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A walk in the woods led me to ...
m y nei ghbor’s house.
Oakwood Village University Woods • 6205 Mineral Point Road • Madison, WI 53705
On Oakwood Village University Woods’ 30-acre campus, you’ll have interesting neighbors of all kinds—including those who live in our 9-acre nature preserve. As you follow the walking trails, you’ll be greeted by squirrels jumping from tree to tree, mallards and wood ducks relaxing in our pond, and Great Horned owls keeping watch over the neighborhood. No doubt you’ll have interesting observations to share with your other neighbors over dinner.
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Rutland still looking for the right fit
Officials seek ideas on new town hall
SCOTT DE LARUELLE
Unified Newspaper Group
Strongly rebuffed by vot-ers who rejected borrow-ing up to $1 million for a new town hall in April, Town of Rutland officials want more public com-ment and ideas before try-ing again in September. For the past half-century or so, town government has operated out of essen-tially a metal garage build-ing, and in the past months, board members have sought to replace the office and records storage portion with a more modern facility, leav-ing the current building as a garage. After plans for a 4,800-square-foot build-ing were soundly rejected at the town’s annual meeting April 15, it’s been back to the drawing board, though town officials want more input from residents on what exactly they are looking for. Rutland town chairman Dale Beske said when town officials started “talking seriously” about numbers in March and April, many residents were “up in arms” about the proposal, though he said it had been on the agenda for more than 20 meetings. To give more time for public input and information-gathering, the board decided to reconvene the annual meeting on Sept. 9, and have provided updat-ed information on the town’s website. Comments will be accept-ed through June 30, and though Beske said that’s not necessarily a firm dead-line, comments are desired as soon as possible to give town officials and contrac-tors time to evaluate them and include them in the Sept. 9 presentation. Since the vote at the annual meet-ing, he said the town has received “a few emails” and a few suggestions on the website, but he hopes people will be more vocal in letting town officials know what they want.“We’re trying to come up with options at differ-ent cost levels, and try to identify what the benefits and shortcomings of each particular cost level would be in terms of design,” he said, directing residents to the town’s website, town.rutland.wi.us.
According to a letter sent out last week by Beske to residents, Rutland’s popu-lation has nearly tripled since the current hall was built in the mid-1960s, and with it, the town has added services such as EMS, a senior center and recycling. He said the current build-ing has inadequate space for meetings, tax collec-tion, elections and records storage, causing officers to operate out of their homes. Also, there are no audio-visual facilities for presen-tations during meetings, and inadequate security of records and employees. The space is two-thirds garage space and one-third meeting/office space, and the heating system in the garage area has no bar-rier to prevent diesel fumes and odors from permeating the entire building, and no ventilation to bring in fresh outside air. Beske said the building is poorly insulated, with no air conditioning, and is expensive to heat during the winter months. The well and septic sys-tem are failing and will soon need to be replaced at “considerable expense.” Around three years, ago, the board purchased three acres north of the existing town hall to build a new one. A space needs study was completed last spring, proposing a building of around 5,200 square feet, at a cost of around $1.08 mil-lion. Beske said the consen-sus of people at the annual meeting that month was to proceed with the project. Late last year, the town hired an architectural firm to develop the new build-ing, and signed a contract in January. The town’s build-ing committee started work that month, and by April, had trimmed the size of the building to 4,800 square feet, and presented the plan at the meeting, attended by around 150 people, around 110 of whom voted against the building and financ-ing plans. Voters further
Scott De Laruelle
Rutland officials are seeking input on possible designs for a town hall to replace the current one. Below is an artist’s depiction of a proposed 4,800-square-foot town hall that was voted down at the April 15 Town of Rutland annual meeting.
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Police: Intoxicated driver hits house in Town of Albion
A 36-year-old woman was arrested for her fifth OWI last Thurs-day after allegedly crashing a car into a house in the Town of Albion.Accord-ing to a news release from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office:Dane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a car vs. house crash around 2:25 a.m. June 19, on Hwy. 106 in the town of Albion.“The suspect driver, Bianca L. Mathews, fled the scene prior to the depu-ties arrival,” police said. “Stoughton Police were able to apprehend Mathews before she arrived at her residence.” Mathews was also cited for operating after revoca-tion, hit and run, failure to notify of a crash and fail-ure to maintain control. Mathews was not injured in the crash, and is current-ly being held in the Dane County Jail on the felony OWI charge.No charges had been filed as of press time Tues-day.Online court records show Mathews was last convicted of OWI in 2013.
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