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2013 September Update

2013 September Update

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City Announces New Website In The Works
New Website Will Be Easier To Use
The City is pleased to announce that it has entered into a contract with CivicPlus to rebuild its website. As part of this process, we have changed our domain name from www.city.fitchburg.wi.usto www.fitchburgwi.gov, though either address will work for the foreseeable future. The new site isexpected to launch in January 2014, and the current site will be operational until the new site isready to launch.“I am extremely pleased that the City’s website will now reflect the quality and vibrancy that Fitchburg is known for, making it easier for residents, businesses and visitors to access useful infor-mation with a few clicks of their mouse. The re-designed website will be easier to use, allow for great-er user interaction and will feature online payments and registrations. Navigation will be enhancedby grouping of similar services, focused on the needs of our customer. It will make Fitchburg aneven better connected community.” said Mayor Shawn Pfaff.The new website is expected to have modules that will allow ease and accessibility for:• Online form submission• Reporting issues, such as pot holes, graffiti and any other non-emergency activities• Online bill payment • Better access to City news and eventsThe City, working with our partner CivicPlus on this project, is looking forward to a websitethat will enhance community engagement and communication. CivicPlus is a leading government  website provider. Watch for our new site in January 2014!
Fitchburg Splash Pad Grand Opening was held August 16 at McKee Farms Park 
What a day it was! 
The weather was sunny and hot; Ideal for going to a splash pad.Laughter and sounds of kids having fun could be heard throughout the park. This farm-themed splash pad includes water features such as the windmill, a tractor, the misting silo, thehorse cannons, dumping buckets, a hen and a rooster, a sunflower and numerous ground jetsthat capture the curiosity of the children. Because of the late opening we kept the splash padin operation until September 8th. While the older kids were in school the younger childrenenjoyed the day at the splash pad. Next year the Splash Pad will be open from Memorial Day  weekend through Labor Day.
The Fitchburg Optimist Club and the City partnered on this project but it was the hard workfrom the Optimist Members in raising the money and with in-kind donations that really made thishappen. We would like to thank all the businesses, individuals and families who supported thesplash pad. This project would not have been possible without their support.Thank-you to the splash pad committee, Joan Mohr, Karen Reilly, Erin Adamany, Jake Johnson,Ed Letourneau and Rich Mohr for their countless hours spent planning and fundraising.
Special thank-you to the following businesses and individuals:
Major Contributors 
City of Fitchburg, Dane County, Madison Community Foundation, AmericanGirl- Fund for Children, Fitchburg Optimist Club, Fitchburg’s Swimming Pool Fund,Community Economic Development Authority and Oak Bank.
Water Jet Sponsorships 
Children’s Dental Center of Madison, S.C., Miller & Son’s Supermarket, DentalHealth Associates of Madison, Ltd, Josh & Carolyn Langlois, Tom & Kim Thoresen, Ed & Joanne Letourneau, Don & Jolene Settergren.
Donors of $1,000-$4,999 
 Adesys IT Specialists, Avante Properties, LLC, Hartung Brothers, ParadymeProductions, Inc., Kavanaugh Restaurant Supply, Inc., MG&E, Promega Corporation,The Madison Group, Fitchburg Lion’s Club, The UPS Store of Fitchburg, VanguardCharitable Endowment Fund, Fudiciary of Milwaukee, Flad Architects, McKay Nursery Company, Fitchburg Dairy Queen, Gerald & Charlotte Lefert, Daniel J. Moriva, Joan &Richard Mohr and the John & Jeanne Flesch Foundation.
Site Furnishings 
Don & Jolene Settergren, Bart & Andrea Caponi, Midwest Decorative Stone &Landscape Supply, Physicians for Women and Phases, Primary Health Care for Women.Please contact Joan at joaniemohr@gmail.com if you are interested in donating. Weare still in need of benches, picnic tables and help with the cost of shade structures. If  you do give, a plaque with your name and a brief inscription will be placed on the benchor picnic table.In addition, donations of $1,000 or more (excluding site fur-nishings & bricks) will have their name placed on the permanent donor board that will be located at the entrance of the splash pad. Your generous support is greatly appreciated.
