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County beats deadline for recount, finds few changes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 19:57

Trump picks up net of 3 votes during 5-day hand tally

The presidential recount in Ozaukee County is over, and little changed in the count.

Republican Donald Trump still handily won the county election over Hillary Clinton, County Clerk Julie Winkelhorst said.

Trump picked up five votes in the recount, Winkelhorst said, and Clinton picked up two votes.

The biggest change in the election tally came for independent candidate Evan McMullin, whose tally increased by 16 votes.

Libertarian Gary Johnson  and American Solidarity Party candidate Michael Maturen both picked up one vote.

The tally for Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who sought and paid for the recount,  remained the same, as did the tallies for all other candidates. 

The final total was expected to be certified by the Board of Canvassers by Wednesday afternoon.

The recount, which was done by hand, began at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, and ended about 6:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, Winkelhorst said.

“It went really well,” she said. “Everything went smoothly. Everybody did a great job. We had a really good group of volunteers, and the municipal clerks were fantastic — we have awesome municipal clerks in this county.”

Winkelhorst, who originally projected the recount would take 12 days, said she recruited people for the recount who could work full days, minimizing the amount of retraining that had to be done each day and making the process as efficient as possible.

On Monday, she noted, there was only one person working on the recount who hadn’t been there previously.

The poll workers worked from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and from 8 a.m. until the recount was done on Monday.

There were quite a few observers watching the process as the county’s 55,207 votes were counted, Winkelhorst said.

“We had people there all the time,” she said. “Some stayed throughout the process, and others were in and out.”

Winkelhorst said the outcome was as expected.

“We kind of knew that,” she said. “We had confidence in our machines, and we have experienced poll workers.”

The few errors that were picked up, she said, were due to human error. In the Village of Newburg’s third ward, for example, there were 29 additional votes counted due to a discrepancy in the original canvass numbers.

Winkelhorst said she doesn’t know how much the recount cost, but added that the cost will be paid by the state, which has been reimbursed the money by the Stein campaign.

Scramble is on to recount votes by hand in Ozaukee PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 18:08

Army of poll workers, clerks have until Dec. 12 to re-tally 54,551 ballots

Ozaukee County Clerk Julie Winkelhorst was scrambling this week to set in motion plans for a recount of the 54,551 votes cast for president during the Nov. 8 election.

Although a Dane County judge on Tuesday rejected Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s lawsuit seeking to have the ballots counted by hand, Winkelhorst said the local recount will be done by hand.

Port council inks Blues Factory agreement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 19:22

Lakefront project to receive $1 million TIF incentive, city reserves right to approve restaurant tenant

The Port Washington Common Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a developer’s agreement for The Blues Factory, the first big step forward for the controversial project since aldermen agreed to sell a lakefront parking lot for the entertainment complex.

The agreement details the terms under which the project can continue, from the city’s $1 million development incentive to a July start for construction.

“This is a big step,” City Administrator Mark Grams said. “I think we’ve dealt with the issues we’ve been discussing. Now they can go out and get financing for the project.”

Port poised to capitalize on shop-local movement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 19:20

A downtown that once struggled now boasts thriving stores that give consumers reasons to spend locally

Port Washington’s downtown, which not too long ago was struggling, is now thriving, filled with shops that are poised to capitalize this weekend and throughout the holiday season on the shop local and Small Business Saturday movements.

“It’s changed a lot downtown,” said Wayne Chrusciel, president of the Port Washington Main Street board of directors. “We struggled for a time, but now downtown’s almost full and the offerings are a little more diverse.”

Agreement for lakefront Blues Factory ready to be inked PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 18:59

Document that specifies conditions developer must meet heads to Port council

A developer’s agreement for the Blues Factory, a controversial Paramount blues-themed entertainment project proposed for Port Washington’s north slip parking lot, is expected to be considered by the Port Washington Common Council when it meets Tuesday, Nov. 15.

“We’re pretty much done with it,” City Administrator Mark Grams said Tuesday. “The attorneys are going over it to fine-tune the language.”

The agreement would spell out many of the conditions that must be met by developper Gertjan van den Broek before the purchase of the parking lot is completed and construction of the project begins.

Among the items included in the agreement are the terms that must be met in order for the developer to receive incentives from the city, as well as assurances that the taxes generated by the Blues Factory will cover the cost of those incentives.

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