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Volume 1, Issue 1
Common Council President Letter: Preserving the Core It has been a difficult autumn as your city council has struggled to produce a budget which balances the needs of Platteville citizens with the fiscal realities we face. An already tight budget was dealt an additional $237,000 setback as one revenue source from the state dropped by that much. Unfortunately, our budget problems aren’t going away. We are running out of capital expenditure money for things like roads, equipment, and replacement of infrastructure. Previous councils borrowed heavily while interest rates were low in order to catch us up on road repair and replacement, but we’re running out of borrowing capacity. We must find ways to shift normal budget expenditures to capital expenditures, reduce road expenditures, or find other revenue sources. We can’t borrow our way out of this. Not only is that not sustainable, nobody has ever Common Council borrowed their way to prosperity. Each time we borrow more it means next year’s budget must President, Mike include additional money to start paying it back. Dalecki
***** I’ve long believed there are six basic core services any municipality must do: Police, Fire, Ambulance, Street Repair and Maintenance (including plowing), Water and Sewer, and Waste Management (garbage pickup). We also have core quality of life programs, things like our library, parks, recreation programs, senior center, museums, art gallery, and so on. These programs are what make a community a great place to live, instead of simply a place to park our cars and sleep. Without the basic services core, the city would eventually disintegrate. Imagine roads deteriorating into gravel, water leaks, sewer backups, no emergency responders. Without the quality of life core, there would be little other than economic reasons for living here. We have struggled this fall to protect and preserve our core. This, I think, we have largely done. But each year it is harder to do. This is why we focus so much on economic development and include budget items to promote it. Growth in the tax base is needed to help pay for what we do. One benefit, for example, of the new Rountree Commons is an annual $100,000 payment to the city in lieu of taxes; that helps. Our budget problems require us to rethink what is necessary--and what is nice but not necessary. We may have to prune services that are nice, but not crucial, so that we can preserve our core. There are some who believe we should solve our budget shortfalls by simply raising taxes. It’s an easy answer, I suppose, but I don’t believe it should ever be our first answer--only a last resort. But we haven’t done that for five years. During that time we’ve cut spending, and cut again. City Hall is no longer open on Fridays. Hourly employees now work 37 hour weeks, not 40 hour weeks as before. We have absorbed some positions as workers left or retired during the year, leading to a net decrease in the number of full-time City employees. We’ve cut out a lot of fat. The problem now is how to avoid cutting into muscle--our core. We need you, our citizens, to help guide us as we move forward. What things should your city government do and, just as important, how should we pay for it?
Inside this issue:
Library & Water and Sewer
Letter from the City Manager
Streets Department & Recreation Department
Snow Removal Information
Platteville Senior Center
Holiday Recycling Schedule & Alt. Side Parking
Museum & Police Department Information
Commissions, Boards & Commitees
Public Works & Rental Licensing
Airport & Spring Election Information
Finance Department & Permit Parking
Parks Dept., Road Construction, & Jobs
Permit Parking Map
VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1
Letter from the City Manager
Larry Bierke City Manager
Did you know?
Platteville’s 2012 property tax rate is $7.2262 per $1,000.
Dear Platteville, 2012 has been a year of many new things here in Platteville. From the new residence hall opening on campus, to new employees at City Hall, new parking ordinances to new businesses in our community, through it all one word comes to mind…change. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines change as, “To give a different position, course, or direction to.” The first change came at the beginning of 2012 with new hours at City Hall, now being open Monday thru Thursday from 7:15 am to 5:00 pm. These hours will continue through 2013. This change was followed by the hiring of the new Communications Specialist in April. This new position was created to better market Platteville to new businesses, residents, and students and is responsible for maintaining the social media sites for the City, Channel 36, the City’s website, writing press releases, and helping Platteville and its businesses receive recognition, awards, and grants. As winter changed to spring, road construction began, first with the State DOT project on Water Street, then the City began work on Jewett, and 2nd Streets. The 2nd Street project was completed in August and the Jewett Street project was finished in early October. The State DOT project on Water Street is running on schedule and should be completed mid-November. I know that construction is an inconvenience at times, but the final results make our city more attractive to visitors and nicer for all of us. We at City Hall would like to thank everyone for their patience this summer while these projects were completed. As summer rolled around, Platteville Recreation activities were in full swing. Our Recreation Coordinator, Jordan Burress, did a fantastic job coordinating all the activities and events throughout the summer. Her hard work and dedication to programming brought NFL Flag Football and a Youth Dance Sampler to our fall and winter programming. It is great to be able to expand the services we are offering the youth of our community! Summer has led to the construction of Well #5 in our Industrial Park. Well #5 is replacing Well #2, which has served Platteville for over 100 years. This well hopefully will provide Platteville with a water supply for another 100 years. Construction was all over town this summer, with Emmi Roth beginning their new cheese factory in the Industrial Park, and the UW-Platteville campus having completed Rountree Commons and broke ground on a new residence hall. In addition to all the new construction, there were many other redevelopment projects going on in the community, including the addition of: Jimmy Johns, the Noodle Company, Windy Cove, American Roots Country Store, MVP Cuts, and Calabria all opened on Main Street, along with an expansion of Momentum Bikes and Los Amigos. SPIREON added a Platteville location in the old Blue Cross/Blue Shield building, Fidelity Bank opened in the old Blackhawk Engineering Building, and Tritent International Agriculture purchased the building that Swiss Valley Cheese Company vacated earlier this year; and this isn’t even a complete list of all the new commercial activity that has been happening. Welcome to all the new businesses and congratulations to all those who have expanded! Now that we have moved into autumn, the students are back in school and everyone has adjusted to new routines. The Common Council and I, along with all our department heads, have been working on the 2013 City budget. This is always a challenging time, trying to maintain the services we have been offering amid state budget cuts and trying not to burden the taxpayers with more fees. In the past 10 years, the City has only had an 8% property tax increase. That’s less than the national cost of living index and below that of most of our neighboring communities. We have also been able to provide services to residents in Platteville for many years that other communities haven’t. With that being said, we are now being forced to make some changes that will occur in 2013. First of all, there has been an increase in many of the Recreation Department fees. . Not having had an increase in many of these programs in the past 5 years, we needed to increase fees to cover our expenses of the programs, purchase new equipment (which is also increasing in cost), and pay fees that other organizations charge us, such as the Red Cross for swim lessons. (cont. on page 3)
