News – February 4, 2016

Waupun Schools Could Ask Voters For $30,000,000 In November


2/4/16 – The Waupun School District is trying to finalize a dollar amount for a possible November referendum.  Superintendent Tanya Gubin says the goal is to keep the referendum at or below $30,000,000.  That is the amount coming off the books in two years from a 1998 referendum.  Gubin expects at least one-third of the money would go toward deferred maintenance costs such as replacing an over 65 year old boiler in the SAGES building.  Gubin says other projects could include creating a secure entrance at the district’s primary education building and expanding the agriculture and technical education programs at the high school.  She says some funds could also go toward athletics.  $3,500,000 could be used to build a new track since the district has not had one suitable for hosting meets in roughly 30 years.  Gubin says new soccer fields and tennis courts are also being discussed.  The district’s facility advisory committee will receive an estimated cost of each proposed project at its meeting on February 29.  A community-wide survey will be mailed to homeowners in the spring to gauge their interest in the referendum.


BDFD Could Soon Finish Remodeling


2/4/16 – The final phase of the multi-year remodeling of the Beaver Dam Fire Department could be complete in the next year. When the police department moved out of the Municipal Building and into their own facility in 2011, the fire department was able to begin expanding into the vacated space. In 2014, the city budgeted $190,000 to construct a small classroom, reconfigure the lobby and upgrade their kitchen along with an upstairs lounge area and dorm. In the current borrowing plan for this year, the department has $250,000 earmarked for the final phase of the remodel: the construction of a modern classroom that could house all three-dozen department personnel with the latest in audio-video technology. Mannel says fortunately the money is still in the borrowing plan and if granted final approval the department may soon have a room where all personnel can meet at the same time. Mannel also told the PFC this week that money originally earmarked for this year to replace aging water-rescue equipment was removed from the budget. That’s because negotiations are ongoing with the townships that contract with Beaver Dam.


Fox Lake Adopts County Sales Tax Resolution


2/4/16 – Fox Lake’s Common Council joined a handful of Dodge County cities last night by adopting a resolution to support the county sharing a portion of its sales tax revenues with its municipalities.  The Dodge County Mayor’s Consortium is leading an effort to receive a part of the annual income, which is estimated at $5,900,000 in the current budget year.  Mayor Tom Bednarek believes the funds should never be used for debt relief but rather for road improvements and other special projects.  The mayors argued in a presentation to the county board last fall that extra funds for infrastructure upgrades and beautification projects could help attract young couples to strengthen the county’s tax base.  The county currently uses the funds for general projects such as highway maintenance.  At least one county board supervisor would have to support the idea for it to be considered by the board.  Beaver Dam, Horicon, Juneau, Mayville, and Waupun have already passed similar ordinances.


Man Accused Of Dodge County Injury Crash Stands Mute


2/4/16 – A Pardeeville man stood mute at his arraignment in a Dodge County court yesterday on charges he injured a motorcyclist while he had marijuana is his system. The court entered a not guilty plea for Joshua J. Luther, who is facing one felony count of Injury By Vehicle – Controlled Substance. The incident occurred last May on Highway 151 when the 25-year-old allegedly pulled out in front of the motorcycle near County Highway DE. The 44-year-old motorcycle operator was transported by Med Flight and later had his leg amputated. Luther reportedly admitted to smoking marijuana the night prior. If convicted, the charge carries a maximum sentence of 12-and-a-half years in prison.


Man Accused Of Giving Friend’s Minor Son Pornography


2/4/16 – A former Lomira man is accused of giving pornography to a minor.  Craig Seelow of Horicon is facing one felony count of Exposing a Child to Harmful Material.  The 45-year-old allegedly gave his friend’s child four DVD’s for helping him move.  The kid’s mom called police after she caught her son watching one of the discs.  If he is convicted, Seelow faces over three years in prison.  His initial appearance is February 15.


Dodge County Snowmobile Trails Still Closed


2/4/16 – A couple inches of snow may have fallen this week but it was not enough to open up snowmobile trails in Dodge County. Dan Schultz with the Land Resources and Parks Department says the entire Dodge County Snowmobile Trail system as well as the ATV trail along the Wild Goose State Trail remains closed due to lack of snow as well as warmer temperatures predicted for this coming weekend. However, Schultz says colder temperatures are being predicted for next week which may allow the ATV trail to reopen. Snowmobilers are encouraged to check the 24-hour trail service hotline (at 920-386-3705); trail information, snowmobile and ATV maps are also available at


New Program Mounts Flags On Veterans’ Homes


2/4/16 -A new program is providing free flags for area veterans.  During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Beaver Dam AMVETS Post 33 announced the ‘Show Your Stripes’ effort to promote displaying the American flag on houses.  Second Vice Commander Connie Martinson says the AMVETS will mount a three-by-five flag on the outer wall of local veterans’ houses free of cost.  Commander Eric Bates says the flag should be hung at a 45 degree angle with light shining on it at night, if it is kept out at all hours.  That is to show a sign of respect for the flag.  Veterans can either request a flag or be nominated for the program by a friend or relative by calling (920) 219-1982.  ‘Show Your Stripes’ is partially funded by the proceeds of this Saturday’s all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at John’s Bar, which runs from 11 am to 6 pm.


Bomb Threats Possibly Tied To Avery Protests


2/4/16 – Manitowoc County authorities are investigating two bomb threats received last night, one of which demanded “Justice for Steven Avery.” Officials say the courthouse and sheriff’s offices were combed for possible explosives, and none were found in those areas. The threats were called in around 7 and 9 pm. Authorities say Manitowoc County sheriff’s officials and others in the community have received threats ever since the Netflix series “Making a Murderer” raised doubts about Avery’s conviction in the 2005 killing of Teresa Halbach.


Senate Republican Not Running For Ribble Seat


2/4/16 – State Senate Republican Roger Roth now says he will not run for the northeast Wisconsin U-S House seat to be vacated by Reid Ribble at the end of the year. At least seven other Republicans — mostly state lawmakers — are considering a run the post this fall, as they try to keep the set in G-O-P hands. Roth — who’s from Appleton — says he and his wife are expecting a third child in April, and now is not the time to consider a move to Washington. However, Roth is not ruling anything out in the future.


Committee Approved Bill Would Implement Online Voter Registration


2/4/16 – Wisconsin would implement online registration for voters by the spring of next year and forbid Milwaukee officials from moving forward with a plan to provide local I-Ds, under bills approved by a Senate committee yesterday. Republicans on the Senate Elections Committee approved the registration proposal, on a party-line three-to-two vote. As rewritten by a late-breaking amendment, the bill would also make changes to state elections law.