News & Notes: Dec. 12

Dec. 12, 2012

Police departments team up for Booze and Belt campaign

Police departments all around Wisconsin including Brown Deer and Fox Point are participating in the Booze and Belts campaign running Dec. 7 to 16.

This campaign is to make residents more aware of the dangers of drinking and driving and failure to buckle up in an effort to save lives and prevent injuries.

Last year, according to a news release, 225 people in Wisconsin were killed because of alcohol-related accidents and almost another 3,000 injured.

And according to the Wisconsin Division of State Patrol, "in all too many recent fatal crashes, drivers and passengers were ejected because they were not buckled in."

The purpose of this campaign is not to issue more tickets but to educate and motivate people to do the right thing: If they drink, don't drive and always to fasten their safety belts.

School Board, village discuss courts at Lake Bluff

Shorewood - The Shorewood School and Village boards met Monday and discussed a potential joint plan to build tennis courts at Lake Bluff Elementary School.

Most of the design work is complete for the tennis courts that would be used both by students and the community. Since the design work is mostly finished, the School Board approached the village about sharing some of the construction cost. Though the Village Board expressed interest in the project, nothing can move forward until a concrete cost is determined.

Mark Boehlke, business manager for the School District, said they do plan to bid out the project, nail down a cost and bring the item back to the village for further discussion.

Village refiles legal documents with county

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer Village Board last week approved proposed changes to a set of legal documents associated with a proposed streetscaping project in the Original Village area.

Late in 2010, the village filed a relocation order with the Milwaukee County clerk. The order is related to a clarification of the right of way for businesses within the Original Village. The village's order is in the process of working its way through the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

The county clerk's office claims it never received the original relocation order. Since its attempted filing two years ago, there have been several engineering modifications, and the revised documents are being resent to the clerk's office.

Officials break ground for Riverwalk continuation

Mequon - Officials broke ground to mark the completion of the third phase of the Rotary Riverwalk.

Phase three focused on the north and south legs of the Mequon civic campus, continuing the Riverwalk vision along the Milwaukee River of approximately 1.5 miles from Village Park in Thiensville to the northeast corner of Mequon and Cedarburg Roads.

Fifty percent of the phase three project funding came from a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources grant, with the remaining $180,000 coming from individual and corporate donations gathered by the Rotary Club of Thiensville-Mequon and the Mequon-Thiensville Sunrise Rotary.

Brown Deer applying for urban forestry grant

Brown Deer - The village is applying for an urban forestry grant with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

If approved, the grant will fund half the cost of an investigative survey that entails chemical treatments, removal and replacement of infected ash trees and public education initiatives about the emerald ash borer.

The survey carries a projected $50,000 price tag, meaning Brown Deer and the DNR each would fund $25,000 if the grant is awarded.

The village's share has been included in the 2013 budget.

Changes to certified survey map could lead to car dealership

Glendale - The Glendale Plan Commission approved changing parcel boundaries on the city's certified survey map to allow for JAMA Corp. to combine two properties that may be turned into a car dealership.

The Common Council is slated to make the final approval at its next meeting.

JAMA Corp. is trying to purchase 103 feet of a property at 5855 N. Glen Park Road to be combined with 2.2 acres the company owns at 5858 and 5866 N. Green Bay Ave. According to a letter from JAMA Corp. President John Amato, the intention is to develop those three acres into a new automobile dealership.

Specific design and site plans for the dealership are not yet complete. Amato first needs the Common Council to approve combining the properties on the certified survey map before closing on the 103-foot parcel.

Community Preschool holding open house

Whitefish Bay - The Community Preschool of Whitefish Bay hosts an open house Jan. 5 for interested families.

Parents and children can stop by from 10 a.m. to noon to tour classrooms, meet with teachers and explore the facilities.

The school is located at 5655 N. Lake Drive. For information, call the school at (414) 961-0432.

Plan Commission approves warehouse expansion

Glendale - The Glendale Plan Commission approved plans for Optimum Vehicle Logistics to expand its warehouse at 6110 N. Flint Drive by 6,100 square feet.

Though the commission approved the expansion, they directed the project architect to change the type of material proposed for the outside of the building. The proposed material was metal; however, the Plan Commission asked that the applicant use a masonry material that would match the existing structure, City Administrator Richard Maslowski said.

It is up to the applicant to rectify the architectural elements in the proposal before moving forward.

Residents dismayed over omission in magazine

Brown Deer - Several residents raised concerns about the Our Brown Deer magazine at a Village Board last week.

The concerns, shared with the board during the persons desiring to be heard portion of the meeting, included the absence of a column by Village President Carol Krueger and a lack of any contact information for elected school or municipal officials.

"As the highest elected public official in our community, Krueger should have a column in each edition of this magazine," resident Mike Christopulos said. "There are some very interesting things happening in our village. (He) should have the opportunity to address these issues."

Since the magazine was not on the agenda, the board could not address the residents' concerns.

Giving Tree benefits Milwaukee County Zoo animals

Charitable zoo-goers can make the holidays a little brighter for animals this season.

The Giving Tree is in the U.S. Bank Gathering Place at the Milwaukee County Zoo, complete with ornaments handmade by volunteers. On each ornament is the name of an animal, an "enrichment item" it could use, and the cost and suggestion for where the item may be purchased. The zoo is also accepting monetary donations.

Last year, the Giving Tree raised $2,684 in supplies and donations, according to a zoo news release. The tree will be on display through New Year's Day.

New pizza shop to open in Shorewood

Shorewood - The village will be getting its third new pizza shop in recent months, following action by the Plan Commission.

Applicant Carmelo Fazzari came before commissioners and sought approval to open his business at the site of the former Brit Inn, 4475 N. Oakland Ave. Fazzari's plan of operation includes a carryout service and delivery.

Fazzari said he anticipates naming his business the Al Calderone Club. His father, who died in September, operated a similar business on Milwaukee's east side under the same name.

Fazzari said he anticipates opening the new pizza shop in mid-January. Permitted hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

Shorewood commissioners OK tweaks to gas station

Shorewood - After tabling the request last month, members of the Shorewood Plan Commission voted in favor of a request from applicant Atiq-U-Rehman to operate a gas station and convenience store at 4000 N. Wilson Drive.

While a gas station had previously operated on the site, Rehman has proposed changes, including conversion of existing service bays into a full-fledged convenience store.

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