News – November 15, 2016

Dodge County Board Adopts 2017 Budget


11/15/16 – Dodge County taxes will stay fairly level in 2017.  The county board this morning approved the nearly $112,000,000 budget, which brings a tax levy north of $33,000,000.  The mill rate of $5.63 per thousand dollars of assessed value is down four cents from the number homeowners saw last December, but property values are up nearly one percent to $5,900,000,000.


BDUSD Moving Quickly On Referendum Project


11/15/16 – The Beaver Dam School District is not wasting any time planning for districtwide reconstruction projects following last week’s passage of a $48.9-million-dollar referendum. Superintendent Steve Vessey told the school board last night that the board will have two very important choices to make before a special December 5 board meeting. The first priority is to get a construction manager under contract that can meet the districts strict timeline. Complicating that is the fact that $800-million-dollars in school funding referenda passed statewide last week, and the number of construction firms that can handle large projects in a short amount of time is limited. Vessey says the second immediate task before the board is to consider changes to the school calendar starting in January and continuing through the all of next year. He says the less day’s children are in school, the greater the cost savings. As a result, the school board will have to decide on a plan that could increase the length of the school day while shortening the school year. Details have not yet been made available. Vessey says the timeline is very tight and the district told the public only one school year would be disrupted by construction and the proper steps need to be taken to deliver on that promise. District officials have already had a meeting with their consultant and a potential project manager. The preliminary timeline developed has the renovations complete in mid-August of 2018, leaving a ten-day cushion.


Mayville Council Adopts City’s 2017 Budget


11/15/16 – Mayville residents will see a decrease in the mill rate for the city portion of their taxes.  The $9.17 tax rate approved last night is $0.17 less than the number homeowners saw last December, meaning the owner of a $150,000 home would pay $25.50 less for the city portion of their tax bill.  However, property values did increase by roughly $4,000,000 to nearly $311,000,000.  The $8,750,000 budget brings a tax levy of $2,840,000, $28,000 less than the 2016 document.  Total expenses are down roughly $600,000, which City Treasurer Lois Krueger says is largely due to less borrowing for street projects in 2017 than in 2016.  The city is also entering the final year of its nine-year plan aimed at eliminating debt.  Krueger says the 2017 budget includes an extra $150,000 that was levied for to take the city of its deficit.  According to Krueger, the city should finish the nine-year plan on schedule and will begin to build a reserve of roughly $800,000.  Krueger says this budget allows Mayville to once again qualify for the state’s expenditure restraint program, which rewards municipalities that keep spending in check.


State GOP Leaders Keeping Top Leaders In Place


11/15/16 – Wisconsin Assembly Republicans are keeping their top leaders in place for the next two-year session. Speaker Robin Vos was reelected Monday by his fellow Republicans, and Majority Leader Jim Steineke survived a challenge from Waupaca’s Kevin Petersen. The Assembly gained one member in last week’s elections, creating a sizable 64-35 majority. Steineke says he expects states to have less federal interference and more control of its own policies with Donald Trump as president and Trump’s fellow Republicans in charge of Congress. Assembly Democrats are scheduled to elect their new leaders Tuesday, and reports say Kenosha’s Peter Barca is expected to be unopposed to stay on as the minority leader of the lower house.


Federal Judge Orders Dassey Released, AG Objecting


11/15/16 – Brendan Dassey is still behind bars, as the state challenges a federal judge’s order to free the Manitowoc County man whose conviction was overturned after the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.” Milwaukee Magistrate Judge William Duffin says the 27-year-old Dassey must get a supervised release from prison with a number of conditions until the case is settled. Attorney General Brad Schimel says he’s filing an emergency request to delay the judge’s decision until the state can make its case for keeping Dassey imprisoned — but a Dassey lawyer expects his client “home by Thanksgiving.” Duffin says Dassey is not likely to flee if he’s let go, because his family is based in northeast Wisconsin and a detailed plan for his freedom includes time with an area social worker. Duffin ruled in August that Dassey’s conviction be thrown out for the Halloween 2005 killing of Teresa Halbach — and the state is appealing that ruling, as well as an effort by Dassey’s uncle Steven Avery to have a new trial in his case.


Bond Set For Watertown Man Accused Of Child Sex Assault


11/15/16 – Bond was set at $10,000 yesterday for a Watertown man accused of having inappropriate contact with a teenager. Charles A. Schmidt is charged with two felony counts of Sexual Assault of a Child Under 16 Years of Age. An anonymous tipster allegedly told police about the relationship the 22-year-old was having with the teen. The victim told police they were in a physical relationship for over one month before breaking up. Schmidt reportedly told authorities that he had contact with her on one-or-two occasions and was aware of her age. If convicted, the charges carry a combined maximum of 80 years in prison. Schmidt’s preliminary hearing in a Dodge County courtroom is December 1.


Lomira Man Charged With Ninth OWI Following Chase


11/15/16 – A 50-year-old Lomira man is facing his ninth drunken driving charge along with a felony count of Eluding and Officer for a pursuit that started in Washington County and ended up in the man’s driveway Sunday evening. Sheriff’s officials say they got a call about a black pick-up truck that was “all over the road.” Other drivers were afraid to go around the truck. Speeds varied up to 100 miles an hour during the pursuit. The man hit several construction barrels and twice sideswiped a temporary concrete wall in a construction zone. Dodge County Sheriff’s deputies and Lomira Police aided the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.


Inmate Accused Of Attacking Corrections Officer


11/15/16 – A Dodge Correctional Institution inmate is accused of attacking a corrections officer.  Brian K. Adams is facing one felony count of Battery by Prisoners for allegedly hitting the officer in the face when questioned about leaving his cell without permission in July.  If he is convicted, the 28-year-old faces up to six additional years in prison.  Adams’ initial appearance is December 13.


BD DPW Garage Closed Saturdays After This Weekend


11/15/16 – After this weekend, the Beaver Dam Public Works Garage will be closed on Saturdays. Yard waste can be dropped off at the garage at 640 South Center Street for the last time on a Saturday from 10am to 2pm. No waste of any kind will be accepted from contractors or from people who are not Beaver Dam residents.  Saturday hours will pick back up in the spring. If you are unable to drop off your waste this weekend, the public works garage will still be open weekdays 7am to 3:30pm.


Two Vehicle Rollover With Injuries In Beaver Dam


11/15/16 – There was a two-vehicle rollover injury accident inside Beaver Dam city limits Sunday.  The wreck occurred at the intersection of Stone Street and Lincoln Avenue.  A 34-year-old Beaver Dam received a citation for driving without insurance.