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News & Notes: Feb. 7

Feb. 7, 2012

Whitefish Bay seeks Bird City USA designation

Whitefish Bay - The village is the latest in Wisconsin looking to become a Bird City USA community, with backing by the Whitefish Bay Garden Club and Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation.

Bird City USA is a Bayside-based organization that was created a year ago through participation with the Milwaukee Audubon Society. It is designed to promote bird conservation by working with member municipalities to examine best practices for bird habitats.

Designees hold a ceremonial event that includes a plaque presentation and educational events. To qualify, a municipality needs to pay $100 annually and go through a comprehensive application process.

The Village Board approved moving forward with the application process Monday with the caveat the membership fee be split in thirds between the Garden Club, Civic Foundation and the village's operating budget.

Shorewood modifies DPW customer service hours

Shorewood - The Village Board on Monday approved a proposal to reduce customer service hours at the Department of Public Works office, 3801 N. Morris Blvd.

The office is typically used by residents to schedule special pickups and purchase recycling carts. It has been open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays, but Friday operating hours are being reduced from 7 a.m. to noon.

The move was borne out of cuts to the 2012 DPW budget. Director of Public Works Leeann Butschlick said Fridays traditionally are the quietest resident-contact days at the DPW office.

The customer service office at Village Hall, 3930 N. Murray Ave., will be able to handle residents' requests when the DPW office is closed Friday afternoons.

Board agrees to fill deputy police chief, inspector posts

Shorewood - The Village Board on Monday authorized staff members to move forward and fill two currently vacant positions: lead building inspector and deputy police chief.

The deputy police chief position was created 16 months ago amid Police Chief Dave Banaszynski's reorganization of staffing within the department. Terry Zimmerman, then a lieutenant on the force, was promoted to the position, and retired in December.

Banaszynski said there are a number of virtues to having a deputy police chief position, including a distinct chain of command, maintaining departmental continuity and allowing for sergeants to be back on the street - a scenario that was not always possible without the position.

The lead building inspector hire is part of an overall reorganization to the planning and development department. Responsibilities for the position will be absorbed by two currently vacant inspection positions within the department.

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