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Pit bulls in garage prompt police call PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 17:06

Port Washington police investigated a possible case of dog fighting this week but found the complaint unfounded.

    A caller reported that they had heard the fighting may have been occurring at a home on North Holden Street, so officers responded on June 26.

    A woman at the home told officers her son was staying with her while he looked for a place in the country, according to police.

    The man, who was described as someone who transported pit bulls to dog shows, had seven animals kenneled in the garage, police said. All of the dogs were in good health, with no scratches on them, officers reported.

    The man was told to check with city hall to see if any permits were needed in order to keep the animals, police said.

    Although the city limits the number of dogs kept by a homeowner to two, the fact that the animals were being kept at the residence temporarily and the man was seeking another place to live and care for the canines were seen as extenuating circumstances, police said.

    In other police news, six people were issued citations for underage drinking after police received a report of a party in the 600 block of Sauk Drive on June 28.

    Those cited included a 17-year-old Port girl, two 18-year-old Port women and three 19-year-olds — one male and two female — from Port Washington and Cedarburg.

    Four other underage drinkers were cited on June 22 after police received a report that two men were yelling for 30 minutes near Sunset Road and Westport Drive.badge

    Cited were two 19-year-old Port Washington men, a 19-year-old Saukville resident and a 18-year-old Lakewood man.

 
Holiday Inn sales talks under way PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 17:05

Owners of Harborview negotiating with potential buyer of downtown hotel

    The owners of the Harborview Holiday Inn are negotiating with a potential buyer of the downtown hotel.

    “We are working with a potential buyer,” said Eric Lund, who co-owns the hotel with Craig Stark.

    “It (a sale) may, in the next 30 to 60 days, happen. But often as you go through real estate transactions, anything and everything can happen.”

    Rumors that a sale has occurred are false, he said.

    “The hotel is not sold. Craig and I still own the hotel,” Lund said. “We are working with a potential buyer.”

    Earlier this year, Lund said he and Stark were discussing a potential sale with several people interested in the hotel, but downplayed the talks as preliminary at best.

    Lund, who is chief operating officer of S&L Hospitality, which manages the Harborview, said in February that he and Stark would like to stay involved in the hotel’s operation in some capacity.

    The two men have owned the former Harborside since 1998, when they and a group of investors purchased it from the Smith family. Since then, he and Stark have bought out the other partners.

    “We love the market. We love the hotel. It’s been a great property for us,” Lund said. “It’s got a very unique setting and is a unique destination.”

    The 96-room hotel in the heart of downtown Port has long been a hub for tourists and fishermen and is seen by officials as vital to the health of downtown.

    Not only does it provide lodging for visitors and businessmen, it is a vital source of room tax revenue for the city.Daily-Press

    Last year, the Holiday Inn Harborview brought in about $146,000 in room taxes, more than half the city’s total room tax revenue, according to officials. Room tax revenue is split between the city and the Port Tourism Council.

 
Board says yes to Lasata renovations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 17:03

Supervisors’ unanimous vote paves way for county to invest $10 million in facility

    The Ozaukee County Board on Wednesday charted a definitive course for Lasata Care Center by voting unanimously to invest $10 million in the 58-year-old nursing home in Cedarburg.

    Supervisors voted 24-0 to borrow $10 million over the next 20 years to renovate an aging facility that, if not modernized, would bleed cash, become a property tax burden and possibly be sold, according to officials. “We will get a good renovation of our facility that will last for many years to come and serve our citizens, which is what we all want,” Supr. Kathy Geracie of Cedarburg said.

    The county expects to borrow the money at a 3.18% interest rate that would cost $3.77 million in interest over the term of the loan.

    Annual debt payments are expected to be $688,300, which would add about 7 cents per $1,000 of equalized property value to the tax rate, officials said.

    While the need for nursing home renovations is apparent, it was the financial implications of the alternative that seemed to sway supervisors on the fence regarding the future of the facility.

    The plan is to create a smaller, efficient nursing home that provides more comfortable and dignified care for the county’s oldest residents.

    Without the renovations, the nursing home will lose money at the rate of $717,000 a year, sapping revenues generated by the other components of the campus — the Lasata Heights apartments and Lasata Crossings assisted-living facility — and saddling the county with an annual deficit, according to an analysis by Horty Elving, a Minneapolis-based architectural and engineering firm hired by the county.

    With the renovations, however, the nursing home’s losses will be held to about $193,827 a year. That deficit will be negated by the $647,000 in annual revenue generated by the Heights and Daily-PressCrossings, leaving the senior-living campus with an annual average profit of $463,477, according to Horty Elving.

    In addition to keeping the nursing home off the tax levy, the project would result in a much nicer facility for residents. By decreasing the number of beds from 162 to 134, the facility will have more single-occupancy rooms.

 
‘Frozen’ to be shown in Port park Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 17:33

“Frozen” will be the first Friday Night Flick in Port Washington’s Veterans Memorial Park.

The free movie will be shown at dusk near the bandshell.

Those attending are asked to bring chairs and blankets.

“Frozen,” which is rated PG, is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen.”

It tells the story of the kingdom of Arendelle, which is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa. Her sister Anna teams up with rough-hewn mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer Sven to break the spell.

Among the actors lending their voices to the movie are Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff.

For more information, call the Port Washington Parks and Recreation Department at 284-5881.

 
Two men injured when motorcycle hits lawn tractor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 17:30

Monday night collision on Town of Grafton highway sends both drivers to hospital

A collision between a motorcyclist and a man on a lawn tractor on a Town of Grafton road sent both drivers to the hospital Monday.

According to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department, a group of motorcyclists was driving west on Pleasant Valley Road just west of Edgewood Drive at 7 p.m. when one of them struck the tractor as it crossed the road.

A 31-year-old Saukville motorcyclist and a 42-year-old Town of Grafton resident on the tractor were injured.

Grafton Fire Chief William Rice said that when emergency crews arrived, they found the motorcyclist on the road and the tractor driver in the driveway of his residence.

The tractor driver sustained minor injuries, and the motorcyclist had “more serious injuries,” Rice said.

Both men were transported by ambulance to Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

A Flight for Life helicopter was called to the accident scene but had to turn back due to fog along its route from Waukesha, officials said.

Rice said conditions were clear at the crash site, which is a quarter-mile west of Highway O.

Grafton firefighters and rescue crews responded to the scene along with Grafton police and sheriff’s deputies.

Undersheriff Jim Johnson said the collision remains under investigation.

 
Beer garden to be held Saturdays in Port park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 17:18

A planned beer garden in Port Washington’s Upper Lake Park will be held this summer.

Patti Lemkuil, who is coordinating the event, said last week that three of the sponsoring groups have committed to holding the gatherings on the south end of the park this summer.

“It’s definitely a go,” she said.

The beer garden is expected to be held on four Saturdays this summer. Specific dates will be announced in the near future.

Each event will be run by a civic organization, which will keep the profits from its night running the garden.

No food will be served at the events, which would run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., but both beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold.

“We’re going to try and offer some different beers as well as the traditional favorites,” Lemkuil said. “But this really isn’t about what’s being served as much as it is about the camaraderie.”

So far, three groups — the Port-Saukville Jaycees, Port Washington Rotary Club and the Greater Port Washington Kiwanis Club, which will partner with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7588 — have committed to three of the dates, she said.

 
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