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Thursday, August 22, 2013 Vol. 133, No. 3 Stoughton, WI ConnectStoughton.com $1
Photos by
Kimberly Wethal
Breaking out the good stuff
The annual Coffee Break Festival was held last Saturday with manybrewers from around the area showcasing their finest brews. Inaddition to coffee sampling, multiple other craft and cooking ven-dors were set up for attendees to browse though with the 5k JavaJog and the one-mile Fun Run held in the morning along with a cof-fee bean-spitting contest held in the afternoon.Above, a young girl sips her coffee with her stuffed animal by herside.
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City of Stoughton
Contractor, city settle pavement dispute
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If you’ve driven on EastMain Street and wonderedwhy the city installedspeed bumps at intersec-tions like Academy Streetand Amundson Parkway,guess again. They’re notintentional traffic-slowingdevices.They’re examples of why the Common Councillast week approved a set-tlement with the contractorresponsible for rebuildinga stretch of East MainStreet from the railroadtracks downtown to ChaletDrive in 2011.The contractor, RTFox, and the city recentlyresolved a dispute overthe street work and thecity’s refusal to makethe final $107,000 pay-ment of a roughly $1 mil-lion contract. While Foxwas the general contrac-tor, the company that laidthe asphalt and apparentlycreated the problem wasFrank Bros. Inc. of Milton.“There are problemsrelated to the rideability
Rebecca Stokstad Lunde
Miss Stoughton 1933 remembers state pageant 80 years ago
RoBin HAnSen
Special to the Courier-Hub 
For Stoughton nativeRebecca Stokstad Lunde,being a contestant in the1933 Miss Wisconsin pag-eant was just a chanceoccurrence, without muchsignificance. However,for local historians andlongtime pageant fans alike,she is a rare living link toone of the most unusual yetfabled Miss Wisconsin pag-eants of all time.The 1933 Miss Wiscon-sin pageant was a success-ful attempt to lure peopleto Cambridge like the MissAmerica pageant drewvacationers to Atlantic City,N.J. one week after LaborDay, beginning in 1921.However, for Cambridge,the state pageant was heldonly once in the area.Every year, CommunityPark (now Ripley Park) inrural Cambridge playedhost to the annual “HarvestFestival,” a local tradi-tion in the area that datesback to the late 1800s. In1933, the 26th annual Har-vest Festival in Cambridgewas like no other in thepast, however, and becameone of the largest and mostmemorable events in thearea’s history.Last Sunday marked the80th year anniversary of that Cambridge’s HarvestFestival, which also hostedof the Miss Wisconsin Pag-eant. It was a unique timefor the village to be underthe spotlight, with the pub-licity lingering weeks laterthroughout the state.The two-day pageant wasorganized at Community
Pinging a WorldRecord
Duo looks to makehistory, help charity
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Two Stoughton High School seniorswill attempt to make world historywith a ping pong ball come Mondaymorning.Max Fer-gus and LukeLogan, Stough-ton High Schoolseniors, willtry to get intothe GuinnessBook of WorldRecords for thelongest tabletennis rally.What camefrom a “ran-dom idea” theboys conceivedthis winter hasturned into anevent to raisemoney for Spe-cial OlympicsWisconsin, anorganization Fergus and Logan have
Stoughton Area School District
Board looks at referendum finances, timelines
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Unifed Newspaper Group 
With a February or Aprilreferendum appearing tobe an increasing possibil-ity, Stoughton Area SchoolDistrict board membershave continued to gatherinformation.Monday night they gotsome financial advice attheir regular meeting fromMike Clark of the district’sfinancial adviser, R. W.Baird & Co.Clark, a veteran of help-ing the board through pastreferendums, talked abouthow declining enrollmentand state laws institutingbudget caps have createdthe need for a referendumto raise needed funding forprojects.An expected districtshortfall of up to $5 milliononce the referendum passedin 2010 expires next yearwould be a “worst-case”scenario, said SASD com-munity relations directorDerek Spellman. Withoutanother referendum, moneycould be difficult to comeup with.SASD business managerErica Pickett said Clark was
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A father and son race during the Java Jog together as the father lets his son take thebetter race time.
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– the smoothness of thesurface,” said RodneyScheel, the city’s planningand development direc-tor. “You also see someseam separation occurringwith the asphalt, whichis unusually premature.Those are the things thatare visible. And when rid-ing over it, you feel somehumps and bumps onthe road surface that wewouldn’t expect to see ona new street.”Street superintendentKarl Manthe said citystaff, along with severalresidents, noted issueswith the street surfacesoon after work was com-pleted in September 2011.“We conducted sometests after the work wasdone and they failed,” hesaid.Although the work wasdone almost two yearsago, the city and contrac-tor entered a mediationand came to a settlementagreement only “a fewweeks ago,” Scheel said.He said the substandardwork means the city willprobably have to do “someinterim maintenance pri-or to when we normallywould have to. There maybe crack filling or otherthings that we have todo on a more acceleratedschedule.”Scheel noted that theproject was larger than justthe surface of the street.There was “a fair amount”of underground work –curb and gutter, sidewalks,and other aspects of theproject – that “are reallynot in question.”“It goes really to theasphalt and the rideabilityof the street,” Scheel said.“We may decide as a cityto actually redo some of this work.”
