News & Notes: March 30

March 30, 2010

City OKs bond sale for capital improvements

Glendale - The Common Council authorized the sale of $2.935 million in taxable general obligation promissory notes to finance the 2010 capital improvement program.

The bonds, with an A1 rating, will be sold with an estimated net interest rate of 2.721 percent. The city will sell the federal Build America Bonds, which will save roughly $70,000 in interest payments over the 10-year payment period.

The government reimburses part of the interest cost, making them less expensive than traditional non-taxable bonds.

Peabody's to relocate office, showroom to Brown Deer

Brown Deer - Peabody's Interiors, a premier Wisconsin interior design studio that has been in business since 1977, is planning to relocate their operations from Whitefish Bay to 8655 North Deerwood Drive.

Peabody's employs a staff of 16, including six full time interior designers.

Peabody's will open in a building that is currently home to Wade Weissmann Architecture. The two firms have a strong working relationship and have partnered on many projects in the past.

"The ability to work closely with Wade Weissmann Architecture allows our clients the opportunity to have architectural and interior design services available under the same roof," Kelly Gallion, Peabody's Managing Director, said in a news release.

Village Manager, Russell Van Gompel, is pleased that Peabody's Interiors is moving to Brown Deer.

Peabody's intends to open its design studio and showroom by May 1. Hours of operation are scheduled to be Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Public hearing for Capitol Drive reconstruction

Shorewood - The Capitol Drive Road reconstruction hearing will be held at the Village Center, 3920 N. Murray Ave., at 1 to 5:15 p.m. April 1.

Residents are encouraged to attend so that you can have your questions and concerns addressed by both Village and Department of Transportation staff.

School fees to remain the same for 2010-11

Brown Deer - School fees will remain the same at all grade levels in the district for the 2010-11 school year. The decision was made as part of a customary review of the district's policy on annual school fees.

The annual school fee schedule is $35 for 4-year-old kindergarten, $50 for 5-year-old kindergarten to grade four, $65 for grades five to eight and $80 for grades nine to 12.

Fees for extra-curricular and co-curricular activities also will remain the same. The district charges fees for various specialized subjects, particularly in the areas of music and art, as well as sports.

Be accurate when filling out census

Brown Deer - When filling out the 2010 Census Survey be sure to mark your residence for Brown Deer as the village shares a zip code with Milwaukee. Village Manager Russell Van Gompel said residents began receiving the census survey in the mail yesterday and already more than a dozen have called asking why Milwaukee appears on the form.

It's because of the shared zip code, he said. Cross it out and write in Brown Deer to provide an accurate count.

Lumen Christi places third at DSHA Excel-a-Thon

Mequon -Each year, Lumen Christi Catholic School students from the sixth and seventh grade represent the school at the Divine Savior Holy Angels Excel-a-Thon. This is an academic competition in five subject areas that is hosted by DSHA High School for area grade schools. Lumen Christi's sixth-grade team placed third out of 35 schools at this year's competition on March 18.

Jane Moede, Kelly Ochocki, Michaela Rusch and Allison Stendler made up the seventh-grade team while Nikki Albrecht, Lauren Bartlett, Allison Rowe and Lizzy Schauer were the sixth-grade team.

Lauren Bartlett also placed third individually in mathematics.

Village hires firm to study water supply, deficiencies

Shorewood -The Village Board has hired Bonestroo Engineering to develop a hydraulic model and a water supply feasibility report.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in September ordered Shorewood Water Works to correct deficiencies, including a problem with water pressure in one area of the village.

The report would allow the village to consider the feasibility of buying water from the North Shore Water Utility instead of Milwaukee Water Works.

The cost of the study is $24,700 plus expenses not to exceed $1,000.

District adopts policy on professional expectations

Brown Deer - After hashing over the specifics since last summer, the School Board adopted a policy that sets a clear standard for professional expectations of all district employees.

It outlines an assortment of standards, including adults' behavior in the classroom, adult interactions with youth, communication involving parents and an outright restriction on cell phone usage in the presence of students - barring an emergency situation.

Village buying church land for detention pond

Brown Deer -The village will purchase land from Shoreland Church, 8710 N. Deerwood Drive, for future use as a stormwater detention pond.

The village and church have agreed to a $100,000 price for a triangular piece of church property at Deerwood and Ruth Place.

Board plans to borrow for TIF projects, refinance

Shorewood -The Village Board has adopted resolutions totaling $4.7 million allowing the sale of bonds to finance projects in its tax-incremental finance districts and to refinance a State Trust Fund Loan.

The bond sale is scheduled for April 19.

Firm to serve as BID marketing director, recruiter

Whitefish Bay - The Village Board has approved the hiring of Freight Train Creative to serve as the Business Improvement District marketing director.

Freight Train has been doing marketing and communications for a BID on Milwaukee's East Side. Lisa Liljegren will have the lead role in the Whitefish Bay BID.

The contract calls for Freight Train to be paid $2,000 a month on BID retainer plus an additional $3,000 for each special event through the remainder of 2010.

In addition, Freight Train will be paid $25 an hour for a maximum of 40 hours a month for retail recruitment for the district.

Property owners have a chance to voice opinions on assessment

Whitefish Bay -The Village Board has established two public hearing dates concerning the assessment of property owners for the cost of sanitary sewer laterals from the sewer main to property lines.

The first hearing, at 7 p.m. April 5, is for property owners on Silver Spring Drive from Marlborough to Lake drives.

The second hearing, at 7 p.m. April 19, is for owners on Fairmount Avenue from Marlborough to Lake drives.

All property owners in those areas will receive hearing notices from the village.

Stormonth one of two Wisconsin state school of character winners

Fox Point -The Wisconsin Character Education Partnership chose Stormonth Elementary School (Fox Point-Bayside School District) as one of two recipients of the 2010 State Schools of Character Award.

The award is sponsored by the Wisconsin Character Education Partnership in partnership with the Character Education Partnership

CEP seeks to recognize schools or districts for their work in encouraging the ethical, social and academic growth of their students through effective character education. State finalists move on to the National Schools of Character Award program for possible national recognition.

Stormonth met the standards for recognition as a school that has integrated character education throughout their school and school day.

One of the particular strengths of this school is the common training that all staff members have received in the Capturing Kids Hearts Program. Their strong bullying prevention strategies and programs result in positive outcomes. The use of social contracts and class meetings represent a significant amount of student input into expectations and behavior standards. The Stormonth School program is pro-active and uses a variety of programs and strategies to focus on character development and has been sustained over several years.

Richards School students raise money for Haiti

Whitefish Bay - Fifth-grade students at Richards School raised $1,716 that was donated to the Red Cross to aid earthquake victims in Haiti. The students added donations made in the school office to the proceeds of a bake sale.

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