Meeting Tuesday in Town of Dunkirk on new federal monies to TDS Telecom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

September 18, 2017

Bob Salov, County Board Supervisor

salov@countyofdane.com

DANE COUNTY BOARD CHEERS RURAL BROADBAND EXPANSION

Meeting Tuesday in Town of Dunkirk on new federal monies to TDS Telecom

One of the more pressing problems in rural Wisconsin remains poor Internet service. And with data usage rising and networks strained, things have gotten worse in many areas. But some help is on the way. On Tuesday, September 26, Dane County Board Supervisor Bob Salov is hosting an informational meeting on $751 million in new federal money going to TDS Telecommunications to boost rural broadband expansion. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the Dunkirk Town Hall at 654 County Highway N south of Stoughton.

“After lots of frustration I’m feeling positive about finally getting faster Internet service into our rural areas,” said Salov, who represents the villages of Cambridge, Rockdale and Deerfield along with the townships of Dunkirk, Rutland, Albion, Christiana and Deerfield as well as ward 7 of the City of Edgerton in Dane County.

Salov will be joined Tuesday by town of Vermont Plan Commission member John Hallick, who also serves on the town’s Citizen Broadband Task Force. Hallick will speak about rural broadband access, partnering with providers, available grants and other potential funding for local governments. “There’s a lot of good things happening and we want to make sure everyone understands what the next steps will be,” he said.

In January, TDS announced it will receive approximately $75.1 million a year for the next 10 years from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Alternative Connect America Cost Model. TDS will leverage the funds to expand and improve broadband service to nearly 160,000 homes in 25 states, including Wisconsin, over that time frame.

Funding for the program, also referred to as the Connect America Fund (CAF), will support the buildout of rural broadband networks. Depending on location, most TDS customers in rural areas eligible for CAF funding will receive guaranteed broadband speeds of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. Most of the remaining customers will receive speeds of 10/1 Mbps.

The Dane County Board has long urged expansion of rural broadband and in 2015 passed a resolution urging state and federal officials to move forward with badly needed funding. Wisconsin has been something of a laggard in extending high-speed Internet into rural areas after it turned down $23 million in federal stimulus money in 2011.  But the new federal monies are a major step forward, Salov said.

“”We are at a critical point when broadband is no longer a luxury but a necessity and a public utility,” he said. “Rural businesses and households cannot function without it.”

The meeting Tuesday is open to the public but Salov is asking that interested parties contact him directly at salov@countyofdane.com

Renee Lauber Dane County Towns Association Policy Advisor, www.danecotowns.net,

Lauber Consulting, LLC,

www.LauberConsultingLLC.com 608.577.9997


Summary of Transportation Improvement Program Major Anticipated 2018-2022 Projects Public Hearing

Wednesday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m., City-County Building, 210 MLK Jr. Blvd., Room 354.

Projects for Dane County

CTH A (CTH PB to STH 69) Resurfacing, CTH H (STH 78 South to STH 78 North) Resurfacing, CTH PB (Bridge over Sugar River near Montrose Road) Bridge Replacement and CTH PQ (Water Street) *USH 12 to W. Village of Cambridge Limits)(Reconstruction)

For map and more information contact  Clerk’s office 608-424-3848


County Highway A Bridge Closed

The County Highway A Bridge will be replaced.  This may start as early as June 19th until mid October.


Four Year Maintenance Post Cards to be mailed

Wisconsin Elections Commission will be mailing out Notice of Suspension of Registration postcards June 12th – June 16th.  These are mailed to voters who have not voted in any election in the previous four years.  Voters have until July 15th to respond to the postcard.  If you have any questions, please contact your local municipality or go to elections.wi.gov


Updated Electronic Information

Household survey shows many residents are storing unwanted electronics

In early 2016, the Department of Natural Resources conducted a statewide household recycling survey that included several questions on electronics recycling.

Key takeaways from the 2016 survey include:

  • There is still a lot of material to recycle. Based on the survey, the DNR estimates there are more than 8 million TVs, computers and cell phones in state households that are no longer being used. A large share of residents who stopped using an electronic device in the previous year put it into storage instead of recycling, selling or donating it.
  • DNR surveys have shown increasing recycling of electronics over time, but in 2016, the percentage of respondents who had put TVs and computers in the trash also increased. This is something to watch, and indicates there is room for collectors, recyclers and manufacturers to more strongly promote computer recycling, which is often free.
  • Residents’ level of concern over data security indicates this is an area on which the DNR and electronics collectors and recyclers should focus more attention.
  • The survey showed increased awareness of E-Cycle Wisconsin and where to recycle electronics. Still, nearly one-third of residents didn’t know where to recycle electronics, and this was the top reason cited for being unable to e-cycle.

