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Mauston hires new police officer
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Mauston hires new police officer

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The Mauston Police Department has a new officer. Ryan Meyer took his oath of office to join the department at the Dec. 11 Mauston Common Council Meeting.

Meyer was welcomed by the council after having the oath administered by Mauston City Administrator Randy Reeg.

“I will well and faithfully discharged the duties of the office of police officer of the city of Mauston to the best of my ability and in accordance with the law enforcement code of ethics,” Meyer said.

Tobacco Free Coalition Report

Tara Noye and Kelsey Skala of the Tobacco Free Coalition spoke with Mauston High School students Madeline Boehm and Arielle Arneson about the importance of educating young people on tobacco use.

“We know that tobacco related health issues are the number preventable cause of death in Wisconsin,” Noye said. “We have fact clubs in our schools that do peer-to-peer education.”

Mauston Mayor Brian McGuire inquired whether the coalition was also looking into educating people on vaping.

“That’s actually turned into our main thing because that’s what high schoolers are turning to,” Boehm said. “And tobacco companies are using fruit flavors… to try to appeal more to teenagers… We’re trying to give them more information about that because just because it’s fruit flavored, or a fun flavor, that doesn’t mean it stops being harmful.”

McGuire said companies are now “targeting the young people” as smoking rates in the US have fallen overall.

Mayor’s Report

McGuire said he believe as many as 3,000 people attended the Holiday Train’s performance this year, an all time record for the city. “We’ve estimated close to 2,000 before and this was by far the biggest,” McGuire said.

Other Business

The Council voted to approve vouchers in the amount of $1,243,385.

The Ordinance Committee reported there were changes pending on Mauston’s ordinances regarding sex offenders, but did not offer specifics. “It’s too early to say much more than that,” said Alderman Francis McCoy.

The Dec. 25 Common Council meeting was cancelled. The council will meet again during the first week in January.

You can reach Jake Ekdahl on Twitter @JakeaEkdahl or contact him at 608-697-6353

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