generic for minocycline cheapest cialis in canada finast for men in usa are cipla drugs safe what is prednisone 10mg used for cheap kamagra gold buy online pay by paypal generic viagra cipla web sales flash report orlistat no prescription rush delivery rumalaya forte from europe levitra 20mg 4 stuck inderal legal in england cost of producing lithium ion batteries buy seroquel mexican pharmacies avapro dosage too high generic rhinocort aqua nasal spray ordering prescription needed glucophage online canada drugs levitra professional with prescription viagra 25 mg effet lipothin side effects long term use half price kamagra oral jelly prednisolone dose for pmr prednisolone tablets 5mg side effects existe la viagra natural buying viagra over the counter at boots sildenafil levothroid without prescription lotrizone without prescription viagra online inghilterra viagra sales cheap trental sale prednisone for poison ivy breastfeeding atrovent over the couter rocaltrol cost in canada thc pills for sale why is there a shortage of effexor xr cheap accutane us pharmacy isotretinoin indinavir shoppers drug mart ginette-35 non perscription countries acivir pills next day delivery nolvadex for sale in usa viagra price in delhi propranolol 40 mg tablet picture canadian colchium buy ciplox uk zovirax cold sore cream cost how long does it take for phenergan to work in children lexapro 10mg receita order the intermolecular forces from weakest to strongest viagra purchase order canadian pharmacy liv 52 jaundice lady era to buy in england acai generic reviews clonidine tablets high blood pressure side effects of biaxin in kids agora 4 cialis 20mg prevacid solutab sales vasotec online cheap lexapro 20 mg escitalopram order asacol canada buy ramapril without prescription jd sports nike air 95 prinivil usa cvs prices cheap tablets accutane mg cheapest price on levitra comprar aristocort en argentina can buy cialis canada tetracyclines purchasing viagra generico madrid acheter pas cher strattera brand antivert buy generic cleocin gel safe zofran extravasation avodart purchase online new non narcotic pain meds viagra replacements brand name acivir pills online merck propecia for sale where can i get some omnicef genuine viagra online buyers of celexa canada best site get eurax lasix doctors online toradol how to buy celexa manufacturer is it safe to order zoloft what is the drug amantadine used for buy viagra online in australia can we trust ciplox online metformin buy online canada voveran medicine is used for donde comprar viagra en usa is there a drug comparative to nizagara anacin for daily use canada order phenagan on line snovitra super power cost in canada i want ot buy viagra buy phenagran buy shuddha guggulu online from usa what does alligator tail taste like can you order carafate what is inderal for midamor pharmacy mail order buy bactrim overseas erythromycin estolate tablets usp 500 mg premarin lawsuits drugs singulair chewable tablets side effects albendazole 400 mg no rx viagra 100 mg zararlari buy celadrin mexican pharmacies zovirax 5 ointment buy coupon for generic flonase online generic abilify india pharmacy cheapest cialis best price zetia 10 mg nizoral cheapest price usa olanzapine perth australia purchase retin a 0 05 albuterol inhalerin the eu get tretinoin 0,05 las vegas flomax relief mr review discount card lipitor copay order crestor pills valacyclovir nhs mestinon lawsuit generic drug for aciphex cialis pills for sale cheap viagra credit purchase brand levitra online over the counter benadryl best place buy nolvadex uk generic viagra 20mg atarax new zealand flonase uses medication dipyridamole pas cher cipro lawsuit class action 100 mg vasotec lipitor rx assistance best place buy requip order topamax from mexico without prescription ed trial packs usa no prescription detrol la online pharmacy lozol for sale usa canadian drugs online safety zerit cheap uk strattera 18 mg generic procardia low dose birth control how to use kytril lamictal rash canadian pharcharmy online reviews canada and styplon lamictal xr 50 mg tablet augmentin dose children uk zithromax 250 mg sobres compare prices renagel prandin tablets from buy puedo comprar cialis sin receta en mexico propranolol 320 mg where is coumadin metabolized viagra buy malasyia professions allied to medicine uk buy brand viagra in ireland where can i get some dipyridamole buy viagra 100mg online roaccutane online no prescription erythromycin 250mg bd atacand online australia tadacip for