The Nicolet baseball team could get used to this one-run win thing.
Because a week after losing three such games in a row, the Knights rallied from three runs down in the sixth inning to pull out a 7-6 eight-inning decision over North Shore leader Germantown on Thursday night at Stormonth Field.
It was the second such one-run decision in favor of Nicolet this week following a 2-1 win over Cedarburg on Monday and it is was definitely something that first-year coach Jason Grodsky would love to see more of.
"Yeah, it's a lot more fun being on this side of the equation," he said. The Knights improved to 5-7 in league play and 8-12 overall, while Germantown fell to 9-3 in league play falling into a virtually tie with Homestead and Cedarburg (both 10-4).
Grodsky worked hard to rally the troops after Germantown scored twice in the top of the fifth to take a 6-3 lead. The Warhawks got an RBI single from Joey Sykora and then Ben Eggert scored on the back end of a double-steal. In the fourth, shortstop Jordan Kuczynski had broken a 3-all tie with a two-out RBI single.» Read Full Article
Fox Point — David Smulyan, an active member of the Bayside community, was unanimously selected by the Fox Point-Bayside School Board today to fill the vacancy left by former board President Debbie Friberg.
Friberg moved in mid-June to Charlotte, N.C. Five-year board member Alice Lawton was selected by the board to succeed Friberg as president. Smulyan will fill Friberg's seat through April, 2014, at which point the spring election will decide who serves the remainder of Friberg's term through April, 2015. Lawton and board member Tim Melchert will be up for re-election in April, 2014, as well.
Before they made their choice, board members lauded all five community members who had applied for Friberg's seat: Kelly Greer Levin, Dann Jacobson, Kim Mangarelli, Thomas Hayssen and Smulyan. Hayssen and Smulyan both ran unsuccessfully in the spring election, taking in 21 percent of the vote each.
"I don't think we can make a bad choice," board member Michael Weidner said.
Smulyan is the founder and president of management consulting company Optimal Solutions Squared, a Bayside Planning Commissioner and member of the district's Parent Advisory Council.» Read Full Article
When it became clear the board wasn't going to act on the uniforms, Superintendent Deb Kerr implored board members to avoid the uniform section of the policy and approve another section which references "a culture of excellence."
"It doesn't say uniforms, but it talks about what we're trying to instill," Kerr said. "This pride of personal appearance."
The board decided to hold off on that section of the policy as well.
Uniform standards» Read Full Article
Mequon will host a special election in September to fill the vacant District 1 aldermanic seat on the Common Council, city officials decided Tuesday.
The seat was left vacant after Mayor Dan Abendroth won both seats in the April election and he chose the mayoral position. The special election for District 1 residents will be held Sept. 10. If there are more than two candidates in the running, a primary election will be held Aug. 13.
A special meeting was called Tuesday after the Mequon Common Council had previously failed to select a candidate by the required five-vote majority.
The election will cost the city $2,765. That cost will double if there is a primary.
Whitefish Bay — "I am an author completely by accident. No kidding," writes Whitefish Bay native Steven Hirst in the intro of his memoir "Still Standing."
Hirst, a retired Air Force major, writes of the life which was halved by a tragic accident into the "before" and "after" eras. Before, he was a basketball star at Whitefish Bay High School and the United States Air Force Academy, a fighter jet pilot who, strapped into the cockpit of an F-15, regularly shattered the sound barrier, and a family man.
On Jan. 13, 1996, while returning from a grocery trip to the Air Force base in Anchorage, Alaska, Hirst hit a patch of black ice while taking a turn, careening off the road and wrapping his car around a pole. Outwardly Hirst was fine, almost without a scratch, yet inside his brain had been seriously damaged.
That day began the long and arduous battle with a traumatic brain injury which at first confined Hirst to a wheelchair, that has hindered his speech and even at times precipitated mistreatment and ridicule from strangers.
Surrounded by family» Read Full Article
Thiensville — Plans for a beer garden in Thiensville Village Park will likely have to wait until next year.
In early-May the Village Board approved in concept a beer garden supplied and operated by Glendale-based Sprecher Brewing Company, though an official proposal hadn't come forward yet. Since then, having received some pressure and blow back from members of the Ozaukee County Tavern League, Sprecher hasn't yet submitted a proposal. Bob and Amy Ollman, co-owners of downtown Thiensville bar and grille Remington's River Inn, have since submitted their own proposal for a Village Park beer garden.
