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Board talks elementary expansion
First of two referenda could be next year
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The Verona Area school board is considering a pair of potential sites for new school buildings as it has become apparent that the
district’s rapid enrollment growth is a near-future problem. With data predicting another triple-digit increase in enrollment next year, district officials have stressed to the school board that the schools – particularly the Sugar Creek Elementary area – could face the issues that come with overcrowding sooner rather than later.
On Saturday, they passed along two potential land purchase options the district had appraised as the board discussed the fiscal impact of building a new elementary school, two referenda in the next five years and the potential of consolidating charter schools into a single building at a threehour retreat. Capacity estimates from
Plunkett Raysich Architects, done in 2006 and updated in 2008, show that elementary schools throughout the district are already over capacity, with middle schools and the high school quickly approaching.
A new elementary school would of course require a referendum,
and the first question taxpayers want to know is how much it would cost. So the district asked PMA Securities Inc. to project the changes in the district’s tax levy and mill rate over the next five years if the district were to purchase two pieces of land and
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Verona Fire Dept.
Union sues to stop changes
Hearing on whether department is new set for Dec. 16
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Suit: Epic failed to pay OT
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The employee union for the full-time Verona Fire Department members has filed a lawsuit to prevent the city and the fire district from laying off current firefighters. The move has once again delayed the timeline for hiring full-time firefighters for the city and town. In documents filed Nov. 27, the union – Local 311 – contends that the city is acting as an “alter ego” of the Verona Fire District, which the full-time firefighters had collectively bargained with for the past
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Betsy Hansen, 2, shakes hands with Santa while brother Gavin, 5, watches during Friday’s annual chili supper at the Verona Senior Center.
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City of Verona
Plan for extra-small lots gets warm, skeptical reception
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That changed when the Badger Prairie subdivision (between Enterprise Drive Before 1998, the smallest and Main Street) created lot a City of Verona home smaller lots under a special could be built on was 8,000 zoning process and eventually led to a new category, square feet.
called community residential, which allowed lot sizes as small as 6,000 square feet. The city is considering doing the same sort of trial with even smaller lots
sharing “starter homes” that would be close together, with skinny yards, front porches and garages backed up to alleys in the Hawthorne Hills neighborhood. Though there’s been
some concern about the precedent that might set and much discussion about the execution of it, the overall concept went over
A former Epic Systems employee filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court last week alleging the Verona health care software company did not pay him and others overtime wages they earned. Evan Nordgren, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, worked as a quality assurance employee at Epic from 2010-12 and is enrolled at the University of Wisconsin Law School. The quality assurance position he held was classified by the company as salaried and exempt from Fair Labor Standards Act guidelines that mandate time and a half pay for hours worked over 40 in a given week. The act has multiple exemptions. A company statement provided to the Verona Press and other news outlets did not indicate which specific exemption it applied to its quality assurance employees, but it denied Epic’s practice was against the law. “State and federal law make it clear that employees in computer-related jobs who primarily test software are appropriately classified as salaried professionals,” the statement said. “That is
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Despite a bone-chilling wind, the Verona Senior Center still managed a good turnout for its annual chili supper, which featured food and treats and custard served by the Verona Fire Department, with all proceeds (in the firefighter boot, left) going to the Verona Area Needs Network. Above, the Resurrection Lutheran Church singers perform Christmas carols. Right, Avlin Prossa, 10, paints her nose to resemble Rudolph at the crafts table, assisted by members of the Verona Area High School Cat’s Eye newspaper.
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A visit from Santa
Santa Claus visits the American Legion on Saturday morning during Hometown Holidays. The event also featured a magic show from Wayne the Wizard and eye exams for the children from the Lions Club. After reading a book, Santa listened to what the kids hope to find under their Christmas trees.
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‘Tis the season to give
is about providing service to the community, by helping patrons make use of the library’s services, and to help out the local food pantry. “We are part of the comSCOTT DE LARUELLE munity and this activity to Uniﬁed Newspaper Group raise food for those in need – especially during the holiVerona Public Library day season – is something Director Brian Simons has worth more than the minimal made his list and checked it amount of fine revenue we’ll twice, and if you’re among raise in a few weeks,” Simons the “naughty” who owe said. a few bucks for overdue The library has collected books this $28,000 in ‘There are many year, the fines during families who library’s the past two a n n u a l years, and can’t afford to get “Food for this year, it their card in good reached the F i n e s ” incentive is fine limit standing (fine back to make early this the holidays balance of less than month, havhappier for ing collected $20).’ everyone. a few hunT h e dred dollars Brian Simons, VPL program, more than director which has budgeted, run on and giving the off the past program five years, is a go this year the green light. In turn, that because the library has met its allows the library and its fine revenue budget in time patrons to go into full-Santa for the holidays, Simons said. mode by donating hundreds “There are many families of pounds of food to the panwho can’t afford to get their try. card in good standing (fine “We had one 50 gallon barbalance of less than $20),” he rel going to the pantry at least said. “We understand most weekly full of canned and fines are not malicious – it’s dried goods,” Simons said. easy to have a bunch of books “The food pantry is happy or DVDs checked out and to take all non-perishable forget about the due dates. items, but they really are in We want kids especially to need of canned fruit (light be able to get their cards back or no sugar), canned peas, in good standing so they can tuna and beans.” continue to use the library For more information on during the school year.” the program, call the library Ultimately, Food for Fines at 845-7180.
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Prairie perfect –- a sweet reprieve
A scenic view of the Badger Prairie Park shown here in August is a little break from the snowy cold weather residents of the Verona area.
FFA national officers to visit Verona
For the first time in 25 years, all six national Future Farmers of America officers will visit the Verona Area High School branch of the national organization. The visit will take place Jan. 8, and FFA advisors Kevin Hoffman and Angie Midthun-Hensen said the group has offered the opportunity to visit with the officers and take part in a conference to 19 additional school districts, including Stoughton, Mt. Horeb and New Glarus. The event will take place either at the high school or at Epic. Hoffman said they hope to hear from Epic on availability by Dec. 13. VAHS student and FFA member Katie Fan, who reported the news to the Verona Area School Board at its Dec. 2 meeting, is heavily involved in FFA and worked on the application to invite the officers to Verona. “(It’s) like the equivalent of the president coming,” Fan told the board excitedly. The conference will consist of workshops from each of the officers, who come from regions around the country. The central region, which includes Wisconsin, is represented by Steven Brockshus from Iowa. The officers will visit districts around Wisconsin during that week.
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Seniors should remember city budget battle when heading to the voting booth
I appreciated Jim Ferolie’s editorial last week, and his comprehensive and accurate coverage of the contentious Common Council meeting. I was the person arguing that Brian Simons’ request for library funding be granted in full. I noted that granting the request would have raised taxes on the average home $100 a year, or $8.34 a month. So for the cost of two months’ worth of library funding, at $16.68, my husband and I would willingly give up one trip to Star Cinema. It’s a shame, I think, that our community benefits so greatly from the library, yet some members of the Council don’t view it as an asset worth supporting. There were two aspects of the meeting I found particularly dismaying. Mr. McGilvray’s remarks were, indeed, condescending. He said repeatedly that once he explained “the facts” to people, “95 percent of them” agreed with him, and implied strongly that those of us who didn’t, simply didn’t understand the facts. Excuse me, Mr. McGilvray, but you seem to have forgotten that it’s possible for thoughtful, intelligent people who do know the facts to draw different conclusions from them. Far more outrageous was the fact that those who voted against Mr. Simons’ request – Alders McGilvray, Manley, Stiner, Reekie and Mayor Hochkammer -- used the needs of seniors as the ostensible reason for their vote. McGilvray, in particular, went on and on about how he couldn’t support the library request because of the need to preserve funding for seniors. Then an amendment was proposed for $4800 to fund senior transportation, and how did Alders McGilvray, Manley, Stiner, Reekie and Mayor Hochkammer vote? They voted against it! This amendment would have paid to transport seniors to special events in the community, and would have been an immense support to seniors who no longer drive. It would have represented .056 percent of the budget being passed – not 5 percent, not .5 percent but .05 percent. I’d call the vote against it, by the same alders who, earlier in the meeting, were using their supposed concern for seniors to justify their votes against library funding, a case of rank hypocrisy. I hope that when the alders (and the mayor) who voted against senior transportation come up for reelection in April, seniors remember that vote. I know I will. Denise Beckfield, Ph.D. City of Verona
What to do about that annoying, ‘benign’ cough
Because of a reporting error, a story in last week’s Verona Press about the city’s 2014 budget misidentified the author of an amendment. Ald. Luke Diaz (Dist. 3) brought up the senior center staffing amendment, not Heather Reekie. The Press regrets the error.
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slowly start to drift to sleep and my phone rings. It’s my parents’ number. I answer, and my dad says, “It’s your mom... She has a really bad cough.” Horrible thoughts run through my mind -- pneumonia, cancer, tuberculosis, dozens of diseases that people in the United States usually don’t get. I ask if she’s coughing blood, having fevers, having chest pain, having trouble breathing and a dozen more questions. The answer to all of them is no. So I can relax, because Lee I know that this is benign and probably just a cold. Just a cold, sure, and after two weeks, my mom is finally getting over it. But the cough is keeping her up at night. She can’t sleep, and she feels miserable. Chances are you or someone you know is probably experiencing a cold right now. Colds during the wintertime are nothing new, but it’s sometimes hard to tell the difference between a cold, the flu, or something worse. That leads to thousands of doctor visits every winter because of cold, coughs and overall feeling ill. But there are plenty of intermediate measures you can take
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before you get to the point where you’re ready to head to the doctor. These include saline sprays, humidifiers and a variety of cough suppressants. No. 1 on the list is practicing hygiene so you don’t get it in the first place. This is most important for parents and their kids. People always joke that children are germ factories, but it’s actually quite true. Estimates predict that children who are in daycare or school get an average of seven to 12 colds a year. Though colds will go away on their own, they generally take about seven days to resolve. And what many people don’t realize is that even after the cold virus is gone, the cough and runny nose from having the cold virus can take three or four weeks to go away. The average daycare or school-aged child, therefore, has a cold for about three months out of the year and is coughing or sniffling for probably four or five months. Adults usually recover faster than children from colds, but just by a few days. And if someone smokes in the household, it will take longer for anyone exposed to that smoke or secondhand smoke to recover from a cold and cough. This is why winter is a perfect reason to quit smoking. Whether you have a cold or it’s just cold season, it’s essential to practice good hand hygiene and cough hygiene. Washing your hands and the hands of your children will help stop the virus from spreading. When people are coughing or sneezing, try to have them cough or sneeze into their elbow and wash their hands after to stop the virus from bouncing back and forth between family and friends. If you have a cough, there are a few things you can try at home. For people of all ages, nasal irrigation with saline water (like the neti pot) are quite effective and safe. If you don’t like the action of pouring saline water through your nose, saline sprays do well, too. This is even effective with infants, though you should only use a drop or two of
saline followed by bulb suctioning. If your cough is caused by sinus congestion, you can also have a humidifier in the room or take warm steamy showers. When children reach about 1 year of age another safe and effective technique is to ingest 0.5-2 teaspoons of honey (without tea/water/lemon juice). Some studies show that it especially decreases nighttime coughs. It’s as effective as cough medicine without the side effects, and it even tastes good. At the age of 6, you can try cough medicine, like Robitussin. Dextromethorphan is the ingredient that suppresses the cough. If you feel like you’re trying to cough something up, you can get Robitussin DM, which has guaifenisen, the same ingredient as Mucinex, which helps to hopefully bring out the mucus that’s stuck in your throat and chest. Ideally, children should not be using medications for colds because like every other medication there are side effects and risks of giving too much. At 10 years old, depending on how the cough feels, you can try tessalon perles to decrease the amount of coughs. Tessalon perles contains benzonatate, which mildly numbs the sensation that you need to cough. This works especially well if you feel like there’s a tickle in your throat or if you cough whenever you take a big breath in. Remember a cough or cold alone, although intensely annoying, is quite common and generally benign. You don’t have to treat yourself or your child just because of these symptoms. The simplest methods of getting rest and drinking plenty of fluids are still true. But if it’s affecting your sleep or ability to take fluids you can try the tips mentioned. And if you’re not sure or you’re worried, asking your nurse or doctor is understandable and encouraged. Hopefully this will help make your winter more bearable. Dr. Eugene Lee is a secondyear resident at UW Family Medical Clinic in Verona.
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Verona Area Historical Society
The Verona Area Historical Society’s December meeting will have its traditional “festive air,” said secretary Ruth Jensen, with cookies and punch for all as people share stories about their experiences in the area’s rural classrooms, including memories of Christmas pageants and other winter activities. The meeting will be held at the Verona Senior Center at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18. At last month’s meeting, held Nov. 20, Joe Wineke talked about spending his early childhood near Maple Corners School, along with seven brothers. Their Wendt Road house was just a “stone’s throw” from the old railroad depot; once the heart of Fitchburg. Maple Corners School was closed in 1965 after a long and proud history of 101 years. When Wineke and his twin brother James began their education, they comprised the whole first
Monthly meeting set for Dec. 18
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What: Verona Area Historical Society meeting When: 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18 Where: Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli St.
Verona Youth Ballet dancers perform during last year’s production of the ‘Nutcracker Suite.” The group will present its eighth annual show Saturday, Dec. 21.
Verona Youth Ballet to present ‘Nutcracker Suite’
The Verona Youth Ballet will present its eighth annual “Nutcracker Suite” Saturday, Dec. 21. The show, which has sold out its last three performances, is an abbreviated, hour-long version of the full “Nutcracker” ballet with nearly 70 dancers from nine area dance studios and featuring the music of composer Peter Tchaikovsky. Verona Youth Ballet dancers participate in the show for free, and many of them study ballet throughout the year thanks to scholarships from several local businesses. This year, the show will also feature an opening musical chorale and two professional alumni returning to play their former roles. Both Becca Shulla, a senior at the University of Arizona studying dance and communications, and Julia Stahas, studying dance and business at Loyola Marymount University, were involved in the show in the past, and trained under the direction of 25-year Verona resident and “Nutcracker Suite” director Charmaine Ristow while growing up in the area. Shulla will reprise her role as the Sugar Plum Fairy, while Stahas will return as Spanish Dancer, which she played in 2010. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for those under 12 and can be purchased at Ballet U in the Verona Athletic Center and Kehl School of Dance at 5117 Verona Rd., Madison. Proceeds from the event benefit the Verona Area
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grade of the one-room school, with 20 students in grades 1-8 taught by Alta Morgan. Like most of the state, no kindergarten classes were offered at that time; children were introduced to the whole school scene by spending just a few hours observing the classroom activities the spring before entering first grade, he said. The boys’ time at Maple Corners School was limited to two years, as the rural school was closed as a result of consolidation in the district. They later attended third grade at Maple Grove.
