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Pleasant View Road Update-Rock Blasting

MIDDLETON–Rock blasting to lower the hill between Quarry Road and Pleasant View Golf Course will begin May 30th as part of the Pleasant View Road reconstruction. 

Blasting will occur several times a day for several months as construction progresses.

Fri
19
May
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WisDOT: All Aboard for Rail Planning

WISCONSIN–The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announced that the final draft of Wisconsin Rail Plan 2050, which establishes a long-term vision for freight and passenger rail travel, is available for the last round of review and comment through June 10.

“Thank you to all who participated in the first round of public comment on the draft Wisconsin Rail Plan 2050. We invite the public to revisit our rail plans and participate in setting a course to help strengthen our economy and make our multimodal infrastructure more efficient and resilient,” WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson said. “Rail moves about 32 percent of our freight in Wisconsin and demand for passenger service is growing. This is an exciting time to help plan the future of rail in Wisconsin.”

Fri
19
May
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Plan Commission Approves Rezoning for Seven Story Apartment

MIDDLETON–The City of Middleton Plan Commission approved a rezoning ordinance, general building plan and conditional use permit for a proposed seven story residential building with two levels of structured parking and some light commercial space. 

The development proposal comes from the longtime owners and property managers of Middleton Shores Apartments at 6110-6150 Century Ave. Property owner Sue Case applied for a rezoning for construction of a two-phase redevelopment on the 8.8-acre lot. The first phase would replace an existing 20-unit, two-story building with one seven-story building containing up to 110 dwelling units and two levels of structured parking.

Fri
19
May
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Art Walk Middleton Planned for Saturday

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Arts Committee will once again host Art Walk Middleton on Terrace Avenue in the city’s downtown district on May 20 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Dozens of fine artists will sell their work throughout the day. Media includes, paint, photography ceramics, fiber, jewelry and more. Several of the participants will be creating art onsite during the event. Student art from the created Middleton High School will also be including in their year’s art booths.

Artist demonstrations and will also be available throughout the day, including a printing project for all ages by ArtWorking, caricatures for visitors by Lindsey Salzwedal of Expressively You, glass blowing by Terry King form Fat Pinky Glass, resin pouring and woodworking by Jeremiah Logeman and chalk art by Melanie Satori Schmidt Art. 

Fri
19
May
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Board Pleased with Stadium Project Progress

MIDDLETON–School board members and district administrators got a first look Monday at the three-phase upgrade in progress to Otto Breitenbach Stadium at Middleton High School (MHS).

Phase I which will add locker rooms, coaches and training offices, restrooms, and expand concessions and the ticketing office should be completed by mid-June, said Brian Hornung, chief operating officer of Findorff Construction, the project’s prime contractor.

The L-shaped structure has been under construction along part of the south side and west sides of the football field for nearly a year and it promises to be a major upgrade for athletes and fans.

Football players won’t have to dress in MHS locker rooms and walk to the stadium but will dress in new, larger facilities. Also, training facilities will be closer to athletes needing medical attention during games, Hornung said.

Mon
15
May
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Pleasant View Road Closure Update

MADISON–Pleasant View Road is closed at the Quarry Road Intersection and will remain until noon on May 26. There will be no access to Quarry Road from Pleasant View Road during this time. However, temporary access will be provided to local businesses.

Installation of deep sanitary sewer, water and storm water mains require the closure during the Pleasant View Road widening project.

The work operations requiring the closure is to install deep sanitary sewer, water main, and storm sewer lines.

Timber Wolf Trail's entrance at Pleasant View Road was closed beginning May12 through late August as the project begins Stage 2 construction from Timber Wolf Trail to Blackhawk Road along the west side of the street.

Pleasant View Road will remain open to Greenway Boulevard. Stage 1 construction continues on Pleasant View Road from Blackhawk Road to the Pleasant View Golf Course driveway.

Mon
15
May
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MOM Changes Name

MIDDLETON–After more than 40 years, Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) is getting a new name–WayForward Resources.

“We have been talking about this for 10 years,” stated WayForward Resources Executive Director Ellen Carlson, who said the name is intended to remove barriers in supporting residents who need assistance.

She said the name sometimes confused people in West Madison and Cross Plains because it has Middleton in the title.

“When we would say our name to new clients it was very confusing to them and our referral services. We also had people asking us about church services because ministry was in our name,” said Carlson. 

The organization felt it was a good time to pursue the change and began the process months ago by hiring a consultant. The consultant surveyed and interviewed both clients of the facility as well as stakeholders.

Fri
12
May
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Town Tries to Leash Kennel Request

TOWN OF MIDDLETON–A proposed 50-dog daycare facility went to the Dane County Board of Supervisors Monday without a town recommendation on a 2-2 vote by the Town Board.

Dan and Marlene La Fleur’s Four Paws Pet Services, LLC currently boards about a dozen horses on 15 acres on the town’s southwest side near Meadow and Valley View roads.

Initially, they wanted to convert the 20,000-square-foot horse stable at 3440 Meadow Rd. to a 400-dog daycare and offer overnight boarding, grooming, training, and veterinarian services.

The La Fleur’s request for a Conditional-Use Permit went before the county’s Zoning & Land Regulation Committee last month with county zoning staff recommending that the proposed operation be limited to 50 dogs on site at a time.

However, on April 25, the ZLR postponed a decision because the town hadn’t acted on it yet.

On April 18, the town’s Plan Commission recommended a 100-dog or small animal limit.

Fri
12
May
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City Council Approves $3.7 Million in Two TIF Agreements

City Council Approves $3.7 Million in Two TIF Agreements 

By Cameron Bren

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Common Council approved two developer agreements to provide tax incremental financing (TIF) assistance totaling more than $3.7 million. If the proposals go forward most of the assistance would go to a mixed-use development in Greenway Center and a smaller portion to an office building on N. High Point Road.

The mixed-use development in Greenway Center would replace the existing two-story office buildings with a single, five-story mixed-use building, including structured parking. It would include 180-200 residential units and 7,000-10,000 square feet of commercial space built in a horseshoe shape wrapped around a courtyard.

Fri
12
May
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Mayor, Council to Appoint District 4 Alder

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Mayor Emily Kuhn and the Common Council will be tasked with appointing a new alder to District 4 at its next meeting on May 16. The seat was left vacant when Kuhn was elected mayor in April. Kuhn will make the appointment, which then must be approved by the majority of the council.

The seat has generated interest from four citizens who want to serve as city alder: Jenifer Cole, Todd Kalish, Kathleen (Kate) Schneider-Braus and Tom Yost.

Jenifer Cole works for the Wisconsin Department of Administration and has Bachelor of Arts in Theatre & Gender Studies and a Master of Public Affairs degrees.

She lists her personal interests as: Public affairs, public policy, community and organizational leadership, walking my dogs in Lakeview Park and enjoying Middleton’s many great restaurants and businesses.

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