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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Mailbag: Vinehout: Looking Back--Looking Forward

Looking Back ~ Looking Forward As we say good-bye to 2012, it’s good to reflect on the old year and the opportunities and challenges in the New Year. Looking back, 2012 was the "Year of the Mine". The overwhelming reason constituents contacted me was to express thoughts about mining. Almost half of all contacts I received were related to mining. Concerns were split evenly between sand mining and metallic mining. People expressed strong opinions about metallic mining. Three quarters of those who contacted me opposed legislation to rewrite the metallic mining law. Folks were concerned about the environment, protecting the interests of the tribes and the effect of mining on tourism. One quarter of people who wrote supporting changes in the mining law were mainly concerned about jobs. Of those who wrote to express an opinion about sand mines, 97% were opposed to sand mines. For every person who wrote expressing an opinion, almost three people wrote requesting specific assistance with a mine in their neighborhood. My office assisted many with concerns about some aspect of sand mines; including community residents, county board members, town officials, school board members and sand mine owners. Road access, traffic, proximity of mines to a school, DNR permits, air and noise pollution, and water table testing were some of the concerns we addressed. Many people call my office for assistance with problems related to government. The most common reason people call is related to Social Security. On problems with federal programs, my staff and I work closely with Congressman Ron Kind and his staff. They are quick to help me navigate the federal bureaucracy in the service of local people. Other issues people call to request assistance include child custody, child support, energy assistance, unemployment insurance and Food Share. Often people call about health issues. People need help with BadgerCare, Family Care and the state’s high risk insurance known as HIRSP. Access to affordable health care, especially for small business and people who buy insurance on their own remains at the top of the list for many in the 31st district. I will re-introduce my bill to establish a state-run health exchange to bring real relief to businesses and those facing rising health insurance costs. Protecting BadgerCare and solving the problems in Family Care and Medicaid are concerns of your neighbors because so many depend on these programs. Business owners and managers call with needs related to expansion and new business development. I assisted with economic development grants and helped resolve problems with the state DNR and DOT offices. As a result of this work, we have a new radio station in Durand and many new infrastructure projects throughout the district. The financial health of our schools is on minds of many constituents. Nearly everyone who contacted me about education is concerned about money for local schools and opposed to an expansion of the charter and voucher programs, especially the expansion of vouchers to special education students. The special education voucher program and the independent charter school expansion will likely reappear before the Education Committee of which I am a member. The Governor may also add an expansion of the voucher program in the state budget. Soon, I will meet with representatives from the Governor’s office and continue to meet with other Legislators as we work to find some common ground on school finance reform. As I work to change the school funding formula to better assist our schools, I will also play defense to stop new proposals that syphon off dollars that should go to our already struggling schools. In addition to schools, rumors in the Capitol are that mining will take front and center early next year as some push the Assembly version of the iron ore mining bill. I will work on several bills to assist residents and local officials as they seek to find harmony between sand mines and their neighbors. All this effort would not be possible without the dedicated work of my staff: Benjamin Larson, Joel Nilsestuen and Linda Kleinschmidt. The 31st district is also blessed with the help of two talented interns: Rachel Lerman and Laura MacCallum. Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year. If you know someone who would like to be added to this distribution list, please let us know. If you wish to unsubscribe from this newsletter, reply with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line Sen.Vinehout@legis.wisconsin.gov State Capitol Room 316 South - P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707-7882 Toll Free: (877) 763-6636 or (608) 267-2871

Monday, December 24, 2012

Fear of Rising Milk Prices freaks out Normal, Mn.: FICTION

Just got the text from Normal, Mn. that if the Fiscal Cliff is not resolved, milk prices might skyrocket...OMG.....this may be the chance for normal Americans to regain their health...but...wait....regular Americans are accustomed to the non soy, non almond regular milk and they might feel deprived if they were allowed to live a healthy life on an alternative..OMG....

