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News & Notes: May 22

May 22, 2013

Brown Deer teachers seek China travel companions

Brown Deer — High school teachers Sheri Fritsch and Fran Peter are holding an informational meeting at 6 p.m. June 4 in the high school north commons about an upcoming 2014 trip to China, which they are opening up to community students and parents.

The trip is planned from June 26 through July 7, 2014, with the possibility of an added two days in Hong Kong. Planned highlights include visits to Beijing, Xi-an, Yangshuo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tienanmen Square, Beijing Zoo, the Great Wall, terracotta warriors, and Victoria Peak, as well as a school visit and other cultural experiences.

Those interested can contact Fritsch at (262) 376-1303 or Peter at (920) 528-8708.

Beaver Creek project rezoning meeting set

Brown Deer — A special meeting of the Plan Commission will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 28 in the Novak Family Field House at Brown Deer High School for residents and commissioners to have their first look at General Capital's proposed Beaver Creek 44-unit apartment complex.

In mid-April, a group of residents turned in a 1,044 signature petition urging village officials to require owner-occupied condominiums on the site, as the village's original development agreement with General Capital stipulated. Petition organizer Don Uebelacker said recently that the count is now nearing 1,100 signatures.

At the meeting, the Plan Commission will consider a rezoning of the site, which would allow General Capital to build a mix of low-income and disability-friendly apartments, similar to their Bradley Crossing development on 43rd Street and Bradley Road.

Dean Elementary

hosts annual Tech Trek

Brown Deer — Dean Elementary School is holding its fifth annual Tech Trek starting at 1:15 p.m. Friday at the Brown Deer High School track, 8060 N. 60th St.

The students at Dean will walk around the campus and high school track to raise money for the school's technology program. In past years, students raised $17,000 and are trying to raise $5,000 this year.

Rep. Petri

holding town meeting

Mequon — District Rep. Tom Petri, R-Fond du Lac, will stop in Mequon on June 1 as part of a series of are town hall meetings.

The meeting takes place in the police training room of the Public Safety Building, 11300 N. Buntrock Ave., from 1 to 2 p.m.

Funding formula talks

to proceed in open session

Fox Point — Following closed session consultations between the North Shore Fire Department board of directors and the organization's legal counsel, negotiations over an updated 2016 funding formula will take place in open session, Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said.

At a special meeting last week, several board members had insisted the negotiations take place in closed session so that a "frank conversation" could occur.

Though Whitaker couldn't divulge exactly what was said in closed session, he said that he expects the funding formula discussion to show up on the NSFD board's next regular meeting agenda in early June.

District administration

losing key staff members

Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School District will be seeking to fill two of its top administrative positions, with the resignation of its directors of both pupil services and curriculum, assessment and instruction.

The School Board on Monday approved the resignations of Hughes George, director of pupil services, and Eric Dimmitt, director of curriculum, assessment and instruction.

Superintendent Demond Means said George has accepted a position as superintendent of the Sunnybrook School District in Illinois, and Dimmitt will join the University of Wisconsin-Platteville as an associate professor. The board thanked George and Dimmitt for their dedicated service over the past five years.

Their resignations are effective June 30, with the district beginning the process of filling the positions in the near future, Means said.

District recognizes Homestead,

Steffen forensics teams

Mequon — Students from Homestead High School and Steffen Middle School recently placed highly in state forensics tournaments.

The School Board on Monday acknowledged the students for their achievements.

Middle school students competed against about 80 other middle schools and more than 1,400 students throughout the state, earning a state championship title, and high school forensics team members competed against more than 1,000 students, with 19 of 25 advancing to semi-finals and six advancing to finals. Homestead placed third overall among division one schools.

Three high school students also will be traveling to Philadelphia this week for nationals, said Angie Cicero, Homestead forensics team coach.

Cyrier takes over

as School Board president

Mequon — Suzette Urbashich will step down from her role as president of the Mequon-Thiensville School Board, with Mary Cyrier taking over the position.

The School Board on Monday chose Cyrier for the position, in addition to electing its other board officers.

Cyrier was the only board member nominated for president. Stephanie Clark will serve as vice president, James Liska will retain his role as treasurer, and Kathryn Houpt was elected as clerk.

