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News & Notes: July 10

July 10, 2013

Safety Town back

at Mequon-Thiensville

The Mequon-Thiensville Optimist Club, as well as the Mequon and Thiensville police departments, are again teaming up to host Safety Town, this year from July 22 through Aug. 2.

Safety Town is a informational program for kids about to enter school for the first time in the fall, teaching through visual aids, demonstrations, handouts and exercises at a miniature town constructed at the school.

The program runs two sessions each day, the first from 8-10 a.m. and the second from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Registration runs through July 19. Forms are available at the Thiensville Police Department, 250 Elm Street, Thiensville. The course is $35.

Thiensville officer Chad Wucherer is available with Safety Town information at (262) 242-2100.

Kabara chosen

as new Nicolet principal

Glendale — The Nicolet School District on Wednesday announced that Greg Kabara, recently a middle school principal in Grafton, has been chosen to succeed Greg DePue as Nicolet High School principal.

Kabara graduated from Whitefish Bay High School, after which he received his bachelor's from Winona State University, and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Prior to working in Grafton, Kabara was an associate principal at Whitefish Bay High School, before which he taught mathematics.

Kabara was selected by a 28-member principal search advisory committee, which comprised Nicolet faculty, staff, parents and students.

"My recent conversations on campus left me impressed with the dedicated faculty, supportive community, and great school spirit at Nicolet," Kabara said in a district news release.

The district plans to hold a meet-and-greet event with Kabara before the start of the new school year.

Market analysis under way

for Port Washington corridor

Mequon — City officials on Tuesday heard the first of three presentations from VierbicherAssociates, a firm hired to do a market analysis study on the Port Washington Corridor to see what type of development would be best for that area of the city.

The presentation focused on the baseline assessment of the corridor, which included demographic data detailing growth, workforce and housing trends.

Vierbicher was hoping to get input from Common Council members about how to reference the Highland Interchange, a proposed construction project that would build a new interchange at Highland Road in Mequon off of Interstate 43. Director of Community Development Kim Tollefson said results from the community survey that will be available in coming weeks should provide input on the interchange.

The next presentations will focus on development opportunities for the corridor, as well as gather input on what would be preferred. Mayor Dan Abendroth said there are some things that could be excluded from further study, including development that would impact the quality of life in Mequon, including high density development, lack of open space, high traffic, high crime and things that produce excessive amounts of noise and light pollution.

Village considering

using paperless packets

Shorewood — In an effort to save money — in the long run — and adopt a more environmentally friendly practice, meeting packets and other important documents could soon be delivered electronically to members of the Shorewood Village Board.

At the prompting of the village's Technology Committee, one or two board members will test out the electronic method for the remainder of the year, and the practice could be used with all seven members in 2014.

According to village staff, annual copy costs are about $870, and staff time devoted to assembling the paper packets is valued at several thousand dollars. A portable media device could be issued to each board member so documents could be viewed at meetings.

In recent years, several North Shore municipalities have gone paperless as documents are shared with elected officials.

Shorewood has been a forerunner with posting documents online. Having done so since 2007, the village was the first municipality in the area to post supporting board documents on the village website — a practice that has since been adopted by many municipalities and school boards.

Common Council approves

rezoning for more parking

Mequon — The Mequon Common Council on Tuesday approved the rezoning of lands to allow for a parking lot expansion.

Property located immediately west of 7606 W. Mequon Road was rezoned from residential to neighborhood commercial to allow for the expansion of a parking lot at a retail center that currently includes a photography studio, dentist office and Mama Mia's. The parking lot expansion is to accommodate increased traffic to the restaurant during peak hours. There will be 12 additional stalls.

Four projects eyed

for federal CDBG funding

Shorewood — At the recommendation of several department heads, the Shorewood Village Board on Monday voted to allocate $37,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds toward four projects.

The federal CDBG funds will go toward paying a portion of the coordinator's salary at the Shorewood Senior Resource Center, funding a portion of the Shoreline Interfaith Outreach Program that benefits seniors, improving alleys and offering a grant to seniors for accessibility improvements.

While CDBG funds are linked to the federal government, the money is administered locally by Milwaukee County's Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funds can only be used for specific purposes, including blight elimination and programs benefiting the elderly and persons with disabilities.

Shorewood OKs

NSFD fee increases

Shorewood — The North Shore Fire Department's emergency medical service fees are increasing by 2.7 percent — a maneuver Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said is designed to follow suit with rising expenses.

Shorewood was the fifth of NSFD's seven member communities to vote in favor of the fee increases. As part of the intergovernmental agreement, a super-majority — or votes by five communities — is required for a change to take effect.

The Fox Point board voted on the agreement Tuesday, and River Hills is scheduled to act on it later this month.

Stop sign to be installed,

following residents' concerns

Shorewood — Two-way stop signs will be installed at the intersection of Marion Street and North Prospect Avenue, following action Monday by the Shorewood Village Board.

Several residents attended a Village Board meeting last month and implored officials to consider placing stop signs in the area because of safety concerns. The village also received a petition with more than 40 signatures from nearby residents.

Police Chief Dave Banaszynski recommended signs be placed in the area, and the village honored the request by adopting an ordinance.

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