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News & Notes: Feb. 13

Feb. 13, 2013

Common Council

Chambers renamed

Mequon - The Mequon Common Council on Tuesday approved renaming the City Hall's Council Chambers to Christine Nuernberg Hall, in honor of the former mayor.

Nuernberg is the longest serving mayor of the city, having served 12 years.

Shorewood secretaries

wages increasing

Shorewood - The salaries of Shorewood School District secretaries will increase by 2 percent for the 2012-13 school year.

The School Board on Tuesday approved the increase, as recommended by the Human Resources Committee.

The increase will be effective retroactively to July 1, 2012. The total compensation package being offered to the group represents a 7.42 percent decrease in pay and benefits, due to employees moving to a 12.6 percent health premium share and paying half of their Wisconsin Retirement System contributions.

Council approves phase two

of County Line Road

Mequon - The Mequon Common Council on Tuesday approved phase two of the County Line Road reconstruction project, a project that is in partnership with the city of Milwaukee.

Phase one included the western mile from Wasaukee Road to Granville Road, and phase two is the next mile from Granville Road to Swan Road with a 30-foot road width. The cost of phase two is $375,000.

The council will be re-approached for phase three of the project between Swan Road and one-half mile east of Wauwatosa Road. Staff and council members are anticipating design challenges and property owner concerns once phase three moves forward. There were no residential concerns for phase two.

Each phase is approved individually by the Common Council.

Civic Foundation accepting

scholarship applications

Whitefish Bay - The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation is accepting applications for its annual scholarship.

All graduating, resident Whitefish Bay students planning to attend college are eligible for the $1,000 award. Applications must be postmarked by April 2.

More information is available at wfbcivicfoundation.org.

District sets calendar

for 2013-14 school year

Shorewood - The Shorewood School District now has a calendar in place for the 2013-14 school year.

The School Board on Tuesday approved the calendar as recommended, although board members expressed concerns with regard to setting spring break for the upcoming school year and in future years.

Spring break next year will begin March 31, with school resuming on April 7. Superintendent Martin Lexmond said the break coincides with the end of the third quarter, which seemed to be the most logical time for a break, from an educational standpoint.

Board member David Cobb suggested that it would be more ideal to align the break with that of Milwaukee Public Schools, in order to prevent hardship for parents who may have children attending schools in MPS as well as Shorewood.

"No matter how you land spring break, you create hardship for someone," Lexmond noted.

Board member Ruth Treisman recalled that last year the board committed to having spring break fall during the last week of March, with the intention that all North Shore school districts over the course of the next three years eventually would be planning their spring breaks during the same week.

Business Services Director Mark Boehlke said it was his intention to fulfill that commitment by beginning spring break on the last Monday of March.

Board members agreed that spring break should consistently be set during the last week of March for future school year calendars. Board member Colin Plese also suggested that the board begin planning calendars two years in advance, in order to give parents and staff more time to plan.

The 2013-14 calendar dates also includes a start date of Sept. 3, with the last day of school falling on June 12. Winter break would begin on Dec. 23, with school resuming Jan. 2. The calendar complies with Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requirements.

Bayside welcomes

two new employees

Bayside - The village of Bayside has hired two new employees: Rebecca VanRegenmorter and Daniel Driscoll.

VanRegenmorter will serve as a management assistant, where she will be responsible for assisting with human resources, payroll and accounting functions, election administration, implementing the village's five strategic values, and compiling and analyzing the village's performance measurement metrics.

Originally from Michigan, she comes to Bayside from Washington, D.C., where she worked for the International City/County Management Association.

Driscoll has been appointed as the Bayside Communications Center Director, which serves all seven North Shore communities and the North Shore Fire Department. He is retired after 27 years with the U.S. Navy, most recently serving as captain, serving overseas as well as in administrative capacities in Washington, D.C.

City officials approve two

special gathering permits

Glendale - The Glendale Common Council on Monday approved two special gathering permits. Organizations and businesses are required to take out the permit when a large-scale event is planned.

The council granted a permit to St. John's Lutheran Church, 7877 N. Port Washington Road, which is holding its ninth annual dinner auction from 5 to 11 p.m. Feb. 23. Church officials anticipate about 200 people attending the event.

A permit also was granted to the St. Francis Children's Center, 6700 N. Port Washington Road, which will hold its annual fundraising event from 7 to 10 p.m. March 23. About 400 people are expected to take part in the event.

Glendale's special gathering permit is $10. If applicable, an additional $200 also is required for auxiliary police services.

Supplemental retirement plan offered to employees

Glendale - Employees of the city of Glendale will have an opportunity to participate in a Wisconsin Deferred Compensation program as a means of supplementing an existing retirement plan.

The city will not contribute any funds as part of its participation in the program, which was approved Monday by the Common Council.

"There have been several requests by employees to offer (the program) as an alternative," Rachel Reiss, director of human resources, wrote in a memo. "This plan is known to have lower fees and higher returns."

City firm for sanitary

sewer rehab work

Glendale - The Glendale Common Council on Monday voted to pay Madison-based Terra Engineering and Construction Corporation $347,341 for work the firm completed on the city's sanitary sewer rehabilitation project in areas throughout the city.

Terra's initial contract with the city carried a $429,958 price tag, and $1,471 was later added, bringing the total contract cost to $431,429.

The amount approved Monday by the council reflects the value of the work that has been completed to date.

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