News – January 19, 2022

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board Tuesday night voted down borrowing over $9-million-dollars for road repairs. The board did approve borrowing the same amount to upgrade roughly 25 miles of roadway in 2021. Some county supervisors believe the funds should come from in house. Others argue the current interest rates for borrowing are lower than the rate of inflation, meaning taxpayers would save money over the long term. The vote was 23 in favor and five against, however, the resolution required three-fourths majority of the 33-member board to pass. Five supervisors were absent at last night’s meeting.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night approved the awarding of a contract for the reconstruction of the second phase of South Spring Street. Ptaschinski Construction was the low-bidder at $2.29-million dollars. The first phase from Mill Street to the city limits in 2020 totaled $3.7-million. This second portion was planned for last year, but the bids came in above initial projections of $1.18-million dollars.

(Beaver Dam) A yield sign on a Beaver Dam side street is changing to a stop sign. The Beaver Dam Common Council approved the addition of a two-way stop on Norris Street at its intersection with West Street. The signs have already been installed and have temporary flags to draw attention to the change.

(Waupun) A Waupun man convicted on Possession of Child Pornography charges was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison and was placed on extended supervision for 10 years. Wade Carrier uploaded several images and videos that contained suggestive content involving minors to Dropbox. When questioned, Carrier denied that he possessed any illicit images or videos but later reportedly said he received a link but deleted it.

(Fox Lake) A Fox Lake man made his initial appearance in court Tuesday on charges he sexually assaulted another person. Randy Palmer allegedly assaulted the victim on January 14th. The 34-year-old reportedly admitted that inappropriate contact did take place. If convicted, Palmer faces up to 10 years in prison. A signature bond was set at $1,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 24th.

(Dodge County) Dodge County has seen a recent uptick on the number of COVID deaths. The county’s health department confirmed 14 deaths Monday along with one probable death. That brings the total death count to 296 with 260 confirmed and 36 probable deaths. The seven-day daily average of new cases per 100-thousand people has reached an unprecedented high. The rate is at 302.4. It was 271.3 on Monday. Twenty-five cases and above is what health officials classify as the “tipping point.” So far, 51.4-percent of Dodge County residents have had at least one dose of the vaccine while 48.5-percent have completed the vaccination series.

(Wisconsin) More than half of all eligible people in Wisconsin are fully vaccinated against COVID. State health officials are calling it a milestone in the fight against the coronavirus. The Department of Health Services says as of Monday, a little more than 1.7-million people have had a booster shot on top of their initial doses. – WRN