Local News Briefs Friday 5/27/16

Waupun Referendum Survey Results Released

Waupun Schools Superintendent Tonya Gubin says district officials are quite pleased with the participation in a facilities survey for the upcoming referendum. More than 1,200 people took time to way in on questions in the survey. She says about 56 percent of respondents said they would support the Base Plan for a $36.8 million referendum. The Base Plan has some improvements at each one of the schools. She says two-thirds of those responding (66 percent) feel the best time to do the referendum is in the fall. The debt on the high school referendum will be retired in the next two years and if the referendum is done right the tax impact can be lowered. Gubin says the school board has a lot of trust in the work the Facilities Advisory Committee has done towards a referendum. The committee’s next meeting is at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 6th at the Rock River Intermediate School.

Survey Results

Truck Fire

Fond du Lac firefighters responded to a truck fire behind Holiday Automotive’s Budget Center on North Rolling Meadows Drive Wednesday afternoon. Wood on the back of the truck was on fire. It was pulled off and firefighters put that out and grass that also caught on fire out. The fire call was just before 3:30 p.m.

Green Leaf Man Electrocuted In Accident In New Holstein

New Holstein Police says a 25-year-old Greenleaf man was killed when he was electrocuted while trimming trees Tuesday morning. Michah Gifford was an employee of Nelson Tree service. Police got a call to the 2400 block of Van Buren just before 11:30 that morning for person who was unconscious in a tree. He was trimming a tree on private property. A branch from the tree made contact with a power line. Gifford died at the scene.

Unemployment Rate In FDL County Below Four Percent

Unemployment rates for the City and County of Fond du Lac tumbled below 4 percent last month. According to federal labor statistics the City’s jobless rate was 3.7 percent and the County’s stood at 3.6 percent. Both the City and County had a 4.3 percent unemployment rate in March. Fond du Lac County had the eighth lowest unemployment rate out the state’s 72 counties last month. The state’s unemployment rate for April was 4.4 percent.

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Funding Approved For Project At Wittman Regional Airport

Governor Scott Walker has approved $50,000 for a project to update the existing Airshow Event Layout Plan and Ground Operations Plan at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The funds will be used to plan and coordinate the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture with EAA, Wittman Regional Airport staff, Federal Aviation Administration and Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics. Work began in February and should be completed by July. The project will not disrupt daily airport operations.

Cookie Town More Than Just About Making Cookies

The executive director of the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce says even though the City is losing its last cookie plant they will always be Cookie Town U.S.A. Jason Mansmith says it’s unfortunate Treehouse Foods will be closing the cookie plant this fall, but he says the cookie town image isn’t just about the cookies that are made. He says it’s also about the people who are and have worked for the cookie plants and the contributions they’ve made to the community. Sixty people will be losing their jobs when the cookie plant closes, but Mansmith says with Alliance Laundry Systems $62.6 million expansion and the 200 jobs it will create there will be opportunities for employment.

Salute The Troops Races Saturday

Drivers are being asked to watch out for participants in Salute the Troops 5th Annual Races Saturday in Fond du Lac. Runners will be on City Streets between 7 and 10 a.m. The races start out and end up at Lakeside Park.