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Day Time Emergency Medical Technician Platteville Emergency Medical Service Platteville Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is currently accepting applications for Day-time Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and Advanced EMT (Intermediate Technicians). Platteville EMS is the ambulance service provider to the City of Platteville and seven surrounding townships. Platteville EMS is a paid on call service operating at the Advanced EMT level (Intermediate Technician) and averages 1000 calls a year. Shifts are 12 hours and run from 6 am to 6 pm and 6 pm to 6 am with a degree of flexibility. Qualifications: Applicants must be at least 18 years old (state requirement for EMT licensure), must possess High School diploma, GED or equivalent education. WI license (ability to gain WI licensure) at EMT or Advanced EMT level. Ability and desire to take minimum (required) call schedule of 72 hours per month and ability to drive ambulances (skill and driving record). To see all job requirements and functions please review the Emergency Medical Technician job description found on the City’s website, www.platteville.org under the Careers tab. Applicants will be required to participate in oral interview, skills assessment and extensive background checks. Applications are available online selecting the “General City Employment Application” link on the careers page on the website, or from the City Clerk’s office located in City Hall at 75 North Bonson Street.
Platteville Road Construction We are in charge of street reconstruction. We are wrapping up the 2012 construction season with the Water Street project. It is a DOT project and is on track to be finished and fully open to traffic by mid-November. Contrary to rumors, the roundabout at Madison Street IS constructed properly and will not be removed or re-done. Looking ahead to 2013, our program has been reduced due to budget. Our signature project is Broadway, from Main Street to Stevens Street. We look to replace underground utilities, upgrade and narrow the street to minimize maintenance while providing access to drivers. Another project is Stonebridge Road. We intend to do a number of improvements to the water lines to improve flows and capacities in the neighborhood. We intend to upgrade the culvert and road to support vehicles for the next 25 years or so. Fourth Street between Ridge and Camp is another project. We intend to narrow the street, ensure the underground utilities are upgraded, install curb & gutter as well as a new street. As much as possible, within the confines of the rights-of-way, we hope to minimize the “jogs” in the street alignment. Our final project is a portion of Evergreen Road. We hope to receive a Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant to bring up the road to standards to support many heavy trucks and milk tankers needed by the Emmi-Roth cheese plant being built. This grant will pay for half of the cost of road improvements. The design and construction supervision for these 2013 projects is done by Delta 3 Engineering to support the City’s needs.
Maintaining the Beauty of Our Parks Parks Maintenance is performed by a small crew led by foreman Dan Brinkman. Kevin Butson and Dennis Hoffman are permanent employees and Mike Klinkhammer is a seasonal employee to make sure our parks are in tip-top shape. They maintain the pool and playing fields for recreation programs. We hire a number of summer employees to mow our many parks. To support our efforts, we have recently begun an Adopt-A-Park program. Through the City Manager’s Office, a person, family, or group can sponsor a park. This means periodically picking up fallen branches and garbage. We ask for monthly walks in the park to identify items to be repaired. If the person or group wants to do more to beautify the park, such as planting and maintaining flower beds, this is also allowed.
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Platteville Airport Hires Flight Instructor and Full-Time Mechanic
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
Alaine Olthafer and Andy Lange were hired on August 1, 2012 as the two newest Platteville Municipal Airport employees. Olthafer is a flight instructor and Lange is the aircraft mechanic. This is the first time the Platteville Airport has employed a full-time certified flight instructor and the first time in over 20 years they have had a full-time aircraft mechanic. Prior to moving to the Platteville area, Lange was employed as a aircraft mechanic and Olthafer was doing project management for Polatis, a Swiss company who manufactures single engine turbo props. Andy had attended Colorado AeroTech to achieve his degree in Aircraft Maintenance, which he has been doing for 13 years. Alaine graduated from Minnesota State University in Mankato with a BS in Aviation with an emphasis in Professional Flight. She has been working as a certified flight instructor for four years. The Platteville Airport has a plane you can rent for $110/hour including fuel. To get your pilots license, there is a minimum requirement of 40 hours, but most take 45-50, said Olthafer. Alaine stated there are 5 people taking lessons currently, but she could handle 10-12 regular students. Andy is able to do on-site maintenance on planes housed at or landing in Platteville, since it is more convenient to have work done locally versus having to go elsewhere to get things taken care of. He said, “Being a mechanic has drastically changed. Not doing the work, but the avionics. It used to be very old school and now planes have almost videogame technology.” For being a smaller airport, the Platteville Airport is pretty active, mostly with private planes, and is an important part of the community. Aviation has become a big part of entrepreneurship as it can save those in business a significant amount of money by being able to fly in and out of the airport in their hometown, especially if the company has its own plane. Approximately 30 aircraft are based at the Platteville Airport, which boasts 20,000 operations per year (each take off and landing are individual operations). This is more than any others in the area which makes it a significant part of the Platteville community.
