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swept up in this reorga-nization and got kind of knocked around over the last few years.”Hougan was promoted from deputy clerk to clerk in January. She began working for the city in April 2006 as a part-time reception-ist. She became deputy clerk in January 2008.Hougan first served as acting clerk when Luann Alme resigned in late 2010. She filled that role until the city hired Kelly Michaels in January 2011. Michaels worked as clerk until late September 2011, and Hougan served again as acting clerk until Nick Probst was hired Feb. 1, 2012. He stayed with the city 11 months and left in January 2013. Hougan then was called upon a third time to serve as acting clerk, a role she assumed until January 2014, when she officially became Stoughton’s city clerk.That followed the Com-mon Council’s approval of Mayor Donna Olson’s plan to reorganize staff-ing at City Hall as part of last year’s budget process. Part of the reorganization included creating a new human resources/risk man-ager position, covering tasks that had until then, in part, been the clerk’s responsibility.Olson thought reduc-ing some of the clerk’s workload would help to stabilize the position, but Hougan might have gotten tired of waiting. The city’s new HR director has been hired and is expected to begin work-ing at City Hall on June 26.In her email to the coun-cil, Hougan mentioned that the job was stressful and “has started to affect my health and well-being.”“Due to events beyond my control over the past several years, including the restructure at City Hall along with several events that have occurred recent-ly, it is in the best interest for me to resign,” Hou-gan wrote. “These events have caused a great deal of stress on me and my fam-ily … Therefore it is time for me to make the diffi-cult choice of resigning.”
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Crews get lesson on treating ash trees
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Stoughton city officials got a demonstration last Wednesday of how the city’s new Emerald Ash Borer treatment works.The city began treating its trees Tuesday.Paul Bolan, vice presi-dent of BioForest Tech-nologies Inc., showed how the TreeAzin treatment and EcoJet application system would be used during the demonstration at Norse Park.The product, though a bit less effective than standard pesticides for killing the invasive tree-killing beetle, is one of the most environ-mentally friendly on the market, and still has around a 95 percent success rate.The beetle has not yet been found in Stoughton, but was identified late last year in Madison, putting all of Dane County on alert for its presence.Bolan commended city streets superintendent Karl Manthe and arborist Randy Nelson for dealing with the EAB issue early.“I have never seen an insect do this much damage in this short time,” Bolan said. “Proactive versus reactive is the only way to go. This costs you money regardless.”Late last year, the city council approved spending up to $27,000 on the prod-uct and treatment of 125 ash trees in 2014.The treatments will work for two years, and then the trees will need to be inject-ed again.
Above, left: BioForest Technologies Inc. vice president Paul Bolan talks to a crowd, including city arborist Randy Nelson and streets super-intendent Karl Manthe, about the benefits of TreeAzin.Right, top: Bolan puts the TreeAzin canister into an ash tree at Norse Park in Stoughton.Right, bottom: Bolan shows a small crowd how to inject the TreeAzin agent into the canisters, which is what directly puts the solution into ash trees.
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Energy savings pay off for district
Saving money on energy continues to reap benefits for the Stoughton Area School District (SASD). The district was one of just nine in the state to have all its K-12 schools earn the Energy Star certification, meaning buildings average 35 percent less energy use than typical buildings. During the past six years, SASD has received more than $30,000 in incentives from Focus on Energy for improvements that reduce energy use by more than 425,000 kilowatt-hours – equivalent to the energy use of about 50 average-sized Wisconsin homes for one year. Representatives from Stoughton Utilities and the statewide program Focus on Energy have assisted the school district with measur-ing and tracking its energy use, identifying and imple-menting energy-efficiency updates in the schools and securing financial incen-tives. Stoughton Utilities Direc-tor Bob Kardasz said it’s a well-deserved honor for the school district. “Each of our local schools has made a com-mitment to using energy wisely, which saves the community money year after year,” he said. Energy Star buildings throughout the nation achieve more than $2 bil-lion in savings each year. In Wisconsin, there were 582 Energy Star-certified build-ings at the end of last year, up from 43 in 2000.
At last week’s board meet-ing, district superintendent Tim Onsager thanked com-munity members and busi-nesses for their financial sup-port for scholarships at the May 14 honors night.“With the generous sup-port of our community, we were able to award several hundred thousand dollars’ worth of scholarships,” he said. “I speak on behalf of students that this support is greatly appreciated in their endeavors and their next step. We can’t thank our community enough for their support in helping our stu-dents reach their dreams.”
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