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News & Notes: Nov. 30

Nov. 30, 2010

School district considering energy efficient pool system

Brown Deer - Solar energy could be used to help heat the Brown Deer High School swimming pool.

The School Board on Nov. 22 approved a proposal from consulting firm Johnson Controls to install a 32-panel solar thermal heating system. It will draw on the sun for heat before tapping into the school's boiler system.

The project is expected to cost nearly $115,000, but grants from Focus on Energy and We Energies are anticipated to whittle the district's portion to $34,000.

Johnson Controls officials plan to purchase equipment in the months ahead and begin the installation in May.

Board approves three staffing changes for Thiensville FD

Thiensville - The Village Board on Nov. 15 voted on a resignation, hire and promotion within the Thiensville Fire Department.

Firefighter and emergency medical technician Ashley Koller has submitted a letter of resignation.

Fire Chief Brian Reiels presented the board with a request to hire Andrew Moffitt as a new member of the department. His resume includes a role as president of the Kansas State Fire Fighters Association.

Lt. Jason Flegner, who works EMS within the department, has been recommended to fill a captain position as staffing is restructured.

NSFD reviews approved for construction sites

Thiensville - A request by Fire Chief Brian Reiels to glean assistance from the nearby North Shore Fire Department for reviews of remodeling and construction sites was approved by the Village Board on Nov. 15.

Reiels said he wanted to work with NSFD - an agency serving the seven North Shore communities in Milwaukee County - because of ongoing changes with code compliance. When Fiddleheads built its new coffee roasting facility, Reiels said he looked to the outside help from NSFD.

NSFD staffs two full-time employees specializing in code compliance issues, a scenario that would be unrealistic in Thiensville, Reiels said, because of the budget impact and infrequent need of such a service.

According to its fee schedule, NSFD services range in price, from $75 hourly for code or evacuation plan consulting to a minimum flat $75 fee for review of construction compliance codes. If the resolution moves forward, NSFD would charge the same rates to Thiensville as it does to the seven member communities.

Thiensville board approves tax hike of more than 1 percent

Thiensville - Property taxes in the village will increase 1.04 percent, following a vote by the Village Board on Nov. 15.

The 2011 budget is more than $5.8 million. The village's largest source of income, the levy, will increase by $24,884, from $2,379,529 in 2010 to $2,404,413 in the 2011 budget.

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