March 21, 2013
County Post East
Relocation of Dollar General moves one step closer to reality By Bert Lehman Reporter
NEW LONDON - Another hurdle was crossed regarding the sale of city property for the purpose of Dollar General relocating to New London’s downtown area. The New London City Council voted 9-0 to accept the offer by Golden Warriors, LLC, a company that works with Dollar General, to purchase property currently owned by the city. Mary Tate was absent from the meeting. Acceptance of the offer allows Golden Warriors to move forward with the necessary preliminary site analysis to determine if it would accommodate the specifications required for the building. If the site meets the required specifications, the building that currently houses Curt’s Barber Shop will be removed from the property. The city would pay for the removal of the building. Before the vote, council member Tom O’Connell asked when the building currently on the property would be demolished. He said his concern is the city has received only the earnest money so far. New London City Attorney Earl Luaders said the building would not be demolished until all the
contingencies in the agreement are met and the sale is finalized. Gasoline contract The board also unanimously approved the proposal from Kwik Trip of a $0.07 per gallon discount for both gasoline and diesel fuel for a one-year period ending March 31, 2014. In a March 4 memo from Jeffrey Bodoh, director of Public Works for the city of New London, to the Finance Committee and New London Common Council, Bodoh stated the city’s twoyear contract with Kwik Trip ended on Dec. 31, 2012. Despite that, Kwik Trip had extended the fuel discount until the end of March. Kwik Trip contacted the city to see if it would be requesting proposals for fuel discounts. Bodoh stated in the memo he contacted Kwik Trip and Larsen Coop requesting fuel discount requests. He also placed a request that ran for one week in local papers. The memo also stated that the city fleet, which includes the Public Works Department, including Streets and the Treatment Plan, Parks Department and the Police Department, uses roughly 16,500 gallons of gasoline and 10,500 gallons of diesel a year. This equates to roughly $99,000 a year for fuel. Kwik Trip and Larsen
Coop were the only companies that submitted fuel discount proposals, the memo stated. Kwik Trip’s proposal was for a “Corporate Discount” of $0.070 per gallon for both gasoline and diesel. Larsen Coop’s proposal was for a “Local Vendor Discount” of $0.085 per gallon for both gasoline and diesel. The overall annual savings between regular general public pump purchases and the pump price would be roughly $2,295 for Larsen Coop or $1,890 for Kwik Trip. That is based on last year’s fuel usage. In the memo, Bodoh recommended accepting the Kwik Trip proposal. His recommendation was based on the fact the city currently purchases fuel from Kwik Trip and changing to Larsen Coop would require additional time for the city’s finance department. Also, with Kwik Trip, city employees can purchase fuel for city vehicles outside the city when they are at meetings or conferences. “I believe that the city could spend over $400 in personnel time switching from Kwik Trip to Larsen Coop,” Bodoh stated in the memo. A letter from New London Chief of Police Jeffrey Schlueter was also included with the memo. Schlueter recommended that any fuel discount contract the
city agreed to, the business should provide the following three things: The gas station is equipped with a camera system; the business gives the city an individual gas card for each vehicle and tracks the mileage; and the city receives a printout each month of the gas usage for each vehicle. Schlueter stated in the letter that he was making those recommendations so the city “can cut down on employee theft.” “We have made one arrest at the Police Department for a theft of gas since we have started using Kwik Trip, who has all three items in place. I am under the belief that the theft had been going on for possibly years while we used Pump 24 but there was no way to track those gas purchases,” Schlueter stated in the letter. Other business The council approved a Letter of Intent to Keller Structures to negotiate an agreement for the design and construction of a new city garage. It passed 8-1 with Tom O’Connell voting nay. The council unanimously approved the bid of $5,150 for Proposal No. 142-13.2 and No. 142-13.3 from JPF Engineering, LLC for replacing the skylights at the New London Aquatic and Fitness Center.
