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April 24, 2019

3/28/2019 11:04:00 AM
Dodgeville City Council receives greenlight to handle Main Street house
Dodgeville City Council was finally able to take action on a house that has been deemed unsafe for some time.
On Tuesday, the council approved a raze order for a house at 309 North Main Street in Dodgeville that has been deemed unfit for habitation. The building was inspected by the building inspector who recommended the razing.
The order to raze takes effect upon service of the notice and must be completed in 30 days. The order includes returning the property to a dust and erosion free condition.
Also included is an order to remove personal property. If the city is forced to remove it there will be a charge for storing anything of value
and anything not of value will be destroyed.
There is a provision for appeal which must be done within 30 days of service. The appeal must be made through the court system and must be in the form of a restraining order.
The city can also go through the courts to force razing if the order is not complied with voluntarily.
Public Works Director Greg Lee informed council members that he met with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) on Monday. The DOT is looking to start a construction project for the north and southbound exit ramps in Dodgeville, fixing long time deteriorations. Lee presented council members with the DOT's plan on which ramp will start, as well as how it will affect traffic flow. The project could start as early as April or May. A detailed press release will be given in the next issue of the Dodgeville Chronicle, explaining more.
Iowa County Extension Agent Barry Hottmann, Dodgeville of Chamber Commerce Beth Mikrut, and Economic Development Specialist Steve Genoway gave council members a presentation about a potential pop-up concept. It would involve creating temporary pop-up spaces in downtown Dodgeville for a week.
"It would allow for some community gathering space," Hottmann said. "An opportunity for people to gather and mingle and have some opportunity for different activities and events within the city."
It is still in the concept and planning stages, and the team said that they are open to any suggestions from the public. Council members approved giving $5,000 towards helping the planning process continue. A more detailed description about the pop-up will be in an upcoming issue.
Mayor Todd Novak mentioned that a council member position on the Housing Committee had yet to be filled. Council member Tom DeVoss volunteered to fill that position, replacing past member Mark James after his resignation last year. Council members approved the council member appointment.
City Clerk Treasurer Lisa Riley mentioned that absentee ballots began on Monday, and eight individuals have casted ballots as of press time. She also mentioned that Clint Johnson is the new replacement for Cvikota, the system used by the city for billing.
In other city council business:
-Council members approved a Street Use Permit for Red Room Bar and Restaurant pertaining to the Dodgeville Fire Department Dance set for June 21 and 22, 2019.
-Council members approved a Temporary Class "B"/"Class B" License for Dodgeville Area Chamber of Commerce Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship at Harris Park/Ley Memorial on April 27, 2019.
-Council members approved a Temporary Class "B" Retailer's License for the Dodgeville Area Chamber of Commerce's Second Annual Chamber of Commerce Softball Tournament at Wilson Park, for July 13 and 14, 2019.
-Council members approved a Temporary Class "B" Retailer's License for the Dodgeville Area Chamber of Commerce's DodgeFest for August 17, 2019.
-Council members approved the decision to use RecDesk Government Portal Online Payment System.
-Council members approved Eric Friedrich's retirement from the City's Water Department
-Council members granted permission to fill the water department vacancy, that would replace Friedrich after his retirement.

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