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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 19:08

Group hires city’s marketing and communications coordinator to oversee its mission of revitalizing downtown Port

Maureen McCourt Boylan has been named the new executive director of Port Washington Main Street Inc.

Boylan, who will take over as the Main Street director on Dec. 5, is completing her term as the City of Port’s coordinator of marketing and communications.

She had previously worked in marketing and communications for the city as a member of the marketing and communications committee.

She served on the board of directors for nonprofit organizations in the community and was president of the Port Chamber of Commerce for more than a year.

Boylan has experience in the communications industry, having spent years as a freelance writer and journalist for publications that include the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

That experience will help her reach her goal of enhancing communications between downtown businesses, investors and community partners, Boylan said.

Her goals also include building on Main Street’s past successes by bringing new businesses to downtown and increasing the events that bring people to Port, as well as broadening the size and reach of the farmers market.

Main Street Board President Wayne Chrusciel said the appointment is a sign of the board’s commitment to growing the Main Street program.

“We believe her background and familiarity with Port Washington make her the perfect person to guide Main Street as we move into the next stage of Port Washington’s incredible development,” he said.

Boylan isn’t a native of Port Washington or the area. She moved to Wisconsin from Ohio eight years ago, settling first in Milwaukee and, after a day trip to Port Washington with her children, in Port.

“I am excited to start a new challenge within my beloved city and look forward to working with the great people connected to Main Street and beyond,” she said.

Boylan was appointed to the position by the Main Street board Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Since the beginning of the year, the job of executive director has been shared by  Cathy Wilger and Amy Gannon, longtime Main Street volunteers and directors. At that time, the board announced it would be re-examining the office and its responsibilities after the resignation of former director Lauren Richmond.Daily Press

 
Teen charged with dealing drugs while a student at GHS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:53

Undercover officer picked her up from school to buy marijuana, ecstasy in 2015, complaint says

A 20-year-old Grafton man and a 19-year-old Port Washington woman were charged last week in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with repeatedly selling drugs to an undercover officer in late 2014 and early 2015 when the woman was a student at Grafton High School.

On three occasions, the undercover officer picked Hailee E. Ziehr up from school during the middle or near the end of the school day to exchange money for marijuana and ecstasy, according to the criminal complaint.

Ziehr faces four counts of delivering marijuana and two counts of delivering designer drugs near a school or park.

She is accused of working with Jacob R. Wandel, who is charged with five counts of delivering marijuana near a school or park.

The first contact Wandel and Ziehr had with the undercover Ozaukee County sheriff’s deputy mentioned in the complaint was on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, when the deputy exchanged text messages with Wandel and agreed to meet him at the Clark gas station at 1020 Washington St.

At the gas station, the deputy saw Ziehr walk out of Wandel’s nearby house. She got into the officer’s car and sold him $90 worth of marijuana, the complaint states.

On Tuesday, Jan. 6, the deputy exchanged text messages with Ziehr, then picked her up from Grafton High School at 2:50 p.m. The deputy drove her to 11th Avenue, where she purchased marijuana from her drug source. She then sold the drugs to the deputy for $95, according to the complaint.

On Monday, Jan. 12, the deputy picked Ziehr up from school at 12:15 p.m. After she got into his car, Ziehr handed him a bag of marijuana and a bag of white powder that tests revealed was ecstasy in exchange for $115. At Ziehr’s request, the deputy then drove her to a friend’s house, then back to the high school, the complaint states.

Later the same day, the deputy again met Ziehr at Grafton High School and paid her $40 for ecstasy tablets.

On Friday, Jan. 16, the deputy made arrangements with Wandel to meet outside a home on 12th Avenue. At that location, Ziehr came out of the house and sold the deputy $625 worth of marijuana, according to the complaint.

Wandel is also charged with selling the deputy a total of $2,430 of marijuana on three occasions in January.

Delivering marijuana is a felony punishable by a maximum 1-1/2 years in prison and two years of extended supervision.

Delivering designer drugs is punishable by a maximum 7-1/2 years in prison and five years of extended supervision.

Because all the alleged drug deals occurred near schools or parks — Grafton High School, Little Friends Learning Center and Veterans Park — Ziehr and Wandel would face an additional five years in prison for every count they are convicted of. 

Ziehr and Wandel are scheduled to make their initial court appearances on Dec. 20 before Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy.Daily Press

 
Town of Port budget plan cuts spending PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:49

Proposed 2017 package that calls for 12.6% reduction in expenditures will go to hearing Nov. 21

Town of Port Washington residents will get their chance to weigh in on a proposed 2017 budget when the Town Board holds its annual hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21.

The proposed budget reflects a 12.6% decrease in expenditures, largely due to a significant decrease in the capital outlay budget, and a 1.8% decrease in spending.

Because of that, officials said, the town property tax is likely to remain the same as last year.

 
Hwy. 33 crash in Town of Saukville kills motorcyclist PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:47

A 66-year-old West Bend man was killed Sunday morning, Nov. 13, after his motorcycle was struck by a car at the intersection of Highways 33 and I in the Town of Saukville.