Focused on Sprecher
Trustee David Lange, who first brought the idea of a Sprecher beer garden before the Committee of the Whole in April, said he expects the village in the fall to solicit proposals for a Village Park beer garden — though an approved beer garden wouldn't open until 2014.
"We voted on (conceptual approval) in May, pending the proposal (from Sprecher,) which hasn't come in," Lange said. "I don't anticipate voting on anything for this year."» Read Full Article
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Homestead senior pitcher Colten Poellinger, who has made throwing shutouts look easy this summer, labored a little bit Monday night against archrival Whitefish Bay.
But for the second game in a row, he had sophomore Trevor Cho by his side, as Cho cracked a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to beat the Blue Dukes, 2-0.
Last week, Cho had a game-winning hit in the bottom of the eighth in a 1-0 Homestead win over Slinger that was also authored by Poellinger.
The first thing Homestead coach Ernie Millard did was praise both pitchers as Blue Duke sophomore Nick Lackney also blanked the Highlanders for six innings before giving way to Johnny Markwiese in the seventh.
"Both pitchers were unbelievable tonight," said Millard. "...I joked with Nick after the game 'Now you're all going to do us a favor and graduate two years early, right?' Sometimes he's had trouble with his control, but tonight was as good as I've seen him."» Read Full Article
Shorewood — Police are engaged in a tactical situation in the 3500 block of North Oakland Avenue, several blocks south of Shorewood High School.
Shorewood police confirmed the situation is ongoing, but declined to offer further comment.
TMJ4 is reporting the incident may involve a domestic dispute.
According to the memo, Fuchs and attorney Alan Marcuvitz, representing Brown Deer, met with representatives of General Capital on Wednesday to discuss the developer's controversial proposal for 44 apartments on the Beaver Creek site, with a mixture of market rate, low-income, and disability friendly units — similar to the Bradley Crossing Supportive Housing Community the developer opened in tandem with Jewish Family Services in late-2012.
The attorneys and General Capital agreed that the Beaver Creek project not come before village officials for further consideration until "some time after Labor Day," according to the memo.
"This will afford General Capital the opportunity to explore possible alternatives for development of the site," Fuchs wrote. "Realistically, the current condominium plan is not compatible with present market conditions."» Read Full Article
Veteran Homestead baseball coach Ernie Millard is not going to read too much into his team's less-than-artful 10-7 win over North Shore Conference leader Germantown Thursday night other than to say:
"It gives us a sliver of hope."
With the victory, the Highlanders improved to 8-4 in league play (13-5 overall0 while Germantown maintained its lead at 8-2 (9-5 overall).
"But seriously, this is a huge win for us,'" said Millard. "Both teams were sloppy and loose on defense, but it does give us the slightest sliver of hope."
Warhawk coach Jeff Wolf couldn't explain his team's flat effort on defense which resulted in a season-high eight errors.» Read Full Article
Brown Deer — What officials call Brown Deer School District's "transformation" — the move from three buildings to two and campus renovations funded by a 2011 referendum — could have students in uniforms and an increased tax levy in the coming school year.
At a Teaching & Learning committee meeting, followed by a School Board meeting Tuesday, school staff campaigned for district-wide school uniforms and several budget requests which would raise the tax levy by a yet-to-be-determined amount. In both cases, the underlying theme of the the pitch was the same.
"This is a turning point year for us," Superintendent Deb Kerr said. She added the referendum-funded campus overhaul has built momentum for progress around the district, and that uniforms and additional taxpayer investment would "create a culture for learning and higher expectations."
"I can't think of a more important year than the one coming up, for the school district," board member Dennis Griffin said during the budget deliberations. "(No other time) compares to the extent of changes that are happening this year."
The School Board will have its first look at the school uniforms topic at its June 25 meeting, and will have more complete budget and tax levy figures in early July, after the state Legislature decides on a biennial budget and state aid amounts are calculated for each district.» Read Full Article
Shorewood — Vero Beach, Fla.-based senior living firm Harbor Retirement Associates is proposing a senior living facility on the former Pig N' Whistle and Sherburn Place Apartments sites on Capitol Drive on the village's western edge.
