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News & Notes: May 1

May 1, 2013

Hotel, restaurant property in Glendale could be rezoned

Glendale - The Milwaukee River Hilton Inn and adjacent Anchorage Restaurant could be rezoned in the near future to accommodate future development.

The Common Council last week agreed to forward a rezoning application filed by the Wisconsin International Academy for the land at 4700 N. Port Washington Road. The issue will be examined June 11 by the Plan Commission with a public hearing taking place at a council meeting in July.

The property is designated for business use and would need to be rezoned for planned development to accommodate any new plans by the Wisconsin International Academy.

Bradley Crossing

hosts four open houses

Brown Deer - Jewish Family Services and General Capital are hosting four informational sessions and open houses at the recently opened Bradley Crossing Supportive Housing Community.

The four sessions are meant to share plans for Bradley Crossing, tour the building, meet residents and provide a forum for residents to ask questions of JFS and General Capital. The presentations will also cover pending proposals for a Bradley Crossing expansion and development at the Beaver Creek site at 60th Street and Brown Deer Road.

Bradley Crossing is located at 4375 West Bradley Road. The sessions are: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday; 5-7 p.m. Monday; 6-8 p.m. Tuesday; and, noon-2 p.m. May 9.

City denies resident's property damage claim

Glendale - Following the advice of legal counsel, the Glendale Common Council last week voted to deny a resident's claim against the city for property damage.

Resident Paul Erickson sought compensation from the city for damage to his lawn while a motorist suspected of drunken driving was pursued by police.

City Attorney John Fuchs recommends Erickson take the matter up with the company holding his homeowner's insurance policy because the city had to take the necessary steps to arrest a person who could have caused harm.

"I don't feel there was negligence, and I don't want to see the door opened," Fuchs said of the requests made in the claim.

Officials looking at ways

to increase revenue

River Hills - Members of the River Hills Village Board briefly discussed an ongoing examination of revenue sources at a meeting.

One possibility on the table is to assess a fee for vacation house checks, though Village Manager Chris Lear stated, "It's something we don't want to do quickly or take lightly."

Other possible revenue boosters could come from increasing building permit and refuse fees and false alarm fines.

District holds steady despite drop in enrollment

Mequon - A demographic survey of the Mequon-Thiensville School District indicates that the school is maintaining a stable level of areas student market share despite a steady decline of enrollment.

The results of the annual Demographic Data report, presented to the School Board last week, indicate that there are increasingly fewer students in schools in Mequon and all neighboring districts than in previous years.

However, the study found that private schools in the district are not pulling students away from public schools, and the percentage of students attending both private and public schools has stayed largely the same.

Additionally, officials were able to survey 100 percent of the parents who pulled their students out of public schools in the district. Most of these parents reported that the reason was because the family was moving and not because they had problems with the schools.

Contracts awarded for street resurfacing, water main work

Glendale - The Glendale Common Council last week awarded contracts to several firms for street resurfacing and water main work this spring and summer.

Street resurfacing will take place along portions of Acacia, Lawn and Range Line roads, while water mains will be replaced along portions of West Mall Road.

The projects were included in the city's 2013 capital improvement budget.

Shaw appointed council president

Glendale - The Glendale Common Council last week voted unanimously in favor of appointing 6th District Alderwoman JoAnn Shaw as council president.

Shaw was the only of the six aldermen nominated to serve in the position. As council president, Shaw will preside over meetings if Mayor Jerome Tepper is absent.

Village cutting costs of pond water treatment

Brown Deer - As the price of chemicals for water treatment of the Village Pond continues to rise, Brown Deer is making an effort to hold those costs down.

The Village Board approved contracting with Carrico Aquatic Resources for water management services for the Village Pond for 2013 and 2014, at a cost of $16,500 per year. Also approved was a one-time equipment installation expense of $6,900.

Since 2001, the cost to the village for chlorine has more than doubled, said Park and Recreation Director Chad Hoier, with the cost now approaching $3 per gallon. The 2012 cost to manage the water at the pond was about $19,500, according to a memo from Hoier.

