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CITY OF PLATTEVILLE NEWSLETTER

ROOKIE FIREFIGHTERS PREPARE TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY P. 2-3 HEAR FROM OUR NEW RECRUITS ABOUT WHY THEY JOINED

CITY BUDGET INFORMATION P. 4-5

Update

WINTER 2016-17 | EDITION 2

CHRISTMAS AT THE MINING & ROLLO JAMISON MUSEUMS P. 8-9 HOLIDAY TRADITIONS P. 18 RESIDENTS SHARE THEIR FAVORITES

Also includes 2017-2019 Strategic Plan, Business Spotlight, Development Tracker, News Briefs, and MORE!


ROOKIE FIREFIGHTERS PREPARE TO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITY

Front left to right: Chris Boigenzahn, Heather Powell, Damian Janisch, and Jacob Frye Back left to right: Bryan Griffey, Sterlin Zellner, Steve Strobl, Juan Monjarrez, and Sam Gomez

A normal day can be pretty busy for most people. Now just imagine if your day could be interrupted at any time (or multiple times) to be called into service to respond to an accident or stop a fire. That’s on the agenda every day for the volunteer members of the Platteville Fire Department. Fire Chief Ryan Simmons is incredibly proud of the work that the volunteers do for the City of Platteville and the surrounding townships of Platteville, Lima, Smelser, Harrison, Ellenboro, Elk Grove and Belmont. The Fire Department has fifty-eight volunteers but capacity for sixty, and is actively recruiting community members. For many firefighters, joining the department is a lifelong commitment. Current members 2

Ron Boldt and Dick Klinger are prime examples of that commitment. They both joined the department in 1963. To become a firefighter, individuals need to be nineteen years old, reside in the service area and have recommendations from two current members. “We want to make sure that the applicants have talked with current members so that they hear first-hand what being a firefighter is about” said Simmons. Applicants can expect to go through a lengthy interview process. As Simmons explained, “ We have to make sure that we have a good fit. Whether you are a paid firefighter or a volunteer, you are ultimately responsible for protecting lives. It is a big responsibility.”

Fire Department members also have to pass an annual physical agility test. The test is designed to make sure that members can quickly put on their gear and SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus), and perform basic firefighting duties such as crawling and dragging a heavy hose. With all that said, the most important qualification, according to Simmons, is attitude. “We look for motivated individuals who can thrive in a team environment. It’s a calling. You have to be willing to serve your community without the expectation of compensation.” Once on board, members are expected to make fifty percent of department meetings and drills, and twenty-five percent of the calls for service. Drills take place on the


The Fire Department is especially excited about the new class of candidates because it includes two new members who are fluent in Spanish. In the past, this has been A new class of firefighters, called an area of concern for the firefighters candidates, recently started their as they found it difficult to commustate mandated sixty-hour training nicate with accident victims course for entry-level who spoke little to no firefighters. The course involves both classroom “I’ve been longing to be a part of my community. English. Chief Simmons also encourages women to and hands-on training at I feel honored to be and say I am from consider joining. The department the burn tower at Southwest currently has four female Technical College. According to candidate Chris Boigenzahn, Platteville, Wis. and I now feel that I am truly members. “To perform at our best, our department needs the training and existing to reflect the diversity of staff have been incredibly giving back to my community. I am blessed to be the community around us,” helpful. “The membership noted Simmons. “This is of the Platteville Fire part of an awesome family, we all have the not an exclusive men’s club Department is encouraging to anymore.” a new member. They are quick to correct any same passion and drive to help others that are in need. The new candidates are mistakes, yet willing to excited to become teach anyone who asks God willing, I will be with the P.F.D. for a very long official firefighters. Some for their help.” of them, like Steve Strobl, time.” -Sam Gomez, featured on the cover have wanted to be a firefighter Although the State of Wisconsin since they were kids. Samuel only requires the sixty-hour Gomez has family members course, the Platteville Fire who dispatched for a fire departDepartment likes their recruits to keep both the firefighters and the ment and wants to follow in their complete an additional sixty-hour general public safe. Our goal is to footsteps. No matter the reason, advanced course. Altogether, most train them the best we can to each of these “rookie” firefighters members of the Fire Department handle any situation thrown at them.” are here to serve and protect the community. As candidate Juan Monjarrez said, “None of us are perfect, but if we work together we NUMBER OF SERVICE CALLS can be a perfect team.” second Monday of each month. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month.

will complete 120 hours of training over the course of one year before they become firefighters. Chief Simmons praises the training, “The additional training means our candidates are better educated about fighting fires. Ultimately, this helps

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For more information regarding becoming a volunteer firefighter, visit www.plattevillefire.org or contact Fire Chief Simmons at firechief@platteville.org or (608) 348-7826. The department website includes a list of frequently asked questions about membership.

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CITY MOVES TOWARDS A MORE SUSTAINABLE FINANCIAL FUTURE The Common Council is expected to approve the 2017 City Budget and Capital Improvement Plan shortly after the printing of this publication. Some of the items related to budget may have changed since publication. For the latest information on the City budget, visit www.platteville.org and click on “Budgets” under the “Popular Pages” tab. Why are significant shortfalls expected for the 2017 and 2018 budgets? There are four significant drivers for the projected budget shortfalls in the 2017 and 2018 budgets: 1) an increase in the City’s payments for loans for capital projects (debt service) 2) the start of full ambulance payments to Southwest Health Center and 3) costs associated with complying with storm water management mandates, and 4) reduction in State transportation aids. Of these three, debt service is the most significant.

of revenue sources were considered. Even with the new revenue and spending reductions proposed, the City will not be able to fully fund all equipment and street repairs outlined in the proposed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Establishing an ambulance fee has the advantage of gaining revenue from properties that do not normally pay taxes. The wheel tax will go directly to the CIP to pay for street overlays and other transportation improvements. How will these changes impact homeowners? As proposed, the amount of the ambulance fee will be approximately $1.64 per month for residential customers. The wheel tax will result in an additional annual payment of $20 for each registered vehicle. The direct impact of the tax increase on an individual home is determined by a variety of factors so it is impossible to give a precise number. A rough estimate for a house valued at $150,000 is $57 per year.

What has led to the budget shortfall?

Does this shortfall exist because of the library block project?

There are a variety of factors that have led to the financial conditions that exist today. A few of those factors include: actions taken to address resident desires for better streets and a stronger employment base, decreased funding from the State, adhering to an artificially low levy limit for the past several years, and “back loaded” debt that results in higher loan payments over time.

