Incumbent Mequon-Thiensville School Board member Michele Ziegler has announced her intention to seek re-election.
Ziegler, 45, is completing her first term on the board.
She is the assistant professor and chair of Cardinal Stritch University's undergraduate special education department.
Ziegler lives at 13911 N. Martin Way with her husband, Dean, and two children.
She holds a bachelor's degree in special education and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, master's degree in education administration from Indiana University and a doctorate in education and education administration from UW-Madison.» Read Full Article
Mequon — During the first year of his life, Elijah Leffingwell didn't eat like most babies. That's because Elijah isn't like most babies.
At meals, bottles were replaced with syringes. Instead of chewing and swallowing, there was a feeding tube.
Now at the beginning of the second year of his life, Elijah is eating like other children — a huge victory for a baby whose life has been one insurmountable obstacle after another.
Jason and April Leffingwell had only been living in their new Mequon home for two months when they found out their unborn child had an orange-sized tumor growing on his left lung that was crushing his right lung and heart. Elijah's bedroom didn't even have a crib in it when the Leffingwell's left their new home with their then 2-year-old daughter, Ellianna, in tow, and moved to a Ronald McDonald house in Camden, NJ, where they stayed for five months.
Elijah's only hope fell in the hands of a surgeon at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. With a 50 percent chance of survival, Elijah underwent a radical, and rare, surgery. On Sept. 21, 2012, at 25 weeks, Elijah was partially removed from April's womb. He was only 2.5 pounds. Midway through surgery his heart stopped. The doctors massaged it back to life and Elijah went back inside his mom's womb.» Read Full Article
Shorewood — Much to the relief of the audience in attendance Tuesday evening, the School Board decided to stick with before- and after-school child care provider Milestones for the 2014-15 school year.
The board had been considering a child care study which included the possibility of ending the district's 34-year relationship with Milestones and bringing child care in-house with district employees. The district's contract with Milestones requires that the board notify them of any change to the contract no later than Jan. 1, prompting the deliberation Tuesday.
But after a lengthy discussion, and some pointed questions from district parents, the board decided to hold off the discussion and keep Milestones in place through the 2014-15 school year. In the meantime, Superintendent Martin Lexmond is directed to work with Milestones to survey the community on its child care needs and bring the Milestones program more in line with district educational goals.
Lexmond will report back to the board late next year on the community's response and his success in working with Milestones.
"If I have a sense we're not moving the vision well enough with Milestones, we'll come back with a proposal to do this in house," Lexmond said.» Read Full Article
Throughout the various local governments and school districts in the North Shore, 40 seats are up for grabs in the coming spring election. Also on the April 1 ballot in Shorewood and Whitefish Bay will be advisory referendums on the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 "Citizens United" ruling.
Under state election rules, potential candidates could begin circulating nomination papers and gathering signatures on Dec. 1. The required number of signatures varies based on the size of the municipality. All forms are available at local government and school district offices or online at the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board website: gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/candidates/local/non-partisan.
Candidates must submit their registration statement, declaration of candidacy, and nomination papers with signatures by 5 pm. Jan. 7 at their village hall, city hall, or school district main office. Incumbents must file their noncandidacy by 5 p.m. Dec. 27.
Below are the seats up for election and filings as of Tuesday:» Read Full Article
Glendale — If all goes according to plan, the city of Glendale and Nicolet School District could break ground on a jointly developed park, sports complex and concert stage in 2015.
In May, the Glendale Common Council authorized city staff to begin planning of a permanent stage — to replace the city's decommissioned portable trailer stage — and park at a city-owned former landfill site on the western end of Bender Road. The Nicolet School Board in August, albeit with some reservation, approved a recreational facilities study to address its lack of space, and on Monday authorized district administrators to begin negotiations with city officials about the Bender Road site.
A decade-old space analysis found that Nicolet has about 40 percent of the space a typical new high school would require for recreational programs. District officials see reuse of the landfill site, which was closed and sealed off with an "earth cap" in the 1970s, as a way to rectify Nicolet's recreational needs with its currently too-small facilities.
"From the school's perspective, we see this as an opportunity to expand," Nicolet Superintendent Robert Kobylski said. "We're very constrained with our land-locked campus now."
Details need working out» Read Full Article
Shorewood — After conducting a salary comparability study of area municipalities, Shorewood will implement an updated salary schedule beginning Jan. 1.
At the recommendation of the Finance Committee, the Village Board on Monday approved revisions to the salary range assignments specified in the salary schedule, setting the minimum, mid and maximum salaries for all nonrepresented village positions. Trustee Michael Maher said the committee had been working on updating the schedule for a number of months, making recommendations based on its research of similar positions at similar, nearby municipalities.
The updated schedule most commonly reflects increases of about 9 to 17 percent to the middle of each salary range. The salaries for several positions, such as public safety clerk, utility operator and general laborer, remain unchanged. Alternately, the salary for an administrative assistant III decreases slightly, while the middle salary for a code enforcement officer represents the biggest percent increase, at nearly 25 percent.
