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City to flush water mains, hydrants

The City of Middleton said it plans to flush water mains and hydrants beginning April 27.

The flush is common practice for the department and is done twice a year, in the spring and the fall. The practice tests the system and ensures water quality.

In a public notice last Tuesday, the city's water utility said residents can expect to see a slight discoloration of water during the week as it clears out water mains.

The city said the flush does not affect the potability of water and it is safe to drink.

The flush ends May 9. 

Advisory to run water to prevent pipe freezes canceled

Advisory to run water to prevent pipe freezes canceled

Three months after an initial advisory warning residents run water to prevent freezing pipes, the city it is canceling the warning. 

Middleton posted a statement online Thursday saying it was safe to turn the taps off. 

Recent warmer weather has helped thaw the ground from the long winter, reducing the risk of frozen lateral pipes. 

The Middleton Water Utility asked residents on Feb. 11 to monitor water temperatures and run a pencil-sized stream of water to prevent freezes.

Gas leak briefly closes part of University Ave.

Part of University Avenue was closed west of Park Street in Middleton for about an hour Wednesday morning due to a gas leak, officials said. 

An alert from the city of Middleton at 10:36 a.m. said University Avenue and Bristol Street were shut down due to a natural gas leak. Officials asked motorists to use alternative routes. 

The Middleton Police Department said at 11:27 a.m. that University Avenue was reopened. 

Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Public hearing to discuss Madison Transit Service changes

Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transit and Parking Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, according to a city of Madison press release.

The meeting will be held at the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., in room 260.

The hearing will discuss proposed service changes to Routes 8, 14, 15, 19, 26, 36, 44, 48, 50, 59, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 and 78. Changes are proposed to go into effect during the last week of August.

People are encouraged to attend the public hearing to give feedback. To submit comments on the Metro changes online, visit mymetrobus.com/feedback.

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.