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News & Notes: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2012

Consultant chosen to aid in Village Manager search

Brown Deer - After interviewing three consulting firms last week, the Village Board and personnel committee together chose Voorhees Associates to aid in the search and hiring of a new village manager.

A firm schedule for the hiring hasn't yet been established and may extend in 2013, Assistant Village Manager Matthew Janecke said.

Village Manger Russell Van Gompel's last day will be Nov. 9, after which he will take over as city manager of Eau Claire.

Counterfeit money showing up more frequently

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer Police Department said in a recent news release that it and surrounding agencies have been investigating an increased amount of counterfeit money lately.

Suspects have been paying with counterfeit money and asking random people for change, according to the police. Residents are warned to look out for $100, $20, $10, and $5 bills.

Residents can contact Officer Brad Caddock at (414) 371-2930 for more information regarding counterfeit money, or contact the Brown Deer Police Department at (414) 371-2900 if they think they are in possession of counterfeit bills.

Shorewood School District borrowing $6.2 million

Shorewood - Shorewood school officials plan to borrow an amount not to exceed $6.2 million in the months ahead to cover general operating expenses.

The district frequently borrows money each year during lulls in receiving revenue. Financial aid from the state will be distributed late this year, but residents' tax money will not be received until early next year.

The School Board approved the borrowing request Tuesday.

Larger sign granted for Joey Gerard's restaurant

Mequon - Mequon will amend the master sign plan for the Riversite Center in order to allow a larger sign for Joey Gerard's, a Bartolotta supper club, at 11120 N. Cedarburg Road.

The Planning Commission on Monday approved a request from the owner to amend the plan, which previously allowed signs of no larger than 40 square feet for tenants occupying more than 9 percent of the building space.

Joey Gerard's is proposing to have a 58-square-foot sign on the west elevation of the building. The amendment will allow anchor tenants to have signs of up to 60 square feet.

Commissioner Chuck Western stressed that the amendment is necessary in order for the sign to be visible from Cedarburg Road.

District makes tweaks to its bullying policy

Shorewood - The Shorewood School Board on Tuesday made minor revisions to its policy on bullying. The document, first adopted in December 2010, outlines what constitutes bullying and what consequences students could face for engaging in such behavior.

The revised changes include a broadened list of potential disciplinary actions for students found to engage in bullying. Detention has been added as one potential consequence, alongside suspension, expulsion and referral to law enforcement.

Final plans approved for Concord Creek Development

Mequon - Plans for the second phase of development in the Concord Creek Reserve subdivision will advance.

The Common Council on Tuesday approved the final plat, development agreement amendment and street tree plan for a 12-lot subdivision north of Mequon Road on River Birch Drive, the first addition to Concord Creek Reserve. The Planning Commission made a positive recommendation at its Monday meeting for the lot that was formerly the Russ Darrow Dealership.

Assistant Director of Community Development Jac Zader pointed out that, unlike previous subdivision developments, the city received the request for approval of the final plat before the installation of infrastructure improvements. The city recently made the change to allow this in order to make the development process less difficult for developers, he said.

Neighbor Michael Killian asked if the developer was proposing landscaping plans for the western side of the development.

The developer indicated there are no landscaping plans for those lots. Zader said the city does not typically require a landscaping buffer between similar uses - in this case, a single-family residential unit neighboring a side-by-side residential unit. Landscaping would be up to individual property owners, he added.

Lot sizes in the subdivision addition would range from 0.24 to 0.52 acres, and the price point for lot and home packages will be in the $450,000 range.

Glendale to star in Discover Wisconsin

Glendale - Tourism program Discover Wisconsin will feature the city of Glendale throughout the Midwest on Sept. 22 and 23.

"Welcome to Glendale" takes viewers through a variety of Glendale attractions and events, like Bayshore Town Center's Chalk Art Festival and Kletzsch Park.

"We are excited to show viewers what Glendale residents already know - the city of Glendale is a great place to live, work and play," Mayor Jerry Tepper said in a Discover Wisconsin news release.

The episode will run at 10 a.m. Sep. 22 on Comcast/Fox Sports Wisconsin and at 10 a.m. Sep. 23 on WITI TV-6.

Shorewood superintendent to hold work sessions with School Board

Shorewood - Shorewood Superintendent Marty Lexmond plans to hold a series of working School Board meetings and workshops under the title Big Ideas throughout the 2012-13 school year.