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Mailbag:stocking stuffer: book by Wireman

It occurs to me that I have never suggested that you all buy my book but many of you and your friends would find it interesting and useful. It is readable. Connecting the Dots: Government,Community and Family connectingdots.us You can buy the e-book version for $15 hardcover is more. This is the link to the book : http://www.transactionpub.com/title/Connecting-the-Dots-978-1-4128-0730-2.html This is the link to the eBook of the hardcover: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=JpI7vovR2YsC they may be cheaper at google books or amazon There is also a how-to-do it guidebook. JOHN NICHOLS SAID “A politically savvy yet relentlessly optimistic public intellectual, [Wireman] keeps imploring us to look beyond a failed status quo to the future that might yet be ... faith in facts rather than fantasy.” — from the foreword by John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation — CONGRESSMAN TAMMY BALDWIN SAID “Peggy Wireman…. reminds us…that as Americans we are called to care about the common good, which means working for the many, not just the privileged few. Through powerful illustrations [Wireman] brings to light that the American dream is in serious need of renewed commitment.” OTHER COMMENTS FROM MADISON “[A] must read for practitioners and students who wish to explore, better understand and engage in a dialogue on race on a personal and policy level.” — Marc Herstand, Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter ““[I] recommend this book to staff working with neighborhoods...solutions which are not top-down solutions but ones which involve people in activities that affect their lives...” – Enis Ragland, former Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Madison, WI “ “[S]hows that creating strong families demands both neighborhood actions and solid government policy and financial commitment.” — Hannah Rosenthal, Executive Director, Chicago Foundation for Women “...a real focus on the bread-and-butter concerns of the average family.” — Kathleen Falk, County Executive, Dane County, WI

Fighting Bob - GarveyBlog - Boehner must go

Fighting Bob - GarveyBlog - Boehner must go

Friday, December 21, 2012

Mailbag: Kathleen Vinehout Writes Re Audit Watchdogs

Holidays Don't Slow State's Chief Watchdogs Most of us spend the weeks before Christmas putting the finishing touches on our holiday celebrations. But, just like Santa’s elves, staff at the Legislative Audit Bureau was busily working to put the finishing preparations on new audit reports. The holidays don’t slow the state auditors of the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) who serve as the state’s chief watchdogs. Auditors in both the financial and program evaluation departments work overtime to complete audits that help legislators and the people of the state understand state finance and programs. We often ask the question, “How well is the program working?” But far too often we can’t find the answers. Agencies frequently don’t take the time or spend the money to collect data on the effectiveness of programs. So data is limited; questions go unanswered. Year after year, Republican or Democratic administrations spend state money on programs that are not working as well as they should. For example, easily accessible data was not available on mental illness and addictions among prisoners. The court orders treatment in prison upon sentencing a prisoner; but many prisoners are released without receiving adequate court-ordered treatment. A report by the audit bureau helped us understand the extent of the problem of addiction and mental illness among prisoners. New reports about retired state workers being rehired and the year-end financial audit shine light on practices that may affect the state’s pension system and fiscal health of the state. Other reports dig deep into troubled state programs including the state’s economic development efforts and the former food stamp program known as “Food Share.” Recent hearings also brought to light progress made and new efforts needed in the state’s Medicaid and Family Care programs which were both subjects of earlier audits. As a long-time member of the Joint Committee on Audit, I recognize the quality of work done by our audit bureau staff. As Co-Chair this year I was pleased to acknowledge the bureau staff for their latest achievement. The National State Auditors Association recently recognized the staff in our Legislative Audit Bureau as among the best in the nation. The team of outside reviewers, composed of government auditing professionals from other states and the federal government, reviewed selected financial audits and found the work of the LAB financial auditors merited a “clean opinion” for its system of quality control. In the language of auditors this is high praise. This recognition proves the work of the Audit Bureau can be trusted to provide the nonpartisan financial and program evaluation we need to make difficult policy and budget decisions. The Audit Bureau has a long history of excellence. The bureau was created in 1965 and has won many national awards. The Audit Bureau works every day to provide the Legislature with information and assurance that financial transactions and management decisions are made effectively, efficiently, and in compliance with state law. Every report and the follow-up made in response to the report are available on the Bureau’s website at http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/lab. Auditors also operate a hotline to report fraud, waste and abuse in state government. Anyone can use the hotline. State employees who use the hotline are protected by one of the strongest “whistle-blower” laws in state government. The number to call is 1-877-FRAUD-17 or 1-877-372-8317. The work of the professionals at the Audit Bureau provides us with expert, accurate and objective analysis. The information aids us as we make critical decisions about the functioning and funding of state government. I send many thanks to the staff at the Audit Bureau and all our other workers who toil in the public’s interest. As you prepare for this joyous season, rest assured the auditors of the Legislative Audit Bureau will be hard at work as the watchdogs of state government. Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year to all! Senator Vinehout will be stepping down as Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Audit at the end of this year because of the change in party control. She will continue her work in overseeing the efforts of the Legislative Audit Bureau as Ranking Minority Member of the Committee. If you know someone who would like to be added to this distribution list, please let us know. If you wish to unsubscribe from this newsletter, reply with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line Sen.Vinehout@legis.wisconsin.gov State Capitol Room 316 South - P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707-7882 Toll Free: (877

