News & Notes: April 24

April 24, 2013

Bayside begins removing ash trees

Bayside - The village will begina new phase of removing the 93 ash trees that are incurably infested with emerald ash borer in May, Village Manager Andy Pederson told the Committee of the Whole last week.

Pederson also included a map of 31 ash trees that are scheduled to be removed in May, if the weather permits.

"It's not something that we like to do, but it's something that we need to do," Pederson said.

These trees were identified in a 2010 Department of Natural Resources survey as trees that have lost more than 50 percent of their canopy and cannot be saved.

The affected trees are all in right-of-way areas, and the village will continue to replant a tree in that space after removing each ash tree.

Truck traffic along Green Bay Road being reviewed

River Hills - Village officials last week discussed truck traffic along Green Bay Road, a Milwaukee County trunk highway that runs through River Hills.

Like any state highway, there are weight restrictions for larger vehicles traversing through the roadway. But traditional semitrailers have been permitted to use Green Bay Road because they are in accordance with state statutes.

River Hills officials have been hoping for an exemption from the state since the community's portion of Green Bay Road is flanked by residences.

During last week's discussion, a decision was not made on whether to formally take the request to the state.

Original Village project awards contracts

Brown Deer - With a lawsuit related to Brown Deer's Original Village project now settled, the village is moving forward with the reconstruction project.

The Village Board last week approved awarding an approximately $2.3 million contract to Stark Asphalt for the based bids for completion of the Original Village Streetscape Project, as well as an additional $26,600 for the fire station lot.

Project expenses are estimated at $2.8 million, said Larry Neitzel, operations superintendent for the Department of Public Works. The village has about $3.6 million reserved for financing the project, including about $715,000 in state transportation and natural resources grants.

The board also reviewed and approved a lighting plan for the project, which includes the replacement of 14 existing lights in the area and installation of another 18 fixtures by Night Aura, a division of We Energies, at a cost of about $130,200, with monthly facilities and electric fees estimated at $890.

Also related to the project, the board approved a contract amendment with Ayres and Associates in the amount of $152,700 to establish a construction manager for the project.

Officials looking at ways

to increase revenue

River Hills - Members of the River Hills Village Board briefly discussed an ongoing examination of revenue sources at a meeting last week.

One possibility on the table is to assess a fee for vacation house checks, though Village Manager Chris Lear stated, "It's something we don't want to do quickly or take lightly."

Other possible revenue boosters could come from increasing building permit and refuse fees and false alarm fines.

District holds steady despite drop in enrollment

Mequon - A demographic survey of the Mequon-Thiensville School District indicates that the school is maintaining a stable level of areas student market share despite a steady decline of enrollment.

The results of the annual Demographic Data report, presented to the School Board on Monday, indicate that there are increasingly fewer students in schools in Mequon and all neighboring districts than in previous years.

However, the study found that private schools in the district are not pulling students away from public schools, and the percentage of students attending both private and public schools has stayed largely the same.

Additionally, officials were able to survey 100 percent of the parents who pulled their students out of public schools in the district. Most of these parents reported that the reason was because the family was moving and not because they had problems with the schools.

Village cutting costs of pond water treatment

Brown Deer - As the price of chemicals for water treatment of the Village Pond continues to rise, Brown Deer is making an effort to hold those costs down.

The Village Board last week approved contracting with Carrico Aquatic Resources for water management services for the Village Pond for 2013 and 2014, at a cost of $16,500 per year. Also approved was a one-time equipment installation expense of $6,900.

Since 2001, the cost to the village for chlorine has more than doubled, said Park and Recreation Director Chad Hoier, with the cost now approaching $3 per gallon. The 2012 cost to manage the water at the pond was about $19,500, according to a memo from Hoier.

In addition to holding chemical costs for the next two years, Hoier said the agreement with Carrico also will improve the safety of water treatment, by enabling the village staff to move away from dealing with liquid chlorine to using a calcium hypochlorite pellet system.

Board approves

two course offerings

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School Board on Tuesday approved two high school courses.

