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Thursday, April 17, 2014 Vol. 132, No. 37 Stoughton, WI ConnectStoughton.com $1
Courier Hub
Fall 2014 / Spring 2015 Registration
Online Registration April 1st - June 1st
or download forms and bring to
 of the following
OPEN HOUSE Registration
dates at the Stoughton Area Senior Center:
Mail by May 31st to: SAYSA, P.O. Box 33 Stoughton, WI 53589
Thursday, April 24th Saturday, May 10th 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Soccer.... It’s what we do! 
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Egg, set, go!
Despite the threat of rain, nearly 80 children ages 8 and under showed up at the Mandt Park ball diamond for the Annual Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt April 12. At 10 a.m. heavy rains were in the area, but by 10:30 a.m. things had cleared up and the event went off without a hitch. The Easter Bunny was there to kick off the event and for pictures, while mem-bers of the Stoughton Kiwanis and Key Club facilitated the event. Parents, grandparents and other adults helped the kids find the colorful eggs. The Kiwanis said they were all very appreciative of the Stoughton Aktion Club, which painstakingly filled several-thousand plastic eggs with treats for the event. For environmental reasons, the plastic eggs are washed and recycled for the next year.
Photo submission
Did you snap some photos of a community event in the Stough-ton area? Show us your stuff! We are lucky enough to have citi-zens take an interest in community events and would love to see your photos around town or on a specific event. Email communityreporter@wcinet.com with photos and/or inquiries.
City of Stoughton
New system will address traffic complaints
Draft plan aims to get neighborhoods involved
Unified Newspaper Group 
City committees are discuss-ing a policy that would guide how neighborhood traffic complaints are reviewed and resolved.The policy is a plan for how neighborhood traffic issues are addressed – from the time there’s a complaint to when any signs for traffic control devices might be installed. The goal is to be efficient with city resources while making residential streets safe and convenient for all users by bringing more neighborhood involvement into the traffic planning process.Police chief Greg Leck said the plan is still in draft form but should be ready for coun-cil review and approval by the middle of the year. Some of its components are things the city already does, he said. The plan brings all those parts together and tries to make sure no steps get missed.“It’s a better way to look at all the neighborhood residential traffic concerns,” Leck told the Hub earlier this month.The city hopes to cut down on
In brief
The city is looking at a new way to resolve traffic complaints in neighbor-hoods.The new plan would:• Involve more residents in the neighborhood• Seek input and data from public works and police staff• Look at solutions including educa-tion, traffic enforcement and engineer-ing fixes
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Kettle Park West
Opponents: City didn’t follow policy
Mayor, staff say it’s not a requirement
Unified Newspaper Group 
Several city alders and others opposed to the Ket-tle Park West development have charged that the mayor and her staff have not been following Stoughton’s tax-increment-financing policy on the proposed develop-ment. In fact, they say, city staff had never informed them that such a policy and appli-cation even exist. They learned of the documents’ existence from a city resi-dent, who discovered them while navigating the city’s website.Mayor Donna Olson and key staff members answered those com-plaints in a hastily pre-pared Finance Committee meeting last week, saying the TIF policy is merely a guideline or checklist to be used internally by the city. The council approved the use of $5.1 million in TIF in a developer’s agree-ment for the 35-acre Wal-Mart-anchored commercial development in January, setting off a firestorm of criticism from within and without. The development is on hold for a variety of reasons, but concerns over the process persist.Five city alders and many residents have a mix of rea-sons for opposing the proj-ect, most having to do with the city’s large TIF subsidy.Some opponents have concerns with any use of TIF, which is used to sub-sidize development, infra-structure or other communi-ty-improvement projects by capturing increased prop-erty tax revenue from all taxing jurisdictions. Others are more concerned with its use for a retail develop-ment, the particular retailer or the unclear process that was used.City attorney Matt Dregne supported the
In brief
• Stoughton has not followed all parts of a city document requiring an application for tax-increment financing • Mayor, staff explain the policy is a ‘guideline’• Several alders remain skeptical
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Kettle West
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Photos submitted
April 17, 2014
Courier Hub ConnectStoughton.com
Lake Kegonsa Office:
 3162 County Road B, Stoughton | 608.873.2010
Downtown Stoughton Office:
 207 South Forrest Street | 608.873.6681
Mike Lenz
 to our Lake Kegonsa Office!
 A familiar face is now serving your home buying needs in Stoughton!Open the door to your dream home by stopping in today!Call
 at 608-877-7750!
NMLS# 596586
NMLS #631968
Also in McFarland & Sun Prairie
Happy 60th Anniversary to Bev & Bob DeGroot 
Mom & Dad  Grandma & Grandpa With all our Love & Gratitude 
Please join us for an Open House Celebration on Sunday, May 4, 2014 Healy Hall, St Ann's Catholic Church, Van Buren St. Stoughton, WI 12:00-3:00 p.m. Cards Only Please 
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Conceived by: Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by: Jay ReissOriginally Directed on Broadway by: James LapineOriginally produced on Broadway by: David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick CatulloBarrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre
April 12, 17, 18 and 19-8 p.m.April 13 and 19-2 p.m.
