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News & Notes: March 27

March 26, 2013

City borrowing for capital improvements, refinancing

Glendale - Glendale will issue about $2.7 million in general obligation debt to help support its 2013 capital improvement program.

The Common Council on Monday authorized the issuance and sale of about $5.6 million general obligation promissory notes, about $2.7 million of which will be used to help cover the cost of capital improvements such as upgrades to streets and sidewalks, utilities and equipment.

The remaining $2.9 million will be used to refinance previously issued debt, and involves converting 2009 taxable debt issues to tax-exempt debt, said John Mehan, managing director of Baird.

By doing this, the city will save approximately $250,000 or more than 6 percent in repayment of the debt, Mehan said.

Police Services fees ordinance modified

Glendale - The Glendale police chief will now have the authority to modify fees for certain police services as necessary.

The Common Council on Monday approved an ordinance amending the city code pertaining to fees for police services including fingerprinting, breath/alcohol testing and bail acceptance.

The ordinance states that the chief of police shall set fees so as to recoup only the reasonable cost of providing the service, and is responsible for reporting the setting of fees and any fee changes to the Common Council.

While setting fees is typically handled by the Common Council, "This one is somewhat uniquely internal to the Police Department," City Attorney John Fuchs said. "They're just looking to have the city not take too bad a loss on providing these very necessary services."

Currently the Police Department charges $5 for fingerprint and breath test services, according to a memo from Fuchs, while fees for bail acceptance vary depending on the amount.

St. Eugene

teacher honored

Fox Point - For the second year in a row, a St. Eugene School teacher has been honored by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.

Mary Jane Tulley, a seventh-grade teacher, has been awarded with the HKEF Excellence Fellowship for her "superior ability to inspire a love of learning in (her) students, ability to motivate others, and for leadership and service within and outside the classroom."

Tulley is now among a group of five St. Eugene's teachers who have received an Kohl Foundation Fellowship.

"I am delighted and honored to have been selected," Tulley said in a news release. "This recognition will serve to motivate me even more to exert greater efforts in the service of the students and the school in order to achieve, with my fellow teachers, the common goal of providing St. Eugene students with an education second to none."

Boy Scouts bring in a big haul for hungry

Glendale - Boy Scouts from the local Three Harbors Council collected more than 10,000 pounds of food to a Glendale collection site Saturday.

Area scouts, in concert with thousands of others in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Kenosha and Racine, went door to door and collected more than 147,000 pounds of food for people at-risk of hunger.

The food then made its way to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, which will distribute the food to food pantries, meal programs and shelters throughout the area. According to a FAEW news release, the organization has seen a 34 percent increase in demand for food in the last two years, and 330,000 people rely on FEAW for their next meal.

"We are thankful to have such a wonderful partner in the Boy Scouts," FAEW President said in the release. "These scouts are committed to helping their communities and are setting a positive example for their neighbors."

FAEW is still accepting contributions of nonperishable food items at participating Pick 'n Save locations through April 7.

North Shore Fire/Rescue to host combat challenge

Glendale - The North Shore Fire Department will again host the Fire/Rescue Explorer Scout Combat Challenge this June.

The Glendale Common Council on Monday reviewed an informational request for the event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 1, at the department's battalion headquarters, 5901 N. Milwaukee River Parkway.

The event is sponsored by the department and Boy Scouts of America. According to a memo from Fire Chief Robert Whitaker, a parking and safety plan for participants and spectators is now being developed, and any identified traffic issues will be coordinated with the Police Department.

Ampco Pumps project advances

Glendale - Ampco Pumps Company's plans to expand its facility at 2045 W. Mill Road are moving forward.

The Glendale Common Council on Monday approved a certified survey map to combine parcels of land at 1965, 1971, 1991 and 2015-75 West Mill Road. The consolidated parcel will total about 4.7 acres.

The step is part of the process required for Ampco to add more than 25,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space to its existing facility, a proposal approved earlier this month by the Plan Commission.

The Common Council took no action on a resolution to issue $2.75 million in industrial development revenue bonds for the project, based on communication from Ampco President Mike Nicholson stating that the company plans to obtain conventional financing to proceed with its expansion.

