News & Notes: Sept. 26

Sept. 26, 2012

Fox Point-Bayside approves retirement fund distribution

Fox Point - The Fox Point-Bayside School Board voted Monday to solidify a change in the district's post employment benefit package, electing to distribute the district's retirement benefit fund to teachers in the form of payouts.

District officials had previously deliberated two methods of distributing the retirement fund, one which would pay all teachers the same amount per year of service, and another which would reward long-standing teachers by paying them more for their accumulated years of service.

The board also recently approved the amount of the payouts to exceed the balance of the retirement fund by an amount not to exceed $750,000.

Though the decision over which method was ultimately in the hands of the board, district staff polled teachers for their preference and board members used the results as a recommendation, going with the option that rewards longtime staff.

In either case, the district will no longer provide a health insurance benefit to retirees and will instead contribute a set amount into a retirement account on behalf of teachers annually.

Bayside votes to modify NSFD funding agreement

Bayside - The North Shore Fire Department agreement will be modified to set a three-year sunset on the fixed percentage financial contribution for each participating municipality.

The Bayside Village Board on Sept. 20 voted to rescind the original resolution passed in June and approve an updated version specifying that the financial contributions are for the budgetary period of 2013 through 2015.

Village Manager Andy Pederson said the updated resolution specifies that the designated financial contribution percentages for each community will expire in three years, as opposed to five years, as the original resolution stated.

The change also was recommended by the North Shore Fire Department board of directors. Pederson said last week that all but one of the seven communities in the North Shore Fire Department had approved the modified agreement. Glendale approved the revised agreement at its Common Council meeting on Monday.

Shorewood approves revised fire department formula

Shorewood - The village is the latest community to approve a revised, three-year funding formula for the North Shore Fire Department. The formula determines how much each of NSFD's seven member communities pays annually.

From 2013 to 2015, Shorewood will contribute 17.45 percent toward the department's overall operating budget. The figure takes into account a number of criteria, including population, equalized property values and usage.

Glendale agrees to increased share of NSFD budget

Glendale - Glendale will contribute 28.16 percent of the North Shore Fire Department's budget for the next three years, as part of new funding formula approved by the Common Council on Monday and the other six NSFD member communities.

Glendale's new portion is half a percent higher than it has been over the last five years.

The council needed to first rescind an earlier version of the agreement without a three-year sunset clause - which had been requested by River Hills and Fox Point before being added by the NSFD board of directors - and approve a new version with the expiration date.

The member communities will need to approve a new funding formula in 2015.

Brown Deer district construction on schedule

Brown Deer - Outdoor work and construction of the Brown Deer School District's new field house is on time, on target, and on budget, contractor CG Schmidt and district officials said.

"The parking lots are in, hundreds of trees are in, and we're now on to the internal phase of the gym," district Finance Director Emily Koczela said.

Over the course of the next 30 days, construction will turn to the installation of masonry and the roof of the field house, as well as continued exterior work.

Overall construction is expected to finish in August 2013.

School Board approves teacher contract

Shorewood - Shorewood teachers will receive a 1.63 percent increase to their base salaries for the 2011-12 school year, under an updated contract with the School District.

The School Board on Monday voted to approve the contract with the Shorewood Education Association. The SEA had already approved the contract as well.

According to the agreement, which addresses base wages only and applies to the period of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, other subjects of collective bargaining with the SEA may be addressed in separate agreements.

Business Services Director Mark Boehlke said a portion of the 2011-12 general fund balance will be used for a retroactive salary payment to teachers.

SEA representatives praised the collaborative approach taken with regard to the negotiations.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Wisconsin Act 10, "What was really impressive was the way that we were able, as an association, with the board, to have the conversations we needed to have and come to an agreement that we felt worked for both sides," said Sachin Pandya, chief negotiator for the SEA.

