Wisconsin News Briefs

Kenosha Downtown Wi-Fi Sees Successful Launch

The limited launch of free, outdoor, public access Wi-Fi in Kenosha over the weekend appeared to go off without a hitch, a county official said Wednesday.

Residents Get Look at Plans for Highway 45 Reconstruction

Property owners along Highway 45 in Bristol and Paris, north of Highway 50, now have an idea of the scope of the upcoming reconstruction of the highway.

Somers Fire Commission Selects Strom for Interim Chief

The Somers Fire Commission has selected Capt. Aaron Strom to be interim fire chief. The move still has to be approved by the Village Board.

Strom has been with the department since 2004.

Sheriff’s Department Names New Head of County Jail

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department announced the promotion of Lt. Robert Croeker as its pre-trial facility administrator for the Kenosha County Jail. Croeker replaces Lt. Mark Schlecht, who retires on Friday after 35 years with the department.

County’s Top Legal Adviser to Retire

Bernard Vash, the county’s corporation counsel, is retiring this week after 33 years as legal adviser to the county.

Panel OKs Bill Ending Wisconsin’s Prevailing Wage Law

The Assembly Labor Committee has approved a measure that would eliminate Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law.

The committee voted Wednesday 5-4 with Republicans in favor advancing the bill. Rep. John Spiros, a Marshfield Republican, joined Democrats in voting against the measure.

Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday said he would sign a repeal of the law.

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