The Cuba City Common Council has
hired a new Director of Public Works
for the city. George Morrissey will
start with the city on March 31st.
He’ll be paid just over $50,000 a year.
Morrissey is currently working as an
electric lineman for the City of Shullsburg,
and also works for the city’s water and
sewer utilities. He’ll have a performance
review after six-months.
Morrissey will succeed Gary Droessler.
Droessler will retire April 4th, after
working as the Director of Public Works
in Cuba City for the past five-years.
State Representative Travis Tranel has
joined four other lawmakers, by introducing
a bill that would allow farmers to use
their equipment on local and state roads
without the fear of being ticketed by local police.
Assembly Bill 842 was also introduced
by State Representatives Lee Nerison of
Westby and Howard Marklein of Spring Green.
According to Tranel, the bill would provide
lawmakers with more time to develop a more
comprehensive solution to the issues
concerning ”implements of Husbandry”
over the next 18-months.
It would also allow farmers to legally operate
farm equipment of up to 92,000-pounds, and
gives local law enforcement the authority to
ticket haulers that are operating equipment
above that weight.
The bill also removes a permitting process
contained in two previous bills that were
passed by the legislature. They require farmers,
agribusinesses, and co-ops to get permits to
operate their equipment on local roads.
Unless its’ changed, many farmers and
agribusinesses will have to get permits
from several townships to move their
equipment from field-to-field.
The increasing size of “implements of
Husbandry,”…farm equipment…has become
a concern over its effect on roads.
Also at issue is its’ impact on traffic safety.
Farm organizations including the Dairy
Business Association are backing the passage
of Assembly Bill 842, especially with the
planting season right around the corner.
It appears that Sloan Implement in Cuba City
will be expanding and its’ property will be
annexed into the city.
A petition for direct annextion of the
eight-acre site into the city has been
referred to the city’s Plan Commission,
with the goal of moving forward with it.
Currently, Sloan’s is in the Town of
Hazel Green. The Cuba City Common
Council has also approved a development
agrement with Sloan’s. It calls for the city to
cost share with the business, to bring
municipal water to the new shop
addition that Sloan’s plans to build.
City officials say the $600,000 addition
is expected to create four-to-six
full-time equivalent jobs over the
next three-to-four years.
In addition, the Cuba City Common
Council has also approved a resolution
that changes TIF District #2 to include
the Sloan’s property.
The local attorney who’s been serving
as Corporation Counsel for Grant County
and as the City Attorney for the City of
Lancaster has passed away. Todd Infield
died on Monday. He was 44.
Since 2011 he has served as the Corporation
Counsel for Grant County. He has been the
City Attorney for Lancaster since April 2005.
A native of Cassville, Infield has served as legal
counsel for several other communities
in southwest Wisconsin, including the
City of Cuba City, and the Villages of Cassville,
Livingston, Montfort, Muscoda, Patch Grove,
Potosi, and Rewey, along with South Lancaster
Township and the Town of Bridgeport.
The Martin Funeral Home of Cassville
is serving the family.
A man from Livingston is facing his
third charge of drunk driving after a
one-vehicle accident late Saturday night
on County-E, east of Stitzer in the
Town of Liberty. Grant County authorties
say Luke Page has also been cited for
operating after revocation, for driving
without an ignition interlock device,
for operating left of center, for obstructing
an officer, and for a probation violation.
A passenger in the vehicle…19-year-old
Daniel Glasson of Potosi…has been cited
for obstructing an officer and for underage
Page was reportedly driving on County-E
when his vehicle went off the road and
into the ditch. When a deputy got to the
scene to help, Page and Glasson got out
of the vehicle and ran into the woods.
Other deputies arrvied at the scene and
followed their tracks in the deep snow.
Both were taken into custody.
Authorities say Page sustained injuries
due to exposure to the cold and snow
and was given proper care. The incident
remains under investigation.
Helping at the scene was Collision
Specialists of Fennimore.