News & Notes: Dec. 11

Dec. 11, 2013

Board OK's amendment to NSFD financing formula

Fox Point — The Fox Point Village Board on Tuesday was the latest community to sign on to a revised financing formula for North Shore Fire Department operations.

Based on the revised proposal, each of the seven member communities will make a contribution based on the following distribution: 30 percent for population, 30 percent for equalized valuation and 40 percent for usage.

The calculation will be performed annually, starting in 2015.

"This was quite an effort, and we had a good result," Village President Mike West said.

Top Line holding

pet supply drive

Glendale — Top Line Gym is holding its second annual pet supply drive for the Humane Animal Welfare Society now through Dec. 31.

Sought after donations include: canned dog food, which HAWS needs desperately, Pup-peroni dog treats and other soft treats, small and large Treatstiks, Natural Balance rolls, Zukes dog treats, large American-made rawhide bones, limited slip/martingale collars, Kong dog toys of all sizes, meat baby food such as chicken, turkey, and beef, as well as general supplies like paper towels, liquid laundry detergent, bleach, liquid dish soap, hand sanitize, and Clorox wipes.

Top Line owner Brett Summers is again holding the supply drive in memory of his dog and best friend, Champ, who ran away and was returned by HAWS in 2007. In light of recent recalls, HAWS requests that donations not include ingredients imported from China.

Those interested in donating can call (262) 309-5566 or can make out a check to HAWS and mail it to Top Line Gym, 2012 West Bender Road, Glendale, WI 53209.

Bayside holding

two mini-cleanups

Bayside — Residents will be able to dispose of their excess holiday trash and recycling at two separate mini-cleanup days hosted by the village, which also has extra trash and recycling containers available for rent.

The first cleanup is from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 30 at Village Hall, where staff will be accepting garbage, recycling, yard waste, shredding, electronics and Goodwill donations.

The second is from 3-6 p.m. Jan. 6 at Village Hall. Staff will accept garbage, recycling, yard waste and electronics.

School Board approves

new OPEB model

Shorewood — The Shorewood School Board on Tuesday approved a new model for distributing other post employment benefits, known as OPEB, that will replace the district's defined-benefit model that guaranteed employees health coverage upon retirement until they became eligible for Medicare.

A referendum was approved two years ago to borrow up to $10 million to fund the district's OPEB obligations and unfunded pension liability through the Wisconsin Retirement Systems. The board on Tuesday approved a new, defined contribution model that will distribute lump sum payments to employees that have worked for the district for more than eight years, while employees with less than or equal to eight years of service will receive an annual HRA contribution to build up funds for retirement over time starting June 30, 2014.

The model alters the percentage of lump sum for individuals ages 54 to 59 by 1 percent. The contribution will be $1,600 annually for those employees with less than or equal to eight years of service. All other employees with more than eight years of service will get the lump sum and a $500 a year contribution. The School Board's Finance and Facilities Committee will discuss the model's budgetary implications during a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Fox Point revises employee handbook for first time in 25 years

Fox Point — Recognizing a number of changes — including provisions in the state's Act 10 legislation — the Fox Point Village Board on Tuesday approved a revised employee handbook.

Village Manager Melissa Bohse said the village's last document outlining employee expectations was approved in January 1989, nearly 25 years ago. The new handbook incorporates information on the remaining collective bargaining agreements that are still in place.

At Tuesday's meeting, Bohse provided the board with a detailed analysis of the new handbook, which had been in the works for a number of months.

In addition to Act 10, other tweaks included more specificity in employee dress expectations, when an employee can hold a second job and when employees are privy to vacation time and other benefits.

The board approved the handbook with the recognition it will remain a fluid document.

"We will adopt this, but it won't stay carved in stone forever," Village President Mike West said.

District conducting

communications survey

Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School District is running a survey to help improve district communications.

The survey began Dec. 2 and runs through Jan. 2. Residents can visit to take the survey online, or stop by the any school office for a paper version.

