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Weekend events at Belgium preserve to honor Cutright PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 19:22

Bird counts, tree plantings, wetland workshops and dedication of Noel’s Knoll in memory of ornithologist Noel Cutright, who died last year, will be held this weekend at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in the Town of Belgium. The 142-acre
migratory preserve at 4970 Country Club Rd. is owned by the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust.
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    From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, a tree planting party will be held to plant 50 trees. Volunteers are needed.


    From 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, a healthy wetlands workshop and field trip to two wetland restoration areas are planned.


    On Sunday, the Big Sit, an international bird counting event, will be held from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the hawk watch platform.


    The dedication of Noel’s Knoll will be from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, when friends will share memories of Cutright.


    All events are free. For more information, contact Mike Hoffer by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (910) 612-1909 or Bill Mueller by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   

 

 
City roadwork should be done by end of October PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 19:19

    Road construction season should be over in Port Washington at the end of October, Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven told the Common Council Tuesday.

    Construction crews are expected to pave all of Van Buren Street and the southern two blocks of South Milwaukee Street this week, Vanden Noven said.

    Curb and gutter will be placed on Milwaukee Street between Dodge to Walters streets next week, and that road will be paved the last week of October, he said.

    Prospect Street is expected to follow a similar schedule, Vanden Noven said, with excavation work done this week, curb and gutter installed in two weeks and paving to follow the last week of October.

    Vanden Noven said he is still working to determine when landscape restoration will be done. It hasn’t been determined if the parkways will be sodded this fall or seeded in spring, he said.

    This year’s street construction projects are about five weeks behind schedule, impeded largely by three things, Vanden Noven said.roadwork

    “The project started a few weeks later than we thought it would,” he said, because of rain in April and May that delayed contractors’ work on other projects.

    Once work began, contractors discovered poor soils under many of the streets, which meant they had to excavate deeper and remove more of the roadbed, Vanden Noven said.

    In particular, on Van Buren and Milwaukee Streets, gas lines had to be moved to avoid potential problems, delaying excavation work, he said.

 
Port FD, PD open house activities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 18:32

fireAnyone who ever wanted to inspect a fire engine or police squad car, climb the aerial ladder in a fire truck or check out an ambulance is invited to the Port Washington Fire and Police Stations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5.

    The open house at the fire station, 104 W. Washington St., will open with a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon. All-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage and bacon will be served for $5. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free.

    The open house will also feature rides on the bucket in the ladder truck, fire extinguisher and extrication demonstrations, and blood pressure screenings.


    There will also be a scuba diving demonstration in a large tank, with the diver equipped to talk to those on dry land.


    Fire safety and fire prevention handouts will be distributed. A drawing for a chance to ride to school in a fire truck will be held.


    Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers will also be given to some participants.


    At the police station, 365 N. Wisconsin St., there will be tours of the building and the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department Command Vehicle.


    Child fingerprinting kits will be available, and bike safety information handed out.


    The open houses are being held in conjunction with national Fire Safety Week, Fire Chief Mark Mitchell said.

 

 
Lighting up the night: PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 18:10

Hundreds of sky lanterns will rise over Coal Dock Park Saturday, just weeks after city considered banning them

    Just weeks after the Common Council considered banning sky lanterns, 500 of them will be lit Saturday at Port Washington’s Coal Dock Park.

    The second annual lantern launch sponsored by Port Main Street Inc. will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27.

    If it’s windy, the event will be postponed to Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Main Street Executive Director Lauren Richmond said.coalLG

    “If it’s raining, it’s not happening for sure,” she said. “But it’s really the wind that we have to be careful of.”

    Main Street will have volunteers in the marina to keep an eye out for any lanterns that fall onto boats, she said.

    The Port Washington Fire Department will also have a crew there, Chief Mark Mitchell said.

    “Once they’re launched, they’re at the mercy of the wind,” he said, noting that the department received a complaint about errant lanterns landing on boats and parked vehicles from a marina tenant earlier this year.

    That complaint led Mitchell and the Police and Fire Commission to recommend the city outlaw sky lanterns due to the risk of fire.

    The Common Council tabled the recommendation earlier this month, paving the way for Saturday’s launch.

    “Hopefully nothing happens,” Mitchell said. “Maybe the city will do something in the future.”

    About 400 of the lanterns have already been sold, Richmond said.

    The remainder will be sold for $10 each at the Port farmers market Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the park from 4 to 7 p.m.

    Richmond noted that the event, while a successful fundraiser for Main Street, is being brought back because of the community response.

    “That really was the driving force for us — the community and residents requested it,” she said. “This event is supposed to represent a positive community experience, and we want to wrap our arms around things like that.”

    If the sky lantern launch is postponed, a message will be left on the Main Street phone at 268-1132 and on the group’s Facebook page.


 

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Port officials get firsthand look at street woes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 18:07

Hour-long tour of city’s worst roads gives aldermen idea of what repairs should be top priorities

    Port Washington aldermen took a road trip before the Common Council meeting last week — a trip engineered to alert officials to the deteriorating condition of the city’s streets.

    Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven drove aldermen on an hour-long tour of the streets, arming officials with a color-coded map that listed the worst streets in the city.

    “Most of these streets are getting along because we’ve done a lot of patching,” Vanden Noven said. “But some of these roads overnight give it up.”