Complete 2016 survey results

While compiling these detailed results, the DNR discovered errors in survey data included in the E-Cycle Wisconsin 2016 report. An updated version, with revisions to the “Disposal ban awareness and compliance” section, is also available on our website.

E-Cycle Wisconsin 2016 report

Register for May 31 collection site webinar

The DNR will hold a free workshop on electronics collection site best management practices May 31. This workshop will be focused on site-level requirements and best management practices for drop-off sites and events that collect electronics and universal waste.

If you collect or recycle electronics, oversee an electronics collection program, or represent a municipality contracting for e-cycling services, we encourage you to attend. The information will also be useful to anyone wanting to understand the rules and best management practices for collecting electronics and universal waste (such as lamps and batteries). The workshop will provide an update on the E-Cycle Wisconsin program and information to help you find reputable recyclers to manage your electronics responsibly.

We have reached capacity for our meeting room, but have a webinar option via Skype. If you select this option on the registration form, you will receive an invitation to the Skype meeting with a link and call-in number. The meeting will not be recorded.

Date and time: Wednesday, May 31, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Contact: Sarah Murray, 608-264-6001 View agenda  Register for webinar

Updated electronics collection site list

There have been several updates to our list of registered electronics collection sites, including the addition of  upcoming one-day collection events throughout the state.

Full list of registered collection sites.

Sarah Murray, E-Cycle Wisconsin

Waste and Materials Management Program, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

sarah.murray@wisconsin.gov


County Highway A Closure

CTH A will be closed between 6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to replace a culvert between CTH PB and Observatory Road.  The work require the road to be closed to all traffic on Tuesday, May 30th while the culvert is out and open should be open again at the end of the day.  Finishing work will occur on Wednesday, May 31st so there may be temporary closures as the asphalt patch is constructed but emergency vehicles will be able to get through.

 


Highway 69 Construction in Village of Belleville

Status Update:  May 22 – May 26, 2017

STH 69 closed to through traffic on Monday, May 22.

Tree removals will begin on Tuesday, May 23 along with breaking the concrete pavement.

Pavement removal north of the bridge will begin later in the week and will continue into next week.

Details:

STH 69 work is scheduled from May 22, 2017 – August 31, 2017 and the road will remain closed to through traffic during this time frame.  Access to local properties and businesses will be maintained at all times throughout construction.  Work for this project will include concrete pavement removal, common excavation, water main and storm sewer installation, concrete bridge repairs, new asphalt pavement, curb and gutter removal and replacement, new guardrail, pavement marking, and other incidental items needed to complete the work.


Gardiner Appraisal Will Be Assessing Property

Appraisers Will Be Out to Assess Properties

Bruce Gardiner will be out on June 3, 2017 to meet with Town of Montrose land owners who have appointments set up for appraising their property.  On June 7th and 8th Bruce Gardiner and Bob Bauchman will be assessing other Town of Montrose properties.  If you have questions, please contact Gardiner Appraisal Services at 608-943-8006 or email them at gardiner


Public Meeting for WIS 69 Reconstruction

The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 16 at the Montrose Town Hall, 1341 Diane Avenue, Belleville.  A brief presentation will start at 6:00 p.m. to discuss project plans, including the real estate process.  For more information go to http://wisconsindot.gov

 


Notice of Recount for the Office of Town Treasurer for the Town of Montrose in the Spring Election

Notice of Recount for the Office of Town Treasurer for the Town of Montrose in the Spring Election

TO:             All Candidates On the Ballot For The Office of Town Treasurer for                             the Town of Montrose and Other Interested Persons

FROM:       Julie L. Bigler, Town Clerk

SUBJECT:  Recount of the Votes Cast for the Office of Town Treasurer for the                              Town of Montrose in the April 4, 2017 Spring Election

DATE:        April 8, 2017

A recount of the votes cast at the April 4, 2017 Spring Election for the office of Town Treasurer for the Town of Montrose will begin at the time and location set forth below:

Town of Montrose – 9:00 a.m. on April 8, 2017 at Montrose                                       Town Hall, 1341 Diane Avenue, Belleville WI 53508

A copy of the recount petition is attached. This notice is given pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 9.01(2).

You have the right to be present and to be represented by counsel to observe and challenge the votes cast and the board of canvassers’ decisions at the election.

A COPY OF THE RECOUNT PETITION CAN BE SEEN BY CONTACTING THE TOWN CLERK AT 424-3848