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New Exploreum exhibit on inland water impact to run through July 31 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 18:56

A traveling exhibit that examines the impact of lakes and streams to Lake Michigan is being housed at the Port Exploreum for the next 10 days.

“Great Lakes Small Streams: How Water Shapes Wisconsin” is a complement to the Exploreum’s regular offerings, said Wayne Chrusciel, executive director of the Port Washington Historical Society, which runs the museum.

The exhibit opened Monday and runs through Sunday, July 31.

It is comprised of eight double-sided banners and an interactive kiosk, the exhibit that allows visitors to track the movement of glaciers, follow changes made to local rivers over time or seek out easy solutions to save water in their own homes. 

It is intended to stimulate visitors to think about how people interact with the environment, with an emphasis on how people’s relationship with water shaped Wisconsin’s past and will continue to shape its future, according to the Historical Society.

“It’s pretty neat,” Chrusciel said, noting the exhibit has been in numerous coastal communities in the state, most recently Kenosha.

“It’s chock-full of information about the connection between inland lakes and streams and how they relate to Lake Michigan.”

The Exploreum, 118 N. Franklin St., is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day but Tuesday. 

The museum’s current exhibit, “Nothin’ But Nets: The Legacy of Commercial Fishing in Lake Michigan,” will run through mid-September, when it will be replaced by an exhibit on shipwrecks in the area.Daily Press

Two Port residents register for county treasurer election PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 17:58

Two Republicans from Port Washington will vie for the Ozaukee County treasurer in fall.

Karen Makoutz held the position since 1993 —back when everything was done in pencil and paper — and is retiring to spend time enjoying an array of interests.

Makoutz began her career with Ozaukee County 33 years ago, working as County Clerk Harold Dobberpuhl’s chief deputy for nine years before being elected treasurer. 

Cari Anne Mihalko and Joshua Morrison turned in papers to run on the November ballot. A primary Aug. 9 will determine who advances.

Three other Port Washington residents took out papers to run but did not return them.

The term for the county clerk is four years.Daily Press

Teens charged with running Port drug house PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 17:53

Two 18-year-olds face felonies after police find marijuana, drug paraphernalia in apartment they shared

Two Port Washington teenagers arrested this week after a neighbor complained about the smell of marijuana were charged Tuesday in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with running a drug house in their Westport Drive apartment.

Brent I. Godersky and Yamil J. Bailey, both 18, each face one count of maintaining a drug trafficking place, a felony punishable by 18 months in prison and two years of extended supervision.

Godersky is also charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Bailey, who ran afoul of the law earlier this year after allegedly showing up at Port Washington High School reeking of marijuana, faces additional counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and bail jumping, both misdemeanors.

Also charged this week was Joshua J. Torruella, 18, of Milwaukee, who was arrested at the apartment and faces one felony count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

According to the criminal complaint, at 6:47 p.m. Monday, July 11, a resident of an apartment complex at 1406 Westport Dr. called police to report marijuana could be smelled in the hallway of the complex. The caller said the smell had been a problem since young tenants moved into an apartment on the second floor a couple of months ago, adding that people regularly come and go from the apartment.

Officers checked on the apartment, which was leased to Godersky and Bailey, and noted the smell of marijuana. After knocking on the door several times, Godersky answered and allowed them in. The officers said they saw drug paraphernalia on the table and people hiding in the bedroom and bathroom, the complaint states.

With Godersky’s consent, officers searched the apartment and found pipes, cutters, grinders, scales, baggies, marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms, according to the complaint. They also found Torruella locked in the bathroom with marijuana.

Godersky told the officers that all the drugs and paraphernalia in the apartment were his. He said he acquires between 1 and 2 ounces of marijuana every two to three weeks and sells some of it to friends who come to his apartment, the complaint states.

Bailey said none of the drugs were his and that he assumed Godersky was selling marijuana but wasn’t sure because he works third shift and does not live at the apartment full time, according to the complaint. Officers, however, noted that they found several items belonging to Bailey, including his laptop computer, phone, furniture and clothing, in the apartment.

Bailey was charged with bail jumping because he was free on bail in connection with another case when he was arrested this week.

Last month, Bailey was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia stemming from a March 31 incident at Port High.

According to the criminal complaint, Bailey, who as a senior was allowed to leave school for lunch, returned reeking of marijuana.

Police officers were called and, with the permission of his mother, searched Bailey’s house. They found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the basement, where Bailey lived, the complaint states.Daily Press

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

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