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City of Stoughton

Issue 1, Spring 2019

Mayor’s Note It has been approximately one year since I took office. With the help and support of the community, staff and volunteers, I am happy to report Stoughton continues to move forward and be a leader in Dane County. Since the last publication I would like to introduce our new Utilities Director, Jill Weiss. Jill comes to Stoughton with many years in the utilities business in both private (Alliant Energy) and public with Jefferson Utilities. I would like to thank David Erdmann and Peter Sveum for serving on our interview panel. The Leadership Team and City Council approved the annual Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and Operating Budgets in November. You will see many initiatives including the transition of city offices to the McFarland State Bank. I am pleased to report the McFarland State Bank will continue to operate in the downtown building as well. The Stoughton Opera House Friends Association (SOFA) is Funding a Strategic Plan initiative to expand the Opera House operations in the current City Hall. There will be many road improvement projects including most of Lincoln Ave. and Jackson St. in 2019. We continue to meet with the DOT regarding 2020 projects, which include Main St. from Page St. to

Hoel Ave. improvements. Director Scheel continues to serve on the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board (MATPB), the regional transportation planning agency, on the technical committee. Alder Phil Caravello has joined as a citizen member. Phase 1 of Kettle Park West (KPW) continues with the completion of the Kettle Park Senior Living, set to open in the fall. Great Clips and the McFarland State Bank have opened, construction for the new hotel is ready to begin. The Planning Commission approved a conceptual plan from Forward Development Group (FDG) for Phase 2 of KPW, which expects to produce over 150 single family homes, including several price points and a new linear park plan and trail system. Nordic Ridge will participate in the Madison Builders Association Parade of Homes for the third year in a row. There are 50 more lots available. Annexation and development plans on Highway 51 North continues. The Redevelopment Authority (RDA) has completed a Request for Expressed Interest (RFEI) process and will be selecting developers to begin the much anticipated Riverfront Project. This project is expected to produce 250 dwellings. The RDA’s Marathon site has moved forward with closing on the property expected in April and construction to begin shortly after. We have listed an 18+ acre commercial lot for sale in Business Park North, and are reviewing options on our 10+ acre property located on Highway 138, next to the new Stoughton Utilities Sub Station. I have become part of the League of Municipalities Advocacy Team and spent a day at the Capital lobbying our legislators on the behalf of Stoughton. Public Works Director Herbert and I have joined a consortium to discuss Dane County flooding solutions. I am scheduling meetings with our neighboring Township officials. There will be an Open Houses for the new Public Works garage and City Hall offices in the spring. 2019 looks to be a strong year for Stoughton. Mayor Tim Swadley


2 Spring 2019

Yard Care Options to Reduce Flooding and Protect Our Waters Did you know that 40-70% of the rain that falls in an average urban neighborhood runs off the land into our storm drains? Healthy lawns and gardens act as a sponge helping rain to soak into the ground preventing stormwater runoff from washing into storm drains to area waters. Consider landscaping options that keep rain where it lands to protect our lakes, rivers and streams. • Replace some of your lawn with a rain garden and direct roof runoff towards the garden. • Mow high (3” or more) using a sharp blade. High lawns slow runoff, promote infiltration and shade out weeds. • Leave grass clippings on lawn. Clippings act as a natural fertilizer. • Keep leaves and grass clippings out of the streets and sidewalks to prevent clogged storm drains and flooding. • Test your soil before applying fertilizers and pesticides and apply only what you lawn needs. • Compacted soil acts as a channel for water. Aerate your lawn to promote infiltration. For more information on how to create a water friendly yard visit www.ripple-effects.com. Together, we can have a Ripple Effect on our waters!

Springtime Brings More Than Flowers with Those Showers While this winter feels as though it will never end, eventually, the snow and ice will melt and there will be spring showers. The rain and snow melt flows across streets, driveways, parking lots and rooftops and transports sand, salt, last fall’s leaves, oil, trash and many other pollutants directly to storm drains, which eventually ends up in our lakes and streams. Some 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.

You Can Help

There are many things each of us can do to prevent storm water pollution. • Use salt sparingly during the winter. • Sweep up any excess salt or sand left over from the snow shoveling season.

The Tower Times • Clean up pet waste year-round–bury it properly or put it in the garbage. • 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. • Get a soil test before applying fertilizer to your lawn. Don’t pay for something you don’t need. If a test shows that your lawn does need fertilizer, apply it according to directions and carefully clean up any spills on paved surfaces. • Wash your car on the lawn or at a car wash that sends its used water to the sewage treatment plant. • Prevent soil erosion. • Don’t let anything but rain go down the storm drain or into the ditch. Visit the following websites for more information on how you can help our lakes and streams: www.ripple-effects.com/dvdrelease www.ripple-effects.com/mycommunity www.cityofstoughton.com/planning click on link to Storm Water Utility

Make a Difference… Install a Rain Garden Rain gardens (shallow depressions planted with native wildflowers) soak up rainwater or melted snow from your rooftop, driveway and lawn. They are positioned to collect water from downspouts or at a low-point in the yard where drainage naturally occurs. The gardens allow water to soak into the soil rather than running off to the nearest lake or stream. A rain garden can soak up to 30% more water than a traditional lawn. Why is that important? Because the water from rain and snow that runs off our roofs and driveways to the streets and through the storm drain system to our lakes carries with it all sorts of pollutants like fertilizers, oil, pet waste and more. Whatever is in the street - garbage, pet waste, oil, etc. - gets washed to the nearest lake or stream. Mature rain gardens are easy to maintain. Once plants get established, very little weeding is needed. Do not install a rain garden in any easement designed to convey underground electric, water, wastewater and stormwater. Besides helping our lakes and streams, rain gardens are aesthetically pleasing and provide habitat for birds, butterflies and beneficial insects - including dragonflies that eat mosquitoes. You can make a big difference by devoting a small amount of space, time and money to the creation of a rain garden. Visit www.ripple-effects.com/raingardens to learn more about rain gardens.

Keep It Clea n... River a Drains to Y ahar Can you find the storm drain murals in Stoughton? The water that enters these storm drains empties into the Yahara River carrying any trash and pollutants it runs across with it. Lorem ipsum 1 Stoughton High School

W. Main St.

There are 20 storm drain murals located around Dane County to help educate residents about stormwater runoff and how to Keep it Clean! For a map of all the mural locations and to learn about simple actions you can take to protect our waters visit: www.ripple-effects.com/storm-drain-murals


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Building/Zoning Permit Information

Temporary Shelter Regulations

A building/zoning permit is required for the following:

The regulations applicable to temporary shelters are as follows:

• New home and addition construction* • Deck installation* • Fencing installation*

• Home remodels and repairs* (no fee if cost including labor is under $500) • Accessory structures such as a shed, pergola or gazebo* • Swimming pool installation* - For pools with a water depth greater than 36 inches • Roofing and/or siding (no fee if cost including labor is under $500) • Window or front door replacement (no fee if cost including labor is under $500) • Zero lot line requests for two family duplex structures - Certified survey map required. • Signage*

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 are 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.” These structures are not allowed to be used to cover vehicles, boats, recreational vehicles, firewood, etc… These structures may be used temporarily for shade over a deck, patio or lawn area and for garage sales. If you have any questions regarding this ordinance section please contact the City Zoning Administrator at 608-646-0421 or mstacey@ci.stoughton.wi.us

• Razing or moving structures*

Why You Should Know Where Your Property Stakes are Located

• Erosion control and storm water management*

It is very helpful to know exactly where your property stakes (lot lines) are when:

• New furnace, retrofit furnace and air conditioning

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

• Any type of Electrical and Plumbing

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

• Driveways and public sidewalks* (no fee for sidewalks)

*A plan is required to be submitted along with the permit application

A building permit is not required for the following • Repainting the interior or exterior of your building

• Installing storm windows, storm doors and screens • Installing gutters and downspouts • Landscaping - Not recommended to be placed in any easement and should be planted to allow for growth to remain on your property. Also, there are vision corner requirements at intersections and driveways. • Concrete/block patios • Retaining walls – Must be on your property and not in any easements. • Children’s play equipment - May not be placed in any easements.

Obtaining a building/zoning permit

A building/zoning permit may be obtained, after approval of application materials, by the Department of Planning & Development, located at City Hall, 381 E. Main Street. Hours are Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm

Information necessary for the application

1. Name, address, email and phone number of applicant. 2. Type of improvement. 3. Name and address of person completing work.

• 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 new structure will be located; • Trying to locate any recorded easements. Many times we hear people say they were told or they assumed their property stakes are where a fence, planting, transformer or power pole is located. In fact, that is seldom the case. The only way to be certain is to locate the lot corner stakes as follows: • 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 or emailed/faxed/mailed to you. The plat map of your property will give you a reference to start from and makes it much easier once one stake is found; • 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 or more at each corner of the property; • A long tape measure is helpful to aid in your search; • Renting a metal detector may also be helpful in locating the lot stakes; • Ask neighbors if they have an idea where the lot stakes are located to aid in your search; • 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 stake location. Property stake disputes between property owners are a legal issue and are not regulated by City Ordinances;

6. Square footage of improvement if applicable.

• If lot stakes cannot be found, a licensed land surveyor may be hired to locate them and 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 costs;

7. Site plan of building/improvement including lot lines and all dimensions if applicable (a survey may be necessary).

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

8. Additional information may be required depending on the project.

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

4. Contractors shall provide Dwelling Contractor Certification and Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification. 5. Estimated cost.

What if I don’t get a permit?

If a permit is required, but not obtained, fees will be doubled. Additionally, a citation may be issued. Any construction that does not comply with codes or ordinances will need to be brought into compliance. The main objective for obtaining a building permit is to assure that structures are constructed according to the Uniform Dwelling Code requirements. This is done to make the structure safe from defects and protects the owner.

Information and applications:

Check out the City of Stoughton web-site at www.cityofstoughton.com/planning for more information and applications. Click on the applications and information link. For questions, please call the Department of Planning & Development at: Director of Planning & Development: 608-873-6619 Zoning Administrator: 608-646-0421

• The Department of Planning & Development may have a site plan or survey for homes that have been recently constructed. Contact the Building Inspector at 608-873-7626 regarding a plan or survey. For questions related to locating your lot stakes contact the City Zoning Administrator at 608-646-0421.

Private Property Parking Standards for Recreational Vehicles NOTE: THESE STANDARDS ARE ONLY FOR PRIVATE PROPERTY, NOT FOR PARKING ON PUBLIC LANDS OR ANYWHERE IN THE STREET RIGHT-OF-WAY. A RECREATIONAL VEHICLE IS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: MOTOR HOME, JETSKI, BOAT, ALL TRAILERS, CAMPERS, SNOWMOBILES, OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLES, ATV’S AND SIMILAR VEHICLES.

Building Inspector: 608-873-7626

PARKING AND STORAGE OF RECREATIONAL VEHICLES AND TRAILERS IN RESIDENTIAL, OFFICE, AND BUSINESS DISTRICTS ARE PERMITTED IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER:

Administrative Assistant: 608-873-7626

Recreational vehicles and trailers:

Garage Sale Signage Information

(a) Parked or stored within the front yard or side yard must be on a driveway that is made of a dust free, continual hard surface such as concrete or asphalt pavement and shall be a minimum of five feet from any private property line or right-of-way line. Permeable pavement including turfstone is also allowable. The side yard shall end at the rear of the home.

Garage sale signs may be placed in the parkrow or terrace, in front of the residence where the sale is being held, for a period not to exceed three (3) days and no more than three (3) times in a calendar year. Signs may also be placed in the parkrow or terrace at various intersections for the days of the sale; such signs shall not have a height greater than 2 ½ feet from grade and shall not exceed four (4) square feet in area, two (2) feet in height and two (2) feet in width.

(b) May be parked in the rear yard, beyond the rear of the home without the need for a hard surface, subject to all other conditions. Note: Corner lots have two fronts. (c) Shall be owned by the resident who is occupying the property on which the vehicle or trailer is parked or stored.

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.

(d) Are permitted only for storage purposes except mobile homes and campers may be used for overnight sleeping for a maximum of 14 days in one calendar year.

NO MORE THAN 3 SALES ARE ALLOWED PER YEAR. A SALE OF UP TO 3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS IN LENGTH SHALL BE CONSIDERED ONE TIME.

