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County revives Clean Sweep program to target waste PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:10

Most residents will be able to dispose of hazardous materials during June event

For the first time in years, Ozaukee County will host a Clean Sweep event to give its residents an affordable and environmentally responsible way to dispose of household hazardous waste and used tires.

Residents will be able to drop off waste and tires at the county Highway Department, 410 S. Spring St., Port Washington, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 10.

Farmers and small business operators can drop off waste and tires from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 9.

There is a $20 fee for each vehicle-load of waste, as well as fees for tire disposal.

Although the event is more than a month away, registrations and payments, which are required to dispose of hazardous waste but not tires, are being accepted.

To register and pay online, go to Residents can also print a registration form on the website and mail it and a check payable to Ozaukee County to the Land and Water Management Department, 121 W. Main St., Room 223, Port Washington, 53074. In addition, forms are available at the department’s office.

Registrations and payments are due June 2. The first 400 residents to register will be able to drop off materials.

The collection is open to all county residents except those from the City of Port Washington, who are able to dispose of household hazardous waste every Monday at the Veolia facility in Port Washington. City residents are, however, able to drop tires off at the county collection.

Andy Holschbach, director of the county’s Land and Water Management Department, which is organizing the event, said the drop-off is designed to be quick and easy.

“People don’t even need to get out of their cars,” he said. “All you have to do is pull into a Highway Department shed and pop the trunk. People from Veolia will be there to take it out of your car and dispose of it properly.”

Generally, materials such as oil-based paint, adhesives, solvents, pesticides and insecticides will be accepted. A complete list can be found on the Clean Sweep website.

Materials that will be not be accepted include latex paints and stains, compressed gas cylinders and propane tanks, motor oil and ammunition.

The county, which in 2016 was among only 18 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties that didn’t have a Clean Sweep collection, resurrected funding for the program by voting last year to include it in the 2017 budget at the urging of then-Supr. Richard Bauzenberger of Mequon.

“The counties that don’t offer Clean Sweep programs are fostering practices that are harmful to the environment,” he said last year.

Bauzenberger said at the time that his constituents asked him why the county doesn’t offer an affordable and safe way for them to dispose of hazardous materials.

The answer was money. Funding for the program had been cut years earlier.

“The program isn’t cheap, but neither is disposing of household hazardous waste,” Bauzenberger said. “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 property and safely.”

The program costs $50,000 annually. The county has budgeted $35,000 and received a $14,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture.

Holschbach noted the county is committed to making the Clean Sweep an annual event.Daily Press

“We want a good, long-term program so people can plan to dispose of their waste responsibly,” he said.

Unexpected aid hike, flat insurance costs buoy school budget PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 21:07

PW-S officials who had projected a $420,000 shortfall now say balancing 2017-18 budget shouldn’t be a problem if state proposal OK’d.

Port Washington-Saukville school administrators who had been gearing up to tackle a projected $420,000 shortfall in the 2017-18 budget said Monday that it now appears the district will only have to make minor spending cuts to balance the budget.

“I think we’re going to be in good shape,” Supt. Michael Weber said after briefing the School Board Finance Committee. “We still have $50,000 to shave off, but we should be able to handle that.”

The preliminary budget assumed state aid would remain the same and health care costs would increase 5%.

Instead, it appears the opposite will happen — state aid will increase and health care costs will remain flat, he said.

A key development since the district began its budget planning process is a $200 per-pupil increase in categorical state aid included in Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget, which seems to have the support of the state’s budget-writing committee, Weber said.

“It does appear the Joint Finance Committee will support the governor’s proposed increase,” he said. “This would be a significant increase in revenue for us.”

The increase would net the district about $500,000 in additional state aid next school year at a time when, without a state increase, it would begin losing aid because of declining enrollment, Director of Business Services Jim Froemming said.

“With declining enrollment, the increase  in aid decreases our pain as we experience a drop-off in kids,” he said.

Also key to the district’s budget is the fact the district’s WEA Trust health insurance premium will not increase due in part to the health of those on the plan and an increase in co-pays for Urgent Care Clinic visits and speciality prescriptions, Froemming said.

Without a significant deficit to address, the district will be able to provide modest pay increases for most employees, control elementary school class size by hiring two more teachers and maintain educational programs, Weber said. 

The proposed budget includes a half-step pay scale increase for some of the district’s newest teachers, part of a concerted effort by the district to attract and maintain teaching talent in an increasingly competitive market.

“We’re trying to retain the good people we hire,” Weber said. 

