News – July 17, 2019

(Dodge County) The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the area. The advisory is from noon Thursday to 11pm Friday. Heat index values or feels like temperatures Thursday will be from 100 to 106 and Friday from 103 to 110.  Twenty Wisconsin counties are included in the advisory including; Dodge, Columbia, Jefferson, Washington, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, and Marquette counties. Heat illnesses will be possible with prolonged outdoor exposure to the heat. The elderly, children, and those on certain medications are especially at risk for heat illnesses.

(Montello) Authorities have identified a 59-year-old Fond du Lac man killed when his motorcycle ran into the back of another vehicle on State Highway 22 in Marquette County Sunday afternoon. Sheriff’s officials say Robin Schwartz was not wearing a helmet. The vehicle he ran into was slowing for another that was turning onto County Highway XX in the Town of Montello.

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board last night approved an extension of the benefits package for retired county employees. The policy, which was first implemented in 2006, pays out 80-percent of an employee’s accumulated sick leave into a post-employment health plan deposit account. The funds are restricted to the payment of insurance premiums. The plan caps the total accumulated sick leave an employee can earn at 960 hours and a retiree must meet the Wisconsin Retirement System eligibility guidelines in order to receive the annuity. The policy approved last night extends the post-employment health plan through the year 2022. It was set to expire at the end of 2020. The county board will vote on the matter again in two years’ time.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam School Board adopted a preliminary budget for the 2019-2020 school year this week. While there are still several unknown variables – like state aid and enrollment numbers – the preliminary document allows the district to move forward on a spending plan for the upcoming year and secure needed cash flow. The $48-million-dollar budget includes an anticipated tax levy of $15.5-million dollars, a slight increase over last year. The proposed mill rate would be $9.29 cents per $1000 of assessed value, a decrease of 10-cents from the last school year. The final budget is slated for a public hearing and adoption in October.

(Beaver Dam) It is opening night for the youngest actors in the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre. Frozen Junior is the brand-new stage play based on the hit Disney musical. Its is on the stage of the Fine Arts Center starting tonight and running through Saturday with performances at 7pm and a special 1:30pm Friday matinee.