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Walker questions Burke's record on school board

Walker questions Burke's record on school board

Gov. Scott Walker says his Democratic opponent and Madison school board member Mary Burke is not doing enough to help close that district's achievement gap.

Walker on Wednesday hammered Burke for not supporting expansion of the private school voucher program, which he said would give students another option. The program makes taxpayer money available for students to attend private school.

Burke opposes the statewide voucher program and says if elected she would end it outside of Milwaukee and Racine.

Walker also says Burke is hurting the Madison district by not arguing for implementing Act 10, the law that forces teachers and most other public workers to pay more for pension and health care benefits.

Burke says the best way to improve student achievement is ensuring there are quality teachers.

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Meeting to discuss possible path between Pheasant Branch, Graber Pond

Meeting to discuss possible path between Pheasant Branch, Graber Pond

The City of Middleton will be hosting a neighborhood information meeting on July 30 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss a new trail area and a proposed bike and pedestrian plan.

The path would go from Pheasant Branch Conservancy to Graber Pond Trail. IOn the agenda for discussion are water resources, the trail corridor and trail planning. 

The hour-long event will take place at the Middleton City Hall Council Room, 4726 Hubbard Ave.

The meeting will be hosted by the Public Lands, Recreation, and Forestry Department. 

Utility assesses Terrace Ave. laterals, suggests replacement

A meeting Thursday at Middleton City Hall will give Terrace Avenue property owners the chance to discuss updating their sewer laterals. 

Crews began work June 9 on a project along Terrace Avenue to replace the water main, sanitary sewer, sidewalk, curb and gutter. The city is also constructing a parking lot east of the skate park and a "market arcade" in front of Capital Brewery. 

The Water & Sewer Utility assessed private sewer laterals that connect to the city sewer main beneath Terrace Avenue. According to a notice from the City of Middleton Tuesday, "quite a few of the laterals are significantly deteriorated due to their age--over  75 years in most cases." 

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.

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.