Financial projections were done on the library block project prior to approving the development agreement. With Tax Increment District (TID) 5 (Wal-Mart area) serving as a donor district to TID 7 (downtown), TID 7 is projected to cover all the expenses assigned to the district, including expenses associated with the library block project.

Why are an ambulance fee, wheel tax and a property tax increase being proposed? Due to the magnitude of the shortfall, it was important that several types 4

Why reduce the budget for valued services like the senior center, museum and gallery? What does it mean to “reinvent” these services? Reductions are proposed in several areas of the City budget, including the elimination of City Council member’s stipends. The museum, senior center and gallery are important - but not essential - City services. With that said, these services add tremendous value to our community. The majority of proposed reductions for the senior center and museum are delayed until 2018. If the budget is adopted, the challenge for staff and their respective advisory boards will be to design a model of service delivery during the next year that preserves what is most valued about these services but at a significantly lower cost. What steps are being taken to ensure that we are well-prepared for financial challenges in the future? The City Council and staff are committed to working with the City’s financial advisor to complete a long-range financial plan that will move the City to a more sustainable financial future. In addition, staff will be preparing a budget document that reflects best practices as established by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

For the latest information on the City budget, visit www.platteville.org and click on “Budgets” under the “Popular Pages” tab.


Where does your tax bill go? 32% of your tax bill goes to the City of Platteville. The remainder goes to the Platteville School District, Grant County, Southwest Technical College and the State of Wisconsin. Breakdown of one Tax Dollar State of Wisconsin

Grant County

Platteville Schools

City of Platteville

Southwest Technical College

How Does Platteville Compare? Even with the proposed tax increase, Platteville’s tax rates are expected to compare favorably with similarly situated cities. The peer cities below are comparable to Platteville with respect to population, serving as a regional center in a rural area and/or hosting a university. As a regional center, the City of Platteville provides a fundamentally different set of services than nearby townships or small cities. Those services include, but are not limited to, local police and dispatch services; museums; swimming pool; municipal cemeteries; recreational programming for children, adults and seniors; and support for economic development through the Platteville Industrial Development Corporation, Platteville Business Incubator and Main Street Program. Equalized Tax Comparison 2011-2015 (Municipal Tax per $1000 of Property Value) City

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

Baraboo

$9.15

$9.38

$10.20

$10.49

$10.69

Burlington

$7.65

$7.89

$8.34

$8.70

$9.01

Fort Atkinson

$7.54

$7.57

$7.79

$8.22

$7.94

Menomonie

$6.55

$6.44

$7.24

$7.20

$7.31

Monroe

$10.17

$9.99

$10.12

$10.36

$10.81

Portage

$8.07

$8.04

$9.05

$8.88

$8.99

Richland Center

$6.64

$6.83

$6.97

$7.22

$8.40

River Falls

$5.60

$5.73

$6.02

$6.46

$6.40

Tomah

$7.32

$7.83

$7.89

$8.33

$8.19

Whitewater

$5.11

$5.15

$5.44

$5.49

$5.63

Platteville

$7.19

$7.32

$7.42

$7.59

$7.21

Data Source: Municipal Facts Book, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

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LOOKING AHEAD THREE YEARS: THE 2017-2019 STRATEGIC PLAN Starting this summer, the City Council began work on a three-year strategic plan. A summary of the six themes identified by the Council is outlined below. The strategic plan

is intended to provide guidance and continuity during the annual city and department goal-setting process for the 2017-2019 budget periods.

City Council members are interested in community feedback. Community members can view the entire strategic plan and comment online at www.platteville.org/?contact.

2017-2019 Strategic Plan Themes Business

• Attract more retail, restaurant and industry businesses which will draw more potential customers and increase the workforce. • Attract more small business owners and potential owners • Attract top tier employers. • Increase jobs with higher skill level/pay • Develop additional support mechanisms for the businesses and industries already here

Marketing

• Encourage Platteville as a place to live, work and play • Improve the marketing of Platteville and UW-P to attract and retain staff, faculty, students and residents. • Attract top tier employers.

Connections

• Foster community connections (e.g. City/UW-P/School District/Chamber, community events, neighborhoods) • Facilitate connections between life-long and new residents • Strengthen relationship between City and School Board • Establish public/private partnerships

Housing

• Add more housing • Increase access to affordable housing for families • Encourage a range of quality affordable housing • Create more diverse housing options for renters

Fiscal Sustainability

• Provide ongoing funding for routine capital and equipment needs • Address the City’s long term capital needs • Achieve market-competitive compensation for staff

Employee Relations

• Connect employees with the City’s mission and vision • Document and educate on policies and procedures • Offer market competitive wages and benefits • Improve collaboration and communication between employees/departments • Grow relationship between Council and staff

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OUR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT E-BOOKS/E-READERS

We love print books here at the Platteville Public Library, we won’t lie. The smell of books, the feel of paper, the sound of pages turning, the comforting heft – it all makes us happy. We also love a lot of things about ebooks, though, too. Anyone with a Platteville Public Library card has access to thousands of free e-books and e-audiobooks from Wisconsin’s Digital Library, also known as “OverDrive.” Here’s just a few of our favorite things about e-books: The readability. Can’t find a large print version of the book you want to read? An e-book lets you choose the size of your type. You can also change the space between lines, the background color, and the font. There’s even a font that’s designed to be more readable for readers with dyslexia. The availability. There are times when you just can’t make it to the library. Maybe you’re snowed in, on vacation, busy with life, or you really need something to read at 2 a.m.

Wisconsin’s Digital Library is available 24/7 from anywhere you have internet access. The variety. Wisconsin’s Digital Library is a statewide service, focusing on popular materials for readers of all ages. Currently, over 50,000 different ebooks and 15,000 audiobooks are available through Wisconsin’s Digital Library. Many ebooks in the collection have multiple copies available to serve readers across all of Wisconsin’s library systems. Librarians from all over Wisconsin select books to be added to the collection. Readers can also suggest books to be added. The convenience. Once you’ve downloaded an ebook, you can read it offline wherever you want: in waiting rooms, in bed, on a plane, in the gym. Download an audiobook to your smart-phone and you can easily take it along to listen while you walk, garden, cook, or drive. E-books are automatically returned so you don’t have to remember to take them back to the library, and you’ll never have any fines on an ebook.