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City, contractor settle dispute
Continued from page 1
Photo by
Jim Ferolie
 /Special thanks to 
Pete Aarsvold and Oliver Himsel
East Main Street was repaired only two years ago, but is alreadyshowing signs of premature wear. The city and contractor R.T. Foxrecently reached a settlement about the unsatisfactory work.
Photos by
Kimberly Wethal
Memories and melodies
The city band concert that took place Aug. 1 at the seniorcenter drew a crowd of more than 50 people, aged bothyoung and old. Many grandparents took advantage ofspending quality time with their grandchildren as theybrought them along to experience great music and enjoyice cream.Above, the timpani player drums during the first song ofthe band’s performance.At right, Ben Davie enjoys his ice cream while attendingthe concert with family members.Jim Keeney plays his clarinet during warm-ups before the concert.
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City of Stoughton
Kettle West brings GDP next month
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City of Stoughton Plan-ning Commission memberswill get a look at the generaldevelopment plan for theKettle Park West develop-ment next month.The GDP is the secondpart of a complex, three-stage process called aplanned unit development,and it’s generally consid-ered the most important –the one that provides devel-opers with assurances thatthe city will allow the typeof expansion that’s pro-posed.Commissioners spentabout an hour last week talking with developersabout the details of theproject, including landscap-ing and screening excep-tions, parking lot design andbuilding orientations.Forward DevelopmentGroup (FDG) had soughtmore than a dozen exemp-tions to the city’s big-boxstore ordinance and thecity’s zoning code on behalf of potential users of the site.Which retailers those mightbe remains undisclosed.The list of exemptionshad been trimmed downafter discussions with thecommissioners at the Junemeeting and subsequenttalks with the potentialretailers, said Jim Bricker,a senior planner with JSDProfessional Services.“Admittedly, it’s a work in progress,” Bricker said.“Last time, we had kind of a litany of things that struck us as being potential con-flicts. As we’ve gone back to various parties … someof those problems and con-flicts kind of dropped by thewayside.”While most of theexemptions related to the126,000-square-foot largeretailer site, some wererelated to the outlots, whichare smaller parcels. Thosesix proposed sites will housebuildings between 6,000and 20,000 square feet.Some commission mem-bers, including Ald. RonChristenson, once again saidthey hoped the developerwould soon be able to revealwhom the tenants for thedevelopment would be.“I think it’s time for usto start realizing who we’remaking these alterationsfor,” Christenson said. “Iunderstand the complexityand the proprietary situa-tion that (the developer is)in, but again, realizing ourposition, too, is important.”Even if FDG is negotiat-ing with a specific retailerthroughout the planningprocess, that deal could dryup at any time. However,the Target corporate websitestates that its “most preva-lent” general merchandisestore size is 126,000 squarefeet, and a listing presentedat a recent planning confer-ence by brokerage firm NAIMLG Commercial showedTarget is planning expan-sion in Wisconsin, withpotential store sizes rang-ing from 120,000-180,000square feet.Neither Wal-Mart –which sought to build a200,000-square-foot store inStoughton several years ago– nor any other traditionalbig box retailer was on thatlist of more than 100 fran-chises.The list, while not com-prehensive, was part of aroundtable discussion at theconference and dealt withinformation from more thana dozen brokers. Target wasthe only company listed aslooking for sites with morethan 100,000 square feet of store space.No matter who the ten-ants might be, commis-sion member and alder EricHohol said the PlanningCommission was chargedwith making sure the build-ings in the area fit with thecity’s guidelines and meetthe expectations of the com-munity.
Difficult buffer
One of the biggest itemsthe group discussed wasthe developer’s desire tobe flexible with the type of screening and barrier thatwould need to go along thewest side of the area’s com-mercial center, located atthe corner of Hwy. 138 andU.S. Hwy. 51.Bricker said the geogra-phy of the area and the needto have a buffer between thedeveloped area and a nearbywetland created a challengefor the city’s buffer andscreening requirements. Thecity’s current code requiresa 6-foot tall berm to serve asa buffer between the retailand office or residentialareas.That tall of a berm behindthe large retailer lot wouldneed to be up to 40 feetwide, Bricker said, andwould eat up too muchspace of the retail lot for itto be a viable space.The developers proposedbuilding a berm where it’sfeasible, and then using amixture of fencing and veg-etation to screen the north-west corner of the lot.Planning Commissionmembers were open to thealternative screening meth-ods, but they asked the com-pany to give specific detailsand diagrams when it pres-ents its general developmentplan next month.Commissioner ScottTruehl said he was con-cerned that the trees andshrubs used to screen thearea would take a long timeto be effective.“We’re talking about anarea that’s going to be theprincipal loading dock,”Truehl said. “The render-ing … is very attractive, butunfortunately, I know that Iwon’t see this for 20 years.I’m going to be looking forheight at day one.”