Verona native in upcoming performances of ‘The Fantasticks’
A Verona native is featured in the upcoming performance of “The Fantasticks” playing in Madison this weekend. Verona native Trevor Bass plays “The Boy” in the classic coming-of-age story that features two meddling, matchmaking fathers who scheme to get their children together. Bass is thrilled to be making his Four Seasons Threatre company debut. A graduate of Verona Area High School, previous theatre credits include “Les Miserables” (Prouvaire), “Anything Goes” (Billy), “Little Women” (John Brooke) and “Wuthering Heights” (Edgar Linton), as well as numerous community productions throughout his youth. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Dec. 13-22, at The Playhouse at Overture. Tickets ($35 adult, $30 senior, $20 student) are available through the Overture Center Box Office in person, at 2584141, or online at fourseasonstheatre.com.
Lincoln legacy examined at library
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What: Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War – traveling exhibition When: Now through Jan. 24, 2014 Where: Verona Public Library, 500 Silent St. Info: 845-7180 Delve into one of the more intriguing questions of the Civil War – and one which still resounds today – at the Verona Public Library through Jan. 24, as the traveling exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” makes a stop. The exhibit was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office, with a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The library will offer free programs and other public events in connection with the exhibition.
The legacy and impact of Abraham Lincoln, nearly 150 years after the end of the Civil War and his death by an assassin’s bullet, is as strong as ever. Yet, as the years pass, historians are able to take deeper looks into the complex man that was Lincoln, and the complex times during which he led this country. One of the more controversial parts of the Civil War in the North was Lincoln’s unabashed use of presidential power in his attempt to keep the nation from splitting apart. Did he overstep his Constitutional authority during the war? When elected as the 16th President of the United States in 1860, Lincoln faced an unprecedented dilemma, with seven states having already announced their secession from the Union. A lawyer by trade, Lincoln had to determine whether the United States was truly one nation, or a confederacy of sovereign states. How would he use – or abuse – the Constitution in order to achieve his goal of keeping the country united?
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Above, historian Mike Jacobs presents a history of Lincoln to a group of attendees Saturday. Below, the library’s Lincoln exhibit features books about the former president along with information on the civil war era and the end to slavery.
The perfect Christmas tree
Selecting the perfect Christmas tree is rarely easy. Slow growing trees often produce the best branch spacing to fill in all the holes without leaving a foot-tall spike at the top. Even with pruning, it is difficult to assist an evergreen into growing as we would like. If only Christmas trees were oaks, elms or aspens, things would be much easier to get the forms we want. These deciduous trees grow new leaders with little difficulty, regardless of how much pruning they receive. If we brought a deciduous tree indoors, we’d never have any needles on the floor, but neither would there be any leaves on the tree, just bare branches. Evergreens commonly have unsightly seed cones on their branches during December. Some of these cones continue to shed seeds as they dry indoors. So we do the best we can with the famous evergreens, the cedars, firs, spruces and pines. At least the resin, which commonly drips onto the floor or carpet, gives the indoors a fresh scent. – Jerry Davis
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Kiwanis accepting donations
The Kiwanis Club of Verona is underway with their annual collection of winter wear donations. If you have any winter coats, hats, gloves, or scarves, you may place them in the large collection bin in the Glacier Edge Elementary School entrance area. library from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14. Take your own pictures and learn more about these amazing animals. Warm up with hot chocolate and card-making inside the library. All ages welcome. help raise funds for upgrading computers, tablets, smartboards and other scientific and integrated-arts tools. Call Kaitie Smith at 698-7684 for information.
ALL SAINTS LUTHERAN CHURCH 2951 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg (608) 276-7729 allsaints-madison.org Pastor Rich Johnson 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. worship times THE CHURCH IN FITCHBURG 2833 Raritan Road, Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608) 271-2811 livelifetogether.com Sunday Worship: 8 and 10:45 a.m. THE CHURCH IN VERONA Verona Business Centre 535 Half Mile Rd. #7, Verona. (608) 271-2811 livelifetogether.com Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. FITCHBURG MEMORIAL UCC 5705 Lacy Road, Fitchburg (608) 273-1008 • memorialucc.org Phil Haslanger GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA (608) 271-6633 Central: Raymond Road & Whitney Way SUNDAY 8:15, 9:30 & 10:45 a.m. Worship West: Corner of Hwy. PD & Nine Mound Road, Verona SUNDAY 9 & 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship LIVING HOPE CHURCH At the Verona Senior Center 108 Paoli St. • (608) 347-3827 livinghopeverona.com, firstname.lastname@example.org SUNDAY 10 a.m. Worship MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH 201 S. Main, Verona (608) 845-7125 MBCverona.org Lead pastor: Jeremy Scott SUNDAY 10:15 a.m. Worship REDEEMER BIBLE FELLOWSHIP 102 N. Franklin Ave., Verona Pastor Dwight R. Wise (608) 848-1836 www.redeemerbiblefellowship.org SUNDAY 10 a.m. Family Worship Service RESURRECTION LUTHERAN CHURCH Wisconsin Synod, 6705 Wesner Road, Verona (608) 848-4965 • rlcverona.org Pastor Nathan Strutz and Assistant Pastor: Jacob Haag THURSDAY 6:30 p.m. Worship SUNDAY 9 a.m. Worship Service ST. CHRISTOPHER CATHOLIC PARISH 301 N. Main St., Verona (608) 845-6613 Stchristopherverona.com Fr. William Vernon, pastor SATURDAY 5 p.m. Sunday Vigil, St. Andrew, Verona SUNDAY 7:30 a.m., St. William, Paoli 9 and 11 a.m., St. Andrew, Verona Daily Mass: Tuesday-Saturday at 8 a.m., St. Andrew, Verona ST. JAMES EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 427 S. Main Street, Verona (608) 845-6922 www.stjamesverona.org Pastors Kurt M. Billings and Peter Narum Services 5 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 and 10:45 a.m., Sunday - office hours 8-4 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday SALEM UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 502 Mark Dr., Verona, WI Phone: (608) 845-7315 Rev. Dr. Mark E. Yurs, Pastor Laura Kolden, Associate in Ministry www.salemchurchverona.org 9 a.m. Sunday School - 10:15 a.m. worship service - Staffed nursery from 8:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Fellowship Hour SPRINGDALE LUTHERAN CHURCH-ELCA 2752 Town Hall Road (off County ID) (608) 437-3493 springdalelutheran.org Pastor: Jeff Jacobs SUNDAY 8:45 a.m. Communion Worship SUGAR RIVER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 130 N. Franklin St., Verona (608) 845-5855 email@example.com, sugarriverumc.org Pastor: Gary Holmes SUNDAY 9:00 & 10:30 Contemporary worship with children’s Sunday school. Refreshments and fellowship are between services. WEST MADISON BIBLE CHURCH 2920 Hwy. M, Verona, WI 53593 Sunday (nursery provided in a.m.) 9:15 a.m. - Praise and worship 10:45 - Sunday School (all ages) 6 p.m. - Small group Bible study ZWINGLI UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST – Located at Hwy. 92 & Ct. Road G, Mount Vernon (608) 832-6677 for information Pastor: Brad Brookins SUNDAY 10:15 a.m. Worship ZWINGLI UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST – At Hwy. 69 and PB, Paoli (608) 845-5641 Rev. Sara Thiessen SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. Family Worship
Caregiver support group
Drop-in visitors are welcome to join a caregiver support group at the Verona Senior Center. The group meets 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, and at that time the third Tuesday each month. Please contact Becky Losby with questions at 845-7471.
Busking for Books
Come to the Verona Public Library from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. Craft Fair/Bake Sale 14, to hear the Christmas classics of Four Winds Skilled Nursing and yesteryear, performed by vocalist/ Rehab Center (303 S. Jefferson St.) is guitarist Dan Nerhaugen. All tips and holding a craft fair and bake sale from donations will benefit the library. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14. Call Shirley at 497-2365 or email her at sduerst@fourwindsmanor with Sunday afternoon tailgate questions. Come to the Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli St., at 2:30 p.m., Sunday. Dec. 15, for some tailgating fun and Community Painting Day to watch the Packers take on the DalStoner Prairie Elementary School las Cowboys. will host a Community Painting Day to help paint a mural Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with artists Online auction Emida Roller and Sharon Kilfoy. Find great deals on an array of Call Sharon at 658-3736 or the donated items and hand-crafted school at 845-4200 for more informa- works by local artists at New Century tion. School’s Second Annual Online Auction. Go to NewCenturyCharterSchool. Meet “Santa’s reindeer” org to place your bid. Bidding closes Two real live reindeer visit the at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15. Proceeds
The Verona Senior Center will host the final Country Gospel event of the year at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19. The next event will be held in March.
Come to the Verona Public Library from 2-4:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 30, for a free viewing of “Despicable Me 2 (PG)” in the community room.
• 4-5 p.m., Google Apps on Chromebook training from high school students, VSC • 5:30-8 p.m., Santa Visits the Verona Public Library
Thursday, Dec. 12
Second Annual Online Auction, newcenturycharterschool.org
• 7-9:30 p.m., Open Jam with John Jacobs, Tuvalu Coffee House & Gallery
Friday, Dec. 13
• 6-8 p.m., pre-K open gym, Sugar Creek Elementary Gym • 7-8 p.m., Civil War Letters presentation, library
Tuesday, Dec. 17
• 9 a.m. to noon, “Christmas for Kids 2013” (ages 3-10), Resurrection Lutheran Church & Preschool 6705 Wesner Rd., Verona, 848-4965 • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community Painting Day, Stoner Prairie Elementary School • 11 a.m., Mandarin Story Time, Verona Public Library • 3:30-5:30 p.m., “Busking for Books” with vocalist/guitarist Dan Nerhaugen, Verona Public Library • 3:30-5:30 p.m., Meet Santa’s Reindeer, library • 7-9:30 p.m., folk singer Skip Jones, Tuvalu Coffee House & Gallery
Saturday, Dec. 14
• 3 p.m., Verona Area Historical Society meeting, senior center
Wednesday, Dec. 18
• 12:15 p.m., “Conversation with Shelley Peterman Schwarz,” on coping with chronic illness, senior center • 7-9:30 p.m., Chris Murray, Tuvalu Coffee House & Gallery
Friday, Dec. 20
• 7-9:30 p.m., “Last Minute Notice,” Tuvalu Coffee House & Gallery
Saturday, Dec. 21
The Greatest Is Love
Whether we consider love to be a commandment or a spiritual gift, it is clear that it is to be given priority over everything else. When Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment is, he says to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22: 37-39) Although Paul speaks of love as a spiritual gift rather than as a commandment, it is clear that he also gives priority to love: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13: 13) It is really quite simple. Our overriding duty is to love: to love God and our fellow man. This is, however, sometimes very difficult, as people are not always lovable, and we don’t always know quite how to love God, but that is first and foremost what we are called to do. All the great men and women of history have been great lovers, people whose capacity to love was seemingly endless. So love always and everywhere and banish fear and hatred, those two great enemies of love, from your life. – Christopher Simon via Metro News Service “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” 1 John 4:12
• 2:30 p.m., Sunday tailgate for Packers vs. Cowboys, Verona Senior Center • 4 p.m., bidding closes for New Century School’s
Sunday, Dec. 15
• 6:30 p.m., Finance committee, City Center • 7 p.m., Common Council, City Center
Monday, Dec. 23
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Epic: Epic’s statement says the company believes the ‘lawsuit is without merit’
Continued from page 1 is precisely the role our quality assurance team performs.” The suit, reported by the Wisconsin State Journal Friday evening, says that categorization is incorrect and alleges Epic knowingly violated federal and state standards for employee exemption and overtime pay. Epic’s statement said the company believes the “lawsuit is without merit.” The suit is classified as a class action, with Nordgren as the plantiff on behalf of former and current Epic quality assurance employees. While it does not give an exact number of employees whom the case could apply to, the suit estimates it is at least 1,000. William Parsons, one of the attorneys for Nordgren, told the Verona Press he and his client don’t want to speculate on how much the money the case could involve. “We think it’s a significant case, but we don’t want to put a dollar value on it at this point,” he said. The suit seeks unpaid back wages, all liquidated damages and penalties, court costs and attorneys’ fees incurred. Parsons released a statement explaining the motivation for the case. “Epic’s employees, including entry level or non-technical employees, are entitled to all the pay they worked hard to earn,” the statement said. “Wisconsin businesses have an obligation to pay their employees fairly and must comply with federal and state labor laws. The employees we represent worked many overtime hours for which they were never paid. We look forward to helping these workers recover the wages they have already earned.” Parsons, whose firm Hawks Quindel specializes in employment law cases, said the Western District Court, where the suit was filed, typically takes 18-24 months on a case like this. A column written by an Epic employee and approved by the company for the Verona Press in 2008 detailed the QA position as one involving creative attempts to find “bugs” in the company’s software. One of the potential exemptions on the Fair Labor Standards Act website lists “work which is predominantly intellectual, requires specialized education, and involves the exercise of discretion and judgment,” or jobs considered “creative professional” work.
Fire Department timeline
Dec. 2010: Town of Springdale leaves district, city and town of Verona form new joint agreement Jan. 2011: Full-time firefighters join local 311 union April 2013: City, town vote to dissolve fire district July 2013: City’s Police and Fire Commission plans on open hiring process for new department September: Council considers withholding funds for hiring process, but later votes to give PFC the money Nov. 27, 2013: Lawsuit filed to prevent layoffs Dec. 16, 2013: Hearing on temporary restraining order Dec. 31, 2013: Joint fire district agreement between city and town expires
VFD: May affect hiring timing
Continued from page 1 three years. The city’s position is that it is a separate entity from the district and that a new department will be created based on the dissolution agreement between the city and town. A decision on whether a temporary restraining order will halt the city’s plans to hire new firefighters this month will likely come next week. City administrator Bill Burns said he and attorneys from Stafford Rosenbaum are in the midst of preparing documents to file in response to the union’s request for a temporary restraining order. A judge will review both sets of facts provided by the union and city and determine whether to issue a restraining order that would force the city to comply with the current bargaining agreement. A temporary restraining order could affect the hiring timeline for the new department, Burns said. If the injunction were granted, the city would not be able to extend offers of employment to the new firefighters. Those offers were slated to be made this week, Verona Fire Department chief Joe Giver said. He said Tuesday that he was ready to make the offers but was waiting for legal advice on whether to do so. The current full-time firefighters have been unionized since January 2011. They had originally begun organizing as early as 2007, but plans were stalled as the city and town considered consolidation. Talks resumed, but were again delayed after 2008 when the city considered pulling out of the joint fire district with the towns of Verona and Springdale. The city and town of Verona entered into a new joint agreement in December 2010. A new agreement with the fire district was approved in January 2012 and was set to expire at the end of this year, according to court documents. However, that agreement was to be extended automatically if no renegotiation attempts were made by June 30. The city and town agreed to dissolve the district in April 2013, with the city taking over the department Jan. 1, 2014. Burns – who is the city’s contact for this case after the city attorney advised elected officials not to discuss the matter for fear of a walking quorum – said the city would have more details later this week about the facts it planned to present at a hearing next Monday. Burns said the city has had discussions about potential litigation since the decision was made to dissolve the Verona Fire District in April and has continued through months of planning to hire members to the city-run department. Throughout the process, the city has maintained it is a new department that will have a new bargaining agreement with its employees after the end of this month. But Local 311 contended the city-run department is essentially the same as the Verona Fire District and that laying off current firefighters and bargaining with a new group goes against the group’s previous agreement. In court documents, the union contends that the cityrun department and fire district are the same because the city previously paid the lion’s share of the district budget, paid for facility and vehicle maintenance costs and handled personnel, payroll and other financial support costs. The city has had a majority on the Verona Fire District board, as well. The Common Council has been divided on the issue in recent months, with some alders voting to subvert the city’s Police and Fire Commission by withholding funds for recruitment. The funds were eventually approved in October after Mayor Jon Hochkammer cast the tiebreaking vote. A hearing on the temporary restraining order is set for 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16 at the Dane County Courthouse.