And although enrollment is declining districtwide, it’s increasing at the elementary school level. To avoid overcrowded classes, the district plans to add a fourth-grade and kindergarten teacher, both at Dunwiddie Elementary School. Daily Press

“Some years we’ve had to go through a pretty long list of budget reductions,” Weber said. “It looks like we’re going to be OK this year.”

The preliminary 2017-18 budget will be presented during a June 12 hearing, then voted on by the board. 

The final budget and tax levy will be approved in October.


Sheriff to host send-off for ride in honor of late deputy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:14

Adam Hartwig to be remembered at event that will include swearing in of dog

The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office will host a Saturday, May 6, send-off for the Wisconsin Riders, a group of law enforcement officers and survivors of fallen officers who are riding bicycles more than 300 miles in the annual Police Unity Tour to Washington, D.C., in honor of a local deputy who died last year.

The public event, which will begin at 11 a.m. at the Justice Center, 1201 S. Spring St., Port Washington, will also include the swearing in of the department’s second dog, a German shepherd named Rev.

This year’s Police Unity Tour hits close to home for the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office because it honors Adam Hartwig, who joined the department in 2013 and died of natural causes on March 18, 2016, at his Port Washington home.

Wisconsin Riders are also biking in honor of Rusk County sheriff’s deputy Dan Glaze and officer Michael Ventura of the Town of Salem.

During National Police Week next month, the riders will bike from Pennsylvania to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., where the names of Hartwig and the other two Wisconsin officers will be added to the memorial.

Co-workers, friends and relatives of Hartwig plan to travel to Washington, D.C., to greet the riders when they arrive, Lt. Marshall Hermann said. 

The May 6 send-off in Port Washington will include the blessing of the Wisconsin Riders trailer.

The public is invited to meet the riders, as well as Rev and the department’s other dog, Wasko. Lunch, cake and coffee will be served and there will be a K9 stuffed animal raffle for children.

Tornado test planned PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:11

Port Washington residents be aware — the city’s emergency sirens will sound at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, April 20, and again at 6:45 p.m.

But it’s not a weather emergency. It’s all part of a mock tornado scenario being held statewide during Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week, according to the Port Washington Police Department.

As part of the week’s observances, a mock tornado watch will be issued at 1 p.m. Thursday, followed by a tornado warning at 1:45 p.m.

A second tornado warning and siren sounding will be held at 6:45 p.m. to allow families and second-shift workers a chance to practice their emergency plans.


Biggs elected to head council on split vote PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 21:10

Ald. Doug Biggs was elected president of the Port Washington Common Council on Tuesday.

But even this decision, a seemingly simple one, became controversial.

Biggs, who has been an alderman for five years, was elected on a 5-2 vote, with new aldermen John Sigwart and Mike Gasper dissenting.

He was nominated for the post by Ald. Dave Larson, and Ald. Mike Ehrlich seconded the motion.

But newly elected Ald. John Sigwart nominated Ehrlich for the post. However, before a second could be recorded, City Attorney Eric Eberhardt said aldermen were to vote on the initial nomination first.

At the end of the meeting, that procedure was called into question by resident Kenny Mitchell, 622 W. Pierre La.

Mitchell said that Robert’s Rules of Order, which the council follows, calls for all nominations to be accepted and considered.

Eberhardt agreed to look into the matter before the next council meeting.

State’s first lady to bring her walking tour to Port PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 22:42

Wisconsin’s First Lady, Tonette Walker, will host a walk along Port Washington’s lakefront Tuesday, May 9, as part of her “Walk With Walker” series.

Walker has been taking on these walks since 2011, scheduling about six around the state annually and then blogging about her experiences. This is the first time one of her walks has taken her to Ozaukee County.

“She typically picks walks that are scenic,” Port Washington Tourism Director Kathy Tank said. “It’s promoting her health and wellness and fitness initiatives.”

Tank said she believes Walker selected Port for her upcoming walk because of the city’s beauty and the lakefront.

“She typically likes routes that are scenic,” she said.

The two-mile walk is hosted by the Port Washington and Ozaukee County Tourism councils as well as the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

Walker will be joined on her Port Washington walk by Stephanie Klett, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, who will be addressing the Ozaukee County Tourism Council that night.

She will also be joined by Port Mayor Tom Mlada and the public.

“We’re really hoping for a crowd,” Tank said, noting the event is open to people of all ages.Daily Press

The walk will begin and end at the bandshell in Veterans Park. Those attending are asked to meet at 9 a.m., with a welcome and group photo scheduled for 9:30 a..m. 

After a walk along the waterfront from Veterans Park to Coal Dock Park and back, healthy snacks will be provided.

Walker will have lunch at the Yacht Club with local dignitaries to cap off the event.

For more information about the event, contact Tank at 284-0900.

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