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News & Notes: Nov. 2

Nov. 2, 2010

Change your clock, change your battery

The North Shore Fire Department wants residents to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

A home fire impacts the life of an American family every 85 seconds. By providing an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape, smoke alarms cut in half your family's risk of dying in a home fire - but only if they work.

When you turn your clocks back on Nov. 7, make a life-saving change in your household - change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This simple habit takes just a moment, but is the best defense your family has against the devastating effects of a home fire.

Officials want feedback on one-way streets

Shorewood - Village officials are planning a wait-and-see approach to traffic patterns along portions of Maryland Avenue and Shorewood Boulevard. Both streets were changed to one-way earlier this year near the Capitol Drive corridor when construction began.

While discussing the issue at a Streets and Building Committee meeting Monday, Village Manager Chris Swartz said he has not received any negative feedback to date on the changes.

The committee directed Swartz to survey nearby businesses and residences within the affected areas to determine whether the one-way streets should remain that way. The issue is slated for further discussion in January.

Design firm selected for work along Atwater Bluff

Shorewood - Miller Engineering has been selected to provide design services at Atwater Park for bluff stabilization work and construction of a service drive and a path compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act toward the beachfront portion of the property.

The Village Board on Monday directed Village Manager Chris Swartz to enter into final negotiations with Miller for the design work. The firm was the lowest of three bidders for the project, submitting a quote of $72,400.

Village signs on to combined dispatch proposal

Shorewood - The Village Board on Monday approved a resolution to continue the discussion of forming a combined dispatch center for all seven North Shore communities within Milwaukee County.

"This isn't final," Village Manager Chris Swartz said. "We're going to continue to discuss this."

But Shorewood's elected officials and heads at Village Hall pledged support, citing cost savings, improved service and an opportunity for intergovernmental cooperation. According to figures from a Sept. 24 study, Shorewood could save $188,965 over 10 years by pooling resources with the six other communities.

Based on a tentative timeline, the Bayside-based dispatch center would begin service Jan. 2, 2012, after an addition is made to that community's police facility and a series of technological issues are worked out.

Developer to alter former Blockbuster building

Glendale - With Dr. Dawg Chicago Style All Beef Hot Dogs occupying half of the former Blockbuster building, 6969 N. Port Washington Road, developer General Capital needed permission to install doors in the other half of the building. The former Blockbuster entrance now provides entry to Dr. Dawg, leaving the remainder of the building without access.

The Plan Commission granted the request Monday.

There are no tenants for the empty portion of the building at this time.

Lumen Christi students participate in reading program

Thiensville - Third-graders attending Lumen Christi Catholic School are participating this year in Scholastic Book Club's ClassroomsCare program. The initiative is designed to encourage students to read and contribute toward a worthy cause.

Lumen Christi staff are challenging the 39 third-graders to read at least 10 books this fall. Scholastic has pledged to donate 1 million books to disadvantaged children nationwide.

Decision on stormwater hinges on study

Whitefish Bay - The Village Board will wait for the results of a study on stormwater runoff, due in 90 days, before deciding if or how to regulate or remove clear water drainage from the sanitary sewer system. Because the storm sewer systems in the village are believed to have less capacity than necessary to drain off rains, mandating sump pumps or requiring residents to disconnect foundation drains from the sanitary system might overload the stormwater system and cause more problems.

Rawhide to open youth counseling offices

Glendale - A Rawhide Youth & Family Counseling services office will open in the Tabak Building , 6045 N. Green Bay Ave. The 1,200 square-foot office will have a maximum of three employees on site at any one time and will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by special appointments on weekday evenings and Saturdays. The Plan Commission approved the office Monday.

Verizon lease modified for water tower

Whitefish Bay - Verizon will replace antennas at 6321 N. Lydell Ave., on the Whitefish Bay Water Tower this month. As part of the agreement allowing the replacement, the communications company will pay a new rent of $3,000 per month with an annual 2 percent escalator.

Verizon to change antennas in city

Glendale - Verizon Wireless gained Plan Commission approval Monday to remove one antenna array and replace it with new antennas. The antennas are located on the Wisconsin Energies North Service Center site, 5400 N. Green Bay Ave.

Walgreens to have extended holiday hours

Brown Deer - Walgreens, 6020 W. Brown Deer Road, received permission to stay open until midnight from Dec. 10 - 23. The variance in hours was approved by the Village Board.

Normal hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The store had a similar variance last year.

Village to buy slightly used lift truck

Whitefish Bay - The village will buy a "demo" lift truck with less than 500 miles on it, to replace an older bucket truck in the public works fleet. A 2009 Ford will by purchased for $80,566 from Utility Sales and Service in Appleton. A bid for a new Dodge truck came in at $93,350.

Training center announces annual outreach program

Glendale - On Nov. 20, World Outreach & Bible Training Center will host its fourth annual, Milwaukee Give - an outreach relief effort bringing food, personal care items and outer apparel (coats, boots, etc) to many families in need.

Last year World Outreach fed more than 800 families; this year their goal is 1,000 families.

Those interested in participating in The Milwaukee Give hunger relief effort must live within the Greater Milwaukee area and have children under the age of 18 living in the household. Vouchers are required and available by contacting World Outreach Center at (414) 962-0600.

World Outreach & Bible Training Center is located at the Barnabas Center, 4650 N. Port Washington Ave. If you would like more information, to volunteer or obtain a voucher contact World Outreach Center at (414) 962-0600 or info@worldoutreachbtc.org.

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.

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.

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 Web site, 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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