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Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Awarded

The 2017 Cross Plains Ara Chamber of Commerce (CPACC) annual scholarship was awarded to Middleton High School senior Fiona Lynch at Scholarship Night on Wednesday, May 17 at the Performing Arts Center.  Lynch was presented the scholarship by CPACC vice president Perry Hibner. She was also honored at the CPACC's annual chicken barbecue on Memorial Day. This is the 17th year the CPACC has awarded a scholarship.

The CPACC scholarship recipient was determined by the MHS scholarship committee, which is made up of counselors, administrators and teachers. The criteria established to determine the winner including living or working in Cross Plains, participation in academic and athletic activities, volunteering in the community or helping fellow students, and excelling academically.

Lynch plans to attend UW-Madison and major in business or marketing.  She has been very active with the MHS DECA Club, twice qualifying for the state competition and also advancing to the international competition in California this year. She has also served as the club's president in 2016-17.  In addition, she has served as a Link Crew mentor to incoming freshmen the past two years and also has volunteered as a student tutor and as a counselor for the Wisconsin Association of School Council.  "My goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of others,'' she said. "Successful leaders grow and inspire others to lead. This takes humility, integrity and vision.'' 

Glaciers Edge Square in the park near World of Variety.
2017 Vendor Application now available! Know anyone who might be interested in selling this summer?

Click here or contact Jennifer Wankerl at 608-798-3520 or

2017 COMMUNITY GUIDE AVAILABLE NOW!  Copies are available at local businesses,

the Rosemary Garfoot Library, and Village office. 

Click here for the electronic version of the guide.

CTH P to be reconstructed in Village of Cross Plains
The Village of Cross Plains Board meeting on Monday, April 24, covered a number of topics. One of the more significant discussions involved the upcoming reconstruction of a portion of County Hwy P. Dane County is relinquishing responsibility for county highways within village limits. Brian Berquist of Town and Country Engineering presented current plans and some of the different options involving the project. By acting now,... the village has the benefit of having half of the street costs paid by Dane County. The total cost is estimated at about $5.5 million. The area covered is about one mile, from Culver’s to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and School. As EPIC desires to run a conduit through the project, they have paid 100 percent of the cost for the plans. One of the major improvements includes added sidewalks. Of the portions where there is currently no sidewalk, a sidewalk will be constructed on one side of the street; where there is currently sidewalk on one side, there will be sidewalks constructed on both sides of the street. The village will be holding discussions to weigh possible assessments for homeowners along the construction route and (partial) property acquisitions, where some existing property lines encroach on the sidewalk. In order to keep property acquisition to a minimum, no bike lanes will be added; but, as Village of Cross Plains Administrator Caitlin Stene pointed out, city ordinances do not restrict bicyclists from riding on sidewalks. Construction is slated to begin sometime in 2018.

Public information meeting to preview upcoming WIS 19 improvements
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Southwest Region will hold a public information meeting to preview the upcoming construction on WIS 19 between WIS 78 and US 12 in Dane County. The open house meeting is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23 in the Town of Berry Hall, 9046 State Highway 19, Mazomanie.
Work to resurface portions of the highway is expected to begin June 5. Highway 19 will be closed between WIS 78 and US 12 until mid-August. Access will be maintained to properties along WIS 19 for residents, businesses, and emergency vehicles. Through traffic will be detoured using WIS 78 and US 12.
The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, provide input and ask questions concerning this project. WisDOT representatives will be available to discuss the project on an individual basis.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, or would like more information, contact Matthew Dapp at 608-246-5353. Written comments regarding the project can be mailed to Matthew Dapp, 2101 Wright Street, Madison WI 53704, or email


Are you interested in supporting your community? Promoting the Cross Plains Area? Making a difference? Recruiting new businesses and helping to shape our future? The Chamber is recruiting new Board members.
Not only does the Chamber benefit from your involvement, you and your employer reap the advantages of being active. A committee member receives both personal and professional development at several levels. Individuals learn from shared experience, and by sharing their experience. They can practice social, planning, organizing, risk-taking, and networking skills, just to name a few. Become an active member and take advantage of this training opportunity. Take a look at our committees we have available and BECOME INVOLVED TODAY! Learn more on our website or reach out to a current board member. Let us know how we can help you be a part of this important work.  Click here to see the statement of interest and Board handbook.