Thursday, December 20, 2012

"19-plus inches of snow in Madison area" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"19-plus inches of snow in Madison area" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Sheriff's office issues travel warning" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Sheriff's office issues travel warning" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

Mailbag: Wireman: On guns

Peggy Wireman: As guns kill kids, we cut resources Dear Editor: We grieve for the 20 children killed last week but ignore the fact that on an average day 11 children and youth are slain using firearms. For those aged 1 to 24, firearms kill more than cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Every day another six use firearms to commit suicide. What is our national and state response? New laws permitting concealed guns in schools, bars, churches and day care centers. Passing stand-your-ground laws. To cut taxes, politicians want to cut pay for and numbers of police and teachers. Budget cuts mean fewer community police, school nurses, social workers, special education teachers working with problem children, fewer resources for domestic violence prevention, mental health diagnosis and treatment, especially Medicaid users. Before the funerals are over, another 20 young people will die but we will not notice. Their deaths occur not as shocking mass murder but part of normal daily life. Peggy Wireman Monona Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/mailbag/peggy-wireman-as-guns-kill-kids-we-cut-resources/article_48b5b0da-e2ea-5a94-930e-a88822dac170.html#ixzz2FcYLtwDU http://tinyurl.com/cy9386s http://bit.ly/UJzqqf ©2012 Wireman & Associates | 4001 Monona Dr, Madison WI 5371

Janesville - Rock County: Video: Janesville Media Forum With Sly

Janesville - Rock County: Video: Janesville Media Forum With Sly: Good stuff! Youtube Video Source Video forwarded by Rock County Progressives. Thanks to Sly & Vicki S for recording! Be sure to also c...

Video: (1 of 3) Fr. Dooley's Christmas Story

Video: St. Paul's Church: Christmas 2008: A Classic Christmas story by Fr. Kevin Dooley

Video: (2 of 3) Christmas 2008: Fr. Dooley's Christmas Story

Video: (2 of 3) St. Paul's Church, Evansville, Wi; Fr. Kevin Dooley's Classic Christmas Story.

Video: (3 of 3) Christmas 2008: Fr. Kevin Dooley's Story

Video: (3 0f 3): St. Paul's Church: Evansville, Wi.; Fr. Kevin Dooley's Classic Christmas Story.

http://www.gazettextra.com/weblogs/latest-news/2012/dec/19/fatality-reported-crash-highway-11-east-footville/

http://www.gazettextra.com/weblogs/latest-news/2012/dec/19/fatality-reported-crash-highway-11-east-footville/

Monday, December 17, 2012

Markets: Battle Breaks out as Apple nears $500...

