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News & Notes: July 27

July 27, 2011

Local Citizens chapter raising funds for troops

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer affiliate of the Citizens for Responsible Government will hold an Adopt a Platoon drive from noon to 2 p.m. July 30 and 31 at 8214 N. 55th St. Proceeds will benefit service men and women deployed overseas.

CRG organizers will be accepting items, monetary donations and letters to the service men and women at the drop-off location.

A list of items most needed is available online at http://bdcrg.wordpress.com. Checks can be made payable to BDCRG with "Adopt a Platoon" in the message line, and organizers will shop for items with the funds.

Glendale-River Hills' free, reduced lunch policy outlined

Glendale - The Glendale-River Hills School District has announced its policy pertaining to children within households unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program.

To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households must fill out a required application and submit it to the school the child attends. Information furnished on the application will determine eligibility and may be verified at any time throughout the school year by officials.

Business Manager Rosemarie Van Aernum will review all applications and make a final determination of eligibility. Parents have a right to make a final appeal of any denials by calling (414) 351-7170.

District renews lease agreement with St. Mark

Brown Deer - The school district will continue leasing classroom space at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8635 N. 60th St., for its high school alternative education program throughout the 2011-12 school year at a monthly cost of $1,400.

St. Mark is near Brown Deer's three-school campus. The arrangement between the district and St. Mark has been in place for nearly a decade, though the contract is reviewed annually. District officials have said the off-campus scenario has been a positive for students who excel in different learning environments.

The renewal was approved by the School Board on Tuesday.

Brown Deer superintendent recognized by Rotary Club

Brown Deer - District Superintendent Deb Kerr was formally named Rotarian of the year by the North Shore chapter of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee at the School Board meeting Tuesday.

Kerr, who serves on the local chapter's board of directors, represents youth outreach within the organization. She was recognized for her involvement in and organization of various youth activities in the community.

District to continue participation in cooperative

Glendale - The Glendale-River Hills School District will continue to participate in the North Shore Shared Services Cooperative in the 2011-12 school year. The group, formed last year with representatives from all seven Milwaukee County districts in the North Shore, meets to discuss ways of pooling resources and possibly save money.

The group last year seceded the North Shore Exceptional Education Cooperative, which focused solely on sharing services in special education programming.

Concealed carry ordinance questioned, OK'd

Glendale - The Common Council unanimously approved Monday night a concealed weapons ordinance that prohibits carrying firearms in public buildings.

For some city officials, the measure is not restrictive enough. City Attorney John Fuchs said the ordinance was drafted "to obtain as much prohibition as it could."

Citing the recent shooting rampage at a Norway youth camp, City Administrator Richard Maslowski also said he would liked to limit concealed carry even more. "We wished we could go further in terms of public parks."

The measure was adopted to coincide with the recently enacted state law that made Wisconsin the 49th state allowing concealed carry. Illinois is the only holdout. The state law allows municipalities to ban weapons in government buildings but they must be allowed in public parks and other public open areas.

The Glendale ordinance specifies that weapons are not allowed in: City Hall, the municipal court, the public works building, the Old Town Hall, the North Shore Library, the North Shore Water Filtration Plant, the water standpipe, the Police Department, the salt storage shed, the North Shore Fire Department buildings, the Glendale Little League fields, all public schools and grounds, within 1,000 feet of any school grounds, and on any private property posting signs prohibiting weapons.

"It's an effort to maintain some control over public facilities," Maslowski said.

Mayor Jerome Tepper agreed and added, "I think most of us are puzzled by the state Legislature enacting this law. … It begs the question, 'What are they thinking in Madison?' Or, 'Are they thinking in Madison?' "

Parkway Elementary School

roofing work planned

Glendale - The Glendale-River Hills School Board last week approved a $72,180 bid from Mauston-based Custofoam Corp. to repair a portion of the roof at Parkway Elementary School that was damaged in heavy rains last summer.

Director of Operations Jim Beckmann said he received only one bid for the work, despite advertising in trade journals and contacting former contractors, because of the busy summer construction season. He said Custofoam is "a very good roofing firm who has done work for (the district) in the past."

