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July 19, 2019

6/20/2019 11:22:00 AM
Dodgeville City Council approves Community Camera Project

By Carley Rider
New business for the Dodgeville city council at their regular meeting Tuesday included a community camera project and the Pop-up Town Square, both of which were approved.
The community camera project was brought to the board to help prevent and solve criminal acts within the community. Some occuring acts include vandalism, defacing of property, traffic accidents, and robbery. The system that has been looked into involves two local businesses- MHTC and TC Networks. The overall five year costs of the system would be $159,963.42 which includes a five year support plan. The only other costs to this project would be if there is a decision to install more cameras than the initial amount. The City Police Department believes that having this system would be a catalyst in detaining suspects, such as when Kwik Trip was robbed recently. This system would allow for the department to read license plates, search vehicles, and potentially help assist other departments in finding and tracking vehicles. This system legally cannot be used to track traffic offenses or enforcement. Some locations of the cameras would be in the police department: the evidence entry point and parking lot, inside the library, the intersection of Division Street and Iowa Street, the five point intersection by the Karate Studio, and the intersection of Highway 23 and 18.
With this proposal, there were some issues as how and where the cameras can be placed. These issues will be faced as the project progresses. The project was authorized, with the use of Police Department carryover funds was approved, and the motion carried to pay the down payment of $67,134.66. This project is planned to be completed before the end of summer.
The Pop-up Town Square street use permit motion carried, allowing The Pop-Up Town Square event to take place July 14-21. Some concerns that arose during discussion included some businesses not believing there was enough time to prepare, the length of the activities, first aid, and traffic due to the detour for Highway 151. The plannings of the event had all been tentative, waiting on the approval of the board. When presented to the council, it was stated that this event is not meant to be a seven-day Dodge Fest but a gathering space for the community. The road will be blocked off through the entirety of the event.
Also discussed was the opening of the Gary Comer swimming pool on Saturday, June 8, the building and breaking ground of Prem's Meats, and the potential Farmer's Appreciation parade route- Iowa Street or East Spring Street.
There was also an update on the proposed location of the new library. They will be going through the pros and cons of each location, planning on reaching a decision by Monday.
The council renewed Class 'B" Retailer's Fermented Malt Beverage and Class "B" Intoxicating Liquor License 2019-2020 for the following businesses: Bob's Bitchin BBQ, Dodger Bowl Inc, Jeffrey's House of Foolishness, Duke's Brew Pub and Ale House/Cobblestone Coffee House, The Red Room Inc, Dino's, and Pizza Hut.
Class "A" Retailer's Fermented Malt Beverage and Class "A" Intoxicating Liquor Licenses 2019-2020 were renewed for the following companies: Casey's General Store #3727, Dean's Liquor LLC, Kwik Trip 340, Kwik Trip 765, New Horizons (Mr. T's), Piggly Wiggly Supermarket #403, Walgreens 10962, and Walmart Supercenter #847.
Cigarette and Tobacco Products Retail License renewals include Casey's General Store #3727, Dean's Liquor LLC, Kwik Trip 340, Kwik Trip 765, New Horizons (Mr. T's), Piggly Wiggly #403, Walgreens #10962, and Walmart #847.
Dance License renewals for 2019-2020 include Dodger Bowl, Jeffrey's House of Foolishness, Red Room Bar & Restaurant, Dino's, and Duke's Brew Pub & Ale House/ Cobblestone Coffee House.
Two year Operator Licenses for 2019-2020 were renewed for Ida Mae Beckett, Michael E. Blotz, Alicia Buckingham, Jennifer Christianson, Phyl M. Erickson, Helen Finley, Katelynn Gordon, Barbara Heun-Meudt, Dawn Marie Hughes-Sullivan, Peter Andrew Hyatt, Connie Jo Kosharek, Michael Lenz, Carol Malek, Joshua McCain, Michelle Lee McGauley, Susan Pierce, Carley Peiss, Alaina Pierick, Victoria Portwine, Dean William Rogers, Kathleen Jo Stevens, Lawrence Tremelling, Kelly U'Ren, and Colleen Yapp.
One year Operator Licenses for 2019 were renewed for Doreen Dochnahl, Benjamin Hoffman, Tracy Hofkes, Jocelyn Johnson, Emilee Ann Jones, Jimmy Leon Lang, Carrie Pishon, Adriana Reddell, Brandon Rosenbaum, Bryanna Shuck, and Royce Wehrle.
New two year Operator Licenses for 2019 were approved for Kari Lynn Alexander, Sara Blask, Christopher Coulman, Cammy Hutchison, and Falicia Kellesvig.
New one year Operator License for 2019 was approved for Shelby Rittenhouse.
New two year Operator License for Toni Johnson was approved.
Mobile home park License Renewals 2019-2020 for Martin Mobile Home Park, Slaney Mobile Home Park, and Starr Mobile Home Park. There is one more application coming in.
A temporary Class "B" License for Upland Hills Health Foundation-Sip and Savor- July 13, 2019 was approved.
The 2019 back wages for Pool Maintenance Worker increase of $911 was approved.

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