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News & Notes: Feb. 12

Feb. 12, 2014

Men's Club hosting community blood drive

Shorewood — The next Shorewood Men's Club Community Blood Drive is scheduled from from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Shorewood Village Center, 2010 E. Shorewood Blvd.

Anyone interested in donating may contact Jeff Hanewall at 687-7418 or shorewoodmensclub@wi.rr.com for an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. The drive is conducted by the Blood Center of Wisconsin.

Planning Commission approves

Marshalls, ease city requirements

Mequon — The Planning Commission on Monday approved plans for a Marshalls at the Pavilions Shopping Center, 10930 N. Port Washington Road.

A Marshalls representative said the new store, planned at the current site of a Men's Warehouse and two smaller adjacent stores, is slated to open in 2015.

While city planning staff recommended that Marshalls complete a parking and traffic study, and later implement parking lot improvements as result of the study, company representatives and commissioners agreed that the study was unnecessary.

"I agree that the parking lot always struck me as funky, but that's not Marshalls' fault," Alderman Andrew Nerbun said. "This could warrant some attention going forward, but I don't want to hold up a development for it."

Similarly, commissioners didn't agree with city staff that new outdoor and parking lot lighting should be included as part of the project.

"If it were me, I would certainly not want to replace all the lights," Mayor Dan Abendroth said. "I think that would be a burden on the center and on the tenants."

Commissioner David Fuchs agreed.

"Those were permissible when the place was built," Fuchs said, "so we changed the rules after the fact."

Several Glendale police officers to retire in 2014

Glendale — The Glendale Police Department is planning to fill several vacancies as a result of the retirements of Sgt. Steve O'Neil and three other police officers anticipated later this year.

The Common Council on Monday approved a request from Police Chief Tom Czarnyszka to move ahead with filling four positions, which City Administrator Richard Maslowski said has been taken into consideration in the city's 2014 budget.

Since 2007, the department's workforce has decreased by three officers, from 45 to 42, Czarnyszka said. Meanwhile, crime has increased during that time, along with other educational, technical and legal demands being placed on officers, he added, which directly impacts the amount of unallocated time available for patrol. Filling the vacancies will better enable the department to meet patrolling needs.

The department has worked out a schedule with the finance director that would allow for all the positions to be filled without adversely impacting the budget, Czarnyszka said.

Alderman John Gelhard voted against the request, on the grounds of wanting more details on the salaries and benefits for the positions, as well as further analysis of the needs of the community.

Brown Deer officials reviewing staff compensation

Brown Deer — Officials in the Brown Deer School District are continuing to review teacher compensation models in the post-Act 10 environment.

"We're starting to coagulate around a solution," Director of Finance Emily Koczela said during a report of the issue to members of the district's Finance and Facilities Committee. "It's a hot topic right now. Everyone is working on this."

One possible scenario calls on a 1.46 percent salary increase — a figure that could result in an additional $150,000 to $160,000 in salary expenses.

Koczela said the district is considering two metrics for determining how much a specific teacher receives in additional compensation — one for performance and another tailored after an across-the-board increase.

North Shore Health Department updates funding formula

Glendale — In an effort to stabilize the annual amount being paid by each member community for services provided by the North Shore Health Department, the Board of Health is recommending a modified funding formula.

The Glendale Common Council on Monday voted in favor of the recommended change, which replaces the current cost-sharing formula with set percentages for each community that would equate to an average five-year usage.

Under the formula, Glendale would be required to cover about 14.4 percent of the total departmental budget, which amounts to about $64,500 for the 2014 budget. City Administrator Richard Maslowski said the formula should help ensure a more stable and predictable contribution from year to year for all of the member communities.

Shorewood, Brown Deer, Whitefish Bay, Fox Point, Bayside and River Hills are each required to approve the change as well.

Footbridge project

moving toward bid

Fox Point — The Village Board on Tuesday approved a roughly $18,000 addition to engineering firm Ayres Associates' ongoing Ravine Lane Footbridge contract.

The change allows the firm to finalize bid documents for the project, attend the bid opening, conduct walk-throughs, update drawings, and conduct other business necessary for the project to go forward, Village Manager Melissa Bohse said.

Bohse said the change is necessary because Ayres Associates' original contract was made under the assumption that the bridge tear down and reconstruction projects would be bid at the same time.

"When we changed the scope of the project that changed the amount of hours they are required to spend on the project," Bohse said.

Bids are expected back for board consideration in April. Bohse said Village President Michael West and Public Works Director Scott Brandmeier gave a presentation on the contract change Tuesday, after which the change passed on a 4-3 vote with no discussion. Trustees Beverly Bell, Bill Warner and F.R. Dengel voted against it.

