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News & Notes: Sept. 21

Sept. 21, 2011

Ceremony commemorates new food pantry

Milwaukee - The Jewish Community Pantry will hold a ceremonial opening at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 22 at its new location, 2930 W. Center St., Milwaukee. The pantry's pervious site was destroyed amid the July 2010 floods that ravaged the area.

A number of dignitaries are slated to attend the ceremony, including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.

The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, located in Fox Point and Whitefish Bay, co-sponsors the pantry with the Milwaukee Hunger Task Force and Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

For information, email Dorene Paley at dpaley@jccmilwaukee.org or call (414) 967-8217.

Ash trees being removed, new trees being planted

Thiensville - T&T Tree Service will remove 40 ash trees along Main Street and Green Bay Road as part of the village's Emerald Ash Borer plan at a cost of $6,320. The removal is from Sept. 20 to 22. Watertown Evergreen Services will follow the tree removal effort and plant a variety of replacement trees at a cost $10,180. The new trees will be planted by late October. The Village Board approved both contracts Monday.

Shorewood votes to consolidate health departments

Shorewood - The Shorewood Village Board voted, 7-0, Monday night to adopt an ordinance to consolidate the Shorewood/Whitefish Bay Health Department with the North Shore Health Department.

The ordinance takes effect in January 2012.

We Energies to bury overhead lines

Mequon - The Common Council agreed last week to spend $363,015 from its tax incremental district project plan funds to bury utilities on Mequon Road from Buntrock Avenue to Industrial Drive, an area that is part of the Town Center. The cost is approximately $86,900 less than originally projected.

Construction is expected to take place this fall.

Security guard honored by village

Brown Deer - Travis Lancerio, employed as a private security officer by American Security, was honored by the Village Board on Monday for his role in thwarting an armed robbery at Guaranty Bank on July 25 and for providing information that ultimately led to the arrest of the bank robbers.

Lancerio was in the bank as a customer at 9:45 a.m. when he noticed two men wearing ski masks and carrying a gun enter the bank. He immediately drew his gun and pointed it at the two suspects who quickly fled.

Lancerio ran after the men and got a description of the getaway vehicle and the suspects, which later led to their identification. The board and Police Department presented him with a Citizen Commendation.

Stan and Mike Kass donate funds for new police dog

Brown Deer - Residents Stan and Mike Kass made a $20,000 donation to the Police Department, a sum that completely covers the purchase of a new police dog and training for both the dog and handler, at the Monday Village Board meeting. Stan Kass said the money came with no strings attached, but, if possible, he would like the dog to be named Hercules. The Kass family once had a favorite family dog bearing that name, "Herc" for short.

Alltran providing busing service through 2014

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville School Board on Monday agreed to a one-year contract extension with transportation carrier Alltran through the 2013-14 school year.

The district traditionally reviews renewals each February, as outlined in the contract, but the board and administrators delayed the issue earlier this year because of concerns distributing route information to households in a timely manner and issues concerning automated routing software.

"Several improvements have occurred in operations since discussions last February and, as a result, this item is being brought to your attention," Gail Grieger, director of business services, wrote in a memo to the board.

Thiensville adopts employee handbook

Thiensville - The Village Board adopted an Employee Handbook that outlines personnel policies, including the state-mandated grievance procedure. The handbook covers items that were previously subject to negotiation in public employee contracts. Under laws enacted earlier this year, employees may now bargain only for wages.

The grievance procedure, which provides for a series of steps to address an issue raised by an employee, includes a hearing before an impartial hearing officer and, if necessary, final review of the facts presented by the Village Board. Village Manager Dianne Robertson said she will be the impartial hearing officer for Slinger should the need arise and Slinger will provide a hearing officer for Thiensville if necessary.

Shorewood Village Board OKs new grievance policy

Shorewood - The Shorewood Village Board voted Monday night to approve its new grievance policy, which would affect all municipal employees other than police officers or employees under contracts.

Municipalities statewide are required to draft new grievance policies as a result of Wisconsin Act 10, or the Budget Repair Bill. Act 10 requires that the new grievance policies contain a document specifying procedure, a hearing before an Impartial Hearing Officer at some level, and "an appeal process in which the highest level of appeal is the governing body of the local governmental unit"- in this case, the Village Board.

The approved grievance policy would have a grievant make his or her case to a supervisor or manager, and then appeal upward to the Village Manger, the IHO, and finally, the Village Board.

Village Manager Chris Swartz said that the new policy closely resembles the old, but with the added inclusion of the IHO in the procedure.

The Village Board approved the policy, 6-1, with Trustee Ellen Eckman dissenting.

Mequon Council adopts grievance policy

Mequon - The Common Council last week adopted the state mandated grievance policy. The policy addresses employee terminations, discipline and workplace safety issues. The policy covers all employees not under a current contract. City Administrator Lee Szymborski said the policy will be included in an employee handbook that will come to them for approval at a later date.

Silver Spring Automotive to relocate

Glendale - Silver Spring Automotive, including Dave's Towing, will move for its existing location, 5902. N. Green Bay Ave., to 2003 W. Bender Road, following approval of a conditional use permit by the Plan Commission.

