News – October 6, 2016

City Officials: Fox Lake Mill Rate Should Stay Fairly Level

10/6/16 – City officials in Fox Lake expect the 2017 mill rate to be similar to the $9.32 per thousand dollars of assessed value that taxpayers saw last December. Budget talks are in the preliminary stages as department heads recently submitted their individual budgets ahead of last night’s committee discussions. No total budget amount or tax levy has been provided. Officials say city property values are up roughly $500,000 from last year. City Administrator Gary Rogers says projects the council is considering for 2017 include: replacing a police squad car, replacing a couple vehicles in the utility department, dredging the boat launch area on Fox Lake, and seal coating Mill and Academy streets. To qualify for a statewide program that awards money to municipalities that keep spending in check, Fox Lake can only raise taxes 0.4% or $5,000 from the current year. Funding all projects that city officials requested for 2017 would result in taking roughly $235,000 from the city’s undesignated fund balance, which currently has around $500,000. The goal is make a series of cuts to lower the amount needed from the fund balance.

Garbage Rates Increasing In City Of Fox Lake

10/6/16 – Garbage rates are on the rise in the City of Fox Lake. The council voted last night to increase the monthly garbage and recycling fee from $13.37 to $13.63. Officials say the increase brings the amount residents pay up to the city’s actual cost of providing disposal services.

Fox Lake Project To Benefit New TIF District

10/6/16 – Fox Lake’s City Council approved a project last night tied to one of its new tax incremental finance districts. Kopplin and Kinas Company of Green Lake will receive $955,000 to expand Karavan Trailers’ storage yard. City officials say the expansion is needed to accommodate additional inventory that results when Karavan adds an additional shift through the TIF project. Funding is split between state grants and city funds, which officials say Karavan has agreed to cover.

Two New West Nile Cases In Dane County

10/6/16 – Wisconsin appears to have its third and fourth human cases of the West Nile Virus. The Madison/Dane County Health Department said Wednesday that initial test results turned up two West Nile cases among county residents. As of late last week, the state reported one confirmed case and one suspected case, both in the northwest part of Wisconsin. West Nile is spread by infected mosquitoes. The state’s last report also confirmed seven cases in horses and 44 birds dying from the virus, including a crow in Dodge County. Human West Nile cases are normally reported in August and September, but it’s been warmer than normal since Labor Day and John Hausbeck of Madison’s health agency says a rainy season has also kept mosquitoes around longer.

Randolph Man Accused Of Assaulting Police Chief

10/6/16 – A Randolph man is accused of assaulting the Randolph Police Chief while he was being taken into custody. Brandon Washburn is charged with felony Battery to a Law Enforcement Officer and misdemeanor drug possession. The incident happened in May when Chief Michael Klavekoske was transporting the 20-year-old to the Winnebago Mental Health Facility. The family requested an emergency detention and authorities agreed noting his erratic behavior and possible connection to a Cambria break-in. Washburn had been calm but reportedly became violent when Klavekoske attempted to place him in handcuffs. The chief was punched in the face before Washburn was subdued by officers who threatened to use a taser gun. He was taken to the facility without further incident. Washburn will make his initial appearance in Dodge County court on October 17. If convicted, the felony charge carries a maximum six-year prison sentence.

Waupun Police Warn Businesses Of City-Owned Utility Scam

10/6/16 – Waupun Police say someone is trying to scam commercial business customers of Waupun Utilities. A person posing as an employee of the city utilities is contacting people by phone and leaving messages in an effort to scam money out of businesses. The caller threatens to disconnect the power to that business unless they call back and pay their power bill. The phone number left in the message is not to Waupun Utilities.

Police Increase Presence Following Fond du Lac High Threat

10/6/16 – Rumors about a “revolution” occurring during the lunch hours at the Fond du Lac High School led to a number of parents pulling their kids out of classes Wednesday. District Health and Safety Coordinator Marian Sheridan says the threat was posted on snapchat after angry comments were made in lunchrooms Tuesday. She says the situation was resolved. The student involved in no longer is school. She says it is unfortunate that word of the threat spread and caused so much concern. Police did increase their presence at the school.

Campbellsport Man Tased Three Times Before Arrest

10/6/16 – A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy had to stun a 32-year-old Campbellsport man with his taser three times before taking him into custody. The deputy pulled the man over for equipment violations on Pleasant Valley Road Monday night. The Campbellsport man is facing resisting arrest, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia charges. The Department of Corrections also wanted him on a felony warrant.

Trump Junior Stumps For Dad

10/6/16 – Donald Trump Junior says the presidential election is a “referendum for change.” He also told interviewers in Brookfield Wednesday he does not buy the claims that his father is too temperamental to be president, saying the G-O-P nominee could not have been such a successful businessman if he didn’t know when to have calm and careful deliberations. Trump Junior appeared at a rally for suburban Milwaukee supporters. His father is expected to campaign in Wisconsin Saturday. Although a location has not been announced, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says he has been invited to speak in Elkhorn at a congressional “Fall Fest” event in the home district of Janesville House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Sanders On Campaign Trail For Clinton

10/6/16 – In his first visit to Wisconsin since he won the state’s Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders tried to convince voters that Hillary Clinton is a much better option for president than Republican Donald Trump and third party candidates. Sanders appeared in Madison and Green Bay Wednesday, saying the most important reason to choose Clinton is that Trump has made “bigotry the cornerstone of his campaign.” With Libertarian Gary Johnson leading Trump in Dane County, Sanders called him out for having “extreme right wing views on the economy.” Sanders urges voters to look at issues instead of personalities — and he calls Clinton the best choice based on her stands for health care and income equality. The Vermont Senator said Clinton would almost immediately seek to provide a tuition fee college education to most Americans — while proposing a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that allows corporations to donate to political campaigns.

Beaver Dam Hosting New Documentary Screening

10/6/16 – A new documentary is being screened in Beaver Dam tonight. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute selected Wayland Academy as one of three locations in the state to unveil ‘Rwanda and Juliet.’ During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Wayland’s Karla Jensen said the documentary tells the story of a Dartmouth professor who traveled to Rwanda to cast a rendition of Romeo and Juliet, with actors from two tribes who had recently been at war with one another. Following the screening, Jensen says the documentary’s director will be on hand for a question and answer session. The screening begins at 6:30 pm in the Kimberly Chapel. Tickets are $10 for the documentary or $20 if dinner is included.

Fourth Street In Beaver Dam Now Officially One-Way

10/6/16 – The street in front of the Beaver Dam Middle School is now officially a one-way. City crews installed signage on Fourth Street yesterday after the common council approved the change on Monday night. Vehicles can only enter Fourth Street from North Spring Street and exit onto North Center Street. Officials encourage motorists to slow, down, observe the new street signs and watch for children. Parking is not affected by the change.