(e) May not be connected to wastewater or sanitary sewer lines, or electricity except for charging of batteries.

If you have any questions regarding garage sale signage, please contact the City Zoning Administrator at 608-646-0421.

(f) May not be used for storage of goods, materials or equipment other than those items considered to be part of the unit or essential for its use.

Noxious Weeds and Grass Information

(g) Shall be placed a minimum of five feet from all property lines and shall not be parked within any easement.

Noxious weeds, as defined by Wis. Statute § 66.0407(1)(b), are not allowed in the City of Stoughton.

(h) Maximum number allowed outside of a building per property is three unless the property is zoned and approved for such outdoor storage.

Property owners in the City of Stoughton who allow noxious weeds to grow and/or allow grass/weeds to exceed 1-foot in height, 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. One notice will be sent per year.

(i) A trailer with multiple recreational vehicles on it shall be considered one recreational vehicle, but all recreational vehicles on the trailer shall be owned by the resident occupying the property on which the trailer is parked.

Violations are found through weekly inspections by Department of Planning & Development staff. If you have any questions related to this issue, contact the City Building Inspector at 608-873-7626.

(j) Individual canoes, kayaks and similar vehicles not on a trailer are exempt from these requirements. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS REGULATION PLEASE CONTACT THE ZONING ADMINISTRATOR AT 608-646-0421.


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The Tower Times

John Vorndran: At the Heart of the Stoughton Opera House

just found that so fascinating,” said Gwen. “That was the reward for the work was finding these little tidbits of history.”

There was a time in Opera House history when you called John Vorndran for a tour. Any time of day he’d show up in a pair of blue jeans and a Pendleton shirt and happily talk your ear off about the theater’s history and the hidden floor between floors that now houses the modern dressing rooms. These days it’s hard to give a tour of the Opera House without mentioning John’s name and his unerring dedication to the Stoughton native Erma Skaalen made the first sizable donation on eighteen-year restoration, behalf of the theater, kicking off the formation of the Auditorium but what is seldom said is Restoration Committee, 1983. With Erma’s impetus and Commitwhy a retired postal worker raised in Muscoda, Wisconsin gave so much of himself to a tee Chair Helen Johnson’s visionary fundraising, the committee became a well-known entity around town. By 1988, the organization crumbling auditorium in the heart of downtown Stoughton. raised the money needed to reinstate the monumental clock tower John J. Vorndran, born on December 14, 1935, grew up in a rural to its former glory. farming and industrial community along the Wisconsin River. As a young boy he occupied himself with games and friends, but fell ill Throughout this time, John had not only been flying, but had bewith scarlet fever around the age of ten. Bedridden throughout the gun restoring airplanes, his largest being a World War II Stearman illness, John’s parents brought him model airplane kits to keep him biplane. busy. His imagination soared along with the completed aircraft, but “That was all self-taught,” said Gwen. “Just listening to other guys after recovering he moved on to other interests, eventually gradu- and researching, which he did old school, mostly through talking ating from St. John the Baptist Catholic School. to people.” With a move to Madison, John began working for the U. S. Postal Service. On a weekend home to visit his family, he was approached at a Friday fish fry by a young woman whom he had known most of his life, Judith Bloyer. In the years to come, the two would marry; have two daughters, Gwen and Amy; and move from Madison to a house in the country outside of Stoughton. Although John continued working in Madison, Stoughton quickly became home to the Vorndran family. It was here John’s boyhood enthusiasm for aircraft was rekindled. Soon he took-up flying lessons and joined the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Affectionately referring to Matson Airport on Highway 51 as the “Stoughton International Airport” because they sometimes flew into Canada, John’s social circle grew to include a variety of pilots from across Stoughton’s public sector, such as former Mayor Doug Pfundheller.

John had also begun taking an active interest in the auditorium. “He was somewhat frustrated that this gem was here and so many people didn’t know it or just dismissed it,” Gwen said. “Coming from the outside he’s like, ‘Well, this is important. There aren’t many of these left. You have to restore this and cherish it and care for it and maintain it.”

When asked about his commitment, Gwen said, “He really instilled, I think, in my sister & I, both of my parents, that you give back to your community. You might not be able to give back financially, but everyone can give their time and talents; and he thought not using those talents is a waste.”

John took these words to heart and by 1988 he undertook the work Over time John’s visits to the Opera House became fewer as his to mark his lifetime. body succumbed to illness. On August 7, 2018, at the age of 82, he Still employed as a Post Office Manager, John became the Audito- passed away at New Perspectives in Sun Prairie, 7 years after the rium Restoration Committee Chair. He spent his time clearing the death of his beloved wife Judy.

spaces of decades of dust and clutter, rebuilding a modern facility His gift to the City of Stoughton, the Opera House, will stand in with the bones and tradition of the original while working to the his memory as the multi-generational theater he envisioned for strengths of his many volunteers. decades to come.

In 1992 John traded his suit for a pair of blue jeans and rolled up his sleeves. With an early retirement he was ready to take on the Opera House full time. He acquainted himself with every inch “It had to have been through Doug because he was a pilot and he of the theater, crawling into overlooked spaces, pulling up floorwould have known Erma (Skaalen). That’s how they would have boards, and collecting boxes of historic ephemera. met.” “Dad saved everything that was found. You know, that they’d find in the walls, that slipped through floors—programs, and tickets. He

The Stoughton Police Department is committed to keeping Stoughton a safe and secure City. However, we cannot be successful in this pursuit without your help. Everyday community members see and hear things that the police do not. Most of this information may seem trivial or unimportant. But statistically, most crimes are solved by putting together seemingly unimportant details that actually solve crimes. The timeliness of this information can literally mean the difference between solving a crime and not solving it. During investigations, officers often obtain information that is important to an incident but it is received too late to have an impact. We hear from people often, that they observed or heard something but did not call it in because they either thought it trivial or did not want to bother the police with something minor. The truth is that we need those calls and really nothing is either a bother to us or too trivial. We would much rather have information that turns out to be something minor then to miss an important detail that could clear an incident. Keeping our community safe is truly everyone’s responsibility. See or hear something, report it! By doing, so we all have a stake in maintaining peace and good order in our community. The police are only caretakers of the community and your partnership with us is extremely important in helping us to keep everyone safe.

Keeping Yourself and Possessions Safe and Secure Keeping yourself and possessions safe and secure really starts with you. Statistically, a large percentage of crimes are crimes of opportunity. Most criminals will attempt to pick easy targets for their crimes. Easy targets mean less work and less chance of apprehension for those bent on committing them. Hardening the Target does significantly reduce the chances of you becoming a victim of a crime. Being safe starts with being a harder target. When you are out and about, be aware of your surroundings. Walk confidently, stay with people

On February 22, 2001, the Stoughton Opera House reopened its doors, celebrating its second Grand Opening, 100 years to the day from the first. Until the City was able to staff the offices, John continued to work, reaching out to local and national acts and honing the details of the theater. He wrote letters and traveled to other halls, approaching artists after performances. John wouldn’t be taken in by demands, but nurtured relationships with performers, some of whom still frequent the venue today. Throughout his years, John’s energy seemed boundless. His work with the Opera House has been honored in countless articles and ceremonies. He was named the 1997 Stoughton Citizen of the Year. A plaque outside the auditorium door reads: In gratitude and deep appreciation to John & Judy Vorndran whose vision and dedication guided the restoration of the Stoughton Opera House from dream to reality. Still, it is clear that despite all the accolades and awards, John was not driven by notoriety, but a deeper sense of duty.

John’s daughter, Gwen, credits Doug with John’s early involvement with the Opera House.

Helping Us Help You

The building’s history and the Stoughton community may have been the driving force behind John’s dedication to the theater, but looking deeper into his character, he displayed a childlike joy in many areas of life, a joy he felt compelled to share with all he came in contact with. Gwen remembers the day he drove home with a truckload of 2x4s intent on building stilts for all the nieces and nephews. He dreamed up a plan for the elementary school’s Grandparents’ Day celebration that involved the grandparents staying through recess to teach the schoolyard games they enjoyed as kids. John imagined a Main Street lined with over-sized Nauga’s, the fictional creatures created in a 1960’s advertising campaign and brought to life at Uniroyal, decorated to commemorate the city’s history, industry, and many-colored interests. It is through this joy that John, self-taught with only restored airplanes as background, built a community around himself and revitalized a theater that only two decades earlier was a luxurious home to pigeons and bats.

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“I feel like this is his legacy in his life,” said Gwen. “He was a wonderful, wonderful man and did a lot for a lot of people in lots of different respects, but to me this was his gift to the city he loved. He loved Stoughton.” Tours of the Opera House are available by appointment Tuesday-Friday 9 am-4:30 pm by calling (608) 877-4400. Visit www.stoughtonoperahouse.com or email boxoffice@stoughtonoperahouse.com

and in lighted areas whenever possible. Don’t look like a victim and received your payment and are going to shut your services off imyou are less likely to become one. mediately if you do not pay. The scammer will usually request your credit card number or ask you to get a prepaid card from a retailer. Lock your car doors and keep them locked even when you are in Again, Utility Companies do not conduct business this way. When a vehicle. Keep your windows partially closed so that it would be in doubt, call the company using the contact number from your more difficult for someone to reach in. Above all trust your inlast bill or from the directory. Never use the number supplied by stincts. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t! Make sure the caller to confirm. In addition, never supply a credit card numyou lock your vehicle at night, even in your garage. ber to them. Lock your house doors especially at night. Consider keeping them Then there is the fraud that you have won an amount of money and locked even when you are home. Keep an interior light on when that they need your bank information to direct deposit the money. possible. Consider motion-detecting lights for the outside of your Or, the variation that you need to send them the taxes and fees home. Please be considerate of your neighbors by being aware of before the funds can be released. Both of these are common frauds brightness and angles that the light covers. Burglars hate lights. that people fall prey to each year. Remember, if it sounds too good Get to know your neighbors. One of the best crime reduction tools to be true, it probably is! is neighbors watching out for neighbors. Knowing your neighbors It is important for people to remember to avoid any calls that inalso strengthens our community and makes all of us a little safer. volve you supplying personal information of any type over the Above all, “See Something, Say Something” if you see suspicious phone or internet unless you have initiated it through a reputable activity. Report it to the police department. business. Never supply personal or bank information to anyone calling you. Utilities, Banks, IRS, etc. will never call you demanding immediate payments. It is especially true of any payment that rauds and other rimes requires your credit card information or you obtaining a prepaid Frauds continue to plague the unsuspicious credit card. The key warning with any of these calls is be suspicitizens on an increasing basis. We could list cious anytime they try to rush you or say this needs to be done several hundred different types of frauds that immediately. Often the purpose of those statements is to compel victim’s fall for each year. Often, these frauds you to act instead of thinking about it. are becoming more and more sophisticated. As Lastly, Your Bank of financial institution will not call you to conduct criminals become increasingly more technically an “undercover audit” of the bank. A very common fraud is a caller savvy, so have the frauds that they run. who identifies himself or herself as a bank investigator investigatHere are some of the recent examples ing a fraud at your bank and they need your help. The person then of frauds that people have fallen victim to in our area. tries to get the victim to go to the bank and withdraw monies to test The first one is that a person calls, identifying themselves as a law the bank employee. The person then takes the money stating you enforcement officer (usually from a jail), and states that a relative will get it back when the investigations are completed. has been arrested and needs bail money immediately. Often this The bottom line is that everyone needs to be suspicious about his fraud is done to an elderly target and the scammer uses the real or her personal information and finances. Once your personal inname of a grandchild that they likely obtained from another source. formation and credit card information is out by fraudulent means, The fraud follows with that the person needs bail money to be re- thousands of dollars can be lost in minutes. leased from jail. People need to understand that law enforcement agencies do not call and request anyone post bail for someone in Scammers and con artists can be very good and sound very conjail. When in doubt, call the law enforcement agency directly and vincing. Do not be fooled by nice sounding people, as it is just part do not use the number provided by the scammer. Call your local of the fraud. Protect yourself and your money. When in doubt call police department for assistance. It is very common for these crim- the police department. You should never be too embarrassed to report suspicious behavior even if it is after the fact and you are a inals to use false caller ID that may look real on your phone. victim. Your information may be the information that spares someAnother common fraud is a call from someone representing them- one else of being scammed. selves as a local Utility Company and stating that they have not

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Department of Planning & Development

February 2019 Activities

City of Stoughton - Building & Zoning Activity 2019 COMMERCIAL

Here are some of the activities we were involved during February.