Today as Apple stock opened on the New York Stock Exchange, it approached $500 and a flurry of buying came in....it was a battle between the bulls and bears, or if not bears, just folks selling to get their capital gains into the 2012 tax year. One pundit on Wall Street was saying that it was hard to even get a cab ride where every cabbie on earth was not talking about Apple...it was the buzz topic....

http://www.gazettextra.com/weblogs/latest-news/2012/dec/16/wis-records-show-1-8-register-voting-day/

http://www.gazettextra.com/weblogs/latest-news/2012/dec/16/wis-records-show-1-8-register-voting-day/

" Gov. Walker considers freezing UW System tuitions" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

" Gov. Walker considers freezing UW System tuitions" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A bit on School Security

At least five years ago, Evansville Schools reviewed the entrance to schools, and in the thorough discussion, changes were made at the middle school, and in the discussion of the high school the prospects for a controlled entrance were discussed, and dismissed due to cost....however..in the sobering discussion...it was always envisioned in the event of a hostile intruder, the school staff would have to step up to be the heroes...and it is stunning in the current case in Conn. that the teachers did just that...the courage of these teachers was stunning...I salute them...and honor them....

Waiting for your Libor refund?

As a consumer, you may be waiting for a refund for the overcharging for the interest rate misstatement in your mortgage or refinancing during the past ten year---relax....ever since 1980's it has been the practice of governmental entities to extort penalties out of private enterprise for violations and then forget the victims,....namely the citizens...so for all of you folks that were victims of overcharging due to the LIBOR scandal, please do not get excited that you will be reimbursed for your pain....only the government will rejoice in the settlement....ditto for the victims of the similac incident in Minnesota---that goes back to the 1980's and I and other parents are still waiting...

Friday, December 14, 2012

Mailbag: Mayors against Illegal Guns

My heart aches for the families of Newtown, Connecticut. We need to reach out to the loved ones of those who were murdered and to the community that has been shattered. We need to let them know that they are in our thoughts and our prayers, and that we are ready to do what it takes to make sure a tragedy like this never happens again. Share your personal message of condolence with the families of Newtown, Connecticut. I've heard a lot of promises from politicians since my daughter was murdered in Tucson, Arizona, including President Obama. But I am still waiting for them to act. And I'm not alone in my frustration. As horrible as it sounds, mass shootings have become common in our country, and 34 Americans are murdered with guns every single day. That means 48,000 people will be murdered with guns in the president's next term. Yet our broken laws remain broken, and our leaders have yet to step forward with a plan to end gun violence. We need to make sure today's terrible tragedy is the last of its kind. We need to make a promise to ourselves and demand action from our leaders. Please join me in sharing your feelings -- and your promise -- with those who have lost so much: www.demandaplan.org/condolences Thank you for your support, Roxanna Green

Thursday, December 13, 2012

http://talesfromnormal.blogspot.com/2012/12/fishermen-predict-end-of-republican.html

http://talesfromnormal.blogspot.com/2012/12/fishermen-predict-end-of-republican.html

http://www.gazettextra.com/weblogs/latest-news/2012/dec/13/baldwin-be-senate-budget-aging-committees/

http://www.gazettextra.com/weblogs/latest-news/2012/dec/13/baldwin-be-senate-budget-aging-committees/

Wonderful News---this is a fit assignment for a representative that has been responsive to health needs of citizens locally.

Mailbag: Wireman: Dems Party....Dems train

DANE DEMS HOLIDAY PARTY SUNDAY Don't forget our Holiday Party coming up this Sunday from 2:00-4:00PM at the Cardinal Bar (418 E Wilson, Madison). As always, this promises good food, good cheer and great company. We hope you can a part of this. SATURDAY GET TRAINED FOR RUNNING OR WORKING IN SPRING ELECTIONS !This coming Spring promises to be big for the Dane Dems. We are looking to run the largest slate ever of candidates for local offices - and we want you to be a part of it. If you ever thought of running for office or helping out candidates as a campaign manager, you have an opportunity to learn at our candidate/campaign manager training this Saturday from 9:00-11:00AM at the DPW offices at 110 King Street in Madison (above Ancora Coffee). Dane County Board Chair and Clerk-Elect Scott McDonell will lead the session for candidates and I will lead the session for campaign managers. For more information and to sign up, go to http://www.facebook.com/event

Friday, December 07, 2012

http://www.gazettextra.com/weblogs/latest-news/2012/dec/07/state-department-admin-wants-478k-renovation-kitch/

http://www.gazettextra.com/weblogs/latest-news/2012/dec/07/state-department-admin-wants-478k-renovation-kitch/