The weight. An ebook is only as heavy as your smart-phone or tablet. Want to read War and Peace? You can read the ebook without having to pump up your arm muscles first. If you are someone who looks for paperbacks because hardcover books are getting too heavy for you, ebooks can help.

When you’re ready to start using e-books, help is available at your library. Stop in and library staff can give you a step-by-step handout and answer your basic questions. For oneon-one help, come to one of our four identical handson workshops this winter and we’ll help you set up your OverDrive account. Drop in on December 7 or January 11 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. or on December 8 or January 12 from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Registration is not required; just bring your device and your library card. If you’re already using Wisconsin’s Digital Library, look for an update this November, aimed at making the site faster and even more user-friendly. Once you become an ebook user, don’t forget to stop by your local public library every now and then to say hi, come to a library program, keep your library card up-to-date, and inhale that great book smell.

Getting Started

with Wisconsin’s Digital Library There’s an app for that: Search for “OverDrive” on your device’s app store. No apps? No Problem: Head to dbooks.wplc.info online. Searchable help is available for all devices at help.overdrive.com. 7


Traditional decorations on our Victorian Christmas tree include cookies, candies, gifts, candles, and handmade ornaments

30 YEARS OF CHRISTMASES AT THE MINING & ROLLO JAMISON MUSEUMS This year marks the 30th year that Coming to Town, follows Santa’s Curator Stephanie Saager-Bourret, the Mining & Rollo Jamison evolution from austere bishop to jolly Museum Education Coordinator Museums have put on a Christmas St. Nick. Mary Huck, and other volunteers. exhibit and programming. From the Each year museum staff bakes cookstart, the Christmas exhibit allowed In 1987 the Museums’ first Christmas ies not only for visitors to enjoy, but visitors to look closer at their lives exhibit was in the Museum Store area also to decorate trees with, as yummy and see how they connect to history. because the large East Display area treats have decorated Christmas Curator Stephanie Saager-Bourret was being remodeled. The exhibit trees since the tradition began. notes that “focusing on Christmas provides Another hallmark of “Over the years we have discovered many interesting aspects the event is the model an opportunity to “think like a historian” train layout, which and to study something has been featured in the of Christmas that are no longer common knowledge.” that we think we know all exhibit since 1990. The about. By studying popularity of the model Christmas celebrations of the past, featured toys and sleds from the train layout led to the tradition of the we can see change and continuity, Rollo Jamison Trust Collection and a toy train exhibit in February. turning points, see things through the small live Christmas Tree decorated eyes of others, and use the past to with candles, Victorian-style After 29 years of Christmases, Mary help make sense of the present. Over ornaments, and gifts. Most of the Huck says that “It’s always a pleasure the years we have discovered many ornaments are hand-made reproducto see how excited the school kids interesting aspects of Christmas that tions of period ornaments and are when they come in and see the are no longer common knowledge.” decorations, created over the last room filled with the tree and train This year’s theme, Santa Claus is twenty-nine years by Museum layout. I’ll never get tired of that.” 8


Holiday Music

been a positive experience for the Platteville Children’s Choir. These concerts are less formal than their other concerts and they get to sing the Platteville version of ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ which they really enjoy. We thank the Museum for giving us this opportunity to enjoy the children singing without any admission fees.” Dwight Klaassen, former President of the Platteville Chorale, Inc., which oversees the Platteville Children’s Choirs.

In 1988 the first holiday performance took place when a harpist performed during the lighting of the candles on a grandiose 14’ Victorian Christmas tree. The Platteville Children’s Choir was established in the fall of 1989 and their first concert ever was at the Museum’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony on December 22, 1989. The turnout was so high that the event was split into two or three days going forward and they have performed here every year since. In 1992 and 1993 the United Methodist Church’s Bell Choir performed. The Platteville Choral did their first Holiday Concert at the Museum in 2001 and have continued every year since. In 2003 the Fire Inspector asked the Museums to stop lighting candles on

the trees because of safety concerns, and asked that the Museums stop using live trees in displays in 2008, but the Choirs and Choral continue in the tradition of the Holiday concerts at the Museums even in the absence of lit candles and live trees. “Singing at the Museum each Christmas has

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BEYOND A LIFETIME: ONE COUPLE’S STORY OF GENEROSITY

Carmen “A.J.” and Eva Beining

For Carmen “A.J.” Beining and Eva (Kettler) Beining, their passions in life inspired them to give generously to many local organizations after their passing. Through careful estate planning, they were able to align their personal interests with their financial goals, ensuring their estate will continue to support the organizations they cared about. The Beinings had deep roots in Platteville. Carmen was born in Platteville in 1910. He worked for 39 years at UW-Platteville as the Business Manager and six years as Vice President at Platteville Schools Credit Union. Eva was born in Elk Grove in 1917 and moved to Platteville with her parents and two older brothers in 1923. She attended the Platteville State Teacher’s 10

College and after graduating taught for some time. Eva went on to work for 26 years in the Business Office at UW-Platteville as an Account Examiner. Carmen and Eva were married in September of 1966. Following their retirements in 1977, the couple took oil painting classes at Southwest Tech, Fennimore. They became members of Wisconsin Regional Art Association where their work was displayed as a part of the Wisconsin Traveling Art Show. Both Carmen and Eva received many awards for their original paintings. A shared appreciation for painting wasn’t the Beinings’ only passion. Carmen served for 20 years on the Platteville Library Foundation, 23

years on the UW-Platteville Athletic Hall of Fame, and 24 years on the Board of the Branch Christian Book


Store. Eva was a longtime member of the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums and active in her church, where she taught Sunday school for 30 years.

these funds to help pay for furniture, fixtures, equipment, and technology needed for the new library. The other half was used to purchase non-fiction and Christian fiction

planned giving their legacy of generosity will continue through the many organizations they gave to. A carefully crafted estate plan has assured that the causes the Beinings cared about will continue to benefit from their generosity Beining family friend, Louise Brockman, said long into the future. Hopefully this can serve as inspiration to others about the impor“Eva was very interested in leaving a legacy that tance of planned giving.

