News & Notes: Feb. 19

Feb. 19, 2014

Mequon Council

considering term limits

Mequon — The Common Council on Tuesday had its first reading of a term limit provision for the alderman and mayor positions.

The change would institute a 12-year — or four term — limit, after which an official would be required to relinquish the spot for six years before running again.

If the term limits are approved, current officials would begin counting as of the beginning of their next term, said City Attorney John DeStefanis.

Alderman Ken Zganjar, who introduced the idea at the city Public Welfare Committee, said it's important for residents to have a "reset button" on their elected representatives. He said the council values the "fresh" view of newer aldermen like Robert Strzelczyk, Andrew Nerbun, and John Leszcynski.

"I think they bring a new perspective to the discussion," Zganjar said.

Village advocates

for at-grade intersection

Brown Deer — Village officials Monday night continued to advocate for an at-grade intersection at Brown Deer and Green Bay roads, instead of the state Department of Transportation's intended overpass design.

Village Manager Michael Hall said village officials and staff again made their case Monday while state Rep. Dan Knodl, R-Germantown, was in attendance and will be sending information to state Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills.

Hall said the village needs the support of prominent state politicians if the DOT is to be swayed.

"Really it's a political question now," Hall said.

Polling places


Mequon — City of Mequon aldermanic districts 5, 7 and 8 will have new voting locations come the April 1 election.

Districts 7 and 8, which formerly voted at Donges Bay School, will now vote at Lumen Christi Church, 2700 W. Mequon Road.

District 5, which formerly voted at Concordia University, will now vote at Christ Church, 13460 N. Port Washington Road.

Village Board agrees to bids for walking bridge

Thiensville — The Village Board on Monday voted, 6-1. to bid out a walking bridge project over Pigeon Creek.

A discussion ensued during the meeting over whether an easement, or pathway, south of Glaze on Green Bay and behind Fiddleheads Artisan Bakery, should be funded.

Public Works Director Andy LaFond described the pathway and bridge as resembling the small bridge built behind Shully's Cuisine in Thiensville.

The budget for the project is $75,000. However, an estimated bid detailed $56,000 for the bridge construction. The pathway construction cost, including landscaping on both sides of the path, ranges from $10,000 and $20,000.

"I received many favorable comments," Village President Van Mobley said of the bridge.

Trustee Rob Holyoke was the lone dissenter.

"We spent a lot of money on the (municipal) parking lot and little park already," he said, after the meeting. "Enough is enough."

Shorewood Police Department invites residents for coffee

Shorewood — Join members of the Shorewood Police Department for "Coffee with a Cop" when police officers will be available to speak with residents, answer questions, listen to their concerns or just to say hello.

"Coffee" is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Feb. 27 at Einstein Bagels, 4301 N. Oakland Ave.

Attendees will receive a free small coffee when they make any purchase along with having the flier that officers will be handing out or show the department's Facebook ad on their phones.

More information is available at

Village Board OKs temporary stage at Village Park

Thiensville — The Village Board on Monday unanimously passed a proposal for a temporary stage in Village Park. Their vote was meant to show the Village of Thiensville's Planning Commission they supported the concept so they could move forward with the plan.

The proposed stage will be sponsored by the Thiensville Business Association.

Jesse Daily, owner of CORE, an engineering consulting firm who helps run the village farmers market, said the cost will be covered through donations and sponsorship money from the farmers market. The tent covering the stage will be donated by Suburban Rental in Thiensville.

The approximate 10-foot by 20-foot stage will be on a portable trailer and be useful at other park events.

Shorewood honored

for intergenerational makeup

Shorewood — Shorewood was one of four communities nationwide honored by the Metlife Foundation and Generations United with an America's Best Intergenerational Communities Award.

According to a village news release, the awards are meant to raise awareness of the importance that "intergenerational solidarity plays in building strong, supportive communities."

"It takes a great deal of effort and forward thinking to create a community where members of every generation want to live," Generations United Executive Director Donna Butts said in the release.

