Local News Briefs Wednesday 5/25/16

Three Hurt In Oshkosh Crash

Three people were taken to ThedaCare in Neenah after a two-vehicle crash at Winnebago County Highways A and E Tuesday afternoon. Oshkosh Police are investigating the crash. The intersection was closed due to the crash.

Suspicious Incident In Washington County

Washington County Sheriff’s officials are investigating a suspicious incident that occurred Monday evening about 6:30 at Ackerman’s Grove County Park on County Highway Z in the Town of Polk. Two young girls, ages 9 and 11, told investigators a red or maroon older model minivan approached them. A man in his 60s or 70s driving the van stopped it and held out candy and asked if they wanted any. The girls refused and quickly left the area. The vehicle then left the park. The suspect had grey hair and several days’ growth of facial hair. He was wearing a brown plaid button-down shirt. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department.

FDL City Council Preview

Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue and Firefighters Local 400 will present a check to the American Red Cross during the City Council meeting tonight. The check is from proceeds raised by the Fire Department’s annual brat fry last month. Also during the Council meeting the Council will consider authorizing the acquisition of an easement for the Camelot Trail project, which will be part of the Fond du Lac Bike Loop. The Council meets at 6 p.m. at the City-County Government Center.

FDL Fire And Rescue Has Water Safety Role

The Division Chief of Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue says people may not be aware of their water safety efforts. Troy Haase says that includes talking with lifeguards at City pools to make sure they are on the same page if the department is called for an emergency at one of the pools. He says they also encourage adult supervision of residents are allowing their children to swim in private pools. He says sometimes they are being watched by babysitters, but even those babysitters should make sure their attention isn’t too divided. Haase says their department also has a role when there is a possible drowning; there is a missing boater or capsized boat on Lake Winnebago. Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue also encourages the use of life preservers when someone is out boating or fishing.

Survey On NFDL School District Facilities Being Finalized

North Fond du Lac Schools Superintendent Aaron Sadoff says district residents will have a chance to weigh in on a survey about their long-term facilities needs. He says Bill Foster of School Perceptions has been fine tuning that survey, which will be available to the public in a few months. He says the district has been pretty good about taking care of some their facilities needs without going to referendum such as improvements to the Oriole Athletic Complex. He says enrollment is up quite a bit and they’ve run out of space to house some students. He says the Friendship Learning Center has added 97 students in the past three years and its growing again. He says in two years they retire their referendum debt, which would lessen the impact on taxpayers if a new referendum were passed. He says they could go to referendum next April to build an early childhood through 5th grade facility and other additions.

Ripon TID Will Help Alliance Laundry Systems Expansion

The Ripon Common Council this week approved two resolutions that will help with the creation of future tax incremental finance districts. In fact one will lead to creation of a TID that will aid Alliance Laundry Systems $62.6 million expansion project. City Administrator Lori Rich says one resolution will help create the TID and the other will allow revenue to be shared with a downtown Tax Incremental District that suffered with a failed development. She says the City had actually reached the state maximum on the number of TIDs allowed, but once again they can create those districts and use them as a tool for economic development. Rich says the last step in creating the new TID is for the Joint Review Board to approve it.

Home Sales Up In FDL County Last Month

There was mixed news when it came to housing sales in Fond du Lac County last month. According to the Wisconsin Realtors Association the sales of existing homes were up by 19.5 percent compared to April of 2015. Meanwhile the median price of those homes was down by 6 percent. Year to date home sales are up by 3.8 percent in the County and the price of those homes is up by 6.2 percent compared to a year ago. The WRA says homes sales in the state were up by nearly 9 percent last month and the price of homes by 4.9 percent compared to April of last year.

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FDL Police Pinning Ceremony Thursday

Fond du Lac Police Chief Bill Lamb is inviting community members to witness a “pinning” ceremony for the four newest officers to join the police department. After completing an intensive 17-week field training program, the officers are now ready to join their assigned District and Shift for solo patrol. The ceremony will be on Thursday at 3:30 pm at the Police Department. After a short ceremony, light refreshments will be served. The new officers are Joseph Belisle, Timothy Fischer, Bethany Johnson, and Sandra O’Donnell.

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City Of FDL Holiday Hours

City offices in the Fond du Lac City-County Government Center will be closed next Monday in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The Municipal Service Center will also be closed for all services. There will be no refuse and recycling collection next Monday. Refuse and recycling normally collected on Monday will be collected on Tuesday along with the normal Tuesday collection. The Senior Center and Fond du Lac Public Library will both be closed on Monday, and City Transit Buses will not operate.