“News – July 26, 2009”

Randolph Man in Town of Westford Wreck IDed


7/26/09 – The name of a Randolph man killed in a one-vehicle accident Friday morning has been released.  According to the Dodge County Sheriffs Department, John Shattuck was pronounced dead at the scene of the Town of Westford wreck. The 48-year-old failed to negotiate a curve on County Truck G, rolled the car into a ditch and down a steep embankment before coming to rest on its roof. Alcohol and speed were not a factor in the crash and Shattuck was wearing his seatbelt.


Couple in Burning SUV Video Moving to Wisconsin


7/26/09 – The Harper family wants to live with the people who helped them so selflessly.  James Harper says he and his family are moving to Milwaukee, permanently.  Harper’s four year old son was saved from a burning sport utility vehicle a week ago today.  Harper says he is grateful to the off-duty firefighters and others who rescued his family.  The SUV caught on fire after a wreck.  People have been donating clothes and money.  The Ronald McDonald House is giving the family food and a place to stay while four year old David Harper faces months of burn treatments.  The Harpers are from Tennessee.  James Harper calls the people who have been donating clothes and money, quoting here, “angels.”


Man Breaks Leg in ATV OWI


7/26/09 – It is against the law to drink and drive an All Terrain Vehicle.  A 34-year-old Dodge County man learned that lesson the hard way after he called authorities while lying in the roadway with a broken leg.  Brian Schuman crashed his ATV just after midnight this morning in the Town of Hustisford.  He called 9-1-1 while lying in the middle of Pieper Road and EMS officials transported him to Watertown Hospital. Schuman was later cited for failure to register his ATV and Operating While Intoxicated.


Gas Up


7/26/09 – After weeks of steady decline there has been an increase at the gas pumps.  The price of a gallon of regular unleaded in Beaver Dam is up a nickel from yesterday morning to $2.43, four cents below the statewide average. According to wisconsingasprices.com, Mayville, Watertown and Johnson Creek are also $2.43. Fond du Lac is as high as $2.47. Oshkosh and Sheboygan are averaging $2.45. The high price in the state is $2.65 in Pleasant Prairie. The low price is $2.28 in Appleton.  The national average is on penny above the statewide average at $2.48, which is about a dollar fifty higher than the fuel costs one year ago.


Federal Stimulus Dollars Used For Dodge County Airport Project


7/26/09 – A project to replace runway lighting at the Dodge County Airport in Juneau will be completed with the help of over $94,000 in federal stimulus dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  According to Eric Johnson, Airport Development Engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the $568,000 project will utilize $11,800 in state funds and another $11,800 in local matching dollars with the remaining coming directly from the FAA.  Johnson says the existing lighting system is experiencing some failures and requires numerous repairs due to age and lightning strikes.  The project includes replacement of the precision approach path indicators and runway end identifier lights along the Dodge County airports two paved runways.  The project should be completed by September.


New Stop Signs in Rubicon


7/26/09 – There will be a new four-way stop sign in the Town of Rubicon this week.  According to the state Department of Transportation, stop signs are scheduled for installation on July 29 on Highway 60 at the County Highway P intersection.  The intersection is currently served by stop signs on County P only. Message boards have been placed in the area to notify motorists of the change.


Hurd Workers Relocated Not Laid-Off


7/26/09 – Workers at the Hurd Windows and Doors plant in Merrill aren’t necessarily losing their jobs, but those jobs are moving.  Hurd says 90 employees will have to drive to the Medford plant by the end of the year.  The company says it is getting ready for future expansion.  The Medford plant is 35 miles away.  Hurd says there will be no layoffs in connection with these changes — and the company might even begin hiring again.  Hurd leadership calls this a buyer’s market, saying now is the time to expand while prices are low.  The company makes custom windows and doors for high-end homes and commercial properties.  Merrill city leaders say they don’t know what Hurd’s specific plans are.  They plan to meet with company officials tomorrow.


Kind in the Middle of Health Care Reform


7/26/09 – Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind is one of the moderate Democrats on Capitol Hill right in the middle of the growing debate over health care reform.  Kind was part of a Friday news conference announcing a deal had been reached with congressional leaders on containing Medicare costs.  Most of the moderate and conservative Democrats are worried about the trillion dollar cost of health care legislation.  Kind and others say its important to emphasize “value over volume” when it comes to paying doctors and hospitals for their work.  He says the quality of the care should be a factor in compensation rates — not the number of patients treated.


$200 Annual Jump in Milwaukee-Area Water Rates Proposed


7/26/09 – Milwaukee wants to soak its water service customers for another 200 dollars a year for residential service.  Higher water rates could be on the way for people living in Milwaukee, some of its suburbs and other cities which rely on Milwaukee for water supplies.  A committee has recommended the city ask the Wisconsin Public Service Commission to approve a hike in those water bills.  Places like Menomonee Falls, New Berline and Wauwatosa — which buy their water from Milwaukee — would be hit with higher rates as well.  Water officials say they need the additional funds to cover rising pension costs, falling property values and stagnant levels of aid from the state.


Property Taxes Due Friday


7/26/09 – Dodge County Treasurer Patti Hilker is reminding taxpayers who postponed the second installment of their property taxes that the balance must be paid on or before the end of the week.  Online bill pay is available, for a fee, at www.officialpayments.com.  Or payments will be accepted at the treasurer’s office, 127 East Oak Street in Juneau. The second payments cannot be made at your local municipality. Taxpayers mailing after this Friday’s July 31 deadline are subject to interest and a penalty of ten point five percent (10.5%).