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News & Notes: Oct. 27

Oct. 27, 2010

No smoking ordinance updated

Glendale - When the state's no smoking ban went into effect in July, City Attorney John Fuchs thought that some municipalities would still allow smoking in some hotel rooms. The city's no smoking ban adopted in July allows hotels to set aside 25 percent of their rooms for smoking customers.

Fuchs has since learned that the state code prohibits smoking in individual rooms across the board. The Common Council on Monday revised the smoking ordinance to comply with the state code. Smoking is now banned in all city hotel rooms.

Shorewood Connects looks for clean-up volunteers

Shorewood - Shorewood Connects is sponsoring its third annual Yard Clean-Up Day to benefit older and disabled adults throughout Shorewood. One-hundred volunteers are needed to rake leaves, clean-up garden beds and put hoses away to help prepare yards for the winter.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 6.

Contact Sue Kelly (414) 961-7262 to volunteer.

Mequon-Thiensville senior dining centers moving

Mequon - To better serve all seniors in the Mequon and Thiensville area, the Senior Dining program is on the move. The program will partner with the Mequon-Thiensville Recreation Department Senior Programs at the Range Line School, 11040 N. Range Line Road.

Beginning Nov. 1, the Senior Lunch program will be served in the lower level café at the school. An exciting week of activities is planned for the grand opening of the new location.

Lunch is served at noon each day, Monday through Friday, and reservations are required. The cost of the lunch is a suggested donation of $3.75.

For more information or to make a reservation please call the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Ozaukee County at (262) 238-8120.

Flu vaccination clinic set for children and adolescents

Brown Deer - The North Shore Health Department is a holding a Flu Vaccination Clinic for children and adolescents from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 6 at Brown Deer Village Hall, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive. Persons 6 months to 18 years of age can receive vaccine for $10, payable by cash or check. Both the shot and nasal spray formulations will be available. Parents can receive a shot at the same time for $30.

Can't make this clinic? Consider the Health Department's monthly immunization clinics which provide a variety of vaccines for people of all ages. The clinics are held at the Brown Deer Village Hall on the second Tuesday of each month from 10 to11 am and on the third Wednesday of each month from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. A clinic is held at the North Shore Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road, Glendale on the last Tuesday of each month from 4 to 5 p.m. No appointment is needed.

If you can't get to any of these clinics, influenza vaccine is available by appointment. Call the Health Department at (414) 371-2980 for more information.

Area children invited to trick-or-treat at fire stations

The North Shore Firefighters Union, Local 1440, in conjunction with the North Shore Fire Department will once again participate in local trick-or-treating on Oct. 31. All five North Shore fire stations will participate in the various trick-or-treating and Halloween festivities in their respective communities. Firefighters will be handing out candy both at the firehouse and from their apparatus throughout many North Shore neighborhoods.

Since trick or treating times vary in each community, residents are encouraged to check with their city/village halls or websites for specific times.

The North Shore Firefighters Union and North Shore Fire Department hope that this year's events will be safe and enjoyable for everyone. Parents are encouraged to discuss safety with their children prior to trick-or-treating. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has several excellent trick or treat safety tips that can be found on their website, cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/hallow.html.

River Hills board indicates interest in consolidated dispatch center

River Hills - The Village Board, along with at least three other North Shore communities, wants to continue working on a consolidated dispatch center that could serve all seven North Shore communities as well as the North Shore Fire Department. The center would replace a center in Whitefish Bay that now serves the NSFD, and the Glendale, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay police departments; a center in Bayside that serves the police departments in Bayside, Fox Point and River Hills and a small center in Brown Deer that serves its Police Department.

A subcommittee made up of representatives of five of the communities has developed a proposal for a consolidated center that would likely open in January 2012. Each community is considering a resolution endorsing additional work on the plans, to include a funding formula. Thus far Whitefish Bay, Glendale, Bayside and River Hills have indicated support. Brown Deer hired a consultant to review the subcommittee report as well as one prepared last May by its Police Department.

City outlaws synthetic marijuana

Glendale - The Common Council unanimously approved an addition to an ordinance that outlaws any type of synthetic cannabis, or marijuana.

School District borrows money for 112 days

Fox Point- The Fox Point-Bayside School District had only one bid for its $2 million short-term loan, needed to fund district operations until the first tax payments arrive in the district Jan. 20. Business Manager Mike Garty said the Robert W. Baird Co submitted a bid that was accepted by the board. The district will pay 1.15 percent interest for the loan. Garty said the loan period is 112 days, compressed as much as possible to keep the interest payments as low as possible.

