Montello Schools to hold graduation ceremonies

Graduation time is this weekend for students of both the High Marq Environmental Charter School and Montello High School.
High Marq is graduating seven students this year in a ceremony that takes place Friday, June 7th at 6:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held in the Montello High School Community Room.

The Montello High School Class of 2013 graduates on Saturday, June 8th in a 2:00 p.m. ceremony held in the varsity gym. Leading that class are Valedictorian Eric Coddington and Salutatorian Michaela Yopps. Graduating with high honors are Tanner Boville, Marta Franseen, Sam Stein and Logan Wright. Honor award students include Mitchell Hanson, Lexi LaBlanc and Eric Mateske.

Work is underway at Montello Dam

MONTELLO, WI – Reconstruction work on the Montello Dam will begin on Wednesday, June 5.  Because of the machinery and work being done at the site, the Andy Krakow Memorial Fishing area, adjacent parking lot and the entire length of the dredge bank at the Montello Dam will be closed to the public for use beginning Wednesday.

Prior to work commencing, Lunda Construction will begin mobilizing and assembling its crane on Monday, June 3 at the site.  It is recommended the public stay away from the area near the crane on June 3 and 4.

Reconstruction of the dam is scheduled to be completed by September, 2014.  Any questions about the project can be directed to Brent Binder.


City Council hears presentations on upcoming projects

At its regular monthly meeting on Monday, the Montello City Council heard a presentation on the Highway 23 construction project slated for 2018 from DOT project manager Dan Holloway and Jim Wendels of Quest Civil Engineering. They presented the council with three concepts of what the revamped highway could look like, including no parking along Underwood Avenue, north side parking only, and parking on both sides from Barry St. to Ellis St.

In addition, they showed rough drawings of what the corner by Central Wisconsin Title would look like if that building were to be removed. This was a result of citizen input at a May informational meeting. Drawings were also shown for a potential cul-du-sac at the end of Central Ave., instead of squaring off the intersection.
The council asked for a bulleted list of decisions that they need to make so they can provide an answer to the DOT by fall on which options they would like to move forward with.

Dan Easter then gave a short presentation to the council on the Montello Lake partial drawdown planned for this winter. He explained the benefits they have seen from other drawdowns and how they feel this one will benefit the lake. The council voted to approve the drawdown.

Minutes were presented from the May 28th License and Ordinance meeting, which included proposed requirements for an “open air” ordinance in regards to liquor sales.

In order to qualify for the open-air permit, an establishment must already have a Class B or C License.
• Area in which alcohol will be consumed must be listed on the application if it is outside of the building.
• The deck and outbuildings must have capacity limits as defined by the Fire Chief.
• Area must be either fenced with a minimum of a five foot fence or be regularly monitored periodically within each hour.
• Consuming alcohol in any public areas to include sidewalks and easements continues to be prohibited.
• Area must be well lit with a minimum of a 30-foot candle.
• Outdoor structural areas must have an annual inspection with renewal of license.
• There shall be no additional fees attached to this permit as it becomes a part of the license.

Also, according to the committee minutes of May 28th, Gary Doudna of Buffalo Lake Camping Resort asked to speak regarding the limitations placed on liquor licenses at the last city meeting on May 20th. He feels that he was discriminated against in the proceedings. All the paperwork he submitted was based on existing rules and when he came to the meeting the rules were changed; therefore he was requesting the opportunity to reapply for a license based on the new rules and asked that the quota for the special license be raised to two.

The committee passed a motion to raise the quota to two. This was then brought before the full council this week.

 Alderman Todd Turner was against it, stating that the first one was to be an experiment, and that the city needed to see how that went first before issuing another.

A motion was made to allow another special license. The motion passed with Turner and Knutson voting no. Lloyd was absent.

According to Doudna, now that he knows there is a license available, he will go through the process of evaluating if he will be able to meet all of the criteria required for the license.