“News – July 6, 2009”

Death of Infant Considered “Fetal Death”


7/6/09 – The Dodge County Medical Examiner’s Office says an autopsy performed on “Baby Theresa” shows she died as the result of “fetal death.” The baby was found in a garbage bag in April near Theresa. Officials say she was a full term female and had suffered no trauma which would have resulted in her death.  A toxicology screen also confirmed there were no drugs in the infant’s system.  Authorities have been unable to identify the mother.


Fireworks Accident Sends Boy to the Hospital


7/6/09 – Jefferson County authorities are still investigating a fireworks accident that injured a 12-year-old boy.  It happened Saturday night at a home in the town of Farmington.  Officials said the boy was hit-in-the-head by one of the fireworks during a July Fourth party.  He was flown to Milwaukee’s Froedtert Hospital.  Other information was not immediately released.


2nd Installment of Property Taxes Due by End of the Month


7/6/09 – 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 July 31.  Hilker says to make sure you check the balance of your first installment receipt to ensure proper payment because your second payment is not the same as your first payment. The number to pay with a credit card or electronic check over the phone is (800) 272-9829 and users must enter a jurisdiction code of “5936.” 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. Taxpayers mailing after the deadline are subject to interest and a penalty of 10.5%. Hilker says Watertown is the only Dodge County community that allows property taxes to be paid in three installments.


BD Council to Focus on Interfacility Transport Program


7/6/09 – The Beaver Dam Common Council will discuss financing for the fire departments Interfacility Transport Program. The program was started nearly two years ago and generates revenue by transporting patients in non-emergency situations between hospitals.  Department officials are wanting to use $55,000 of the money generated from the program to hire additional part-time staff. The city plans to evaluate the success of the program at the end of this year.  Revenue’s for this year have already exceeded projections.  Also tonight, Mayor Tom Kennedy will provide an update on the downtown redevelopment project and Ellen Sushak will provide an overview of the inception of the “Friends of the Beaver Dam Community Center” group. The Common Council meets at 8pm tonight at City Hall.


Columbus Council to Review Plans for “New” Buildings


7/6/09 – When the Columbus Council returns to action Tuesday they’ll be taking action on renovating two downtown buildings for City use. The Council will be considering General Engineering’s proposal for architectural and engineering services necessary to convert the 159 South Ludington St. “law office” building into a new location for City Police and the Eastern Columbia Municipal Court offices. The Council will also review bids received for renovating the former Anchor Bank building at 161 Dickason Blvd. The name being considered for the newly renovated facility is the Columbus Community Center.


Local Governments Forced to Use Furloughs


7/6/09 – More of Wisconsin’s local governments are doing what the state did – put employees on unpaid furloughs to help balance their budgets.  Dan Thompson, director of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, says the big crunch will come this fall – when local boards-and-councils will decide if layoffs will be needed in next year’s budgets.  Thompson says up to two-thirds of city and village budgets are made up of employee salaries-and-benefits – unlike state government, where only about one-fifth of the budget covers labor costs.  In many communities, Thompson says the only real way to cut spending is to cut the labor force.  And officials say that will result in cuts in service.


Fundraiser Called Off for Man Facing Drunken Driving Homicide Charges


7/6/09 – Plans for a benefit at a Lake Bernice bar for a man facing drunken driving homicide charges have been cancelled. Family and friends of 31-year-old Crystal Daly of West Allis expressed outraged when they learned of the event to benefit 32-year-old Jay Taylor former of Campbellsport. Taylor was driving the motorcycle that he and Daly were on when it went off of Highway 67 on May 24th. Both were thrown from the bike, Daly into a utility pole. She died at the scene. Taylor’s blood alcohol level registered nearly twice the legal limit. The event at Fatties on the Lake for this Saturday has been cancelled. At one time Taylor held a license to tend bar at the tavern. (KFIZ)


Big Increase in Car Rental Taxes in SE Wisconsin


7/6/09 – Governor Jim Doyle approved an 800-percent increase in the car rental fee in southeast Wisconsin.  But he still hopes the area’s new transit authority won’t go that high.  The state budget Doyle signed last week allows car rental taxes in Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha counties to jump from two-dollars to 18.  Most of the revenue would help pay for a proposed new commuter rail line from Milwaukee to Kenosha – which would connect to Chicago’s Metra line.  Doyle spokesman Lee Sensenbrenner said the governor wants the transit agency to have what it needs to plan the new rail line – but not with the maximum tax hike.


Evers to be Sworn in Today


7/6/09 – Wisconsin will get its first new state public school superintendent in eight years today.  Tony Evers will be sworn-in at 11 this morning at Hi-Mount Elementary School in Milwaukee.  He replaces Elizabeth Burmaster, who did not run for re-election this spring.  She moves on to become the new president at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.  The 57-year-old Evers was Burmaster’s top assistant for her entire eight years.  He chose Milwaukee instead of Madison for his swearing-in because he wants to show a new dedication by his agency to the state’s largest school system.


BD’s Laatsch Honored


7/6/09 – A local educator was honored as the Outstanding Secondary Agriculture Teacher in Wisconsin last week.  David Laatsch, who teaches at Beaver Dam High School, was presented the award by the Wisconsin Association of Agriculture Educators.  Laatsch was recognized for his innovative teaching and the accomplishments of the Beaver Dam FFA chapter.  The award was given at the 92nd annual Professional Development Conference last week in Madison.


Big Turnout for TEA Party in Mayville


7/6/09 – More than 200 people showed up to a TEA Party in Mayville this past Saturday.  People who attended the TEA, or Taxed Enough Already, gathering signed petitions in opposition to the controversial cap and trade bill and President Obama’s plan to revamp the country’s healthcare system.  Those petitions are expected to be presented to both state and federal legislators.  A number of attendees gave speeches while others carried signs protesting what they perceive as government oppression.  The gathering at Foster Park was one of at least 13 in Wisconsin and over 1,500 nationwide.