The board also approved additional supplemental wage changes for teachers, as covered by Wisconsin Act 10, including advancing all employees eligible for step movement by one step on the salary system and granting lane movement to all employees who completed approved coursework by Oct. 1, 2011. According to the agreement, educational stipends afforded by lane movement may be modified for the 2011-12 school year at the discretion of the board.

Pizza shop to remain at retail space along East Capitol Drive

Shorewood - While Salvatore's Pizzeria is in the process of winding down operations at 2213 E. Capitol Drive, a similar establishment is poised to take its place.

Officials with True Light Promotion came before the Village Board on Sept. 18 with a request to obtain a retail intoxicating liquor and malt beverage license. The operators plan to reopen the shop in October under the name Falbo Bros. Pizzeria.

The board approved True Light's application with the understanding officials at Salvatore's surrender the existing license. Once the transaction is complete, Falbo Bros. personnel will be able to take it over. Background checks have already been conducted.

Shorewood's bike implementation study nears completion

Shorewood - After four years of discussion and drafting, the village's proposed bike implementation plan and study is near completion. The lengthy document was borne out of recent reconstruction along the busy Capitol Drive corridor.

As proposed, the plan touches on a number of issues, including plans for better street designs, encouraging safer routes to schools and improving bicycle education.

The Village Board is scheduled to act on the plan at a future meeting.

Village increases Montessori's payment in lieu of taxes

River Hills - The Glendale-River Hills School District has increased the Montessori School special use permit for payment in lieu of taxes from $4,000 to $5,000, which the Village Board unanimously approved last week.

The school has been paying the same amount for the past five years and to be in line with inflation, the district agreed to increase that amount, said Village Manager Chris Lear.

Village selects design firm for Green Tree Road project

River Hills - Green Tree Road will be resurfaced in 2013 and the River Hills Village Board unanimously voted last week to award Clark Dietz Engineers as the firm to design the project.

River Hills was awarded federal funds for 80 percent of the project.

The village was granted Department of Transportation funds for the project because Green Tree Road is the only arterial road in the village, which made it eligible for federal funding, Village Engineer Mustafa Emir said.

"That's the lowest category of roadways eligible for these funds, which is why DOT gave us these," he said.

Board makes appointments to committee, board

Shorewood - The Village Board on Sept. 18 appointed former School Board President Paul Zovic to its Conservation Committee. Zovic's term on the committee runs through May 2014.

The board also named Lance Mueller to its Board of Appeals and Board of Review. Mueller will serve as an alternate on both boards with terms extending through May 2017.

Senior Center to use space in Village Center for storage

Shorewood - The Shorewood Senior Resource Center has been given permission to use underutilized space at the Village Center for storage, following action Tuesday by the Village Board.

SRC, which has used space within the Village Center since its construction in 2002, has long struggled with storage space issues. To remedy the scenario, SRC staff can store equipment underneath a stair well, which is only possible after taking a number of fireproofing steps.

The village will not contribute any funds to make the enhancements necessary to comply with fire codes. Instead, the estimated $15,000 to $20,000 project will be funded through a local donor's trust.

Village Board OKs rezoning request

Shorewood - The Village Board on Sept. 18 approved a request to rezone property at 4214 and 4216 N. Oakland Ave. from a mixed-use designation to 100 percent commercial.

Suzanne Powers, owner of the property, said she intends to use both stories of the building for her real estate office. Under village code, the previous designation of the property prohibited commercial activity on both stories of the dwelling.

Ericka Lang, planning and zoning administrator, said Powers' request does not conflict with long-range planning for the village's central business district.

Village officials to discuss procedures for zoning changes

Shorewood - In an effort to keep residents abreast of potential property zoning changes, Village Manager Chris Swartz announced his intention to discuss possible policies and procedures as requests crop up.

The village currently mails notices to property owners in the immediate vicinity of the land in question. But Swartz said greater strides could be taken.

"I don't want this to be neighbor against neighbor, but I think I think it would be beneficial to look at this," Swartz said.

The issue is to be placed on a future Village Board meeting agenda.

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