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MPD: More than 30 packages stolen following deliveries

Madison police say that since November, more than 30 packages have been stolen following deliveries throughout the city.

Police reported on Dec. 8 that there were similar reports in the Isthmus area, but now say that there have been 10 thefts in the Central District, seven in the West District, six in the South District, five in the East District and three in the North District.

All the thefts took place during daylight hours after deliveries by USPS, UPS and FedEx.

Anyone expecting deliveries might want to have packages routed to places of work or other locations where someone is present.

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Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Bus service reduced for Christmas Eve, Day

Madison Metro will have reduced service hours next week due to the holidays.

The city of Madison posted a reminder Thursday that the buses will follow regular weekday schedules on Wednesday, Christmas Eve, but service will end early with the last trips of the day between 5 and 6:30 p.m. 

Buses will follow the holiday schedule Christmas Day, Thursday. 

For online guides, visit www.cityofmadison.com/metro/schedules/Holidays/index.cfm

More information is also available through the Metro customer service center at 608-266-4466.

County building lease deal means more space for growing VANN

County building lease deal means more space for growing VANN

It's good news on the horizon for a Verona non-profit organization. 

Dane County said Thursday that it plans to lease an empty building to the Verona Area Needs Network for $20 per year for the next 15 years, if the county board approves the move. 

VANN operates out of the basement of the city's former library on North Franklin Street. In a news release, the county said VANN needs better accessibility, and with the number of people served by the organization up 180 percent, more room to expand services. 

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a news conference Thursday that the lease proposal for the Badger Prairie complex on Verona Road will be introduced to the Dane County Board Thursday night. If approved the organization would move in March 1.

VANN Board President Bob Kasieta said the new facility will help the group serve more people.

Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

Madison schools to ask $41 million referendum question

The Madison Metropolitan School District will ask voters for $41 million school facilities referendum in April.

A school district official said the school board finalized a project list involving 16 schools during a Monday meeting.

If approved, the money would be used to improve accessibility in 10 schools, add classroom space to five schools and renovate four schools in need of upgrades.

The biggest projects include $8 million in renovations at Jefferson Middle School and $4 million to redo the theater at East High School.

If approved, taxpayers owning an average $237,000 home would pay an additional $62.95 a year in property taxes for 10 years.

"If we can get these addressed not only will we create stronger schools and learning environments for our students, but we will set ourselves up for some long-term facilities planning that will really help bring our vision as a school district to life," MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said.

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Roundabout to close during Verona Road bridge inspection

A roundabout under a Verona Road bridge will be closed Friday morning during a bridge inspection.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said the roundabout near the Allied Drive neighborhood will close at 8:15 a.m. and should reopen by 12:45 p.m.

State officials will be setting up traffic controls to fully close this roundabout.

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

No refuse or recycling collection on Christmas, News Year's

According to the city of Madison, there will be no refuse or recycling on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1 because of the Christmas and New Year's holidays. If your material is normally collected on Thursday, it will be collected on Friday, Dec. 26 and Friday, Jan. 2.

Residents should be sure to get material out to the curb by 7 a.m., as Street Division crews will be collecting in both the Thursday and Friday refuse districts on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Because of the double collection, large item collection will be reduced. Residents are asked to hold large items until after the holidays if possible.

The Streets Division's offices and drop-off sites will also be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. They will conduct regular refuse and recycling collection on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Their offices will also be open on those dates.

For additional information, visit the Streets Division's web page.

Open house meeting to discuss Verona Road project

A public meeting to discussed the years-long Verona Road construction project is scheduled later this month. 

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said that on Dec. 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., an open house will be held to discuss design and construction activities for the Verona Road, Highway 18/151 project.

The meeting will take place at the City of Fitchburg Fire Station No. 2, 5415 King James Way.

Maps and exhibits showing the proposed improvements will be on display. Wisconsin Department of Transportation representatives will be available to discuss the project on an individual basis. The reconstruction includes the roadway from the Beltline to County Road PD, Mckee Road, and the Beltline between Whitney Way and Seminole Highway.