Bud Busch - Village Trustee
Sarah Francois - Village Trustee
Michael Pomykalski - Village Trustee

They are joined by current Board members:

President Pat Andreoni
Trustee William Brosius
Trustee Judy Ketelboeter
Trustee Lee Sorensen

Shop Local and don't forget about Chamber Bucks! You can purchase the gift checks at State Bank of Cross Plains & Cross Plains Community Bank.

Market Analysis Community Visits
As part of the Cross Plains Market Analysis the chamber put a team together to go alike communities around the state to interview key figures in business development.  The three communities that we chose were doing some nice things in business retention and attraction. They are Mount Horeb, Lake Mills and Cambridge.   The visits took place Thursday, January 19th. Each community had its own positives and negatives in which we can reflect on to see what will benefit the village.  The results of these interviews will be discussed at our Chamber Annual Celebration.

Thank you to our team: Michael Roessler (CENTURY 21 Affiliated), Caitlin Stene (Village of Cross Plains), Mary Geisthardt Devitt (Crossroads Coffeehouse), Ben Swanson (State Bank of Cross Plains), Casey Koenig (Thompson Kane & Company, LLC), Sharon Lezberg (UW-Extension) and Bill Ryan (UW-Extension)

Taxes to increase slightly in the Village of Cross Plain
Local taxes will rise, but only slightly, for the Village of Cross Plains in 2017.
The Cross Plains Village Board approved next year’s budget at their November 28 meeting with little debate. President Pat Andreoni dutifully opened a public hearing on the budget at 7:15 p.m ., but – reflecting the quiet nature of the budget – no member of the public showed up to comment. The public hearing was therefore immediately close...d, and trustees swung into discussion and action.
Altogether, the final budget brought the village tax rate to $7.50 per thousand dollars of equalized property value. This represents a 26-cent elevation over last year’s rate, which was itself a modest 14-cent raise from 2015. In real terms, the 2017 village tax on a house worth $250,000 will come out to $1,875, a $65 increase over 2016.  Read more here.

Construction begins at Indian Lake County Park
Construction kicked off at Indian Lake County Park with Dane County Executive Joe Parisi present. The project will include a new restroom building, timber frame park shelter, accessible parking and paths, and playground and picnic area. Construction is set to be completed in July of 2017.
“Dane County has some of the best parks in the state,” said Parisi. “Indian Lake is a very popular county park, and these improvements will mak...e it even more enjoyable.”
The park shelter will be constructed of trees harvested through prairie restoration and timber stand improvement projects on county-owned lands. Total estimated project cost is approximately $800,000, partially funded through a Wisconsin DNR Stewardship Grant $179,300. The dog park, boat landing, and trails will continue to be open during construction.
The budget also includes $100,000 to complete the ongoing restoration at Dane County’s Indian Lake County Park. When completed, this gem of the parks system will have new shelters, restrooms, and a renewed fresh water fishery. Click here to read more.

Donate to the Cross Plains Community Caring Tree
The Cross Plains Community Caring Tree, administered by American Legion Post 245, started many years ago to help the less fortunate in the local area. The Post created a monetary fund to give to those in need, especially over the Christmas holiday. All the donated funds are distributed every year. For 2015, the Caring Tree spread cheer to 23 families which totaled 70 adults and children.
Anyone who would like to contribute to the Community Caring Tree fund should send cash or check made out to Caring Tree to Lee Mayrack, c/o Post 245, PO Box 188, Cross Plains, WI 53528 or Barb Schutz, 2711 Woodside Dr, Cross Plains, WI 53528.
Any amount helps, and contributions are tax deductible. The fund is used mostly in December, but donations can be made at any time of the year.


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