Brooklyn Community Center102 N. Rutland Ave, Brooklyn, Wl 53521Ticket Prices: Adults- $17, Youth and Seniors- $15
For complete information and to order tickets please visit
Recommended for audiences 12 and older
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Ph: 212-541-4684 Fax:212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com
Music and Lyrics byWilliam FinnBook byRachel Sheinkin
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 Visit the beautiful cities of Rome, Florence, Venice & Milan.
Regular rate: $3,409/person (double) or $3,759/person (single).
(Cost includes transfer to O’Hare airport, air to Italy, 7 nights hotel, 10 meals and outstanding tours in each city.)
Sign up before May 4 & receive $250 discount per person.
Great getaway for couples, girlfriends & singles!
One more bucket list item to check off!
Please call Mary Lou at Chalet Travel 608-873-8133 for tour details
Stoughton Chamber of Commerceand Chalet Travel Present
 Italia Classica - a fabulous 9-day guided tour to  Northern Italy • November 4-12, 2014 
Stoughton Expo
There’s no business like a Stoughton business – that’s what visitors found out last week at the Stoughton Area Community Expo. The third annual event – sponsored by the Stoughton Area Chamber of Commerce – gave visitors a chance to mingle with nearly 60 Stoughton-area businesses at the Stoughton Wellness and Athletic Center.
Photos by
Mark Ignatowski
Chamber ambassador Charles Busch spins the raffle entries as organizers get ready to pick another winner Thursday, April 10.Atelier on Main model Lindsay Fedler shows off some of the latest fashion trends during a style show in the center of the expo. The demonstration was one of two – a new feature at the expo this year.Jeff Moyer of Moyer’s Landscaping explains some landscaping techniques during a presentation at the Stoughton Area Community Expo.A young visitor seeks a prize from Mike and Lucy Zweep of Dunkirk Electrical Services, LLC.
Photos online
See more photos and order reprints online:
Atelier on Main co-owner Nikki Rostowfske tells the crowd about some of the garments and accessories available at their downtown shop during the fashion demonstration at last week’s Stoughton Area Community Expo.
April 17, 2014
Courier HubConnectStoughton.com
Applications will be accepted from qualied individuals living within the City of Stoughton Aldermanic District 4 for appointment to a vacant seat on the Common Council. The appointment term will cover a period from the date of appointment until the Spring Election in April 2015. The seat will be up for election in April 2015 to ll the remainder of the term which ends in April 2016.If interested in being appointed, please submit your resumé and an al
dermanic appointment
questionnaire to the City Clerk’s Ofce. The questionnaire is available on the City’s website or by request in the Ofce of the City Clerk, 381 E. Main Street.Candidates will be interviewed at the regular meeting of the Common Council on May 27, 2014. It is anticipated that the appointed candidate will be seated and sworn into ofce at the selected meeting.If you have questions, please contact the City Clerk’s Ofce at (608) 873-6677
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To all those who supported me in my successful school board race. I cannot adequately express my gratitude to all the students, parents, teachers and community members  who came out to vote! I promise to do my best to passionately serve the students of our district!
 Most sincerely, Bev Fergus
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The Assessment Roll for the Town of Pleasant Springs will be available for inspection after April
15, 2014 at the Clerk’s Ofce, 2354 County Road N, Stoughton, WI 53589, during regular ofce hours. The ofce is open Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, and Thursday noon to 6:00 p.m. The town assessors, Accurate Appraisal, LLC, will hold
, at which time property owners can examine the assessment roll and discuss assessments,
at the Town Hall, 2354 County Road N, on THURSDAY MAY 1, 2014 from Noon to 7:00 p.m.
We encourage every property owner to take advantage of the opportunity to:• Learn how the assessment was calculated.• Compare your property to similar properties.• Verify open land acreages and valuations.• Learn how market activity affected the assessment.
To schedule an appointment for Open Book, please contact Accurate Appraisal at 1.800.770.3927 or log on www. accurateassessor.com and click on the scheduling link. If you cannot be present at Open Book, please call Accurate Appraisal or e-mail your questions to question@accurateassessor.com.
Please note that, upon reasonable notice, efforts will be made to accommodate the needs of disabled individuals through appropriate aids and services. For additional information or to request
service, contact Cassandra Suettinger at the Town Hall, 2354 County Road N, Stoughton, WI, 53589.
