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Judge orders city to stop construction on $9M building

The city of Middleton's bid process for a new $9 million public works building was questioned earlier this month, and a temporary stop on construction was ordered by a Dane County judge last week, according to a Middleton Times-Tribune report. 

The newspaper said Judge Rhonda Lanford issued a temporary restraining order barring the city of Middleton from proceeding with construction at 4330 Parmenter St. on the Public Works Facility and Outbuildings. 

Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin alleged that the company that won the bid was not the lowest bidder and didn't comply with bid requirements. 

An attorney for the city said the city chose a more expensive quality through an option allowable in the process and does not believe it violated a statute in doing so, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report... Read More

Students compete in high school mock trial semifinals

Students compete in high school mock trial semifinals

Teams from 16 Wisconsin high schools will compete in the Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Semifinals at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison on Sunday, March 9, at 8 a.m.

The Mock Trial program provides high school students with an opportunity to act as attorneys and witnesses in a court case developed by State Bar members. In teams, students argue a criminal case before a panel of volunteer attorneys and judges in the regional competitions.

The two finalists will compete for the state title on Monday. The state winner will advance to the National Mock Trial Competition, which will also be held in Madison this May.

Students from the following schools will be participating in the semifinals:

City requires consultant on proposed subdivision septic system

The city of Middleton will require developer Erdman Holdings Inc. to hire a third party consultant to weigh in on the use of septic tank systems in the proposed Pleasant View Ridge subdivision, according to a Middleton Times-Tribune report.  

The consultant’s report would influence the city council on whether or not to approve the development. The city expects the requested work and assistance could be done for less than $10,000.  An escrow account will be set up between the developer and the city. ... Read More

Green Tier Legacy Communities Annual Report

Middleton is a member of the Green Tier Legacy Communities (GTLC) Charter, which is a unique partnership between Wisconsin Communities, non-profit organizations and state agencies. The city submits an annual report of sustainability actions to the GTLC... Read More

Multiple seats on city council, school board open

There will be a few contested local races on the April 1 ballot, according to papers filed by last week's spring electoin deadline.

State offices to be elected include Court of Appeals Districts 1, 2 and 4 and Circuit Court.

Various local government seats are up for re-election, including those on city, town, village and school boards... Read More

Middleton construction co. gets $20M county project

Middleton construction co. gets $20M county project

Middleton-based Miron Construction will build the pavilions that will create 290,000 square feet of multi-use space on the footprint of the Alliant Energy Center’s existing barns, according to a news release from ane County Executive Joe Parisi’s office.

Dane County will replace the Alliant Energy Center’s barns with multi-use pavilions in a $24 million project set to begin early next year.

Parisi said Tuesday that the county will award a Middleton construction company a nearly $20.7 million contract to build the pavilions. 

The project is pending funding approval from the Wisconsin State Building Commission and the Dane County Board of Supervisors.

Demolition of the barns is expected to begin next year, with the project’s estimated completion in time for the 2014 World Dairy Expo.

Middleton teachers argue for new contract, more pay

Middleton teachers argue for new contract, more pay

As the Supreme Court reviews the constitutionality of Act 10, teachers in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District requested the opportunity to bargain for the next school year and current salaries.

The Middleton Education Association made one request to open negotiations with district officials in September and another request in October.

"We believe the recent Circuit Court ruling or the ruling Judge Colas made last year still allows us to bargain a complete or full master contract for the 2014-2015 school year. We also believe they are able to provide more of an increase," Chris Bauman, MEA president, said.

The Board of Education voted unanimously to delay any talks.

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