News – March 15, 2016

Mayville Council Adopts New Sewer Lateral Ordinance


3/15/16 – After months of debate, a new sewer lateral replacement ordinance was adopted in Mayville last night.  Last July, the council adopted an ordinance that required roughly 70% of homeowners to replace their lateral for around $3,000.  Aldermen and mayoral candidates Rob Boelk and Joe Hohmann voted against the ordinance and continued to ask for changes once it was adopted.  The changes include only having homeowners with defective laterals pay the replacement cost and keeping folks from having to dig up their basements by having the project run from the house to the road.  After the changes, Boelk says the ordinance is “halfway decent for the citizen’s pocketbooks.”  Hohmann, who helped draft the new ordinance, says the unanimous vote shows the council understands the importance of addressing the city’s infiltration problem.  He believes the lateral replacements will help reduce environmental concerns and delay the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant.  The city’s goal is to have 100 lateral replacements each year, primarily houses on streets being reconstructed.  Those replacements will begin with this spring’s road projects.


Street Reconstruction Bid Approved In Mayville


3/15/16 – Mayville’s Common Council awarded a contract for this year’s most expensive street project at its meeting last night.  Ptaschinski Construction of Beaver Dam will get $1,400,000 to make street and utility improvements to Clark Street, Lincoln Lane, and Center Street.  Ptaschinski’s bid came in roughly $150-thousand below budget.  Construction is expected to start in the next month.


BD School Board Approves Hockey Coop With Wayland


3/15/16 – The Beaver Dam School Board Monday night approved a cooperative proposal that allows Wayland Academy students to participate in the district’s boy’s hockey program. Beaver Dam has had a coop agreement with the Dodgeland School District since last year. At least two Wayland students are expected to join one-to-three Dodgeland students on the Beaver Dam boy’s hockey team next season.


Columbus Cardinals To Get new Press Box


3/15/16 – The Columbus Football Organization is working with the school district and the city council on plans for a new football field press box. The press box would be built above the new bleachers installed last year. The home field for the Columbus Cardinals is located in Fireman’s Park. Columbus Football is searching for vendors and is proposing a larger, heated, raised press box to replace the current facility behind the bleachers. The group’s spokesperson Jeff Venden says the organization would pay the estimated $50 thousand dollars for the materials and installation of the building. Construction would begin with removal of the existing box.


Beaver Dam School Board Receives Robotics Update


3/15/16 – The Beaver Dam school board heard an update from the district’s robotics teams last night. Four age groups of Robohackerz brought in their latest robots, explained the pre-programmed functions of each handmade machine and detailed their recent successes at regional, sectional and state competitions. The high school-level Robohackerz went to state after winning the Inspire and Best Team awards.  Mentor Brian Lerwick noted that the younger teams had a theme of “recycling” to address in conjunction with their projects. The middle school team the Daughters of Athena focused on styrofoam and earned top scores until their robot broke. The elementary-age Lego Phoenix took home a second place trophy for their project on recycling school milk cartons. Their peers the Jurassic Lego’s were recognized with innovation and best project awards for designing bottles that attach to each other to eliminate soda bottle rings that get wrapped around the necks of animals.


Wisconsin Senate Holding Final Meeting Of The Year


3/15/16 – More than 80 bills are on the agenda for the Wisconsin Senate’s final meeting of the year on Tuesday. Some, but not all of Governor Scott Walker’s college affordability plan is up for approval. One of the key parts of the package will die because Senate leaders did not put it up for a vote — the one that ends limits on income tax deductions for student loan interest. Also, the Senate will act on some — but not all — of the Assembly’s package to help Alzheimer’s-and-dementia patients and their caregivers. G-O-P leaders agreed to act on an extra one-million dollars in funding for respite care, plus a pilot program for new county response units for dementia-related emergencies. G-O-P leaders did not include most politically-contentious bills the Assembly left when it adjourned in late February. That includes the “sanctuary cities” bill in which cities would lose state aid if they order police not to ask about a suspect’s immigration status if they feel it’s justified. Republican Steve Nass (nahss) of Whitewater — who’s not among the senators up for re-election this fall — calls the death of the bill an “adherence to political correctness.”


Senate Incumbent Reveals Nephew Died Of Heroin


3/15/16 – U-S Senator Ron Johnson says for the first time that he has a nephew who died from heroin addiction. The Wisconsin Republican gave a few details about it Monday, when he appeared with state Attorney General Brad Schimel in a teleconference about a bill to give states more money for anti-drug programs. Johnson would not identify the nephew — but he says the person suffered a sports injury, became addicted to opiate painkillers, and then resorted less expensive heroin before dying from an overdose two months ago. Schimel promoted the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which passed the Senate 94-to-one last week with a similar bill pending in the House.


Waupun Man Accused Of Attacking Officer Has Bond Set


3/15/16 – Bond was set at $1,000 yesterday for a Horicon man accused of making physical contact with an officer.  Caleb Hagy is facing a felony count of Threatening an Officer along with misdemeanor counts of Resisting an Officer, Obstructing an Officer, and Disorderly Conduct, all as a repeat offender.  According to the criminal complaint, police received a call Friday night from a man who wanted Hagy out of his apartment.  Upon arrival, Hagy allegedly pushed one of the officers and a struggle ensued.  When placed in the back of a squad car, the 22-year-old banged his head multiple times against the cage between the front and back seats.  Hagy reportedly threatened to injure or kill the officer multiple times.  If he is found guilty on all counts, Hagy faces over seven years in prison.  A preliminary hearing is set for March 31.


Bond Set For Beaver Dam Woman Accused Of Thefts


3/15/16 – Bond was set at $1,000 yesterday for a Beaver Dam woman accused of stealing from multiple family members.  Emily Hanefeld is facing five felony counts including Burglary, Theft, and Forgery; along with three misdemeanors.  The 24-year-old allegedly twice broke into her family’s shop in Burnett to steal tools and also took cash and checks from other relatives.  Hanefeld reportedly cashed the checks at various Beaver Dam stores and used the money to fund her heroin addiction.  If she is found guilty on all charges, Hanefeld faces over 38 years in prison.  A preliminary hearing is set for March 24.


Platteville Campus Re-Opening Today


3/15/16 – U-W Platteville is re-opening today, after a report of an armed man in a campus restroom caused an early closure of the campus Monday. Chancellor Dennis Shields says a student pulled a fire alarm after hearing a click and seeing a gun-barrel in Ullsvik Hall, a classroom building. Interim campus Police Chief Jason Williams quoted the student as saying the gun was an A-K-47 assault rifle. Classes shut down about 1:30 p-m, 40 minutes after the alarm was pulled — and only essential personnel were allowed to stay, while dorm residents went to their respective residence halls. There were no reports of gunshots or injuries, and those with belongings in Ullsvik Hall were allowed to pick them about 2:50 after authorities swept the campus and did not find a suspect.


Uber To Start Paying To Pick Up Passengers At Mitchell International


3/15/16 – Wisconsin’s largest airport is starting a three-month pilot program in which Uber and Lyft will start paying to pick up passengers. Starting today (Tuesday), both ride-sharing companies will pay Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport three-dollars for each person they pick up from the baggage claim area. Officials in Milwaukee County, which owns Mitchell, say the 90-day pilot program is expected to result in a permanent policy to incorporate Uber and Lyft as part of the airport’s ground transportation. Milwaukee is the latest U-S airport to try and get ride-sharing firms to pay their share of user costs, spurred by taxi drivers who say Uber often charges 15-dollars less for rides from the airport to downtown Milwaukee.