court. Lakeside Municipal Court Judge Jerry Jaye says there were no issues with Lakeside Court, Rosendale just wanted to try something different. Mark Simon ran unopposed for Rosendale Municipal Court Judge. He got 171 votes. The new court begins its court year on May 1st.

(Madison) The first hearing on the next state budget took place in Madison Wednesday.  The Republican-led Joint Finance Committee meeting was used mostly as a chance for GOP members to criticize Governor Evers’ budget proposal, calling its irresponsible.  They also grilled leaders of the state’s Transportation, Health Services and Public Instruction.

(Fond du Lac) A problem for an hour with a voting machine was the only issue poll workers had during the Spring Election in Fond du Lac County Tuesday. County Clerk Lisa Freiberg says they did have to print an additional 4,000 ballots due to heavier than expected turnout at the polls. She says barring a special election there should be no more elections in the county this year. That does not mean there will not be work for the clerks like the possible recount for the State Supreme Court race.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre is offering a scholarship to graduating seniors who grew up in the spotlight of local productions. The Jerome Kamps Memorial Award offers $500 to area public and private high school students who have been actively engaged with the local theatre troupe and is pursuing a post-high school education. Selection is based on credit points for on-stage and back-stage experience and applicants must write a one-page essay on why the theatre is important to them. The scholarship is named after the late Jerome Kamps, who was a co-founder and charter member of the community theater and an art teacher at Beaver Dam High School for thirty-four years. The deadline is May 20.