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News & Notes: Jan. 15

Jan. 15, 2014

Village to replace two squad cars this year

Fox Point — The Fox Point Village Board on Tuesday gave Police Chief Tom Czaja authority to purchase two new squads this year at a cost of $55,596. One squad will be a Ford NGPI interceptor all-wheel drive utility vehicle; the other is a Ford Expedition.

The village had allocated $70,790 toward the purchase of the two squads, which will replace vehicles that have notched between 70,000 and 75,000 miles.

Czaja solicited bids from three dealers. Thiensville-based Schmit Ford provided the lowest quotation.

Fox Point outlines its 2014 emerald ash borer management plan

Fox Point — Wachtel Tree Science, the firm contracted to perform forestry services in Fox Point, will be given $12,500 to conduct treatments aimed at eliminating the threat of the emerald ash borer disease.

The Village Board approved the expense Tuesday at the recommendation of Director of Public Works Scott Brandmeier. In addition to treating existing ash trees, Wachtel will remove any plantings that are vulnerable to the condition, which is known to ravage large amounts of the species.

Fox Point to host family friendly 'winter blast' program Jan. 31

Fox Point — Plans for a first-ever, community-oriented event known as Winter Blast are moving forward following passage of a resolution Tuesday by the Fox Point Village Board.

Festivities will include skating demonstrations, a meet-and-greet with the Milwaukee Admirals' mascot Roscoe, a viewing of the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center's Birds of Prey exhibit and the serving of hot chocolate and cookies.

The event, being sponsored by the Fox Point Foundation and Cornerstone Community Bank, will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Longacre Pavilion and adjacent ice skating rink, 7343 N. Longacre Road.

Village to recognize International Migratory Bird Day

Fox Point — An event recognizing International Migratory Bird Day is expected to take place May 3, following passage of a resolution Tuesday by the Fox Point Village Board.

As part of the resolution, the board goes on record as backing the events held across the country to support the more than 350 bird species that travel between nesting habitats in this area and traverse to southern climates in the winter.

Further details of the village's participation in International Migratory Bird Day are pending.

Students to raise funds

for field trips to Europe

Shorewood — The Art Department of Shorewood High School garnered approval from the School Board to take an art-focused field trip to France and Spain.

The students will raise funds to pay for the trip scheduled for June 2015. The experience will provide students with the opportunity to investigate some of the world's most influential artwork. Many of the destinations will highlight the value of studying history through art.

Rep. Petri to hold

Mequn town meetings

Mequon — U.S. Rep. Tom Petri is headed to Mequon on Saturday for an hourlong town meeting.

Petri, who represents Wisconsin's Sixth Congressional District, will be in the Tolzman Community Room of the Frank L. Weyenberg Library, 11345 N. Cedarburg Road, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 18. The meeting is Petri's second stop in a weeklong series of town meetings in the sixth district.

Nicolet senior wins

$1,000 in science competition

Glendale — Nicolet senior Bertrand Stone is an Intel Science Talent Search 2014 semifinalist.

One of 300 semifinalists selected from a pool of nearly 1,800 entrants, Stone wins $1,000 for himself and the same amount for Nicolet for teaching and support excellence, according to a district news release.

Stone may be able to present his winning project, "Characterization of the Line Complexity of Cellular Automata Generated by Polynomial Transition Rules," in Washington D.C. in March if he advances to a group of 40 finalists.

In spring 2013, Stone was a Siemens Competition semifinalist and spent the summer researching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a scholarship.

Kindergarten registration

upcoming

Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School District will hold 2014-15 school year kindergarten registration from 1-6 p.m. on March 19 and 20.

According to a district news release, children who will be five years old by Sep. 1 are eligible.

Parents should bring proof of residency, their child's immunization records, and their child's birth certificate. More information is available at (262) 238-8514 and the district website, mtsd.k12.wi.us.

Plan Commission to review housing, memory care proposals

Mequon — The Plan Commission on Jan. 20 will review proposals for a 95-lot single-family housing development and a 72-bed memory care facility.

