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Thursday, August 15, 2013 Vol. 48, No. 12 Verona, WI Hometown USA ConnectVerona.com $1
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City of Verona
Fire, Brown extend council split
Ad cu da  dp, ‘fa’
Jim Ferolie
Verona Press editor 
Nearly four hours of debatedidn’t get the Common Councilvery far Monday night.The majority of that time wasspent on two subjects that onceagain divided the group acrosswhat could almost be describedas party lines. Those would bethe potential annexation anddevelopment of a farm along theIce Age Trail and the hiring pro-cess for the yet-to-be-born cityfire department.In each case, the council hearddetailed presentations and exten-sive public comment on bothsides and ended with no tangibleprogress.The more pressing issue, thefire department, continued a riftfrom the previous week’s Com-mittee of the Whole meeting,in which some alders openlyattempted to subvert the statutoryhiring process. Monday, however,the council opted to delay it.The discussion of developingthe Brown farm on the southeastside of town, meanwhile, hasbeen going for about eight yearsand wasn’t scheduled for an offi-cial vote. Rather, its appearanceat the council, a week after get-ting a mixed reaction from the
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Jim Ferolie
Just for kicks
Verona’s Finley Deisher, 8, unleashes a tornado kick last Tuesday during Verona National Night Out at Festival Park as Tony Kummer assists with the demonstration.Deisher is a black belt at Karate America, which held the 30-minute demonstration to promote awareness of self-defense skills. See more photos, page 8.
Aquaticclub goesunder
Jeremy Jones
Sports editor 
After 34 years of tutor-ing swimmers, the VeronaAquatic Club has decided itcan no longer stay afloat.The VAC’s governingboard voted unanimouslyAug. 7 to pursue dissolu-tion and cease operations asa result of lack of adequatepool space.It’s a move VAC treasurerDeb Nickels said the grouphad seen coming for years.“It’s not even adequate(pool space); it’s also appro-priate,” Nickels said. “Wewere swimming late at MATCEast, and some of those kidsweren’t getting home until9:30 or 10 p.m. and they stillhad homework to do.”As a result, the club losta chunk of its senior swim-mers. Because of the organi-zation’s dwindling member-ship, Nickels said, this deci-sion made the most sense.At the same time, its veterancoach, Randy Trowbridge,will be moving out of state,making the decision thatmuch easier.“I think our families musthave seen it coming becauseI have received no messages
Verona Area School District
Superintendent sees ‘big goals’ on the horizon for next generation
seth JovAAg
Unifed Newspaper Group 
Back in April, the Verona Areaschool board approved a “beliefsand outcomes statement.”Its premise was as straightfor-ward as it gets: the board believed“every student must be success-ful.”Sounds simple, right?But in an interview last week,superintendent Dean Gorrell saidthe statement underscores a multi-year strategy that could radicallytransform local schools.With the goal of “person-alizing education” for everystudent, Gorrell said the district isembarking on a new era in educa-tion that, in Verona, could includeany of the following:breaking free of the “timebound” system of teaching kidsin age-based grades that rotatethrough a set number of classeseach day• year-round school device
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Roughly 200 participants laced up their sneakers last Saturday for thefifth annual Mama Goose Memorial Run/Walk. The race is organizedby the family of Margaret “Mama Goose” Giesfeldt, a former secretaryin Verona schools who died of cancer in 2009.Her son, Matt Giesfeldt, estimated that this year’s run was the largestyet and raised more than $3,000 that will be donated to the Paul P.Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of WisconsinHospital.Above, Race organizers Kari and Matt Giesfeldt and daughter Orla.
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Verona Area School District
New program combatseffect of ‘summer slide’
seth JovAAg
Unifed Newspaper Group 
This month, a new pro-gram funded through aVerona Area School District“innovation grant” is aimingto give 20 area elementaryschool students a jumpstarton the 2013-14 school year.The “Learn Academy,”led by four VASD teachers,kicked off last week in Fitch-burg. Ninety-minute classesare held Tuesday throughThursday from 5-6:30 p.m.at the leasing office of theNakoma Heights apartmentcomplex on Chalet GardensRoad.Twenty kids in grades 3-5– 10 each from Stoner Prairieand Glacier Edge elementaryschools – were selected forthe program because, in pastyears, they had struggledwith the “summer slide,” aterm educators use to definethe academic ground kidscan lose during the three-month vacation.“The goal is to get theminto the swing of thingsbefore they actually startschool this year,” said AmyKlubertanz, a second gradeteacher in Glacier Edge’sbilingual program.The program started lastweek with about 14 adult vol-unteers who met with the stu-dents to talk about their jobs.The kids met organic farmers,zookeepers, pizza makers andplayers on the Madison 56erssoccer squad, among others.The next step is for thestudents to research a ques-tion, career or other topic thatsparked their interest duringthe presentations, Klubertanzsaid. The students will createpresentations they will sharewith their parents on the pro-gram’s final day, Aug. 22.The program is beingfunded through a $6,050innovation grant awardedby the Verona Area schoolboard in May. In all, theboard doled out 10 grantsworth $81,360 that aim toclose so-called “achievementgaps” along racial or socio-economic lines, customizelearning for individual stu-dents or make Verona standout among peer districts.The program also offershelp to the students’ parentswith things like registeringonline for school, setting upa Gmail account or getting alibrary card, Klubertanz said.And it includes group din-ners and snacks that kids pre-pare themselves using organ-ic produce procured from anarea farm.The grant was used topay teacher stipends, rentthe office, purchase foodand buy 10 web-based lap-tops that will be used in theschools and in after-schoolhomework clubs throughoutthe year.Other teachers leadingthe program include The-resa Vasen and Karie Huttnerfrom Stoner Prairie and Sar-ah Holzum, who will be atSavanna Oaks Middle Schoolnext year. Abby Olson, a highschool student from Madison,also served as a volunteer.
