News – November 2, 2019

(Waupun) A Beaver Dam woman was sentenced to seven years in prison today (Friday) for her role in an overdose death. In August, Jackie Meyer pled no contest to First Degree Reckless Homicide. The 40-year-old supplied the heroin and cocaine that killed Karen Sadowski. Prosecutors said Meyer took Sadowski to her drug dealer in Madison. After the overdose, Meyer – who had a warrant out for her arrest – apparently fled to a friend’s house and asked her fiancé to cover for her lies. During sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Gilbert Thompson said Meyers has a documented history of providing illegal drugs to people. Meyers was also placed on extended supervision for 10 years.

(Mayville) The city of Mayville is looking to offer assistance to homeowners who experienced hardship due to severe storms last month. The Finance Committee this week unanimously approved low interest loans for flooding hardship. Mayor Rob Boelk says residents would be able take a loan for up to $10,000 to be paid back at two-and-a-half-percent over a five year period. Boelk says the city treasurer is compiling a list of individuals who would be interested in a low interest loan. He says the matter still needs final approval by the city council during their next meeting.

(Juneau) The Dodgeland School Board adopted their 2019-2020 district budget this week. The $10.6-million-dollar document carries a tax levy of $3.5-million, down roughly $200-thousand-dollars from last year. The mill rate of $9.65 per $1,000 of assessed value is a decrease of a $1.50, which is the lowest it’s been since the 2003-2004 school year. Property values in the district jumped up by $36.7-million-dollars while enrollment declined by 52 students.

(Waupun) The Waupun School Board adopted their 2019-2020 district budget this week. Residents will see a slight decrease in their tax bill, the $9.33 mill rate is down 35-cents from last year. District-wide property values are up $31-million-dollars which helps contribute to a modest $74-thousand dollar decrease in the tax levy which sits at $9.9-million. Overall spending also saw a drop from $43.5-million-dollars one year ago to $31.6-million this year, thanks in part to the completion of a referendum approved by voters in 2016.

(Milwaukee) Milwaukee city leaders seem to making a serious push to host the G-7 Summit next year. The effort comes after President Trump was pressured into not hosting the event at one of his own resorts.  Mayor Tom Barrett has sent a letter to the White House promoting the city, and Vice President Mike Pence told local officials Milwaukee is being considered while he made a visit last week.  Locations to actually host the event itself could be the American Club in Kohler or one of several resorts in Lake Geneva.

(Madison) Veterans from Beaver Dam, Juneau, Watertown and Waupun are taking the Badger Honor Flight today, touring various sites throughout Washington D.C. In total, 87 veterans are on the flight which is the fifth and final flight for the 2019 season. Organizer Jim Bublitz says one veteran is from World War II, three from Korea and 83 veterans are from Vietnam. Upon returning to Madison tonight, Bublitz encourages the public to arrive at the airport around 7:30pm and says the flight should land around 8:45pm.

(Beaver Dam) Your weekend will be one hour longer.  Daylight savings time ends at 2am Sunday, when the clock goes back to 1am.  Beaver Dam Fire Department Public Education Coordinator Chris Ackley says it is especially important when you set your clocks back one hour to also replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Approximately 500 people are treated at hospital emergency rooms across the state annually for carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.