Beining family friend, Louise Brockman, said “Eva was very interested in leaving a legacy that would make her community a better place.” According to would make her community a better place.” Brockman, she wanted to For more information on give to things that reflected planned giving options at the her and Carmen’s passions in life. books, which is what had been City of Platteville, please contact She wanted to choose organizarequested. Library Associate for the department you are interested tions that would use gifted funds to Children’s Services, Erin Isabell in supporting: benefit many people for a long added, “We purchased items for period of time. Their estate reflected both the adult and children’s Fire Department her wishes. In passing, the couple departments.” Ryan Simmons, Fire Chief left many planned gifts, including (608) 348-7826 The Parks Department has used the funds to the Library Foundation, firechief@platteville.org Beining funds to establish the Parks Department, the Mining & Platteville Parks Endowment Fund Rollo Jamison Museums, Rountree Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums through the Community Foundation Gallery, plus 25 other organizations. Diana Bolander, Museum Director of Southern Wisconsin. Money in While it would be impossible to (608) 348-3301 this fund is invested by the measure the full impact of the museumdirector@platteville.org Community Foundation for both Beining’s generosity, several City income and growth. A portion of Departments have shared what Parks, Forestry, Recreation, and the earnings will be made available they have done or hope to do with Senior Center each year to the City to maintain, the money from the Beinings. Luke Peters, Recreation Coordinator improve, or expand parks, trails, (608) 348-9741 extension 2242 The Library Foundation has and other recreational facilities petersl@platteville.org reserved half of their donation from located in Platteville. Recreation the Beining estate and will likely use Coordinator, Luke Peters said “We Police Department feel this reflects the long term Doug McKinley, Police Chief wishes of the Beinings. Our hope is (608) 348-2313 that as other’s make donations, the mckinleyd@platteville.org endowment will grow to provide a sustainable source of funding for Public Library our park system.” Jessie Lee-Jones, Library Director (608) 348-9741 ext 2275 According to Museum Director director@plattevillepubliclibrary.org Diana Bolander, the money in the museum’s Beining Trust will most Many area non-profits have similar likely be used to match grant funds opportunities to make a life-time gift, for special programming and including the Platteville Community exhibits. In addition to the trusts, Fund. Before making a decision, the Beinings also donated art to the consult with your financial planner Rountree Gallery and objects to the or lawyer to discuss options. museum’s collection. The Beinings volunteered their time during their lifetime and through 11


Adam Wiegmann, president of 4x Innovations

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4X INNOVATIONS: OFF THE ROAD ENTREPRENEURSHIP

It was a winter snowstorm in 2004 a growth mode, posting a 35% has yielded a number of benefits. that led former UW-P student Adam increase in sales in 2016 alone. Wiegmann has sponsored senior Wiegmann to a key business According to Wiegmann, the path design class projects through the opportunity. After totaling his truck in hasn’t always been easy, “Balancing engineering department. The most an auto accident, Wiegmann successful project involved a decided to pursue his dream of “The flexible space has been huge as a trailer hitch set into a rear bumper. rebuilding his Toyota truck as UW-P students were able to an off-road vehicle. He was design and test a prototype quickly challenged by finding start-up company. We weren’t forced to pay for under the direction of the right parts at a Wiegmann and UW-P reasonable price, so he space that we didn’t need...but the number one benefit faculty. The combination began to build his own. As bumper and hitch remains he posted his ideas in web forums a top selling production item today. has been the networking opportunities.” for off-road enthusiasts, people began to ask him to build copies. As a student, Wiegmann was part the business with school was tough of an internal committee that helped Fast forward to 10 years later, but I knew that I would regret it if I to develop UW-P’s entrepreneur proWiegmann has earned his degree in didn’t finish my degree. There were gram. He is a regular participant at mechanical engineering and is times when I had to recruit college “Meet and Eat with an Entrepreneur”, president of 4x Innovations, a firm friends to help on weekends.” an annual event that pairs UW-P that designs, manufactures and ships students, faculty and entrepreneurs off-road parts for Toyota trucks Wiegmann would be the first to to work as team to form an elevator around the world. The company is in admit that his connection with UW-P pitch for a product. An elevator pitch 12


is a brief description that can be delivered in two minutes or less – the time you may have to spend with an executive during the course of an elevator ride.

prime example of what the Incubator is about, according to Director Ed White. “Adam was originally from Illinois but came to Platteville as a student. With our assistance,

It was also a UW-P professor that first connected Wiegmann with the Platteville Business Incubator. The Incubator has served as the home of 4x Innovations since 2008. “The flexible space has been huge as a start-up. We weren’t forced to pay for room that we didn’t need…but the number one benefit has been the networking opportunities” noted Wiegmann. 4x Innovations has also taken advantage of the Incubator’s revolving loan fund which provides gap financing for items such as equipment and supplies. 4x Innovations is a

both Adam and 4x Innovations have put roots down in our community. He is exactly the type of talent we want to keep in town.” Wiegmann sees

other benefits to having Platteville as a home for his business. “Manufacturing is a strength of this region and Platteville is less expensive than some of the larger cities. Since we are right in the middle of all of our suppliers, there are a lot of supply chain benefits for us.” As for the future of 4x Innovations, Wiegmann hopes to purchase more advanced equipment that will allow him to produce more of his parts in house. He would also like to expand his market by developing products for other truck lines. Moving out of the incubator is on the horizon as well. One thing appears to be true for now, the road may be bumpy at times but that is part of what makes it exciting.

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CITY OF PLATTEVILLE DEVELOPMENT TRACKER This development tracker summarizes major commercial, industrial, and housing projects over the last six months. Included are projects completed or under construction, projects where a formal application has been filed and/or projects where a sketch plan has been submitted. Project: Library Block Redevelopment Location: Corner of Main and Chestnut Streets Developer: Miners Development LLC Status: In Progress Construction of new Platteville Public Library, 72-room Holiday Inn Express, and remodel of the existing library site.

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Project: Former Pioneer Ford Site Redevelopment Location: Water Street and Pine Street Developer: General Capital Status: Proposed Anticipated project would remove some of the buildings on the site, remodel those that remain, and construct a multi-story building to contain commercial and residential uses.

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Project: St. Augustine Redevelopment Location: Pine Street and Hickory Street Developer: St. Augustine Parish Status: Proposed The project will remove the four houses on the block and the existing St. Augustine Church building and construct a new apartment building and new chapel/student center building.

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Project: Villas at Pool Park Apartment Building Location: 1245 N. Fourth Street Developer: JNB Platteville Family LP Status: In Progress Construction of a new 34-unit apartment building.

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Project: Cheese Plant Location: 1540 Vision Drive Developer: Mound View Dairy LLC Status: In Progress Convert the former Stoneman’s Mill bakery building into a cheese plant.

