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Wed
19
Jan
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Committee of the Whole Meets

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Committee of the Whole or COW, which is composed of the Middleton Common Council and the Plan Commission, held a meeting Jan. 12 to discuss several topics which could have a major impact on the future direction of the city. The topics covered included holding a referendum to hire additional police officers and city staff, restructuring the city’s public transit system and determining next steps in the development of an airport master plan.

Police Referendum

Fri
07
Jan
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Mehring Pleads Not Guilty on All Charges

MADISON–A Madison man charged with killing two Middleton High School students and a Madison student in a fiery crash last fall, was bound over for trial Jan. 6 on eight felony counts including three counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle.

Eric Mehring, 31, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and Circuit Judge Stephen Ehlke entered not guilty pleas to all charges in his behalf.

In addition to the three homicide counts, Mehring was charged with three counts of second-degree reckless homicide, and three counts of second-degree recklessly endangering safety.

Each homicide conviction carries maximum penalties of 25 years in prison and 10 years for each recklessly endangering safety conviction.

Mehring’s case was transferred to Circuit Judge Ellen Berz and his $75,000 bail was continued.

Sat
01
Jan
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City Council Approves Nearly $3 Million in TIF Agreements, Rejects Freeze on Fossil Fuel Purchases

MIDDLETON–The Middleton Common Council approved two TIF agreements totaling nearly $3 million to assist with a new residential development and a large-scale stormwater management project. The council also rejected a resolution to halt all purchases of fossil fuel vehicles and equipment until a review of the city’s purchase policy is completed but directed city staff to work toward a plan to phase out fossil fuels.

The council approved an agreement for tax increment district (TID) #5 assistance with T5 Real Estate to help cover extraordinary costs at the site of the former Captain Bill's restaurant at 6100 Lake Street.

T5 Real Estate’s finalized building plan was also approved by the council. The developer can now apply for building permits to construct a four story, 65-unit apartment building.

Sat
01
Jan
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Plan Commission Approves Concept Proposals for 50-Unit Apartment, Six Townhomes

MIDDLETON–The City of Middleton Plan Commission approved a concept proposal for a 50-unit apartment building at 6904-6908 Century Ave. The plan commission also approved the concept for a proposal which would construct three two story duplexes at 7107-7109 University Ave. 

Concept approval from the plan commission is not required for development proposals in the city but it gives developers a chance to get preliminary review of a project before creating detailed design and architecture plans needed for a rezoning request or general building plan, termed general implementation plan (GIP).

The concept proposal for the apartment comes from Madison Development Corporation. It calls for a 50-unit building, four story multi-family building stepped back to appear like a three story. 

Sat
18
Dec
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Charge in Wilke Case Reduced

MADISON–A formal charge was filed against Thomas J. Wilke II last week in the death of his grandmother Susan Wilke, who was hit with the door of his car and died on Dec. 2.

He was originally arrested for homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and a 10,000 bond was set at $10,000, but on Dec 8, prosecutors officially charged him with first-degree recklessly endangering safety. The felony charge also carries a use of a dangerous weapon enhancer. The maximum sentence if convicted is up to a $25,000 fine and up to 12 years six months in prison.

His bond was also reduced to $2,500, and stipulations of his release include: restricted from driving a motor vehicle, no contact with descendants of Susan Wilke and staying away from her residence.

Sat
18
Dec
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'M' Sign Becomes Eagle Scout Project & Community Project

MIDDLETON–Middleton Common Council Adler Emily Kuhn asked the City of Middleton to work on refreshing the “Welcome to the City of Middleton” sign, located at Branch Street and University Avenue three years ago. The pandemic delayed the plan, but Kuhn recently took up the project again and began working on the sign.

As Kuhn began the design, BSA Troop 140 member Devon Noak was taking up replacement of the giant “M” sign for his Eagle Scout project.

Mon
13
Dec
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Sustainable U in Middleton

Sustainable U in Middleton

Sat
11
Dec
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Middleton Grad's Podcast Finalist in iHeartRadio Competition

RICHMOND, VA–Middleton High School graduate Derek Hoot (’13) began his wheelchair career in Wisconsin, and now plays Men’s Division II basketball for SportAble in Richmond, VA.

Hoot’s latest endeavor is a podcast called “PUSH: Wheelchair Basketball,” which has quickly grown in popularity. 

“I wanted to provide a platform for wheelchair basketball players and coaches to share their accomplishments and stories. During my time playing at the University of Illinois, as well as Jordan and Germany, I met so many talented athletes with stories of overcoming adversity and thought, ‘why isn’t there any sports media dedicated exclusively to these kinds of stories?’ At that time, I had been listening to lots of NBA Podcasts like All the Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, or Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum, so I already had an intimate player-to-player interview format to model after,” he explained.

Fri
10
Dec
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Airport to Seek Federal Funds to Offset Cost of Unleaded Fuel Tank

MIDDLETON–The Airport Commission is looking to Congress for $300,000 to add a tank for unleaded aviation fuel and acquire the existing fuel facilities at the Middleton Municipal Airport Morey Field.

Last month, the commission recommended that the Middleton Common Council “hold tight” on going ahead with plans to offer unleaded fuel at the airport but instead they allocated $30,000 for engineering fees associated with the project.

Since then, the commission received a $16,070 proposal from a Milwaukee-area engineering firm for installation of a 12,000-gallon double-walled tank. At their Dec. 3 meeting the commission conditionally recommended that the common council approve it.

“Owning the fuel farm is required for the city to do modifications necessary to add unleaded aviation fuel,” Davis wrote last week.

The insurance cost that would accompany the city’s ownership of the fuel farm would be about $4,000 annually, Davis wrote.

Fri
10
Dec
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Mehring Preliminary Hearing Set for January

MADISON–A Jan. 6 preliminary hearing was set this week for the man accused of killing three teens in a Middleton car crash in October.

The Dane County District Attorney will present evidence it believes shows there is probable cause for Eric Mehring, 30, of Madison, to be tried on homicide and endangering safety charges.

A trial date is expected to be set then.

Mehring posted $75,000 cash bail and has been released on supervision.

He was charged with three counts each of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and second-degree reckless homicide, as well as two counts second-degree recklessly endangering safety. If convicted, he faces a lengthy prison term.

According to authorities, On Oct. 2, Mehring, drove his 2016 Jaguar into the back of Chevrolet Cruze that the three teens were in. Two Middleton High School students, John “Jack” Miller and Evan Kratochwill, along with a Madison West High School student Simon Bilessi, died in the crash.

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