The "Preserve of Mequon" is planned on about 73 acres of land northwest of the intersection of Donges Bay and Wauwatosa roads. The density of the proposed subdivision is one home per acre, with lot sizes ranging from 0.4-0.7 acres and shared open space constituting about a third of the overall development. Home prices are estimated from $400,000 to $600,000 and would produce about $1.2 million in total tax revenue, according to the proposal.

The "Artis Residence" is proposed for 11900 North Port Washington Road, just north of the Marcus North Shore Cinema. The proposed building would be one-story with a roughly 30,000-square-foot area, divided into four wings surrounding a central core. The memory-care facility has an estimated value of $4 million, which would generate an estimated $62,000 in total tax revenue.

Real estate blog features

four North Shore communities

North Shore communities claim four of the top six spots in Movoto Blog's "10 Best Places In Wisconsin" list, with the city of Mequon ranking first in the state.

Based on the criteria of amenities, quality of life, crime, taxes, unemployment, commute time, and weather, the real estate blog ranked Mequon first, Brown Deer third, Fox Point fourth, and Whitefish Bay sixth among 130 Wisconsin municipalities.

Mequon was noted for its quality of life, low crime and unemployment rates, and average summer temperature. Brown Deer was highlighted for a low crime rate and available amenities. Due to its state-leading overall quality of life, lack of crime, and climate Fox Point was honored, while Whitefish Bay made the cut for its high level of amenities and quality of life.

NSFD creates

retirement fund

The North Shore Fire Department Board of Directors on Tuesday passed a resolution which creates a retirement benefit fund.

The resolution puts in writing a concept the board has discussed since 2012: socking money away each year in order to fund employee retirement benefits over the long-term.

"It formalizes that the fund has to be used for post employment retirement expenses unless the board takes action to change that," Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said.

New hire to perform property inspections in Brown Deer

Brown Deer — Fernando Moreno began his position as Brown Deer's planning and zoning specialist last week. The newly created position was included in the village's 2014 budget.

Moreno's duties include a number of tasks, including code enforcement.

Moreno, who holds master's degrees in public administration and architecture and urban planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, previously interned for the village in the community services and planning department.

"He's very knowledgeable," Village Manager Michael Hall said. "He's spent time on his own driving around the village and getting to know it better."

Jewish Federation partners

with One Happy Camper

Milwaukee — The Milwaukee Jewish Federation has partnered with One Happy Camper to help local children attend a Jewish overnight camp with $1,000 grants for first-time campers.

In order to enable as many children as possible to experience the power of Jewish camp, the MJF provides grants of up to $1,000 to families with children attending nonprofit Jewish overnight camp for the first time through the One Happy Camper program in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp.

Families with children attending one of more than 150 nonprofit Jewish overnight camps — including Steve & Shari Sadek Family Camp Interlaken, Camp Ramah Wisconsin, Camp Young Judaea Midwest, Olin-Sang Ruby Union Institute, Gan Israel Michigan and more — for their first summer may receive a grant regardless of need or background. Families can find camps and apply for grants by visiting OneHappyCamper.org.

Health Department

hosts screenings

The North Shore Health Department is hosting adult health risk screenings Feb. 19 at the Brown Deer location, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive, and Jan. 18 and Feb. 25 at the Shorewood location, 2010 E. Shorewood Blvd. The program includes a blood analysis for total cholesterol, blood pressure and weight check, plus a consultation with a registered nurse. The cost is $30.

Free blood pressure screenings will also be offered Feb. 5 at the Whitefish Bay Community Center, 5205 N. Lydell Ave., room 17; Jan. 28 and Feb. 25 at the North Shore Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road in Glendale; and Jan. 22 and Feb. 26 in Shorewood.

Call (414) 371-2980 to schedule an appointment.

Village tweaks its employee handbooks

Brown Deer — The employee handbook for Brown Deer municipal employees has a few minor amendments, Village Manager Michael Hall announced at a meeting last week.

The changes, applicable primarily to public works employees, are designed to be in compliance with the fair labor standards act, or FLSA, and reflect when overtime will and will not be granted — primarily during holidays when an employee might already have paid time off.

The Village Board did not take any official action, but the board's Personnel Committee previously reviewed the amendments.

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