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News & Notes: Sept. 18

Sept. 18, 2013

Walmart liquor

license approved

Brown Deer — The Village Board on Monday approved a liquor and beer license for the incoming Walmart at 6300 Brown Deer Road.

The license was approved with a 5-0 vote. Trustee Jeff Baker was excused from the meeting and Trustee Andrea Weddle-Henning abstained.

North Shore students named

national merit semifinalists

Across the North Shore, 59 students were named National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists last week. They are among 16,000 high-achieving students nationwide who will be considered for 8,000 merit scholarships worth about $35 million combined. Winners will be announced in spring 2014.

From Nicolet High School: Helen Barzyk, Katherine Braun, Angela Chen, Isabelle Gill, Samuel Hallerman, Alexandra Heuer, Rachel Heuer, Benjamin Lawton, Hope Merens, Natalie Muenster, Anna Saggio, Bertrand Stone, Samuel Vuchetich and Christopher Welker.

From Homestead High School: Austin Cao, Collin Goebel, Sydney Hubbell, Timothy Kalkhoff, William Kammerait, Greta Kobylinski, Alden Laev, Daniel Liu, Olivia May, Vinay Raghavan, Daniel Scott, Christian Stevenson, David Tzeel and Maxwell Woody.

From University School of Milwaukee: Aaron Bickert, Julia Hanson, Joseph Harris, John Hiller, Klara Kobylinski, Charlotte Kovach, Derek Rott, Benjamin Sampson, Jason Seter, Emily Waples and Benjamin Zaydman.

From Shorewood High School: Haley Florsheim, Emilie Lozier, Anjana Murali, Charles Stahl and Danielle Whittle.

From Dominican High School: Sydney Manista and Sadie Piatt.

From Whitefish Bay High School: James Broomfield, Melinda Davies, Allison Gregg, Maya Jonas, Elizabeth Karron, Caitlyn Luhman, Edward Pencak, Sarah Sapiro, Madeline Saviano, Molly Serebin, Hannah Thompson, John Veech and Wentong Zhang.

Trustees approve zoning for senior living facility

Shorewood — The Shorewood Village Board on Monday approved the zoning for a senior living facility on Capital Drive and Sherburn Place in the village's River District.

Following a public hearing, the board approved the zoning for a 92-unit assisted living and memory care facility to be constructed by Florida-based senior living firm Harbor Retirement Associates. Now, HRA and the village will work on putting together a development agreement.

The tentative date for construction is 2015. Once complete, the facility will be called HarborChase of Shorewood. It will include 50 private and six semi-private residential community assisted care apartments and 32 private and four semi-private community-based residential facility units for a maximum occupancy of 102 residents.

Roadwork in Bayside

to begin week of Sept. 23

Bayside — As part of the long range capital improvement program, the village of Bayside will be resurfacing three streets in 2013, according to an update to the Committee of the Whole on Tuesday about capital infrastructure projects.

The roads affected by the work include North Navajo Road, from Brown Deer Road to Krause Place; North Malibu Drive; and East Marti Court. The project consists of pulverizing and shaping the existing pavement and base, overlaying new asphalt pavement, as well as restoring the existing stone shoulder. The work is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 23 and be completed within three weeks of the start date.

Oak Creek, Bayside provide

back-up services

Bayside — The Village Board on Monday approved an inter-municipal agreement between Bayside and Oak Creek that provides back-up services for their respective communication centers.

Each dispatching operation would serve as an answering point back-up to the other in the event of an outage.

Bayside approves funding

for radios, fire gear

Bayside — The Bayside Village Board on Monday approved the allocation of funds to purchase radio upgrades for the North Shore Fire Department, personal protective turnout gear and an ambulance.

Bayside's payments include $26,040 in 2014 and $27,590 in 2015. Last year's capital equipment budgeted amount was approximately $34,000.

Bayside applying

for two grants

Bayside — The Bayside Village Board on Tuesday approved the applications for two grants — the 2014 recycling grant and the Clean Sweep grant.

The grants provide funding for the village's prescription drug program that properly disposes of those substances and household hazardous waste pickup.

More than half of homes

connected to municipal water

Bayside — The majority of all public infrastructure has been installed by Dorner Inc. as part of the voluntary municipal water project in the village of Bayside, according to an update to the Committee of the Whole on Tuesday.

