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Tue
04
Aug

Stoughton Hospital completes main entrance reconstruction

The Stoughton Hospital campus is now safer and more user-friendly.

The hospital just has completed reconstructing its main entrance, a project that increased the elevation of the street leading to the entrance by more than five feet and reduced the elevation of the hill by the entrance and the emergency room garage by almost two feet.

The entrance work, combined with reconfiguring parking areas and “discontinuing” Ridge Street and the top of Church Street as public thoroughfares, completes a year and a half of construction in front of the hospital.

Mon
03
Aug

Commission advances Wal-Mart changes

Planning Commission members had few changes to an updated site plan for the proposed Wal-Mart supercenter planned for Kettle Park West. 

The main sticking point at Monday’s meeting was the inclusion of a fence along the north side of the lot that would screen a service drive for trucks. Wal-Mart representatives said the fence had been inadvertently left off the new plans but would be included in the final version that was to be sent to the Common Council Tuesday.

Other changes that were recommended for approval included a roughly 2,500 square foot reduction in building size, changes to the garden center and six fewer parking stalls. Some landscaping plans changed but the overall landscaped area increases by about 17,000 square feet. 

Fri
31
Jul

Stoughton chamber picks Olson as interim director

The Stoughton Chamber of Commerce will be led by former board member Randy Olson while the board seeks a new permanent director.

Chamber board president Kate Schieldt said in an email that Olson, a past president of the chamber board, will start next week. Olson takes over following the death of Dale Volenberg last week.

“Randy is up to date with Chamber information and will be a key person in keep things going,” Schieldt wrote. “I am extremely grateful to have such a qualified person to help us during this time.”

Fri
31
Jul

Stoughton Forward withdraws lawsuit

A group of local activists who announced last week they had filed a lawsuit against the city for its inclusion of Wal-Mart Corporation in a three-party agreement relating to Kettle Park West has decided to withdraw it.

Stoughton Forward treasurer Buzz Davis informed the Hub on Tuesday that the organization had withdrawn its lawsuit earlier in the day.

Davis said he learned Monday that city officials had altered their three-party agreement with Wal-Mart and KPW developer Forward Development Group. At a July 6 Committee of the Whole meeting, alders agreed to remove part of the agreement that would have allowed Wal-Mart to use the city’s funding to complete off-site public improvements leading to the 35-acre commercial development.

Wed
29
Jul

Hohol resigns after moving out of the city

Stoughton lost a member of the Common Council, Planning Commission and its representative on the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission this week when Eric Hohol resigned his positions after moving out of the city.

Hohol had represented Aldermanic District 4, on the city’s west side, since 2010. He was re-elected in 2012 and again in April this year. He announced his resignation Wednesday, July 22, days after closing on the sale of his home.

He’s been a member of the Planning Commission for more than 10 years and a CARPC member for about four years, he said. He was one of three citizen members of the Planning Commission when he joined in 2004.

Wed
29
Jul

Stoughton Library construction set to begin Aug. 3


Photos by Mark Ignatowski. Many shelves on the library’s second floor have been emptied in preparation for repairs planned early next month.

Renovation of the second floor of the Stoughton Public Library is underway, as the second floor is now closed to the public, with librarians “setting up shop” in the mezzanine to assist customers. 

In an email to the Courier Hub on Monday, library director Richard MacDonald said movies, new books, Lucky Day DVDs and books, music CDs and some adult fiction has been moved from the second floor to other locations. Computer availability will be limited, and the Carnegie basement reading room and second floor meeting rooms will be unavailable through October.

“Look for signs and ask the staff,” he said. “We’ll point you in the right direction.

While much of the adult collection has been put in storage and will be unavailable during the renovation, MacDonald said all holds from other libraries and full delivery service will be available.

Mon
27
Jul

Bexson hearing set for July 28

A McFarland teen accused of stabbing a Stoughton man is set to enter a plea next week, according to online court documents.

Tyler Bexson, 17, will appear in Dane County Circuit Court July 28, where he faces three felony charges. Bexson was charged with first-degree attempted homicide, first-degree reckless injury and attempted burglary while armed with a dangerous weapon follow a dispute about payment for a prom dress to a family on North Page Street in Stoughton, according to a criminal complaint filed in May. Bexson drove to the victim’s home on North Page Street April 30 and attempted to break into the home through a screen door, but was deterred when dogs started barking. The victim came outside with a flashlight and baseball bat and confronted Bexson, who then attacked the man. Bexson was subdued and held until police arrived after the man’s wife fired a gun into the air.

Fri
24
Jul

Stoughton Chamber director dies suddenly


Photo by Mark Ignatowski. Dale Volenberg poses for a photo shortly after start the position as executive director of the Chamber of Commerce in May.

Stoughton Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Dale Volenberg died unexpectedly, chamber leaders said Friday. He was 54 years old.

Chamber president Kate Schieldt shared news of Volenberg’s passing “with a saddened heart” in an email to chamber members.

In his time with the chamber, we have gotten to know Dale and appreciate his positive attitude

and his enthusiasm in his position as executive director,” Schieldt said. “The chamber and the Stoughton community have lost a staunch supporter.”

Fri
24
Jul

Wetland boundary trims Wal-Mart size

The need to avoid an existing wetland has caused Wal-Mart to reduce the size of its store planned for the Kettle Park West retail development on the city’s west side.

But in order to make those changes, the city needs to approve the roughly 2,500 square foot  reduction and site plan changes. 

A public hearing on the changes is planned as part of a special Planning Commission meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, July 27, in the council chambers inside the Stoughton Public Safety Building. If recommended for approval by the commission, the changes would go to the Common Council July 28 with final approval possible by Aug. 11.

City of Stoughton planning staff wrote in a memo posted with the meeting documents that all the changes meet the intention of the original implementation plan approved in December 2014.

Documents related to the request can be found online at stoughtoncitydocs.com/planning-commission.

Thu
23
Jul

Stoughton council OKs deal with Wal-Mart

The Common Council last week remained divided over the proposed Kettle Park West commercial development, with a narrow majority pushing the project forward another step or two.

With KPW opponent Ald. Tim Swadley absent, the council approved two key resolutions on 6-5 votes at its July 14 meeting. The first vote authorized the developer to use contingency funds at the start of the project instead of waiting until the work is substantially complete, as Swadley and other KPW opponents had wanted.

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