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County OKs $7 million radio system upgrade PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 18:55

Cost of replacing public safety communication system that will soon be obsolete reflects $‑5.5 million discount

The Ozaukee County Board unanimously approved upgrading its radio system last week as time was of the essence.

Entering into a $7 million contract with Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Fla., by the end of June made the county eligible for $5.5 million in discounts since Harris is at the end of its fiscal year and because of synergy with Washington County’s radio upgrade.

While Ozaukee County’s system is operating well, it will reach its end-of-life expectancy next year and Harris will no longer support it.

“That tells us it’s time to move forward,” County Administrator Tom Meaux said.

In addition, the county and Mequon dispatch console computers are from 2006 using Microsoft XP operating systems, which Microsoft stopped supporting in 2014.

The radio system is also not fully compliant with Project 25, a common standard for digital radio communications.

“Our public safety is the driving force for (the upgrade),” Meaux said.

The county didn’t seek other bids but Meaux said “we did do extensive research on alternatives. Whenever we got down to pricing, it was considerably more money with other brands or systems.”

The county uses more than 2,000 radios, including one for each public safety employee and most public works employees. It has operated a 10-channel, three-site Enhanced Digital Access Communication System since 1991.

The $6.5 million project, plus $500,000 for project management and contingencies, would supply all radio users with a P25 compliant system and upgrade all infrastructure, replace mobile and portable radios and add a transmission site at Harrington Beach.

The county has been working with Harris since 2011 on a proposal to upgrade the system. The Finance and Executive committees unanimously approved the upgrade.

Paying for the project could be done by a combination of tax levy, reserve funds and borrowing. Subscription fees for local municipalities are a possible consideration, Meaux said.

“We feel we can work with the vendor for future budgets,” he said.

The county has $750,000 in its 2016 budget to replace dispatch consoles.

Meaux said he would eventually like the county to have a reserve fund built up for future upgrades.

“Remember this is for public safety reasons. In crisis situations, you really want to have the best equipment,” he said.

Financing work will start with a plan presented in November as part of the 2017 budget, Meaux said.Daily Press

Reconstruction of Green Bay Road to begin in mid-August PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 18:50

Town of Port project to cost far less than expected

Green Bay Road in the Town of Port Washington is tentatively scheduled to be reconstructed during the second week of August, supervisors learned Tuesday.

The work is expected to take about five days, Town Chairman Jim Melichar said, with a day allocated to grind the old pavement and grade the road, another to compact the base and one to pave it — perhaps with a day or two between operations.

“That’s great,” Supr. Jim Rychtik said. “It should be done well before school starts.”

The work will be done by Stark Pavement Corp. of Brookfield, which last month was awarded the contract after submitting a low bid of $133,501 for the project.

The other bid, for $138,738, was from Payne & Dolan of Waukesha.

Both bids were well under the town’s $210,000 budget for the project, Melichar said at the time, and both companies have done work for the town in the past — most recently Stark did work on Willow Road and Payne & Dolan on Birch Lane and Road.

“They both did nice jobs for us,” Rychtik said.

Stark is doing work in the City of Port this summer, Melichar noted, and company officials said they sought the town work to fill a gap in their schedule.

The Green Bay Road project, which will span from Hillcrest Road to Highway 33,  will not alter the basic configuration of the roadway. 

The road will be built one foot wider, 22 feet instead of 21 feet, with two-foot gravel shoulders on each side, Melichar said.

The town had considered widening the road even more, but numerous residents objected to that plan during a public hearing on the issue in 2013, saying that traffic is already too fast. Widening the roadway, they said, would turn it into a racetrack.

A number of the residents did, however, seek wider shoulders, saying there currently is little room for people to walk along the road.

The project must be completed by Sept. 15, officials said.

Before Stark begins its work, Dave’s Excavating will replace several culverts and do ditch work on the east side of Green Bay Road from Birch Road south to Highway 33.

The Town Board agreed last month to hire Dave’s Excavating to do this work, which officials said will resolve issues with drainage, especially in winter.

That work will be done on a time-and-materials basis.

The board also hired Dave’s Excavating to align culverts and do ditch work on Mink Ranch Road between highways KK and B, again on a time-and-materials basis.

Culverts in this area are “all different heights,” Melichar said, causing drainage issues for several properties.

