Thursday, April 24, 2014

4-24-14 dodge county barn fire

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 9:39 PM, Dodge County Central Communications received a report of a fully involved barn fire at W5883 Sun Road, Town of Clyman.  Clyman Fire Department responded and was assisted by the following fire departments:  Reeseville, Lowell, Watertown, Beaver Dam, Horicon, Juneau, Hustisford, Lebanon, Ixonia, Woodland and Neosho.  There were no animals in the barn at the time of the fire and no reports of injuries.   The barn which contained a heating and cooling business was a total loss.  Cause has not yet been determined.  The scene was cleared at approximately 1:30 AM.  Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and DCERT assisted at the scene.

4-24-14 fdl brush fire

On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 7:15 PM the Fond du Lac Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a brush fire in the area of 231 Auburn Street. Upon arrival firefighters found a large brush fire across the railroad tracks from access point, so train traffic was halted while crews worked to extinguish fire.  FDL FD used all-terrain vehicle to extinguish fire and Mount Calvary FD assisted with their brush fire ATV as well. Town of Fond du Lac Fire Department also responded to assist. The cause of the fire is unknown. The Fond du Lac Police Department assisted with traffic and scene control. 

4-24-14 kitchen fire

On Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 5:55 p.m. the Fond du Lac Fire Department responded to a report of  kitchen fire at 189 E. 2nd St.   Upon arrival firefighters met with residents who were safely outside of the house who believed the fire was extinguished.  Crews confirmed the fire was extinguished and checked for extension. There was moderate smoke conditions throughout the house and fire crews assisted with ventilation of the home.  One resident sustained non-life threatening injuries while extinguishing the fire. He was subsequently transported by ambulance to the hospital for further treatment.  Fond du Lac Police assisted with traffic management.  “We urge all residents to comply with Wisconsin law which requires smoke alarms in residential dwellings, said Fire Chief Peter O’Leary.  Each time our fire crews encounter a home without working smoke alarms, we will install new ones free of charge which we did before we left the house.”  Firefighters will be canvassing the neighborhood surrounding the fire on Thursday providing fire safety information to nearby residents.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

4-24-14 fdl council will accept applications to fill vacancy

The Fond du Lac city council will accept applications before making an appointment to fill a council vacancy.  The council discussed the matter  at their meeting Wednesday night.  Dan Manning resigned last month because of a new job.  There is still a year left in his term.  Applications will be accepted through May 2nd.  The council will review the applicants, and bring back a select number of candidates for interviews on May 12th.   The council will make a selection at their May 14th meeting and the new councilmember will be sworn into office at the May 28th council meeting.  Manning was part of a layoff two months ago of  a dozen salaried employees at Giddings and Lewis where he worked as a manufacturing engineer. Manning was the first openly gay member on council.  Councilmembers Miller and Block wanted the council to appoint Mick Burroughs to fill the vacancy after he finished fifth in the voting in the recent spring election.

4-24-14 fdl council approves special use permit for downtown marian nursing school

The Fond du Lac city council has approved a special use permit request for  Marian University’s proposal to locate its Nursing school in downtown Fond du lac.  The University wants to use the second floor of the AC
Nielson building on S. Main Street.  Fond du Lac Community Development Director Wayne Rollin says its great news  for downtown Fond du Lac.  Marian hopes to close on the purchase of the property by June.
Plans call for leasing the first floor to AC Nielson and the School of Nursing and Health Professions would be located on the second floor.

4-24-14 fdl council approves development agreement for rolling meadows senior housing

The Fond du lac city council has approved a development agreement  for a proposal to convert the former Rolling Meadows Nursing home into senior apartments.  The plan calls for 71 apartment units, a pool, activity lounge, fitness center, parking garage and expanded kitchen.  The dining room would overlook the Rolling Meadows golf course.  Community Development Director Wayne Rollin says the senior housing
concept evolved after an earlier attempt to convert the building into a hotel-conference center fell through.  The city council voted in favor of a plan that calls for tax incremental financing for a 10 year period or until payments reach $1 million dollars.  The developer says construction could start this summer with the apartments opening in the summer of 2015.

4-24-14 fdl drug arrests

Fond du Lac police have made ten arrests in the latest drug sweep.  Eight individuals were arrested for delivery of cocaine and two others for heroin delivery.    Police are still looking for eight other individuals.
The drug sweep was the result of an ongoing investigation by the Lake Winnebago MEG unit and Fond du Lac police.