News & Notes: June 5

June 5, 2013

Farmers market

opening June 11

Thiensville — The Thiensville Village Market kicks off its season Tuesday at Thiensville Village Park, 250 Elm Street.

Market hours run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., with 38 vendors with products ranging from produce, coffee, cooked food, meats and ethnic foods, among others.

On Tuesday, and all Tuesdays going forward, live bands will play at lunch time and in the late afternoon.

Special appearances from Gil the Chinook from Concordia University, Roscoe from the Milwaukee Admirals, and Thiensville Village President Van Mobley are scheduled for the opener.

The market runs every Tuesday through Oct. 29.


building financing

Whitefish Bay — The Whitefish Bay Village Board on Monday approved approximately $3 million in debt to finance a new public works building.

The village will also use approximately $500,000 of reserves to fund the project, which is fast-tracked for completion by the end of the year, Village Manager Patrick DeGrave said.

The village's financial adviser said bonds will go to sale July 1, with proceeds in hand by August.

Shorewood increasing

water rates

Shorewood — In response to a 3 percent increase to the village's wholesale cost for water purchased from Milwaukee Water Works, Shorewood will be filing a rate increase request with the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.

The Village Board on Monday approved filing a purchase water rate adjustment clause with the PSC in order to allow the water utility to increase its rates.

For the average residential user, the proposed increase would amount to about 1.58 percent, or $3.81 per year, Trustee Michael Maher said. If authorized by the PSC, the rate increase would take effect Aug. 15.

Festival to be held

in conjunction with bike race

Shorewood — Several businesses along the 4500 block of Oakland Avenue will hold a street festival in conjunction with the Shorewood Bike Race on June 20.

The Village Board on Monday approved granting several permits to Three Lions Pub, North Star American Bistro, NaNa Asian Fusion, Indulgence Chocolatiers, Big Bay Brewing and Thief Wine, to allow for outdoor music and the outdoor sale of wine and beer during the festival, which is scheduled to run from 4 to 10 p.m.

The street will be shut down for the duration of the festival and race, Trustee Thad Nation said, with streets to reopen no later than 10 p.m., in order to minimize the impact to bus routes and the surrounding neighborhood.

Nation said the festival will be similar to the event that took place last year, which was deemed as very successful by the village.

Water main improvements

to be completed along Maryland

Shorewood — Shorewood will complete water main improvements along the 3500 block of Maryland Avenue for about $197,000.

The Village Board on Monday approved awarding a contract to MidCity Plumbing & Heating for the specified amount, which will include water main repairs and street reconstruction.

The repairs will address about 25 voids that have formed between the asphalt pavement and road base in the area, primarily within the trench and lateral connection areas of the 78-inch sewer pipe, as a result of poor trench compaction when the pipe was installed in 1999, according to a memo from Public Works Director Leeann Butschlick.

Trustee Jeff Hanewall said the repairs will be funded through the village's Street and Alley Capital Fund, and falls below the $215,000 budgeted for the project.

Board approves

2013 sidewalk program

Shorewood — Shorewood will complete sidewalk repairs amounting to about $211,500 this summer, through its biannual sidewalk replacement program.

The Village Board on Monday voted to authorize staff to identify public sidewalks in need of improvements and to award a contract in the specified amount to State Contractors. The repairs were bid jointly with Whitefish Bay in order to get a better price on the contract.

About $75,000 of the total amount is budgeted for the village's share, or nonassessed portion, of the proposed work. The remainder of the repairs would be covered through assessments to impacted village property owners.

Village receives high marks

on its wastewater program

Shorewood — As determined by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Shorewood performed well with regard to its wastewater treatment and collection in 2012.

The Village Board on Monday reviewed and accepted the village's Compliance Maintenance Annual Report, which is a requirement under its Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systempermit issued by the DNR.

The DNR gave the village A grades for both its financial management and collection systems on the report, which Trustee Jeff Hanewall noted was an improvement from the last report filed by the village.

Finance Director appointed to WEDC

Shorewood — Stephanie Walker, current Shorewood Finance Director, was named last week as the Chief Financial Officer for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, according to a village news release.

