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News & Notes: March 16

March 16, 2010

Mequon —

City receives check for thermal imaging cameras

Mequon - The Mequon Fire and EMS Association presented a $2,500 check toward the recent purchase of new thermal imaging cameras at last week's Common Council meeting.

These essential life-saving tools help firefighters locate fire victims trapped in dark, smoke-filled buildings.

In 2009, the Association held several brat cook-outs and donated proceeds from hosting the annual Badger Fire Fighters' Association softball tournament.

Be accurate when filling out census

Brown Deer - When filling out the 2010 Census Survey be sure to mark your residence for Brown Deer as the village shares a zip code with Milwaukee. Village Manager Russell Van Gompel said residents began receiving the census survey in the mail yesterday and already more than a dozen have called asking why Milwaukee appears on the form.

It's because of the shared zip code, he said. Cross it out and write in Brown Deer to provide an accurate count.

Village buying church land for detention pond

Brown Deer -The village will purchase land from Shoreland Church, 8710 N. Deerwood Drive, for future use as a stormwater detention pond.

The village and church have agreed to a $100,000 price for a triangular piece of church property at Deerwood and Ruth Place.

Council OKs fee increases

Mequon - Swimming pool admission fees and an escalating fee structure for multiple false alarms from the same address are two of a number of fees in the city that will increase in 2010. The Common Council approved a new fee schedule last week.

The seasonal swimming pool family membership will increase for residents from $85 to $100. Thiensville residents who have family memberships will see an increase from $120 to $135, while all other nonresidents will pay $170, up from $155.

The daily rates for city residents will increase 50 cents, to $3.50 for 3- to 12 year-olds, and to $4 for those 13 and older. Thiensville daily rates will increase 75 cents to $3.75 for those 3 to 12 years of age. The rate stays the same, $5 for those 13 and older.

The daily rate for nonresidents from 3- to 12-years-old increases 50 cents to $4.50. The rate for those 13 and older remains the same at $6.

There will be no charge for the first false alarm but for a second, the charge will be $75, which is the same as the 2009 fee. However, for a third false alarm, the charge will now be $100 and for the fourth and subsequent alarms, the charge will be $150. Previously, the $75 fee was charged for all subsequent alarms.

Multiple false alarms within a 48-hour period due to an alarm/security system problem will be counted as a single event.

Board plans to borrow for TIF projects, refinance

Shorewood -The Village Board has adopted resolutions totaling $4.7 million allowing the sale of bonds to finance projects in its tax-incremental finance districts and to refinance a State Trust Fund Loan.

The bond sale is scheduled for April 19.

Village hires firm to study water supply, deficiencies

Shorewood -The Village Board has hired Bonestroo Engineering to develop a hydraulic model and a water supply feasibility report.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in September ordered Shorewood Water Works to correct deficiencies, including a problem with water pressure in one area of the village.

The report would allow the village to consider the feasibility of buying water from the North Shore Water Utility instead of Milwaukee Water Works.

The cost of the study is $24,700 plus expenses not to exceed $1,000.

Firm to serve as BID marketing director, recruiter

Whitefish Bay - The Village Board has approved the hiring of Freight Train Creative to serve as the Business Improvement District marketing director.

Freight Train has been doing marketing and communications for a BID on Milwaukee's East Side. Lisa Liljegren will have the lead role in the Whitefish Bay BID.

The contract calls for Freight Train to be paid $2,000 a month on BID retainer plus an additional $3,000 for each special event through the remainder of 2010.

In addition, Freight Train will be paid $25 an hour for a maximum of 40 hours a month for retail recruitment for the district.

Property owners have a chance to voice opinions on assessment

Whitefish Bay -The Village Board has established two public hearing dates concerning the assessment of property owners for the cost of sanitary sewer laterals from the sewer main to property lines.

The first hearing, at 7 p.m. April 5, is for property owners on Silver Spring Drive from Marlborough to Lake drives.

The second hearing, at 7 p.m. April 19, is for owners on Fairmount Avenue from Marlborough to Lake drives.

All property owners in those areas will receive hearing notices from the village.

Council approves zoning change for small subdivision

Mequon - The Common Council last week approved a zoning change for 20 acres of land at 14045 Birchwood Lane. The change in zoning will allow the development of a four-lot conservation subdivision. The lots range from 2.6 to 3.1 acres.

Stormonth one of two Wisconsin state school of character winners

Fox Point -The Wisconsin Character Education Partnership chose Stormonth Elementary School (Fox Point-Bayside School District) as one of two recipients of the 2010 State Schools of Character Award.

The award is sponsored by the Wisconsin Character Education Partnership in partnership with the Character Education Partnership

CEP seeks to recognize schools or districts for their work in encouraging the ethical, social and academic growth of their students through effective character education. State finalists move on to the National Schools of Character Award program for possible national recognition.

Stormonth met the standards for recognition as a school that has integrated character education throughout their school and school day.

One of the particular strengths of this school is the common training that all staff members have received in the Capturing Kids Hearts Program. Their strong bullying prevention strategies and programs result in positive outcomes. The use of social contracts and class meetings represent a significant amount of student input into expectations and behavior standards. The Stormonth School program is pro-active and uses a variety of programs and strategies to focus on character development and has been sustained over several years.

Students challenge each other in reading competition

Fox Point - Bookapalooza brings together teams of two or three students for a two-phase competition.

It replaces the Battle of the Books program.

It began last fall with independent reading, covering nine different genres. Throughout March students have been working on phase two, in which they are developing one book of their choosing into a presentation, to be given before an audience of parents, community and judges. Top teams from each grade will be presented with trophies and books, donated by bookstores from the community.

Fourth-graders square off from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday; fifth-graders compete from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The competitions take place in the library at Maple Dale School, 8377 North Port Washington Road.

Richards School students raise money for Haiti

Whitefish Bay - Fifth-grade students at Richards School raised $1,716 that was donated to the Red Cross to aid earthquake victims in Haiti. The students added donations made in the school office to the proceeds of a bake sale.

Peabody's Interiors to relocate office, showroom to Brown Deer

Brown Deer - Peabody's Interiors, a premier Wisconsin interior design studio that has been in business since 1977, is planning to relocate their operations from Whitefish Bay to 8655 North Deerwood Drive.

Peabody's employs a staff of 16, including six full time interior designers.

Peabody's will open in a building that is currently home to Wade Weissmann Architecture. The two firms have a strong working relationship and have partnered on many projects in the past.

"The ability to work closely with Wade Weissmann Architecture allows our clients the opportunity to have architectural and interior design services available under the same roof," Kelly Gallion, Peabody's Managing Director, said in a news release.

Village Manager, Russell Van Gompel, is pleased that Peabody's Interiors is moving to Brown Deer.

"Peabody's move to the Deerwood Drive location continues a positive trend of reinvestment in Brown Deer's historic Original Village neighborhood, the earliest settlement location in the Village," he said.

Peabody's intends to open its design studio and showroom by May 1. Hours of operation are scheduled to be Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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