News – October 10, 2016

Town of Fox Lake Zoning Authority Vote Tonight

10/10/16 – The zoning controversy in the Town of Fox Lake may take yet another turn tonight as another meeting of the electorate has been called. It is the third time since the board’s annual meeting in April that members of the public circulated petitions with enough signatures to trigger such a meeting. In April, former township supervisor and current county board member Ed Benter, along with a group of about two dozen residents, successfully introduced a motion to rescind the townships so-called “village powers.” That prohibited the town from enforcing a recently-adopted eyesore ordinance and using its zoning administrator. In July, township voters successfully petitioned for a special meeting and the overflow crowd overwhelmingly reversed the vote from the annual meeting, reinstating village powers. Later that same night, the Fox Lake Town Board voted 3-to-2 to transfer the townships zoning authority to the county. The vote had a similar effect to stripping village powers, also eliminating the zoning administrator and ordinance enforcement. Last month, township resident Kathy Rydquist submitted a petition with 187 signatures, over three times what is needed. The petition forces a meeting of the electorate tonight to vote on a possible reversal of the town board’s July decision and the reinstatement of local zoning authority as it was prior to the annual meeting. Tonight’s special meeting will be held at 5:30pm at Fox Lake Town Hall on County Highway F. All qualified registered voters of the Town of Fox Lake can cast a ballot.

Eight From Southern Wisconsin Killed Weekend Wrecks

10/10/16 – Medical examiners have identified four people killed in three traffic crashes being investigated in south central Wisconsin. Rock County sheriff’s officials say 28-year-old Robert Frank of Milton and 16-year-old Hannah Church of Fort Atkinson died late Friday night, when the vehicles they were driving collided head on near Milton on Highway 26 — and a 16-year-old girl in Church’s auto was seriously injured. In Dane County, Madison town police say 40-year-old Timoteo Lopez-Bacilio of Madison was driving the wrong way on the city’s Beltline early Saturday when his car collided with an oncoming semi — and the truck driver had non-life-threatening injuries. Dane County deputies also say 24-year-old Kyle Clay of Whitewater was killed Friday, when his pickup truck veered into the other lane and hit an oncoming semi, the driver of which had non-life-threatening injuries. Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies say the 40-year-old West Allis man slammed his all-terrain unit into a tree Saturday night near Tomahawk and died at the scene. Three more deaths were reported early Sunday. In Kenosha County, sheriff’s deputies say a driver died after a sport vehicle struck a tree near Salem — and in Racine County, police say a 20-year-old man died in Mount Pleasant, after being hit by a vehicle while walking across Highway 32. In Milwaukee, police say a woman was killed when her car drove through a stop sign and collided with another auto at a west side intersection.

Dodge County Makes Changes To Insurance Plan

10/10/16 – Dodge County is making a change to its insurance plan for 2017. At its recent meeting, the executive committee signed off on raising the county’s annual deductible from $100,000 to $150,000. County Administrator Jim Mielke says that drops the county’s premium by $25,000 to a projected $227,000. Mielke says his recommendation was based on looking at the results of previous years. In the past eight years, Mielke says Dodge County only once paid the full deductible. Dodge County’s plan is through the Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Company, who provides general liability, auto liability, and accident protection for public officers’ errors to 19 Wisconsin municipalities, including 15 counties.

‘Pardon My Past’ Screened Tuesday In Beaver Dam

10/10/16 – A local historian is presenting a movie tomorrow night with ties to Beaver Dam as part of the city’s 175th anniversary. Roger Noll says “Pardon My Past” starring Fred MacMurray is known locally as “the Beaver Dam movie” with ten direct references to the city. Noll says the movie was the only time MacMurray acted as producer and he used the opportunity to put his hometown in the spotlight. Pardon my past will be shown at the Beaver Dam Community Library beginning with an intro by Noll at 6pm.

Columbus Country Club Implementing Improvements Plan

10/10/16 – The Columbus Country Club is moving forward with borrowing for improvements now that a property lease extension has been granted. At its most recent meeting, the Columbus city council approved the 20-year extension. Plans to improve the club house and parking lot along with adding new equipment have already been developed and approved by the country club’s board of directors. The current country club lease would have been up for renewal in 2022.

Local Vehicle Sales Down In September, 2016

10/10/16 – Vehicle sales in our local area were down in September and through the first nine months of the year. According to the Waterloo-based industry tracking firm RegTrak, Dodge County had 307 vehicle sales last month, over nine-percent less than the 338 sold in September 2015. Truck sales were down over four-and-a-half percent while car sales dropped nearly 21-percent. The county’s year-to-date sales were four-and-a-half percent less than the same time period from last year, dropping from 2,736 to 2,613. In Columbia County, there were 246 vehicles sold last month, a 17-percent drop from the 297 that rolled off the lots last September. Year-to-date sales were down over 11-percent from 2,081 to 1,844. Jefferson County’s 271 sales last month were 12 more than in September 2015, a four-point-six percent increase. However, year-to-date sales were down over four-percent from 2,129 to 2,040. The nine-county south central Wisconsin region had a total of 4,329 vehicle sales last month, a four-percent drop from the 4,508 sold in September 2015. Through the first nine months of this year, sales were down two-point-eight percent from 34,888 to 33,921.

BDCH Foundation Grant Deadline Is Next Monday

10/10/16 – The Beaver Dam Community Hospitals Foundation is accepting applications for grant funding requests through mid-month. Grant requests must be consistent with the mission of the Beaver Dam Community Hospitals Foundation and are intended to support community projects and programs that promote the health and wellness within the geographic area served by the hospital. In a press release, representatives from the foundation say the Board of Directors is keenly aware of the increasing costs of maintaining the high standards of care and service that our communities rely on. Therefore, the mission of the foundation is to raise and direct funds in support of the independent Beaver Dam Community Hospital, local healthcare and community health programs. Applications received after the October 17 deadline will automatically be reviewed during the next Foundation grant cycle. More information is available at, a link is on our website