City of Stoughton
Issue 1, Spring 2020
Mayor’s notE For updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Please visit www. ci.stoughton.wi.us or facebook.com-City of Stoughton, WI I would like to congratulate Scott Wegner, Chip Vike and Barb Veum on their retirements. Scott served Stoughton for 38 years, 5 as Fire Chief, Chip served the city in multiple positions for 30 years and Barb served 29 years in the Police Department. Thank you to Mark Miller for serving as our Interim Fire Chief, and Marty Lamers for your consulting work. We have hired Joshua Ripp as our Fire Chief. Josh was a volunteer firefighter and squad leader for Stoughton EMS. Josh comes with 7 years of experience from Maple Bluff as Fire Chief and an additional 5 years as Assistant Fire Chief. Officers Chad O’Neil and K9 Ollie received promotions to Sargent and Alex Thurston is our new Patrol Officer. Justin Sutkay is our new Machine Operator at Public Works. Sarah Bukrey has transitioned to Library Circulation Director and Bailey Anderson is our new Circulation Desk Supervisor. Amy Lambright Murphy is the new Senior Center Volunteer/Program Coordinator. The Redevelopment Authority (RDA) is finalizing a Developers Agreement with Madison developer Curt Brink for the Riverfront Project. The DNR is processing soil samples from the old Public Works site, results expected soon. Phase 2 of Kettle Park West (KPW) continues with the construction of the Hilton Tru Hotel, scheduled to open this fall. The City Council is negotiating a Developers Agreement with Forward
Development Group (FDG) for The Meadows of Kettle Park West (residential component). We have two pending sales of commercial lots in Business Park North and two remaining lots to sell. Exclusively Roses will be expanding their business. We anticipate another business purchasing their existing building. GIP-Glacier Moraine LLC will be building a series of business incubator buildings. Stoughton Trailers is remodeling their Plant 6 building and selling a parcel to a vendor to expand their operations. We anticipate the creation of dozens of new jobs. Several new businesses have opened, plan to open, expand, relocate or have new ownership: Morale’s Family Restaurant, Tailgaters, Weeble World, Pumpkin Patch, Nate’s Classic Barbershop, Viking Day Camp, The Posh Beauty Bar, Ferraro Real Estate Team, eXp Realty, Integrity Title, Kwik Trip, Rossi’s Pizza and Roxys Restobar. Recent remodeling has occurred at Culvers and McDonalds. Other notable accomplishments include: • Stoughton Utilities Facebook site was launched • Public Works updated their website • Library Strategic Plan was completed • Opera House renovation is moving forward • Downtown Revitalization Committee recommendations forthcoming • Landmarks Outreach Program wrapping up • Mandt Park Master Plan and Bjoin Park repurposing plans are near completion • New job descriptions completed for in house custodial services, part time Park & Rec Receptionist and an additional position in the Planning Department. • Municipal building energy usage study completed • Planning for our 2021 Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Budget and Operating Budget has begun We are preparing for the Main St. DOT road construction projects as well as our local roadwork construction for this spring and summer. TDS will be installing Fiber Optic lines to increase Wi Fi and TV options. I continue to engage with local, county, state and federal representatives as well as our trade associations regarding issues such as; climate change, flooding, human services, emergency management, housing, transportation and Highway 51/ Main St. improvements. Stay well! Mayor Tim Swadley
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2020 Wisconsin Election Dates Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary - April 7, 2020 Partisan Primary - August 11, 2020 General and Presidential Election - November 3, 2020
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River and Trails Task Force Annual Earth Day Clean Up
Please join us for the annual trails clean up on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Bring rakes and gloves and we will provide the garbage bags. Meet at the pedestrian bridge on North Division St. for location clean up assignments and directions. See you then!!!
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Driveway And Public Sidewalk Permit Information
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A zoning permit is required for any private driveway and/or public sidewalk construction, replacement, expansion, or reconstruction. A permit can be obtained from the Department of Planning & Development, City Hall, 207 S. Forrest Street prior to construction. There is a $30 fee for driveway projects not affecting the right of way, and a $50 fee for driveway and/or public sidewalk projects in the right of way. A site plan showing all lot lines and dimensions of the driveway/public sidewalk must be provided with the permit application. Proof of liability insurance must also be provided for work in the right of way. If a permit is required, but not obtained, fees are doubled, and a municipal citation may be issued. The permit would still need to be obtained and any construction that does not comply with city specification or ordinances would need to be brought into compliance. Driveways and public sidewalks must adhere to the City of Stoughton Standards. Please find a summary of the specifications below.
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Census Day 2020 April 1 is Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 Census. When completing the census, you will include everyone living in your home on April 1, 2020. Census Day will be celebrated with events across the country.
Important Dates In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail.
Overall Timeline Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here’s a look at some of the key dates along the way:
2020 • January 21: The U.S. Census Bureau started counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially began in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay. • March 12 - 20: Household will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail. • March 30 - April 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at non-sheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments. • April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone, or by mail. When you respond to the census, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020. • April: Census takers will begin visiting college students who live on campus, people living in senior centers, and others who live among large groups of people. Census takers will also begin following up with households that have not yet responded in areas that include off-campus housing, where residents are not counted in groups. • May - July: Census takers will begin visiting homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted. • December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
Driveways • Shall be a minimum of 25 feet from another driveway serving the same property, as measured at the property line. • In no instance shall any lot be permitted more than one access point on any one street if its frontage is less than 100 linear feet, as measured along the right-of-way line. • Shall not interfere with utilities that are in place. • Shall have a width of at least 10 feet for one and two family dwellings; and 18 feet for all other uses.
Public Sidewalks • Sidewalk thickness shall be 4 inches, 6 inches if through a driveway. • Sidewalk width shall be 5 feet and may taper to match existing sidewalk. • Placement shall be within 6 inches outside the property line or even with existing. • Backfilling around sidewalks shall occur as soon as practical after 7-day cure. If you have any questions regarding driveway or public sidewalk permits, please contact the City Zoning Administrator at 608-646-0421.
Garage Sale Signage Information
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. GARAGE SALE SIGNS ARE NOT TO BE ATTACHED TO UTILITY POLES, TREES, TRAFFIC REGULATORY STRUCTURES OR FENCES AND SHALL NOT OBSTRUCT VISION FOR VEHICULAR TRAFFIC. NO MORE THAN 3 SALES ARE ALLOWED PER YEAR. A SALE OF UP TO 3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS IN LENGTH SHALL BE CONSIDERED ONE TIME. If you have any questions regarding garage sale signage, please contact the City Zoning Administrator at 608-646-0421.
2021 •M arch 31: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes. Here are some of the efforts completed in 2019: • January - September: The Census Bureau opened more than 200 area census offices across the country. These offices support and manage the census takers who work all over the country to conduct the census. • August - October: Census takers visited areas that have experienced a lot of change and growth to ensure that the Census Bureau’s address list is up to date. This process is called address canvassing, and it helps to ensure that everyone receives an invitation to participate in the census.
You May Be Interested In ... Census Takers in Your Neighborhood You may notice census takers in your neighborhood this year. This is a normal part of conducting the census. Your information is such an important part of the 2020 Census, that if you haven’t responded on your own, we send census takers to help make sure you are counted. The 2020 Census isn’t the only activity the Census Bureau has this year. So you may see Census Bureau employees out collecting responses for other surveys, such as the American Community Survey.
When can I respond to the 2020 Census? Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will be delivered between March 12-20. Once you receive that invitation, you can respond online, by phone, or by mail.
Ways To Respond There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census. By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding: • Online. • By phone. • By mail. In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census.
Special Circumstances For some people, it’s not clear how they should count themselves or the people in their home. These circumstances may include: • People who live in more than one place. • People who are moving on Census Day (April 1, 2020). • People who are born or die on Census Day (April 1, 2020). • People experiencing homelessness. For more information, visit https://2020census.gov/en/who-to-count.html
Importance of the Data The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. DID YOU KNOW… Each year, Census data informs federal funding for more than 100 programs, including school lunches, highway construction, and education.
Redistricting The U.S. Constitution mandates that the country count its population once every 10 years. The results are used to adjust or redraw electoral districts, based on where populations have increased or decreased. State legislatures or independent bipartisan commissions are responsible for redrawing congressional districts. The U.S. Census Bureau provides states with population counts for this purpose.
Federal Funding The results of the 2020 Census will inform decisions about allocating hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding to communities across the country—for hospitals, fire departments, school lunch programs, and other critical programs and services.
Noxious Weeds and Grass Information Noxious weeds, as defined by Wis. Statute § 66.0407(1)(b), are not allowed in the City of Stoughton. 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. 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.
Why You Should Know Where Your Property Stakes Are Located It is very helpful to know exactly where your property stakes (lot lines) are when: • Buying a home/property so you know what you are buying and for future reference; • Landscaping including planting trees and shrubs so they are planted to allow future growth to remain on your property; • 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, 207 S. Forrest 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; • 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; • Over time property stakes may be removed or buried beneath retaining walls, paved driveways, concrete walks, plantings etc…making them more difficult to find; • In many cases a survey is required for new home construction, building additions, detached accessory structures or other major projects. • 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.
The Tower Times Temporary Shelter Regulations: The regulations applicable to temporary shelters are as follows: Zoning code section 78-206(9) (i) states, “Temporary Shelter. Description: These shelters are typically supported by poles, have a fabric roof and/ or sides and 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.”
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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.
These structures are not allowed to be used to cover vehicles, boats, recreational vehicles, firewood, etc…
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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, ATVs AND SIMILAR VEHICLES. PARKING AND STORAGE OF RECREATIONAL VEHICLES AND TRAILERS IN RESIDENTIAL, OFFICE, AND BUSINESS DISTRICTS ARE PERMITTED IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER:
• 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. •W ash your car on the lawn or at a car wash that sends its used water to the sewage treatment plant.