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SNOW SHOVELING Wisconsin Statute 66.615 and Chapter 4.09 of the Municipal Code requires all property owners to keep public sidewalks cleared of snow and ice. The sidewalk must be cleared of snow and ice the entire width and length. Wisconsin Statute 66.615 also gives the City the responsibility to have unshoveled sidewalks cleared and to bill the property owner. If the bill is not paid within 30 days, a 1% interest rate will accrue until the bill is paid in full. In Winter 2010-2011, Platteville had 49 inches of snow.
Municipal ordinance states that all sidewalks shall be cleared of snow and ice within thirtysix hours after a snow storm. After thirty-six hours, the Director of Public Works may cause the sidewalks to be cleared. Clearing will start after consideration has been given to local conditions (amount of snowfall, street conditions, weather reports, etc.).
In Winter 2011-2012, we only had 27 inches. How much are we
PLACING SNOW AND WASTE ON CITY STREETS Chapter 4 (4.03) No person shall remove or cause to be removed form any private property any snow, slush, or waste material of any kind into the city streets or onto other public property in the city. Direct any questions to the office of the Director of Public Works, (608)348-9741, Ext. 2238.
going to get this season?
Letter from City Manager, cont.
Spring Elections An election will be held in the City of Platteville on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed. The term for alderperson begins on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. All terms are for three years. Office
Alderperson, District 1 (Wards 1-2)
Alderperson, At Large (Wards 1-8)
The City’s eventual goal is to make the Recreation Department budget neutral, meaning all expenses are covered by program fees. For the majority of programs, the fees for residents of Platteville only increased $5. One and two family dwellings will also have a fee for garbage and recycling added to their tax bill. This service, provided by Faherty, Inc, is a vital part of our community to help keep the Platteville clean and inviting to visitors, residents, and students. Another big change Platteville saw in 2012 was permit parking. The original permit parking area was implemented south of Pine Street between Water Street and Hickory Street. It was created to help the neighborhood ensure parking privileges remain, given the 600 new neighbors moving in at Rountree Commons, and it appears to be working nicely. The City is also working on assigned parking areas in downtown Platteville for those who reside or work downtown. Ninety-two parking spaces will be assigned on a first come, first served basis in five different lots in the downtown area for $360 per year, equating to $30 per month. Assigned spaces will be 24/7 parking, guaranteeing the person assigned to the spot a place to park no matter the time of day or night. As with all new things, there will be a few road bumps and challenges, but once fully implemented, these two parking areas will make Platteville an even better place to live, work, and shop! I hope you enjoy the first newsletter the City of Platteville has produced. We will be designing these twice a year to keep you up to date on what is and has been going on in Platteville, where we are Pioneering the Good Life! Sincerely,
Information concerning aldermanic district boundaries may be obtained from the City Clerk at 75 N Bonson Street, Platteville, WI. The first day to circulate nomination papers is December 1, 2012, and the final day for filing nomination papers is 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 2, 2013, in the office of the city clerk. If a primary is necessary, it will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.
Lawrence Bierke City Manager
VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1
Boards, Commissions, and Committees
Platteville EMS: We Keep The Beat Platteville Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is a city department which serves the residents and visitors of the City of Platteville and the Towns of: Belmont, Elk Grove, Platteville, Smelser, Harrison, Ellenboro, and Lima. Platteville EMS is overseen by an EMS Administrator who reports to the City Manager and Common Council. The Platteville Area Ambulance Committee serves as an advisory body for Platteville EMS and is compromised of members from each of the towns we serve and a council liaison. Platteville EMS covers roughly 138 ½ square miles and serves a population of roughly 18,000 people. We provide pre-hospital emergency and non-emergency medical care and transport to sick and injured. Platteville EMS also provides interfacility (hospital to hospital, hospital to nursing home and hospital to residence) transports as well. Platteville EMS currently operates two ambulances at the EMT-Intermediate Technician level which in the State of Wisconsin is considered an Advanced Life Support level. One ambulance is staffed every minute of every day with a crew of trained professional EMTs. Our other ambulance is staffed for special events, interfacility transports and times when multiple ambulance calls are received at the same time. Platteville EMS averages approximately 1,000 calls of service a year. To the end of September this year we have already had 778 calls of service. If this rate continues, we will be once again over 1,000 calls for the year. In addition to the day to day duties of responding to 911 calls and other requests for ambulance services, Platteville EMS participates in a number of special events throughout the year. Platteville EMS provides medical standby and ambulance services for UW-Platteville events (Spring Commencement, Town Hall meeting, Six Rivers Football Jamboree, football games, Welcome Back Concert and Winter Commencement). Platteville EMS also provides special event standby for Platteville High School Varsity football games. Throughout the year, Platteville EMS also is involved in presentations at the Platteville schools, presentations to UW-Platteville groups and classes, presentations to local civic organizations, and presentations to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Daisies and Cub Scouts. Platteville EMS also participates every year in Southwest Health Center’s Strawberry Festival, Family Connections On the Move, and Platteville Dairy Days Tractor Pull. Platteville EMS also participates in the two annual parades that are held in Platteville every year (Dairy Days and UWPlatteville Homecoming). Platteville EMS, along with the Platteville Police Department and Platteville Fire Department, co -sponsor the Platteville Citizen’s Academy. Members of the community are given a glimpse of what the public safety agencies in the city do on a daily basis and some of the training that goes into our positions. Citizen’s also participated in a mock disaster