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News & Notes: Oct. 10

Oct. 10, 2012

Fox Point to add security measuresat Village Hall

Fox Point - The Fox Point Village Board approved added security measures to Village Hall on Tuesday.

Of three options presented to the board, trustees chose a "teller window" style option which will add glass panels and wooden frames above the service counter. Village Administrator Susan Robertson said that the measures are meant to keep people from vaulting or reaching over the counter, or attempting to access the cash register.

The project will cost approximately $2,800, according to Robertson, and work should begin sometimes early next year, after the busy season of the election and tax collections.

Plan Commission OKs Jewish Family Services addition

Brown Deer - A 30 unit addition to the Jewish Family Services Deerwood Crossing complex, located at 4195 W Bradley Road, was approved by the Brown Deer Plan Commission on Monday.

Community Services and Planning Director Nate Piotrowski said, depending on JFS's financing, construction could begin this fall or next spring.

The developer agreement will come before the Village Board for approval at its Monday meeting.

Nicolet posts 17 nationally recognized students

Glendale - Nicolet has seven national merit scholarship semifinalists, nine national merit scholarship commended students, and one semifinalist in the national achievement scholarship program, according to a district news release.

Nancy Gao, Annie Jen, Benjamin Levey, Drew Melchert, Margaret Merline, Connor Wahrman and Emma Wathen are among 16,000 national semifinalists for the merit scholarships.

Martha Leplae-Arthur is a semifinalist in the national achievement scholarship program, which recognizes academically promising black high school students.

Joshua Agterberg, Kira Broadnax, Brianna Cardinale, Gabriel Ferns, Bejamin Henken, Daniel Lerner, Ben Lubar, Amelia Scott and Nolan Wagner didn't advance to the merit scholarship semifinals, but were commended.

Winners will be announced throughout 2013.

Site launches for online voter registration

Residents can register for voting and absentee voting on a new website sponsored by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

To register or find more information, go to myvote.wi.gov.

Nicolet authorizes poster production

Glendale - The Nicolet Athletic Department announced that All-American Sports Posters will be producing posters for the district and will be contacting local business to garner sponsorship.

Athletic Director Kirk Krychowiak reminds the community that only All-American has been authorized to produce the posters. Questions can be directed to Krychowiak at (414) 351-1700 or All-American at (800) 556-1380.

Village considers safety risks of landscaping in right of way

Shorewood - Shorewood is taking a closer look at private landscaping that encroaches into the public right of way, particularly where it may pose a safety hazard.

The Village Board last week granted a special privilege permit to one property, in the 200 block of East Beverly Road, where 22 Arborvitae bushes are growing outside of a fence on the property.

Staff determined that the bushes do not pose a safety hazard as long as they are kept no higher than 6 feet tall and their growth into the right of way does not exceed its current level. The special privilege permit was approved with the condition that the bushes be maintained to meet those guidelines. Trustee Patrick Linnane voted against granting the permit.

Linnane noted that there are other areas in the village where landscaping obstructs the view of bicyclists and pedestrians. Trustee Jeff Hanewall said that staff has been directed to continue looking at and addressing other problem areas throughout the village.

Brown Deer hosts community meetings on education

Brown Deer - In light of recent changes with testing that now compares students internationally, the Brown Deer School District is hosting five community meetings to discuss in a public forum format the best way to prepare children for the future.

The first meeting is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at Brown Deer Middle School, 5757 West Dean Road.

"What does this transformation mean to us? If every student has to compete internationally, what are those international benchmarks?" said Superintendent Deb Kerr during the annual meeting last week. "How can we prepare our students for that kind of global relationship."

Technology integration in the classroom and its function to prepare students for the future will also be up for discussion during the meetings.

The next four meetings will be scheduled between November through April.

Village Board might consider sign grants for businesses

Thiensville - Trustee John Treffert last week suggested the village consider adopting some type of loan program that could help local shopkeepers obtain signs for their businesses.

During an agenda item giving board members an opportunity to take up miscellaneous business, Treffert pointed to several instances of businesses - most new to the community - that have yet to erect visible signs.

"Signs are enormously expensive," Treffert said.

He proposed the village consider a 5-year grant program to assist with the start-up cost. The item could be placed on a future board agenda, though no specifics were discussed Monday.

State rejects population estimate claim as flawed

Thiensville - The Wisconsin Department of Administration has weighed in on the village's challenge of its 2012 population estimate of 3,228 people.

Last month, Village Administrator Dianne Robertson came before the Village Board and sought permission to write a letter to the DOA in an effort to challenge the population figure the agency gave the community. Robertson argued there has been an influx of families coming into the village.

David Egan-Robertson, demographer consultant with the DOA, acknowledged Robertson's detailed analysis of the net gains and losses of residents in owner-occupied housing units sold during 2011.

But he countered by stating, "Our estimates are meant to capture a reasonable approximation of population, not a precise enumeration. The closeness of our estimate and your calculations affirm the reliability of our estimate procedures."

Residents approve Brown Deer board members' salaries

Brown Deer - Residents, in a 9-0 vote, approved Brown Deer School Board members' salaries during the annual meeting last week.

Board members will be paid $3,100 annually, which is the same salary as last year.

Village to write off nearly $122 in delinquent property taxes

Thiensville - Plans are in motion to write off nearly $122 in delinquent taxes from four businesses in the past three years by way of a resolution.

The entities owing the village tax money include Mono-Gram It, Sea 'n Sand Scuba, Lifestyle Homes of Wisconsin and Mendini's. All four organizations have gone out of business.

Meeting as a Committee of the Whole Monday, board members recommended approving the resolution for the next regular board meeting Oct. 15.

Several board members questioned the merits of going through the legal process of writing off such a small amount, but Village Administrator Dianne Robertson said the maneuver was necessary to comply with state statutes.

Officials weigh in on strategic planning with district, Mequon

Thiensville - While elected officials say they welcome intergovernmental cooperation, the prevalence of meetings was cited as a concern during a brief discussion on the topic at a Thiensville Village Board meeting last week.

Several members of the Thiensville Village Board are participating in a strategic planning initiative with the Mequon-Thiensville School District and city of Mequon.

Trustee Kim Beck, who is among the representatives of the intergovernmental cooperative, questioned the frequency of the meetings, which are generally held monthly.

But several other board members had differing opinions.

"Schools are 50 percent of my tax bill, and schools are oftentimes what people look at when they choose a home," Trustee John Treffert said.

Trustee Ken Kucharski added, "I think sharing information is important."

Shorewood promotes new DPW assistant director

Shorewood - Paul Wasemiller will now serve as the assistant director of Shorewood's Department of Public Works.

DPW Director Leeann Butschlick last weekintroduced Wasemiller as the new DPW assistant director to the Village Board.

Wasemiller originally was hired by the village as a mechanic in 1985, was promoted to chief mechanic in 1996 and assumed the additional title of fleet and facilities foreman in 2008, Butschlick said.

As a result of Wasemiller's promotion and an additional promotion within the department, the board also authorized the process of filling the now vacant junior mechanic position in the DPW.

St. Robert Church turns 100

Shorewood - St. Robert Catholic Parish recently reached the 100-year milestone since first being incorporated in the village.

The Village Board last week presented a proclamation to the church for its 100th anniversary.

The church was established in July 1912, with the school later added in 1915. In its proclamation, the village acknowledged the church as an active and dedicated Shorewood citizen, noting its architecturally pleasing buildings and beautifully landscaped grounds.

More information on the church's history and centennial year celebration can be found at its website, strobert.org.

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