Recreational vehicles and trailers:
• Prevent soil erosion.
(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. (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. (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. (e) May not be connected to wastewater or sanitary sewer lines, or electricity except for charging of batteries. (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. (g) Shall be placed a minimum of five feet from all property lines and shall not be parked within any easement. (h) Maximum number allowed outside of a building per property is three unless the property is zoned and approved for such outdoor storage. (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. (j) Individual canoes, kayaks and similar vehicles not on a trailer are exempt from these requirements.
• Don’t let anything but rain go down the storm drain or into the ditch.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS REGULATION PLEASE CONTACT THE ZONING ADMINISTRATOR AT 608-646-0421.
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 lowpoint 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.
Visit the following websites for more information on how you can help our lakes and streams: www.ripple-effects.com/videos www.ripple-effects.com/mycommunity www.cityofstoughton.com/stormwater
What Is The Landmark’s Commission? The Landmark’s Commission is a body of seven members of the community, appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Common Council, which serves to recognize and preserve the historic and cultural resources within the City of Stoughton, as prescribed by the Stoughton Historical Preservation Ordinance (Chapter 38). The Commission is primarily responsible for ensuring that the provisions in Stoughton’s historical preservation ordinance are executed accordingly. This includes coordinating educational activities, designating local historic landmarks, providing design expertise, and performing design reviews of applications to alter external features of locally designated historic buildings. At the present time Stoughton has thirty two individually designated local landmarks but no locally designated historic districts. It also has five historic districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places, as well as several individually listed properties on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. For more information, go to the following link: www.stoughtonlandmarks.com Stoughton became the twelfth Certified Local Government (CLG) in Wisconsin in 1988. CLG status signifies that Stoughton has been certified by the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) as a city that is enforcing its local preservation ordinance. The status also has the benefit of making the city eligible for CLG grant funding that is provided by the National Parks Service and administered by the WHS. There are approximately 30 CLG communities in Wisconsin at the present time. Since becoming a CLG, the Commission has completed a number of CLG grant projects, including intensive surveys and nominations of several districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places, including publication of district walking tour brochures, and the publication of two design guideline booklets. For more information, see commission publications at www.stoughtonlandmarks.com For more info regarding the Wisconsin Historical Society or the CLG program, visit http://www.wisconsinhistory.org The Commission consists of seven members who are appointed by the Mayor. The commissioners are dedicated citizens, historians, architects, and other experts selected for their interest and skills in historic preservation. Current members include: Peggy Veregin, Chair Alan Hedstrom, Vice-Chair Greg Pigarelli, Secretary Jean Ligocki Kimberly Cook Todd Hubing Kristi Panthofer The Commission normally meets the second Thursday night of the month at the Opera House Building, 381 E. Main Street. For more information about the Commission or landmarks, contact Zoning Administrator, Michael Stacey at (608) 646-0421 or email@example.com
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.
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Visitwww.ripple-effects.com/raingardens to learn more about rain gardens.
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!
The Opera House 2019-20 season has been one of the richest and most musically diverse seasons yet. Already we have enjoyed Tony Award Winner Anaïs Mitchell; lauded folk musicians Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi; the Argentinian-Appalachian fusion folk band Che Apalache; legendary singer/songwriter Steve Earle, South African Grammy Award winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo; and Grand Ole Opry star Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, but there's still so much more to come. Fans of bluegrass should also look forward to the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band on Saturday, May 2nd. Acolyte of Bill Monroe, this 6 time Grammy award winner started his career with Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys in 1965, recording fourteen songs with the band before striking out on his own. Rowan has since built an international fan base through his many original recordings, collaborations, and energetic touring schedule. The full Opera House schedule and tickets can be found online at www.stoughtonoperahouse.com or by calling the Box Office Tuesday-Friday from 9 am-4:30 pm at 608.877.4400.
Building/Zoning Permit Information A building/zoning permit is required for the following: • 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* • Driveways and public sidewalks* • Razing or moving structures* • Erosion control and storm water management* • New furnace, retrofit furnace and air conditioning • Any type of HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing
4 Spring 2020 *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.
The Tower Times Tax Incentives for Preserving Historic Properties Historic Homeowners Tax Credit Program Save Money Through Tax Credits To Preserve Your Home Homeowners who invest in the preservation of their houses may be eligible for Wisconsin income tax credits of 25% of approved costs. To contact the preservation architect for Dane County, please contact Jen Davel at 608264-6490 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program
Obtaining a building/zoning permit:
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A building/zoning permit may be obtained, after approval of application materials, by the Department of Planning & Development, located at City Hall, 207 S. Forrest Street. Hours are Monday – Friday 7:30am – 4:30pm
Commercial property owners who invest in the preservation of their buildings may be eligible for state and federal tax credits. Approved costs of 20% for state tax credits and another 20% for federal tax credits may be available for up to a total of 40% eligible tax credits. To contact the preservation architect for Dane County, please contact Jen Davel at 608-264-6490 or email@example.com.
Information necessary for the application: 1. Name, address, email and phone number of applicant. 422806448. Type of improvement. 422806224. Name and address of person completing the work. 422806225. Contractors shall provide Dwelling Contractor Certification and Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, as well as license numbers for all mechanical contractors. 422806336. Estimated cost. 422807288. Square footage of improvement if applicable. 422807289. Site plan of building/improvement including lot lines and all dimensions if applicable (a survey may be necessary). 422807120. Additional information may be required depending on the project. What if I don’t get a permit? If a permit is required, but not obtained, fees are doubled and a municipal 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 permit applications link. For questions, please call the Department of Planning & Development at: Director of Planning & Development: 608-873-6619 Zoning Administrator: 608-646-0421 Building Inspector: 608-873-7626 Administrative Assistant: 608-646-0159
How to Qualify for the Federal Historic Preservation Credit: This is a summary and does not cover all program rules and guidelines. Additional information on the federal credit can be obtained at https://www.nps.gov/tps/tax-incentives. 1. Own a Historic Building If an owner is using both the state and the federal tax credits, a building is considered "historic" if it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places or if the NPS determines that it contributes to the character of a National Register historic district. A building can also receive a preliminary determination of eligibility for the Register through the tax credit application process. In this case, the owner must formally list the property in the National Register prior to claiming any tax credits. If an owner is using only the state tax credit, a building is considered "historic" if it is listed in the State Register or the National Register of Historic Places or if it contributes to the character of a listed historic district. A building can also receive a preliminary determination of eligibility for the Register through the tax credit application process. In this case, the owner must formally list the property in the State Register or the National Register prior to claiming any tax credits. 2. Use the Building for Income-Producing Purposes Income-producing buildings are those used in a trade or business or for the production of rental income. 3. Formally Apply to the Wisconsin Historical Society Prior to submitting application materials, we recommend you contact one of the preservation architects listed below. Depending on the complexity of your project, they may want to tour the building with you to determine if the proposed project meets the Standards. Application materials must be completed and mailed to the Society. 4. Rehabilitate the Building Following Program Standards All work must comply with the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. 5. Spend the Minimum Amount Required on Rehabilitation If an owner plans to spend at least an amount equal to the building's adjusted basis value or $50,000, whichever is greater, then the owner can apply for both the 20 percent federal tax credit and the 20 percent state tax credit. If an owner plans to spend less than the building's adjusted basis value, but more than $50,000, the owner can apply for the 20 percent state tax credit independently. Both state and federal programs allow this amount of money to be spent in either a two-year or five-year period. 6. Claim the Credit for Eligible Expenses Only The cost of all work on the historic buildings, inside and out, is eligible for the credit with the exception of moveable equipment. The cost of site work, such as landscaping or paving, and the cost of new construction (such as new additions) are not eligible expenses. 7. Maintain Ownership of the Building and the Building's Historic Character for Five Years If within five years of the building being placed into service, it is sold or altered in a way that diminishes its historic character, the tax credit must be repaid to the IRS and to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). Repayment is prorated over the five-year period after the building is placed in service.
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Yahara River Park Update The Yahara River Park project has been progressing forward over the past 18 months. A steering committee was formed in the summer of 2018 that is comprised of stakeholders from the area. The steering committee has had numerous experts come to their meetings to give them information to aid them in their decision-making process. Experts include officials from the DNR, Dane County, and other communities that have had completed like projects.
Current Design for the Park During the summer of 2018 there was an incident at the Stoughton Dam where a kayaker was sucked under the dam. The kayaker survived the incident, but the steering committee took into account how dangerous the dam would be with increased paddling use. A dam removal was an option on the table as part of the design and they recommended to remove the dam as part of the design. The dam removal will also improve water quality, fish passage, and restore native habitat. The dam removal option also improves the design recreationally as a standing wave feature is placed where the dam is now. There is more on the design of the park later. The implications of the dam removal include lower water levels. The engineering work that has been completed predicts that under normal water flow that water levels will drop 2.7 feet in the millpond area, 2.0 feet at Main Street, and 0.6 feet upstream of the railroad bridge at Cooper’s Causeway. This will cause land to be exposed in
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the millpond that is planned to be restored to a natural state with native plantings. Drawings by an engineer were completed that depict what the river will look like in the City and can be found at the project’s website, www.stoughtonrec.com/riverpark, under Yahara River Drawing Tiles. The river will also act like a natural river where water levels will rise or drop based on precipitation. The floodplain will be lowered which will help mitigate flooding. Dane County who operates the Lake Kegonsa dam is required by the DNR to release a minimum amount of water for wildlife. This past summer the sediment in the millpond was tested for contamination. This area was tested as dams act as a trap for sediment which can contain contamination. Contamination was found that exceeds DNR’s standards for soils. The contamination likely predates any current industrial use in the area. The DNR communicated to the City that a likely way to remediate the area would be to cover any exposed areas with topsoil and vegetate it. The purpose of the remediation is to make it safe for humans including children. The sediment report can be found at the project’s website, www.stoughtonrec.com/ riverpark, under Sediment Sampling & Assessment Report. The steering committee came to a consensus that the design for the park must be safe, usable for all ages and abilities, and provide for multiple recreational uses. The southern channel upstream of the 4th Street bridge would be traversable by novice paddlers. The features would be comparable to those found at Argo Cascades in Ann Arbor, MI. To the north of the southern channel is a standing wave feature that can be used by whitewater paddlers and river surfers. This would be similar to features at the Bend, OR and Boise, ID whitewater parks. Downstream of the Fourth St bridge are two smaller features that will be usable by all ages and ability levels. Many of these examples are displayed by videos on the project website.
