Local News Briefs Thursday 10/30/14

Fond du Lac Police have released a few more details about an accident in which a 13-year-old Fond du Lac boy was injured Tuesday night. Grant Corbin was hit by a car while riding his bicycle east on Western Avenue. Twenty-year-old Sarah Rick of Campbellsport was heading south on South Military Road and hit Corbin. Police say Corbin went through a red light and Rick had a green light. Corbin is in serious condition at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee. The accident was reported at 6:14 p.m.

Woman Critical After Washington County Accident

Washington County Sheriff’s officials say a 60-year-old Hartford woman may have been impaired when she drove her SUV through a stop sign and hit a passenger car in the Town of Addison Wednesday morning. The collision happened at the intersection of State Highway 83 and County Highway K. The driver of the passenger car, a 49-year-old Town of Trenton woman, is in critical condition at Froedtert Hospital where she was flown after the crash. The Hartford woman is at Aurora Hospital in Summit with serious injuries. The accident was reported at 8:07 a.m.

Theresa Man Gets Jail Time For Injury Accident

The 18-year-old Theresa man who caused a two-vehicle accident near Allenton that injured eight people has been sentenced to 60 days in jail. Sidney Lehman was sentenced this week in Washington County Court on four misdemeanor counts of reckless driving. He drove his pickup truck through a stop sign on St. Anthony Road in April of 2013 causing the crash. He hit an SUV injuring himself and three juvenile passengers in his car and four others in the SUV.

A Few Big Ticket Items For FDL County Highway Department In 2015

A major County highway project and purchase of a site for a new County Highway garage in Fond du Lac are a few of the big ticket items for the Fond du Lac County Highway Department in the 2015 County Budget. County Executive Al Buechel laid out the budget proposal for County supervisors this week. He says preliminary work for the County Highway I improvement project was done this year. In 2015 $1.6 million is budgeted and in 2016 $1.8 million. He says the highway is in poor condition. The County is also budgeting money for the purchase of land to build a new County Highway garage in Fond du Lac, which eventually will replace the Dixie Street garage. He says the site is near the Highway 151 Bypass and is 37 acres. He says if approved for the 2015 Budget a total of $850,000 would be set aside for that purchase. He says the County Board would still have to approve the purchase early next year. He says the new garage won’t be constructed next year.

Walker On Agriculture

Governor Scott Walker says he realizes the importance of agriculture to the state’s economy. He says his mother grew up on a farm. He says during his term as governor the economic impact of agriculture in the state has grown from $59 to $88 billion. He says agriculture is one of the areas he covers in his 62-page plan for the state at his website. He says it covers keeping the cost down through lower property taxes and tax credits to help farmers and agri-businesses invest more money in their operations. Walker says farms are more efficient, but it’s expensive for the equipment that is needed for farming. He says Wisconsin has strong agencies that protect our clean air, land and water, but we also need to do it in a way that makes it affordable for farmers to continue to farm the family farm.

Not Legal To Burn Leaves In The City Of FDL

Fond du Lac Division Chief of Fire Prevention Troy Haase reminds residents it’s not legal to burn leaves in the City. He says it’s not legal to burn them in your fire pit either. He says it may be permissible in rural areas of the County, but not in the City given the proximity of residences. He says larger wooden items can be burned, but only if get a burning permit from the fire department and they will check first to see if it’s safe. For more information about burning permits and the City’s fire pit ordinance visit the Fire Department’s website.   

Solutions Warming Shelter Opens Saturday

The Solution Center’s warming shelter opens for the season this Saturday. Volunteer help and supplies are needed for the shelter. The warming shelter is open from 6 p.m. until 8 a.m. through March 31st. Karla Breister of the Solutions Center says they need individuals and groups who could provide a meal for up to 17 in the evenings. They also need volunteers for several hours each night from 6 to 10 p.m. to help serve the meals, clean up afterwards and provide company and a listening ear. She says they can always use donations of paper products, personal hygiene items, linens, coats, boots and winter hats and of course monetary donations.The shelter is housed upstairs at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Fond du Lac sleeps 17. To find out more about that donating supplies or money call the Solutions Center at (920) 923-1743.

Registration Deadline For Scrabble Bee Friday

The deadline to register for the 2nd Annual Scrabble Bee in Fond du Lac is this Friday. The Scrabble Bee, which benefits Fond du Lac Literacy Services will be held on Thursday, November 6th at the American Legion Hall. Jamie Fritz is the community outreach person for literacy services. She says they provide one-on-one tutoring at the Fond du Lac and other libraries and in the County Jail for reading, writing, math, financial literacy and English language. Team of four players will compete in two rounds during the Scrabble Bee with a twist during the second round. Ten tiles will be removed, which teams can buy back for $2. The minimum pledge per team is $40, but some teams are sponsored and they need players for those teams in particular high school and middle school students. Teams can register online at the Fond du Lac Public Library’s website.