Mailbag: Vinehout: "Let's Be Tough on Criminals and Smart on Crime"

Let's be Tough on Criminals and Smart on Crime “I’m an alcoholic,” the man told a large audience in Eau Claire. “I was sentenced to 6 years in prison for my fifth drunk driving offense.” He served his time but relapsed after prison. The construction worker continued his story, “I got into the Chippewa Valley Veterans Court. I’m sober. I’m a home-owner and I have a well-paying job.” “Thirty years ago Wisconsin was tough on crime,” he said. “Wisconsin is now tough on criminals, but smart on crime.” The Eau Claire man was a graduate of one of our local “problem solving” courts. Western Wisconsin is a state leader in creating alternative courts. These courts take a different approach to drug addicts, alcoholics and other nonviolent criminals. Using an evidence-based, comprehensive, carrot and stick methods, judges and court officials found success where traditional incarceration failed. Problem solving courts are only an option for individuals who are not a danger to the health and well-being of our society. The California-based Human Impact Partners released a lengthy report on Wisconsin’s alternative courts. The study was a collaborative work with WISDOM, a statewide faith-based organization. Local chapters across the state, including AMOS and JONAH, are working to increase Wisconsin’s investment in Treatment Alternative and Diversion (TAD) court programs. The program began with funding I supported in the 2007-09 state budget. That investment in local problem solving courts produced results that received high marks by researchers. For example, while almost half of offenders in Wisconsin end up back in prison, in La Crosse County only 4% of their OWI court graduates were rearrested. La Crosse also experienced a 47% drop in third time drunk driving arrests. Many people with substance abuse problems have underlying mental health problems. The Eau Claire Mental Health Court focus on controlling mental illness as an approach to reduce criminal behavior. The Human Impact Partners evaluation reported Eau Claire addicts had “marked improvement” in symptom control, which led to sustained sobriety. The state Department of Corrections estimates that 70% of prisoners have substance abuse addictions. The Human Impact Partners study reported that drug and alcohol use accounted for 80% of prison population growth since 1996. With a total budget of over $ 2.2 billion state dollars, lawmakers are looking for ways to trim those costs. Almost half of prison inmates come from and return to Milwaukee County. But the good news is Milwaukee’s crime rate decreased by 23% since 2007 when Milwaukee’s TAD program went into effect. Community policing, inmate screening and diversion programs like TAD can be credited. The effects of incarceration go far beyond the prisoners who struggle with higher unemployment, depressed wages, and high risk of suicide, drug use and homelessness. Nearly half of Wisconsin’s prisoners are parents. Almost 7% of all African American children have a parent in prison. Families left behind are more likely to experience hardship and need public assistance. Almost 8 out of 10 women in prison provided most of the care for their children. One study showed 70% of young children with a mother in prison experienced emotional or psychological problems. Children of inmates have double the risk of depression, are more likely to have attention disorders and below average school performance. They are 44% more likely to show aggressive behavior at school. Children with a father in prison are more likely to start using drugs earlier and use more drugs. They are more likely to be expelled or drop out of school. One study that compared boys under age 10 without a father at home, found half of the boys with a father in prison were convicted of a crime as an adult compared to a quarter of the other fatherless boys with similar backgrounds. Wisconsin spends a lot on prisons. We incarcerate more than twice as many people as Minnesota with roughly the same crime rate and a similar population. The average annual cost of the drug courts is $7,551. The cost of keeping a well- behaved prisoner is over $30,000. Only seven counties have some form of drug court. In 2010 only one percent of the non-violent offenders in these counties participated in the alternative court programs. Faith-based groups support statewide expansion of alternatives to prison. Let’s be smart about crime and join their effort. If you know someone who would like to be added to this distribution list, please let us know. If you wish to unsubscribe from this newsletter, reply with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line Sen.Vinehout@legis.wisconsin.gov State Capitol Room 316 South - P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707-7882 Toll Free: (877) 763-6636 o

