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Communities won't see increase from North Shore Fire Department

Sept. 26, 2011 4:00 p.m. | The seven member communities of the North Shore Fire Department will not see an increase in the community contributions to the department in 2012, but further adjustments to the 2012 budget, adopted this morning, may be necessary.

The $13,843,909 budget includes the $362,000 paramedic supplemental payment from Milwaukee County. County Executive Chris Abele has said his 2012 county budget would not continue the $3 million of supplemental payments. The North Shore's share of that figure is $362,000.

Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said Milwaukee County fire chiefs continue to meet to devise an alternative to Abele's proposal, including one plan that would reduce the payments but not eliminate them. The supplemental payments have been on the chopping block in past budget years but the payments were ultimately not cut.

The chiefs hope to enlist the assistance of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council at its Wednesday meeting.

Germantown softball team edges Homestead, 1-0, for NSC crown

May 21, 2015 12:12 a.m. | One swing of the bat by shortstop Morgan Brantley on a rainy May 14 evening effectively gave Germantown its fifth straight North Shore Conference girls softball title over archrival Homestead.

Though the efforts of motivated Germantown pitcher Michelle Moore six days later on May 20 were enormously helpful in making that home run by Brantley stand up in a 1-0 decision.

Rain held up the game in the bottom of the third on May 14 with Germantown nursing the lead earned by Brantley's laser beam of a home run to left in the bottom of the second.

"We had been anxious all week to get to this game," said Brantley. "We had a lead but we felt we had more runs in us. The funny thing was (about the pitch she hit) was that it was very inside but I got the bat around on it."

The Warhawks didn't get any more runs thanks to the game effort of Homestead pitcher Samantha Schindler (11 strikeouts and three walks), but Moore and the Germantown defense made the lead stand up.

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13-year-old Glendale girl is missing

May 20, 2015 3:43 p.m. | Glendale — Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a 13-year-old Glendale girl who has been missing since Monday.

Alexandria Simon is 5'1" and 120 pounds with brown eyes and strawberry blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a brown leather coat and brown boots, and was carrying a turquoise bag. She left her home sometime overnight by exiting through her bedroom window.

In past reported missing runaway cases she was located in the areas of West Good Hope Road at North Teutonia Avenue and North 82nd Street at West Hampton Avenue, which are both located in Milwaukee.

Tips from public lead Mequon police to gas station robbery suspect

May 20, 2015 12:38 p.m. | Detectives from the Mequon Police Department have identified a suspect in a robbery Sunday at the Northshore Mobil, police said.

The suspect, who was identified from tips received from the public, is already in custody at the Manitowoc County Jail on unrelated charges, according to a news release. A request for charges regarding the Sunday robbery will be sent to the Ozaukee County district attorney's office early next week.

The station is at the corner of Port Washington and Mequon roads, near the Interstate 43 interchange.

Tips from the public also played a key role in the arrest of a suspect in the robbery of the Northshore BP in early March, police said.

A robbery on April 23 at the US Bank branch on N. Port Washington Road remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Mequon police at (262) 242-3500.

Sex offender housed in River Hills moving to Milwaukee facility

May 18, 2015 3:53 p.m. | The only convicted sex offender in River Hills will soon have a new home, in Milwaukee.

Edward Fink, 66, had been living at a group home in River Hills last fall until he was found out of compliance with certain conditions and prosecutors moved to revoke his supervised release.

River Hills officials tried to intervene in Fink's case, saying that if he were re-released, he should not be allowed to return to Be's House of Hope II on Larkspur Lane because it is within 2,000 feet of a school. Fink's residence there, the village contended, would be in violation of an ordinance adopted last fall that limited where sex offenders may live within River Hills.

At a court hearing Monday, Circuit Judge Jeffrey Wagner approved a new placement plan for Fink, who has been at the Mendota Mental Health Institute since late last month.

This time, however, Fink will serve his supervised release at Be's House of Hope I, in Milwaukee, not the the same agency's adult group home in River Hills.

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MMSD to push for removal of Estabrook Park dam

May 18, 2015 12:49 p.m. | The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's commission agreed Monday to advocate for removal of the dam on the Milwaukee River at Estabrook Park in Glendale.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and County Board supervisors will be notified of the commission's approval of an advisory resolution in support of demolishing the county-owned dam rather than the more costly option of repairs and maintenance, district officials said.

