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PW-S board still needs someone to fill vacant seat PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 18:24

    The Port Washington-Saukville School Board chose a new president Monday but has yet to find a person to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of its former leader.

    Carey Gremminger, the board’s vice president, was elected president by her fellow board members. Brenda Fritsch was named vice president.

    Gremminger succeeds Jim Eden, who served as president for two years before stepping down from the board in March to focus on professional responsibilities.

    Because Eden resigned mid-term, the board intends to appoint his replacement — if it can find one.

    The board, which is currently operating one person short of its nine members, had planned to make the appointment by mid-April but hasn’t received any applications.

    Part of the challenge, administrators said, is that Eden represented a relatively small portion of the district comprised of parts of the towns of Saukville and Grafton. With only about 350 registered voters living in the area, there is a relatively small pool of potential board members, administrators said.

    Although board members are elected at large, they represent geographical areas within the district.

    For now, the board intends to keep looking for a new member. Applications are available at the district office, 100 W. Monroe St., Port Washington. Questions should be directed to Supt. Michael Weber at 268-6005.

    If a board member is not appointed by the April 2015 election, a write-in candidate could fill the vacancy, Weber said.Daily-Press

    There are other options, although none of them seem to appeal to board members.

    The number of board members could be reduced from nine to seven, even five, or the representation areas within the district could be reconfigured by, for instance, combining the portion of the district that includes the towns of Saukville and Grafton with the Town of Port Washington. Both options require petitions signed by 100 registered voters and referendums.

 
Franklin St. traffic will be shifted for utility work PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 17:08

    Traffic on Franklin Street in downtown Port Washington will be shifted for a couple of days early next week.

    That’s because a private construction crew is expected to tap into the water main to extend service to the Port Exploreum — the museum being created in the former Businessman’s Club by the Port Washington Historical Society — city officials said Tuesday.

    The crew is scheduled to cut into the street on the west side of the 100 block of Franklin Street Monday, tapping into the water main and then drilling east under the pavement to bring a water line into the building, Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven said.

    Traffic will be directed onto the east side of the street, with northbound vehicles traveling in the east parking lane and southbound vehicles using the adjacent traffic lane, he said.

    There will be no parking in the 100 block of Franklin Street on Monday, Vanden Noven said.

    On Tuesday, as the concrete poured by construction crews hardens, the western parking lane will be opened, he said. Traffic, however, will continue to be moved to the east side of the roadway.

    Wednesday, traffic and parking should return to normal, Vanden Noven said.

 
Bridge painting to detour motorists along Highway LL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 17:01

Traffic along Highway LL in the Town of Port Washington was expected to be detoured starting Wednesday, May 7, by the Department of Transportation.

    The detour will run along Highway 32 north to Highway KW, then east along Highway A to Highway LL.

    The detour is needed because crews will be painting the bridges that carry traffic on I-43 over Highway LL, said Jeffrey Laubenheimer, project construction leader.

    The crews will hang tarps as a containment system as they sandblast and then paint the steel girders that the bridges sit on, Laubenheimer said.

    “We expect the work will be done by July 4,” he said. “The painters believe it will be done quicker.”

    Members of the Port Washington Town Board on Monday expressed some concern about the detour.
    “People are going to take the path of least resistance,” Town Clerk Jenny Schlenvogt said, and that means many are likely to use Lake Drive and Highland Road. “That could generate some complaints from residents and some hassles.”

 
City to rezone land for baseball complex PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 17:00

    The former Schanen farm — 40 acres on the south side of Highway 33 just east of Jackson Road — will be rezoned by the City of Port Washington.

    The property has been in the city’s master plan with a combination of zoning uses approved by the Common Council — commercial lots along Highway 33, with a stormwater detention pond on the corner of Jackson Road and Highway 33, residential lots on the east side bordering Bley Park Estates and a baseball complex on the southwest portion of the property.

    The land is currently zoned agricultural.

    City Planner Randy Tetzlaff told aldermen Tuesday that zoning generally follows lot lines.

    It’s not ideal to have several areas with different zoning on one parcel, but it’s not illegal, City Attorney Eric Eberhardt said.

    Tetzlaff said the zoning change will require a public hearing, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20. The council is expected to act on the rezoning that night.

    The hearing will give concerned neighbors a chance to be heard, Tetzlaff said.

    One neighbor came to the Plan Commission to express some concerns when plans for the baseball complex were approved in March, he noted.

    “The organizers of the baseball complex really want to make sure that they’re not hijacked along the way and the rezoning isn’t a problem,” he said.

    Port Youth Baseball hopes to begin work on the complex later this year, Ald. Mike Ehrlich said.

