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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.

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Shop these 9 great local (and locally made) gift ideas

Shop these 9 great local (and locally made) gift ideas

Holiday shopping locally this year doesn't limit you. Here are some locally made gift ideas:

Artterro is a fabulous company based right downtown that makes arts and crafts kits for kids ages 8 and up. All of the kits are assembled by hand and contain artist-quality supplies like high-quality paper, beads and fabrics. Families can spend time unplugging and doing a craft together. There are 11 kits to choose from, and prices range from $22-$29. Available at Playthings and Willy Street Co-op East & West. Online: www.artterro.com

Record dairy prices mean higher pizza prices

Record dairy prices have caused several Madison pizzerias to increase the price of a pie.

"We could see the writing on the wall and were forced to raise our prices several months ago," Glass Nickel Franchise Director Steve Legler said of the mostly less than 5 percent increase. "Increases were minimal and just to offset the rising prices of the ingredients. We choose to continue to use the same quality ingredients that have made a name for Glass Nickel."

Pizza Extreme operators even warned customers of an increase with a flier on their boxes. While Ian?s Pizza and Roman Candle Pizzeria managers say they are holding prices steady, if higher cheese expenses hold they may be forced to raise prices eventually.

DOT video shows drive down Verona Road in 2019

A video released by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on Monday shows what driving down Verona Road will look like after completion of the next phase of a reconstruction project.

The next phase of the project involves the area between Raymond Road and County Road PD. It's expected to start in 2016 and be complete in 2019.

Work on the segment between the Beltline and Raymond Road is wrapping up for the winter. More work is scheduled for spring of 2015.

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