Beckmann said insurance money will cover the expense.

YMCA lease for class space at middle school renewed

Brown Deer - Staff from the Rite-Hite YMCA will continue to offer wrap-around childcare before and after 4-year-old kindergarten sessions, as part of an agreement approved by the School Board on Tuesday.

The district offers a K4 class inside Brown Deer Middle School. Parents pay for the YMCA child care, based on the number of hours children are supervised.

Press box and score board planned at Good Hope School

Glendale - The Junior Nicolet Knights have been given authority to place a score board and press box at Good Hope School, following approval by the Glendale-River Hills School Board last week. Organizers of the Junior Nicolet Knights will be responsible for all related expenses, including construction, maintenance, upkeep and electricity.

Insurance required on abandoned vehicles

Glendale - Prompted by concerns voiced by former Mayor Don Voith, the Common Council amended an ordinance that aldermen believe will limit the number of vehicles on private property.

Voith had complained that a property owner had seven cars, some in disrepair and in public view - an eyesore, he maintained.

The ordinance approved unanimously Monday night, though, now requires all vehicles in public view for more than 72 hours have liability coverage, which City Attorney John Fuchs said will alleviate Voith's misgivings.

"I suspect rather strongly that the seven-car household situation that he described would run afoul of the insurance requirement," he wrote to the council.

Before this ordinance was approved, the only requirement was that vehicles be registered, operational and on a paved portion of a private lot.

Village amends budget to cover election expenses

Brown Deer - The Village Board amended its 2011 budget last week night to account for additional expenses arising from the two elections this summer. Last week, the village opened polling locations for the primary election for the 8th District state Senate seat. On Aug. 9 there will be a recall election between State Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, and her challenger Rep. Sandy Pasch, D-Whitefish Bay. Pasch currently represents the 22nd District in the state Assembly.

The board put another $6,200 into the election budget line, although the actual cost, including staff time to administer an election is about $10,000 an election, according to Village Manager Russell Van Gompel.

Community development staffer promoted

Brown Deer - Nate Piotrowski was recently promoted to the position of community development director for Brown Deer. His responsibilities will entail carrying out policies related to development, planning, inspections and engineering operations.

Piotrowski has been with the village since August 2005, initially as a planning and zoning specialist.

Village Board approves nearly $9.3 million in bonds

Shorewood - The Village Board approved various bonds for funds to refinance the 2002 general obligatory bonds, city improvement projects, and public works that together totaled $9.28 million.

General obligation bonds of $1.825 million were designated for street improvements on Downer Avenue and Wilson Drive. The water system on Downer and Capitol Drive will also be improved with the $560,000 in bonds designated for water systems. Richfield Circle will be receiving a new storm sewer, and Wood Place will get a storm bypass. Sewer and storm work will take place on Downer as well.

There is $800,000 in bonds authorized for park and public grounds work. The Shorewood School District's fields will be replanted, and landscaping work will be done at Atwater Park. The North Shore Fire Department will receive funds for a new ladder and other equipment they require. Funds were also designated for the North Shore Combined Dispatch Center project for facility construction in Bayside.

Nearly $3.2 million in bonds were authorized for re-funding the debt of the 2002 general obligatory bonds.

District renews contract with food service vendor

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville School Board last week renewed the district's food service contract with Aramark for the 2011-12 school year.

Gail Grieger, business services manager, said the program, through Aramark, has historically been profitable, and proceeds help fund such expenses as new equipment purchases. Funds from the district's general budget have not been used to cover operational costs.

"The main goal of the school lunch program is to offer nutritious meals at a reasonable cost without tax or budget subsidy from the district," Grieger said. "Under (Aramark's) leadership, we continue to operate a successful lunch program which meets those goals."

In the year ahead, Grieger said the district and Aramark staff will work together to improve food quality and healthy offerings and examine efforts toward reducing administrative costs.

Maple Dale-Indian Hill raising lunch prices by 10 cents

Fox Point - The Maple Dale-Indian Hill School Board voted to raise lunch prices across the board by 10 cents.