The facility, according to a village news release, would provide both assisted living and memory care.
In 2008, Virginia-based Sunrise Senior Living proposed an 83-unit assisted living center. Illinois-based Pathway Senior Living in 2010 also proposed an 80-100 unit development. Both proposals eventually fell though.
Though she couldn't offer details, Planning and Zoning Director Ericka Lang said HRA's proposal will likely be similar to the 2008 and 2010 proposals.
The Plan Commission will have its first look at the site plans for the project, located in the village's third tax incremental financing district, next week, Lange said. The proposal will have to go through the Plan Commission, Village Board and Community Development Authority in what Lange described as a three-month process, with a fleshed out development agreement emerging by the end of August.» Read Full Article
Bluegrass music filled Humboldt Park last night in Bay View's latest Chill on the Hill concert.
But photos, videos and tweets filled the social media sphere as musicgoers shared their experiences. Read our social media story of last night's Chill on the Hill, which featured Pay the Devil / The Best Westerns.
Shorewood — The Shorewood Village Board on Monday amended its municipal code to clarify and reiterate the board's power to cite both property owners and contractors who build on private properties and in public right-of-way areas without getting prior approval from the village.
The ordinance was approved at the same meeting as two separate requests to alter the public right of way on two properties: one to plant a short hedge row and another to build a retaining wall.
Both proposals were approved, but trustees chided contractor Outdoors Unlimited and the owners of the property with the retaining wall for nearly completing it before getting approval from the village. The lower wall extends 13 inches into the right-of-way area.
"This contractor does a lot of business in our area and should know better," Trustee Thad Nation said.
Two separate issues» Read Full Article
Mequon — Considering it "an assault on public education," Mequon-Thiensville district officials on Monday had a spirited discussion about the proposed statewide expansion of the school voucher program.
While vouchers have long been offered in Milwaukee and Racine, the proposal broached earlier this month by the Joint Finance Committee in Madison would expand the program across Wisconsin if it is enacted.
The voucher program gives low-income students the opportunity to attend private and parochial schools without paying tuition. Advocates say the vouchers give students more choice in communities with under-performing districts.
But Mequon-Thiensville administrators and School Board members did not mince words as they expressed displeasure at their regular monthly meeting this week about the possible statewide expansion. The JFC has been reviewing Gov. Scott Walker's proposed 2013-15 biennium budget.
Superintendent Demond Means said he was particularly dismayed by the JFC's voting on the recommendation to expand the program about 2:30 a.m. June 5 at a time when public comment was neither taken nor practical because of the time of deliberations.» Read Full Article
Whitefish Bay — Tara Serebin, a 17-year Whitefish Bay resident, was chosen by the Village Board Monday to serve the remainder of recently-resigned trustee Lauri Rollings' term.
Rollings in May announced she would be stepping down to focus on her work life and the imminent birth of her first child, creating a vacancy on the board until April 2014.
At the meeting Monday, trustees heard from the four applicants for Rollings' seat: Serebin, Executive Director of the Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee; Jay Saunders, Public Information Assistant at the Milwaukee County Board of Directors; Mario Gonzales, Assistant United States Attorney at the Department of Justice; and Ken Wysocky, a freelance journalist and editor who ran unsuccessfully in the spring election.
In a paper ballot vote, Serebin received three votes, while Gonzalez and Wysocky each received one.
Before taking the executive post at PLCM, Serebin was a longtime elementary and substitute teacher. She has a bachelor's in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's in education from UW-Milwaukee.» Read Full Article
Mequon — Administrators and board members of the Mequon-Thiensville School District want public input as they continue to consider the potential reconfiguration and sale of district properties.
The next discussion is scheduled for a School Board meeting at 7 p.m. July 15 in the Range Line building at 11036 N. Range Line Road.
Last year the School Board commissioned a study of the district's properties, resulting in a number of alternatives like consolidating the district's middle schools, closing or selling Lake Shore Middle School and Range Line Elementary, building additions to various schools, moving middle school students to the high school, or closing all but one of the elementary and middle schools before building a new K-6 building — among other reconfigurations meant to save the district money in the long term.