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Project: Storage Buildings Location: Southwest corner of Ridge Avenue and Lancaster Street (former county property). Developer: A Fordable Storage LLC Status: In Progress Construction of two self-storage buildings.

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CAPITOL MATTERS There are three legislative issues that the City of Platteville has been watching closely because they could have a significant impact on the City’s budget. The first is the “Just Fix It” campaign. Both the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Counties Association are members of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin (TDA). TDA is a statewide alliance of 400-plus transportation stakeholders seeking sustainable funding for our transportation system. Like most communities, Platteville relies heavily on state aid to repair our streets. Given the funding shortfalls, both Platteville (and the State of Wisconsin) have deferred

maintenance and relied more heavily on borrowing. Both these strategies often result in higher costs over the long run. Learn more at: www.tdawisconsin.org. Last year two bills were introduced, but not passed, to restore full funding to the Municipal Services Program. This program provides funds to communities who host significant state institutions (like UW-P) to help offset costs. Since 2000, Platteville’s payment under the program has decreased from 82% of the adjusted gross entitlement to 42%. In 2014, the difference between full payment and the amount received was over $280,000.

Lastly, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities has been talking to legislators about addressing what is known as the “dark store” assessment issue. In essence, big box retailers have been successful in challenging their assessments in court based on the argument that their property should be assessed as if it were vacant. The lower tax assessments on these large corporate retailers means that more of the tax burden has to be shouldered by local businesses and residents. Others states have taken steps to address this issue legislatively. Learn more at: www.lwm-info.org/1279/Dark-Store.

TRANSMISSION LINE PROPOSED American Transmission Company (ATC) is proposing to build a 125 mile, 345-kilovolt transmission line from Madison, Wisconsin to Dubuque, Iowa. A formal application for the project, known as the Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line, is expected to go before the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in 2018. One of the two proposed routes would impact the area along Hwy 151 in the City of Platteville. In November, the Platteville City Council submitted a letter outlining the City’s opposition to the route that includes the Platteville area. Residents NEW FACES are encouraged to learn more about the project and to submit their own feedback at http://www.cardinal-hickorycreek.com.

NEW CITY WEBSITE COMING SOON

Name: Dave Ralph

Name: Adam Bartels

Position: Library Assistant

Position: Park Maintenance

Joined: July 2016

Joined: Promoted to full-time in September 2016

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Watch for the new and improved City of Platteville website to launch in early 2017. A team of city staff have partnered with a professional website design firm to create a City website that is user-friendly, visually appealing and allows for two-way communication between city staff and the public. It was also imperative that the new site design provides easy access to information using all types of electronic and mobile devices. Look for future announcements to be made on the current website at www.platteville.org, and on the City’s facebook page, “The City of Platteville, Wisconsin”.


2017 STREET PROJECTS

PROPERTY TAXES

Three street reconstruction projects are proposed for 2017. The first project will be Elm Street from Pine Street to Furnace Street. This will be done in conjunction with the Library Block Project so that the block between Pine Street and Main Street is completed in late spring or early summer. The rest of the project will follow soon after. The second project combines Ellen Street (from Main Street to Business Highway 151) with Laura Street. Water and sanitary sewer services will be upgraded in all three streets. More information will provided as the construction season approaches.

City of Platteville first installment of property taxes are due on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. These can be paid in the Finance Office at City Hall, 75 N. Bonson Street, Platteville, WI 53818, or online at www.platteville.org.

PARKING From November 15th to April 1st of each year, there shall be no parking on alternate sides of the street between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. 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.

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 authority to have unshoveled sidewalks cleared and billed to the property owner. If the bill is not paid, it will be subject to be placed on the tax roll. Municipal ordinance states that all sidewalks shall be cleared of snow and ice within thirty-six hours after a snow storm. The Director of Public Works may direct staff to clear the sidewalks. Clearing will start after consideration has been given to local conditions (amount of snowfall, street conditions, weather reports, etc.).

PLATTEVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FUNDRAISING UPDATE The Platteville Library Foundation would like to thank the community for their support and donations towards the “Our Library, Our Future” capital campaign to furnish and equip the new Platteville Public Library. We have received approximately $380,000 to date, from over 200 generous businesses and individuals. The Foundation aims to raise $500,000 to fill the new library with furniture and technology such as computers, projectors, and screens for group presentations. The Foundation recently introduced the “500 Friends and Families” initiative, a grassroots fundraising approach which seeks $500 contributions from 500 families and individuals within the community and beyond. Participants will receive yard signs and an invitation to a family friendly “Final Farewell” party. The new library building will feature the names of these donors on special signage in the Children’s Department. Children at Neal Wilkins and Westview Elementary schools have been busy raising funds through a pledge-based Read-A-Thon. Through sponsorship from family, friends, and neighbors, these students will be raising money for every minute they read. All of the students participating will receive a sneak preview of the library construction zone and a special storytime with Miss Erin, the Children’s Librarian. Your help is so important to our campaign’s success. Please consider making a donation to fulfill our vision of a community-centered space. Together we will create a state-of-the-art public library to serve Platteville and Southwestern Wisconsin for generations to come. Contact campaign coordinator Nancy Kies at 348-6822 or foundation@plattevillepubliclibrary.org.

CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL The City of Platteville Street Department will be picking up Christmas trees (weather permitting) on the following Mondays: January 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2017. Trees should be placed at curbside for pick up. Questions, call 348-9741, extension 2238.

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Holiday Traditions: We Asked, You Shared “Every year it is our family’s hope to spend Christmas in my (Carolina) home country of Nicaragua. There, Christmas is celebrated all December long. My husband Carlos and I, along with our two children, look forward to enjoying many holiday traditions. These include having friends and family over for food and drinks, going to the beach, and doing fireworks. On Christmas Eve, we have a dinner party with appetizers, music and dancing. We have dinner and open presents at midnight. Our guests stay the whole night as it is common to stay up until 3 a.m. On Christmas Day, we sleep in late and then make soup for lunch. It is normal to spend Christmas Day at the beach and do fireworks in the evening.” ily

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“Our Christmas Eve is pretty traditional with church and a sit down dinner. Our best new tradition for Christmas Day was to get rid of exchanging gifts. Now each family member hosts a game and buys a prize. Then we spend Christmas Day eating leftovers and cookies and competing (in a friendly way) for the prizes. Since my immediate family is pretty small, we’ve been fortunate to have foreign exchange students join us for the last few years. The two in this photo are Min (South Korea) and Gabriel (Ghana). We had a special game for them to see who could assemble a puzzle of the United States fastest.” Karen Kurt and Family

“As a family we go out on a Saturday afternoon to Cooks Woods on Ebenezer Road in Fennimore to pick out and cut down our own Christmas tree. The three boys try to come to some sort of an agreement about which tree is the best. They then take turns cutting it down, with guidance from dad of course. After getting home we put the tree in the stand and wait a day for the branches to fall before we start decorating it. Throughout the weekend we make Christmas cookies, go sledding and after sledding, we always make hot chocolate.” Lisa Benisch and Jamie Schneller Family 18


events CALENDAR OF

Winter 2016-2017

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DECEMBER

2nd-3rd Katie’s Garden Winter Wonderland December 2nd from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. and

9th-10th

December 3rd from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Photos with Santa, silent auction & more!