Shorewood was noted for its senior-friendly programming, joint programming between the Senior Resource Center and school district, and other programs which "connect to all age groups."

Shorewood representatives will accept the award on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 25.

Brown Deer to stay in USDA food service program

Brown Deer — Despite dismay about tighter restrictions, Brown Deer school officials announced Tuesday they intend to remain in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's lunch program.

Involvement means the district's food service provider will need to adhere to a number of guidelines aimed at curbing the obesity epidemic. Critics, however, have stated the restrictions are so high that students frequently receive unappealing foods.

If Brown Deer were to leave the USDA program, the district would need to find another funding source to subsidize meals for students eligible for free and reduced meals.

"Our financial analysis indicated that we cannot afford to drop the federal subsidies, so we will have to do our best under the new rules," Director of Finance Emily Koczela said.

Student artists featured at Milwauke Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum's annual exhibition of works by Wisconsin students grades seven to 12 is on view. More than 2,300 individual artworks from 112 schools across the state participated in the Scholastic Art Awards-Wisconsin.

Gold and Silver Key winning artists are on display in Schroeder Galleria and Pieper Gallery now through March 16.

From Steffen Middle School the winners are Christopher Aceto, Erin Carley, Sophie Ng, and Avery Orosz.

From Lake Shore Middle School the winners are Silma Berrada, Caitlin Geurts, Clara Huskin, Anthony Kimm, Eliza Imbrie, Leah Neusen, and Isabella Scaffidi.

From Homestead High School the winners are Amanda Albright, Jessanna Clark, Victoria Hessling, Kayla Matocky, Collin Murray, Clare O'Malley, Adrian Rimmer, Dara Schuman, Sveta Tenges, and Angellia Yang.

From Nicolet High School the winners are Katherine Braun, Eli Cohen, DeVante' Coleman, Robert Dietz, Lieschen Du Plessis, Adrienne Evans, Westen Groh, Jenifer Hansen, Jessica Helminiak, Gabe Katz, Elizabeth Mittelstadt, Natalie Muenster, Salina Plotecher, Jordana Rubinitz, Laura Shires, Carolyns Trebian, Cierra Vine.

From the Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program, the winner is Rhea Stark.

From Shorewood High School the winners are Shannon Brill, Elizabeth Doherty, Haley Florsheim, Marcus Hoffmann, Samantha Krieger, Katherine Labudde, Elliott Lane, Melina Mueller, Lucy Petrick and Emily Ryan.

From Whitefish Bay High School the winner is Zev Woskoff.

The Scholastic Art Awards-Wisconsin competition and exhibition is the regional section of The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Program, conducted by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Inc. In Awards Ceremonies Feb. 8, student artists are awarded 283 individual Gold Keys which forwards them on to the National Scholastic Art Awards Competition, and 130 Silver Keys, which allows for statewide recognition of their work.

"It is a privilege to see the work of these young artists and to be a part of their experience in the Scholastic Art Awards," said Daniel Keegan, director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. "With so much talent, I have no doubt that choosing the winners was hard for our jury, and I look forward to seeing some of these same artists competing again next year."

Brown Deer could renew agreement with bus provider

Brown Deer — The Brown Deer School District could renew its transportation agreement with the Riteway Transportation Group as part of a proposal unveiled last week.

Plans call for the district to enter into a two-year agreement with Riteway in exchange for a 1-percent increase in existing rates for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

Brown Deer's existing rates with Riteway range from a $32 hourly rate for field trip transportation to a nearly flat $95 daily figure for single routes.

The Finance and Facilities Committee recommended moving forward with the agreement, and the School Board could make a final decision later this month.

A second issue related to transportation — ownership of buses — remains under review. The district is considering selling its aging vehicles and possibly contracting with Riteway to use its fleet.

Mequon Nature

Preserve honored

Mequon — The Mequon Nature Preserve has been awarded an Innovations in Urban Forestry award from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Council.

The award recognizes the MNP's efforts to restore and preserve an urban forest for the benefit of the public, according to an MNP news release.