Financially the park will cost approximately $3.5 million based on latest cost estimates with over half of the costs identified for grants. The actual in-water improvements is about a third of the project’s cost or $1.2 million. To put that in comparison, aquatic centers cost between $7-10 million, block constructed park shelters cost around $400,000, and neighborhood playgrounds with wood chips cost $80,000. These items are not typically eligible for grant funding whereas many of the improvements for the Yahara River Park are. There are ongoing cost to maintaining and operating the dam. Every 10 years an inspection for the dam is required. There were no faults found in the latest inspection, but the dam was repaired in 2008 that cost $500,000. The ongoing cost for the Yahara River Park will be general park maintenance.
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The first phase of the project includes streambank restoration, pedestrian trail through the RDA property to 4th Street, and the pedestrian bridge is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021. The second
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The design for the park also includes more public access to the water for fishing and fish habitat improvements. A multi-use trail through the RDA property and ultimately connecting to Water Street is planned. Additionally, there will be accessible canoe/kayak launces strategically placed along the river for easy put-in and take-out for canoes and kayaks. There are also viewing areas for watching people in the water and wildlife. In completed projects it is common to have a 2:1 ratio of people out of the water and in water. The project also includes a pedestrian bridge connecting the Redevelopment Authority property to Mandt Park.
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6 Spring 2020 phase of the project which includes the pedestrian trails around the in-water improvements, viewing plazas, restoration of the millpond, and in-water improvements could be completed by the end of 2022. The third phase of the project which is a multi-use pedestrian trail connecting the park area to Water Street could be completed by the end of 2023. City Council will be making a decision within the next few months to proceed with the project. For more information, please visit the project’s website at www. stoughtonrec.com/riverpark. The steering committee regularly meets on the third Monday of every month at 8:00 am in the Hall of Fame room at 381 E. Main Street. The meetings are open to the public and there is a public comment period at the beginning of each meeting.
Rotary Park Improvements The City has partnered with the Stoughton Rotary Club on this project which includes restrooms, access to the parking lot on Main St,
and internal circulation paths. The park is home to Gazebo Musikk and Catfish River Music Festival, and is heavily used in the summer months. The restrooms will be placed off of Sixth St where the portable restroom has been placed in the past. Also planned is a connection from the parking lot on Main St. This will include a pathway from the parking lot to the north side of the fire station where there is an existing pathway. This will direct park attendees away from the fire station if there is an emergency where fire trucks need to pull out. The estimated construction schedule is to start after the July 4th holiday and be completed by Labor Day.
Nordic Ridge Inclusive Playground
use the playground together despite any disabilities they may have. This is not only important for children, but parents, grandparents, or guardians who may have a disability and take a child with them. However, there is an added cost to making a playground inclusive due to the surfacing and equipment.
Bike Parking Identified in the 2018 Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan was
the lack of bike parking in parks. This is the first year of a three year initiative to add bike parking to park. Lowell Park, Nordic Ridge, and Westview Ridge Park will be having bike racks installed.
We are working on fundraising the remaining amount for the Nordic Ridge Playground. Please contact Parks & Recreation Director, Dan Glynn, at 873-6746 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Inclusive playgrounds are designed so everyone would be able to
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National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and work. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. The Stoughton Police Department will be hosting the second annual National Night Out in the City of Stoughton on August 4th, 2020. This event will be held at Nordic Ridge Park located on Hoel Avenue. This event will be free to the public and open to everyone. There will be food and drinks provided to attendees at no cost as well. We are looking to have attractions such as Doug the Jug, a bounce house, a DJ, a dunk tank, tug-o-war and many more fun activities for the family.
This year kids will get the chance to enjoy demonstrations and hands-on learning about the following topics, weather safety, camp safety, gun safety, pool safety, animal safety, bike safety, internet safety, stranger danger, hospital demonstrations, Kicks Unlimited and a K9 demonstration. This camp is for kids entering the 3rd and 4th grades for the 2020-2021 school year. Registration for the camp will open in May/June on the city website.
Patrolman Paul A. Kraby was described as a man of strong and disciplined character, was kind, affable, generous, with a sense of humor, and always a gentleman. In 1934, Paul joined the Stoughton Police Department and began to help fight the growing evil and illegal activities evolving in the community. His discoveries while on duty, and his knowledge of the local participants in their illegal activities, ultimately led to him being ambushed and murdered around 1:15 a.m. on September 30, 1934 while he walked his beat near the railroad depot on E. Main St. An arrest was made, and the defendant was held in jail for seven weeks until a trial was held at which the defendant was found not guilty. Incredibly, Paul’s murder, with no satisfactory continuing hunt for justice, was quickly forgotten. Every September 30th from here on, we will remember and recognize Patrolman Paul A. Kraby for his sacrifice. His service to the City of Stoughton will not be forgotten. The Police Department invites the public to join us at the memorial service of Paul Kraby on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 with a tentative start time of 1:15 pm at the Riverside Cemetery. We can prevent a lot of crime by citizens reporting anything suspicious. We would rather check your concern rather than investigate a crime later. Let’s be proactive together. Watch for upcoming Refuse to be a Victim, Citizens Academy and other programs that the Police Department offers to the community. You can find this information on the city-police website and the police Facebook page. To stay up to date on upcoming events and information, like us on Facebook, Stoughton Police Department.
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Stoughton Public Library: The Basics The Stoughton Public Library is located at 304 S. Fourth St., at the corner of 4th & Main, just west of the clock tower in downtown Stoughton. Hours are Monday-Thursday 9-9, Friday & Saturday 9-5. Open Sundays now through May 17. There is no charge for a library card – just bring in picture ID with proof of current address. If your ID does not list your current address, please bring another proof of address such as a piece of mail, personal check, utility bill, etc. Parents must sign registration forms for children under age 16. In addition to offering books, eBooks, DVDs, audio books, magazines, newspapers, and programs for people of all ages, the Library also has meeting rooms, a copy machine, scanner, and fax machine, and can offer you one-on-one help with your eBook reader. For more information, visit us online at www.stoughtonpublic library.org, on Facebook, or call our information desk at 873-6281. Please note that the library will be closed on the following dates: Sunday, April 12 The library will be CLOSED SUNDAYS starting May 24. Sunday hours will resume after Labor Day. Monday, May 25 Saturday, July 4
Your Library Card: The Most Valuable Card in Your Wallet! Here at the Stoughton Public Library, we like to think that your library card is the most valuable card in your wallet—and best of all, it’s free! We’re making your library card even more valuable this April during National Library Week (April 19 through 25) when dozens of local businesses will be offering discounts and promotions to patrons who show their library cards. More information will be available in early April at the Library and on our website, stoughtonpubliclibrary.org
2020 Summer Reading Program: Imagine Your Story! The theme of this year’s Summer Library Program is “Imagine Your Story!” Starting Saturday, June 6th, stop by the Library to sign up for the summer reading program and win prizes just for reading! The summer reading program is for all ages, too! Adults and teens can register at the 2nd floor Information Desk. We also have tons of fun activities planned for kids this summer: upcycled crafts, cooking programs, Lego Coding, Super Spy Academy, a yo-yo show, and more! Check out our calendar at stoughtonpubliclibrary.org for our full schedule of programs and events.
Thanks to a generous, anonymous community donation, we were able to hire an intern to provide more programs for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Beth Rubel started in early January and will be at the library through mid-August. She hosts a weekly Reading Buddies program, pairing elementary school readers with middle school volunteers. She also offers 2-3 additional programs per month, such as slime-making or dinosaur science experiments. Beth working toward her Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, with plans to become a Children's Librarian post-graduation.
Local History Resources at the Library…and beyond Genealogists and researchers exploring Stoughton’s early years should check out our extensive collection of local history materials on our Mezzanine level, including the Kvamme Local History Collection, vertical files, vital records index, and microfilm copies of Stoughton newspapers going back to 1876. For the last year or more, we’ve been working to digitize some of our local history materials through a project called Recollection Wisconsin. These include telephone directories, vertical files on a variety of subjects, and the two-volume “Stoughton in WWII” scrapbook. You can find these materials and more online at https://content.mpl.org/ digital/collection/SPL
Library Book Discussion Groups (see events listing below) Page Turners – This group reads a variety of titles both nonfiction and fiction. It meets the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Library, and the 4th Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. at the Stoughton Senior Center. The Foundation – This is Library’s science fiction / fantasy book group, named in honor of science fiction grand master Isaac Asimov’s famous Foundation Trilogy. The Foundation explores themes, authors, short stories, and novels. The group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays With Murder is the Library’s mystery and crime fiction book discussion group. Now in its eighth year, the group reads mostly crime and murder mystery novels, but also dabbles in short stories and true crime. Meetings are the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 at the Library, with no meeting in December.
