News – March 9, 2016

Mayville Mayoral Candidates Debate Issues At City Hall


3/9/16 – Mayville mayoral candidates and current city aldermen Rob Boelk and Joe Hohmann shared their stances on a number of issues during a debate at city hall last night.  Boelk says his primary goals include staying on track with the city’s nine-year financial recovery plan and ensuring the Highway 28/67 reconstruction is completed in a timely manner while Hohmann wants to ensure the safety of city employees and decrease taxes.  Hohmann believes his financial plan will help all residents, including business owners.  He wants to finish out the nine-year plan, decrease taxes, and use some of the nine-year plan funds to make up front payments for capital improvements in an effort to reduce the $1.19-million dollars paid on the debt each year.  Boelk says he wants to encourage businesses to move to Mayville by creating a committee that can work on ideas to attract business such as façade, loan, and grant programs.  Employee health insurance was a contentious issue last night.  Hohmann says he led the fight to increase employee healthcare benefits.  Boelk says that while he supports changes to a certain extent, the council went too far as city employees are making less money this year than in 2015. Boelk and Hohmann will have another debate on the March 31 edition of WBEV’s Community ahead, five days before the election.


Contested Mayville Aldermanic Races Follow Mayoral Debate


3/9/16 – After the mayoral debate, candidates in Mayville’s two contested aldermanic races were given a chance to address voters.  Ward Two incumbent Andrew Shoemaker joined the council in December after the seat was vacated.  Shoemaker says he does not have much political experience but is excited to learn and serve his constituents.  He wants to vote on matters based on his constituents views, not his own.  Bob Smith is challenging Shoemaker and was on the council when the city implemented its nine-year financial recovery plan.  He says his experience is one of his best assets and feels he can help the city at this time.  Ken Neumann is the alderman who vacated the ward two seat when he moved last fall.  He is now running for the wards four, seven, and eight seat.  Neumann says he championed the city’s outdoor dining ordinance and would like to establish a dog park in Mayville.  Eugene Frings is opposing Neumann for the seat currently held by Vince Longo, who filed non-candidacy.  Frings says his goal is to increase the tax base and attract businesses by promoting Mayville’s strengths.  In addition to the ward two and wards four, seven, and eight seats, ward six is up for election.  Joe Hohmann decided not to run for re-election so he could focus on his mayoral bid.  Kim Olson filed declaration of candidacy papers and can run as a write-in.


Offer To Purchase Drafted For Juneau Industrial Park


3/9/16 – Juneau Mayor Dan Wegener reported potential activity in the city’s industrial park at last night’s council meeting. Wegener says one party is interested in an established parcel; a purchase price has been agreed to and an offer-to-purchase is being assembled. Also, the mayor says an existing property owner in the industrial park is interested in a land swap. The 50-acre industrial park on the southwest side of town is about one-third full.  The council Tuesday night also approved an agreement between the Juneau Fire Department and the Dodge County Speedway Association. The fire department will be paid $400 for each race. The contract begins on April 17 and runs through August 28. Five divisions are run at the fairgrounds and the season opener is April 24. The Dodge County Firefighters Tournament Parade will be held in Juneau on Sunday, August 7. The common council last night approved a parade permit for the event.


Beaver Dam Residents To See Bulk Pick-Up Restrictions


3/9/16 – Starting next year, Beaver Dam residents will have more restrictions on the type of items they can leave at the curb during bulk pick-up. The city has entered into a five-year contract with waste hauler Advanced Disposal. In a cost saving move, city officials opted for a zero-increase plan that will avoid a $25-thosuand dollars increase over the life of the contract. Items like couches, chairs, mattresses, box springs, cabinets and carpet rolls will continue to be collected. However, starting with next year’s bulk pick-up in May, Advanced Disposal will no longer pick-up doors and windows or piles of loose lumber or construction materials. Those items either need to be broken down into the regular trash cart or brought to the drop-off center during on Wednesday and Saturday drop-off opportunities twice per month at the Wastewater Treatment Plant off Beltline Drive. Jeremy Klug with the city’s Department of Public Works says the company wants to focus on bulk items not piles of garbage from spring cleaning that could otherwise fit into the weekly collection cart. In addition, appliances, tires and large batteries will no longer be picked-up curbside or accepted at the drop-off center starting with next year’s contract. Curbside bulk pick-up in Beaver Dam is offered during May and October.


Two More Suspected Cases Of Elizabeth-kingia


3/9/16 – Federal health officials say they have found two more suspected cases of the deadly Elizabeth-kingia bacterial infection in Wisconsin. Officials have not announced any new confirmed cases beyond the 18 deaths and 26 illnesses reported one week ago. State-and-federal health investigators continue to look for locations, food sources, and medical products where the disease might have originated. The latest outbreak remains confined to Wisconsin, and the U-S Centers for Disease Control have sent three more investigators to the Badger State for a total of eight. Officials say most of those infected have been 65-and-older, most with serious underlying health issues and all from the southern half of the state including Columbia, Jefferson, Dane, Fond du Lac, Washington and Dodge counties.


Four MEC Employees Transported Following Gas Odor


3/9/16 – Four employees at Mayville Engineering Company in Beaver Dam were transported to the hospital late Monday evening. Authorities responded to reports of the smell of gas around 9pm at the manufacturing facility on Corporate Drive. Fire Chief Alan Mannel says that several employees were feeling ill. The four most affected were transported to Beaver Dam Community Hospital with flu-like symptoms. The scene was turned over to Alliant Energy to investigate the gas odor.


Beaver Dam Man Guilty Of Hit-And-Run Accident


3/9/16 – A Beaver Dam man pled no contest yesterday to injuring another driver in a car accident.  Eric Nelson Jr. was found guilty on felony Hit and Run and Bail Jumping counts.  Guilt was withheld on a felony Drug Possession count since Nelson Jr. entered into a deferred prosecution agreement.  Four other charges were dismissed, three of which were read into the record.  The 20-year-old failed to yield the right-of-way at a stop sign in the Town of Beaver Dam in November.  The other driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.  Nelson Jr. fled the scene but later returned, telling officers he was scared since his license was revoked from an underage drinking incident.  Drug paraphernalia was found near the driver’s seat.  Nelson Jr. had a prison sentence withheld.  He will spend six months in jail and must stay away from alcohol and drugs.


Relay For Life Meeting Tonight In Beaver Dam


3/9/16 – The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of the Beaver Dam Area has a team meeting tonight.  Anyone who is already signed up for a team or is interested in creating or joining a team is encouraged to attend.  The meeting starts at 6pm in the Beaver Dam Community Hospital’s Conference Room G, which is in the Warren Street Building.  This year’s Relay for Life event is June 17 and 18 at the Beaver Dam High School track.