Holiday Gala (UW-P Center for the Arts)

7:30 p.m.

11th Platteville Chorale Christmas Concert (Mining & Rollo Jamison

Museums) 3:00 p.m.

12th Platteville Children’s Choir Apprentice Singers Christmas Concert (Mining & Rollo Jamison

Museums) 7:30 p.m.

13th

Platteville Children’s Choir Choristers Christmas Concert

14th

Platteville Children’s Choir Cantabile Christmas Concert

(Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums) 7:30 p.m.

(Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums) 7:30 p.m.

Platteville High School Blue Notes Christmas Concert

(Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums) 7:30 p.m.

17th UW-P Commencement 9:00 a.m. Santa Fly-in (Platteville Municipal

JANUARY 16th

FEBRUARY

4th-5th & 10th-11th

Airport) 9:30 a.m., Santa arrives at 10:00 a.m. First 150 kids receive a gift from Santa.

Open House with Santa (Mining &

Rollo Jamison Museums) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Teju the Storyteller/Martin Luther King Day Celebration (City Hall Auditorium) 7:00 p.m.

Toy Train Exhibit (Mining & Rollo

Jamison Museums) 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

19th The Paradox of Being a Black Police Officer in Today’s Society presented by Corey Saffold (Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums) 3:00 p.m. 28th

20th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration (UW-P Center for the Arts) 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

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Family All Ages

Toy Trains fill the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums this February. Fun for all ages!

Library Book Sale

Find some books to read during the holidays! Stop by our programming room during library hours and check out our selection of donated and used library books. Check the library website or Facebook page for prices and special deals. DATE: Monday, November 28 - Sunday, December 4 TIME: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. LOCATION: Platteville Public Library

Santa Claus is Coming to Town! Christmas Exhibit

Visit to learn about Santa’s evolution from austere bishop to jolly St. Nick and enjoy a 14’ Victorian Christmas tree, toy trains, and children’s activities. DATE: Saturday, December 3 - Saturday, December 31 TIME: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums REGISTRATION: No registration required

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No School Crafternoon

All ages are invited to an afternoon of crafts and projects at the library. DATE: Friday, December 9 TIME: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: No registration required

Platteville Chorale Christmas Concert DATE: Sunday, December 11 TIME: 3:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums REGISTRATION: No registration required

Platteville Children’s Choir Apprentice Singers Christmas Concert DATE: Monday, December 12 TIME: 7:30 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums REGISTRATION: No registration required


Platteville Children’s Choir Choristers Christmas Concert DATE: Tuesday, December 13 TIME: 7:30 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums REGISTRATION: No registration required

Platteville Children’s Choir Cantabile Christmas Concert DATE: Wednesday, December 14 TIME: 7:30 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums REGISTRATION DEADLINE: No registration required

Platteville High School Blue Notes Christmas Concert DATE: Thursday, December 15 TIME: 7:30 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums REGISTRATION: No registration required

Museums Open House with Santa

Bring your kiddos and cameras to get photos taken with Santa, make an ornament, and enjoy hot cider and cookies. DATE: Saturday, December 17 TIME: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums REGISTRATION: No registration required

Holiday Break Activity

The library offers free movies, crafts and other activities occasionally when there is no school. Check the Library’s website and Facebook page, or contact the Library for details. DATE: Wednesday, December 28 TIME: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: No registration required

Cabin Fever Day

All ages are invited to drop in the library to beat the winter blues with some fun at the library! DATE: Saturday, January 7 TIME: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: No registration required

Teju the Storyteller/Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Celebrate Martin Luther King and enjoy the high-energy and witty performance by Teju the Storyteller. DATE: Monday, January 16 TIME: 7:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: City Hall Auditorium REGISTRATION: No registration required

Toy Train Exhibit

Toy trains will fill our East Display area again to delight boys and girls of all ages. DATE: Saturday, February 4 - Sunday, February 5 Saturday, February 11 - Sunday, February 12 TIME: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums REGISTRATION: No registration required

Become one of our 500 Friends and Families The Platteville Public Library Foundation seeks 500 Friends & Families to help us furnish and equip the new Platteville Public Library. • make a contribution of $500 • Receive a yard sign, invitation to a “final farewell” party at the old library, and recognition on special signage in the new Platteville Public Library Donate online at cfsw.org/donors/make-a-gift Mail donation to PO Box 358, Platteville, WI 53818 Drop off donation at the Platteville Public Library Pledges can be made over three years.

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Keeping Warm with Koselig: Exploring Norwegian Culture through Coziness

In this special cold-weather event, we will transform our programming room into a cozy retreat using the Norwegian concept of koselig, pronounced kush-lee. Find out how Scandinavians stay cheery during the cold, dark months of winter and make your everyday life a little cozier. Bring Your Own Blanket. DATE: Saturday, February 4 TIME: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: No registration required

No School Activity

The library offers free movies, crafts and other activities occasionally when there is no school. Check the Library’s website and Facebook page, or contact the Library for details. DATE: Friday, January 20 TIME: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: Open until full

Handmade Valentine’s Cards

Use the library’s craft supplies and fancy scissors to make a handmade Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day!) card for someone special in your life. DATE: Friday, February 10 TIME: 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: No registration required.

