Prairie du Sac passes budget, goes forward with fire truck purchase

The Village of Prairie du Sac approved the 2022-23 budget and levy at their meeting last Tuesday. The big story is an increase in equalized property values—$75 million in growth. This led to a 9 percent increase for the levy. The mill rate rose by four percent. A $225,000 house will pay $1,800 in taxes for the village.

Black Earth approves next year’s budget, expects 2 percent rise in taxes

The Village of Black Earth held its Budget Public Hearing on Tuesday night, approving the 2023-4 budget. Although the final figures and mill rate have not yet been calculated, the mill rate is expected to rise by 2 percent.

Black Earth passes $2.50 garbage collection fee, purchases sewer jetter

At their November meeting, the Black Earth board heard from Jeffrey Wiswell, Sr., who was hired as the interim village administrator by the village in the wake of Shellie Benish’s departure.  Wiswell gave a summary of Black Earth compared against other nearby, similar villages.

Arena faces rising costs with sanitary sewer and lift station plans

As the Village of Arena moves forward with a new well and sanitary sewer and lift station upgrades, cost increases have impacted project estimates.

Sauk City working on Fire District agreement, sets fund balance policy

The Village of Sauk City continued to hammer out details with the Sauk Fire District concerning their intermunicipal agreement. The District’s representatives have appeared at meetings recently as they have been planning to redo the intermunicipal agreement that governs the fire district.

Mazomanie agrees to go forward with streambed maintenance contract

The board agreed to “receive and review” a contract between Dane-Iowa Wastewater and the village concerning the parcels the village owns along Black Earth Creek. The information received so far from Dane-Iowa indicates they would like to “purchase” phosphorus reduction from the village by maintaining the streambanks.

Mazo Public Hearing happening at Municipal Building, not Community Building

The Village of Mazomanie Public Hearing on Nov 8th at 6 p.m. will be held at the Village Municipal Building at 133 Crescent St., and NOT at the Community Building as published.

Mazo chooses low bid on creek project

The Village of Mazomanie awarded a $722,500 contract to Bill Lepke Trucking and Excavating out of Viroqua for the project to clear Black Earth Creek of debris and clean up the channel. The Village will be reimbursed for up to $1.1 million for the entire project due to a grant their received. Lepke’s was the low bid by a good margin. 

Prairie du Sac cleans up ordinances, starts looking at well #5

The Village of Prairie du Sac eliminated a curiosity from their ordinances at their last meeting, when they officially deleted language about a municipal lot containing five spaces near Sentry.

Sauk City redesigns website and logo

Sauk City's redesigned logo.

The Village of Sauk City’s municipal water supply tested below safe thresholds for PFAS, the board found out at their meeting last week. The village had to pay $500 for the test. Starting next year, there will be required quarterly PFAS tests.


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