River Hills Village Manager Tom Tollaksen is resigning his post. His last day in the office will be Jan. 27.
Tollaksen, who was appointed River Hills' village manager in September, 1996, said he believes his goals at the village have been largely accomplished, including modernization of public services, improvement of village infrastructure, and fostering of a competent, compassionate and creative village staff.
"Although I will no longer be village manager," Tollaksen said, "I look forward to doing what I can to continue the village's status as a strong and vibrant community."
Tollaksen said his decision to leave the village was not an easy one.
"There are other personal goals that I want to accomplish," he said, "and the timing seems right for me and my family."» Read Full Article
Starting in 2005, Milwaukee suburbs began, one by one, adopting strict rules on where sex offenders could live. As they did, more and more of the released inmates wound up in the city and a shrinking number of places without bans.
Now a judge has declared that the local restrictions, while legally acceptable in isolation, collectively act to defeat the state law meant to manage sex offenders after release from secure state treatment.
City attorneys expect to challenge the ruling, which could have implications far beyond the placement of the offender in question in the case.
"We're certainly aware of it, and are evaluating an appropriate response," Deputy Assistant City Attorney Danielle Bergner said. "Every municipality in Milwaukee County is doing the same thing."
District Attorney John Chisholm said he and others have warned about such a consequence.» Read Full Article
Player of the year
Taylor Higginbotham, 5-10 senior, Germantown
Western Illinois recruit led Warhawks to North Shore Conference title and 20-4 season. ... NSC Player of the Year. ... Losses included two to state-qualifier Arrowhead and one to state champion Divine Savior Holy Angels. ... Averaged 18.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and remarkable 4.7 steals per game. ... Shot 42 percent from field and finished with 43 assists. ... First-team All-State by state coaches association.» Read Full Article
The Badgers are headed to a second straight Final Four, thanks (we assume) to JP Cadorin traveling to California to cover the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight battles. The guys talk about what it took to get to the biggest stage in college basketball and weigh in on top recruit Diamond Stone choosing Maryland.
Fox Point — The old Red Mango store in the Riverpoint Shopping Center will be converted into a different frozen yogurt business called MyYoMy.
MyYoMy, which is owned by V and J Investments, already has one location at 100 S. Water St., near the Historic Third Ward neighborhood. The Fox Point Plan Commission will decide on April 6 whether MyYoMy will be granted a conditional use permit for its new Fox Point location at 8663A N Port Washington Road.
Fox Point — The Bridge Lane Ravine footbridge has been named the "project of the year" from the Wisconsin chapter of the American Public Works Association.
The award will be presented at the association's spring conference in Sheboygan on May 14, according to Fox Point Director of Public Works and Village Engineer Scott Brandmeier. The footbridge project has been forwarded to the national chapter of the APWA for consideration of the national "project of the year" award in the small cities/rural communities category.
Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School Board recently passed a legislative resolution expressing its concerns with the proposed 2015-2017 budget drafted by Gov. Scott Walker.
The resolution highlights how Walker's proposed budget would affect the school district, including a $470,000 loss in per-pupil categorial aid and a $230,000 loss resulting from the freeze on state revenue limits. The resolution also expresses apprehension about the proposed phase-out of the Chapter 220 program, which would result in a tax increase of about $0.05 per $1,000 of equalized value over a five-year period.
In the resolution, the school board calls on Sen. Alberta Darling, as well as Reps. Jim Ott and Dan Knodl, to advocate for an increase in public education funding.
"The board's strong resolution indicates the critical need to ensure the state budget reflects the values of residents in Mequon and Thiensville as it relates to their public schools," said Demond Means, superintendent of the Mequon-Thiensville School District. "The board looks forward to its continued dialogue with our locally elected state legislators."
A Whitefish Bay couple collected nearly $115,000 in public assistance benefits while remodeling and residing in one of the nicer homes on their block, according to investigators.
The stately Lannon stone colonial was so well designed and decorated, it was featured in "At Home" in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2012.
The story apparently didn't trip the radar of state officials who knew Mary Carini Gallagher was on state books as a recipient of food shares and Medicaid benefits, according to court records. That didn't happen until someone sent the Office of Inspector General an anonymous letter in July 2014.
The letter detailed how Gallagher, 51, and Todd Schaller, 51, failed to disclose income and included copies of Gallagher's Quest card, an application for free and reduced lunch for her child, and the Journal Sentinel feature about the couple's blended family and the work Gallagher had done on the house at 5918 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
Agents raided the house earlier this week and seized financial records, travel and shopping receipts, computers and other items investigators believe might reveal evidence of public assistance fraud. Prosecutors are now reviewing the case.» Read Full Article
Whitefish Bay — The Whitefish Bay School Board decided that a student-run radio station would be unfeasible at Whitefish Bay High School, but might be better suited for use by the Whitefish Bay community at-large.
The idea of a student-run radio station was first proposed by Whitefish Bay resident John Davis in November 2013 when he asked the school board to complete a FCC application for the 103.3 FM frequency that had recently become available.
The school board agreed at that time to complete the application, with the understanding that the district was not obligated to construct a radio station or facilitate a radio program in the future.
The FCC approved Whitefish Bay's application in October.
