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Wed
27
May

Council authorizes $2.7M in borrowing

The Common Council authorized the city to borrow $2.72 million in 10-year notes at its May 12 meeting.

The borrowing is done annually to cover expenses for the city’s big improvement projects, including buildings and streets, stormwater utility projects, and water and sewer projects.

About $1.5 million of the borrowing is for building and street improvements and will be repaid by tax dollars through the city’s general fund.

Another $300,000 is for the stormwater utility and will be repaid through the utility, while $850,000 of borrowing is for the water and sewer utility.

The city’s financial consultant, Joe Murray, of Springsted Inc., said the interest rate on the 10-year notes was 1.8 percent, but that would likely change by the time Springsted actually sells the notes on June 9.

Tue
26
May

KPW Developer gets letters of credit

Kettle Park West appears to be back on track after it ran into trouble last month.

After its developer acknowledged it was having trouble securing letters of credit, the Common Council signaled it would not approve a revised development agreement.

But Forward Development Group project manager Dennis Steinkraus told the Hub last Friday his company was successful in securing two letters of credit required in the agreement. FDG still must provide the city with evidence that it has sold four lots in the 35-acre commercial center by June 30 in order to meet its contract obligations.

Mon
25
May

City ‘phasing out’ outdoor fireboxes

The city is phasing out the use of outdoor fire furnaces.

Under a new ordinance the Common Council adopted last week, city residents will not be allowed to install new outdoor furnaces, which burn wood to heat water for home heating. Any existing furnaces will be grandfathered. 

Planning director Rodney Scheel told the council he believes there are only a few of the furnaces being used in the city. Officials want to phase out the furnaces because the smoke they generate is considered a nuisance and a health hazard.

The council at its May 12 meeting debated the merits of the new ordinance, which permits existing furnaces to remain in place, provided they meet a few requirements:  

• The furnace must have been installed before the date the council adopted the new ordinance

Sat
23
May

Dunn crash puts woman in hospital

At least two people were taken to the hospital following a crash Tuesday (May 19) night in the Town of Dunn, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to the release, Dawn D. Wills a 44-year-old Madison woman was taken by Med-Flight to UW Hospital after sustaining “significant injuries” in the crash. The sheriff’s office said the injuries were sustained after a rear-end collision with Sandra J. Schwab, 57, of Madison, just before 7 p.m. near the intersection of CTH B and Highway 51.

Schwab had been waiting to take a left turn.

Sat
23
May

Library reaches fundraising goal

The Stoughton Public Library has reached its fundraising goal for second-floor renovations, and now it’s time to celebrate.

A recent $30,000 grant from the Madison Community Foundation helped the library reach the minimum fundraising goal of $250,000, said director Richard MacDonald.

“The grant will allow us to not only reach our goal, but ensures that we will be able to purchase quality materials such as shelving, carpet, and furniture that will last for decades,” MacDonald said. “(It) will also enable the library to meet those unexpected expenses which are invariably a part of every project of this nature.”

Fri
22
May

Incident at bar puts one in hospital Wednesday

An early morning shooting in Stoughton resulted in a 22-year-old female being Med-Flighted to a Madison hospital early last Wednesday, according to the Stoughton Police Department.

Stoughton Police Chief Gregory Leck told the Courier-Hub the department is “pretty confident” that the shooting was accidental.

According to a press release from the Stoughton Police Department, officers responded to a report of a gunshot wound at 111 Chalet Drive, site of Reverend Jim’s Roadhouse 2 sports bar, at 12:33 a.m. on May 13, and found the victim had been shot in both arms.

Wed
20
May

Former Stoughtonite’s cancer success highlights health insurance changes


Photo courtesy UW Health Public Affairs. UW patient Gayle Zinda, whose lung cancer was found via a CT scan that is now recommended for former smokers. She had surgery nine years ago and is cancer free. The doctor is Dr. Nizar Jarjour, who is head of pulmonary medicine at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and advised Mrs. Zinda on her surgery options.

Gayle Zinda is that rarest of birds – a long-term lung-cancer survivor.

But lung-cancer specialists at the UW Carbone Cancer Center are hopeful that with both private insurance and Medicare now paying for CT scans for many former and current smokers, they will be having more success stories like Zinda’s.

She was diagnosed via a happy coincidence – a CT scan after unrelated surgery back in 2006 showed a suspicious spot. After having lung cancer confirmed, she had the lower lobe of her left lung removed in a surgery at University of Wisconsin Hospital. 

“Gayle was very lucky to have discovered her cancer so early,’’ said pulmonologist, Dr. Nizar Jarjour, a professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. “It’s gratifying to see how well she’s done.”

Tue
19
May

Officials hope to extend River Trail

The Stoughton Parks and Recreation Department has gotten approval to extend the Yahara River Trail west from Amundson Park across Skaalen Home property to connect with a path that Stoughton Hospital plans to build on its land.

The approval to cross Skaalen property and connect to the hospital’s future path is one more piece in a long-term goal to make a river trail loop that begins and ends at Amundson Park.

Parks and recreation department director Tom Lynch said he’s not sure when the hospital plans to build its path – he thinks it will happen this year – and he’s not sure when the city will have the funds to extend the Yahara River Trail.

Mon
18
May

Stoughton multifamily project forwarded


Map courtesy Sieger Architects The townhome-style building would be built on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Hwy. B on the city’s north edge. The building is set back from the corner to allow site lines along Hwy. B. Residents would enter and exit the complex along Lincoln Avenue.

The Common Council will consider a permit for a seven-unit multifamily housing development after the Plan Commission approved a site plan for the building Monday night. 

Developers for Spanrie Properties hope to build a multi-level, townhome-style building on the northeast corner of Lincoln Avenue at Hwy. B. The building would be built across Lincoln Avenue from a 40-unit senior living facility approved earlier this year.

The commission also recommended the council approve a conditional use permit. The votes followed a public hearing with no comments.

Sun
17
May

A cabin and a life


Photos by Bill Livick. “The Cabin – A North Woods Memoir” was published in March.

Steve Fortney’s latest book – “The Cabin: A North Woods Memoir” – centers on the relationship of four local men and the community they created over more than 40 years, some 350 miles north of their Stoughton home.

Fortney wrote the book as a series of vignettes that cohere into a story recounting the evolution of the cabin the men built on 80 acres they bought in 1969 in Douglas County, about eight miles south of the Lake Superior shoreline.

The four – two now dead and two still living – were drawn to the remote area in extreme northern Wisconsin by the land and its inhabitants, human and otherwise. The story is filled with memories and philosophical observations that range from bouts of hard drinking to vivid descriptions of trout fishing on the mighty Brule River and the interrelationships of the men and their families.

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