Village hires consultants for appraiser position
Shorewood - The village will have a new appraiser as of Aug. 1. The Village Board on Monday approved a contract through 2012 with Mark Brown of Associated Appraisal Consultants.
The previous consultant's contract expired.
Brown will be in his office at Village Hall 12 hours per week at a cost of $46,300 per year.
Loan program receives funding from village
Shorewood - Trustees moved money on Monday within its Neighborhood Loan Program to cover the costs of five pending attic improvement loans.
Trustees allocated $80,000 for attic improvements but if all five projects are approved, the amount required would be $85,613.
The loan program has a total of $335,000.
The village and North Shore Bank started taking applications in June.
Thus far, one exterior maintenance loan for $4,000 has been approved, leaving ample money to move within the program.
Commission to hold hearing on modified plan for school
Brown Deer - The Plan Commission will hold a public hearing for a modified proposal for a nursery school at Trinity Community Church, 9450 N. 60th St.
Applicants Marquita Glass and Kim Brown are asking for a conditional-use permit for a nursery school for 2 1/2 - to 5-year-olds that would operate year round from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
In April the Village Board, following a recommendation of the Plan Commission, denied a request for a CUP for a year-round nursery school for 2 1/2 -year-olds to 12-year-old children that would open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
The church is in the middle of a residential area and neighbors opposed that plan. The village code allows nursery schools for five or more children younger than 5 in the zoning district as a conditional-use. Previously a not-for-profit preschool was operated at the church.
The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at Village Hall, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive.
Farmers market may increase product offerings
Brown Deer - Handcrafted items made in Wisconsin could be sold at the village Farmers Market, pending approval of a new conditional-use permit by the Village Board on Monday.
The Plan Commission on Monday considered a request to allow items other than food to be sold at the market, held on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the parking lot at Lowe's, 6300 W. Brown Deer Road.
Other similar markets, including Fox Point and Menomonee Falls, do allow the sale of non-food items.
The new permit would not allow commercially or mass-produced items, according to information provided the commission. Rummage, second-hand or flea market items could not be sold. In addition, no more than 30 percent of the items sold at the market could be handcrafted items.
Board considers expansion at residential care facility
Brown Deer - The Village Board could take action on Monday on a Plan Commission recommendation that would allow more than 28 beds in a community-based residential facility in the village's commercial zoning district.
The change would allow a modification in the conditional-use permit for Most Precious Possessions, 8200 N. Teutonia Ave., from 28 beds to 30 beds. The owners of the former Brown Deer Medical Clinic building told the Plan Commission Monday night that the increase in the number of beds would make economic sense. The owners are planning an addition to the existing building to help accommodate the 30 beds. The facility has not yet opened.
Block grants to pay for street reconstruction
Glendale - The city will use its Community Development Block Grant Program funds, approximately $45,000, toward the cost of reconstructing West Marne Avenue from North Port Washington Road east to North Lydell Avenue.
The Common Council held a public hearing on the funds July 13 and then voted to use them for the road.
Nicolet hires assistant principal
Nicolet - The Nicolet School Board has hired Jason Kestner as assistant principal at Nicolet High School.
Kestner served as both assistant principal and athletic director for Pioneer Westfield High School in Westfield, Wis.
Prior to working at Pioneer Westfield, he served as assistant principal for Sparta High School and New Richmond High School. Kestner's career began as an English teacher at Aquinas Middle School in 1993 in La Crosse.
Council OKs salary for Nicolet police liaison officer
Glendale - The Common Council on Monday approved a contract that will continue the police liaison officer at Nicolet High School. Under the contract, Nicolet pays 66 percent of the cost, the city 33 percent.
Nicolet will pay a monthly payment of $6,522 for September through December 2009 and payments of $6,717 from January through May, plus a payment of $3,358 for June 2010. The increase in monthly rate is due to an anticipated increase in police wages. The city and police union are currently negotiating a new contract.
Zoning might be altered to increase options for owner
Glendale - The Barnabas Business Center would have greater leasing opportunities under a proposed zoning change initiated by the city, with the consent of the Hunter family, which owns the property.
Currently zoned B-4, a category that allows business and professional offices, the center, 4650 N. Port Washington Road, is adjacent to both the Estabrook Corporate Park and the Glendale Technology District, both of which are zoned planned development.
