Local News Briefs Thursday 6/11/15

The Fond du Lac City Council Wednesday night approved allowing Fat Joe’s to use a portion of a City parking lot to host the Fondy Junior Football League’s annual fundraiser. Specifically the lot is adjacent to Fat Joe’s. The Council was in favor of the fundraiser, but there were concerns about whether it might affect parking permit holders. In the past it’s been held at the football field, but the JFL doesn’t have permission to use it this year. Councilman Brian Foster noted it’s a fundraiser and an important one for the JFL. He says the JFL is a youth sports program and those associated with it are responsible enough to hold the August 1st fundraiser there. Police Chief Bill Lamb told the Council past fundraisers for the JFL didn’t raise any issues, but this is the first where adults will be served alcohol.

Sheboygan Stabbing

Sheboygan Police arrested a man Wednesday morning for a stabbing that left the victim with a stab wound to his abdomen. Police were called a home shortly after 10:30 a.m. and found the victim, a 41-year-old man. He was taken to Sheboygan Memorial Hospital and transferred to a Milwaukee hospital. He is expected to survive. Police says the incident was isolated and there is no threat to the community.

Slinger Man Charged For Running Vehicle Into Clinic

The 45-year-old Slinger man who drove his Hummer into the waiting room of a Jackson Clinic last Friday morning has been charged with 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety in Washington County Court. A witness said Brett Schemenauer revved the engine before plowing into the clinic. That incident was also the third time in less than a month that Schemenauer was cited for operating while intoxicated. On line court records also show he was cited for driving the wrong way on a divided highway following a May 16th incident. He’s due back in court on the recklessly endangering safety charge in late July.

Waupun Hires Economic Developer

The City of Waupun now has a new economic developer. The common council filled the position at this week’s meeting. Mayor Kyle Clark didn’t release the woman’s name because she still needs to give notice to her current employer. She is expected to start in early August. Clark says the city used to have an economic developer, but the position was cut about ten years ago in favor of a city administrator.  The shifting of responsibilities for a couple city employees are expected to eliminate the need for a city administrator, which would save the city about $30,000 a year.  

Highway 23 Repairs Begin In Sheboygan County Monday

The state’s Department of Transportation tells us pavement repairs on State Highway 23 from County Road P to WIS 32 in Sheboygan County begin next Monday. The project will also include repair work to the interchange ramps at County Road C, State Highway 67, and State Highway 32 and is expected to finish in approximately three weeks. Highway 23 will remain open with flagging operations and/or lane and shoulder closures. Access will be maintained to local businesses and residences throughout the project.

Mission Of Mercy Free Dental Clinic Friday And Saturday In FDL

The oral health program coordinator for Fond du Lac County says this weekend’s Mission of Mercy free dental clinic in Fond du Lac is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Samantha Twohig says the Wisconsin Dental Association only picks out one city each year for the program. She says they are hoping to serve about 1,000 people a day and it’s first come first serve. She says they will provide all-kinds of dental service. That includes cleanings, x-rays, fillings, extractions and oral surgery. It will be held Friday and Saturday at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Expo Center. Doors open at 5:30 each morning, but Twohig says you better be early. She says they have their quota in and accessed by 10 a.m. Interpreters will be available.

Education Needs A Breather

Fond du Lac Schools Superintendent Jim Sebert says if the state legislature adopts new teacher licensing standards as part of the state budget, it won’t change the way the district hires teachers. He says the district’s goal is to hire the absolute most qualified person they can. The new minimum requirements would allow teachers who have a bachelor’s degree who are found proficient in a subject or those who don’t have a degree, but might have a wealth of real-life experience in a subject. He says people wonder about proposing educational requirements as part of a state budget. He says such proposals should be introduced as stand alone bills and debated on their own merit. He says beyond that education in Wisconsin needs a breather just to adjust and do what it does best.

FDL Fire Real Gyros At Walleye Weekend

Just like a lot of organizations and agencies Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue is preparing for Walleye Weekend at Lakeside Park. Division Chief of Fire Prevention Troy Haase says they do keep staff on hand at the park in the event of an emergency cropping up. There will an ambulance and engine, ATV’s and a Captain will be in the command post with police. Haase says he and Chief O’Leary usually inspect the grounds the Thursday of Walleye Weekend and inspect the tents, make sure no smoking signs are posted, and there are extinguishers are charged. He says of course firefighters will also be manning the Firefighters Local 400 booth selling gyros.

Mayville Engineering Named To Top Of FAB 40 List

Mayville Engineering Company, Inc. or MEC has once again been named first on the FAB 40 list of the nation’s largest fabricators which is published by The Fabricator magazine. This marks the fifth consecutive year that MEC has led the list. “We’re honored to once again be named #1 on the FAB 40 list of the largest fabricators,” said Robert Kamphuis, chairman, president and CEO of MEC. The company has extensive operations in Wisconsin with manufacturing facilities in Mayville, Beaver Dam, Neillsville and Wautoma. MEC operates 17 manufacturing facilities that are strategically located near its customers in five states and employs more than 2000 employee shareholders.