Money is needed by the end of 2013 to purchase theseitems and have them installed for the re-opening in May 2014. An endowment fund has also been set-up for the maintenanceand upkeep of the splash pad. The Madison Community Foundation will match up to $25,000 given to the FitchburgSplash Pad Endowment Fund. This match will expire onDecember 31, 2013.
2nd AnnualFit in Fitchburg Sat., November 2ndMore info. to comeSenior Center Pig Roast Fundraiser!Fri., November 1stSenior Center, 5510 Lacy Rd.More details coming soon!Halloween Trick or Treat Thur., October 31st5-8pmGreat Halloween HuntSat., October 26th6pmFitchburg Public Library
City Phone Directory
City Hall - Main Line 270-4200 Administration 270-4213 Assessing 270-4235 Building Inspections 270-4240City Clerk 270-4210 Economic Development 270-4246FACTv 270-4225 Finance 270-4251Fire Department - Non-emergency 278-2980 FitchRona - Non-emergency 275-7148Human Resources 270-4211 Library 729-1760Municipal Court 270-4224 Parks & Forestry 270-4288Planning/Zoning 270-4258 Police - Non-emergency 270-4300Public Works 270-4260 Recreation/Community Center 270-4285Senior Center 270-4290 Utilities 270-4270
Council Contacts
Shawn W. Pfaff - Mayor
shawn.pfaff@fitchburgwi.gov - 270-4200
Dorothy Krause - District 1, Seat 1
dorothy.krause@fitchburgwi.gov - 271-7532
Carol Poole - District 1, Seat 2
carol.poole@fitchburgwi.gov - 273-3168
Richard Bloomquist - District 2, Seat 3
richard.bloomquist@fitchburgwi.gov - 274-3168
Patrick Stern - District 2, Seat 4
patrick.stern@fitchburgwi.gov - 616-5798
 Jason Gonzalez - District 3, Seat 5
 jason.gonzalez@fitchburgwi.gov - 274-8326
Dan Carpenter - District 3, Seat 6
dan.carpenter@fitchburgwi.gov - 288-3145
Steve Arnold - District 4, Seat 7
steve.arnold@fitchburgwi.gov - 278-7700
Becky Baumbach - District 4, Seat 8
becky.baumbach@fitchburgwi.gov - 239-0221
Fitchburg Fire Department Open HouseSaturday, October 5, 10am - 3pmFire Station 1, 5791 Lacy RoadSpecial appearance byUW Med Flightat Noon
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5th Annual Agora Art Fair 
Two Fitchburg artists were among the over 100 localartists that shared their talent and passion with the 15,000plus attendees. It was a beautiful day to enjoy the art, flow-er show, music, food and getting together with friends fora relaxing day. Sandra Haspl, a twenty-four year resident,owner of Northlights Studio and Thomas Kuchenbecker,a twenty-seven year resident, owner of WaterCOLORS by TAK displayed at the show.Sandra’s interest in art started at the age of 10 whenher uncle sent her some art supplies and after a few  years, she took lessons. Upon graduation, she attendedUW Madison as an art major, Layton School of Art andDesign in Milwaukee as a fine arts major and then onto Valparasio University in Indiana as an art education major. Her medium ispastel, oil and watercolor. Her most recent medium is oil painting on porcelain.She is a member of several local, national and international art organizations. If  you are interested in seeing some of Sandra’s work, she currently has some piecesat Olbrick Gardens until October 27th or visit the Promega Art Gallery untilDecember 4th. To contact Sandra, email northlightsstudio@tds.net 
Thomas is a self-taught artist. His medium is watercolors and gauche. Thomas’paintings are an expression of his love of the natural environment. He has donesome Fitchburg scenes and is looking forward to doing more. He is a charter mem-ber of the Agora Art Fair. He will be moving into his new home which contains astudio in the near future, with the hopes of having showings at his studio. 75 percent of Thomas’ profitsare donated equally between The Salvation Army, Lutheran World Relief and Friends of the Earth. Youcan view some of Thomas’ work at Fine Prints and Posters at 645 State Street in Madison or log on to www.fineartamerica.com. To contact Thomas, email him at kuchtom@yahoo.com
Thank you Sandra and Thomas for sharing your love of art with your friends and neighborsin Fitchburg!
Public is Invited to the Grand Opening of Promega’s Newest Facility
Promega celebrates the opening of its new cGMP Manufacturing Facility on
October 11
. Thefacility, called the Feynman Center, is designed to serve Promega customers in need of molecularbiology reagents for in vitro diagnostic (IVD) assays. Primarily devoted to manufacturing moleculartechnology tools, the Feynman center also features a unique space, the Crossroads, for Promegaguests and employees. The grand opening is open to the public and includes tours and hands-onscientific activities.
The event runs from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a dedication ceremony starting at 3:30 p.m. at 2780 Woods Hollow Road, Fitchburg.
Fitchburg Welcomes These Businesses
Find Your Inner Artist at Artful Escapes
 Artful Escapes is excited to jointhe Fitchburg community! They are a mother-daughter team that isbringing the newest trend in enter-tainment to the greater Madisonarea. The “paint and sip” concept isnationwide and is now right here inFitchburg. At Artful Escapes, you willbe guided by an energetic instructor who will give you step-by-step instruc-tion on how to paint a beautiful picture while enjoying a glass of wine or a local beer. Artful Escapesis a great way to take a well-deserved break from your busy life and to relax, have fun, and paint. Thebest part is that you don’t need any experience or supplies. They will take care of everything and you take the painting home! They are located in Hatchery Hill, 3000 Cahill Main, Suite 214 betweenthe Great Dane and Copp’s Grocery Store, on the second level above Hometown Pharmacy. Checktheir website at www.artfulescapesmadison.com to sign up for an event.
Red Square Flowers and European Gifts Is Now Open For Business
Red Square Flowers and European Giftsheld their Grand Opening on Saturday, August 17th in conjunction with FitchburgCenter Agora Art Fair.They have a unique destination for freshpremium floral arrangements and Europeangifts from all over Europe. Their passionis floral art and second to none customerservice. Their florists will create your customarrangement in any color palette so do not limit your imagination. They can hand-deliver luxuri-ous floral, potted plants and additional gifts. The floral studio offers subscriptions with a variety of programs. They make every customer experience truly delightful.Red Square Flowers is located in Agora Center at 5500 East Cheryl Parkway, Suite 100. You canreach them by phone at 268-8200, by e-mail info@redsquareflowers.com and visit their website at  www.redsquareflowers.comOpen Monday through Friday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday hours may vary so please call.
Local Resident’s Weight Loss Sparks Business Opportunity
Hailey Berg was on a journey to lose some weight andchange her lifestyle. She lost 80 pounds with diet and exercisebut was still looking to lose more. A relative introduced her to Advocare, a health and wellness company, and after using theirproducts, she lost an additional 55 pounds. After her success,she decided to start selling Advocare as a home based businessand that was 2 1/2 years ago. Advocare offers world-class energy, weight-loss, nutrition, and sports performance products. Hailey offers individual assessments and home shows. To learn moreabout Advocare, you can contact Hailey at (608) 558-1174, email her at advocarehailey@gmail.comor visit her website www.advocare.com/11023666
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Crossfit Atavus Gym Finds Home in Fitchburg 
Crossfit Atavus opened its doors on June 1st at 6060 McKeeRoad Suite 3. Crossfit Atavus is an evidence-based fitness meth-odology that prescribes constantly varied, high intensity, func-tional movements. To learn more about Crossfit Atavus, log on to www.crossfitatavus.com or call (608) 616-9060
Sara Investment Real Estate Breaks Ground on NewRetail Business in Orchard Pointe
On Tuesday, September 3rd SaraInvestment Real Estate, along with Mayor Pfaff and other City elected officials and staff brokeground on a new retail building in OrchardPointe. The building will be 9,857 square feet  with an outdoor patio area. The building will belocated at 6317 McKee Road with an opening in 2014. It will be anchored by a new restaurant, theFlying Hound, other retail sites are planned.
