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City of Stoughton

Issue 1, Spring 2012

Aging brings changes. You make life choices. We provide options.

Stoughton Area Senior Center 248 W. Main Street, Stoughton, WI • (608) 873-8585 Accredited by the Wisconsin Association & National Institute of Senior Centers

It’s Our 40th AnnIversAry & vOlunteer ApprecIAt IA IOn Week Is AprIl 16-20th IAt OPEN HOUSE Friday, April 13, 1:00-4:00 PM Help us celebrate our 40 years of service & the volunteers who make it possible! Workshop: Tasks of Grieving Thomas Moe from Southern Care Hospice Tuesday, April 17th at 5:00 PM, Senior Center Over the years we have come to realize that grief is not merely a series of stages but, instead, it is a process. The grief process is individual to the person experiencing it. People express their loss in numerous ways and what is considered normal grief continues to evolve. Our goal is to discover the various tasks we must undertake in grieving. Tasks of grieving is a broad program that can help you understand yourself, your previous losses, and your means of discovering healing. Everyone is welcome.

The Results Are In! In 2011… • 15,140 meals were delivered to 137 homebound • Over 900 people attended a Senior Center program or activity over 24,000 times • 177 people volunteered 11,111 hours to the Center • 4,531 meals were served at the Center to 252 people Request our 2011 Annual Report for more details. It is also available at Natural Wonders of Costa Rica The Senior Center is offering a 9 day trip to Costa Rica this November! Through a travel package by Premier World Discovery, travelers will have the opportunity to visit one of Central America’s greatest haven for ecotourism featuring lush forests, magnificent waterfalls, rumbling volcanoes and diverse ecosystems. Stop by the Senior Center for a trip itinerary & rate sheet, and watch our newsletter for details of our upcoming travel show. Syttende Mai Events at the Senior Center Thursday, May 17 Hall of Fame Induction, 6:30 PM Lefsa Demo & Sale Friday, May 18, 8:30-10:30 AM Arnie Dullum will demonstrate his skill for making this Norwegian potato flat bread. Purchase yours while they’re warm and fresh! NEW Chose’s Coney Dog Sales Saturday & Sunday, May 19-20 Stop by our outdoor food booth for Chose’s famous Coney Dogs. Relive the days of the old A & W Restaurant. Come early, before we run out!


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Attention Voters!

Elections Update

State courts have recently granted an injunction to block the ID requirement for voters. All other provisions, as well as the new voting districts, will remain in effect for upcoming elections. 2012 election dates include: • May 8th Recall Election Primary* • June 5th Recall Election* • August 14th Partisan Primary November 6th General Election

c. A  ny identification card issued by an employer and bearing a photo of the card holder, but not a business card. d.  A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election.

• For more information on potential recall elections check the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board website at

e. A  gas, electric, or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before Election Day. Electronic statements may be used only if printed.

Upcoming Elections for 2012

f. A bank statement. Electronic statements may be used only if printed.

Several laws have changed that voters must be aware of when preparing to vote at elections starting in 2012. Following are the important highlights of the recently adopted laws:

h. A check or other document issued by a unit of government

g. A paycheck.

1. In order to vote at an election, the voter must reside at his/her current address for a minimum of 28 consecutive days.

i. A  n affidavit on public or private social service agency letterhead identifying a homeless voter and describing the individual’s residence for voting purposes.

2. Every voter at the polls must sign the poll book before being allowed to vote. Voters who refuse to sign the poll list will not be allowed to vote. NOTE: Voters who have a disability that prevents them from signing the poll book will be exempt from this provision. Absentee voters are also exempt from the provision.

j. A residential lease (cannot be used if registering by mail).

If a voter has recently had a name change and the name has not been changed on the ID, the voter should continue to register and/or vote using the previous name until the ID is changed.

For further information, you may contact the Government Accountability Board at http:// or call 1- 866-VOTE-WIS

Voting Locations Aldermanic District 1 (Wards 1 & 2)


***First Lutheran Church 310 E. Washington St., Stoughton WI 53589

Voter Registration

Aldermanic District 2 (Wards 3 & 4)

If you need to register to vote, please review the following instructions:

Stoughton Fire Station 401 E. Main St., Stoughton WI 53589

1. You may register by mail up to 20 days before an election. If you are a first time voter in Wisconsin, and you register by mail, you must provide proof of residence.

Aldermanic District 3 (Wards 5 & 6)

2. You may register in the City Clerk’s office prior to 20 days before an election without providing proof of residence. 3. If you register in the City Clerk’s office between the 20th day before an election and the Friday before the election, proof of residence must be provided. The proof of residence must contain your name and current address. 4. Following is a list of acceptable proof of residence forms:

***United Methodist Church 525 Lincoln Ave., Stoughton WI 53589

Aldermanic District 4 (Wards 7 & 8) ***Lakeview Church 2200 Lincoln Ave., Stoughton WI 53589

***Voting at these locations will take place in the church public areas, not in the sanctuary.

Polling Hours: 7a.m. - 8p.m.

a. Current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license or identification card. b. Any other identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit

Something to Celebrate!

Garage Sale Signage Information

In past years, the City of Stoughton and the Stoughton Fair Association have jointly funded our Fourth of July fireworks at a cost of $10,000. This year because of budget constraints, our City and our Fair Association are not able to make this commitment. We all need to cut back. However, we would still like to continue the Stoughton tradition of fireworks on the Fourth of July by bringing this request to you.

Garage sale signs may be placed in the parkrow, in front of the residence where the sale is being held, for a period not to exceed three days and no more than three times in a calendar year. Signs may also be placed in the parkrows at various intersections for the days of the sale; such signs shall not have a height greater than 2 1/2 feet from grade. Garage sale signs shall not exceed four square feet in area, two feet in height and two feet in width. Garage sale signs are not to be attached to utility poles, trees, traffic regulatory structures or fences and shall not obstruct vision for vehicular traffic. No more than 3 sales are allowed per year. A sale of up to 3 consecutive days in length shall be considered one time.