Nicole Sidoff selection for Community Development Director on Tuesday

On the agenda for the Evansville Common Council on Tuesday night is the employment agreement between the City and Nicole Sidoff. Here is a section of her background on Linkedin: Experience Board Member Milwaukee Audubon Society January 2012 – Present (1 year) Assist in planning and promoting annual Natural Landscapes Conference. Community Resource Development Educator University of Wisconsin June 2008 – Present (4 years 7 months) Build the capacity of economic partners, small business owners, and entrepreneurs including: Collaborate with Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Ozaukee Economic Development Corporation (OED), and local chambers of commerce to develop the first leadership program in Ozaukee County. Craft curriculum, find speakers and locations, promote the program, create community service projects, and facilitate sessions. Partner with the Small Business Development Center SBDC to host First Steps to Starting a Business and Entrepreneur Training Program courses. Serve as program planner and site coordinator for Revitalizing Wisconsin's Downtowns webinar series. Facilitate government, economic development, and business professionals learning about and discussing issues facing downtowns. Develop and implement ongoing business education programs, including property purchase and lease negotiation strategies, impacts of concealed carry, demographic trends and projections, and general business resources. Serve as Economic Development Director for Saukville Chamber of Commerce. Design and implement annual member survey and provide on-going small business education for Chamber members. Develop annual economic indicator report for OED to assist in goal setting and benchmarking. Conduct economic impact analysis of Ozaukee Interurban Trail, including Trail user intercept and business surveys, and business owner focus groups. Collaborate with multiple local and State agencies on analysis. Present findings at Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) national conference Group XIV Fellow Leadership Wisconsin April 2010 – July 2012 (2 years 4 months) Planning Intern Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department November 2006 – May 2008 (1 year 7 months) Composed inventory and element chapters of comprehensive plans for fourteen municipalities participating in the multi-jurisdictional comprehensive planning process. Conducted statistical analysis of agricultural land to prioritize parcels for farmland for preservation. Designed comprehensive planning displays and educational materials for public informational meetings and events.

Nov 2012: Administration Duties noted

Ed.note: This is a section of the November, 2012 Common Council Minutes:) (1). Discussion on Administration Office including the draft City Administrator/Finance Director position description, changes to City Code, and the proposed updated organization chart. Many duties of the combined position will be delegated to the Community Development Director and to the current office staff. Wietecha reported that the city received 20 applications for the Community Development Director position. The selection panel will consist of Mayor Decker as chair of the Plan Commission, Jim Brooks as chair of the Economic Development Committee, Mason Braunschweig as Council President, Paul Benjamin from the Rock County Planning Department, Dave Olsen from Baker Manufacturing, and himself. Interviews will be conducted after Thanksgiving.

"Parishes excluded from archdiocese bankruptcy" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Parishes excluded from archdiocese bankruptcy" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

"Prosecutor: Man arrested for drunk driving 21 times in 30 years" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Prosecutor: Man arrested for drunk driving 21 times in 30 years" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

I and E Club Meets December 12th

How to Own Your Own Business Dec. 12th Evansville Area Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club Meeting Starting your own business can raise many questions such as the following: Should I start a business during these tough economic times? How can I get financing? What are the inherent risks of a franchise, resale or start-up business model? Joan and Rick Huedepohl can help aspiring business owners answer these tough questions. With over 25 years of prior business ownership and general management experience, Joan and Rick have become intermediaries and advisors to numerous businesses. Their personal experience with business operation during these challenging economic times, as well as the financial effects of the current economy, help them identify the unique challenges (and opportunities) of today’s business environment. Not only have Rick and Joan helped numerous business owners buy and sell their own businesses but, as franchise owners of The Entrepreneur’s Source since 2008, they have also helped guide individuals through franchise model research and self-employment. Rick and Joan will be presenting Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the upcoming meeting of the Evansville Area Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club. The I&E Club meets every month at Creekside Place, 102 Maple St., Evansville. Club meetings begin at 6:30 p.m., and are always free and open to the public thanks to monthly meeting sponsors and donations. This upcoming meeting’s sponsor is Sue Nettum and The Artful Gourmet in Evansville. The Artful Gourmet is one of Evansville’s newest retail shops located at 16 W. Main St. and offers culinary delights, gizmos and gadgets, plus unique gifts ranging from trendy to traditional. Sue is also willing to share recipes and tips on how to impress dinner guests when you entertain at home. The Artful Gourmet’s holiday store hours are Monday – Friday, 11 am - 8 pm, Saturday, 9 am - 6 pm and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm. To find out more about I&E Club, contact Sue Berg at 608-882-0986 or suebergsolutions@gmail.com. You may also go to www.linkedin.com and search under “groups” for Evansville Area Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club.