Basic art experience and improv comedy will now be offered.

Village honors

Judge David Victor

Brown Deer - After 12 years of service, Brown Deer Municipal Court Judge David Victor has officially stepped down from his post.

The Village Board last week recognized Victor's service through a resolution of appreciation.

Victor was first elected as municipal judge in 2001, and held the position for four consecutive three-year terms. He filed for noncandidacy in the April 2013 election. Brown Deer and the city of Glendale agreed to merge their courts eliminating the need for two judges.

Village President Carl Krueger read the resolution, which noted the positive impact Victor had on the entire community through his support of local programs and effort to maintain the best interests of the village, as well as the level of respect he had among his peers.

Village rebids Meadowside Court project

Brown Deer - Brown Deer has terminated a contract with GO Contractors for the installation of concrete manhole structures and a stormwater management device at Meadowside Court and Dean Road, due to unsafe working conditions, and will award a new contract to Vinton Construction for completion of the work.

The Village Board last week approved both the termination of the contract with GO Contractors and the award of the new contract.

Village Engineer Jim Buske explained that the project was shut down when GO Contractors encountered unstable ground conditions they did not expect to find and were not prepared to handle. They returned to the village with an updated quote to finish that project that was nearly three times more than their original bid, Buske said.

Buske said the village has let several contracts for similar installations in the past and never had any problems of this kind.

The village will pay GO Contractors about $37,400 for labor completed and the purchase of supplies that will be used at the site. The contract being awarded to Vinton Construction is in the amount of $129,170.

Gary Williams remains

School Board president

Brown Deer - Gary Williams will continue his role as president of the Brown Deer School Board, officials decided Tuesday.

Lisa Zielinski was selected as vice president. Michael Bembenek is the School Board treasurer and Kevin Klimek the clerk.

District continues contract with cleaning company

Mequon - The Mequon-Thiensville School Board on Monday unanimously voted to renew its cleaning contract with L&A Crystal Services for an additional two years at a cost of about $763,000 per year.

The company has been cleaning the district's schools for the past six months, and Buildings and Ground Director Kyle Thompson gave high praise to work that they have done so far.

Although L&A Crystal Service's bid was about $8,500 higher than the lowest bid, Thompson said that the company being based in Mequon will plant the seed for a mutually beneficial relationship between the company and the district.

At the same meeting, sister-business L&A Crystal was approved for contracts to touch up the bathroom floors of Homestead High School's bathrooms for about $17,500 and to redo the floor of the field house lobby with polished concrete for $40,600.

Bayside named bird, tree city again

Bayside - The village of Bayside was recognized by two Wisconsin nature organizations for being a bird and tree friendly community at a Village Board meeting last week.

Both the Bird City USA award and the Tree City USA award have become annual recognitions that the organizations give to Bayside.

Carl Schwartz of Bird City USA said that Bayside was one of the first 15 communities to be involved with the organization, and he gave the village the Sustained Flight Award for keeping up with the program for three consecutive years since then.

This is the sixth year that Bayside has earned recognition from Tree City USA, but Kim Sebastian of the Department of Natural Resources gave the village the Tree City USA Growth Award for going beyond the requirements of program.

Sebastian particularly praised the village for disseminating accurate and useful information about tree care in its newsletter, and said that she uses it as an example of what other communities what ought to be communicating to residents.

Committee appointments set in Bayside

Bayside - The Bayside Village Board last week unanimously approved the village president's recommendation on 2013 committee appointments.

The list of recommendations includes 16 committees, such as the Plan Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Community Development Authority. The committees consist of as many as eight people and as few as one.

The list of recommendations was approved without a statement from the president or discussion among the trustees.

DeGraff honored for 20 years of service in Bayside

Bayside - The Bayside Village Board last week unanimously approved a proclamation commending Trustee Robb DeGraff for 20 years of service on the board.

The proclamation praised DeGraff for being on numerous committees, overseeing the construction Village Hall and other projects, and being very involved in the community, such as when he handed out 8,000 ears of corn in a single day at the village picnic.

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