Open House-Iowa County Law Enforcement Center
109 East Leffler Street, Dodgeville, WI 53533
Iowa County Board of Supervisors, along with Iowa County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa County Emergency Management, and Iowa County Coroner’s Office would like to announce our open house of the newly completed Iowa County Law Enforcement Center on December 11, 2021.
The Iowa County Law Enforcement Center enhances the safety of everyone with a state of the art 911 Emergency Dispatch that is dedicated to serving the needs of First Responders during everyday calls for service to multiple emergencies at once. The Iowa County Law Enforcement Center will also house Iowa County Emergency Management, Iowa County Coroner’s Office, Iowa County Emergency Operations Center, community space for public meetings, and the Iowa County Jail. Iowa County Jail will serve as a facility for people incarcerated in Iowa County and will provide more opportunities for the individuals that are incarcerated to better themselves prior to their release.
Over the last several years, many hours were spent by staff to create a financially responsible design that allows for better work flow with everyday tasks. This makes our jail safer and more secure for staff, public, and inmates.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at noon near the flag pole on the east side of the building. Open House will be 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm on December 11, 2021. In an effort to help keep the tour groups small, we are encouraging people to attend during these times if possible: Last name A-H: 12:30-1:30, I-P: 1:30-2:30, and Q-Z: 2:30-3:30.
The tours will be guided and are expected to take approximately 20 minutes.
Media Inquiries: Jail Administrator Michael Peterson (608)935-3314 Ext. 510
Inclement weather date will be December 18, 2021 with the same times.
Oct. 27, 2021
VA extends presumptive period for Persian Gulf War Veterans
WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs has extended the presumptive period to Dec. 31, 2026 for qualifying chronic disabilities rated 10% or more resulting from undiagnosed illnesses in Persian Gulf War Veterans to ensure benefits established by Congress are fairly administered.
If an extension of the current presumptive period was not implemented, service members whose conditions arise after Dec. 31, 2021 would be substantially disadvantaged compared to service members whose conditions manifested at an earlier date.
Limiting entitlement to benefits due to the expiration of the presumptive period would be premature given that current studies remain inconclusive as to the cause and time of onset of illnesses suffered by Persian Gulf War Veterans.
VA presumes certain medically unexplained illnesses are related to Persian Gulf War service without regard to cause, including, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, functional gastrointestinal disorders. Also included are undiagnosed illnesses with symptoms that may include but are not limited to abnormal weight loss, cardiovascular disease, muscle and joint pain, headache, menstrual disorders, neurological and psychological problems, skin conditions, respiratory disorders and sleep disturbances.
Persian Gulf War Veterans who are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above and other unexplained medical issues are encouraged to file a claim.
Learn more about VA and Gulf War Veterans.
June 2, 2021
Rebecca Cameron Valcq, Chairperson 4822 Madison Yards Way Ellen Nowak, Commissioner P.O. Box 7854
Tyler Huebner, Commissioner Madison, WI 53707-7854
Application of American Transmission Company LLC, as an Electric Public Utility, for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to Construct a new 138 kV Transmission Line from the Hooterville Substation to the Mount Horeb Substation to Interconnect a new WP&L Substation near the Village of Barneveld, Wisconsin and a new Mount Horeb Utility Substation near the Village of Mount Horeb Located in Iowa and Dane Counties,
To the Person Addressed:
On April 9, 2021, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (Commission) received an application from American Transmission Company (ATC) for construction of the Barneveld Military Ridge Interconnection Project (project). (PSC REF#: 408849). The project would require:
Construction an extension of Y-36, a 69 kilovolt (kV) line, from the Wisconsin Power and Light (WPL) Hooterville Substation to a new WPL owned Barneveld distribution substation and continue from the new Barneveld Substation to the existing WPL Mount Horeb Substation;
Construction of a radial tap from line Y-209 into the new Mount Horeb Utilities (MHU) owned Military Ridge Substation;
Substation upgrades at Dodgeville Substation, connection of communications circuits at Highland and Eden Substations to support system protection and IT infrastructure needs;
Addition of a fiber optic connection between the CHC line and Dodgeville Substation along the existing 69 kV line Y-138.
The Commission is sending this letter to notify property owners near the proposed facilities, as well as individuals who have asked to be placed on our mailing list, that the Commission will be conducting an environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed project. This letter is also being sent to public officials who may wish to place this notification in a location where it can be viewed by the public.
Telephone: (608) 266-5481 Fax: (608) 266-3957
Commission and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff are now analyzing the application and conducting a review of the environmental impacts of the proposed project. As part of this effort, the agencies are requesting comments from the public to help them determine the potential impacts associated with the project and the scope of the EA. The agencies encourage persons with local information or environmental concerns to provide comments.
Comments regarding the scope of the environmental assessment of the proposed project can be submitted through:
The Commission’s website at http://psc.wi.gov where you can go to the “e- services” tab toward the top of the webpage, then click “file a comment” on the left hand side of the page, then locate docket 137-CE-194, or
A letter or email addressed to the Commission’s Environmental Assessment Coordinator for this docket (see contacts at the end of this letter).
Please note that comments will be made available to the public via the Commission’s Electronic Records Filing System. Personally identifying information is not edited or deleted from submissions. Effective topics to mention in comments on the scope of the environmental assessment may include:
potential human and environmental impacts from the proposed project facilities;
specific comments regarding particular locations of project infrastructure, or
specific actions or changes to the proposed project that could minimize or mitigate potential impacts from the proposed project.
The deadline for submitting scoping comments on the environmental assessment for the Barneveld Military Ridge Interconnection Project is Monday, June 28, 2021.
There will be an additional public comment period during the Commission’s review process of the proposed project where the Commission will solicit comments from the public regarding the following:
preliminary determination of the EA regarding whether to prepare an Environmental Impact statement.
Public hearing for the project where comments will be accepted and made part of the official case record. The hearing date has not yet been determined.
General Project Description
For the Barneveld Military Ridge Interconnection Project, ATC proposes to construct an extension of Y-36, a 69 kilovolt (kV) line, from the Wisconsin Power and Light (WPL) Hooterville Substation to a new WPL owned Barneveld distribution substation. The new extension is generally proposed to take advantage of the future 138 kV position on the Cardinal Hickory Creek (CHC) project structures and would be double circuited with CHC. The new 69 kV extension would then continue from the new Barneveld Substation to the existing WPL
Mount Horeb Substation as line Y-209. The project also proposes a radial tap from line Y-209 into the new Mount Horeb Utilities (MHU) owned Military Ridge Substation. Lastly, the project would require substation upgrades at the Dodgeville Substation, the connection of communications circuits at Highland and Eden Substations to support system protection and IT infrastructure needs, and the addition of a fiber optic connection between the CHC line and Dodgeville Substation along the existing 69 kV line Y-138.Route and Location
The project involves constructing a new 69 kV Transmission Line from the Hooterville Substation to the Mount Horeb Substation to interconnect a new WPL Substation near the Village of Barneveld, Wisconsin and a new MHU Substation near the Village of Mount Horeb located in Iowa and Dane Counties, Wisconsin (see map included below).
Impacted Cities, Villages, and Townships
Town of Brigham City of Dodgeville Village of Barneveld
Town of Blue Mounds Town of Springdale Village of Blue Mounds Village of Mount Horeb
State and Federal Agency Jurisdiction
The proposed project requires a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the Commission before construction can begin. Based on the record of analysis of potential environmental and societal impacts, the Commission will decide whether to approve, modify, or deny the applicant’s proposal. DNR will consider the application for wetland and waterway permits, if applicable under Wis. Stat. ch. 30, potential impacts to rare species, and other affected resources under its jurisdiction. Other reviews, approvals, or permits may be necessary from local, state or federal entities.
The proposed project is a Type II action under Wis. Admin. Code § PSC 4.10(2). The Commission will prepare an EA for this project that will evaluate the location of the project and its potential environmental, community, and private property impacts. There will be a preliminary determination when the EA is complete that will determine whether the preparation of an EIS is necessary. Comments on this preliminary determination will be accepted and the Commission shall make copies of the EA available to those persons that request it.
Public Hearing and Commission Decision
The Commission will hold technical and public hearings (date and times have not yet been confirmed) on the proposed project. At least 30 days before the hearings, the Commission will issue a Notice of Hearing and notify the local news media. If you have any concerns about the project, you should attend the hearing to make the Commission aware of your concerns. People can ask questions, speak about, and submit comments about the project at the hearing. The Commission must base its decisions about the project, in part, on the record of the hearing. The Commission will discuss the record for this project at a meeting open to the public prior to making to its decision, at a date and time yet to be determined.
Additional opportunities for public participation include the opportunity to comment on the preliminary determination (PD) on the need to prepare an EIS for the project. Notification of the PD and associated comment period will be sent to the mailing list for this project, and you can be added to this mailing list by contacting the PSC Case Coordinator for this project listed below under project contacts.
For more information on becoming involved in the Commission review of construction cases, please visit our public participation page, or call one of the project contacts listed below.
Information and Contacts
To review project application materials and additional related documents:
PSC website (http://psc.wi.gov) under the docket’s “E-Services” tab, docket search number 137-CE-194.
PSC Environmental Assessment Coordinator Aaron Greene
P.O. Box 7854, Madison, WI 53707-7854
PSC Docket Coordinator Jennifer Hamill
PSC Media Contact Jerel Ballard
DNR Contact Geri Radermacher 262 239-0994
Environmental Analysis and Review Specialist
Division of Digital Access, Consumer and Environmental Affairs
Attachment: Project Map
April 12, 2021
Construction starts April 19 on US 14/Commercial Street in Mazomanie
Three-week closure of US 14 in June for culvert work; signed detour follows WIS 78, US 12 and WIS 60
Construction is expected to begin Monday, April 19 on US 14/Commercial Street, between Walter Road and County KP, in Mazomanie. The project will address deteriorating pavement conditions and substandard pedestrian accommodations. Additional improvements include storm sewer, grading, aggregate, curb and gutter, asphalt pavement, street lighting, sidewalk, and traffic signals at the US 14 and Brodhead Street intersection.
US 14 will remain open to traffic with access maintained to businesses and residential driveways. In June, US 14 will be closed for three weeks as crews install storm sewer pipes under the highway near County KP. During that closure, all traffic will be detoured via WIS 60, US 12 and WIS 78. Pedestrian access will be maintained at the US 14 and Brodhead Street intersection during construction.
Motorists are urged to slow down, eliminate distractions and watch for crews and equipment working near the travel lanes. The $3.2 million project is scheduled to be completed in late September 2021.
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
For more information, contact:
Steven Theisen, WisDOT Communications Manager
(608) 884-1230, firstname.lastname@example.org
US 18/151 safety improvement project begins Monday, Mount Horeb to Ridgeway
Safety improvements will begin Monday (April 12) on US 18/151, between the County JG overpass in Mount Horeb and County BB near Ridgeway, in Dane and Iowa counties. The $1.9 million project will install high-tension cable barriers in the highway median.
Single lane closures are anticipated in both directions. Motorists are urged to slow down and be vigilant for crews working in the area. The project is scheduled to be completed in late June.
Madison VA Delivers 10,000 Vaccines to Veterans
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Madison, WI – On March 4th, the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (Madison VA) surpassed 10,000 COVID-19 vaccinations for Veterans.
The Madison VA began vaccinating Veterans on January 6th and has worked diligently to use its allocated supply the week it receives it and expand eligibility for vaccination as supplies allow.
“Our goal from the beginning has been to get vaccine to our patients as quickly as we possibly can, while also following CDC guidelines to ensure our patients who are most at risk of illness get access to vaccine first,” said John Rohrer. “We’ve done this to ensure our most vulnerable Veterans have an opportunity to be vaccinated as soon as possible”.
The Madison VA is currently holding vaccine clinics daily, Monday through Friday, each week at the main hospital and at its community-based outpatient clinics in Baraboo, Beaver Dam, and Janesville, WI and in Rockford and Freeport, IL. The facility also collaborates with community partners to hold stand down events when supply is available to reach Veterans across its nineteen County catchment area.
“Our team has been doing a great job ensuring we have the capability to provide vaccinations at all of our clinics,” Rohrer said. “It is logistically challenging, but it is important that we ensure our Veterans have the opportunity to be vaccinated as close to home as possible.”
Currently, Veterans over 50 and with a high-risk co-morbidity, all Veterans with a Service Connected rating of 100%, all Veterans 65 and over, and essential workers in high-risk industries as defined by CDC are eligible for vaccination.
The following occupations are currently approved for vaccination:
First Responders (Police, Firefighter, EMS)
Corrections Officers Food and Agricultural Workers
U.S. Postal Service Workers Manufacturing Workers
Grocery Store Workers Public Transit Workers
Teachers/Education Support Staff
Child Care Workers
Veterans who meet these criteria and are interested in vaccination, are encouraged to call 608-280-2160 to be scheduled by the hospital Vaccine Scheduling Team.
“We continue to actively reach out to our high-risk patients but are also opening eligibility to additional groups of Veterans as supply allows,” said Rohrer. “And, we have strategies in place to ensure that there is consistent access to vaccine across all of our catchment area for our Veterans.”
Veterans who have not yet been vaccinated can sign up for vaccine updates and indicate their vaccine interest at www.va.gov.
The Madison VA is working hard to ensure all Veterans are vaccinated and is encouraging Veterans who received vaccine in their community to report their vaccination. Veterans who have already received a COVID-19 vaccination are encouraged to contact their VA health-care team to update their VA record. Options for updating records include:
Veterans can call their local clinic to clarify instructions for providing proof of vaccination.
The Madison VA is also encouraging all Veterans to ensure they have an accurate email and phone number on file with the Madison VA. Veterans can update their phone and email information by calling the hospital and updating their information through our eligibility staff (608) 256-1901 x17038.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 24, 2021
VA updates musculoskeletal and muscle injuries portion of
disability rating schedule to reflect changes used to evaluate
Veterans’ disability compensation
WASHINGTON — The musculoskeletal and muscle injuries portion of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) VA Schedule for Rating
Disabilities (VASRD) has been revised to reflect updated medical information used to assess Veterans’ medical records and determine their VA
The revision, effective Feb. 7, ensures that this portion of the VASRD uses current medical terminology by removing obsolete conditions,
clarifying ambiguities, and providing detailed and updated criteria for the evaluation of musculoskeletal and muscle injury disabilities, including
adding conditions that previously did not have diagnostic codes.
“These changes were based on scientific and/or medical information and reflect cited, published materials available to the public,” said
Acting VA Under Secretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy. “During the course of finalizing this rulemaking, VA received comments from various
Veterans Service Organizations and Veterans to ensure fair evaluations are established. VA claims processors will use this update to make
consistent decisions with greater ease.”
Claims for musculoskeletal and/or muscle injury conditions adjudicated after Feb. 7, but were pending on the effective date, will be
considered under both the old and new rating criteria, and whichever criteria is more favorable to the Veteran will be applied. Claims filed on or
after the effective date will be rated under the new criteria.
Learn about the complete list of updates to the rating schedule.
Veterans with questions regarding this VASRD update may contact VA at 800-827-1000. Learn more about VA benefits.
Severe Weather Delays Vaccine Shipments
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Madison, WI – Due to severe weather conditions across the country, the William S. Middleton Memorial Hospital and Clinics is currently experiencing challenges with receiving vaccine deliveries. This includes our Community Based Outpatient Clinic sites. This may impact vaccination appointments that are scheduled over the next few days.
If you are experiencing a delay or schedule change for your vaccination appointment or any other procedure, please know that we will continue to work to reschedule appointments. Before leaving your home for your vaccination appointment, please contact us and we will advise if it is possible to confirm your appointment or a new appointment time. As call center wait times may be longer than normal, we appreciate your patience.
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Madison VA expands COVID Vaccine distribution
Thursday, February 4, 2021
Madison, WI – After conducting direct outreach to all Veterans over age 75, the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital and Clinics is now scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Veterans who are 70 and older.
The Madison VA is conducting direct outreach to Veterans 70 and older to schedule appointments and will expand outreach to additional categories of Veterans as supply allows. Once contacted, Veterans can schedule their appointments at the Madison VA Hospital, and the Beaver Dam, Janesville, and Rockford Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC). The hospital is also exploring additional community vaccination locations to promote access.
“We are committed to ensuring all Veterans have access to the vaccine and are excited to be able to lower our age eligibility to 70. We look forward to expanding access further as soon as supply is available and are working hard to push vaccine into Veterans arms as quickly as we receive it” said John Rohrer, Hospital Director.
Veterans who are 69 years or younger can sign up for vaccine updates and indicate their vaccine interest at www.va.gov.