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25
Jan
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City expected to declare state of emergency after discovering damage to library roof

City officials have closed the Middleton Public Library for at least a week following the discovery of what city administrator Mike Davis called “substantial structural damage” to the trusses supporting the building’s roof.

In a message to city staff and elected officials, Davis said the problem was discovered on the south side of the building, where a visible gap had appeared in the roof.

“While structural engineer Mike Leiferman was visiting about the Library employee access project last Tuesday, January 19, he and [library director] Pamela Westby noticed a gap in the ceiling that had not existed previously,” Davis explained. “On Friday, Leiferman climbed into the area above the ceiling/below the roof to investigate and found substantial structural damage to the trusses. 

Leiferman advised Westby and building inspector Scott Ellarson to close the library to protect the public and library employees. Westby closed the building effective Saturday, Jan. 23.

Mon
03
Aug
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Feingold sets sights on old seat

A conversation with Russ  Feingold as he readies for a rematch with Republican Ron Johnson.

Middleton Times:  You’re considered a champion of Progressivism.  Some of Wisconsin’s more conservative voters have a negative impression of that word.  What would you like to say to those people?

Feingold:   I find that when I’m talking with people around the state, most of them understand the Wisconsin progressive tradition as a very positive one.  I think part of the problem is that the word progressive has a different connotation nationally than it does in Wisconsin. 

Here in Wisconsin, it’s always represented a sense of community, but also fiscal discipline. It includes honesty and anti-corruption.

I believe that those aspects of progressivism that are central to my view, are very appreciated by the voters in the state. 

Tue
24
Mar
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Yu and Smith face off in Area 4 school board race

There will be two contested Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board races on the April 7 ballot. In Area 4, which includes the towns of Middleton and Westport, newcomers Todd Smith and Linda Yu will square off. In Area 5, the school board’s central district, incumbent Anne Bauer will be challenged by Tia Eady. In Area 1, newcomer Kelly Kalscheur filed to run unopposed. In Area 2, which includes Cross Plains, newcomer Sean Hyland filed to run unopposed.

Area 4 candidate Linda Yu currently serves as the Chair for the Finance and Business Law Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She has also worked at the State University of New York Institute of Technology. She earned an undergraduate degree in British Literature, a master’s degree in Business Administration, and a Ph.D in Finance. She holds chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation.

Tue
24
Mar
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Eady challenges Bauer in Area 5 school board race

There will be two contested Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board races on the April 7 ballot. In Area 4, which includes the towns of Middleton and Westport, newcomers Todd Smith and Linda Yu will square off. In Area 5, the school board’s central district, incumbent Anne Bauer will be challenged by Tia Eady. In Area 1, newcomer Kelly Kalscheur filed to run unopposed. In Area 2, which includes Cross Plains, newcomer Sean Hyland filed to run unopposed.

Tia Eady, the challenger in Area 5, is the mother of two school-aged children who attend MCPASD schools. She is also a longtime volunteer.  

Fri
16
Jan
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Middleton Becomes 'Dementia Friendly'

Mary Kay Baum is well educated, articulate and gregarious. But beneath the surface, she is struggling. The words she seeks are often elusive. Her train of thought wants to veer off course.

“It can get camouflaged by a good education or a large vocabulary – I often have to use a different word when I can’t find the one I want – but I’m working so much harder than most people do,” she explained. “If someone becomes impatient with me, it only makes it harder.”

Baum, 67, has mild cognitive problems that possibly stem from Alzheimer’s and vascular issues that run in her family.

She spent most of her life as a pillar of the community, serving on the Dane County Board of Supervisors, the Madison Metropolitan Board of Education, running for mayor in the City of Madison in 1987, and working as an ordained Lutheran pastor.

Wed
05
Nov
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Most citizens vote ‘yes’ on city storm water utility referendum

Shall the City of Middleton Storm Water Utility be permitted to charge customers of the Storm Water Utility an annual charge up to $15.00 per equivalent runoff unit for each property for maintenance of existing storm water management facilities without reducing the levy limit for the charges of the Storm Water Utility?  

YES: 65%
NO: 35%
Thu
16
Oct
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No photo ID this election? No problem

The back and forth political fight over voter ID took a surprising turn late last week when the U.S. Supreme Court ordered that the photo ID requirement will not be in effect for the November 4 General Election. 

The decision irked Republicans and caused Democrats to celebrate. Meanwhile, it caused municipal clerks across the state to change course after spending several weeks preparing for new photo ID requirements.

It came just hours after the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) sent out a press release announcing its “Bring It to the Ballot” multimedia campaign, which was designed to educate Wisconsin residents about the voter photo ID law.

Starting over the weekend, the GAB planned to spend more than $400,000 on the statewide paid advertising campaign that would run in the three weeks leading up to the election. The campaign was to include TV, radio, online and some billboard ads.

Thu
16
Oct
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City budget proposal includes 6.87 percent tax rate increase

The Middleton City Council in its first budget meeting swiftly authorized a proposed annual budget for publication.  A summary of all budgets is published on page 21 of this edition. 

The city will hold a public hearing on November 6 to consider residents’ input before voting on a final budget, scheduled for November 18.   

The 2015 budget proposal calls for a mill rate increase of 6.87% over the 2014 mill rate.  The total General Fund operating budget comes to $23,363,977 with a tax levy of $16,252,869 and non-levy sources totaling $7,111,108.

“Both the Finance Committee and Common Council remarked about how smooth the 2015 budget deliberations have gone,” said city Finance Director John Lehman.  “This is definitely reflective of all department directors, managers and other’s hard work, team efforts and support throughout the process.  I am very appreciative as well.”

Sun
07
Sep
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Dead Body Found at City Airport

 

A man whose body was discovered at the City of Middleton’s municipal airport Friday appears to have died by suicide, according to the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to Sgt. Jessica Quamme, Middleton officers were called to the Middleton Municipal Airport, 8300 Airport Road, on Friday, Sept. 5 at 5:43 p.m. to check the welfare of an adult male in one of the hangars.  

Officers made entry and found the male deceased. 

Fri
05
Sep
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CORRECTION

Correction to City Planning TIF article:

This week's print edition included an article about two TIF requests that were approved by the Middleton Plan Commission.  Incorrect information was reported about the project at Aspen Commons.  The project involves the construction of an office building, apartment and health club.  

The article reported Terrence Wall as the developer.  That is incorrect, LZ Ventures will be developing the apartment and health club phase of the project.  Vanta, formerly T. Wall Properties, will maintain ownership of the second phase which is an office building.  

Terrence Wall founded T. Wall Properties in 1989 but moved on from the company in 2012 to focus on other projects.  

 

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