which involved all three public safety agencies working together. Platteville EMS is staffed with a dedicated group of individuals that answer the calls 24/7. We have a full-time EMS Administrator, a part-time Assistant EMS Administrator and twenty-four (24) EMT-ITs, RNs and EMT-Bs. The combined years of service for the Platteville EMS staff is 141 years, while our combined total years of experience is 167 years. We have staff that has been with us for less than half a year and we have staff that have been with us for 27 years. The staff of Platteville EMS currently includes Brian Allen (EMS Administrator), Ryan Kowalski (Assistant EMS Administrator), Emily Mowry, Jessica Lange, Corey Straubhaar, Carla DeLaMater, Roger Lange, Adrianne Woolford, Trevor Brunette, Gereld Moore, Anna Buss, Brian Day, Christopher Baird, Tina Davies, Joel Graham, Michelle Kitelinger, Kassondra Woolford, Syver Rundhaug, Jacob Schultz, Christopher Belanger, Brian Kitelinger, Matt Riley, Tim Jacobson, Irv Lupee, Alissa Mumm and Connie Marzofka. Platteville EMS also has a medical direction team comprising three doctors from Southwest Health Center’s Emergency Department. The team consists of Dr Mark Bogner, Dr Bruce Lindsay and Dr Mitchell Lewis. Platteville EMS members are currently working on the replacement of our oldest ambulance. We have met with many vendors and looked at many different ambulances and have finalized the specifications for the new ambulance. We anticipate ordering the new ambulance before the end of the year and will have delivery of it in early spring of 2013. Platteville EMS also has a proposal in front of the Common Council to raise the rates that it charges for services. These rates were closely reviewed before the proposal was recommended to the Council for action. The proposed rate increase is being made to make the Ambulance/EMS department a budget neutral department, meaning that no tax money (from City tax payers or Town tax payers) will be needed to fund the day to day operations of the ambulance service as it will be fully supported by user fees. Platteville EMS would like to ask all residents to help us out by making sure that your house number can be clearly and easily seen from the street. In an emergency situation and often times in non-emergency situations it is hard to find house numbers. It is important to have the house numbers visible as that is what we look for in order to find where we are needed to go. Per City Code Chapter 23, house numbers must be four (4) inches tall and at least ½ inch in width. Platteville EMS is currently accepting applications for day-time EMTs. Please see the posting in this newsletter for further information.
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Police and Fire Commission Members
The City of Platteville has openings for the various committees, boards, and commissions that help guide the direction of the City and the Common Council. Each commission, board, and committee meet at different times throughout the month and year. A complete schedule can be found below.
Application forms for the City of Platteville Boards and Commissions are available in the City Clerk’s office in the Municipal Building at 75 N Bonson Street, Platteville, WI , online at www.platteville.org. Please note that most positions require City residency.
Current Vacancies Airport Commission Arts Board 7/1/10 (5) Board of Appeals (Zoning) (2) Board of Appeals (ET Zoning) Board of Review Community Development Board Historic Preservation Commission (2) Rountree Gallery Board
Meeting Schedule Each Board, Commission, and Committee for the City of Platteville meet at the times and dates posted below. Current and archived agendas and minutes are available on the City’s website, www.platteville.org. All meetings are open to the public and everyone is invited to attend. COMMON COUNCIL – 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers AIRPORT COMMISSION – 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Airport ARTS BOARD – as necessary BOARD OF APPEALS (ZONING & ET ZONING) – 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers BOARD OF REVIEW – meets in the City Hall Council Chambers annually the first Monday in May or within 30 days of that date. The meeting may last longer than one day. COMMISSION ON AGING – 3rd Friday of each month at 9:00 a.m. at the Senior Citizen Center COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BOARD – as necessary COMMUNITY SAFE ROUTES COMMITTEE – 3rd Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room FREUDENREICH ANIMAL CARE TRUST FUND – meet Quarterly. HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION – 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers HOUSING AUTHORITY – last Monday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the GAR Room LIBRARY BOARD – 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Library MUSEUM BOARD – 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. at the Museum PARKS, FORESTRY, AND RECREATION COMMITTEE – 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers PLAN COMMISSION – 1st Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers POLICE AND FIRE COMMISSION – 1st Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the All Purpose Room at the Police Station REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY – 4th Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at Mound City Bank Motor Branch ROUNTREE GALLERY BOARD – 1st Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Rountree Gallery (April – November) and the G.A.R. Room (December – May). WATER AND SEWER COMMISSION – 2nd Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers ALL OTHER BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES – as necessary
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Platteville Senior Center: Fun for All Ages Imagine someone asked you to describe a senior center. Would you say it is a place where older people (older than you, of course) sit around playing cards and bingo? Well, it’s time to update your vision! Senior Centers have changed! The Platteville Senior Center recognizes that today’s senior citizens recognize that staying active and engaged in the community are important to healthy aging. Benefits Social Connections We never outgrow the need for a social life. This desire doesn't fade as we grow older. In fact, some elderly people become lonely after the passing of a spouse, less frequent visits from family and the physical limitations that may prevent getting out on a regular basis. Senior centers provide a diverse group of peers to spend time with. Interacting with others will decrease the risk of depression. Maintaining contact with others may help to delay or prevent the onset of cognitive decline. Entertaining Activities Senior centers regularly schedule activities geared toward their clientele. From bingo night to potluck dinners