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News & Notes: Aug. 29

Aug. 29, 2012

Middle school principal Lucey resigns

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School Board accepted the resignation of middle school Principal Marirose Lucey last week.

Questions have lingered after Lucey, who during the last seven years has served at Algonquin Elementary, Dean Elementary, and the middle school, went on leave approximately three weeks before the conclusion of the 2011-2012 school year.

The School Board approved a new middle school administrative team for the 2012-2013 school year, with three-year Assistant Principal Ellis Turrentine taking over for Lucey.

Andy Bauschelt and Bruce Kramer will be deans of students.

Residents can meet the new administrators at a middle school open house from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 29.

Shorewood district prepares to borrow $6 million

Shorewood - The Shorewood School Board approved an initial borrowing resolution Tuesday, authorizing general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $6,015,000.

Though the district has authorized the bonding, no borrowing will take place unless a contract is approved with Honeywell and Energy Services Group, which together will execute a number of energy saving projects around the district. That contract will be considered at a Sep. 11 School Board meeting.

The board also set a public hearing on the project for 6 p.m. Sep. 11, at the Shorewood High School library, 1701 E. Capitol Drive.

Shorewood annual meeting date changed

Shorewood - As a result of the required timeline for anticipated borrowing for upcoming energy saving projects, the Shorewood School District has changed the date of its annual meeting.

The new meeting time will be 7 p.m. Sep. 24 in the Shorewood High School library, 1701 E. Capitol Drive.

Nicolet moves stormwater plan forward

Glendale - The Nicolet School Board approved a request for proposal Monday which should return them a detailed construction plan for North Shore Engineering's proposed $1.5 million stormwater management overhaul.

The RFP had been put off at an earlier meeting when the district decided to have a third party review the stormwater plan. Local retired engineer Philip Santacroce approved the plan in mid-August.

The RFP will be brought back to the district Finance and Facilities Committee, and later the School Board, for future action.

Green Tree road work on target for late summer completion

Fox Point - The orange barrels and "road closed" signs will soon disappear from several blocks of Green Tree Road. Throughout the summer, extensive construction work has taken place along what is one of the key access points to the village.

Fox Point Village Manager Susan Robertson said a number of stormwater issues cropped up in early August, and the work is being addressed. Water utility work has been completed in the area.

Once the stormwater work is complete, grading and repaving will take place.

"I wouldn't expect this to go beyond the first week of September," Robertson said.

New ordinance spells out standards for inspections

Fox Point - The Village Board approved an amended ordinance related to investigations concerning inflow and infiltration discharge at private residences. The issue stems from issues of basement backups and flooding that have happened in the past.

Changes to the ordinance include eliminating a grace period for inspections, and another tweak would make uncooperative property owners ineligible from matching funds that have been made available through a joint initiative between the village and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.

The village amended the ordinance, with legal consultation, following past incidents of uncooperative property owners.

Village Engineer Scott Brandmeier said the number of uncooperative owners has been proportionately small.

Contractor to propose, design renovations to Village Hall

Fox Point - The Village Board awarded a $14,100 contract to Barrientos Design and Consulting. The firm will be proposing several modifications to the existing layout of Village Hall.

Most of the proposed changes Barrientos will review revolve around security enhancements. For example, plans call on placing partitions at the front counter.

Under the existing configuration, the counter could easily be accessible in the public area if a person were to climb over the structure.

Village Board reviews updated financial statements

Fox Point - Village Manager Susan Robertson will likely present the Village Board with periodic year-to-date summaries of how the municipal budget is shaping up throughout the course of each budget cycle.

Trustee Eric Fonstad requested Robertson present year-to-date financial documents to the board at a meeting in July. The documents were reviewed and discussed earlier this month.

The board is expected to discuss the issue further at future meetings, but tentative plans call on Robertson to provide the board with written summaries - perhaps quarterly - and provide an analysis of the revenues and expenditures taken in each year.

For a community that is about 80 percent residential, Robertson said the budget follows a fairly formulaic pattern from one year to the next.

"I would say we're doing fine," Robertson said of the current state of the village's 2012 budget. "It's a happy year thus far."

Seats available for citizens police academy

Glendale - Six seats remain open for an upcoming Citizens Police Academy, according to Glendale police officer Joel Dhein.

The academy starts Oct. 4, and meets from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for 10 weeks, covering topics like media relations, narcotics enforcement, crime prevention and weapons demonstration.

Participants must be at least 18 years old and either live or work in Glendale.

For more information, contact Dhein at (414) 228-1741 or at j.dhein@glendale-wi.org.

Mequon residents urged to check mail listings

Mequon - It came to the attention of Highview Drive residents recently that their addresses were still recognized as being in Thiensville by the Post Office.

Area Post Master Anthony Tobias told North Shore NOW that the issue had been addressed, that "we had our people in Milwaukee check the database," and that Highview Drive was the only mislabeled area of Mequon.

Mequon resident Warren Stumpe is advising other residents to check their addresses on the Post Office website to verify the Mequon listing. He said that if any problems are found, residents can contact him at stumpe45@yahoo.com and he will contact the Post Office on their behalf.

Village passes ordinance for nonconforming structures

Bayside - The Village Board last week approved an ordinance that amends the zoning code for issues involving nonconforming structures.

