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Judicial race to be focus of March 28 forum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 18:36

The League of Women Voters of Ozaukee County will host a forum for the two candidates running for Ozaukee Circuit Court Branch 2 judge from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the boardroom of the Ozaukee County Administration Center.

    Veteran judge Tom Wolfgram faces Joe Voiland, a Milwaukee attorney and Town of Grafton resident, in the Tuesday, April 2, election.
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    Each candidate will make an opening statement, then answer questions submitted by the audience on note cards available at the forum.

    The Administration Center is at 121 W. Main St., Port Washington.

 
March 25 party to premiere TV show on Port PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 18:34

A premiere party will be held Monday, March 25, for the episode of public television’s “Around the Corner with John McGivern” featuring Port Washington.

    The free event will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Memories Ballroom in the Town of Port Washington.
    After the episode is shown, audience members will be able to ask questions of McGivern and Lois Maurer, producer and creator of the show.

    The duo will also tell stories about filming the show at locations throughout Port Washington.

    A cash bar and refreshments will be available.

    The Port Washington episode of the show will air on Milwaukee Public Television, Channel 10.1, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

 
Town sets up extra hours for absentee voting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 18:13

Although the spring election is still weeks away, Town of Port Washington officials are setting up special hours for in-person absentee voting.

    Officials in the town expect a relatively high turnout for the April 2 election, both because the election will be held during spring break, when many families are on vacation, and because there’s a full slate of candidates for town supervisor.

    Incumbents Jim Rychtik and Mike Didier are being challenged by Plan Commission member John Fieber and former commission member Terry Anewenter.

    Town Chairman Jim Melichar, Clerk Jennifer Schlenvogt and Treasurer Mary Sampont are unopposed in their bids for another term.

    Absentee ballots are available by mail, Schlenvogt said.

    Beginning Monday, March 18, and running through 5 p.m. Friday, March 29, voters may cast their absentee ballots at the Town Hall.Daily-Press

    To accommodate this, officials will be at the Town Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, March 18 and 25, and Wednesdays, March 20 and 27.

    Absentee ballots may also be filled out from 5 to 8 p.m.  Thursday, March 28, and from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 29.

 
County agrees to allow dogs in nature park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 18:12

    The Ozaukee County Board last week reversed a decision it made just two months ago by approving an ordinance allowing dogs on leashes in Shady Lane Nature Park  in the Town of Fredonia.

    The board voted 13-6 with one supervisor abstaining to essentially strike an ordinance it passed in January that prohibited dogs in the nature park, which is part of the county’s Hawthorne Hills Park.

    Dogs are allowed on leashes in all county parks, including Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve in the Town of Grafton. An exception was initially made for the 62-acre Shady Lane Park at the recommendation of the Parks and Planning Department and Natural Resources Committee because of concerns about the damage dogs could do to the vegetation and habitats in the preserve.

    The Shady Lane property, which runs along the Milwaukee River, is considered a natural area of regional significance.Daily-Press

    But opponents of the ban argued that the threat of damage caused by dogs would be mitigated by the requirement that canines be kept on leashes.

 
South-side residents want alley drainage problem fixed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 18:09

Complaints about hazardous conditions prompt Works Board to create priority list for repairs

    After hearing from several residents on Port Washington’s south side, the Board of Public Works on Tuesday agreed to assess the condition of alleys throughout the city and prioritize them for repairs.

    Special consideration will be given to the alley that runs from Keeney to Coe streets between Foster and Michigan streets, members said.

    “Regardless of how the ratings come out, this alley should be a priority,” Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven said.

    Twenty-two residents of that area signed a petition asking the board to do something about their alley, which does not drain properly and causes extensive icing.

    “It’s a hazard,” said Nancy Wilmot, 525 W. Foster St., who described the alley as glare ice. “It’s an ice skating rink.”

    The drainage problem is so bad that water not only runs into her driveway but also seeps into her garage and freezes there, she told the board.

