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CPR on Harbor gives residents a chance to learn lifesaving skills PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 19:53

Port Washington’s emergency medical technicians are undertaking a new initiative — to make sure people in the city know how to perform CPR.

To help in this effort, they will hold CPR on the Harbor from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

“We’ll be giving basic instruction in hands-only CPR,” EMT Sue Cross said.

This is not only the current standard, it also eliminates many people’s trepidation over doing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, she noted.

The first hour of CPR on the Harbor will be held in the green space off East Main Street next to Dockside Deli, Cross said. After that, the initiative will move to Coal Dock Park.

No appointments are necessary, Cross said, adding it will take five to 10 minutes for people to receive the basic instruction.Daily Press

Handouts on CPR will be available, and door prizes will be awarded.

“I think everybody has a basic idea of what CPR is,” Cross said. “We want to make sure that if you’re a citizen and someone fell over with cardiac arrest, you would know what to do — besides calling us.”

School building improvements on budget PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 19:21

PW-S officials say preliminary bids for work at Port High, Dunwiddie School fall within projected $49.4 million

Breathing a collective sigh of relief, officials said Monday that the Port Washington-Saukville School District’s two-school, $49.4 million building improvement initiative is on budget.

The preliminary total of bids for the Port Washington High School project is $40.5 million.

Bids for an addition to Dunwiddie Elementary School and a new parking lot there total $3.8 million, slightly higher than expected.

That brings total construction costs to $44.4 million.

Non-construction costs, which include expenses such as architect fees, soil borings, asbestos removal and furniture, are expected to be $3.5 million.

That leaves the district with a contingency fund of $1.5 million, about 3% of the total cost of the project.

“For the most part, we’re ecstatic with where the numbers came in,” Greg Sabel, director of construction management for CD Smith, the firm overseeing the projects, told the School Board.

“We’re sitting very well.”

Officials said the contingency of $1.5 million is adequate, but because of the scope and duration of the high school project, they want to increase it by working with contractors to reduce costs.

“We believe it’s a fairly sizable contingency, but we also know this project will be ongoing for three years,” Supt. Michael Weber said.

The Port High project will entail demolition, construction and renovation. The oldest, central part of the school will be demolished to make way for a new entrance, commons, cafeteria and arena-style gym, as well as new music rooms. In addition, a three-story academic wing will be built on the west side of the school.

“We want to go in with a considerably large contingency,” Sabel said. “This is a messy job.”

To illustrate how large the project is, the low bid for caulking is $106,000.

“It’s hard to believe there’s $100,000 of caulking in this project,” Sabel said.

That bid, awarded to Sid’s Sealants of Fredonia, was one of 21 bids totalling $28.3 million approved by the School Board Monday. In instances where there were competing bids, the board chose the low bids.

Of those, the largest contract — $5.8 million for electrical work — was awarded to Altmeyer Electric of Sheboygan.

The next largest contract, for $4.1 million in heating, ventilation and air conditioning work, was awarded to J&H Heating of Port Washington. The company is also doing $314,000 of work at Dunwiddie Elementary School.

“We’re really happy to see that a local firm, J&H, could be competitive and get the bid,” Weber said.

CD Smith was awarded four contracts totalling $9.2 million for selective demolition, concrete, masonry and steel work at the high school. The company is also doing $1.3 million of work at Dunwiddie.

Although CD Smith was hired to manage the school projects, the firm’s contract with the district allows it to “self-perform” work. Its bids are evaluated by the district, while all other bids are evaluated by CD Smith, which then recommends the top proposals to the board.

The board is expected to approve additional high school bids, which are still being analyzed by CD Smith, at its May 9 meeting.

If the projects go as planned and there is money remaining in the contingency fund, Weber said, increased spending on furniture is a priority. The budget for the high school project includes money for furniture in the commons, cafeteria, library and shared spaces in the academic wing, but officials would like to replace existing classroom desks and tables.Daily Press

Work at the high school, where a retaining wall is already being constructed, is scheduled to begin this spring and be completed in 2019.

The Dunwiddie Elementary School project is set to begin this spring and be completed by the end of the year.

“We’re pretty excited with how the bids came in,” Weber said. “We’re all breathing a little easier now.”

PWHS robotics team to hold annual recycling collection on Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 19:28

The Port Washington High School PiraTech robotics team will hold an electronics, appliance, textile and scrap metal recycling collection from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the school parking lot at 427 W. Jackson St.

Laptop and desktop computers, as well as flat panel monitors, will be refurbished for free and donated to IndependenceFirst, a Milwaukee organization that helps people with disabilities obtain computers.

Electronics including stereo equipment, printers, battery backups, CD players, cameras, tablet computers and video game systems, as well as toner and ink cartridges, will be accepted for a fee of $5 per item.

Televisions no larger than 32 inches will be recycled for $20 per item.

Appliances such as microwaves, ovens, ranges, washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, stoves, dishwashers, air conditioners, water coolers, water heaters and car batteries will be accepted for $10 per item.

Clothing, shoes, purses and belts, as well as cell phones and scrap metal will be accepted for free.recycle

All of the items collected will be repurposed or recycled.

Proceeds from the collection will benefit Port PiraTech, a school club that works with community mentors to design robots and compete in the FIRST Robotics competition.

Proceeds will also support the Thomas Jefferson Middle School FIRST LEGO League Team.

Schlenvogt keeps seat as County Board chair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 19:27

Lee Schlenvogt of the Town of Port Washington retained his role as chairman of the Ozaukee County Board when nobody else was nominated at Tuesday’s organizational meeting.