Brown Deer School District working on 2014-15 budget

Brown Deer — The current school year is far from over, but Brown Deer school officials are in the process of assembling the district's projected 2014-15 budget.

"The discussion of budget goals is very general at this point," Director of Finance Emily Koczela said as she discussed the planning process with members of the Finance and Facilities Committee on Tuesday.

Although there are a number of unknowns, Koczela said Brown Deer faces the possibility of having to cut costs in the upcoming budget.

"In general, it appears that we will not be allowed to raise the levy, we will have a noticeable increase in state aid and we will not be able to raise costs much, if at all," Koczela said.

The district anticipates a $40,000 increase in state aid — the district's second largest source of income — for the upcoming school year.

Board approves

infrastructure, tree work

Fox Point — The Village Board on Tuesday approved design work for sanitary sewer and water main projects, as well as a village-wide tree inventory and tree purchases.

The sanitary sewer rehab project targets 14 manholes and about 3,000 linear feet of sewer line in the village's sanitary sewer basin three. The water main projects include work on Bergen Court and a loop between Bridge and Barnett Lanes.

As part of an urban forestry grant, the village will receive $15,000 and match that amount on a village-wide tree inventory project. Keeping tabs on what sorts of trees are in the village helps maintain a healthy balance between species, Village Manger Melissa Bohse said.

"If you have a good mix and there's something that affects one species of trees, you have a good balance," Bohse said.

The board also approved tree purchases that will used for replacements or planned plantings throughout the village.

Brown Deer to stay in USDA food service program

Brown Deer — Despite dismay about tighter restrictions, Brown Deer school officials announced Tuesday they intend to remain in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's lunch program.

Involvement means the district's food service provider will need to adhere to a number of guidelines aimed at curbing the obesity epidemic. Critics, however, have stated the restrictions are so high that students frequently receive unappealing foods.

If Brown Deer were to leave the USDA program, the district would need to find another funding source to subsidize meals for students eligible for free and reduced meals.

"Our financial analysis indicated that we cannot afford to drop the federal subsidies, so we will have to do our best under the new rules," Director of Finance Emily Koczela said.

Student artists featured at Milwauke Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum's annual exhibition of works by Wisconsin students grades seven to 12 is on view. More than 2,300 individual artworks from 112 schools across the state participated in the Scholastic Art Awards-Wisconsin.

Gold and Silver Key winning artists are on display in Schroeder Galleria and Pieper Gallery now through March 16.

From Steffen Middle School the winners are Christopher Aceto, Erin Carley, Sophie Ng, and Avery Orosz.

From Lake Shore Middle School the winners are Silma Berrada, Caitlin Geurts, Clara Huskin, Anthony Kimm, Eliza Imbrie, Leah Neusen, and Isabella Scaffidi.

From Homestead High School the winners are Amanda Albright, Jessanna Clark, Victoria Hessling, Kayla Matocky, Collin Murray, Clare O'Malley, Adrian Rimmer, Dara Schuman, Sveta Tenges, and Angellia Yang.

From Nicolet High School the winners are Katherine Braun, Eli Cohen, DeVante' Coleman, Robert Dietz, Lieschen Du Plessis, Adrienne Evans, Westen Groh, Jenifer Hansen, Jessica Helminiak, Gabe Katz, Elizabeth Mittelstadt, Natalie Muenster, Salina Plotecher, Jordana Rubinitz, Laura Shires, Carolyns Trebian, Cierra Vine.

From the Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program, the winner is Rhea Stark.

From Shorewood High School the winners are Shannon Brill, Elizabeth Doherty, Haley Florsheim, Marcus Hoffmann, Samantha Krieger, Katherine Labudde, Elliott Lane, Melina Mueller, Lucy Petrick and Emily Ryan.

From Whitefish Bay High School the winner is Zev Woskoff.

The Scholastic Art Awards-Wisconsin competition and exhibition is the regional section of The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Program, conducted by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Inc. In Awards Ceremonies Feb. 8, student artists are awarded 283 individual Gold Keys which forwards them on to the National Scholastic Art Awards Competition, and 130 Silver Keys, which allows for statewide recognition of their work.

"It is a privilege to see the work of these young artists and to be a part of their experience in the Scholastic Art Awards," said Daniel Keegan, director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. "With so much talent, I have no doubt that choosing the winners was hard for our jury, and I look forward to seeing some of these same artists competing again next year."

Brown Deer could renew agreement with bus provider

Brown Deer — The Brown Deer School District could renew its transportation agreement with the Riteway Transportation Group as part of a proposal unveiled Tuesday.

