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  • Budget Surveys and Listening Sessions

  • Village of Kimberly Economic Development Grant

  • Severe Weather Awareness Week

  • Foxconn Update

  • Work*Play* Earth Day and More

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Ron's Recap: April 5, 2019  

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Tuesday, I was a part of the Committee on  Forestry, Parks, and Outdoor Recreation hearing. We talked about a number of challenges facing Wisconsin, including the  Emerald Ash Boar. During the past decade, this invasive beetle has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees.

To lean more about what you can do to  stop the spread of the Emerald Ash Boar,  click here. 

 Budget Surveys

I want to hear your thoughts and suggestions as we continue to discuss and plan for the 2019-2021 state budget. I have created a budget survey which I encourage you to fill out. I want to hear your thoughts, concerns, and suggestions about what is important to you. The state budget will impact everyone in the state and it is important you have a say in what is included in it. Please click here to fill out the budget survey. Thank you for your time and I encourage you to attend the budget listening sessions on April 13th. 



Budget Listening Sessions 

I will be hosting three listening sessions for the 2019-21 State Budget on Saturday, April 13th. I hope you'll be able to join me. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions! For more information, or to let us know you will be in attendance, click here (No RSVP is required to attend). 

 Kimberly Listening Session

Where: Kimberly Village Hall, 515 W Kimberly Ave, Kimberly, WI 54136
When: Saturday, April 13th from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
NOTE: Sen. Andre Jacque (R – DePere) will also be in attendance at this session.

Stockbridge Listening Session

Where: Stockbridge Community Center, 175 South Military Road, Stockbridge, WI 53088
When: Saturday, April 13th from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Brillion Listening Session

Where: Brillion High School, W1101 County Road HR, Brillion, WI 54110

When: Saturday, April 13th from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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 Letter of Support for Kimberly's Economic Development Initiative Grant

I am excited to announce my support for the Village of Kimberly’s effort to obtain a Community Development Initiative grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. If approved, this grant would allow for repurposing a former mill building into a restaurant along the Fox River, a public outlook of the riverfront, completing a multi-use community trail, and continuing demolition and refurbishment of the old mill site. This plan will advance river access for all to enjoy and restore a significant historical structure for future business growth. Read my letter to WEDC Secretary Hogan below.

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Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week

Next week (April 8-12) is Wisconsin's Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week. Schools, businesses, families, and individuals have two opportunities to test their emergency plans during statewide tornado drills April on 11. The drills are part of the annual spring severe weather campaign to encourage Wisconsinites to be ready for possible tornadoes and severe weather.

According to the NWS, Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually. However, in 2018 the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed 33 tornadoes in the state. This included 19 tornadoes on Aug. 28, the second largest August tornado outbreak in Wisconsin's weather history. One of those tornadoes near Brownsville in Dodge County was rated EF2 with winds near 125 mph - the strongest of the year.

The drill on April 11 will begin with a mock tornado watch at 1 p.m., followed by a statewide mock tornado warning at 1:45 p.m. Many radio and TV stations across the state will issue the test tornado warnings. In addition, mock alerts will be issued on NOAA Weather Radios and many communities will sound their tornado sirens to test their emergency severe weather plans. Later, a mock tornado warning will be issued at 6:45 p.m. to give families and second-shift workers a chance to practice their emergency plans. 

For more information and to see what you can do to be prepared in the event of severe weather, click here or on the image below. 


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Foxconn Update

Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn) and its construction manager, Gilbane | Exyte, announced five Wisconsin-based sub-contractors who are set to immediately commence construction at its Gen6 advanced manufacturing facility campus located in the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park in Racine County, Wisconsin. The contracts, which carry a combined total contract value of close to $34 million, will jumpstart the construction of vital utilities and roadways on the site.

Prime Subcontractors who have been awarded contracts and will commence work on site utilities, roadways, and associated storm drainage are listed below:

  • Giles Engineering Associates Inc - Waukesha
  • Staff Electric Company Inc - Menomonee Falls
  • Hoffman Construction Company - Black River Falls
  • A.W. Oakes & Sons, Inc. - Racine
  • Payne & Dolan, Inc. - Waukesha  
Work*Play* Earth Day
  • The 11th annual Work*Play*Earth Day events will be held on 30 different DNR properties around the state during April and early May.


  • County Deer Advisory Councils met in each county in March, and preliminary antlerless deer quotas, harvest authorization levels, and season structure recommendations for the 2019 deer hunting season are now available for review and comment.  The online public comment period runs through April 11th.


  • April 13th is national Citizen Science Day.  Volunteers can partner with professional scientists to help monitor natural resources by pledging their time and participating in one of dozens of projects to collect information on Wisconsin’s wildlife, lakes, rivers and other natural resources.


  • State forest health specialists remind property owners that this is the time of year to consider treating ash trees to protect them from Emerald Ash Borer.  Landowners are also reminded that oak tree pruning should not take place from April through July to protect the trees from often-fatal oak wilt disease.