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For information on the Affordable Care Act, visit www.sba.gov/healthcare.
Mid-Wisconsin Security Inc. Relocates to Fitchburg 
Mid-Wisconsin Security Inc. moved from 4313 West Beltline to 5157 Anton Drive (formerGeneral Communications Building) as part of the Verona Road reconstruction project. Mid- Wisconsin Security has been in business since 1969 and is a security company that sells and providesservice for a vast varity of monitoring devises from alarms to closed circuit television for both resi-dential and commercial. To learn more about Mid-Wisconsin Security products and services, visit their website at www.midwisconsinsecurity.com or stop by their showroom Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Their phone number is (608) 233-5039.
Blackhawk Church Now Offers Services in Fitchburg 
Blackhawk Church Fitchburg is offering services on Sundays at 9:00a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at the Savannah Oaks Middle School which is locatedat 5890 Lacy Road. For more information, call (608) 828-4200 or visit their website at www.blackhawkchurch.org
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A Message from the Mayor 
Dear Neighbor:
It is hard to believe that summer is over and that Fall is already here. This meansschool kids throughout Fitchburg are back to school and summer vacations are over.However, the great weather combined with the Packers and Badgers playing every week-end can make this a great time of year for families because Fitchburg has so much to offerfrom our fantastic bike trails and parks to our library being open every day of the week.
 We continue to be busy at City Hall this Fall, working to make our city an evenbetter connected community. Recently, the Council unanimously approved theextension of tax increment district (TID) 6, which is located in the north west part of Fitchburg – east and west of the Verona Road Highway 18/151 intersection andnorth of McKee Road (Highway PD). The Joint Review Board, consisting of repre-sentatives of the taxing entities i.e. local, county, votech, school, voted in support at their meeting on September 18th. The creation of a TID is the most important economic development tool a city has to offer. State law allows a city to use TID as a way to make major investment or reinvestment in their communities by providing a very strict “but for” test, which means that economic development would not occurin the designated TID but for the investment by the city in infrastructure projectssuch as a road. In the case of TID 6, the city will making a major investment by build-ing a road just north of McKee Road and east of Verona Road, which will assist many manufacturing businesses in that immediate area to expand, grow and add tax basefor our city. To ensure that taxpayers are not the only ones footing the bill for theinfrastructure investment, the city worked closely with the businesses within TID 6to ensure that they will in fact expand and will add increased tax base once the TIDis paid off (no later than 2025).This Fall, I continue to be focused on economic development by continuingthe full implementation of the North Fish Hatchery Road Opportunities Analysis inearly 2014. I am working closely with all the major stakeholders in that part of ourcity like area neighborhood leaders, non-profit organizations, and religious, businessand community leaders – to move forward with a comprehensive reinvestment planthat will make this major entry point in our city a place where businesses can expandand families can enjoy. North Fish Hatchery Road is the gateway to Fitchburg andits location – just minutes from the State Capitol and the University of Wisconsin –makes it one of the most desirable places in Dane County for redevelopment. That is why I am making the North Fish Hatchery Road corridor revitalization one of mainpriorities heading into next year.Lastly, I had the opportunity toopen our new splash pad park inMcKee Farms Park. I greatly enjoyedthat day because of the excitement that children from across Fitchburgand throughout Dane County expe-rienced on that hot August day. Thisspectacular community amenity wasa collaborative effort by the City of Fitchburg, the Optimists Club, theMadison Community Foundation andDane County and when combining it  with our new library makes Fitchburg agreat place for kids and families.If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 270-4213 or via email at marcie.rekowski@fitchburgwi.gov Sincerely,
Shawn Pfaff, Mayor 

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