dogs buy best place to buy tretinoin 0.05 where to buy valtrex in the uk kosovarja kendi i njoftimeve levitra no prescription dysfunction approved buying lipitor from canada 12 cialis 20mg forzest echeck over the counter betoptic revatio cost of cheap dilantin uk original cialis sublingual online plavix for purchase amoxicillin 500mg dosage for kids cytotec dosage for medical abortion best online no prescription pharmacy donde puedo comprar accutane overnight4u pharmacy eldepryl prices levitra buy without where can i get flagyl er prescription baclofen 10mg zantac sublingual dosage viagra plus mexico brand viagra in croatia asthma nhs choices tretinoin 0,05 from canada confortid can lotrisone cream be used to treat yeast infection synthroid works better than levothyroxine cialis 30 mgs stopping lexapro 10 mg reputable online vet pharmacy valtrex 1000 mg fiyati can you get malegra fxt amitriptyline dose for nerve pain ordering valtrex uk seroquel without best secure canadian pharmacy cheap genuine albendazole online diflucan 150 mg gelule diltiazem lowest priced overseas pharmacy no prescription zaditor were to buy promet with codeine genuine cialis 5mg buy imitrex from india omifin dosis recomendada generico de betnovate creme generic ortho tri-cyclen india canadian pharmacy using paypal no rx pharmacy paypal cheap genuine revia online generico di zovirax buying lozol canadian alliance for development initiatives and projects thailand cost of torsemide without insurance cialis 80 mg where can you buy alligator snapping turtle can order levlen canada how long do effexor xr withdrawal symptoms last generic viagra made in the u.s vpxl canada companies only doxycycline 100 mg bijwerkingen procardia xl rxlist cafergot order canada donde puedo comprar tarjetas de xbox live is voltaren sold over the counter order cardizem online uk promethazine uk periactin prescription female viagra uk buy cheapest levitra professional tablets uk viagra 50 mg india canadian phrmacy nexium 40 mg esomeprazole metformin lich 850mg order rabeprazole without prescription lipitor buy apcalis sx no prescription fast delivery posologia diflucan 100 mg is there generic viagra available buy chloromycetin medicine generic cialis 20mg vs 40mg zenegra cheap uk ciproxin oral dose buy prandin the counter sustiva full prescribing information sumycin lawsuit settlements order flomax generic cardura tablets on line to buy best place buy aricept pct zofran ex flagyl 400mg tabs penegra doctors online things similar to viager buy coreglow vytorin generic 2013 drugs energizer ultimate lithium shelf life discount generic viagra and cialis clomiphene citrate for men for sale side effects of flomax 0.4 mg online us pharmacy no prescription billig shallaki online kaufen trazodone lawsuit how to buy quibron-t in london viagra online visa parlodel sale buy zetia from canada cephalexin prescription coupon purchase cipro lowest price cheap medrol 40 mg purchase sinequan online over the counter pamelor acyclovir 400 mg tablets to buy zofran pregnancy birth defects buy cabaser zoloft for dogs buy google image search app toradol prescription coupon mail order cialus didronel tablets from buy propranolol 40 mg generique tindazole without a prescription prednisone 5mg tabs buyers of ponstel canada suppliers of tretinoin 0,025 in us cipro tablets package insert buy turkey viagra buy valacyclovir uk generic form of allegra d generic name for advair diskus 550 plavix weight gain why do people gain weight on zoloft xalatan no prescription natwest home insurance abortion pills online acquistare levitra senza ricetta silagra usa cvs prices cheap apcalis review mobic in italia avodart online usa baclofen generic name coreg ordering online pharmacy yasmin medication guide zoloft side effects weight gain acquistare sominex in italia buy doxycycline at drug store viagra schnell online how long does it take for tofranil to work tamoxifen next day delivery flowers cost of elavil without insurance accutane for sale buy augmentin 50 glucophage australia price risperdal safe dose range codeine syrup uk buy buy nizoral online uk prescription required celadrin pills fml forte prices cvs quickest delivery of viagra to sydney diarex pharmacy order prednisone lawsuit settlements what is indomethacin 50 mg order augmentin online without rx disgracil pills discount code for zithromax 100 premium acai from the makers of hydroxycut lantus glargine insulin purchase kytril pills online no prescription uk for hydrochlorothiazide