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Savanna Oaks Middle School students took part in the school’s geography bee last week. Winners were Aaron Young, Pryia Shenoi and Jack Prout.
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‘I start out with the premise that we should have an elementary school downtown.’
Ken Behnke, School board member
‘Something’s going to have to happen, unless you virtually educate 500 more kids.’
Dennis Beres, School board president
‘It’s nice to have that debt dropping off when our growth is coming in.’
Chris Murphy District business manager
VASD: Potential expansion sites for new schools bring different benefits, drawbacks
Continued from page 1 build two new school buildings. While VASD business manager Chris Murphy cautioned that the numbers were simply estimates and general assumptions unrelated to the properties being considered, the PRA plan included the idea of two referenda – one in 2014 and one in 2018. As referenda go, these projections appeared to be relatively painless. Assuming a $16.5 million referendum in 2014 and a $17.5 million referendum in 2018, as well as other assumptions about the consistency of state funding, the district’s mill rate would remain at $12.29 next year, rise to $12.54 in 2015-16 and then drop drastically to $11.29 in 2016-17 due to the closure of Epic’s TIF district. The final projected yeaer, 2017-18, would have an $11.40 rate, though that does not include state aid changes that would likely come due to increased property valuation following the TIF closure. The timing to expand the district is perfect, Murphy said, due to debt that will be leaving in the coming years from the schools built in the 1990s. “It’s nice to have that debt dropping off when our growth is coming in,” Murphy said. In addition, due to 4K and general enrollment growth, Murphy said the district can expect to see its revenue cap rise by up to $1.5 million next year, giving it more spending authority for recurring expenses. The board seemed open to a referendum to fund the land purchases, though some members wondered how the public would respond to such an idea being floated around before schools have seen the effects of being over capacity. Those effects can include classes being taught in hallways or portable classrooms created due to space issues, and often lead to parents becoming “dialed in” on the issues the schools face, Murphy said. Human resources director Jason Olson cautioned that those effects could come suddenly. “That switch gets flipped overnight,” he said.
Size: 18 acres Appraisal value: $684,000 ($38,000 per acre) Location: Locust Drive, Town of Verona Positives: Located next to two current developing subdivisions Negatives: Cost would increase due to sewer system, possible road expansion needs
School Capacity 2013-14 14-15 15-16 Sugar Creek 454 523 581 607 New Century 124 126 126 126 Core Knowledge 234 256 256 256 Country View 539 504 516 524 Glacier Edge 497 464 507 531 Stoner Prairie 496 415 432 440 VAIS N/A 85 85 85 Elementary 2344 2373 2503 2569 Badger Ridge 510 512 Core Knowledge 179 154 Savanna Oaks 587 520 Middle 1276 1186 VAHS 523 554 154 154 520 516 1197 1224 1558 16-17 17-18 18-19 643 671 701 126 126 126 256 256 256 522 534 559 542 557 569 450 460 470 85 85 85 2624 2689 2766 576 154 528 1258 586 578 154 154 530 519 1270 1251
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Size: 10 acres Appraisal value: $1,154,000 ($115,000 per acre) Location: Hwy. PD, Town of Verona Positives: In an area of likely future expansion Negatives: Less than a mile from Country View Elementary neither property owner had necessarily agreed to the appraised price, and district staff have not had specific price discussions with the owners. The possibility remains of purchasing, or at least putting options on, both properties, because the district projects to need at least one, if not two, elementary schools in the near future, in addition to a possible middle school, and there is not much other land available in Verona, Gorrell told the board. The 18-acre land could support a K-8 building, though an elementary school is likely the first priority. “Something’s going to have to happen, unless you virtually educate 500 more kids,” board president Dennis Beres said. “We have to figure something out for this.”
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1629 1681 1733 those schools to grow, and she pointed to the budgetary reasons such a move would make sense. However, she worried the collaboration and sharing of ideas between the public and charter schools could suffer, hurting the district as a whole. The board formed two new committees that will include board members, officials from the central district office and some members of the community to discuss both physical and philosophical decisions the district faces in the coming years as it expands and possibly changes some of its current schools. The physical committee will further consider the two options for expansion, consider architecture proposals and look into what to do with existing schools, while the philosophical committee will consider the charter school decision, issues with busing and socioeconomic diversity.
are likely to focus on two sites on opposite sides of the city, each with its own benefits and drawbacks related to size, development, price and location. The first, owned by Curt and Deb Herfel, is 18 acres south of the city on Locust Drive, appraised at $684,000, according to Rawson Realty. That would not include the cost of running sewer lines or potential road development that may be needed. Expanding to that area could also exacerbate current issues surrounding socioeconomic diversity at Verona schools and the way the district is zoned, which creates long bus rides for some students to schools away from their neighborhood. The second property, owned by Integra Investments, sits north of Verona off County Hwy. PD. The property, around 10 acres, is appraised at $1.15 million, including potential improvements needed with sewer lines and roads. That property is less than a mile from Country View Elementary School. Building sites Superintendent Dean The potential referenda Gorrell and Murphy said
complication is the age of the boilers at Sugar Creek, which are already well over capacity. That could affect the district’s plan for the building in the long term. Beres also brought up the limited growth capabilities of the charter schools. One possibility is erecting a new building on land adjacent to Sugar Creek, as it would allow students to attend the school unimpeded while also keeping a school in the downtown neighborhood. Board member Ken Behnke said that location is important, though the topic got no further than mild discussion at Saturday’s meeting. “I start out with the premise that we should have an elementary school downtown,” Behnke said. “I don’t see suburbanizing things and then we’re busing kids out of some of the most logical areas to walk.” Beres asked the board to consider an idea of creating a single charter school building, which would also allow for a “charter
director” of sorts, and consolidate many of the services currently done separately at each school under one roof. Murphy pointed out that would also increase the room under capacity for Savanna Oaks and Badger Ridge middle schools, due to the number of students that would no longer be housed in those buildings as charter students. “One of the reasons that I looked at this is that it seems counterintuitive to have all those elementary kids in a middle school,” Beres said, referring to Core Knowledge students at Badger Ridge and some Verona Area International School students housed in Savanna Oaks. Board member Renee Zook opposed the idea, due to her “personal philosophy” of wanting more choice within buildings and the questionable future for some charters. Beres and board member Amy Almond said such a move could embolden
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Grace Bradley (Kate Veak) is determined to put on a great Christmas pageant with her Sunday school class, but the "worst kids in the world" aren't making it easy in the Verona Area Children's Theater production of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." Left, the entire group runs off after being dismissed by Grace. Below, Grace is exasperated after Imogene Herdman (Isabella Becker) carelessly swings around the Baby Jesus prop. Bottom, Alice Wendelken (Morgan Moll) and Beth Bradley (Abby Walsh) talk about all the terrible things the Herdmans do, like smoking cigars, beating up on kids, drinking wine and cursing.
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Verona Youth Ballet
Charmaine Ristow, Artistic Director
Saturday, December 21st, 2013 at 4:00pm
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Seid avenges early penalty with gamewinner
Photo by Anthony Iozzo
Senior forward Marley Campbell and junior guard Ebony Nettles-Bey (10) celebrate after Campbell’s game-winning layup Saturday, Dec. 7, in a 54-52 Big Eight Conference win against Janesville Craig at Verona Area High School. Nettles-Bey had the assist on the play.
Nettles-Bey hits Campbell for game-winner as time expires in 54-52 win
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It wasn’t exactly what Verona girls basketball head coach Angie Murphy drew up for the final play Saturday during a tied game, but she will definitely take it. With under 10 seconds to go against Janesville Craig, junior guard Ebony Nettles-Bey was supposed to find senior guard Jenni LaCroix in the corner, but
instead, Nettles-Bey found senior forward Marley Campbell open in the paint for the higher percentage shot. Campbell nailed the layup with a second left, and the Wildcats (5-0 overall, 3-0 conference) went on to win the Big Eight Conference game 54-52. “It was just, go right to the hoop,” Campbell said. “We improvised the play a little bit, but I was open and Ebony drove. She saw me open. She just passed it, and I knew I had to put it in.” Janesville Craig (3-1, 2-1) actually had the ball with 56 seconds to play and called a timeout to draw up a final play of its own,
but a turnover allowed Murphy to call a timeout with 37 seconds left. As the ball was passed around the perimeter, Nettles-Bey looked to start the play with six seconds left and, sure enough, LaCroix was open in the corner. But Nettles-Bey saw something else and darted a quick pass to Campbell under the rim. Murphy said she was, at first, confused why the pass didn’t go to LaCroix until she realized the look Campbell had was just as good, if not better. “I saw Ebony not give the ball to (Jenni), and I was like, ‘Ohhhh … Oh, OK. That looks good,’”
Murphy said with a chuckle. “I didn’t see the opening that she saw, and that is what she does. She has great court vision, and it was a heck of a play. I am really happy for her to make that play. That was beautiful.” Craig, out of timeouts, threw the ball in with a second remaining, but Verona was able to contest the pass and time expired – sending Campbell, Nettles-Bey and the rest of the Wildcats to half court to celebrate. Campbell, who scored eight points, said it was like an explosion of happiness when the
Senior forward Harry Seid, who spent the majority of the second period in the penalty box, was looking for a chance to be a hero late in Saturday’s Big Eight Conference game inside Eagles Nest Ice Arena. Spending 12 minutes of the second period in the box, a result of a checking from behind penalty, Seid got his chance midway through the overtime and propelled the Wildcats to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Madison West Regents. “I was pretty mad at myself, I could have done a lot of things other than hitting him in that situation,” Seid said of his penalty. “I sat in the box and thought it. Then I used that rest for the last few minutes.” Coming off a 14-0 blowout of Madison East the previous night, Wildcats head coach Joel Marshall was worried about a potential hangover by his team and that was certainly the case early on. “I knew there was a chance coming in a little complacent coming off a less-competitive game last night,” Wildcats head coach Joel Marshall said. “West was jumping on that early, intercepting a lot of our passes. They had nearly a week to prepare for us and they definitely came out ready.” Knotted at 1-all through three periods of play, thanks to the goal of freshman Jack Anderson, Verona struggled to get much of anything by Regent junior goaltender Henry Cutting. That was until Seid
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Cats overpower Parkview in first dual win
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It seemed as though the dual could have been slipping away from the Verona wrestling team Thursday, but don’t tell that to sophomore Garrison Stauffer. With the host Wildcats trailing by six, bonus points were needed, especially since cohead coaches Jason Ott and Bob Wozniak didn’t know what to expect from the Vikings due to lack of experience wrestling the program in recent years. Stauffer gave them the boost they needed at 182 pounds, however, jumping out to a 7-1 lead in the second period before winning by pin in 2 minutes, 31 seconds. The pin tied the dual,
and Verona won seven of its next eight matches in a 57-24 win over Orfordville Parkview. “It was definitely exciting and is a good feeling,” Stauffer said. “From the beginning part of the year, I think this will carry on a little bit. If we keep on winning, I think it will boost our spirits more.” Stauffer wrestled up a weight class, joining five other Wildcats, who had a match that didn’t end in a forfeit, and he took control from the start with a takedown. But a takedown at the buzzer of period one shifted momentum to Stauffer. He quickly scored a takedown and soon got the pin using a half nelson when he saw an opening. Sophomore Austin Powers
might have had the most dramafilled match of the night at 132 pounds. Powers was tied at six in the third period, when he was able to score a takedown with about 40 seconds left. Powers went on to win the match 8-7 to close out the Wildcats’ night. “I was tired, so I thought to myself, damn, I have to work twice as hard,” Powers said. “That was pretty much all that was going through my head, that I had to push through right now and make it work. I was either going to get beat by quitting or by dying.” Powers was trailing 4-2 Photo by Anthony Iozzo heading into the third before a Sophomore Garrison Stauffer (182 pounds) scores a takedown Thursday, Dec. 5,
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against Orfordville Parkview at Verona Area High School. Stauffer won by pin in 2
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Metro Lynx fall to Cap City Cougars
Lizzy Conybear and Emma Vincent’s goals late in the second period goal knotted the score, but the Middleton Metro Lynx were unable to pull out a win for the first time this season on Friday. Trailing 2-0 through a period and a half of hockey, Conybear and Vincent pulled the Metro Lynx (4-2 overall, 1-1 conference) even with even-strength goals just under three-anda-half minutes apart. Payton Herwig scored two goals, including the game-winner four minutes into the third period, for the defending Badger Conference champion Cap City Cougars, who prevailed 4-2 inside Madison Ice Arena. Alexis Peterson added a goal and assist for Sun Prairie (4-3, 2-0), while
Annika Johnson chipped in a goal. Metro Lynx goaltender Hunter Kurbel stopped 19 of 23 shots on goal in the loss. Sarah Fuerstenberg turned in 31 saves for the Cap City Cougars.
CW Storm 3, Lynx 0
The seventh-ranked Metro Lynx dropped backto-back games on Saturday falling 3-0 against the nonconference Central Wisconsin Storm inside Madison Ice Arena. Savannah Felch scored twice for the Storm, while Katelyn Schilling added the other goal. Kurbel stopped 27 shots on goal in the loss, while Lisa Fowle turned aside 10 shots for the Storm. The Metro Lynx host fifth-ranked Bay Area (3-1, 1-0) at 6 p.m. Saturday.
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Senior forward Harry Seid is piled on by teammates following his overtime goal Saturday against Madison West. Seid’s goal helped the Wildcats remain undefeated, giving them a 2-1 victory over the Regents.
Hockey: Offense goes off on Madison East/La Follette
Continued from page 11 dragged the puck past a West defenseman and buried a sharp-angle shot from the left face-off circle to help the Wildcats remain undefeated early in the season. “Coming around the edge, Cutting was looking backdoor and kind of cheating that way,” Seid said. “I actually shot for a rebound, but I caught him off-guard, I guess, and it slipped right underneath.” Verona (4-0-0 overall, 3-0-0 conference) sophomore goaltender Alex Jones kept the Wildcats afloat despite his team’s offensive struggles. Jones got the better of a game featuring two of the area’s top goalies, turning aside 23 of 24 shots on net. “Alex is a huge part of our team,” Seid said.