Cyrier thanked Urbashich for the leadership and expertise she brought to the board during her time as president. She held the role for six years, and has served on the School Board for a total of 17 years.

Village Board OKs receipt

of gifts from organizations

Thiensville — The Thiensville Village Board on Monday approved $6,250 worth of donations from three organizations.

Two organizations — the local Schmit Ford dealership and the Mequon-Thiensville Optimist Club — have donated $100 and $150, respectively, toward the village's Bike Safety Day event.

The Thiensville-Mequon Lion's Club has donated funds toward two efforts: $5,000 for improvements at Village Park and $1,000 for police to distribute baseball cards to youth.

Police to use donated

vehicle for summer events

Thiensville — The Thiensville Police Department will add an all-terrain vehicle to its fleet on a temporary basis this summer. Cedarburg-based Cedar Creek Sales and Service is donating the use of the vehicle to Thiensville.

"This is not a patrol vehicle, but a specialty vehicle to assist our officers in moving through large groups of visitors to get to either a call or for crowd control," Police Chief Scott Nicholson said. "The vehicle would be equipped with red and blue emergency lights, but would not be used as a front-line emergency vehicle."

The vehicle will be added to the village's insurance policy. No further costs will be incurred.

Water distribution project

completed at Laurel Acres

Thiensville — All properties within the Laurel Acres development in Thiensville have been connected to the municipal water system.

The Village Board on Monday voted in favor of a resolution stating properties will be levied a special assessment for the upgrade. The village also is taking out $460,000 in bonds to cover the costs in the short-term.

Village applying for grant

to spruce up Village Park

Thiensville — The village of Thiensville is applying for a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources stewardship grant in an effort to undertake a number of projects at Village Park, 250 Elm St.

If approved, the grant dollars will go toward such projects as restroom renovations within the park and installation of a pier along the Milwaukee River.

The village's projects at Village Park will cost about $411,000. If approved, the DNR grant would cover half the cost; the village would be responsible for funding the remaining half.

The Thiensville Village Board on Monday voted to move forward with the grant application.

Yoga studio holding

Saturday sessions at park

Thiensville — A Mequon-based yoga studio has been given authority to hold hour-long yoga sessions at Village Park, 250 Elm St., from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays between June 15 and Aug. 24.

Owners of Strive Yoga had requested permission to hold a class on the grounds. Sessions will be free to all participants.

The Thiensville Village Board approved the request Monday.

Shorewood schools business manager leaving

Shorewood — Shorewood School District Business Manager Mark Boehlke has accepted an assistant superintendent position in the Sheboygan Area School District and will leave in June, according to a district news release.

In his new post, Boehlke will be in charge of business and operational services. He has been with the Shorewood district since 2006.

"As hard as it is to leave, I am looking forward to the new challenges and the opportunity to work in my hometown," Boehlke said in the release.

Superintendent Martin Lexmond said in the release that the district will immediately begin searching for a replacement, and may hire a search firm to screen candidates before finalists are brought before the Finance and Facilities Committee, community members, staff and School Board as part of the hiring process.

Village creates

working foreman position

Thiensville — The Thiensville Village Board gave the go-ahead to create a working foreman position. Village Administrator Dianne Robertson requested the job be added to the public works department.

Andy LaFond, public works director, has undertaken a number of new responsibilities, including project management activities, grant applications and technology services at Village Hall.

Robertson said she will not be hiring an additional staffer to fill the foreman position. Rather, she has authority to use up to $5,200 annually to fund the position. The responsibilities within the position will be assumed by an existing DPW staffer.

Parking restrictions

OK'd for Glendale Road

Glendale — The Glendale Common Council adopted an ordinance that will restrict parking along the north side of West Glendale Road for 20 feet in either direction of two alleys of North Ironwood Lane and North Elm Tree Road.

The ordinance was drafted at the request of Alderman Robert Whitaker because residents who live in that subdivision complained that they cannot see oncoming traffic while trying to turn on to West Glendale Road. Whitaker said that this stems from people visiting the Sprecher Brewery on the south side of the street.

