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News & Notes: July 14

July 14, 2010

Safety upgrades being made to village water storage tank

Fox Point - The Village Board Tuesday accepted a $44,050 bid for upgrades and repairs to the village's water storage tank behind Village Hall.

Village Manager Susan Robertson said a series of upgrades, including accessibility improvements, will be performed by the contractor - Henderson, Ky.-based Pittsburgh Tank & Tower Maintenance Co. - to address a series of deficiencies that were noted during a recent inspection.

The expense was included in the village's 2010 capital improvement budget.

Board to consider proposal for indoor seating at Larry's

Brown Deer - Larry's Market will have indoor seating for its deli customers pending approval July 19 of a development agreement. Larry's, 8737 N. Deerwood Drive, has outdoor seating available during the warmer months but none during cold weather.

The development agreement, which also requires the paving of the market's parking lot, will permit seating indoors for 20 to 30 people.

Free-standing shelving on the south end of the store will be removed in order to make room for the tables and chairs.

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.

Village reaches settlement with public works employees

Whitefish Bay- Local 1486 of AFSCME and the village have ratified a three-year contract calling for a 2 percent wage increase in 2010, a 1 percent increase in 2011 and a 1.5 percent increase in 2012.

Employees have agreed to 10 percent increases annually in their health insurance contributions. Single coverage will be $82 per month in 2010, $90 in 2011 and $100 in 2012. Family coverage will be $176, $193 and $213 respectively per month.

There were several minor changes, including allowing employees to bank 60 hours of compensatory time vs. the current 40 hours.

If the village is able to make a change in health insurance that would provide for a $500 deductible for single coverage and a $1,000 deductible for family coverage, the union agreed in a side letter not to object to the change. Other employee groups must also agree to the change before it would go into effect. If that change is made, the village would establish a health reimbursement account for employees that could be used to cover the deductible charges. The village would also freeze the employee's contribution for health insurance at the previous year's level.

The village hopes to make the change in 2011.

Maple Dale School proposing solar panels

Fox Point - Members of the village Plan Commission will hear a proposal to install two separate packages of solar panels at Maple Dale School, 8377 N. Port Washington Road, next month. School district officials are proposing the panels as an energy conservation measure.

A public hearing on the proposal also has been scheduled for the next Village Board meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 10 at Judge William A. Padway Hall inside the Fox Point Police Department, 7300 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

Immunization and blood pressure clinic canceled

The North Shore Health Department's Blood Pressure and Immunization Clinics scheduled for July 27 at the North Shore Library have been canceled. The Community Room is unavailable that day.

Call the Health Department at (414) 371-2980 for information on other clinics being held in July or August.

Village trustees set dates for budget meetings

Fox Point - The Village Board will discuss the 2011 budget at a series of workshops this fall. The exact dates and times were set by trustees Tuesday. The workshops have been set for 6 p.m. Oct. 5, Oct. 11, Oct. 27, Nov. 11, Nov. 15 and Nov. 22.

Village staff will present proposals at the workshops, and the board will go through the budget, line by line. Several components will be reviewed, including the general operating budget and proposed capital expenditures in the year ahead.

Residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on the minted budget at a public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 30.

All meetings will be held at Judge William A. Padway Hall inside the Fox Point Police Department, 7300 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

Resident gets special privilege permit for pavers

Shorewood - Kay Wosewick will be allowed to keep Lannon stone pavers along her driveway and edging the median between the curb and sidewalk. The Village Board granted Wosewick, who lives at 2514 E. Shorewood Blvd., a special privilege permit by a 5-2 vote.

Village decides on block grant allocations

Shorewood - The village will divide an anticipated $45,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds in 2011 as follows: $10,000, a portion of the salary and benefits for the Senior Resource Center coordinator; $2,500 to the Shoreline Interfaith Outreach program to offset salary and expenses for the organization which provides assistance to seniors; and $32,500 for eligible alley repair in the southwest corner of the village.

Demolition of public works south annex likely

Shorewood - The village will hire Sigma Group for $1,600 to conduct an asbestos inspection of the old residence and garage known as the DPW South Annex Building at 1347 E. Pinedale Court. The building will eventually be demolished because it is in poor condition. It has been used for storage in recent years.

Group seeks support for Trees from Home

For soldiers serving overseas, the Christmas season can be especially lonely which is why the members of the Port Washington Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, are making plans to bring a touch of home this Christmas to military personnel by participating in Trees From Home. North Shore resident Julie Stuhlmacher, chairwoman of the WSDAR State Project Patriot Committee, picked the project at the suggestion of her son John, a veteran of the Iraq War and Purple Heart recipient.

Last year the committee decorated and sent 1,030 trees overseas.

Thanks to the generous outpouring of support and commitment to this project last year, Trees From Home has set its sights on completing 1,500 trees to be sent overseas in time for Christmas 2010.

Members of the DAR are asking for a donation of $20 to help provide a soldier with a fully decorated 12-inch artificial Christmas tree, a bag of candy, a Christmas card and one 30-minute phone card. Included in this year's package are donations of a handmade tree skirt and a toothbrush and paste; all of which will be boxed and shipped overseas in time for Christmas.

Supplies to begin crafting the trees will be available after July 15 but the Port Washington Chapter is currently accepting donations. The deadline for donations is Nov. 15.

Individual and group participation is encouraged.

For information, contact Julie Stuhlmacher at: treesfromhome@yahoo.com or (414) 881-3634.

Bay Players to hold auditions for 'Forbidden Broadway'

Whitefish Bay - The Bay Players will hold auditions for Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3 with call backs Aug. 4. Actors/singers from 18 to 70 years old are needed. Be prepared to sing a Broadway song.

Auditions will be held in Whitefish Bay High School Auditorium, 1200 E. Fairmount Ave.

Due to construction, entrance to the auditorium will be through the main school door on Fairmount Avenue, or the north parking lot auditorium door

For information, go to thebayplayers.com or call (414)299-9040.

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 last week.

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 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.

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.

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.

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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