Little League gets city approvals

Glendale - The Glendale Little League wants to add restrooms to its concession stand and an underground sprinkling system for its fields south of Civic Drive. The city owns the land and the council gave the league permission to make the improvements subject to other approvals. The league must get state approved plumbing plans, follow Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District guidelines on sanitary sewer connections and check in with the Department of Natural Resources on regulations for excavating at the fields, which are built on a former landfill.

"We support Little League, but we can't grant any waivers for any of this," said City Administrator Richard Maslowski.

Village removes term limits for committees, commissions

River Hills - A dearth of volunteers has led to the death of term limits for village committees and commissions. The Village Board decided to do away with term limits because of the difficulty recruiting volunteer residents to serve.

There are currently 12 vacant positions on a number of different committees. Some of the current committee members are approaching a 10-year term limit and without the change in policy, they could not be reappointed, leading to even more vacancies.

Volunteers are appointed to three-year terms. The Village Board will reappoint those who are qualified for additional terms as individual terms expire.

Residents interested in learning more about the vacancies can find the information on the village website, riverhillswi.com.

Program targets low-income adults looking for work

Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development received a grant from the Department of Children and Families to provide transitional job opportunities to low-income adults ages 21-64 who are ineligible to receive W-2 and Unemployment Insurance benefits. Participants will receive up to six months of transitional job experience, opportunities for adult basic education, computer skills classes, soft skills training, and job readiness/career workshops; intensive case management; and six months of follow-up. The primary goal of the TAPE program is to provide participants with the skills and experience necessary to obtain and retain employment.

If you are a Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington or Milwaukee County resident looking for an entry-level job and meet the eligibility requirements below, call: (262) 695-7934 (Waukesha & Milwaukee County residents) or (262) 238-5290 (Ozaukee & Washington County residents) to see if you qualify for the Transitional Jobs Program.

TAPE program eligibility requirements include:

• between the ages of 21-64 and meet the following:

• unemployed for the last four previous calendar weeks;

• ineligible to receive W-2;

• ineligible to receive unemployment insurance;

• if older than 24 years of age, a participant must at the time of eligibility be the biological or adoptive parent of a child under the age of 18 or the primary caregiver for the child under the age of 18 who is a relative (as defined by section 48.02(15), Wisconsin Statutes);

• annual household income meets program guidelines

Three Shorewood police officers receive promotions

Shorewood - Three Shorewood police officers received promotions, following action by the Village Board.

Terry Zimmerman, a 25-year veteran of the village police force, is advancing from lieutenant to the No. 2 position of deputy chief.

Officers Michael Kerr and Christine Preston are advancing to the positions of sergeant and detective/juvenile officer, respectively. Kerr and Preston each have about seven years of law enforcement experience.

The promotions, recommended by the Police Commission, come on the heels of a retirement and reorganization of staffing within the Police Department.

Local landscaper to rent parking lot to sell trees

Shorewood - A village-owned parking lot on the southwest side of Oakland Avenue will begin to look a lot like Christmas in mid-November.

The Village Board approved the request of Rick Dassow, owner of Ideal Landscaping, to pay the village $500 and rent a parking lot at 3505 N. Oakland Ave. from Nov. 13 to Dec. 28.

In a document, Dassow said he plans to sell a variety of trees, garlands and wreaths in the lot. A timeline calls for setting the lot up Nov. 13 and 14 and undergoing teardown from Dec. 26 to 28.

The parking lot holds 22 spaces, none of which are rented out by permit overnight to residents.

Village funding treatment for emerald ash borer disease

Thiensville - The village will adopt a treatment and replacement plan to address emerald ash borer that will cost more than $18,000 annually for the first decade of implementation.

As part of the plan, approved by the Village Board, most ash trees with little or no trace of the disease will be treated with an insecticide. Severely infected ash trees would be removed and replaced with a new tree.

Based on preliminary estimates, the plan would cost more than $340,000 over a 25-year span of time.

Annual Thanksgiving Day run-walk will return to village

Thiensville - Exercise buffs young and old will have an opportunity to get a head start on working off their Thanksgiving Day meals.

The Turkey Trot 5K run-walk, initiated by the Junior Woman's Club of Mequon-Thiensville, will return to the village this fall. Coordinators have filed an application to have select streets closed off during the event, scheduled from 6:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 25. Previous trots have drawn as many as 700 participants.

The Village Board approved the request last week.

New assistant fire chief selected in Thiensville

Thiensville - Capt. Judy LaFond has been promoted to the position of assistant chief for the Thiensville Fire Department, following approval by the Village Board.

Fire Chief Brian Reiels recommended LaFond to the position, citing her background and professionalism in Thiensville and throughout Ozaukee County.

"She brings a wealth of skills and abilities to our senior-level management team," Reiels said.

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