The FCC license gives the school district 18 months, or until mid-April 2016, to construct a radio station. The school district can also file an 18-month extension if it is making a good-faith effort to construct a station.» Read Full Article
Mequon — A DSW shoe store opened in the Mequon Pavilions shopping center on Thursday, March 26.
The national footwear and accessories retailer offers more than 12,000 pairs of women's and men's shoes in the 12,000-square-foot space at 11048 N. Port Washington Road. The Mequon location marks DSW's third location in the Milwaukee market, with other locations in Southridge Mall and the Mayfair Collection.
"We're so excited to open a store in Mequon," said Carrie McDermott, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of DSW. "DSW's footprint continues to grow in the area, and we are committed to being the go-to destination for all of our customers' shoe and accessory needs."
The Mequon DSW store will employ 30 people. In addition to shoes, the store also sells designer handbags and other accessories.
Crews have cleared a crash that closed the right lane of northbound Interstate 43 at Brown Deer Road. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office responded.
West Allis — He was only appointed West Allis-West Milwaukee School District superintendent last week, but current Shorewood Superintendent Marty Lexmond is already dropping in at West Allis schools, greeting children and meeting staff.
The school board appointed him Wednesday, March 25, and he will start July 1.
Getting out and meeting people is in line with his prime goal of building relationships that can be identified for the future, Lexmond said.
Lexmond said he is looking forward to working in the district because of the skills he has acquired in both suburban and urban education. The district has strong elements of both, and he said he is excited to address its challenges.
Lexmond will succeed Kurt Wachholz who retired late last summer.» Read Full Article
Brown Deer — Five teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17 were arrested after allegedly burglarizing a house in Brown Deer, leading police on a high-speed chase through the North Shore and eventually crashing into a light pole in Whitefish Bay.
A Brown Deer resident called police at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday to report a burglary at a neighbor's house in the 8500 block of N. 66th St. Brown Deer police arrived in time to see two vehicles flee the scene of the burglary. One of the vehicles fled into Milwaukee, where officers stopped pursuing the car after the chase exceeded 100 miles per hour. Police later learned the vehicle was stolen.
The other vehicle, which was also stolen, led police east on Brown Deer Road, then south on Lake Drive before it drove over police stop sticks on Lake Drive in Fox Point, Whitefish Bay Police Chief Michael Young said. When the vehicle started to slow down, four teenagers bailed from the vehicle and were arrested, Young said.
The 17-year-old driver continued driving south on Lake Drive, turning right onto Henry Clay Drive and crashing into a light pole just east of Whitefish Bay Middle School. The driver attempted to flee on foot, but was caught by officers less than 30 seconds after the crash, Young said.
No one was injured during the incident, which involved collaboration between officers from Brown Deer, Bayside, Fox Point, Whitefish Bay and Glendale.» Read Full Article
Whitefish Bay — After four months without a public works director, Whitefish Bay officials have hired Waupaca city engineer and public works director John Edlebeck for the job.
Edlebeck, who has been with Waupaca for 18 years, will start work in Whitefish Bay on May 1, earning a salary of $95,000. Prior to his work in Waupaca, he served as the city engineer for Geneva, Illinois, for 10 years. He started his career in Elgin, Illinois, with D'Onofrio, Kottke and Associates, where he worked for three years.
Edlebeck earned a bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. He is a licensed professional engineer in Wisconsin and Illinois. In 2013, he was named one of the top 10 national Public Works Leaders of the Year by the American Public Works Association.
Edlebeck is excited about the opportunity to return to Whitefish Bay, which is his wife Kay's hometown. The two married in 1983 at St. Monica Parish. His new job opportunity will place him and Kay within close driving distance of her parents in Bayside, her sister and brother-in-law in Whitefish Bay and their four children, who all live in the Milwaukee and Chicago area.
"Right now we are driving down to Milwaukee or Chicago every other weekend, so when the position came open, it was something I was very interested in pursuing," he said.» Read Full Article
Glendale mayoral candidates Bryan Kennedy and JoAnn Shaw will participate in a candidate forum tonight.
The forum, hosted by the North Shore Republican Club, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 in the community meeting room of the North Shore Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road. Candidates will respond to a series of questions from a moderator, as well as questions from the audience.
The WIAA state basketball tournament featured a number of local entrants, with two bringing home gold balls and another grabbing silver:
- See all the photos from state tournament weekend.
- Fourth estate: Dominican becomes the second-ever program to win four consecutive state titles, including a stunning 93-point performance against Regis in the state semifinal.
- Germantown's three-year reign atop the mountain came to an end at the hands of mighty Stevens Point.
- Stevens Point looked a lot like recent Germantown teams in knocking the king from the throne ... will the programs collide again?
- Stevens Point coach Scott Anderson and Germantown helmsman Steve Showalter exchange roles.
- Brown Deer is bringing home gold again after repeating as Division 3 state champion.
- Greendale fell to Rice Lake in the Division 2 semifinals, a team boasting McDonald's All-American Henry Ellenson.
- West Allis Central also ran into Stevens Point in Madison.
- The Initial Reaction podcast asks if Diamond Stone is the best the state has ever seen and looks back at state weekend.