Agenda:Finance:12/6/2012

NOTICE: The regular meeting of the Finance and Labor Relations Committee for the City of Evansville will be held on the date, time and place stated below. Notice is further given that members of the City Council might be in attendance. Finance and Labor Relations Committee Regular Meeting Thursday, December 6, 2012, 5:30 p.m. City Hall, 31 S. Madison Street, Evansville, WI AGENDA 1. Call to order and roll call. 2. Approval of Agenda. 3. Motion to waive the reading of the minutes of the November 8, 2012, regular meeting and to approve as printed. 4. Citizen appearances other than agenda items listed. 5. Motion to accept the City and Water & Light bills as presented. 6. Unfinished Business: A. Discussion: Administration Office. 1) Draft: City Administrator / Finance Director position description. 2) Draft: organization chart update. 3) Update: Community Development Director hiring. B. Motion to recommend to Common Council to renew engagement of Consigny Law Firm, SC as City Attorney for two years through December 31, 2014, at an hourly rate of $130. 7. New Business: 1) Motion to recommend to Common Council approval of internal funding for purchase of new plow truck in amount of $148,000. 2) Motion to recommend to Common Council approval of Resolution 2012-19, Resolution Providing for the Sale of $2,895,000 General Obligation Promissory Notes. 3) Motion to recommend to Common Council approval of engagement of Johnson Block and Company, Inc. for independent financial audit for year ending December 31, 2012. 4) Motion to approve hiring Customer Service Clerk (vacant position). 8. Adjournment. Mason Braunschweig, Chair

Monday, December 03, 2012

Agenda: Public Safety: Wed, Dec, 5, 2012

NOTICE The regular meeting of the Public Safety Committee for the City of Evansville will be held on the 5th day of December, 2012 at 6:30 p.m., at Common Council Chambers, 31 South Madison Street, Evansville, Wisconsin. Notice is further given that members of the City Council might be in attendance. Public Safety Committee Wednesday, December 5, 2012 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting Common Council Chambers 31 South Madison Street AGENDA 1. Call to Order 2. Roll Call 3. Approval of Agenda 4. Motion to approve the November 7, 2012 meeting minutes as printed 5. Citizen appearances other than agenda items listed 6. Old Business- 7. New Business a. Motion to approve the Operator’s License application(s) for: 1. Troy R Hinkel 2. Laura L Bowman b. Discussion and possible action related to “Wheel Against the Weeds” bicycle ride scheduled May 11, 2013. c. Discussion and possible motion regarding the hours of sale on Liquor Retail Sales Ordinance. d. Discussion and update to create an eligibility list for promotion of Police Sergeant e. Discussion and possible motion to create an ordinance on disorderly conduct with a Motor Vehicle. f. Discussion and possible motion regarding parking on Railroad Street. g. Discussion and motion to recommend to Common Council the approval of the name change/partner to Life Quest. h. Discussion and possible motion regarding Ordinance Sec.122-191. Abandonment prohibited. i. Discussion and possible motion regarding Ordinance Sec. 122-126. Winter Parking Restrictions. j. Discussion of the capital and operating budgets 8. Evansville Police Report 9. Evansville Medical Service Report 10. Motion to adjourn Barbara Jacobson, Chairperson Requests for persons with disabilities who need assistance to participate in this meeting should be made to the Clerk’s office by calling 882-2266 with as much advance notice as possible. Please turn off all cell phones while the meeting is in session. Thank you.

"UW-Whitewater class helps business pros switch to teaching" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"UW-Whitewater class helps business pros switch to teaching" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra