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2014 Spring Tower Times

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The
Tower Times
City of Stoughton Issue 4, Spring 2014
I
NFORMATION
 
ABOUT
 
THE
 40% H
ISTORIC
 P
RESERVATION
 T
AX
 C
REDIT
 
FOR
 I
NCOME
 P
RODUCING
 P
ROPERTIES
From the Wisconsin Historical Society’s website:
Owners of historic income-producing properties in Wisconsin may be eligible for two income tax credits thatcan help pay for their building’s rehabilitation.
1. The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program
This program returns 20 percent of the cost of reha-bilitating historic buildings to owners as a federal in-come tax credit.
2. The Wisconsin Historic Preservation Tax Cred-it Program
This program returns 20 percent of the cost of rehabilitating historic buildings to owners as a Wisconsin income tax credit.
How to Qualify for the Federal Historic Preservation Credit
This is a summary and is not intend-ed to cover all program rules and guidelines. Additional information on the federal credit can be obtained through the National Park Service.While the goal of the program is to preserve significant buildings, it is also an income tax program. Appli-cants must meet IRS and Wiscon-sin Department of Revenue require-ments. Before you apply, we suggest you talk to your accountant to see if the program will work for you.
How to Qualify:
1. Own a Historic Building
If an owner is using both the state and the federal tax credits, a building is con-sidered “historic” if it is listed in the Na-tional Register of Historic Places or if the NPS determines that it contributes to the character of a National Register historic district. A building can also receive a preliminary determination of eligibil-ity for the Register through the tax credit application process. In this case, the owner must formally list the property in the National Register prior to claiming any tax credits.If an owner is using only the state tax credit, a building is considered “historic” if it is listed in the State Register or the National Register of Historic Places or if it contributes to the character of a listed historic district. A building can also receive a preliminary determination of eligibility for the Register through the tax credit application process. In this case, the owner must formally list the property in the State Register or the National Register prior to claiming any tax credits.
2. Use the Building for Income-Producing Purposes
Income-producing buildings are those used in a trade or business or for the production of rental income.
3. Formally Apply to the Wisconsin Historical Society
Prior to submitting application materials, we recommend you con-tact one of the preservation architects listed below. Depending on the complexity of your project, they may want to tour the building with you to determine if the proposed project meets the Standards. Application materials must be completed and mailed to the Society.
4. Rehabilitate the Building Following Program Standards
All work must comply with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
5. Spend the Minimum Amount Required on Rehabilitation
If an owner plans to spend at least an amount equal to the build-ing’s adjusted basis value or $50,000, whichever is greater, then the owner can apply for both the 20 percent federal tax credit and the 20 percent state tax credit.If an owner plans to spend less than the building’s adjusted basis value, but more than $50,000, the owner can apply for the 20 per-cent state tax credit independently.Both state and federal programs allow this amount of money to be spent in either a two-year or five-year period.
6. Claim the Credit for Eligible Expenses Only
The cost of all work on the historic buildings, inside and out, is eli-gible for the credit with the exception of moveable equipment. The cost of site work, such as landscaping or paving, and the cost of new construction (such as new additions) are not eligible expenses.
7. Maintain Ownership of the Building and the Building’s Historic Character for Five Years
If within five years of the building being placed into service, it is sold or altered in a way that diminishes its historic character, the tax credit must be repaid to the IRS and to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). Repayment is prorated over the five-year period after the building is placed in service.
 
