Local News Briefs Wednesday 9/4/13

NFDL School Budget

North Fond du Lac School District Superintendent Aaron Sadoff says they are looking at a $537,000 dollar deficit for the 2013-14 District Budget, but he believes they can reduce that by more than $250,000. The school board approved the initial budget this past week. Sadoff says the next step is their annual meeting on Monday, September 9th at 8 p.m. at the District Meeting Room. He says the board won’t give their final approval to the budget until October. He says there may be a possible decrease or leveling in the tax levy.


City Wide Revaluation Begins

The City of Fond du Lac has begun a revaluation of property in the City. Director of Administration Hal Wortman says that the City does a revaluation of property every four years and the last one was in 2010. City Assessor Mike Grota says his firm has done 180 revaluations for other communities. He says the market has changed since 2010 and there has been a downward trend in property values. He says a property’s value depends on location, condition and usefulness. He says they are not expecting values for any individual property to increase or decrease by a large percentage. He says the revaluation process should be completed by late next June.


City Council Candidates

Another name has been added to the list of candidates for the vacant Fond du Lac City Council seat.  Brian Foster’s name has been added to the original list of candidates that included; Nicholas Stoffel, Brian Kolstad, Andrew Land, Christopher Madsen, Mick Burroughs, David Washkoviak, Mark Jurgella, John Piper III, Tanisha Alvarado, Terrance Kraus, Scott Rodman, and Brian Foster.  Vande Zande resigned for the council earlier this year for personal reasons. The council is planning interviews with candidates and could possibly vote on a new member to fill out Vande Zande’s term as early as the September 11th meeting.


Technology Theft In Random Lake

On August 29, 2013 the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Random Lake School District reporting the theft in excess of 500 Apple I pads and Table computers. The reported value is approximately $180,000.00. The investigation indicates an employee of the school district is involved in the theft over a period of time. The investigation is continuing and will be referred to the Sheboygan County District Attorney’s Office after the information needed for the charges has been obtained.  There will be no further release of information. 


Attempted Burglary

The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in identifying a person of interest in an attempted burglary of the MSM mini Mart located at 790 Wolf Road Random Lake. The attempted burglary occurred on August 21, 2013 at approximately 1:00 am. The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office has posted short video and still photos of the subject on its Facebook account. The Facebook account can be found at Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office.  Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 920-459-3114 or Crime Stoppers at 877-283-8436 if they wish to stay anonymus.


Seed Check

(WRN) State ag officials are reminding farmers to check their equipment before harvesting this year and to be sure there are no treated seeds inside. Spokeswoman Donna Gilson says these are special seeds that aren’t meant for human consumption. Seeds treated with insecticides and fungicides are commonly used by farmers to protect seedlings at planting. These seeds are dyed bright colors to differentiate them from untreated seeds and so that farmers and producers can spot them. If they are found in your crops at the mill or silo, the entire load will have to be thrown out.


Tenth Annual Windows Of Opportunity Coming Up

Tickets are still available for Habitat for Humanity’s Windows of Opportunity and Celebration of Hope event Thursday night at the Community Church. It will feature a number of live and silent auction items and repurposed one of a kind efforts made from items from Habitat’s ReStore. Julie Woznick (WOZ-nick) is the president of Habitat’s Board of Directors. She says they’ve gotten plenty of nice donations for the event, which will be from 5 to 8 p.m. that evening. Tickets will be available at the door and are available at the ReStore at 150 South Brooke Street or by calling 921-6623. The cost is $20 per ticket.