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Town of Port residents question 2016 fiscal plan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 19:30

Although the Town of Port Washington budget hearing was held last month, several residents at Monday’s Town Board meeting questioned the fiscal plan for 2016. 

Terry Anewenter, 3693 Hwy. KK, also noted that few people attended the hearing and asked the board to consider posting meeting notices at other places in and near the community, including area grocery stores, where he said more people might see them.

But board members said meeting notices are posted on the town website and at Town Hall, which most residents visit to use the recycling center.

Anewenter then questioned the town’s contribution to the Ozaukee Economic Development Corp., saying the $750 the town allocated for this might be better spent elsewhere.

Board members noted that while the funds are in the budget, they are not allocated yet. They will consider the request for funding when it arrives, they said.

Former Town Clerk Jenny Schlenvogt also questioned the salary paid to Clerk Cheryl Karrels, whose pay was up for review at the meeting.

“You have a person who does not have any experience,” Schlenvogt said, noting Karrels began working for the town on July 15.

But officials defended Karrels’ $37,000 annual salary, saying when the town advertised for a new clerk, the eight candidates all said the salary was a reason they applied.

“If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys to work for you,” Supr. Jim Rychtik said. “If we had paid $4,000, we would have gotten one candidate.”Daily Press

The salary is less than Schlenvogt was paid, officials noted.

While discussing the topic, officials discovered an apparent disparity in the pay approved by the board motion hiring Karrels and the salary in her contract. They referred the matter to the town attorney for clarification, and agreed to revisit the matter at their next meeting. 

The Town Board also formally adopted the $645,990 spending plan for the coming year.

 
Christmas on the Corner returns Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 23:49

Port’s annual holiday celebration to feature variety of family activities, including parade, fireworks show

Port Washington will celebrate “A Season of Giving” during the annual Christmas on the Corner celebration Saturday, Dec. 5.

The event will run from 3 to 7 p.m. and include a wide variety of activities, from the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree at the foot of St. Mary’s Hill and the holiday parade to a spectacular fireworks show.

The theme of the night will be carried out in a number of ways.

Entries in the parade will be asked to illustrate the theme, and Port Main Street Inc., which sponsors the event, is hosting a book drive. 

New and gently used books may be dropped off at the Niederkorn Library, 316 W. Grand Ave., through Saturday, Dec. 12. Books for all ages are sought, although young adult offerings are particularly needed.

The books will be donated to the English teachers in the Port Washington-Saukville School District for use in their classrooms.

Various businesses will also have activities to promote the theme. For example, the Port Exploreum is collecting non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry and seeking decorations for its holiday tree. Those donating will be given a wristband so they can watch the fireworks show from the Exploreum balcony. 

Port Main Street Inc. will also have a calendar available outlining charitable events held at local businesses in December.

Throughout Christmas on the Corner, carolers, including Bounding Main and Port High School’s choral groups, and costumed characters will stroll the streets.

Christmas on the Corner kicks off with special sales at area shops, where merchants will offer refreshments to warm customers on what is usually a chilly evening.

Youngsters will be invited to participate in the Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt, scouring designated downtown shops to find the elf hidden inside. Each discovery will be documented, with youngsters handing in their sheets for a prize. 

Visitors may catch a horse-drawn carriage at the corner of West Grand Avenue and South Wisconsin Street and enjoy a ride through the heart of the city. 

Children can write their holiday letters and mail them to Santa at Blue Heron Artisans Gallery during the festival, decorate cookies at Dockside Deli and stop at Port Washington State Bank to visit and have their pictures taken with Santa.

Live reindeer will be on Main Street near Franklin Street, where visitors may have their pictures taken with the animals. Photos with the Disney princesses, including Elsa and Anna from “Frozen,” may be taken at Biever Travel.

A live Nativity will remind people of the reason for the season in front of Port Abstract and Title on Grand Avenue.

Several nonprofit groups will have booths downtown selling food and beverages, including chili and hot chocolate.

A sleigh decorated by La Tulipe and Golden Chic Events and Consulting will be on the east end of Main Street along the north slip marina, creating a scenic backdrop for families who want to take a festival photograph.