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 The Tower Times
P
RIVATE
 P
ROPERTY
 P
ARKING
 S
TANDARDS
 F
OR
 R
ECREATIONAL
 V
EHICLES
NOTE:
THESE STANDARDS ARE ONLY FOR PRIVATE PROP-ERTY NOT FOR PARKING ON PUBLIC LANDS OR ANY-WHERE IN THE STREET RIGHT-OF-WAY.A RECREATIONAL VEHICLE IS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: MOTOR HOME, CAMPING TRAILER, TRAVEL TRAILER, BOAT/TRAILER, SNOWMOBILE/TRAILER, ATV/TRAILER OR SIMILAR VEHICLES/TRAILERS.PARKING OR STORAGE OF RECREATIONAL VEHICLES IN RESIDENTIAL, OFFICE, AND BUSINESS DISTRICTS ARE PERMITTED IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER:Recreational vehicles:(a) Shall be parked or stored within dedicated, hard sur-faced, parking spaces (not on grass) and shall be a mini-mum of five feet from any private property line or right-of-way line.(b) Shall not be parked or stored within a front or street yard except for (a) above.(c) Shall be owned by the resident who is occupying the property on which the vehicle is parked or stored.(d) Are permitted only for storage purposes except mobile homes and campers may be used for overnight sleeping for a maximum of 14 days in one calendar year.(e) May not be connected to wastewater or sanitary sewer lines, or electricity except for charging of batteries.(f) May not be used for storage of goods, materials or equip-ment other than those items considered to be part of the unit or essential for its use.IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS REGULA-TION PLEASE CONTACT THE ZONING ADMINISTRATOR AT 608-646-0421.
T
RAFFIC
 V
ISIBILITY
 A
T
 I
NTERSECTIONS
IF YOU OWN A CORNER LOT WITHIN THE CITY OF STOUGHTON, THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE SECTION MAY APPLY TO YOU:Sec. 78-703. Visibility standards.(1) Purpose. The purpose of this section is to alleviate or prevent congestion of public rights-of-way so as to promote the safety and general welfare of the public by establishing minimum requirements for the provision of vehicular vis-ibility.(2) Requirement. In order to provide a clear view of inter-secting streets to motorists there shall be a triangular area of clear vision formed by the two intersecting streets and a chord connecting said centerlines, as determined by the di-rector of planning and development. Generally, the following standards shall apply:
Table 78-703: Vision Clearance Triangle StandardsRight-of-Way Distance from Right-of-Way Width Intersection
66 feet or less 10 feetmore than 66 feet 20 feetWithin said triangular area, no signs, parking spaces, struc-tures, or earthwork in excess of 30 inches, and no vegeta-tion, fencing, nor other such obstructions between 30 inch-es and eight feet in height shall be permitted which exceeds 30 inches in height above either of the centerline elevations of said two streets.*THIS REQUIREMENT ALSO APPLIES TO SNOW . VISION MAY BE RESTORED BY:• TRIMMING SHRUBS OR HEDGES TO A MAXIMUM HEIGHT OF 30 INCHES.• TRIMMING LOW HANGING TREE BRANCHES TO A MINI-MUM HEIGHT OF 8 FEET.• REMOVAL OF OBSTRUCTION.IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS ISSUE PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY PLANNING DEPARTMENT AT 608-646-0421
O
PENING
 
FOR
 V
OLUNTEER
 S
YTTENDE
 M
AI
 A
RT
 F
AIR
 C
HAIRMAN
Would you like to be part of Stough-ton’s Syttende Mai celebration? The co-chairs of the Art Fair Committee are retiring after 10 years, and we’re looking for someone new to take over. Share duties with the current co-chairs during the transition. Do you have a computer and organizational skills? Do you enjoy working with artists and volunteers? Are you available for a few hours each week between January and May? Then this job is for you! Call Laura Trotter at the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce for more information, 873-7912.
C
OMMITTEE
 M
EMBERS
 N
EEDED
The City of Stoughton has vacancies on several committees. If you are interested in serving on a City of Stoughton Com-mittee, you may contact City Hall at 873-6677. Board of Appeals – 2 alternateCemetery Board – 1Commission on Aging – 2Housing Authority – 1Library Board – 1Rivers & Trails Task Force – 3Tree Commission – 1
A
NNUAL
 B
OARD
 O
F
 R
EVIEW
THE ANNUAL BOARD OF REVIEW OF THE CITY OF STOUGHTON WILL BE HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING, 321 SOUTH FOURTH STREET, ON
MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014
 AT 10:00 O’CLOCK A.M.The Board of Review is a quasi-judicial hearing process to appeal the assessed value of your property. The judicial process presumes the Assessor correct and requires the property owner to prove the Assessor is not correct under the law. To learn more about property assessment values and the Board of Review process, visit the following web site link resources.This is a Guide for Homeowners as to the Board of Review Process: http://www.revenue.wi.gov/pubs/slf/pb055.pdfThis is a Guide for Homeowners as to how properties are valued: http://www.revenue.wi.gov/pubs/slf/pb060.pdf
Important Notice:
 A WRITTEN OBJECTION ON THE PROPER FORM MUST BE PROPERLY FILED WITH THE CLERK OF THE BOARD OF REVIEW AT LEAST 48 HOURS PRIOR TO THEIR FIRST MEETING.Forms and information for property owners may be found by visiting the web site link resources provided below.Objection Form for Real Estate Property: http://www.revenue.wi.gov/forms/govtvc/pa-115a.pdfObjection Form for Personal Property (Business): http://www.revenue.wi.gov/forms/govtvc/pa-115b.pdf
Clerk of the Board of Review, Maria Hougan, City Clerk, Ph # (608) 873-6677
N
EW
 E
LECTION
 V
OTING
 M
ACHINES
 