Noted by the DNR was a recent project of removing buckthorn from a six-acre hardwood forest. At the end of the project, MNP staffers were pleased to find two white oak trees estimated to be older than 150-years-old.

Hospital's 5K run/walk to benefit Glendale Police Department

Glendale — The Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin is planning a 5K run and 2-mile walk to benefit the Glendale Police Department's Body Armor Fund.

The Common Council last week approved the organization's request to hold the event on Saturday, May 17, with Parkway School designated as the starting and finishing point on the route.

Staff resources needed for the event will be minimal, Police Chief Tom Czarnyszka said. Marshalls will be posted at every intersection throughout the race, with traffic cones and barricades to be used for added safety. The run is expected to last about 45 minutes, to be followed by post-race food and beverages, live music and a silent auction. All proceeds would go to the Police Department.

Planning under way for Glendale's Fourth of July festivities

Glendale — Although July is still months away, planning for Glendale's annual Fourth of July festivities is already well under way.

Bryan Kennedy, chair of the Fourth of July Committee, last week provided the Common Council with an update on the tentative schedule and action plan for the event, which includes a full day of activities, beginning with the children's parade at 10 a.m. and concluding with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

In between, activities include a children's carnival, food vendors, softball, soccer, music and other events from noon to 5 p.m., as well as other vendors from 5 to 9 p.m. Kennedy said the committee has discussed having bounce houses and relay races for children, as well as the possibility of performances or presentations by community groups, which would require rental of a temporary stage. He noted that the committee is hopeful the city will move forward with plans to have a more permanent location to hold such events in the future, which Mayor Jerome Tepper said has been discussed.

The committee is also putting together a booklet that would highlight the events for the day and include advertising spots to showcase local businesses. Kennedy said he has been very pleased with the recent growth of the committee, which has included representatives from Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Common Council and local school boards and parent-teacher organizations, for example.

Software company

expanding in Mequon

Mequon — Field workforce automation software maker MSI Data is expanding its Mequon headquarters, according to a company news release.

This is MSI's second expansion in the last two months, and the company more than doubled its staff in 2013.

The expansion is a 45 percent increase in office space to about 9,000 square feet and will make room for several new departments.

Health Department

hosts screenings

The North Shore Health Department is hosting adult health risk screenings Feb. 19 at the Brown Deer location, 4800 W. Green Brook Drive, and Feb. 25 at the Shorewood location, 2010 E. Shorewood Blvd. The program includes a blood analysis for total cholesterol, blood pressure and weight check, plus a consultation with a registered nurse. The cost is $30.

Free blood pressure screenings will also be offered Feb. 25 at the North Shore Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road in Glendale; and Feb. 26 in Shorewood.

Call (414) 371-2980 to schedule an appointment.

Fundraising under way

for 'Richards court'

Whitefish Bay — A volunteer fundraising committee is asking for donations to help rebuild the dilapidated "back yard" area at Richards Elementary School.

A two phase plan is set to begin in the spring. In the first phase, the existing tennis court area will be demolished replaced with the "Richards Athletic Court," composed of three tennis courts, three half-court basketball courts, several foursquare and hopscotch grids and backboards for kids to throw and kick balls against, according to a news release from the fundraising committee.

Phase two will focus on improvements to the existing playground equipment at Richards.

The committee encourages donations, which are tax-deductible. Checks should be made payable to The School District of Whitefish Bay with Richards Athletic Court in the memo line. Donations should be addressed to School District of Whitefish Bay Business Office, Attention: District Accountant — Penny Little, 1200 E. Fairmount Ave.

More information is available at "Richards Athletic Court" on Facebook or by contacting committee co-chairs Carol Fairborn at (414) 241-4086 and Leah Schneider at (414) 559-4397.

Kindergarten registration


Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School District will hold 2014-15 school year kindergarten registration from 1-6 p.m. on March 19 and 20.

According to a district news release, children who will be five years old by Sept. 1 are eligible.

Parents should bring proof of residency, their child's immunization records, and their child's birth certificate. More information is available at (262) 238-8514 and the district website,


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