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10/11/2019 11:32:00 AM
City of Dodgeville proclaims Fire Prevention Week

By Kasi Greenwood
At Tuesday's city council Mayor Todd Novak read a proclamation to council members highlighting Fire Prevention Week which is October 6-12.
Although this is done every year, the proclamation read by Novak provided some statistics from the National Fire Protection Association. In the proclamation, it states that home fires killed 2,630 people in 2017 in the U.S. and that U.S. Fire Departments respond to 357,000 home fires each year.
Novak read, "when the smoke alarm sounds City of Dodgeville residents may have less than two minutes to escape to safety and whereas City of Dodgeville residents that have planned and practiced a home fire escape plan are more prepared and will therefore be more likely to survive a fire."
Council members approved the reading of the annual proclamation.
Dodgeville Chamber of Commerce Director Beth Mikrut Gilles came forth to request donations for the Holiday Memorial Tree Lighting. For the last two years, the Chamber of the Commerce has been putting lights in the pocket park at the Iowa County Courthouse, and families can sponsor a string of lights in rememberance to their loved ones. Gilles would like to light up Iowa Street, which is Dodgeville's "Main Street."
Gilles has taken pictures of the Iowa County Courthouse tree to send back to Traditions Light Company, based in Middleton, for a budget and projected prices are to be determined.
Council members agreed to table any action until the next council meeting.

In other Chamber Business, council members approved a Wine Walk Temporary B License for October 18, 2019, and a Street Use Permit for the Chamber of Commerce's Trunk or Treat Block Party that takes place October 26, 2019.
In other city council business:
-Council members approved a CDBG Grant for Administration and Engineering .

-Council members approved to accept bids for Pipe and Manhole Rehabilitation Bids.
-Council members approved to apply for a New Transportation Multimodal Local Supplement (MLS) Grant.
-Council members approved a new one year operator's license for Mikeal Mosley
-Council members approved claims as read by Alderperson Mike Borne
-Council members approved applying for a grant that allows upgrading of election machines to maintain election security.
-In open session, council members approved the 2020 wages for all salaried and hourly employees.
The next regularly scheduled meeting is on the calendar for Tuesday October 15 at 5:30 p.m.

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