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Teen dies after falling from farm equipment PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 18:59

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department reported that a 17-year-old Milwaukee resident was killed Tuesday afternoon in an accident at the Roden Echo Valley Farm on Highway Y in the Town of Trenton on the Ozaukee County border.

According to the department, the accident occurred at 2:36 p.m., when the teen fell from a feed spreader attached to the front of a skid loader.

The victim reportedly lost his balance and fell off the spreader before being run over by the skid loader.

Upon arriving at the accident scene, a deputy reported the teen had no pulse and was not breathing. His leg had also been severed.

CPR was administered by responding officers until rescue personnel arrived from the Newburg Fire Department.

The department reported the teen died from his injuries while being flown to the hospital by a Flight for Life helicopter.

The victim’s name was not released as of Wednesday morning.

The accident remains under investigation, according to the department.Daily Press

City approvals pave way for subdivision PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 18:55

The Matteaus Farms, a 21-acre subdivision planned off of Highway LL and Harris Drive on Port Washington’s southwest side, took a step forward earlier this month as the Common Council rezoned the property and approved a developer’s agreement for it.

Randy Tetzlaff, the city’s director of planning and development, told aldermen that even though work on the subdivision hasn’t started yet, it is already proving to be a popular development.

“We’ve probably had a half-dozen calls already from people asking when is this starting,” he said, and the developer has reported a significant amount of interest in the houses already.

Ald. Paul Neumyer noted that several people he knows are interested in the houses, which would be small, energy-efficient homes similar to those built by Timber Creek Development on South Division Street.

Most are people whose children are grown and who want to stay in Port and downsize but don’t want to buy a condominium, he said.

“This fits in perfectly with what we’re trying to do out there, create a variety of housing,” Mayor Tom Mlada said.

The subdivision, being developed by Ansay Development, will have 33 houses, which Tetzlaff described as modern bungalows, would have porches and metal roofs and be between 1,300 and 1,600 square feet.

The annual heating bill is expected to be in the neighborhood of $300, Tetzlaff added.

Some of the houses would have detached garages, he added.

But while the houses would be small, there is a significant amount of green space in the development, and it is linked with the Ozaukee Interurban Trail, Tetzlaff said.

The asking price for the houses is expected to be in the low $200,000s, he said.

Ald. Dave Larson noted that the houses and lots are small compared with most that have been developed in the city in recent years, and he questioned the size.

“I do think housing is trending that way, smaller houses, smaller lots,” Ald. Mike Ehrlich, an architect, said. “People are realizing they don’t need as much house.

“These are very well thought out houses.”

The lots in the subdivision are 60 feet wide and 100 to 125 feet deep, with side yards of 6 feet, while older lots in the city are 50 feet wide with a similar side yard depth, Tetzlaff said.

Although there is only one access to the subdivision, off Harris Road, there are future roads planned that would create additional access points, Tetzlaff said.

Mitch Blank, 2438 E. Sauk Rd., asked that the city consider renaming Harris Drive, since Harris Bank no longer anchors the road. He suggested returning to the name originally planned for the street, Cardinal Drive — “a road name that’s more pleasant.”Daily Press

City to begin selling clothes with Port logo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 20:47

Tourists and residents will be able to purchase clothing emblazoned with Port Washington’s city logo beginning next week.

Mayor Tom Mlada made the announcement Tuesday, noting that there has been quite a bit of interest in the clothing in recent weeks.

The Common Council last month approved contracting with Express Promotions to set up an online store to sell polo shirts, sweatshirts, vests and baseball caps with the city logo.

The idea of selling city-branded merchandise has been discussed for the last year or so by the Marketing and Communications Committee, Maureen Boylan, the city’s director of marketing and communications, said last month.

“Mayor Mlada often wears his polo shirt with the city logo around downtown and gets a lot of questions, ‘Where can I get one?’” Boylan said.

“It’s something a lot of tourist cities offer.”

Offering city-branded merchandise has several benefits, Boylan said — increasing the city’s name recognition and promoting tourism and community pride.

It also offers the potential for profit, Ald. Dave Larson, a member of the Finance and License Committee, noted.

