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Parking lots to be discussed at Jan. 21 hearing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 18:08

    Plans to reconfigure two downtown Port Washington parking lots will come before the public during a 5 p.m. hearing Tuesday, Jan. 21.

    City officials and representatives of Gremmer & Association, the project design consultant, will be at City Hall to discuss plans for the parking lot east of Duluth Trading Co. and the lot behind Associated Bank.

    Concept plans for the lot behind Duluth Trading Co. in the 100 block of North Franklin Street have been approved by the city, but public input is being sought as officials refine those plans, Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven said.

    “It never hurts to invite people to take one last look at it before it gets built,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for someone who wasn’t part of the planning process to help improve the ideas we have so far.

    “The more ideas we have, the better.”

    In the Duluth lot, plans call for incorporating two-way traffic throughout the area, creating a sidewalk on the west side of the lot and adding a raised crosswalk leading from the alley next to Schooner Pub to the harborwalk.

    It would incorporate landscaping around the edges and interior to camouflage dumpsters and transformers, and burying electrical lines.

    The cul-de-sac at the east end of Main Street would be shortened, creating a sitting area with a feature such as a fountain in the center.

    The lot east of Associated Bank calls for the layout to largely remain the same, but with the addition of landscaping and a pedestrian walkway.Daily-Press

    Ideally, Vanden Noven said, plans for the parking lots will be completed in the coming months with work beginning in April. That way, he said, the lots will be completed for the busy tourist season starting June 1.

    The city is also expected to hold a public informational meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, on its road projects for 2014.

    The city is planning to reconstruct Holden and Jackson streets near Port Washington High School, Van Buren Street, Milwaukee Street from Jackson to Walters streets and Prospect Street from Wisconsin Street east to the cul-de-sac.



 
Olson steps down from School Board PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 18:04

    The Port Washington-Saukville School Board on Monday accepted the resignation of board member Jim Olson, who after more than seven years on the board is stepping down because of illness.

    Diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia in July, Olson had planned to be at Monday’s meeting but couldn’t attend. In a letter to board members, Olson wrote, “Thank you for a wonderful seven years. This opportunity of service to the youth of the district has been one of the most important things that I have done in my life. I will miss it a lot.”

    The School Board is accepting applications for Olson’s City of Port Washington seat through Feb. 13. Applications are available at the superintendent’s office, 100 W. Monroe St., Port Washington, or by calling 268-6005.

    The board is expected to interview candidates and select a board member on Feb. 17.

    The appointee will serve until voters can choose a board member in the April 2015 election. The winner of that election will serve through the April 2016 election, which is when Olson’s term expires. “It’s tough,” Supt. Michael Weber said of Olson’s resignation. “Most of the time when people leave the board it’s because they are ready to leave. Jim was nowhere near ready to leave.”

    Former board member Myron Praeger said Olson’s desire to serve on the board was motivated by his family’s experiences in the school system.

    “He wanted to pay back the great things his family experienced here,” Praeger said. “Anyone willing to do that is a great person. Jim is a great person. Our prayers are with him.”

 

 
Port High lands vocal jazz showcase PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 17:59

School with champion ensemble will play host to Great Lakes event Feb. 8

    The Port Washington High School vocal jazz ensemble Limited Edition is accustomed to performing on the road, and with great success.

    For three of the last four years, the group has won the Varsity Vocals International High School A Cappella Midwest semifinal competition typically held in DeKalb, Ill., and qualified for the prestigious championship in New York City. In 2010, Limited Edition won the championship.


    This year, however, the road to New York goes through Port Washington. Port High will host the Varsity Vocals International High School A Cappella Great Lakes semifinal competition at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the school auditorium.


    A coup for the school and the community, the event will give a local audience a chance to see not only its home group on stage but seven other talented ensembles performing what has become one of the hottest genres of music.


    Other groups competing in the event are from Arcadia, Madison, Appleton, Burlington, South Milwaukee and Skokie, Ill.


    “People are always asking, ‘Where are you guys performing?’” Port High Choral Director Dennis Gephart said. “A lot of times we travel, but with us being on our home stage now, it’s a great opportunity for the kids to perform in front of their home audience and for their fans to see them.


    “It’s also a great opportunity for the community to be exposed to other groups and what they have to offer.”


    Gephart said he laid the groundwork for the Port event last year at the finals competition when he heard Varsity Vocals was considering adding semifinal venues because of the competition’s popularity. 


    He had a strong case to argue, starting with the fact Port High has participated in the Varsity Vocals competition since 2003 and has a reputation as a school committed to music with strong support from parents, alumni and fans.


