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Plan to sell city lakefront land on fast track PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 15:28

Port commission declares property surplus amid concerns officials are rushing development proposal

    The Port Washington Plan Commission last week declared a city-owned parking lot along the marina surplus property, paving the way for its development even as some officials expressed concern the city is rushing to sell public lakefront land for use as a brew pub restaurant.

    Commission members said the potential sale of the property, which is expected to be considered by the Common Council on Tuesday, Dec. 2, could create a destination at the end of the north slip portion of the marina off Washington Street that would draw visitors and residents to the lakefront year-round.

    Successful development of the land could also spur other projects identified in a recently approved downtown redevelopment plan, officials said.

    However, several commission members questioned whether the city is moving too fast in declaring the land surplus.

    “I believe it should be part of a whole marina district plan,” commission member Amanda Williams said. “We can declare this property surplus at any point.”

 
Brooks resigns from board as officials juggle state aspirations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 19:09

County leader says plan to hold both local, state offices changed when Schlenvogt entered race for Senate

  Ozaukee County Supr. Rob Brooks of Saukville, an influential voice on the County Board during his 12 years in office, resigned Tuesday to focus on the state office he will assume on Jan. 5.

    A chairman of the board for nine years and current vice-chairman, Brooks had planned to step down from his leadership role but remain a county supervisor while also serving as a state representative. That changed, however, when County Board Chairman Lee Schlenvogt declared his candidacy for the state Senate last week, he said.

    The possibility of the board’s top two officers resigning at the same time is a concern, Brooks said, so he decided to step aside now.

    “Two people leaving at once would create too big of a vacuum on the board,” Brooks said. “I spent too long getting the board in good shape to walk away and let it go to hell.”

    The county will appoint a supervisor to complete Brooks’ term in the 5th District, which includes Village of Saukville Wards 1, 2, 3 and 6. Brooks’ term expires in April 2016.

 
PW-S board gets to work paring $86 million school plan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 18:36

Members defend initial proposal but commit to reducing scope, cost of projects to win support for April referendum

    Port Washington-Saukville School Board members on Monday said the failed proposal to spend $86 million on elementary and high school improvements was “ideal,” not extravagant, but they nonetheless agreed to pare the scope and cost of the plan in preparation for an April referendum.

    “Ideal is not the same as extravagant,” board member Michelle Shinners said. “I don’t think this plan was over the top at all.

    “Reducing the cost is going to be a challenge.”

    But it will be necessary if the board is going to win support for a plan that calls for significant improvements at four of the district’s five schools, according to the results of a recent survey. A majority of school district residents who responded to the survey expressed support for renovating schools but indicated they were not willing to spend $25 million on elementary schools and $61 million on Port Washington High School.

    Some board members, however, appear reluctant to pare the school improvement plan proposed Bray Architects.

 
Schlenvogt, Stroebel face each other in Senate race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 20:23

County chairman, state representative first to enter contest for Grothman’s seat

Ozaukee County Board Chairman Lee Schlenvogt and state Rep. Duey Stroebel announced this week they are running for Glenn Grothman’s state Senate seat.

    Grothman was elected to Congress last week to succeed U.S. Rep. Tom Petri. Stroebel also ran for the congressional seat but finished third in the August Republican primary.

    For Schlenvogt, a dairy farmer from the Town of Port Washington who has been a fixture in local politics for 25 years, this is a first attempt at a state office.

    “The honest to God’s truth is that I’ve wanted to go to Madison since I was in high school,” he said. “I love politics.”

    Schlenvogt, 56, served as a Town of Port Washington supervisor for five years before becoming town chairman, a position he held from 1994 to 2011.

    He was appointed to the County Board in 2007 and elected in 2008.

 
Ozaukee United Way leader calls for turf shakeup PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:45

Campaign chairman says entire county should give to one group to ensure local donations benefit local causes

   Warren Stumpe, a co-chairman of the United Way of Northern Ozaukee campaign, said Tuesday it’s time for all of Ozaukee County to contribute to one United Way organization.

    He’s asking all Ozaukee County communities, as well as the Ozaukee County Board, to pass a resolution asking that be done, saying it would ensure the best and most efficient use of funds from county residents.

    It would also ensure that all funds raised in the county benefit the county, Stumpe said.

    Currently, Ozaukee County residents contribute to two different United Way campaigns, depending on where they live — something Stumpe said few people realize.

    Residents in Port Washington, Saukville, Fredonia and Belgium are part of the United Way of Northern Ozaukee, while those living in Grafton, Cedarburg, Thiensville and Mequon are part of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee.

    But the question of why there are two United Way organizations splitting the county vexes him, Stumpe said.

 
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