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City Planning for Staffing Referendum on November Ballot

MIDDLETON–The City of Middleton will ask voters to approve a referendum on the fall ballot to support raising property taxes up to $500,000 annually to support hiring additional police officers and potentially other city staff. The levy would be indefinite and depend upon funding needs from year to year. 

Municipalities holding referendums for staffing and maintaining services have become increasingly common in Wisconsin over the last decade as the state has imposed limitations on tax levies while other revenue sources have not kept pace with inflation or growth.

Finance Director and Assistant City Administrator Bill Burns explains how Middleton has been impacted by levy limits and how that has led the city to rely on referendums for additional revenue. 

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University Corridor Plan Finalized

MIDDLETON–Increased density, more diverse transportation modes and improved aesthetics are envisioned in a long-term plan for the University Avenue Corridor finalized Monday.

Bordered by Parmenter Street, Allen Boulevard, Franklin Avenue and Elmwood Avenue and Old Middleton Road, the University Avenue Corridor Branch is 1.5 miles long, encompasses 142 acres and is a key gateway to the city.

The corridor also has 19 business vacancies and traffic congestion from about 20,000 vehicle trips a day, west of Allen Boulevard, and 10,000 more vehicles by 2040.

SFP Consulting Group, of Middleton, began in July to develop a plan that would make the corridor less “auto-centric” and more pedestrian friendly.

Ideas for the plan were generated from a citizen survey, an open house and an ad hoc committee. Four main themes emerged from the process:

• Improve pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle safety

• Encourage diverse redevelopment

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Rollover Crash Result of Road Rage, Police Seek Witnesses

MIDDLETON-On March 17 at 12:03 p.m. Middleton Police officers responded to a rollover crash on University Avenue at the West Beltline overpass. During the investigation, officers learned the crash was the result of a road rage incident involving two cars. The driver of the vehicle on scene suffered minor injuries. The other vehicle, described as a silver Honda, fled the scene. The Middleton Police Department is looking for witnesses to the crash. 

If you have any information or were witness to this incident, please contact the Middleton Police Department at 608-824-7300, Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014, or on the web at p3tips.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous.

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Candidates Forum Scheduled for Local Middleton Races

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Area Progressives (MAP) organization will host a virtual Meet the Candidates Forum featuring individuals vying for positions on the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Board of Directors and the City of Middleton Common Council. The forum is scheduled for March 23 from 6-8 p.m. via Zoom. The 2022 Spring Election will be held on April 5.

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Plan Commission Refers Apartment Concept, Approves Rezoning for Duplexes

MIDDLETON–The City of Middleton Plan Commission approved a concept review for three eight-story buildings on Pleasant View Road part of the Greenway Center development. The plan commission also approved a rezoning request for construction of four duplexes and refinishing existing efficiency units at 7107 to 7109 University Ave.

A new proposal from LZ Ventures was presented to the plan commission for concept approval for three eight story buildings at the Greenway Center development on Pleasant View Rd.

A different developer previously proposed a 14-story apartment building on the site but was not able to overcome technical hurdles related to sanitary sewer connection, density of the site and construction that would not potentially disrupt the operations of PPD located adjacent to the site. 

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Gadow Hired as New City Administrator

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Common Council approved the hire of a new city administrator at its regular meeting March 15.  

In an email current announcing the hire, City Administrator Mike Davis said, “Bryan’s references and background check were very favorable, and he came to terms provided by the Selection Committee in their meeting last Saturday.”

Gadow will start on May 2, which will provide him with four working days of overlap with Davis.  

Prior to his appointment as Middleton City Administrator, Bryan Gadow has served as the City Administrator and Economic Development Director for the City of Monona since 2019. He brings over 16 years of local government experience to the Middleton community.

Gadow previously served as the Village Administrator of New Glarus from 2015-2018.

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Administrator Candidates Narrowed Down to Four

MIDDLETON–The City of Middleton has narrowed its search for a new city administrator down to four finalists: Drake Daily, Bryan Gadow, Erin Knackstedt and Jason Peters. One of them will replace Mike Davis who is set to retire in May after 24 years in the job.

Drake Daily is the current village administrator in New Glarus, a job he has held since 2019. He previously worked as a management analyst for the City of Sun Prairie for four years. In 2014/2015 he was an administrative intern at the City of Middleton and the Village of Waunakee. He has degrees from UW-Madison and the Robert A. LaFollette School of Public Affairs.

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Rodens Raise Money, Awareness as JDRF Fund a Cure Family

MIDDLETON–After Lili Roden was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) 12 years ago the Roden family of Middleton began raising money and awareness for the disease, and in 2020 they were named a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Fund a Cure Family for the southwest Wisconsin Region.

They never got to realize the honor as the JDRF Spring Gala was cancelled for the region two years in a row due to the pandemic. But on Feb. 26 the gala took place along with others around the state, and the Rodens were once again asked to represent JDRF as a Fund a Cure Family.

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Mounajjed Wins JA Young Entrepreneur Competition

MIDDLETON–Michael Mounajjed is only 17 years old, but already the Middleton resident is running a successful company providing hardware and consulting services for cryptocurrency mining. Now the Middleton High School junior can add Junior Achievement (JA) Young Entrepreneur to his resume.

On Feb. 19 Mounajjed was the winner of the JA Young Entrepreneur Competition, beating out three presentations to take the title in the organization’s second annual contest. 

Mounajjed, who started his company, Calceus Trading LLC at the age of 14 began because a friend was looking for components to help mine crypto currency, specifically Ethereum. Because he was too young to trade the currency–you must be 18–he started up the business to help others. In the process, the teen has recorded $600,000 in sales and said he hopes to hit $1 million by the time he graduates high school in 2023.

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Fighting for My Homeland from 8000 Miles Away

It is Wednesday night, 9:15 p.m. I receive a text from my former co-worker saying, “CNN just announced explosions are heard in Kyiv.” I am in shock and ask for the direct link. His reply is simply, “CNN Live.” I turn on the news. I download the CNN app. I stand in the middle of my kitchen staring at the screen in complete belief as I watch on TV the capital of my country, Kyiv, being bombed. I know it’s only 5 a.m. in Ukraine and I know that my dad, habitually an early riser, is probably still sleeping. He is not in Kyiv. I don’t dare to disturb him. I continue to verify the facts, trying to wrap my head around this in complete shock. I try to go to bed because I need sleep to function, but I keep checking my phone. Before I fall asleep at midnight, I message my brother who lives in the Netherlands and get his reply the next morning. “The war has started. Putin is bombing our country.”  Another message comes in from my stepmom, Valentina. “Pray for our country. Fear and Terror.”

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