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Early voting starts next week in county PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 17:24

Municipal officials expect large turnout of residents casting ballots before Nov. 8 presidential election

Early voting — an increasingly popular practice in Ozaukee County — will begin in many communities next week.

“Pretty much daily we’ve been getting calls from people asking about when they can vote,” Port Washington City Clerk Susan Westerbeke said.

The presidential election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

During the last presidential election, she said, 2,145 voters cast their ballots early, either by submitting absentee ballots or through early voting. In that election, almost 90% of the city’s registered voters cast a ballot.

“I’m anticipating more people using early voting,” Westerbeke said. 

She’s not sure of the reason, she said, but she has a few thoughts about it.

“Maybe they feel there won’t be a line with early voting,” she said.

That’s not necessarily true, Westerbeke added. “If you have a big election, there’s going to be a line here,” she said. “Will it be as big as on election day? No.”

For some people, especially those who work until later in the evening or who are taking children to activities, early voting makes it easier to cast their ballot, Westerbeke added.

Westerbeke noted that the city has already mailed out absentee ballots for all those who have signed up for them. Ballots for people living overseas and who are in the military have also gone out.

“I sent one to Chile today,” she said Tuesday. “And one to Scotland yesterday.”

People who come in to cast their ballots must have a state approved form of identification with them, such as a driver’s license, state ID card, U.S. passport, university, college or technical school ID with enrollment verification or veterans’ health ID card.
They also need to be registered to vote. This can be done at the same time as early voting, but people must then have proof of residency with them.

Anyone who has questions about their voting status may check by calling their municipal office or online at www.myvote.wi.gov, Westerbeke said. The necessary forms for voter registration and absentee ballots are also on the website.

Municipalities were given the power to set early voting dates. Westerbeke said municipal clerks in Ozaukee County’s larger communities agreed they would hold early voting during regular office hours from Oct. 10 through Nov. 4.

Those include the City of Port and villages of Fredonia, Saukville, Grafton and Belgium.

Smaller communities — primarily the townships — have set hours that conform more closely with the limited office hours they have, she said.

In the Town of Port Washington, early voting can be done from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays from Oct. 10 through Nov. 4.

Residents may also schedule an appointment for early voting by calling 284-5235.

In the Town of Grafton, early voting can be done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Oct. 24 through 28 and Oct. 31 through Nov. 4.

In the Town of Belgium, residents can cast their ballots from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 8 a.m. to noon Thursdays from Oct. 11 through Nov. 3.

They may also contact Town Clerk Ginger Murphy for an appointment by calling 285-3326 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In the Town of Saukville, early voting will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Oct. 11 through Nov. 2. Appointments may also be scheduled by calling 675-9217.

In the Town of Fredonia, early voting runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays from Oct. 12 through Nov. 4. Appointments may also be scheduled by calling 692-9673.Daily Press

 
Transportation funding to be focus of forum Thursday night PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 17:21

Ozaukee County is one of about 70 locations statewide holding a forum Thursday, Sept. 29, to seek solutions to transportation funding.

The first event of its kind, Turn Out for Transportation will take public input on what transportation services and projects are most important. It is organized by the Wisconsin Counties Association, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Wisconsin Towns Association, Wisconsin County Highway Association and the Transportation Development Association.

“I’m just looking for some common sense efficiencies, not raising taxes,” said Tom Winker, unit chair for Ozaukee County’s five towns, town chairman of Belgium and county board supervisor.

Keeping up with road maintenance has been a challenge for towns for years.

Winker said one possible solution is to require bikers to have license plates again.

“When I was a little kid everybody in the village or city had a bicycle and everybody had a license plate. Now there are all these bicyclists on the trail and using the highway,” he said.

Winker suggested owners of specific cars could contribute as well.

“Electric cars don’t pay any gas tax. Don’t they like using the road? Wouldn’t they like to see it better?”

Winker said borrowing is not a good option.

“Twenty percent of state transportation dollars goes toward debt repayment. We will never borrow our way to success. We need to use every dollar we have to fix the roads,” he said.

Executive Director of the TDA Craig Thompson said the forums are not in response to Gov. Scott Walker’s recently released transportation budget. This was part of a yearlong Just Fix It campaign and planned before the budget proposal came out.

“We want to share that there are a lot of needs out there and want to find a sustainable solution,” he said.

Public input will be compiled from each forum and sent to the TDA, which will share the information on its website and with elected officials.

Winker said he invited two state assemblymen and senators to attend.

Rep. Rob Brooks (R-Saukville) said it’s premature to start picking sides in a budget discussion this early in the process.

“What the governor rolls out in January is a far cry from what is passed in July next year,” he said.

“But I’m willing to listen. There’s a lot of things that can be done as far as reforms before we start looking at ways to raise revenue.”

Ozaukee County’s event will be held at 7 p.m. in the County Board Room, 121 W. Main St., Port Washington.

Hosts include Highway Commissioner Jon Edgren, Winker and Port Mayor Tom Mlada.Daily Press

 
Hwy. I collision claims life of motorcyclist PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 18:49

A 58-year-old Town of Saukville man died Saturday, Sept. 17, after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a minivan on Highway I, according to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department.

Jeffrey L. Paape was headed north on Highway I in the Town of Cedarburg at 11:50 a.m. when the accident occurred just south of Cedar Sauk Road.  

Authorities said the minivan was driven by Michael G. Terwelp, 76, of the Town of Cedarburg, who was pulling out of a driveway.

According to authorities, passing motorists attempted to administer CPR on Paape, but rescue personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.