Any existing nonconforming structures - which could include garages or other adjacent buildings to a home - can be rebuilt if they are destroyed or damaged from weather conditions, mold, infestation or similar circumstances.

The caveat is the structure needs to be rebuilt within the same footprint as the previous structure.

Bayside denies appeal for false burglar alarms

Bayside - At the recommendation of staff members, the Village Board has denied an appeal to have a $50 false alarm fee reversed.

The village has an ordinance on its books that gives staff members the authority to impose a fee after a second false alarm is sounded.

Scott Franklin, a representative of the Ruth Kohler Revocable Trust, requested the appeal for false burglar alarms sounded April 27 and May 3 at a home in the 200 block of West Coventry Court.

The alarm system had not been used for an extended period of time, but had been reactivated upon Kohler's death.

In a letter, Village Manager Andy Pederson recommended against the appeal.

"One of the primary reasons our false alarm ordinance was enacted was because numerous responses to false alarms detracts from the normal and necessary public safety work," Pederson wrote.

New ordinance strengthens enforcement of property maintenance

Bayside - The Village Board last week approved an ordinance that outlines staff members' ability to handle property maintenance violations, particularly in cases involving repeat offenders.

The ordinance includes a stipulation that any fees incurred by the village can be charged back to a property owner.

The document also states offenders have to specify if a staff member is not permitted on private property, meaning such instances as grass cutting could legally be performed, without incident, unless a resident states otherwise.

The ordinance also states any permits and licenses will not be granted until all outstanding issues are rectified.

Bayside officials outline 2012 capital improvements

Bayside - Village Manager Andy Pederson has outlined and updated the Village Board on a number of capital improvement projects that have been under way in the community.

Pederson went over five projects that include street work, sewer projects and storm water improvements in various areas of the village. Work remains within budget and within preset time schedules.

This summer, the village also is tending to the Ellsworth Park Tennis Court by crack sealing and re-striping playing surfaces. The western courts have been reconfigured to accommodate pickle ball.

Bayside updates its wildlife management policy

Bayside - The Village Board has approved an updated wildlife management policy that is in compliance with the state Department of Natural Resources.

The policy includes 11 stipulations, including a provision any sharpshooting be done under the direct supervision of the village manager or police chief. Clear documentation also is necessary in each sharpshooting incident.

All representatives of contracted firms will be required to furnish sufficient documentation that demonstrates an ability to legally possess a firearm.

Bayside begins discussions on 2013 budget

Bayside - As a prelude to the heavy lifting that will be taking place in the months ahead, Village Manager Andy Pederson presented a list of guidelines for the village's 2013 budget.

The guidelines set the stage for the upcoming budget, which will be deliberated and ultimately approved in November.

Guidelines include a plan to examine energy efficient alternatives to offset rising energy costs, review existing fees for services and programs and examine other post-employment benefit liabilities.

The Village Board approved the document earlier this month.

Concordia move-in begins this week

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin will welcome freshman and transfer students from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23, according to a Concordia news release.

Returning students are scheduled to move in between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Aug. 25, and opening service will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26.

Undergraduate classes begin Aug. 27.

Brown Deer board approves tweaks to several permit fees

Brown Deer - The Village Board on Aug. 13 approved several changes to the rates assessed for building permit fees.

Nate Piotrowski, community development director, said most of the changes pertain to plumbing and electrical permit fees. The village also has removed a fee for satellite dish installation - a line-item that harks back to the 1980s when the equipment was far bulkier than today's dishes.

For the first time, the village also will be assessing a $30 fee for fence installations. Piotrowski said the fee is designed to cover staff time associated with handling all of the necessary paperwork.

The board did not take action on one proposal within the permit fees, and that was a 50 percent reduction for any building permits issued to the Brown Deer School District.

Piotrowski suggested the reduction, based on discussions with district officials, but the board opted to hold off on the issue for an indefinite period of time.

Recent cleanup day deemed a success

Bayside - More than 400 vehicles participated in the village's recent summer cleanup day that was held July 15. Village Manager Andy Pederson provided a status report on the initiative at a Village Board meeting last week.

Pederson said a number of items were collected, including 8,640 pounds of scrap metal, 3,000 pounds of shredding documents and 294 gallons of latex paint.

The event doubled as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Residents dropped off numerous items that will benefit the organization, including 200 pounds of lumber, 200 pounds of hardware and two riding lawn mowers.

Results from recent village survey being tabulated

Bayside - The deadline for the village's recent communitywide survey has passed, and Village Manager Andy Pederson said he received a 25-percent response rate.

The survey touched on a number of issues, including levels of service, programs and capital improvements.

"Once final surveys have been tabulated, all comments and results will be made available to the public for review," Pederson said.

Resident appointed to Village Board or Review

Brown Deer - Howard Colbert has been appointed to the village Board of Review, a body that meets annually to examine the tax roll and correct any apparent errors in computation of dollar figures.

Colbert has been a village resident about 30 years.

North Shore gets a new 'bird city'

River Hills - Bird City Wisconsin announced in an Aug. 9 news release that River Hills is among two other Wisconsin communities recognized for a long-term commitment to "people, birds and other wildlife."

Bayside was recognized as a Bird City in 2010, and Whitefish Bay and Fox Point were recognized this spring.

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