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News and Notes: Aug. 18

Aug. 18, 2010

Board rejects bids for traffic lights

Brown Deer - The Village Board rejected bids for the purchase and installation of traffic lights at North Arbon Drive and Brown Deer Road on Monday after the bids came in above the engineering estimate of $250,000. Green Brothers Construction submitted a bid of $280,242 and Vinton Construction Company bid $327,715.

The village will rebid the project early in 2011 to see if it can get lower bids.

Village Manager Russell Van Gompel said there is a possibility that the traffic lights can be combined with another project. That might result in lowered bids.

The Department of Transportation recently notified the village of its intent to improve the intersection of North 51st Street and Brown Deer Road in 2011. The village may ask the DOT to include the traffic signals in its bid but at the minimum it will ask the DOT to coordinate the 51st Street/Brown Deer Road work with the potential traffic light installation at Arbon and Brown Deer.

Block grant to be used for senior center

Brown Deer - The village will use its anticipated $25,383 of Community Development Block Grant funds in 2011 to pay for rent and operations costs for the Senior Citizens Center. The center is located at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8080 N 47th St.

School to start Sept. 13 at Nicolet High School

Glendale - The first school bell will go off nearly two weeks later than initially planned this fall at Nicolet High School. District officials have announced the start date at the school - heavily hit by last month's storms - has been pushed to Sept. 13. School originally was set to start Sept. 1.

Nicolet, one of the hardest hit areas of the North Shore, endured about $6 million damage from the heavy rains July 22. Since then, crews have been working around the clock with clean-up efforts. Inspectors have found the building to be structurally sound.

The alterations will affect the entire 2010-11 school year at Nicolet. The regular school year is scheduled to end June 16, 2011, and graduation has been rescheduled to June 19.

Lakefront Marathon course will go through village

Fox Point - The Badgerland Striders have once again been granted permission to use village streets for the Lakefront Marathon that is being held Oct. 3 along Lake Drive. Organizers will install a portable toilet and water station near Lake Drive and Wye Lane.

Badgerland will pay the village a $150 permit fee and nearly $665 for additional police staffing as part of the agreement to use the village streets.

Village Code could be on website in a year

Fox Point - Plans are under way to post the Village Code on Fox Point's official website,, in about a year, based on an update from village staff at a meeting Tuesday.

Village Manager Susan Robertson said the code - a comprehensive collection of all ordinances - is in the process of being updated. When it is complete, plans call for posting the entire document online with features that will enable users to search by category.

Trustees had discussed the merits of posting the existing code online, despite the fact some components are outdated, but Village President Mike West said, "I think we should wait and put our best foot forward."

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