to live entertainment, the senior center is often a favorite place for senior citizens to find entertainment. These activities keep them active, which promotes their mental and physical well-being. Physical activity available at some of these centres will maintain or improve muscle and bone mass. These are important for overall health and in particular can delay the onset of diseases like osteoporosis and provide more avenues for interaction. Promoting Independence Senior centers give older people a renewed sense of independence. With a full schedule of social activities and friends to meet at the center, the elderly feel like they are doing their own thing. When seniors rely on their families for all of their transportation and human contact, it can make them feel dependent and unhappy. Many senior centers provide free transportation for seniors to and from their homes so that they can come and go as they please, furthering the feeling of independence and freedom. Fitness programs. A number of local community centers, churches, fitness centers, and senior centers offer exercise programs specially designed for older adults. Regular exercise helps you stay functional and healthy. Health Screening Senior centers regularly schedule health screenings and make flu shots and other treatment available. This convenient option encourages seniors to get checked for health problems without making additional appointments with doctors, and they get to do it in a place they want to go anyway. These screenings and treatments benefit seniors by providing early detection of health problems and increasing their chances for longevity. One of the best ways to stay in good mental and physical shape as you age is to get out and enjoy yourself. Take advantage of the programs and services offered to senior citizens so you can make the most of life. Platteville Senior Center is located at 55 S Court St. Their phone number is 348-3489934.
Holiday Garbage & Recycling Schedule
Alternate Side Parking Regulations
If you normally receive service on If you normally receive service on
From November 15 to April 1 of each year, there shall be no parking on alternate sides of the street between 2am and 6am. During this time, parking is as follows: No parking on the side of the street with even numbered houses on even days and no parking on the side of the street with odd numbered houses on odd days. This ordinance is only valid for streets where overnight parking is usually allowed.
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day, December 24th and Monday, Wednesday, December 26th and December 31st.
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Rollo Jamison Museum Events & Activities Keeping Christmas will be the theme of this year’s Christmas exhibit at the Rollo Jamison Museum. Period settings from the 1840s, 1870s, 1920s, and 1950s will show visitors how our ancestors “kept”, or celebrated, Christmas. The room will be dominated by the 14’ Victorian Christmas tree, and the electric toy
trains will help get everyone in the holiday spirit. Performances by local choral groups are scheduled; check the museum’s website for exact dates and times. The exhibit will be open daily Dec. 3 – Dec. 23. The Rollo Jamison Museum Toy Train Exhibit is scheduled for Feb. 2 -3 and 9-10. Standard
gauge and O gauge trains will fill the room with the hum of wheels and toots of whistles. There will be a play area for young engineers to try their skill at loading cars and running floor trains.
Three programs are being planned, and the dates and topics will be available on the museum’s website.
The Rollo Jamison Museum Winter Lyceum programs will take place on Sunday evenings in March of 2013.
For information about any of these museum programs, go to www.mining.jamison.museum, or call 348-3301.
Police Department Holds Neighborhood Meetings On Monday, October 8th and Wednesday, October 10th the Platteville Police Department hosted two neighborhood meetings in the city. The first meeting was held in a Campus parking lot at the corner of W. Main St. and Hickory St. and the second meeting was held in Indian Park on N. 4th St. The attendees snacked on hotdogs and punch and interacted with numerous Police Officers who were there to host the events. The focus of the meetings was to get long term city residents and college students who live off campus to meet and interact in a laid back social setting. We want students and year round city residents to get to know their neighbors and what the community expectations of behavior are before we experience any conflicts due to differing ideas of acceptable behavior. We also believe that once community members get to know each other, they will feel more connected and less likely to engage in behaviors that will potentially cause conflicts. We also took the opportunity to answer questions from attendees and provide information related to services offered by the City. Our officers also talked about areas of mutual concern such as City ordinances and our enforcement philosophy. Officers explained the open burning rules in the city, how the noise ordinance applies, and they also touched on issues like how to be a good neighbor. Officers explained the Police Department’s “zero tolerance” stance regarding ordinance violations such as excessive noise, underage consumption, trespassing, criminal damage to property, theft, open intoxicant violations and other offenses. We explained that we strictly enforce these ordinances based on the belief that these violations tend to erode the quality of life enjoyed by everyone in the community. Officers also explained pertinent parking regulations, including the prohibition against parking on lawns and discussed issues that new renters need to be aware of such as the maximum number of unrelated tenants (4) that can live in a rental unit. Officers also explained the Castle Doctrine which allows Wisconsin residents to utilize force, including deadly force to protect themselves based on the assumption that if and when someone is attempting to unlawfully enter or break into their home, they don’t have to be actually presented with the threat of bodily harm. Based on the Castle Doctrine, a resident is given the privilege to act Officers perform Kids Care ID Kits at first before an actual threat is presented. This becomes an issue numerous times a year in one of the neighborhood meetings. Platteville when we have usually intoxicated individuals mistakenly try to enter the wrong home or apartment. Prior to the passage of the Castle Doctrine legislation the situation usually resulted in a good scare for the resident and a citation and ride in the back of a squad car for the intoxicated individual. Now a much more serious outcome could result from essentially the same scenario. Both meetings were well attended and we hope to continue hosting similar events in future years.
