News February 19, 2009

Fox Lake Group Wants To Split From Waupun School District

2/19/09 – A Fox Lake citizens group will be hiring an attorney to discuss their legal options in regards to seceding from the Waupun School District. It was learned last week that the group had received grant funding from the Fox Lake Area Development Corporation as well as funds from the Town of Fox Lake to help them obtain legal counsel. Kim Derleth says there could be more funds from other sources as well. District Administrator Randy Refsland has yet to recommend to the school board that Fox Lake and Alto Elementary schools be closed, but Derleth says her group is proceeding as if a decision has already been made.

Voter Turnout Higher Than Expected

2/19/09 – Twice as many voters turned out for Tuesday’s primary election in Dodge County that had turned out in February of 2005. County Clerk Karen Gibson says that was the last time the State Superintendent of Public Instruction was basically the only race on the ballot. There were 4633 ballots cast yesterday compared to 2100 ballots cast three years ago. Gibson says that is almost 10 percent of the registered voters in the county.

Gilbertson Gets Six Years For OWI Injuries

2/19/09 – A Watertown man who caused an accident that left two people hospitalized was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday. Christopher J. Gilbertson of Watertown was intoxicated last October when blew through a stop sign at the intersection of Silver Creek Road and Highway 26, striking a southbound vehicle. The two occupants of the oncoming vehicle were seriously injured. Gilbertson was treated for a few scrapes at the scene. The 24-year-old was also given a breathalyzer, which showed he had a blood alcohol content of (point) .228, nearly three times the legal limit. In addition, Gilbertson was driving a stolen car and his license had been revoked from a second OWI conviction. At sentencing, Gilbertson told Judge Steven Bauer that he intends to take full advantage of the treatment offered to him in prison to turn his life around. Judge Bauer also ordered four years of probation with conditions that included absolute sobriety, avoiding bars and liquor stores and the restitution costs.

Joint Meeting Cancelled

2/19/09 – After weeks of Columbus Common Council discussion the job description for the Fire Chief has been approved. Meanwhile, a proposed meeting between the Council and the Police and Fire Commission to discuss Fire Chief hiring “core questions” has been cancelled. Facilitators for the joint meeting felt that the PFC’s insistence on having the League of Wisconsin Municipalities be part of the meetings would defeat the purpose of reaching some accord. While City Administration plans go ahead publishing a job opening announcement for the Fire Chief, disagreement between the Council and the Commission continues.