Join the Friends of the Library The Friends of the Stoughton Public Library is a non-profit organization devoted to the following goals: promoting and improving library services, collections, and facilities for the Stoughton community; encouraging gifts and bequests to the library; and promoting the broadest possible use of library facilities, materials and services. The Library relies on money raised by various Friends events to supplement the its budget. Without these funds, the Children’s Summer Library Program would not be able to afford many of the program presenters or purchase supplies and reading incentive prizes. The Adult Summer Reading Program and the Adult Craft Club also receive their funding from the annual Friends donation. The Friends donation is used to purchase high-demand DVDs and books for the Lucky Day collections, replace worn or lost copies of books and DVDs, and provide additional magazine subscriptions for the collection. These are just a few of the ways the Friends assist the Library. 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! And don’t forget to check out the Book Nook, the Friends’ book sale space on the Library’s mezzanine level. All proceeds from book sales go toward funding programming and collections at the Stoughton Public Library.
Library Events – Visit stolib.org and click on Calendar for more information
Summer Story Time Sessions start June 8! Baby Story Time Mondays at 9:30 am, June 8-August 24 Join us for rhymes, fingerplays, songs, and board books. Ages 0-23 months. No pre-registration required. Older siblings welcome. Evening Story Time Tuesdays at 6:30pm, June 9-August 25 Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and early literacy activities! Ages 0-5. No pre-registration required. Children may wear their pajamas if they like! These sessions are very similar to the morning story times within the same week. Morning Story Time Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays, 9:30 am, June 10-August 28 Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and early literacy activities! Ages 0-5. No pre-registration required. These sessions are very similar to each other, as well as the Tuesday evening story time session within the same week. May The Foundation (Science Fiction & Fantasy book discussion group) Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 pm May’s theme will be Exploration: Aliens Living Among Us, in which we explore fiction and non-fiction about extra-terrestrials who may already be here…Choose from the fiction and non-fiction of Whitley Strieber, as well as novels like The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu, Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon and Dawn by Octavia Butler. Craft Club: Paint Thursday, May 7, 6:30 pm Go green at the library as we explore some fun upcycling and plant themed crafts. Use fun thrifty finds and plants to create a whimsical gift. All materials provided, but bring along your own finds to make your masterpiece. Registration is required and opens two weeks before the program. Call, email, or stop in to register. Thursdays with Murder Thursday, May 14, 6:30 pm This month will feature guest facilitator Helene Androski, a retired librarian from UW-Madison’s Memorial Library known for her popular UW-Madison Continuing Studies “History & Mystery” classes. Tonight she’ll cover “Themes and Variations on the English Village Mystery.” The books to be discussed are Agatha Christie's Murder at the Vicarage, G. M. Malliet's Wicked Autumn, and Val Mcdermid's A Place of Execution. Page Turners Adult Book Discussions Tuesday, May 26, 6:30 pm at the library Wednesday, May 27, 1:00 pm at the Senior Center Join us at either the Library or the Senior Center as we discuss Gingerbread, Helen Oyeyemi’s 2019 novel influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories--“a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.”
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June The Foundation (Science Fiction & Fantasy book discussion group) Wednesday, June 3, 6:30 pm This month we explore the fiction of Alfred Bester, one of the grandfathers of modern science fiction and winner of the inaugural Hugo Award for his 1953 novel, The Demolished Man. Choose from that novel or one of Bester’s other works, including: The Stars My Destination, The Deceivers, and Virtual Unrealities.
Craft Club: Resin Thursday, June 4, 6:30 pm Learn about resin and make a cool magnet or pendant. We will pull out all sorts of treasures for you to design your own poured resin creation. Supplies provided, but your favorite finds are always welcome. Registration is required and opens two weeks before the program. Call, email, or stop in to register. Thursdays with Murder Thursday, June 11, 6:30 pm
IndieNext described Derek B. Miller’s 2013 Norwegian by Night, in which a grumpy American ex-pat becomes the protector of nine-year old boy, as “a wild, compelling, politically complex, and sometimes funny tale that is a very rich read…highly recommended” Also try Miller’s follow-up, American by Day. Copies of both books will be available on the Library’s second floor. Check our online calendar at stolib.org for the latest news about events at the Stoughton Public Library!
News from the Stoughton Area Senior Center Art History Programs: With Michael Hecht
Fridays: May 1, August 7, and November 6. 12:30 – 1:30 PM at the Stoughton Area Senior Center. FREE Michael Hecht is back to present art programs in 2020! Join us for any or all of these sessions and learn about Primitive Art all the way up to the Modern Art movements of the 20th century. Michael shares interesting facts from the art of the ancient Mayan to contemporary painter Jackson Pollock.
“WOMEN WHO DARED”: Jessica Michna
Wednesday, June 3, 2 PM Cristabel and Emmeline Pankhurst, Susan B. Anthony, Emma Davisson, Elisabeth Cady Stanton; some names you may recognize, others you may not. In this program Jessica Michna appears as ...HERSELF! You will learn of these and other women (and men) who championed the cause of women's suffrage in this country and overseas in the late 19th and early 20th century. You will learn of the protests, jailings, victories and defeats culminating with the signature of President Woodrow Wilson that would forever give women the right to vote.
Parkinson's Exercise Program
Fridays at 1 PM through May 22 Improve function, mobility, quality of life and reduce falls in a fun atmosphere! Weekly exercise classes are led by Stoughton Hospital Physical Therapist Emily Devine to help people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease start to feel and function better. Living well starts here! All new participants must complete a physician’s authorization prior to starting the class. A $5 per class donation to the Stoughton Senior Center is appreciated. Class size is limited so please contact the Stoughton Hospital Physical Therapy Clinic at (608) 873-2292 to register!
Intro to Photography
FREE All are welcome to join us at the Stoughton Area Senior Center each month for a free, fun, informative introduction to photography with Gil Helland. All levels of experience and interests are welcome to attend. No camera required. Phone cameras welcome. UPCOMING CLASS DATES & TOPICS: Tuesday, May 19, 9 AM to 10:30 AM - How to use other gear with your camera About the Instructor: Gil comes to us from Oregon, WI where he started a photography group, Oregon Wisconsin Photography Group. The OWPG has about 60 members and holds monthly meetings, regular classes and field trips. Gil has extensive experience in technology/ computers, and has enjoyed photography for nearly 55 years! Please feel free to drop in, or call the Stoughton Area Senior Center to sign-up at (608) 873-8585.
Third Wednesday, monthly at 1 PM Cost: $1.00, includes all the supplies and a light snack! Bring your friends - and meet new ones - when you join us for a funfilled afternoon playing bingo at the Stoughton Area Senior Center! Each 3rd Wednesday of every month, starting at 1 PM.
• Catfish River Review, Wednesday, May 27, 1 PM • Harpist, Shari Sarazin. Tuesday, July 21 at 11 AM.
John Beutel’s Music Appreciation Series is Back!
All sessions are free and open to the public. When: Mondays, April 1– May 13 at 3:00 PM Where: Stoughton Opera House Cost: Free, but donations are appreciated May 4-Arco Music with Afro/Brazilian bow instrument called the berimbau. May 11-Kangwoo Jin, Piano. This series is supported by the Stoughton Area Senior Center, a grant from the Bryant Foundation and attendees’ donations.
Healthy Living with Chronic Pain
Tuesdays, April 7 - May 12, 1:00 - 3:30 PM 248 W. Main Street, Stoughton WI 53589 This 6-week workshop has proven to improve health and well-being for people with chronic pain. Build your “pain management toolbox,” practice new concepts, and share your experience with others. Weekby-week, you’ll see what works for you and take steps toward healthier living. Cost for the class is $25/person. Registration is required; call Hollee at (608) 873-8585.
Tech Q & A: Computer and Technology Classes with Gil Helland
Third Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM. April 16 & May 21 FREE Gil has extensive experience in technology and computers, and presents the facts in an easy-to-understand manner. He is available to answer all your questions, and will present on the following topics at these upcoming classes: April 16: Office Suites May 21: Backups & Organization
History of the Koshkonong Settlement (Koshkonong is the geographical area including Deerfield, Cambridge, Albion, and Stoughton):
Wednesday, May 6. 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Join us at the Stoughton Area Senior Center on for this interesting, informative presentation by Dana Kelly, Executive Director of the Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library in Madison, WI. Dana will present "History of the Koshkonong Settlement" during the first hour (1-2 PM), and will host a Q & A session the final half hour (2-2:30 PM). After the presentation and Q & A session, all are invited across the street from the senior center to Norwegian Heritage Center - Livsreise
for a 3 PM free showing of “Kaskeland” – a film depicting the history of the Norwegian settlement in from its beginnings in 1841, continuing until about 1900. The film lasts about a half an hour.
4th Tuesday, 1:00 PM at the Stoughton Area Senior Center FREE This adult book discussion also discuss the same book at 6:30 pm at the library on the fourth Tuesday of the month. No need to register; please join us for either session! Contact the Adult Services Desk at the library with any questions at 873-6281.