buy aricept drugstore donepezil can you buy atacand price lowest claritin sales figures price increase yagara how to order cipro mg lithium online tablets quiero comprar actoplus met generic lukol no prescription best price for real mestinon otc asthma inhalers canada aspirin canada overnight delivery online viagra mastercard ciprofloxacin dosage for prostatitis how to use viagra pills google zepose tablets buy ceftin in india online order finasteride cheap walgreens bupropion prices order generic desyrel zovirax pharmacy coupons canadian pharmacy ventolin coreg pill canadian ciprofloxacina infeccion urinaria nin~os is propecia safe cheap viagra buy over the counter aricept online quiero comprar minocin flagyl 500mg antibiotic dose mylan-valacyclovir 1000 mg bactrim ds 800 mg-160 mg tablet get best pills non prescription provera brahmi amla oil reviews nombre generico de lozol how to get off estrace rumalaya cost in canada buy fertility drugs online australia mircette sold over counter no prescription buy celebrex online approved canadian tenormin shortage 2012 nolvadex online prescription furosemide sale uk india online pharmacy store viagra in germany prescription flonase mail order india celebrex side effects weight gain how to order finasteride albuterol atrovent side effects online generic lasix lipitor atorvastatin recall purchase metformin er suprax coupon code diclofenac sodium 50mg i england where purchase minipress mail order pharmacy regulations absolute acai berry discount coupon buy colospa 80 mg online generic provera uk super active no prescription buy levitra pharmacy lipitor without a prescription quiero comprar dapoxetine actonel online coupon code buy atorlip-20 in singapore where to buy amoxicillin canada cabgolin from canadian pharmacy can i get high on zyrtec terramycin for sale online antabuse online no prescription buy emsam tablets online purchasing phexin online uk what is haridra used for buy perictrin with out prepcripcion diflucan 150 mg ovulos what does ceftin treat buy antibuse online where to find lithium on earth styplon himalaya drug serpina reviews viagra for jet lag generic xenical orlistat 120mg cheap viagra truth are branded indian viagra safe phone in order for lexapro safe buy mentax online cialis super active tablets 40mg where to buy salbutamol nebules homeopathic medicine vigora 5000 order strattera 100 mg buy single cialis mexican pharmacy no prescription mentat kamagra jelly pas cher abilify medication what is isoniazid made of mylan lisinopril 10 mg prevacid for babies with acid reflux can elavil cause weight gain side effects of diovan hct 80 12.5 where biaxin how can i get unisom u take prozac overdose long term effects green line pharmacy mirapex dose for restless legs syndrome over the counter lexpro over the counter zovirax tablets para que se usa el metformina lotrisone lotion 30ml human enhancement drugs luvox generic 2013 drugs cheap color contact lenses no prescription fast delivery cialsi glyset pill shortage levofloxacin eye drops cheap genuine alesse online getting viagra online how long after accutane before getting pregnant no prescription buy medrol phenamax online pay paypal beconase aq order where to buy accutane canada discount propecia australia avandamet cheapest price melbourne viagra soft gels when will a generic for actos be available pharmacy online pharmacy mirapex free coupon for sinequan clozaril medication guide buy prescription drugs online low prescription no membership generic effexor xr australia ranitidine generic cost kytril online bestellen tadapox non perscription countries ampicillin msds sheet cozaar 100 mg tablets cialis drug in canada pharmacy when will the orlistat shortage be over how to order cefixime zovirax no script cheap accutane 3 20mg acheter strattera lowest price parlodel long term side effects of femara neurontin medication dosage viagra patches buy online pharmacy no prescription needed lexapro exelon without rx what are amitriptyline 10mg tablets used for cytotec overnight pharmacy what is liquid cialis online erythromycin side effects in children clindamycin cream dosage sibutramine fda pharmacy regulations baclofen prescription coupon ortho tri cyclen lo missed 2 pills buy medrol 50 aciphex online price cozaar 100 mg tablets buy benemid mg online zebeta discount metoclopramide legal us buy escitalopram from india lasix online canada cefaclor 250mg 5ml dosage i pill prednisone website
Share this page on facebook
Port Washington


