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Middleton commission chooses next police chief

Middleton commission chooses next police chief

The Middleton Police Commission has chosen the city's next chief of police. 

Capt. Chuck Foulke will take the position March 29, succeeding retiring chief Brad Keil

In a news release Friday afternoon, Middleton Mayor Kurt Sonnentag said he was pleased with the commission's selection. 

"(Foulke) is capable and well-prepared to lead the department, and he has the perfect temperament and vision for the work," Sonnentag said. 

Retiring police chief to head WPS security

Retiring police chief to head WPS security

After a decade leading the Middleton police force, Chief Brad Keil will retire his public service hat later this month for a figurative one working in corporate security.

WPS Health Insurance said in a news release Thursday that Keil was hired as manager of corporate facilities security. He begins the job March 31.

Capt. Chuck Foulke, a 33-year veteran of the Middleton police force, said the department is sad to see Keil leave.

"I think in general his entire staff has mixed feelings (because) we’re professionally and personally sad to see him go, but (the WPS position is) a very good opportunity for him," Foulke said. "(Keil is) going out on top."

Foulke and Middleton Police Commission President Bev Jambois both pointed to the department's recent accreditation through the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, a state policing standards credentialing authority, as one of Keil's many accomplishments as police leader. 

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. 

4 years later, new municipal building experiences leaks

A public building finished about four years ago is already showing problems, according to the City of Middleton. 

The Middleton Times-Tribune reported that the police department and municipal court building, at 7341 Donna Drive, is experiencing potentially hazardous water leakage, according to information provided to the Middleton Common Council.

The leaking issues have not affected operations yet but the city said it will need to develop a plan to counteract the problems.

National Play Therapy Week

National Play Therapy Week starts Feb. 2. Licensed mental health professionals throughout the country are taking part in Play Therapy of Week.

According to the Association for Play Therapy, Play is our first language. The APT said that, just as adults use words to communicate, children use play to express thoughts and feelings that might otherwise remain hidden. 

APT adds that thousands of licensed mental health professionals within and outside of the United States use play therapeutically to help their clients, especially children, to describe and manage their behaviors and mental health problems.

Many professionals using Play Therapy are identified by credentials that they obtain through specific Play Therapy training and supervised experience beyond their general licensure requirements and enable them to publicly advertise their Play Therapy expertise.

 

New art show celebrates the trees

Middleton's Hubbard Art Center will be hosting a new art show celebrating trees.

"A Celebration of Trees" will have  variety of tree themed art in various kinds of media.

The show runs from Nov 29 through December 1.  It's open on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.

Admission is free. Local artists are welcome to enter pieces, but they must be tree themed.

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.