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Top Stories September 19, 2017.

Scholarship Fund Started For Daughter Of Late Council President


9/19/17 - The Beaver Dam Common Council last night held their first meeting since the unexpected passing of Council President Don Neuert. There were flowers at Neuert’s seat along with a black cloth draped over his chair. Mayor Becky Glewen spoke about the impact Neuert had on the council and the community. Neuert, a Washington-state native, worked for the state health department and recently completed a Master of Arts in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School for Homeland Security. Glewen read a letter from a city councilwoman in Salinas, California who was a classmate. Neuert’s classmates have raised $5000 for a scholarship fund for his daughter and are challenging the Beaver Dam community to match their donation. The scholarship is on


Beaver Dam Residents Complain Of Bar Noise


9/19/17 - Eighteen residents packed into yesterday’s Beaver Dam Administrative Committee meeting to lodge noise complaints against a lakefront tavern with an outdoor stage. Shaun Hilliard, who lives on Haskell Street across the bay from the Thirsty Beaver, told city officials last night that live music from the venue shakes the beams of his house every weekend. Hilliard presented a petition with 49 signatures asking the city to revisit their noise ordinance, which the group criticized as vague and subjective without specific benchmarks for noise levels and curfews. City Attorney Mary Ann Schacht says city policy governs noise levels and states that loud music at bars ends at 11pm. Schacht is expected to make a recommendation on any possible ordinance changes to the Administrative Committee at a future meeting. Owners of the Madison Street bar had no comment. The group of residents also had complaints about Lake Days and the weekly Jam At The Dam but because those events were not specifically listed on the agenda, comments were limited to the Thirsty Beaver.


Beaver Dam Committee Discusses Wheel Tax


9/19/17 - City officials in Beaver Dam are looking at the possibility of charging vehicle owners a wheel tax. The city’s Operations Committee last night agreed by consensus to begin talks in committee about opening discussions with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to impose a fee on automobile and truck registrations for vehicles weighing 8000-pounds or less. Operations Committee Chair Robert Ballweg says a $20 per vehicle fee would generate $300-thousand dollars annually. That would be able to sealcoat eight miles of streets or fund eight blocks of mill and overlay projects or pay for two blocks of complete street reconstruction.


Residency Requirements For Beaver Dam Judge Expanded


9/19/17 - The Beaver Dam Common Council last night approved a change in residency requirements for candidates who run for municipal judge.  In 2014, common council action allowed the village of Neosho and the towns of Rubicon and Ashippun to start using Beaver Dam’s Municipal Court, which handles non-criminal offenses like municipal ordinance and traffic violations. Prior to the change, the court had only served the city and town of Beaver Dam. The ordinance update approved last night allows a municipal judge to be elected from any of the municipalities that use the court with the goal of widening the pool of candidates. The city generates roughly $30-to-$40-thousand dollars a year from the municipal court.


Beaver Dam Skateboard Park On Hold Till Spring


9/19/17 - Organizers working to bring a new skateboard park to Beaver Dam say the project will have to wait until spring. The Beaver Dam Operations Committee last night rejected two bids to pour a 60-foot-by-100-foot concrete pad. The skateboard park would join an existing dirt biking track which is across a small pond from the city’s newest dog park. Matt O’Brion with the Beaver Dam Community Skateboard and BMX Park Committee says the organization has around $27-thousand dollars to spend on the concrete. The lowest bid was $53-thousand. The group already has several skateboard obstacles and continues to seek financial and in-kind donations to help get the project complete. The Patrick Parker Conley Park as it is called is located on a patch of land off Fletcher Road between Beichl Avenue, County Road E and Highway 151.


Beaver Dam DPW Supervisor Resigns After One Year On The Job


9/19/17 - After less than one year on the job the city of Beaver Dam’s new Public Works Supervisor has resigned. Kris Quandt started in the positon on October 31 and his last day on the job will be September 29. In his resignation letter, Quandt said he received an opportunity that he could not decline. The position, which paid $72-thousand per year, was created when the last Director of Facilities left the post in early 2016 and his responsibilities were restructured. City Engineering Coordinator Ritchie Piltz assumed a portion of the director’s responsibilities while most of the remaining tasks were assigned to the new Public Works Supervisor position.


Beaver Dam School Board Approves Short Term Borrowing


9/19/17 - The Beaver Dam School Board approved the borrowing of up to $3-million dollars at their meeting last night. Director of Business Service Anne-Marie Woznicki says the reason behind the borrowing is to pay for general expenses such as payroll. The primary source of income for the school comes from state aid and the tax levy which Woznicki says does not always arrive when you need it. She says the temporary bonding does not mean there is a budgetary shortfall. Woznicki says this does not mean that there will be a lack of funds to balance the budget for the year. Beaver Dam has joined six other school districts and will pool together the total sum of their borrowing amount which together equals $43.8-million dollars. She says by combining with other schools they will be able to get a better interest rate in return. Woznicki says they will be closing on the borrowing October 3. Beaver Dam must pay back the $3-million dollars by November 1 of 2018.


WEDC Reviewing Foxconn Incentive Package


9/19/17 - The state's job creation agency will be the next to consider a three-billion-dollar state assistance package for Foxconn. Mark Hogan says his Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is reviewing the package of tax breaks and environmental law exemptions that Governor Scott Walker signed into law Monday during a ceremony in Sturtevant. Hogan says he hopes the deal can be ready for approval by the W-E-D-C Board September 28th -- and a site for the ten-billion dollar Foxconn L-C-D screen plant could be announced in a couple weeks, with groundbreaking next spring. Walker said Japan's prime minister took note of the Foxconn project during the governor's recent trade mission to Asia -- and it came up during his all of his meetings where people congratulated him.


Names Released In Fatal Town of Rubicon Accident


9/19/17 - Authorities have released the names of those involved in a fatal weekend accident in the Town of Rubicon. Dodge County Sheriff’s officials say 46-year-old Robert Underwood of Horicon was traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of State Highway 60 near Jefferson Road. Underwood collided head-on with a westbound vehicle driven by 64-year-old Beverly Vincent of Iron Ridge. Vincent was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dodge County Medical Examiner. A passenger in her vehicle, 65-year-old Bryan Vincent of Iron Ridge, was flown from the scene by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee with life-threatening injuries. Underwood was treated at Hartford Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation.


Wisconsin Farm Crops Maturing


9/19/17 - The recent warm and dry weather has pushed more of Wisconsin's farm crops toward maturity. That let farmers pay more attention to their hay crops last week -- but according to the state Ag Statistics Service, only ten-percent of the corn crop is reaching the mature level. That's eleven days behind the normal maturity date for the past five years. About 15-percent of the corn for animal feed has been harvested, nine days behind schedule -- but the condition of the crop is 70-percent good to excellent, same as the previous week. The soybean crop is seven to eight days beyond the norm in its maturity levels, but 76-percent of it remains good to excellent.


Juneau Man Wins $100K In Lottery


9/19/17 - A Juneau man had the winning ticket for one of two top prizes in a Wisconsin Lottery scratch-off game. Belita Ontiveros received $100-thousand dollars by playing the Super 7-11. He purchased the ticket at the Kwik Trip in Juneau. Retailers who sell winning tickets of over $599 receive an incentive of two-percent of the winning amount. There is still one more $100-thousand-dollar top prize available, each ticket costs $20 dollars.