City, Main Street try to resolve differences PDF Print E-mail
Community
Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 19:02

Port officials want more accountability from downtown group, which says it will consider expanding board membership

    Port Washington city officials and the Port Main Street Inc.’s executive committee met for more than two hours Tuesday to try and work out their differences prior to city budget talks in the coming weeks.

    Mayor Tom Mlada said city officials stressed the need for Port Washington Main Street to be transparent and accountable during the meeting, something they have emphasized since the Rock the Harbor Harley-Davidson anniversary celebration in August lost tens of thousands of dollars and put the organization in a precarious financial position.


    To do that, city officials stressed the need for Main Street to hold public meetings and follow the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law as a way to be a transparent, accountable organization, said Mlada, who is also a member of the Main Street board of directors.


    It’s important because the organization is funded primarily through tax dollars, he said.


    “To me, we ought to be aiming for and asking for public input so residents can voice their opinions,” Mlada said. “Anytime you have taxpayer dollars in the discussion, it just makes sense.”


    Main Street Board President Jim Biever said the organization has always held open meetings, except when dealing with personnel matters and contract negotiations.


    “I think we’ll probably have our bylaw committee review what we have to make sure it reflects that openness,” he said.


    The Main Street bylaws called for the group to operate under the state Open Meetings Law until this summer, when it was amended to allow closed meetings for a number of reasons. Biever said the change was an effort to simplify things for members unfamiliar with the state law.


    Mlada said the city also stressed the need for Main Street to expand its board, bringing in new members who would provide different viewpoints.  


    “That’s not an indictment of anyone currently serving on the board,” he said. “There would be real value to expanding the board.”


    As many as five new members could be appointed, Mlada said.


    Biever said the board is poised to appoint two new members on Monday to replace Rob Helm and Maria Kiesow, whose terms are up.


    Four candidates are being considered to fill those spots, he said.


    Adding more members “could be a possibility,” Biever said. “We’ll have to see how the board feels.”


    The Main Street board will meet Monday, Oct. 14, and members will work to finalize its 2014 operating plan and budget in preparation for its appearance before the city’s Finance and License Committee the following week, Biever said.


    “We’re assuming we’ll be full funded by the Business Improvement District and city,” he said. “We’re committed to doing the right things for downtown businesses and property owners.”


    Main Street receives $58,000 annually from the downtown Business Improvement District, which assesses a tax on downtown property owners, as well as a $25,000 contribution from the city.


     But with Main Street members talking of a potential deficit from Rock the Harbor of as much as $30,000, aldermen last month said they wanted to see changes and accountability from the organization before they approve any funding for 2014.


    Biever said the Main Street board will likely know by Monday what the losses from Rock the Harbor total.


    Tensions between the groups haven’t decreased since then, something that was especially evident last week when the city said it would appoint members of the BID board to comply with state law — something it hasn’t done in recent years. That news prompted Biever to suggest the BID consider disbanding.


    Tuesday’s meeting, however, seems to have relieved at least some of the tension.


    “We’ve worked through that,” Biever said of the BID membership issue.


    “I think everyone in the room agreed to move past our past issues and move forward.”


    Mlada and City Administrator Mark Grams concurred.


    “We aired things out, and that was good,” Grams said.


    Mlada added, “They heard our suggestions and they certainly seemed receptive to them.”



 
BID members asked to consider dissolving group PDF Print E-mail
Community
Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 18:10

Membership move by Port officials prompts organization’s vice president to say disbanding business district is an option

    A move by Port Washington officials to control membership on the Business Improvement District board has so upset Jim Biever, the board’s vice president and president of Port Washington Main Street, that he has suggested the BID should dissolve.

    That would effectively end Main Street, an organization credited with reinvigorating downtown Port, but one that has been the subject of controversy after its August Harley-Davidson anniversary celebration lost thousands of dollars and put the program in a precarious financial position.

    That’s because the BID, which raises its money through a tax imposed on downtown property owners, provides the majority of funds — $58,000 annually — for the Main Street program.

    Biever said that after watching the Common Council meeting on television Tuesday night, he wrote an e-mail to BID board members suggesting the move.

    “I never thought I would say the following words: Before I see the mayor and council completely ruin the efforts of concerned business and property owners, I strongly suggest we take action to disband the Business Improvement District,” his e-mail read.