FOR
 2014 - T
HE
 DS200
The City of Stoughton will have new election tabulator machines starting in 2014. The DS200 is a voter-activated paper ballot coun-ter and vote tabulator. It has a 12” LCD touch screen which is used to provide voters with feedback, such as an overvote warning. Vot-ers will need to make sure and wait for the touch screen to say “You are finished-Thank You for Voting” if there are not any errors on your ballot. If there is an error, there will be a message regard-ing the type of error displayed on the touchscreen. The ballots have also changed, instead of drawing a line to connect the arrow in the past; you will now fill in an oval.
2014 Election Dates
Spring Election-Tuesday April 1, 2014
- An election will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 for the following offices: Court of Appeals Judge, Circuit Court Judges, County Board Supervisor, Mayor, Alderperson (Districts 1-4) and School Board. There will also be three referendum questions on the ballot.
Remaining 2014 Election Dates:
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Partisan PrimaryTuesday, November 4, 2014 General ElectionSearch your voter registration record online at https://myvote.wi.gov/ you can also view a sample ballot or find your as-signed polling site location on this site.
City of Stoughton Polling Places:
 ALDERMANIC DIST. WARDS LOCATION
 1 1, 2 First Lutheran Church 310 E. Washington St. 2 3, 4, 10, 11, 12 Stoughton Fire Station, 401 E. Main St. 3 5, 6 United Methodist Church, 525 Lincoln Ave. 4 7, 8, 9 Lakeview Church, 2200 Lincoln Ave.Polling places of the City of Stoughton will open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 8:00 p.m.
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ON
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NOW
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HO
 
TO
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ALL
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City Hall: (608) 873-6677
Building Complaints –
 Department of Planning & Development (Building Inspector) 873-7626
Building Permits –
 Department of Planning & Development- (Building Inspector) 873-7626 or (Zoning Administrator) 646-0421
City Licenses –
City Clerk’s Office 873-6677
Sidewalks –
 Department of Planning & Development (Zoning Administrator) 646-0421
Recycle Containers -
873-6677;
 John’s Disposal 
 1-888-473-4701
Signs/Permits –
 Department of Planning & Development (Zoning Administrator) 646-0421
Taxes –
Finance Department 646-0420
Media Services Department/WSTO TV: (608) 873-7523
Cable Channel 98 or 981WSTO Webstream DVD/CD DuplicationEvent CoverageMedia Transfers (MiniDV, VHS, DVD, CD etc.)
Street Department: (608) 873-6303
Dumpster – PermitsStreet ComplaintsStreet Lights – Downtown Page to FifthStreet Opening Permits*Note – if it involves Water or Sanitary Sewer a permit & fee from Stoughton Municipal Utilities also. 873-3379Street SignsTraffic SignalsTrees – Park row
Stoughton Municipal Utilities: (608) 873-3379
Bulk Water SalesDrinking Water QuestionsElectric Service ApplicationsSewer Backups – Stoughton Municipal Utilities (Wastewater Division)Street LightsWater Service Applications
 