Per the village's salary determination policy, the ranges will be re-evaluated at least biannually by the village manager, with any recommended changes to be approved by the Village Board. Employees' movement through the ranges is based primarily on merit and performance, but cost of living increases will also be considered in determining salary increases and setting salary ranges.
The salary schedule is one appendix of the village's Human Resources manual. In a separate but related motion, the Village Board also approved changes to several other appendices of the manual, including its social media policy, security policy and organizational chart, as well as other policies.» Read Full Article
Shorewood — Officials are expected to take action next month on a development agreement for the 96-unit assisted living and memory-care facility planned for the former Pig N' Whistle and Sherburn Place Apartments sites on Capitol Drive, within the village's third tax-incremental financing district.
In an update to the Village Board on Monday, Village Manager Chris Swartz said the development agreement is expected to come before the board at one of its regular meetings in January, following review by the Community Development Authority.
The agreement between the village and Harbor Retirement Associates will include provisions for TIF assistance from the village, Swartz said, the details of which are still being worked out.
As a separate action, the board approved a resolution to vacate and discontinue Sherburn Place at the site of the development, which proposes 56 assisted-living units in a four-story portion of the building facing Capitol Drive, and 36 memory-care units in one story on the opposite side. The developer is planning to build a new road on the west side of the property, Swartz explained, so Sherburn Place will no longer be needed.
Village Attorney Raymond Pollen said the approval starts the process of vacating the street. Village engineering staff are still working on determining the utility easements that will be needed to serve the new road as well as the HRA property and those behind it. The matter is expected to come back to the board in early February.
A Mequon investment firm said Tuesday it has launched a second mutual fund.
Convergence Investment Partners said its new Convergence Opportunities Fund will focus on small- to mid-cap stocks.
The new fund was started in collaboration with Montage Investments, which is Convergence's parent company. Convergence's other fund is the Convergence Core Plus Fund.
In the end, Germantown boys basketball coach Steve Showalter couldn't hide his exuberance.
After weeks of trying to cover his ears and eyes and shutting out all mention of Dominican's 33-year old state record winning streak of 62 games, and after saying all the right coach things about focusing on the next game at hand, he just let go Saturday night after his Warhawks tied that Holy Grail of a hoops mark with a 75-29 demolition of that same Dominican program before an overflow crowd at Homestead.
"It's hard to do, even to talk about our two state titles is hard," he said, "because we're so busy focusing on the next game, the next one up, that it is hard to take the time to appreciate what's happened here, how far this program has come.
And what followed next was said without a trace of irony by this 14-year coaching veteran.
"But where does that come from?" he said, his face lighting up. "That my program ties the greatest record in the history of the state? Are you kidding me?!? It's huge!!!"» Read Full Article
Mequon — Thinking of raising a baboon? Or maybe an ostrich? Well, think again.
Those animals, alongside a list of other wild critters, were banned Tuesday by the Common Council, which delivered a unanimous vote to institute a stepped-up exotic pet ordinance in light of a recent incident with a domesticated African wild cat.
In June and July, Mequon police responded to calls of a "cheetah" prowling in the area near Wauwatosa and Donges Bay roads. The animal was actually an escaped domesticated serval, a spotted African wild cat which can weigh between 25-40 pounds. The serval both puzzled and frightened neighbors for days before it was struck dead on a nearby road by a passing driver.
Servals are included in a lengthy list of wild animals banned by the new ordinance, which will go into effect this week when signed by Mayor Dan Abendroth.
However, if city residents already have a pet on the list, which includes snapping turtles, pot-bellied pigs and crocodiles, they have 90 days to register the animal. According to the ordinance, owners have to provide paperwork to prove they have complied with any state and federal regulations on ownership or importation, and must provide clean and secure housing for their pets.» Read Full Article
Whitefish Bay — Did you know that Whitefish Bay was incorporated so that children of the Bay wouldn't have to schlep — uphill both ways, presumably — miles north to the two area schoolhouses run by the town of Milwaukee?
Or that, in order to have the 300 residents needed for incorporation, the census-taker had to fudge the village's boundary and create the L-shaped bend along the southern border?
Those fun little tidbits, alongside a wealth of facts, commentaries and personal stories fill 'Chronicles of Whitefish Bay Wisconsin,' a 206-page compendium told mostly through the eyes of historical Bay residents and edited together by Bay historian Tom Fehring.
"To me, it provides some of the fabric of what it is to be from Whitefish Bay," says Fehring, a 40-year Bay resident. "It all becomes part of our heritage."
All of the proceeds from sales of the book, which is available in print and digital formats, will go toward the Whitefish Bay Historical Preservation Commission and its efforts to catalog and commemorate historical properties throughout the village.» Read Full Article
Mequon — Officials are targeting only antlerless deer with the city's annual culling contract with area sharpshooters. While the distinction could include bucks, the intent is to take down does.
