News – January 27, 2009

BD Senior Center Considering Partnerships

1/27/09 – In the citywide facilities study, the Senior Center is listed as the city’s second priority, bolstered in part by a large donation. While the size of the donation has shrunk along with the stock market – from roughly $500,000 to around 300,000 – the resolve of the Senior Center Building Committee has only grown. Director Evonne Koeppen outlined the past, present and future of the Senior Center in a presentation to the city’s Operations Committee last night. Koeppen says the future of a new facility may involve partnerships with other organizations like the Beaver Dam Area Community Theater, a county aging office, an adult day care center, or the former WMFB property. Koeppen says the owners have made a preliminary proposal to sell as much land to the city as needed, erect a structure, hold the mortgage and sell it back to the city at a future date. Operations Committee Chair Laine Meyer says the presentation was insightful, but unfortunately the city couldn’t act on anything yet because there are too many irons in the fire. The Senior Center Building Committee has drawn up preliminary plans for a new facility. Ideally, the design concept calls for a 30,000 square foot facility on two to six acres with room for 140 parking places. The structure would be ADA complaint and house both the Senior Center and the Recreation Department. Koeppen says they hope to be in a new building by 2011.

Municipal Building Expansion Plan Plotted

1/27/09 – The city of Beaver Dam has mapped out their plans to renovate the municipal building. A citywide facilities study report approved in the fall lists Police Department expansion as the city’s number one priority. Under the plan, the police department and city administration would switch places within the municipal building. Director of Facilities David Stoiser outlined a four-phase approach to the project last night. The first phases involve architectural design and cost estimates, followed by the creation of an interim staging plan to detail how city administrative functions will continue during the construction. A contract will be awarded by the end of this year with construction beginning in January of 2010 and occupancy by November 1 of next year. The city has a March 6 deadline to receive RFP’s (Requests for Proposals) with a recommendation for the full council by March 20.

Kienast Gets 14 Years for Child Assault

1/27/09 – Fourteen years in prison for a Beaver Dam man who molested a young girl. Marvin Kienast pleaded “no contest” last September to charges of Repeated Sexual Assault of the Same Child and had a felony Bail Jumping charge dismissed but read into the record. The 61-year-old Kienast assaulted the young girl on four occasions between January of 2007 and January of 2008. In addition to 14 years in prison, Kienast was sentenced to 10 years of extended supervision.

Sex Offender To Be Released Into Leroy

1/27/09 – A public notification meeting will be held next week to inform residents in the Mayville area about a convicted sex offender that will be released back into the community. David K. Schraufnagel will be released from prison on February 10 and plans to reside at N10317 Dairy Road in the Town of Leroy. The 49-year-old will be under 24-hour electronic monitoring. He is prohibited from having contact with his victims, or unsupervised contact with minors and cannot enter bars, taverns or liquor stores. Witnessed violations should be reported to the Dodge County Sheriffs Department. Officials remind the public that Schraufnagel has served his sentence, is not wanted by law enforcement and any attempts to threaten, intimidate or harass him will not be tolerated. Schraufnagel was sentenced to three and a half years in prison in 2004 on sexual assault charges for inappropriately touching two teenage girls while volunteering in the Mayville School District. The public notification meeting will be held next Wednesday, February 4 at Mayville City Hall.

Hole Gets Life

1/27/09 – An Illinois man who killed a real estate agent who was showing him a house in Jefferson County has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole. James Hole of suburban Chicago pleaded “no contest” in November to a homicide charge in connection with the death of 71-year-old Ann Nelson in March of last year. Hole admitted strangling-and-beating Nelson at a house in Cambridge, taking items from her purse, and starting the house on fire. Hole had completed a 10-year prison term in 2006 for an aggravated sexual assault in Illinois.

More Animals Killed by Snowmobilers

1/27/09 – Police in Fort Atkinson are looking for the snow mobilers who ran over and killed 60 ducks. Officials said a pair of incidents occurred between Friday night and Sunday when the machines raced across open water under a bridge on the Rock River. Four ducks survived, but were injured. Police said two riders were most likely involved. They said the snowmobiles move so rapidly in the dark, the ducks cannot get out of the way fast enough. Jefferson County snowmobile clubs and dealers have offered a two-thousand dollar reward for information leading to the riders’ arrests.

Resort Owners In Lake Delton Fretting

1/27/09 – Owners of some resorts on Lake Delton worry fresh water won’t replace the weeds on the lake bed behind their properties in time for Memorial Day. Lake Delton is now about half full with village and state leaders saying they’ll finish the refilling in the spring. But a few lakeside resort owners are concerned about when the rest of the restoration work will be complete. They say they’re not getting straight answers and they’re worried the lake won’t be full by Memorial Day.

Thieves Targeting Ice Shanties

1/27/09 – Lake Winnebago fishing clubs are telling their members not to leave valuable items in their ice-shanties. Thieves are said to be breaking into shanties, and stealing electronics, fishing gear, and more. Scott Engel of the Otter Street Fishing Club in Oshkosh says people are more desperate when times are tough – and nearly-perfect ice conditions make it easier for thieves to get around. Another club member says it’s easy for young people to drive on the lake in the middle of the night, and make trouble.