Commissioners also wereasked if they’d be open tobending the requirements onparking spaces and pedes-trian access.In order to create the largeparking lot desired by majorretailers, the developer hasasked to adjust the city’slandscaping requirements.The biggest limiting fac-tor is a requirement to havemedians or islands every10 stalls, and another is theminimum size of islands atthe end of parking rows.Bricker said the city’sdesign standard makessnow removal difficult anddoesn’t allow for enoughparking space on the 11.45-acre lot.Zoning ordinances call for4 parking spaces per 1,000feet of retail floor area. Theretailer would like 4.5 spotsper 1,000 but would settlefor 4.3, Bricker said.Commissioners wereopen to some changes butwere adamant about main-taining pedestrian access forsafety reasons. Truehl saidthe developers need to keepclear linkages between themain lot and the outlots sothat pedestrians and shop-ping carts have safe accessbetween the businesses.
Other issues
Bricker also presentedsome other questions frompotential retailers about thecity’s ordinances, thoughhe acknowledged some of these issues will be broughtup during the third phaseof the process, known asthe specific implementationphase, or SIP.Items such as signage sizeand location and placementand size of landscapingpoints are supposed to bediscussed after the generaldevelopment plan is pre-sented for the area.As part of the GDPapproval, commissionerswill see how the differentbuildings are oriented on thelots. Some of the previousissues – such as buildingscreening – will be linked towhere trucks might unload.Those specifics hadn’t beenfinalized as of the last meet-ing, Bricker said.Dennis Steinkraus of FDG said the group intend-ed to take the commentsfrom last week’s discussionand submit a formal GDPfor review at the next meet-ing.“We’d like to compro-mise and get everybody onboard,” Steinkraus said. “If we can’t, we’ll have to tryto modify some things.”
UNG editor Jim Feroliecontributed to this story.
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Woman killed in Page Street car crash
A 76-year-old womanwas killed after beingstruck by a car on NorthPage Street near WilsonStreet Monday morning.Stoughton Police Lt.Pat Conlin said in a newsrelease that the womanwas crossing in a cross-walk when she was struck by a 68-year-old Stough-ton man driving a Buick SUV northbound on PageStreet.The woman was identi-fied by police as Margue-rite T. Clarke of Stough-ton. Clarke was born inChicago and worked inthe Sears credit depart-ment until her retirementin 1986, according to herobituary.According to the a newsrelease from the Stough-ton Police:Stoughton Police offi-cers, Stoughton EMS,the Stoughton FireDepartment, the City of Stoughton streets depart-ment and chaplainsresponded to the scenearound 11 a.m.“Initial reports indi-cated Cardio CerebralResuscitation (CCR) wasin progress,” Conlin saidin the release. “EMS took over care and continuedCCR and transported thevictim to Stoughton Hos-pital where she was laterpronounced dead at 11:35a.m.”The Dane County Sher-iff’s Office AccidentReconstruction Teamresponded to the scene.Officers are continu-ing their investigation.Alcohol and speed do notappear to be factors in thecrash, police said.The driver’s name isbeing withheld by the
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Reports collected from theStoughton Police Departmentunless otherwise noted.
July 16
11:25 a.m.
A traffic crashwas reported on Hwy. 51 atJackson Street. A ChevroletMalibu attempted to crossJackson Street and struckat northbound Ford pickuptruck.
July 17
5:13 a.m.
A 39-year-oldman was arrested for 4thdegree sexual assault, bat-tery and disorderly con-duct on the 1000 block ofStoughton Avenue.
9:54 p.m.
A 40-year-oldman was arrested for felonybail jumping at Pick N' Save.
July 19
8:20 a.m.
A 59-year-oldwoman reported that twoacquaintances had enteredher home and drank a bottleof brandy and part of a bottleof vodka without the owner'spermission. The report wastaken as information and nocharges were filed.
2:20 p.m.
An undis-closed amount of moneywas reported stolen fromthe senior center. No arrestswere made, but a potentialsuspect was identified as a65-year-old man.
5:30 p.m.
A fight wasreported on the 100 block ofEast Main Street. A 27-year-old woman was identified asa suspect.
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