Are you able to make a donation to support our celebration? We would like to raise a minimum of $5,000 to enable us to enjoy fireworks on a smaller scale. However, even though we need to raise $5,000, we still have something to celebrate. Pat Nowlin has offered to match your donations to achieve the funding goal of $5,000 for this year’s Fourth of July fireworks.

If you have any questions regarding garage sale signs please call Michael Stacey, Zoning Administrator at 608-646-0421

Committee Members Needed Citizen members fill a valuable role on city committees. Please consider participating by filling one of the following vacancies:

You can help make Stoughton’s fireworks a reality and join this patriotic celebration in a very personal way. Please send your checks by June 1 to: Fireworks, City of Stoughton, 381 E. Main St., Stoughton, WI 53589, or bring your donation by City Hall the next time you are downtown. Checks should be made payable to City of Stoughton, with a note for fireworks on the memo line.

• Cable TV Commission (1 member needed)

Thank you very much for your support!

Please contact Deb Blaney at Stoughton City Hall at 873-6677 to volunteer or for more information.

Don’t make a $1,000 mistake at another dealer! Come to Bill Stark’s Stoughton Motors where we always make it easy to buy! 1509 Hwy. 51 Next to McDonald’s

(608) 205-9075

• Cemetery Board ( 1 member needed) • Landmarks Commission ( 4 Commissioners needed) • Opera House Board (2 Board member needed)

ating Celebr ars! 50 Ye

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Stoughton Floral 168 E. Main Street, Stoughton, WI Flower Phone: 873-6173 or 866-595-6800 Mon.-Fri. 8am to 5:30pm; Sat. 8am to 3pm

Nightly Specials • Sunday Breakfast

Text B158 to 36000 for current news and specials!

3097 Sunnyside St., Stoughton (608) 205-9300 •

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Frequently Asked Questions about 211 (Dane County

What is 2-1-1 Wisconsin?

2-1-1 is a free, easy-to-remember phone number connecting callers with health and human services in their community.

How does it work?

Stoughton Area Medication Disposal and Sharps Collection Event

When you dial 2-1-1, you will talk to a trained resource specialist who has access to a comprehensive database listings of nearly all health and human services that exists in your community. Information and referral is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout Saturday, April 28, Drive Through Service the year. Information can be provided in over 90 different languages.

2012, 9:00 am - noon

Stoughton Fire Department

What information is available?

The site contains comprehensive information about health and human services programs (enter from Main Street) in Wisconsin. This includes, but is not limited to assistance for food, housing and shelter, • Bring all medications in their original containers (if possible) - cross off your name education, legal, emergencies, physical and mental health, financial assistance, transporta- or personal information with a black marker tion, and state agency and program information. • Sharps must be dropped off in a registered sharps container or thick plastic launCan anyone call 211? dry detergent bottle Anyone looking for information or assistance to identify the services best suited to meet The Lions/Lioness will also be collecting used eye glasses and hearing aids his or her needs is eligible to call. Case managers, church leaders, employers, teachers or • other agencies calling on behalf of their clients, members, employees or students are also For additional information please call welcome. Stoughton City Hall (608)873.6677

Do I have to pay for my call?

Sponsored by the Stoughton Wellness Coalition

211 service is free to the caller.

he Stoughton Wellness Coalition was formed in 2006, through collaborative efforts of Stoughton Hospital, the Stoughton School District and the City of Stoughton. The coalition promotes a collaborative approach to personal and community wellness through health Contact your local call center and ask for the resource manager. They will be able to provide promotion, educational programming and service to the Stoughton Area Community. you with specifics on what programs are eligible to be listed in this database.

I am a service provider. What programs are eligible to be listed in your database?

Noxious Weeds and Grass Information Noxious weed as defined by the State of Wisconsin Statute 66.0407(1)(b) is, “Noxious weed” means Canada thistle, leafy spurge and field bindweed (creeping Jenny) and any other weed the government body of any municipality or the county board of any county by ordinance or resolution declares to be noxious within its respective boundaries.” Noxious weeds are not allowed in the City of Stoughton. If you own property within the City of Stoughton and allow the above named noxious weeds to grow and/or allow grass/weeds to exceed 1-foot in height, you are in violation of the City of Stoughton Public Nuisance Ordinance Section 58-8(6). A citation may be issued to the property owner after notice of violation. Additionally, the City may contract to have the grass and/or weeds mowed and bill the property owner.

Power of Attorney for Healthcare

The Senior Center case managers are able to assist in the completion of a Power of Attorney for Healthcare free of charge. This document allows you to identify someone to act on your behalf if you are no longer able to make decisions regarding your own healthcare. This is separate from the Financial Power of Attorney, which you would need to complete with the assistance of a lawyer. It is important that everyone over the age of 18 completes a Power of Attorney for Healthcare in order to ensure that healthcare decisions made on their behalf are consistent with their own wishes. If you would like to complete this document or update an old one, please call our graduate student intern, Beth Sager, or a case manager to set up an appointment at (608)873-8585. We can meet at the Stoughton Area Senior Center or if more convenient in your home.

River and Trails Task Force

Violations are found through weekly inspection by Department of Planning & Development staff. If you have any questions related to this issue, contact Steve Kittelson, Building In- Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 21, 2012 for our annual trail clean up. This is in conjunction with Earth Day and all volunteers are welcomed. Meet at the Pedestrian Bridge, spector at 608-873-7626 north of the RR Bridge at 9:00 a.m. rain or shine. Please bring gloves and a rake. The City will supply garbage bags and maps of where the cleanup is needed. Any questions please arkrow errace aste nformation call 873-6746.





