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News & Notes: May 25

May 25, 2011

Glendale willing to consolidate health department

Glendale - The city became the fourth community to approve a resolution to move forward with the consolidation of the North Shore Health Department with the Shorewood/Whitefish Bay Health Department, joining Brown Deer, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay, which approved the resolution last week. The North Shore Health Department includes Brown Deer, Bayside, Fox Point, River Hills and Glendale.

The Common Council approved the resolution Monday.

With the consolidation, Glendale would save about $26,000 a year. Services would remain the same.

Municipal leaders hope to have a final intergovernmental agreement ready for a vote of the seven municipalities in June.

Watch for children on bikes June 1

Bayside - The village, Police Department, and Maple Dale and Bayside middle schools will sponsor a "Ride your bike safely to school day on June 1. Maple Dale students will use the crosswalk at either Regent and Brown Deer Road or Regent and Indian Creek Parkway from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

Bayside students will use the crosswalk at Pelham Parkway and Brown Deer Road from 7:10 to 7:40 a.m. and from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Volunteers and the Police Department will guard the crosswalks at those times to emphasize the need for safety at the crossings.

The rain day is June 2.

Student fee cap tabled for a month

Glendale - The Glendale-River Hills School Board tabled a recommendation from District Administrator Larry Smalley to cap student fees at $400 for a family. The board wants more information about fees being charged in the other North Shore school districts. The board did approve a proposal that allows for student fees to be paid in installments, one-third each in August, October and December.

The average student fee at the school will be $125 a year, up from $120. Fees for extra-curricular activities are an additional cost.

School Board approves more than $65,000 in grants

Shorewood - The Supporters of Excellence in Educational Development, or SEED, Foundation are funding four initiatives totaling $65,380, following approval by the School Board on Tuesday.

The grants include:

a technology lab at Shorewood High School, consisting of 33 iMac computers, $35,000

purchasing English Language Learner software and online resources across the district over a two-year period of time, $14,896

replacing science lab equipment at SHS, $7,940

digital cameras and bamboo tablets for art classes in drawing, painting, design and graphic arts, $7,544

River Road bridge may stay as is

River Hills - The bridge over Indian Creek on River Road was replaced last year, but since work was completed, trustees have not been satisfied with its appearance. An appeal to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for funding for stone cladding was denied recently, leaving the village with three options: pay for the stone with village funds; raise private funds to pay for the stone; or, leave it as it is.

The budget does not have funding for the stone, but the board will try to determine if there is interest in a private fundraising effort.

City waives working hours restriction to clear sediment

Glendale - At the request of Milwaukee County, the city will allow contractors to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week as they remove sediment from the Milwaukee River and Lincoln Creek south of Silver Spring Drive in the area of Lincoln Park. The length of time required to do the work would decrease from 103 to 71 days and reduces the risk of having to stop work because of a heavy stormwater flows. Work is scheduled to begin in Lincoln Creek in June and in the river itself in July.

Board honors volunteer Thomas Mohr

Thiensville - The Village Board last week issued a proclamation honoring and recognizing Thomas Mohr for his many contributions to the community. He was a longtime member of the Plan Commission, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Weyenberg Library Board and was the adjutant for the America Legion Howard Schroeder Post No. 457 and parade marshal for the annual Memorial Day Parade for many years. He also was the first member of the Thiensville Special Police and continues to wear Badge No. 1 and also served as the Civil Defense Director in the village. He and his wife, Gretchen, have lived in the village for many years.

Bank employees collecting charitable donations

Employees at the Whitefish Bay and Glendale offices of M&I Bank are collecting items for the Ronald McDonald House as part of M&I Community Day¬ł a nationwide mobilization of M&I employees to benefit the communities in which they work.

The collection of nonperishable food items, infant toys and art supplies runs through June 9. The general public, as well as M&I customers and employees, are invited to donate in the lobby of the M&I Bank offices located at 177 E. Silver Spring Drive, Whitefish Bay, and 231 W. Silver Spring Drive, Glendale, during regular banking hours.