Survey results will be posted in January.

Village issues contract for forestry services in 2014

Fox Point — Wachtel Tree Science and Service will continue providing forestry services to Fox Point in 2014.

The Village Board on Tuesday voted in favor of a new $35,000 contract with the Merton-based firm. Fox Point has been working with Wachtel since former Village Forester Judy Shirley retired from the position.

Director of Public Works Scott Brandmeier recommended the village renew its relationship with Wachtel. He lauded the company's performance within the past few years.

Elm Grove business expands to Mequon

Mequon — Elm Grove-based Annex Wealth Management has expanded to Mequon and has opened its second office at 1339 W. Mequon Road, according to a company news release.

The new office will make Annex more accessible to North Shore customers as well as clients from Sheboygan, Green Bay and the Fox Valley.

The firm focuses on financial planning and wealth management services.

Firm to design improvements to Goodrich Lane bridges

Fox Point — The Fox Point Village Board on Tuesday approved a $4,000 contract to Milwaukee-based engineering firm Graef for the design of erosion control enhancements to bridges along Goodrich Lane.

The board has budgeted $42,000 for actual construction of the project in village's 2014 capital improvements budget. A contract will be awarded for the construction work at a later date.

New ownership officially takes over local McDonald's

Fox Point — The MacPyles Corporation has taken ownership of a McDonald's restaurant at 8739 N. Port Washington Road, following approval Tuesday by the Fox Point Village Board.

Robert Pyles, who operates the MacPyles Corporation, is assuming the restaurant from Edward G. Patterson. In October, Patterson was issued a number of charges by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Patterson's charges have included conspiracy to distribute marijuana, money laundering and possession with intent to deliver. He is accused of using his restaurants to conduct the drug trafficking.

In addition to the Fox Point store, Patterson owned McDonald's franchises in Glendale and Mequon. The MacPyles Corporation is in the process of acquiring the two other restaurants as well.

Bay, Brown Deer ratify

NSFD funding formula

Last week, the Brown Deer and Whitefish Bay village boards ratified the proposed North Shore Fire Department funding formula which was approved by the NSFD board last week.

The proposed formula is the product of 10-months of work among NSFD board members, city and village administrators, the Southeastern Wisconsin Public Policy Forum, and recently, some tense negotiations among NSFD member communities. If approved by all member communities, the new funding arrangement takes effect in 2016.

The formula still needs to be approved at the village boards of Bayside, Fox Point, Shorewood and River Hills, as well as the Glendale Common Council. Glendale Mayor Jerome Tepper has requested the proposal be approved by each community by the end of the year.

Student pushes for social justice course at Nicolet

Glendale — Five new elective courses for Nicolet High School students were approved by the School Board. But most of the discussion was devoted to a sixth, student-initiated course, Leadership for Social Justice. Hannah Strong, a junior at the high school who helped push for the new course, spoke to the board and thanked them and administrators for helping to make the course a reality.

In an interview, Strong said she was among a group of students who last year attended a play about the Holocaust, "Irena's Vow." She said many students wanted to learn more about the Holocaust, and approached school administrators.

"None of us knew that a class used to be offered at Nicolet" several years ago, called Genocide and the Holocaust, Strong said.

Administrators said the new course will be somewhat broader, studying historic injustices such as the Holocaust, and how leadership can avoid injustices of that magnitude.

"It is crucial that we understand the implications of the Holocaust. That democratic institutions and values need to be protected," Strong told the board. "It's up to each of us to make sure these lessons are not lost, to speak out against intolerance and injustice."

Leadership for Social Justice, which is still being fine-tuned, is expected to be considered at the board's Dec. 16 meeting.

Thiensville police holding

annual blood drive

Thiensville — The Thiensville Police Department is holding its annual blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 17 in the Thiensville Fire Department training room. The fire department is located within Village Hall, 250 Elm Street.

Those with questions or wanting to arrange an appointment can call the Blood Center at (877) 232-4376 or visit


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