Photos submitted
Students learn the difference between a mini donkey and mini horseduring a lesson last week. Below, an employee from Toppers Pizzahelps students make a pepperoni and sausage pizza.
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Five Bugles gets call todesign new fire station
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Unifed Newspaper Group 
Experience trumpedfamiliarity in the decisionto hire a firm to design thecity’s new fire station.The city’s ad hoc com-mittee interviewed twofirms for the job last Thurs-day – Bray Architects andFive Bugles Design – andcame out recommendingFive Bugles. The Com-mon Council unanimouslyapproved that recommenda-tion Monday.The decision does notobligate the city to any par-ticular amount, despite thenearly $350,000 estimatefor the company’s services.The station is expected tocost $8 million to $10 mil-lion.Bray had worked withmany members of the com-mittee to develop VeronaCity Center in 2007-08,including a police sta-tion, and it sketched initialdesigns for a fire stationduring that process, whichincluded brief considerationof designing one largerbuilding that would accom-modate the fire department,as well.But Five Bugles memberstouted their experience of designing dozens of fire sta-tions in the Midwest as thereason they would be thebest fit for the city.
Experience,specialization
Only five of the 12 mem-bers of the group – Ald.Mac McGilvray, Mayor JonHochkammer, fire chief JoeGiver, Police and Fire Com-mission president DeloraNewton and Fitch-RonaEMS chief Brian Myrland–were present for the inter-views.The group discussed theproposals after two hour-long presentations anddecided that Eau Claire-based Five Bugles woulddeliver the best stationbased on their experienceand team of experts.Hochkammer said at themeeting he was impressedby Bray’s presentation, buthe felt Five Bugles was abetter fit for this job.“I thought Bray did a real-ly good job on the presen-tation,” Hochkammer toldthe committee. “But my guttells me … that I think thatFive Bugles can do a better job. We want what’s bestfor the city, long term.”Committee membersagreed, saying Five Bugles’in-house emergency ser-vices specialist, Ed Misch-efske, helped edge out thecompetition.Mischfeske is a formerfire chief of 23 years, andhe served 36 years in theemergency services field.Committee members likedhis ability to articulate whatfirefighters need for theirdepartment and work withthe committee and designteam to meet those needs.Giver said he and his staff were comfortable workingwith Five Bugles when thegroup did a station locationanalysis for the departmentlast year.In addition, many of thestations that city staff andcommittee members hadtoured in recent monthswere built in part by FiveBugles.“No one comes close tothem with their experiencewith fire stations,” Giversaid. “Me and my staff areextremely comfortable withthem.”
First steps
Five Bugles providedan initial cost of about$348,000 for the engineer-ing and design services of the first phase the designproject, according to num-bers provided by cityadministrator Bill Burns.Bray was slightly higher at$385,000. The two compa-nies were selected for pre-sentations out of six thatsubmitted proposals.The first phase will be toconduct a final space needsanalysis and site analysis,which will include review-ing previous studies andmaking sure the locationhas enough room for thenew station and any futureadditions.Five Bugles’ proposalsaid the group will look atresponse data, current andfuture land use plans andpopulation projections.It plans also to incor-porate conversations withfirefighters and city staff into discussions with thesteering committee todevelop “bubble diagrams”of where different parts of the fire, EMS and sharedareas need to be inside thenew station. From there, thegroup will develop some3-D schematics for thesteering committee, counciland public to review.The first phase is sched-uled to be completed byNovember, which wouldgive the council a good ideaof what it needs to budgetfor the new station.Both Bray and FiveBugles estimated the costper square foot of the newstation to be between $200and $250. A previousspace needs analysis putthe department’s needs atnearly 40,000 square feet.On the low end, a new sta-tion would run about $8million. It could be up to$10 million based on theseestimates.After the first phase, thecity would need to work with a firm to begin mak-ing construction documentsover the winter. The projectwould be bid in the springand construction wouldstart in the summer. Theproject would be done byApril 2015.Before beginning theplanning process in ear-nest, the city will likely tohave a discussion about hir-ing a construction managerto oversee the design andbuilding process.Ald. McGilvray said aplan for overseeing theproject was “important tohave in place.” The cityused public works directorRon Reider as the construc-tion manager while build-ing the City Center, butlikely won’t devote staff resources to the fire stationproject, members said atthe ad hoc meeting.The council has heardseveral different methodsof construction manage-ment, but has yet to decideon which one they prefer touse for this project. A datefor that meeting hasn’t beenset, but representativesfrom Five Bugles recom-mended having a construc-tion manager on board assoon as possible.
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Closed to through traffic
The intersection of County Highway PB and Sunset Drive is limited while road crews install a new cul-vert to improve drainage under the road. All through traffic has been diverted to County Highway 69.

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