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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.



 
Misdialed 911 call leads to man’s arrest on warrant PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 19:47

A Port Washington man who called police as he attempted to find out where to get permission to park during the evening of Feb. 17 instead found himself in jail.

    According to Port Washington police, the 21-year-old man, who was in the 100 block of East Prospect Court, dialed 911 instead of 411 when making his call, then hung up.

    When officers checked, they discovered there was a body-only warrant issued for the man, who had not returned his jury duty questionnaire, police said. They took the man into custody and transported him to the Ozaukee County Jail.

    A 21-year-old Saukville man was arrested for substantial battery and obstructing an officer after he punched a 23-year-old Port Washington man about 12:30 a.m. Feb. 16.

    According to police, the men, who have a history of bad blood between them, had gotten into a fight at Schooner Pub and the Saukville man struck the Port man in the face.

    Someone flagged down a police officer to report the incident, and the Saukville man left the scene, police said.  

    Police were called to Thomas Jefferson Middle School about 9 a.m. Feb. 14 for an 11-year-old boy who had been screaming in the main school office.

    The boy had previously been suspended for behavioral problems, and he and his parents were meeting with school officials when the sixth-grader became belligerent, police said. The youth was warned that if his behavior continued he would be referred to juvenile court, police said.

    City plow operators reported vehicles on Johnson and Powers street were parked on the roadway, making plowing difficult about 8:15 a.m. Feb. 22.

    One of the vehicles had been plowed in by trucks attempting to clean the streets and the other had been ticketed earlier that morning for overnight winter parking restrictions, police said.

    Two men were warned for misusing the 911 emergency line during the past several weeks.badge

    A 44-year-old Port Washington man called 911 on Feb. 20 to report his concerns about a cat on the porch of his home in the 1000 block of Westport Drive when the temperatures were frigid. The feline was gone when officers arrived, and the man apologized when officers discussed the use of the emergency line with him, police said.

 
Pedestrians face snowy challenge on new Hwy. 33 sidewalk in city PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 19:43

    Pedestrians who try to walk on the new sidewalk along Highway 33 on Port Washington’s west side have a difficult journey this winter.

    A segment of the sidewalk just east of Sweetwater Boulevard has gone unshoveled for much of the winter, forcing pedestrians to slog through the snow or walk on the roadway.

    The sidewalk to the east, including some in the Town of Port Washington, has been consistently cleared. The bike path, which crosses from the south side of the road to the north side at Sweetwater, is also cleared.

    City ordinances require sidewalks to be shoveled within 24 hours after a snowfall. If not done, the city will send out a letter notifying the property owner they must shovel, City Administrator Mark Grams said. If the work still isn’t done, the city will clear the walkway and bill the property owner.

    Enforcement is done on a complaint basis, and no one has complained to the city about the Highway 33 sidewalk, Grams said.

    “This is the first I’ve heard of it,” he said, adding he would look into the situation. “We don’t have the sidewalk police out.”

    The sidewalk abuts land owned by We Energies and Bielinski Homes, Grams said.

    When Highway 33 was rebuilt last year,  it was touted as a project that would not only move traffic efficiently but would also provide a safe route for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel between the communities in the form of a sidewalk and bike path.

    While that promise of safe passage for walkers and bikers may be true in spring, summer and fall, winter has provided a true challenge as a debate has continued over who is responsible for shoveling the walkways between the City of Port and Village of Saukville.

    According to an opinion by Town of Port Washington Attorney Steve Cain, based on information from the Department of Transportation, the city and village, not the township, is responsible for clearing the walkways — including those in the town.

    The City of Port Washington is responsible for maintaining them east of Jackson Road, and the Village of Saukville is responsible for the walkways west of Jackson Road, according to the opinion.Daily-Press

    The DOT told Cain that an agreement signed by both municipalities says each shall maintain “sidewalks and landscaping features along the project,” according to the opinion.




