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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 17:05

Owners of Harborview negotiating with potential buyer of downtown hotel

    The owners of the Harborview Holiday Inn are negotiating with a potential buyer of the downtown hotel.

    “We are working with a potential buyer,” said Eric Lund, who co-owns the hotel with Craig Stark.

    “It (a sale) may, in the next 30 to 60 days, happen. But often as you go through real estate transactions, anything and everything can happen.”

    Rumors that a sale has occurred are false, he said.

    “The hotel is not sold. Craig and I still own the hotel,” Lund said. “We are working with a potential buyer.”

    Earlier this year, Lund said he and Stark were discussing a potential sale with several people interested in the hotel, but downplayed the talks as preliminary at best.

    Lund, who is chief operating officer of S&L Hospitality, which manages the Harborview, said in February that he and Stark would like to stay involved in the hotel’s operation in some capacity.

    The two men have owned the former Harborside since 1998, when they and a group of investors purchased it from the Smith family. Since then, he and Stark have bought out the other partners.

    “We love the market. We love the hotel. It’s been a great property for us,” Lund said. “It’s got a very unique setting and is a unique destination.”

    The 96-room hotel in the heart of downtown Port has long been a hub for tourists and fishermen and is seen by officials as vital to the health of downtown.

    Not only does it provide lodging for visitors and businessmen, it is a vital source of room tax revenue for the city.Daily-Press

    Last year, the Holiday Inn Harborview brought in about $146,000 in room taxes, more than half the city’s total room tax revenue, according to officials. Room tax revenue is split between the city and the Port Tourism Council.

 
Board says yes to Lasata renovations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 17:03

Supervisors’ unanimous vote paves way for county to invest $10 million in facility

    The Ozaukee County Board on Wednesday charted a definitive course for Lasata Care Center by voting unanimously to invest $10 million in the 58-year-old nursing home in Cedarburg.

    Supervisors voted 24-0 to borrow $10 million over the next 20 years to renovate an aging facility that, if not modernized, would bleed cash, become a property tax burden and possibly be sold, according to officials. “We will get a good renovation of our facility that will last for many years to come and serve our citizens, which is what we all want,” Supr. Kathy Geracie of Cedarburg said.

    The county expects to borrow the money at a 3.18% interest rate that would cost $3.77 million in interest over the term of the loan.

    Annual debt payments are expected to be $688,300, which would add about 7 cents per $1,000 of equalized property value to the tax rate, officials said.

    While the need for nursing home renovations is apparent, it was the financial implications of the alternative that seemed to sway supervisors on the fence regarding the future of the facility.

    The plan is to create a smaller, efficient nursing home that provides more comfortable and dignified care for the county’s oldest residents.

    Without the renovations, the nursing home will lose money at the rate of $717,000 a year, sapping revenues generated by the other components of the campus — the Lasata Heights apartments and Lasata Crossings assisted-living facility — and saddling the county with an annual deficit, according to an analysis by Horty Elving, a Minneapolis-based architectural and engineering firm hired by the county.

    With the renovations, however, the nursing home’s losses will be held to about $193,827 a year. That deficit will be negated by the $647,000 in annual revenue generated by the Heights and Daily-PressCrossings, leaving the senior-living campus with an annual average profit of $463,477, according to Horty Elving.

    In addition to keeping the nursing home off the tax levy, the project would result in a much nicer facility for residents. By decreasing the number of beds from 162 to 134, the facility will have more single-occupancy rooms.

 
‘Frozen’ to be shown in Port park Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 17:33

“Frozen” will be the first Friday Night Flick in Port Washington’s Veterans Memorial Park.

The free movie will be shown at dusk near the bandshell.

Those attending are asked to bring chairs and blankets.

“Frozen,” which is rated PG, is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen.”

It tells the story of the kingdom of Arendelle, which is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa. Her sister Anna teams up with rough-hewn mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer Sven to break the spell.

Among the actors lending their voices to the movie are Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Jonathan Groff.

For more information, call the Port Washington Parks and Recreation Department at 284-5881.