The Tower Times 
Spring 2014
 
3
S
PRING
 A
HEAD
!
Change your clocks, Change your batteries!
Stoughton Fire Department wants to remind everyone to change the bat-teries in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors!The National Fire Protection Associa-tion recommends that you change the batteries in your smoke and CO detec-tors every 6 months, an easy way to re-member is to do it the same day you change your clocks! If you haven’t changed them already take a few extra minutes to change your batteries! It could save your life!
H
OLIDAY
 S
CHEDULE
 2014
Memorial Day
Monday, May 26, 2014 All collections will be delayed by one day.
Independence Day
Friday, July 4th, 2014 Friday collections will be delayed by one day.
Labor Day
Monday, September 1, 2014 All collections will be delayed by one day.
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 27, 2014 Thursday & Friday collections will be delayed by one day.
Christmas Day
Thursday, December 25, 2014 Thursday & Friday collections will be delayed by one day.
New Year’s Day
Thursday, January 1st, 2015 Thursday & Friday collections will be delayed by one day.
The holiday collections may be at an earlier time of day than normal. Please be sure to put your refuse and recy-cling out the night before your scheduled collection day.
Please contact Johns Disposal with any questions.
Phone: (262) 473-4700 • Toll Free: (888) 473-4701 Fax: (262) 473-6775 • www.johnsdisposal.com office@johnsdisposal.com
G
ARAGE
 S
ALE
 S
IGNAGE
 I
NFORMATION
Garage sale signs may be placed in the parkrow or terrace, in front of the residence where the sale is being held, for a period not to exceed three (3) days and no more than three (3) times in a calendar year. Signs may also be placed in the parkrow or terrace at various intersections for the days of the sale; such signs shall not have a height greater than 2 ? feet from grade and shall not exceed four (4) square feet in area, two (2) feet in height and two (2) feet in width.GARAGE SALE SIGNS ARE NOT TO BE ATTACHED TO UTIL-ITY POLES, TREES, TRAFFIC REGULATORY STRUCTURES OR FENCES AND SHALL NOT OBSTRUCT VISION FOR VE-HICULAR TRAFFIC.NO MORE THAN 3 SALES ARE ALLOWED PER YEAR. A SALE OF UP TO 3CONSECUTIVE DAYS IN LENGTH SHALL BE CONSIDERED ONE TIME.If you have any questions regarding garage sale signage, please contact the Zoning Administrator at 608-646-0421
C
ITY
 