 
Town wants residents’ input on Green Bay Rd. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 19:35

Port board will hold public informational meeting March 4 on ways to redesign street and make it safer

    For years, residents have told Town of Port Washington officials about the dangers posed on Green Bay Road — the hills and curves, deep ditches and lack of a shoulder they say pose a safety concern, especially since many pedestrians walk along the road as motorists zip past.

    Now, the Town Board is asking residents to tell them what they want to see in a new design for the road, which they plan to rebuild in the future.

    Letters were sent to about 60 homes in the area inviting them to a public informational hearing on the road, which connects highways LL and 33, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Town Hall.

    Former Green Bay Road resident Greg Welton, who lives on nearby Applewood Drive, said that while he generally likes the current road, it would be good to add a separate pedestrian lane or sidewalk.

    “It’s still a country road, one of the oldest around. When the weather’s decent, every day I see people walking there,” he said. “I think more people will walk on it and ride bikes on it if it’s widened or there’s a pedestrian path on one side. It would be nice.”

    Eleanor Kidd has lived at 3014 Green Bay Rd. since 1968 and says the traffic patterns have changed.

    “When I moved here, if you saw a car every hour it was one of your neighbors,” she said. “Nowadays, we’ve got big trucks, heavy equipment, delivery trucks, all sorts of vehicles using the road. We seem to be a shortcut between the north side of Port Washington and Saukville.”

    Traffic moves quickly, Kidd said, and drivers sometimes underestimate the curves and turns of the road.

    She’s also concerned about drainage issues she and her neighbor have, but doesn’t want to see the town upgrade the road to the point of adding too many amenities. “I certainly don’t want us to be city-fied,” she said.

    Ted Fischer, 3065 Green Bay Rd., said that since the speed limit was lowered to 35 mph the number of accidents and problems seems to have diminished.

    The idea of widening the road and adding a bike trail “is just overkill,” he said.

    “All we really need to do is have it resurfaced,” Fischer said. “It’s a historic road. I don’t understand why they’re going to widen it.”

    In the letter to residents, Town Clerk Jennifer Schlenvogt said there are no construction plans or redesign efforts in place for the road, nor plans to repave it in the next two to three years.

    “Your opinion is being sought on future design options,” she wrote. “As you may already know, Green Bay Road is a popular road for pedestrians pushing strollers or walking dogs, bicyclists and as Daily-Pressa convenient route between the north side of Port Washington and Saukville. The safety of all who live on and use this road should be considered if any improvements are to be made to Green Bay Road.”

 
Roggensack, Fallone top county vote in court race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 19:27

As they did throughout Wisconsin, incumbent Pat Roggensack and challenger Ed Fallone were the top choices among Ozaukee County voters in Tuesday’s primary election for state Supreme Court justice.

    Roggensack received 7,750 votes, or 82.1% of the total cast in the county, while Fallone picked up 1,430 votes (15.15%). Challenger Vince Megna received 247 votes (2.6%) and was eliminated from the race.Daily-Press

    The county clerk’s office reported that 15% of registered voters went to the polls Tuesday, compared to 84% of voters who took part in the Nov. 6 presidential election.

    The spring general election will be held Tuesday, April 2.

 
Port street projects to be discussed Feb. 26 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 19:25

A public informational meeting will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, on street projects to be conducted by the City of Port Washington this year.

    The meeting, which will have an open house format, is intended to gather input from residents on the resurfacing projects, address their concerns and answer any questions.

    The projects include resurfacing:

    • Parkway Drive from Norport Drive south to the dead end and from Jacque Lane to Parknoll Lane.

    • Parknoll Lane from Jacque Lane to Seven Hills Road.

    • Parknoll Circle.

    • Westport Drive between Cedar Drive and Portview Drive, as well as the area south of Second Avenue.

    • Cedar Drive from Willow Drive to Westport Drive.

    • Elm, Oak, Sumac, Cedar and Willow courts.Daily-Press
    The meeting will be held in the lower level conference room at City Hall, 100 W. Grand Ave.

    Anyone who can’t attend the meeting may submit comments and concerns to Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven by calling 268-4267 or e-mailing him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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