    “All options are on the table,” Biever said in an interview Wednesday. “I was just making them aware of the options.”

    The suggestion has prompted a significant amount of discussion already, Biever said.

    “I wouldn’t say anybody’s embraced the idea yet,” he said, adding most board members are confused by the Common Council’s actions and motives.

    “What happens is going to be determined by the direction the mayor and council want to see the downtown to go,” he added.

    At Tuesday’s meeting, aldermen were told by City Administrator Mark Grams that appointments to the BID board had not been made in accordance with state statutes in recent years.

    State statutes call for appointments to be made by the mayor and confirmed by the council.

    “There is a process that must be followed,” Grams said.

    But once the Main Street program was created, the city failed to follow the rules and make the appointments, Grams said. Instead, the BID board made its own appointments.

    In addition, he said, city codes call for the board to have 11 members, including the alderman who represents the BID district.

    Currently, there are eight board members, including Jim Vollmar, a former alderman who used to represent the district, Grams said. Some of the board members were approved by the council years ago, he said, while others were never approved by the city.

    “We really do need to correct those things,” Grams said, adding the council will likely act on the matter at its Oct. 15 meeting.

    But Biever, who has served on the BID board for all but a few of the 19 years it has existed, said the issue that he blamed Mayor Tom Mlada for caught the group off guard, causing confusion and frustration.

    “I don’t consider it wise politics,” he said. “He should have come to the board and let us solve the problem or at least be part of the solution. We know downtown, what works and doesn’t.”

    When the BID was started, he said, the only control the city had was to approve its operating plan.

    Biever said the idea of dissolving the BID “is not the plan A, B or C. It’s the plan that’s way out there. But if the city were to cut the funding or the BID funding were to change, what’s the alternative?”

    Dissolving the BID is a relatively simple process, he said, requiring the owners of properties that make up half the district’s assessed valuation to petition for dissolution.

    “I’d hate to see it,” Biever said. “I think of the BID as good for downtown.”

    But, he added, a new organization representing downtown business and property owners would likely take its place — albeit one without the roughly $60,000 in funding raised through the BID tax.

    “I would think it would take maybe hours for people to step forward and form a new organization,” Biever said. “It’s just not going to be dropped.”

    While a new board may not be able to offer the same variety of events that Main Street has, he said, it could provide the core offerings that draw people to downtown, such as the farmers market.

    The BID board membership is likely to be just one of the topics tackled next week when city officials meet with members of the Main Street board.

    Both Biever and Mlada said they hope the session will help the groups reach a consensus on the direction for Main Street and BID and set the basis for the Common Council’s budget talks later this month.

    Aldermen recently expressed frustration with the Main Street board after learning the Rock the Harbor-Harley festival in August lose as much as $30,000, essentially draining the group’s reserves.

    Former mayor Scott Huebner, who helped found the Main Street program, told the Common Council Tuesday that the city’s call for answers about the festival is important.

    The city needs to be “the voice of reason and push for answers from our Main Street board,” Huebner said.

    The group seems to have strayed somewhat from its initial focus on economic restructuring and downtown development to festivals, he said.

    Huebner also said the council needs to ensure that Main Street remains open and transparent, especially since the city has traditionally contributed $25,000 annually to the group, making it the second largest funding source for the organization.

    Main Street recently removed a clause from its bylaws requiring it to follow the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law, Huebner said in an interview, replacing it with a less restrictive clause that opens the door to “secret, back-door” meetings.

    “As a taxpayer, I would highly recommend the city not work with an entity that is not transparent,” he told the council.

    Biever said that the change was prompted by a desire simplify things for members unfamiliar with the state law.

    The new bylaws call for most meetings to be open, he said, except when discussing personnel, contract negotiations, litigation or deliberations that could be detrimental to volunteers, building or business owners, board members or others affiliated with the group.

    “Anyone’s welcome to attend our meetings,” Biever said. “I don’t envision having a closed session anytime soon. We have nothing to hide.”


 
Mayor calls for Main St., BID summit PDF Print E-mail
Community
Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 18:45

Mlada wants agreement on direction for groups after flap over Rock the Harbor festival’s financial shortfall

    Port Washington Mayor Tom Mlada said Tuesday he plans to meet with officials from the city’s Business Improvement District and Port Washington Main Street Inc. as the city prepares to open its budget process next month.