The area between the street and the sidewalk is called the parkow or terrace. This area is not a dumping ground for waste such as furniture, appliances, or other garbage. Johns Disposal is contracted to pickup garbage on a weekly basis and will pick up bulk items on the last pickup day of the month. Weekly garbage and bulk items should not be put out in the parkrow/terrace area earlier than the day before the scheduled garbage pickup day. For information related to garbage pickup contact City Hall at 608-873-6677 or there is information available at

Other updates: A new link of trail has been completed by the Streets Department. The trail now connects Mandt Park to Riverside Park, look for a new fishing pier which will be installed before summer. The River and Trails Task Force supports the preservation of the Jefferson St. (Peteville) bridge and will continue to request all information that pertains to this project. See you at the cleanup. Nancy Hagen , River and Trails Chair

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yOuth lAcrOsse skIlls cAmp FUNdamentals, Learning to Train

ActIve stOughtOn fOr lIfe (As4l) One of the main goals of the Stoughton Parks and Recreation Department is to create healthy lifestyles. A proven way to create healthy lifestyles is through physical activity and sport. Active Stoughton for Life (AS4L) is a movement to improve physical activity and sport in Stoughton. AS4L uses a scientific model called Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) as its framework. LTAD is a seven-stage training, competition, and recovery pathway guiding an individual’s experience in recreation and sport from infancy through adulthood stages. Using LTAD will make physical activity and sports more enjoyable for the children. This will make children want to participate in sports which will lead to active and healthy lifestyles throughout their lives.

This program is for children in grades 1st-6th and all skill levels. The philosophy behind the program is to teach basic skills and fundamentals, make new friends, and most importantly have fun! This is a good program to put your child in if they’re baseball, football, basketball, and hockey players. Many of the skills learned in this camp crossover to those sports. Please let contact the Recreation Department if you would like to help out. All equipment will be provided. Days: Sundays Dates: April 22 - May 13 Time: 5:00-6:00 PM Location: Racetrack Park Fee: $30 - Resident, $38 - Non-Resident Registration Deadline: April 16

Physical Literacy


Developing physical literacy is a building block approach that goes this way:







Research shows that children need to learn how to do fundamental movements and sport skills before they can learn how to play a sport competently. Children learn what numbers are in school before they are taught addition and subtraction and why addition and subtraction is taught before calculus. The same reasoning is behind developing physical literacy. For example, parents shouldn’t expect their child to be able to pitch in baseball if they don’t know how to balance. Children need to learn the ABC’s of physical literacy before moving on to fundamental sport skills and then sport specific techniques. The ABC’s of physical literacy are agility, balance, coordination, and speed. Once these basic fundamental movements are mastered children can then move on to learning fundamental sport skills. Fundamental sport skills are jumping, running, catching, throwing, kicking, swinging, hitting, etc. Learning these skills allow children to play multiple sports with ease. Not learning these skills can lead to a lifelong disconnect to sports and recreation. Once the fundamental sport skills are developed, then children may move on to sport specific skill. An example of a sport specific skill would be learning how to do a backhand in tennis. Research shows that learning a sport specific skill before a fundamental movement skill actually hurts performance ability later. Stages 1, 2, and 3 of LTAD develop physical literacy before puberty so children have the basic skills to be active for life.

Seven Stages of LTAD

Stage 1 - Active Start (Males & Females 0-6) - Children this age need to learn the ABC’s of movement - Children need to see that physical activity is a fun and exciting part of everyday life Stage 2 - FUNdamentals (Males 6-9 & Females 6-8) - Children should further develop fundamental movement skills including the ABC’s of movement - Children should be exposed to a variety of sports and physical activities throughout the year Stage 3 - Learning to Train (Males 9-12 & Females 8-11) - Major skill learning stage: all basic movement and sport skills (physical literacy) should be learned before the growth spurt - More time should be spent on training and practice than competing

Program Code


Active for Life Our Zumba classes are taught by certified instructors through Fit Pro Services. Fit Pro Services teach Zumba and other fitness classes in many different locations in Rock and Dane Counties and will be bringing tremendous fitness class experience to Stoughton. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-ofa-kind fitness program that will blow you away.

Regular Zumba

This class is for people who have been in a Zumba class before or who prefer a more rigorous workout. Beginners are welcome to attend this class. Drop-in classes may be offered between class sessions. Please check with the Recreation Department closer to the open dates.

Zumba Gold

Zumba Gold targets the largest growing segment of the population: baby boomers. It takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant, as well as those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. What stays the same are all the elements the Zumba Fitness-Party is known for: the zesty Latin music, like salsa, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton; the exhilarating, easy-to-follow moves; and the invigorating, party-like atmosphere. Class

Program Code




Reg. Zumba


6:15 PM



Zumba Gold


9:15 AM

4/30-6/11 (no 5/28)


Location: 2nd Floor of Youth Center Fee: Res. - $25, Non.-Res - $35

gOlf lessOns fOr Adults Active for Life

- Major fitness development stage: endurance, strength, and speed

High School Golf team coach Dave Taebel will be providing golf instruction this summer for adults. This is a fourth year program that helps the beginning adult or anyone that feels a better swing would help their game. This is a great option for retired people that want to make golf their ne w passion. Class size is limited to the first 15 registrations. Register by April 5.

- Continued approach of spending more time on training and practice than competing

ProgCode: 2160.205

- Most important stage in determining the long-term potential of an athlete

Dates: April 15 - May 20, No Class May 13

- Children being exposed to multiple sports and activities should continue Stage 4 - Training to Train (Males 12-16 & Females 11-15)

Stage 5 - Training to Compete (Males 16-23 & Females 15-21)

Days: Sundays

- Competition becomes serious

Place: Coachman’s Golf Course (meet by driving range)

- High intensity, high volume training

Time: 3:30-4:15 pm

- High school athletics

Instructor: Dave Taebel

Stage 6 - Training to Win (Males 19+ & Females 21+) - College and professional athletics Stage 7 - Active for Life (Enter at Any Age) - Minimum of 60 minutes moderate daily activity or 30 minutes of intense activity for adults - Adult recreational sport leagues, fitness classes, etc

pAIntIng frOm lIfe

Fees: Resident - $55, Non-Resident - $65

men’s slOW pItch sOftbAll Active for Life

We have four men’s softball leagues which is one of the largest in the area. Four leagues play Tuesday through Friday, from May to August. Contact the Recreation Department or go to our web site for an entry form. Contact the Recreation Department if you would like to be put on a free agent list. Entries are due April 11th, 2012.