DAY TRIP: Milwaukee Brewers and St Louis Cardinals at Miller Park
Thursday, July 30th – 1:10 PM start time for game. Motor coach bus departs Stoughton Area Senior Center at 10 AM and leaves the ball park no later than 5 PM, returning you to the senior center. COST: $50 per person. Includes admission to game, seating in section 108 on the 1st base side, and round trip transportation via motor coach. Call (608) 873-8585 or stop by the Senior Center for more information and to reserve your space. Last year’s trip filled up fast! Payment must be made by Monday, June 15 and is non-refundable. Fitness & Wellness taken from: https://stoughtonseniorcenter.com/social-recreation QiGong Group, Free - Mondays & Thursdays, 9:30 AM Tai Chi, $7/class - Mondays, 10:30 AM Tai Chi Advanced, $10/class - Mondays, 1:00 PM Wii Bowling & League, Free - Mondays & Fridays, 10:00 AM Chair Stretch, $2/class - Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:00 AM Line Dancing, Free - Tuesdays, 2:30 PM Ping Pong, Free - Mondays & Wednesday 3:00 PM - Fridays, 10:30 AM Reflexology Registration required; call (608) 873-8585 Social & Recreation taken from: https://stoughtonseniorcenter.com/social-recreation Bridge, Free - Mondays & Thursdays, 9:30 AM Bunco, $1 - 1st Tuesday, 1:00 PM Chess, Free - Friday, 10:00 AM Community Bingo, $1 - 3rd Wednesday, 1:00 PM Cribbage, Free - Mondays, 1:00 PM Dime Jingle - 2nd Wednesday, 1:00 PM Euchre - Tuesdays, 1:00 PM - 4th Saturday, 7:00 PM Handiwork Group, Free - Mondays, 1:00 PM Bring your project and join us! Mahjong, Free - Mondays, 12:30 PM Ping-Pong, Free - Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:00 PM Friday, 10:30 AM Pinochle, Free - Wednesdays, 1:00 PM Pool Tables, Free - Daily Sheepshead - Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:15 PM Train Dominos, Free - Thursdays, 1:00 PM Ukulele Group, Free - Thursdays, 1:00 PM 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.stoughtonseniorcenter.com
Stoughton Parks and Recreation Ages 3 – 4 year olds 5 year olds
Program Code Times 1130.100 1:00-1:45 pm 1130.101 2:00-2:45 pm
Fall Miniball Soccer
Youth Sport Programs & Camps 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 19 to May 24 (No program on May 17) Location: Racetrack Park Fee: $40 Volunteer Coaches needed
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: September 13 – October 18 Location: Racetrack Park Fee: $40 Volunteer Coaches needed Ages Program Code Times 3 – 4 year olds 1130.300 1:00-1:45 pm 5 year olds 1130.301 2:00-2:45 pm
Tiny Tykes (Challenger Soccer Camp)
Active Start A fun introduction to soccer influenced by the very popular year-round Tiny Tykes curriculum. Includes games, activities, and adventures to introduce
and develop coordination, balance, and running, stopping, turning, kicking, dribbling, throwing and catching. Who: 3-5 year olds Days: Monday-Friday Dates: June 15th – June 19th Times: 8:00 am - 9:00 am Location: Nordic Ridge Park Program Code: MUST REGISTER AT challengersports.com Fee: $85
Half Day Program (Challenger Soccer Camp)
FUNdamentals, Learning to Train Monday to Friday inclusive. 3 hours per day. Complete technical player development featuring practices from around the world in our new international camp curriculum. Who: 6-10 year olds Days: Monday-Friday Dates: June 15th – June 19th Times: 9:15 am - 12:15 pm Location: Nordic Ridge Park Program Code: MUST REGISTER AT challengersports.com Fee: $140
Half Day Program (Challenger Soccer Camp)
Training to Train Monday to Friday inclusive. 3 hours per day. Complete technical player development featuring practices from around the world in our new international camp curriculum. Who: 11-15 year olds Days: Monday-Friday Dates: June 15th – June 19th Times: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Location: Nordic Ridge Park Program Code: MUST REGISTER AT challengersports.com Fee: $140
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.. Who: Children entering grades K-2nd Game Days & Dates: Sundays, June 14th – August 2nd (No games on July 5th) Practice Days & Dates: Thursdays, June 11th – July 30th (No games on July 2nd) Times: Sundays 6:15 – 7:15 pm, Thursdays 6:00-7:00 pm Location: Racetrack Park Diamond #1 Program Code: 1100.209 Fee: Resident $45, Non-Resident $53 Volunteer Coaches Needed
Rally Cap T-Ball (Ages 4 –Pre K)
Active Start T-Ball introduces 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: Ages 4 – Pre K (includes participants entering Kindergarten for the 202021 School Year Days & Dates: Sundays, June 7th – August 2nd (No Class July 5th) Times: 4:15 PM and 5:15 PM Practice/Game Times Location: Racetrack Park Program Code: 1111.200 Fees: Resident $45, Non-Resident $53 Volunteer Coaches needed
Youth Tennis Lessons
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 UW-Green 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. Adults 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. Lesson Details Session Age Group Dates Times Program Code Fee Session 1 Ages 3-6 April 18-May 9 9-9:45am 1180.200 $24 Session 2 Ages 3-6 June 13-July 18 9-9:45am 1180.201 $25 Session 3 Ages 3-6 July 25-August 22 9-9:45am 1180.202 $25 Session 1 Ages 7-8 April 18-May 9 9:45-10:30am 1180.203 $24 Session 2 Ages 7-8 June 13-July 18 9:45-10:30am 1180.204 $25 Session 3 Ages 7-8 July 25-August 22 9:45-10:30am 1180.205 $25 Session 1 Ages 9-12 April 18-May 9 10:30am-12pm 1180.206 $48 Session 2 Ages 9-12 June 13-July 18 10:30am-12pm 1180.207 $50 Session 3 Ages 9-12 July 25-August 22 10:30am-12pm 1180.208 $50 Session 1 Ages 13-18 April 18-May 9 12-1:30pm 1180.209 $48 Session 2 Ages 13-18 June 13-July 18 12-1:30pm 1180.210 $50 Session 3 Ages 13-18 July 25-August 22 12-1:30pm 1180.211 $50 Session 1 Adult April 18-May 9 8-9am 1180.212 $32 Session 2 Adult June 13-July 18 8-9am 1180.213 $35 Session 3 Adult July 25-August 22 8-9am 1180.214 $35
The Tower Times Days: Saturdays Location: Session 1 - Norse Park, Sessions 2 & 3 – High School Courts Min/Max Participants/Class: 6/16 Rain Make-Up: The following Friday will be used for any classes rained out.
Little Gridders Flag Football (Pre-K)
Active Start This program will introduce four and five year olds to the sport of football. Coach Scott 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: 4 – 6 year olds (Pre-K, 4+) Days: Mondays Dates: April 13 - May 18 Times: 5:30-6:30 pm Location: Racetrack Park (green space near barn and playground) Program Code: 1152.100 Fee: $35 (Shirts are included)
Future Vikings Football Camps
FUNdamentals, Learning to Train Attention all youth football players (flag & tackle)!! Come join Coach Prahl, the high school football coaching staff, and high school football players for an 8-day camp this summer. Grades 2nd-5th Athletes entering grades 2-5 will learn the basic offensive fundamentals of blocking, throwing, catching and running with the football. On defense, they will learn the basic techniques from defensive line to linebackers to defensive backs. Who: 2nd-5th Graders Days: Monday-Thursday Dates: June 15-June 25 (Two Weeks) Times: 12:15pm-1:15pm Location: High School Practice Field Program Code: 1151.200 Fee: $50 Grades 6th-8th Athletes entering grades 6-8 will build off the younger group and also learn the fundamentals of each position as well as learn the high school's base offense and defense. Who: 6th-8th Graders Days: Monday-Thursday Dates: June 15-June 25 (Two Weeks) Times: 1:30pm-3:00pm Location: High School Practice Field Program Code: 1151.201 Fee: $60
NFL Youth Flag Football
FUNdamentals, Learning to Train The program provides young players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in non-contact, continuous action while learning lessons in teamwork. This is a great way to introduce your child to the basic fundamentals of football and be active. Each player will receive an authentic reversible NFL Flag Football jersey. NFL Flag (Grades K-3) – House Leagues The grades K-1 and 2-3 programs are house leagues that will always play other Stoughton teams at Racetrack Park. The K-1 league will feature the coach playing quarterback to make the games run smooth. Games will be played on Saturday mornings. Teams for this age group typically practice one day a week during the season. Practice night is at the discretion of the coach. League/Grade Program Code K-1 1150.300 2-3 1150.301 Game Dates: Saturdays, September 12 – October 17 Practice Starts: Week of August 17th (practice day/time determined by coach) Location: Racetrack Park Fee: Resident $65, Non-Resident $75 Volunteer coaches needed NFL Flag (Grades 4-8) – Travel Leagues Learn to Train, Train to Train The grades 4-8 programs are local travel leagues. Other communities involved with the leagues are Cross Plains, Fitchburg, Verona, McFarland, Monona, Cottage Grove and Mount Horeb. Teams will play seven regular season games and an end of season tournament. Teams for these age groups typically practice 1-2 times per week. Practice night(s) are at the discretion of the coach. There is no make-up date for the tournament if it is rained out. League/Grade Program Code 4th 1150.302 5th 1150.303 6th 1150.304 7th-8th 1150.305 Game Dates: Saturdays, September 12 – October 24 Tournament Date: October 24 Game Times: Vary throughout the season. Place: Racetrack Park for home games. Road games will be at various Dane County locations. Fee: Resident $75, Non-Resident $85 Volunteer coaches needed
Youth Golf Programs
SNAG Golf SNAG® stands for “Starting New at Golf.” It is a FUN game that is EASY to learn and can be played ANYWHERE. SNAG® contains all the elements of golf but in a modified form. Falling somewhere between miniature golf and regulation golf, SNAG® allows for full shots, pitching, chipping, and putting. It is a proven learning & training tool for entry level golfers. For more information go to www. snaggolf.com. Max of 12 participants in a class. Dates: June 16 – July 21 Days: Tuesdays Ages/Times: 4 -6 yr. 2:30 - 3:15pm 7-8 yr. 3:15 - 4:00pm Location: Norse Park Program Codes: 4 -6 yr. 1163.200 7-8 yr. 1163.201 Fee: Resident $30, Non-Resident $35 Junior Golf Clinics FUNdamentals, Learning to Train Improve your full swing and short game at our golf clinic. Participants will receive instruction each day on driving, iron play and putting using the facilities at Coachman’s Golf Resort. Clubs and balls are available for use at the Coachman’s Pro Shop. Prizes awarded each day. This clinic will also get your child ready for the playing lessons program. Register by June 1. Dates: June 15 & June 16 Days: Monday & Tuesday Location: Coachman’s Golf Course - Meet at Driving Range Instructors: High School Coach Stephen Stokes Fee: Resident $30, Non-Resident $40 Program Code Skill Level Time 1160.209 Beginner 9:00-10:15 1160.210 Intermediate 10:30-Noon Junior Golf – Beginner 3 Hole League FUNdamentals, Learning to Train
