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News & Notes: June 19

June 19, 2013

Hang 10 during surfing

festival at Atwater Beach

Shorewood — The Shorewood Village Board approved a permit for the Surfriders Foundation to hold a festival on Atwater Beach, 4000 N. Lake Drive, on Aug. 27 for a celebration of water and surfing.

Trustee Thad Nation presented a permit to the board and called it an exciting opportunity to promote Atwater Beach and Shorewood, especially since the Dairyland Surf Classic competition, normally held in Sheboygan over Labor Day weekend, was canceled this year.

"There's an opportunity here for another community to claim the capital of freshwater surfing," Nation said.

The event will take place on from 3 until 10:30 p.m. Aug. 27 and is hosted by artists, filmmakers and surfers from the Great Lakes area. The event includes surfing, safety and skills demonstrations and apparel vendors as well as food vendors pending a permit from the North Shore Health Department.

Report details OPEB

liability for Brown Deer

Brown Deer — For the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1 2013, the unfunded post retirement employee benefits for the village of Brown Deer totaled $512,028.

Every three years, a village the size of Brown Deer needs to complete a new actuarial valuation report reviewing post retirement benefits. Actuarial and Health Care Solutions completed the report. The actuarial present value is $884,445, which is what the village would pay if the current employees, as of Jan. 1 2013, worked until they retired. The village provides post retirement benefits for retirees and their dependents. All non-represented and Wisconsin Professional Police Association members are eligible for the benefit.

Middle school

students honor elderly

Mequon — Last month, students at Lake Shore Middle School honored the elderly population in Mequon and Thiensville with a series of activities designed to intertwine with Older Americans Month, a national awareness campaign recognized each May.

Several students, recipients and faculty offered a presentation on the activities at a School Board meeting Monday. Each Thursday in May, Lake Shore students invited seniors to join them in lunch and an activity.

The effort became possible with assistance from the district-run Mequon-Thiensville Recreation Department.

District adjusts

to 2012-13 budget

Mequon — With the close of the budget cycle for the 2012-13 school year imminent, members of the Mequon-Thiensville School Board on Monday approved several changes.

The budget was revised to reflect two changes, neither impacting the property taxes levied against residents last year.

The district has shifted $80,202 in its general fund to reflect receipt of federal grants. Also, changes were made to reflect the refinancing of existing debt.

School Board

reviewing policies

Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School Board is in the process of reviewing several policies, including ones pertaining to membership into various organizations, how meetings are conducted and the structure and tenure of various board positions.

With the intent of offering more people the opportunity to serve in the role, the board is considering placing a cap on how long a person can serve as board president.

School Board member Suzette Urbashich, who recently relinquished her role as president, said the board has a long history of having tenured people serve in the leadership role.

Another policy under review examines when residents can speak at meetings.

Mequon-Thiensville renews

contracts with CESA

Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School Board on Monday voted to renew agreements with two branches of the Cooperative Educational Service Agency for the 2013-14 school year. The organization provides services to districts across the state.

CESA No. 1, based in Pewaukee, will continue providing the district with the services of a visually impaired teacher and a speech and language pathologist at a cost not to exceed $150,000.

CESA No. 6, based in Oshkosh, will continue hosting the district's Website through the CMS4Schools service. The cost is not to exceed $5,000.

District renews

advocacy memberships

Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School Board on Monday voted to renew the district's relationship with advocacy organization Southeastern Wisconsin School Alliance for the 2013-14 school year at a cost of $3,000.

SWSA informs participating districts of a number of legislative issues that have the potential of impacting budgets and programs.

Board approves district's

2013-14 action plan

Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School Board on Monday approved a four-year action plan that carries through the 2015-16 school year. The document, discussed extensively at a recent board retreat, has been under review for several months.

The action plan touches on a number of issues, including how the district should carry out college- and career-ready curriculum, integrating technology into classroom instruction and enhancing methods to collect data.

The full document can be viewed on the district's website, mtsd.k12.wi.us.

Fox Point ready to party on the Fourth of July

Fox Point — The Village Board last week approved a resolution that outlines the framework for the village's Fourth of July celebration this year.

The festivities include Fourth of July staples, such as a parade, live music and the annual baseball game between the Fox Point Police Department and village residents.

Tom Czaja, police chief and acting village manager, said that he will oversee the project, but it will be organized and funded by the Fox Point Foundation, led by Josh Traudt.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. July 4, at the Fox Point Village Police Department, 7300 Santa Monica Blvd., and go to Longacre Park, where there will be a live band, the annual baseball game, an ice cream social, a bouncing house and other festivities.

Glendale issues 2013-14

used car dealer licenses

Glendale — The Glendale Common Council last week renewed eight used car dealers' licenses for a period beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2014.

Licenses were issued to Andrew Chevrolet, 1500 W. Silver Spring Drive; Andrew Motor Sales, 1620 W. Silver Spring Drive; Concours BMW and Concours Motors, each at 1400 W. Silver Spring Drive; David Hobbs Honda, 6100 N. Green Bay Road; Heiser Ford, 1700 W. Silver Spring Drive; John Amato Nissan, 5200 N. Port Washington Road; and Lexus North Shore, 1433 W. Silver Spring Drive.

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