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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 20:11

Approval of referendum by 87-63 margin ends longtime practice of election to fill seat

     The Town of Port Washington will have an appointed town clerk beginning next spring.

    Residents on Tuesday voted 87-63 to approve a referendum calling for the town to appoint, rather than elect the clerk.

    Town Chairman Jim Melichar, who was vocal in his support of the referendum, said he was pleasantly surprised by the vote.

    “I’ve heard more opposition toward it,” he said. “But it must have resonated among town residents.

    “I feel good it passed. It’s good to have stability in the position and not have to worry about someone winning or losing an election.”

    An appointed clerk will likely bring continuity to the post, Melichar added, something that’s important because of the amount of time it takes for someone to learn the position and its responsibilities.

    “Jenny (Schlenvogt, the current clerk) puts a lot of time and effort into her job,” he said.

    “The Town of Port Washington can’t leave itself open to a lot of hit-and-miss work. It needs the clerk there. The town might be small, but in the future, when development starts coming back, I think we’re going to have issues as big as the city.”

    In accordance with the referendum, Schlenvogt will serve the remainder of her term, which ends next April.

    The Town Board will then appoint a new clerk for a term of no more than three years.

    Board members will have to determine the procedure to be used in appointing the clerk before that time, Melichar said.

    This was the second time the issue of appointing the clerk was put to a referendum vote. A referendum on the question in 2010 failed, 343-319.

    Although only 150 town residents cast votes Tuesday, Melichar said that was a pretty good turnout. Normally when there are only unopposed candidates on the ballot, 80 to 90 people vote, he said.

    “I think the referendum was on the minds of people,” he said. “I feel confident the people who cared about the issue and were informed, turned out and voted.”

    The town referendum was not the only local election on the ballot.

    In the City of Port Washington, three aldermen running unopposed for their seats were re-elected. They are Paul Neumyer in the 2nd District, Doug Biggs in the 4th District and Dave Larson in the 6th District.

    In the Port Washington-Saukville School District, Marchell Longstaff, who ran unopposed, was elected to a Town of Port Washington seat on the School Board being vacated by Kim Wood.

    Two incumbents, Brian McCutcheon of the City of Port Washington, and Sara McCutcheon of the Village of Saukville, ran unopposed and were re-elected.

 
Town of Port voters to decide future of clerk’s post Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 17:40

    Town of Port Washington residents will be faced with a major decision at the polls Tuesday, April 1 — whether to make the town clerk an appointed position or continue to elect the clerk.

    Town supervisors have spoken in favor of the referendum question, saying the position of clerk is integral to the town and its operations.

    “This is one position where, if you don’t have someone who’s qualified or if you get a disgruntled person in, it could really put the town in a tizzy,” Town Chairman Jim Melichar said as the board discussed the question earlier this year.

    By appointing a clerk, the town could ensure continuity and a professional operation, he said.

    Town Clerk Jenny Schlenvogt has said it took her several years to feel comfortable taking on all the clerk’s duties, officials noted.

    Unlike town supervisors and the town chairman, the clerk doesn’t determine policy and isn’t a voting member of the Town Board, officials said.

    If voters approve the referendum, the Town Board would appoint the clerk when Schlenvogt’s term ends in 2015.Daily-Press

    The clerk would then be appointed to a term not to exceed three years, and could be removed by the board for cause.

    If the referendum fails, the clerk’s position will remain an elected one.

    This isn’t the first time the town put the question of the clerk’s position on the ballot. A referendum on the question in 2010 failed, 343-319.

 
New polling places await city voters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 17:20

    In the City of Port Washington, it’s not who’s on the ballot next week that’s new — it’s where residents will cast their votes.

    Voters in the city’s 1st and 7th districts on the city’s north side, who used to cast their ballots at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, will now vote at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Grant St.

    Voters in the 4th, 5th and 6th districts on the city’s south side will cast ballots at Grand Avenue United Methodist Church instead of Dunwiddie Elementary School.

    Residents of the city’s 2nd and 3rd aldermanic districts will continue to vote at City Hall.

    The change in polling places represents a fundamental change for voters. For decades, they were welcomed into the schools by teachers and administrators who considered the act of voting the ultimate civics lesson for students.

    But with increasing violence in schools across the nation, that attitude changed. After the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., members of the Port Washington-Saukville School Board decided security concerns outweighed the benefit of holding elections in the schools.Daily-Press

    There is nothing controversial on the April 1 ballot.

    Three incumbents are unopposed in their bids for re-election — Paul Neumyer in the 2nd District, Doug Biggs in the 4th District and Dave Larson in the 6th District.

 
Election will bring change to PW-S board PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 17:19

Town of Port resident is unopposed in bid for school seat vacated by incumbent

The Tuesday, April 1, election will bring another new face to the Port Washington-Saukville School Board.

    Marchell Longstaff is running unopposed for a Town of Port Washington seat on the board being vacated by Kim Wood.

