9/28/16 - The company that is supposed to provide Dodge County with a new records management system for its sheriff’s office has been bought out. On today’s edition of WBEV’s Community Comment, Sheriff Dale Schmidt said he got word yesterday that Motorola bought out Spillman, as Spillman’s owner is retiring. The sheriff has been told there will be no changes in Spillman’s operation and believes the move could benefit Dodge County as the company will work ahead of time to integrate the new software with the county’s radio communications equipment, which is Motorola brand. Schmidt says the county had no idea a buyout was looming when the contract was signed but is confident in the deal since his office currently works with Motorola. Earlier this year, Schmidt sent a letter to all Dodge County’s police chiefs, explaining their cost to sign on with Spillman. While the county is covering the software purchase, Schmidt says each municipality would pay $700 per officer on their force along with $280 in maintenance fees per computer each year starting in December 2019. Schmidt says he has received verbal commitments from roughly a half-dozen municipalities. Spillman will replace the county’s New World system and is expected to go live in January 2018.
9/28/16 - The observance of the city of Beaver Dam’s 175th anniversary continues tonight with a special historical program. Local historian Julie Flemming will be presenting a talk on the early settlement of Beaver Dam 175 years ago. Flemming will take the audience back to when the Beaver Dam area was one of the most fertile parts of a section that now is bordered by Fox Lake, Waupun, Horicon, Watertown and Columbus. She says the very earliest settlers came through the soggy mud that marked the trail south of Fox Lake to the spot where they started a new community. There were successes in the early days of the settlement and there were failures and both will be recounted in the program. The Beaver Dam History Series presentation on settlers in the city 175 years ago is free and will be a held at the Beaver Dam Community Library beginning at 6pm.
9/28/16 - Columbus school administrators, the city council and Police Chief Dan Meister are working on ways to make the dropping-off and picking-up of kids at school more safe. Columbus elementary and middle schools are across the street from each other, which officials say causes numerous safety and traffic problems. A number of traffic pattern and ordinance changes are being proposed. That includes adding new drop off lanes on Richmond Street, adding handicapped parking places in the Dickason Boulevard parking lot at Columbus Elementary, and changing the ordinance dealing with school bus stop signals. The Police Department is recommending the changes which are in the process of being scrutinized by the city council and school administration.
9/28/16 - Area seniors and their families have an opportunity Thursday to learn more about services and other opportunities available to them as they enter their golden years. The third annual Waupun Senior Expo is being held tomorrow at the Central Wisconsin Christian School. Karen Gibbs, with the sponsoring agency the Active Adult Resource Council, says the group had such success with the Beaver Dam Senior Expo every spring for the past ten years and soon realized that it would be a good idea to reach out to Dodge and Fond du Lac counties. Vendor booths will be open from 9am until 2pm offering a wide variety of senior-friendly services; Schroud Auction will be offering antique appraisals until 1pm. There will also be music in the morning from the CWC Children’s Choir and in the afternoon from The Crawfords. The Dodge County Master Gardeners will give a presentation on plants using plants for arts and crafts at 10am. The YMCA will offer a yoga demonstration at 11am. Bingo begins at noon. Lunch will be available with proceeds benefitting the school. The Waupun Senior Expo runs from 9am until 2pm. Central Wisconsin Christian School is located at 301 Fox Lake Road in Waupun. There is free admission.
9/27/16 - The City of Horicon is looking to reconstruct a stretch of West Lake Street from John Deere’s driveway east to Larrabee Street. The council tonight signed off on submitting two grant applications to help fund the project. Clerk-Treasurer Kristen Jacobson says asphalt will be removed and replaced with concrete to better accommodate for West Lake Street’s heavy truck traffic. She believes curb and gutter will be included in the effort but utilities will not part of the project. City officials anticipate the project will cost around $1,400,000. Horicon is applying for two separate grants to help fund the project, a $400,000 economic assistance grant through the state department of transportation and a $500,000 community development block grant that requires a 100% match. Officials say the applications are tied to job creation, specifically the 80 new full-time jobs expected to be created by John Deere’s expansion. Jacobson says this street project has been in and out of the city’s five-year plan for a handful of recent years. While the project likely will not be completed for a couple of years, Jacobson says the city wanted to take the opportunity now to apply for these grants to limit Horicon’s project cost. The city plans to officially submit the applications in the coming weeks.
9/27/16 - A Poynette man has been arrested for poisoning a dog last year. Trent Hebel is accused of killing Gander, a four-year-old Golden Retriever who died last May in the Village of Arlington. Columbia County investigators say they found suspicious container and food in the fenced in yard. The 28-year-old Hebel is facing felony charges of Mistreatment of Animals.