Placemat Contest winners
The Bulldogs of Character started a placemat contest in October. All of the fourth graders in the school district of New London were given blank placemats, which had boxes so they could draw pictures that went along with one of the Bulldogs of Character traits. After receiving all of the art work, winners were chosen. Winners from Readfield Elementary (bottom photo) included (left to right): Hannah Otto, Hannah Weyland, Aaron Solberg, Mason Kloehn, Gabe Wohlt, and Nicole Luedtke (the high school student who has worked with Missy Porath to coordinate the selection of the winners, printing of the placemats, and delivery to the restaurants). Parkview Elementary (top photo) winners included (left to right): FRONT ROW – Weston Spencer, Katelyn Schley, Ben Porath, Mark Radtke, Jocelyn Banazynski; BACK ROW – Kaleigh Wright, Courtney Timm, Connor Christian, and Hunter Thomack. The students are excited to show their Bulldog Character out in the New London and Dale Community. Submitted photos
Farm tractor and craft show is April 7 NEW LONDON – The 17th Annual Farm Tractor and Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Crystal Falls Banquet Hall, 1500 Handschke Dr., New London. The show features farm
scene displays, farm toys, models, books, collections, pictures and craft items to see and buy. Admission is $2, with children under 10 admitted free. Food and refreshments are available.
The event is sponsored by the New London FFA Alumni Association. All proceeds go toward assisting the FFA with various projects. For more information, call Carol Janke at 715-7524247.
District officials discuss impact of governor’s budget proposal
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positives,” Marquardt said. “It’s not going to be enough to offset our $1 million shortfall, but we’re going to the best we can to put the money where it best needed for our students education.” Marquardt also advised the board to prepare for a referendum. “There is no way around this,” Marquardt said. “We’ll do what we can with the revenue, but we’re still going to struggle.” In addition the district is going to stay balanced and keep positive about the governor’s proposed budget. The district’s focus in planning for past budgets was “to do more with less,” and will continue to be the focus in the coming school years. Grant Updates New London School Dis-
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trict has once again been nominated to apply for a Monsanto Grant. The district may apply for a grant up to $25,000 through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education. The Monsanto Fund gives farmers the opportunity to nominate their local school district for a chance to apply for a merit based grant to enrich math and/or science education. “We have started to research possibilities for the upcoming application,” Director of Teaching and Learning Kathy Gwidt said. “We are grateful to the families who made it possible to The New LASS committee would like to thank everyone who attended and volunteered to make the UW Varsity Band Performance a huge success! We’d like to especially thank our great Sponsors!
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apply for these grants.” The district is currently implementing a $10,000 grant to enhance student understanding of alternative energies. The New London High School Bilingual Program has also received a funding grant. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh has selected the Bilingual Program as one of five programs to receive a $1,000 Family Project through the ESTRELLA (Excellent Schools, Teaching and Research for English Language Learner Achievement) II Grant. According to the Univer-
lion,” Marquardt said. “The governor holds the missing component of our budget, which is the revenue limit.” The state average revenue limit for schools is approximately $9,100 and declining enrollment factors into what the district’s revenue will be. According to Marquardt, the district’s projection is a decrease of 50 students for the next school year. Factoring the state average revenue limit times the 50 students, the district’s estimated revenue limit is $455,000. Declining enrollment plus expenditures increase will equal about a $1 million shortfall in the 2013-14 school budget, which Marquardt told board members at the start of the meeting. “The budget proposal has negatives but it does have
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NEW LONDON – New London administrators discussed the impact of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal on the district with school board members during the board’s regular scheduled meeting on Monday, March 11. “We always try to do what is best four students with limited resources,” Director of Business Services Joe Marquardt said. “It is clear with this budget that we’ll be spending less than before.” In general, K-12 education will receive $276 million to be divided into certain areas. Some of these areas include state aid, incentive payments, resources for voucher and charter schools, and money for evaluation of school districts. Schools will receive $129 million in state aid; however it will be offset by a decrease of $85 million in pupil adjustment, which allows for a net of $44 million in state aid. “The increase in state aid is good for the district and taxpayers,” Marquardt said. “More state aid means less property tax.” The budget also proposes $66 million in school performances and $13.8 million in continued development of statewide student information systems, both positive funding for the district.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to improve on report card scores and performance testing,” Marquardt said. “We currently pay for our information system and it will be good to get money from the state to help pay for it.” The proposal also allocates funds for charter school planning and implementing, and voucher schools. The district considers the charter school funding both a plus and a negative. The district has received grants for the planning and implementing of its charter school. Administrators are in the process of writing another grant for the implementation of the district’s second charter school for atrisk students. However, the district considers the charter and voucher schools to be hurtful. “New London already pays $216,254 to Milwaukee and Racine charter and voucher schools,” Marquardt said. “This has a 2 percent levy impact for us. This is not something local taxpayers will want to continue to do.” Despite the increase in general aid, there is still uncertainty of the revenue limits, which determines how much state aid and property tax income schools can spend. “It is unknown as to how much our district will receive from the $276 mil-
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