This art class taught by Sarah Omen, will focus on painting in this class. Students will primarily be painting with watercolor and acrylic paints. This class is for all ages and abilities.

Adult cOed sOftbAll

Date: April 12-May 17 (6 weeks) Times: 5:00-7:00 pm

These games are played on Friday evenings to help kick off a great social night out. Games are played at Mandt and Racetrack Parks. Contact the Recreation Department or go online for an entry form. Contact the Recreation Department if you would like to be put on a free agent list.

Ages: All ages and abilities

Entries are due by April 12th, 2012.

Day: Thursdays

ProgCode: 3300.100 Fee: Resident: $35, Non-Resident: $43 Registration Deadline: April 5 Location: River Bluff FACE Room (home economics room)

Active for Life

Stoughton Parks & Recreation Department 381 E. Main Street • 873-6746 •

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Street Department

Do You Have Questions About the Operation of the Street Department?

Try Our Web Page Our web site answers many frequently asked questions, weekly updates of day to day operations, policies and ordinances and links to Public Works Committee agendas and minutes. Any questions, please call 873-6303.

2012 Road Construction Project North Page Street {Roby Road to Hwy B Re-surfacing and some storm sewer work at Hwy B} and Johnson Ct. The following Streets are receiving Seal Coating and Crack Sealing: Fourth St {Main St to North St}

North St {Forrest St to Termini}

Mandt Parkway {Fourth St to Termini}

Randolph St {S Page St to Termini}

Brush Pickup

CONTRACTOR’S HIRED TO DO TREE REMOVAL OR MAINTENANCE ON PRIVATE PROPERTY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DISPOSAL OF THE BRUSH FROM THE WORK SITE. PLEASE NOTE THAT CONTRACTOR BRUSH WILL NOT BE PICKED UP BY THE CITY Pick-up of properly sized brush (maximum diameter 4”) is on the first week of each month April through the first week of November. Plan your trimming around the scheduled pickup to eliminate having brush out for long periods. Please have your brush at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on first Monday of the month, if Monday is a holiday, then pick up will start Tuesday Place butt (cut end) facing the curb - if parkrow is narrow or branches longer, place in the direction the equipment is traveling.

Milwaukee St {Stoughton Ave to S Van Buren St} S Page St {Milwaukee St to Oak St}

Root balls will not be picked up and should be disposed of at the Madison Landfill Site (call 267-1502 for information).

Oak St {S Page St to S Monroe St}

S Madison St {Oak St to W South St}

All brush must be placed in the park row, NOT IN THE STREET.

S Monroe St {Lowell St to W Milwaukee St}

Garfield St {Hwy 138 to Termini}

Rowe St {W Main St to W South St}

W Milwaukee St {Termini to Vea Ct}

Once crews have gone through an area no other pick up will be done until the next scheduled pick up.

Levanger Ln {W Milwaukee St to Termini}

Bergen Ct {W Milwaukee St to Termini}

Arendal Ct {W Milwaukee St to Termini}

Vea Ct {W Milwaukee St to Termini}

King St {Kvamme Ln to Termini}

Spring Curbside Leaf Collection

Grass Clippings When mowing your lawn, make sure to keep the grass clippings on your property and do not blow or sweep clippings from the driveway and sidewalks into the street. There is a city ordinance prohibiting yard waste in the street which will be strictly enforced. {Sec. 50-5. Offenses against public peace, order and other public interests}

Depending on the weather, this normally occurs in mid April.

(h) Littering prohibited.

Yard Waste Site NOTE: Small amounts of brush are now allowed at the site.

(1) No person shall throw any glass, garbage, rubbish, waste, slop, dirty water, brush, yard waste, dirt, rocky materials or noxious liquid or other litter or unwholesome substance upon the streets, alleys, highways, public parks or other property of the city of upon any private property not owned by him or upon the surface of any body of water within the city.

Availability: Tuesday, April 3rd thru Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This violation is subject to fines from $50.00 to $1,000.00.

Normal Hours of Operation: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 1PM - 7PM, Saturdays: 9AM - 5PM Site may close early due to inclement weather or darkness

Park Row Trees

Located @ 515 S Fourth St - Location may be moving later in the spring to Collins Road in Dunkirk at their Brush site.

Cost: $20.00 and $5.00 (2nd sticker) Stickers must be permanently affixed to the lower left-hand corner of the front windshield of the vehicle. Please remove past years’ stickers from your windshield. Stickers are now available to be purchased at the Street Department Office during normal business hours.

Garbage and Recycling Carts Johns Disposal requests that the carts NOT be placed IN THE STREET, but, instead follow these suggested guidelines throughout the entire year: garbage cart be placed within 2 ft of the street on one side of the driveway and the recycle cart be placed within 2 ft of the street on the other side of the driveway or 2ft from each other to allow room for the trucks arm to be placed around the cart.

Street Closing Permits Public streets may be closed for the use of private citizens and non-profit organizations provided said individual organization applies for a Street Closing Permit and the completed application is submitted to Street Superintendent, Karl Manthe for approval.

It is important to plant the proper tree in the park row to assure a long-lived and healthy tree. Also the size of the tree is important to insure that it will not have to be trimmed due to power lines. Permits are required to plant or remove park row trees. There are no charges for these permits however; we need this information in order to keep our Tree Inventory up to date. These permits may be obtained at the Street Department or online at Lists of tree specifications are also available or you may view these on the web site Remember to call Diggers Locate at 811 or 1-800-242-8511 or email them at diggershotline. com prior to planting.

