News – May 24, 2016

Waupun School Board Reviews Referendum Survey Results


5/24/16 – The Waupun School Board Monday night got their first look at the results of a survey gauging community support for a fall referendum. The surveys went out last month and 1206 were returned by last Monday’s deadline. The district is considering a $36.8-million dollar referendum to cover maintenance needs, security upgrades, and classroom renovations.  The district has $36-million dollars from a previous referendum coming off the books in 2018.  The survey asked if district residents would support the referendum if it only added $5 to the tax bill of a $100-thousand dollar home. Sixty-six percent of all residents who took the survey indicated they would support the referendum. Bill Foster, with the survey company School Perceptions, says if the vote were today the referendum would likely be successful. Foster says there was not as much support for a separate $8.6-million dollar question to construct an auditorium. Only 26-percent support the $45-per-hundred-thousand dollars annually it would add a property tax bill. Foster says he if the referendum were today he would say with a high degree of confidence that it would not be successful. A Facilities Advisory Committee will meet on June 6th to make a recommendation to the full school board which will ultimately decide if the district should proceed to referendum and if so, what they will specifically ask taxpayers. School officials say the classroom renovation would allow for a better student learning environment. Basic maintenance includes boiler and window updates, plumbing work, and partial roof replacements.  Safety upgrades would involve moving the office area to the outside of each building so staff can more closely monitor the entrances.


Mayville Intersection Not Becoming Four-Way Stop


5/24/16 – The intersection of John Street and Ruedebusch Avenue will not become a four-way stop.  No motion was made on the possible action item at last night’s Public Safety Committee meeting.  In recent months, some residents have expressed concerns over the amount of traffic, especially large vehicles, which drive that route.  Last month, Police Chief Chris MacNeill stated his opposition to the suggestion of dropping the speed limit on John Street from 25 miles per hour to 20.  Last night, MacNeill spoke out against the stop signs, saying they are not a means of speed control.  The police department conducted a two-day study of the intersection earlier this month.  The average speed recorded was 27 miles per hour, which MacNeill says does not justify action.  To make it a four-way stop, MacNeill says the state would have to conduct an official study that analyzed crash date and the number of vehicles that travel the road on a daily basis.  It would look at a number of factors including how long vehicles would be delayed at the stop sign.  According to MacNeill, there are no blind spots at the intersection and the visibility is excellent.  He says his department will look for ways to monitor and slow down larger vehicles that go over the speed limit in that stretch.  MacNeill says over-regulating could leave the city vulnerable to a lawsuit if there were a crash at the intersection and it was deemed the stop signs were placed without good reason.


Lake Country Moving To Mayville Business Park


5/24/16 – One of Mayville’s businesses is expanding.  Lake Country Corporation plans to move into a 6.5 acre plot in the River Knoll Industrial Park from its current location on Horicon Street.  The Finance Committee recommended last night the city sells the property for one dollar per acre.  The council will vote on the matter next month.  No word on how many new jobs could be created.


Mayville Looking For New City Clerk


5/24/16 – The City of Mayville is looking for a new clerk.  Darlene Smith left the post earlier this month for a similar job in another municipality.  The Common Council appointed Comptroller-Treasurer Lois Krueger interim clerk last night.  Applications for the full-time position are due back to city hall by close of business Friday.


Name Of Boy Killed In Rubicon Accident Released


5/24/16 – The name of the 12-year-old boy killed on a motorized dirt bike in the Town of Rubicon Friday afternoon has been released. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt says 12-year-old Maxwell Behmke of rural Neosho was riding a bike collided with a pickup truck driven by 34-year-old Brandon Lacrosse of Neosho.  The incident occurred on County Highway NN near Tyler Road.  Lacrosse was not injured, and no citation was issued.


Allenton Man Ejected From Rollover Flighted To Froedtert


5/24/16 – Washington County Sheriff’s officials say a 23-year-old Allenton man was found lying in the southbound lanes of Interstate-41 following a one-vehicle accident in the Town of Addison early Sunday morning. Flight for Life flew the man to Froedtert Hospital with unknown injuries. Investigators say he was heading north when he entered the median and then the southbound lanes where his vehicle rolled over. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle. The accident happened about a half mile north of County Highway K.


Former Lomira Man Accused Of Injuring Infant


5/24/16 – A former Lomira man is facing felony Child Abuse charges for allegedly injuring a three-month-old. Andrew A. Freeman, who now resides in Milwaukee, allegedly fractured the infant’s leg and caused bruising to the face and tongue last October. When the child’s mother left for work he was said to be smiling and happy but when she returned he was blue and lethargic. The infant was taken to a local hospital before being Med-Flighted to Milwaukee. Freeman told investigators that the child was fussy but denied any physical contact. A doctor’s report from Children’s Hospital says the injuries were likely caused by a bottle, spoon or finger being forcibly inserted down throat or blow to the face. That resulted in a one-centimeter laceration in his throat. The left leg fracture was likely caused by a yank or twist or the force from violent shaking. If convicted, the charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. Freeman will make his initial appearance in a Dodge County courtroom next month.


Warrant Issued For Watertown Man Accused Of Burglary


5/24/16 – An arrest warrant was issued yesterday for a Watertown man who failed to make his initial appearance in Dodge County court on charges that he broke into his neighbor’s apartment.  Jerome Baker is facing felony Burglary and misdemeanor Theft counts.  The 27-year-old allegedly stole $90 in change from his neighbor last month to support his heroin addiction.  If he is convicted, Baker faces over 13 years in prison.


Beaver Dam Police Issue Warning To Man Acting Strangely In Park


5/24/16 – Beaver Dam Police responded to reports of a man exhibiting strange behavior at Swan Park over the weekend. The 42-year-old was dressed in thermal underwear, putting tape around himself, rolling on the ground and talking to people that were not there. He was warned for his behavior and banned from all city parks for two months.


Walker Presidential Campaign Deficit At $900K


5/24/16 – Despite offering souvenir campaign “T” shirts, Governor Scott Walker is still having trouble getting supporters to pay off the 900-thousand dollars he still owes from his White House bid. A new federal campaign report shows that the Republican Walker raised about 70-thousand dollars last month. That’s down from the 128-thousand his campaign picked up in March. Walker sent out a plea to his donors in April, calling himself “thrifty” and promising to give a “T” shirt to anyone giving 45 dollars or more.


Cambria Youngsters Raising Money For Troops


5/24/16 – Local children are raising money to help the military this afternoon.  Rascals and Rockers day school in Cambria is holding its eighth annual Peddle for Troops trike-a-thon.  Starting at 4pm, the kids will spend an hour riding their bikes around various courses.  Organizer Linda Hughes says the funds support retired and active members of all military branches.  In addition to raising money through pledges, a silent auction at the school runs from Noon to 5:20 pm.  Anyone who would like to sign up an active or retired military member to benefit from the program should contact Hughes at [email protected]