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Port High robotics team to hold recycling collection Oct. 18 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 19:03

The Port Washington High School PiraTech robotics team will host an electronics and appliance recycling collection from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the school.

    Computers can be dropped off at no cost. All data will be removed from hard drives by Digital Recycling before the computers are refurbished and donated to IndependenceFirst, an organization that provides computers for disabled people who cannot afford them.


    Other electronics, including cell phones, stereo equipment, printers, battery backups, toner cartridges, cameras and video game systems, will be accepted for $5 per item.


    Appliances, including air conditioners, microwave ovens, water heaters, ranges, dehumidifiers, washers, dryers and flat-panel TVs as large as 27 inches, will be accepted for $10 per item. Car batteries can also be dropped off for $10 each.


    Proceeds from the event will benefit the high school robotics team and the Thomas Jefferson Middle School FIRST Lego League teams.


    Last year, the recycling event collected 90 computers for IndependenceFirst and kept 945 pounds of TV tubes and 325 pounds of computer cathode-ray tubes out of landfills.


    This year’s event is supported by Digital Recycling and Refrigerant Depot.

 
Weekend events at Belgium preserve to honor Cutright PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 19:22

Bird counts, tree plantings, wetland workshops and dedication of Noel’s Knoll in memory of ornithologist Noel Cutright, who died last year, will be held this weekend at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in the Town of Belgium. The 142-acre
migratory preserve at 4970 Country Club Rd. is owned by the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust.
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    From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, a tree planting party will be held to plant 50 trees. Volunteers are needed.


    From 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, a healthy wetlands workshop and field trip to two wetland restoration areas are planned.


    On Sunday, the Big Sit, an international bird counting event, will be held from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the hawk watch platform.


    The dedication of Noel’s Knoll will be from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, when friends will share memories of Cutright.


    All events are free. For more information, contact Mike Hoffer by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (910) 612-1909 or Bill Mueller by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   

 

 
City roadwork should be done by end of October PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 19:19

    Road construction season should be over in Port Washington at the end of October, Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven told the Common Council Tuesday.

    Construction crews are expected to pave all of Van Buren Street and the southern two blocks of South Milwaukee Street this week, Vanden Noven said.

    Curb and gutter will be placed on Milwaukee Street between Dodge to Walters streets next week, and that road will be paved the last week of October, he said.

    Prospect Street is expected to follow a similar schedule, Vanden Noven said, with excavation work done this week, curb and gutter installed in two weeks and paving to follow the last week of October.

    Vanden Noven said he is still working to determine when landscape restoration will be done. It hasn’t been determined if the parkways will be sodded this fall or seeded in spring, he said.

    This year’s street construction projects are about five weeks behind schedule, impeded largely by three things, Vanden Noven said.roadwork

    “The project started a few weeks later than we thought it would,” he said, because of rain in April and May that delayed contractors’ work on other projects.

    Once work began, contractors discovered poor soils under many of the streets, which meant they had to excavate deeper and remove more of the roadbed, Vanden Noven said.

    In particular, on Van Buren and Milwaukee Streets, gas lines had to be moved to avoid potential problems, delaying excavation work, he said.

 
Port FD, PD open house activities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 18:32

fireAnyone who ever wanted to inspect a fire engine or police squad car, climb the aerial ladder in a fire truck or check out an ambulance is invited to the Port Washington Fire and Police Stations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5.

    The open house at the fire station, 104 W. Washington St., will open with a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon. All-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage and bacon will be served for $5. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free.

    The open house will also feature rides on the bucket in the ladder truck, fire extinguisher and extrication demonstrations, and blood pressure screenings.


    There will also be a scuba diving demonstration in a large tank, with the diver equipped to talk to those on dry land.


    Fire safety and fire prevention handouts will be distributed. A drawing for a chance to ride to school in a fire truck will be held.


    Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers will also be given to some participants.


    At the police station, 365 N. Wisconsin St., there will be tours of the building and the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department Command Vehicle.


    Child fingerprinting kits will be available, and bike safety information handed out.


    The open houses are being held in conjunction with national Fire Safety Week, Fire Chief Mark Mitchell said.

 

 
Lighting up the night: PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 18:10

Hundreds of sky lanterns will rise over Coal Dock Park Saturday, just weeks after city considered banning them

    Just weeks after the Common Council considered banning sky lanterns, 500 of them will be lit Saturday at Port Washington’s Coal Dock Park.

    The second annual lantern launch sponsored by Port Main Street Inc. will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27.