When reviewing the alternatives last summer, Superintendent Demond Means and the School Board concluded that the up-front cost of the reconfigurations, which ranged from $6.3 million to nearly $40 million, far outweighed the savings. The board later opted to fund ongoing maintenance rather than any big ticket infrastructure overhauls.
"(The study) clearly showed that there were no savings," Means said.» Read Full Article
Brown Deer — Marching and laughing and crying and hugging and singing, a crowd of students, teachers and parents said their goodbyes to Dean Elementary Thursday.
Their sendoff, which wound its way through the school as a parade and concluded outside with the release of golden balloons — many of which sported the names of students and teachers, alongside messages — marked the last day in the building before the gutting and demolition occur in October.
"It's the last time these kids will be walking down these hallways," Superintendent Deb Kerr said as the parade marched by.
Dean Elementary opened in the fall of 1959, home of the kindergarten through eighth-grade Dean School District, which was one of several such area districts that fed into the Granville Union Free High School District. As time wore on, several of the then-seperate districts consolidated into one composed of Dean Elementary, Brown Deer Middle School and what was originally called Granville High School and later Brown Deer High School.
In light of the 2011 referendum to consolidate Brown Deer schools into two buildings, the fate of the aging and maintenance-prone Dean Elementary was sealed.» Read Full Article
Thiensville — Through the warm summer air of Thiensville Village Park on Tuesday morning, the sounds and smells of dozens of different vendors mingled with the strum of guitar and the laughter of children.
It all heralded the opening of Thiensville's Village Market, a farmers market which for years has been hosted at the Walgreens at Main Street and Freistadt Road.
More than 250 patrons had made their way through the market by 11 a.m., market volunteers reported.
"They're coming in droves," said Thiensville Business Association President Jesse Daily, grinning behind the bright green uniform and cashier's smock of the volunteers.
So far 41 total vendors have signed up. The market is open every Tuesday through Oct. 29, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.» Read Full Article
Mequon — The 1st District aldermanic seat remains vacant after the Common Council on Tuesday, repeating the results of its Committee of the Whole meeting May 29, failed to select a candidate by the required five-vote majority.
The one vote the council took Tuesday reflected the three votes taken by the committee, a 4-3 gridlock. Aldermen Ken Zganjar of District 2, John Leszczynski of District 4, John Hawkins of District 6 and Andrew Nerbun of District 7 voted for Robert Strzelcyzk, who garnered 47 percent of the vote in the April election but lost out to Dan Abendroth — who turned down the spot when he unseated Mayor Curt Gielow.
Aldermen Dale Mayr of District 3, Mark Seider of District 5 and Pam Adams of District 8 voted for attorney Robert Holtz, who is representing his and eight other families in the suit between the city and River Club of Mequon owner Tom Weickardt.
Nerbun, Zganjar, Hawkins, and Leszczynski all endorsed Strzelcyzk vocally before the vote. Nerbun said, unlike popular opinion suggests, Strzelcyzk isn't a "Curt Gielow devotee.... I think we're getting an independent thinker." Zganjar, Hawkins and Leszczynski all called on Strzelcyzk's near successful campaign against Abendroth as reason to appoint him.
Strzelcyzk 'more unbiased'» Read Full Article
A recent study by the actuarial firm Milliman Incorporated calculates the North Shore Fire Department's 30-year retirement liability at approximately $44 million, about $30 million of which is unfunded.
Retirement liability, commonly referred to as Other Post Employment Benefits, comprises health insurance which bridges retirement age and Medicare eligibility, as well as sick leave payouts, among other things, depending on the benefits an organization provides. While OPEB liabilities have existed as long as employers have offered the benefits, the precise long-term ramifications of those liabilities haven't been clear until legislation has required governmental bodies to commission actuarial studies every three years, beginning in 2009.
"It's only the second time we've seen this," NSFD Finance Director Lynn Burton said.
As the cost of health care has increased over the years, so, too, has the department's OPEB liability. NSFD's unfunded liability was approximately $21 million when the first actuarial study was done in 2009, and has since increased to the present value of approximately $30.4 million.
