Rendering of new Enerpac facility in Columbus
Construction of this 167,100-square-foot manufacturing plant for Enerpac is underway in Columbus. The facility, which will replace a smaller
plant in the city, is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.
The transformation of 180 acres is under way in Columbus that will help a local company expand and bring more development to the city’s
Enerpac, one of the city’s largest employers, and Zilber, a development company, broke ground this week on a $17 million, 167,100-square-foot
manufacturing facility that will be next to the Highway 73 off-ramp and visible to the 20,000 motorists who travel daily on Highway 151.
City officials say Enerpac and its 200 employees will become the anchor of the Gateway Business Park, which could someday also be home to other
manufacturers, retail, a hotel, senior housing, parkland and a park-and-ride lot.
"It’s going to mean an incredible opportunity to grow the city of Columbus," said Steve Sobiek, the city’s economic development director.
"In order to compete from an economic development and a job creation standpoint ... we have to compete in a regional and a global economy
and that means growing the population of Columbus while at the same time offering good, well-paying jobs."
The city has received a $591,567 grant from the state Department of Transportation and is investing an additional $1.2 million to add two
streets, water and sewer and other improvements to the industrial park.
The city spent $560,000 to buy 28 acres for the Enerpac project before selling the land to Enerpac for $280,000, Sobiek said.
Enerpac, a manufacturer of hydraulic high-force tools and equipment used in industrial markets, has been located for more than 50 years in
a 135,000-square-foot leased facility at 720 W. James St.
The new facility, scheduled for completion by the end of the year, will also be leased but allow for continued growth with room for a
WSJ article of 5/15/13
Downtown Facade Improvement Grant Pilot Program
The City of Columbus has partnered with WPPI Energy/Columbus Water & Light to offer a pilot Downtown Façade
Improvement Grant program. Click here for full details of the program and for
an application form.
From the Columbus Public Library
The May/June Library Newsletter is now available.
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We are also on Twitter at COLNewsEvents!
Automated External Defibrillators (AED's)
The Police Department needs to replace the Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) that we carry in our squad cars.
These lifesaving pieces of equipment are an invaluable tool for us. However, our present models no longer meet current
standards. The cost is about $1,500.00 each for a new unit. We need a minimum of three units. Any donations to the
department would be greatly appreciated.
To learn more about AED's and what they are used for, go to the following link:
Regular and Substitute Adult School Crossing Guard
The City of Columbus Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the positions of Regular and Substitute
School Crossing Guards. A Regular Crossing Guard is assigned to work a location on a regular basis. A Substitute
Crossing Guard is assigned to various locations when one of the Regular Crossing Guards is absent. Both positions
are considered part-time and are non-benefitted.
Interested persons shall fill out a City of Columbus employment application. Applications are available at the police
department, 159 S. Ludington St. or city hall, 105 N. Dickason Blvd. You may also call the police department during
regular business hours for more information. Recruitment is ongoing.
Please see the position description for further information.
New driving law forbids cell phone use
As of November 1, 2012, s.346.89(4) states that no person who holds a probationary license issued under s.343.085,
or an instruction permit issued under s.343.07, may drive, as defined in s.343.305(1)(b), any motor vehicle while
using a cellular or other wireless telephone, except to report an emergency.
Click for the text of Act 164
Downtown Beautification Program announced
Click for the story.
Firemen Fundraising For Fire Extinguisher Simulator
The first line of defense at the onset of a fire is the availability of, and the knowledge to use, a fire extinguisher.
The Columbus Fire Department is looking to find a safer, cleaner, and more cost effective way of providing fire extinguisher
training to the general public, whether for businesses, groups, or individuals. To that end, the department has begun a
fundraising campaign to purchase a Bullex fire extinguisher training simulator.
Currently, training is done outdoors by pouring a flammable liquid into a pan, igniting it, and having the trainees extinguish
the fire with a fire extinguisher. This method has many negative aspects which include, but are not limited to:
The Bullex Bullseye fire extinguisher training system uses a laser driven extinguisher. The extinguisher looks, sounds,
and operates like an actual extinguisher. The trainee shoots it at simulated flames on a screen. If not directed properly,
the "flames" will not go out. Positive aspects of the simulator include:
- Using flammable liquids/open flames are dangerous (training is limited to adults)
- Must be done outdoors, so weather may force a cancellation of training
- Wind will affect the travel of the smoke and chemical powder. A large area free of vehicles and other exposures must be found to hold the training
- Recharging extinguishers is costly. Extinguishers are out of service until they can be recharged
- A fire truck is taken out of service to stand by at the training due to using a live fire
- Only Class B fires can be simulated
In addition to extinguisher training, the fire department can use the screen with "flames" to simulate a fire at schools during fire drills.
- No open flames
- No flammable liquids
- Can be done indoors
- No need to find a large area for training
- No issues with wind or inclement weather
- No longer limited to adults
- No cost for recharging fire extinguishers
- Can be set to simulate Class A, B, and C fires with varying degrees of difficulty
- No need to take a fire truck out of service
The cost of the simulator package is $11,475. The Columbus Fire Department is looking to purchase it through fundraising contributions
from businesses, groups, or individuals. The department provides training for various entities and would appreciate support from
the public. Without the need to recharge extinguishers, future training with the simulator would be free of charge to the recipients
and is provided as a service by the fire department.
A video demonstration of the Bullex simulator can be seen by clicking here,
or on the City’s cable access TV channel.
Rural Burning Permit information
For information on rural burning permits, click here.
WANTED: Trading Card Sponsors
The Columbus Police Department would like to thank the following local businesses for their donation to assist us in purchasing
officer trading cards:
Apple Tree Family Restaurant - 675 Park Avenue.
American Packaging Corporation - 850 W. James St.
Thank you to both these sponsors for partnering with us in our community relations mission. We are still accepting donations in
any amount. We hope to have the cards printed by May.
Click here for detail.
Columbus-Fall River Food Pantry Rotation for 2013
Click here to view.
Bus Service Connects Columbus to Madison, Fox Valley
Click here to read about service
available from the Columbus Amtrak Station.
From the Police Chief
Information on the state law on concealed carry is available at:
Electronic Pickpocket Video
A warning from the police department regarding a new method used to illegally obtain credit card information;
see the video link on the Police Department page.
New texting while driving law
As of December 1, 2010 the following law is in effect:
Wisconsin Statute 346.89(3) which reads in part:
346.89 Inattentive Driving
(3)(a) No person may drive, as defined in s.343.305(1)(b),
any motor vehicle while composing or sending an electronic text
message or an electronic mail message.
(b) This subsection does not apply to any of the following:
1. The operator of an authorized emergency vehicle.
2. The use of any device whose primary function is transmitting
and receiving emergency alert messages and messages
related to the operation of the vehicle or an accessory that is integrated
into the electrical system of a vehicle, including a global
positioning system device.
First offense fine is $101.40 and it is a 4 point violation in the City of Columbus.
Reminder from the Police Department
The City of Columbus Police Department would like to remind its residents that our department is utilizing the NIXLE community messaging service.
We encourage all residents to sign up for this service at nixle.com.
Subscribers can receive traffic alerts, community messages and other important information from the police department via email and/or text messaging.
See the Police Dept web page or go to nixle.com for more information.
City of Columbus adopts "Safe Routes to School Plan"
The City of Columbus and the Columbus School District have adopted Safe Routes to School Plan.
For additional information, please follow this link.
The report is downloadable under Columbus, City of.
Learn more about Columbus, including demographic and statistical information:
Columbus at www.City-Data.com
City of Columbus Public Access Cable Channel - Charter channel number is 980