    If it’s windy, the event will be postponed to Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Main Street Executive Director Lauren Richmond said.coalLG

    “If it’s raining, it’s not happening for sure,” she said. “But it’s really the wind that we have to be careful of.”

    Main Street will have volunteers in the marina to keep an eye out for any lanterns that fall onto boats, she said.

    The Port Washington Fire Department will also have a crew there, Chief Mark Mitchell said.

    “Once they’re launched, they’re at the mercy of the wind,” he said, noting that the department received a complaint about errant lanterns landing on boats and parked vehicles from a marina tenant earlier this year.

    That complaint led Mitchell and the Police and Fire Commission to recommend the city outlaw sky lanterns due to the risk of fire.

    The Common Council tabled the recommendation earlier this month, paving the way for Saturday’s launch.

    “Hopefully nothing happens,” Mitchell said. “Maybe the city will do something in the future.”

    About 400 of the lanterns have already been sold, Richmond said.

    The remainder will be sold for $10 each at the Port farmers market Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the park from 4 to 7 p.m.

    Richmond noted that the event, while a successful fundraiser for Main Street, is being brought back because of the community response.

    “That really was the driving force for us — the community and residents requested it,” she said. “This event is supposed to represent a positive community experience, and we want to wrap our arms around things like that.”

    If the sky lantern launch is postponed, a message will be left on the Main Street phone at 268-1132 and on the group’s Facebook page.


 

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Port officials get firsthand look at street woes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 18:07

Hour-long tour of city’s worst roads gives aldermen idea of what repairs should be top priorities

    Port Washington aldermen took a road trip before the Common Council meeting last week — a trip engineered to alert officials to the deteriorating condition of the city’s streets.

    Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven drove aldermen on an hour-long tour of the streets, arming officials with a color-coded map that listed the worst streets in the city.

    “Most of these streets are getting along because we’ve done a lot of patching,” Vanden Noven said. “But some of these roads overnight give it up.”

    He cited Sunrise Drive as one of these roads, saying it is “beyond patching. There’s just nothing to it.”

    On Woodland Avenue, similar conditions exist, he said.

    “It’s kind of hard to put a decent patch on this because there’s nothing much to attach it to,” Vanden Noven said. “It’s flat, so the water sits there. It doesn’t drain. That’s why you get these problems.”

    When he rated the street conditions this year, Vanden Noven said, he was surprised by how bad some of the streets are, particularly on the north and west sides of the city.

    He pointed out sunken patches and alligator cracking that extended the full length and width of some streets, saying, “I suspect there’s not a lot of road base under these because of the condition they’re in.

    “It’s not really uncommon that they just laid gravel over whatever was there, especially in the older parts of the city.”

    He compared Montgomery Street and the northern part of Benjamin Street to Milwaukee Street, which is being rebuilt this year.

    “The curb is higher than the street, so your drainage is awful,” he said. “This is particularly bad.”

    The words terrible and horrible were repeated frequently as he pointed out the condition of city streets that he recently told aldermen it would cost $20 million to repair.

    “Harrison’s a disaster. We all know Dodge is terrible,” he said. Of James Drive, he said, “This is brutal.”

    Ald. Kevin Rudser noted that Michael Court appeared never to have gotten a final layer of asphalt, pointing out the fact the street had sunk significantly next to the curb pan.

    “These streets are pretty bad,” Vanden Noven said. “I’ve seen this before. Water probably puddles until it gets swallowed by the alligator cracks.”

    Then, he said, the water is absorbed by the subsoil and eventually freezes, putting pressure on the surface and causing more alligator cracking.

    That’s exacerbated by poor drainage caused when asphalt was laid over the curb pan, Mayor Tom Mlada said.

    Ald. Dan Becker pointed out weeds growing around manholes, curbs and sewers.

    “You’ve got a garden growing in the street,” he said.  

    As they headed down Larabee Street on the city’s west side, Mayor Tom Mlada said he often visits the Senior Center, and every time he’s there he hears complaints about the condition of the road.

    “You could have driven down any of those streets, and they’re all bad,” Becker said.

    Ald. Doug Biggs added, “It’s just a matter of degrees.”Daily-Press

    Aldermen took up the cause during the tour, asking Vanden Noven to head down streets in their districts that are in need of work.

    The road trip didn’t result in any action Tuesday, but it reiterated Vanden Noven’s message to aldermen earlier this month — the city needs to commit a signficant amount of money, perhaps $1 million annually, to fixing its streets.


 
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