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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... Read More

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... Read More

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.

County buys 65 acres near Lake Mendota in nearly $1M deal

County buys 65 acres near Lake Mendota in nearly $1M deal

Dane County will buy 65 acres of land near the north side of Lake Mendota from a local religious group in a nearly $1 million deal, officials said.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said on Thursday that the county would acquire the land from the Middleton-based Benedictine Women of Madison at Holy Wisdom Monastery for $929,000.

Parisi said the purchase agreement included an additional five acre easement on the property that would help plans for a new off-road bike trail to improve road safety for motorists and cyclists along a heavily traveled stretch of County Highway M. 

In a news release, county leaders said the decision to purchase the property was made to help maintain lakes, increase public safety and continue the recreational opportunities the area provides.

Middleton preps for flooding

Middleton preps for flooding

The city of Middleton is getting ready for more potential flooding as water levels continue to rise.

Lake Mendota is coming close to the record-setting 100-year flood height. The 100-year flood elevation was 852.8 ft. Lake Mendota is now at an elevation of 851.5 ft with more heavy rains in the forecast.

Middleton has issued a declaration of disaster, enabling the city to deliver sand to residents who need it.

There was a pile at Dewey Court and a new 10-ton pile at the north end of Middleton Beach Road.

As the storm clouds roll in, resident Tom Pellino began taking down his pier sections on Lake Mendota. He said he and his neighbors will start bagging their shoreline to combat the rising water.

However, experience has shown that sometimes preparations just aren't enough.

City seeks proposals to replace former non-profit site

Middleton is seeking proposals from real estate developers for plans to redevelop the former site of Middleton Outreach Ministry.

A city memo specified the proposals include public control of the property. It also mentions a possible rehabilitation of the building. 

Further information on the specifications of a proposal can be read on a city memo.