News & Notes: Dec. 22

Dec. 22, 2009

Board OKs lease at Hubbard Park Lodge with new vendor

Shorewood - The Village Board on Monday agreed to appoint a new lessor to the venerable Hubbard Park Lodge facility at 3565 N. Morris Blvd.

Russell Davis, operating under the name Hubbard Park Lodge LLC, has entered into a 10-year agreement with the village to operate public and private functions on the property.

The lease is being transferred from specialty catering company Culinary Artists, which had previously overseen functions on the site.

For years, Hubbard Park has hosted Friday fish fries and Sunday brunches in the serene setting overlooking the Milwaukee River. The venue also is a popular spot for weddings.

Davis, a Shorewood resident, runs other restaurants and banquet venues in the area, including Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee.

Bay officials agree to use public funds to attract eatery

Whitefish Bay - Bakery-restaurant chain City Market will likely open a fourth store in the village's Silver Spring shopping district, following action by the Village Board on Monday.

After deliberating in closed session, Village Manager Jim Grassman said the board agreed to offer City Market an $85,000 grant and a $15,000 loan for refurbishments to an aging building at 327 E. Silver Spring Drive. The building once housed a Mike Crivello camera store.

The building is within a tax-incremental financing district, and TIF funds will be used to provide the financial assistance to City Market officials.

TIF is a mechanism that allows municipalities to borrow money for infrastructure improvements. The increased property tax revenue from the improved land is then diverted from the tax rolls to pay off the loan.

City Market could fill a void in the shopping district after a number of eateries - including Heinemann's and Ciao Café - have left the area in recent years.

"We hope it will bring a tremendous added value to Silver Spring," Grassman said. "The contributions we're making will help make it a success."

Grassman said the village and City Market officials are still hammering out a development agreement for the site. Once the agreement is consummated, the arrangement will be finalized.

"We hope to have that done very soon," Grassman said. "(City Market officials) want to close on it by the end of the year."

City Market operates two stores in Wauwatosa and one in Shorewood.

Village Board meetings to start earlier in 2010

Brown Deer - In a narrow, 4-3, vote, the Brown Deer Village Board Monday night agreed to bump up the start times for regular meetings in 2010, from 7 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The board, which generally meets twice monthly, also decided to abbreviate the frequency of meetings in January and February. Only one regular meeting has been scheduled for both months.

The January meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 25, and the February meeting has been slated for Monday, Feb. 15.

Software company gets liquor license for corporate functions

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer Village Board Monday night voted to award liquor and beer licenses to FIS, the bank software company that recently acquired Metavante.

Village Manager Russell Van Gompel said FIS needed the licenses to lawfully serve alcohol for such functions as board of director meetings and employee events at its office complex at 4900 W. Brown Deer Road.

Metavante at one time held alcohol licenses in the village for similar functions, but opted not to renew them in 2000.

Van Gompel said FIS has appointed an agent for the licenses and all necessary background checks have been performed.

Thiensville tax bill breakdown

Thiensville - The breakdown of taxing authorities levy for village tax payers, shows the Mequon-Thiensville School District getting the biggest percent of the levy pie at 44.5 percent, followed by the village at 36.4 percent, the technical college at 9.6 percent, the county at 8.6 percent and the state at 0.8 percent. The net tax rate after credits was 22.31247 per $1,000 of assessed value. Net tax was up slightly - 1.6 percent - from the previous year.

Village Hall is closed Dec. 24 and 25 for those who want to pay their taxes in person. Call (262) 242-3720 to see if Village Hall will be open Dec. 31. Otherwise, operating hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Mequon tax bill information breakdown

Mequon - The city's tax bills shows a mix of increases and decreases in levies across taxing authorities, except the Mequon-Thiensville School district, which remains the same as last year. The city of Mequon and the Milwaukee Area Technical College had levy increase percents of 4.43 and 1.03 percent, respectively. The state, county and sewer district had decreases in the levy of 2.95, 0.04 and 3.57 percent, respectively.

City Hall is closed Dec. 24 and 25 for those who want to pay their taxes in person. City Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 31. Otherwise, operating hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Deer contract in place for trapping

Fox Point - Establishing the authorized size of the village deer herd at one, the Village Board again hired Kiwi Captures to trap deer.

Village Manager Susan Robertson expects the trapping, which is done with nets, will cost about $2,000 this winter. The contractor is paid fees for setting up the traps, trapping and taking the deer to the butcher. The deer meat is given to food pantries.

The board also authorized the trapping to begin before the annual count of the herd, which is now coordinated by River Hills and includes the two villages and the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center.

"Typically they start in December," Robertson said. "The conditions have to be right. The food supply for the deer has to be at the point where they are tempted by the bait in the traps."

Nicolet sets meeting for science fair council

Nicolet - The Nicolet Science Department announces the development of the Nicolet Science Fair Advisory Council. The inaugural meeting of the NSFAC is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 19 in room B113 of the school.

The Council will have the responsibility of ensuring a fiscal and administrative future for the Nicolet Science Fair, continuing the tradition of ISEF affiliation started in 2000. Anyone interested in being a part of this exciting project is invited to attend.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Gary Stresman at

Eighth-grade students to travel to Chicago

Whitefish Bay -Eighth-grade students taking Creative Publications courses at Whitefish Bay Middle School will travel to Chicago on Feb. 19 and 20 for two days of art and theater.

Students work on a unit revolving around theater experiences, with art students creating set designs and writing students, one-act plays. The trip gives them real-life exposure for their unit. Students will visit the Art Institute of Chicago and attend performances of the Blue Man Group and the Joffrey Ballet. Students will cover the estimated cost of $250. Four staff members are expected to chaperon. The School Board approved the trip last week.

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