    “With as much support as our community gives to our program, this was really an easy sell,” Gephart said.


    There’s only one wrinkle.


    “The kids are excited about singing on their own stage, but there’s kind of a stigma to being the home group,” Gephart said. “In all the years we competed in Illinois, the home group never won, so the kids are a little nervous, but they’re working extra hard.”


    Tickets for the competition go on sale Monday, Jan. 20, and can be purchased in the high school office, 427 W. Jackson St., or online at www.varsityvocals.com. They are $15 for adults and $12 for students.


    A portion of the proceeds will go to Port High and be used to upgrade the sound system in the auditorium, Gephart said.


    In related news, Limited Edition is one of three high school groups from Wisconsin invited to participate in the North Central Choral Directors Association Regional Honor Choir in Des Moines, Iowa, on March 21.


    Selected by audition, the group will work with other top high school and college vocal ensembles in classes taught by college music directors and professional musicians.


    The Port Washington-Saukville School Board on Monday gave the group permission to travel to Iowa for the event.


 

Image Information: MEMBERS OF THE 2012 Port Washington High School vocal jazz ensemble Limited Edition celebrated after winning the Varsity Vocals International High School A Capella Midwest semifinal competition in DeKalb, Ill. The group, whose membership changes from year to year, won the semifinal title three of the last four years and the championship in 2010. Port High will host a semifinal competition for the first time next month.           Photo by Barbara Howard Zyvoloski

 
Spring election to bring new face to Port-Saukville School Board PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 18:24

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

    Incumbent Kimberly Wood, who was appointed to the seat representing the Town of Port Washington in 2007 and was elected in 2008 and 2011, is not running for re-election.

    Running unopposed to fill her seat is Marchell Longstaff, who has been active in various parent groups in the school district.

    Incumbents who are running unopposed  are Brian McCutcheon, who holds a City of Port Washington seat on the board, and Sara McCutcheon, who holds a Village of Saukville seat.    

    Although the board’s nine members represent specific areas in the district, they are elected at large and serve three-year terms.
No surprises on city ballot

    In the City of Port Washington, where all three incumbents filed nomination papers for their current seats, there will be no contested races.

    The incumbents are Paul Neumyer representing the 2nd District, Doug Biggs in the 4th District and Dave Larson for the 6th District.

    The spring election will bring two new polling places to the city.

    Aldermen serve two-year terms.

    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.Daily-Press

    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.

 
Election will bring changing of guard on County Board PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 18:09

Shake-up assured as five incumbent supervisors decide not to seek new terms in April

    With five incumbents opting not to run and contested races for four seats, an Ozaukee County Board known for its stable membership is poised for an election-year shake-up.

    Incumbents who are not running in the April election are District 8 Supr. Joe Dean of Port Washington, District 9 Supr. Daniel Buntrock of the Town of Cedarburg, District 14 Supr. Jacob Curtis of Grafton, District 17 Supr. James Uselding of Cedarburg and District 21 Supr. Nancy Szatkowski of Mequon.

    First elected in 1992, Uselding has served on the board for 22 years and has the longest continuous tenure of any current supervisor.

    Despite the exodus of incumbents, there will be no vacancies on the board. At least one candidate has registered to run for each seat being vacated, and in three of the districts there will be contested races.

    David Larson, a City of Port Washington alderman, is running unopposed for Dean’s seat.

    In District 9, Tom Grabow, a Town of Grafton supervisor, and Robert Wardlow of the Town of Cedarburg will vie for Buntrock’s seat.

    In District 14, Steven Scott Rishel of Grafton is running unopposed for Curtis’ seat.

    There will be a three-person race in District 17. Richard Dieffenbach, a former Cedarburg alderman, James Konowalski and James Schutkin are vying for the seat held by Uselding.

    A primary election will be held on Feb. 18, with the two candidates who garner the most votes advancing to the April 1 general election.Daily-Press

    In District 21, former county supervisor Robert Walerstein and Justin Strom, both of Mequon, are running for Szatkowski’s seat.

    The only incumbent being challenged is  District 26 Supr. Jennifer Rothstein, who will face Bruce Sipiora in the April election. Both candidates live in Mequon.

    County supervisors serve two-year terms.

 
Christmas trees to be collected in Port Jan. 6, 20 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 17:31

Christmas trees will be collected in the City of Port Washington on two Mondays in January.

    They will picked up on Jan. 6 and 20.

    Trees must be placed at the curb with the stump facing the street. They must be bare of all ornaments, tinsel and other embellishment, and cannot be in bags.

    Wreaths will not be collected on these days. Instead, they should be placed in the garbage for collection and disposal.

 
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