5/24/17 - The registration deadline is fast approaching for a free community fishing event. Kids Fish ‘n Fun Day aims to teach local youth the joys of fishing in a non-competitive atmosphere. Bill Beottge with the Beaver Dam Lakes Improvement association says the biggest change in the fifteen years since the outing began is the number of kids involved. When it started in 2003 roughly 50 kids were involved, now the group caps the number at 200. In a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Boettge said they DNR will give a presentation and the kids will separate into five groups which will focus on knot tying, lures, artificial baits, and live baits. Advance registration will end on Friday. The Kids Fish ‘n Fun will take place at Edgewater Park on June 3 with check in beginning at around 8:30am. To register you can call 356-1200 or email the kid’s age, name, and a telephone contact to BDLIA.org.
5/24/17 - City officials in Horicon last night approved the installation of a seven-foot asphalt path on Washington Street instead of a four-foot concrete sidewalk. Washington Street from Leroy Meats to Valley Street will undergo a $600-thousand-dollar reconstruction this summer with new roadway, curb gutters and sidewalk – at least on the north side of the street. Mayor Steve Neitzel endorsed the seven-foot path on the south side saying that it will be the first multi-use trail in the city. He also cited its proximity to River Bend Park and the healthy benefits of having a path that could be used for walking and biking. Opponents said because it is the first trail in Horicon, city code does not specify who is responsible for clearing snow and how assessments are handled. The resolution adopted last night specified that the path is to be maintained and assessed as if it were a city sidewalk with the abutting property owners responsible for a portion of the costs and upkeep. Reconstruction of Washington Street will begin in August after the $1.4-million-dollar reconstruction South Wind Trail which is underway right now.
5/24/17 - The days might be numbered for geese living in the “city on the marsh.” The Horicon City Council approved a permit last night to kill as many geese as needed this year within city limits. The goal is to get the birds out of city parks. Urban Goose Management Team Chair Joseph Adamson says the city has done this each year since 1999 in an effort to keep aggressive and territorial geese away from residents. The Urban Goose Management Team will meet next month to determine how many geese, if any, need to be removed. There were 91 geese targeted for extermination in Horicon last year which is far less than the 285 taken in 2002 but above the 36 killed in 2015. While this year’s cost was not given, exterminating the geese has cost the city between $1,500-$2,000 in previous years. Adamson says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would use fences to round up the geese. The birds are then euthanized using an unspecified method and the meat is processed for food pantries.
5/24/17 - This week is National Emergency Medical Services Week and local officials are using the occasion to encourage more members of the public to become a volunteer first responder or EMT. Dodge County Emergence Management Director Amy Nehls says those who volunteer typically have full time jobs and families and volunteer part time. Nehls says that often they do not have a set schedule and if the pager goes off the must go in. She says that is what makes it difficult to find individuals willing to volunteer their time. Also, the position does not pay much – minimum wage during a response in some communities – but schooling and education are covered. Beaver Dam Fire Department Captain Paul Hartl says those interested must take the job seriously. He says EMT’s are helping people on their worst day and only the best should signup. Certain communities offer ride along experience for people to get a feel for the job as long as basic CPR and first aid requirements are met.
5/23/17 - Wisconsin Realtors sold almost eleven percent fewer existing houses in April than the year before -- and they blame it on a continued drop in the numbers of buildings for sale. The state Realtors Association says its members sold 66-hundred houses in April, down from 74-hundred in the same month of 2016. The Realtors' group says the numbers of houses on the market dropped from 50-thousand two years ago to 36-thousand last month -- a drop of 28-percent in the past 24 months. And the lack of supply has driven up prices to a statewide average of 171-thousand dollars -- almost seven-percent more than last April. In Dodge County, there were 95 homes sales last month, seven more than April of last year. The median sales price in Dodge County increased by just less than one percent to $136-thousand dollars. For the year as a whole, there have been 274 homes sales in Dodge County, up from 256 by this time last year. Realtors' C-E-O Mike Theo says tight inventories are hitting lots of U-S regions' hard, with only four-point-one months of housing supply in March while Wisconsin's supply was five-point-three months in April.
5/23/17 - An ordinance regulating street vendors made its way through committee in Mayville last night. Currently, there is no permit process in place. Mayor Rob Boelk says that this is something needed for the general good of the public. He says there will be regulations so they do not park so close to downtown or other businesses. The ordinance will also set the time of day a vendor can operate, parking restrictions and permits costs. Boelk says he looked at other municipalities similar to Mayville when to lay the ground work for the ordinance. He says he hopes the council will come back with some changes and suggestions to make it better for everyone. The goal is to have the ordinance approved by the end of summer.