The WEDC was created in 2011 by Gov. Scott Walker and the Legislature to replace the Department of Commerce. As Finance Director since 2009, Walker — who bears no relation to the governor — has run various accounting, long-range financial planning, and budgeting tasks, helping the village earn several awards for financial reporting and budget presentation.

"Stephanie's skills, expertise and positive personal attributes have been a major driving force in the ongoing, award winning fiscal success of the village of Shorewood," Village Manager Chris Swartz said in the release. "While her departure is a major loss for our village, we are proud that she will continue to work on all of our behalf with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation."

School Board approves

alternative education program

Brown Deer — The Brown Deer School Board last week approved partnering with Second Chance Education Program for the 2013-14 school.

Second Chance Education program is a 21-month integrated educational experience combining youth apprenticeship and classroom education. It is designed to serve academically disengaged high school juniors and seniors who need an alternative pathway to high school graduation. The program will select two students from Brown Deer High School. Those students have to go through a formal interview process to be accepted into the program. Manufacturing and local businesses provide resources necessary to provide real world experiences and education.

School Board member Lisa Zielinski said this is an "excellent opportunity" for students.

Two new courses

approved at Brown Deer

Brown Deer — The Brown Deer School Board last week approved two new courses at the middle school and high school for the 2013-14 school year.

Interactive music experience will be offered in the middle and high school, and nonfiction critique will be offered at the high school.

Funding formula talks

to proceed in open session

Fox Point — Following closed session consultations between the North Shore Fire Department board of directors and the organization's legal counsel, negotiations over an updated 2016 funding formula will take place in open session, Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said.

At a special meeting last week, several board members had insisted the negotiations take place in closed session so that a "frank conversation" could occur.

Though Whitaker couldn't divulge exactly what was said in closed session, he said that he expects the funding formula discussion to show up on the NSFD board's next regular meeting agenda in early June.

District administration

losing key staff members

Mequon — The Mequon-Thiensville School District will be seeking to fill two of its top administrative positions, with the resignation of its directors of both pupil services and curriculum, assessment and instruction.

The School Board approved the resignations of Hughes George, director of pupil services, and Eric Dimmitt, director of curriculum, assessment and instruction.

Superintendent Demond Means said George has accepted a position as superintendent of the Sunnybrook School District in Illinois, and Dimmitt will join the University of Wisconsin-Platteville as an associate professor. The board thanked George and Dimmitt for their dedicated service over the past five years.

Their resignations are effective June 30, with the district beginning the process of filling the positions in the near future, Means said.

Police to use donated

vehicle for summer events

Thiensville — The Thiensville Police Department will add an all-terrain vehicle to its fleet on a temporary basis this summer. Cedarburg-based Cedar Creek Sales and Service is donating the use of the vehicle to Thiensville.

"This is not a patrol vehicle, but a specialty vehicle to assist our officers in moving through large groups of visitors to get to either a call or for crowd control," Police Chief Scott Nicholson said. "The vehicle would be equipped with red and blue emergency lights, but would not be used as a front-line emergency vehicle."

The vehicle will be added to the village's insurance policy. No further costs will be incurred.

Village applying for grant

to spruce up Village Park

Thiensville — The village of Thiensville is applying for a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources stewardship grant in an effort to undertake a number of projects at Village Park, 250 Elm St.

If approved, the grant dollars will go toward such projects as restroom renovations within the park and installation of a pier along the Milwaukee River.

The village's projects at Village Park will cost about $411,000. If approved, the DNR grant would cover half the cost; the village would be responsible for funding the remaining half.

The Thiensville Village Board voted to move forward with the grant application.

Well permits needed for properties

with both water sources

Bayside — The Village Board approved an ordinance revision dealing with the rules for households planning to use water from wells even after they are connected to Mequon's municipal water.

The revised ordinance requires that those property owners obtain licenses from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which includes testing the well for various kinds of contaminants at the owner's expense, in order to keep track of the well's water quality.

Additionally, water from wells cannot be routed through pipes that carry municipal water, and residents must inform the DNR when they plan to stop using their wells.

Village Attorney Chris Jaekels said that the revisions are bringing Bayside's ordinances in line with state rules.


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