Building Activity Type Addition

0

$0

0

$0

YTD Construction Values $0

0

$0

0

$0

$0

• Our Department met with Dane County water resources staff to discuss our contracted inspection services. It offered us an opportunity to discuss what worked well in 2018 and what areas they will focus on in 2019.

New Construction Building New Construction Other Remodel/Repair

0

$0

2

$1,757

$0

4

$685

9

$2,361

$244,155

• We participated in our Electrical Inspector’s Association meeting and training.

Zoning

5

$2,935

9

$3,916

$12,695

Grand Total

9

$3,620

20

$8,034

$256,850

• I participated in a technical meeting for the 60% plan review for the Roundabout Project at Roby Road and USH 51. • We participated in a meeting with the City Attorney regarding hazardous trees on private property, noxious weed enforcement and excavation permits for the public rights-of-way. • I participated in our Madison area stormwater consortium meeting.

• We received bids for the 2019 Street & Utility project that includes the reconstruction of Lowell Street, Monroe Street and Patterson Street. We reviewed bidder’s prequalification paperwork before bids were received. Following the bid opening we have been evaluating the bid and project and will take to committee and Council in March.

# of Permits February 2019

February $ Fees Collected

Addition

1

$200

New Construction Dwelling New Construction Other Remodel/Repair

0

$0

0

YTD # of Permits

YTD $ Fees

$0

22

Grand Total

$2,624

0

$0

23

$2,824

Monthly Permit Data

$4,623

4

Commercial Remodel/Repair

22 23

8

Residential New Construction - Other 0 1 0 Commercial New Construction- Other 2 Residential New Construction-Dwelling 0 1 Commercial New Construction-Buildings 0 Residential Addition 0 Commercial Addition 0

February-19 February-18

0

$0February-19 February-18

1 1

$495,715

Commercial Addition 0

4

$680

43

$10,572

22 23

8

Residential Addition 1 35 $4,944 0 0

2

5

$700

10

15

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• The Auditors were in City Hall this month and I provided supplemental information about our major 2018 projects.

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• We are working with the Public Works team to consider how to deal with sump pump discharges to the rights-of-way. Groundwater levels continue to be elevated due to the rains in 2018 causing more discharge and ice buildup in the gutters for some areas.

• Our department is working to convert many historic paper records to electronic files to help reduce the amount of materials necessary to relocate to our new offices.

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News from the Stoughton Area Senior Center

John Beutel’s Music Appreciation Series is Back!

Computer Class: Google Drive for Anyone

This series is open to anyone who loves music and would like to learn more about it. When: Mondays, April 1– May 13 at 3:00 PM Where: Stoughton Opera House Cost: Free, but donations are appreciated • April 1-TBA • April 8- Middleton Jazz, Dixieland style, of the 20s, 30s, 40s • April 15-Stoughton High School Solo Ensemble Student recital. • April 22-Aaron Yamei, violin; Kyle Johnson, piano • April 29-TBA • May 6-Hyewon Ryou, to perform piano music by Haydn, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt • May 13-The Ancora String Quartet. These professional musicians teach on the faculty of UW-Whitewater, and play in the Madison Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and other professional area ensembles.

Thursday, April 18, 3 PM, 2nd floor Mandt Room Fitness & Wellness View the slides at https://tinyurl.com/SASC-Google-Drive. We’ll Chair Stretch $2/class demonstrate how to Create, View, Comment, and Share the same Mon. Wed. Fri. 8:00 AM information and documents across all your devices - phones, tablets, and laptops - and with friends. No prior experience with computers Chair Massage-In Annex or these devices is needed. Optional: Bring along your favorite device. Registration required. 873-8585. 3rd Tues. Appts. 10 AM-12 PM $20 for 15 min.

AARP Smart Driver Class

Ongoing Groups/Classes at the Stoughton Area Senior Center

Line Dancing–Free

Tuesday, April 30, 9:00 AM -1:00 PM The AARP Smart Driver Class helps older drivers become more aware of changes that occur due to aging (vision, hearing, and reaction time) and how to adjust driving accordingly. The class also reviews some basic rules of the road, updates on driving laws for Wisconsin and tips on roundabouts. It is open to the aregiving s ewarding public and it is entirely in a classroom setting with no tests. The cost of the course is $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for ut t an e hallenging oo non-members payable at the class in cash or check made out to Caring for someone with an injury or illness —such as dementia, AARP. To register for the class, please call the Senior Center at cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke or others —can (608) 873-8585. be physically, emotionally and financially demanding. Taking care of you is important. Powerful Tools for Caregivers raft lub (PTC) can show you the way because it focuses on your well-being. Tuesday, April 30, 1:00-2:30 PM The class meets once a week for six weeks and has been studied and Dyeing is back! Create an amazing accessory as we learn to make shown, to help family caregivers: reduce stress, guilt, anger, and depres- a marbled silk scarf. Dyes are added to water where they float on sion; improve emotional well-being; manage time, set goals and solve top and then are manipulated to create a one of a kind design on problems; master caregiving transition and be a part of decision-mak- your silk scarf. Supplies provided. ing; communicate effectively with the person needing care, family members, doctors and other helpers; and find and use community resources.

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Thursday, May 2, 1:00-2:30 PM owerful ools for aregivers CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults Thursdays, April 11- May 16, 1:00-3:30 PM the opportunity to check how Stoughton Hospital, East Conference Rm. well their personal vehicles 900 Ridge Street, Stoughton, WI 53589 “fit” them. A proper fit in one’s Cost: $25; includes snacks and book. Call Hollee at Stoughton Area car can greatly increase not Senior Center, 873-8585 to register. Payment can be made at first only the driver’s safety but class; make checks to SASC. Assistance is available for respite or also the safety of others. At a CarFit event, a team of trained techtransportation; please inquire. nicians and/or health professionals work with each participant to ensure they “fit” their vehicle properly for maximum comfort and safety. A CarFit check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. oin iscussions For more information see: www.car-fit.org. Reservations required; call (608) 873-8585 to schedule your appointment. Tuesday, April 16, 1:00PM Bill Barreau will lead the coin collecting group. He is the State representative of the State of Wisconsin American Numismatic Asichael echt reat sociation and Madison Area Coin Club, and collects coins, paper money Depression scripts, and many types of foreign money. This ainters and their aintings is open to all, whether you have been collecting for many years or Friday, May 3, 12:30PM just have a slight curiosity. Join us for program on the works of Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Grotto, Rembrandt and Andrew Wyeth. Make your reservation for the discussion by calling (608) 873-8585.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2:00PM The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile footpath that highlights the glacial landscape features as it travels through some of Wisconsin’s most beautiful natural areas. The Trail is entirely within Wisconsin and is one of only eleven National Scenic Trails. But the Ice Age Trail is more than a path through the woods. It is a place for mental and physical rejuvenation, a place to unwind after a hard day and enjoy the landscape of Wisconsin. More than 1 million people use the Ice Age Trail each year to hike and snowshoe, to backpack, to disconnect and reconnect. Join us to learn more! Presentation will be given by Amy Lord, Ice Age Trail Alliance Outreach and Education Manager.

Elvis Impersonation Show

Ping Pong–Free

Mon. & Wed. 3 PM, Friday 10:30 AM

Qi Gong–Free

Mondays & Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 AM

Classical Stretch

Thursdays 11 AM to Noon Free

Reflexology Check Calendar

Appts. 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. $25/30 Mins. $45/60 Mins.

Tai Chi

Mondays 10:30 AM, $7/class

Tai Chi Advanced

Mondays 1:00 PM, $10/class

Wii Bowling & League

Mondays & Fridays 10 AM, 2nd Fri.-10:30 AM

Qi Gong with Jo Chern

$42/6-week, Tuesdays 1:00 PM Call 873-8585 to sign up for next session starting April 9.

Skill Development Computer/Tech Help Computer Class

3rd Thursday, 3:00 PM. Various technology topics will be covered. Check Newsletter for topics.

Creative Writing Class

Last Tues. of month at 1:00 PM

Hardanger Class

Wed., 8:00 AM Register with Madison College 12:00PM

Norwegian Language Class

Wed., 9:00 - 11:00 AM. No registration needed $10/class. New students welcome!

Rosemaling Group

Wed., 9:15 AM (no instruction; bring own projects and supplies)

Wood Carving Class

Thursdays 8:00 AM-12:00 PM. Register with Madison College

Wood Shop Daily

Must take a safety course to use the shop.

Social & Recreation

Tuesday, May 7, 3:00-4:00PM Come and enjoy the memories of Elvis through the famous songs Bridge, Free sung by Elvis Tribute Artist Alan Graveen and his Strictly Elvis Mondays, 9:30 AM & Thursdays, 9 AM Show! Alan has been entertaining full time now for over 10 years Bunco and been singing and swiveling his hips for many years before that! Every 1st Tuesday, 1:00 PM, $1.00 Don’t miss out a fun time for one and all!!!!

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Chess, Free

Fridays, 10:00 AM

Saturday, May 11, 6:00-9:00 PM Community Bingo This year marks 25 years that the Senior Center has been in our cur- Every 3rd Wednesday, 1:00 PM, $1 rent location. To celebrate, we invite you to our first gala at the Chorus House. There will be live music, drinks and hor d’oeuvres. Watch for Cribbage Every Monday 1:00 PM, Free ticket information in our April Yahara Senior News or Facebook page.

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Wednesday, May 29, 10:00AM Euchre Corrina McVay from SSM Health at Home will share ways to get the Tuesdays, 1:00PM, Every 4th Saturday, 7:00 PM most out of your doctor appointments. The presentation will cover topics on how to prepare for your appointments and communicate Handiwork Group more effectively with your physician. Monday, 1:00 PM. Bring your own project and join us.

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Over the Hill Bingo

Grief Support Group

Pinochle

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Low Vision Support Group

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Ukulele Group

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Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

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Thursday 1:00, Free Thursday 1:00

For more information on these and other activities please contact the Stoughton Area Senior Center at 248 W. Main Street, Stoughton WI, 53589 * (608) 873-8585 * www.ci.stoughton.wi.us/senior


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Stoughton Public Library: Educate, Enrich, Empower, Engage!

Welcome to the Library!

Adopt-A-Magazine at the Library

The Stoughton Public Library is located at 304 S. Fourth St., at the Looking for a way to honor an important person in your life, or corner of 4th & Main, just west of the clock tower in downtown memorialize a loved one who has passed on? Stoughton. Sponsor a yearly subscription to a magazine enjoyed by Stoughton Hours are Monday-Thursday 9-9, Friday & Saturday 9-5, Sunday Public Library patrons. We will acknowledge your kind donation 1-5. with a personalized nameplate displayed on the magazine’s cover for a year. Please contact Jane Groshan at (608) 873-6281 or email There is no charge for a library card – just bring in picture ID with jgroshan@stolib.org to ask about magazine adoption availability proof of current address. If your ID does not show your current and subscription cost. address, please bring another proof of address such as a piece of mail, personal check, utility bill, etc. Parents must sign the regis- Donation acknowledgment plates will run April-March or Octotration form for children under age 16. ber-September depending on when the donation is received.

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The Foundation (Science Fiction & Fantasy book discussion group) Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 pm

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks is this month’s pick. An alternate additional reading choice is First King of Shannara. Copies of the books are available on the second floor of the library.

Craft Club: Smash It! Thursday, May 2, 6:30 pm

Everyone’s favorite Craft Club is back! Garden Stones! Bring your own hammer (BYOH) and create a special piece of art for your garden. Smash your own pottery and arrange it in your 10” stone. In addition to offering books, eBooks, DVDs, audio books, magaSupplies provided, but feel free to bring your own pieces. Regiszines, newspapers, and programs for people of all ages, the Library oin the riends of the ibrary tration is required. Call us at 873-6281 or email storef@stolib.org also has computers, meeting rooms, a copy machine, and can offer to register. The Friends of the Stoughton Public Library is a non-profit organiyou one-on-one help with your eBook reader. zation devoted to promoting and improving library services, mateFor more information, visit us online at www.stoughtonpublicli- rials, and facilities for the Stoughton community; encouraging gifts Thursdays With Murder (Mystery book discussion group) brary.org, on Facebook, or call at and bequests to the library; and promoting the broadest possible Thursday, May 9, 6:30 pm use of Library facilities, materials and services. Early Women of Mystery. Join us as we explore some lesser hank ou hank ou hank ou The Library relies on money raised by various Friends events to known female mystery writers whose work was published between supplement the its budget. Without these funds, the Children’s 1900-1940. Copies of the books are available on the second floor from (former) Library Director, Richard MacDonald Summer Library Program would not be able to afford many of the of the library.

