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Council denies damage claims, OKs Taco Bell, sirens, VACT loan

The Common Council on Monday denied three separate insurance claims that had been working their way through the Public Works committee for months.

The city’s recently raised $25,000 deductible leaves it in the position of reviewing many more claims than before. All three alders who serve on Public Works expressed remorse that the city could not be more helpful but in the end said they were swayed by the recommendations of the city’s insurer and its staff that the council should apply its policy uniformly... Read More

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OWI task force doubling up next year

Verona will continue its high-visibility drunken-driving patrols into a fourth series, but this time, it will get two for the price of one.

The city joined the Capital Area OWI Task Force in 2012, the first year of the program, and has stuck with it while it’s steadily grown. This summer, that meant 15 officers from 14 agencies patrolling Main Street and Verona Avenue on a single night as a deterrent to drunken driving... Read More

Star Wars Day at the library photos

The Verona Public Library hosted "Star Wars Reads Day" Saturday afternoon along with the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament... Read More

Impact fees, debt complicate budget decisions

In most years, the city’s Finance committee hears pitches from department heads, gets a calculation for how much of a tax increase would be needed, decides how much to spend and prioritizes where that money would go as it prepares a recommendation for the full Common Council.

This is not most years.

As city staff prepare furiously for Monday’s Finance meeting, they’ve got a bigger job than ever on their hands because there are simply too many choices and still not enough information... Read More

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3 area schools have school-based mental health teams

New teams of mental health professionals are helping students and families in a creative program based in area schools, according to a release.

School-based mental health teams started this school year in the Sun Prairie, Verona and Madison school districts, officials said. The collaboration between the school districts and Dane County will be run by Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities will also coordinate the rapid-response mental health team program, called Building Bridges, according to the release.

School administrators and staff at Dane County?s Joining Forces for Family said they needed a program focused on addressing mental health needs in schools and providing proactive support systems that are best for students.

Impaired driver, other driver injured in head-on crash

Two people were injured in a head-on crash south of Verona Tuesday morning, according to a release.

Dane County sheriff?s deputies and Verona police officers responded to reports of a two-vehicle crash on County Road PB near Purcell Road in the town of Montrose around 5:35 a.m., officials said.

James C. Hunt, 24, of Madison, was driving south in a 1997 Mazda MPV when he crossed over the center line into the northbound lane and hit a 2006 Ford Fusion head-on, according to the release. The Ford Fusion, operated by Richard Curran, 44, of Monroe, started on fire after the crash.

Verona and Belleville firefighters responded and extinguished the fire, deputies said. The firefighters also extricated both drivers from their vehicles.

Hunt and Curran were transported by EMS to UW Hospital with serious injuries and remain hospitalized, according to the release.

Most area districts get increase in aid; Middleton gets 7th largest cut

Most area school districts will receive a small increase in general state aid, but the Middleton-Cross Plains School District will get the seventh biggest cut in the state, according to a release.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released the Oct. 15 certified amount each school district will receive from the $4.476 billion available under current law for general state aid.

General state aid for school districts increased by $94.4 million from last year, but the actual amount of aid that the state?s 424 public school districts will receive is $85.5 million more than last school year, according to the release. That is due to statutory reductions to general state aid for private voucher schools in Milwaukee and independent charter schools supported by state tax dollars.