KFIZ News Monday 8/1/16

Changes Recommended For Lakeside Park Draft Master Plan

Fond du Lac Public Works Director Jordan Skiff says it could be a few months before the Advisory Park Board is ready to make a recommendation to the City Council about a Draft Master Plan for Lakeside Park. Last week the board decided on a couple of changes. He says they decided to change the years they would recommend doing a second pavilion in the park and a splash pad. They would recommend the splash pad in 2018 and the second pavilion in 2019.  Skiff says the board also wants the option of building a new bigger pavilion on the site of the current pavilion. He says that would involve tearing down the current pavilion. The new pavilion might have a restaurant on the second floor and expanded parking. He says Excel Engineering will work on the recommended changes and bring them back to the Advisory Park Board.

Stop Signs Put In At Ninth And Main

Fond du Lac’s Public Works Department tells us stop signs have been placed at the Main Street and 9th Street intersection. A traffic accident at the intersection damaged the traffic signal system.  Starting today the eastbound lane of 9th Street between Main Street and Linden Street will be closed to allow for repairs. Westbound traffic on 9th Street will remain open to regular traffic. Eastbound 9th Street will be closed for approximately three days. As the repair progresses, one lane of eastbound traffic will be reopened.

NFDL School District Has Projected Budget Deficit

North Fond du Lac Schools Superintendent Aaron Sadoff says they will start the new school year with a projected deficit, but should be able to balance the budget during the year. He says they ended the school year at the end of June with a balanced budget and did it without having to sacrifice their educational offerings. He says they expect about a $150,000 deficit to start the new school year. He says that’s not much given a $15 million budget. He says they are hoping that a favorable enrollment count on the third Friday in September, revenue coming in and savings they will be able to counter that projected deficit.

Mercury And Brunswick Earnings Up In Second Quarter

Mercury Marine and its parent company the Brunswick Corporation both saw net sales and operating earnings increase during the second quarter. According to its second quarter earning report Brunswick had net sales of $1.2 billion, up about $100 million from the second quarter of last year. The Mercury Marine group net sales for the second quarter were nearly $720 million, an increase of over $30 million. Operating earnings increased $7.7 million for Brunswick and $7.2 million for Mercury during the second quarter.

Tech Knowledge College This Week

Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac will hold its popular Tech Knowledge College this week. Moraine Park President Bonnie Baerwald says it runs Tuesday through Thursday. She says it’s a chance to get some hands-on learning experience. She says they tailor it for those in the last few years of middle school sixth through eighth graders. She says typical class offerings would be for those interested in culinary arts, nursing, corrections, and electrical.

Grant Will Help Expand Y Screen Program

The Fond du Lac School District is getting a grant to help fund the Fond du Lac County Y Screen Expansion Project. The project aims to prevent suicide and connect students with mental health problems to critical, timely services. Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is awarding a total of nine grants throughout the state. Each project will get up to $50,000 for two years.