News – October 8, 2019

(Beaver Dam) For the third year in a row, the Beaver Dam Common Council voted to exceed the city’s self-imposed $1.7-million dollar borrowing cap. There was no dollar amount attached to the resolution approved last night; that will be determined at a special meeting on Monday. Proposed borrowing totals $3.6-million dollars for streets, infrastructure and equipment. The big-ticket item is the $2.7-million dollar reconstruction of South Spring Street, which comes with a one-million dollar grant. Alderman Ken Anderson, who cast one of two no votes, says he is ok with exceeding the cap but the number proposed is too high. Alderwoman Kara Nelson says the projects in the CIP are needs that cannot be put-off any longer. After the budget is adopted, officials plan to consider basing the debt cap less on the arbitrary $1.7-million-dollar number and more on a percentage of borrowing capacity or revenues.

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council last (Tuesday) night voted to end the city’s downtown façade improvement grant program in favor of a more general approach to funding downtown building enhancements. The grant had provided up to $5000 to a business from a downtown TIF that is expected to generate over a half-million dollars in the next 16 years. Mayor Becky Glewen says each project should be looked at individually. Meanwhile, a grant was approved yesterday for Tranquil Healing at 109 Front Street which is getting $20-thousand dollars to compliment $59-thousand dollars being spent on exterior work.

(Iron Ridge) An Iron Ridge man accused of contributing to a fatal opioid overdose had a signature bond set at $5000 during his initial appearance yesterday. Timothy Sedlmeier is facing Reckless Homicide charges in the October 2017 death of Samantha Mattila of Waupun. Sedlmeier says he found the 19-year-old slumped over the bathtub. Heroin that he put in a drawer for himself was missing. The 28-year-old reportedly told investigators that he bought the heroin that she used but did not supply it to her. Toxicology tests later confirmed that Mattila died of the synthetic opioid Fentanyl. If convicted, Sedlmeier is facing a maximum prison sentence of 40 years.

(Lomira) One year in jail and four years’ probation for an Allenton man who sexually assaulted a woman outside a Lomira tavern. In July, David Sauer pled no contest to a reduced charge of Third Degree Sexual Assault. The incident occurred in the smoking room outside of Rock the House Tavern last October. When questioned, Sauer agreed with some of the victim’s statements but added if he did anything more it must of have been (quote) “subconsciously.”

(Hartford) A Hartford teen was sentenced to 30 days in jail yesterday (Monday) for having illegal images of minors. Andrew Myers pled no contest to two felony counts of Possession of Child Pornography. The 18-year-old was identified last spring through a cyber-tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The images were accessed on devices belonging to his mother and his former school.

(Beaver Dam) Cash bond was set at $500 yesterday for a Beaver Dam man accused of threatening law enforcement during a traffic stop that he witnessed. Marco Solis reportedly walked up to a deputy who stopped the vehicle early Sunday in Beaver Dam. Solis is apparently an acquaintance of an occupant in the vehicle. Authorities say he was heavily intoxicated and refused warnings to calm down. The 21-year-old was eventually arrested and allegedly made threats towards a Beaver Dam police officer while being escorted to jail. If convicted, Solis faces over 12-years in prison.

(Beaver Dam) Secretary-designee for the Department of Workforce Development visited Mayville Engineering Company in Beaver Dam Monday to kickoff manufacturing month in Wisconsin. Caleb Frostman toured the MEC East plant and presented the business with a gubernatorial proclamation in honor of manufacturing month. Frostman also sat down with MEC leadership to discuss broader workforce issues like talent attraction and retention and to learn the needs of manufacturers in rural communities.

(Theresa) All lanes of traffic on Highway 28 near Theresa have reopened after being closed due to flooding since last Wednesday. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says flood waters receded and the incident was cleared just after 10am yesterday (Monday).

(Beaver Dam) East Burnett Street in Beaver Dam is closed for most of today for milling work between Wayland Street and Fletcher Road. East Burnett will be closed again Thursday for repaving before reopening in the evening. McKinley Street between Charlton Street and East Burnett will also be closed during the same time frame. A suggested detour route includes Wayland Street, Beichl Avenue and Fletcher Road.