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Drop-in Building Party

Be creative with LEGOs and other building blocks. DATE: Saturday, February 11 TIME: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: No registration required

Drop-in Camp In

Bring your own blanket and flashlight. Snacks will be provided. Enjoy time with your friends and family as you read in your blanket fort. DATE: Saturday, February 18 TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: No registration required

Peeps-o-rama 2017

Marshmallow Peeps are fine for eating, but great for artwork. Sign up for a time slot, come to the library, and create a diorama to represent a book using Peeps. Library visitors will vote to pick the top three Peep-le’s Choice award-winning dioramas. We provide Peeps, a box, and assorted supplies. Teams and individuals welcome. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a teammate age 13 or older. DATE: Saturday, February 25 TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: Begins January 16 until event is full

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Pre-K

4 & Under

Making little friends at the library during Drop-in Friday Fun!

Infant/Toddler Storytime

Drop-in Friday Fun!

AGE: 6-35 months and an adult DATE: Wednesdays, starting February 8 TIME: 10:00 a.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Open until full

AGE: 3-6 years old DATE: Most Fridays, February 17 - March 17 TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: No registration required

A lap-sit program with songs, stories, bubbles and playtime!

Storytime and activities for preschoolers and their families.

Infant/Toddler Storytime

A lap-sit program with songs, stories, bubbles and playtime! AGE: 6-35 months and an adult DATE: Thursdays, starting February 9 TIME: 6:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Open until full

Say Cheese! The City of Platteville reserves the right to utilize photos of participants for publicity purposes. Participants who do not want their photo used must notify the City in writing at the time of registration.

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Children 12 & Under

There’s always time for giggles and silliness at the library!

Santa’s Workshop

Sip on some hot chocolate in the warmth of Santa’s Workshop while making reindeer antler headbands, a snow measuring stick, and playing holiday bingo! GRADE: K-3rd DATE: Saturday, December 17 TIME: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. COST: $10 Resident/$15 Non-resident (per session) LOCATION: City Hall REGISTRATION: Open until full

Noon Year’s Eve

Ring in the new year without staying up past your bedtime! AGE: 7-11 years DATE: Saturday, December 31 TIME: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: Open until full

Bling in the New Year

Rhinestones, sequins, and glitter will help make everything sparkle as we “Bling” in the New Year! GRADE: K-3rd DATE: Saturday, January 14 TIME: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. COST: $10 Resident/$15 Non-resident (per session) LOCATION: City Hall REGISTRATION: Open until full 24

Game Night

Enjoy group games, card games & board games after hours at the library. AGE: 7-11 years DATE: Saturday, January 21 TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: Open until full

The Chocolate Factory

You have just received your golden ticket to visit the Chocolate Factory! We will play a number of candy inspired games, activities and crafts. GRADE: K-3rd DATE: Saturday, February 11 TIME: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. COST: $10 Resident/$15 Non-resident (per session) LOCATION: City Hall REGISTRATION: Open until full

Kids Book Club

Discuss a book, create a craft, enjoy a snack! AGE: 8-12 years DATE: Fourth Tuesday of the Month TIME: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: Contact library for openings


Teen and

Adult

Give your brain some exercise at the library.

OverDrive E-books and Audiobooks Drop-in Workshop

With Wisconsin’s Digital Library (OverDrive), you can download free audiobooks and e-books to a variety of devices, including iPads, Kindles, Nooks, computers, mp3 players, and smart-phones. Bring your device and your library card to learn how to download items from the newly updated OverDrive site at this hands-on workshop. Several identical sessions will be offered. AGE: Teens (12 and up) and Adults DATE: Wednesday, December 7 Wednesday, January 11 TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: No registration required DATE: Thursday, December 8 Thursday, January 12 TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: No registration required

Make It Monday: Make Your Own Font

Typed mailing labels, holiday letters, and gift tags are efficient but lack the friendly touch of a handwritten document. Combine the ease of printing with the personalization of handwriting when you create your own computer font from your handwriting. AGE: Teens (12 and up) and Adults DATE: Monday, December 12 TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: Begins November 14 until full

Make It Monday: Bind a Notebook

If your 2017 resolutions included “write more,” you’re in luck. Our January project will be binding and decorating your own notebook, good for journaling, note-taking, recipe collections, and organizing your life. AGE: Teens (12 and up) and Adults DATE: Monday, January 9 TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: Begins December 13 until full

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Tea Culture Workshop

Join a special guest from the Confucius Institute and learn about Chinese tea traditions. Come experience a gongfu tea ceremony and drink some delicious tea. AGE: Teens (12 and up) and Adults DATE: Saturday, January 21 TIME: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: No registration required

Make It Monday: Pioneer Party

February 2017 marks 150 years since author Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in Pepin, WI. Celebrate her birthday with some old-fashioned food. We’ll be making our own butter and trying our hand at pioneer pancakes. AGE: Teens (12 and up) and Adults DATE: Monday, February 13 TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: Begins January 10 until full

What’s the Deal with Boopsie?

Easily search the library catalog, place holds on items, renew your books, and store your library card on your phone with Boopsie, the new, easy to navigate library app. Learn more about the app and find out how to put it on your smart-phone or tablet. Bring your device and your library card. AGE: Teens (12 and up) and Adults DATE 1: Wednesday, February 15 TIME 1: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. DATE 2: Thursday, February 16 TIME 2: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: No registration required

AGE: Teens (12 and up) and Adults DATE: Sunday, February 19 TIME: 3:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums REGISTRATION: No registration required

In Stitches

Join us for crafting, chatting, and cookies at the library. You bring your own project, we’ll bring refreshments. All kinds of portable craft projects welcome. AGE: Teens (12 and up) and Adults DATE: Third Monday of the Month TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: No registration required

Movie Night @ the Library

Movie titles to be announced. Watch the library Facebook page and library calendar for more information closer to showing date. Movie snacks are provided. AGE: Teens (12 and up) and Adults

Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult

Food For Thought Reading Group

Drop in and enjoy a calming afternoon of coloring. Books and supplies are provided or bring your own.

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Officer Saffold will discuss his experiences as a Black policeman in Madison, Wisconsin in the wake of multiple, highly publicized killings of unarmed African-Americans by police officers.

DATE: 5:30 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Driftless Market REGISTRATION: No registration required

Color Outside the Lines

AGE: Teens (12 and up) and Adults DATE: Second Sunday of the Month TIME: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: No registration required

Lecture: The Paradox of Being a Black Police Officer in Today’s Society presented by Corey Saffold

Join the book club with no assigned book. We meet above Driftless once a month to chat about what we’ve been reading and give each other book recommendations. Stop by for some hot tea and find your next favorite book. AGE: Teens (12 and up) and Adults DATE: Last Friday of the Month TIME: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Upstairs at Driftless Market REGISTRATION: No registration required


Adults

18 & Older

Indoor space at the Armory allows for multiple courts of year-round pickleball.