 
Two men injured when motorcycle hits lawn tractor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 17:30

Monday night collision on Town of Grafton highway sends both drivers to hospital

A collision between a motorcyclist and a man on a lawn tractor on a Town of Grafton road sent both drivers to the hospital Monday.

According to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department, a group of motorcyclists was driving west on Pleasant Valley Road just west of Edgewood Drive at 7 p.m. when one of them struck the tractor as it crossed the road.

A 31-year-old Saukville motorcyclist and a 42-year-old Town of Grafton resident on the tractor were injured.

Grafton Fire Chief William Rice said that when emergency crews arrived, they found the motorcyclist on the road and the tractor driver in the driveway of his residence.

The tractor driver sustained minor injuries, and the motorcyclist had “more serious injuries,” Rice said.

Both men were transported by ambulance to Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

A Flight for Life helicopter was called to the accident scene but had to turn back due to fog along its route from Waukesha, officials said.

Rice said conditions were clear at the crash site, which is a quarter-mile west of Highway O.

Grafton firefighters and rescue crews responded to the scene along with Grafton police and sheriff’s deputies.

Undersheriff Jim Johnson said the collision remains under investigation.

 
Beer garden to be held Saturdays in Port park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 17:18

A planned beer garden in Port Washington’s Upper Lake Park will be held this summer.

Patti Lemkuil, who is coordinating the event, said last week that three of the sponsoring groups have committed to holding the gatherings on the south end of the park this summer.

“It’s definitely a go,” she said.

The beer garden is expected to be held on four Saturdays this summer. Specific dates will be announced in the near future.

Each event will be run by a civic organization, which will keep the profits from its night running the garden.

No food will be served at the events, which would run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., but both beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold.

“We’re going to try and offer some different beers as well as the traditional favorites,” Lemkuil said. “But this really isn’t about what’s being served as much as it is about the camaraderie.”

So far, three groups — the Port-Saukville Jaycees, Port Washington Rotary Club and the Greater Port Washington Kiwanis Club, which will partner with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7588 — have committed to three of the dates, she said.

 
Port’s first beer garden may be on tap for park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 18:24

City board approves plan to have civic groups run Upper Lake Park stand

    Port Washington residents could find themselves relaxing and enjoying the summer at a beer garden in Upper Lake Park this summer.

    The beer garden, which would be set up on the south end of the park, would run on four Saturdays this summer, operated by civic organizations in the city, according to a proposal approved last week
by the Parks and Recreation Board.

    “It’s kind of embracing    the idea of getting to know your neighbor, of camaraderie and community,” Parks and Recreation Director Charlie Imig said.

    Board member Patti Lemkuil, who came up with the concept, said she was looking for something to replace the Freeport Music Series, which this year is holding only one summer concert instead of the
traditional three or four.

    “I felt we still needed to do something for the community that was a free event,” said Lemkuil, who said she was inspired by the beer garden at Estabrook Park in Milwaukee.

    “This is kind of the trend right now,” she said. “It (Estabrook’s beer garden) is very well attended. Some people are there to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries. The benches are linked together so
you can be sitting next to strangers and just start a conversation.”

    Lemkuil said the trees in the area surrounding the beer garden park will be decorated with twinkle lights to add to the ambience, and the civic organizations can opt to provide music as well.

    “We’re trying to make it as charming and traditional as we can,” she said. “We want to encourage people to come with their extended family and friends, like they did at the turn of the century. Bring
a picnic basket and games and enjoy some good conversation and the beauty of the lake.”

    No food will be served at the events, which would run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., but both beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold.

    “We’re going to try and offer some different beers as well as the traditional favorites,” Lemkuil said. “But this really isn’t about what’s being served as much as it is about the camaraderie.”

    So far, two groups — the Port-Saukville Jaycees and the Greater Port Washington Kiwanis Club, which will partner with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7588 — have committed to two of the dates
for the beer garden, she said.

    But all four dates need to be covered, Lemkuil said, noting she is waiting for the two other civic organizations she is working with to commit to the beer garden.

    Once finalized, the dates will be announced.

    If all goes well, she said, she would like to see the beer garden continue next year.

   

 
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