As recommended by District Business Administrator Gary Swalve, the board voted to increase lunch prices by 10 cents in order to account for rising food costs and maintenance of food service equipment.

The new lunch prices will be $2.10 at Indian Hill Elementary School, $2.15 at Maple Dale Middle School and $2.85 for adults.

County and village agree on stormwater detention pond

Brown Deer - The Village Board last week night approved an agreement with Milwaukee county that will allow a stormwater detention pond to be partially on county land at the end of North 43rd Street in the Original Village.

The village will build and maintain the pond, while the county will continue to maintain its easement areas outside of the pond area.

The village plans a second stormwater detention pond in the Original Village, this one on land purchased from Shoreland Community Church on Deerwood Drive at Ruth Place.

School Board OKs replacing asphalt around the district

Fox Point - The Maple Dale-Indian Hill School Board accepted a bid to replace most of the asphalt around the district. The bid for replacing the asphalt was accepted for $262,510, nearly $60,000 less than the district had raised through referendum, according to Director of Buildings and Grounds Jim Beckmann.

That price tag should hold so long as no problems are identified below the existing asphalt, Beckmann said, and preliminary studies by engineers haven't shown any indication of problems.

Beckmann said that work on the repaving project will start in the beginning of August and should be completed before school begins.

Village to have six rather than nine wards

Brown Deer - The Village Board adopted a new ward plan for elections beginning in 2012. Required every 10 years after the census is completed, the plan reduces the number of wards from nine to six. The plan is similar to the one currently in use, with one major exception. An area south of West Brown Deer Road from the railroad tracks west to North 60th Street will be switched from Ward 2 to 6.

Wards 1 and 2 will vote at Trinity Community Church; wards 3 and 4 at the Brown Deer Library and wards 5 and 6 at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Residents can obtain additional garbage containers

Bayside - A proposal to rent out additional garbage and recycling containers to residents was approved by the Village Board.

The 96-gallon containers would cost residents $25 for the first rental and $5 for each additional one. They could be used for such uses as parties.

Village officials said the fees would cover such costs as administrative time, equipment rentals and labor associated with dropping off and picking up the containers.

Dental office moving to Brown Deer

Brown Deer - ForwardDental moved from their Silver Spring location to new offices in Bradley Village at 7979 N. Sherman Boulevard on July 18. This new location will offer technological advances such as digital X-rays and electronic dental records to better serve area patients. Off-street parking is available and the office is accessible to individuals with physical disabilities. Bradley Village is also on the bus line.

ForwardDental in Bradley Village offers a full range of general family dentistry as well as cosmetic dental services. All ages are welcome, and the office is currently accepting new patients.

Neighborhood improvement interest-free loan approved

Shorewood - The Village Board approved the request to assign $20,000 for adding improvements to a duplex conversion through the Neighborhood Improvement Loan Funds, which allows homeowners to receive a loan at no interest to improve their properties and attract families to Shorewood.

Open your home and heart to an exchange student

STS Foundation, a local nonprofit exchange program, is bringing a group of foreign exchange students to the USA for the upcoming school year. The students need North Shore host families for five or 10 months. The teenagers come from more than 30 countries and families can choose students from any country. They have their own spending money and insurance and want to share their culture and customs with your family and community. Here are a couple of those students:

Kaja comes from an island called Arendal in southern Norway. There she lives with her parents. Kaja loves animals and owns two cats. She loves going to the local ballet center where she practices jazz, ballet and contemporary dance five hours a week. She also loves theater, reading, travelling and hanging out with friends.

Eero is from Finland where he lives with his parents and 17-year-old twin sister. They also have a dog that they love very much. Eero enjoys ice hockey and soccer. He speaks both Swedish and German. He likes to cook for his family or use the grill. He is ready for the challenge of being an exchange student.

For questions about these and other students, call or email Dave Keating at (800) 522-4678 or info@stsfoundation.org or simply fill out a host family application on the group's website at

stsfoundation.org.

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