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News & Notes: July 7

July 7, 2010

Agreement reached between police association and village

Thiensville - The Village Board will act on an agreement concerning the Thiensville Professional Police Association's 2010-12 contract July 19.

Terms of the agreement were unveiled at a Committee of the Whole meeting Tuesday.

The association has accepted a zero-percent salary increase for the duration of 2010 and a 2-percent increase in 2011. Insurance plans for the immediate future will remain the same.

The association and village also appear to be in agreement about a provision concerning a guarantee of no layoff or furlough days for the duration of 2010.

Property could be declared a nuisance

Thiensville - The village could declare a property at 523 and 525 Green Bay Road a public nuisance in an effort to properly abate several code violations.

Police Chief Richard Preston came before the Committee of the Whole on Tuesday requesting the action be taken. He outlined a list of problems at the property, including an excessive number of cats and various items, including scaffolding equipment, sitting in the front yard.

"We've been promised the world and have had absolutely no cooperation whatsoever," Preston said.

The Village Board will take up the issue July 19. If the property is declared a nuisance, the homeowner will have 10 days to correct code violations. Afterward, village staff would correct them and charge the homeowner.

Resolution suggests zero-percent salary raises

Thiensville - Citing the challenging economy, officials are contemplating an ordinance that would freeze salaries for most village employees and elected officials for the duration of 2010.

Village Administrator Dianne Robertson said there would be a few exceptions for employees that have qualified to move up a step on the ladder schedule.

The Committee on the Whole reviewed the proposal and forwarded it favorably to the Village Board. Action will be taken Aug. 19.

Village President Karl Hertz praised the various labor unions for understanding the realities of the economy and working collaboratively.

"I think it's a great sign of their commitment to the village," he said.

Village to pass smoking ordinance

Thiensville - In an effort to align Village Code to the state's new smoking ban, officials are contemplating an ordinance that would empower police officers in the community to issue citations, ranging from $100 to $250 per offense, to people found smoking in public places.

Municipalities are not required to pass smoking prohibition ordinances, but having one on the books will streamline the process. Village Administrator Dianne Robertson said an ordinance in Thiensville would allow for prosecution in Municipal Court. Without an ordinance, officers would have to testify in Circuit Court in Port Washington.

The Committee on the Whole reviewed the proposal Tuesday and forwarded it favorably to the Village Board. Action will be taken Aug. 19.

Paint choice left to two with views on hues

River Hills - It will be up to two residents to choose the paint color for the bridge over River Road, which was rebuilt this spring.

Village trustees looked at paint samples last week but couldn't make a decision.

"It's too bad Kathy can't look at these," Trustee Steve Anderson said to Trustee Mike White. Kathy is White's wife. "She has such a good eye for color."

Trustee David Fritz thought resident David Knox, who lives near the bridge, should be asked for his opinion on the paint color.

After brief discussion, the board decided to call upon Kathy White and Knox to go to Vista Design and Construction in Wauwatosa, view the samples and make the choice.

Village to purchase device to curtail speeding

Thiensville - The village's Public Works department has requested authorization to spend about $6,000 for a device that would slow down drivers along Green Bay Road.

Known as a speed table, the portable, raised device prompts motorists to slow down in much the same way a speed bump does. It is modular, meaning it can extend inward or outward, and could be strategically placed in different areas of the village. Green Bay Road has been cited as one area where speeding is prevalent.

The proposal was discussed at a Committee of the Whole meeting Monday and will be taken up by the Village Board for action July 19.

Appointment turns to conversation on governance

River Hills - Jay Lerner's nomination to the Committee on the Environment led to a lengthy discussion of the governance of the group. Lerner's nomination was approved, but not before Trustee Mike White used the nomination to open a discussion of who names the chair of the committee, what the committee's role is and what topics it should consider.

Village President Robert Brunner said the committee elects it own chairman, while Trustee David Fritz chimed in to say the committee is considering five topics it will bring to the board for its review and approval. Fritz is on the committee.

