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Finished section of Pheasant Branch Creek trail links to golf course

A key missing link in Middleton’s South Fork Trail was completed on Friday, according to the city.

The finished section makes it possible for bicyclists and pedestrians to travel between Greenway Center and the golf course property without having to use Pleasant View Road, according to a release from Middleton Wednesday.

Prior to last week, trail users could only travel along the South Fork of Pheasant Branch Creek to Greenway Boulevard next to Raven Software. 

Starting in early August, the city said it will initiate a project to complete the one-block gap in the South Fork Trail between Terrace Avenue (near Esser Pond) and University Avenue. 

The city said it plans to complete the block in October, and bicyclists and pedestrians will then be able to travel entirely via trails between northeast Middleton (near Orchid Heights Park) and Pleasant View Golf Course, a distance of more than five miles.

Middleton officials make parking enforcement a priority for visitors, shoppers

Middleton officials make parking enforcement a priority for visitors, shoppers

Middleton officials make parking enforcement a priority to provide visitors and customers with parking for downtown businesses, according to a release.

A parking study commissioned by the Middleton City Council indicated the lack of enforcement was the primary reason for the lack of parking at peak times in the downtown area, according to the release.

Mike Davis, Middleton city administrator and director of community development, said the follow-up may help the city avoid putting in a parking ramp with annual maintenance costs.

Officials said the primary goal is to provide visitors and customers with available parking to patronize downtown businesses and to seek city services without having to drive out of the way.

Good turnover in parking is key to that goal, officials said. They hope downtown business owners and employees will seek more remote parking.

MCPASD: Nearly $30K in energy costs saved over 10 months

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District is on track to to far exceed its best year-end energy savings performance, Energy Manager Neal Bickler said.

According to the district's June 2013 report, which covers the performance of all MCPASD buildings in May, the cost avoidance savings is $29,894. This exceeds the district's previous best June report of $23,911 (18.73 percent), which occurred in 2012.

For the school year, the district said it has saved $319,212 (24.33 percent).

"With two months remaining in 2012-2013, I'm hoping that we can reach the $340,000 plateau," Bickler said.

In 2012, MCPASD saved $278,865 (22.71 percent) during the same 10-month span. The district reported it has avoided paying nearly $2.4 million since September 2004.

District to break ground on new school projects

District to break ground on new school projects

The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District will hold two groundbreaking ceremonies at its middle schools next week.

School officials said a ceremony at Glacier Creek Middle School will take place at 1:30 p.m. and a second at Kromrey Middle School will follow an hour later on June 6.

Glacier Creek plans to add a new fifth-grade wing on the southeast side of the property, according to an MCPASD news release. Kromrey plans to add a new building on the west side of the campus, the district said.

The district said voters approved a $59.8 million referendum question in November to expand Glacier Creek and expand and remodel Kromrey. Under the plan, fifth-graders from all six of the district’s elementary schools will move to the middle schools starting in September next year, which project leaders said will help alleviate overcrowding at all of the elementary schools.

Construction at both sites will begin in mid-June, shortly after school is completed.

Middleton offers drop-off site for spring cleaning event

Middleton offers drop-off site for spring cleaning event

Middleton is helping its residents get started on spring cleaning with a drop-off site for donations and recycling this Saturday.

The city’s Sustainability Committee is hosting its biannual clean-up event on Nursery Drive in the Airport Road Business Park on Saturday.

Volunteers will be on hand from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to assist those interested in dropping off clothing, household goods, furniture, tools and other items to be donated or recycled.

Assistant Director of Community Development Abby Attoun-Tucker said the twice-yearly event has blossomed in recent years.

"It's one of our most popular events. It's really ballooned into a huge event that we have in April and October of each year," she said.

The committee collected 30,000 pounds of electronics and two trailers full of items for donation during 2012's two clean-up events.  

Bi-annual flush of water main scheduled

Water may appear slightly discolored, OK to drink  

The City of Middleton said it plans to flush water mains beginning April 29.

Water Utility Foreman Ryan Madigan said the flush is common practice for the department and is done twice a year, in the spring and the fall.

"It's a standard thing we do to ensure that our system is operating correctly [and] to ensure quality of the water," Madigan said.

In a public notice sent 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.

Madigan said this does not affect the potability of water and it is safe to use and drink per normal.

4-month Middleton St. construction project begins Monday

Project to affect parking, bus routes through summer, city says   

The city said its street reconstruction project is scheduled to begin Monday, which will limit parking on Middleton Street and could affect bus routes and access to driveways through mid-August.

The Middleton Street Reconstruction Project will include a complete street reconstruction of Middleton Street from South Avenue to 1,200 feet south of Voss Parkway, the city said. The project scope includes street, curb and gutter, sidewalk, driveway apron and storm sewer improvements and is scheduled to be finished on Aug. 20, 2013, the city said.

For the duration of the project, street parking along Middleton Street will be unavailable Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., or until construction activity is completed for the day, city officials said in a news release Thursday.