Designed for children in grades 4-8 and have limited experience on the golf course. Instruction will be provided on course etiquette, rules, technique, pace of play, and other facets of playing the game of golf during the course of playing approximately 2-3 holes of golf each day. To maximize benefit of this program, participants are strongly encouraged to register for the Golf Clinic. Class size is limited to 24. Dates: June 23 – July 28 Days: Tuesdays, 11:00-12:30 pm Location: Coachman’s Golf Course - Meet at Putting Green Instructors: High School Coach Stephen Stokes Program Code: 1161.211 Fee: Resident $60, Non-Resident $65 Junior Golf – Intermediate 6 Hole League FUNdamentals, Learning to Train Instruction will be provided on course etiquette, rules, pace of play and technique. Designed for children in grades 4 – 8 and who have experience playing on the golf course. Play will consist of 3 – 9 holes each day in a variety of formats. Parents are encouraged to sign their child up for the Beginner Series if they feel he/she will not be able to play nine holes on the course. Class size is limited to the first 24 entrants. Dates: June 23 – July 28 Days: Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm Place: Coachman’s Golf Course - Meet at Putting Green Instructors: High School Coach Stephen Stokes Program Code: 1161.212 Fee: Resident $60, Non-Resident $65 Junior Golf Clinic & League Combo FUNdamentals, Learning to Train Take the clinic and league, and save $10! The times and dates will stay the same as the playing lessons/league and clinics as they are the same classes. Program Code: B eginner Clinic & Beginner League 1162.213 Intermediate Clinic & Intermediate League 1162.214 Fee: Resident $80, Non-Resident $95
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 Kramolis 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 15 - June 25 Days: Monday-Thursday Two Weeks Location: 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 the owner of Level Up “The Natural Athlete”. This program is two days a week for 10 weeks, which equates to 20 group-training sessions. Who: Children entering grades 5-8 Days & Dates: Mon. & Wed. 6/15-8/19, Tues. & Thur. 6/16-8/20 Location: Level Up Gym – 225 Hoel Ave Min/Max Participants: 4/6 Fee: $80 for 1 session or $150 if taking both sessions Session 1 Monday/Wednesday (June 15-July 15) Times Program Code 3:30-4:30pm 1210.212 4:30-5:30pm 1210.201 Session 1 Tuesday/Thursday (June 16-July 16) Times Program Code 10:00-11:00am 1210.202 11am-12:00pm 1210.203 3:30-4:30pm 1210.204 4:30-5:30pm 1210.205 Session 2 Monday/Wednesday (July 20-August 19) Times Program Code 3:30-4:30pm 1210.206 4:30-5:30pm 1210.207 Session 2 Tuesday/Thursday (July 21-August 20) Times Program Code 10:00-11:00am 1210.208 11am-12:00pm 1210.209 3:30-4:30pm 1210.210 4:30-5:30pm 1210.211
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The Tower Times Youth Enrichment Classes & Events Art Cart by Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
The program offers a variety of individual and group art projects for kids ages 3-8; older children are also welcome. An adult must accompany all children. Who: 3-8 year olds Date: July 18 Day: Saturday Time: 2:00-4:00 PM Location: Nordic Ridge Park Fee: Free, no registration required, just show up!
Art Camp 2020
Does your child LOVE art? If so, start 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 flowerpot. Each day will also include a small craft project, work in our sketchbooks 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 an 11 x 14 canvas 3. A watercolor painting on an 11 x 14 canvas 4. A butterfly sun catcher Each day we will be doing a smaller project too. On Thursday, June 18 at 9:00 am, we will have an Art Show for the children’s parents and friends to come to see all the beautiful art that was created throughout the week. Ages: 5-12 year olds Days: Monday – Thursday, Dates: June 15 – June 18 Time: 9:00 am to 11:30 am Location: Bjoin Park Shelter Program Code: 1384.100 Fee: $145 Art Show: Thursday, June 18 at 10:00 am
Edible Art Exhibit
We will not measure and mix muffins, or see soup simmering on the stove, because this unique class is all about art made from food! Participants will be presented with a plethora of previously prepared foods, perfect for producing marvelous masterpieces of the mind. Towards the end, everyone will exhibit their edible image for all to enjoy. Ages: 5-12 Date: Saturday, May 30 Times: 12:00-1:15 pm Location: Stoughton Youth Center Program Code: 1311.302 Fee: $20
Cheer for Cheese
Countless citizens comprising our community are connoisseurs of cheese-even children! In this class, the cooks will collaborate at creating concoctions that all contain cheese. Champions like cheddar, Havarti, gouda, mozzarella and more. This class will celebrate a cheer for cheese. Ages: 5-12 Date: Saturday, June 20 Times: 12:00-1:15 pm Location: Stoughton Youth Center Program Code: 1311.400 Fee: $20
Summer means s’mores, strawberry shortcake and other seasonal sweets. How about ice cream sandwiches, Italian ice, or other frosty favorites? In this class, kids will create multiple recipes for summer sweets. Ages: 5-12 Date: Saturday, July 25 Times: 12:00-1:15 pm Location: Stoughton Youth Center Program Code: 1311.401 Fee: $20
Summer Camps Nature Explorers (Grades 1-4) What is that rustling in the woods? Looks like it is time to get going on a bear hunt! New this year, we are offering three, 2-day a week camps for elementary aged kiddos entering 1st-4th grade. The goal of Nature Explorers is to get kids 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 1-4 Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays Times: 9:00am-11:30am Dates: July 14 – July 30 Location: East Park – Meet at Shelter Program Code: 1300.210 Fee: $70 – Residents, $80 – Non-Residents Detective School (Grades 1-4) There is something strange in our Stoughton neighborhoods? Time to call on our expert detectives to solve the case! This camp will get kids thinking critically while exploring outside in nature! Each day there will be a scavenger hunt with mystery clues throughout the park and neighborhood, with cases and mysteries that our participants will work to solve. Through clues, critically thinking and of course, a mysterious footprint or two – students will work together to solve mysteries while documenting each clue in their handy dandy… NOTEBOOK! Who: Elementary Aged Students Entering Grades 1-4 Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays Times: 9:00am-11:30am Dates: August 4 – August 20 Location: Norse Park Shelter Program Code: 1300.212 Fee: $70 – Residents, $80 – Non-Residents
Safe Kids 101 Spring Session Parents, your peace of mind is on the way! With Safe Kids 101 your child will learn important safety principles that will teach them best safety practices in the home and in the community! Topics Include: • Responsibilities when staying home alone • Simple first aid – cuts, burns, abdominal thrusts, and more • Understanding safety in unfamiliar scenarios: home intruder, fire, and aggressive dogs • Digital safety and how to navigate the online world safely, including sexting Ages: 9-14 year olds Day: Thursday Times: 5:30pm-7:30pm Date: May 21 Location: Fire Dept. Training Room Program Code: 1342.200 Fee: $25
Spring 2020 9 Summer Session Parents, your peace of mind is on the way! With Safe Kids 101 your child will learn important safety principles that will teach them best safety practices in the home and in the community! Topics Include: • Responsibilities when staying home alone • Simple first aid – cuts, burns, abdominal thrusts, and more • Understanding safety in unfamiliar scenarios: home intruder, fire, and aggressive dogs • Digital safety and how to navigate the online world safely, including sexting Ages: 9-14 year olds Day: Tuesday Times: 5:30pm-7:30pm Date: June 23 Location: Fire Dept. Training Room Program Code: 1342.201 Fee: $25
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. 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. Tenkara rods will be provided. Days: Saturdays & Sundays Dates: May 2nd – May 10th Times: 2:00pm-3:00pm Ages: 10-15 year olds Location: Mandt Park Activity Code: 1232.201 Fee: $35 Paddle Badfish Creek: A Southern Wisconsin Gem Join the Friends of Badfish Creek Watershed for a group paddle. This 6.75 mile trip will start at the south end of Badfish Creek Wildlife Area and end at N Casey Road east of Cooksville. Marvel at beauty, spy wildlife, and learn river ecology on this beloved waterway where about half of the stream’s flow is treated recycled wastewater. Day: Saturday, June 13th Times: Starting at 9:00am Ages: All Ages of experienced paddlers. Must bring your own boat and floatation device. Location: This class will take place outdoors starting at the south end of Badfish Creek Wildlife Area along Old Stage Road. The trip will conclude at N Casey Road east of Cooksville. Activity Code: 1232.200 Fee: $15
Adult Sport & Fitness Classes PiYo by Level-Up Gym Active for Life PiYo is not 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, 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: May 4 – June 15 (No class May 25) 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 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, plyometric, 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: May 5th – June 9th 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 Barre Fusion by Level-Up Gym Active for Life BARRE FUSION is a combination of Pilates, Yoga and Conditioning Exercises that strengthen and stretch muscles. Increase your metabolism, burn fat, lengthen, and strengthen muscles! There is an equal emphasis on balance, strength and flexibility and every second of this workout leads to serious body sculpting and long term postural benefits. All fitness levels welcome! Days: Tuesdays Dates: May 5 – June 9 Times: 6:30pm-7:15pm Ages: 16+ Location: Level-Up Gym Activity Code: 2216.176 Fee: $30 – Resident, $35 – Non-Resident Min/Max Participants: 6/8 Yoga for Every Body (Monday Mornings) Active for Life This all-levels class is held in a warm room (~80 degrees). Come learn about alignment and explore different methods for improving flexibility, building strength and cultivating a quiet mind. Modifications will be offered to ensure each student- from first timers to advanced practitioners- gets what he/she needs out of the practice. Bring your own mat,or borrow from our comprehensive collection of new props. Days: Mondays Dates: April 13th – May 18th Times: 8:30-9:30am Location: Stoughton Center for the Arts
Activity Code: 2204.403 Fee: $60 Yoga for Every Body (Tuesday Evenings) Active for Life This all-levels class is held in a warm room (~80 degrees). Come learn about alignment and explore different methods for improving flexibility, building strength and cultivating a quiet mind. Modifications will be offered to ensure each student- from first timers to advanced practitioners- gets what he/she needs out of the practice. Bring your own mat,or borrow from our comprehensive collection of new props. Days: Tuesdays Dates: April 14th – May 19th Times: 8:00-9:00pm Location: Stoughton Center for the Arts Activity Code: 2204.404 Fee: $60 Gentle Yoga Active for Life This room-temperature class is perfect for anyone who is looking for a way to reconnect with his/her body. The modern principles of optimal alignment will be used to gently and safely build strength, improve flexibility, rehabilitate injuries and relieve stress. This is a very responsive class, focused on healing and empowerment. Specific themes will be adapted for individual needs, with modifications offered to make sure each student is well taken care of as he/she learns the self-care aspects of yoga. Please feel free to contact Suzanne with questions and to share any information regarding injuries or health concerns. Bring your own mat, or borrow from our comprehensive collection of new props. Days: Thursdays Dates: April 16th – May 21st Times: 11:00am-12:00pm Location: Stoughton Center for the Arts Activity Code: 2204.405 Fee: $60 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 18-May 9 8:00am-9:00am 1180.212 $32 Session 2 Adult June 13-July 18 8:00am-9:00am 1180.213 $35 Session 3 Adult July 25-August 22 8:00am-9:00am 1180.214 $35 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 Fall 3 on 3 Basketball Active for Life Find registration info at http://stoughtonrec.com/sports Grades: High School (Currently) - Adult Dates: September 14– November 2 (8 weeks) Days: Monday Nights Time: 6:00–9:00 pm Place: Yahara School Gym Fee: $90/ team (Register by Sept. 2) Adult Flag Football League Active for Life This league features a 4 on 4 passing style that is action packed. Players sign up as a team. If you would like to get on a free agent list, contact the Recreation Department. Find registration info at http://stoughtonrec.com/sports Age: Adults When: Thursdays, September 3 – October 22 (8 weeks) Time: 6:00-10:00 PM Where: Racetrack Park Registration: $250/team Fees and roster are due at the Recreation Department by August 20 or until league is filled. Schedules will be emailed to managers. Adult Ultimate Frisbee League Active for Life If you are looking for a fun—yet competitive—sport, then ultimate frisbee is right for you! This summer league for male and female participants 18 years of age and older is open to all skill levels, from beginner to intermediate to advanced. This is a self-officiated league. Age: Adults When: Mondays, June 1 – July 27 Time: 6:00-8:00 PM Where: Racetrack Park Registration: $150 per team, find registration info at http://stoughtonrec.com/sports 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 2020 season is May 13. 