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Hi Everyone! You’ve probably heard that I’m retiring after eight presenters for programs, as well as purchase supplies and reading years as Director of the Stoughton Public Library. By the time you incentive prizes. The Adult Summer Reading Program and the Adult read this, I probably will have worked my last day in that position. Craft Club receive their funding from the annual Friends donation. The Friends donation is used to purchase high-demand DVDs and It’s been a great eight years, and I’m going back to my first career of books for the Lucky Day collections, replace worn or lost copies being a musician (clarinet). However, instead of classical music, I’ll of books and DVDs, and provide more magazine subscriptions for be focusing on Klezmer and other so-called “popular” music. (It’s the collection. These are just a few of the ways the Friends assist called “popular” because it is popular!) My wife and I will continue the Library. to reside in Stoughton and be part of the Stoughton community. Friends’ membership levels range from $10 to $100 a year. In addition to becoming a member, you can help out with book sales, fundraisers, and more. More information at the Library!

To new Stoughton Public Library Director James Ramsey who begins work in April. He comes to us after an illustrious seven years at the Middleton Public Library. Stop by and say hello. Best of luck to James!

Readers Wanted!

• Add a Friends of the Library tote bag for $3.00. • Buy a pair of earbuds for $2.00. • Round up to $5.00 and donate to the library.

The Foundation (Science Fiction & Fantasy book discussion group) Two by Ray Bradbury. This month’s books are Something Wicked This Way Comes and Dandelion Wine. Copies of the books are available on the second floor of the library.

Wednesday, April 3, 6:30 pm

Classic Sci-Fi Short Stories. Copies of the stories will be available on the second floor of the library.

Craft Club: Marble It! Thursday, April 4, 6:30 pm

Craft Club: Wrap It!

Thursday, June 6, 6:30 pm Learn about wire wrapping and make your own mobile, wind chime or jewelry piece! Use the library’s jewelry tools, junk jewelry stash and surprise bits and pieces to inspire your project. Supplies provided, but you can bring in special items (stones, sea glass, etc.) to incorporate into your project. Registration is required. Call us at 873-6281 or email storef@stolib.org to register.

Thursdays With Murder (Mystery book discussion group) Thursday, June 13, 6:30 pm

Focus on Forensics. This popular subgenre includes novels by Aaron Elkins, Sharyn McCrumb, Elizabeth Peters, and Kathy Reichs. Copies of the books are available on the second floor of the library.

Dyeing is back! Create an amazing accessory as we learn to make a marbled silk scarf. Dyes are added to water where they float on top and then are manipulated to create a one of a kind design on Spring into Gardening: Topic TBD your silk scarf. Supplies provided. Registration is required. Call us Tuesday, June 18, 9:30 am at 873-6281 or email storef@stolib.org to register. The Stoughton Heritage Garden Club invites the public to this presentation, which will be followed by the Garden Club’s regular Family Music Time meeting. Wednesdays or Thursdays, 9:30-10am, April 10-25

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No need to register; please join us for either session! This month’s pick, How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, was described as a “quirky romcom dusted with philosophical observations” by the Washington Post. Copies are available on the second floor of the library.

Wednesday, June 5, 6:30 pm

There are immediate openings for readers in the Stoughton Public Special guest Eliza Tyksinski, a Music Together™ trained instructor, Library’s book discussion groups. Join us as we turn pages and talk will visit us Wednesday and Thursday mornings for special music time. She’ll play the guitar while families enjoy playing with muabout books! sical toys and singing along. Ages 2-5 (younger and older siblings Page Turners – This group reads a variety of titles both nonfiction welcome). No registration required. The Wednesday and Thursday and fiction. It meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at sessions within each week will be very similar to each other. the Library, and the 4th Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. at the Senior Center. Coming up in April is the riveting non-fiction Thursdays With Murder (Mystery book discussion group) book The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Thursday, April 11, 6:30 pm Heist of the Century by Kirk Johnson. Copies will be available on The theme this month is famous mystery short stories, including the second floor of the library. one by an author who died in the Titanic disaster. Copies of the The Foundation – Library’s science fiction/fantasy book group stories will be available at the 2nd Floor Information Desk. is named in honor of science fiction grand master Isaac Asimov’s famous Foundation Trilogy. The Foundation explores themes, au- Lego Club thors, short stories, and novels. The group meets the first Wednes- Saturday, April 13 10-11 am day of the month at 6:30 p.m. Coming up in May will be The Sword Join us for a casual, fun time playing with the library’s collection of of Shannara by Terry Brooks, with an alternate additional reading LEGO and DUPLO blocks. All ages. No registration required. choice of First King of Shannara. Copies of the books will be available on the second floor of the library. Spring into Gardening: Earth Day Tuesday, April 16, 9:30 am Thursdays With Murder is the Library’s mystery and crime fiction book discussion group. In its eighth year, this group explores The Stoughton Heritage Garden Club invites the public to this prethemes and authors of crime fiction. Meetings are the second sentation by Sustainable Stoughton. Presentation will be followed Thursday of the month, with no meeting in December. May read- by the Garden Club’s regular meeting. ing will be some lesser known female mystery writers whose work was published between 1900-1940. Copies of the books will be Library Play Date Saturday, April 20, 10 am available on the second floor of the library.

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The next Friends event will be the Syttende Mai Pie Place.

I can’t possibly list the names of everyone from over the last eight Check the Library website for more information, www.stolib.org years to whom I owe thanks. But THANK YOU to everyone for all Check the Library website for all the latest information for chilyour help and assistance. dren’s and teen events. Always remember the words of Stoughton Public Library Youth Services Librarian Amanda Bosky: One of the best ways you can April support the Stoughton Public Library is by using the Library. Stop The Foundation (Science Fiction & Fantasy book by and see what we have to offer. discussion group)

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Page Turners Adult Book Discussions

Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 pm at the library Wednesday, June 26, 1:00 pm at the Senior Center No need to register; please join us for either session! The theme of the Summer Library Program this year is A Universe of Stories, so we are dipping slightly into the world of science fiction with a quick read: Landscape with Invisible Hand by MT Anderson. Copies are available on the second floor of the library.

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Stoughton Parks and Recreation

Time for Tots - Move & Groove

Active Start The Time for Tots – Move & Groove program was designed to focus on the many benefits of music and movement during the early stages of a child’s development. By combining your child’s favorite songs and nursery rhymes with different movements, hand motions and fun musical instruments, this class aims to get toddlers movin’ and groovin’ to the beat of their own drum! Each week we will focus on learning a different clapping rhythm, floor exercise and rhythmic motor skill. Parent or Adult participation is required. Who: Participants 0-3 years old Days: Tuesdays Dates: June 18 – July 30 Times: 11:15-11:45 am Location: Norse Park Shelter Program Code: 1900.200 Fee: $25 – Residents, $30 – Non-Residents Registration Deadline: 1 week before start date (June 11th) or when full Min/Max Participants: 8/16

Ready, Set, GOAL!

FUNdamentals The Ready, Set, GOAL! Program is designed for preschoo1 and PreKindergarten (4K-first year Kindergarten) aged children. Participants will learn and engage in six different sports/activities throughout the six-week program. A new sport/activity will be played each week. Participants will learn the basic fundamentals of each sport while simultaneously learning what it means to be a good teammate and friend. The different sports will include soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, t ball and a day of “pick up” park sports (ex. Kickball, Sharks & Minnows, Ships & Sailors, etc.). Please bring your own racket for the week of tennis. Who: Participants 3 – 6 years old Days: Tuesdays Times: 12:00-1:00pm Dates: June 18 – July 30 Location: Norse Park – Meet at Shelter Program Code: 1900.201 Fee: $35 – Residents, $40 – Non-Residents Registration Deadline: 1 week before start date (June 11th) or when full Min/Max Participants: 8/16

Pee Wee Playground Pals

The Pee Wee Playground Pals program is designed for school-aged children who have completed Kindergarten (are heading into 1st grade) through 2nd graders (heading into 3rd grade). This program focuses on teaching participants the basic rules and fundamentals of various playground games while teaching conflict resolution, sportsmanship and being a good friend. Under the direction of our Pee Wee Playground Pals supervisor, each week participants will learn a different pick-up playground game/activity while being placed in different leadership roles. Come play with us and join the fun! Who: Kindergarten-2nd Graders Days: Tuesdays Times: 1:15-2:15pm Dates: June 18 – July 30 Location: Norse Park – Meet at Shelter Program Code: 1900.202 Fee: $35 – Residents, $40 – Non-Residents Registration Deadline: 1 week before start date (June 11th) or when full Min/Max Participants: 8/16

Youth Lacrosse Spring Skills Camp

FUNdamentals, Learning to Train This program is for children in grades 1st-4th and all skill levels. The philosophy behind the program is to teach basic skills and fundamentals, develop athletic skills, make new friends, and most importantly have fun! The camp is coached by Stoughton High School Coach Josh Wollin and assistants. All equipment will be provided. Who: Participants in Grades 1st-4th Days: Sundays Time: 5:00-6:00 PM Dates: April 28 - May 26 Location: Racetrack Park, near batting cage Fee: $30 – Resident, $38 – Non-Resident Registration Deadline: 1 week before start date (April 21st) or when full Grades Program Code 1-2 1301.100 3-4 1301.101

Flag Rugby with Madison United Rugby Club

Learning to Train In this instructional co-ed program your child will learn the basics of rugby sevens - a 2016 Olympic sport! Rugby is a great addition to your child’s athletic and personal development. It is a fun and active sport! Everyone carries the ball, and learns passing, catching, kicking, teamwork and space strategy. Rugby is a game rooted in sportsmanship and the skills readily transfer to other sports as do our standards of fair play and civility. Flag Rugby is a great introduction and ideal way to learn the game! Information on Saturday morning ‘game days’ will be available at the first sessions. Game dates this summer are July 6, 13, 20, and 27 and start times will be between 10:00 and 11:30am. Parents are invited to learn the sport and be trained as coaches - no rugby experience necessary. Who: Participants entering 3rd-8th Grades Practice Days: Mondays and Wednesdays Time: 6:30-7:45 PM Dates: June 17th – July 24th Location: Virgin Lake Park Fee: $45 Registration Deadline: 1 week before start date (June 10th) or when full Grades (Entering) Program Code 3-5 1341.200 6-8 1341.201

Learn to Play Softball League (Grades K – 2)*

FUNdamentals Our youth softball program focuses on developing softball FUNdamentals, athletic skills, and the love of sports. Thursdays will feature a one hour practice, and Sundays will have both practices and informal games. The games will feature coach pitch or t-ball depending on the player’s ability level. Practices will focus on the FUNdamentals of softball such as proper overhand throwing motion. There is a wide range of ages for this program which means that there will be a wide variety of skill levels. Children will be grouped based on skill level so they are challenged appropriately. Players are responsible to bring their own glove. All other equipment is provided. We need volunteer coaches for this program. We will be hosting a coaches training on June 4th where coaches will go through the drills and activities that happen in practices and will learn how to run the games. Who: Children entering grades K-2 Game Days & Dates: Sundays, June 9th – July 28th Practice Days & Dates: Thursdays, June 6th – July 25th Times: Sundays 6:15 – 7:15 pm, Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm Location: Racetrack Park Diamond #1 Program Code: 1100.209 Fees: Resident - $45, Non-Resident - $53 Deadline: 1 week before start date (May 30th) or when full Coaches: V  olunteers needed. Training day and time is Tuesday, June 4th at 5:30 pm

