News – June 12, 2016

Update Given On New Beaver Dam Business Park


6/12/16 – Infrastructure work on Beaver Dam’s newest industrial park is progressing. The 151 Business Park is located on the city’s northwest side. WDS Construction, Vintage Parts and GG Barnett Companies, all existing industries in and around the city, are expanding into the park.  City Engineering Coordinator Ritchie Piltz in an update to city officials this past week said everything underway including the demolition of the barn. Badgerland Demolition and Earthwork of DePere is removing the barn and an outbuilding, dismantling the structure piece-by-piece so that the lumber and related materials can be salvaged. Piltz says private contractors are clearing their site; storm sewer work has begun; and holes are being drilled for blasting for utilities. The largest occupant is GG Barnett Companies and its subsidiary Beaver Dam Cold Storage, which is expected to add over $9.25-million to the tax base and will get ten-percent of that back in incentives – estimated in excess of $925-thousand dollars but capped at $1-million dollars. Barnett is constructing a 130-thousand square-foot building on 22-acres for a refrigerated, cold-storage facility. The new facility is expected to bring up to 25 new jobs and joins a cold storage building south of Beaver Dam that employs eight people.  WDS Construction is planning for a 28-thousand square foot corporate headquarters with an estimated value of $4-million dollars.  Vintage Auto Parts has 13-acres for a 124-thousand square foot structure valued at $4.2-million dollars. As an incentive, each company is being offered the parcels for one dollar.


Watertown Highway Traffic Patrolling To Change


6/12/16 – The Dodge County Executive Committee this week discussed changing who can patrol a stretch of highway in Watertown.  The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and Watertown Police Department entered into a mutual agreement for conducting traffic control on a stretch of Highway 16 when a bypass was constructed in 2002.  Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the Watertown Police Department has the right to conduct traffic enforcement on Highway 16 between Highway 26 and the county line under the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s office.  He says the agreement has hardly been used.  If it is cancelled, the Watertown Police Department will still be allowed to conduct traffic enforcements in parts of that highway that have been annexed by the city.  Schmidt says this is the only agreement his office currently has in the county.  The Dodge County Board is expected to vote on a resolution to cancel the agreement at meeting later this month.


Local School District Receives Half-Million Dollar Loan


6/12/16 – A local school district received over half-a-million-dollars in loans this week.  The Herman-Neosho-Rubicon School District was awarded the money by the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.  The $507,000 will be used to refinance existing debt and their Wisconsin Retirement System prior service pension liability.  Herman-Neosho-Rubicon was one of five school districts along with twelve municipalities to receive a total of over $7,400,000 in loans.  A large part of the interest made on these loans goes toward funding public school library materials.


Dodge County Residents Reminded Of Kids Summer Safety


6/12/16 – Dodge County residents are reminded to be aware of the dangers of children being left alone in vehicles this summer.  According to a press release from the county’s traffic safety commission, heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children.  In ten minutes, a car’s temperature can rise over 20 degrees.  Even at a 60 degree outside temperature, it can reach 110 degrees inside the car. A child dies when their body temperature reaches 107 degrees.  Drivers are reminded to check the back seat before locking their vehicle.  Anyone who sees a child in a car should try to get that kid out of the vehicle and call 911 if they appear to be unresponsive or stay with the child until help arrives if they are responsive.


Local Counties Have New Milk Marketing Board Reps


6/12/16 – Two local counties will have new representatives on the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.  In the elections that closed May 25, Dean Strauss of Sheboygan Falls was elected to represent District 18, which includes Washington County.  Tina Hinchley of Cambridge will serve District 24, which includes Jefferson County.  In total, eight new candidates were elected.  Roughly 12% of the 3,233 dairy producers living in election districts returned ballots.  That number is down from 13% in 2015.  The newly elected candidates begin three year terms on July 1.


Cranberry Growers Sought In Wisconsin


6/12/16 – Area cranberry farmers are able to run for statewide office tied to their crop.  The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection is looking for nominations for three-year terms on the Wisconsin Cranberry Board.  To be eligible, each candidate needs to be an active in the production or sale of cranberries in the state of Wisconsin, collect signatures from at least five other active cranberry growers in the state, and submit a completed nomination form.  The forms are available on the department’s website and must be returned by June 25.


Presentation To Cover Leroy, Lomira Water Quality


6/12/16 – Leroy and Lomira residents are encouraged to attend an event to learn more about their well water.  Sixty-five houses in the two townships took part in a well water test last month organized by the Dodge County UW-Extension’s Land Conservation Department and Health Department.  The study tested for common contaminants and aesthetic concerns.  A UW-Extension groundwater education specialist will present the results and how they affect the overall water quality in the two towns.  The program is this Tuesday at the Brownsville Community Center at 6:30 pm.


MPTC Fundraiser Brings In Over $30,000


6/12/16 – A recent Moraine Park Technical College fundraiser brought in over $30,000.  Over 160 people were at the ‘Bright Lights, Hollywood Nights’ dinner.  Proceeds benefit the Moraine Park Foundation’s general scholarship fund and the emergency student fund.   The six-course meal followed a nostalgic 1950’s theme.


MPTC Summer Program Registration Open


6/12/16 – Registration is underway for Moraine Park Technical College’s popular Tech Knowledge College. Sixth through 8th graders will be exposed to a variety of skills and careers during the three-day camp. It will be held on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus August 2nd through 4th. The cost is $115 and includes two interactive career sessions, a T-shirt, snacks and lunch each day. For more information visit the Moraine Park website.


Dodge County Forage Meeting Coming To Mayville


6/12/16 – The Dodge and Fond du Lac County Forage Councils’ annual Twilight Meeting is next week.  RCI Engineering in Mayville is hosting this year’s event at 7 pm on June 22.  RCI’s Owner Randy Clark and the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office will present on foraging and Implements of Husbandry, respectively.  People can also bring haylage, corn silage, or snaplage for testing.


Waupun Festival Focuses On Spotting South American Birds


6/12/16 – An event next weekend will focus on birds that migrate over 10,000 miles each year between Wisconsin and South America.  The Fifth Annual Purple Martin Festival will be held on Saturday at the Marsh Haven Nature Center in Waupun.  People can explore hiking trails that lead to a 30-foot observation tour to view the martins.  The birds are members of the swallow family that weigh just over 2 ounces and live 3-4 years.  The festival runs from 10 am to 4 pm.


Weed Management Is Topic Of Master Gardener Meeting


6/12/16 – Dodge County residents can learn later this month how to better manage weeds in their garden.  Columbia County UW-Extension Agriculture Educator George Koepp will speak at this month’s Dodge County Master Gardener meeting on June 23 at 6:30 pm.  Koepp’s presentation deals with creating a plan of attack to deal with lawn weeds by using a variety of new approaches.  The meeting will be held at the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau.