Greetings from Your (Now Former) Town Chair:
The Building Committee came up with a design for a new Town Hall, which was rejected at the April Annual Meeting. Following the directives given at that meeting, the Committee came up with several less expensive options, which were rejected at the reconvened Annual Meeting in September. The Board will be preparing for another vote at the April Meeting in April 2015.
The Department of Transportation is continuing to work on designs for the relocation of Highway 14. This project will impact several Town Roads, including Rome Corners Road, Biglow Road and West Rutland Road. Rome Corners Road and West Rutland Road will become cul de sacs where they intersect with the new right of way. Information on the project is available at http://dot.wi.gov/projects/swregion/14recon/public.htm.
Alliant is presently finishing the reconstruction of its electric lines along Old Stone Road, from Old Stage Road to just east of Olí Stone Estates and along Center Road from County A to Old Stone.
About 19 acres was annexed to Stoughton during 2014. This included the car dealership properties along Highway 51, north of the Kettle West annexation and south of Stoughton Garden Center.
The Stoughton FUDA (Future Urban Development Area) study is nearing completion. The primary area recommended for urban expansion is the area along Highway 51 on the east edge of Rutland. Other areas recommended were generally on the west side of Stoughton, near Highway B.
The local Fire and EMS services are all undergoing change. Rutland supports the Brooklyn, Oregon and Stoughton Fire and EMS Services. Stoughton EMS Director Kathy Rigdon retired in early 2014. Stoughton Fire Chief Marty Lamers has announced he will be retiring in 2015. Oregon Fire Chief Dave Bloom has also announced his retirement; he will be retiring in May 2015. Brooklyn Fire/EMS is budgeting for its first full time staff member starting in 2015. These are all major changes for these services. Fire and EMS services are increasing in cost. One way to keep these rising costs in check is through the use of volunteers. Please consider volunteering for one of these departments.
This has been a year of great change for me personally. My spouse and I have purchased a new home which will better fit our needs during our retirement years. This new home is located outside the Town of Rutland, so I have resigned my position as Town Chair, effective October 15, 2014. I have enjoyed serving the Town over the past 28 years; 14 before coming Chair and 14 as Chair. According to State Statutes, the remaining Town Board members and the Town Clerk elect a new Chair to fill out the term. On November 6, 2014 they unanimously elected Supervisor Jan Walker as the new Chair, to serve the remainder of my term, which ends in April 2015. Jan has served as Treasurer, Plan Commission and Board member for a total of 32 years. I am confident she will continue to serve the Town well as Chair. Please support the new Chair as she leads the Town!
Former Chair, Town of Rutland
Greetings from your appointed chair as of Nov. 6, 2014
I would like to thank Dale Beske for 28 years of devoted service to the Town of Rutland. It was a pleasure to work with you, and you will certainly be missed. We wish you and Dorothy the very best during your retirement.
Recently, as a board we have tried to pull some items out of the large bundle proposed to residents during the April and September Annual Meetings. Therefore, we have had an energy audit for Focus on Energy to address updating lighting with partial grants (unfortunately, there are not any programs to do weatherization for municipalities), working to replace panels on garage doors with new weather stripping, and replacing the door in the office area.
Also, at the recent Town Budget Meeting, residents gave approval to build a new salt shed. We will be pursuing that, but placement must be done carefully to distance it from our well and surrounding wells.
In January we plan to reconvene the building committee. It is anticipated that a single proposal will be generated from that committee that residents may vote on at the annual meeting in April. Proposal A lost by only 11 votes so many residents see the value in that proposal.
I can be reached at or my home phone of 608 873-8130. I am planning to run for the chair position in the April election.