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Price tag dooms proposed PW-S school projects PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 18:54

Survey shows support for renovating elementary facilities, current high school, but not for $25 million to $97 million

   Port Washington-Saukville School District residents support the concept of renovating elementary schools and Port Washington High School but made it clear they will not spend between $25 million and $97 million on improvements proposed by the district’s architectural firm, according to the results of a survey intended to gauge support for a possible referendum.

    “A majority of residents are saying, ‘Do something. We know there are needs, but you have to figure out a way to spend less money to do this,’” Bill Foster, president of School Perceptions, the Slinger firm hired to conduct the survey, told the school board Tuesday.

    Opposition to a proposal to renovate and enlarge Lincoln, Dunwiddie and Saukville elementary schools and either demolish and rebuild 70% of Port High or construct a new school at a yet-to-be identified site was “primarily because of cost,” Foster said. “It’s very expensive. It is too expensive.”

    The survey results are a clear indication that the renovation plan proposed by Bray Architects, the firm hired by the school board to conduct a sweeping study of district facilities, is nowhere near ready to put to a referendum, which school officials had hoped to do as early as February.

 
A new budget but still not a cent for coal dock railing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 19:30

Port administrator says city can’t afford to make park safety improvement

    Port Washington’s 2015 budget won’t include funds to install a railing along the Coal Dock Park promenade, City Administrator Mark Grams said Tuesday.

    “You’re never going to be able to just budget $200,000,” he said. Given the state levy limits and inflationary increases in the city’s expenses, there isn’t enough room in the budget to add an expenditure of that amount.

    “We would have to borrow for that amount,” Grams said, and the city doesn’t plan to do another long-term borrowing until 2016.

    The city is also exploring a number of grant options for the railing, he noted.

    But just because there isn’t money in the budget doesn’t mean the city won’t install at least part of the 1,000-foot-long railing next year, officials said.

    Public Works director Rob Vanden Noven said the city plans to apply for a boating infrastructure grant that could pay as much as $75,000 toward the cost of the railing.

 
Ozaukee YMCA saved from bankruptcy auction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 17:56

Lack of bidders, Save the Feith campaign pave way for Kettle Moraine Y to purchase Saukville facility

    The Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA in Saukville won’t be auctioned next week but instead will remain a YMCA.

    No qualified bidders registered with the bankruptcy court by Monday’s deadline, resulting in the cancellation of a planned Sept. 29 auction of the Feith YMCA.

    The bankruptcy court is expected to approve the Kettle Moraine YMCA’s $2 million offer for the Saukville facility on Tuesday, Sept. 30, and set a closing date for the purchase.

    “We are extremely excited,” said Rob Johnson, executive director of the Kettle Moraine YMCA in West Bend. “We’re pretty ecstatic. This was the first hurdle we had to jump. Not having to go to auction is a tremendous relief.”

    Johnson said he was surprised no one else registered as a bidder with the court, something YMCA officials feared would start a bidding war that could result in a private fitness facility buying the Saukville Y.

    “We heard so many rumors of adult-oriented fitness facilities that had expressed interest,” he said.

 
Day care owner charged with injuring baby, lying to cops PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 18:26

Because of cover up, infant suffered, was taken from parents, complaint says

   A 32-year-old Belgium day care provider has been charged with seriously injuring a 4-month-old girl in her care, then lying to authorities investigating who hurt the infant.

    Because Jennifer M. Vande Boom did not report the injury or immediately tell the truth when questioned by investigators, the baby suffered with a broken leg for days and was temporarily taken from her parents pending the outcome of the investigation, according to the criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court last week.

    The child also suffered a subdural hematoma, or bleeding of the brain, and bruises on her face, the complaint states.

    Vande Boom, who has operated Jen’s Child Care from her home for nine years,  is charged with child neglect resulting in bodily harm, a felony punishable by a maximum three years in prison and three years of extended supervision.

    She is also charged with a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer.

 
Voter ID ruling has clerks scrambling PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 16:15

Appeals court decision reinstating state photo law forces municipal officials to contact absentee voters

   Municipal clerks are scrambling to notify absentee voters of the need to submit identification after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Wisconsin’s photo ID requirements last week.

    In the Village of Grafton, Clerk Kelly  Meyer was prepared to send out 200 absentee ballots this week when the ruling came down Friday.

    “It’s frustrating,” she said. “Typically, absentee ballots should go out by Thursday.”

    About 10 people called the village Tuesday with questions about the requirements, some offering to come in with the identification, Meyer said.

    “I’m trying to answer questions as best I can,” she said. “We’re kind of on hold for now.”

 
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