Plans call for the district to enter into a two-year agreement with Riteway in exchange for a 1-percent increase in existing rates for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

Brown Deer's existing rates with Riteway range from a $32 hourly rate for field trip transportation to a nearly flat $95 daily figure for single routes.

The Finance and Facilities Committee recommended moving forward with the agreement, and the School Board could make a final decision later this month.

A second issue related to transportation — ownership of buses — remains under review. The district is considering selling its aging vehicles and possibly contracting with Riteway to use its fleet.

Mequon Nature

Preserve honored

Mequon — The Mequon Nature Preserve has been awarded an Innovations in Urban Forestry award from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Council.

The award recognizes the MNP's efforts to restore and preserve an urban forest for the benefit of the public, according to an MNP news release.

Noted by the DNR was a recent project of removing buckthorn from a six-acre hardwood forest. At the end of the project, MNP staffers were pleased to find two white oak trees estimated to be older than 150-years-old.

Fox Point makes

staffing changes

Fox Point — The village has consolidated its clerk and treasurer positions, eliminated an intern position, and created a new assistant role.

After longtime treasurer John George's retirement, village administrators decided to consolidate the treasurer position with the clerk position. The Village Board on Tuesday formally created the clerk/treasurer role and appointed clerk Tanya O'Malley to the post.

By combining the treasurer vacancy and eliminating an intern position, the village has created an assistant to the village manager position, which Village Manager Melissa Bohse described as more of a "generalist" job.

Overall, noted Bohse, the staffing changes come out to about a half-employee reduction.

Hospital's 5K run/walk to benefit Glendale Police Department

Glendale — The Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin is planning a 5K run and 2-mile walk to benefit the Glendale Police Department's Body Armor Fund.

The Common Council on Monday approved the organization's request to hold the event on Saturday, May 17, with Parkway School designated as the starting and finishing point on the route.

Staff resources needed for the event will be minimal, Police Chief Tom Czarnyszka said. Marshalls will be posted at every intersection throughout the race, with traffic cones and barricades to be used for added safety. The run is expected to last about 45 minutes, to be followed by post-race food and beverages, live music and a silent auction. All proceeds would go to the Police Department.

Planning under way for Glendale's Fourth of July festivities

Glendale — Although July is still months away, planning for Glendale's annual Fourth of July festivities is already well under way.

Bryan Kennedy, chair of the Fourth of July Committee, on Monday provided the Common Council with an update on the tentative schedule and action plan for the event, which includes a full day of activities, beginning with the children's parade at 10 a.m. and concluding with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

In between, activities include a children's carnival, food vendors, softball, soccer, music and other events from noon to 5 p.m., as well as other vendors from 5 to 9 p.m. Kennedy said the committee has discussed having bounce houses and relay races for children, as well as the possibility of performances or presentations by community groups, which would require rental of a temporary stage. He noted that the committee is hopeful the city will move forward with plans to have a more permanent location to hold such events in the future, which Mayor Jerome Tepper said has been discussed.

The committee is also putting together a booklet that would highlight the events for the day and include advertising spots to showcase local businesses. Kennedy said he has been very pleased with the recent growth of the committee, which has included representatives from Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Common Council and local school boards and parent-teacher organizations, for example.

Software company

expanding in Mequon

Mequon — Field workforce automation software maker MSI Data is expanding its Mequon headquarters, according to a company news release.

This is MSI's second expansion in the last two months, and the company more than doubled its staff in 2013.

The expansion is a 45 percent increase in office space to about 9,000 square feet and will make room for several new departments.

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 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. 25 at the North Shore Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road in Glendale; and Feb. 26 in Shorewood.

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

Fundraising under way

for 'Richards court'

Whitefish Bay — A volunteer fundraising committee is asking for donations to help rebuild the dilapidated "back yard" area at Richards Elementary School.

A two phase plan is set to begin in the spring. In the first phase, the existing tennis court area will be demolished replaced with the "Richards Athletic Court," composed of three tennis courts, three half-court basketball courts, several foursquare and hopscotch grids and backboards for kids to throw and kick balls against, according to a news release from the fundraising committee.

Phase two will focus on improvements to the existing playground equipment at Richards.

The committee encourages donations, which are tax-deductible. Checks should be made payable to The School District of Whitefish Bay with Richards Athletic Court in the memo line. Donations should be addressed to School District of Whitefish Bay Business Office, Attention: District Accountant — Penny Little, 1200 E. Fairmount Ave.

More information is available at "Richards Athletic Court" on Facebook or by contacting committee co-chairs Carol Fairborn at (414) 241-4086 and Leah Schneider at (414) 559-4397.

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 Sept. 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.

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