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DA drops felony for school Snapchat video prank charge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 19:04

Prosecutor amends charge against Port High senior who made, posted video of locker room shenanigans

A 17-year-old Port Washington High School student who faced the possibility of being branded a felon for making a cell phone video of locker room shenanigans and posting it on Snapchat as a prank in December pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor and has the chance to have his criminal record expunged.

Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Joseph Voiland withheld a sentence, placed high school senior Tanner Meinel on probation for six months and ordered him to perform 25 hours of community service as recommended by both District Attorney Adam Gerol and Meinel’s attorney, Matt Last.

 
Farmer seriously injured when SUV hits tractor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 21:22

Town of Fredonia man flown to hospital after distracted driver strikes farm vehicle from behind on Highway 57

Former Ozaukee County Supr. Rose Hass Leider said God was looking over her son Lance Sunday night, when the John Deere tractor he was driving home was struck from behind by a sport utility vehicle on Highway 57.

The tractor went into the ditch and rolled, pinning Lance underneath it.

“It’s a miracle he’s alive,” Leider said. “I thank God for that — he’s going to make it.”

 
TIF district vote signals worries about Port’s plan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:03

County, school reps cite concerns, abstain, but city tax district expansion OK’d

A resolution approving controversial revisions to Port Washington’s downtown tax incremental financing district that proponents say are key to development in the marina district was approved last week on a 3-0 vote of  the Joint Review Board — but two key members of the board abstained from the vote.

The abstentions came from Ozaukee County Treasurer Joshua Morrison and Port Washington-Saukville School Board Director of Business Services Jim Froemming.

“This is a very hot-button issue,” Morrison said. “This has become quite a thing in Port Washington. Some of it has gotten quite ugly.

 
Port running out of money for rest of breakwater PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 20:49

Short $3.3 million, city may not be able to complete ongoing project

Completing repairs to Port Washington’s breakwater is estimated to cost $3.3 million — money the city doesn’t have.

The Common Council is expected to approve a memorandum of understanding with the Army Corps of Engineers on May 16 that would commit the city to spending $250,000 to place armor stone along the lake side of the south breakwater, but unless additional funding is found, that could be the last work done on the breakwater for the foreseeable future, officials said Tuesday.

 
School District won’t support Port TIF plan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:05

Board votes unanimously to abstain from key vote amid concerns about city’s efforts to expand financing district

The Port Washington-Saukville School Board on Monday decided it will not support a proposed expansion of the City of Port Washington’s downtown tax incremental financing district because of concerns about the city’s use of developer incentives and questions about the tax district’s value to the school district.

The board voted unanimously to direct its representative on the Joint Review Board, Director of Business Services Jim Froemming, to abstain from a key vote this week on the city’s amendment its downtown TIF plan by adding five lakefront-area properties to the district.

 
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