News – March 22, 2016

Finances, Facilities Among Consolidation Talking Points


3/22/16 – Even though Horicon and Mayville’s school districts are facing projected budget deficits, members of the Horicon school board reiterated at last night’s regular meeting that learning opportunities, not money, is the driving factor in a possible consolidation.  If the districts do merge, they would receive roughly $11,000,000 from the state over a five year span.  Horicon Superintendent Gary Berger says the possibility of that offer disappearing during any legislative session could be problematic if a consolidation is not approved this year but ends up being necessary a few years down the road.  At a joint meeting earlier this month, the two boards discussed facility options for a consolidated district.  The goal would be to have grades nine through 12 in one building.  It is still uncertain if grades six through eight would also merge.  Berger says the Horicon High School would likely need six new classrooms, a new auditorium, and additions to the technical education shop, cafeteria, and office area to house the joint nine through 12.  Another joint meeting to discuss facilities is set for April 11.  To appear on November’s ballot, both school boards would have to approve the consolidation by July, roughly one year after Mayville first approached Horicon with the idea.


Waterworks Park Kayak Dock, Launch Dedication Planned In May


3/22/16 – The Beaver Dam Lake Improvement Association plans to cut the ribbon a new kayak dock and launch pad at Waterworks Park in two months. The launch will complement a kayak storage shelter being constructed by the city at the same park. Association President Bill Boettge updated the city’s Operations Committee last night that the Lake Improvement Association had a booth at a kayaking convention in Madison over the weekend detailing the benefits of kayaking on Beaver Dam Lake to the thousands in attendance. The booth had a sign that read: “Beaver Dam, the state’s 16th largest lake is ready for kayaking.” The Beaver Dam School District donated to the city several of the canoes, kayaks and paddle boats they had obtained with a federal grant. The $20-thousand dollars watercraft rental and storage shelter that the city is constructing should be complete in early summer. A dedication for the kayak launch and dock will be held on May 19 with a special recognition for Randy Fiegel of Beaver Dam who posthumously donated the funds.


Mustskis To Install Concrete Stage At Tahoe Park


3/22/16 – The Beaverland Mustskis will have a new concrete stage this season. Tom Stebbins with the Mustskis gave the city’s Operations Committee and update yesterday. Stebbins says the 80-foot by 20-foot stage will be located on the shore in front of the bleachers. The concrete pad will cost $7500 paid for with funds raised by the water ski team.


Three Left Turns Eliminated In North Spring Street Concept Plan


3/22/16 – The Beaver Dam Operations Committee approved a concept plan for the 2018 reconstruction of North Spring Street. The project will run from Maple Avenue to Mackie Street. Among the notable changes, the elimination of left-hand turns into the Post Office, middle school track and library. There will also be five-foot bike lanes added on both sides of the new roadway and the complete elimination of parking from East Mackie to Third Street.


Three Streets Added To Weight Restrictions Ordinance


3/22/16 – Three Beaver Dam streets will see restrictions on the size trucks that are allowed, following common council action last night. All of Chatham Street is now subject to a 10-thousand pound maximum weight limit along with both East Mill and Henry streets from South Lincoln to South University. One Chatham Street resident spoke in favor of the restrictions last night noting that the street is in a residential neighborhood near a park.


Columbus Gets New Senior Center Director


3/22/16 – The City of Columbus has a new Senior Center Director. Kim Lang spent her first day on the job Monday at the center trying to learn names and taking in her first seniors’ program dealing with the many types of elderly scams. Lang and her husband have lived in the Columbus / Fall River area for the past 20 years. The Columbus Senior Center is located downtown next to City Hall on Dickason Blvd.  Day-to-day operations and a monthly newsletter are managed by an advisory board who report to City Administrator Patrick Vander Sanden. Lang was hired after a three month search.


Horicon Police Looking For Gas Thief


3/22/16 – The Horicon Police Department is looking into a gas theft from earlier this month.  One of the diesel pumps at the Kwik Trip on Barstow Street was reportedly tampered with between 7:05-7:35 pm on March 11.  The outside cover was removed, and a pin was removed from the pulser inside that monitors the number of gallons being pumped.  The store was tipped off six days later by the company that monitors its pumps.  309 gallons were taken at the same time as a sale of 119 gallons.  The driver had a thick middle-eastern accent.  Anyone with information should contact Horicon police.