Slow start hurts in close loss
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The Verona Area High School boys basketball team spotted host Sun Prairie a 10-point lead Friday after one quarter, and it ended up being a big difference in a 51-47 loss. The Cardinals (1-3 overall, 1-1 conference) still led by 10 after three quarters, and despite a 20-14 advantage for the Wildcats (2-2, 1-2) in the fourth, the deficit was too much to overcome.
It also didn’t help that Sun Prairie senior Nick Noskowiak scored 27 points. Malik Robinson added 12. Sophomore guard Cole Schmitz and junior guard Will Kellerman led Verona with 16 and 15 points, respectively. Senior John Tackett added six. Verona hosts Janesville Craig (2-1, 4-1) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and it travels to Madison La Follette (3-0, 4-0) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Freshman forward Jack Anderson scored his second varsity goal in as many nights Saturday to force overtime against Madison West.
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“He’s had some really how to play well in presgood experience at state sure situations. last year and he knows “West had that goal off a tip. There was really nothing we could have done about it, but we knew Alex would be strong in net.” Cutting saw 50 shots in the contest, stopping 48 for West. “It was huge for us to get this win,” Seid said. “We haven’t really been tested too much yet this year. We had to find the energy to get the win tonight.” Madison West (3-1-0, 1-1-0) saw junior forward Max Lentz gave the Regents a 1-0 advantage on the power play less than two minutes into the first period after Liam Schmitt was called for boarding. West retained the lead up until just over six-anda-half minutes into the third period when freshman Jack Anderson drew the Wildcats even midway through the second period with an even-strength goal assisted by Charlie Parker. “I told the guys during our pregame speech, Valid only at Culver’s of Verona ‘Tonight was going to be about character,’” Mar430 E.Verona Ave. shall said. “I don’t know if 608-845-2010 • culvers.com I jinxed us, but I told them there was going to be some adversity we were going to have to battle through. “Jack stepped in to give us a huge goal in the
second period. That was a huge momentum shift for our team.” The Wildcats travel to Sun Prairie (2-2-0, 2-1-0) at 7 p.m. Thursday where they will be looking to go to 4-0 in conference this season. Verona continues its conference season Saturday against Madison Memorial (1-3-0, 0-2-0) and Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Beloit (2-4-0, 1-2-0).
Verona 14, Lakers 0
The Wildcats saw 13 different players score goals in a 14-0 shellacking of the Madison East/ La Follette co-op (0-3-0) on Friday. Garrett Swanson scored twice and added an assist, while Grant Smith, Liam Schmitt, Charlie Parker, Brodie Roehrig, Brogan Baker, Harry Seid, Garrett Seymour, Pat Stevens, Philippe Fromberger, Zach Miller, Josh Novotny and Anderson all added on goals. Pat Stevens, Smith, Baker, Roehrig and Seid each added two assists. Verona outshot the Lakers 29-3, including 18 shots on goal in the second period alone. Nathan Cleghorn and Jones split the game in net. Cleghorn stopped two shots on goal, while Jones stopped the only shot he faced. Connor Wallom had 15 saves for the Lakers.
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Sundby named to All-WIAC team
Verona Area High School defenseman Kyle Sundby, who was named Six UW-Whitewater men’s soccer to the second team. players were named to the 2013 AllSundby anchored a UW-W defense Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic that recorded eight shutouts and gave Conference team, including former up just 20 goals. He also scored three goals and notched two assists. Two of his three goals were game winners and he scored 50 percent of the time he shot on goal.
Girls BB: Wildcats shut down La Follette and Sun Prairie
Continued from page 11 winning basket went in. “The feeling is terrific. It is just a W,” she said. “Who doesn’t like to win? Winning is fun.” There were many other big shots for Verona in the fourth, especially since Janesville Craig was in the double bonus already since two minutes were left in the third quarter. The Cougars had a onepoint lead when freshman forward Alex Luehring went off. Luehring, who led the Wildcats with 16 points, knocked in one 3-pointer and then, after two free throws by Janesville senior Ali Calkins, drained another to give Verona a 41-39 lead. Sophomore forward Kira Opsal later hit a bucket to give Verona a brief lead, but the Cougars came back once again. This time, however, it was LaCroix nailing a 3-pointer to put Verona back up by one. Then it was all junior forward Lexy Richardson, who finished with 12 points. Richardson scored six of Verona’s final eight points, including two free throws and a jumper from the free-throw line, both keeping the game tied. “It was just a good battle against a good basketball team,” Murphy said. Janesville continued to keep the game close until it finally grabbed a little bit of control in the third. After a Richardson bucket put the Wildcats up three, Janesville junior forward Aleyha Slatter scored on a putback and junior Alison Hughes followed with a 3-pointer to put the Cougars up 28-26. Verona found itself in trouble as Hughes made it 30-26 after two free
McGilvray leads Cats to fourth at Nicolet Invite
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Junior Lexy Richardson (right) and freshman Alex Luehring (left) battle for a loose ball against Janesville Craig.
throws, and Slatter went to the line for a 1-and-1. Slatter missed the front end, however, and sophomore Grace Mueller and Richardson scored backto-back 2-pointers to tie the game at 30. Luehring later knocked in one of her four 3-pointers and added a 2-pointer to put Verona up 35-31. The Cougars ended the quarter on a 6-0 run, though, with four free throws by Calkins and two more by Slatter. “We knew we had to make better passes,” Campbell said. “We had to communicate better, and we had to play the game we know how to play.” Verona held a 3-point lead after the first and second quarters. Opsal scored five of her nine points in the first, and she capped the second with a basket to keep a feisty Cougars’ squad at bay. Verona hosts Madison
Memorial (1-1, 1-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and has a week off until the next game. “From the tipoff to the end of the game, we know that we are a team,” Campbell said. “We play together, and not one person is the star. That just builds our confidence all together.” Verona travels to Middleton (3-1, 3-0) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, and it hosts Janesville Parker (1-1, 1-2) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.
added nine each. Luehring chipped in seven.
Verona 37, Madison La Follette 24
Verona traveled to Madison La Follette Tuesday and knocked off one of the pre-season Big Eight favorites 37-24. The defense once again stepped up allowing five points in the first half and seven field goals total. Verona has allowed 174 points in five games so far (34.8 per game). Mueller scored 12 points to lead the Wildcats. Richardson added eight. La Croix and Campbell each chipped in five. La Follette (2-3, 2-1) was led by senior guard Amelia Grahn’s 13 points. Sophomore guard Anna Lamb chipped in six. Grahn came in averaging 16 points a game, while five other Lancers, including Lamb, were averaging at least five points a game.
Verona 52, Sun Pra. 33
The visiting Wildcats held Sun Prairie (1-2, 1-2) without a basket for most of the second half Thursday in a 52-33 conference win. Verona had a 23-20 lead at halftime before winning the third 10-1 to take control. Mueller led the Wildcats with 10 points, while Richardson and LaCroix
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Seniors Kade McGilvray and Erik Wickstrom swam to a pair of individual victories and helped the Verona/Mount Horeb boys swimming team win a pair of relays Friday as the Wildcats rolled to a 10367 victory over Janesville Craig in the Big Eight Conference opener. After opening the meet by helping teammates Glen Hook and Jacob Wellnitz to a meet-best time of 1 minute, 57.49 seconds in the 200 medley relay, McGilvray went on to individual wins in the 50 free (25.11) and later added the 100 free (56.15). Wickstrom took the 100 butterfly (1:04.69) and 100 breaststroke (1:19.34). “Erik and Kade are our only two returning sState qualifiers,” Wildcats head coach Bill Wuerger said. “We’ll be counting on them all year long. “They know they can’t do it by themselves, so they’ve been encouraging the younger guys to step up.” Verona/Mount Horeb’s 200 free relay of junior Jimmy Conway, sophomore Bryce Angaran, McGilvray and Wickstrom swam to a meetbest 1:46.69. The Wildcats won every event but the 200 free and 100 backstroke Friday. Angaran went on to lead a 1-2 finish in the 400 free with a 4:55.95, while Wellnitz added the 200 IM with a time of 2:28.55. Wellnitz, juniors Glen Hook and Conway and Angaran capped the meet by taking the 400 free relay in 4:06.26. The Wildcats junior varsity team also won 119-40. Verona travels to Sun Prairie for a 5:30 p.m. triangular on Friday against Madison West. V/MH heads to the Fort
McGilvray won the 50 freestyle and 50-yard butterfly Saturday at the Nicolet Invitational en route to helping the Wildcats finish fourth overall as a team with 227 points. Big Eight Conference rival Middleton (386) dominated the meet, while Cedarburg (252) and Shorewood (236) rounded out the top three. McGilvray secured the 50 free in 22.52 seconds and added the 50 butterfly in :24.61. Verona/Mount Horeb’s Conway, Angaran, Wickstrom, Hook, McGilvray, McMillan, Wellnitz and Wightman won the 200 free relay in 1:31.10. The Wildcats’ 400 medley relay of Adam Francis, Grant Wightman and Will McMillan, Angaran, Hook, McGilvray, Wickstrom and Wellnitz opened the meet with a thirdplace finish in 3:35.35. Wickstrom also finished third overall as part of the 100yard individual medley with a time of 59 seconds. Wickstrom added a fourth-place finish in the 200 IM (2:07.46). Angaran finished fifth in the 50 backstroke in :26.91. “Bryce is much stronger than he was a year ago,” Wuerger said. “He has been a pleasant surprise.” Junior Kyle Wolmutt, Verona’s first diver in three years, finished sixth overall with a score of 261.5. Wellnitz added a seventhplace finish in the 200 free (1:55.18). Wellnitz also earned a ninth-place finish in the 100 free (52.52). V/MH 500 free relay (Bailey Christensen, Zeke Sebastian, Donald Ditzenberger, Bryce Hoppe, Conway, Francis, Kittleson, Wellnitz, McMillan and Wightman) took ninth place in 4:29.99.
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Wrestling: Verona takes sixth out of 15 teams at the Watertown Earlybird Scramble
Continued from page 11 takedown. He let his opponent get up for an escape, but he quickly scored another takedown before letting him escape again. All the other wins for Verona were either by forfeits or by pin. Junior Dakin Coons won at 195 pounds with a pin in 23 seconds, while senior Logan Postweiler won at 220 pounds with a pin in 41 seconds. Junior Eric Schmid picked up a pin in 45 seconds at 152 pounds to start the scoring for Verona. Freshman Brandon Daniels scored his first career varsity high school win with a pin in 49 seconds, and sophomore Matt Waller got a pin in 3:31 at 120 pounds. Verona sophomores Matt Maier (113), Dominic Sabbarese (152) and Trayvonn Johnson (heavyweight) all won by forfeit. But there is definitely work to be done, Ott said. In the first dual of the season and among a few young wrestlers, there were a few hiccups, with junior Jackson Bryant (170), sophomore Egill Hegge (138), sophomore Tyler Udelhoven (126) and freshman Antonio Hernandez all falling by pin. “We had a few freshmen and sophomores in the lineup that haven’t been on varsity before, and I think they were taken back by the moment,” Ott said. “It is definitely something we need to work on to not give up pins, but a couple of the guys went out there and did the best they could and we are happy with that.” Verona continues the season at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Wisconsin Dells Duals Classic at Chula Vista Resort. It hosts Madison La Follette in a Big Eight dual at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec.
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Sophomore Austin Powers retains control at 132 pounds Thursday, Dec. 5, against Orfordville Parkview at Verona Area High School. Powers won the match 8-7.
19. The Bi-States tournament at the La Crosse Civic Center is the final meet before the new year Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27-28.
The Wildcats traveled to Watertown on Saturday for the Earlybird Scramble where they took sixth out of 15 teams with 316 points. Schmid took first at 145 pounds to lead Verona. He was 5-0 and defeated Joe
Ziolkowski (DC Everest) in the title match. Johnson (heavyweight) and Daniels (106 pounds) both finished second in their brackets. Johnson was 4-1 with four pins, but he fell 6-0 to Sawyer McCaffrey (Warren) in the first-place match. Daniels was also 4-1 but fell to George Somerville (Badger) in his final match. Coons and Waller (120) both took third place. Coons was 3-2 and defeated Sam Schuette
(Ozaukee) 9-0 for a major decision in his final match. Waller was 4-1 and pinned Jake Wagner (Ozaukee) in 2:28 in the third-place match. Stauffer (170) was 3-2 to take fifth place. He defeated Mark Hallett (Beloit) 4-1 in the fifth-place match. Powers (120) also won a place match. He took seventh with a pin over David Schaaf (Mineral Point) in 4:18. DC Everest took first
with 418 points, while Lake Geneva Badger (408) and Ozaukee (391) took second and third, respectively.
Sun Pra. 45, Verona 30
Verona traveled to Sun Prairie Tuesday to open the Big Eight Conference dual season and lost 45-30. The Wildcats were 5-9 on the night and allowed five pins. There was also a forfeit that helped Sun Prairie close out the night. Senior Scott Rohlfing
returned from an injury at 195 pounds and pinned Sam Presser in 1:55. Johnson also picked up a win at heavyweight. He pinned Sam Wagner in 21 seconds. Daniels (106) and Waller (120) also picked up pins. Daniels defeated Justin Hodges in 1:10, while Waller got the fall over Kody Sutton in 2:45. Schmid (145) picked up the final win of the night with a pin over Jake Graeve in 35 seconds.
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Verona/Edgewood gymnasts look to vault past Middleton this season
a year ago for the Verona/ Madison Edgewood gymnastics team last season. Lexi Alt vaulted to fifth Now a sophomore, Alt will place as a varsity all-around be looking to finish even better this season. Coached by co-head coaches Jessica Kohlhoff and Rachael Hauser, the underclassmen finished second overall on the vault with a 9.65. Alt added a third-place finish on the balance beam, scoring a 9.483 She also finished 10th on the uneven bars and floor at individual state to take fifth as an all-around with a combined score of 37.333. With three of the four girls who finished ahead of her last season back, including state all-around champion junior Bailey Fitzpatrick of Burlington/Badger/Catholic Central/Wilmot, moving up the ranks will be no small task this season for Alt. As a team, the Wildcat/ Crusaders have finished eighth twice and ninth once out of the state’s top 10 at team state the past three seasons.
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Returning letterwinners for the Verona/Madison Edgewood gymnastics team (from left) are: Mandy Michuda, Hannah Semmann, Rachel Samz, Tatum Teskey and Lexi Alt.