The neighborhood is enclosed by the Milwaukee River to the north, Interstate 43 to the east and Milwaukee County parkland to the west, making West Glendale Road is its only outlet.

City administrators said that the Public Works Department will put up signs and paint lines on the street in the next couple weeks.

Police departments

enforcing seat belt use

Fox Point — The Fox Point and Thiensville police departments will join hundreds of other police departments throughout Wisconsin for the annual "Click it or Ticket" mobilization through June 2.

The program puts special emphasis on stopping motorists who are not buckled not just because it's the law, but because it saves lives.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, more than half of the Wisconsin drivers killed in traffic crashes were not wearing their safety belts and approximately one of five of them do not wear safety belts.

"Tragically, too many people are needlessly injured or killed because they believed a crash would never happen to them so they don't buckle up," Fox Point Sgt Doug Dubnicka said.

Fox Point Police Chief Thomas J. Czaja pointed out it only takes a few seconds to "click it" and that may avoid a traffic stop, a ticket and most important the lives of drivers and passengers.

Village opts not to borrow

for Willow Road project

Fox Point — In lieu of borrowing, the village of Fox Point will transfer $510,000 from its Capital Projects fund to cover a portion of the Willow Road storm sewer project.

The Village Board on Tuesday authorized the transfer of funds, which were originally borrowed in 2011 and designated for the Bridge Lane ravine footbridge project, into the Stormwater Utility fund.

Acting Village Manager Thomas Czaja said that by doing the transfer, the village will save about $30,000 in borrowing costs.

Well permits needed for properties

with both water sources

Bayside — The Village Board approved an ordinance revision dealing with the rules for households planning to use water from wells even after they are connected to Mequon's municipal water.

The revised ordinance requires that those property owners obtain licenses from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which includes testing the well for various kinds of contaminants at the owner's expense, in order to keep track of the well's water quality.

Additionally, water from wells cannot be routed through pipes that carry municipal water, and residents must inform the DNR when they plan to stop using their wells.

Village Attorney Chris Jaekels said that the revisions are bringing Bayside's ordinances in line with state rules.

District seeks bids

for health insurance

Fox Point — For the second consecutive year, administrators in the Fox Point-Bayside School District will go out to bid and seek quotes from health insurance providers.

A year ago, the district switched to United Healthcare, ending its longtime arrangement with the Wisconsin Education Association Trust. While the district saved money a year ago through the switch, rates are increasing for the 2013-14 budget year.

Business Manager Amy Kohl said an outside firm, Hays Companies, will solicit quotes from a range of providers in an effort to see if savings can be achieved next year.

Contract awarded

for Beach Drive project

Fox Point — Western Contractors will complete storm water drainage improvements on Beach Drive, including catch basin and storm sewer pipe replacement, installation of a retaining wall and other improvements.

The Fox Point Village Board approved awarding the contract in the amount of about $62,400. The work will be completed in the vicinities of 7700 and 7900 North Beach Drive.

Kapur & Associates will provide construction management services for the project, at an additional cost of about $21,700.

Mayor appoints new

planning commissioners

Mequon — Four new residents were appointed to the Mequon Planning Commission following a Common Council meeting.

Mayor Dan Abendroth appointed J. David Fuchs of District 8, and Patrick Marchese, from District 5, to the Planning Commission. Fuchs replaces John Lesczcynski, who was recently elected to the Common Council. Marchese replaces David Romoser. Both will serve a three-year term.

Abendroth also appointed two alternate members to the Planning Commission. Susan Falkman replaces Phyllis King in a one-year appointment. Falkman had previously served on the commission for eight years. Brian Parrish replaces Norm Doll as an alternate commissioner.

Fox Point citations

issued down in 2012

Fox Point — Municipal citations issued in Fox Point decreased by 15 percent in 2012, as compared with the previous year.

In a report to the Village Board, Municipal Judge Scott Wales said the village collected about $73,500 for 790 municipal citations in 2012. Those figures are down from $87,800 collected for 927 municipal citations in 2011, he said.

Wales also provided the board with a general overview of the types of cases heard by the municipal court, praising the performance and involvement of local law enforcement.

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