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Police union contract approved through 2015

City officers to receive incremental pay bumps annually   

The Common Council and the Wisconsin Professional Police Association Local 427 came to an agreement last week on contracted pay increases for officers for the next three years (including 2013).

According to the contract, Middleton officers will receive salary increases of:

  • 1 percent in 2013
  • 2 percent in 2014
  • 3 percent in 2015

Police unions were excluded from last year’s Act 10, a controversial legislative move that took bargaining power from most unions.

Read more at the Middleton Times-Tribune

First semester check-in shows promise for charter school

The district's charter school launched last semester is showing promising results, according to students taking part in the project-based learning discipline. 

Clark Street Community School -- formerly Middleton Alternative Senior High -- was built to serve a diverse student population outside of the traditional high school learning model, according to a Middleton Times-Tribune report.

The concept that guides the day-to-day education of about 120 students is the projects, which are individualized for the student. Clark Street attendees have conducted research about topics like blood diamonds, dog breeds, and biodiversity in the Pheasant Branch Creek.

Read more from the Middleton Times-Tribune

Middleton roundabout to see artwork

Middleton roundabout to see artwork

A Middleton roundabout is set to see some artwork.

Middleton's Public Works Department approved artwork to be placed at the roundabout.

The Arts Commission is raising money to pay an artist to create the sculpture from stainless steel and glass.

The project will cost about $50,000 and stand 14 feet tall.

Some drivers are worried that the artwork could cause a distraction.

"People have expressed concern that it's going to be distracting, and they won't look at the traffic," Middleton Arts Committee Chair Rob Conhaim said. "But actually, the Department of Transportation for the state wants people's vision to be directed toward their left, which is the direction the traffic is coming from.

"The DOT doesn't want people to be able to see across a roundabout."

Donations to the project can be made through the Middleton City Hall.

Influx of burglaries leads police to hold community meeting

Department offers tips to help prevent burglaries    

After six burglaries in Stonefield since late last year possibly linked to at least two other burglaries in the Middleton and as many as 28 in nearby Madison, police held a meeting at the Middleton Courthouse Saturday to discuss the problem with residents and alert residents to take extra precautions to avoid becoming a target.

The Middleton Times-Tribune said officers covered the following items during the meeting:

Traffic lights out at University & Deming; drivers asked to avoid area

Officers are helping direct traffic at affected intersections    

According to an e-mail alert from the City of Middleton at about 4:51 p.m. Tuesday, traffic lights on University Avenue at Deming Way are out and the eastbound U.S. Highway 12 off ramp are currently out due to a power outage.

Officers are on scene for traffic control.

According to the release, MG&E is aware of the problem and is working on a solution.

The city asked that drivers avoid the affected intersections if possible.

Org: Bus advertising policies questionable

MABA says cost-benefit analysis not only consideration in advertising wraps    

The Madison Area Bus Advocates, a non-profit group comprised of citizens who describe themselves as “pro-bus,” said when it comes to advertising policies, Metro Transit sometimes forgoes consideration of citizens' "[o]bjections, including ones having to do with respect, safety, accessibility, dignity, and justice, [are] dismissed hastily in pursuit of the almighty dollar."

The president and a board member of the advocacy organization -- Susan De Vos and Laurie Wermter -- write that the Metro's ad policy "needs to be redone."

Read more at Madison Commons

DNR to conduct aerial survey of deer through February

DNR to conduct aerial survey of deer through February

Snow-covered ground helps biologists to tally in chronic wasting disease zones    

Helicopter teams will conduct aerial deer counts throughout Dane and Iowa counties and near Baraboo from Wednesday through mid-February, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

DNR biologists are conducting aerial deer counts in portions of the chronic wasting disease management zone.

Regional spokesman Bob Manwell in Fitchburg said in a news release Wednesday that completion of the deer count operation is dependent on the presence of several inches of snow, which helps deer stand out on the landscape from the air.

Areas in western Dane and eastern Iowa counties and in the Baraboo area by Devil’s Lake State Park are scheduled for survey flights, officials said.

The DNR said about 260 square mile sections will be surveyed.