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 2020 season is May 15. Team registration forms can be found on www.stoughtonrec.com/sports. Adult Coed Softball These games are played on Friday evenings to help kick off a great social night out. Games are played at Racetrack Park. 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 2020 is May 15. Deadline for turning in a team registration is April 20. Team registration forms can be found on www.stoughtonrec.com/sports Men’s Fall Softball Leagueffer a fall softball league on Tuesday nights. The season features a seven game season that starts in September and runs through October. Fees and roster due to the Recreation Department by August 21 or before league is full. http://stoughtonrec.com/sports Pickleball Summer Membership Active for Life Pickleball is a fun game for all ages. A racquet game that combines elements from table tennis, tennis, and badminton. The fee helps us purchase and
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replace equipment for the program and $10 from every registration goes towards purchasing windscreens for the Mandt Courts. Dates: May – September Place: Mandt Park Program Code: 3355.200 Fees: $30
Norse Open Pickleball Tournament Saturday, July 11 – Sunday, July 12, 2020 Go to stoughtonrec.com/sports for more details!
The Tower Times Parks & Recreation Information Gazebo Musikk This will be our sixth summer of Gazebo Musikk! Gazebo Musikk are weekly concerts at Rotary Park in the summer. These shows would not be possible without our sponsors and help from volunteers. 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 28th Where: Rotary Park (next to the fire station) Cost: Free! Donations Encouraged 2020 Lineup Date Band May 28th The Feralcats June 4th Common Chord June 11th Nine Thirty Standard June 18th Kelsey Miles *** June 25th Mystery Mirrors July 9th Raine Stern July 16th The Rotation July 23rd Frank Martin Busch and the Names July 30th The Woodland Spring August 6th Driveway Thriftdwellers August 13th Katie Scullin Band*** August 20th Your Mom August 27th The Grouvin Brothers September 3rd Panchromatic Steel
Public Power Scholarship Available Local Non-Profits As your locally owned, not-for-profit utility, Stoughton Utilities works to not only provide reliable, cost effective utility services, but to also support and enrich the community. We believe 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 an upcoming high school graduate. Applicants are given the option to submit an essay on the values of Public Power and energy conservation, or make a short promotional video on the advantages of Public Power. 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, and application materials are due by May 1. Visit our website at stoughtonutilities.com/scholarship for complete application guidelines and materials.
Lineman Appreciation Day Coloring Contest April 18 is National Lineman Appreciation Day, and utilities across the state and country are using the week to recognize the commitment, dedication, and skill of our lineworkers. We thank them for their continuous dedication to our community, and for their hard work to keep the lights on at our homes and businesses. This year, Stoughton Utilities wants to introduce you to your lineworkers with a coloring contest! The coloring contest runs from now through April 18 to raise awareness and show appreciation to our line crew. One of the benefits of a locally owned, not-for-profit utility like Stoughton Utilities is a dedicated, hometown line crew ready to respond quickly when issues arise. One grand prize winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card, and one additional winner from each of three age groups will receive a $25 Visa gift card. Check your April billing statement insert for the entry form with contest details and coloring pages, or visit our website at stoughtonutilities.com. Coloring pages can also be picked up at the utility office at 600 S Fourth St, Stoughton.
Stoughton Utilities RoundUp Program Donates $1,000 to
Stoughton Utilities recently donated $1,000 to the Housing Advocacy Team of Stoughton. The donation is part of our RoundUP program, a voluntary program that ‘rounds up’ customers’ utility bills to the next whole dollar. All proceeds are distributed to and benefit local community organizations. The Housing Advocacy Team of Stoughton (HATS) believes that everyone deserves stable housing and works to address affordable housing needs in the Stoughton area. They are currently coordinating a project to build a 4-unit apartment building for local families who are living with unstable housing situations. Stoughton Utilities began the RoundUP program in 2006 as a way to further assist local non-profit organizations in our community. Over five percent of Stoughton Utilities customers have voluntarily chosen to participate in the program and are continuing the "neighbor helping neighbor" concept that founded Stoughton Utilities over a century ago. Your maximum contribution per year could be $11.88, however, the average contribution per program participant is just $6.00 per year. Customers wishing to participate in the RoundUP program, or non-profit organizations requesting to be considered for future donations, may sign up online by logging in to My Account, or by calling Stoughton Utilities customer service at (608) 873-3379.
Work Safely with Digger’s Hotline It’s been a long winter, but spring is just around the corner. With the return of beautiful weather approaching, your plans for outside work may be starting to grow -- build a deck, plant some trees, or install a gym set for the kids. If your list includes any digging, state law (Wisconsin Statute 182.0175) requires you to notify Diggers Hotline at least three days in advance. Diggers Hotline is a statewide notification system developed to provide excavators and the general public with the ability to inform multiple owners of underground facilities of intended non-emergency excavation via a single telephone call. You can contact Diggers Hotline at 811 from any phone year round. You must allow three working days (excluding weekends and holidays) notice for the location of the underground facilities prior to digging. Diggers Hotline will process three types of calls: 1) excavation 2) planning of excavation, and 3) safe working clearance information for overhead lines. The call center will ask for an address or location information. Specific marking instructions also will need to be provided. Once the locate is completed, you have ten calendar days to begin your excavation work before you must call to have the underground facilities relocated. Please note that there are no charges to individual customers for this service. For more information on Wisconsin's Digger's Hotline program, please visit www.diggershotline.com
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. • A person calls your home or business and states you will be disconnected within a short period of time unless you make an immediate payment over the phone using a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. Several businesses in Stoughton were recently targeted with this scam. • A person visits your home or business offering utility payment assistance. If you pay some money up front, they will match it or provide additional funds to assist in payment. • A person calls or visits your home or business stating that the meter is malfunctioning and needs to be replaced at your expense, or that an unpaid new customer deposit is due and failure to pay immediately will result in disconnection. Every year, variations of a utility scam pop up in various Wisconsin communities, including Stoughton and Madison. In all cases the scammer preys upon people’s fears, frequently in low-income
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. Open: June 13 – August 16 Every Day Hours: 12-5 PM Daily Rates Resident 16+ - $5.00 Resident 15U - $4.00 Non-Resident 16+ - $6.00 Non-Resident 15U - $5.00 Group Rates (15+ People) - $4.00 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
neighborhoods, and uses high-pressure intimidation tactics to get the victim to make a payment. To avoid falling victim to a scam, keep the following in mind: • We will never contact you by phone or in-person and demand immediate payment. We will never contact you for payment or threaten to disconnect outside of our regular business hours. • We will never require payment by prepaid debit card or wire transfer, or any other specific payment method. We accept payment by your choice of check, credit/debit card, money order, or cash (at our office). • We will never accept a customer payment in the field. Utility staff is prohibited from requesting or accepting any type of payment when visiting your home or business. All cash payments must be made at our office. • We will never request your social security or driver’s license number over the phone or at your home. When we contact you, we will have all of your specific account information, including name, address, account number, and balance. • We will never require a payment to repair or replace an electric or water meter. • We will always arrive at your home in a marked vehicle. Stoughton Utilities field staff uses white trucks with the blue SU logo on the door. • We will always carry photo identification with our name, photo, and the SU logo printed on the plastic ID card. Stoughton Utilities staff may need to contact you occasionally regarding your utility service or account, so it is important to keep us informed when your contact information changes. If your phone number or mailing address has changed recently please contact us or log in to My Account to update your information. Always be cautious... If you are ever in doubt of a call you receive, immediately end the call and contact SU Customer Service at (608) 873-3379. We will verify whether or not it was an employee that contacted you. Scammers can manipulate the caller ID to mask their number and make it appear they are calling from the utility, so exercise caution even if the caller ID states it is coming from our phone number. If anyone claiming to be a Stoughton Utilities employee visits your 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 doubt about a technician’s visit, contact SU customer service at (608) 873-3379 to verify the employee’s identity and the cause for their visit.