Village to consider truck traffic on Green Bay Road

River Hills - The village of River Hills plans to more closely examine the issue of heavy truck traffic on Green Bay Road.

Trustee Wendy Walcott raised the issue during the Village Board's meeting as a matter to be further discussed at a future meeting.

"I see more and more heavy trucks coming up Green Bay, coming down Green Bay," Walcott said. "Many of them seem to be headed toward the trash disposal facility west on Brown Deer Road."

Walcott said the route appears to be used by truck drivers as a shortcut between Good Hope Road and the freeway. She said she would prefer to see them using Teutonia Avenue.

A comprehensive road plan established by the village about three years ago, as required by the state, included the prohibition of tractor trailers on Green Bay Road from Teutonia down to Good Hope, Village President Robert Brunner said.

Brunner suggested the village manager review that plan to see if the measure is still applicable, and bring the issue back to the Village Board as an agenda discussion item.

School Board OK's girls hockey co-op proposal

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville School Board spent nearly an hour discussing and acting on a proposal to have high school female hockey players join an Ozaukee County cooperative.

Staff at Cedarburg High School have been instrumental in establishing the co-op. Ryan Mangan, Mequon-Thiensville athletic director, said there has also been interest from other neighboring districts in being part of the new effort.

Since 2005, Homestead has been in a cooperative arrangement with University School of Milwaukee in River Hills for a varsity girls team.

The agreement likely will be renewed for the 2013-14 school year with the understanding a new, nonvarsity team sanctioned by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, or WIAA, will be established in Cedarburg at the same time. The varsity team could eventually join the co-op as well.

Zero salary increases in MQ-TH collective bargaining agreements

Mequon - Teachers in the Mequon-Thiensville School District will not receive salary increases for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years as part of a collective bargaining agreement approved by the School Board.

Documents included in the board packet were signed by School Board President Suzette Urbashich and member Mary Cyrier, as well as Robert Wells and Eric Bauer, president and chief negotiator, respectively, with the Mequon-Thiensville Education Association.

While the two parties reached an impasse during salary discussions, members of the teachers association agreed to waive mediation.

Although Gov. Scott Walker's Act 10 legislation did remove many elements from bargaining discussions, teachers do have the ability to work with administrators and board members on salary adjustments as long as the figure falls within the consumer price index.

Longtime Health Board member commended for service

River Hills - After nearly 18 years of service, Dr. Paula Jones will step down as the River Hills representative to the North Shore Health Department Board.

In a resolution of appreciation for Jones, the Village Board acknowledged her service, stating that she faithfully represented River Hills on the board since the village joined with the other member communities in 1995.

Jamie Berg, health officer for the North Shore Health Department, spoke very highly of Jones and her key role on the board, Village Manager Chris Lear said.

Other member communities of the North Shore Health Department include Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, Shorewood and Whitefish Bay.

Police provides presence at University School

River Hills - Police officers have recently begun offering their regular presence at University School of Milwaukee.

In his report to the Village Board, Police Chief Tom Rischmann filled trustees in on the department's role at the school.

Police staff met with University School's safety committee in early January, Rischmann said, to discuss security changes the school is planning to make.

"We can't, as a police department, offer them much more than our presence," Rischmann said. "But to them it's extremely important."

An officer has spent about 15 minutes per day at the school since the effort began, Rischmann said, each time in a different location. He said the department has not committed anything written or oral, describing the act as a "goodwill gesture" that has been well-received at the school.

Dykema selected for top spot

at Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee County has selected Steve Dykema as its new Executive Director.

Dykema will take on the organization's programming, financial growth and community outreach efforts.

Recently Dykema was the senior director of resource development at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Great Milwaukee and was previously an elementary schoolteacher and assistant director of consumer marketing at Journal Communications.

"Steve's unique background in fundraising, education and communications will be a tremendous asset to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee County," board President Ron Fedder said in a news release.

Dykema replaces Karel Flynn, who retired in 2012 after nearly 10 years of leading the organization.

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