    Wood, who has been on the board for seven years, chose not to run for re-election.

    Longstaff, 51, who has been active in parent groups in the Port Washington-Saukville School District for years, said the philosophy of the board inspired her to run for the office.

    “I think the School Board and the school district are doing an outstanding job,” she said. “I like how child-centered they are. That’s the way I am, and I wanted to be part of a board that thinks that way.”

    Longstaff is poised to be one of three new members of a board that is unaccustomed to such turnover.

    Jim Eden, who has been a board member for 16 years and president for two, presided over his last meeting Monday. He is resigning a year into his term because of additional responsibilities as vice president of academic affairs at Moraine Park Technical College.

    The board will appoint his replacement next month.

    That will be the second appointment made by the board in as many month. In February, Brian Stevens was picked to replace Jim Olson, who resigned after seven years on the board because of health reasons.

    Referring to the typical longevity of board members, Wood said during Monday’s meeting, “Who would think that after being on this board for seven years I’m still a newbie?

    “I’m honored to have been a part of this board.”Daily-Press

    While the two appointed board members will serve until the April 2015 election, Longstaff is poised to be elected to a full three-year term.

    Also running unopposed in next week’s election are incumbent board members Sara McCutcheon, who represents the Village of Saukville, and Brian McCutcheon, who holds a City of Port Washington seat.

    Although board members represent specific geographic areas of the district, they are elected at large.



 
League hosting two candidates forums PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 17:40

Two spring candidate forums, one for Village of Belgium trustees seats and the other for Ozaukee County board seats, will be held this month by the League of Women Voters.

     Written questions from the audience will be presented to the candidates by League moderators.

    Belgium trustee candidates will take part in a forum at the Legion Hall, 655 Park St., from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20.

    Five candidates — incumbent Clem Gottsacker and newcomers Richard Aikins, Peter Anzia, Ricky Holler and Wayne Lambrecht — are seeking three open seats on the board.

    The Ozaukee County board forum, which will feature candidates for the Districts 9, 21 and 26 seats, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the lecture hall at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s North Campus in Mequon.

    Newcomers Tom Grabow and Robert Wardlow are seeking the District 9 seat, which represents portions of the Village of Saukville and towns of Grafton and Cedarburg.

    Former county supervisor Robert Walerstein and newcomer Justin Strom are vying for the District 21 seat representing part of the City of Mequon.Daily-Press

    Incumbent Jennifer Rothstein is being challenged by newcomer Bruce Sipiora for the  District 26 seat that represents parts of the City of Cedarburg and Village of Bayside.

    The spring general election will be held Tuesday, April 1.

 
Contest is truly ‘For the Birds’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 17:31

Land Trust challenges creative builders to make whimsical, functional birdhouses that will become part of the landscape at migratory bird preserve

The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust is holding a “For the Birds” birdhouse building contest and fundraiser at Forest Beach Migratory Nature Preserve in the Town of Belgium Saturday, April 5.

    The event, which will run from 3 to 6:30 p.m., will include an optional buffet meal featuring locally grown food prepared by Shully’s Cuisine of Thiensville.


    Contestants may build whimsical or functional birdhouses and enter as many houses as they wish in one or both categories. All birdhouses must be an original design and built by the entrant.


    Prizes of $100 each will be awarded to the best functional design, best whimsical design and people’s choice.


    The birdhouses will be considered a donation to the Land Trust and go to the highest bidders in a silent auction that will be held throughout the event.


    Functional birdhouses must be made of non-toxic materials (no treated wood) and suitable for a type of species that nests in Wisconsin. Entrants must indicate the species for which the house is intended.


    Whimsical birdhouses may be made of any materials and for outdoor or indoor use.


    Completed birdhouses can be brought to the Land Trust office at 200 Wisconsin St., West Bend, from now until 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 28.


    The birdhouses will be judged by a panel of experts. Prizes will be awarded April 5.


    William Mueller, director of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory at Forest Beach Preserve, will give a presentation on the state of birds in the region.


    There is no fee for entering the contest, watching the judging, bidding on birdhouses and enjoying the music.


    The fee for the meal is $55 per person or $400 for a table for eight. Sponsorships are available by contacting the Land Trust.


    Reservations for the meal are required by Wednesday, March 26.


    Entry forms for the contest and meal reservations are available on the Land Trust website www.owlt.org/for-the-birds, by calling 338-1794 or by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  


    All proceeds from the event will be used to create and enhance habitats for migratory birds and support the observatory on the 142-acre preserve along the Lake Michigan Flyway.


    The preserve, a former golf course, is at 4970 Country Club Beach Rd.


Image information: A COLORFUL WHIMSICAL BIRDHOUSE will be made by Sarah Hoffer, 9, and her father Mike, who is stewardship and restorations director for the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust. Sarah designed the house they will enter in the “For the Birds” birdhouse building contest to be held Saturday, April 5, at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in the Town of Belgium.                  Photo by Sam Arendt


 
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