Both Kohloff and Hauser would like to see that finish improve this season. Along that goal, senior captains Rachel Samz and Tatum Teskey will need to step up even more this year. Samz returns from an ankle injury last season. She competed on varsity bars, beam and vault a year ago. Teskey also sustained an ankle injury and may start out this season with a
watered down skills. Junior Hannah Semmann and sophomore Mandy Michuda are back as varsity all-around competitors. Semmann, who suffered a knee injury, is out to start the season and will be looking to return by mid-season. The Wildcat/Crusaders graduated Bailey Kundiger, Claire Afable, Amber Nickols and Jordan Bartholf. “We graduated the
majority of our varsity team, so it will be a rebuilding year for us,” Hauser said. “We have high hopes for a couple newcomers on floor and vault, but we will struggle significantly on bars.” Those newcomers are former Gymfinity trampoline and tumbling team members Kirsten Queoff, a sophomore, and junior Sammy Seymour. As for the Big Eight Conference, Middleton should be strong, as always, Hauser said. But with standout Aryn Skibba possibly out with an injury to start the season, things could get interesting. “I’ve also heard some very positive things about Sun Prairie’s returners Abby Millard and Katyalex Shoenike,” Hauser said. Verona/Edgewood opens the season 10 a.m. Saturday at the Waterford Invitational. The Wildcat/Crusaders jump right into the conference season from there at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, against defending champion Middleton.
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Council: Traditional Neighborhood Design-style lots would be as small as 4,000 sq. feet
Continued from page 1 well with both the Plan Commission last week and the Common Council and Public Works committee Monday night. “I very much support this kind of development,” Ald. Heather Reekie (Dist. 4), a Hawthorne Hills resident, said Monday. “I think we need more of this kind of housing stock, especially in my neighborhood.” That neighborhood, on the southeast side of the city, has mostly been filled since its approval in 2004, but the market has dried up for the remaining piece, Hometown Grove, which was planned for 94 townhouses. An attempt to decrease the number of townhouses and add apartments four years ago – partly because it had only a single entry and exit road – got a weak reception from the council, and it has been empty since. This month, developer Chuck Buell, who has been involved in various capacities in the neighborhood’s plan from the beginning, presented a plan for 37 single-family homes and four townhouses on essentially that same 7-acre parcel. He compared the style of about half the lots to Traditional Neighborhood Design, which is a key component of the New Urbanism that is commonly associated with the older parts of Madison’s East Side. TND developments usually have schools, shops and parks centrally located within a development of small, snug residential lots linked by alleys. Buell’s formal description of the subdivision further added that it’s “in the format of small, early 20th-century villages” and “de-emphasizes the automobile” by moving garages to the rear and encouraging neighbor interaction from the front porches. It would have strict architectural requirements and a homeowner’s association that would share costs for items such as plowing alleys, maintenance of the park and utility costs for the custom “old-fashioned” streetlights. Verona has embraced elements of New Urbanism before, with the stagnant
‘I think we need more of this kind of housing stock, especially in my neighborhood.’
Ald. Heather Reekie
West End development along West Verona Avenue originally designed to have apartments and condominiums surrounding common spaces and small shops (though still ultimately automobile-centric, with large retail stores). But small lots like these had previously only been allowed with multifamily units, like townhouses and condominiums. The homes would be close to the street and closer to neighboring houses on lots as small as 4,000 square feet. All of those elements would require exemptions from zoning rules, and the overall result would require other departures from standard city development, including alleys, thinner-than-usual streets and possibly smaller terraces. Plan Commission member Jeff Horsfall did not like the idea of allowing such small lot sizes, and Ald. Mac McGilvray (D-1) expressed some concern about setting such precedents with exemptions, rather than changing the zoning code. But he still expressed support for the idea, and most other alders and commissioners did, too. Most concerns centered on the particular development, which McGilvray noted has been a difficult problem to solve because of its poor access and tight, angular spaces inside what amounts to a corner inside the U.S. 18-151 bypass. It’s such an odd spot, Buell and his partners at Apex Property Management would move an existing, occupied four-unit townhouse across a street in order to clear some breathing room for the roads and houses inside. That curiosity wasn’t
The Hometown Grove development would fill some of the last remaining spaces in Hawthorne Hills on seven of these 11 acres, which were previously planned for townhouses and apartments. However, its limited Kimball Lane access and its small size and angular shapes have made developing it difficult.
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really discussed Monday in light of the other concerns, which even at the council level mostly centered on the details of roadways and setbacks and the difficulty of ensuring adequate room for fire trucks and snow plows. “This is exactly the conversation that always stalled the topic in the past,” McGilvray said, calling to mind a 2009 council-level discussion over a development in the same spot that would have had standard-width roads but only one entry and exit. “I don’t think the questions have easy answers.” Even if the developer dropped two or three lots and one of the two initially proposed alleys – as they had already begun looking into last week because
of feedback from the Plan Commission – the streets would still be thinner than the city’s standard 36 feet and allow for less rightof-way than the standard 66 feet. That would mean either forcing the roads to be private, which police chief Bernie Coughlin objected to, or requiring that parking be allowed on only one side of the street. And in either case, it could complicate plowing during heavy snowfall by shortening the terraces. And though the lots would be open to any builder, Ald. Brad Stiner (D-3) worried they would all have small garages that would cause residents to use lots of on-street parking, as he has often seen in the “affordable housing” in his district on Enterprise
Drive. Asked what the homes would cost, Buell said they likely would be around $225,000 to $240,000, and he qualified his characterization of them as “starter homes” by saying the cost of building even basic homes has gone up drastically in the area. That’s still significantly less than the duplexes that abut the development to the southwest sold for and only slightly more expensive than the townhouses were expected to cost six years ago. “The cost of doing business in Verona is high,” he said. The three bodies left plenty of problems for the developer to work out with city staff but clearly gave the impression they would
be open to the small lots and the many exemptions needed if practical solutions were worked out. City engineer Bob Gundlach noted that he normally advocates sticking with standard city policy on roadways but considers this situation “a special area.” Apex Building Repair president Steve Sundstrom said “our wheels are turning” about the many suggestions and concerns and pledged cooperation. But whether they can address all the details remains to be seen. “In general, I’m supportive of this project; I like the design, I like what you’re trying to do,” said Ald. Luke Diaz (D-3). “I appreciate you guys taking on the challenge.”
Cell phone tower
Without discussion, the Common Council approved a permit for a 96-foot-tall communication tower for a cellular telephone antenna at Community Park that will take the place of an existing 80-foot light pole. The antenna is one of two planned by U.S. Cellular, which has been looking to replace the signals at its current prime location atop the water tower at Badger Prairie County Park, something that will be dismantled soon. The second antenna will go atop the north zone water tower behind Country View Elementary School. The council had previously approved a lease agreement for the tower and the accompanying utility buildings, and the previous week, the Plan Commission approved the site plan for the building with minimal discussion. The towers have been discussed several times over the past year, however, including causing the first plan -- for a 140-foot-tall pole -- to be scrapped.
The city tightened up some ordinances to invalidate plans by a developer delinquent on fees, taxes or other payments to the city. The ordinances, modeled after Sun Prairie’s, provide for an appeal process. – Jim Ferolie
December 12, 2013
The Verona Press
ORDINANCE NO. 13-837 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 376 OF CHAPTER 1 OF TITLE 13, REGARDING PAYMENT OF FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF VERONA CITY OF VERONA MINUTES COMMON COUNCIL November 25, 2013 Verona City Hall
to make a voluntary contribution to the library and that these funds generated are earmarked for only library purposes. Mayor Hochkammer ruled that the Motion is not germane to the main motion as it exceeds the intent of the original motion. Motion by Reekie to amend the motion for the amendment to include funding for one full year library part time staff at a cost of $25,175 with a savings of $25,175 for not funding a second position. The motion received no second and the motion failed. A roll call vote on the original motion to amend the main motion and add $50,350 to the library budget to fund two library positions was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’: Bare, Diaz, Doyle and Yurs. Voting ‘no’: Manley, McGilvray, Reekie, and Stiner. The vote was a tie vote 4/4. Mayor Hochkammer broke the tie by voting ‘no’. Motion failed 5/4. Amendment 5: Fund a Police Lieutenant position in place of the police officer position and to utilize savings from the progression analysis from the anticipated promotion of a Sergeant to the Lieutenant position and Senior Patrol Officer to Sergeant, then hiring a new officer. The combined savings from the internal promotion and delay in hiring until the end of the first quarter results in a cost savings of $27,038 with no levy impact. Motion by Bare, seconded by Yurs, to amend the main motion to include this amendment in the 2014 City Budget. A roll call vote was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’: Bare, Diaz, Doyle, Manley, McGilvray, Reekie, Stiner, and Yurs. There were no members voting ‘no’. Motion carried 8/0. Amendment 6: Reduce various department budgets to reflect savings in copying and printing costs for a total reduction of $2,500 which would reduce the levy by $2,500. Motion by Bare, seconded by Diaz, to amend the main motion to include this amendment in the 2014 City Budget. A roll call vote was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’: Bare, Diaz, Doyle, Manley, McGilvray, Reekie, Stiner, and Yurs. There were no members voting ‘no’. Motion carried 8/0. Amendment 7: Delay the hiring of Public Works Equipment Operator until the 4th Quarter of 2014. Ald. Bare withdrew this amendment. Amendment 8: Remove $12,500 from the property tax levy support for the Verona Area School District tennis court improvements. Motion by Bare, seconded by Reekie, to amend the main motion to include this amendment in the 2014 City Budget. A roll call vote was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’: Bare and Manley. Voting ‘no’: Diaz, Doyle, McGilvray, Reekie, Stiner, and Yurs. Motion failed 6/2. Amendment 9: Remove funding for the Public Works Operator position. Ald. Diaz withdrew this amendment. Amendment 10: Add $4,224 to the Public Works budget for bicycle lane striping. This amendment has previously been withdrawn by Ald. Bare in conjunction with Amendment 1. Amendment 11: Remove $5,000 from the Planning budget for consultant services related to the North Neighborhood Plan. This would result in a $5,000 expenditure and levy reduction. Motion by Diaz, to amend the main motion to include this amendment in the 2014 City Budget. The Motion was not seconded, therefore the Motion fails. Amendment 12: Increase funding for the Senior Center for the administrative support position to increase the hours from 520 to 1,000 hours per year. This has a cost impact of $6,459.00 and a levy impact of $6,459.00. Motion by Diaz, seconded by Yurs to amend the main Motion to include this amendment in the 2014 City Budget. Ald. Diaz and Ald. Yurs expressed support for this Motion. Ald. McGilvray, requested to receive the amount the budget is at currently, including the approved amendments up to this point. Finance Director, Cindy Engelke, provided the levy increase including the amendments up to this point and the net effect of health and dental insurance open enrollment increases stating that currently there is a $22,409 increase in the levy which is an equalized mill rate increase of 3.2%. A roll call vote was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’: Bare, Diaz, Doyle, McGilvray, Reekie, Stiner, and Yurs. Voting ‘no’: Ald. Manley. Motion carried 7/1. Amendment 13: Add $4,800 to the Senior Center budget to allow for transportation for special events which would have a $4,800 levy impact. Motion by Diaz, seconded by Bare, to amend the main motion to include this amendment in the 2014 City Budget. A roll call vote was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’: Bare, Diaz, Doyle, and Yurs. Voting ‘no’: Manley, McGilvray, Reekie, and Stiner. This resulted in tie vote of 4/4 with Mayor Hochkammer breaking the tie and voting ‘no’. Motion failed 5/4. Amendment 14: Remove $15,000 carryover of 2013 funds for the fire and EMS consolidation study. This is the same carryover that was discussed previously with Amendment 3 however this amendment does not specify a use for the funds. Motion by Diaz, seconded by Bare, to amend the main motion to include this amendment in the 2014 City Budget. A roll call vote was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’: Bare, Diaz, Doyle, Manley, and Yurs. Voting ‘no’: McGilvray and Stiner. Ald. Reekie abstained from this vote. Motion carried 5/2 with Ald. Reekie abstaining. Amendment 15: Remove funding for the replacement of cameras at the City Hall and Police facility. Ald. Diaz withdrew the amendment as he had further conversations with the Police Chief regarding the cameras. Amendment 16: Fund Police Lieutenant in place of Police Officer. Utilize savings from the progression analysis and delayed hiring. This is a duplicate amendment of Amendment 5 and it was addressed previously. Amendment 17: Reduce nonpersonnel expenditures to reduce the City levy by $41,278.00 to achieve an equalized mill rate of 2.5%. Staff has a prepared a list of suggested reductions to the budget to accomplish this. The reductions include: a likely extension of the Income Continuation Insurance premium holiday into 2014, increasing revenue for Title company search fees, reducing the fuel budget for the Police Department, removing funds for the second recruitment process for the Police Department, reducing the fuel budget for the Public Works Department, reducing the utility budget projection in Public Works, reducing the Public Works street lighting projection, anticipating staff turnover at the library, and reducing the operating line item portion of the library budget. Ald. Manley asked that action on this item be delayed until all other amendments are presented. Members of the Council agreed and no action was taken on this item at this time. Amendment 18: Increase municipal court fees from, $28 in the recommended budget to $38. This is anticipated to generate an additional $7,000 in revenue which would reduce the levy by $7,000. Motion by Manley, seconded by McGilvray, to amend the main motion and add this amendment to the 2014 City Budget. A roll call vote was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’: Bare, Diaz, Doyle, Manley, McGilvray, Reekie, Stiner, and Yurs. There were no members voting ‘no’. Motion carried 8/0. Amendment 19: Add $20,000 to the Fire Department budget to increase evening staff coverage. This would have a levy impact of $16,594. Ald. Manley chose to withdraw this amendment. Amendment 20: Fund Police Lieutenant in place of Police Officer. Utilize savings from the progression analysis and delayed hiring. This is a duplicate amendment of Amendment 5 and was previously addressed. Amendment 21: Add 1 half time library assistant position in the amount of $25,175 with a levy impact of $25,175. Motion by Reekie, seconded by Bare, to amend the main motion to include this amendment in the 2014 City Budget. A roll call vote was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’: Bare, Diaz, Doyle, Reekie, and Yurs. Voting ‘no’: Manley, McGilvray, and Stiner. Motion carried: 5/3. Amendment 22: Add $4,224 to the Public Works budget for