In addition to holding chemical costs for the next two years, Hoier said the agreement with Carrico also will improve the safety of water treatment, by enabling the village staff to move away from dealing with liquid chlorine to using a calcium hypochlorite pellet system.

Village honors

Judge David Victor

Brown Deer - After 12 years of service, Brown Deer Municipal Court Judge David Victor has officially stepped down from his post.

The Village Board recognized Victor's service through a resolution of appreciation.

Victor was first elected as municipal judge in 2001, and held the position for four consecutive three-year terms. He filed for noncandidacy in the April 2013 election. Brown Deer and the city of Glendale agreed to merge their courts eliminating the need for two judges.

Village President Carl Krueger read the resolution, which noted the positive impact Victor had on the entire community through his support of local programs and effort to maintain the best interests of the village, as well as the level of respect he had among his peers.

Village rebids Meadowside Court project

Brown Deer - Brown Deer has terminated a contract with GO Contractors for the installation of concrete manhole structures and a stormwater management device at Meadowside Court and Dean Road, due to unsafe working conditions, and will award a new contract to Vinton Construction for completion of the work.

The Village Board approved both the termination of the contract with GO Contractors and the award of the new contract.

Village Engineer Jim Buske explained that the project was shut down when GO Contractors encountered unstable ground conditions they did not expect to find and were not prepared to handle. They returned to the village with an updated quote to finish that project that was nearly three times more than their original bid, Buske said.

Buske said the village has let several contracts for similar installations in the past and never had any problems of this kind.

The village will pay GO Contractors about $37,400 for labor completed and the purchase of supplies that will be used at the site. The contract being awarded to Vinton Construction is in the amount of $129,170.

Gary Williams remains

School Board president

Brown Deer - Gary Williams will continue his role as president of the Brown Deer School Board, officials decided last week.

Lisa Zielinski was selected as vice president. Michael Bembenek is the School Board treasurer and Kevin Klimek the clerk.

District continues contract with cleaning company

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville School Board last week unanimously voted to renew its cleaning contract with L&A Crystal Services for an additional two years at a cost of about $763,000 per year.

The company has been cleaning the district's schools for the past six months, and Buildings and Ground Director Kyle Thompson gave high praise to work that they have done so far.

Although L&A Crystal Service's bid was about $8,500 higher than the lowest bid, Thompson said that the company being based in Mequon will plant the seed for a mutually beneficial relationship between the company and the district.

At the same meeting, sister-business L&A Crystal was approved for contracts to touch up the bathroom floors of Homestead High School's bathrooms for about $17,500 and to redo the floor of the field house lobby with polished concrete for $40,600.

Bayside named bird, tree city again

Bayside - The village of Bayside was recognized by two Wisconsin nature organizations for being a bird and tree friendly community at a Village Board meeting.

Both the Bird City USA award and the Tree City USA award have become annual recognitions that the organizations give to Bayside.

Carl Schwartz of Bird City USA said that Bayside was one of the first 15 communities to be involved with the organization, and he gave the village the Sustained Flight Award for keeping up with the program for three consecutive years since then.

This is the sixth year that Bayside has earned recognition from Tree City USA, but Kim Sebastian of the Department of Natural Resources gave the village the Tree City USA Growth Award for going beyond the requirements of program.

Sebastian particularly praised the village for disseminating accurate and useful information about tree care in its newsletter, and said that she uses it as an example of what other communities what ought to be communicating to residents.

Committee appointments set in Bayside

Bayside - The Bayside Village Board unanimously approved the village president's recommendation on 2013 committee appointments.

The list of recommendations includes 16 committees, such as the Plan Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Community Development Authority. The committees consist of as many as eight people and as few as one.

The list of recommendations was approved without a statement from the president or discussion among the trustees.

DeGraff honored for 20 years of service in Bayside

Bayside - The Bayside Village Board unanimously approved a proclamation commending Trustee Robb DeGraff for 20 years of service on the board.

The proclamation praised DeGraff for being on numerous committees, overseeing the construction Village Hall and other projects, and being very involved in the community, such as when he handed out 8,000 ears of corn in a single day at the village picnic.

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