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Fri
17
Oct

Verona Road Weekly Construction Update – Oct. 20-24

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

One month... About one month remains of construction on Verona Road (US 18/151), between the Beltline and Raymond Road. Despite the inclement weather this week, crews continue to make strides. Next week, crews will work on paving operations in the Beltline median, between Whitney Way and Verona Road.

Fri
17
Oct

Oregon-Fitchburg rail line gets reactivated


Photos by Kathryn Chew. Jeff Plale, Wisconsin’s commissioner of railroads, speaks about the rebirth of the railroad industry and the impact this will have on the community.

Freight trains will begin operating this month on the rail line that runs through Fitchburg. It will be the first time since 1997 that a freight hauler has used the line.

The Common Council on Sept. 23 approved a temporary licensing agreement with Wisconsin & Southern Railroad so the company can begin using the rail line this fall.

Thu
16
Oct

24-hour plowing planned in county executive’s budget

Public works projects, safety improvements and human services continue to top the list of county budget priorities for this coming year.

Dane County executive Joe Parisi released his 2015 executive budget last Wednesday, with an emphasis on communication systems, road projects, personnel costs and county lands and lakes.

Wed
15
Oct

Council denies billboard appeal

City of Fitchburg Common Council members affirmed a decision to not allow an electronic billboard on McKee Road.

The council held the hearing after Adams Outdoor Advertising appealed a decision by the city’s zoning administrator denying the installation of a 300-square-foot, 30-foot-high electronic sign near 6124 McKee Road. The zoning office had denied the request on June 25 because the sign did not meet city standards.

Tue
14
Oct

Date correction for Shred Day event

A typo on page 6 of the October Fitchburg Star listed the date for the city's Shred Day event as Oct. 15.

The correct date for the event is Saturday, Oct. 25, from 7:30-10:30 a.m.

The Star regrets the error.

Email jeffp@pellitteri.com or felipe.avila@fitchburgwi.gov for more information.

Tue
14
Oct

Capital City Trail reopens

The Capital City Trail has reopened following work to replace a waterway culvert.

A portion of the trail had been closed since Oct. 6 to replace the culvert adjacent to Longford Terrace and reduce flooding issues during heavy rain.

Tue
14
Oct

City hires public works director


Horton

The City of Fitchburg filled a three-month vacancy at the end of September with a new public works director.

The city announced Sept. 11 it had hired Cory Horton as the new department director. Horton replaced longtime director Paul Woodard, who left the city in June for a similar position in the City of Janesville.

Mon
13
Oct

Budget: Increased value means steady mill rate

After four consecutive years of declining tax values, the city’s tax base is back to pre-recession level.

The recent increase during the past two years allows for some flexibility with the 2015 budget, and City of Fitchburg mayor Shawn Pfaff is proposing some wage increases for staff with an emphasis on improving public safety. Pfaff aims to increase wages for paid-on-call firefighters and add another sergeant to the police department.

Mon
13
Oct

Indoor trampoline park coming to King James Way

Fitchburg’s northwest side could soon have an indoor “trampoline park.” 

Mon
13
Oct

Orchard Pointe agricultural plan delayed

A plan to provide some tax relief for the Orchard Pointe developer was tabled earlier this month while t

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