The amount NSFD would need to sock away each year to fully fund OPEB, referred to by actuaries as the Annual Required Contribution is approximately $2.7 million. Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said that the department typically spends about $900,000 annually on retirement, between the current out of pocket costs of retirees claiming their OPEB benefits, and the $400,000 the department began putting away annually last year to help cover the benefits over the long term.» Read Full Article
A 12,000-square-foot office building proposed for Mequon has been approved by the city Plan Commission.
Concord Development Co. plans to develop the one-story office building at 10606 N Port Washington Road, near where two other commercial buildings have been developed by the firm, according to a commission report. Prospective tenants haven't yet been disclosed.
Construction is to begin this fall, and Concord is expected to seek city financing assistance through a tax incremental financing district on Port Washington Road, the report said. The project would be part of a series of new developments along a 2-mile stretch of the road that was rebuilt in 2011.
The commission approved the development at its Monday night meeting on a 7-1 vote.
First to reach mandated racial integration threshold, Brown Deer 'graduates' from Chapter 220 program
Brown Deer — The stage at graduation represents change, bridging what was and what will be, showcasing young men and women as they walk from one life to the next.
When Michael Snowden walked the stage Friday at Brown Deer High School's graduation ceremony, with him crossed the legacy of almost 40 years of progress, racial integration and justice, signaling the end of one era and the beginning of another.
Unknown even to Snowden until recently, he is Brown Deer's very last student funded by the Milwaukee Voluntary Integration Program, commonly referred to as Chapter 220. Passed by the state Legislature in 1975, Chapter 220 provided an ostensibly simple mechanism to grease the wheels of racial integration in one of America's most segregated cities. Students in the Milwaukee Public Schools system could enroll in the outlying suburban districts, and likewise suburban students could enroll in Milwaukee schools. Wherever the students went, so did their their funding, and once each suburban district reaches 30 percent minority enrollment — a benchmark established to reflect Milwaukee's minority population in 1975 — funding ceases for additional Chapter 220 transfers.
While MPS, the participating 23 suburban school districts, and Chapter 220 itself have all weathered significant changes, challenges and criticisms since the program's inception in the 1976-77 school year, overall minority enrollment has crept upward year after year in the suburbs, with Brown Deer leading the pack.
An 84-year-old man with dementia was found safe in his Thiensville apartment building about 8 a.m. Monday, though in the wrong room, after he was reported missing about Sunday night.
George Mayer left his apartment at Willowbrook Place, 205 Green Bay Road, to take out the trash, and when he didn't return, his wife alerted authorities, sparking police to issue a call for help from the public. The search paused about 3:30 a.m. Monday and resumed four hours later.
The entire apartment building was searched and police took a head count of residents. A mix-up occurred, however, when authorities searched an apartment unit with two names on the door and counted two residents, one in each of the unit's bedrooms, Thiensville Police Chief Scott Nicholson said.
What police didn't know was that the male resident listed on the door had died last year, the chief said.
When the woman in that unit woke Monday morning, she found Mayer in the other bedroom.» Read Full Article
It's not all pomp and circumstance, but that might be how it felt for suburban high school graduates this weekend.
Students from Nicolet, Germantown, New Berlin and more crossed across stages around the suburban Milwaukee area signifying their high school success. You can view photos of those proud graduates in our photo gallery.
The Shorewood School District plans to bring aboard a director of development for the 2013-14 school year, an innovative move for the relatively small district that is looking to develop an additional revenue stream through professional fund raising. District officials said the move will help to offset rising costs in the future.
“This move has been in the works for several years in our long-range planning,” Rob Reinhoffer, Shorewood’s Board of Education president, said Friday. “Going over revenue outlooks, we came to the realization that we need new revenue sources.”
Reinhoffer and Shorewood School District’s Superintendent Marty Lexmond said the move was made after considering the strong support the district already receives from the community. Initially, the board has committed two years to the position, which they expect will sustain itself and more through the funds it will bring in in future years.
“We already have a very active community of volunteers and fundraisers,” Lexmond said. “Now we’re hoping to bring in some extra reach.”
The proposal was not a direct response to recent state cutbacks in school spending, the officials said.» Read Full Article
The Brown Deer Plan Commission is delaying action on a proposed apartment development that has drawn opposition from residents.
Meanwhile, a village official tells me the development firm is planning to seek financing assistance from Brown Deer.
The commission will not be reviewing the 44-unit Beaver Creek Apartments proposal at its Monday meeting, the village has announced.