White pointed out that there is a division on the board about the role of the committee and he thought it appropriate to discuss that. At one point more than a year ago, the committee overstepped its authority by contacting the Department of Natural Resources to do a wetland study in the village. That was quickly stopped, according to Trustee Wendy Walcott, who said she believes the committee understands its limitations.

Village Attorney William Dineen eventually shut down the discussion, saying the governance and role of the committee were not on the agenda, only the appointment.

Mequon man becomes instant millionaire

Mequon - Paul Sims became one of Wisconsin's newest millionaires, winning the Megabucks jackpot June 19.

Sims' $1 ticket, purchased at Dennis Mobil Mart in Brookfield, won him nearly $2.3 million, and July 1 he cashed in his good fortune at the Wisconsin Lottery headquarters in Madison. Taking the lottery's one-time lump sum offer, he'll take home $1.36 million.

Educational foundation offers awards to three teachers

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation offered awards to three district teachers as part of the organization's annual recognition program. Several criteria were used for the awards, including leadership, communication skills and positive impact on students.

Awards were given to Nita Stiggers of Oriole Lane Elementary School, Megan Bergholz of Lake Shore Middle School and Barbara Dedrick of Homestead High School.

Each award recipient received $1,000. District staff, students and parents nominated teachers.

Public Policy recognizes leaders and communities

Glendale City Administrator Richard Maslowski received the Norman C. Gill Award at its 18th Annual Public Policy Forum's Salute to Local Governments breakfast.

Maslowski was cited for his long record of development in Glendale, covering 30 of his 38 years of public service. Maslowski has been instrumental in dozens of development and redevelopment projects in the city including projects as diverse as the North Shore Library and the Bayshore Town Center.

Retired North Shore Fire Chief David Bersousek received the James R. Ryan Lifetime Achievement award for his work as the first chief of the NSFD from 1995 to 2010.

Shorewood and Whitefish Bay won the Intergovernmental Cooperation Award for their efforts to redevelop three parcels of land straddling the communities' border. The Cornerstone Building is now under construction on the site.

County Line Road scheduled for reconstruction this summer

Mequon - A portion of County Line Road will be reconstructed this summer, with the city of Milwaukee managing the project. Mequon borders the north side of County Line Road, with Milwaukee on the south side from 124th to 68th streets. Brown Deer borders the south side from 68th Street to the Milwaukee River.

The road has been surveyed from Wasaukee Road (124th Street) to a 68th Street in preparation for construction but only the stretch from Wausaukee Road to Swan Road, (124th Street to 91st Street in Milwaukee County) will be rebuilt this year.

Construction would likely start in September and finish in November.

The remainder of the road, from Swan to 68th Street, would be rebuilt in 2011.

Mequon and Milwaukee will split the cost, with Mequon's share estimated at $1 million for the 2010 project and $750,000 for the 2011 portion. Mequon did not budget for the project in 2010 but will be discussing funding at an upcoming Finance and Personnel Committee meeting.

Mequon and Brown Deer are discussing the reconstruction of County Line Road from 68th Street to 52nd Street in 2011. The remaining strip of road would be rebuilt in the future when the state reconstructs the intersection of County Line and Green Bay roads.

Village considers stormwater quality management plan

Fox Point - In an effort to adhere to new state Department of Natural Resources regulatory requirements, the village is in the process of adopting a stormwater quality management plan that would address such issues as pollution and discharge.

The village retained consulting firm Strand Associates to review the options. In a presentation to the Village Board, Strand representative Jon Lindert outlined a number of preliminary scenarios and cost options for the plan.

The cost of implementing a plan over a six-year span of time could cost more than $2 million, though the village could seek out grants to cover some costs from a variety of sources, including the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Lindert is preparing a detailed report, and the board will review the document when it is completed within the next month. Once the report has been finalized, the board will continue its discussion of the plan.

Group looking for Washington High School graduates

Fox Point - A group of Washington High School graduates, Class of 1963, are looking for classmates. Marilyn Franklin said an organizing group is beginning plans for a 50th reunion in 2013. Anyone with information about class members can send an e-mail to makofr@sbcglobal.net or grodskylaw@yahoo.com.

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