     The complex includes four fields — a regulation field, intermediate-sized field and two Little League fields. In the center of the fields would be a concessions stand, which would include restrooms.
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    Other amenities, such as walking trails and a playground that would be built by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, would be integrated into the design.

    The first phase of the project includes a concessions stand and the two largest fields — a regulation field and an intermediate sized field — as well as infrastructure costs.



 
Collision with school bus injures car driver, students PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Friday, 02 May 2014 16:25

A 21-year-old Town of Cedarburg man crashed his car into a school bus Thursday in Grafton, injuring himself and several students.

Police said the man was driving north on Wisconsin Avenue at 3:54 p.m. when he went through a red light and struck a Riteway bus headed east on Falls Road.

Three students sustained minor injuries. Two were treated at the scene, and another was transported to a local hospital, where she was treated and released.

The man, who was alone in the car, had to be extricated from the vehicle when it became wedged under the side of the bus.

He was transported to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. His condition was unknown Friday morning.  

The bus was taking 25 students home on a regular after-school route.

Grafton police, firefighters and other emergency personnel, including Cedarburg crews, responded to the scene.

Grafton Fire Chief William Rice said the students were quickly removed from the bus because gasoline had spilled on the road. They were placed in a nearby bus and picked up by family members within an hour, he said.

Students who complained of injuries were checked by emergency personnel before being released, Rice said.

Grafton School Supt. Mel Lightner, who also responded to the scene, said officials did what they could to comfort the students, many of whom were emotionally upset by the accident.

“Bus accidents are very, very frightening, especially to children,” Lightner said.

“Fortunately, everyone responded quickly, and we were able to get them into the hands of their loved ones.”

Rice and Lightner praised the quick response of emergency crews and other officials.Daily-Press

“Under the circumstances, it was a very successful collaboration between Grafton and Cedarburg departments and local school officials, too,” Rice said.

“It could have been a lot worse.”

Police said the driver of the car was cited for failing to stop at the intersection.



For a more recent update of this story, check out the May 8, 2014 edition of the Ozaukee Press.

 
Full lineup unveiled for Freeport celebration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 18:22

Three more musical acts to join headliners Smithereens, Llanas for July 4 street festival

The full musical lineup for Port Washington’s Freeport Music celebration on Friday, July 4, has been announced.

    In addition to headliners The Smithereens and Sam Llanas, formerly of the BoDeans,  the lineup will include Port Washington’s Will Pfrang, Tommy Keene and Familiar Looking Strangers.

    To celebrate the Freeport Music Series’ 10th anniversary, founder Bob Mittnacht decided to hold one large concert on Franklin Street instead of the traditional monthly events in the bandshell in Veterans Memorial Park.

    The celebration will be set up much like the annual street festival with two blocks of Franklin Street closed off to accommodate the concert.

    “We wanted to do a really big show. This will be a very impressive show, a lot bigger than the typical Freeport concert,” Mittnacht said.

    “We wanted to give the community something a little bigger as a thank you for everyone who’s come out and supported us all these years.”

    The event will run from 3 to 9:30 p.m., when the fireworks are shot off.

    Opening the festival will be Pfrang, a singer-songwriter who will perform at 2:30 p.m.
    Pfrang has attended the Rocky Mountain Song School and Folks Festival, and has been performing throughout the area for several years.

    Keene, a guitarist, singer and songwriter, will perform at 3:30 p.m.

    His 1984 extended play recording garnered a four-star review in Rolling Stones magazine and was one of the year’s top independent releases. He’s recorded 10 albums and performed with Velvet Rush and on recordings by the Goo Goo Dolls.

    Familiar Looking Strangers, a band hailing from Liverpool, England, will play at 5 p.m.

    The band, which has performed in the area over the past couple years, is expected to release new music this year.

    Llanas, who will take the stage at 6:30 p.m., is a singer, acoustic guitarist and songwriter who is known for his distinctive voice. He founded Absinthe with Milwaukee musicians Jim Eannelli and Guy Hoffman, formerly of the Violent Femmes.

    He is expected to release a new studio recording, “The Whole Night Thru,” this summer.

    The Smithereens, a band that was big in the 1980s and early 1990s, will be the headliner, performing from 8 p.m. until the close of the event.

    The band, one of the bigger MTV groups, released its first album, “Especially for You,” in 1986. That album included “Blood and Roses” and “Behind the Wall of Sleep.”Daily-Press

    The band’s other hits include “Only a Memory,” “House We Used to Live In,” “Drown in My Own Tears” and “A Girl Like You.”

    Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the celebration.

    For more information on the concert, visit www.freeportmusic.org or call the Port Washington Parks and Recreation Department at 284-5881.


 
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