That delay was requested by development firm General Capital Group in order to work on details of the project's operations.
"We feel it is important to document the details of the operation including management, security, trash removal and so on," said Sig Strautmanis, of General Capital, in a letter to the village.» Read Full Article
Brown Deer — At the request of developer General Capital, the village has put its consideration of a Bradley Crossing-like apartment complex on hold, Village Manager Michael Hall announced in a news release.
The Plan Commission, scheduled to review on June 10 General Capital's 44-unit rental expansion at the Beaver Creek site on 60th Street and Brown Deer Road, will take the matter up at a later date. The Community Development Authority will still review the underlying financial agreement between General Capital and the village June 13, as scheduled.
In a letter, General Capital Partner Sig Strautmanis requested the review be held until "the next available Plan Commission once the details of the Operational Development Agreement are worked out... Based on feedback we received at the May 28th public hearing, we would like to work with staff to draft the full Operational Development Agreement before proceeding to the Plan Commission for review and referral. We feel it is important to document the details of the operation including management, security, trash removal and so on."
Plan Commission meetings are usually held the second Monday of any given month. Barring a special meeting, that would make the next regularly scheduled commission meeting July 8.
Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School Board is urging the state legislature to approve a per-pupil increase for the 2014-15 school year that aligns with the consumer price index.
The board met with Rep. Dan Knodl and Sen. Alberta Darling on May 18 to discuss developing a sustainable kindergarten-through-12th-grade funding formula and providing more local control to school boards in governing their own districts, according to a news release from the School District. Per-pupil increases on the revenue limit have historically been tied to CPI, but that is no longer the case.
The board expressed their concerns in a letter they are sending to legislators as they hash out final details of the 2013-15 biennium budget. The letter addresses a few key points, including local control over school schedules, as well as the need for an increase to per-pupil funding.
The district has seen budget reductions over the last 10 years. The board asked legislators for an increase of at least $150 in per-pupil funding. The letter also notes that the district does not benefit from additional revenue unless the per pupil increase is $275 or more.
In the letter, the School Board asks that the Joint Finance Committee recommend a change in the legislation that dictates when the school year will begin. School, legally, cannot start until Sept. 1.» Read Full Article
Mequon — Ozaukee County Circuit Court Judge Tom Wolfgram, faced with a pile of legal briefs, decided at a motion hearing and scheduling conference on Monday that he will take time to review the filings before either issuing a written decision or bringing the case back to court.
In recent weeks River Club of Mequon owner Tom Weickardt's attorneys, Mequon City Attorney John DeStefanis, and attorney Robert Holtz, representing nine families in the Deer Trail Estates subdivision of the Ville Du Parc neighborhood, have submitted a flurry of filings, with the last coming from Holtz early Monday morning.
The lawsuit itself strikes at the heart of an issue dating back to 2011, when Weickardt submitted plans to develop a 19-lot subdivision and 12-acre park on a 42-acre lot south of Friestadt Road he had purchased along with what was then called the Mequon Country Club. His plans stalled when city officials discovered an open space easement which, depending on which of the lawyers you talk to, either does or doesn't guarantee Deer Trail Estates residents — and potentially even all Ville Du Parc residents — access to the land.
Enjoy the scenic view
Weickardt's suit, originally filed in December, at first attempted to compel the city to enforce Weickardt's property rights against trespassing on the 42-acre lot. In April, Weickardt's attorneys re-framed the argument, requesting Wolfgram to solidify through declaratory judgment an interpretation of the easement that only guarantees the neighbors "the right to enjoy the scenic vista of (Weickardt's) property as open space."» Read Full Article
Shorewood — The Shorewood School District will add a development director to its staff for the next two academic years in an effort to bring more donations into the district.
The estimated annual salary range for the position is $110,000 to $120,000. At the recommendation of the Finance and Facilities Committee, the School Board on Tuesday agreed to add the position to the budget and maintained flexability to use reserve funds if needed.
Show me the money
Finding the money for the post proved controversial.
Board member David Cobb explained that the committee grappled with the idea of paying for the position strictly with reserve fund dollars, as a matter of accountability.» Read Full Article
Thiensville — Three local businesses are vying for the chance to develop prime downtown Thiensville real estate along Pigeon Creek.
At a special joint meeting of the Committee of the Whole and Plan Commission on Tuesday, Thiensville-based CORE Consulting, Mequon-based Knobloch Nelson Architects, and Thiensville Family Health Care Clinic all presented multi-level, mixed-use plans for consideration.
In 2012 the village purchased the sites of Riemer's Flowers, D & D Electronics and Sea N' Sand Scuba for a combined total of $297,000 with the intent of razing the buildings to make way for redevelopment. After the presentations Tuesday, village officials convened in closed session to consider the proposals and begin brainstorming over the village's bargaining position in the sale of the properties.
Contractors are removing asbestos from the sites now, said village administrator Dianne Robertson, who expects demolition to occur within a few weeks. Village officials mentioned several times that it's in the interest of the village to go bigger rather than smaller on the sites, to get a better sale price and maximize the village's investment.
Throughout the meeting, Village President Van Mobley said things like whether the developer or village will pay for the properties to be elevated out of the Pigeon Creek flood plain, and the particulars of the developers' financial backing, among other details, will likely be points of negotiation going forward. He also mentioned that there are several other village sites that could potentially house the two applicants who lose out on the bid for Main Street.» Read Full Article
Shorewood — The Shorewood School District will be busy with hiring-related activities this summer, as it prepares to undertake the process of filling three key district positions within the next two months.
In separate actions on Tuesday, the School Board approved the processes and timelines for hiring a district business manager, special education director and principal at Shorewood Intermediate School.
Both Anthony Strancke, who currently serves as Shorewood Intermediate School principal and special education director, and Mark Boehlke, the district's business manager, announced last month their resignations, effective June 30.
The district will hire two separate people to fill Strancke's dual role, beginning with an internal search that opens this week for the principal position.
Interview panels for the principal position will include two intermediate school students and likely one high school student, Superintendent Martin Lexmond said, with student government lunches also being conducted on Monday to gather student input. Debrief meetings with Boehlke and Strancke also will be conducted to help inform interview questions.» Read Full Article
Shorewood — Shorewood officials are in the process of negotiating a revised lease agreement with Hubbard Park Lodge and Shorewood River Club proprietor Russ Davis, by which Davis proposes to invest an additional $200,000 in improving the River Club building.
The Village Board on Monday publicly discussed the possibility of extending the village's lease with Davis, before further debating the matter in closed session.
No action was taken, but before the board for consideration was a proposal to extend its existing lease with Davis, representing Hubbard Park, LLC, by five years, through Dec. 31, 2024, with an option for extending it an additional five years beyond that date. For the five years from 2020 through 2024, the lease is proposed to increase by $40,000 plus 3 percent each year or 4 percent gross revenue, whichever is higher. If the lease is renegotiated for five additional years, from 2025 through 2029, the proposal indicates the lease amount increase would be capped at 5 percent annually during that time.
In exchange, Davis would invest $200,000 in the River Club, $100,000 of which would be funded with a loan from the village, with a term of 10 years at 3 percent.
Davis has requested that the village consider extending the lease by 10 years, rather than only five years initially with the option of an additional five.» Read Full Article
Whitefish Bay — Village staff will call a stakeholder meeting in late June to inform residents about upcoming sewer lateral work, after which the Village Board will hold a July 1 hearing and meeting on special assessments for the work.
At an upcoming June 17 special Village Board meeting, trustees will also consider whether to amend the village's assessment ordinance to allow property owners up to 10 years to pay back the village instead of the current seven years. Trustees seemed willing to make the change to help property owners shoulder the burden of costly assessments.
Nearly 400 homes affected
On Monday the Village Board approved a preliminary resolution that signals their intent to assess nearly 400 property owners on the village's south end for the cost of repairing or replacing the private laterals that connect homes to the village's sewer infrastructure. On July 1 the board will consider a final resolution to assess those property owners.
According to assistant village engineer Aaron Jahncke, the lateral work is expected to cost between $3,600 and $6,000 per property, depending on the extent of the damage found. He said the village will soon be sending out a letter to each affected property owner detailing a cost estimate, once contractors bid for the work and prices come into focus.» Read Full Article
Glendale — Nicolet High School is contracting with Performance Services for a slew of energy efficiency projects over the next two summers, School Board officials decided in a special board meeting last week.