In a report delivered to the board Tuesday, Lexmond outlined a calendar of anticipated meetings, where regular board business will not be taken up.

Throughout the school year, Lexmond and board members plan to delve into a number of topics, including refined techniques to reach students in need of intervention, teacher evaluation systems and school safety.

School Board approves staff hires, resignations

Shorewood - The Shorewood School Board on Tuesday approved three staff resignations and two hires.

Departing the district are Susan Hersh, library media specialist at Shorewood Intermediate and High schools; Nancy Kampmeier, art teacher at Atwater Elementary School; and Mariclare Kanaley, social studies teacher at SIS.

Joining the district are Deborah Forrest, social studies teacher at SIS, and Emily Towner, art teacher at SIS.

During Tuesday's deliberations, board member Michael Mishlove suggested district officials set up a standard process - perhaps with an outside, independent person - in an effort to gauge why people decide to leave the district.

National Hospitality to nearly double in size

Mequon - National Hospitality, 10660 N. Executive Court, plans to expand its building with an approximately 31,000-square-foot addition.

The Planning Commission on Monday approved building/site plans for the addition to the existing 33,625-square-foot business, which distributes loading and restaurant supplies throughout the United States.

Assistant Director of Community Development Jac Zader said the proposed addition matches the design of the existing building. Plans also include relocating landscaping in order to provide an additional buffer to the neighboring condominiums to the north of the property.

Approval of the plans is contingent upon existing lighting violations being corrected to comply with city code, Zader said.

Mequon council approves amendment to land use plan

Mequon - Ozaukee County's plan to construct a new maintenance building on North Green Bay Road is moving forward after the Common Council approved an amendment to the land use plan Tuesday.

Following a public hearing where no opposition was raised, the council unanimously voted to amend the land use plan from rural residential to park for a 2.1-acre property located at 13441 N. Green Bay Road. The county recently purchased the property which is completely surrounded by Mee-Kwon Golf Course and plans to use the existing dwelling for a caretaker unit and construct a new maintenance building in the open area.

A rezoning was approved in August. The land use map originally designated the site as rural residential, while the surrounding area has a land use designation of park, according to city documents. The 2.1-acre parcel is one of the few remaining in the area that is not owned by the county. The area includes scattered single family homes and the golf course.

Concordia receives federal grant to fight tuberculosis

Mequon - Concordia University Wisconsin recently received a grant of more than $380,000 to study tuberculosis and aid in the development of drugs to treat the disease.

Dr. Daniel Sem, associate professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, will work with UW-Lacrosse faculty as part of his research.

"(The grant) opens doors for a new era for Concordia," Sem said in a CUW news release, "in terms of our growing research program, as we try to blend our research with the mission of the university."

Dog fee ordinance changed to comply with state law

Mequon - The Mequon Common Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an amendment to the dog licensing ordinance to put the city in compliance with state law.

State statute says the owner of a dog which reaches the age of five months before July 1 in any year, pay the full annual license fee. Conversely, if the dog reaches five months after June 30, the owner only pays half of the annual fee.

Mequon's ordinance creates a 30-day grace period for getting the license after moving into the city or acquiring a dog, or the dog reaching five months, but also provides that if the grace period expires on or after July 1 only the reduced fee is due, even if the dog reached five months before July 1, according to city documents.

The original ordinance mandated the reduced fee even when city may have to pay more to the county than the amount collected from the dog owner. For example, if a dog owner is licensable on June 15, the owner may buy a license as late as July 15. Under Mequon's ordinance the owner would pay the reduced fee, according to city documents. However, under state law Mequon is accountable as if the city collected the full fee and must remit the $2.75 for a neutered dog and $7.75 for a non-neutered dog to the county, losing $1.25 in the process.

The amended ordinance corrects the problem.

School Board OKs teacher's request to conduct research

Shorewood - The Shorewood School Board on Tuesday approved a request by Bohdan Nedilsky, a teacher at Shorewood High School and New Horizons for Learning Charter School, to conduct educational research.

Nedilsky is a doctoral degree candidate at Cardinal Stritch University. His research is focusing specifically on student engagement through learning.

Nedilsky's request to the board entailed inclusion of current New Horizons students in his doctoral work. Board policy requires teachers seek approval for research when students and staff members serve as participants in the research.