The Milwaukee Common Council on May 12 approved a similar advisory resolution in support of removing the dam.

Removing the dam would reduce the risk of flood damage to upstream properties when river flows are extremely high, MMSD Executive Director Kevin Shafer said. One of the district's responsibilities is to reduce flooding of buildings along waterways within its regional service area.

Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy asked the commission to reject the resolution since the fate of the dam will be the subject of a five-day hearing in Milwaukee County Circuit Court beginning July 20.

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Fire at Shorewood apartment building likely caused by unattended candle

May 14, 2015 4:18 p.m. | Shorewood — An unattended candle may have caused a fire at a Shorewood apartment building Wednesday afternoon.

A third-floor tenant in the apartment building at 4460 N. Oakland Ave. called 911 at 2:52 p.m. Wednesday to report smoke coming from the apartment across the hall. Fire and police were dispatched to the apartment, where they saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the window of a third floor apartment. Firefighters were able to bring their hoses up to the third floor and quickly extinguish the fire.

The building manager arrived on the scene, and helped contact the apartment's tenant, who was gone at the time of the fire. Fire officials believe the tenant left a candle burning unattended in the vicinity of window blinds and other combustible items.

North Shore Fire Department estimates $10,000 worth of damage was caused by the fire. There is extensive fire, smoke, and water damage to the kitchen area of the affected unit.

Let us know about your Memorial Day event

May 13, 2015 1:29 p.m. | Are you or your organization planning an event commemorating Memorial Day? Send information to us at news@jrn.com so we can include it in a roundup of events. Deadline to submit information is 5 p.m. Monday, May 18.

Mequon considers bait and kill approach to coyote problem

May 13, 2015 1:20 p.m. | Mequon — Mequon city officials hope to solve the city's coyote problem with a nuisance permit from the Department of Natural Resources.

The city's protection and welfare committee unanimously voted Tuesday, May 12, to have city staff contact the DNR about a nuisance permit, which would allow for hunting and trapping of a select number of coyotes with the use of meat bait. Once city staff does further research and collects data about implementing the permit, the committee could decide to apply for the permit, with the request to make the permit transferable to residents. The committee's recommendation would then need to be approved by the common council.

The DNR has never issued a nuisance permit for coyotes, because year-round hunting and trapping of coyotes is already legal under state law. The nuisance permit, however, would allow hunters or trappers to bait coyotes with meat instead of attracting them with mating calls.

Alderman Mark Gierl, whose dog was killed by a coyote, said the easiest way to get rid of coyotes is to hire a bowhunter with a permit from the city. He said the city doesn't need to take on a large-scale culling program; shooting one or two coyotes will teach a lesson to the rest of the pack.

"You put an arrow in one or two from the pack, and they won't come back," he said.

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Glendale committee will investigate residential codes

May 13, 2015 11:18 a.m. | Glendale —One of the things Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy heard during his recent mayoral campaign was a dissatisfaction with the city's code compliance process, which he said was overly burdensome and unequally enforced.

Kennedy said he has received about 40 complaints from homeowners about the city's code compliance process, and now that he is in the mayor's chair, he has formed a citizen's committee to examine the city's code requirements, and compare the code compliance process with other North Shore communities.

Several Glendale residents have been told to make improvements to bring their homes up to current building codes, even though the construction standards met building codes on the books at the time of construction. Kennedy said certain inspection items should be grandfathered in during the code compliance process.

"If you haven't renovated your kitchen in 20 years, we don't need to make you renovate your kitchen," Kennedy said.

Code compliance is a hot topic for homeowners and realtors, because inspectors often provide a long list of improvements that need to be made before the home is sold to its new owner. If a seller does not make the necessary improvements, the buyers must sign an agreement accepting responsibility for the list of repairs.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Massive overhaul of area conferences could be afoot

May 13, 2015 10:55 a.m. | A large-scale reorganization of area conferences could be on the way, plus a look back at new directions for the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks.