Highway I was closed to traffic between Cedar Sauk Road and Hanneman Road for approximately three hours following the accident.

Paape was on his way home for lunch, according to his wife Sue Paape.

“That was something he did every day. He was only a half-mile away from home. It shows how things can change in the blink of an eye,” his wife said.

The department reported that Terwelp was issued a citation for failure to yield the right of way from a non-highway access which resulted in death.

The accident remains under investigation.Daily Press

 
Tall ship Sullivan returns to Port Sept. 26 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 18:48

Schooner to offer cruises, educational opportunities throughout weeklong stay

The tall ship Denis Sullivan will return to Port Washington Monday, Sept. 26, for a weeklong stay.

The schooner will be offering cruises and educational opportunities for students throughout its visit.

In addition to trying to arrange educational tours, the city is working to schedule assemblies at area schools led by the ship’s coordinator that would touch on five curricular areas, Maureen McCourt Boylan, the city’s marketing and communications coordinator, said.

“If they can’t come to the Sullivan, we’ll come to them,” she said.

“It’s such a rich educational experience, and we want to share that with our schoolchildren.”

In addition, the ship will be open for sails and deck tours during its stay.

“Ticket sales really are starting to pick up,” Mayor Tom Mlada told the Common Council Tuesday. 

The Monday evening sail has sold out, and one sail has been added to the ship’s itinerary, Boylan said.

Several themed sails are planned during the ship’s visit, including a Friday shipwreck sail during which a representative from Port Deco Divers will discuss wrecks in the area, she said.

Other evening sails will be offered on Tuesday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and Oct. 1, as well as a morning sail on Saturday and an afternoon sail Sunday, Oct. 2.

The Sullivan, which has been in Port two other times this summer, will return to the city one more time from Oct. 14 to Oct. 16.

In addition to an evening sail on Oct. 14, the ship will offer dockside for people to enjoy “haunted Sullivan” tours on Oct. 15 and 16.

For tickets to the Sullivan’s sails, visit www.portexploreum.com.Daily Press

 
Program to discuss power of attorney for health care PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 18:46

A free program on designating a power of attorney for health care will be held by the Ozaukee County Bar Association during the next month.

Programs will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Grafton library; 12:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Belgium American Legion Hall; 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Cedarburg Senior Center; 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 20, at Range Line School in Mequon; and 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Port Washington Senior Center.

The program is an opportunity for people to meet one-on-one with an Ozaukee County Bar Association attorney to create a personalized power of attorney for health care documents.

Power of attorney for health care documents allow people to select the person they want to make decisions for them in case they are incapacitated. 

Unless they have such documents, their families would have to go to court to ask a judge to appoint a guardian — a process that can be costly.

Half-hour appointments can be scheduled by calling the Ozaukee County Department of Human Services at 284-8200.

The program is sponsored by the Ozaukee County Bar Association and the Ozaukee County Elder/Adults at Risk Interdisciplinary Team.Daily Press

 
County considers re-establishing its Clean Sweep waste program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 18:43

Proposal calls for bringing back service for residents to dispose of hazardous materials

The Ozaukee County Board was expected to vote Wednesday on a proposal to re-establish an annual Clean Sweep program to provide a safe and affordable way for residents to dispose of household and agricultural hazardous waste.

The county, which discontinued the program more than a decade ago because of cost, is among only 18 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties that don’t have a Clean Sweep program.

“The counties that don’t offer Clean Sweep programs are fostering practices that are harmful to the environment,” said Supr. Richard Bauzenberger of Mequon, a member of the county’s Natural Resources Committee who proposed re-establishing the initiative.

The program would cost $50,000 annually, although $15,000 of that cost may be covered by a state grant, Land and Water Management Director Andy Holschbach, whose department would administer the program, said.

The county would host at least one collection annually beginning next year that would give county residents the opportunity to dispose of materials such as oil-based paint, adhesives, solvents, pesticides and insecticides for a flat fee of $10 per household, Holschbach said. Used tires would also be collected.

A budget of $50,000 would cover 480 participants. Holschbach said residents would be asked to register for the program. 

Without such a program, most county residents are faced with having to pay sometimes expensive fees to dispose of commonly used hazardous materials. That cost, officials said, is a disincentive to disposing of household hazardous waste properly.

“We want to give people the ability to be able to plan on an affordable and responsible way to dispose of hazardous waste to protect the environment and public safety,” Holschbach said.

He noted that City of Port Washington residents currently can dispose of household hazardous waste at the Veolia facility in the city’s industrial park.

“Since Port residents already have this option, they shouldn’t utilize the county program,” Holschbach said.

Although expensive, a Clean Sweep program would provide a valuable service for residents while protecting the environment, Bauzenberger said. 

“I was going door to door last year and a resident asked why Ozaukee County doesn’t have a Clean Sweep program,” he said. “I didn’t have an answer for him.

The program isn’t cheap, but neither is disposing of household hazardous waste. If you buy a gallon of oil-based paint and have a little left over, you can spend three times what the paint cost just to get rid of it. That’s a disincentive for people to dispose of household hazardous waste properly and safely.”

Both the Natural Resources Committee and County Board were scheduled to vote on the proposal Wednesday. Approval by the board would allow the county to immediately apply for a Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection grant to offset the cost. Applications are due Sept. 30.

It’s important, Bauzenberger said, that the county commit to hosting the program annually.

“We need to do this with regularity,” he said. “I want people to know that this service will be available at least once a year so they can plan on disposing of their materials responsibly.” Daily Press

 
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