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News & Notes: Nov. 19

Nov. 18, 2009

School district to add meeting in January

Mequon-Thiensville - The School District plans to add a second Board of Education meeting beginning in January. District Administrator Demond Means said the board will meet as a Committee of the Whole to discuss one or two issues in depth, likely on the first Monday of the month.

The board will continue to hold a business meeting to act on agenda items on the third Monday of the month.

Open Enrollment, Chapter 220 additions approved

Mequon-Thiensville - The School Board approved five Open Enrollment seats and five Chapter 220 seats at the elementary level for the 2010-11 school year. The district currently has 37 Open Enrollment and 889 Chapter 220 students.

Nicolet districts plan strategic planning sessions

Fox Point-Bayside - Eight School District representatives will join their counterparts from the other two feeder districts and Nicolet High School in late January for a strategic planning session.

Superintendent Gary Peterson said the goal of the sessions will be long-term planning for the next three to five years.

"We will look at ways we can better work together," Peterson said.

The districts have a long history of cooperation and sharing of services, working together on curriculum and busing, for instance.

Debt service referendum timetable adopted

Fox Point-Bayside - The School District will begin to discuss a referendum plan with faculty, parents and the public in coming months after approving a timetable for a proposed debt service referendum on April 6.

Superintendent Gary Peterson said the district is looking at technology upgrades, energy efficiency projects and refinancing an existing loan as part of the referendum but could consider other items.

Middle school to get drinking fountain, washer and dryer

Fox Point-Bayside - A filtered drinking fountain will replace a drinking fountain by the cafeteria at Bayside Middle School. The fountain will also include an attachment that will allow students to fill water bottles at the fountain, which will cost $1,580.

Superintendent Gary Peterson said the well water sometimes has a taste that will hopefully disappear with the new filtering system.

The school will also get new commercial washer to replace one that has to be manually moved from cycle to cycle. An energy efficient gas dryer will also be purchased, removing an existing electric dryer. The washer and dryer will cost $9,040 but will result in an estimated energy savings of $2,200 per year.

GenCapBradley and village agree to extend agreement

Brown Deer - GenCap Bradley, developer of the southwest corner of Bradley Road and Sherman Boulevard, received a year's extension on its development agreement with the village.

GenCap has built two retail buildings on the corner of the 8.1-acre site but will have until Jan. 1, 2011, to complete the first 16 units of a planned 65-unit condominium development on the remainder of the site.

Old Navy granted extended holiday hours

Brown Deer - The Village Board agreed to allow Old Navy to open at 4 a.m. Nov. 27, along with neighboring retailer Kohl's. Old Navy had asked for a 3 a.m. opening but the board decided to stick with the time previously agreed to with Kohl's. Old Navy will also have extended hours until midnight on several days during the holiday shopping season.

Village OKs adjustments for recycling, sewer fees

Brown Deer - The Village Board approved an increase in the annual recycling charge from $45 to $68 for 2010. The charge appears on the tax bill. Last year, in addition to the $45 charge, there was a one-time $56 charge for recycling carts.

The board also approved a new sanitary sewer connection change from $9.50 to $12.50 per quarter. The money funds the sewer utility budget. That fee is found on the quarterly water bills.

New operator to run Brown Deer car wash

Brown Deer - Davindor Toor received a conditional-use permit allowing him to operate the car wash at 8300 N. Teutonia Ave., which has been closed since 2008. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Deer contract in place for trapping

Fox Point - Establishing the authorized size of the village deer herd at one, the Village Board again hired Kiwi Captures to trap deer.

Village Manager Susan Robertson expects the trapping, which is done with nets, will cost about $2,000 this winter. The contractor is paid fees for setting up the traps, trapping and taking the deer to the butcher. The deer meat is given to food pantries.

The board also authorized the trapping to begin before the annual count of the herd, which is now coordinated by River Hills and includes the two villages and the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center.

"Typically they start in December," Robertson said. "The conditions have to be right. The food supply for the deer has to be at the point where they are tempted by the bait in the traps."

Mobil X-Ray service locates in village

Fox Point - Symphony Diagnostic Services will open in Audubon Court in the coming weeks.

The company provides X-rays by appointment to private patients on site two days a week and provides mobile services to patients in nursing homes or other off-site locations. X-rays and records will be processed at the Audubon Court location.

The company will take 2,739 square feet of tenant space at 333 E. Brown Deer Road. The village requires that company vehicles park in front of the business between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. so as not to disturb neighbors to the south.

Bay adds Chapter 220 seats for 2010-2011

Whitefish Bay- The School Board added 20 K4 seats for Chapter 220 enrollment for the 2010-11 school year last week but did not approve new seats for Open Enrollment in 2010-11, citing class sizes as the reason. It is possible some seats might be added for Open Enrollment in the spring.

Eighth-grade students to travel to Chicago

Whitefish Bay -Eighth-grade students taking Creative Publications courses at Whitefish Bay Middle School will travel to Chicago on Feb. 19 and 20 for two days of art and theater.

Students work on a unit revolving around theater experiences, with art students creating set designs and writing students, one-act plays. The trip gives them real-life exposure for their unit. Students will visit the Art Institute of Chicago and attend performances of the Blue Man Group and the Joffrey Ballet. Students will cover the estimated cost of $250. Four staff members are expected to chaperone. The School Board approved the trip last week.

H1N1 flu clinic is today in Glendale

The North Shore Health Department and Shorewood/Whitefish Bay Health Department are having an H1N1 flu clinic from 3 to 7 p.m. today, at the Bavarian Inn, 700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale.

The clinic will include vaccine for the following groups:

• all children 6 months through 18 years;

• pregnant women;

• care-givers and member of households with children under 6 months of age;

• health-care workers with direct patient contact; and

• people 19 through 64 who have medical conditions that would put them at risk for complications if they became ill with the flu, including those with diabetes, asthma or a weakened immune system.

The vaccine is free.

Both injectable and flu mist will be available, but Health Department staff will decide which vaccine is most appropriate for individuals.

Steinhafels opening mattress store in Glendale

Glendale - Steinhafels Mattress is opening a new store in the space formerly occupied by Hollywood Video and most recently leased by Halloween Express.

The stand-alone store, at 429 W. Silver Spring Drive, will feature mattresses and bedding only.

In warmer weather, there is a possibility that it could offer some seasonal furniture. The business is expected to open at the end of the month.

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