Run the Bay this weekend

May 13, 2015 9:33 a.m. | Whitefish Bay —The Whitefish Bay Public Education Foundation will host a run/walk fundraising event on Saturday, May 16.

All funds from the foundation's annual Run the Bay event will benefit Whitefish Bay public schools. Anyone interested can still register on the day of the race, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Registration costs are $15 for the kids fun run, $30 for 5k participants and $35 for 10k participants. Same-day registrants are not guaranteed a t-shirt.

Registration and packet pickup will occur at Armory Park on the corner of Henry Clay Street and Ardmore Avenue. The races start on Ardmore Avenue just south of Lancaster Avenue. The 10k race starts at 8 a.m., and the 5k race starts at 8:05 a.m. An awards ceremony will be held at 9:10 a.m. at Armory Park. The kids race for ages 6 and under will start at 9:30 a.m., and ages 7-12 will start at 9:45 a.m.

Glendale police host prescription drug take back event

May 13, 2015 9:13 a.m. | The Glendale Police Department is hosting a prescription drug take back event on Saturday, May 16.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., police officers will be collecting all unwanted, unneeded or expired medications at the Glendale Police Department. Participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medications by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box or into a clear sealable plastic bag. Liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging.

Brown Deer School Board weighing sale of former Algonquin School property

May 13, 2015 1:23 a.m. | Brown Deer — The Brown Deer School Board is trying to decide whether it will sell the former Algonquin School property to facilitate the village's redevelopment efforts near 47th Street and Bradley Road.

Village officials pitched their redevelopment proposal to the school board Tuesday, May 12, with hopes that they will sell the 9-acre property so that it can be marketed for redevelopment along with the former Lighthouse of Brown Deer property to the north and the half-vacant Bradley West shopping center.

When RFP Commercial, the broker marketing the Bradley West shopping center, approached the village about their vision for the property, Community Development Director Nate Piotrowski saw an opportunity to pursue a larger redevelopment effort that includes the Algonquin School site, which has been vacant since it was demolished seven years ago, and the 3-acre Lighthouse site, which was recently acquired by the village to facilitate the assisted living center's move to a new building at 60th Street and Brown Deer Road.

Piotrowski said packaging the three sites together allows the property to be marketed by a single broker to a market of developers. Piotrowski said two developers have already expressed interest in the property.

Piotrowski showed school board members a schematic of how the property might be developed. He said 40 to 43 units of single-family or duplex housing could be constructed on the nine-acre Algonquin School property, with higher density housing available further north. The 55,000 square feet of commercial space available in the Bradley West shopping center would be replaced with a smaller commercial building — roughly 12,000 square feet — located closer to Bradley Road.

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Winter's not through with us yet

May 12, 2015 6:58 a.m. | The old rule of thumb about not planting before Memorial Day may be proven tonight, as the National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory from midnight tonight to 7 a.m. Wednesday. Temperatures could drop into the low 30s. If you have plants outside, you may want to consider covering them or moving them inside.

Glendale council urges County Executive Abele to take action on Estabrook Dam

May 11, 2015 8:58 p.m. | Glendale — The Glendale Common Council has written a letter to Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele to take action on the Estabrook Dam — although the letter doesn't explicitly state whether the city wants the dam repaired or removed.

In the letter, Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy notes Milwaukee County adopted a policy of repairing the Estabrook Dam in 2009, and that the policy has been affirmed for 63 of the last 66 months. Kennedy goes on to say that the county's unwillingness to enact its policy has left hundreds of Glendale homeowners in limbo.

"At current levels, we have properties along the river that have been devalued because their docks are no longer water-accessible," Kennedy wrote. "We have homeowners that are paying flood insurance that are likely no longer in a floodplain."

Although Kennedy personally supports the repair of the dam, he said the city's letter does not advocate for a specific policy position beyond telling Abele to "do his job." City Attorney John Fuchs sent Kennedy an email last month explaining that the city had not historically taken a position on the dam issue because it didn't want to be a party in Milwaukee Riverkeeper's ongoing lawsuit against Milwaukee County. The lawsuit, which calls the dam a public nuisance and orders the county to abate that nuisance, is scheduled to go before Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Foley in July.

The latter half of Kennedy's letter acknowledges that Glendale residents have a difference of opinion on the issue.

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