Springtime Brings More Than Flowers with Those Showers Temporary Shelter Regulations Whether March comes in like a lion or a lamb, it also brings spring showers and melting snow. When snow melts and rain falls, it flows across streets, driveways, parking lots and rooftops and transports sand, salt, leaves, oil, trash and many other pollutants directly to storm drains, which eventually ends up in our lakes and streams. Some folks mistakenly think that water running off streets goes into a sewage treatment plant. But the truth is that it goes right to our lakes and streams.

The regulations applicable to temporary shelters are as follows: Zoning code section 78-206(9) (i) states, “Temporary Shelter. Description: These shelters are typically supported by poles, have a fabric roof and/or sides and area usually used to cover automobiles, boats, recreational vehicles, or firewood on a temporary or permanent basis. These structures are not designed for snow loading that can occur during the winter months. These shelters are not permitted in any zoning district in the City of Stoughton.” If you have any questions regarding this ordinance section please contact Michael Stacey, Zoning Administrator at 608-646-0421 or

You Can Help

Exterior Parking Standards for Recreational Vehicles

• Use salt sparingly during the winter.

A recreational vehicle is any of the following: motor home, camping trailer, travel trailer, boat/trailer, snowmobile/trailer, ATV/trailer or similar vehicles/trailers.

There are many things each of us can do to prevent storm water pollution. • Sweep up any excess sand left over from the snow shoveling season. • Clean up pet waste year round-flush it down the toilet or collect it in a bucket until you can bury it properly. • Keep cars well maintained repairing leaks; but consider walking, public transportation or riding a bike whenever you can. • Direct rainwater away from paved areas to lawns or gardens where it can soak in. • Keep leaves and grass clippings out of the street. Compost yard waste, debris and leaves.

Parking or storage of recreational vehicles in residential, office, and business districts are permitted in the following manner:

Recreational vehicles:

(a) Shall be parked or stored within dedicated parking spaces and shall be a minimum of five feet from any property line or right-of-way line. (b) Shall not be parked or stored within a front or street yard except for (a) above. (c) S hall be owned by the resident who is occupying the property on which the vehicle is parked or stored.

• Get a soil test before applying fertilizer to your lawn. Don’t pay for something you don’t (d) Are permitted only for storage purposes except mobile homes and campers may be used need. If a test shows that your lawn does need fertilizer, apply it according to directions for overnight sleeping for a maximum of 14 days in one calendar year. and carefully clean up any spills on paved surfaces. (e) May not be permanently connected to wastewater or sanitary sewer lines, or electricity • Wash your car on the lawn or at a car wash that sends its used water to the sewage treatexcept for charging of batteries. ment plant. (f) M  ay not be used for storage of goods, materials or equipment other than those items • Prevent soil erosion. considered to be part of the unit or essential for its use. • Don’t let anything but rain go down the storm drain or into the ditch. If you have any questions regarding this regulation please contact Michael Stacey, Zoning Go to for more ideas on how you can help our lakes and streams. Administrator at 608-646-0421.


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Landmarks Commission Seeks Members Do you love history? Do you admire Stoughton’s collection of historic buildings? Are you interested in learning more about them? If you can answer yes to any of those questions, then you may be a prime candidate for a spot on the Stoughton Landmarks Commission! The commission currently has four vacancies. Below is more information about the commission and what it does. If you are interested, please contact Mayor Donna Olson at 873-6677 or dolson@ The Landmarks Commission is made up of 9-members, appointed by the mayor, to uphold the city’s historic preservation ordinance. It normally meets once per month (currently 1st Tuesday of month at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall), for 90 minutes or less. Its main goals include: preserving local landmarks through local designation, and raising awareness about the historic assets we have in the community. Everyone chips in by working collaboratively on at least one project each year. Projects can be any number of things, as long as they pertain to the commission’s overall goals . Past projects have included: • creating and/or maintaining our website (; • Dane County Cultural Affairs grant projects to create or reprint walking tour brochures; • researching and proposing the designation of local landmarks; • coordinating our annual historic preservation awards; • procuring grants to nominate properties to the National Register of Historic Places; • assisting with our revolving historic W. Linderud photo exhibit at public library; and • procuring historic district signage, to name just a few.

Announcing: 2012 Stoughton Historic Preservation Awards Nominations Now Open The City of Stoughton Landmarks Commission is inviting home owners, architects, contractors and Stoughton residents to nominate projects for the 2012 Stoughton Historic Preservation Awards. The Commission has established an annual awards program to recognize notable achievements in restoration, rehabilitation, maintenance and adaptive re-use of Stoughton buildings and structures. To reflect today’s understanding of the broad categories in which preservation can enhance the character of our community, 3 award categories have been updated and include: Proper Rehabilitation/Restoration; Sensitive Addition/Alteration; and Adaptive Reuse. These award categories are described in more detail on the nomination form. To be eligible, work must have been completed within the last five years. Except for publicly owned buildings or buildings open to the public, only exterior work is eligible for consideration. Commission members will select the award recipients from the nominations submitted in their respective categories. To nominate a project, please complete the nomination form (attached, or available at either City Hall or Stoughton Public Library) and submit it to the address listed on the form. Nomination forms due no later than April 30, 2012. See the forms to the right. The Stoughton Landmarks Commission is a body of nine members of the community, appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Common Council, which serves to recognize and preserve the historic and cultural resources within the City of Stoughton, as prescribed by the Stoughton Landmarks Ordinance (Section 12.135). This includes coordinating educational activities, designating local historic landmarks, providing design expertise, and performing design reviews of applications to alter locally designated historic buildings.

Graduation Parties, Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, Block Parties…

Ahh…the Culinary Ease of Cheese!!