OF
 S
TOUGHTON
 S
EEKS
 N
OMINATIONS
 
FOR
 V
OLUNTEER
 
OF
 
THE
 Y
EAR
 
AND
 B
USINESS
 P
ERSON
 
OF
 
THE
 Y
EAR
 
Stoughton is known for the dedication and commitment of the many volunteers that assist in our schools, at the Senior Center, area churches, library, food pantries, youth center, and numerous other areas of our city. We are equally blessed with businesses and business peo-ple that take their commitment to the community very seri-ously. It would be very difficult to count the many times and ways that local businesses step to the forefront when asked to donate to an upcoming benefit or event. We would like to formally thank all volunteers and business-es during National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014. The Volunteer of the Year plaque, Business Person of the Year plaque and Friend of Youth plaque will be presented at a reception in their honor in the Mayor’s Office at 381 E. Main Street on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. We are seeking nominations to highlight one special volunteer(s) for the annual “Stoughton Volunteer of the Year“. We are also seeking nominations to highlight a spe-cial business person(s) for the annual “Stoughton Business Person of the Year”. Recipients will be chosen by the Mayor and staff based upon information regarding their contribu-tions to our community included in the nomination letter. Nominations must be received no later than April 7, 2014.
Please send your nominations to: 2014 Volunteer(s) of the Year 2014 Business Person(s) of the Year Mayor Donna Olson, 381 E. Main Street, Stoughton WI 53589 E-mail: Dolson@ci.stoughton.wi.us
“V
OLUNTEER
 F
IREFIGHTERS
Being a Volunteer Firefighter is very rewarding and is a valuable way to give back to your community.If you are willing to dedicate your time and effort, you have the opportunity to meet new people, to make lifelong friends and become part of an American tradition that dates back to Benjamin Franklyn who started the first Volunteer Fire Company in the US in 1736.There are long hours of training and dirty hard work, many times dealing with dangerous situations, working under the toughest conditions, working with your fellow firefighters to get the job done. To be a firefighter is a commitment by the entire family, sac-rifices are made by the entire family. As a firefighter, you are part of a bigger family, a bigger family that is there for you whenever needed.Being a Volunteer firefighter can be challenging, at times very difficult, responding to emergencies at all times of the day or night regardless of the weather, dealing with tragedy.At times dealing with a tragedy is extremely difficult, but when a person who has just lost everything due to a fire comes up and says Thank You, or when an accident victim can Thank You for saving their life, giving them a second chance, it is all worth it!We have many enjoyable times together, with family events, fundraising and community events. We enjoy each other’s company in good times and bad, we support each other.The best for me is at a fire is when the firefighters have ex-tinguished the fire and come out the building with a smile on their face because they Love what they do. Volunteer firefighting gets in your blood, Firefighters are committed to do what we do because we love what we do.
If you are willing to make the commitment to become a volunteer firefighter, applications to become a Stoughton Volunteer Firefighter can be picked up at Stoughton City Hall or call 608-873-7218.National Volunteer Week is April 6 – 12, 2014 Thank your community Volunteers for what they do.
Martin W. Lamers, Chief, Stoughton Fire Department.
What’s it like to work daily to save lives and help people? Find out from real-live heroes. CampHERO is the place for girls who want to find out what it’s like to be a firefighter, police officer or emergency medical technician.CampHERO helps girls find
courage,
 gain
confidence
 and build
character
 while learning skills and exploring careers. Every girl who attends will create memories for a lifetime and may even discover her future career. CampHERO is an experience open to any girl, from anywhere. It was devel-oped by Girl-Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland Council in partnership with local police, fire and EMS agencies. Over 120 professionals have contributed to its success. The pro-gram is hands on and age appropriate. Dates and costs vary by age level. CampHERO is open to ANY girl in K-12. You do NOT have to be a girl scout to register.To learn more about activities and CampHERO levels, please visit: www.CampHERO4girls.org. or call Stoughton Area EMS at 873-6500.
F
RIENDS
 O
F
 T
HE
 S
TOUGHTON
 P
UBLIC
 L
IBRARY
 S
PRING
 F
LING
 F
ASHION
 S
HOW
Saturday, April 15th, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. at Banushi’s Bar & Grill (BBG’s) Tickets: $25.00
Come and join us for an afternoon fash-ion show, viewing this spring’s fun styles and shopping a selection of donated jew-elry, scarves, purses, and other accesso-ries. The ticket price includes a selection of hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and a compli-mentary drink. There will also be a raffle and door prizes. Tickets are available at the Stoughton library. Seating is limited so get your ticket soon!
H
EALTHY
 Y
ARDS
H
EALTHY
 L
AKES
 
AND
 S
TREAMS
What we do in our yards can directly affect our lakes and streams. Before using fertilizer on your lawn or gardens, test your soil. A $15 soil test will show if your soil is lacking anything so that you don’t waste your money on something you don’t even need. Instructions and forms from the UW Soil and Plant Analysis Lab are online at http://uwlab.soils.wisc.edu/madison/. Results will tell you exactly what you need for healthy lawn and gardens.If your test shows you do indeed need fertilizer, be sure to clean up any that lands on your sidewalk, driveway or other hard surfaces. If left on paved areas, it can easily make its way to the nearest lake or stream with the next rainfall. Keeping leaves, grass clippings and other yard waste, which contain nitrogen and phosphorus, out of the street also help prevent lakes and streams from becoming green and scummy. When these nutrients wash into lakes and streams they can promote nasty algae blooms and excessive weed growth (which can lower oxygen levels in the water) and may release ammonia (toxic to fish).Healthy yards add to the beauty and value of your home. They can also help our lakes and streams by allowing rain-water to soak into the soil rather than running off to the nearest storm drain. So, do your part and keep your lakes and streams healthy by using fertilizers only if and where they are needed.
Chalet Veterinary Clinic
 Family Pet Care at its Best 
1621 E. Main St., Stoughton(608) 873-8112
Mon. - Fri. 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.Sat. 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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• Computer Set-up• Printer Set-up• Data Backup and Transfer• Virus & Spyware Removal• Training• System Restore• Repair Services• Upgrade Services• Wireless Networking• Computer Tuneup
On-site or in store! 
2384 Jackson St., Stoughton877-9548M-F: 9-8; S: 9-5: Sun. 10-5613 E. Main St., Evansville882-0680M-F: 9-7; S: 9-5; Sun. 10-5
New Drop-Off Location 
1015 North Main St., Oregon835-2980
A RadioShack Franchise
3097 Sunnyside St., Stoughton(608) 205-9300 • springersonthelake.com
“Great waterfront dining, drinks & fun!”
Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials • Sunday Breakfast 

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