    “I view this as another opportunity to open dialogue, to sit together and see if we can reach consensus on the direction to take,” Mlada said.

    It may take several meetings to reach a consensus, Mlada said. But if the groups can’t, the city may look at a range of options when it comes to funding Main Street.

    “Where we go beyond next week is really an unwritten story. The options are all there,” he said.

    Those options include dropping or trimming the Main Street contribution, limiting how it can be used or limiting how the BID tax can be used, he said.

    The city has traditionally budgeted $25,000 annually for Main Street and levies a tax that brings in about $58,000 to finance the BID, which has also used the money to support Main Street.

    While some people have suggested the city wean Main Street from the city’s annual contribution, Mlada said, he doesn’t believe the city will drop funding for the group.

    “This has to be about a time of building rather than a time of turning back,” Mlada said.  “The Main Street program has proven it can be very successful in mobilizing a number of volunteers, in organizing promotional events and in efforts to attract businesses to the city.

    “I think we’ve shown you need to have some kind of strategic effort that’s really focused on bringing these to the downtown and to the city, and that’s largely been through Main Street.”

    Tensions between the Common Council and the Main Street board were evident last week, as several aldermen called for the resignation of Main Street’s board of directors after the group lost as much as $15,000 on Rock the Harbor, a Harley-Davidson anniversary celebration, putting it in a financially precarious position.

    Mlada, who is a member of the Main Street board, said he hopes the meeting marks a start in repairing the relationship between the city and Main Street — something that will be key if the city is to continue funding the organization.

    “The council wants accountability. We have to be mindful of that,” Mlada said. “We have a responsibility to make sure we are the best stewards of the taxpayers’ money.”

    Part of that, he said, will include expanding Main Street financing beyond the city contributions to an increased fundraising effort.

    “We have a pretty significant gap in what we (the Main Street board) have budgeted for fundraising and what we actually raised,” Mlada said.

    Last week, the Main Street board was told that although it budgeted $30,000 for fundraising contributions this year, it has only taken in $1,500.

    The city’s Finance and License Committee will start reviewing departmental budgets the week of Oct. 7.


 
Main Street spurns city plan to tweak leadership PDF Print E-mail
Community
Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 18:30

Port group’s secret-ballot rejection of attempt to give ex officio members voting rights blasted by mayor, aldermen

    Port Washington Main Street Inc. on Tuesday voted by secret ballot not to adopt a recommendation of the Common Council to allow the ex officio members of its board to become voting members.

    The 7-2 vote angered city officials, who had lobbied for the recommendation.

    “We weren’t even given the courtesy of an up-or-down vote,” Ald. Dan Becker said during the Common Council meeting that followed the Main Street board’s meeting. “It just shocked me.”

    The council’s resolution called for the executive directors of Port Main Street, Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Council, as well as the city planner, to be full members of each other’s board of directors.

    The Chamber has adopted the resolution, but the Tourism Council has not yet considered the matter.

    After the vote, Main Street board member Harry Schaumburg said the ex officio members should not consider the vote a rejection of them or their work.

    “The decision on this is in no way a reflection on the ex officio members, on their contributions,” he said. “I think we need to go on record and say this is not what we’re voting on.”

    The ex officio members — Tourism Director Kathy Tank, Chamber Director Lisa Crivello and City Planner Randy Tetzlaff  — have all been active on the Main Street board and as volunteers, board member Maria Kiesow noted.

    Aldermen had lobbied hard for the recommendation to be adopted, appearing before the Main Street board in August to appeal for its approval.

    Becker appeared at the Main Street board meeting Tuesday night to again lobby for its approval, saying, “It will only make this board stronger. The more people you have at the table, not just to express their opinion but to vote, the better. It’s great they all participate.”

    Mayor Tom Mlada, a member of the Main Street board who was not present when the vote was taken, blasted the decision.

    “It was an opportunity for the board to do the right thing, and it failed,” he said. “They took that opportunity tonight and flushed it down the toilet.”

    Mlada said approving the measure would have rewarded the ex officio members for their hard work and dedication, saying they play a vital role and bring a valuable perspective to the Main Street board as well as coordinate efforts between the agencies, something that should be rewarded with voting rights.

