News

Tue
21
Apr

Wisconsin and Southern to resume freight rail service

City of Fitchburg residents can expect more train traffic through the city starting this month.

The Wisconsin and Southern Railroad will resume freight service to the Lycon Ready Mix concrete facility in Oregon within the next few weeks.

The activation of the rail line through the city last fall could help encourage development and even lead to a passenger rail line in the future. 

Thu
16
Apr

Search for city’s first full-time fire chief begins

It will be several months before a full-time fire chief is hired at the City of Fitchburg, but the application process is already under way. 

Wed
15
Apr

Northeast expansion gets partial approval


Map courtesy City of Fitchburg. The city's submitted plan for development phasing. Phases 1 and 2a were approved by the DNR.

The city’s effort to expand its development boundaries east of U.S. Hwy. 14 has met with partial success.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday it had partially approved Fitchburg’s request to extend its urban service area to the Northeast Neighborhood.

The USA defines where regional sewer service can be connected. That service is required for most forms of urban development.

Wed
15
Apr

City eyes TIF for Sub-Zero/Wolf

The City of Fitchburg is considering tax-increment financing to help expand manufacturing facilities at Sub-Zero/Wolf.

Tue
14
Apr

Fiery determination


Photo by Jacob Bielanski. Julie Griessmeyer poses in the truck bay of Fitchburg’s Fire Station number 1. Griessmeyer became the Fitchburg Fire Department’s first female full-time firefighter on March 4, after almost two years as a paid on-call firefighter.

It was a bike ride that catalyzed Julie Griessmeyer’s career change.

In 2012, the Vanderbilt biology graduate and Indiana native unexpectedly lost her job in Madison. In the wake of this, she wound up with a bicycling group that included Laura Laurenzi, the Madison Fire Department’s assistant chief. 

Fri
10
Apr

Few positive comments to DNR on NE Neighborhood sewer service expansion

The state Department of Natural Resources didn’t get many positive comments about the potential Northeast Neighborhood, but a decision on the development should be made soon.

A decision on extending sewer service to the area is expected this month. The ruling follows a public comment period and a disagreement between the city, DNR and Dane County executive Joe Parisi about the appeals process for municipalities that disagree with local commission decisions.

Thu
09
Apr

Fitchburg man charged with child porn possession


Silva Miranda

A Fitchburg man was arrested April 2 on 10 felony counts of possessing child porn following an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Thu
09
Apr

Steele pleads guilty, shifts trial focus to mental health


Steele

A jury is scheduled to decide this month if a former Dane County Sheriff’s deputy had the mental capacity to recognize the wrongs of his actions when he killed his wife and sister-in-law in Fitchburg last August.

Wed
08
Apr

Arnold elected mayor


Arnold

Editor's Note: The article has been updated to reflect that Mayor Shawn Pfaff told the Star after the paper's print deadline that he would not file for a recount.

City of Fitchburg voters chose a new direction for the top leadership of the city, but also voted to keep incumbent alders on the Common Council.

Sun
05
Apr

Verona Road construction update for April 6-10

The following update is provided by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation:

All lane restrictions and work operations are weather dependent and subject to change.

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