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Should campers be allowed to park overnight in marina lot? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 18:14

Harbormaster defends longtime practice after city gets complaints, questions

The sight of campers parked overnight in the Port Washington marina parking lot recently has raised a few eyebrows, especially since not far away a sign states “No Overnight Camping.”

Harbormaster Dennis Cherny said Tuesday that the marina has been providing a spot for a group of campers who visit about this time every year “for at least 10 years.”
They originally parked in the city lot next to the American Legion Hall, Cherny said, but when the city redesigned and reconstructed it, they couldn’t fit there.

Then the campers were moved to the city owned lot next to the former Victor’s restaurant, he said. However, that lot is being used to stage construction equipment this year.

“We’re not that busy right now, so they pulled in here,” Cherny said of the marina parking lot.

The campers usually stay for one to three weeks, visiting while the salmon are running, he said.

The marina charges them $10 a night, Cherny said, noting they don’t use electrical or water services. They do not have access to the marina buildings, he added.

“It’s not like a campground,” Cherny said.

“They’re decent people. They clean up after themselves,” he said. “They haven’t caused any problems. They don’t make noise or disturb others. They’re just here fishing and then staying overnight in their campers.”

Some of the campers set up grills and smokers, but Cherny said when he told them that wasn’t allowed, they packed them up.

There were never more than four or five campers in the lot at any one time, Cherny said. In the past, because the campers were inconspicuous, there weren’t any complaints about them, he added. 

But this year there were some complaints, he said, prompting him to look into the city’s policy on camping.

Cherny said he wasn’t aware of any city ordinance prohibiting camping. “If there is one, we’ll have to stop,” he said. “If they (aldermen) enforce the ordinance, we’ll stop doing it.”

The campers were all gone by Tuesday, he said, and the marina staff told them to call next year before they come to see if the practice would be allowed.Daily Press

Saukville man accused of firing at ex-police chief’s house PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 17:26

Suspect charged with 4 felonies after bullets found feet from neighbor’s home

A 48-year-old man who authorities found sitting on the roof of his garage in Saukville early Sunday morning, Sept. 11, was charged last week in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with firing several shots from a .40-caliber handgun at the home of his neighbor — retired police chief Bill Meloy.

Another neighbor of Timothy R. Dempsey, Port Washington police officer Jason Bergin, said he heard a man presumed to be Dempsey yell, “I’m going to (expletive) kill you,” and “Your law enforcement friends will not be able to help you,” after being awakened by the commotion around 4:30 a.m., according to the criminal complaint.

Dempsey, who claimed he was sleepwalking, is charged with four counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, a felony punishable by 7-1/2 years in prison and five years of extended supervision.

He is also charged with four misdemeanor counts of firing a gun within 100 yards of a building, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

During Dempsey’s initial court appearance Monday, Judge Paul Malloy set his bail at $50,000. Dempsey’s attorney, Perry Lieuallen, entered a not guilty by reason of mental disease plea on his behalf.

According to the criminal complaint, officers responding to a call from Meloy arrived at Dempsey’s home on Dekora Street to find Dempsey on the roof of his garage acting strangely.

Noticing the patio doors of the house had been shot, officers went inside where they discovered numerous bullet holes in the walls, an ammunition magazine for a handgun on the floor and a jar of marijuana. Bullet casings were found in the house, on the roof and in the gutters.

Officers found a .40-caliber Ruger in Dempsey’s yard and noticed that the top bullet in the magazine was backwards, preventing it from being fired.

Meloy told officers that Dempsey had stopped by his house the previous day and that he told Dempsey to leave after he started rambling and acting strangely.

Four bullets were found in Meloy’s yard  — 5 to 10 feet from his back door — and one in the fence separating his yard from Dempsey’s, the complaint states.

Early voting starts next week in county PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 17:24

Municipal officials expect large turnout of residents casting ballots before Nov. 8 presidential election

Early voting — an increasingly popular practice in Ozaukee County — will begin in many communities next week.

“Pretty much daily we’ve been getting calls from people asking about when they can vote,” Port Washington City Clerk Susan Westerbeke said.

The presidential election is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

During the last presidential election, she said, 2,145 voters cast their ballots early, either by submitting absentee ballots or through early voting. In that election, almost 90% of the city’s registered voters cast a ballot.

“I’m anticipating more people using early voting,” Westerbeke said. 

She’s not sure of the reason, she said, but she has a few thoughts about it.

“Maybe they feel there won’t be a line with early voting,” she said.

That’s not necessarily true, Westerbeke added. “If you have a big election, there’s going to be a line here,” she said. “Will it be as big as on election day? No.”

For some people, especially those who work until later in the evening or who are taking children to activities, early voting makes it easier to cast their ballot, Westerbeke added.

Westerbeke noted that the city has already mailed out absentee ballots for all those who have signed up for them. Ballots for people living overseas and who are in the military have also gone out.

“I sent one to Chile today,” she said Tuesday. “And one to Scotland yesterday.”

People who come in to cast their ballots must have a state approved form of identification with them, such as a driver’s license, state ID card, U.S. passport, university, college or technical school ID with enrollment verification or veterans’ health ID card.
They also need to be registered to vote. This can be done at the same time as early voting, but people must then have proof of residency with them.

Anyone who has questions about their voting status may check by calling their municipal office or online at, Westerbeke said. The necessary forms for voter registration and absentee ballots are also on the website.

Municipalities were given the power to set early voting dates. Westerbeke said municipal clerks in Ozaukee County’s larger communities agreed they would hold early voting during regular office hours from Oct. 10 through Nov. 4.

