News & Notes: Sept. 14

Sept. 14, 2010

School district lowers interest costs with debt restructuring

Fox Point - The Fox Point-Bayside School Board recently approved the planned pay-off of the $1.67 million bond anticipation notes. The district used $1 million from the zero interest Qualified School Construction Bonds it was awarded in June. The remaining $670,000 will be paid off using tax exempt general obligation bonds.

Debt service costs for approved referendum spending were projected at almost $11 million but the current estimated total interest cost is $9.8 million, which reflects a reduction of $1,082,138 or approximately 10 percent less than originally anticipated.

Moody's has again assigned an Aa1 rating to the district, signifying its financial strength and sound fiscal management. This rating allows the school district to borrow funds at lower interest rates than might otherwise be available.

Second consultant hired to review sewers, drainage

Shorewood - The Village Board hired The Shaw Group to review as comprehensive sanitary sewer, storm and drainage system facility program that will be done by Bonestroo.

The Shaw Group will be paid $7,790 for its review. Bonestroo previously was awarded a contract for $43,000 for the study and reports. Village Manager Chris Swartz said that getting a second opinion makes sense when dealing with the important issue of the village sewer and drainage systems.

Village Hall rooftop enclosure to be overhauled

Whitefish Bay - The rooftop air conditioning units on the flat roof at the rear of Village Hall will be enclosed with acoustical panels and foam insulation to reduce the noise. Residents living behind the units complained in the past about the noise and although the people living closest to them have since moved, the Village Board made good on an effort to reduce the noise.

Seymour Custom Builders was awarded a contract for $20,605 on Sept. 7. Jim French of Seymour said he expected the new enclosure would reduce the noise by at least 50 percent.

Village to purchase 100 street lights

Whitefish Bay - The village will purchase 100 street light poles at a cost of $226,000 to stockpile as replacements. Village engineering staff reviewed LED options for the street lights, but after the review decided to stick with the current pressure sodium light, preferring it to the bluish light given off by the LED options.

Special privilege permit granted for Jarvis Street right of way

Shorewood - Louise and Charles Quigley received a special privilege permit that allows them to maintain their flower beds in the right of way along East Jarvis Street and around the corner to North Maryland Avenue. The Quigleys provided the Village Board with a certificate of liability insurance, the application and a planting plan for the beds. The Village Board approved the permit last week.

Driver training school to open in city

Glendale - LADA Driver School will open in the Green Tree Professional Building, 6944 N. Port Washington Road. Classes are held after school is out, at 3:30 p.m. or later, but the business is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday though Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Halloween costume shop opens its doors

Glendale - Halloween Express has opened its doors in the former Betty Johnson Interiors space at 200 W. Silver Spring Drive. The seasonal business has been open the last few years in the former Hollywood Video location but since Steinhafel's Mattress is now in that spot, needed a different space.

The business will have more parking at its new location, an element that became more and more important in years past as Halloween approached and more people were out looking for costumes.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Homestead dance team raises money for Honor Flight

Mequon - The Homestead High School Varsity Dance Team raised $4,500 for the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight program. The fundraising was highlighted by a high kick routine performed at halftime of last week's football game.

In addition to the pledges collected for the dance performance, donations were also collected at the gate.

Shorewood Today magazine wins national award

Shorewood - Village officials announced that its quarterly community magazine, Shorewood Today, is a national award winner. The magazine was recognized by the Association for Women in Communications, a national organization of more than 7,000 women communicators based in Alexandria, Va., in its annual Clarion Award competition. Shorewood Today was the national winner in the category "magazine series in a circulation of 100,000 or less." Competing against entries from all over the world, Shorewood's villagewide magazine took top honors in this category.

Shorewood Today is a full-color community magazine providing useful information about the village, and it offers news and feature stories about the people, places and things in the village. The magazine is an important example of successful collaboration between the Shorewood School District, village government and the Shorewood Business Improvement District, with additional support from Shorewood's marketing program.

Shorewood Today is mailed to every Shorewood household four times per year. For information, e-mail

Trustees set village trick-or-treat hours

Thiensville - Village trustees designated Thiensville's 2010 trick-or-treat hours from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Fire department calls increase due to paramedic intercepts

Thiensville - Fire department calls increased by 15 percent in 2009, largely due to the implementation of the department's automatic dispatch program, which requests a paramedic intercept whenever certain medical symptoms are described by a 911 caller.

Paramedic intercept calls were up nearly 50 percent, increasing from 157 in 2008 to 235 in 2009.

The statistics were presented to the Committee of the Whole on Tuesday as part of the Fire Department's annual report.

In addition to the increased calls, Fire Chief Brian Reiels said the department is still working on a financial agreement with the Mequon Fire Department to provide paramedic training under the village's license. Thiensville's paramedic program currently serves all of Ozaukee County, and the Mequon department is looking to serve their own community.

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