• 130 Varieties of Cheese • Cheese Trays • Fresh Curds • Gift Boxes • We Ship Anywhere in the USA or Canada 183 E. Main Street, Downtown Stoughton • 608-873-1777

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Department Of Planning & Development Information Why You Should Know Where Your Property Stakes Are Located

The following information can be found at this website: Use the applications and information link for:

It is very helpful to know exactly where your property lines are when:

• Permit Fee Schedule • Building/Zoning Permit Application

• Buying a home/property so you know what you are buying and for future reference;

• Commercial Buildings Information • Stormwater & Erosion Control Application

• Landscaping including planting trees and shrubs so they are planted to allow future growth to remain on your property;

• Fire Sprinkler/Alarm System Permit Application • Annual Average Daily Traffic Maps for Stoughton

• Seeking to install fencing, an accessory structure or adding onto your home so when applying for a permit you can easily draft a plan to show where the structure will be located;

• Residential Building Trends 2000-2011 • Fencing Information • Detached Garage & Accessory Structure Information • Deck Information

• Trying to locate any recorded easements.

• Swimming Pool & Antenna Information

Many times we hear people say they were told or they assumed their property line is where a fence, plantings, transformers or power poles are located. In fact that is seldom the case. The only way to be certain is to locate the lot corner stakes as follows:

• Driveway & Sidewalk Information and Application • Zero Lot Line Information • Variance Information and Application • Administrative Appeal Information and Application

• A plat map which shows the dimensions of a property may be obtained from the Department of Planning & Development at no charge to you. This document can be picked up at City Hall, 381 E. Main Street, Emailed, Faxed or Mailed to you. The dimensions of your property will give you a reference to start from and makes it much easier once one stake is found;

• Conditional Use Application • Rezoning Procedure and Application There are also links to the following using the above website: • Comprehensive Plan

• The stakes which are sometimes called “irons” or “monuments” vary in size but are typically approximately a 1-inch solid stake, 1.5 feet long and buried at ground level or by as much as a foot deep at each corner of the property;

• Extraterritorrial Jurisdictional Boundary Map

• A long tape measure is helpful but not necessary to aid in your search;

• City Ordinances

• Renting a metal detector may also be helpful in locating the lot stakes;

Property Information

• Ask neighbor’s if they have an idea where the lot stakes are located to aid in your search;

• Zoning Map

The following information can be found at this website using the public access link:

• Current Property Owner and Address • Property Address • Parcel Number

• Department of Planning & Development staff will assist but cannot locate lot stakes for you. City staff cannot come to your property to locate your property lines or take sides in a dispute over a private property lines. Property line disputes between property owners are a legal issue and are not regulated by City Ordinances; • If lot stakes cannot be found, a licensed land surveyor may be hired to locate them or in some cases restake them. State law requires that lot stakes are not removed however that does not mean they have not been inadvertently removed. Also, many historic areas originally had wood stakes. Surveyors can be found in the Yellow Pages or contact the City staff person below for information. The cost of a survey can vary greatly so it pays to check around;

• Plat Name • Lot Number • Legal Description • Property Acres

• Over time property stakes may be removed or buried beneath retaining walls, paved driveways, concrete walks, plantings etc...making them more difficult to find;

• Land Value • Improved Value

• In some cases a survey is required for new home construction, building additions, detached accessory structures or other major projects.

• Assessed Value • Fair Market Value

For questions related to locating your lot stakes contact Michael Stacey, Zoning Administrator at 608- 646-0421 or

• Tax Information • A Map Showing Where the Property is Located • A List of Recorded Documents Pertaining to the Property

Property/Assessment Information

The following property information may be found at this website:

• Site Data • Dwelling Data • Assessed Value • Parcel Number

Diggers Hotline

Always call Diggers Hotline before digging at: 1-800-242-8511. There is no charge to you for this service. Have Questions? Please call Michael Stacey, Zoning Administrator at 608-646-0421, or

Converting Park Space to Prairie In an effort to reduce maintenance costs, air pollution as well as add a unique and a more educational aspect to some of our parks and open space, the City of Stoughton is considering converting some select park space to prairie (or other appropriate ecosystems). Some of you may have noticed green signs in some parks that were installed last fall delineating the proposed conversion areas. Currently, no official plans are in place nor are there any funds allocated to this effort. The park and recreation department is considering this and is currently asking for feedback. The feedback could be about the areas that are currently proposed or areas that are not currently under consideration. So if you think there are park areas that should be under consideration that are not at this point, please send us your comments. Studies have shown that natural areas, trails and E-ways are the most popular part of our park systems. Since these are your parks (the citizens of Stoughton) we would like your feedback on this effort. Please send all comments to stoughton.

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energy AssIstA st nce funds stIll AvAI stA v lAble Wisconsin’s Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides assistance with heating costs, electric costs, and energy crisis situations. The program is operated by local social and human services and is available to income-qualified households. Energy assistance is a onetime payment each heating season (October 1 through May 15). The amount of the assistance benefit varies according to household size, income level and household heating costs. For information on how to apply for energy assistance, call toll-free (866) 432-8947.