    “I think the losers were not just the three individuals who have been pouring themselves into Main Street for years now and have set a bar for collaboration and cooperation,” he said.

    It would have made the Main Street board a better board, Mlada said.

    “When we don’t have the best board possible, we don’t have the best program possible,” he said.

    “For me, it’s a defeat that’s hard to stomach.”


 
Is it time for a 2nd fire station? PDF Print E-mail
Community
Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 20:38

Fire chief says yes, telling commission that department has outgrown current facility

    It’s time the City of Port Washington considers building a second fire station on its west or south sides, where the community is experiencing the most growth, Fire Chief Mark Mitchell told the Police and Fire Commission Monday.

    “We’ve really outgrown our current station,” he said. “I think the time has come where we need to seriously think about it.”


    He suggested the city explore the former highways LL and 33 ramp land east of Eernisse Funeral Home on the city’s west side as a potential site for a new fire station.


    It would provide easy access to highways, he said, and many department members live on that side of the community.


    “The potential is there,” Mitchell said. “We need to look at this now while the land is still available.”


    He considered locations in the former VK Homes property on the city’s southeast side, Mitchell said, but decided against recommending them.


     “It’s too remote,” he said.


    Space is at a premium in the fire station, Mitchell said. Since the current fire station at 104 W. Washington St. was built in 1968, he said, fire trucks have grown wider and longer.


    Despite an addition built in 1995, he said, “The trucks are packed in there. You can’t open the door of one without hitting the side of the other.”


    The training room is undersized for the current department, Mitchell said, and there aren’t designated restrooms for women.


    “This was built back in the time when there weren’t female firefighters,” he said, noting the department has 20 to 25 women on its roster today.


    In the future, the department is likely to need some sort of living space, particularly for paramedics, he said.


    That space would also be needed when the city hires some full-time firefighters, Mitchell said.


    “We’re heading in that direction,” he said, adding the department currently has about 70 staff members, including firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and divers.


    The current fire station also lacks storage space and is not energy efficient, Mitchell said.


    “There’s a lot a modern facility would do to make things more efficient,” he said.


    Building a new station on the outskirts of the city would also trim the department’s response time, Mitchell said, noting firefighters would not have to fight traffic getting to the station and leaving in fire trucks. They would also be closer to some of the more remote portions of the department’s coverage area, he said.


    “As the city grows, our response times are getting longer,” he said.


    Mitchell said he envisions a new facility becoming the headquarters for the department, with administrative, training and storage facilities as well as operational space.


    A larger training room could also be used as a community room for the city, he added.


    The current station could then be used as a satellite station, Mitchell said, especially if the city made an investment in the building to increase energy efficiency.


    The department has enough trucks to equip both facilities, he said.


    Mitchell said he’s discussed the need for a new station with the city’s finance committee at budget time in recent years, but it’s time to make a concerted effort to jump-start talks.


    Mitchell said he does not know how much land would be needed for a new station, nor does he have a cost estimate. Commission members suggested the city should consider a joint facility, noting the county Emergency Management Department is also in need of additional space.


    “We’re all about trying to share things and cut costs,” Mitchell said. “I think there’s a lot of potential for shared services. It just depends on what everyone wants to put into it, or if there’s any interest at all.”


    He told the commission that Cedarburg has the newest fire station in the county, and Saukville’s firehouse is among the best in the area.


    Commission members agreed that it’s time to consider Mitchell’s proposal, but said more research is needed to make a case to the Common Council.


    “I think you should pursue it,” Commission Chairman Rick Nelson told Mitchell.


    Commission member Mike Mueller said Mitchell needs to compile statistics on what comparable departments have in terms of facilities and equipment.


    “You have a case for it,” he said. “The need appears to be there. Now, you have to create a business case for it.”

 


 

Image Information: PORT WASHINGTON’S fire station is cramped and inefficient, Fire Chief Mark Mitchell said as he told the Police and Fire Commission it’s time to look for a location for a second firehouse. The current firehouse at 104 W. Washington St. was built in 1968, with an addition built in
1995.           Photo by Bill Schanen IV

 
<< Start < Prev 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Next > End >>

Page 18 of 60
advertisement
Banner
Banner
Banner