Even as the Town Board prepares for this summer’s road project, it is looking to future road work.

“What do you think the worst roads in the town are?” Town Supr. Mike Didier asked.

Board members agreed that some of the areas in most need of work are Northwoods Road and Mink Ranch Road from Highway KK to Northwoods Road — adding these are likely to be on the board’s radar for improvements in the coming year or two.Daily Press

Port’s salute to July 4th offers festive family fun PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 18:41

Monday’s celebration will begin with downtown parade, end with fireworks

The Fourth of July will be festive in Port Washington, with traditional, family-oriented activities held throughout the day.

Holiday activities will formally get underway Monday, July 4, when the 11 a.m. parade sets off from the corner of Wisconsin and Main streets in downtown.

The parade will head south to Grand Avenue, then turn east to Franklin Street. Marchers will then turn on Jackson Street and head to Lake Street, then disperse at Veterans Memorial Park.

A special feature in the parade are the bikes, wagons and scooters decorated by local youngsters. Bike decorating kits are available prior to the event at Port Washington State Bank’s Port office.

The decorated vehicles will be judged at the park beginning at 11:30 a.m., with trophies and ribbons, as well as cash prizes, presented to the top vote-getters in various age divisions.

A variety of family-friendly activities will be held in the park, where Christ the King Lutheran Church and the Port Washington High School Music Boosters will hold an ice cream social from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Proceeds from the social will go toward replacing some of the school’s musical instruments.

A watermelon seed-spitting contest will be held, with prizes awarded to the winners of age divisions.

The boy and girl who spit their seeds the farthest will receive new bicycles.

Live music will be performed at the bandshell from 1 to 3 p.m. by the Windy Hope Trio.

There will also be a bounce house.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the park. 

Fireworks shot off from Coal Dock Park will conclude the day’s activities at dusk.

The Port Exploreum is holding a special fireworks event that will run from 6:30 p.m. until the conclusion of the show.

Food and beverages will be available, with those participating able to watch the fireworks from the Exploreum’s second-floor deck.

The cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers, and advance registration is required by calling 284-2406 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information about the Fourth of July activities, call the Port Washington Parks and Recreation Department at 284-5881.

Sponsors of the event include the Parks and Recreation Department, Ozaukee Press, Port Washington State Bank, Schmit Bros. and Drews True Value.Daily Press

Woman gets 4.5 years in prison for trying to have judge beaten PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 18:38

She also wanted thug to hurt ex-husband, his girlfriend

A 48-year-old woman who attempted to hire a thug to rough up an Ozaukee County judge, her ex-husband and his girlfriend last year was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison Monday. 

Eleonora K. Klurfeld Milshteyn was also sentenced by Waukesha County Judge Michael Aprahamian to five years of extended supervision following her time in prison. 

Because Klurfeld Milshteyn attempted to have Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy harmed, the case was assigned to a judge from outside the county.

Klurfeld Milshteyn, who was charged with three felonies in July 2015, pleaded no contest in May to soliciting someone to beat or threaten a judge and solicitation of aggravated battery. A second count of solicitation of aggravated battery was dismissed.

The criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court gave this account:

Malloy held Klurfeld Milshteyn, who lived in Mequon at the time, in contempt of court during her divorce proceedings and sentenced her to 60 days in jail beginning May 12, 2015

Once in jail, she approached another inmate who told authorities Klurfeld Milshteyn talked to her several times about finding someone to kill Malloy, saying she would pay the person $50,000. The inmate said Klurfeld Milshteyn pretended to be crazy in the hope she would be released from jail but is actually very smart.

The inmate said she was so concerned about the judge’s safety that she wrote him a letter warning him about Klurfeld Milshteyn’s plan.

Another inmate told authorities that Klurfeld Milshteyn told her she wanted the judge and her ex-husband “taken out” and needed someone to “take care of the dirty work.”

On July 2, investigators recorded a conversation between the second inmate and Klurfeld Milshteyn in which Klurfeld Milshteyn agreed to pay a hit man $6,000 to deal with the judge and $3,000 each for her ex-husband and his girlfriend.

Shortly after Klurfeld Milshteyn was released from jail on July 10, the second inmate, working with authorities, set up a meeting between Klurfeld Milshteyn and a special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice posing as a hit man.

