News – March 20, 2019

(Juneau) The Dodge County Board adopted a resolution last night that asks the state legislature to enact laws that would give local municipalities more authority to regulate strip clubs. The resolution states that annual review of liquor licensing alone is not effective in curbing unlawful actions that could occur in strip clubs. Recent filings in state and federal court allege prostitution at two Dodge County strip clubs – in Lebanon and Clyman – both of which have since closed their doors.

(Fond du Lac) The Fond du Lac County Board last (Tuesday) night unanimously approved a resolution to repeal the sunset clause for the county’s half percent sales tax. The sales tax would have sunset at the conclusion of 2021 if the board had not repealed the clause. By a 22-to-1 vote, the board also approved a resolution that will allow the county to begin sharing some of that sales tax revenue with municipalities across the county for property tax relief. That revenue sharing will not begin until 2022. How much will be shared has to be determined and will be up to the board that is elected in April of next year.

(Columbus) Columbia County is starting to spring back from recent flooding. Officials announced yesterday that both lanes of Highway 44 in Pardeeville are back open along with Highway 113 near Lodi. In Columbus, the bridge at Highway 16-and-60 remains closed but Highway 60 at River Road is back open.

(Columbus) Meanwhile, residents of Larson House Memory Care and Assisted Living in Columbus returned home after a four-day evacuation. A resident named Shirley was quoted in a press release as saying, “There is no place like home.”

(Beaver Dam) The painting of the water tower in downtown Beaver Dam has been delayed until next year. The city put the project out to bid in November following the approval of a new design. Director of Utilities Rob Minnema says two cellular carriers have antennae on the tower that would have to be relocated. The carriers have indicated that new equipment that would provide faster cell phone service – a 5G network – is expected to be installed during the same timeframe as the rehabilitation. Minnema says it would not be cost effective to reinstall soon-to-be outdated equipment on the newly-painted tower.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce is hosting a debate next Wednesday with the candidates in contested races for city council and school board. Panelists confirmed include the contenders in aldermanic ward’s three, five and seven along with four of the five candidates for Beaver Dam school board. The format allows for opening and closing statements, questions from the media, questions from the public and questions among the candidates. The Spring Election Candidates Forum will be held next Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Veteran’s Center on Beichl Avenue.

(Green Lake) Authorities have identified the Michigan man who died following a head on crash near the City of Green Lake Monday morning. 27-year-old Scott Cooper died from his injuries after his pickup collided with a garbage truck. Cooper’s passenger, 34-year-old Darrick Magee of Sheboygan, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the garbage truck, 44-year-old Bradley Burchardt of Beaver Dam, was not injured.

(Fox Lake) A Milwaukee woman accused of bringing an illegal substance into Fox Lake Correctional entered a not guilty plea during her arraignment hearing yesterday. Sophia Guarnero was allegedly overheard in a phone conversation with an inmate that she was bringing chicken and waffles as well as an illegal drug. When Guarnero arrived at the institution on November 17 she was questioned and at first denied the accusations.  According to the criminal complaint, the 35-year-old later produced a cellophane wrapped object that reportedly contained three small balloons that were filled with marijuana.