News & Notes: April 27

April 27, 2011

Weekend work to be allowed on parking garage

Glendale - The Common Council will allow Hunzinger Construction to work during the day on Saturdays and Sundays for about 10 weeks on an additional four floors at the Johnson Controls parking garage. The building is now four stories high and would increase to eight stories under plans that must be approved by both the Plan Commission and Board of Appeals in May.

In a memo to the council, City Administrator Richard Maslowski said Johnson Controls is considering the addition of another 100,000 square feet of office space at the campus, 5757 N. Green Bay Ave. The addition would create space for another 365 full-time employees but first employee parking needs must be met.

Hunzinger asked for the weekend hours in order to ensure safety for Johnson Control employees.

Men's Club donation helps senior programming

Shorewood - The Shorewood Men's Club presented a generous donation to the Shorewood Senior Resource Center at the SRC's 11th Anniversary Luncheon on April 20. The Men's Club has been a longtime supporter of the SRC.

The donation will be used to buy a laptop, a portable CD player, a wireless microphone and two microphone stands.

Mequon PD to hold open house

Mequon - The Police Department is hosting an open house to celebrate National Police Week, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21 at the Mequon Safety Building, 11300 N. Buntrock Avenue.

Residents will be able to tour the station, see the inside of a squad car and an explanation of how everything works. There will also be information regarding other emergency vehicles and neighborhood safety.

Most importantly, residents will have the opportunity to meet canine officer Vero.

There will be also refreshments and door prizes.

Parking is available on the lower level of the building.

Village conducting sign contest

Bayside - The village is embarking on a non-traditional way of enhancing pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicle safety by conducting an "emotionally intelligent" sign contest.

This program is one component of a multi-faceted approach to slow vehicular traffic on village streets, enhance driver attentiveness, and ultimately create a safer place for pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic.

With the "emotionally intelligent" signage contest, children and the public create their own emotionally intelligent signage. Signs bearing slogans such as "We know your car is fast, slow down," and "You will stop for a duck, but you won't stop for a child" are just some of the unique ways communities have raised awareness and educated residents on pedestrian and vehicular safety.

Entry forms are available on the village website at and are due at 4:30 p.m. May 27.

The program includes a competition, with children filling out the entry form and returning it to the Bayside Village Hall.

After judges determine the winning entries, the signs will be created and installed. TAPCO, headquartered in Brown Deer, has agreed not only to transform the winning entries into traffic signage but will also be donating the first three signs.

In general, the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control provides the specifics on what signage should be present to ensure the safety of all.

Trustees get deer trapping report

River Hills - Fifty-eight deer were trapped in the village during the winter months, Village Manager Tom Tollaksen reported at the April 20 Village Board meeting. Last year, there were 47 trapped.

The number of deer trapped in recent years shows a decline from years when there have been more than 100 taken.

"It goes in cycles," Tollaksen said. "This year we have a lot of turkeys."

Residents get a heads up on garlic mustard removal

River Hills - The Committee on the Environment will post garlic mustard eradication signs throughout the village from April 23 to May 8, during the time the invasive plant is blooming. The signs will help residents identify the plants, and hopefully, remove them.

City pays HVAC subcontractors

Glendale - On the recommendation of City Attorney John Fuchs, the Common Council approved payments to three subcontractors who worked on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at the city's Public Works Building.

Zien Service was the contractor on the project. City Administrator Richard Maslowski said the HVAC systems have not worked properly since installed. There were heating problems during the winter months and he anticipates cooling issues this summer.

Zien has not returned to work on the system. Its subcontractors for the job, Johnson Controls, HVA Products and Fluid Handling, have not been paid and each has filed a lien.

The council approved payments to the subcontractors, deducting them from money owed Zien. The city's money has been withheld because of defects in the system, according to a memo from Fuchs.

Fuchs wrote that payment of the subcontractors will allow them to come back and assist in getting the system working properly.

Fuchs anticipates that the city will eventually be in litigation with Zien.

City officials learn amount of recycling award

Glendale - Instead of the $102,500 recycling grant anticipated at the time of the development of the 2011 budget, the city learned last week it will receive a grant of $61,590 from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The state Legislature is considering a restoration of the recycling funds, however. The city may have to alter the Department of Public Works budget if the restoration does not take place.

School Board OKs retirement, resignations

Glendale - The Glendale-River Hills School Board last week approved one retirement and two resignation requests.

Cathy Necci, a veteran art teacher at Glen Hills Middle School, will be stepping down in June after 27 years of service to the district.

Evan Gilbertson, a Glen Hills special education teacher, asked to resign from his position because he has been called to military active duty for an unknown period of time. Amy DeYoung, a teacher on a leave of absence the past two years, also is resigning after choosing not to resume her position.

Two veteran teachers plan to retire

Glendale - Beverly Kingman, who taught Latin and English at Nicolet High School for 24 years, and Kathy Kean who has taught social studies at the high school for 30 years, are retiring at the end of the school year. The Nicolet School Board approved early retirement benefits for both at its April 20 meeting.

The board also accepted the resignation of David Wyatt who taught French for 17 years and was also the forensics coach.

City awards water main replacement contracts

Glendale - Mainline Sewer & Water will replace water mains along West Glendale Avenue from North Port Washington Road west to North Elm Tree Road for a contract cost of $180,768. Willkomm Excavation & Grading will replace water mains along the North Milwaukee River Parkway from West Edward Lane to West Good Hope Road for a contract amount of $200,234. The contracts were awarded Monday.

Locker and roof work set for summer months

Glendale - Part of the roof over the B-Wing of Nicolet High School, the dance studio and weight room areas, will be replaced this summer under a $157,790 contract with Winding Roofing Co. School Specialty will replace locks, reinforce doors and add new slide lock hardware to D-Wing lockers. The lockers will also be sanded and repainted, all part of a $34,300 contract. B-Wing lockers will also be refurbished under a separate $21,700 contract with School Specialty.

Nicolet School Board elects officers

Glendale - Marilyn Franklin was elected School Board president at the April 20 board meeting. Other board officers are vice president, Mort Grodsky; treasurer, Ellen Redeker and clerk, Jennifer Peltz.

Mequon-Thiensville board names officers

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville School Board named 2011-12 officers at a meeting Monday. Appointments include: president, Suzette Urbashich; vice president, Robert Perry; treasurer, Mary Cyrier; and clerk, Cindy Miske.

Brown Deer School Board elects officers

Brown Deer - Gary Williams was elected School Board president April 25. Williams replaces Dennis Griffin. Griffin nominated Williams for the position.

After his election, Williams proposed the following slate of officers: Leslie Galloway Sherard, vice president: Lisa Zielinski, treasurer; and Kathy Stresman, clerk. They were then elected unanimously.

Shorewood School Board names officers

Shorewood - The Shorewood School Board named 2011-12 officers at a meeting Tuesday.

Appointments include: president, Paul Zovic; vice president, Ruth Treisman; treasurer, Colin Plese; and clerk, Rob Reinhoffer.

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