Those include the City of Port and villages of Fredonia, Saukville, Grafton and Belgium.

Smaller communities — primarily the townships — have set hours that conform more closely with the limited office hours they have, she said.

In the Town of Port Washington, early voting can be done from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays from Oct. 10 through Nov. 4.

Residents may also schedule an appointment for early voting by calling 284-5235.

In the Town of Grafton, early voting can be done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Oct. 24 through 28 and Oct. 31 through Nov. 4.

In the Town of Belgium, residents can cast their ballots from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and from 8 a.m. to noon Thursdays from Oct. 11 through Nov. 3.

They may also contact Town Clerk Ginger Murphy for an appointment by calling 285-3326 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

In the Town of Saukville, early voting will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Oct. 11 through Nov. 2. Appointments may also be scheduled by calling 675-9217.

In the Town of Fredonia, early voting runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays from Oct. 12 through Nov. 4. Appointments may also be scheduled by calling 692-9673.Daily Press

Transportation funding to be focus of forum Thursday night PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 17:21

Ozaukee County is one of about 70 locations statewide holding a forum Thursday, Sept. 29, to seek solutions to transportation funding.

The first event of its kind, Turn Out for Transportation will take public input on what transportation services and projects are most important. It is organized by the Wisconsin Counties Association, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Wisconsin Towns Association, Wisconsin County Highway Association and the Transportation Development Association.

“I’m just looking for some common sense efficiencies, not raising taxes,” said Tom Winker, unit chair for Ozaukee County’s five towns, town chairman of Belgium and county board supervisor.

Keeping up with road maintenance has been a challenge for towns for years.

Winker said one possible solution is to require bikers to have license plates again.

“When I was a little kid everybody in the village or city had a bicycle and everybody had a license plate. Now there are all these bicyclists on the trail and using the highway,” he said.

Winker suggested owners of specific cars could contribute as well.

“Electric cars don’t pay any gas tax. Don’t they like using the road? Wouldn’t they like to see it better?”

Winker said borrowing is not a good option.

“Twenty percent of state transportation dollars goes toward debt repayment. We will never borrow our way to success. We need to use every dollar we have to fix the roads,” he said.

Executive Director of the TDA Craig Thompson said the forums are not in response to Gov. Scott Walker’s recently released transportation budget. This was part of a yearlong Just Fix It campaign and planned before the budget proposal came out.

“We want to share that there are a lot of needs out there and want to find a sustainable solution,” he said.

Public input will be compiled from each forum and sent to the TDA, which will share the information on its website and with elected officials.

Winker said he invited two state assemblymen and senators to attend.

Rep. Rob Brooks (R-Saukville) said it’s premature to start picking sides in a budget discussion this early in the process.

“What the governor rolls out in January is a far cry from what is passed in July next year,” he said.

“But I’m willing to listen. There’s a lot of things that can be done as far as reforms before we start looking at ways to raise revenue.”

Ozaukee County’s event will be held at 7 p.m. in the County Board Room, 121 W. Main St., Port Washington.

Hosts include Highway Commissioner Jon Edgren, Winker and Port Mayor Tom Mlada.Daily Press

Hwy. I collision claims life of motorcyclist PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 18:49

A 58-year-old Town of Saukville man died Saturday, Sept. 17, after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a minivan on Highway I, according to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department.

Jeffrey L. Paape was headed north on Highway I in the Town of Cedarburg at 11:50 a.m. when the accident occurred just south of Cedar Sauk Road.  

Authorities said the minivan was driven by Michael G. Terwelp, 76, of the Town of Cedarburg, who was pulling out of a driveway.

According to authorities, passing motorists attempted to administer CPR on Paape, but rescue personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.

Highway I was closed to traffic between Cedar Sauk Road and Hanneman Road for approximately three hours following the accident.

Paape was on his way home for lunch, according to his wife Sue Paape.

“That was something he did every day. He was only a half-mile away from home. It shows how things can change in the blink of an eye,” his wife said.

The department reported that Terwelp was issued a citation for failure to yield the right of way from a non-highway access which resulted in death.

The accident remains under investigation.Daily Press

Tall ship Sullivan returns to Port Sept. 26 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 18:48

Schooner to offer cruises, educational opportunities throughout weeklong stay

The tall ship Denis Sullivan will return to Port Washington Monday, Sept. 26, for a weeklong stay.

The schooner will be offering cruises and educational opportunities for students throughout its visit.

In addition to trying to arrange educational tours, the city is working to schedule assemblies at area schools led by the ship’s coordinator that would touch on five curricular areas, Maureen McCourt Boylan, the city’s marketing and communications coordinator, said.

“If they can’t come to the Sullivan, we’ll come to them,” she said.

“It’s such a rich educational experience, and we want to share that with our schoolchildren.”

In addition, the ship will be open for sails and deck tours during its stay.

“Ticket sales really are starting to pick up,” Mayor Tom Mlada told the Common Council Tuesday. 

The Monday evening sail has sold out, and one sail has been added to the ship’s itinerary, Boylan said.

Several themed sails are planned during the ship’s visit, including a Friday shipwreck sail during which a representative from Port Deco Divers will discuss wrecks in the area, she said.

Other evening sails will be offered on Tuesday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and Oct. 1, as well as a morning sail on Saturday and an afternoon sail Sunday, Oct. 2.

The Sullivan, which has been in Port two other times this summer, will return to the city one more time from Oct. 14 to Oct. 16.

In addition to an evening sail on Oct. 14, the ship will offer dockside for people to enjoy “haunted Sullivan” tours on Oct. 15 and 16.

For tickets to the Sullivan’s sails, visit Press

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