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01
Oct
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Village Won’t Budget Body Cams for 2021

CROSS PLAINS–There will be no money in next year’s Village of Cross Plains budget for police body cameras.

The body camera question came up unexpectedly Monday as the village board neared completing work on the 2021 budget. 

Police Chief Tony Ruesga said more study is needed before any funds should be allocated.

“I know the body camera issue has come to the forefront and is highly talked about in today’s world and I’m interested in working on it,” he told the board.

A system compatible with the police department’s other communication equipment is currently being updated by the manufacturer and will need a few months to “get the bugs out,” Ruesga said.

“It will come with a price and (take) some time, and we’ll need to have training on it and the proper policies in place, which includes Open Records (requests),” he said.

Thu
24
Sep
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Ski Facility Owner Seeks Speed Up

TOWN OF MIDDLETON–The landowner seeking to have a cross-country skiing training facility built on his property asked the Town Board Monday not to be dragged into its boundary negotiations with the City of Middleton.

Since 2017, Dan Erdman of Erdman Enterprises, has planned to donate eight acres he owns just north of Pleasant View Golf Course on which Yuri Gusev, director of the Central Cross Country Skiing Association, will build a multi-million dollar training facility for Olympic skiers. 

Erdman would grant a recreational easement to the city across the remainder of the 160 acres he owns to be used for ski and non-motorized trails.

Erdman’s land is in the Town of Middleton but he wants the eight acres to be annexed into the City of Middleton and the rest to remain in the town.

Thu
24
Sep
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Council Approves Business Aid, TIF Plan & Adjusts Building Permit Fees

MIDDLETON–The City of Middleton Common Council approved two measures aimed to assist local businesses impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. An amendment to the TIF district #3 project plan and a hike in building permits fees were also approved by the council at its Sept. 15 meeting. 

To assist local businesses the council conceptually approved a loan program titled Middleton Economic Relief Loan or MERL in collaboration with Middleton Area Development Corporation (MADC). The city’s portion of the loan fund would come from a State Trust Fund Loan program. City finance staff said other funds could be used while the city waits for the state funds.

The conceptual proposal calls for a collaborative low-interest loan program with favorable payback terms. MADC would match the city’s $100,000, for a total of $200,000, and administer the loan program.

City administrator Mike Davis said memorandum of agreement with MADC will be prepared for the next council meeting. 

Sat
05
Sep
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DiMiceli Wanted Job Back

TOWN OF MIDDLETON–Greg DiMiceli sought reinstatement last Friday as Town of Middleton Administrator but asked just a few hours too late.

DiMiceli surprised many when he tendered his resignation on Aug. 12, but asked to be kept on until August 28, which the town board readily accepted. DiMiceli evidently changed his mind and asked to have his resignation rescinded and be allowed to serve as administrator until Dec. 31.

Unfortunately, DiMiceli emailed his request at 2:01 p,m. on August 28, past the close of business on that day, which being a Friday, was noon, said Town Chair Cynthia Richson.

DiMiceli was hired as town administrator/treasurer in Jan. 2019.

Richson explained that the town treasurer is a statuary position and Town Attorney Eileen Brownlee advised that DiMiceli’s change of heart came too late.

On Monday, board members considered rehiring DiMiceli as administrator and appoint Deputy Treasurer Meaghan Hughes as town treasurer.

Thu
06
Aug
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City Council Approve $3.2 million TIF for Trotta Building, Resolution for Rapid Transit

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Common Council approved a TIF agreement with developer Impact Seven to assist with extraordinary construction costs and subsidizing workforce housing units in a four story apartment building at 3001 Parmenter St. titled Trotta.

The Trotta building will include 124 one, two and three-bedroom units, 163 parking stalls with 98 of those underground. The finished project is anticipated to generate $15,604,400 in property value.

The $3,236,922 developer-financed TIF agreement covers $429,800 in extraordinary costs for demolition, soil stabilization and infrastructure, $318,922 in interest costs and $2,488,200 for rental opportunity cost measured as the capitalized value of the difference between workforce housing rents to be charged and market rents.

Thu
23
Jul
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Plan Commission Updated on Comprehensive Plan

MIDDLETON–The City of Middleton Plan Commission reviewed the latest revisions to the city’s comprehensive plan which is expected to be adopted by the Common Council by the end of the year.

Director of Planning and Community Development Abby Attoun told the commission the final document is mostly fleshed out and staff are now focused on design, layout and visuals. She said staff has had more time than usual to work on the plan in recent months. 

To recapitulate, Attoun explained that the plan is meant to serve as a community guide to physical, social and economic development. She noted the plan is not intended to be land use regulations but rather provide rational basis for local land use decisions with a 20 year vision.

Wisconsin’s Comprehensive Planning law requires that a comprehensive plan adopted by a government body, involve public input and be consistent with local ordinances.

Fri
26
Jun
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WEC Approves Block Grants, Mailing to Voters

MADISON–The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) approved spending $7.2 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, including a $4.1 million block grant program to help local election officials and voters prepare for fall, 2020, elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

WEC will send an informational mailing to approximately 2.7 million registered voters later this summer about voting options for November, including an absentee ballot request form and a return envelope. The voter mailing is designed to inform voters who have not already requested an absentee ballot for November about their three voting options, including absentee voting by mail or in-person at the clerk’s office and voting at the polls on Election Day.

Sat
06
Jun
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Town Wants Voice on Airport Commission

TOWN OF MIDDLETON–The Town of Middleton will ask the city of Middleton to expand the Airport Commission by two members to be appointed by the town and the Town of Springfield.

Town Chair Cynthia Richson was appointed last year to the seven-member commission to fill the remainder of a three-year term of a member who resigned. Her term expired and the Middleton Common Council rejected her reappointment by a 5-3 vote at their May 19 meeting.

“I had the support of commission members, including the Chair John Hallick, but special interests came into the picture behind the scenes,” dooming her reappointment, she said at Monday’s town board meeting.

Her position remains vacant.

Richson had repeatedly urged airport officials to better address residents’ complaints about loud, low-flying aircraft from Middleton Municipal Airport–Morey Field.

Thu
04
Jun
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Council Moves Forward on Tiedeman Pond Pumping Station Upgrade

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Common Council will vote on a budget amendment to add $575,000 to the 2020 budget under capital borrowing to replace the pumping station at Tiedeman Pond to handle greater capacity, at its June 16 meeting. The new pumping station would have the capacity to move enough water at a fast enough rate to mitigate the flooding that occurred in August 2018.

Late 2019 the council approved an agreement with MSA Professional Services for the final design of improvements at Graber and Tiedeman ponds. The funding source for this design work was a State Trust Fund Loan (STFL) that was approved at the end of 2019. The projects are not eligible for FEMA reimbursement as they are considered improvements rather than the repairs.

Thu
28
May
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Council Discusses Phase I Reopening Plan, Pool to Open

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Aquatic Center will open!

The Middleton Common Council voted to open the facility at their May 19 meeting, following guidelines set forth by Public Health of Madison and Dane County (PHMDC).

Before the vote council members asked questions of Rebecca Price, assistant director of recreation, including those about capacity, sanitation and social distancing. Price told them that in Phase I the pool can open at 25 percent capacity, but she sees the pool reaching that number gradually. All furniture will be removed, and cleaning procedures will be ramped up to ensure public safety. In addition, she said it would be unlikely that the pool could accommodate the Middleton Gators swim team with the restrictions, and reminded the council that swim meets are currently not being held.

At the beginning of the meeting Gators coach Matt Flannagan made a plea to open the pool.

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