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Rain barrel art initiative offered in Port PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 20:51

A rain barrel art initiative is being sponsored by the City of Port Washington and Kleen Test Products.

    For the event, which is intended to promote water conservation and showcase local artists, Kleen Test will provide barrels for local artists, volunteers, students and families to paint.

    The goal is to have people paint the barrels in Coal Dock Park and throughout the downtown Saturday, Aug. 22, but they may be painted earlier and brought to the park.

    The painting event is intended to coincide with the visit of the tall ship Denis Sullivan and the city’s farmers market.

    Completed barrels will be displayed on Main Street  from Aug. 23 through Sept. 13. During that time, an online auction for the barrels will be conducted

    Bidding will be at

    Proceeds from the auction will go toward initiatives funded by the city’s Environmental Planning Committee.

    For more information or to reserve a barrel, contact Lisa Zeleske at 284-5585 extension 1009, or visit

Trucks begin moving fly ash in Town of Grafton PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 August 2015 20:43

Signing of agreement paves way for We Energies to start transferring 3,500 truckloads to Hwy. 32 landfill

    Trucks carrying fly ash from a former dumping ground on Stonecroft Drive in the Town of Grafton to a regulated landfill off Highway 32 were expected to start rolling on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

    An agreement paving the way for the controversial transfer was signed by officials from We Energies and town officials Monday.

    The utility on Monday also put into escrow $185,000 to cover the cost of rebuilding Stonecroft Drive after the transfer is completed, as well as funds to cover the town’s legal and inspection costs.

    “Now, we’ll see how it goes,” Town Chairman Lester Bartel said. “The sooner it gets done, the better.”

    Preparation work at the site began on Tuesday, We Energies spokesman Cathy Schulze said, with ash removal slated to begin on Wednesday.

    The utility plans to move 53,000 cubic yards of fly ash  — an estimated 3,500 truckloads — over the next four to six weeks, she said.

    “The timeline is to have it done, certainly, by the end of October,” Schulze said.

    According to the agreement, work on the site can be done from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, although Bartel said preparatory work can be done as early as 6 a.m.

    Erosion control barriers will be used to ensure fly ash is restricted to the site, and the trucks transporting the material will be covered to ensure it doesn’t fly off the vehicles, officials said.

    With the exception of Stonecroft Drive, the trucks will use county roads — Highways C, CC and 32 — while moving the fly ash.   

    The agreement signed Monday is virtually identical to that approved in a Town Board meeting last month, when officials spent several hours hammering out the final details, Bartel said.

    That agreement outlined everything from the hours work would be allowed on the old fly ash site to the route trucks will take on their way to the landfill on Highway 32 near the I-43 interchange.

    Bartel said town officials have received a few calls about the transfer from concerned residents.Daily Press

    “Most of them just want to be aware of what the process is,” he said, and how to alert officials if there is a problem.

    A complaint line has been set up for anyone to call if there are issues with the transfer. That number is 1-800-242-9137.

    The transfer process will allow the utility to clean up an old dumping ground that town officials didn’t know existed until a month ago and fill the two active cells at the Highway 32 landfill and allow the utility to seal those, Schulze said. The utility owns about 175 acres there, and 70 acres are licensed as a landfill, she said, adding about three-quarters of the landfill has been used.

    The fly ash, a product of the Port Washington power plant when it was fueled by coal, was deposited on the Stonecroft Drive property decades ago, before strict environmental controls were enacted.

    The fact that the site existed was news to town officials, who only learned about it last month when the utility sought permission to move it.

    When the work is completed, the dumping ground on Stonecroft Drive will be restored and zoned conservancy, ensuring it will not be built on in the future, the utility and town agreed.

Cost savings drive county bus service changes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO   
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 20:39

Cutting back on Grafton, Mequon stops expected to trim $66,000 from budget

The Ozaukee County Express bus will save about $66,000 a year by eliminating a Grafton pickup and drop-off site and reducing the number of stops in Mequon, according to changes approved by the county’s Public Works Committee.

As of Aug. 31, the bus will no longer stop at the Grafton Target store.

Bus riders will instead use the adjacent Grafton Commons or Highway 32 park and ride stops.

The Summerfest shuttle stop at Target will continue to operate, Transit Supt. Jason Wittek said.

The bus service is also expanding its route to make stops at Schlitz Park, a business park at the former Schlitz Brewery site in downtown Milwaukee, Wittek said.

“These changes are ways to speed up the route and make things more efficient,” he said.

For example, riders who board the bus at Highway C in Cedarburg should arrive in downtown Milwaukee in 20 minutes, Wittek said.

Mequon riders currently board the bus at Port Washington Road and Venture Court six times each day on southbound trips and exit 11 times on northbound trips.

Three northbound stops will be eliminated, Wittek said, adding only about 10 riders use the stop each day.

“Riders who live north of Mequon will have a much quicker ride home,” Wittek said.

The changes will also serve Schlitz Park, which has about 4,500 employees, said Kerry Thomas, executive director of MetroGo, a regional transportation group.

A survey last year indicated that at least 55 Schlitz Park employees live near the Ozaukee County Express route.

The business park plans to add 350 employees in the next few years, Thomas said.