bicycle lane striping. Ald. Reekie withdrew this amendment. Amendment 23: Move $70,000 for Cathedral Point park phase 1 development from 2015 to 2014. Reduce Westridge park from $25,000 to $5,000. This is a duplicate amendment of Amendment 2 which has already been addressed. Amendment 24: Fund Police Lieutenant in place of Police Officer. Utilize savings from the progression analysis and delayed hiring. This is a duplicate amendment of Amendment 5 that was previously approved. Amendment 25: Include the net effect of open enrollment adjustments for health and dental insurance. This would have a levy impact of $18,450. Motion by Bare, seconded by Doyle, to amend the main motion to include this amendment in the 2014 City Budget. A roll call vote was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’: Bare, Diaz, Doyle, Manley, McGilvray, Reekie, Stiner, and Yurs. There were no members voting ‘no’. Motion carried 8/0. Amendment 26: Increase Senior Center Revenue and Expenditures to adjust for an increase in the nutrition program cost from Dane County. This would increase expenditures by $8,000 and increase revenue by $8,000 for the Senior Center budget and have no levy impact. Motion by Bare, seconded Diaz, to amend the main motion to include this amendment in the 2014 City Budget. A roll call vote was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’: Bare, Diaz, Doyle, Manley, McGilvray, Reekie, Stiner, and Yurs. There were no members voting ‘no’. Motion carried 8/0. Amendment 27: Have the city create a dedicated fund to receive library donations and direct staff to provide an insert in the property tax bills giving taxpayers an opportunity to make a contribution to the library. Motion by Manley, seconded by Bare, to amend the main motion to include this amendment in the 2014 City Budget. Motion by Diaz to refer this amendment to the appropriate City Committee for future discussion. There was no second for the motion, therefore the motion fails. Ald. Manley amended the motion to include that the insert goes into the next feasible City mailing in the chance that it is not the property tax bills. Ald. Bare accepts this amendment to Ald. Manley’s original motion to amend the main motion. Motion by Bare to amend the current motion on the table, that this fund has the contingency to not put any current library funding at risk, seconded by Diaz. Motion by Diaz to refer the suggestion of this fund to City staff and the Library Board for review so it can be taken forth at a future meeting seconded by Yurs. Ald. Diaz requests to withdraw his amendment to the motion to refer the item to City staff and the Library Board for review, Ald. Yurs accepts and there were no objections to withdraw this motion. Ald. Bare requests to withdraw his amendment to the original Motion for Amendment 27 placing a contingency on Ald. Manley’s motion, Ald. Diaz accepts and there were no objections to withdraw this motion. Ald. Manley withdraws his motion to amend the main motion with Budget Amendment 27, Ald. Bare accepts and the motion is withdrawn with no objections. Amendment 17: (Revisited) Reduce expenditures to achieve an equalized mill rate of 2.5%. Ald. Manley asked Ms. Engelke to provide where the equalized mill rate currently stands with the amendments approved thus far. Ms. Engelke stated that currently we are at a 3.5% increase requiring an $80,175 reduction to get down to the proposed 2.5%. Motion by Manley to amend the budget to reduce spending by $80,175 in order to be at a 2.5% equalized mill rate, seconded by Stiner. Motion by Diaz to offer a substitute amendment to reflect the original amendment of reducing the budget by $41,278 to decrease the levy by .5% to reflect a total increase of 3.0%, seconded by Bare. At this time a 10 minute recess was taken. The Council reconvened and following the recess and Administrator Burns provided an update on the status of the budget. At this point we are at a levy increase of $40,584 from the recommended budget. The amendment as amended that is currently on the table would result in a levy decrease from the recommended budget of $694. This would have an equalized mill rate impact of 3.0% and for an average single family home with an assessment decrease from $282,700 to $272,000, the projected City tax increase is $17.26 or 0.9% compared to the prior year. A roll call vote was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’: Bare, Diaz, Doyle, Reekie, and Yurs. Voting ‘no’: Manley, McGilvray, and Stiner. Motion carried 5/3. Ald. Manley made a Motion to make the necessary reductions in spending to decrease the equalized mill rate to 2.5%, seconded by Stiner. Mr. Manley stressed that his original amendment reducing expenditures intended to achieve a 2.5% equalized mill rate. A roll call vote was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’: Manley, McGilvray, and Stiner. Voting ‘no’: Bare, Diaz, Doyle, and Yurs. Ald. Reekie abstained from this Motion. Motion fails 4 /3 with Ald. Reekie abstaining. Motion to approve Resolution R-13052 to approve the 2014 City Budget as amended. A roll call vote was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’: Bare, Diaz, Doyle, Reekie, and Yurs. Voting ‘no’: Manley, McGilvray, and Stiner. Motion carried 5/3. A five minute recess was taken at this time. (4) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution R-13-053 Approving the Levy of Property Taxes for City Purposes in the amount of $8,504,155. Motion by McGilvray, seconded by Yurs to approve Resolution R-13-053. A roll call vote was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’: Bare, Diaz, Doyle, Reekie and Yurs. Voting ‘no’: Manley, McGilvray, and Stiner. Motion carried 5/3. (5) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Acceptance of the TIF 5 Audit Report. Motion by McGilvray, seconded by Diaz to accept the TIF 5 Audit Report. This is the final audit completed after action was taken earlier this year to dissolve TIF 5. Motion carried 8/0. (6) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Approving a Professional Services Agreement with Tri-North Builders for Construction Management Services for a New Fire & EMS Facility. Motion by McGilvray, seconded by Manley to approve the Professional Services Agreement with Tri-North Builders. Motion carried 8/0. B. Public Safety & Welfare Committee (1) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution R-13-054 Approving an Intergovernmental Agreement for the Operation of an Impaired Driving Task Force. Motion by Manley, seconded by Bare to approve Resolution R-13-054. Motion carried 8/0. 10. New Business (1) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Approval of Operator Licenses from Sarah Carr, Amanda Haug, & Kyle Meinke at Kwik Trip on E Verona Ave; and Vanessa LeBert at Wisconsin Brewing Company. Motion by Bare, seconded by Yurs to approve the licenses. Motion Carried 8/0. 11. Announcements 12. Adjournment Motion by Diaz, seconded by Manley to adjourn the meeting at 11:36 p.m. Motion carried 8/0. Kami Scofield, Clerk Published: December 12, 2013 WNAXLP ***
The Common Council of the City of Verona, Dane County, Wisconsin, do ordain that the Code of Ordinances, City of Verona, Wisconsin is amended as follows: 1. Section 13-1-376 is repealed and recreated to read as follows: Sec. 13-1-376 Fees; Payment of Financial Obligations. (a) Fees for Procedures Requested by a Private Party. For procedure fees requested by a private party refer to the City of Verona Fee Policy. (b) Fees for Procedures Requested by the City of Verona. There shall be no fee in the case of applications filed in the public interest by the Common Council or the Plan Commission, other agency, or official of the City of Verona. (c) Payment of Fees. Fees shall be payable at the time applications are filed with the appropriate officer of the City (per the requirements of this Chapter), and are not refundable. (d) Professional Consultant Review Services. The City may retain the services of professional consultants (including planners, engineers, architects, attorneys, environmental specialists, recreation specialists, and other experts) to assist in the City’s review of a proposal coming before the Plan Commission. The City may apply the charges for these services to the Petitioner and may apply per diem charges for City officials. The City may delay acceptance of the application or petition as complete, or may delay final approval of the proposal, until such fees are paid by the Petitioner. The submittal of a development proposal application or petition by a Petitioner shall be construed as an agreement to pay for such professional review services applicable to the proposal. Review fees which are applied to a Petitioner, but which are not paid, may be assigned by the City as a special charge or a special assessment to the subject property. (e) Applications Deemed Incomplete. Any application for a zoning map amendment, amendment of the zoning regulations, precise implementation plan approval, variance, site plan approval, conditional use permit, special use permit, and/or other zoning approval from a person, firm or corporation having unpaid and overdue property taxes, special assessments, sanitary sewer hookup fees, park fees, impact fees, building permit fees, erosion control and storm water management fees, fees or charges owed pursuant to a predevelopment agreement or development agreement, an outstanding judgment owed to the City, or any other fees or charges owed to the City shall be deemed incomplete and shall not be reviewed by city staff. This section does not apply to fees paid in installments pursuant to a development agreement if made within thirty (30) days of the issuance of an invoice by the city. (f) Hearing Request. Upon receipt of such an application from a person, firm or corporation having unpaid fees or accounts due to the City, the person, firm or corporation shall be notified that the application will not be accepted and that they may request a hearing before the finance committee regarding the unpaid fees or accounts. The request for a hearing must be made within thirty (30) days of the issuance of the notice. (g) Appeal. The applicant shall have the right to appeal the decision of the finance committee to the common council within thirty (30) days of issuance of a denial of their appeal by the finance committee. The foregoing ordinance was duly adopted by the Common Council of the City of Verona at a meeting held on December 9th , 2013. CITY OF VERONA Jon Hochkammer, Mayor (seal) Kami Scofield, City Clerk ENACTED: December 9, 2013 Published: December 12, 2013 WNAXLP
The Common Council of the City of Verona, Dane County, Wisconsin, do ordain that the Code of Ordinances, City of Verona, Wisconsin is amended as follows: 1. Section 14-1-91 is created to read as follows: Sec. 14-1-91 Payment of Financial Obligations. (a) Applications Deemed Incomplete. Any application for approval of a plat, certified survey map or other land division in the city limits or the city’s extraterritorial plat jurisdiction and/or an application or petition for annexation from a person, firm or corporation having unpaid and overdue property taxes, special assessments, sanitary sewer hookup fees, park fees, impact fees, building permit fees, erosion control and storm water management fees, fees or charges owed pursuant to a predevelopment agreement or development agreement, an outstanding judgment owed to the City, or any other fees or charges owed to the City shall be deemed incomplete and shall not be reviewed by city staff. This section does not apply to fees paid in installments pursuant to a development agreement if made within thirty (30) days of the issuance of an invoice by the city. (b) Hearing Request. Upon receipt of such an application from a person, firm or corporation having unpaid fees or accounts due to the City, the person, firm or corporation shall be notified that the application will not be accepted and that they may request a hearing before the finance committee regarding the unpaid fees or accounts. The request for a hearing must be made within thirty (30) days of the issuance of the notice. (c) Appeal. The applicant shall have the right to appeal the decision of the finance committee to the common council within thirty (30) days of issuance of a denial of their appeal by the finance committee. The foregoing ordinance was duly adopted by the Common Council of the City of Verona at a meeting held on December 9th , 2013. CITY OF VERONA Jon Hochkammer, Mayor (seal) Kami Scofield, City Clerk ENACTED: December 9, 2013 Published: December 12, 2013 WNAXLP ***
ORDINANCE NO. 13-838 AN ORDINANCE CREATING SECTION 91 OF CHAPTER 1 OF TITLE 14 REGARDING PAYMENT OF FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF VERONA
1. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Hochkammer at 7:01 p.m. 2. Pledge of Allegiance 3. Roll Call: M. Bare, L. Diaz, E. Doyle, S. Manley, Wm. ‘Mac’ McGilvray, H. Reekie, B. Stiner, and D. Yurs. Also in attendance: City Administrator, B. Burns; Finance Director/Treasurer, C. Engelke; Police Chief, B. Coughlin; Library Director, B. Simons; Public Works Director, R. Rieder; Recreation Director, C. Dudley; and City Clerk, K. Scofield. 4. Public Comment: None. 5. Approval of Minutes: Motion by Manley, seconded by McGilvray to approve the minutes of the November 11, Common Council meeting. Motion carried 8/0. 6. Mayor’s Business • Mayor Hochkammer thanked Ron Rieder and his staff at the Public Works department for the great job they do in snow removal as we received some heavy snow this morning. 7. Administrator’s Report 8. Engineer’s Report 9. COMMITTEE REPORTS A. Finance Committee (1) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Payment of Bills. Motion by McGilvray, seconded by Doyle to approve the payment of bills in the amount of $657,533.72. Motion carried 8/0. (2) Discussion and Possible Action Re: PUBLIC HEARING on the 2014 City Budget. Motion by McGilvray, seconded by Manley to open the Public Hearing at 7:09 p.m. Motion carried 8/0. Mr. Burns provided an update on the budget process and the recommended budget which includes a property tax levy of $8,504,849 which is an increase of 4.3%. The City’s equalized tax rate is $6.73 per $1,000 of value, which is an increase of 3.0%. Mr. Burns would like to emphasize that this is for the City portion of the tax bill only; it does not take into account the other taxing jurisdictions. • Rick Reuschlein, 501 S Main Street, spoke stating that he feels the taxes in this City are way too high. He suggests that fundraising efforts be a means to remedy some of the budget requests such as those requests from the library. Mr. Reuschlein also mentioned that an increase in the City property taxes would be detrimental to those individuals who live on a fixed income. • Michael Goetz, 673 Harvest Lane, spoke encouraging the Council to pass a responsible budget, the recommended budget, and to prove him wrong in his perceptions of the Council since the change in members in April. • Denise Beckfield, 547 Basswood Ave, spoke in support of funding for the library as it serves the community and feels that the City should support its services as she feels the taxpayer impact would be minimal in comparison to the positive impact the library has on the community. • Arthur Cresson, 317 Thompson Street, spoke supporting the City budget as it came out of the Finance Committee. Mr. Cresson does not agree with the amendments recently proposed to increase spending and requested a roll call vote for the budget motions. • Cristin Napier, 933 Hillside Way, stated that increasing services without increasing residents to share the tax burden would hurt the community and that bringing new residents to the community would require broadening the housing offered in the City. She also suggested that volunteers staff the library and that some of the library requests be funded through fund raising and donations. • Nancy Bartlett, 915 Tamarack Way, commented that when the new library was going to be built she was on the Council and remembers the Library Director at the time using fund raising efforts for the library. Ms. Bartlett requested that the Common Council fund the Public Works position for the whole year as they have not requested anyone since 2006 and they do a lot to keep our City safe. She also addressed the alders stating that they represent not only those in their district but all residents and that their vote has consequences to every taxpayer in the City of Verona. • Mike Willett, 7715 Midtown Rd (Town of Verona) business owner in the City of Verona, spoke stating that he was disappointed that the last meeting of the Committee of the Whole was not taped. Mr. Willet said that if the members of the Council feel that the property tax increases are too high they should vote ‘no’ as they have the power to make those decisions on behalf of the residents and business owners in the City. Motion by McGilvray seconded by Yurs to close the public hearing at 7:34 p.m. Motion carried 8/0. (3) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution R-13-052 Approving the 2014 City Budget. Motion by McGilvray, seconded by Manley, to approve Resolution R-13-052. Ald. Diaz requested that all votes on amendments are roll call votes and that amendments are voted on individually. Amendment 1: Add $4,224 to the Public Works budget for bicycle lane striping. Ald. Bare and Ald. Diaz who made the amendment both withdrew the amendment. Amendment 2: Move $70,000 from Cathedral Point park phase 1 development from 2015 to 2014 and reduce Westridge park from $25,000 to $5,000. There is no levy impact resulting from this amendment. Motion by Bare, seconded by Reekie, to amend the main motion to include this amendment in the 2014 City Budget. A roll call vote was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’: Bare, Diaz, Doyle, Reekie, and Yurs. Voting ‘no’: Manley, McGilvray and Stiner. Motion carried 5/3. Amendment 3: Remove $15,000 carryover for the Fire/EMS consolidation study. Add $5,000 for HR consulting and $10,000 for a personnel contingency. There is no levy impact resulting from this amendment. Motion by Bare, seconded by Doyle, to amend the main motion to include this amendment in the 2014 City budget. A roll call vote was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’: Bare and Yurs. Voting ‘no’: Diaz, Doyle, Manley, McGilvray, Reekie and Stiner. Motion failed 6/2. Amendment 4: Add $50,350 to the library budget to fund two library positions for a total of 1.0 full time equivalent positions. Motion by Bare, seconded by Diaz, to amend the main motion to include this amendment in the 2014 City Budget. Motion by Manley to create a dedicated revenue fund to receive library contributions for the purpose of funding additional staff and programs and to include an insert in the property tax bills giving taxpayers the opportunity