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creAte A A better future WIth reneWAble energy... Ate As a customer of Stoughton Utilities, you can purchase renewable energy blocks to offset a part or all of your electrical usage through our Renewable Energy Program. Purchasing just one block of renewable energy each month for one year has the equivalent impact on the environment as not driving a car for six months and avoids emitting over three tons of carbon dioxide. You might think that using renewable energy is expensive, but it’s just $3 more! That’s all it costs to power up a portion of your home with a block of renewable energy - clean, affordable, “never running out” power from natural resources like wind, solar and biogas. And the more renewable energy we use, the less coal, oil and natural gas we’ll burn, which can have a dramatic effect on the air we breathe. Spending $3 more for a block of renewable energy keeps a lot of CO2 out of the air -- about six months’ worth of car emissions, to be exact. And it only takes two or three blocks to run the average home every month. It adds up to a smaller carbon footprint for you, and a greener world for your kids, and your kids’ kids. All for an extra $3. To sign up for one or more renewable energy blocks, or for more information, please visit

With the beautiful spring weather approaching, your list of outside work may be starting to grow - build a deck, plant some trees, install a gym set for the children, or more. If your list includes any digging, state law (Wisconsin Statute 182.0175) requires you to notify Diggers Hotline. Diggers Hotline is a statewide notification system developed to provide excavators and the general public with the ability to inform multiple owners of underground facilities of intended non-emergency excavation via a single telephone call. You may contact Diggers Hotline at 811 from any phone year round. You must, however, allow three working days (excluding weekends and holidays) notice for the location of the underground facilities prior to digging. Diggers Hotline will process three types of calls: 1) excavation 2) planning of excavation and 3) safe working clearance information for overhead lines. The call center will ask for an address or location information. Specific marking instructions also will need to be provided. Once the locate is completed, you have ten calendar days to begin your excavation work before you must call to have the underground facilities relocated. Please note that there are no charges to individual customers for this service. For more information on Wisconsin’s Digger’s Hotline program, please visit


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Be Prepared for Power Outages

Working outdoors in Wisconsin’s unpredictable weather is hard enough, but when utility crews have to deal with dangerous drivers in work zones, it only makes it that much more difficult. Whether it’s around electric linemen restoring a power outage or a water crew repairing a water main break, work zones are no place for impatience or aggressive driving. The added seconds you may save while speeding through a work zone are not worth placing your utility’s worker’s lives at risk.

Spring and summer in Wisconsin can bring very unpredictable weather, and even a small storm can result in a large power outage. Once the lights go off it’s too late to prepare for a power outage, so don’t get caught searching in the dark for a flashlight or candles.

Tragically, over 1,000 people die across the nation every year in road work zones. Please follow these important tips for safely driving in road work zones. Your life - and ours- depend on it!


• Always buckle up. • Pay attention. Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed and people and vehicles may be working near the road. • Always slow to posted work zone speed limits. • Minimize distractions, such as cell phone use. • Keep a safe distance from traffic barriers, construction equipment, utility workers, and other traffic. • Watch for and follow all warning, lane closure, and construction detour signs. • Plan ahead and give yourself time to reach your destination.

Are You Having Trouble Paying Your Utility Bill? For some customers, including seniors on fixed incomes, energy expenses can be a financial burden. In fact, there are those right here in our community who cannot afford the energy to meet their basic needs. For those who cannot afford such an expense, this can lead to difficult decisions about how to allocate their limited resources. Our local Energy Assistance Program is designed to help income-qualifying households cover their energy costs and reduce the financial burden that they face. If you believe you or someone you know may qualify, we encourage you to establish your income eligibility through the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). To learn more about the LIHEAP application process, contact Dane County Human Services at (608) 242-6200. If approved for LIHEAP, you will receive more information about your eligibility for our Energy Assistance Program at that time. Our Energy Assistance Program is funded with the portion of Commitment to Community dollars specifically set aside for income-qualifying individuals and families. For more information, please visit

Service Disconnections Resume April 18 Stoughton Utilities is advising electric customers who are behind on their bills to immediately pay any delinquent balances or make payment arrangements with the utility to avoid service disconnection. Wisconsin’s Winter Emergency Period, often referred to as the moratorium on residential service disconnection, ends April 15. After that date, utilities statewide may begin to disconnect service to customers who are past due on payment of their electric bills for any period of time, including the winter months. Stoughton Utilities will disconnect all past-due accounts on April 18. The Winter Emergency Period, often referred to as the moratorium on residential service disconnection, ends April 15. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin establishes the moratorium - from October to April - to protect customers from disconnection during harsh Wisconsin winters. On April 15, utilities statewide may begin to disconnect service to customers who are past due on payment of their electric bills for any period of time.

Medical Equipment

If you or a family member relies on medical equipment powered by electricity, create an emergency plan and create a designated neighbor, friend, or family member that you can temporarily relocate to during prolonged outages. We cannot assure any customer that a storm or equipment problem will not interrupt power, so you should consider purchasing a battery backup system to keep your critical needs equipment running during brief outages. Remember: Keep emergency numbers near medical equipment and regularly test the equipment’s back-up power sources. If your condition warrants immediate attention, always contact 911 for assistance.

Sump Pumps and Cordless Phones

Your sump pump runs on electricity, so consider a battery back-up. Choose one that will switch on automatically if an outage occurs. Your cordless phone will not work during a power outage; consider a spare plug-in telephone, or keep your cell phone handy for emergency situations.


Test your generator every 30 days to make certain that it is in good operating condition. Always follow manufacturer’s directions for safe operation. If back-feeding your generator into your home’s electrical system, ALWAYS use a transfer switch or disconnect your main breaker switch. Failure to do so could injure or kill our lineman working to restore our system, or bystanders who come into contact with wires on the ground.

Assemble An Emergency Kit

Prepare one today by gathering a few basic emergency supplies and placing them in an emergency kit that’s easy to locate in the dark. We suggest including these items: • Working Flashlights • Battery-Operated Radio for news & weather reports • Batteries for Flashlights & Radio • Candles & Matches • Blankets. • Bottled Water (City customers will still have water to their faucets, rural customers may not) • Canned or Dried Food • A Corded Telephone (cordless phones don’t work when power is out.)

