January 5, 2018



Representative Kitchens Testifies with Constituents



It was a pleasure to testify alongside the Peninsula Pulse owner, David Eliot, his editor, Jim Lundstrom, and Sheboygan County Clerk Jon Dolson in support of my Legal Notice Bill, Assembly Bill 731, which allows free local newspapers to publish legal notices. 


Keeping citizens informed about the decisions local governments make on behalf of their community is an integral part of democracy.  Unfortunately, due to limited internet access in rural areas, notifying the public can become quite a challenge for small towns. AB 731 will help rural communities ensure that they have access to important legal notices by increasing the options available to small municipalities when it comes to disseminating this information to the public.


Be sure to check out the great testimony on WisconsinEye!



Liberty Grove Partners with Door County Broadband



I was excited to hear that the town of Liberty Grove has partnered with Door County Broadband. Liberty Grove, with Door County Broadband's help, plans to apply for a grant available through Wisconsin Public Service that will help fund the town's efforts to increase internet service in their area.  The funds awarded by this grant would be used towards building three new towers that will expand service to more than 90% of the township!


As the world is increasingly dependant on online platforms, it is becoming steadily more difficult for families to get by without internet access.  I applaud the efforts of both Liberty Grove and Door County Broadband to increase internet access throughout our community, which is vital to attracting business and keeping citizens informed.



Keep Safe on the Roads with DOT Driving Tips!




As winter weather creates hazardous driving conditions this season, stay safe with these great tips from DOT:


  • Watch for slippery bridge decks.

  • Don't use cruise control in wintry conditions.

  • Know the current road conditions.  You can call 511 or log onto the Winter Road Conditions Report webpage.

For more great tips on how to keep you and your loved ones safe on the roads this winter, click on the link to the DOT's Safe Winter Driving Tips!



Upcoming District Events!

What: Story Time
Where: Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library, 2323 Mill Rd, Sister Bay, WI
When: January 6, 10:30am
Details: "Find out about snow, animals that hibernate, and how animals who don't hibernate survive the winters with books, snacks, and crafts. Make simple homemade bird feeders to take home."

What: LEGO Kid's Club
Where: Sturgeon Bay Library, 1075 4th Ave., Sturgeon Bay, WI
When: January 6, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
"Kids (K-4th grade) are welcome to build unique creations with thousands of LEGOs. Many of the creations will be on display all month in the children's area of the library. Free."

 What: Ski/SnowShoe for Free
Where: Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay, WI
When: January 7, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Details: "Ski equipment and snowshoes in a wide range of sizes are available from the Ski Distribution Center, free of charge. This program is staffed and sponsored by Friends of Crossroads and the Door County Silent Sports."

In Closing...

Thank you for taking the time to read my E-Update. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact my office. Joe and Stamena look forward to working with you. Also, if you would like a State of Wisconsin 2017-2018 Blue Book or 2017 State Highway map free of charge, just send us an email!

                                Have a great weekend,                   

             Representative Joel Kitchens




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