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County sells ramp land to company for housing project PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 18:06

The Ozaukee County Board on Wednesday approved an offer from Cardinal Capital Management to buy a portion of the former ramp land at highways 33 and LL in Port Washington.

The West Allis company plans to construct housing for adults with autism on a 6.1-acre plot, company president Erich Schwenker told the board.

Cardinal Capital Management will pay $406,500 for the northern portion of the parcel. The remainder of the 12-acre parcel will be relisted for sale by the county.

Cardinal Capital Management plans to construct a 66-unit apartment building with 10 to 20 units intended for people with autism.

The rest of the units would be leased at market rates to Concordia University Wisconsin students.

Included in the proposed project is a 10,000-square-foot building for the Milwaukee Center for Independence to provide services for autistic residents and the community.

The project also includes habitat and woods restoration, Schwenker said.

Since the land is in the City of Port Washington, the Common Council has to approve the use of the land. The County Board only approved the sale.

Schwenker said preliminary discussions with the city about the concept of the project have been positive.

The boundaries of the parcel to be purchased will be defined through a land division approved by the City of Port Washington and the county.

The County Public Works Committee earlier Wednesday added a clause that 25% of the proceeds from the sale must be put toward the Highland Road interchange project.

Several years ago, the county committed to pay for a portion of the interchange, earmarking a portion of any land sale to the project.

The land sale passed on a 24-0 vote.

The nearly 12-acre parcel was created when the intersection of the two highways was converted to a roundabout several years ago.

The county declared the land excess right-of-way and put it up for sale about two years ago.Daily Press

Music fest to make its Port debut on lakefront PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 19:11

After 10 years in Grafton, the Paramount Blues Festival will be held this weekend in a new location and with a new name.

The Paramount Music Festival will be staged in Port Washington’s Coal Dock Park Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 through 4.

“We’re very excited,” organizer Kris Raymond said. “Lime Kiln Park (in Grafton) was a great place to be, but we basically outgrew it.”

The new location on Port Washington’s lakefront offers those attending the festival a host of other activities to enjoy, she said.

Those include a sailboat regatta Saturday and a Venetian Night parade of decorated boats through the harbor, sponsored by the Port Washington Yacht Club, at about 8 p.m. Sunday.

“I think it will be so fun to have sailboats in the viewing area,” Raymond said. “While you’re looking at the stage, you’ll be looking at Lake Michigan. You can see the lighthouse. When you turn around to get food, you’ll be looking at the harbor.

“It’s so beautiful, and there’s just a lot of things for people to do. People can walk to downtown, shop and have lunch or dinner. You won’t be bored at this festival.” 

So far, Raymond said, the change in venue has been greeted warmly by those who have traditionally attended. There’s been an increase in ticket presales, with online sales up 30%, she said.

The new name, the Paramount Music Festival, reflects the fact that the blues have influenced all genre of music and many of those will be represented at the fest.

“Some people say they don’t like the blues, but they don’t know what it is,” Raymond said, “It’s part of every type of music we listen to.”

Blues is the focus, and headlining the festival at 8 p.m. Saturday will be Mud Morganfield, the eldest son of legendary bluesman Muddy Waters.

Morganfield, who was brought up surrounded by many of the finest blues musicians of their time, learned from the best. His father gave him a set of drums for Christmas each year, but the bass guitar later became his instrument of choice.

He has become an accomplished musician, with original works rooted in traditional Chicago blues but updated to reflect today’s music. 

Morganfield has had a number of acclaimed albums, including his most recent work, “Son of the Seventh Son,” and has won numerous awards, including the 2015 Blues Blast Award for traditional blues album for “For Pops,” a tribute to his father. 

Headlining the festival at 8:30 p.m. Friday will be Tommy Castro and The Painkillers.

Castro, who started playing guitar at age 10, released his first of 14 albums in 1996. His original songs reflect blues, soul and West Coast rock, and have won numerous honors. 

In his four decades long career, Castro has won six Blues Music Awards, including the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award.

On Friday, when the gate opens at 4:30 p.m., the festival begins with a performance by Shonn Hinton & Shotgun at 5 p.m., followed by The Jimmys at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday’s performances begin at noon with Steve Cohen, followed by Lil Davy Max at 1 p.m., The Blues Disciples at 2:30 p.m., Davina & The Vagabonds at 4 p.m. and Rev. Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys with Westside Andy at 6 p.m.

Joe Filisko and Glen Kaizer will begin Sunday’s performances at 12:30 p.m., followed by Studebaker John and the Hawks at 2 p.m., Tim Castle’s Country Legends Tribute at 4 p.m., Billy Bon Scott’s AC/DC tribute at 5:45 p.m. and Whiskey of the Damned at 7:30 p.m.

A classic car club display will be part of the event on Sunday.

The gate opens at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The festival features open-air lawn seating, so festival-goers are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs.

There will be a limited number of chairs available for rent.

If the weather is warm, a couple of shade tents will be set up.

Daily admission  Friday and Saturday is $20. There is no admission fee Sunday. 

Free shuttle service to the festival will be offered from Comfort Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites, both in Grafton, Motel 6 and Walmart, both in Saukville, Country Inn & Suites in Port Washington and the Port Washington outdoor pool. 

Major sponsors for the festival are Ozaukee Press, Port Washington Tourism Council and Blues After Hours Radio.Daily Press

United Way to host resource fair in Port PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 19:10

United Way of Northern Ozaukee will host a resource fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the Ozaukee County Administration Center in Port Washington.

Thirty-one agencies will be at the fair, offering information on the services they provide.

“A lot of these nonprofits are changing their focus a bit to meet the changing needs of residents,” United Way Executive Director Barbara Bates-Nelson said. “They have core services, but there are needs that pop up that they are working to meet.”

The fair will cover such services as mental health, substance abuse, employment, transportation, family support, homelessness, housing and income assistance and hunger.

The fair will be held in the auditorium at the county building, 121 W. Main St.Daily Press

Sheriff pitches $2.3 million budget hike for safety upgrades PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 19:08

Johnson says security door, courthouse screening improvements needed

The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department is requesting $2.3 million for capital expenditures in next year’s budget, including $500,000 to replace the security door control system at the Justice Center.

Sheriff Jim Johnson presented his proposal to the Public Safety Committee last month.

The security door controls, he said, use the outdated Windows XP system to handle doors in dispatch, jail, court security and holding areas, as well as the building panic alarms.

“I have to have the door control. That’s a need,” Johnson said.

“If it crashes, I’m going to have to (replace it).”

Johnson said he would also like to improve the courthouse screening area, adding bulletproof glass and bollards so vehicles can’t drive through the Justice Center entryway. Those total $189,000.

Johnson also wants storage space for vehicles and property, instead of spending $40,000 per year renting space at two locations. Johnson requests $1.12 million for that.

Committee member Tom Winker suggested the county buy the former car dealership across the street from the Justice Center that’s for sale for $1.2 million.

County Human Resource Director Jason Dzwinel said a purchase like that would be done outside an operations budget.

Another request asks for $62,000 for forensic equipment to extract data from cell phones and mobile devices.

The department now takes devices to Milwaukee for the service. Moving it in-house would allow for quicker retrieval of information before people can delete it.

This is the second year Johnson is requesting the equipment.

“More and more people are storing information on cell phones,” Johnson said.

Dzwinel said capital projects are difficult to build into the county budget due to inflationary pressures.

“We can’t say yes to everything,” he said.

The county will discuss its departmental budgets this fall with a presentation scheduled for October and a public hearing and adoption in November.Daily Press

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

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