Proposal would divide MMSD property

Glendale - The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District plans to divide a 1.8-acre lot at 2737 W. Mill Road into two separate parcels, pending approval from the Glendale Common Council.

The Plan Commission voted last week to recommend Common Council approval of the certified survey map dividing the parcel.

MMSD originally acquired the property for construction of the 27th Street deep tunnel project, which is now complete. The certified survey map proposes to divide the site, zoned as a business-office district, into a 0.44-acre lot, which includes the deep tunnel access shaft and a control building, and a 1.36-acre lot, which includes an unoccupied commercial structure.

MMSD would retain the 0.44-acre lot and easement rights across the larger lot, both for access to the smaller lot and for an easement for the deep tunnel, according to a staff report.

Consulting firm hired to review Mandel project

Whitefish Bay - John Mann of consulting firm Mannedge will review Mandel Group's proposed $27 million luxury apartment project.

Mann's task will be to review the construction pricing provided by Mandel and judge the "ballpark" accuracy of the overall construction cost.

"He will look over all the numbers and tell us if they're fair or not," Village Manager Patrick DeGrave told the board.

The Village Board voted last week to pay Mann $2,000 for the work, with an additional $3,000 set aside for time and materials costs if and when the village needs to bring him back on as the project proceeds.

Two professionals joining fire department

Thiensville - The Village Board last week gave preliminary approval for hiring two members into the Thiensville Fire Department.

Austin Hayes, 22, has a background in emergency medical technician services. He currently works for Paratech Ambulance Service and is certified as a firefighter, driver and operator and EMT.

Amanda Mielenz, 26, is enrolling in firefighter school.

The board will vote on both applications at its next regular meeting Sept. 17.

Village officials dispute 2012 Census figures

Thiensville - The village plans to challenge the population estimate of 3,228 that has been set for 2012 by the Wisconsin Department of Administration.

Based on the state DOA's figures, the agency's reported number represents a loss of seven people in the community, resulting in a 0.2 percent drop, based on formal figures tallied in 2010.

Village Administrator Dianne Robertson said she does not agree with the numbers, pointing to several incidents of younger families with children moving into homes that had been occupied by older residents.

Municipalities incurring decreases in population figures could receive less income from the state. There is no cost to the village to formally challenge the state DOA's figures.

Round of borrowing approved in Bay

Whitefish Bay - The Village Board approved resolutions for bonding of approximately $4.7 million.

The bulk of the bonds, nearly $3 million, will be used to refinance village debt at an approximate interest savings of $20,000 per year, according to Village Manager Patrick DeGrave.

Other bond projects include an approximately $1 million refurbishing and repainting of the village water tower; a quarter of a million to stave off the emerald ash borer; and approximately $400,000 in stormwater work.

Sale of the bonds and the village's final resolution are scheduled for Oct. 1.

Village making changes to flexible benefit plan

Thiensville - The village plans to amend its employee flexible benefit plan, based on a proposal unveiled last week.

Beginning in January, the maximum salary reduction an employee can contribute toward a health care reimbursement within the course of a plan year is $2,500.

The change is borne out of new federal regulations that go into effect in 2013.

The Village Board took the issue up last week at its Committee of the Whole meeting. Final approval will be acted on Sept. 17 at the next regular board meeting.

ACT registration deadline approaching

Students who wish to take the ACT on Oct. 27 have until Sep. 21 to complete registration.

Students may register online at actstudent.org, or may obtain a hard copy registration form from their counselor or from ACT.

The ACT, without a writing test, is $35. With the writing section, the cost is $50.50.

Concordia using village streets for homecoming parade

Thiensville - Meeting as a Committee of the Whole, the Village Board last week tentatively approved a request by Concordia University to hold its homecoming parade within the community.

Concordia plans to hold its parade from 5 to 6 p.m. Oct. 3, with a rain date of Oct. 4.

The parade will begin at Green Bay Road in front of Walgreens and continue onto Elm Street. The parade ends at Thiensville Village Park.

The board will make a final vote on Concordia's proposal at its next meeting Sept. 17.

Halloween Extreme set to open

Glendale - Halloween Extreme will soon begin operating for its fifth year in Glendale.

The Plan Commission last week approved the use and occupancy of a 7,000-square-foot space at 200 W. Silver Spring Road for the seasonal costume specialty shop, through Nov. 10.

Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. A total of 20 employees will work at the store. No outdoor displays will be allowed.

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