The reasoning is twofold. First, the company which kills the deer annually says it will take 50 deer in 2014 instead of the 60 it took last year, but is charging the same $10,000 fee in its contract. Officials hope that targeting does will stretch the dollars in the contract, since every doe killed could mean fewer fawns come spring. Second, keeping the contract doe-only means more trophy bucks for local bowhunters, several of whom implored the Common Council on Tuesday to keep bucks out of the sharpshooters' sights.
"We do have some very nice bucks here in Mequon," resident Rick Schnell said. "It would be a shame for the sharpshooters to deprive the bowhunters of the chance to shoot those bucks."
Alderwoman Pam Adams made a motion, later approved by the council, to add the doe-only provision to the contract, though she stressed that if the sharpshooters don't agree the contract should be approved anyway.
"It makes sense," Adams said. "We should consider negotiating that, if we only have 50 (deer in the contract)."» Read Full Article
Glendale — Mayor Jerome Tepper and the Common Council are holding off their talks of leaving the North Shore Fire Department until after the other NSFD communities vote on a proposed funding arrangement.
The council on Monday unanimously approved the new funding formula, which to date has also been approved in Whitefish Bay, Brown Deer and Fox Point. Bayside is scheduled to vote on the proposal in December while River Hills is set to vote on it in January. Shorewood may take up the proposal in December or January.
The proposed funding formula is the product of 10 months of work among the NSFD board of directors, city and village administrators and Public Policy Forum. Negotiations were tense in October and November after River Hills Village President Bob Brunner threatened to veto the proposal, prompting Tepper to threaten Glendale's withdrawal from the department at the city's first opportunity, in 2016.
After a number of meetings at the NSFD and River Hills Village Board, Brunner eventually backed down and voted for the proposal at the NSFD board's Nov. 25 meeting. The proposal is now making the rounds through the NSFD member communities, which all have to approve it for the new funding formula to take effect in 2016 as planned.
The Glendale council was scheduled Monday to consider submitting their official withdrawal from the department, effective 2016, as a precaution in case any of the other communities vote down the proposal.» Read Full Article
Mequon — It was design by committee Tuesday evening when the Mequon Common Council, convening as a Committee of the Whole, weighed in on the design of a landscaping and gateway project of the riverside park at Mequon and Cedarburg roads.
The preliminary design, completed pro bono by Mequon landscape architect Kerry Mattingly, includes a limestone plaza, wrought-iron fencing, amphitheater, and "Mequon Thiensville" overhead arch leading into the park space alongside the river.
Though the design won widespread acclaim among the council, Alderman Dale Mayr wasn't impressed.
"I'm not really enamored with this, with a great big archway that says 'Mequon Thiensville' across it," Mayr said, adding that he preferred Mattingly's work at nearby Cardinal Stritch University and that the park design doesn't give "enough statement."
Although Alderwoman Pam Adams said she did like the overall design, she thought the concept was "a little Victorian, a little 1800s," and should be either more contemporary or designed in the same art deco style as Mequon City Hall.» Read Full Article
The Roman Candle Pizzeria will debut its first restaurant outside Dane County on Thursday, when it opens at 133 E. Silver Spring Drive in Whitefish Bay.
The Roman Candle, in the works since spring, will open at 11 a.m. daily. Closing times hadn't been finalized, but it's expected to stay open at least until 9 p.m., later on the weekends.
This restaurant's menu of pizzas and salads will differ somewhat from those in Madison, Fitchburg and Middleton but is most similar to the Williamson St. restaurant's, said general manager Cameron Loftus. It will differ on the beverage side as well -- Whitefish Bay will serve milkshakes and will have a rotating kegged cocktail on one of its eight taps.
The opening cocktail will be the Paloma, Loftus said, made with reposada tequila, grapefruit soda and cardamom, for a holiday note ($8). Other tap lines will be dedicated to mostly craft beers and to Sprecher's root beer soda.
Loftus said the restaurant will have a brief cocktail list and a more extensive wine list.» Read Full Article
Thousands of Shorewood residents got what looked like a holiday bonus in Saturday's mail: property tax bills with a big drop from the year before.
Don't spend it yet. The village is scrambling to alert residents that the calculations were messed up. The correct bills, due to arrive in Thursday's mail, will be, on average, $400 higher than the ones mailed last week.
"The tax bill you may have received on Saturday, December 7, 2013 is incorrect due to a data entry error. DO NOT PAY THIS BILL," the Village wrote in an "oops" email to residents.
Chris Swartz, the village manager, said a county sales tax credit distributed among residents totaling $1.34 million was accidentally entered twice, reducing most bills by about 5%. The blunder has spawned a lot of extra administrative work, and of course, inconvenience to residents. Swartz estimated the extra costs of printing and postage to total $4,000 to $5,000.
"It's a huge deal," Swartz said of the recalled bills. "We've never had this happen before. Most of us have been in this business a long time, and I've never seen this."» Read Full Article