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NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE LOCATION AND PRELIMINARY DESIGN ASPECTS AND NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE PROPOSED FREEWAY CONVERSION PLAN ON US HIGHWAY 18/151 BETWEEN THE US HIGHWAY 18 INTERCHANGE IN THE CITY OF DODGEVILLE AND THE WEST VERONA ROAD INTERCHANGE IN THE CITY OF VERONA IOWA AND DANE COUNTIES
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are advised of an opportunity to request a public hearing by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to consider the proposed highway improvements. The Proposed Action includes the following: The purpose of the Proposed Action is to improve the level of safety and service of the project portion of US 18/151 to that which is consistent with its function as backbone route on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) Connections 2030 network. Three primary needs for the Proposed Action have been identified for this portion of US 18/151. • Long-term highway corridor preservation • Emerging safety and operational concerns • Land use/transportation planning and coordination Long-term highway corridor preservation Between 2000 and 2010 most of the corridor communities have experienced population growth. Though the growth rate varies among the communities, population forecasts predict growth trends to continue for most of the communities along the corridor. As populations grow, there are increased demands for access to housing, education, and employment. Traffic volumes are predicted to increase as populations increase within the local communities
and the larger cities in the area, increasing the importance of maintaining this portion of US 18/151 as a safe and efficient backbone corridor. Developing a proactive plan to limit access points along the highway and preserve a corridor for the investment the public has already made in this facility ensures that the best preservation solutions are not precluded by past or future development decisions. Lands needed for grade separation structures (interchanges and over/underpasses) and local connecting roads can be preserved. Emerging safety and operational concerns Operational and safety needs for US 18/151 are expected to grow as traffic volumes and development along the corridor increases. In 2009 and 2010, traffic volumes along this section of US 18/151 ranged from 14,500 vehicles per day (vpd) to 20,400 vpd. Future traffic volumes are anticipated to increase to 19,100 to 33,600 by the year 2037. The statewide average crash rate for rural expressways is 55 crashes per hundred million vehicles miles (HMVM). Five of the 11 sections along this corridor exceed the statewide crash rate. Additionally, five of the 11 sections exceed the statewide rate for injury crashes (18.4) and 6 of 11 sections exceed the statewide rate for fatality crashes (0.8). As mainline and side road traffic volumes increase along this highspeed rural facility, the ability to get on, off or across US 18/151 will become more difficult because the frequency and duration of gaps in US 18/151 traffic will decrease. If all other conditions remain unchanged, this may increase the frequency of drivers using smaller than desirable gaps when accessing the highway from side roads and driveways. This may result in more crashes overall and of particular concern, an increase in the number of severe crashes, given the significant speed differential between vehicles on the four-lane highway compared to those entering. Input from members of the public indicates a common and growing concern with the increasing difficulty in safely accessing the highway, and the risk associated with making these movements. Local land use/transportation planning and coordination Land use changes in the area are contributing to increases in traffic on US 18/151. Identifying future changes in access can help communities ensure that development plans are compatible
with the planned transportation system. Joint efforts on the part of WisDOT and local communities to plan and develop in ways that are compatible with the eventual building of alternative access and safe crossings eases the conversion of US 18/151 to a freeway facility, reducing negative impacts on communities and property owners. Another principal benefit of the planning and mapping process is to provide certainty to land owners and local communities regarding the location and amount the right of way needed for changes to the highway system. This would avoid potentially costly relocations and disruptions for property owners in the future as the corridor is converted to a freeway. Proposed Action Summary To achieve the purpose and need, the Proposed Action would eliminate all public and private at-grade access on US 18/151. New access by interchange and grade-separated crossings of most intersection side roads plus additions and alterations to the local road network are necessary to provide suitable routes for traveling to and accessing US 18/151. These alternate routes must provide for safe travel without unreasonable indirection and ensure that an adequate response time for emergency services is maintained. This US 18/151 Freeway Conversion Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) is a planning action to identify the requisite improvements. Prior to the funding for the construction of the improvements identified in the EA, the right-of-way needed to convert this facility to a freeway may be Officially Mapped under Wisconsin State Statute §84.295(10). This statute provides the Department the authority to purchase Officially Mapped lands as right-of-way and serves as a link between the planning and preservation process and the final project design. Construction of the Proposed Action would eventually result in designating this portion US 18/151 as a Freeway under Wisconsin State Statute §84.295. Prior to either action under 84.295, WisDOT will hold a public hearing. The Proposed Action (Preferred Alternative) would add a total of four new interchanges, seven grade-separated crossings (two underpasses and five overpasses), 21 miles of new and altered local roads and one pair of auxiliary lanes approximately ? mile in length. Approximately 70 at-grade crossing would be eliminated along the corridor, including 34 at-grade intersections, one
commercial driveway, 19 residential driveways, and 16 field entrances. The changes/additions to county and town roads would be constructed in accordance with the volume and classification-based standards in WisDOT’s Facilities Development Manual (FDM) for new construction or reconstruction. The two-lane county roads would have a traveled way width of 20 to 24 feet and shoulder width of three to six feet. Town roads would have a traveled way width of 20 to 22 feet and a shoulder width of three to six feet. The Preferred Alternative will have an access control element for all interchanges. In general, no new access will be allowed between ramps and the nearest side road intersections. Access control will be extended along all legs of those nearest side road intersections. The access control distance will generally be the larger of the functional area of the intersection or county minimum distance from intersection to nearest access point. These controls will be added at existing interchanges to the extent they do not already exist. Existing access points within the access control limits will be evaluated as to their effect on safety and capacity on a section by section basis as part of the final design. The total amount of real estate required to construct the Proposed Action is estimated to be 479.8 acres. Further information concerning the proposed improvement is available at the Department’s Southwest Region in Madison, Wisconsin at the address given below. A public hearing may be requested by individuals to whom the proposed project is of significant concern. The hearing request should indicate the concerns and reasons why a hearing is requested. A public hearing may be held if it is determined that there is substantial public interest to warrant a hearing. Before making a request for a public hearing, persons are encouraged to contact the Department’s Project Manager, Larry Barta, P.E. at (608) 2463884 to express their views and discuss those aspects of the proposal that are of concern. If a hearing is held, it will consider location and design aspects of the proposed improvement; the social, economic, and environmental impacts and effects of the proposed improvement (including those aspects that may require permit application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pursuant to Section 404 of the Federal Clean Water Act); and whether the improvement is or is not in the public interest and con-
sistent with the goals and objectives of area planning. A request for a public hearing may be made by submitting a written request to Larry Barta, Project Manager, WisDOT Southwest Region, 2101 Wright Street, Madison, WI, 53704-2583, postmarked on or before Friday, January 3, 2014. If a hearing is held, notice of the time and place of the hearing will be published in area newspapers. ALL INTERESTED PERSONS are further notified of the availability of an Environmental Assessment of the proposal’s impacts and effects which has been prepared and filed according to the State and National Environmental Policy Acts. This document indicates that no significant environmental impacts are anticipated to occur as a result of this improvement. Printed copies of the Environmental Assessment are available for inspection and copying at the following locations: Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation Southwest Region Larry Barta, Project Manager 2101 Wright Street Madison, WI, 53704-2583 (608) 246-3884 WI Telecommunications Relay System (TTY): 711 Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation DTSD - Bureau of Technical Services Rebecca Burkel, Director 4802 Sheboygan Avenue Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7965 (608) 516-6336 Mount Horeb Public Library 105 Perimeter Road Mount Horeb, WI 53572 Phone: (608) 437-5021 Dodgeville Public Library 139 South Iowa Street Dodgeville, WI 53533 Phone: (608) 935-3728 Verona Public Library 500 Silent Street Verona, WI 53593 (608) 845-7180 Barneveld Public Library 107 W. Orbison Street Barneveld, WI 53507 (608) 924-3711 Electronic copies of the Environmental Assessment are available for review at the following municipal offices: • Village of Ridgeway, 113 Dough-
erty Court, Ridgeway, WI; Phone: (608) 924-5881 • Village of Barneveld, 403 East County ID, Barneveld, WI; Phone: (608) 924-6861 • Village of Blue Mounds, 11011 Brigham Avenue, Blue Mounds, WI; Phone: (608) 437-5197 • Town of Dodgeville, 108 East Leffler Street, Dodgeville, WI; Phone: (608) 935-5808 • Town of Ridgeway, 6300 Prairie Road, Ridgeway, WI; Phone: (608) 9242247 • Town of Brigham, 407 East County ID, Barneveld, WI 53507; Phone: (608) 924-1013 • Town of Blue Mounds, 10566 Blue Vista Road, Blue Mounds, WI; Phone: (608) 437-5311 • Town of Springdale, 2379 Town Hall Road, Mount Horeb, WI; Phone: (608) 437-6230 • Town of Verona, 335 North Nine Mound Road, Verona, WI; Phone: (608) 845-7187 • City of Dodgeville, 100 E. Fountain St., Dodgeville, WI; Phone: (608) 930-5228 An electronic copy of the document is also available on the WisDOT Project Website: www.dot.wisconsin.gov/projects/us18151study/index.htm. Comments regarding the environmental impacts and effects of the proposed improvement are invited to be submitted to the Department of Transportation postmarked on or before Friday, January 3, 2014. Mail to Larry Barta, Project Manager, WisDOT Southwest Region, 2101 Wright Street, Madison, WI, 53704-2583. Comments can also be submitted via email on or before Friday, January 3, 2014 at Larry.Barta@dot. wi.gov. Persons with an interest in or knowledge about historical and archeological resources in the project are invited to include such information as part of any comments submitted or contact Larry Barta at (608) 246-3884. Note: The Southwest Region Office is handicap accessible and the hearing impaired can contact the District through the Wisconsin Telecommunication Relay System phone number 711. Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Transportation System Development Project ID # 1200-08-00 Published: November 28, December 5, 12 and 19, 2013 WNAXLP
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EDGERTON MEGA SALE! Tri-County Community Center Sunday, December 15, 9am-3pm Antiques, Collectibles, Rummage, Scentsy, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Avon, Birdseed Wreaths, Hand knit ware, lunch, baked goods. Vendor information 608-754-8641.
DONATE YOUR CAR, BOAT or Motorcycle to Rawhide. Donate before December 31st for a tax deduction and help a life in your local wisconsin community. 888-653-2729 (wcan) DONATE YOUR Car, Truck, Boat to Heritage for the Blind. Free 3-Day Vacation. Tax Deductible. Free Towing. All paperwork taken care of! 800-856-5491 (wcan)
EVENING PART-TIME cleaning help needed; vacuuming, dusting, mopping, etc. Monday-Friday for 3-4 hour shifts. NO Weekends. Positions available in Oregon. Apply in person at Diversified Building Maintenance, 1105 Touson Dr., Janesville, WI or call 608-752-9465 for application. PRODUCTION WORKER for progressive manufacturer in Stoughton, WI North Industrial Park. Varied duties include: operating fork lift, steel fabrication machines such as brakes, shears, slitters. Use of hand tools required & must be physically able to lift 100 lbs. Call 608-873-8170.
BROWN DEER FAMILY DAYCARE Stoughton and Pleasant Springs Licensed family daycare for 23 yrs. has full & part time openings. $160 per week. Music program - Indoor slide - Call 608-873-0711 References. Visit our website at: www.browndeerdaycare.com IN HOME Family DayCare 10 years experience has openings including before and after school. Kegonsa Neighborhood 608-577-2379 LOOKING FOR EXCEPTIONAL Care for your child in Stoughton Area? Mother of 5 w/college degree in Chidcare. Is looking to care for you children/child in my home. Great Expectations Childcare. For information please call Pamela at 608-235-3764
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355 RECREATIOnAL VEHICLES
4 MILLION Liquidation! 200 Pontoons & Fiberglass must go! Buy it, Trade it, Store it for FREE! Pay later! This sale will not last! Finance 866-955-2628. americanmarine.com (wcan) ATVS SCOOTERS & Go-Karts. Youth ATV's & Scooters (80mpg) @ $49/mo. Sport & 4x4 Atv's @ $69/mo. American Marine & Motorsports, Schawano =Save= 866-955-2628 www.americanmarina.com (wcan)
NIELSEN'S Home Improvements Repairs, LLC Kitchens/Bathrooms Wood & Tile Flooring Decks/Clean Eaves *Free Estimates* Insured* *Senior Discounts* Home 608-873-8716 Cell 608-576-7126 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
554 LAnDSCApIng, LAwn, TREE & GARDEn WORK
SNOWMARE ENTERPRISES Property Maintenance Snow Removal 608-219-1214
2000 CHEVY Prizm 64,000 miles, excellent $5,900 or OBO 608-238-3815 2012 MAZDA 3. $11,900 One Owner Very well maintained 4 door sedan. Dolphin Blue, automatic transmission, 35,100 miles (mostly highway), still under factory warranty. Power windows, locks, cruise control, AC, Bluetooth, CD player, very clean. Call Joe 608-873-8787
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EXPERIENCED IN cleaning, painting and light maintenance for rental units and/or complexes. References. Stoughton/surrounding area. Also available for emergencies. Call Cathy. 608-228-2925
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FUNDRAISER SALE Oregon New to You! Saturday Dec 14th 8am-2pm Prairie View Elementary Little gym/Cafeteria, 300 Soden Clean & gently used items for children and adults. Contact Tammy at email@example.com
516 CLEAnIng SERvICES
WANT SOMEONE to clean your house? Call DOROTHY'S SWEEP CLEAN. We are Christian ladies that do quality work. Dependable and have excellent references. Call 608-838-0665 or 608-2192415. Insured.
