News & Notes: July 25

July 25, 2012

Brown Deer holds Night Out for Justice

Brown Deer - Brown Deer's 2012 Night Out for Justice takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. July 31, featuring the Police Department, North Shore Fire Department, and other community leaders including representatives from North Shore NOW. The event schedule:

5-8:30 p.m.: meet Community Leaders, menu of items available for purchase from Larry's Market

5-8 p.m.: extended hours for Village Pond

6-8 p.m.: kids games

7:45-8:45 p.m.: Flight for Life helicopter

8:30-10 p.m.: Movie special feature: "The Smurfs"

River Hills signs off on fire funding formula

River Hills - River Hills approved a revised North Shore Fire Department funding formula with a three-year sunset clause last week. The Village Board tabled the updated NSFD formula in June, citing concerns that the village's contribution to the fire department could go into perpetuity without a sunset clause. River Hills originally considered a five-year sunset clause, but switched to three to accommodate a recent recommendation from the Fox Point Village Board.

River Hills' new share of the NSFD budget will be 2.94 percent, down from the 2.96 percent required by the current formula approved in 2007. A sunset clause should be added to the formula, Village President Robert Brunner said, because developments around the North Shore should be taken into account when determining each member community's share of the NSFD budget - though River Hills hasn't historically had nor won't likely have large fluctuations.

"Our situation doesn't change really," Brunner said.

Glendale, Brown Deer exploring consolidated court

Glendale - The Common Council gave the go ahead Monday night to City Attorney John Fuchs - who is also the village attorney in Brown Deer - to gauge Brown Deer's interest in a consolidated municipal court system.

Fuchs told the Common Council that a consolidation could save both communities money as a result of eliminating redundancies, and that their potential consolidated court could someday grow to include more communities from the North Shore.

"There are some advantages to the economy of scale," Fuchs said.

Brown Deer will consider the idea at its next Village Board meeting.

Glendale officials take first look at I-43 project

Glendale - City Administrator Richard Maslowski presented the Common Council with a preliminary look at an upcoming Department of Transportation project which will update Interstate 43 from Silver Spring Drive in Glendale to Highway 60 in Grafton.

The first stage of the project is an environmental assessment program that culminates in a public hearing in early 2013. The DOT, said Maslowski, will work with local entities such as the city of Glendale, Nicolet High School, Bayshore Town Center and the North Shore Water Commission as it studies the effects road work could potentially have on the area.

"Interstate 43 has a major impact on the city of Glendale," Maslowski said. "This is the beginning of a long-term planning process with the potential outcome of the reconstruction of the interstate."

Construction on the project, according to DOT documentation, is slated to begin in or after 2020.

YMCA to continue day care program at Brown Deer schools

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School Board approved a lease with the YMCA for the 2012-2013 school year for its day care program, which serves Brown Deer families.

The program, which is a small source of revenue for the district, provides before and after school, as well as wraparound programming for K4 (kindergarten) students.

Shorewood Village Board approves $9.5 million in bonds

Shorewood - About $9.5 million worth of general obligation bonds for 2012 and 2013 projects were approved for issue by the Village Board last week.

Trustees were pleased to learn that the interest rate on the bonds came in at 2.19 percent instead of the estimated 3.22 percent, saving the village an estimated $962,000 in interest costs over time, according to Michael Harrigan of Ehlers and Associates. He congratulated village leaders on the low interest rate, which came about as a result of the village's credit rating and the contemporary investment landscape.

"If you have to borrow money for your projects," noted Harrigan, "now is about as good a time as it gets."

Massage Envy given go ahead

Whitefish Bay - Following a lengthy discussion regarding parking in the area, the Whitefish Bay Plan Commission approved a conditional use permit last week for Massage Envy at 109 E. Silver Spring Drive.

Massage Envy will have a capacity for 12 massage tables, which would necessitate a significant amount of parking in the area between employees and customers. Commissioners said they are concerned the parking for the business could spill over into nearby residential areas, though they weren't comfortable imposing restrictions on Massage Envy.

Instead, commissioners directed the franchise owner to work with the Businesses Improvement District to find a way to mitigate any potential parking issues.

Administrators examining testing data

Fox Point - Administrators in the Maple Dale-Indian Hill School District are spending a portion of the quiet summer months pouring over data from last year's Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations in grades three to eight.

Director of Instruction Tim Reymer provided board members with some data.

Reymer is examining the district's testing data alongside seven neighboring school districts: Cedarburg, Fox Point-Bayside, Germantown, Glendale-River Hills, Grafton, Mequon-Thiensville and Whitefish Bay.

One area of particular scrutiny is testing results for special education students.

Further discussion is expected between administrators and board members at the next meeting in August.

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