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Middleton Station Apartments Groundbreaking

Middleton Station Apartments, a 38 unit apartment building being built at 7710 Terrace Avenue, just east of the Capital Brewery, held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday afternoon... Read More

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." 

City warns of misleading water service solicitations

The Middleton Water & Sewer Utility said some customers may be mislead by water service insurance solicitations received in the mail.

The utility said in an alert last week that mailings titled "Important Information Regarding Your Water Service Line" were received recently by some Middleton residents. Recipients of the mailings believed the Middleton Water & Sewer Utility was affiliated with the solicitor, HomeServe USA. The utility clarified Friday that it is not connected to any private insurance solicitors and it does not endorse their services.

"We suggest that our customers thoroughly research any company before doing business with them," MWSU said in a statement. "As part of your research, you may want to contact the State of Wisconsin Better Business Bureau."

MWSU said that in one instance, a Middleton customer was personally approached by a private insurance representative.

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.

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.

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.

Open house scheduled on $1.1M brick replacement project

Leaders on a city project to replace bricks in downtown Middleton will host an open house next week.

The city of Middleton said anyone interested in learning more about the nearly $1.1 million brick terrace and crosswalks project can stop by city hall on Oct. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.

According to the city, staff determined in July that the project should be moved from late fall 2013 to early spring 2014 for more time to coordinate details.

For example, the city said it needed to investigate uniform sidewalk widths and determine street light wiring locations. The extra time could also allow for lower bids with more competition between crews at the beginning of construction season, the city said on its website.

Middleton City Hall is at 7426 Hubbard Ave.