Bayside, the city of Mequon and the Bayside Residential Water Access Association worked together to create municipal water for residents located in four water trusts in the southwest portion of the village. More than 50 percent of residents who elected to connect to water and pay for the project through assessments, are not connected to the municipal water system.

Volunteers needed for

child vision screening

Not-for-profit group Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is holding a children's vision training workshop Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Elm Grove Library, 13600 Juneau Boulevard in Elm Grove.

According to a PBW news release, vision problems affect 4 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-age children.

"Without early detection and treatment, vision problems can lead to permanent vision loss and learning difficulties," PBW wrote in the release.

The free, two-hour workshop will make participants certified Children's Visions Screeners. Reservations are required for the workshop. To register, call (414) 765-0505 or email kelly@preventblindnesswisconsin.org.

District addresses flood

damage to orchestra room

Shorewood — The Shorewood School District is making progress on repairs to the orchestra room at the high school, after a failed boiler pump flooded the area about three weeks ago.

Superintendent Martin Lexmond provided an update on the repairs at the School Board's request last week. New drywall has been installed and the district is now working to get the walls painted and new flooring installed, Lexmond said.

District staff has requested that acoustic flooring be installed, which would cost the district about $4,000 to $5,000, as it would not be covered by insurance, he said. Required repairs have amounted to about $200,000 total, Lexmond said, but noted that the damage could have been much worse.

Maintenance staff is still in the process of evaluating the boiler pump issue to determine whether new equipment needs to be installed. This is the third time the area has flooded, Lexmond said, although the causes have varied.

New principal

to start at Atwater

Shorewood — Kayla Russick will join the staff of Atwater Elementary as the school's new principal.

The School Board last week approved a recommendation to hire Russick as interim principal at Atwater, with her role to begin already on Wednesday.

Russick takes the place of former Atwater Elementary Principal Tim Kenney, who is serving this school year as interim principal at Shorewood High School, following the departure of Matt Joynt to the Mequon-Thiensville School District.

Russick served one year as an assistant principal for Milwaukee Public Schools just prior to taking on this role. Before that, she worked for the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township in Indiana.

Change order approved for Cahill Park work

Whitefish Bay — Village officials last week approved a change order for stormwater management work at Cahill Park in the amount of $112,669.

During the excavation of the lower pond area, H&H Construction encountered groundwater near the bottom of the pond area that is meant to be a dry storage area and usable once the stormwater runoff has drained out of the basin. The project was changed to alleviate the constant groundwater seepage into the bottom of the pond by adding a permeable layer of stone and adjusting the grades. The work will be paid for out of the stormwater capital borrowing fund, according to village documents.

Board endorses upcoming

public education rally

Shorewood — The Shorewood School Board is endorsing the Wisconsin Public Education is A Civil Right March and Rally, to be held later this month.

The School Board last week approved a resolution stating that in addition to endorsing and serving as a formal sponsor of the rally, the board "encourages students, staff, administration and parents to participate."

The board discussed the event at its last meeting and determined that it would support it.

The rally is scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, 2300 W. Highland Ave. Participants including active and retired educators and school administrators, students, parents, civil rights groups and other community leaders will assemble for a three-mile march across the 16th Street bridge to Forest Home Avenue School, 1516 W. Forest Home Ave., where they will conduct a rally at 1:30 p.m.

Among other event sponsors are Parents for Public Schools-Milwaukee, Opportunity to Learn-Wisconsin, Women Committed to an Informed Community, the Wisconsin Alliance of Excellent Schools, NAACP, Voces de la Frontera, the Institute for Wisconsin's Future, the Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope, members of the Milwaukee Public Schools Board of School Directors and other school boards, as well as teachers' unions from Milwaukee, Racine and surrounding communities, and various other community groups.

District's business manager

position remains vacant

Shorewood — The Shorewood School District is still trying to fill its vacant business manager position, although it now has a candidate in mind.

In a hiring update to the School Board last week, Superintendent Martin Lexmond said the district is making an offer to its original first-choice candidate for the position, who has already accepted an offer in a neighboring district.

Lexmond said the candidate is very interested in working for the Shorewood School District. Discussions with that person are ongoing, Lexmond said, but if they were to conclude successfully, the district could have a business manager hired within the next 30 days.

Erik Kass, who had been advising the district as its interim business manager, is now committed to Elmbrook Schools, Lexmond said.

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