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News & Notes: Oct. 7

Oct. 7, 2009

Board tweaks, then adopts capital spending plan

Brown Deer - Trustees made a slight change to the proposed village capital spending plan before adopting it Monday night.

Village Manager Russell Van Gompel said a $7,500 purchase of computer tables for the library was moved from 2011 to 2010.

The library received a Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation grant that will be used to buy new computers for the library in 2010 and 2011. Trustees indicated last week that purchasing the tables for the new computers in 2010 made some sense rather than delaying the purchase.

The capital plan identified a total of $583,372 in purchases or upgrades that will be part of the 2010 tax levy if the Village Board adopts the budget as proposed.

Another $1.2 million in capital projects, including the upgrade to the Police Department dispatch center, would be funded by borrowing, likely early in 2010 Van Gompel said.

Board wants answers before OKing park improvements

Whitefish Bay - The Village Board will wait for the answer to two questions before moving ahead with a contract for Klode Park improvements. The village received a $40,000 Community Development Block Grant to help fund handicapped accessibility improvements at the park.

Village Manager Jim Grassman said the board wants to know if some of the existing playground equipment can continue to be used. Trustees also want to know what will happen to donor plaques on the existing equipment.

Plans call for installation of some new playground equipment as well as a new base for the playground.

The board will meet Oct. 12 in a special session devoted to the proposed 2010 budget but will consider the contract as well. Bluemel's Maintenance Service was the low bidder at $49,510.

Change could clear the way for coffee-roasting business

Thiensville - The Village Board, meeting in special session Monday, approved a zoning change that will allow Fiddleheads to roast coffee beans at 185 S. Main Street. The Plan Commission considered a conditional use permit for the roasting at that location after press deadline Wednesday.

Fiddleheads Café is across the street at 192 S. Main St. The family-owned cafes, also found in Mequon and Cedarburg, feature the coffees, which are also sold on the Internet. The roasted beans will be sold at the new roasting facility in Thiensville, once renovation of the building is done, likely by March 2010.

The zoning change is compatible with the zoning of surrounding properties, Village Manager Dianne Robertson said.

Shorewood PD receives COPS grant

Shorewood - The Shorewood Police Department is one of six in the state to receive grants from the COPS Secure Our Schools program. Shorewood received $330,069 that is to be used for school safety resources and equipment such as metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures, security assessments, security training of personnel and students, coordination with local law enforcement and other measures that may provide a significant increase in security.

City to install stop sign at Redwood, Greenwood roads

Glendale - The city will install a stop sign at North Redwood and West Greenwood roads. Greenwood Road runs north and south for about a few hundred feet as it comes down a hill and makes a blind turn where the road intersects with Redwood at a previously uncontrolled intersection.

Alderman Richard Wiese said the intersection has become increasingly dangerous as cars, pedestrians and bikers use the streets. He asked for the stop sign, which will be installed in coming days.

Enrollment in line with budget projection

Nicolet - The official third Friday enrollment count at Nicolet High School tallied 1,091 resident students and a total enrollment of 1,176 students.

All districts count their enrollment on the third Friday in September, establishing the enrollment numbers used by the state in determining how much state aid a district will receive and the district's revenue limit.

The 2009-10 budget was developed using 1,092 resident students.

Business Manager Jeff Dellutri said the accuracy of his estimate means there will not be any big budget surprises when the final state aid numbers are given to the school.

Construction firm to determine costs for DPW building work

Glendale - Hunzinger Construction Co. will determine the likely costs to replace the floor and other related work in the city's Department of Public Works building.

A structural engineering firm has determined that the concrete floor slab in the office and affected shop area must be removed and replaced. Interior office walls would be removed in order to remove the floor, adding an anticipated additional layer of cost for architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing changes that might result.

This would be the second round of repairs for the building, constructed in 1988-1989 over a landfill. As the material in the dump shifted over the years, the floors in part of the building settled, causing wavy floors and cracks in walls and vinyl tile.

In 1996 the city mud jacked the floors but the solution proved to be only temporary.

Hunzinger will be paid $52,250 for the work.

Consultant hired to study Nicolet athletic department

Nicolet - The School Board hired Geoff Steinbach, the retired activities director at Arrowhead High School, to do an assessment of the high school's athletic department, including its operation and how well it serves the students.

Coaches who in August asked for a policy change to allow academically ineligible students to participate in fall sports told the School Board that the athletic policies were outdated. Several coaches were willing to form a committee to review them.

District Administrator Rick Monroe suggested a committee of parents, students and staff should work with the coaches but after further discussion, Monroe decided an outside review would be more objective.

Steinbach will be paid a base amount not to exceed $4,000 plus expenses for the study, expected to be presented to the School Board in December.

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