Rally Cap T-Ball (Ages 4 –Pre K)*

Active Start T-Ball provides the perfect introduction to the American pastime. Each week will be divided into a separate practice time of 30 minutes and a game time of 30 minutes. Teams will have 6-7 children to make the games move along at a faster pace and more playing time for each child. Practices will focus on the FUNdamentals of baseball such as proper grip on the ball and throwing motion. Practice plans will be provided to coaches. Players are responsible to bring their own glove. All other equipment is provided. Who: Participants Ages 4 – Pre Kindergarten (includes participants entering Kindergarten for the 2019-20 School Year) Days & Dates: Sundays, June 9th – July 28th Times: 4:45, and 5:30 PM Game Times. Please note that practice could start as early as 4:15 PM and will vary between 4:15 and 5:00pm start times. Location: Racetrack Park Program Code: 1111.200 Fees: Resident - $45 Non-Resident - $53 Deadline: 1 week before start date (June 2nd) or when full Coaches: Volunteers are needed. Coaches training will be on Thursday, June 6th at 6:00 pm

Youth Pom and Dance Class

In this instructional co-ed program your child will learn the basics of Pom and Dance. There is pom technique, dance technique, teamwork and performance. The last day of class will include a performance of all routines and technique learned over the summer. Classes may be split depending on enrollment and age groups. Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays Dates: June 18 – July 25, No class on July 2 or 4 Time: 4:30-5:30 pm Location: Yahara Elementary Gym Fee: $45 Registration Deadline: June 11 Grades (Entering) Program Code 3-5 1200.100 6-8 1200.101

Youth Tennis Lessons (Ages 3-18)

Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learning to Train Stoughton Parks and Recreation Department and Premier Tennis and Fitness are working together to bring top notch professional tennis lessons to Stoughton area children and adults. Skills that will be covered consist of serving, forehand, backhand, and footwork, along with learning the rules of the game and how to score. All equipment will be provided. Barry Hankel, the Tennis Director at PTF, will be overseeing the program. Barry is a former three-time all-conference Division 1 tennis player at UWGreen Bay, and he has taught tennis for 14 years. He was Director of Junior Tennis at Western Racquet and Fitness in Green Bay and before that was Director of Tennis at Green Bay Tennis Center for three years. He has had well over a hundred students qualify for the state tournament during his teaching days and has taught many players that have gone on to play all levels of college tennis. *Session 1 is a 4-week spring seminar Ages 3-6 Using Quick Start approach, children are taught using balls that bounce lower and move slower than regular tennis balls so they are easier to hit. Ages 7-8 Children will further develop tennis strokes, ground strokes, volleys, and the serve. Footwork drills and point playing will be introduced. Ages 9-12 Students will refine stroke mechanics with major emphasis on improving the consistency and accuracy of ground strokes, volleys, overheads, and learning the rules of the game. Ages 13-18 This group is designed for the high school players and/or advanced middle schoolers. Drills become more intense and focused on strategy, point play for singles and doubles. Lesson Details Session Age Group Dates Times Program Code Fee Session 1 Ages 3-6 April 20-May 11 9:00-9:45am 1180.200 $20 Session 2 Ages 3-6 June 15-July 13 9:00-9:45am 1180.201 $25 Session 1 Ages 7-8 April 20-May 11 9:45-10:30am 1180.203 $20 Session 2 Ages 7-8 June 15-July 13 9:45-10:30am 1180.204 $25 Session 1 Ages 9-12 April 20-May 11 10:30am-12pm 1180.206 $40 Session 2 Ages 9-12 June 15-July 13 10:30am-12pm 1180.207 $50 Session 1 Ages 13-18 April 20-May 11 12:00pm-1:30pm 1180.209 $40 Session 2 Ages 13-18 June 15-July 13 12:00pm-1:30pm 1180.210 $50 Days: Saturday Mornings Registration Deadline: Session 1 – April 13th, Session 2 – June 8th Location: Session 1 - Norse Park, Session 2 – High School Tennis Courts Min/Max Participants/Class: 6/16 Rain Make Up: The following Friday will be used for any classes rained out.

Tennis Lesson Parks & Recreation Tournament

This is a great opportunity to play at Premier Tennis and Fitness and to show what you have learned by competing in a tournament against players from Janesville, Fort Atkinson, Whitewater, Beloit, Oregon and Milton. Points will be awarded to each program based on attendance and success in the games/ matches played. There will be prizes given out to the Park and Rec program with the most points accumulated as well as prizes given out to individual winners. There will be no Session 1 Tournament. The Session 2 & 3 Tournament will be held on Friday, August 23rd. The tournaments are open to children who participate in the lessons. The tournaments are held at Premier Tennis and Fitness. Premier Tennis and Fitness is located at 3410 Bell Street in Janesville (behind Target).

Spring Miniball Soccer

Active Start Mini ball soccer is a great introduction to the soccer culture in Stoughton! Our Sunday’s objectives center around 1)TECHNIQUE: dribbling, changing direction while running with the ball, shooting and kicking with different surfaces 2) PHYSICAL LITERACY: balance, running, jumping, coordination 3) PSYCHOLOGY: sharing, fair play, how to “play” and emotional management. We are always looking for volunteer coaches, no soccer experience necessary! Days: Sundays Dates: April 14 to June 2, No program on 4/21 or 5/19 Location: Racetrack Park Fee: $40 – Resident, $45 – Non-Resident Registration Deadline: April 7th or until full. Coaches: Volunteers are needed. Coaches training will take place on Wednesday, April 10th at 5:30 at City Hall. Ages Program Code Times 3 – 4 year olds 1130.100 2:00-2:45 pm 3 – 4 year olds 1130.101 3:00-3:45 pm 5 year olds 1130.102 4:00-4:45 pm

Little Gridders Flag Football (Pre-K)

Active Start This program will introduce four and five year olds to the sport of football. A head coach and high school players will run parent/child pairs through a variety of fun games and activities that teach movement skills (dodging, running, throwing) to future gridiron stars. Each week will consist of a practice and a fun scrimmage. Soft footballs will be used. Who: Participants 4 – 6 years old (Pre-K, 4+) Days: Tuesdays Dates: April 16 - May 21 Times: 5:30-6:30 pm Location: Racetrack Park (green space near barn and playground) Fee: $30 – Residents. $38 – Non-Residents (Shirts are included) Program Code: 1152.100

Junior Viking Track Club

FUNdamentals, Learn to Train The Stoughton Recreation Department is proud to be working with Stoughton High School head boys track coach Trevor Kamolis to offer a summer track and field program for 7 to 14 year olds. Junior Viking Track Club is the only program of its kind in the City of Stoughton. The goal of the Junior Viking Track Club is to supply a program of physical activity that serves as a strong foundation for all sports in a fun manner. The Junior Viking Track Club Program is targeting the most critical period of motor skill development in youth (age 8-11 for girls, 9-12 for boys) which can lead to future success in many sports. Under the instruction of the SHS Track and Field staff and varsity track and field athletes, your child will have fun learning the fundamental skills of running, jumping and throwing in age appropriate sequential progressions. At the end of the five weeks we will finish up with a JVT meet, allowing your child to demonstrate their growth and improvement! This program is scheduled to be during the dates of Summer Excel and the class starts right after the Summer Excel classes let out each day. However, this is not affiliated with Summer Excel so any questions or concerns need to be addressed by the parks and recreation department. Parents are able to have their children go straight to the track before they need to be picked up for the day. Class will meet at the concession stand entrance area at Collins Field. Ages Time Program Code 7-11 11:00-11:45 1300.200 12-14 12:00-1:00 1300.201 Dates: June 17 to June 27 Deadline: June 12th (or when full) Days: Monday-Thursday Both Weeks Locations: Collins Field Track (High School Track) Fee: $40 includes shirt

Youth Strength & Conditioning Club by Level Up: The Natural Athlete

Learning to Train, Train to Train Do you have a child that is looking to get a stronger and more athletic this summer? This program is designed for them. The Youth Strength and Conditioning Club is for youth athletes entering grades 5-8. Participants will train in small groups and will follow a training program designed for youth athletes. Mike Wendorf is the main instructor for these programs and is also the owner of Level Up “The Natural Athlete”. This program is two days a week for 10 weeks which is 20 group training sessions. Level 1 For athletes who have NOT previously participated in any Level Up training or summer programs. This is for any athlete/sport. Level 1 focuses on the implementation of strength and conditioning with teaching being the main objective. Level 2 For athletes who HAVE previously participated in Level Up’s training or summer programs. This is for any athlete/sport. Level 2 focuses on implementation of strength and conditioning with progression to more advanced movements/ exercises previously learned. Who: Children entering grades 5-8 Where: Level Up Gym – 225 Hoel Ave Days & Dates: T  uesdays and Thursdays, June 18 to August 29. No class July 2 or July 4. Min/Max Participants: 6/8 Registration Deadline: June 11 Fee: $155 Level 1 Grades Times Program Code 5-6 11:00-Noon 1210.200 7-8 Noon-1:00pm 1210.201 5-8 1:30-2:30 pm 1210.202 Level 2 Grades Times Program Code 5-8 2:30-3:30 pm 1210.203 5-8 3:30-4:30 pm 1210.204

Severe Weather Safety Camp

The severe weather safety camp is for children ages ranging from elementary school up to middle school. The program is to help enforce the importance of severe weather safety and what they should do at home, at school, or if they’re caught in a situation while out on the road with family and/or loved ones. Where: East Park Day & Date: Sunday, April 21st Time: 1:00-2:30 pm Fee: Free Who: Elementary & Middle School Children Deadline: No Advance Registration Required

Art Cart by Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

The program offers a variety of individual and group art projects for kids ages 3 through 8; older children are also welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Date: July 13 Day: Saturday When: 2:00-4:00 PM Where: Nordic Ridge Park Fee: Free Who: Ages 3-8 Deadline: No Advance Registration Required.

Functional Pottery

These classes are designed for beginning through advanced students of mixed ages. Basic handbuilding and wheel throwing will be demonstrated while presenting many project ideas. Beginning students will be guided through a series of projects designed to help them learn form, design, pattern, and craftsmanship. Every student will complete at least 1 set of dinnerware that is usable in the microwave, dishwasher, and oven. There will be time for self directed projects with guidance as necessary. All students will have an opportunity to use the pottery wheel. Advanced students should come to class with ideas and goals for projects they want to complete. With increased skills and confidence, students will be able to build larger pieces with more complicated construction techniques. Days: Monday’s Dates: April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, May 20 is a pickup day. Time: 5:30-7:00 pm. Location: Green Road Pottery (261 W. Main St) Ages: 9+ Min/Max Participant: 3/8 Fee: $140 Program Code: 1364.200


The Tower Times Friluftsliv (Outdoor) Classes & Events

What is Friluftsliv? Friluftsliv is a Norwegian way of life that embraces the outdoors and nature. It is roughly translated as ‘free air life’. Despite being in a harsh climate where they only get on average 60 days of sunshine per year, Norwegians spend a lot of time outdoors. These classes are designed to bring that spirit across the Atlantic Ocean and to Stoughton. Junior Angler Club Participants will learn how to identify different species of fish, assemble a fishing pole, tie basic fishing knots, select bait, and safely cast and reel. The class will be taught by a certified angling instructor by the DNR. The goal of the program is to teach enough skills so that fishing becomes a regular social activity. This is a great class for children wanting to try fishing for the first time or ones with experience. The class will culminate with a shore fishing trip at a local fishing destination to be determined. Participants must bring their own rod and reel. We have the ability to purchase discounted Zebco 33 spincast rod and reel combos. Spincast rod and reels are perfect for beginners. Days & Dates: Wednesdays, May 29 to June 26 Times: 5:00-6:00 pm Location: Mandt Park (meet at the parking lot near the softball outfield) Ages: 8-12 Fee: $35 - Resident, $40 – Non-Resident. (includes shirt) Please add $20 if you would like us to order a discounted Zebco 33 spincast rod and reel combo. Deadline: May 22 or until full Program Code: 1232.200 Min/Max Participants: 6/12 Tenkara Fly Fishing Tenkara is a style of fly fishing originating out of Japan. Primarily used for mountain stream fishing in Japan, it has caught on in Wisconsin with our smaller trout streams. It uses a fixed length line attached to the tip of a rod. This simplifies casting and is a great introduction into fly fishing for children. Matt Sement from Badger Tenkara and our fishing instructor will be getting kids on the water to teach them the basics. Tenkara rods will be provided and participants will have the option of purchasing a discounted rod. Days & Dates: Wednesdays, May 29 to June 26 Times: 6:00-7:00 pm Location: Mandt Park (meet at the parking lot near the softball outfield) Ages: 10-14 Fee: $35 - Resident, $40 – Non-Resident Deadline: May 22 or until full Program Code: 1232.201 Min/Max Participants: 4/6 Wilderness Survival Camp This camp will let children explore different wilderness survival techniques such fire building, shelter construction, and wilderness first aid. Each day will have a different topic that includes a reflection period at the end of each class. This will be hands-on class held outdoors, so please dress appropriately and bring water. This class is run by an outdoor recreation professional. See the Stoughton Recreational Guide for weekly activities. Days & Dates: Mondays, June 17 to July 15 Times: 5:00-7:00 pm Location: Meet at Amundson Park (Disc Golf Parking Lot) Ages: 10-14 Fee: $125. Deadline: June 10th (or until full) Program Code: 1311.201 Min/Max Participants: 5/10

