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Ansay makes new pitch for bluff land PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 20:53

Development company tries another option to buycity-owned acreage it wants for corporate campus 

A little more than a month after Port Washington aldermen voted to seek other proposals for 44 acres of south bluff land owned by the city, the Common Council met in closed session Tuesday to consider another offer for the property from Ansay Development.

Mike Ansay, chairman and CEO of Ansay and Associates, said Tuesday his firm has offered the city a $50,000 non-refundable six-month option for the land, which it wants to use for a corporate campus.

The firm would use the six months to investigate and develop plans for the campus, Ansay said.

He said the campus would allow the company to hold its corporate events in Port Washington instead of around the state, as it currently does.

“Ansay’s on a track of growth. Our goal is to grow and our goal is to be in Port Washington,” Ansay said. 

The firm has about 85 employees in its downtown Port offices and 256 workers throughout Wisconsin, with plans to add another 100 or more jobs in the next three to five years, he said.

The plan is to create a corporate campus valued at between $4.5 million and $9 million and in the process consolidate its training center, relocate the existing offices and create an innovation center for start-up businesses, Ansay said.

“This facility will be a state of the art, sustainable design for the long haul and firmly establish the headquarters of a major corporate partner in downtown Port Washington,” according to a letter distributed to aldermen.

The letter states that the option would be for the firm to buy the land for the city’s appraised price.

Ansay told aldermen he does not expect to seek tax incremental financing for the project.

Ansay’s comments were made during the public portion of Tuesday’s Common Council meeting as part of a plan by Ansay and two other downtown businessmen to create a marina area development.

Teen sheds light on fate of stolen gun before he’s sentenced to jail PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 21:35

Lawyer says 19-year-old took weapon from friend, then had it stolen by felon

The second of two teenagers charged in connection with a gun stolen from a Port Washington house pleaded guilty to a felony and was sentenced to five months in jail during a hearing last week that shed light on what may have happened to the missing Ruger .44 magnum revolver. 

Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams withheld a prison sentence and placed former Port Washington High School student Joshua R. Schires, who turned 19 last month, on probation for 18 months. The jail sentence is a condition of probation.

Schires pleaded guilty to one count of receiving stolen property. A misdemeanor charge of obstructing officers was dismissed.

Schires and Dakota Manske, 18, were arrested in October 2015 after their peers tipped off police to the fact Manske kept a stolen gun in his car, sparking an investigation hampered by conflicting stories.

Serviceman’s death being investigated by Navy officials PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 19:56

Port graduate reportedly died of non-combat injury while stationed in Greece

Master at Arms 2nd Class Blaze D. Nalezinski, 22, died July 11 of a non-combat related injury while stationed in Greece, according to the public affairs office at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, where Nalezinski was stationed.

An investigation into Nalezinski’s death is ongoing by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, officials said.

After the investigation is completed, the results will be sent to the NCIS headquarters in Quantico, Va., for a review.

No details will be released until after the investigation and review are complete, officials said.

Nalezinski was assigned to the security department at Souda Bay on the island of Crete.

He was posthumously promoted to petty officer second class on the day he died, according to the Navy.

The son of Bruce Nalezinski of Florida and Twila Nalezinski of Port Washington was a well-liked student in his class at Port Washington High School.

A member of the swim team, his former coach Steve Schiessl described him as “an easy-going kid. He was just a really nice guy ... always a smile.” 

Nalezinski joined the Navy a month after graduating with the Class of 2012.

He graduated from the Naval Technical Training Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas on Aug. 30, 2013.

Nalezinski was assigned to the Naval security force in Bahrain from September 2013 to October 2015. 

He was then sent to Greece, where he was assigned to Bravo Team in the security department at NSA Souda Bay.

Friends said he was expecting to return to the U.S. this fall and be stationed in the State of Washington.

During his time in the military, Nalezinski received the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service ribbon, rifle markmanship medal and pistol markmanship with sharpshooter device medal, according to the Navy.

Nalezinski’s funeral was Friday, July 22, in Port Washington.

Library services at stake in system merger vote PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 18:42

County Board considers plan to combine systems in effort to preserve, improves service amid state cuts

A proposed merger of library systems intended to preserve or even improve services in a four-county area including Ozaukee was headed to a key vote this week.

The Ozaukee County Executive Board and County Board were scheduled to vote Wednesday on the proposed merger of the Eastern Shores Library System with the Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System.

Eastern Shores includes libraries in Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties, and Mid-Wisconsin includes those in Washington and Dodge counties.

Merging the two would alleviate flat state aid experienced over the past several years. Eastern Shores Director Amy Birtell said aid dropped from $640,000 in 2011 to $578,000 in 2012 and hasn’t increased since.

Combined state aid of $1.06 million and efficiencies from economies of scale and other adjustments would lead to enhanced library services for patrons, Birtell said. Eastern Shores would nearly double its more than 600,000 available materials for users.

“We’ll have 1.1 million items. They’ll have access to a lot more material,” she said.

A merger would not impact library programming since each facility operates on its own, Birtell said.

City poised to explore options for bluff land PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 18:53

CDA members say primary use of south-side parcel should be residential development

Potential uses for a 44-acre parcel of undeveloped bluff land the City of Port Washington owns just south of the We Energies power plant will be discussed Thursday, now that the city has ended negotiations with Ansay Development.

Members of the city’s Community Development Authority weighed in on the debate Monday, with members expressing a desire for a primarily residential development on the land.

Jason Wittek, an adviser to the CDA, suggested the city hire a planning firm to create a master plan for the property, saying it is needed to ensure the right type of development there.

“If we don’t plan it, will we get the quality we’re looking for?” he said. “I’m afraid we’re going to get four streets and 40 lots. I think we could aspire to more.”

Wittek suggested the city consider a traditional urban neighborhood development that would incorporate not only single-family homes but also some townhouses, duplexes, triplexes and four-family courtyard apartments. 

Some areas, such as the intersections with Sunset Road, South Wisconsin Street and Highway C, could be designated for mixed uses, he said, such as apartments over a coffeehouse.

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