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Inside Public Works Public Works is composed of a number of different departments and functions. Engineering has Howard Crofoot - Director, Dan Allen – Engineering Technician and Monie Konecny – Administrative Assistant. This group provides direction and support to the rest of the department, plus provides mapping, Ordinance enforcement, and contract supervision of design & construction. Read about the following departments throughout the rest of the newsletter: Water & Sewer, Maintenance, Streets, and Parks. Solid waste (garbage) and recycling for single family houses and duplexes are done through a City contract with Faherty, Inc. A portion of these services is scheduled to be placed on the tax roll as a separate charge. Collection will remain the same as in 2012. The east side of the City to Second Street and Bayley Avenue is collected on Monday. The west side is collected on Tuesday. For Monday holidays, the collection is moved to Tuesday & Wednesday. For 2013, the spring & fall clean up will remain. Spring clean up is the Monday or Tuesday prior to the Memorial Day holiday, May 20 & 21, 2013. Fall clean up is the Monday or Tuesday prior to the UW-Platteville Homecoming weekend, usually in October.
Changes Regarding the Rental Inspection & Licensing Program The City of Platteville has recently adopted changes to Chapter 33, the Rental Code, and other changes to the rental inspection and licensing program. A summary of the changes is as follows: 1. Several definitions were modified to clarify which residential properties are subject to the rental code and the rental licensing program. Specifically, the code now states that any dwelling unit that is occupied by the property owner, or only by the property owner’s parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren and/or spouse are not subject to the requirements of the ordinance. Properties that are owned by UWP or the Board of Regents of the State of Wisconsin, and operated by the UWP as student housing, are not subject to the requirements of this ordinance. All other non-owner occupied residential properties shall be licensed. 2. The penalties for violations of the rental code were raised by $50. 3. The rental license application is now required to include two contact phone numbers regarding the rental property. An email address is also requested to be included for improved communication. 4. All leases for dwelling units subject to the ordinance shall include in the lease, or in a document attached to the lease, the following language: City Ordinance Chapter 33 regarding rental licensing standards applies to this property. Maximum occupancy limits apply to this unit. Unless this unit is an approved rooming house, this unit may be occupied by no more than four (4) unrelated persons, or less, depending on the size and number of bedrooms. Units located in a Limited Occupancy Residential Overlay district may be limited to no more than two (2) unrelated persons as provided in Section 22.0514 of the Municipal Code. For more information, contact the City at 608-348-9741.
5. The language in the code has been changed to clarify when a handrail or guardrail is required: Every flight of stairs having more than three risers, and every open portion of a stair, landing, balcony, porch, deck, ramp or other walking surface, including a roof that is used for ingress, egress or emergency egress, which is more than 24 inches above the floor or grade below, shall have guards. 6. The language regarding clear space in a kitchen has been changed to match the building code requirement. Kitchens shall have a clear passageway of not less than 30 inches between the front of countertops and appliances or walls. 7. A requirement for carbon monoxide detectors has been added. One carbon monoxide detector shall be installed on each habitable level of the dwelling unit, including the basement, if any fuel burning appliance is present in the dwelling unit. 8.The rental sanctions portion of the ordinance (Section 33.31) has been modified to remove any reference to the accumulation of points for ordinance violations. 9. The City will begin sending postcards to property owners to remind them that their rental license will soon expire. The postcard will be sent approximately 90 days prior to the license expiration date. It will be the property owner’s responsibility to arrange an inspection of the unit and complete any necessary repairs so that the property meets code and the license is renewed prior to the expiration date. 10. Any license that is renewed after the date of the license may be subject to a $25 late fee. 11. Any license that is not renewed within 30 days of the license expiration may be subject to a citation for each day the unit remains unlicensed.