    She uses an ice chipper just to get into the garage, Wilmot said. adding, “I’m safer now parking outside than inside.”

    Keith Knop, 507 Foster St., told the board that he has had problems with water ponding in his driveway since 2003, adding his wife fell on the ice in 2005.

    Now, it’s gotten so bad he’s afraid the freeze-thaw cycle that occurs is undermining his driveway, he said.

    “The alley doesn’t drain properly because of its pitch and grade,” Knop said.

    The Department of Public Works has tried to solve the problem with limited success.

    “It’s in need of repair,” Vanden Noven said, adding there is little the city can do short of reconstructing the alley.

    The city hasn’t assessed its alleys anytime recently or prioritized them for repairs, he said, noting the city has 74 alleys that cover nearly five miles.

    The city also hasn’t budgeted to repair its alleys, he said.

    Funding will likely come from the street reconstruction budget if projects come in under budget, officials said.  

    The cost of rebuilding the alley between Keeney and Coe streets is expected to be $30,000.

    Alleys are more difficult to build that streets, in large part because the driveways along them don’t meet the pavement at a uniform grade, unlike streets that meet along the curb line, Street Supr. Dave Ewig said.

    “It’s a challenge in alleys to pave them and get the water to run where there are minimal changes in slope,” he said, noting this is the case in the alley between Keeney and Coe streets.

    He recommended rebuilding the alley with concrete rather than asphalt, noting this is the only way to make the fine adjustments in grade needed to keep the water flowing.Daily-Press

    “Clearly there are drainage issues here,” Ewig said.

    The Public Works Department is expected to rate the city’s alleys in the coming months and set priorities for repairs when the board meets in May, officials said.


 
Woman cited for shoveling snow into parked car PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 18:46

A 22-year-old Port Washington woman who was clearing the sidewalk at a relative’s home was cited for disorderly conduct after she shoveled snow into a car parked nearby, according to Port Washington police.

    The incident, which police said was captured on videotape by a neighbor, occurred in the 500 block of North Webster Street about 2:40 p.m. Feb. 28.

    The woman shoveled the snow into the vehicle through a broken window that had been taped over, police said. She moved the tape over in order to place the snow in the vehicle.

    The woman, who also shoveled snow onto the vehicle, had an ongoing dispute with a neighbor over shoveling, police said.

    The incident was one of seven snow-related calls police received in the wake of last week’s snowstorm.

    • On Feb. 28, police received a report that a sidewalk in the 400 block of Barry Avenue was unshoveled. When officers notified the owners that sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after a snowfall, they said they would take care of it, police said.

    • That same day, there was a complaint of a snow-covered sidewalk in the 700 block of North Wisconsin Street. The property is in foreclosure, so city crews were expected to clear the walkway, according to police.

    The city’s cost will be placed on the property tax bills, authorities said.

    • On March 1, there was a complaint that a sidewalk in the 200 block of North Spring Street was not cleared. A notice was left at the home, police said.

    • That same day, there was complaint that a plowing contractor pushed snow across the 500 block of Chestnut Street onto the city’s right of way, but officers could not find the culprit, police said.

    • On March 2, there were two complaints of unshoveled walkways — one in the 700 block of North Wisconsin Street and the other at the former Clark gas station on Grand Avenue. The owners were notified in both cases, police said.

    In other news, police were called to Port Washington High School about 9:20 a.m. March 1 for a 17-year-old Saukville youth who officials believed was intoxicated.badge

    The student was sleeping in class and unsteady on his feet and, although he said he had not been drinking, a preliminary breath test revealed he had a blood-alcohol content of .07, police said.

    The student was cited for underage consumption of alcohol.

    A 42-year-old man doing construction work at 320 N. Franklin St. about 11 p.m. Feb. 26 was warned after neighbors complained about the noise, police said.

    It was the second time in recent months that neighbors have lodged this type off complaint, police said.



 
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