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News & Notes: Aug. 7

Aug. 7, 2013

BloodCenter holding Mequon blood drive

Mequon — BloodCenter of Wisconsin is holding a blood drive in a BloodCenter bus from 1-6 p.m. Aug. 21 at Columbia St. Mary's, 13111 N. Port Washington Road.

Other drives are scheduled throughout August in Saukville, Cedarburg and Grafton (two locations).

Donors can schedule appointments for the Mequon blood drive at (877) 232-4376 or ww.bcw.edu/csmo.

Village to allow Little

Free Library structures

Whitefish Bay — Whitefish Bay will now allow the construction of Little Free Library structures in the front yards of private properties, provided they meet certain requirements.

The Village Board on Monday approved an ordinance allowing Little Free Libraries — defined as small enclosures used solely as a means to allow the free exchange of literary material and recorded performing arts.

Per the ordinance, the portion of the structure housing library materials must be no larger than 3 feet in width, height and depth, with the total height not to exceed 6 feet, including the post. Little Free Libraries must be structurally sound, properly maintained and not pose a public safety risk to pedestrians, bicyclists or motorists, or impede Public Works or utility functions and must be located within the front yard setback zone.

Additionally, the structures must be located entirely on private property, with no more than one Little Free Library per side of linear block of street within the village.

At the request of the board, the structures will not require approval of the Architectural Review Board or issuance of a building permit, as originally suggested by staff.

Street, sidewalk improvements planned

Whitefish Bay — As part of its 2013 pavement maintenance and sidewalk improvement programs, Whitefish Bay will complete mill and overlay improvements along about a dozen streets and trip cutting to various sidewalks throughout the village in the coming weeks.

In several separate motions, the Village Board on Monday approved awarding a contract to Stark Asphalt for street improvements and a contract to Safe Step for the cutting of sidewalk slabs, as well as a resolution authorizing special assessments to fund a portion of the work.

Total street and sidewalk improvements are estimated at about $385,300, and will be funded by special assessments through the public improvement fund as well as the village's borrowed money fund and about $250,000 included in the 2013 budget for concrete and asphalt repair.

Asphalt improvements are planned along portions of Devon Street, Lexington and Diversey boulevards, and Shoreland, Lydell, Belle, Day, Idlewild, Hollywood, Elkhart and Lancaster avenues, as well as the Little League parking lot. Work is expected to begin after Sept. 4, and be completed no later than Oct. 5.

Whitefish Bay aims

to improve snow removal

Whitefish Bay — In an effort to improve snow removal in the village, Whitefish Bay plans to purchase pre-wetting and anti-icing equipment for the treatment of roadways.

The Village Board on Monday authorized the purchase of a brine manufacturing system and anti-icing distribution system in the amount of about $97,000. The cost exceeds what was budgeted for the equipment by about $21,000, which will be covered with funds included in the budget for the purchase of salt.

Public Works Director Dan Naze said the brine manufacturing system will allow the village to proactively treat roadways with a small amount of liquid chemical, which prevents ice from bonding with the surface, up to two days in advance of an anticipated snow storm. In addition, the pre-wetting of rock salt before it is applied can help to increase the density of the salt and begin softening and dissolving it before application, enabling it to stay on the road surface better.

Naze said the new system could reduce overtime costs for the village in the event of a snow storm. Other communities that have used similar anti-icing systems have also seen their rock salt use decrease by as much as 30 percent, Naze added.

Interim treasurer hired

as full-time treasurer

Brown Deer — Susan Hudson was selected as the full-time treasurer and comptroller by the Village Board on Monday.

Hudson has been serving as interim treasurer for the past few months after Bridget Souffrant resigned from her position. Before that, Hudson served as the deputy treasurer for four years. On Monday, the Village Board also changed the deputy treasurer position to be a deputy clerk treasurer position. The village will begin to advertise to fill the position in the next few days, Village Manager Michael Hall said.

Funding for preservation

medallions falls short

Whitefish Bay — The Whitefish Bay Historic Preservation Commission will need an additional $3,000 in order to fully complete its medallion project planned for 2013.

The Village Board on Monday failed to take action on a request from the commission for an additional $3,050 to install a total of 58 medallions this year, in conjunction with the village's sidewalk improvement program.

Jeff Aikin, chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission, said the project is in need of additional funding primarily due to a $50 installation fee for each medallion. Aikin also noted that the commission is installing more medallions than usual this year, as sidewalk improvements will be concentrated in District 3, the historic center of the village.

In previous years, the cost of installation fees was included in the budget for the sidewalk improvement program, Village Manager Pat DeGrave said. However, budgetary changes were made this year in an effort to better track the amount being spent on the medallion program, DeGrave said, resulting in the cost now being incurred by the commission.

Although Trustee Richard Foster moved to approve the request, the motion failed due to lack of a second. Other trustees stressed the fact that the village has already spent about $7,000 on the purchase of medallions this year, and urged the commission to turn to the community for donations.

Aikin said that although the commission has approached other community groups for donations, it has not gone to individual community members. In the future, the group does plan to solicit donations from property owners at the locations where medallions are to be installed.

Whitefish Bay Soccer

Club to utilize Klode Park

Whitefish Bay — The Whitefish Bay Soccer Club will be allowed to utilize a portion of Klode Park for some of its practices and games.

The Village Board on Monday approved a request from the club to move the field for their four-player teams to Klode Park, due to the fact that construction of the new Public Works building at Lydell and Fairmount avenues will eliminate the use of the property for practices and games.

Whitefish Bay Soccer Club representative Dan Ludwikowski said the club could provide a schedule of when the field would typically be used before the season begins. The season normally begins in March or April and is done by mid to late June, he said.

The field would also provide another recreational opportunity for other park users, Ludwikowski noted. He said the field could be shifted periodically throughout the season in order to reduce wear and tear on a particular area.

Village Manager Pat DeGrave said village staff would work with club representatives to determine where the field would be located.

SANC preschool program creates new K4 classes

Bayside — The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is offering a new extended-hours K4 class through its existing preschool program.

The extended class runs from 12:45-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, according to a SANC news release.

Preschool activities include climbing, digging, pond exploration, nature walks, and live animal visits, among others.

More information is available at sanc.org.

Jewish organization awards loans to grads

Five recent graduates from North Shore high schools have received interest-free loans from the Milwaukee Jewish Free Loan Association for the coming fall semester.

MJFLA awarded one Whitefish Bay grad, two Nicolet grads and two Homestead grads, along with 10 other Milwaukee area graduates interest-free, $5,000 loans, according to a news release from the Whitefish Bay-based organization.

Billed as a "hand-up instead of a handout, on a nonsectarian basis," the loans are available to Wisconsin students who meet certain criteria, and are paid back at a rate of $100 per month. The loans are the result of a donation from Mark and Barbara Glazer. As they are repaid into a revolving fund, new loans are paid out to area students.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to make these loans," MJFLA Executive Director Ginny Gendelman said in the release. "This is a new student loan program for us and the results are gratifying....(The Glazers) and MJFLA want to promote education and this is a wonderful way to do so."

Funds are still available for the fall semester. Students can apply online at mjfla.org.

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