560 PROFESSIOnAL SERvICES
ALL ADDS UP BOOKEEPING Payroll, Receivables, Payables, Inventory, Sales Tax. 15 years Quickbooks Experience. 608-692-1899 APPLIANCE REPAIR We fix it no matter where you bought it from! 800-624-0719 (wcan) MY COMPUTER WORKS - Computer Problems? Viruses, Spyware, Email, Printer Issues, Bad Internet Connections - FIX IT NOW! Professional, US based technicians. $25 off service. Call for immediate help. 888-885-7944 (wcan) ONE CALL Does it All! Fast and Reliable Electrical Repair and Installations. Call 800-757-0383 (wcan) ONE CALL Does it All! Fast and Reliable Electrical Repair and Installations. Call ServiceLive and get referred to a pro today: 800-757-0383 (wcan) ONE CALL Does it All! Fast and Reliable Plumbing Repairs Call 800-981-0336 (wcan) RESEARCHER LOST or missing persons. Reasonable rates. Joy 608-712-6286 firstname.lastname@example.org
6'8"X14' CARGO Mate V-nose enclosed bumper-pull trailer. Rear ramp & side walk-through doors. good rubber. Electric brakes. White, good condition. $4000. negotiable. Oregon. 713-364-9250 TRAILERS @ LIQUIDATION Pricing. Boat, ATV, Sled or Pontoons. 2 or 4 Place/Open or Enclosed. American Marine, Shawano 866-955-2628 www. americanmarina.com (wcan)
437 CUSTOMER SERvICE & RETAIL
SUPER 8 Verona has an immediate opening for our Front Desk Staff. $9-10/ hr. Paid training, paid holidays, paid vacation. Apply in person 131 Horizon Dr. Verona
548 HOME IMpROvEMEnT
A&B ENTERPRISES Light Construction/Remodeling No job too small 608-835-7791 ALL THINGS BASEMENTY! Basement Systems Inc. Call us for all your basement needs! Waterproofing? Finishing? Structural Repairs? Humidity and Mold Control? Free Estimates! Call 888-9298307 (wcan) HALLINAN-PAINTING WALLPAPERING **Great-Winter-Rates** 30 + Years Professional European-Craftsmanship Free-Estimates References/Insured Arthur Hallinan 608-455-3377 TOMAS PAINTING Professional, Interior, Exterior, Repairs. Free Estimates. Insured. 608-873-6160
Park Verona Apartments - Rent based on 30% of your income. Housing for seniors 62 or better, or persons with a disability of any age. Pet friendly, income restrictions apply. One and two bedroom apartments available. Call 1-800-346-8581 for an application.
443 MAnUFACTURIng & InDUSTRIAL
SEASONAL FULL-TIME POSITIONS Welders, Press Operators, Assemblers. Avg. Compensation w/ incentive pay & O.T. Info: jobcenterofwisconsin.com John Deere Horicon Works (wcan)
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DRIVERS: $800/WK Guaranteed Weekly Pay with opportunity to ear more! Dedicated Tanker Runs, 2012 Freight liners. Know when you will be home before you leave!. Medical/Dental/Vision, Vac/Holiday Pay avail. Must be at least 24 years old, 2 yrs recept exp, class A with X&T, good MVR 608-877-2900
449 DRIvER, SHIppIng & WAREHOUSIng
DRIVERS: DEDICATED. Regional & OTR. Start up to $.44/mi + Excellent Benefits. 401K + Bonuses. Excellent Hometime! CDL-A 6mos. exp. 877-704-3773
Wisconsin Management Company
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SNOW REMOVAL CREW position available Must be 18 with clean drivers record. call 608-228-5282
508 CHILD CARE & NURSERIES
STOUGHTON, IN-HOME Daycare opening, a warm loving environment, CPR, meals 608-877-1196
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HELP WANTED- MANAGERIAL CENEX OF MOHALL/Sherwood ND is seeking a qualified CEO/General Manager. This is an agronomy, energy, auto service, operation. Sales are $40 million. Strong background in finance, communication, and personnel management is desired. Ag Business degree and or ag business management experience preferred Send, email, or fax (888-653-5527) resume: Larry Fuller, 5213 Shoal Drive, Bismarck ND 58503, email@example.com. (CNOW)
HELP WANTED- TRUCK DRIVER OTR Drivers Needed Above Avg. Mileage Pay. Avg. 2500-3500 Miles/WK 100% No Touch. Full Benefits W/401K. 12 Months CDL/A Experience 1-888-5459351 Ext 13 www.doublejtransport.com (CNOW) Solo’s and teams: NO East coast, plenty of miles, scheduled hometime, paid vacation, rider program, late model equipment. Call Chuck or Tim (800) 645-3748 (CNOW) LOUISANA PACIFIC is looking for Flatbed Owner Operators. Pay 88% of line haul 100% FSC. Home Weekends. Require 2 years OTR, 6 months flatbed. 100% O/O. 800/494-3055 https://intelliapp2. driverapponline.com/c/newwaverly?r=craigslist (CNOW)
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SPORTING GOODS GUN SHOW: December 13-15, Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, IA. Friday 3-8:30PM, Saturday 9AM-5PM, Sunday 9AM-3PM. Large selection of guns/ammo for sale. Kraus Promotions 563-608-4401 (CNOW)
RECOVER PAINTING Currently offering winter discounts on all painting, drywall and carpentry. Recover urges you to join in the fight against cancer, as a portion of every job is donated to cancer research. Free estimates, fully insured, over 20 years of experience. Call 608-270-0440.
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688 SpORTIng GOODS & RECREATIOnAL
WE BUY Boats/RV/Pontoons/ATV's & Motorcycles! "Cash Paid" NOW. American Marine & Motorsports Super Center, Shawno. 866-955-2628 www.americanmarina.com (wcan).
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PLOWING, BLOWING, Residential and commercial. 608-873-7038
STOUGHTON- 105 West St, 2 bedroom, appliances, water, heat, A/C, ceiling fan included, on site laundry. Well kept and maintained. On site manager. Next to Park. $710 per month. 608-238-3815 STOUGHTON WEST St. Spacious 2 bdrm town home in nice neighborhood. 1 1/2 bath, full basement, 2 car attached garage, large yard with fenced area in back, includes lawn mowing except inside fenced area, central air high efficiency furnace. $1050. 1/2 month's rent sec. dep. Call Brady 608-286-5282.
RASCHEIN PROPERTY STORAGE 6x10 thru 10x25 Market Street/Burr Oak Street in Oregon Call 608-206-2347 FRENCHTOWN SELF-STORAGE Only 6 miles South of Verona on Hwy PB. Variety of sizes available now. 10x10=$50/month 10x15=$55/month 10x20=$70/month 10x25=$80/month 12x30=$105/month Call 608-424-6530 or 1-888-878-4244 NORTH PARK STORAGE 10x10 through 10x40, plus 14x40 with 14' door for RV & Boats. Come & go as you please. 608-873-5088 OREGON SELF-STORAGE 10x10 through 10x25 month to month lease Call Karen Everson at 608-835-7031 or Veronica Matt at 608-291-0316 UNION ROAD STORAGE 10x10 - 10x15 10x20 - 12x30 24 / 7 Access Security Lights & Cameras Credit Cards Accepted 608-835-0082 1128 Union Road Oregon, WI Located on the corner of Union Road & Lincoln Road
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576 SpECIAL SERvICES
BANKRUPTCY- STOUGHTON and surrounding area. Merry Law Offices. 608205-0621. No charge for initial consultation. "We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the bankruptcy code."
666 MEDICAL & HEALTH SUppLIES
MEDICAL GUARDIAN Top-rated medical alarm and 24/7 monitoring. For a limited time, get free equipment, no activation fees, no commitment, a 2nd waterproof alert button for free and more. Only $29.95 per month. 877-863-6622 (WCAN) SAFE STEP WALK-IN TUB Alert for Seniors. Bathrooms falls can be fatal. Approved by Arthritis Foundation. Therapeutic Jets. Less than 4 inch step-in. Wide door. Anti-slip floors. American made. Installation included. Call 888960-4522 for $750. off (wcan) WHEEL CHAIR $275, Scooter $475, Optelec Low Vision Reader $995. Save 50%-70%. In great condition. 608-8737833
FRATELLI II - Verona's newest Professional Office/ Retail Building - Conveniently located at corner of Whalen Rd and Kimball Lane - Easy access to Hwy 151 to downtown Madison - Design your own layout (generous build-out allowance) - 400-6,000 Sq Ft - Occupancy 60-90days Fratelli I - Last office/retail condo suite - 1894 sq ft - Purchase or lease Metro Real Estate 608-575-9700 VERONA- OFFICE/WAREHOUSE 1000 Sq Ft.$500 +Utilities. 608-575-2211 or 608-845-2052
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ROSEWOOD APARTMENTS for Seniors 55+, has 1 & 2 bedroom units available starting at $695 per month. Includes heat, water and sewer. Professionally managed. 608-877-9388 Located at 300 Silverado Drive, Stoughton, WI 53589 STOUGHTON 2BR $725 includes heat, water/sewer. No dogs, 1 cat is Ok. EHO. 608-222-1981 ext 2 or 3.
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BOOKKEEPING SERVICE For your small business. Joy 608-712-6286 firstname.lastname@example.org
820 MISC. InvESTMEnT PROpERTY FOR SALE
FOR SALE BY OWNER: Near Copper Harbor & Lake Medora, MI. 320 wooded acres. $699 per acre OBO. CFR tax. Terms available. Will divide. 715-4782085 (wcan) STOUGHTON- 2 flat fully rented $188,900. "Pre-approved" 608-228-2925
586 TV, VCR & ELECTRO nICS REpAIR
REDUCE YOUR Cable Bill! Get wholehome Satellite system installed at NO COST and programming starting at $19.99/ mo. FREE HD/DVR Upgrade to new callers, so call now. 888-544-0273 wcan
750 STORAgE SpACES FOR REnT
ALL SEASONS SELF STORAGE 10X10 10X15 10X20 10X30 Security Lights-24/7 access BRAND NEW OREGON/BROOKLYN Credit Cards Accepted CALL (608)444-2900 C.N.R. STORAGE Located behind Stoughton Garden Center Convenient Dry Secure Lighted with access 24/7 Bank Cards Accepted Off North Hwy 51 on Oak Opening Dr. behind Stoughton Garden Center Call: 608-509-8904 DEER POINT STORAGE Convenient location behind Stoughton Lumber Clean-Dry Units 24 HOUR LIGHTED ACCESS 5x10 thru 12x25 608-335-3337 THEY SAY people don’t read those little ads, but YOU read this one, didn’t you? Call now to place your ad, 845-9559, 873-6671 or 835-6677.
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TOP PRICES Any Scrap Metal Cars/Batteries/Farm Equipment Free appliance pick up Property clean out. Honest Fully insured. U call/We haul. 608-444-5496 WE BUY Junk Cars and Trucks. We sell used parts. Monday thru Friday 8am-5:30pm. Newville Auto Salvage, 279 Hwy 59 Edgerton, 608-884-3114.
870 RESIDEnTIAL LOTS
ALPINE MEADOWS Oregon Hwy CC. Only 8 lots remaining! Choose your own builder 608-215-5895
NEW MATTRESS SETS from $89. All sizes in stock! 9 styles. www. PlymouthFurnitureWI.com 2133 Eastern Ave. Plymouth, WI Open 7 days a week (wcan)
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AMP: LINE 6 Spider IV 75 watt guitar amp. Tons of built in effects, tuner, and recording options. Like new, rarely used, less than 2 years old. Asking $250 OBO. call 608-575-5984 GUITAR: FENDER American made Standard Stratocaster guitar. Tobacco burst finish, mint condition. Includes tremelo bar, straplocks, and custom fitted Fender hard-shell case. Asking $950 OBO. Call 608-575-5984
965 HAY, STRAw & PASTURE
ROUND BALES , Big/Small Squares, Grassy Hay. Also organic wrapped. Can deliver. 608-669-7879
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INVERSION TABLE Brand new. $75.00/obo 608-220-3329 JACK LALANE Juicer, used once. $50.00/obo 608-220-3329 REAL LAMBSKIN slippers, mittens, gloves, hats and more. Colicky baby? A real lambskin will put them to sleep. Golden Touch Lambskin 608-274-0826
GREENWOOD APARTMENTS Apartments for Seniors 55+, currently has 1 & 2 Bedroom Units available starting at $695 per month, includes heat, water, and sewer. 608-835-6717 Located at 139 Wolf St., Oregon, WI 53575 OREGON - 3 bedrooms, 1 bath duplex. W/D-S/R, near schools. NO pets, NO smoking $750/mo. Available 1/15 608843-9185 STOUGHTON 1-BEDROOM +Den, All Appliances, Washer/Dryer, Deck, Patio, Full Basement, Attached Garage. No Pets. No Smoking. $695/Mo. 608-8358806 CLASSIFIEDS, 845-9559, 873-6671 or 835-6677. It pays to read the fine print.
801 OFFICE SpACE FOR REnT
STOUGHTON 209 E Main St. Retail or Office space. 1000 sq ft. Beautifully remodeled. $766. per month utilities included. 608-271-0101 STOUGHTON 211 E Main St. 3400 sq. ft. Retail space plus 1800 sq. ft. display or storage space. Beautifully remodeled $1900/mo plus utilities. 608271-0101 STOUGHTON 307 S Forrest Retail or Office space. 400 sq. ft. $299/ month utilities included. 608-271-0101 CLASSIFIEDS, 845-9559, 873-6671 or 835-6677. It pays to read the fine print.
WALMERS TACK SHOP 16379 W. Milbrandt Road Evansville, WI 608-882-5725
676 PLAnTS & FLOwERS
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December 12, 2013
The Verona Press
Photos by Scott Girard
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You might just want to stuﬀ it in your own stocking.
This holiday season, get the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 for free with the purchase of a Holiday Bundle at Quality Cellular.
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Things we want you to know: A new 2-yr. agmt. (subject to a pro-rated $150 early termination fee for Basic Phones, modems and hotspot devices and a $350 early termination fee for Smartphones and tablets) required. Agmt. terms apply as long as you are a cstmr. $35 device act. fee and credit approval may apply. Regulatory Cost Recovery Fee applies (currently $1.57/line/month); this is not a tax or gvmt. required charge. Add. fees, taxes and terms apply and vary by svc. and eqmt. 4G LTE not available in all areas. See uscellular.com/4G for complete coverage details. 4G LTE service provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Holiday Bundle: Customer must choose at least 2 out of the following 3 options: 1. trade in a Smartphone and receive at least $50 — Device must power on and cannot be pin locked. Device must be in full functional working condition without any liquid damage or broken components, including, but not limited to, a cracked display or housing. Trade-in offer can be redeemed at http://instore.uscellular.com/cexchange.com; 2. enroll in Device Protection+ or purchase an Accessory Bundle — Enroll in Device Protection+ or purchase an Accessory Bundle and receive a $50 bonus. The monthly charge for Device Protection+ is $8.99, per device, for Smartphones and must remain on account for 90 days. A deductible per approved claim applies. You may cancel Device Protection+ anytime after the 90 days. Federal Warranty Service Corporation is the Provider of the Device Protection+ ESC beneﬁts, except in CA and OK; and 3. purchase a connected device with new 2-yr. agmt. (tablet, modem or hotspot) and receive a $50 bonus. Bonus(es) for purchase of Device Protection+ or Accessory Bundle and connected device redeemable online at uscellular.com/holidaybundle. Bonus(es) in the form of a U.S. Cellular MasterCard® Debit Card issued by MetaBank™ Member FDIC pursuant to license from MasterCard International Incorporated. This card does not have cash access and can be used at any merchant location that accepts MasterCard Debit Cards within the U.S. only. Card valid through expiration date shown on front of card. Allow 10–12 weeks for processing. To be eligible for offer, customer must register for My Account, or if already registered for My Account, log in to My Account within 14 days of activation. Account must remain active and in good standing in order to receive bonus. Offer not valid on business accounts and not combinable with other offers. Offers valid at participating locations only and for a limited time. See store or uscellular.com for details.©2013 U.S. Cellular.