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The security door controls, he said, use the outdated Windows XP system to handle doors in dispatch, jail, court security and holding areas, as well as the building panic alarms.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

 
City to begin selling clothes with Port logo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 20:47

Tourists and residents will be able to purchase clothing emblazoned with Port Washington’s city logo beginning next week.

Mayor Tom Mlada made the announcement Tuesday, noting that there has been quite a bit of interest in the clothing in recent weeks.

The Common Council last month approved contracting with Express Promotions to set up an online store to sell polo shirts, sweatshirts, vests and baseball caps with the city logo.

The idea of selling city-branded merchandise has been discussed for the last year or so by the Marketing and Communications Committee, Maureen Boylan, the city’s director of marketing and communications, said last month.

“Mayor Mlada often wears his polo shirt with the city logo around downtown and gets a lot of questions, ‘Where can I get one?’” Boylan said.

“It’s something a lot of tourist cities offer.”

Offering city-branded merchandise has several benefits, Boylan said — increasing the city’s name recognition and promoting tourism and community pride.

It also offers the potential for profit, Ald. Dave Larson, a member of the Finance and License Committee, noted.

If the apparel sales go well, Boylan said, the city can add other clothing and such items as pencils and tchotchkes that would appeal to visitors as well as residents.

Boylan said the items can either be shipped to the Parks and Recreation Department office for pickup or, for a $12 shipping fee, be sent to the purchaser’s house.

The city can decide how to deal with such things as exchanges, she said, or it can make all sales final.

On Tuesday, Mlada said that the clothing will be listed on the city website by Thursday, Aug. 25.

The marketing committee had sought three bids, and Express Promotions, which has done work with the city for five years, had the lowest bid — $400 to set up the website store, Boylan said.Daily Press

 
County Board OKs state’s first library system merger PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 21:43

Plan intended to improve service amid state cuts hinges on two more votes

The Ozaukee County Board approved merging the Eastern Shores Library System with the Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System last week, leaving two more hurdles before it’s a go.

“We’re used to consolidating service and trying to be more efficient, and that’s what they saw this as,” County Administrator Tom Meaux said of the County Board’s vote.

The Washington County Board was to vote this week, and Shebogyan County will take up the issue next week. Dodge County already approved the merger. All four boards must give the OK to make it happen.

Eastern Shores includes libraries in Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties, and Mid-Wisconsin includes those in Washington and Dodge counties.

Merging the two would alleviate flat state aid experienced over the past several years. Eastern Shores Director Amy Birtell said aid dropped from $640,000 in 2011 to $578,000 in 2012 and hasn’t increased since.

Combined state aid of $1.06 million and efficiencies from economies of scale and other adjustments would lead to enhanced library services for patrons, Birtell said. Eastern Shores would nearly double its more than 600,000 items available for users.

“We’ll have 1.1 million items. They’ll have access to a lot more material,” she said.

A Joint Merger Negotiation Committee consisting of six representatives from each system had explored a merger this year.

If the merger goes through, it would be the first of its kind in state history, Birtell said.Daily Press

 
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