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School officials shocked by felony charge against student PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:50

They say they never expected Port High senior to be prosecuted under revenge porn law for locker room video

Port Washington-Saukville School officials said last week that they were shocked when a 17-year-old Port High student accused of taking a video of locker room shenanigans and posting it on Snapchat was charged with a felony under a law intended to prosecute jilted lovers who post nude photos of their exes online to exact revenge.

“It was definitely a surprise to us,” Supt. Michael Weber said. “We thought if anything he might face a misdemeanor or just receive a warning.

Venerable Port Hotel restaurant to close PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 19:48

Owner says health issues forces tough decision but he will keep inn, bar open

It’s the end of an era for a Port Washington landmark as Joe Zankl, owner of the popular Port Hotel, announced this week that he will be closing the popular eatery in the near future.

“As much as I’d like to continue, and as much as I love the people I work with, this is something I have to do,” Zankl said Tuesday. 

Zankl said he has not determined the exact closing date, saying he wants to give people who hold gift certificates to the restaurant a chance to use them and loyal customers a chance to say farewell.

Roadwork compromise: PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 18:20

Works Board agrees with residents’ request to not widen Harrison Street but decides to add walks on both sides

Residents of Harrison Street won a partial victory Tuesday when the Port Washington Board of Public Works recommended to keep the road at its current 26-foot width when it is rebuilt next year.

However, the board agreed to build sidewalks along both sides of the street, something many residents opposed during a public information meeting on the 2017 street projects held last week.

The issue of restricting parking to one side of the street, either seasonally or year-round — another proposal the residents opposed — will be left up to the city’s Traffic Safety Committee, the board agreed.

The Common Council will consider the board’s recommendations when it meets Tuesday, Dec. 20.

The board reviewed plans for the seven street projects slated for next year — all of which are recommended to be narrowed — but spent most of its time discussing Harrison Street.

The street is in “terrible condition,” Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven said, adding that an average of 122 cars a day travel on the road. 

The road is “quite narrow,” he said, and the street department sometimes has issues navigating plows and salters around the many cars that park on the roadway.

Vanden Noven said he recommended narrowing the street to 22 feet, which would allow for wider parkways, giving residents room to pile snow in winter and space for parkway trees to grow.

Limiting parking to one side of the street would retain enough room for traffic on the street, he said, and make the road feel wider.

In keeping with the city’s policy of installing sidewalk when rebuilding streets, Vanden Noven also recommended adding walkways on both sides of Harrison Street.

“It is a sidewalk gap,” he said. “It shouldn’t surprise people if the gap is filled.”

At last week’s public informational meeting on the 2017 street projects, numerous Harrison Street residents told Vanden Noven that narrowing the road is the wrong move.

“It’s going to be narrowed four feet — that’s a lot,” one woman said. 

“I wish the city would cut down the hill and make the street wider,” one man said. “It’s very tight.”

That’s cost prohibitive, Vanden Noven said, noting retaining walls would be required. By limiting parking, he added, there is more room for traffic.

Residents living on the north end of the street said parking is an issue, noting that customers at The Patio on adjacent Dodge Street frequently park in front of their houses. 

On the south end of Harrison Street, they said, it’s a tight turn for motorists coming off Jackson Street.

Several residents also expressed concern that emergency vehicles would not be able to navigate a narrower roadway, but officials said they take care to ensure this does not happen.

Others noted that homes along Harrison Street have small front yards, arguing that this is a reason for the city not to add sidewalk.

But Vanden Noven noted that if the road is narrowed, it will increase the size of the parkway and their yards.

Board members spent roughly an hour debating the street, going so far as to consider eliminating the project from the 2017 schedule since residents don’t want any changes.

But Vanden Noven noted that this doesn’t solve the issue.

“You’re just kicking the can down the road,” he said.

Because the road is so narrow, the board agreed to keep the width as is.

Members split on the parking issue, particularly because of overflow parking from The Patio, ultimately deciding to leave that decision up to the Traffic Safety Committee.

But they agreed that sidewalks should be added, noting that the walkways are used by everyone and are important to the community.Daily Press

Development debates fuel races for Port council PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 19:17

Blues Factory proposal among issues motivating challenges in April election

There will be races in two Port Washington aldermanic districts this spring as candidates frustrated with recent decisions regarding development and what they see as a lack of attention to residents’ wishes have stepped forward to challenge incumbents.

Three candidates are running for the city’s 3rd District seat — incumbent Bill Driscoll and challengers Michael Gasper and Don Cosentine. 

A primary election on Tuesday, Feb. 21, will whittle the field down to two candidates who will vie for the seat in the April 4 general election.

Blues Factory project may get building changes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 18:45

Developer of lakefront project considers increasing size of performance venue, eliminating separate museum

Port Washington developer Gertjan van den Broek said Tuesday he is considering changes to the Blues Factory, an entertainment complex to be built on Port’s north slip marina parking lot.

Those potential changes include increasing the size of the performing space inside the building and eliminating a separate museum dedicated to the history of the Wisconsin Chair Co. and Paramount Records.
The changes are being considered as van den Broek conducts studies to refine the Blues Factory concept and begins the final design work.

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