News & Notes: Feb. 23

Feb. 23, 2011

Mequon-Thiensville adjusts school start, end times

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville School District is changing the starting and ending times for the elementary and middle schools for the 2011-2012 school year. The shift will save the district $140,000 in the upcoming year.

The schools affected by this change are Donges Bay, Oriole Lane and Wilson elementary schools, and Lake Shore and Steffen middle schools.

The middle schools will start at 8:10 a.m. and end at 3:20 p.m. The elementary schools will start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. The district decided to implement these changes in order to help close an annual $1 million budget shortfall it currently faces.

"This change in start and end times is another example of the school district working cooperatively with our transportation company (Alltran) to reduce non-instructional costs and help our overall budget situation for the upcoming school year," said Gail Grieger, MTSD Director of Business Services.

Lot division in Original Village approved

Brown Deer - A lot at 8716 N. 43rd St. that extends from 43rd Street on the west to Deerwood Drive on the east will be divided into two lots at the request of its owners. There is a house and garage on 43rd Street. The second lot, on Deerwood Drive, is 8,139 square feet and vacant. The 43rd Street lot is slightly smaller, 7, 439 square feet. The Village Board approved the land division.

Owner Paul Rasmussen said the property is for sale. This allows a potential buyer to purchase only the lot with the house on it or both lots, he said.

Police Department presents another citizens' academy

Shorewood - The Citizens' Academy is a program which is designed to give participants an inside look at the Shorewood Police Department. The course provides an in-depth view into various areas of law enforcement and issues that affect residents in Shorewood.

The course meets every Thursday night from 7 until approximately 10 p.m. beginning March 3. Graduation is May 12. There is no cost for anyone attending.

Some of the topics included in the academy are traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, criminal justice system, domestic violence, drugs, OWI enforcement, defensive tactics and crime prevention. The participants also take part in a brief firearms course and spend time riding in a patrol car with the Shorewood Police Department. The Citizens' Academy is not a physically demanding program so adults of all ages are encouraged to participate.

The academy is open to adults who live, work or own property in Shorewood. The course is also open to those either currently attending or interested in attending courses in criminal justice.

Applications for the academy are available at the Shorewood Police Department or they can be downloaded on the department's website at

NSFD to buy pediatric medical equipment with grant

The North Shore Fire Department has been awarded a grant of $2,205 for pediatric medical equipment from the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Wisconsin and the Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program of the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. Local clubs who are members of the GFWC Wisconsin are Brown Deer Woman's Club, Brown Deer Junior Woman's Club, North Shore Junior Woman's Club and the Shorewood Woman's Club.

The funds will be used to purchase vital pediatric emergency medical equipment for three ambulances operated by the department. The department received a grant that provided funding for its three other ambulances last year.

"This grant allows us to upgrade our current pediatric emergency medical equipment at a time when municipal budgets are tight," North Shore Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said. "Pediatric patients need specific equipment; we can't simply use adult-sized equipment for pediatric patients. This grant gives our staff access to a vast array of the most current equipment on the market today."

Last year more than 30,000 children were so ill or injured that they required ambulance transport to the hospital. The goal of the GFWC Wisconsin is to equip all ambulances throughout the state.

Village receives grant for deer abatement program

River Hills - The village received a $5,000 grant for its Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control Program from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Village Manager Tom Tollaksen said the village receives the grant every two to three years.

"We are in competition with other communities," he said.

The village traps deer and takes them to a processing center where they are killed and the meat processed and donated to food pantries.

Minor changes made in sign ordinance

Brown Deer - The village will allow staff to approve minor sign modifications such as color changes of tenant sign panel under a change made to the sign ordinance Feb. 21.

A second change allows multiple tenant signs to increase from 50 to 70 square feet to 70 to 100 square feet. That change allows space for properties with multiple tenants.

New ordinance regulates pawn shops

Brown Deer - The Village Board adopted an ordinance Feb. 21 that requires pawnbrokers to report items pawned in a shop to an Internet site, the Northeastern Wisconsin Property Reporting System. The site is accessible to police who have used it to solve crimes.

The village does not have any pawn shops but has the ordinance in place should anyone want to open one in the village.

Village decides against 'jake brake' ordinance

River Hills - After doing some investigation, the Village Board decided against taking any action to regulate engine compression or jake brakes in the community. Trustee Larry Boyer asked the village attorney to look into an ordinance at the request of the Committee on the Environment. Jake braking is noisy and residents living near Interstate 43 complained about its use.

Signs cannot be placed on the interstate, and enforcement would be a problem since village police officers do not routinely patrol the area.

Elements East renting space in city

Glendale - Alicia Urban has rented office and storage space for Elements East, a Whitefish Bay storage featuring Asian furniture and merchandise. Urban will lease space at the Carillon Building, 4701 N. Port Washington Road. Her store is at 109 E. Silver Spring Drive.

Village sets date for Arbor Day

Brown Deer - Arbor Day will be observed in the village on May 7.

Concordia University receives grant from foundation

Mequon - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation has awarded a $35,000 grant to Concordia University Wisconsin's Design Your Future program. The unique, two-year program started in the fall of 2007 and is administered at the University's Midtown Center in Milwaukee. The grant will go toward scholarships, allowing Milwaukee area high school graduates to obtain an affordable Christian education at an accredited institution that is community-oriented and conveniently located.

"We are very thankful to Northwestern Mutual for its generosity in providing funding for our Design Your Future scholars," said Michael Besch, vice president of academic operations at Concordia. "NML has a long history of supporting initiatives to improve the community and we are most pleased that they are willing to support this extremely valuable program to serve our central city youth."

In the DYF program, students can earn an associate's degree in business management, criminal justice, liberal arts or early childhood education. Once an associate's degree is obtained, students can transition to the CUW Mequon campus to pursue a four-year bachelor's degree or transfer to a college or university of their choice.

To be eligible for the program, students need a minimum ACT score of 15 and a high school GPA of 2.50.

Those interested in learning more about the DYF program at CUW can visit or contact the University's Midtown Center directly at (414) 444-0734.

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