Art Camp in the Park

Does your child LOVE art? If so, start off their summer with a fun filled, creative art camp. Each day we will be creating a beautiful project. At the end of the four days we will be having an art show for the children’s families and friends to come see their masterpieces. They will be doing an amazing acrylic on canvas, a gorgeous watercolor painting, a fun multi-media piece, and a darling flower pot. Each day will also include a small craft project, work in our sketch books and a small snack. The four main projects will be: 1. An acrylic painting on a 16 x 20 canvas 2. A mixed media project on a 11 x 14 canvas 3. A watercolor painting on a 11 x 14 canvas 4. A painted flower pot Each day we will also be doing a smaller project too. On Thursday, June 27 at 2:00 pm we will be having an Art Show for the children’s parents and friends to come to see all the beautiful art that was created throughout the week. Days & Dates: Monday – Thursday, June 24 – June 27 Time: 1:30-4:00pm Location: Bjoin Park Shelter Ages: 5 to 12 year olds Min/Max Participant: 10/20 Program Code: 1384.100 Fee: $145 Deadline: Monday, June 17 or until full Art Show: Thursday, June 27 at 2:30-3:00pm

Painting in the Parks

Join us for our painting in the parks class. Bring a beverage, relax, and socialize! Our experienced instructor will give participants step by step instructions on their way to creating a masterpiece. This class is modeled after popular painting and wine classes. All art supplies included. Ages: Adults Days: Thursday Date & Program Code: July 11th Time: 6:00-8:00 pm Registration Deadline: One week before class or when full Location: Bjoin Park Shelter Fee: $45/class Min/Max Participants: 10/20

The Kids Chef

Lily Kilfoy, AKA “The Kids Chef” is a cooking instructor and freelance chef from Madison, Wisconsin. Her goal as an instructor is to expose children to the many benefits of cooking through hands- on experiences that develop skills to be used for life. It is also to teach children about healthy foods and cooking at a young age so that they can carry these values into adulthood. Rainy Day Treats Join “The Kids Chef” Lily Kilfoy in this hands-on cooking class for kids. April can be filled with dreary, drizzly days, and in this class, participants will mix up sweet and rewarding recipes that are perfect for a rainy day stuck inside— cookies, cakes, confections and more! Ages: Children 5-12 Times: 12:00-1:15 pm Location: Stoughton Youth Center Date: April 13 Min/Max Participants: 8/12 Fee: $20 Program Code: 1311.301 Fiesta Time! Join “The Kids Chef” Lily Kilfoy in this exciting hands-on cooking class. Almost everyone loves burritos—a flour tortilla rolled around fillings such as cooked meat, rice, beans, salsa, cheeses, guacamole, fresh vegetables and other tasty ingredients. In this class, participants will work together to prepare a variety of flavorful fillings and make their own burrito. Fresh-squeezed limeade will round out the fiesta. Ages: Children 5-12 Times: 12:00-1:15 pm Location: Stoughton Youth Center Date: May 11 Min/Max Participants: 8/12 Fee: $20 Program Code: 1311.302

Spring 2019 9 Sweet Treats Join “The Kids Chef” Lily Kilfoy in this exciting hands-on cooking class. Summer is just around the corner, and that means the sweetest local strawberries are growing. Cakes, cookies, bars, shakes, sorbets, and more. in this class we’ll use the bursting berry to whip up an array of delicious desserts. Ages: Children 5-12 Times: 12:00-1:15 pm Location: Stoughton Youth Center Date: June 8 Min/Max Participants: 8/12 Fee: $20 Program Code: 1311.400

Camp Explore! (Grades 1-5)

What’s that rustling in the woods? Looks like it’s time to get goin’ on a bear hunt! New this year, we are offering a 3, 2-day a week camps for elementary aged kiddos entering 1st-5th grades. The goal of Camp Explore is to get participants outside to enjoy and explore nature with friends! Through trail walks, nature themed crafts and fun daily activities, participants will get to enjoy the amazing outdoor resources that Stoughton has to offer while learning a thing or two about the wilderness! Who: Elementary Aged Students Entering Grades 1-5 Days: Tuesdays & Thursday’s Times: 9:00am-11:30am Dates: June 25th – July 19th (No Camp on Thursday, July 4th) Location: East Park – Meet at Shelter Program Code: 1300.210 Fee: $70 – Residents, $80 – Non-Residents Registration Deadline: 1 week before start date (June 18th) or when full Min/Max Participants: 8/16

Dream It, Plan It, Build It! (Grades 1-5)

Ever look at a sky scraper or a building and wonder how it got there?! New this year, we are offering a 3, 2-day a week camps for elementary aged kiddos entering 1st-5th grades. The goal of Dream It, Plan It, Build It! is to give elementary aged participants the resources and tools to bring their dreams to life! We will start off with brainstorming ideas of things we want to build or make and making a vision boards. Each session participants will have time to create and refine their goals, use different resources and materials to build their craft, and learn problem solving skills along the way! At the end of the six weeks, students will have a project that they can take home and be proud of! Who: Elementary Aged Students Entering Grades 1-5 Days: Wednesday’s & Friday’s Times: 9:00am-11:30am Dates: June 26th – July 20th (No Camp on Friday, July 5th) Location: East Park – Meet at Shelter Program Code: 1300.211 Fee: $75 – Residents, $85 – Non-Residents Registration Deadline: 1 week before start date (June 19th) or when full Min/Max Participants: 8/16

Adult Sport & Fitness Classes PiYo by Level-Up Gym

Active for Life PiYo isn’t like standard Pilates and yoga classes that make you hold long, intense poses, or lead you through dozens of repetitive, microscopic core movements. PiYo speeds everything up—including your results—by introducing you to dynamic, flowing sequences that can burn serious calories at the same time as they lengthen and tone your muscles and increase your flexibility. With every action-packed PiYo session, you can burn excess fat and sculpt and define your whole body, as you minimize the aches and pains that can come along with high-impact workouts. No matter your age, no matter your body type, PiYo will help give you dramatically visible, incredibly beautiful results. Days: Mondays Dates: April 8th – May 13th Times: 6:30-7:15 pm Ages: 16+ Location: Level-Up Gym Activity Code: 2216.175 Fee: $30 – Resident, $35 – Non-Resident Min/Max Participants: 6/8 *more sessions may be added at a later date

Beachbody Intervals by Level-Up Gym

Active for Life BEACHBODY INTERVALS combines movements from the highly popular P90X and Insanity Beachbody formats. The class will focus on total body strength training with integrated short cardio bursts, plyometrics, and core conditioning. Beachbody Intervals is designed to fun and challenging for all fitness levels. The class will include strength training using dumbbells, body weight resistance, bands, exercise balls and more. Beachbody Intervals will help you build lean muscle, improve your endurance and coordination, strengthen your core, and rev up your metabolism! Days: Tuesdays Dates: April 9th – May 14th Times: 5:30-6:30pm Ages: 16+ Location: Level-Up Gym Activity Code: 2216.174 Fee: $30 – Resident, $35 – Non-Resident Min/Max Participants: 6/8 *more sessions may be added at a later date

Yoga/Barre Fusion by Level-Up Gym

Active for Life YOGA/BARRE FUSION will offer you a wonderful combination of our Barre Fusion format with the addition of a sequenced yoga flow. Days: Tuesday’s Dates: April 9th – May 14th Times: 9:15am-10:15am Ages: 16+ Location: Level-Up Gym Activity Code: 2216.176 Fee: $30 – Resident, $35 – Non-Resident Min/Max Participants: 8/10 *more sessions may be added at a later date

Drop-In Vinyasa Yoga

Active for Life Improve flexibility and circulation, strengthen and tone muscles, and relieve stress with our yoga class. Classes are taught by our certified instructor who specializes in Vinyasa style yoga. This is yoga class is for people who participate in yoga on a regular basis or prefer an intense workout. Wear loose fitting clothing, bare feet or socks. Please bring a yoga mat as they’re not provided. The schedule for classes can be found on our website. Days: Sundays and Wednesdays Times: 6:15 – 7:15 pm Location: 2nd Floor of Youth Center Ages: 16+ Drop-In Fee: $5 Punch Cards: A 10 visit punch card can be purchased for $40

Pickleball Summer Membership

Active for Life Pickleball is a fun game for all ages. It is a racquet game that combines elements from table tennis, tennis, and badminton. Summer membership includes access to the storage shed near the East Park pickleball/tennis court. The storage shed is stocked with balls, nets, and wooden racquets. The fee helps us purchase and replace equipment for the program. Program Code: 3355.200 Dates: May – September Place: East Park and Mandt Park Fees: $20

Intro to Pickleball Clinics

We are partnering with veteran Pickleball players to offer introductory clinics for new pickleball players. There will be one clinic a month during the summer on a Saturday morning. The veteran players will go over the basics of game play including the rules, equipment, and techniques. Days & Dates: Saturdays, 5/11, 6/8, 7/13, 8/10 Times: 10:00-11:00 am Location: East Park Pickleball Courts and Mandt Park Pickleball Courts Who: All Ages Fee: Free – No advance registration is required.

Tennis Lessons for Adults

Active for Life Premier Tennis & Fitness Club coaches will be providing tennis lessons this summer with us. All levels are welcome from Beginner to Advanced. Drills will work on technique, strategy, and point play. Drills will be fast paced and keep you moving. Session 1 Adult April 20-May 11 8:00am-9:00am 1180.212 $50 Session 2 Adult June 15-July 13 8:00am-9:00am 1180.213 $50 Days: Saturday Mornings Times: 8:00-9:00 am Registration Deadline: One week before class or when full Place: Session 1 – Norse Park, Sessions 2 & 3 – High School Tennis Courts Min/Max Participants/Class: 6/16

Adult Slow Pitch Softball

Active for Life Wednesday Umpired League Our Wednesday night league features a 12 game season and end of season City Tournament with the Friday leagues. This league will have two umpires and will use ASA rules with some local modifications. Anticipated start date for the 2019 season is May 15. Team registration forms can be found on www. stoughtonrec.com/sports. Friday Self-Umpired Leagues Our Friday night leagues will be self-umpired this summer. This will allow the league fee to be lower, league expansion, and use of Racetrack Park diamonds 3 and 4. We will provide a diamond supervisor who has umpiring experience to handle rule discrepancies. Anticipated start date for the 2019 season is May 17. Team registration forms can be found on www.stoughtonrec.com/sports. Adult Coed Softball Active for Life These games are played on Friday evenings to help kick off a great social night out. Games are played at Mandt and Racetrack Parks. Men are required to use wood bats in this league. Women can use any ASA approved bat. 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. Anticipated start date for 2019 is May 17. Deadline for turning in a team registration is April 19. Team registration forms can be found on www.stoughtonrec.com/sports

Parks & Misc. Information Gazebo Musikk

This will be our fifth summer of offering Gazebo Musikk! Gazebo Musikk are weekly concerts at Rotary Park in the summer. These shows wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors and help from Tricia Suess. Check out the Gazebo Musikk Facebook page for the latest information - https://www.facebook.com/ gazebomusikk/ When: Thursdays evenings from 6:00-7:30 pm starting May 30th Where: Rotary Park (next to the fire station) Cost: Free! 2019 Lineup Date Band May 30th TBD June 6th Madtown Mannish Boys June 13th Earthmother June 20th Acoustic Collective June 27th The Mascot Theory July 11th Kelsey Miles July 18th The Rotation July 25th Hypheria August 1st TBD August 8th Jake’s Room August 15th The Grouvin’ Bros. August 22nd TBD August 29th Panchromatic Steel

