City wields legislative blade to trim overgrown lawns
Mequon - It's a sure sign of the times. Grass is growing at houses taken over by banks and complaints are filtering into aldermen. The Common Council adopted a new ordinance that will allow the city to cut the grass and bill the property owner. If the property owner does not pay, the amount goes on their tax bill.
The city won't act until the grass reaches 8 inches. The first step will be notifying the owner that the turf needs cutting, allowing the person or institution to take care of it before the city steps in.
State Board suspends doctor's license
Shorewood - A doctor accused of writing prescriptions for methadone for a patient and then having the patient give her some of the drugs for personal use has had her medical license suspended indefinitely, state officials announced July 8.
The state Medical Examining Board also determined that Susan Pattis suffered from mental illness and substance abuse dependency that prohibited her from practicing "with reasonable skill and safety to patients." She also is accused of having a sexual relationship with patient, the state Department of Regulation and Licensing said.
According to the department:
Pattis took methadone in November 2008 for which she did not have a prescription. She improperly obtained the drug by writing a prescription for an excess amount of the substance to a patient with the understanding that he would return the additional doses to her.
She also regularly smoked marijuana for several years leading up to November 2008 and began a sexual relationship with a patient whom she immediately referred to another physician. State law prohibits physicians from engaging in any sexual relationship with a patient they have provide services to within the past two years.
"These are all very serious violations of professional conduct which warrant firm discipline to protect the public and hold this person accountable," DRL Secretary Celia Jackson said in a statement.
Pattis cannot practice medicine through at least January 2010, after which she can apply for a stay of the suspension if she can show compliance with several provisions set by the board, including an assessment of ability to practice safely, and treatment for mental illness and substance abuse.
Road work on Highland, Swan, Granville nearly finished
Mequon - City Administrator Lee Szymborski knows driving in the city, particularly the west end, has been challenging due to road construction, but he offered an update to residents last week.
The work on Highland, Swan and Granville roads is almost completed. Work is under way on Wauwatosa Road and expected to be completed at the end of August.
Work on Lake Shore Drive will start sometime in August.
Szymborski urged residents to look at the city's Web site, mequon.govoffice.com, where a map showing the progress of road construction is updated weekly.
The city is spending more than $2 million to fix its roads this summer.
City removes protections for certain white ash trees
Mequon - White ash trees with a 16 inch or greater trunk are no longer on the city's specimen tree list. The city's Tree Board, facing the reality of the presence of the emerald ash borer in Ozaukee County, recommended taking the tree off the list. That will allow owners of the trees to remove them without going through the process of asking permission to remove a specimen tree.
Donovan Group to provide community relations services
Mequon - The Donovan Group will assist the Mequon-Thiensville School District with its plans for the 50th anniversary of Homestead High School and with a review of the district's community relations campaign.
The Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation will donate a one-time gift of $13,200 to supplement the $15,000 in the district's 2009-2010 budget for the one-year contract.
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