FALL 2012 NEWSLETTER
Rollin’ with the Street Department The Street Department is another department of Public Works. Under the direction of Superintendent Paul Budden, this area is responsible for maintenance and repair of over 52 miles of local streets, 5 miles of State Highways, storm sewers, traffic & parking signs and our 8 traffic signals. They also are in charge of Greenwood and Hillside Cemeteries. He coordinates building & grounds maintenance for City Hall, the Library and Senior Center. He works with the Parks Department to provide maintenance of all parks and facilities. The City Forester – Dave Duggan – is also our permanent Cemetery Maintenance person. In the summer, we hire temporary employees to assist with lawn care of the Cemeteries. As Forester, Dave is responsible for the health of City owned trees in streets and other public lands. We had an Arborist help identify our public trees and assign risk based on the health and visual appearance of the trees. Over the past few years we have removed over 50 high-risk trees and this year, with help from a DNR grant, we are replanting 41 trees to begin replacing the trees. One service we provide is brush removal. Staff is proposing to make this a paid service in 2013. A homeowner would contact the City Manager’s office with the address of the brush pile next to the curb. After the cutoff date, Street Department crews would be dispatched to pick up the brush. The homeowner would be billed for the time & expense of removing the brush. Homeowners have the option of taking their brush to the compost pile on Stumptown Road themselves at no charge. One of the most visible aspects of the job is snow removal. With our budget cuts, there are fewer people which could stretch our response time. We are looking at 10 – 12 hours to clear City streets in a “normal” snowstorm of 3 – 4”. We promoted Jason Genthe to Assistant Street Superintendent. He will lead the crews, plus he works on traffic signs and signals. Jerry Roberts, Nick Seng, Paul Taber, Kevin Tanner and Mike Timmerman round out the crew. Jay Richards is our mechanic, keeping city vehicles – including police squad cars - running smoothly and filling in as a snow plow driver as needed. We ask people to be patient with our efforts. Please do NOT shovel snow from driveways into the street, it is against City Ordinances. Also, you are reminded that City Ordinances requires property owners with public sidewalk to shovel those sidewalks the entire width and length of the sidewalk – including the corners – within 36 hours after a snowfall.
Recreation Department in Full Swing This Fall The Recreation Department has been busy wrapping up our youth fall programs and our adult programs are in full swing! This fall, we offered NFL Flag Football for grades 1&2 and 3&4 and had 47 kids participate to make up four teams in each age group. Kid rceive a replica NFL jersey and set of flags to kep at the end of the season. This program has not been offered since 2008, so we’re glad to bring it back. We hope next fall it will be even bigger! We also offered Youth Dance for the first time and the interest was fantastic! We offered three different “sampler” classes for ages 3&4, 5&6, and 7&8. The kids were introduced to ballet, tap, and jazz during this six-week program. We are looking forward to offering more dance classes in the spring. Youth Tennis, Youth Soccer, Introduction to Sports, and Start Smart Soccer round out our fall recreation programs for children and I can’t thank our instructors and staff enough. I received multiple emails regarding how great our programs and staff are! Without great staff, our programs would not be the same. Our Saturday morning themed Preschool Workshops are offered once per month from October through March and offer kids ages 3-5 the opportunity to play games, do arts and crafts, and create various treats. The themes vary from October’s “Halloween Spooktackular” to December’s “Winter Wonderland” to March’s “Kids in the Kitchen”. Registration deadlines do not apply to these programs, but register early to ensure a spot for your child. We had eight teams participate in our Adult Coed Softball league that ran from August 19 thOctober 28th. Our Adult Women’s Volleyball League has 24 total teams in two different divisions. Our summer leagues also consist of Women’s Sand Volleyball, Coed Sand Volleyball, Men’s Slow Pitch Softball and Coed Slow Pitch Softball. Interested in entering a team in an adult league next year? Contact our office for registration deadlines and to have team registration information mailed to you. We have also been working on new sponsorship opportunities within our department. If you or your business are interested in sponsoring a youth sports team, or donating to our Recreation Scholarship fund to help low-income families participate in our programs, please contact our office today! Our summer recreation program brochure will be out in early March, so stop by to pick up your copy or check it out on our website. Deadlines for summer programs do apply, so please watch for those. We hope you’re having a great fall! Don’t forget to get outside and play!
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Platteville Public Library: Access to Information Several weeks ago I visited a high school class to talk about a career as a library professional. It took a lot of hours of reading, writing, re-writing, and re-thinking the message I wanted to impart about my chosen occupation. When all was said and done, the greatest misconception that I wanted to correct was our mission. While libraries have been associated with books for centuries and people often think that books are the reason libraries exist, it was Benjamin Franklin, in 1731, who identified our true purpose as an institution: free access to information. For years, as each new technological format was introduced, we have heard that libraries would become obsolete. However, just because a new medium arrives doesn’t mean an old medium dies out. We still have radio in an era of HD broadcasting; we still have handwritten notes in an age of online cut and paste; and we still have reading in an age of videos, DVDs, and e-books. That will continue; but the nature of reading will change as it has changed all along. Librarians are still keepers of the word and will continue to be so, no matter how the information is delivered. Technology simply reshapes the reading habit. When I entered the library field, books were the mainstay. But again, books just provided access to information whether it was for a research project, a school report, personal gathering of information on a subject, or pleasure reading. Times have changed and libraries have moved forward with technological advancement. Truth be told, librarians are the original search engines. We don’t have all the answers, but we certainly know how to go about finding them. Library managers recognize that today’s patrons don’t necessarily visit the library solely for books anymore. They come for high speed Internet service on public computers. They attend classes and programs. They check out the latest DVDs. They read newspapers. They place holds to borrow computers. In the near future, in addition to Overdrive services and our popular Playaways, we will be offering the opportunity to check out Kindles, Nooks and their relatives – either loaded with books or for the opportunity to check out the devices to determine which piece of equipment to choose as a personal purchase. Some patrons come simply for a place “to be,” or to experience a place of community. I came into my position as a public library user and, as a Director, that is the filter through which I evaluate everything – from new staff to services to programs. As we begin to turn the calendar of another year, it’s time to evaluate the services we currently provide, all toward a greater goal of providing free access to information for all people . . . in any format. So what’s working for you? What are some best practices that you would like to have your public library provide? What are some of your thoughts about what it takes to improve the patron experience, engage the community, and help the staff to succeed? Send your ideas to me at email@example.com. Let’s make Platteville Public Library the learning place of a lifetime. Your library card: Small enough to fit in your pocket; Big enough to change your life.
