River Hills officials will go to Milwaukee County and ask for more money to rehabilitate the Range Line Road bridge after learning about higher than anticipated costs at its Village Board meeting tonight.
River Hills Village Engineer Mustafa Emir presented a sobering estimate of escalating costs for the rehabilitation of the Range Line Road bridge with construction costs to repair the bridge estimated at $173,000 in 2003. Since then, a series of contract amendments and changes to the bridge design have ballooned the estimate to $500,000 for a concrete bridge or to $870,000 for a bridge covered with stone, similar to its current appearance.
The plain concrete bridge has not been acceptable to trustees in past years. In May 2010 they asked Mike Carpenter of Westbrook Associates, the design engineering firm, to talk with the Department of Transportation on alternate plans that would incorporate stone into the design. In December 2010 then Village Manager Tom Tollaksen signed a third amendment to the original contract for the bridge that provided for natural stone on the bridge. By that point in time, the bridge had taken on historic significance in the view of the Department of Transportation and its rehabilitation became more expensive.
The village has a federal grant of up to $190,400 awarded in 2004. The community must pay a 20 percent share of the bridge cost, which would bring its budget up to $238,000 for the entire project.
Emir suggested the board ask Milwaukee County for more funding. The original grant is good for only 10 years, so if additional funding is not available, Emir said the Village Board could consider other options, such as applying for another grant in the 2015-2018 cycle.» Read Full Article
Practice makes perfect.
Homestead running back Matt Winters, he of 20 carries for 165 yards and three TDs, said it best about the week of preparation the Highlanders had for their showdown against North Shore Conference leader Whitefish Bay on Friday night.
"Oh my God, that was the best energy I've ever seen out of this program," said the senior.
And it was the first thing that veteran coach Dave Keel talked about as the Highlanders put up an impressive 407 total yards in overpowering the host Blue Dukes, 35-13, and moving into a share of the NSC lead with Bay.
"Practice, practice, practice," he said. "From our scout team and all the way through, everyone had a great week of preparation. That's what got this done."» Read Full Article
It was a good weekend to be a cross country runner in the North Shore last weekend with three major meet titles.
·First, the Homestead boys claimed the Fond du Lac Invite on Friday, Oct. 2, for their first major meet title in about nine years.
·Then on Saturday, Oct. 3, the Shorewood boys won the Burlington Chocolate City Invitational for an elusive win after some rough racing the previous few weeks.
·Then the powerhouse Whitefish Bay girls got a chance to run on a flat and fast course and seized the title in the tradition-oriented Cudahy Purgold meet, also on Oct. 3.
Homestead coach Dan Claussen has every right to be enthused with his team's effort as freshman Drew Bosley, son of Highlander Hall of Famer Andy Bosley, had his coming out party by leading the team to a win with his first individual victory on the 5,000-meter Rolling Meadows Golf Course layout.» Read Full Article
In 2010, a storm dumped 7 inches of rain in a two-hour period, causing $17.9 million in damage to Milwaukee County’s North Shore suburbs. The epic deluge was felt across metro-Milwaukee, but Shorewood, Whitefish Bay and parts of Glendale were the hardest hit.
Last season, Brown Deer state offensive player of the year Zack Baun ran wild as the Falcons overwhelmed Shorewood/Messmer, 56-26, in a Woodland Conference game and matchup of area rivals.
What a difference a year makes, as a more experienced, more physical Greyhound squad took advantage of the Falcons' inexperience and an injury to Brown Deer star Nyles Williams to power their way through to an impressive 49-0 decision on Oct. 2.
Messwood coach Chad Hofmann was jacked up as the Greyhounds kept their state playoff hopes alive.
"We've been averaging close to 400 yards a game lately," he said. "I knew we were capable of playing this way and we did. We were crisp and efficient and when we play like that, we can do many things."
The victory improved Messwood's overall record to 3-4 and its Woodland East mark to 2-3 while Brown Deer fell to 1-4 and 2-5, respectively.» Read Full Article
This has been a season of unexpected losses for the Nicolet girls volleyball team.
An injury to three-year libero/defensive specialist and co-captain Maddi Kohnke took a big chunk out of a team that expected to contend yet again for the North Shore Conference title.
And then a loss to North Shore rival Homestead last week sealed the door and eliminated any opportunity for such a crown.
But the Knights can always depend on their own Brittney Gigl Invitational as a pick-me-up. Whether the Knights win or lose the event, it's always a good warm feeling after the meet as Gigl's parents always come to the tournament and explain the meaning of the meet and how the former player had her life cut short some years ago by a swift-acting illness.
All those latter events happened in due course on Oct. 3 in the 15th annual Gigl tourney, but so did something that veteran coach Dann Jacobson may not have seen coming with the injury to Kohnke and the loss to Homestead.» Read Full Article
Mequon — The Homestead High School community is mourning the loss of Homestead alum Quinn Johnson-Harris, who was among 11 people killed in an airplane crash in Afghanistan last week.
Johnson-Harris, 21, was a loadmaster assigned to the 39th Airlift Squadron. He arrived at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, on May 2, 2014. He was on a four-month rotation to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. He among four airmen from Dyess Air Force base who were killed after a C-130J aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Jalalabad Airfield on Friday, Oct. 2.
Homestead High School Principal Brett Bowers said Johnson-Harris had a "playful personality" and "one of those light-up-the-room smiles." Bowers still remembers the last time he talked with Johnson-Harris in Homestead's counseling office, where he told Bowers he had decided to enlist in the military.
"He was a very charismatic, dynamic young man," Bowers said. "He was one of those people who has a real natural ability for building relationships, whether it's with students or adults."
Johnson-Harris was also a reserve running back for the Homestead football team. He is the third former Homestead player to pass away in the past year. Juston Segura died in a boating accident in Lake Michigan in early September.» Read Full Article
It's a great accomplishment to win the North Shore Conference girls tennis title because the league is so deep and the competition so good.
And don't get the Nicolet team wrong. The Knights were quite prideful of their second straight NSC crown they earned with two long days of work in the league tournament Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
"The girls were excited and happy," said veteran coach Tim Koppa, "but our celebration lasted about as long as the bus ride from Whitefish Bay back to Nicolet ... we took some pictures, and then it was back to everyday life."
It's not that the Knights are ungrateful, they just have bigger things on their minds.
"We weren't expected in the (recent) past to do this, but it is good to win because it's all good pressure," said junior Elise Gerard, who paired with Annabelle Crowley to claim the first double crown. "We know we'll likely see them again (conference opponents) at state."» Read Full Article
Crave Bar & Food, which bills itself as an upscale pub, opened this week in Mequon.
It's at 10401 N. Port Washington Road, on the grounds of the Chalet Motel. The building formerly housed Burrito Bueno, which closed last year.
The chef, Sal Gonzales, said the space has been remodeled to include a bar of granite, metal and wood, and TVs have been added throughout the restaurant.
Crave’s menu has a lineup of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads and wraps. Entrées are featured in three nightly specials, such as steaks and smoked meats; more entrées are expected to be added to the menu later.» Read Full Article
It's all in front for the Blue Dukes; everything the Whitefish Bay football team is looking to accomplish it has complete control over.
Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Lubar Stadium, when they face old nemesis Homestead (4-1 in North Shore Conference, 5-2 overall) in a critical North Shore Conference showdown.
A victory there clinches no worse than a tie for the title for the league-leading Blue Dukes (5-0, 6-1) and would keep the intensity of this long-stewing, underrated rivalry at a full boil.
The last time the Blue Dukes beat the Highlanders was an epic 14-7 Grant Menard/Rashadeem Gray-led decision at Lubar in 2012 that clinched a share of the NSC crown and sent a flood of people happily bounding out onto the field.
Interim coach Jake Wolter, whose team set up the showdown with Homestead with a physical 21-0 beatdown of Milwaukee Lutheran on Oct. 2, would like to see a more sedate celebration should Bay win, but would love a celebration in any shape, manner or form» Read Full Article
WHITEFISH BAY BOYS SOCCER
The win streak ran to 12 games with three victories last week for the top-ranked in state D2 polls Blue Dukes.
They improved to 5-0 in North Shore play with a 10-0 rout of Milwaukee Lutheran on Sept. 29 and then beat Racine case, 6-2, on Oct. 1 and edged a good Kettle Moraine team, 1-0, on Oct. 3.
They entered this week at 14-1. They will entertain Sussex Hamilton at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 andthen will travel to second-ranked in state D3 polls Grafton (15-1) for the de facto North Shore Conference title game at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.
The Blue Dukes won the league title last season.» Read Full Article
Public Policy Forum says in a new report.The consolidation of seven municipal fire and rescue departments on the North Shore 20 years ago has saved the communities millions of dollars while providing a superior level of service, the
Those seven municipalities together would have paid a total of $2.8 million more annually in operating costs in 2014 to achieve an equivalent level of service, if they had not combined the departments into one unit, says the report, "Come Together: An analysis of fire department consolidation in Milwaukee County's North Shore."
Success of the North Shore Fire Department prompted Public Policy Forum President Rob Henken to remind other municipalities in southeastern Wisconsin that consolidating a variety of services — fire and rescue, police, health and even school districts — could save taxpayer dollars.
The numbers alone — 146 municipalities and 92 school districts in the seven-county region — show there is plenty of opportunity, Henken said.
While North Shore communities talked for 10 years before consolidation occurred in 1995, it could not have succeeded without the willingness of public officials to take a risk, Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said.» Read Full Article
Brown Deer — Brown Deer officials decided Monday, Oct. 5, to build a new public works building next to village hall with the hopes of spurring redevelopment at the building's existing location in the Original Village neighborhood.
The public works facility is located on a 3.9-acre lot at 8717 N. 43rd St. in the recently-redeveloped Original Village neighborhood. At least $1 million in repairs have been identified at the 49-year-old public works building, not including the extra 2,302 square feet of space needed to properly store snow plows and other public works vehicles.
The new public works facility would be built on a 6.5-acre plot of land located between the Brown Deer Police Department and Rite-Hite. The grassy vacant land is owned by Rite-Hite and is assessed at $1.1 million.
The loss of tax revenue on the 6.5-acre Rite Hite property could be recouped by redeveloping the existing DPW lot into a mixed-use facility with high-end apartments and retail stores, which village officials say would be a better fit for the quaint downtown neighborhood. Additionally, any redevelopment at the existing DPW site would financially bolster the village's suffering fourth tax incremental district, which is running at a $1.4 million deficit.
The only village official to vote against the idea was Trustee Terry Boschert, who favored rebuilding the facility at its current site. He said purchasing the Rite-Hite property for the assessed $1.1 million is too much a gamble, considering the current DPW site in the Original Village area could sit undeveloped for the next decade.» Read Full Article
The company's vision initially seems fanciful:
Create applications for health care featuring animated characters that can understand language in all its complexity, from context to regional idioms, detect emotion and recognize facial expressions, perceive differences in personalities, and on top of all that, constantly learn.
To make all this seem even more far-fetched, put the company's base in the second floor of a modest office building on Mequon Road.
Yet iDAvatars is among the companies that have set out to create applications based on one of the most advanced computer systems in the world — IBM's Watson. And IBM has taken note.
"They are one of the most innovative companies we work with," said Lauri Saft, who oversees IBM's partnerships with companies developing applications for the Watson system. "I've seen very few that have moved as quickly as they have."» Read Full Article