Other Things to Keep in Mind

• Remember that electric garage door openers will not function during a power outage. Place your unit on “manual” if possible. • Electric sump pumps and pumps used for rural customer’s wells also will not work during a power outage. • Protect electrical equipment from possible surges when power is restored. Use surge suppression devices to protect sensitive equipment such as computers, fax machines, answering machines, televisions, stereos and major appliances - or simply unplug them. • A power outage may affect the operation of security and alarm systems. • Protect food from spoiling by keeping freezer and refrigerator doors closed as much as possible. Food will stay frozen up to 48 hours if the door is not opened frequently. • Blinds and curtains will help shield against the heat of the sun, so while the airconditioning is off you should keep your windows covered. • If you leave your home or business, switch on a light that can be seen from the street. Our crews often “spot check” to ensure all customers have their electricity back on. Try to shut all other appliances and electrical equipment off.

To prevent disconnection, we are urging our customers to settle any delinquent accounts, or to contact us immediately to make payment arrangements for your past-due charges and/or customer deposits.

• For the safety of everyone, stay clear of crews, vehicles and equipment in the area.

Several factors are used when we consider granting a Deferred Payment Agreement for a customer. Some of the factors include:

• Stoughton Utilities’ drinking water and wastewater treatment processes will be active during an outage.

• Compliance with prior payment arrangements

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• The size of your overdue bill • How long your bill has been overdue • Payment history Customers are required to appear in person at our office to establish a Deferred Payment Agreement (DPA), so don’t wait until the last minute. Please note that you will be required to pay a down payment of up to 50% when entering into a Deferred Payment Agreement. For details about our DPA policies, please visit

• After the power is restored, you can safely reconnect appliances and equipment, and reset devices that operate on timers.

Parents: make sure your children know what to do if an outage happens while they are home alone or with a caretaker. Throughout the duration of the outage be sure to check in with them frequently. To learn more about how Stoughton Utilities responds to outages and how to prepare for an outage, as well as additional outage safety tips, please visit

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suppOrt stOughtOn nOn-prOfIts by enrOllIng In prOject rOundup

projects and community needs in our local area, the limited availability of funds requires us to establish these funding priority categories. Contributed funds will be used geographically within the area served by Stoughton Utilities and will include the City of Stoughton and the Townships of Dunn, Dunkirk, Pleasant Springs, Porter, and Rutland. Organizations which provide programs and benefits to people who live in this geographic area are eligible for funding consideration, even if the organization is headquartered elsewhere.

Stoughton Utilities began our Project RoundUP program in 2006 as a way to further assist local nonprofit organizations in our community. Currently 386 of your neighbors participate in the program with voluntary monthly contributions. In 2011 alone, we collected and awarded $3,300 in funds to four local organizations. The customers that participate in this program are continuing the “neighbor helping neighbor” concept that founded Stoughton Utilities over a century ago.

We always welcome new applicants, so if you are aware of any local non-profit organization that would like to be considered for future donations, please have them contact us for an application.

Past Recipients Past recipients of funds include the Friends of the Stoughton Area Youth Center, Shalom Holistic Health Services, American Legion Post 59, Stoughton Wellness Coalition, Martin Luther Christian School, Stoughton Lions and Lionesses Clubs, Stoughton Holiday Fund, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and the Friends of the Stoughton Public Library.

About Project RoundUP Stoughton Utilities customers can opt to enroll in the voluntary RoundUP program. Each month, your utility bill will “round up” to the next highest dollar amount. This small tax-deductible contribution may seem like only pennies a month to you, but the dollars add up quickly when many customers participate. All contributions are tax-deductible and a summary for the prior year is mailed each January.

If you are a customer and would like to sign up to participate in the program, or if you’re a non-profit organization that could benefit from a donation from Stoughton Utilities’ RoundUP program, please contact us at (608) 873-3379 or online at

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Customer Contribution The typical contribution per program participant is approximately $6.00 per year. Amongst all participating customers, over $3,000 is raised each year and awarded by the Stoughton Utilities Committee twice annually to local community service organizations.

How It Works Contributing through the RoundUP program is really very simple. Each month Stoughton Utilities will round up your utility bill to the next full dollar. For example, if your bill is $41.17, it would be rounded up to $42.00 and your monthly contribution will be $0.83. Your maximum contribution per year could be $11.88, but generally will be less than that and averages around $6 per year. If you also participate in our Budget Billing program, the actual costs of your monthly service will be rounded up and not your monthly payment. Your budgeted payment will not change as a result of enrollment in Project RoundUP.

Major Funding Categories Collected funds are administered by the Stoughton Utilities Committee and overseen by the Stoughton City Council. Donations are awarded bi-annually to qualifying registered applicants selected by the Stoughton Utilities Committee. Selection is based upon the merits of the application and the intended use of the funds. To qualify for funding, organizations and projects must generally be related to community service, economic development, education and youth, environment, emergency energy assistance or disaster relief. Although there are many worthy charitable and educational

We are inviting all Community Volunteers to join us for an Open House in the Mayor's Office to offer our appreciation to all who help build a better Stoughton; to be held on: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Mayor will be presenting the Volunteer of the Year Appreciation; Friend of Youth and Business Person of the Year Proclamations, and extending congratulations to this year's honorees.

At Stoughton Utilities, “local” isn’t a buzzword. It’s a promise. We’ve been a part of the Stoughton community for 126 years, and have always promised our neighbors a few things. Clean, affordable power; giving back through public investment; scholarships and education; helping folks with energy-saving advice and ways to lower utility bills. And to put Stoughton’s future - your future - first. Stoughton Utilities velieves affordable public power strengthens our community and helps our neighbors. That’s why, through WPPI Energy, we’re partnering with other local not-forprofit utilities to share resources and lower costs. With public power from Stoughton Utilities, the decisions we make, and the good we do for the environment happens right here. Because we’re here... for you. To learn more, please visit

Home health care at its very best At Stoughton Hospital, it’s our people who have always set us apart. That’s why our Home Health Care is the choice of more and more patients. From nursing, social services, physical and occupational therapy to speech therapy and more - including our Trusted Hands Program - you’ll experience the warm, personal care and attention that Stoughton Hospital is known for.

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To learn more about Stoughton Hospital Home Health Services, call 608.873.2366 or visit online at

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