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Written by CAROL POMEDAY   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 19:26

New regulations prompt cautions from state officials as gun hunt starts Nov. 22

    The use of high-powered rifles was allowed for the first time last year to hunt deer throughout the state and did not pose a problem in Ozaukee County, Department of Natural Resources Game Warden Tony Young said.

    He doesn’t expect it to be a problem this year, either.

    The gun deer season opens 30 minutes before sunrise Saturday, Nov. 22, and will continue through most of Ozaukee County until 20 minutes after sunset on Wednesday, Dec. 10. That’s twice as long as most of the state.

    Ozaukee County — except an area north of Highway A and west of Highway 57 — is in the metro-Milwaukee zone and all metro zones have the extended season. Last year, the season went until Dec. 15, so it is five days shorter this year.

    The rest of the state and the northwest corner of Ozaukee County have a nine-day gun season that ends Sunday, Nov. 30.

    Because there are quite a few changes governing hunting this year, Young advises all hunters to read the 2014 deer hunting regulations they received with their hunting licenses.

    “A lot of the wording has changed so it’s difficult to compare to previous years,” Young said.

    A big change is that deer management zones have changed and boundaries are now mostly by counties. Ozaukee County is in the Southern Farmland Zone.

    Bonus buck opportunities for hunters who bagged a buck last year or this year  are available only in the Southern Farmland District. That perk may change in 2015.          

 Ozaukee County is the only county in the southern zone where baiting and feeding deer is allowed. Baiting and feeding deer are not allowed within 10 miles of a district where chronic wasting disease has been found in deer.

    All land owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is open for hunting as posted, but most private land is posted and hunters must have the owner’s permission.

    Hunting is also allowed in Lion’s Den Gorge in the Town of Grafton. A lottery system was used to issue permits to 10 gun hunters. The county-owned park is closed to the public during the gun hunt season, However, bow hunters are allowed in the park through Jan. 31.

    Only muzzleloaders, bows and crossbows are allowed in Harrington Beach State Park in the Town of Belgium.

    Hunters are only allowed in designated areas of the park, Young said.

    “Theoretically, hunters will be in one area and people walking their dogs in the park will be in a separate area,” Young said. “It’s up to the hunters to know where they’re not allowed.”

    Managed forest land and volunteer public access properties are also open for deer hunting. Those sites are listed on the DNR website.

    A permit is required to hunt on land owned by the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust. This year, site-specific permits were issued to all 57 hunters who applied.

    “We limit the number of hunters on the sites because we want it to be an enjoyable experience and we want them to be successful,” said Mike Hoffer, stewardship director for the Land Trust. “That can’t happen if there are too many hunters.”

    Only bow hunters are allowed at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in the Town of Belgium, Cedarburg Environmental Study Area in the Town of Cedarburg, Kratzsch Conservancy in Newburg and Fellenz Woods and Riverbend Conservancy, both in eastern Washington County.

    Hunting with guns, bows and crossbows is allowed at Huiras Lake in the Town of Fredonia and on the Wendt property in Kewaskum. Both areas are surrounded by federal and state land open to gun hunters.

    “We would be an island where they couldn’t shoot and that doesn’t make sense,” Hoffer said.

    Public hunting will not be allowed in Amsterdam Dunes this year, but a few hunters were given permission to hunt, Sheboygan County Planning and Conservation Director Aaron Brault said.

    Young said he’s been following up on complaints about illegal baiting and checking where deer stands are located.

    The most important thing, he said, is to hunt safely.

    “If there is an accident, it’s because one  of the four basic rules of gun safety was ignored,” Young said.

    “We used the acronym TAB-K ­— Treat every firearm like it’s loaded. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction. Be certain of your target and what’s beyond it. Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.”


 
Super pass proposed for all-pools access PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 19:19

    Although the bone-chilling weather makes it hard to think about lounging around a pool, the Port Washington Parks and Recreation Department last week agreed to offer season pass-holders the option of buying an “Ozaukee super pass” that would allow them to visit any municipal outdoor pool in the county next summer.

    Grafton Parks and Recreation Director John Safstrom has recommended approval of the super pass, and his board was expected to act on the proposal Wednesday, Nov. 19.

    The Cedarburg and Mequon park boards  are also expected to act on the concept by the end of the year.

    Similar to the current reciprocity agreement between the Port and Grafton outdoor pools, the proposed super pass would allow residents to use other municipal pools.

    However, unlike the current reciprocity agreement, residents would pay for that privilege above and beyond their season passes.

    “They still have to be season pass holders,” Port Parks and Recreation Director Charlie Imig said. “This is an add on.”

    But it’s one he’s betting people will purchase.

    “It affords people more opportunities,” Imig said. “I’m really excited about it. If it’s 60 degrees here in Port, we’re closed, but a lot of those times it’s warmer in Grafton and Cedarburg and their pools are open. I think people would say, ‘Let’s go to one of those pools’ on those days.

    “Or if they go to the Cedarburg pool and it’s really crowded there, they might come to the Port pool instead.”

    The super-pass plan is patterned on a similar pass offered by six communities in northeast Johnson County, Kan., Imig said.

    It calls for people buying season passes to be offered the opportunity to add the Ozaukee super pass, a sticker that would be placed on their season passes.

    The super-pass fee for residents would be $15 per individual and $30 for a family, and for non-residents would be $25 and $45, respectively, Imig said.

