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Senior housing project sparks protests PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 21:14

Plan to build three-story apartment building on Port’s west side has subdivision residents voicing concerns

About 30 people crowded into Port Washington City Hall last week to protest a senior living apartment building proposed to be built off Highway 33 on the city’s west side.

The residents of the Hidden Hills Subdivision said they feared the three-story apartment building would loom over their houses, eliminating privacy and creating a loss in property values.

 
City says yes to budget with 4% tax rate increase PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 20:06

Port council approves 2017 spending plan that includes initiatives on firehouse, senior center after quiet public hearing

While the City of Port Washington’s 2017 budget contains funding for some initiatives sought for years, such as a feasibility study for a new or expanded firehouse, and the possibility of purchasing a home for its senior center, no residents commented on the spending plan during Tuesday’s public hearing.

Aldermen unanimously approved the proposed $9.3 million 2017 general fund budget and corresponding $3,085,000 levy.

The city will also levy $2.1 million for its debt service.

 
Board tries to make most of another $20,000 in school budget PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 21:29

Correction to energy credit will shave penny off tax rate for Port-Saukville residents

It turns out that the Port Washington-Saukville School District left money on the table when the board approved the 2016-17 budget on Oct. 24.

A review of the budget by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s School Financial Services found an error related to a credit the district receives for its energy efficiency initiative worth an additional $20,000.

So what’s $20,000 worth to taxpayers in a budget that requires a $15.9 million tax levy? 

 
Senior center surprise: City may buy existing site PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 19:08

Frustrated by stalled search for new facility, Port council wants to purchase renovated church it now leases

In an abrupt about-face, Port Washington aldermen on Tuesday said they are willing to consider buying the senior center building at 403 W. Foster St. in order to ensure the program has a home even after the lease runs out in July.

Officials said the purchase of the building could cost between $400,000 and $600,000 and, depending on negotiations, could take place by the end of the year.

 
Chief’s call for new Port firehouse gains some traction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 20:16

City to budget money for study but it’s unclear whether officials favor second facility or addition

A study of the Port Washington fire station will be done next year, something Port Fire Chief Mark Mitchell has been seeking for the last several years.

But what shape that study will take has yet to be determined.

City Administrator Mark Grams said on Tuesday that the Finance and License Committee placed $15,000 in the contingency fund for a study of the fire station, but whether that will be an analysis of expansion of the current firehouse or planning for a second fire station has yet to be determined.

Mitchell has promoted a study that would examine the feasibility of building a second firehouse on the city’s west side, closer to the bulk of the community’s residential development.

That station would become the primary fire station, with the current downtown facility used as a satellite station.

The Police and Fire Commission received two bids for the study in 2014, but funds for the study haven’t been included in the city budget until now. 

Grams said members of the Finance and License Committee seem to prefer a study of the potential to expand the existing firehouse, which they believe could be a less expensive solution to the issues facing the department.

Those issues include cramped conditions at the station, inefficiencies and the fact the building has no facilities for women or paramedics.

Mitchell has also noted that the station is almost 49 years old and, while the location was ideal when it was constructed, today it is not.

Police and Fire Commission member Patty Ruth said a study is a good first step in determining how to proceed.

“We believe there is a need. We know what the situation is. The equipment just doesn’t fit in the station,” she said. “We have other issues too, a big one being response time. It’s worth having a study to look into all that.

“We understand there’s not money now for a house, but like any governing body, you have to look to the future and plan for things. Without a study, we don’t have the answers.”

Ruth said that she is open to talking with the Finance and License Committee and the Common Council about the scope of a study.

“That’s fair to figure it out,” she said. “I look forward to a conversation about that. That’s a start to looking at what our needs are.”

Grams said he expects the fire station study will be discussed by aldermen when they discuss the proposed 2017 budget, either during their review of the spending plan on Nov. 1 or before approving the document on Nov. 15. A public hearing on the budget will be held during the Nov. 15 meeting.

 
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