At 6:15 p.m., the city’s Christmas tree at the foot of St. Mary’s Hill will be lit to kick off the parade, which will begin at the corner of Jackson and Franklin streets, head south on Franklin Street to Grand Avenue and proceed west to Milwaukee Street, where it will end.

The parade will feature local celebrities, floats, bands, clowns and more to entertain the crowd. The highlight will be the official arrival of Santa Claus on a sleigh atop the Main Street float.

Following the parade, the crowd will move toward Rotary Park to view holiday fireworks, the only winter fireworks show in Ozaukee County.

For more information, call (262) 268-1132 or visit www.visitportwashington.com.

 
Aldermen take out nomination papers for spring election PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 23:48

Two Port Washington aldermen have taken out nomination papers for the spring election.

They are aldermen Paul Neumyer and Doug Biggs, who represent the city’s 2nd and 4th Districts.

Also up for election this spring is the city’s 6th District seat held by Ald. Dave Larson.

Nomination papers are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5.Daily Press

Officials who decide not to seek re-election must file non-candidacy forms by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28. If they fail to do so and do not seek re-election, the deadline for people to file nomination papers is extended by 72 hours.

The spring election will be held April 5. If more than two candidates file for any one seat, a primary election will be held Feb. 16.

 
Candidates for city, school seats can start filing papers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 21:59

Candidates for three Port Washington aldermanic seats and three Port Washington-Saukville School District seats may begin their quest to be placed on the spring election ballot next week.

The city positions up for election are held by aldermen Paul Neumyer, Doug Biggs and Dave Larson, who represent the 2nd, 4th, and 6th districts, respectively.

Aldermen serve two-year terms.

The school district is seeking candidates for two City of Port Washington seats held by Kelly O’Connell-Perket and Brian Stevens and a seat representing the towns of Grafton and Saukville. That seat was most recently filled by Paul Krechel, who resigned.

School board members hold three-year terms. 

City candidates may begin circulating nomination papers and school candidates may file declarations of candidacy beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5.Daily Press

Officials who decide not to seek re-election must file non-candidacy forms by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28. If they fail to do so and do not seek re-election, the deadline for people to file papers or declare their candidacy for their district is extended by 72 hours.

The spring election will be held April 5. If more than two candidates file for any one seat, a primary election will be held Feb. 16.

 
Dec. 1 meeting to discuss west side flooding problems PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 21:43

Solutions to repeated flooding on Port Washington’s west side will be discussed during a 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, public information meeting at city hall.

The area involved, much of it along West Larabee Street, has flooded numerous times over the past several decades, most recently on April 9, officials said.

The solution suggested in a recent floodwater management study done by Stantec includes improving stormwater ponds in the Spinnaker West Subdivision and using a portion of City Park as a temporary pond during heavy rainfalls to slow the flow of water heading east, rather than aid the flow of water by improving several culverts and grading.

“It isn’t a simple fix,” Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven told the Board of Public Works recently. “The project involves a number of factors that, taken together, will alleviate flooding.”

Nor is it necessarily inexpensive. The solution is expected to cost the city $1,085,800, according to the study.Daily Press

But, Vanden Noven said, the city needs to look at the study and decide what it wants to do before Larabee Street is improved.

Vanden Noven said he will take the comments from Tuesday’s meeting back to the Board of Public Works for further discussion and refinement.

He will also look to see if there are any potential grants that could help pay for the work.

 
Town of Port’s 2016 budget keeps tax rate flat PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 21:40

Town of Port Washington residents last week approved a $450,449 tax levy and $223,000 in highway work for 2016.The levy is needed to support a budget of $645,990, and a tax rate of $2.33 per $1,000 assessed valuation will be needed to raise the levy. Last year’s tax rate was $2.34 per $1,000.

Officials have touted the budget as one that keeps them on a steady path while not raising taxes.

That’s important, they said, given the fact that the Port Washington-Saukville School District’s referendum borrowing for a renovated high school and other school improvements is expected to significantly increase taxes.

But the budget does allocate funds to repair Green Bay Road, a project the town has been considering for years. 

Only one resident attended the public budget hearing Nov. 17, Town Clerk Cheryl Karrels said.Daily Press

The discussion largely centered around ditch mowing, Karrels said. This year, the town did more mowing in fall and less in spring, but those attending decided that the town should allocate equal resources for the  town mowing sessions.

 
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