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Traffic Safety Commission


Mylan Fink:  Absent                                                          
Tim Flaherty:  9-10:25 a.m.                                             

Judy Goldsmith:  9-10:25 a.m.                                        
Tom Janke:  Excused                        

Steve Klein:  9-10:25 a.m.                                                
Kim Mueller:  Excused                     

Scott Nelson:  9-10:25 a.m.                                              
Luke Newman:  9-10:25 a.m.                          

Michael Panosh:  9-10:25 a.m.                                        
Jordan Skiff:  9-9:20 a.m.                 

Jessica Slavin:  9-10:25 a.m.                                            
Ryan Waldschmidt:  9-10:25 a.m.

Dean Will:  9-10:25 a.m.                                                  
John Zorn:  9-10:25 a.m.


Also present were alternate member Ryan Sommer, Judge Peter Grimm, Dennis Krueger and Lisa Freiberg.


1. Call meeting to order.

Chair Steve Klein called the meeting to order at 9 a.m.


2. Introduction of members/guests.

Introductions were made.


3. Approve minutes of the December 13, 2017, meeting.

Motion (Zorn/Will) to approve the minutes. Motion carried.


4. Members of the public who wish to address the commission on specific agenda items must register their requests at this time, with such comments subject to the reasonable control of the commission chair, as set forth in “Robert’s Rules of Order.”

There was no public comment.


5. Presentation on noncompliance with ignition interlock devices.

A handout was distributed on 2017 Wisconsin Act 124, Ignition Interlock Devices. Also distributed was an article on noncompliance with ignition interlock device installation. Judge Peter Grimm attended a traffic law seminar and brought Act 124 to the Traffic Safety Commission’s attention. Discussion was held on the act and compliance. Assistant District Attorney Dennis Krueger addressed the commission on the compliance issue and the handling of these cases in the District Attorney’s Office. This agenda item will be revisited at the next meeting.


6. Review new features on Community Maps – Mike Panosh.

Mike Panosh discussed and demonstrated the Community Maps – Wisconsin County TSC Crash Mapping website, When a crash is entered by an officer, deputy or trooper, it is automatically kicked into this system.


7. Review fatal and serious injury crashes for the last three months.

a. 2/3/18 Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office – STH 23 east CTH M.

b. 2/3/18 Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office – STH 44 and West Street.

c. 2/3/18 Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office – STH 49 and Whooley Road.


The three accidents on Feb. 3 were reviewed. They had one common denominator – driving too fast for conditions.


8. Roundtable discussion.

a. Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

  • Scott Nelson reported that the resurfacing project on State Road 45 from Fond du Lac to Eden will start in approximately six weeks. There will be some detouring of traffic. After the project completion, preliminary work will begin in the village of Eden, with the actual project scheduled for 2019.
  • There will be box culvert work on State Road 67 in June and July.
  • Resurfacing of State Road 23 west from Rosendale to Townline Road will begin after July, with detours planned.
  • There will be bridge repairs on County Road Y and US Highway 151, because of damage from an oversized vehicle.
  • Mr. Nelson explained the website, which provides information on projects, including detour maps, time schedules, contact information and updates.

b. City Police.

  • Chair Klein discussed participation with the Sheriff’s Office and State Patrol regarding heavy enforcement in the State Road 23 and County Road K area. He also noted that aircraft speed enforcement is to begin in that area.
  • There have been speed complaints regarding the Merrill Street corridor between Park and National avenues. As St. Agnes Hospital and Winnebago Lutheran Academy are high users of the corridor, police will be working on education with these entities.

c. Sheriff’s Office

In regards to the partnership with Fond du Lac Police Department and State Patrol, Capt. Ryan Waldschmidt added that the Sheriff’s Office allocates any additional resources to State Road 23 east.


d. State Patrol.

Sgt. Luke Newman reiterated the enforcement partnership on State Road 23 east. Temporary aircraft marks have been made. County highway crews will paint more permanent marks as soon as the weather allows. Another trooper has been added to Fond du Lac County. State Patrol also directs additional resources, if available, to State Road 23 east.


e. Health Department.

There was no report.


f. Education.

There was no report.


g. Bureau of Transportation Safety.

Mr. Panosh reported that state fatality numbers are up this year. Year-to-date, there have been 95 fatalities. In 2017, there were 71. The five-year average is 81. At this time, five counties have more fatalities than Fond du Lac.


h. Department of Public Works.

Jordan Skiff was excused. He did report to Chair Klein that the Department of Public Works is working jointly with the Fond du Lac County Highway Department on the Fond du Lac Avenue project.


i. Highway Department.

Ryan Sommer reported that a public information meeting was held on March 13 regarding improvements to County Road V in the city of Fond du Lac. The project begins south of County Road VV (Pioneer Road) and extends north through the County Road V, Fond du Lac Avenue, National Avenue and Rienzi Road intersection. The meeting had a good turnout. Improvements include a roundabout. Pioneer Road is scheduled for construction in 2019 and Fond du Lac Avenue in 2020.


j. County Board.

There was no report.


k. Moraine Park Technical College.

There was no report.


l. Legal.

There was no report.


9. Future agenda items and meeting date.

The next meeting is at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13. Noncompliance with ignition interlock devices will be on the agenda.

10. Adjournment.

Motion (Goldsmith/Waldschmidt) to adjourn the meeting at 10:25 a.m. Motion carried.


Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Freiberg, Fond du Lac County Clerk

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