Government

Sat
21
Nov
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Trump Campaign Gets Recount in Dane, Milwaukee Counties

WISCONSIN–A petition filed Nov. 18 by a Cross Plains law firm, along with a $3 million wire transfer, has prompted a recount in Dane County, where Democrat Joe Biden defeated Republican Donald Trump by more than three to one in the preliminary vote tally. The filing was followed by a Homeric meeting–it stretched for more than five hours–of the Wisconsin Elections Commission, at the end of which the commission, which was itself the target of an allegation in the petition, voted to proceed with the recount.

Sat
21
Nov
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Plan Commission Updated on BRT, Comprehensive Plan

MIDDLETON–The City of Middleton Plan Commission reviewed new developments in the planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system by Madison’s Metro transit which could tie into existing Middleton routes. The plan commission also reviewed the latest changes made to the draft document for the comprehensive plan, expected to be adopted by the council by the end of the year.

City Planner and Zoning Administrator Mark Opitz said the city has a long relationship with Metro Transit and he meets regularly with the staff. Opitz is working with Metro to position the city to benefit from the system as much as possible.

He noted Metro Transit is interested in routing an alternate number of BRT busses west on University Avenue to a currently undesignated place in Middleton. The planned route currently travels south on Midvale Boulevard before cutting west on Mineral Point Road to slightly west of West Towne Mall.

Tue
17
Nov
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Indoor Gatherings Banned Through Dec. 16

DANE COUNTY–In response to a substantial, sustained growth in new COVID-19 infections throughout Dane County, Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) is issuing Emergency Order #10, which prohibits indoor gatherings of any size. Outdoor gatherings are permitted with 10 people or less, with physical distancing. The order goes into effect on Nov. 18 at 12:01 a.m.

“This virus does not spread on its own. We spread it. Every gathering–no matter the size–is an opportunity for disease spread and prolongs the pandemic,” said Janel Heinrich, Director of PHMDC. “We are hopeful that with the community’s cooperation, we can bring our numbers down and avoid more hospitalizations and deaths.”

Sun
15
Nov
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Evers, Barnes to Host People's Budget Virtual Listening Sessions

MADISON–Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes today announced a series of People's Budget virtual listening sessions as the state begins the 2021-2023 state budget process. Gov. Evers and Lt. Gov. Barnes will host four virtual, issue-based budget listening sessions to hear directly from families and workers about the issues affecting Wisconsin. The first virtual listening session will occur on Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. and will focus on healthcare and public health in Wisconsin. 

Sun
15
Nov
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Nov. 19 AMPAC Meeting Canceled

MIDDLETON–The Airport Master Plan Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Nov. 19 is postponed allowing more time for the completion and review of drafts of the environmental overview and alternatives analysis components of the airport master plan. The city will announce the rescheduled meeting date in the near future.

Fri
13
Nov
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City Council Expands MERL Funding

City Council Expands MERL Funding

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Common Council voted to triple the amount of funding for the city’s low interest loan program to assist businesses struggling due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The council approved the $200,000 increase in response to a surge in the number of applicants. 

The council also approved an agreement to receive a grant to reimburse expenses for marketing and promotion for businesses related to the pandemic.

The program titled Middleton Economic Relief Loan or MERL was established in collaboration with Middleton Area Development Corporation (MADC). Both the city and MADC have now committed $300,000 to the program. The city’s portion will be covered by a State Trust Fund Loan program.

City Administrator Mike Davis said the number of applications is now up to 20, which equates to about $500,000 in loan requests.

Wed
11
Nov
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Evers Issues Stay at Home Order

MADISON–In a statewide address on Tuesday night, Gov. Tony Evers asked Wisconsin residents to unify against COVID-19 before issuing Executive order #94, advising people to stay home.

Evers gave statistics on COVID-19 infections in the state and on the day of the address, 7,000 new cases were reported about with 66 deaths and 291 hospitalizations. At this time nearly 2,500 people in the state have died from the virus, and with current infection rates, Evers said that number could double by Jan. 1, 2021 if nothing is done He also noted that it took seven months to reach the first 100,000 infections, but only 36 days to double that number to 200,000. Evers said at this rate, it will only take 20 days to add an additional 100,000 cases.

In his address he urged Wisconsinites to stay home, even though the holidays are approaching, “We must get back to the basics of fighting this virus just like we did last spring, and it starts at home.

Tue
10
Nov
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Evers to Deliver Statewide Address on COVID-19

MADISON–Gov. Tony Evers will give a statewide address on Nov. 10 at 6:05 p.m. regarding COVID-19 pandemic. The address will be available to stream live on the governor's YouTube and Facebook accounts, respectively.

Thu
05
Nov
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Voters Head to Polls on Election Day

WISCONSIN–Wisconsin had 2,408 active polling places on November 3, following extended periods of both mail-in voting and in-person absentee voting at local municipal buildings.

On Wednesday morning, the presidential race had not yet been determined in part due to the high number of absentee ballots cast in the election. At press time Democratic candidate Joe Biden was leading Pres. Donald Trump with 238 electoral votes to Trump’s 213. Several key battleground states, including Wisconsin had not finished their count. In Dane County, Biden won with 75.5 percent of the vote to Trump’s 22.9 percent. In both the country and county, Jo Jorgensen, the Libertarian candidate received 1.1 percent of votes.

Fri
30
Oct
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Council Sets New Regulations

MIDDLETON–The City of Middleton Common Council adopted and amended ordinances regulating street parking citywide and the use of electric scooters and bicycles in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy. The council also approved the 2021 budget public hearing notice.

The public hearing for the city budget is scheduled for Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. and will be held virtually over Zoom or by phone. The 2021 proposed budget increases the tax levy 2.03 percent largely making up for lost revenues in city services.

The council adopted an ordinance relating to another ordinance approved in September which restricts vehicles from parking in front of a mailbox during mail delivery hours. The amendment sets the fine for the offense at $30 and increases that to $40 after five days. 

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