    Each municipality would retain half the fees they collect for the super pass, he said. The remaining money would be placed in a pot that would be divided among the communities based on the actual super-pass use at their pool.

    Under the reciprocity agreement between Port and Grafton, there was no cost sharing for people who went to the other community’s pool. The thought, Imig said, was that increased concessions would make up for any lost entrance fees.
 
  Traditionally, more Grafton residents have taken advantage of the agreement than Port residents, Imig said.Daily-Press

    In 2013, he said, 936 Grafton residents spent time at the Port pool while 220 Port residents went to the Grafton pool.

    “Our season pass holders have always appreciated the opportunity to go to the Grafton pool,” Imig said. “This extends that option to the other outdoor pools in the county.

    “I think there’ll be interest in it. If there isn’t, there’s really nothing lost. There’s really no added cost to any one community.”



 
Port Town Board OKs budget after no-show hearing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 20:27

Town of Port Washington residents apparently are happy with the way officials are running the township because no one attended Monday’s public hearing on the 2015 budget.

    The Town Board unanimously approved a $446,227 tax levy to support a $730,181 budget. The levy is $4,800 more than last year, the maximum allowed by state law, Clerk Jennifer Schlenvogt said.

    The town’s 2014 tax rate will be $2.33 per $1,000 assessed valuation. Last year’s rate was $2.17.

    The owner of a home valued at $200,000 will pay $4,666 to support the budget. The town was recently reassessed so the tax impact will depend on how much a taxpayer’s property increased or decreased in value.Daily-Press

    The 2015 expenditures are almost 19% higher than this year because $159,420 budgeted for capital outlay was not used last year in anticipation of undertaking a $300,000 road project next year. The money  will be used to improve either Green Bay Road or the Highland Drive bridge.

    The budget calls for using $178,000 from the $464,000 fund balance. That will leave $286,000 in the fund balance, which the town’s auditor recommended be $200,000, Schlenvogt told the board.

 
City budget calls for slight levy increase PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 20:26

Spending plan that will hold line on tax rate to be presented to public Nov. 18

    City of Port Washington residents will get their chance to comment on a proposed $8.9 million budget during a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at City Hall.

    “There’s really not much going on in the budget this year,” Ald. Dave Larson, chairman of the Finance and License Committee, told the Common Council last week.

    While delivering much the same services as this year, the proposed 2015 budget is increasing 1.4%. The tax levy is only expected to increase about .5%, to $4.9 million, Larson said — leaving the city $392 under the state-set levy cap.

    The expenditure budget is increasing 1.41%, he said, due primarily to increases in wages and insurance.

    Revenues are up, Larson said, noting that state shared revenue and highway aids are expected to increase $12,500 and $43,000, respectively, for next year.

    As in 2014, the proposed budget does not include $25,000 for Port Main Street Inc. — the annual amount the city had previously contributed to the group, Larson said. Instead, the money has been earmarked for economic development.

    City Administrator Mark Grams said the city’s assessed value of $851 million means the tax rate for 2015 is expected to be about $5.79 per $1,000 assessed valuation, a decrease of two cents per $1,000.

    That means the owner of a home valued at $200,000 would pay about $5 less in city taxes, Grams said. However, he noted that the projected tax rate does not include the tax incremental financing district assessment.

    The recycling fee of $34 will remain the same as in 2014, Grams added, and Larson noted that water rates will also remain stable.

    Although officials remain concerned about the condition of the city’s streets, there are no major street projects planned for next year.Daily-Press

    “We will be looking at street improvements during the next year, creating a plan to deal with them and finance them,” Grams said.

    Street projects are largely paid for through borrowing, and the city is not planning any additional borrowing next year, Grams said.   

 
Five to join PWHS Wall of Honor during Veterans Day event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 18:43

Veterans Day will be celebrated in Port Washington with a special 10:30 a.m. ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Port Washington High School.

    In addition to honoring all veterans, living and dead, the ceremony will mark the induction of five area vets to the school’s Wall of Honor.

    The men, who all attended Port Washington High School, are Clyde Weiland, the late Ruben Baumann, Norman Luedtke, the late Arnold Guenther and Eugene Streff.

    The ceremony will include performances by the school’s band and choir, posting of colors, a pledge to the flag, an introduction by the Student Council president, moment of silent reflection, playing of taps and a rifle salute.

    The program is open to the public. It is sponsored by the school, the Van Ells-Schanen and Landt-Thiel American Legion posts in Port Washington and Saukville, respectively, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

    The ceremony has been an annual event at the school since 1992.

 
Events planned in fight against heroin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 18:38

Two events are planned next week to help combat the heroin epidemic in Ozaukee County.

Members of Ozaukee County’s Heroin Task Force will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at the county Fairground Pavilion in Cedarburg.


The meeting will focus on updates from work groups and community events.


In March, county officials, along with Starting Point of Ozaukee, responded to a growing heroin problem in the area by creating five subcommittees to pursue ways to fight the epidemic.


The fairgrounds is at W67 N866
Washington Ave.

Additionally, Musicians Against Heroin in Ozaukee County will hold a free concert featuring classic rock and blues on Saturday, Nov. 15.


The concert, which will be from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Todd Wehr Auditorium on the campus of Concordia University


Wisconsin, is free, but donations will be accepted at the door.


Concordia is at 12800 N. Lake Shore Dr. in Mequon.

 

 
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