Klurfeld Milshteyn arrived at a grocery store parking lot in Mequon driving a 2014 Range Rover and told the agent she wanted Malloy beaten, according to the complaint.

She also said she wanted her ex-husband and his girlfriend beaten until he was rendered impotent and she could not bear children. 

Klurfeld Milshteyn told the agent her husband is a physician who practices at a Milwaukee hospital and his girlfriend lives in New Berlin, according to authorities.

As conditions of Klurfeld Milshteyn’s extended supervision, Aprahamian ordered her not to have contact with the woman who was her ex-husband’s girlfriend at the time of the incident or their child and not to have violent contact with her ex-husband.

Klurfeld Milshteyn, whose bail was initially set at $100,000, spent 354 days in jail, which will be applied as a credit against her prison sentence.Daily Press

Exploreum to showcase shipwrecks June 23 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 22:21

“Shipwrecks of the Sanctuary,” a showing of footage of shipwrecks off Port Washington and other parts of the Great Lakes, will be held at the Port Exploreum Thursday, June 23.
    The showing will run from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Showcased will be footage from Port Deco Divers and of shipwrecks off the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sanctuary at Thunder Bay, Mich., Mayor Tom Mlada said.
    The event is part of the national “Get Into Your Sanctuary” celebration.
    Admission to the Exploreum, 118 N. Franklin St., is $3 for adults and $1 for children during the event.
    Port Washington Historical Society members are admitted free.
    For more information, call 284-2406.Daily Press

Change in Fish Day parade route urged PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 22:15

Port council asks group to start procession farther north so nursing home residents can view event

The Port Washington Common Council on Tuesday approved an event permit for Fish Day on Saturday, July 16, but aldermen encouraged the group to move the start of the parade to Monroe Street so residents of Heritage Nursing Home could view it.
    The request to start the parade three blocks north of Walters Street — the traditional beginning of the route — was made earlier this year in letters to Ozaukee Press and reiterated at the council meeting by former alderman Tom Wellnitz.
    Wellnitz, who has brought up the idea at several council meetings, was angry when aldermen refused to make moving the parade a condition of the permit, saying the residents of the nursing home deserve to watch the parade.
    “This really infuriates me. We put conditions on the sale of public land. We put conditions on bartender’s licenses,” Wellnitz said. “We can’t put conditions on a parade?
    “We can tell them what to do. This is our city. No one wants to stand up to Fish Day.”
    But aldermen, who voted 4-1 to approve the permit and encourage Fish Day to make the change, stopped short of requiring the change in route.
    It’s not the city’s place to tell a nonprofit group where its parade should run, they said, especially since the event is less than a month away.
    Ald. Paul Neumyer, who cast the dissenting vote, said the logistics of staging the parade may make it difficult if not impossible to change the route.
    “I have trouble telling an organization that’s trying to do good for the city how they’re supposed to run their parade,” Neumyer said. “It’s not our place.
    “I think it’s a worthy idea, but I don’t think it’s workable this year.”
    The police department, which posts officers along the parade route, is understaffed right now, he added.
    Ald. Doug Biggs said he did not like the idea of requiring the change at this time, saying it would be “springing it on them at the last minute.”
    “This would have been the right thing to approach Fish Day with weeks, months ago,” he added.
    City Administrator Mark Grams said logistics would make it difficult for Fish Day because of the way it lines the parade up along side streets.
    “The parade’s pretty much strung out now as it is,” he said. “You think you’ve got gaps now?”    
    But Ald. Kevin Rudser supported the request initially, saying, “It does seem to make sense to run this past a nursing home.
    “I’m not sure it’s that much of an inconvenience. It’s three blocks.”
    While the city may not have gotten involved in the parade route before, Rudser said,  officials have the power to require the change.
    “It’s in our city,” he said.
    Mayor Tom Mlada said the matter is between residents and Fish Day and encouraged the leaders of the event to consider the change for the year.
    “The solution isn’t always government,” Mlada said. “We aren’t mandating this. We’re encouraging this by discussion.”
    But Wellnitz noted that residents initiated the discussion this spring and nothing changed.
    He noted that many residents at Heritage are veterans, and said he wanted members of the Fish Day Committee to personally explain to them why the parade couldn’t be changed.
    “I’m out to help the people at Heritage,” Wellnitz said. “They don’t have a voice.”Daily Press

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