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Thu
31
Jan
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Police Offer Gun Locks

The Middleton Police Department has offered free gun locks to citizens for the past several years and still has gun locks available for free, thanks to funding made available by the Charles E. Kubly Foundation as well as continued support from Safe Communities of Madison-Dane CountyProject ChildSafe® and H.O.P.E.S. (Helping Others Prevent and Educate About Suicide). 

Tue
29
Jan
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Middleton Town Board Wants To Talk TIF With City of Madison

The Town of Middleton will see if City of Madison officials are interested in forming a tax incremental financing (TIF) district to spur development in the Seybold Road properties remaining in the town. (The location in question is on an island of town land in a sea of city, which is near Woodman’s grocery store and was created through years of annexation.)

Board Supervisor Tim Roehl has been backing a TIF district for the 35.9-acre area east of Gammon Road, saying it would not only boost property tax revenue for the town but also provide the funds to eventually reconstruct Seybold Road.

Creation of a TIF district, or TID, allows the town to borrow and repay the cost of infrastructure improvements from taxes generated by the incremental increase in property value.

Area TIDs have had a 14-year  average lifespan, said Gary Becker, an economic development specialist with Vierbicher Associates, Inc., with the vast majority of TIDs paying off costs early.

Tue
29
Jan
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Dahmen Files Government Accountability Board Complaint Against School Board Clerk

David Dahmen, the middle school science teacher who wishes to run for a seat on the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board, filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board (GAB) Friday afternoon. Dahmen’s complaint is against school board clerk Annette Ashley, who recently ruled against placing Dahmen’s name on the April 2 ballot due to an issue with his candidacy papers.

Reid Magney, public information officer for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, said Ashley will have 10 business days to respond to the complaint. Dahmen will then have an opportunity to submit a reply.

After that, the GAB will rule. “We could uphold the clerk’s decision or we could order him placed on the ballot,” said Magney.

Ballots for the election won’t be printed until March.

Dahmen’s candidacy papers had been challenged by Jim Greer, the Area 1 School Board incumbent whose seat he hopes to take.

Fri
25
Jan
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Dahmen Files Complaint Against School Board Clerk

David Dahmen, the middle school science teacher who wishes to run for a seat on the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board, filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board today. Dahmen's complaint is against school board clerk Annette Ashley, who ruled two weeks ago against placing Dahmen's name on the April 2 ballot.

Dahmen’s candidacy papers had been challenged by Jim Greer, the Area 1 School Board incumbent whose seat he hoped to win.

Dahmen had filed a response to Greer’s challenge, but Ashley concluded Dahmen’s nomination papers “have not been timely filed, and were not in the physical possession of the filing officer by the statutory deadline as required by [Government Accountability Board] rule 2.05(2).”

Thu
24
Jan
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ASC TIF Gets Green Light

The Middleton Common Council on Jan. 15 approved The Carey Group’s request for $400,000 in developer-financed Tax Increment Financing (TIF). The deal is designed to attract Affiliated Construction Services (ACS) to a yet-to-be-built facility in the Good Neighbor City.

ACS currently has locations in Verona, Madison, China and the United Kingdom. A representative for the company said the Verona facility is undersized, as well as being too far from the company’s Madison office.

The Madison-based developer’s formal request for TIF, dated Jan. 2, said The Carey Group Real Estate Services, LLC is pursuing a 40,000 square foot build-to-suit development for ACS on Lot 19 within the Middleton Corporate Center. (The parcel is on the northwest corner of Nursery Drive and Deming Way.)

Mon
21
Jan
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Open House Held On TIF-Funded Terrace Ave. Redevelopment

The City of Middleton held a public informational meeting Tuesday on a project to realign the Terrace Avenue and High Point Road intersection and reconstruct Terrace Avenue from just west of High Point Road to just east of Parmenter Street.

The purpose of the project is to create a “stronger link between the Greenway Center development area and the Downtown Business District and to replace aging infrastructure and utilities along Terrace Avenue,” according to  Abby Attoun-Tucker, Middleton’s assistant director of community development.

Phase I of the project is scheduled to take place in 2013 and includes a realignment of the intersection of Terrace Avenue and High Point Road along with construction of a public parking lot at the intersection.

Fri
18
Jan
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Citizens Pay More For Sewer, EMS

The arrival of the New Year ushered in fee and rate increases for most local citizens. Higher sanitary sewer rates and EMS fees, which went into effect January 1, were approved by the Middleton Common Council in December.

The Common Council first changed its general ordinances to include higher rates for most sewer customers. For many, the rates are up between five and eight percent.

Quarterly service charges are dependent on meter size. Those with a 5/8” meter saw charges rise from $18.51 to $19.55, with similar increases for sizes all the way up to 6”, for which the rate went from $336.53 to $355.39. Those with meters that are 8, 10 or 12 inches will see their quarterly service charges remain flat.

The sanitary sewer volume charge (per 100 gallons) increased from $0.218 to $0.237 for all customers.

Wed
16
Jan
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Kinne Opts Not To Seek Re-election, Share To Run For Seat

A new person will join the Middleton Common Council this year.

The filing deadline revealed that District 1 alderman Paul Kinne will not seek a third two-year term. Miriam Share, 7781 Elmwood Ave., filed to run for Kinne’s seat.

Assuming no successful write-in candidate emerges, Share will sit across the table from District 4 alderman Jim Wexler, the man against whom she launched an unsuccessful campaign in 2010.

Incumbents JoAnna Richard (District 3, 1720 Mayflower Dr.), Howard Teal (District 5, 7134 Companion Ln.), and Hans Hilbert (District 7, 3209 Cedar Trail) will all be unopposed on the ballot.

Mon
14
Jan
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County Executive Parisi, Bruce Company Announce Agreement to Permanently Preserve Hundreds of Acres Along Sugar River

Dane County has reached an agreement with the Middleton-based Bruce Company to acquire and permanently protect hundreds of acres south of Verona along the Sugar River, County Executive Joe Parisi announced today.

Details of the proposal to purchase and preserve 466 acres and over 2.5 miles of riverfront on the Sugar River were announced at a press conference on the Bruce Company.  Pending review and approval of the County Board of Supervisors in the weeks ahead, Dane County hopes to close on ownership of the property this spring.

This purchase is the largest acquisition of river frontage in Dane County’s history and the second biggest in terms of acreage, according to a statement issued by Parisi’s office.

Fri
11
Jan
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Gun Resolution, Authored By Middleton Supervisor, Gains Approval

The Dane County Board on Thursday, Jan. 10 approved Resolution 206, calling for President Obama, the United States Congress and the Wisconsin legislature to enact a list of measures intended to curb gun violence.

The board approved the resolution, which was introduced by Supervisor Sharon Corrigan (District 26, Middleton) and co-sponsored by 27 supervisors, by a margin of 29-2.

Supporters said the resolution is part of an effort to counterbalance the National Rifle Association’s political sway. It calls for action to curb access to certain kinds of firearms and to reduce the number of guns in the hands of criminals “in order to decrease the number and impact of mass shootings in the United States.”

Those who voted against it said the non-binding resolution won’t do anything to prevent future tragedies.

Some supervisors abstained from voting, saying state and federal gun laws fall well outside the jurisdiction of the Dane County Board of Supervisors.

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