City Administrator Richard Maslowski said a change to the planned development zoning would allow Linda Hunter, one of the owners, to lease some of the space for a coffee shop or café, for instance. Those businesses would not be allowed under the B-4 zoning.
The Common Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed change at 7 p.m. Monday at Ci ty Hall, 5909 N. Milwaukee River Parkway.
Village will assess owners for approaches, sidewalks
Whitefish Bay - Property owners on Cumberland Boulevard from Hampton to Oakland avenues were left off a resolution for driveway approach assessments earlier this spring, but the Village Board will add them to the list following a required public hearing Aug. 3.
The village will assess the cost of replacing the driveway approaches and sidewalks as part of an overall water main replacement project.
Village Engineer Dan Naze said driveway calculations were left out of material sent to residents earlier this spring. The project is under way, with most of the water main already installed on the street, he said.
Board OKs environmental commission members
Whitefish Bay - The Village Board approved the members of its newly established Environmental Advisory Commission on July 6.
Named to three year terms were John Clancy and David Moss; to two-year terms, Stephen Keith and Melanie Ariens; and one-year terms, Karen Sands and Kathy Rogers.
Trustee Kevin Buckley was also named to the commission.
Clancy was named chairman.
Village will assess owners for lateral replacements
Whitefish Bay - Property owners on several village streets will be assessed the costs of replacing sanitary sewer laterals from the main sewer line to the property line as part of the village sewer project this year.
Owners in the 4800 and 4900 blocks of North Oakland and 5600 block of North Bay Ridge avenues, the 5500 block of North Diversey Boulevard, the 600 to 800 block of North Beaumont Avenue and the 4700, 4800 and 4900 blocks of Newhall Avenue will pay the costs of replacing those laterals pending a public hearing on the assessments on Aug. 3.
The village engineer has the authority to waive the replacement lateral if it has been replaced in recent years but Village Engineer Dan Naze said most of the laterals in question were installed in the 1930s and are believed to be clay pipes in poor condition.
The typical assessment is $2,700 paying in cash on or before Nov. 15, or in seven equal installments with a 5 percent interest rate and a minimum payment of $500.
Cycling classic racing through village today
Shorewood - Cyclists will be rolling through the village this afternoon during the sixth annual Criterium Cycling Classic, presented by the Shorewood Foundation and title sponsors Tim Hart D.D.S. and Rainbow Jersey Bicycles.
The race is staged along North Oakland Avenue in Shorewood's business district and through adjoining residential streets. The start/finish line is at Marion Street and Oakland Avenue. The race features top professional and elite amateur cyclists and teams from across the U.S. and throughout the world. The women's Pro/Am race starts at 4 p.m., followed by a Junior Bike Roll sponsored by Shorewood's Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors (at approximately 5:30 p.m.) for neighborhood children ages 3 to 7. Participants are required to wear helmets.
The men's Pro/Am race starts at about 5:45 p.m.
For information, visit shorewoodwi.com or call (414) 962-7002.
The cycling series concludes July 26 with the Whitefish Bay Classic
Traffic engineer, police chief say Green Tree Road fine
River Hills - A review of traffic on Green Tree Road failed to show a problem, according to both Police Chief Tom Rischmann and traffic engineer Bob Elkin.
A group of residents asked the village to review traffic conditions on Green Tree following a fatal accident on April 18. A driver with a medical problem lost control of his car and struck and killed a pedestrian walking along the road.
Rischmann and Elkin both wrote to the board that while there is more traffic than previously on the road prior to the development of a commercial area on Glendale, the traffic does not exceed the road's capacity. After reviewing the reports, the Village Board directed village staff to forward copies of both to residents.
Scout recognized for planting project
Brown Deer - The Village Board recognized Matthew Myszewski, a Boy Scout in Troop 184, who went above and beyond in work he organized for the village for his Eagle Scout project.
Matthew offered to plant prairie plants along Beaver Creek west of North 60th Street after learning the Department of Public Works could use assistance. The concrete drainage channel was removed last year and plans call for the plants to help develop native seeded banks.
The Department of Public Works planned on ordering 1,200 plants, but when the supplier offered a reduced price for the plants, the amount increased to 2,100.
When Matthew learned the number of plants almost doubled, he accepted the challenge and arranged for parents, friends and other scouts to help.
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