Supr. Paul Melotik of Grafton was chosen as vice chair in a 15-7 vote over incumbent Jennifer Rothstein of Mequon.

Rothstein won the second vice chair over Donald Dohrwardt of Fredonia after three votes. The first two tied at 11-11, after which Schlenvogt requested each candidate address the board.Daily Press

Rothstein won the third vote, 12-10, succeeding Dan Becker.

Schlenvogt told the board that Supr. Irene Macek of Mequon died Sunday, April 17. The board did not discuss how to fill her seat.

Simplicity property to get facelift PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 19:26

Owner’s decision to upgrade facility welcomed by city officials who say move will make site more marketable

The Simplicity Manufacturing plant on North Spring Street in Port Washington is getting a much needed facelift.

Less than a year after city officials considered conducting a study of ways to redevelop the four-acre industrial property, the owner has begun to make necessary repairs to many of the buildings on the land, Randy Tetzlaff, the city’s director of planning and development, told the Common Council Tuesday.

The action came after Building Inspector Gary Peterson and Fire Chief Mark Mitchell inspected the buildings recently, Tetzlaff said, noting that prompted Peterson to send the owner, Roadster Port Washington LLC, a 10-page long report on work that needed to be done.

The building in the worst shape was the old warehouse along the railroad tracks, Tetzlaff said. The roof of the building, which was built about 1890, had collapsed and the east wall was bowed out.

The other buildings all had problems that ranged from leaky roofs to siding blown off to electrical problems, Tetzlaff said.

City officials had expected the report to prompt a discussion with the property owners about rehabbing the entire site, he said.

“Lo and behold, they’re making the improvements,” Tetzlaff said.

The city learned that last week when a contractor pulled permits to make repairs to most of the buildings on the site, he said.

The work is starting with the 1890 building, where the contractor has removed the fallen roof and shored up the structure, Tetzlaff said, noting a structural engineer refused to enter the building until it was reinforced.

“They feel it can be renovated,” Tetzlaff said of the building.

This is good news for a city that has little open industrial space and a demand for that type of space, he said.

“We are getting a lot of calls about space,” Tetzlaff said.

Roadster Port Washington LLC purchased the vacant Simplicity property for about $1.9 million in 2008. Since then, a number of small businesses — the largest is a boat storage firm occupying the north end of the site — have called the 24 acres home.

But over time the buildings, which total about 400,000 square feet, have deteriorated, Tetzlaff said, noting the city’s Community Development Authority found the value of the site has decreased by more than $500,000.

Tetzlaff said one of the two office buildings along Spring Street may need to be torn down, something that may need to be discussed with the owner.

In addition, he said, the city wants to discuss with the property owner ways to ensure the businesses already at the site remain there and potential uses for the site.

“I still think there could be better use of the site,” he said. “We still would like to have that conversation.”

Aldermen were pleased with the news, especially since it could open the door for more industrial development in the city.

“I commend the owner for taking the bull by the horns,” Ald. Mike Ehrlich said.

Ald. Dan Becker added, “This is fantastic. This is probably our last large, viable industrial site. Daily Press

“It would be great to get another Simplicity, but there’s so much you can do with the site.”

That includes the potential for incubator space, he said, which could drive future development and employment. 

Becker said it’s important that the city be proactive to ensure the owner follows through with the repairs and that the maximum use is made of the industrial property.

Mayor Tom Mlada noted that a number of potential tenants had looked at the Simplicity site during the past year and found the space simply was not functional. 

“I’m hopeful we will continue to see movement there,” he said.

Another important aspect of the work is that it will improve the aesthetics of the site, which is in the middle of a residential neighborhood, Mlada noted.

Town agrees to have sidewalk installed on east side of Hwy. C PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016 18:14

Plan calls for city to build, maintain path that provides connection to subdivision

The Port Washington Town Board on Monday agreed to the installation of sidewalks from South Wisconsin Street to the proposed Cedar Vineyard subdivision.Daily Press

The town was asked to approve the sidewalk, which will connect the subdivision to the rest of the city, as the city applies for a grant from the Department of Transportation for the project.

“They’re just asking for a letter saying we don’t object to the project,” Supr. Mike Didier said.

Town officials agreed to the letter, but with a couple of provisions — a clause stating that since the town doesn’t have a sidewalk or snow-removal ordinance, the city will be responsible for clearing the walkway, and one requiring the sidewalk be constructed in the county right of way.

That last clause was added by Supr. Jim Rychtik, who said he fears residents along the road will be “throwing hammers” when they learn that sidewalks will be installed.

Town resident Terry Anewenter told the board it should take care in approving the letter, saying “I think it could come back to bite you when it comes time to clear it (the sidewalk).”

The City of Port Washington sought the letter as it works to install five-foot sidewalk along the east side of Highway C, Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven said.

The sidewalk is estimated to cost $400,000, and the grant the city has applied for  could cover $279,000, he said.

The work would be done next year, at the earliest, Vanden Noven said, noting engineering has not been done for the project yet.

The city also plans to reconstruct Highway C from the city-owned bluff property adjacent to South Wisconsin Street to Cedar Vineyard, something that could occur as early as next year, Vanden Noven said.

The Cedar Vineyard subdivision will be constructed on land along Highway C formerly owned by VK Homes and Development. 

It will include a 101-acre nature preserve that will ultimately be owned by Ozaukee County that encompasses the Cedar Gorge Natural Area and property along the bluff, as well as 82 home lots, a vineyard and winery.

Developer Tom Swarthout, president of the Highview Group, hopes to begin work on the subdivision this year, officials said.

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