The changes will eliminate two hours of bus travel each day, Wittek said. “This will save us money and make bus trips feel more like they are express trips,” he said.Daily Press

The changes have nothing to do with Milwaukee County Transit System, which operates the Express route, and Amalgamated Transit Union 988’s ongoing contract negotiations, Wittek said.

There are no threats of a strike or service interruption at this time, he said.

Express bus service and Summerfest shuttle rides were suspended for three days last month after MCTS and the union couldn’t come to an agreement on a new contract.

‘Big Hero 6’ movie to be shown Friday at park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 20:46

The Movie “Big Hero 6” will be shown in Port Washington’s Veterans Memorial Park Friday, Aug. 7, as part of the Friday Night Flicks series.

    The animated movie, which is rated PG, is described as an action-packed comedy about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who bonds with the plus-sized robot Baymax. The duo teams up with a group of high-tech friends to form a band of heroes.

    The free movie will be shown in the bandshell at dusk. Those attending are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.

Bridges along I-43 to get makeovers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO   
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 20:45

DOT’s 2019 plan calls for work on overpasses that will mean closing lanes, ramps

Ten bridges along I-43 from Arrowhead Road to Silver Beach Road will receive a makeover in 2019, which will cause lane and ramp closures during various stages of the projects.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Lakeside Engineers, a Brookfield-based firm, will design the project over the next two years with construction beginning in 2019.

The bridges to be impacted include Arrowhead Road, highways 32 and V, Ulao Parkway, Sauk Road, Highway P, Sandy Beach Road, Cedar Beach Road, Highway D and Silver Beach Road.

Bridge decks on Arrowhead Road, Highway D and Silver Beach Road have received several overlays and are nearing the end of their intended use, DOT officials said at a July 14 public information meeting in the Village of Belgium.

Proposed work includes:

• Arrowhead Road, Town of Grafton: A new bridge deck will be installed, closing one lane of traffic during construction.

The bridge will also be painted to extend the life of the girders and new guard rails will be installed.

• Highways 32 and V, Town of Grafton: Overlay will be applied on both bridge decks and girders will be painted.

One lane will be maintained in each direction during construction.

• Ulao Parkway, Town of Grafton: Road will be closed during the painting of bridge girders and asphalt overlay.  

• Sauk Road, Town of Grafton: Road will be closed during painting of bridge girders due to construction equipment staging.

• Highway P, Sandy Beach Road and Cedar Beach Road, Town of Belgium: Road will be closed during concrete overlay of the bridge deck. Guard rails will be installed on both approaches to the bridge.

• Highway D, Village of Belgium: New bridge deck will be installed.

The deck will be constructed in halves, with one lane of traffic closed during construction.

Ramp closures are expected during the bridge construction.

The bridge will also be painted.

• Silver Beach Road, Town of Belgium: Road will be closed to replace bridge deck and paint girders.

Guard rails will be installed on both approaches to the bridge.

Ramp gates will also be installed at the entrance ramps to I-43 at Highway 60, highways 32 and V, Highway 33, Highway H and Highway D.

Officials from the DOT and Lakeside Engineers stressed that plans are still in the early stages.

Village of Belgium officials would like to see bike paths extended east of I-43 on Highway D as part of the project.

“We have a lot of bikers and pedestrians that cross the bridge to go to Harrington Beach (State Park),” Village President Rich Howells said.

A tentative timeline calls for preliminary plans to be finished by November 2015 and a finalized plan by spring 2017.Daily Press

Public information meetings are scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Belgium Village Hall, 104 Peter Thein Ave., and Thursday, Aug. 13, at Grafton Town Hall, 1230 11th Ave.

For more information on the bridge projects, call Nguyen Ly, project manager for WisDOT, at (262) 548-8739 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Bao Tran, consultant project manager for Lakeside Engineers, at (262) 789-8200 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Lionsfest, fish derby set for this weekend PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 20:27

Fish, food and fun — classic elements for a summer day on the lake — will be plentiful during the 41st annual Port Washington Lionsfest and Fishing Derby, which runs from Friday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 2.

    Live music will run throughout the free festival on the city’s lakefront.

    Friday’s headliner will be The Cheap Shots, a Milwaukee band that specializes in classic rock. The band, which plays many festivals throughout southeastern Wisconsin, will take the stage at 7 p.m.

    Traditional country will be the focus from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday when The Carpetbaggers perform.

    Modern country will be featured when Crossfire performs at 7 p.m.

    Port Washington’s own Will Pfrang, a singer and songwriter, will front the Will Pfrang Band from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

    A mix of Zydeco, blues and polka music will be performed by Copper Box, which will close the festival from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

    A variety of foods will be sold at Lionsfest, including brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, fish and chips and ice cream. Beer, wine coolers, soda and bottled water will also be sold.

    The fish derby will be held Saturday and Sunday, with anglers vying for $4,450 in cash prizes, including a $1,500 grand prize, four $300 first-place prizes and other cash and merchandise.

    Advance derby tickets may be purchased at the Bait Box in Port Washington or the Port marina.

    The festival and fishing derby are sponsored by the Port Washington Lions Club.

    For more information, call Dave Mueller at (262) 370-5343.

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