News – April 8, 2021

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam School District Superintendent Mark DiStefano says they have been able to make good use of their round one funding from the CARES Act which went towards cleaning supplies and technology to support digital distance learning. The district received a little over $350-thousand-dollars in round one; in round two they are slated to receive around $1.4-million dollars.

(Milwaukee) Milwaukee public schools are in-line to get about a third of Wisconsin’s two billion-dollars in education stimulus money. Some Republican lawmakers are wondering why. Republican State Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam says the distribution plan in not fair and totals tens-of-thousands of dollars for every Milwaukee student.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office is one of 24 agencies in the state that will be splitting $2.1-million dollars in grant funding to upgrade their 9-1-1 system. The Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) awarded Dodge County $110-thousand dollars to install NextGen 9-1-1, which allows dispatch to receive texts, images and videos from cell phones. The award is better than half the cost of the hardware and software. The new system is slated to be in place by next month.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council will consider rezoning the property where the former Lakeview Hospital was located at their next meeting. The old La Crosse Street structure is being developed into lakefront condos, adding $4-million dollars to the tax rolls. Construction is expected to start this spring with completion anticipated by January 1 of 2023. The zoning would change from Medical Administrative to Multifamily residential.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials reported five COVID deaths yesterday bringing the statewide total to 6,653. Dodge County has 161 deaths and 57 active cases. Statewide, active cases total 7,715, a one-day increase of 153. Over 17-and-a-half-percent of Dodge County residents have gotten the vaccine while 27-percent have had at least one dose.

(Waupun) Agnesian HealthCare is offering online self-scheduling for adults wanting first-dose COVID vaccination appointment. The new web-based platform at agnesian.com is open to all Wisconsin residents, they do not need to be current Agnesian HealthCare patients. This new application offers users the ability to schedule an appointment at a time and location that is most convenient for them. A link to the scheduling application can be found on DailyDodge.com.

(Madison) Legislative Republicans are taking another swing at getting control of federal stimulus funding, but it’s unclear how well that will work or if it’s even legal. The package of 11 bills were up for public hearing yesterday at the Joint Finance Committee and are scheduled for a vote. They would try to direct those federal dollars into bulk property tax relief among other things which is not allowed under the rules of the American Recovery Act. All of the bills also likely face a veto from Governor Evers, much like a previous attempt that he already vetoed.

(Madison) Broadband connections were a hot topic for the Public Service Commission yesterday at the Joint Finance Committee’s budget hearings. Public Service Commission Chairperson Rebecca Cameron Valcq (VOCK) says the state needs to set up a pathway to allow small local governments to set up their own broadband systems. Valcq says that as it stands right now, the Commission is not allowed to tell companies who or where to serve broadband to, and this will allow underserved communities the chance to get their own service.