News – October 5, 2021

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night adopted their capital budget and borrowing plan for next year. The city has $6.6-million dollars in projects detailed, paid for with $4-million in borrowing along with a combination of grants and TIF District revenue. Over $4.5-million will be spent on streets while $1.1-million is being directed to parks. Beaver Dam has up to $71-million dollars in debt capacity under state statute. With last night’s action, the city will be at 42.6-percent capacity or $30.5-million in debt, which is $5000 less than the outstanding balance for the current year.

(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam alderperson has resigned. Ward Three Alderman Jon Abfall cited health concerns in announcing that he stepped down effective September 30. Abfall was first elected in 2015 and his seat will be on the ballot next in the spring of 2023.

(Juneau) Dodge County officials are still piecing together the 2022 budget. The county board’s Executive Committee heard a status update on the proposed document Monday. County Administrator Jim Mielke says they do not have a complete budget document as of yet and it is still a work in progress. The proposed levy limit would see no change from last year, as it’s currently constructed. That is because the county plans on removing the debt service from 2021, which would have a net neutral effect on the levy. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for November 2nd with county officials meeting a week later to go over the numbers. Final budget adoption is slated for the county board’s November meeting.

(Portage) The Columbia County Health Department will be hosting a free walk-in COVID vaccine clinics next week. County health officials say the clinic will be for a one-and-done Johnson and Johnson shot. The J and J vaccine is only offered to those 18 and older. The clinic will be at the Portage Fire Department located on 119 West Pleasant Street between 9am and 1pm Saturday (October 9th). Information about scheduling a vaccine shot is available at

(Dane County) Dane County is extending its COVID emergency order. Public Health Madison and Dane County cites a rise in COVID cases due to the Delta variant, and high community transmission. Instead of expiring on Friday, the Dane County health orders are now good through November 5th. The mandate requires everyone age two and older wear a face covering or mask in public indoor places where there are other people. – WRN

(Wisconsin) It’s flu season, and Wisconsin’s public health managers are talking about flu shots. The Department of Health Services says people should get their flu shot, regardless of COVID. Flu season typically starts in October and runs through the spring. The flu can be fatal for children and the very old. – WRN