If the apparel sales go well, Boylan said, the city can add other clothing and such items as pencils and tchotchkes that would appeal to visitors as well as residents.

Boylan said the items can either be shipped to the Parks and Recreation Department office for pickup or, for a $12 shipping fee, be sent to the purchaser’s house.

The city can decide how to deal with such things as exchanges, she said, or it can make all sales final.

On Tuesday, Mlada said that the clothing will be listed on the city website by Thursday, Aug. 25.

The marketing committee had sought three bids, and Express Promotions, which has done work with the city for five years, had the lowest bid — $400 to set up the website store, Boylan said.Daily Press

County Board OKs state’s first library system merger PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 21:43

Plan intended to improve service amid state cuts hinges on two more votes

The Ozaukee County Board approved merging the Eastern Shores Library System with the Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System last week, leaving two more hurdles before it’s a go.

“We’re used to consolidating service and trying to be more efficient, and that’s what they saw this as,” County Administrator Tom Meaux said of the County Board’s vote.

The Washington County Board was to vote this week, and Shebogyan County will take up the issue next week. Dodge County already approved the merger. All four boards must give the OK to make it happen.

Eastern Shores includes libraries in Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties, and Mid-Wisconsin includes those in Washington and Dodge counties.

Merging the two would alleviate flat state aid experienced over the past several years. Eastern Shores Director Amy Birtell said aid dropped from $640,000 in 2011 to $578,000 in 2012 and hasn’t increased since.

Combined state aid of $1.06 million and efficiencies from economies of scale and other adjustments would lead to enhanced library services for patrons, Birtell said. Eastern Shores would nearly double its more than 600,000 items available for users.

“We’ll have 1.1 million items. They’ll have access to a lot more material,” she said.

A Joint Merger Negotiation Committee consisting of six representatives from each system had explored a merger this year.

If the merger goes through, it would be the first of its kind in state history, Birtell said.Daily Press

Woman may face charge for lying about car crash in Port pedestrian alley PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 21:41

Port Washington police have asked the district attorney’s office to charge a 26-year-old Cedar Grove woman with obstructing an officer after they say she lied about driving a car that was involved in an accident.

Port Washington police officer Jerry Nye was writing a ticket in the parking lot east of Schooner Pub about 12:40 a.m. July 31 when he heard a loud crash and then people yelling. 

He investigated and discovered that someone had tried to drive down the pedestrian alley, striking the walls for the elevated patios alongside the Port Exploreum and Schooner Pub and a planter, police said. The driver then backed out of the alley and drove away.

Officers located the vehicle, which had a flat front tire that was off its rim, on East Dodge Street. The woman admitted driving into the alley, saying when she had last driven in the area the alley was open to traffic, according to police. Officers cited her for failure to report an accident.

But when reviewing surveillance video in the area after the accident, officers discovered the woman had not been driving the car but was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her 28-year-old brother, according to police. 

When questioned, he told officers he didn’t realize he had to notify the department of the accident, police said. 

The man was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and his sister was referred to the district attorney’s office.

In other police news:

n Police asked the district attorney’s office to charge a 45-year-old Oak Creek man with second-offense drunken driving after the vehicle he was driving crossed the center line of Grand Avenue and struck the building that houses Port Yamaha. The vehicle then rolled over into the street and landed on its roof.

There were no skid marks in the road, police said, adding that the crash caused a substantial amount of damage to the stairway and a concrete wall of the building.

The driver, who was not taken to the hospital, was cited for operating after suspension, speeding and unsafe land deviation, police said. 

n A woman saw a 4-year-old boy wandering in the area of Benjamin Street and Thomas Drive about 8 a.m. Aug. 6. The woman thought she knew where the youngster lived, police said, and when officers went to the house they discovered that the boy had wandered out while his mother was at the farmers market and his father was asleep.

n Four boys, ages 12 to 14, all of Port Washington, were escorted home and warned that they had broken curfew laws when police officers found them in the area of West Grand Avenue and North Webster Street playing Pokemon Go just before 1 a.m. Aug. 1.