Troll Beach – Stoughton’s Norwegian Fun Park

Visit our award-winning aquatic park. Enjoy the best beach of beach experiences that includes clean city water, sandy zero depth entry, and large inflatable play structures! Troll Beach is the result of a complete makeover of the Mandt Park Pool. New innovative play structures, a rebuilt full concession stand, pool chairs and umbrellas, are just a few of the updates for this historic pool. Our trained lifeguards are ready to welcome your group for a day of great swimming and Norwegian-like hospitality. Winner of the 2012 Wisconsin Parks & Recreation Association Outstanding Aquatic Facility Design Award. **NEW THIS YEAR** Troll Beach will be open for Night Swim on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the season from 6:00-8:00pm! Open: Everyday beginning June 15, 2019 – Saturday, August 1, 2019 Hours: 12-5 PM Daily Rates Resident 16+ - $4.00 Resident 15U - $3.00 Non-Resident 16+ - $5.00 Non-Resident 15U - $4.00 Group Rates (15+ People) - $3.00 Birthday Parties – Please contact us for more information. Season Pass Rates Resident Family Pass - $90.00 Resident Single Pass - $65.00 Non-Resident Family Pass - $110.00 Non-Resident Single Pass - $80.00

Canoe Rental

Active for Life Enjoy the Yahara River like never before! Paddle north into the big bay, following the river as it winds its way beautifully to Lake Kegonsa. You may want to go south through the downtown, possibly portaging at the mill dam, for an extended journey. There are four canoes, paddles and life jackets available. The Stoughton Area Senior Center will once again be the rental location. Location: Stoughton Area Senior Center, located at 248 W. Main St. (Use Washington St entrance for parking) Open Hours:  Weekdays, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM (Sr. Center reception desk for service), Weekends, By Appointment (please call ahead by Thursday the week of the rental to make an appointment) Fee: $5 per person/hour, Children 5 and under are free. Conditions: Anyone under 18 years of age must have a signed consent slip from a parent (available on website) At least one person must be 16 years of age or older. See www.stoughtonrec.com/forms for consent slips and rules. Canoe Race: We rent out canoes for the Syttende Mai Canoe Race. For more information call 873-6746.

Kiwanis Disc Golf Course at Amundson Park

Active for Life The Kiwanis Disc Golf Course at Amundson Park is a nine hole course that is near the Yahara River Trail. The course is one of the first to open each spring due to having rubber tee pads. There’s a gravel parking lot for the course located at the end of Amundson Parkway.


10 Spring 2019

The Tower Times

Department of Public Works You may not know we were there, but you would know if we weren’t.

What’s going on with Highway 51 Stoughton Recycles We must all do our Part (W. Main St)?

New Yard Waste and Compost Site to Open in April

As you can imagine, we get quite a few calls about the condition of Highway 51 (W. Main St.). We agree, it’s bad. The Public Works Department devotes a ton of time and resources to try to keep the roadway together. We do have some tools and techniques that help to make the patches last longer, but they ultimately wear off over time. It’s like paddling upstream without a proverbial paddle. With frequent freeze thaw cycles, rain in the winter, and record cold we have experienced over the past few years an already dismal situation has been exacerbated.

New Site Location: 1101 Collins Road (Just north of the old site), Stoughton, WI

As overseas recycling markets start to shrink, the recycling industry is getting more selective in what they take. It is critical that we, as a community, do our part to make sure our recyclables are as clean as possible. The less contaminates (grease, fats and trash) that we place into our recycling cart the greater the chances of that material actually getting recycled into something useful. John’s Disposal, our contractor, does everything they can to separate the trash from the recyclable materials, but once the recyclable material gets contaminated, it decreases the odds that it will be recycled. Below are some tips to help our recycling efforts:

Recycle Collection Every Other Week

Loose recycling must fit in the green (recycling) cart. Automated trucks cannot pick up any material that is placed next to the cart. What most people don’t know, is that Hwy 51 through Stoughton is Please put the recycle cart out the night before your collection day a “connecting highway”, meaning it is owned by the State yet main- or by 6:00am the morning of pick up. If your green recycle cart is tained by the local jurisdiction. The State DOT is responsible for out on the wrong week it will not be collected! planning and funding any major road repair to Highway 51. Local City officials have been lobbying the State for almost a decade try- Mixed Containers ing to get this section of roadway from Hoel Ave to Page St on their • Aluminum cans and foil radar to be fixed. We certainly understand that there are only so • Empty tin cans and aerosol cans many dollars to go around, and there are lots of road funding needs • Dried out paint cans around the State, but this is a major road not only for the residents of Stoughton but also for those that come through our community. • Glass bottles and jars There is a light that is starting to shine at the end of the tunnel. In 2020, the State has agreed to make significant repairs to the surface of the roadway between Hoel Ave and Page St. Although this is not a full reconstruction of the road base, curb and gutter or sidewalks, there will be significant improvements to the road surface, as well as, improving sidewalk ramps for ADA compliance. This is a much needed and overdo repair that can’t come soon enough. In the meantime, Public Works staff will do everything we can to maintain the roadway. You will see staff using cold patch for the pot holes in the cold weather months and in the spring and summer our patching truck will be out filling in the cracks. Yes, this can get dusty and there are some loose aggregates on the roadway, but this is an effective tool that we have for a road that is past its useful life. Those that work on the roads put themselves in harm’s way so you can get to where you want to go. Give them a little space, stay off your phone and please slow down. We want to go home to our families after work.

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• Newspaper, magazines, books, mail, school/office paper • Brown corrugated cardboard • Grey chipboard (cereal and shoe boxes) • Brown paper bags

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• Please put in a clear plastic bag (tied) and place in the GREEN cart. NO OTHER RECYCLING SHOULD BE IN BAGS Do not put the following items in the green cart: • Plastic bags, toys, Styrofoam of any kind • Plastic (other than #1-7 containers) • Yard waste and construction materials • Household hazardous waste

Curbside Brush Collection

Hours: (weather permitting) Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm to 7:00pm; Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm The new site will offer brush and yard waste collection, non-food composting and as a public service, wood chips, logs and compost material will be available to users depending on availability. NOTE: Site may close early due to inclement weather or darkness. An annual sticker will be required and can be purchased at the Yard Waste site during hours of operation. When the site is closed, a permit can be purchased at the Public Works Department during normal business hours. The annual fee for Stoughton Residents is $20.00 and $25.00 for Non- Residents. Sticker must be permanently affixed to lower left-hand corner of the front windshield driver’s side. A 2nd sticker is available for $5.00 for multiple vehicles that originate from the same dwelling. If your sticker is lost there will be a $5.00 charge for a replacement.

Regulations:

• Brush or logs up to 24” and no more than 10 ft long are accepted. • Yard Waste is defined as grass, leaves, garden waste, plant debris and wood products that are less than 1/4 inch in diameter (size of #2 pencil) & 6 inches in length. • No manufactured wood products will be accepted i.e. boards, timbers • Bags/Containers contents will be emptied onto the ground in a designated area and retained by user for reuse or dispose of them in the marked container on site. • No illegal dumping will be permitted. • The site may not be used by Commercial Contractors. • If you wish to dispose of your yard waste when the site is not open you may drop off your yard waste at the Dane County Compost Centers. Call (608) 266-4139 for information and recorded messages of times and locations or visit the website http://www. countyofdane.com/pwht/recycle/compost_sites.aspx Construction waste is not accepted at yard waste site.

City Wide Curbside Leaf Collection

• Soiled paper or cardboard

Spring Leaf Collection

Cart Placement

Brush must be at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the following dates:

The Yard Waste Site will be Opening on Tuesday, April 2nd and will Stay Open Until November 19th {weather permitting}.

The arrows on the lid of the cart must point to the street. Handles Weeks of: April 1st, 8th and 15th and wheels should face away from the street Fall Leaf Collection • The garbage cart should be placed within 2 ft. of the street on one Weeks of: October 14th, 21st and 28th, November 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th side of the driveway

• Monday, April 22 • Monday, June 24 • Monday, August 26

• The recycle cart should be placed within 2 ft. of the street on the Please Follow These Instructions: • Rake leaves to your terrace (area between sidewalk & curb) other side of the driveway Please be patient as collection is done as quickly as possible • Please keep 6 ft. of clearance between the carts and other objects, • Please rake leaves as soon as they fall as leaf collection trucks will be out daily to collect and may take up to a week to get especially mailboxes and vehicles through the entire city. Inclement • Rake leaves away from mailboxes, posts/signs and fire hydrants weather, volume and mechanical ity f toughton emory ree rogram • Do not put leaves in gutter or street problems may also create delays. • No brush, rocks or garbage in with the leaves The City of Stoughton Forestry Division offers you a unique and NOTE: You also have the option to thoughtful way to celebrate life, love and accomplishments while mak- • Leaves should not be bagged take brush to the yard waste site • Leave adequate room on the street to accommodate the large equipment ing a meaningful contribution to your community by planting a tree. (with annual permit) at a cost of $20.00. Trees leave a living, growing legacy for our future generations to • Rake or remove leaves from around storm sewer inlets ***Leaves may be taken to the Yard Waste site (a permit is rePer City Ordinance 62-2 -- Dumping in Park Row Prohibited. cherish and enjoy. Trees can be planted in a city park or in the quired - the cost is $20.00) located at 1101 Collins Road near the terrace area in front of your home or business if the area is suitable “Brush or leaves may be stored in the park row no more than new Public Works Facility. The site will remain open until Tuesday, ten (10) days prior to the scheduled collection time authorized for tree planting. Your name, or the person you are memorializing November 19th (WEATHER PERMITTING) or honoring will be inscribed on a plaque located at the Public by the city”. Works Facility. The cost to purchase a tree, which includes plant- If you have questions, please call the Public Works Department Plan your trimming around the scheduled pickup to eliminate hav- ing and inscribed plaque, is $325. office at 608-873-6303. ing brush out for long periods of time. Once an area has been collected, the crews will not return to that area until the next sched- If you are interested in purchasing a tree, please fill out the appli- Easy and Effective Tips for Leaf Clean up To Help uled collection. Due to varying conditions specific collections days cation below. The City Forester will contact you to discuss the type Dane County’s Lakes, Rivers and Streams of tree to be planted and the location. As the leaves turn glorious colors and fall onto the yards and lawns of of the week cannot be projected for any area. Dane County residents, it’s time to “Love Your Lakes, Don’t Leaf Them.” After November if you have brush to dispose of please see the note Please note that the placement of permanent markers or plaques are not permitted within the city right-of-way. How You Can Help below for Madison drop off site information. The Madison Area Municipal Storm Water Partnership shares the If you are interested in the participating in the Memory Tree ProPLEASE NOTE: Brush will not be picked up if a contractor has cut/ following easy tips. gram, please contact City Forester, John Kemppainen, at 608-646trimmed your tree(s). Please have the contractor haul the brush away. • Keep leaves out of the street: Leaves in the street get washed di0414 or via email jkemppainen@ci.stoughton.wi.us rectly to lakes and streams when it rains. Even if the leaves never move, rainwater running over and through them makes and carries a nutrient-rich tea directly to the storm drains and lakes and streams. • Mulch: Probably the simplest and easiest thing to do is to use Family Pet Care at its Best your lawn mower to mulch leaves directly on your lawn. If you prefer to bag your grass clippings and shredded leaves, you can 1621 E. Main St., Stoughton • Family Owned • Stop In During empty them on your vegetable and flowerbeds or around your (608) 873-8112 and Operated for Happy Hour trees and shrubs to help suppress weeds. Over 56 Years! Fridays 3-5pm • Compost: Save time, money and water and improve your gardens 1/2 Price Single and the environment by turning leaves into “black gold.” **Go Stem Flowers to http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/aw/wm/publications/recy(Cash & Carry) cle/publsw072.pdf to learn more about composting. If you don’t have the room in your yard, you can take your leaves to one of the three County compost sites. Go to www.countyofdane.com/ pwht/recycle/compost_sites.aspxfor more information. •R  ake: If you rake, pile leaves on the terrace, not in the street. Covering the piles with a tarp helps to prevent them from blowing around 168 E. Main Street, Stoughton, WI and reduce nutrients that can leach from them during a rain. Flower Phone: 873-6173 or 866-595-6800 Go to http://clean-water.uwex.edu/pubs/pdf/home.managlt.pdf Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm; Sat. 8am-3pm Mon. - Fri. 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. for great ideas on turning leaves and other yard “wastes” into valuSat. 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. able, useful amendments for your yard and gardens. www.stoughtonfloral.com • Monday, October 28

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Public Power Scholarship Available Work Safely with Digger’s Hotline As Temperatures Rise, Your As your locally owned, not-for-profit utility, Stoughton Utilities It’s been a long winter, but spring is just around the corner. With Utility Bill Doesn’t Have To works to not only provide reliable, cost effective utility services, the return of beautiful weather approaching, your plans for outside but to also support and enrich the community. Stoughton Utilities believes that investing in the education of our youth is an investment in our community. One way we do this is to offer an annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a student graduating from Stoughton High School. Applicants are given the option to submit an essay on the values of Public Power and energy conservation, or to complete a Home Energy Audit and submit a summary of their findings. The scholarship recipient will be chosen based on submitted application materials. To be eligible, the student’s parents or legal guardians must be a customer of Stoughton Utilities. Application materials are due by May 1. Visit our website at stoughtonutilities.com for complete application guidelines and materials.

