Apollo Tool breaks ground for expansion in Westfield
Apollo Tool began breaking ground last week for the second time on their current site, which has housed the 40-year-old company since 1979. The first expansion on this site was in 1995, for their shipping and receiving department. They are now adding on again to provide room for future machine purchases to increase their volume and workload capacity, as it was starting to get cramped.
Pictured from left to right are Arden Bandt, Apollo Tool’s original loan officer from M&I Bank at the time; Wayne Stelter, VP of 1st National Bank of Berlin; Ryan Menke, Facility Manager; Fritz Menke, founder and owner; Christa Winkleman, Owner and wife of late founder Lynn Winkleman; Mark Milbandt, plant manager; Tom Jensen, President of 1st National Bank; Randy Winkleman, Operations Manager; Mark Ihlendeldt, Project Manager/Engineer of General Contractor Badgerland Buildings.
County Board passes 2014 budget
By Keri Solis
The Marquette County Board of Supervisors voted to pass their 2014 budget at the November meeting, held last week. Equalized value in the county is down $21.5 million and the budget increased $540,000.
As an average, a $100,000 home will see an increase of $35 in their county taxes, for a total of about $756 in county taxes.
Shirley Floeter requested that if there is a communication that the whole board should see, that it be mailed out to those who do not have computers at home. Floeter was referring to an email that was sent out by County Administrator Brenda Jahns-Grams to the board in reference to inventory of Highway Department materials such as gravel, salt and salt/sand. In part it read, “We discovered a large quantity of bituminous material (recycled blacktop) dating back to the days when Ron Sell was Commissioner that has never been given a value or inventoried before and adjusted our inventory up by $46,887.29 for that material. We counted the gravel in August 2013 and adjusted it up $51,004.77. The adjustment being attributed to mis-identification of different materials the first part of the year and a new conscious effort to not overload trucks. We are now labeling the piles for accurate identification with signs in the pit and using a pit map that diagrams where each type of material is located. We also counted the Salt & Salt/Sand in August and made a net adjustment up of $5,470.03; again attributed to an early 2013 identification/usage issue. All of these adjustments were discussed with our independent auditors and approved.”
Supervisor Hebert still felt that something wasn’t adding up, showing satellite pictures of the storage area taken from space, claiming that he felt that this was part of the missing materials inventory that showed up on the books this spring. Hebert was advised to bring it up to the highway committee.
Mark Holden gave the board an update on the Ice Age Trails project. The team has identified four corridors for the trail to pass through Marquette County. They will be holding more public meetings in February of 2014 to gather more input from landowners and the public.
Murray Sim was on hand from Clean Energy North America to give an update on the biogas pipeline, proposed to run through Marquette County. Due to complicated formulas with parts of the project being at different sites, they are still waiting on the DNR to issue final air permits.
They have also decided to make a change in the route. Beginning on Hwy. E, they will head east on Elk Rd., south on 4th Ave, east on Ember Ave, South on J, to Ember Dr. to 5th Rd. This route will affect fewer homes and landowners.
The final agenda item was a closed session with respect to legal action filed by former Highway Commissioner Brendon Rhinehart. In September, Rhinehart had filed a notice of circumstance and claim, saying that his due process rights were violated. He is claiming the evidence heard by the board failed to establish the requisite cause for his termination. He also claims the board violated his due process rights by improperly considering evidence not presented at the July 15th hearing, failing to have set forth the reason(s) for his termination in the board’s motion, failing to recuse certain county board members, and failing to obtain a 2/3 vote as to any particular cause for termination.
He is seeking reinstatement to the position of highway commissioner until the end of the term he was serving, ending in March of 2016, and lost wages and benefits retroactive to his termination date of July 23, 2013. An alternative of payment of lost wages and fringe benefits totaling $243,425 without reinstatement to the position was also presented.
In September and October, the board asked that the claim be handled by the county’s insurance company. Last week, they voted to give Rhinehart a $35,000 settlement with the county, admitting no liability or wrongdoing. This was done to save further court costs to the county. The vote, done by a voice vote, was not unanimous.
Princess Janelle (Megan Lischefski), Princess Amara (Breanna Mathews) and Princess Adelaide (Ciara Neeb) invite you to join them for a grand feast at the annual Madrigal Dinner, hosted by the Montello High School Choral Department. Madrigal is held on Saturday, December 7th at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 8th at 2:00 p.m. Watch as two kingdoms compete for the approval and acceptance of the visiting Princess Amara throughout the six-course feast and enjoy the beautiful voices of both the Chamber and Treble choirs. See article for ticket information and plan now to join the MHS Choral Department for a wonderful evening.
Montello Choir students to host annual Madrigal Dinner
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Announcing the 16th Annual Madrigal Dinner to be presented by the Montello High School Choirs. The shows are December 7th at 6:00pm and December 8th at 2:00pm.
Tickets must be reserved no later than December 3rd. All seats are reserved, based on the date of reservation.
The Saturday evening show features a six-course meal and show for $22.00. Tickets reserved and paid for prior to November 21st will receive a $2 discount per ticket.
The Sunday afternoon show features a six-course lunch meal and show for $15.00. Tickets reserved and paid for prior to November 21st will receive a $2 discount per ticket.
The show this year features two 'families' competing for the approval and acceptance of a visiting princess. Audience members will be choosing which family they would like to join and may have to prove themselves worthy as well! The show features the talents of both the MHS Chamber and Treble choirs.
The meal on Saturday night will consist of:
Appetizer of fresh and dried fruits, cheeses and nuts
Spiced hot apple cider wassail
Spiced carrot and root vegetable soup with bread basket
Mixed green salad with a lemon vinaigrette
Chicken breast in wine sauce with wild rice medley and green beans
Dark chocolate brownie with caramel sauce and vanilla bean ice cream
(Sunday menu will be smaller, lunch portions and may vary slightly)
To reserve your tickets, email Mary Ott at: MOtt@Montello.k12.wi.us, or call Montello High School at 608-297-2126.