The new location, which formerly housed Iron Creations, will have about 14 parking spaces after owner Ron Faucette enlarges the parking area and relocates the entrance drive. He will have seven employees at the business which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

School Board approves $38,750 in gifts, pledges

Fox Point - The Fox Point-Bayside School Board on Monday approved gifts and pledges from a variety of donors totaling $38,750.

The district's PTO has budgeted $28,350 throughout the 2011-12 school year to fund a number of initiatives, including the artist in residence program, special interest day, graduation events, teacher appreciation programs and support in the classroom.

The district also received a $10,100 donation from the Chipstone Foundation that will go toward instructional efforts. Chipstone, a nonprofit organization, annually provides a donation to the district in lieu of paying taxes.

Robert and Sharon LaBlanc, parents of Stormonth teacher Kari LaBlanc, provided the district with $300 for the purchase of professional development materials.

Halloween Extreme OK'd for seasonal opening

Glendale - Halloween Extreme, a seasonal costume shop, will open at 200 W. Silver Spring Drive, formerly the Betty Johnson Interiors shop.

The store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Saturday through Nov. 10.

AT&T to expand retail store in North Bay Center

Glendale - AT&T will expand its retail store at 6150 N. Port Washington Road into vacant adjacent space previously occupied by Westwood Dry Cleaners. The move provides an additional 1,300 square feet to the existing 2,600 square feet. The space will be used for a manager's office, storage, break area, restrooms and a janitor's closet as well as additional retail sales space.

The Plan Commission granted the permit for the expansion but refused the company's request for an orange awning to replace the existing green one on the building.

Nicolet Knights Jr. get scoreboard approval

Glendale- The Nicolet Knights Jr. football organization will install a scoreboard at Good Hope School to use during its football season. The group also hopes to install a new scorekeeper's box in 2012. The Plan Commission approved both but if the scorekeeper's box is not completed within the year the group will have to return and once again seek a permit for the work.

Bay to buy new boiler for Village Hall

Whitefish Bay - The Village Board will replace the 40-year-old boiler chugging away in the basement of Village Hall. The boiler had a life expectancy of 20 years when new. The board approved up to $45,000 for the purchase and will use contingency funds for the purchase. The contingency fund has about $80,000, Village Manager Patrick DeGrave said.

DeGrave said installation of the new boiler could start in two weeks.

Friends of Whitefish Bay baseball get electrical permit

Whitefish Bay - The Village Board approved an electrical permit for an outlet that was illegally installed at Cahill Park earlier this summer.

The outlet is used to power a freezer located in the Friends of Whitefish Bay storage shed. Perishables used for baseball games are stored in the freezer, according to a letter from Carlynn Alt, the vice president of the group.

The permit application for the outlet was dropped off by the electrician who installed it before the permit was approved. The electrician donated the outlet and installation, according to village staff.

Because the village provides the power at the field, the board must approve the permit. Trustee Kevin Buckley summed up the reaction of many of the board members.

"It takes chutzpah to do electrical work on a building you don't own," he said.

However, the board did not want to penalize the children who play baseball for the permitting error and approved it, 5-1, with Trustee Lauri Rollings voting no. Village President Julie Siegel did not attend the Sept. 6 meeting.

County holding meetings on farmland preservation

Port Washington - Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department and UW-Extension staff are interested in hearing from Ozaukee County's farmers and other residents interested in farmland preservation at the County Administration Center - Auditorium, 121 W Main St.

A Farmland Preservation Plan Open House and Public Information meeting is Sept. 28. There will be a presentation and discussion on the inventory data and public opinion survey for the Farmland Preservation Plan.

Input gathered from the meeting will be used in the development of plan recommendations. Staff will be on hand to take comments and answer questions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.

The formal presentation on the inventory and public opinion survey will be given at 6:30 p.m.

If you are interested in learning more about Ozaukee County's Farmland Preservation Plan, visit the department website, co.ozaukee.wi.us/planningparks.

Unable to attend the meetings but still want to provide input? Contact Nicole Sidoff by phone, email or mail: nicole.sidoff@ces.uwex.edu ,(262) 284.8289, or UW Extension, 121 W Main Street, PO Box 994, Port Washington, WI 53074.

JCC selected as one of 30 Potawatomi 'Miracle' charities

Whitefish Bay - The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center was selected as one of 30 charities to share in Potawatomi Bingo Casino's Miracle on Canal Street annual signature community program. Funded primarily by its Miracle bingo game (held every bingo session in the Casino's Nest of Life Bingo Hall), the program has raised more than $10.5 million for nearly 350 local children's charities since its inception in 1994.

The JCC will use the Miracle on Canal Street proceeds to benefit the Shiluv special needs camping program at the Albert & Ann Deshur JCC Rainbow Day Camp in Fredonia. Camp Director Lenny Kass said the Shiluv program helps mainstream campers with special needs into all camping opportunities. He added that the Miracle on Canal Street proceeds will be used for scholarships to enable even more children with special needs to participate in the Shiluv program.

Tickets are available for a special night of bingo to support the Miracle on Canal Street on Dec. 9 at Potawatomi Bingo Casino. For information about acquiring tickets for a JCC table or to learn more about the JCC's special needs programs, contact Harriet Rothman, JCC Development Director, at hrothman@jccmilwaukee.org or (414) 967-8239.

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