Service Disconnections Resume April 15 Stoughton Utilities is advising electric and water 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 accounts with severely delinquent balances on April 24. Unpaid utility bills drive up costs for the whole community due to the fact that any balance that is uncollectable is essentially recovered from the entire customer base through future rates. It is Stoughton Utilities’ goal to do whatever we can to collect unpaid bills, while also helping customers avoid service disruptions for nonpayment by working with them to establish deferred payment arrangements.

work may be starting to grow -- build a deck, plant some trees, or Heating and cooling make up more than half the average electric install a gym set for the kids. If your list includes any digging, state bill – and that’s why controlling the summer heat without conlaw (Wisconsin Statute 182.0175) requires you to notify Diggers stantly using the AC can make a difference. Hotline at least three days in advance. Locally owned, not-for-profit Stoughton Utilities recommends the Diggers Hotline is a statewide notification system developed to following ways to use energy wisely during the summer months: provide excavators and the general public with the ability to inform multiple owners of underground facilities of intended non-emer- • Replace the filter on your window air conditioner or in your home’s heating/cooling system. gency excavation via a single telephone call. • For homes with central air, keep the area around the AC unit clear You may contact Diggers Hotline at 811 from any phone year of grass, branches, leaves and shrubs. Make sure the compressor round. You must allow three working days (excluding weekends and condenser are clear of debris. and holidays) notice for the location of the underground facilities prior to digging. • Central air units should be checked and cleaned annually by a trained professional. Diggers Hotline will process three types of calls: 1) excavation 2) planning of excavation, and 3) safe working clearance information • Fix air leaks. First, find the leaks using the “smoke trick.” Light a for overhead lines. The call center will ask for an address or locastick of incense and hold it where a window AC unit and window tion information. Specific marking instructions also will need to frame meet. For a home with central air, hold the incense stick be provided. Once the locate is completed, you have ten calendar near duct connections. Blowing smoke indicates a leak. Use foil days to begin your excavation work before you must call to have tape for small gaps; foam and tape for window AC units. the underground facilities relocated. Please note that there are no charges to individual customers for • Set your programmable thermostat up or down for eight hours at a time to reduce cooling expenses. A level of 78 degrees while this service. For more information on Wisconsin’s Digger’s Hotline at home and 85 degrees while away will help maintain comfort, program, please visit www.diggershotline.com. while saving you money.

Don’t Fall Victim to Utility Scams Scammers frequently take advantage of worried utility customers using the threat of disconnection for unpaid bills to squeeze money out of businesses and residential customers. There are a few variations of this scam: • A person arrives at your home or business and demands immediate payment on the spot to avoid disconnection.

Situations can arise, making it difficult for customers to pay their bills However, to avoid disconnection, we urge customers to contact us to make • A person calls your home or business and states you will be disconnected within a short period of time unless you make an immediate the appropriate payment arrangements. If you are behind on your paypayment over the phone using a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. ments, we would like to help you get on track to bringing your account Several businesses in Stoughton were recently targeted with this scam. current by scheduling payments that fall within your budget and schedule. Failure to do so will eventually result in electric service disconnection. • A person visits your home or business offering utility payment assistance. If you pay some money up front, they will match it or You can contact Stoughton Utilities to establish a deferred payment provide additional funds to assist in payment. arrangement. If you are eligible, we will work with you individually to negotiate payment options based upon your unique finan- • A person calls or visits your home or business stating that the cial situation. Any arrangement will require a down-payment of at meter is malfunctioning and needs to be replaced at your exleast one-third the past-due balance. pense, or that an unpaid new customer deposit is due and failure to pay immediately will result in disconnection. Guidelines for deferred payment agreements Deferred payment arrangements cannot be offered to any tenant Every year, variations of a utility scam pop up in various Wisconsin communities, including Stoughton and Madison. In all cases customer that meets one or more of the following criteria: the scammer preys upon people’s fears, frequently in low-income • The residential tenant has greater than $100 of account arrearag- neighborhoods, and uses high-pressure intimidation tactics to get es that are more than 90 days past due. the victim to make a payment. • The tenant has defaulted on a deferred payment agreement in To avoid falling victim to a scam, keep the following in mind: the past 12 months. • We will never contact you by phone or in-person and demand immediate payment. We will never contact you for payment or • The residential tenant is responsible for account arrearages threaten to disconnect outside of our regular business hours. that were placed on any property owner’s tax bill in the City of Stoughton in the past 24 months. • We will never require payment by prepaid debit card or wire transfer, or any other specific payment method. We accept payment by your • The residential tenant has any balance that accrued during the choice of check, credit/debit card, money order, or cash (at our office). winter moratorium that is more than 80 days past due. • We will never accept a customer payment in the field. Utility staff Assistance is still available is prohibited from requesting or accepting any type of payment Various low-income assistance programs are offered to Stoughton Utilwhen visiting your home or business. All cash payments must be ities customers. To apply for energy assistance, customers should immade at our office. mediately call 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947). An appointment is necessary, and assistance payments may take up to six weeks to be received. • We will never request your social security or driver’s license Even if you are approved, disconnection will not be postponed until number over the phone or at your home. When we contact you, after we receive the funds from the state, so be sure to try to get in early. we will have all of your specific account information, including name, address, account number, and balance. Any pending customer deposit requirements will be cancelled or refunded upon income verification and energy assistance approval; • We will never require a payment to repair or replace an electric please request that your EA representative send us official approval or water meter. documentation to speed up the process. • We will always arrive at your home in a marked vehicle. Stoughton Customers can review their account balances and make payments Utilities field staff uses white trucks with the blue SU logo on the door. online by logging in to My Account. To make payment arrange• We will always carry photo identification with our name, photo, ments or to explore payment options, please contact us at (608) and the SU logo printed on the plastic ID card. 873-3379, or at CustomerService@stoughtonutilities.com. Always be cautious are ever in doubt of a call you receive, immediately end toughton tilities ound p rogram Iftheyou call and contact SU Customer Service at (608) 873-3379. We onates to ocal on rofits will verify whether or not it was an employee that contacted you. Scammers can manipulate the caller ID to mask their number and Stoughton Utilities recently donated $500 to the Stoughton United make it appear they are calling from the utility, so exercise caution Methodist Food Pantry, and an additional $500 to the Stoughton even if the caller ID states it is coming from our phone number. Police Department Safety Camp. The donations are part of our RoundUP program, a voluntary program that ‘rounds up’ custom- If anyone claiming to be a Stoughton Utilities employee visits your ers’ utility bills to the next whole dollar. All proceeds are distribut- home or business, request to see their utility ID card. If they appear and request money, immediately call the police. If you are ever in ed to and benefit local community organizations. doubt about a technician’s visit, contact SU customer service at (608) The Stoughton United Methodist Food Pantry provides food to 873-3379 to verify the employee’s identity and the cause for their visit. those in need in our community, as well as nutrition education, free blood pressure screening, and a summer food program for families with children. In 2017, the Stoughton United Methodist nnual rinking ater Food Pantry provided food to over 1,215 households.

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• Make the most of the cool air in the home. Use ceiling fans or whole-room air circulation fans. The air movement in the room can make it feel up to 4 degrees cooler. Keep blinds or shades down during the day. • Maintain air flow throughout the house by keeping doors open. Shutting off rooms can throw off your AC system.

Outdoor Water Use When using water outdoors for watering lawns and gardens or refilling your pool, please keep in mind that Stoughton Utilities does not offer sewer or wastewater billing credits unless you have already installed a secondary “water-only” meter to measure the usage that goes only to your outside faucets. To have a water-only meter, you will first need to work with a plumber to complete in-house piping revisions to create a separate water line to your outside faucets and/or sprinkler system. Once that is complete, Stoughton Utilities will physically install a second meter in your home. Your primary meter will measure all water consumed inside the home, and standard wastewater charges will apply to its measured usage. The second meter will only measure all water consumed outside the home, and wastewater charges will not apply since it’s known that this water is not going down the drain. Water-only meters must remain in place throughout the year, and must be installed for a minimum of 12-months. In addition to your plumbing costs, Stoughton Utilities charges a one-time installation fee of $45.00 to set and activate the second meter. After that, there is a $9.00 monthly charge that is in addition to your current monthly charges, and any metered usage is billed at $2.82 per every 1,000 gallons of water used. Who will benefit? You must consume at least 19,000 gallons of water annually through your outside faucets and/or sprinkler systems in order to offset the additional monthly charges and therefore benefit from a water-only meter. Below are a few simplified scenarios in which a customer would benefit: • You have a pool with a water capacity in excess of 19,000 gallons and you drain and refill it at least annually, or you have a smaller pool that you occasionally refill or top off. • You frequently water your lawn, running sprinklers for at least an approximate average of 40 minutes per day (approximately 190 gallons) between Memorial Day and Labor Day. • You have large areas of landscaping and gardens that are frequently watered with similar amounts as listed above.

Kilowatt Kitchen Energizes Local Elementary Schools Professional actors from the National Theatre for Children (NTC) will visit local elementary schools this May to perform “Kilowatt Kitchen,” an educational play about electrical safety and conservation. Stoughton Utilities and WPPI Energy will cover all program costs, making this a cost-free resource for the schools. The program will focus on: • Measuring energy and electricity • Renewable resources • Wasting energy and electricity • Conserving energy and electricity

The live program revolves around Lorraine Quiche, who is about to achieve her dream of opening her own restaurant. Unfortunately, The Stoughton Police Department Safety Camp helps elementary it turns out her head chef has been wasting energy, causing the school children learn to avoid risky behaviors and adopt safe, healthy Stoughton Utilities issues an annual water quality report with im- power to go out. With the help of student volunteers, as well as habits. Safety camp is a two-day program held during the summer. portant information about the source and quality of your municipal colorful characters like Horace Flyman and Adam Grizzly, she sets Stoughton Utilities began the RoundUP program in 2006 as a way to drinking water. In an effort to lower our environmental impact, this off to learn about energy and electricity in order to restore the powfurther assist local non-profit organizations in our community. Over report will be published online for you to view at your convenience. er before opening night. five percent of Stoughton Utilities customers have voluntarily chosen We are proud to announce that we continue to meet or surpass all In addition to live performances, the program includes digital games to participate in the program and are continuing the “neighbor helping state and federal water quality standards under the Safe Drinking and activities that align with the important concepts outlined in the neighbor” concept that founded Stoughton Utilities over a century ago. Water Act. Stoughton Utilities is continually working to improve wa- live shows. Stoughton Utilities and WPPI Energy sponsor every asYour maximum contribution per year could be $11.88; however, ter quality and protect our water resources. We are committed to en- pect of the program, making the performances and materials a costthe average contribution per program participant is just $6.00 per suring the quality of your water remains at the highest possible level. free supplement to lessons in science, literacy and the arts. year. Customers wishing to participate in the RoundUP program, You can view the full report at CCR.stoughtonutilities.com. If you or non-profit organizations requesting to be considered for future donations, may sign up online by logging in to My Account, or by do not have internet access, or if you prefer a physical copy of the annual report, please contact our office at (608) 873-3379 and we calling Stoughton Utilities customer service at (608) 873-3379. will mail a paper copy to your home or business.


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