News – December 7, 2020

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam is looking at a change to its debt cap policy, which currently limits borrowing to $1.7-million dollars a year. City Finance Director Zak Bloom says the city should scrap the fixed dollar amount and focus on a percentage of debt capacity allowed by the state; his is recommending a 65-percent cap. Among other things, Bloom says the city’s bond rating for future borrowing is based on its debt policy and the current policy does not have any metrics that are used in establishing that bond rating. Beaver Dam is at 47-percent of its available $65-million dollars in debt capacity, leaving $30-million in available borrowing. The city council will be considering the policy change at their December meetings.

(Beaver Dam) Several incumbent alderpersons on the Beaver Dam Common Council have indicated their intentions to run in the spring election, where seats in odd numbered wards are on the April 6 ballot. Paperwork is being circulated by David Hansen in Ward One, Jon Abfall in Ward Three, Mick Fischer in Ward Five, Jack Yuds in Ward Seven and Kevin Burnett in Ward 13. There has yet to be any paperwork filed in wards nine and 11 and no non-candidacy papers have been filed. Interested parties must have all paperwork in by close of business January 5.

(Dodge County) Wisconsin health officials are reporting 2,792 positive coronavirus cases in Sunday’s daily update. There are 59,388 active cases in the state, a decrease of 2,740 from Saturday. The state reported 17 deaths bringing that total to 3,719. Dodge County has experienced 83 deaths and 9,017 cases to date.

(Juneau) The Dodge County website has been reworked to make it easier to use for citizens. Beginning today, the Dodge County Web Governance Team and Information Technology Department published a new design for the site. IT Director Justin Reynolds says the new and improved website has a similar look and flow, with a more enhanced citizen focused and mobile responsive design. For example, the top navigation menu has been adjusted based on website traffic analytics and citizen centric terminology.

(Juneau) Newly installed cameras helped solve a recent vandalism at Beaver Dam’s Swan Park light show. A citizen was at the Rotary Lights Wednesday evening when they noticed the door to the Gingerbread House had been kicked in and the doorknob was broken. Due to a large donation from Interquest, along with other community contributions, a camera system including Wi-Fi for the park was installed just before this year’s Rotary Light’s display. Authorities were able to review the footage, identify the two juvenile suspects and obtain a confession. Sheriff Dale Schmidt, chair of the Rotary Lights Committee, says regardless of criminal activity, the community should know that they will continue to grow the light display for years to come.

(Pearl Harbor) Today is the 79th anniversary of the “Day of Infamy,” the bombing of Pearl Harbor that pushed the United States officially into World War Two.  Governor Evers has ordered flags statewide to fly at half-staff to remember the over 35-hundred people killed or injured at the Hawaiian port.