City adopts resolution to refinance two TIF districts

Glendale - Staff and representatives of R.W. Baird will work over the coming months on a refinancing of lease revenue bonds for tax incremental finance districts 6, Silver Spring, and 7, the technology district. City Administrator Richard Maslowski said the city could save in excess of $1.2 million in interest costs because of the current low interest rates. The sale would take place in July if the plan proceeds.

Local department participating in safety program

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer Police Department will join more than an estimated 300 law enforcement agencies throughout the state for the annual "Click It or Ticket" mobilization which started May 23 and concludes June 5.

The mobilization effort is intended to increase safety belt use. To save lives and prevent injuries, officers will stop a vehicle and issue tickets whenever they see a driver or passenger not wearing a safety belt. Last year, there were nearly 120,000 convictions for failure to fasten safety belts, an all-time high. Among all traffic violations, safety belt convictions in Wisconsin were second only to speeding convictions. The goal is not to write more tickets but to convince people to buckle up voluntarily.

Board commends Citizen of the Year

Brown Deer - The Village Board last week recognized August "Augie" Zanowski as Citizen of the Year. Selected by the Brown Deer Senior Citizen Club, Zanowski, a resident for more than 52 years, is the current president of the Neighborhood Watch Program, which he joined in 1986. He has been a citizen assessor for the Brown Deer Police Department Assessment Center since 2005, was a leader in the creation of the Brown Deer swimming pool ordinance in 1992, has served in several capacities as a member of St. Catherine of Alexandra Parish, is a member of the St. Catherine Holy Name Society and now is serving a second term. He also was a volunteer at the Lions Club Holiday Fair from 1964 to 1973.

Zanowski was unable to attend the board meeting but will attend a future meeting to receive his commendation.

Junior Woman's Club donates to school district

Brown Deer - Brown Deer Junior Woman's Club president Erin Epping and treasurer Debbie Wazniak made donations totaling $5,250 to school-based organizations as follows:$2,000, Brown Deer Scholarship Fund; $700, for travel expenses for DECA students attending an international convention; $500, post prom; $700, to Dean School toward a $2,100 cost for a defibrillator; $1,350 to Brown Deer High School for three boundary microphones for the MAC.

The presentations were made Monday at the School Board meeting.

Junior Woman's Club awards scholarships

Brown Deer - The GFWC Brown Deer Junior Woman's Club awarded its annual Scholarships for Continuing Education on May 10. Tanya Daniel was awarded $1,000 for her continuing education in the area of special education and public services with the goal of becoming an education supervisor.

Colleen Easton was awarded $1,000 for her continuing education toward a bachelor's degree in accounting with the goal of becoming a certified public accountant. The scholarship is awarded annually in May. For more information about the scholarship and our organization, visit browndeerjuniorwomansclub.com.

Glendale-River Hills board elects officers

Glendale - The Glendale-River Hills School Board elected the following officers on May 18 : Bob Roska, president; Jean Pereles-Strouse, vice president; Theresa Seem, treasurer; Andy Franklin, clerk; Bryan Kennedy, assistant clerk. The board voted to continue its meetings on the third Wednesday of the month except for August, when it will meet Aug. 24.

North Shore Library Board elects officers

Glendale - The North Shore Library Board of Trustees on May 19 unanimously elected the following officers: Mardee Gruen, president; F. Tessa Bartels, vice president; Beverly Bell, treasurer; and JoAnn Shaw, secretary.

In addition, the board agreed to assign the honorary title of Director Emeritus to Thomas W. Nedwek, who recently retired from the board, in recognition of his 23 years of service on the Library Board - 19 of those years as Library Board president.

The North Shore Library serves the residents of Bayside, Fox Point, Glendale and River Hills.

Scholz named vice president of finance, CFO at Concordia

Mequon- Concordia University Wisconsin administrators have named Joan Scholz, controller since 2001, as vice president of finance and chief financial officer.

In addition to overseeing the finance department, she will continue to be responsible for the yearly audit and taxes. She will also add the increased responsibility in the areas of insurance/risk management, cost accounting, budgeting and grant accounting.

A 1989 graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, Scholz previously worked as senior auditor for Price Waterhouse, Milwaukee, and for Milwaukee-based M&I Data Services/Metavante Corporation.

A longtime member of First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg, Scholz lives in Mequon with her husband, Jay, and two daughters, Rachel and Amber.

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