Coed Pickleball (Drop-in)

“Pickleball” is described by some as a cross between Tennis and Ping-Pong. It is also one of the nation’s fastest-growing sports. Nets will be set up but the structure will be determined by the participants each week. Register in advance or onsite for all open gym programming. AGE: 18 or older DAY: Tues/Thurs, September 6 - March 30 LEVEL 1 TIME: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. LEVEL 2 TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. COST: $30 Resident / $45 Non-resident DROP-IN COST: $3 Resident / $5 Non-resident LOCATION: Armory REGISTRATION: No registration required

Coed Volleyball (Drop-in)

Coed Volleyball is an open gym opportunity for those interested in playing volleyball. Nets will be set up but the structure will be determined by the number of participants each week. Register in advance or onsite for all open gym programming. Try it the first night free! AGE: 18 or older DAY: Wednesdays, September 28 - March 29 TIME: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. COST: $30 Resident / $45 Non-resident DROP-IN COST: $3 Resident / $5 Non-resident LOCATION: Armory REGISTRATION: No registration required

Men’s Basketball (Drop-in)

Men’s Basketball is an open gym opportunity for those interested in playing basketball. The structure will be determined by the participants each week. Register in advance or onsite for all open gym programming. Try it the first night for free! AGE: 18 or older DAY: Wednesdays, October 12 - March 29 TIME: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. COST: $30 Resident / $45 Non-resident DROP-IN COST: $3 Resident / $5 Non-resident LOCATION: Middle School REGISTRATION: Registration not required

Coed Soccer (Drop-in)

Coed Soccer is an open gym opportunity for those interested in playing soccer. Goals will be set up but the structure will be determined by the participants each week. Register in advance or onsite for all open gym programming. Try it the first night for free! AGE: 18 or older DAY: Sundays, November 6 - March 26 TIME: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. COST: $30 Resident / $45 Non-resident DROP-IN COST: $3 Resident / $5 Non-resident LOCATION: Middle School REGISTRATION: No registration required

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Library Book Club

Library Book Club

Check out a copy of Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi-Coates at the circulation desk and join us for a conversation at our monthly meetings.

Check out a copy of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance at the circulation desk and join us for a conversation at our monthly meetings.

AGE: 18 or older DATE: Tuesday, December 20 TIME: 6:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: No registration required

AGE: 18 or older DATE: Tuesday, February 21 TIME: 6:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: No registration required

Library Book Club

Check out a copy of Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman at the circulation desk and join us for a conversation at our monthly meetings. AGE: 18 or older DATE: Tuesday, January 17 TIME: 6:00 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Public Library REGISTRATION: No registration required

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Seniors

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Learning to make eggrolls from scratch with Chef Connie, during “Cooking with Connie”.

Grant County Nutrition Program 50+

Hot, nutritious, affordable meals for those 60 and older. DATE: Monday through Friday TIME: 11:30 a.m. COST: $3.50 per meal LOCATION: Platteville Senior Center or Home Delivery (must meet criteria). REGISTRATION: Call the ADRC at (608) 723-6113 + Cooking With Connie - Christmas Cookies 50

Senior Book Club

Come to the Platteville Senior Center to enjoy your morning coffee with other lifelong readers. We enjoy talking about the books we’ve been reading and sharing recommendations. Fruit and coffee are provided. DAY: First Wednesday of the Month TIME: 9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Senior Center REGISTRATION: No registration required

We’re thrilled to sponsor an ongoing series of cooking classes with Platteville’s own Connie Busch. Keep an eye out for upcoming dates & menus. AGE: 50 and older DATE: Saturday, December 3 TIME: 10:00 a.m. COST: $5.00 LOCATION: Platteville Senior Center REGISTRATION: Call (608) 348-9934 to register + Senior Center Holiday Party 50

Snacks! Games! Music by Tom Bedtka! Call (608) 342-8042 to sign up for a meal ($3.50). AGE: All ages welcome! DATE: Friday, December 9 TIME: 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. COST: FREE LOCATION: Platteville Senior Center REGISTRATION: No registration required

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Call (608) 348-8042 or (608) 348-9934 for details on how to “catch a ride.”

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Ready to Register?

See each category for specific program registration deadlines.

Recreation

Library Platteville Public Library 65 South Elm Street plattevillepubliclibrary.org Register at the Library or by phone: (608) 348-7441

Museum The Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums 405 East Main Street www.mining.jamison.museum Register at the Museum or by phone: (608) 348-3301

Rountree Gallery Rountree Gallery 385 East Main Street Register at the Rountree Gallery or by phone: (608) 348-6719

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Senior Center

Platteville Senior Center 55 South Court Street Register at the Senior Center or by phone: (608) 348-9934 30

Platteville Parks and Recreation 75 North Bonson Street Register at Parks & Recreation Office in City Hall, on ActiveNet.com or by phone: (608) 348-9741 ext. 2238 How Do I Register? Register online by following the ActiveNet link at www.platteville.org/recreation. If this is your first time using ActiveNet, you will need to create an account. Once your account has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email providing instructions on activating your account. Please allow at least one business day for this to occur. Once activated, you may register for programming online using a credit card. Transaction fees are collected by ActiveNet for all online payments. We can also assist with the registration process in the Recreation Office at 75 N. Bonson Street, Platteville, WI 53818. Our office is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We can help create an a account, register for programs, and collect payments in the form of cash, check or credit card. Age Guidelines When registering for youth programming, use the current school grade. When between grades in the summer, use the grade the participant will be entering in the fall. Programming listed as Pre-K is open to children age 3 and 4. Children must be toilet trained or in pull-ups. If a child is in pull-ups, the parent or caregiver must stay at the location for the duration of the program. Residency Requirement RESIDENT (R): A resident resides within the City of Platteville and pays property tax to the City of Platteville. NON-RESIDENT (Non): A non-resident resides outside the City of Platteville and/or does not pay property tax to the City of Platteville. Non-residents can include residents living in the Township of Platteville and Platteville School District. Refund Policy All fees are due at the time of registration. No refunds are issued unless a program is completely canceled. The Recreation Department will make a reasonable effort to reschedule make-up programming; however, this may not always be possible. No partial refunds will be issued.


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"53818 Update" Winter 2016-17 City of Platteville Newsletter