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Feb. 2, 2010

Village Board pays tribute to late trustee

Shorewood - The Village Board Monday night honored the Norman Lynch, a member of the Village Board from 1965 to 1969, for his contributions to the village and its residents.

Lynch's widow, Sharon, accepted a proclamation from the board. Lynch led an effort to introduce a village ordinance outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin and ancestry, the first law of its kind in Wisconsin.

He was also president of A Better Chance, a program that brought urban minority students to live in and attend Shorewood schools.

Lynch and his wife lived in Shorewood for 40 years and raised seven children in the village. He died last year.

Village borrows for capital improvements, refinancing

Whitefish Bay - The Village Board refinanced $3.650 million of debt, paying off 2001 bonds with the new money and saving the village about $250,000 in interest over the remaining 10 years of the bond issue.

Village Manager Jim Grassman said the new interest rate is 2.7 percent and applies also to the sale of $5.625 million in bonds to finance the 2010 capital improvement projects, including roads, storm sewers and water mains. The village finances sewer rehabilitation projects using Clean Water Fund loans available through the state.

Academy to make payment in lieu of taxes installments

Glendale - City Attorney John Fuchs will draft a change in the development agreement between the city and Torah Academy of Milwaukee, a Jewish girls high school located at 6800 N. Green Bay Ave. The school agreed to make a payment in lieu of taxes in the agreement with the city. In a letter to the city, Nathaniel Hoffman, the president of the school, asked permission to pay in installments on Jan. 31, March 31 and May 31. The installment plan is available to taxpayers.

Hoffman wrote that revenues from tuition and contributions from supporters are down as a result of the economy this year but the installment plan will be necessary and useful in coming years.

City Administrator Richard Maslowski said the change would have no impact or create any problems for staff and the request was approved.

City committee wants to hold a spring clean-up day

Glendale - The Aesthetics and Beautification Committee, in the person of Carol Pierner, gained the support of the elected council members and the mayor for a citywide clean-up. Pierner said certain areas of the city are more littered in the spring than other areas and asked the aldermen if they would consider both encouraging their own residents to grab a bag and clean their neighborhoods or to pitch in in the more heavily traveled commercial areas such as along Silver Spring Drive.

"Who would dare say no?" Mayor Jerry Tepper quipped. The council agreed to support the idea. A date will be announced later this spring.

Village changes meeting time

Brown Deer - The Village Board officially amended its ordinance governing the start time for Village Board meetings. They will start at 6:30 p.m. rather than 7 p.m.

The board also reduced the size of the Park and Recreation Committee from seven to five members. One trustee, one school board member and three resident members serving staggered three-year terms will make up the board.

Village Manager Russell Van Gompel said there has been a vacant resident seat on the board for a year. The committee several times had to cancel meetings because it lacked a quorum.

Meeting set for March on proposed parking rules

Shorewood -Police Chief David Banaszynski will hold a public meeting in March to outline a proposal for on-street parking in the village.

Over the last year, the department has studied on-street parking, both during the day and overnight, and has determined there are significant parking issues in the southeast quadrant of the community, an area bounded by Lake Drive, Edgewood Boulevard, Oakland Avenue and Capitol Drive.

Among the recommendations under consideration is the creation of a two-hour parking zone within that area from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There would be special permission for work vehicles and out-of-town visitors.

Under the proposal, parking on Shorewood Boulevard would be by permit only from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. with daytime parking limited to two hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On-street parking permits would be sold on a quarterly basis to those who have shown need by coming into the police station for a permit every night.

The complete proposal will be presented at a public meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 8, in the lower level of the Shorewood Library, 3920 N. Murray Ave.

City creates a 60th Anniversary Committee

Glendale - The Common Council will form the basis of a 60th Anniversary Committee for the city. Mayor Jerry Tepper told the council he thinks anniversaries that end in zero deserve recognition.

The council agreed with him and will likely try to work in the anniversary into an event next summer. Some city residents will likely be asked to serve on the committee.

Alderwoman JoAnn Shaw said the Glendale Days Committee, aware of the mayor's desire to recognize the anniversary, will likely incorporate it into the theme for the summer event and perhaps highlight it in a fireworks show as well.

Goodwill, CRT Processing partnership allows residents to recycle

Donors can now bring their television sets to any Goodwill Store & Donation Center in southeastern Wisconsin where they will be sold or recycled at no charge. Goodwill will be selling working television in their stores and CRT Processing will handle and process any nonworking or sets that do not sell.

These efforts follow last July when Goodwill joined with Dell in recycling old computer equipment at no cost to consumers. Computer recycling really took off last year with 786 thousand pounds being recycled in the last quarter of 2009, a spokesman said.

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