Waupun Man Allegedly Cut Another Man With Scissors


3/22/16 – Waupun Police are looking for a 31-year-old Waupun man who cut another man on the nose with scissors Saturday night. Police Chief Dale Heeringa says Police were dispatched for what was being called a stabbing in the 100 block of East Franklin Street. When they arrived they found out the victim, a 26-year-old Waupun man, had a small injury to his nose. Charges pending with the Fond du Lac County District Attorney’s office include domestic abuse related disorderly conduct, and battery.


Stoughton Man Dies In Dane County Boating Accident


3/22/16 – A 51-year-old Stoughton man has died in a boating incident on a lake south of Madison. Dane County authorities say a resident heard someone yelling for help yesterday (Monday) afternoon, and then saw a boat about 200 yards off the shore of Lake Kegonsa. Rescuers recovered the man and took him to U-W Hospital in Madison, where he died. Sheriff’s deputies were not sure if anybody else was in the man’s 12-foot boat. But witnesses later said the unidentified man was the only person on board when he left a launch area to go fishing.


Suspect In Fatal Neenah Standoff Seeks New Public Defender


3/22/16 – A Stevens Point man wants a new public defender on charges that he took hostages in Neenah while police killed one of them. Forty-six year old Brian Flatoff had his previous lawyer, Colleen Bradley, step down because she won’t complete his case before she leaves her job in May. Flatoff was supposed to enter pleas yesterday (Monday) to 16 Winnebago County charges that include felony murder, attempted homicide, and false imprisonment — but the arraignment was delayed until April eleventh. Authorities say Flatoff got drunk at a female friend’s house in December, where he shot a bullet into a wall — and he then went to Eagle Nations Cycles to get back a motorcycle he previously sold. Officials say he took hostages, and police shot store co-founder Michael Funk after he ignored commands to drop his gun.


High Turnout Expected In April Election


3/22/16 – A 40-percent voter turnout is predicted in Wisconsin two weeks from today (Tuesday), the largest for a presidential primary in 36 years. The state Government Accountability Board expects one-and-three-quarter million eligible voters to go to the polls. Board director Kevin Kennedy says Republican Donald Trump will attract new voters, both for and against him — and a tight race between Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will also be a big draw. A 40-percent turnout would be the largest in the state since 1980, when Republican Ronald Reagan was on his way to winning his first term in the White House. Milwaukee election officials predict a 50-to-60 percent turnout due to the presidential primary, plus strong contests for the State Supreme Court and Milwaukee County executive.


Lazich Not Seeking Re-Election


3/22/16 – The president of the Wisconsin Senate will not run for re-election this fall. Republican Mary Lazich of New Berlin will leave after serving 24 years in the Legislature — first in the Assembly in 1993, then as a senator since ’98. She did not say why she’s stepping down — but in a statement, she noted “turbulent times,” “hard work,” and “great rewards” in making Wisconsin more “fiscally secure” with numerous reforms. Lazich was the fifth Senate president and the first woman to serve since the post was created in 1979 — when a constitutional amendment allowed a member to preside over Senate proceedings instead of the lieutenant governor. Assembly Republican Dave Craig of Big Bend tells WisPolitics-Dot-Com he’ll run for the Senate post.


Protestors Flank Johnson In Milwaukee


3/22/16 – Close to three dozen protesters gather at Milwaukee’s City Hall against U-S Senator Ron Johnson’s effort to stall the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee. The Wisconsin Republican says he’s willing to meet with Obama nominee Merrick Garland. But Johnson and others in the G-O-P still insist that the Senate wait until the next president can appoint a replacement to the late conservative Antonin Scalia. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett told the City Hall protestors that if senators don’t want to do their constitutional jobs, they should “stop taking their pay.” During the protest, a plane flew over downtown Milwaukee with a banner reading, “Senator Johnson, Do Your Job.”