    He cited Sunrise Drive as one of these roads, saying it is “beyond patching. There’s just nothing to it.”

    On Woodland Avenue, similar conditions exist, he said.

    “It’s kind of hard to put a decent patch on this because there’s nothing much to attach it to,” Vanden Noven said. “It’s flat, so the water sits there. It doesn’t drain. That’s why you get these problems.”

    When he rated the street conditions this year, Vanden Noven said, he was surprised by how bad some of the streets are, particularly on the north and west sides of the city.

    He pointed out sunken patches and alligator cracking that extended the full length and width of some streets, saying, “I suspect there’s not a lot of road base under these because of the condition they’re in.

    “It’s not really uncommon that they just laid gravel over whatever was there, especially in the older parts of the city.”

    He compared Montgomery Street and the northern part of Benjamin Street to Milwaukee Street, which is being rebuilt this year.

    “The curb is higher than the street, so your drainage is awful,” he said. “This is particularly bad.”

    The words terrible and horrible were repeated frequently as he pointed out the condition of city streets that he recently told aldermen it would cost $20 million to repair.

    “Harrison’s a disaster. We all know Dodge is terrible,” he said. Of James Drive, he said, “This is brutal.”

    Ald. Kevin Rudser noted that Michael Court appeared never to have gotten a final layer of asphalt, pointing out the fact the street had sunk significantly next to the curb pan.

    “These streets are pretty bad,” Vanden Noven said. “I’ve seen this before. Water probably puddles until it gets swallowed by the alligator cracks.”

    Then, he said, the water is absorbed by the subsoil and eventually freezes, putting pressure on the surface and causing more alligator cracking.

    That’s exacerbated by poor drainage caused when asphalt was laid over the curb pan, Mayor Tom Mlada said.

    Ald. Dan Becker pointed out weeds growing around manholes, curbs and sewers.

    “You’ve got a garden growing in the street,” he said.  

    As they headed down Larabee Street on the city’s west side, Mayor Tom Mlada said he often visits the Senior Center, and every time he’s there he hears complaints about the condition of the road.

    “You could have driven down any of those streets, and they’re all bad,” Becker said.

    Ald. Doug Biggs added, “It’s just a matter of degrees.”Daily-Press

    Aldermen took up the cause during the tour, asking Vanden Noven to head down streets in their districts that are in need of work.

    The road trip didn’t result in any action Tuesday, but it reiterated Vanden Noven’s message to aldermen earlier this month — the city needs to commit a signficant amount of money, perhaps $1 million annually, to fixing its streets.


 
United Way raises the bar with $285,000 campaign goal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by CAROL POMEDAY   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 18:56

Northern Ozaukee branch steps up fundraising effort in response to community needs

    United Way of Northern Ozaukee County  is ready to kick off its campaign to raise $285,000, which is $22,000 more than was raised last year.

    The goal is greater because the needs of the community are greater, said Barbara Bates-Nelson, United Way executive director.

    “I’m very concerned about what is going to happen this year with the Y and us having fundraising at the same time,” she said, referring to the Keep the Feith campaign to raise $1 million by Sept. 29 when the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA in Saukville is scheduled to be sold at auction.

    While that’s a worthy endeavor she supports, Bates-Nelson said, she hopes area residents also remember that there are many people in the community who struggle to meet day-to-day needs.

    In March, United Way awarded $179,000 to 15 nonprofit agencies in the county.

    Last month, it awarded another $50,000 in community impact grants to eight agencies to start new programs. The grants came from funds received between March and June, bringing the total money awarded to $227,000, Bates-Nelson said.

    “We continue to see unmet needs within the community,” she said. “We want to be supportive and raise the bar on what we do for the community. Because every agency is running so lean, sometimes they can’t do some of the things they want to do.”

    The grants will fund the following programs:

    • Advocates Inc., which provides shelter and services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, received $14,500 to help individuals who are on the verge of losing their homes. The grant will provide up to one month’s back rent due to an unforeseen expense. The agency will provide support and case management for people at risk of being homeless.

    • Balance Inc. received $4,000 to develop programs for children with disabilities to improve their social skills.

    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee received $4,000 to provide college mentors in schools for at-risk children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

    • Family Sharing of Ozaukee will use a $3,500 grant to provide fans, blankets and other items for migrant workers.

    • The Jail Literacy Program received $1,220 to develop art workshops for inmates.

    • Ozaukee Family Services received $4,000 for parent cafes, a four-part series in adult learning and family support to develop parent leadership opportunities.

    • Portal Inc. received $6,465 to provide training for work incentive benefits specialists to assist people with disabilities who enter the workplace.

    • Volunteer Center of Ozaukee received $5,000 to coordinate a holiday-needs program for people who are alone or depressed during the holidays.

    “We’re very humbled each year when we review the applications for the grants,” Bates-Nelson said. “Although we were able to help many through this year’s grants, there is still more to be done.

    “We received requests that far exceeded our budget, all a result of the financial challenges that a growing segment of our community is facing.”

    A kickoff for the campaign will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Port Washington State Bank’s community room, formerly the Wilson House.

    Honorary chairmen for the 2014-15 campaign are Ruth Lansing and Warren Stumpe.

    For more information on the campaign, visit www.unitedwayno.org or call Bates-Nelson at (248) 613-7855.


 
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