According to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department, the collision occurred shortly before 11 a.m. as John Tepper was riding his 2009 Harley Davidson Electra-Glide Classic west on Highway 33.

Officials say a southbound Volkswagen Golf driven by 30-year-old Aleksandr Boreesenko of the Town of Fredonia crossed the intersection and into the path of the oncoming Harley.

The accident report says the motorcycle struck the driver’s side of the crossing car.

According to his family, Mr. Tepper was on his way home from attending Sunday services at Open Door Bible Church in Port Washington.

The accident remains under investigation, but Boreesenko was issued a citation for failing to yield the right of way from a stop sign which resulted in death.

The complaint has been forwarded to the Ozaukee County district attorney’s office for review.

Authorities reported that traffic was diverted from the crash site for about four hours.Daily Press

 
Town of Saukville woman charged with growing marijuana PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 18:58

A 46-year-old Town of Saukville woman faces drug charges after the Ozaukee County Anti-Drug Task Force discovered a marijuana growing operation on her Highway Y property.

Heidi S. Johnson was charged on Oct. 28 with felony counts of  manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a drug-trafficking place, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

According to the criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court, authorities searched the property on Sept. 30 after receiving two text message tips, one of which included photos of marijuana growing on the property on the far north end of the town.

Eleven marijuana plants were found on the property. Some were growing behind a shed and in pots on the back porch. Others had been harvested and were drying in a shed, the complaint states.

The marijuana from the plants drying in the shed weighted more than 5 pounds, according to the complaint.

In the house, authorities found marijuana and marijuana seeds in Mason jars, zip-close bags and a shoebox. They also discovered a digital scale, cigarette roller and marijuana grinder, the complaint states.

Johnson told authorities she was responsible for planting, cultivating and harvesting the marijuana, which she used, according to the complaint.

Johnson is scheduled to make her initial court appearance on Nov. 15.

Manufacturing marijuana carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison and three years of extended supervision. Maintaining a drug house is punishable by a maximum 1-1/2 years in prison and two years of extended supervision.Daily Press

 
City to cut back on curbside wood chipping PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 18:56

Port Works Board agrees to reduce crews’ time at homes, charge residents when services take longer than 14 minutes

Anticipating that there will be “an explosion” of dead ash trees due to the emerald ash borer in the coming years, the Port Washington Board of Public Works on Tuesday decided to reduce the time it will spend chipping wood at homes before residents are charged.

Beginning next year, the city will chip wood outside homes for as long as 14 minutes with no charge, the board agreed. After that, residents will be charged $1.83 a minute, with a minimum of five minutes ($9.16), plus a $10 administrative fee.

Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven recommended the change, saying he wants to discourage people from hiring a contractor to take down their dead trees and then placing the wood at the curb for the city to handle.

“I can see that overwhelming our staff next year,” he said. “We’re not trying to make money on this, but to encourage homeowners to have their contractors take care of the chipping.”

Too often, Vanden Noven said, “contractors will tell the homeowner it’ll be $1,200 to take down your tree but only $1,000 if we don’t have to chip it.” 

J.D. Hoile, who will become the city’s street commissioner later this month, told the board some contractors will cut the bill by half if they don’t have to chip the wood.

“We have to discourage them from saying, ‘Let’s have the city do it,’” Hoile said. “It’s going to be an issue. We can see it now.”

Board members were initially wary of the change, saying they did not want to penalize people who trim the trees at their home and need to get rid of the resulting brush.

“That’s a really nice service the city offers,” Ald. Mike Ehrlich, a member of the board, said.

Street Commissioner Dave Ewig said that it won’t affect most people.

“Our crews can chip an awful lot of brush in 15 minutes,” he said.

City arborist Jon Crain agreed, saying, “It’s not going to affect the average person who trims their trees. You almost have to have a full tree removal (to incur a charge).”

Board member Jason Wittek questioned who times the crews when they chip. Ewig noted that the crews are good at estimating the time it will take when they arrive at a home, and if they suspect it will take a great deal of time they keep track.

Vanden Noven said the change will also  help the city keep its expenses low. Currently, when the crew spends more than 20 minutes at a house, a staff member checks to see which workers are there and calculates the exact cost to the city.

The new policy charges a flat fee based on the average wage paid to the full-time street department crew and the summer help, he said.

The board also approved spending $56,431 to buy 617 trees to be planted by the street department next year. Of those, 417 will be planted in spring and 200 in fall.

“We’re planting more trees than ever,” Vanden Noven said. “With the emerald ash borer, we have quite a few more trees to replace.”

In addition, the city has taken on the task of planting trees in two subdivisions — the developers of each has paid the city for this service — and to replace trees along the streets when roads are rebuilt.

Crain told the board that the price of trees has increased significantly. The supply is limited, both because of the emerald ash borer and the fact that more people are building homes and landscaping, and that has driven up the price.

“It’s incredible the increase in price,” Ewig said, noting that about five years ago the city paid $50 for a Kentucky coffeetree. Today, the price is $100 or more.

Crain also noted that the city will be purchasing some trees grown in containers, something that hasn’t been done in the recent past. The price is comparable to other trees, he said, and they are easier to handle.Daily Press

 
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