T: (608) 873-3063 F: (608) 877-9444 E: cttops@tds.net /s/Cassandra SuettingerClerk/TreasurerPublished: April 10 and April 17, 2014 Courier HUB April 9 and April 16, 2014 Great DanePosted: April 4, 2014
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City of Stoughton
Council vacancy open for 1 year
Special election set for April 2015
Unified Newspaper Group 
The Common Coun-cil last week unanimously agreed to a process for fill-ing a vacant seat in District 4 until a special election can be held in April 2015.The seat was left open after the April 1 election, when former Ald. Ross Urven won an overwhelm-ing majority of votes despite having moved out of the district and therefore being unable to take the seat.Write-in candidate Jeff Bach received far fewer votes – 76 to Urven’s 435 – but attended last week’s meeting in the audience and said he planned to file an application to fill the seat.City attorney Matt Dregne told the council it had several options with regard to the vacancy: • It could appoint some-one to fill the remainder of the term, which expires in two years; It could hold a special election in November; • It could appoint some-one and hold a special elec-tion next April; or • It could leave the seat vacant.The council decided to appoint someone to serve until a special election is held in next April.Council President Eric Hohol said he favored using the same appointment pro-cedure that the council has followed several times in the past few years. Candi-dates are asked to fill out an application and answer a series of questions. They will then appear at the sec-ond council meeting on May 27 and answer those questions, along with any others an alder might ask, in person. Council members will write their choice for the seat on a paper ballot, and the city clerk will read the results and swear in the new alder at the same meeting. Ald. Paul Lawrence said he knew of at least two peo-ple who were interested in the seat.City clerk Pili Hougan said applications and ques-tionnaires should be sub-mitted to City Hall no later than 5 p.m. Friday, May 23.
How to apply
To apply for the seat, which is open to residents in District 4 – Wards 7,8,9 – applications and questionnaires are available at City Hall or the city’s website. For information or to have the materials mailed, contact city clerk Pili Hougan at 646-0423 or mhougan@ci.stoughton.wi.us.
Town of Dunn
TIF law could help Dunn
Unified Newspaper Group 
A new state law could help the Town of Dunn with new development projects.Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 338 earlier this month, which allows large, urbanized towns to create tax incre-ment financing (TIF) dis-tricts as a way to encour-age development.TIF is a development tool in which tax incre-ments above a certain base value are placed in a special fund and used to pay for improvements inside the TIF district. Cities and villages have been able to create TIF districts for many years for revitalizing blighted areas, attracting lucra-tive industries and more recently to mix develop-ments in ways that might not be possible other-wise. But critics say it’s too often used for proj-ects that don’t need the help.The law requires the town to have a population of at least 3,500 people and equalized values of at least $500 million. The Town of Dunn meets both criteria, but town officials said they have no specific plans to use TIF in the near future.Town chair Ed Minihan said the town would like-ly look at TIF on a case-by-case basis for devel-opment projects. “We are exploring how we might be able to use that concept creatively,” Minihan told the Hub. Town land use manager Erica Schmitz said she was reviewing the details of the law and that the Town Board has yet to discuss the new law.She noted that the town doesn’t have much devel-opment outside of single-family residential homes, but that other future proj-ects might be eligible for TIF.The town didn’t have any role in drafting the law, Minihan said. The bill was drafted by Sen-ator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Rep-resentative Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg).
Crash leads to felony OWI
A vehicle crash in the Town of Dunkirk led to a felony OWI charge for a 45-year-old man.Robert. A. Schmidt was arrested around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at his home on Hwy. 51,  just outside the City of Stoughton. According to a news release from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office:Police were called to the home after a report of a family disturbance. Police learned Schmidt had driv-en home intoxicated and crashed into an RV on the property. The crash led to a ver-bal argu-ment and police were called.Schmidt was sub-sequently arrested for his sixth OWI – a felony – and was booked into the Dane County Jail.He was released on a $500 signature bond April 11 and is due back in court May 5, online court records show.
 – Mark Ignatowski
Reports collected from the log book at the Stoughton Police Department.
March 7
10:39 a.m.
 A high school student was reported to have been smoking on a school bus. The student admitted to lighting a cigarette, but did not smoke it. No tobacco was found on the student.
10:50 a.m.
 A woman called police because she thought her house was being broken into on North Prairie Street. It turns out an icicle fell and made a loud noise.
12:14 p.m.
 A student was accused of stealing a chicken patty from the lunch line at Stoughton High School. The boy was charged $2.10 for the theft and was given an open citation for theft – if it happens again, he would be cited for theft.
5:34 p.m.
 A 53-year-old man was cited for theft from Wal-Mart. The man took a knife, two watches and sun-glasses.
March 9
5:34 a.m.
 A 24-year-old woman and 25-year-old man were both arrested for disor-derly conduct after a domes-tic disturbance on South Page Street. Both had been drink-ing.
March 11
1:28 a.m.
 A 26-year-old man was cited for his second OWI after a traffic stop on the 300 block of West Main Street.
March 12
12:23 a.m.
 A 38-year-old man was arrested for disor-derly conduct after a domestic dispute on Giles Street.
11:59 a.m.
 A 30-year-old man was arrested for disor-derly conduct on Kreideman Drive.
10:28 p.m.
 Hospital staff believed that family members of a patient had been intoxi-cated and were going to drive home. They had been going to their vehicle to fill up glasses with what was believed to be alcohol. Police found no evi-dence of alcohol in the car.
–Mark Ignatowski 
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