The two-phase project is not to exceed $4 million, Director of Facility Services Brian Reiels said.
The energy efficiency projects will come in two phases. This summer, the parking lot lighting and sidewalk lighting will be replaced with LED fixtures.
"It's much more efficient and better performing," Reiels said.
The new lights will give the school the ability to dim the lights after hours. For security reasons, they will have a motion sensor that will turn the lights back up should someone step on the property during that time.» Read Full Article
Shorewood — Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor had to project his voice over the whirl of espresso machines when he called the Plan Commission meeting to order Saturday morning.
Commission members took a field trip to Alterra Coffee Roasters in Shorewood to start a personalized tour of the village's mixed-use development it its tax-incremental financing districts. The goal was to learn how to bring similar projects to Franklin.
"I've heard for many years that people in Franklin want nice restaurants, boutique shops, things of that nature," Taylor said. "There's ways of obtaining them, and I think Shorewood demonstrates one of the routes to getting there," Taylor said.
Shorewood's village president, Guy Johnson, and Community Authority Development chairman, Pete Petrie, led Franklin officials on the four-stop tour mostly along Oakland Avenue, and spoke about how the special taxing districts help raise commercial property values and eventually reduce the share of property taxes paid by homeowners.
TIF districts generally use tax dollars generated by improvements to pay for some aspect of the development up front. Once the district's debt is gone, which often takes years, the property taxes generated by the development flow to the village, its schools and other local governments.» Read Full Article
Fox Point — Fox Point-Bayside staff will likely present three alternatives for the much debated middle school schedule at an upcoming School Board meeting, district administrators said at a May 30 Curriculum Instruction and Policy committee meeting.
Administrators have been gathering feedback and suggestions from teachers, said middle school Principal Don Galster, attempting to resolve several lingering issues in light of the approaching deadline that is the end of the school year.
District staff have been working with the School Board directives that: the humanities-based, problem-solving course referred to as STEM not be included; courses like band, art and music — referred to as "specials" — be offered all year as they are currently; a "flex" period for teachers to interact with students be included for all teachers and students; math instructional time be increased if practicable; English and Language Arts classes be offered together in a "block" if possible.
At the May 30 meeting, CIP committee and School Board members Mike Weidner and Tim Melchert made informal recommendations to clarify three sticking points teachers have brought up during the schedule discussions.
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Whitefish Bay — Faced with internal and external pressures, the Village Board on Monday approved in concept the implementation and price of a stormwater utility to fund part of the village's 15-year stormwater and sewer infrastructure overhaul.
Property owners will be charged based on "residential equivalent units," calculated based on stormwater runoff to represent the average Whitefish Bay residential property. On Monday, the conversation among trustees for the most part concerned how much the village would charge property owners per REU.
An analysis by the village's financial adviser shows that the amount the village would have to borrow, and therefore tax, to cover the remainder of the stormwater work is inversely proportial to the REU rate. Based on the board's action to institute the utility at a rate of $100 per REU, the average Whitefish Bay resident with a $400,000 home would pay a maximum of $672 in taxes in 2021 to pay off that debt — for a total of $772. By 2027, taxes for the stormwater work would scale down to $596 for the same average property owner.
Village President Julie Siegel pointed out that two specific factors are forcing the Village Board's hand when it comes to creating the utility. First, that revenue from a $100 per REU utility was factored into the 2013 budget the board approved last winter, meaning the current board would create an approximately $300,000 shortfall if it decided against the utility. Second, that the state Joint Finance Committee is considering imposing a limit which, after 2013, would force local governments to deduct the amount of any new fees or utilities from their overall levies.
"If we don't create this, we'll lose the opportunity," Siegel said.» Read Full Article
photo gallery of the 2013 WIAA State Track & Field Meet in La Crosse with more images from Veterans Memorial Stadium.MyCommunityNOW.com has just updated its
The Brookfield East boys team captured its third consecutive Division 1 title, edging Green Bay Preble, 51-50. Shorewood won the Division 2 boys title and Saint Mary's Springs the D3 title. Kenosha Tremper, East Troy and Edgar won the girls titles.
Results from this year's meet are available at the WIAA State Meet official results page.
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