n Police found an 83-year-old Port man entering the Port Washington High School construction site about 3:20 p.m. July 31. The man was escorted out and told not to return.

n A 30-year-old Port Washington woman was cited for having a dog at large after her dogs ran across Thomas Drive and jumped on a girl and her dog about 7:20 p.m. Aug. 3. No one was bitten.

n A 45-year-old Elkhart Lake man was doing construction work on a house near Willow Pond Way when a dog escaped from the home and ran into a nearby yard about noon on Aug. 2. Police returned the animal and the man promised it would not happen again.Daily Press

Two vie for county treasurer seat in primary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 19:31

Mihalko, Morrison square off on Aug. 9 ballot to win Republican spot in fall election

Two Port Washington residents and political newcomers are vying to succeed longtime Ozaukee County Treasurer Karen Makoutz in a primary election Tuesday, Aug. 9.

CariAnne Mihalko faces Joshua Morrison for the Republican spot in the Nov. 8 election.

Mihalko, 42, is the controller for the Ozaukee County Clerk of Courts.

“I want to continue working for the citizens of Ozaukee County. I have the experience necessary to continue the good work of that office. I’ve proven good management of the county’s money,” Mihalko said.

Morrison, 36, is a machinist studying accounting at Moraine Park Technical College.

“I think it is a position that complements what I am capable of doing as far as education. I’d really like to help, and if I can serve my community by accounting for my county’s money, that would be amazing because not only can I help but I can help doing what I love to do,” he said.

Mihalko said her qualifications include balancing her department’s budget, increasing collections by utilizing new resources and negotiating contracts for cost savings and efficiencies.

She worked for three years in mortgage banking and 14 years as office manager for a landscape construction firm. She has been the Clerk of Courts controller for five years.

Mihalko said she understands the county’s systems and its employees.

“Because of my experience in the county I have relationships with other county departments and have built relationships with County Board members,” she said.

Mihalko is married and a mother to two children, ages 14 and 9. In her spare time, she works as a volunteer treasurer for the Port Washington Soccer Club.

Morrison is married and the father of five children ages 18 to 1, and plays in a hard rock band. He said he is good at time management.

“I find myself to be honest and ambitious. I have a strong desire to succeed and desire to impress,” Morrison said.

If Morrison wins the primary and the November election, he has a transition plan. He would train with Makoutz to learn the position on his own time as much as possible.

“I’ve actually pledged my time to our current treasurer, Karen. She’s really an institution,” he said. “I don’t think it should be on the taxpayer roll to pay money for training.”

While the county treasurer doesn’t make public policy, the job is a partisan position.

Both Mihalko and Morrison said they execute conservative principles when managing money.

“Even though we don’t create policy, we can influence policy in this position, working collaboratively with the County Board,” Mihalko said. “Part of the position is investment of county funds — funds not used for daily purposes.”

Morrison said he doesn’t see the position as political.

“My job would not be to play politics with this. My job is to take care of the county’s money,” he said. “I’m not a guy who goes out and spends money I don’t have and can’t pay back.”

The county treasurer receives all county moneys, pays county bills, collects taxes, records property assessments, tracks unclaimed money and invests county funds. The term is four years.

Makoutz is retiring after 23 years as county treasurer.

Also on the Aug. 9 ballot is a Democratic primary for 6th Congressional District candidates Sarah Llyod of Wisconsin Dells and Michael Slattery of Maribel. The winner takes on Republican Glenn Grothman in November.

Photo ID will be required to vote in the primary. For information, go to

For a sample ballot, see the inside of this week’s Ozaukee Press.

Polling locations in the area are:

City of Port Washington — St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Wards 1 and 7; City Hall, Wards 2 and 3; Grand Avenue United Methodist Church, Wards 4 to 6.

Village of Grafton — John Long Middle School.

Village of Saukville — American Legion Post.

Village of Belgium — Village Hall.

Village of Fredonia — Fredonia Government Center.

Village of Newburg — Village Hall.

Town of Port Washington — Town Hall.

Town of Saukville  — Town Hall.

Town of Grafton — Town Hall.

Town of Fredonia — Fredonia government Center.

Town of Belgium — Town Hall.Daily Press

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