Pre-schoolers enjoying a "Panda"monium story hour at the Platteville Public Library
Water & Sewer Department: Going with the Flow The Water & Sewer Department is one of the departments of Public Works. This department is responsible for providing safe drinking water to Platteville citizens and treating wastewater to ensure we maintain clean water. The Superintendent is Irv Lupee. He has licenses for both water and wastewater operations. He supervises 3 sections: Water Plant, Wastewater Plant, and Maintenance. We will have 2 water plant operators who provide clean water to the City. Roberta Glasson is one of our operators and we have closed the window for applications for the second position. We hope to have our newest person on board soon. Our water comes from 3 wells – Well 3, 4 and 5. Well 5 is our newest well and will be operational by the end of 2012. We plan to hold an open house sometime in January for citizens to see our set up. We have 4 employees at the Wastewater Plant. The foreman is Dennis Moen. He has over 30 years of experience in wastewater. Jeff Frederick is our Lab Technician. He tests the wastewater to ensure we are treating it to meet or exceed Wisconsin DNR standards. Our 2 operators are Tom Blankenberg and Mike Stymiest. They keep the plant operating at peak efficiency. We have 5 employees in Maintenance. The foreman is Kevin Hall with over 20 years experience with the City. Kevin Loeffleholz, Brian Okey and Tim Peacock maintain the water distribution system and the wastewater collection system. There are over 50 miles each of water and sanitary sewer lines that they are responsible for with more than 560 fire hydrants. We have Dave Bradley who is our Cross-Connection Inspector and Meter Technician. He makes sure our water meters are running accurately and inspects buildings to detect and eliminate potentially unsafe conditions. In the office is Julie Abing who provides billing and customer support.
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Permit Parking Zone Earlier this year, the City of Platteville initiated a permit parking zone to preserve the residential parking near the newly constructed 600 -plus bed Rountree Commons residence hall on the southwest side of the city. Two free permits were issued to the owners of one, two, and three family dwellings in the Permit Parking Zone. Single family, owner-occupied dwellings may stop in the Police Department for up to an additional 2 permits. Renter occupied homes may not. If you are visiting someone in the permit parking zone, you can stop by the Recreation Department at City Hall or the Police Department to pick up free guest passes. Passes are only valid for up to 3 days in a row and no more than a total of 12 days per year. On pages 8-9 you will find a map of the permitted zone along with a sample of the permit. So far, this program has been working very well for the residents. The permit parking zone works as follows: No Parking 3am-6am: Spaces in yellow allow for parking anytime with our without a permit except from 3am-6am. 4 hour parking: Spaces in light blue are 4 hour parking every day, but no parking 3am-6am. Permit Parking or 15 Minute Parking: Any green space is parking for 15 minutes only or requires a permit. Permit Parking or 2 hour parking: You may park in orange spaces for up to 2 hours Monday-Friday from 6am-6pm only without a permit OR you can park there for any amount of time WITH a permit. As a reminder, the longest you can park on any allowed City street anywhere in town is 48 hours. Per City ordinance, no vehicle shall be left on any city street for more than 48 consecutive hours without being moved. See the City’s website for more specific parking information. The UW-Platteville campus has notified the City that they have ample parking still available on campus and that students can still purchase residence hall, commuter, and remote parking passes from the UW-Platteville Campus Police Department.
Finance Department: Water & Sewer & Treasurer Combine The Finance Department for the City of Platteville currently has four employees and now handles the combined duties of the Treasurer’s Office and the Water & Sewer Department Office. Duties include budgeting, accounting for receipts and payments, payroll, many human resource items, and other duties as may be required. Office hours in 2012 are from 7:15 A.M. until 5:00 P.M from Monday – Thursday. Payments to the Water & Sewer Department can be made in the Water & Sewer Department Office during working hours. In front of City Hall there is a drop box in which payments may be deposited 24 hours per day. Payments may also be mailed to PO Box 780. We also offer an Automatic Payment Withdrawal from a checking or savings account. There is no cost to the customer and the amount of your billing is taken out on the due date on the 20th of each month. The Water & Sewer Department also offers a third party online/phone pay option where you can pay your bill by credit card or debit card for a fee of $2.99 per transaction, with a maximum transaction amount of $300. You will need to have your account number in order to complete your transaction. To pay by phone dial 1.877.885.7968 selecting option 1 or online at www.platteville.org (look for the link under City Depts., then click on Water & Sewer Department) select “Make a Payment”. Payments to the City of Platteville Treasurer’s Office can also be made during working hours, placed in the drop box in front of City Hall, or mailed to City of Platteville, PO Box 780. City of Platteville property tax bills are normally mailed out from our office by December 15th. Property tax payments are due by January 31st. A payment option for Real Estate taxes is to use the installment plan. First half taxes are due by January 31st to the City of Platteville, with the second half taxes due by July 31st to the Grant County Treasurer. A new payment option will be available this year for the payment of property tax bills. Credit card and e-check payments may be made in our office or online. When using a credit card or debit card, a 2.39% fee will be charged. Fees for using E-checks will be $1.50 for payments up to $10,000 and $10.00 for payments over $10,000. More information on this option will be forthcoming.