As Temperatures Rise, Your Utility Bill Doesn’t Have To Heating and cooling make up more than half the average electric bill – and that’s why controlling the summer heat without constantly using the AC can make a difference. Locally owned, not-for-profit Stoughton Utilities recommends the following ways to use energy wisely as warmer weather approaches: • Replace the filter on your window air conditioner or in your home’s heating/cooling system. • For homes with central air, keep the area around the AC unit clear of grass, branches, leaves and shrubs. Make sure the compressor and condenser are clear of debris.
Temporarily Closed STOUGHTON FLORAL 168 E. Main Street, Stoughton, WI Flower Phone: 608-873-6173
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• Central air units should be checked and cleaned annually by a trained professional. • Fix air leaks. First, find the leaks using the “smoke trick.” Light a stick of incense and hold it where a window AC unit and window frame meet. For a home with central air, hold the incense stick near duct connections. Blowing smoke indicates a leak. Use foil tape for small gaps; foam and tape for window AC units. • Set your programmable thermostat up or down for eight hours at a time to reduce cooling expenses. A level of 78 degrees while at home and 85 degrees while away will help maintain comfort, while saving you money. • 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
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 22,000 gallons of water annually through utdoor ater se your outside faucets and/or sprinkler systems in order to offset the When using water outdoors for watering lawns and gardens or re- additional monthly charges and therefore benefit from a water-only filling your pool, please keep in mind that Stoughton Utilities does meter. Below are a few simplified scenarios in which a customer not offer sewer or wastewater billing credits unless you have already would benefit: installed a secondary “water-only” meter to measure the usage that • You have a pool with a water capacity in excess of 22,000 gallons goes only to your outside faucets. 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 212 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.
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Department of Public Works You may not know we were there, but you would know if we weren’t.
US Highway 51/W. Main (Page to Hoel)
• Complete replacement of sanitary sewer and water main infrastructure, including individual service laterals in the right-of-way. • Improved storm sewer drainage in the Grant and McKinley St Intersection. • Project will begin sometime in late April/early May and is planned to be complete by October.
Hoel Avenue to Van Buren Street
Forrest St - Main to Washington (Full Reconstruction)
Significant Improvements Planned for Major Roadways in Stoughton • Concrete pavement patching and joint repairs, milling the existing concrete pavement, and overlaying the concrete pavement with asphalt. • This segment will remain open to traffic during construction. However, traffic will be shifted to only one lane in either direction during construction. • Left turns will be prohibited throughout the duration of the construction. • Construction in this segment of the project will begin in early June and will be completed in late September or October.
Van Buren Street to Page Street
• Full depth pavement replacement. • Main Street (US 51) will be closed to through traffic during construction. • Local access will be provided to residences and businesses. • Construction should start in early June and be completed by the start of the 2020/2021 school year Most of the existing sidewalk and curb and gutter will remain in place. Curb and gutter in poor condition will be replaced. Selected curb ramps will also be reconstructed to meet current ADA standards where feasible and within existing right of way.
US Highway 51/E. Main (Chalet to the Railroad tracks)
• Milling of surface asphalt layer • Base material stabilization in select areas • Asphalt surface replacement • New lane markings. • The actual scope of this project is still being defined as of the article deadline. • The goal is to perform work on E. Main without completely closing the roadway by using flaggers or shifting traffic lanes around areas being worked on.
• Complete reconstruction of streets, driveway aprons, and curb ramps including the replacement of all sidewalks and access to City Hall • Replacement of minor sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure. • Resurfacing of the City Hall Parking Lot and adjusting grades for ADA compliance.
Downtown Improvements • The project includes various “spot repairs” on Main Street throughout the downtown area. Repair areas include replacement of select sections of defective sidewalk, curb and gutter, concrete pavement, curb ramps, colored concrete crosswalk, and decorative concrete “banding”. • Concrete pavement joint repairs will be completed in select areas. • Elimination of the crosswalk on the east side of the Fifth Street intersection due to pedestrian safety concerns (blind curve). • Possible Reconfiguration (narrowing) of the fire station driveway. • Convert downtown lighting to LED • Improve pedestrian safety by adding solar rapid flashing crosswalk signs • Work should begin in early June and should be complete by mid-September For more information on City construction projects go to: https:// www.ci.stoughton.wi.us/construction
2020 Stoughton Curbside Leaf and Brush Collecton Calendar
Roby Road Pulverization Project (Page Street to Van Buren Street)
• Partial street reconstruction (pulverization), partial sidewalk replacement, and curb ramp replacement. Some driveway aprons will also be replaced. The street width will not change. • Sidewalk will be in-filled along the north side of Roby Road to create a continuous sidewalk network. • A traffic calming island/pedestrian crossing will be added on the east side of the Johnson Street intersection. • A concrete valley gutter will be added at the Page Street intersection. • Storm sewer repairs will be completed. • Construction should begin in June and last 4-6 weeks
Harrison Court & Skinner Lane (Pulverization) • “Spot” replace defective curb and gutter sections.
• Construct concrete valley gutter at intersections to improve drainage and improve pavement performance. • Pulverize and re-grade existing pavement and place new asphalt pavement. • Construction will coincide with the Roby Rd pulverization project and is expected to be completed within 4-6 weeks.
Prospect, McKinley, Grant and Sherman Streets (Full Reconstruction)
• Complete reconstruction of streets, driveway aprons, and curb ramps. Streets will be reconstructed to match existing street widths. Replacement of defective sections of sidewalk and installation of new sidewalk on the west side of Grant St from prospect to Taft.
Curbside Brush Collection Brush must be at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the following dates: • Monday, April 27 • Monday, June 22 • Monday, August 24 • Monday, October 26 Please be patient as collection is done as quickly as possible and may take up to a week to get through the entire city. Inclement weather and volume may create delays in the collection process. Please do not put more brush out after 7:00 am on the Monday listed above. Brush set out after this date may not be picked up. Brush Size Restrictions - Branch Diameter – No greater than 6 inches
- Branch Length – No greater than 8 feet - Pile Size – The pile must fit within the terrace area (back of curb to either the sidewalk or property line if there is no sidewalk) and shall not be greater than 20 feet in length. - Branches shall be stacked neatly parallel to the roadway. - Any trees/brush that have been cut by a hired contractor will not be collected. Yard Waste Site: You also have the option to take brush to the yard waste site. The fee for disposal at the site is $20.00 for residents and $25.00 for non-residents. Per City Ordinance 62-2 -- Dumping in Park Row Prohibited. “Brush or leaves may be stored in the park row no more than ten (10) days prior to the scheduled collection time authorized by the city.” Plan your trimming around the scheduled pickup to eliminate having brush out for long periods of time. Once an area has been collected, the crews will not return to that area until the next scheduled collection. PLEASE NOTE: Brush will not be picked up if a contractor has cut/ trimmed your tree(s). Please have the contractor haul the brush away.
City Wide Curbside Leaf Collection Spring Leaf Collection: Weeks of: March 30th, April 6th and 13th Fall Leaf Collection: Weeks of: October 12th, 19th and 26th, November 9th, 16th, and 23rd Please do not set out any leaves after the weeks listed unless the collection program has been extended. Crews will make one final pass after the week listed to make sure all leaves are collected. Leaves set out after the collection week may not get collected. PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS: • Rake leaves to your terrace (area between sidewalk & curb) • Please rake leaves as soon as they fall as leaf collection trucks will be out daily to collect • Rake leaves away from mailboxes, posts/signs and fire hydrants • Do not put leaves in gutter or street • No brush, rocks or garbage in with the leaves • Leaves should not be bagged • Leave adequate room on the street to accommodate the large equipment • Rake or remove leaves from around storm sewer inlets ***Leaves may be taken to the Yard Waste site (a permit is required - the cost is $20.00) located at 1101 Collins Road near the new Public Works Facility. The site will remain open until Tuesday, November 24th (WEATHER PERMITTING) If you have questions, please call the Public Works Department office at 608-873-6303. Easy and Effective Tips for Leaf Clean up To Help Dane County’s Lakes, Rivers and Streams As the leaves turn glorious colors and fall onto the yards and lawns of Dane County residents, it’s time to “Love Your Lakes, Don’t Leaf Them.” How You Can Help The Madison Area Municipal Storm Water Partnership shares the following easy tips. • Keep leaves out of the street: Leaves in the street get washed directly 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 your lawn mower to mulch leaves directly on your lawn. If you prefer to bag your grass clippings and shredded leaves, you can empty them on your vegetable and flowerbeds or around your trees and shrubs to help suppress weeds. • Compost: Save time, money and water and improve your gardens and the environment by turning leaves into “black gold.” **Go to http:// www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/aw/wm/publications/recycle/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.aspx for more information.
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