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News & Notes: July 3

July 3, 2012

Red Cross seeks blood donors

Whitefish Bay - In response to a "blood emergency situation," the American Red Cross has issued an emergency appeal for donations.

Blood donations are down for the first five months of 2012 in comparison to last year, according to the Red Cross, and down 10 percent in June compared to last year. The Red Cross is in urgent need of types O negative, B negative, and A negative.

Red Cross representatives are hoping for 45 donors at its Whitefish Bay High School Community Blood Drive on Friday, though as of Wednesday only nine appointments had been made.

The blood drive takes place at Whitefish Bay High School, 1200 E. Fairmount Drive, between 1 and 6 p.m. Friday.

The Red Cross encourages residents to call (800) RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org for information to arrange an appointment. While appointments are preferred, walk-ins are welcome.

Health Department conducting community health survey

Between now and mid-August the North Shore Health Department, in conjunction with various health care providers in the area, will be conducting phone interviews with 400 North Shore residents.

The survey focuses on access to health care, tobacco use, alcohol use, diet, physical activity, cancer prevention, heart health, injury prevention, immunizations, communicable diseases, mental health and chronic diseases.

An update to a prior health assessment from three years ago, the survey should take about 18 minutes to complete, and gives the government, nonprofits, volunteer organizations, and local hospitals direction on which services need priority.

"I would encourage all residents of the North Shore communities to help us with this research," NSHD Officer Jamie Berg said in a news release. "If you are among those who receive a phone call, please take the time to answer the survey questions."

Community survey extended in Bayside

Bayside - The deadline for Bayside's community survey has been extended to July 16.

The purpose of the survey is to indicate what village functions residents find most important and to garner feedback on village services.

Residents can take the survey online through the village's website, print off a hard copy and bring it to Village Hall, pick up a hard copy at Village Hall, or find a copy in the June edition of Bayside's newsletter, the Village Scene.

Thiensville board eyes iPads

Thiensville - The Thiensville Village Board wants to purchase iPads to replace paper agendas, packets and the associated printing costs.

The total cost for iPads, cases, and protection plans for the Village Board, administrator and department heads, as presented to the Village Board by Village Administrator Dianne Robertson Monday night, would be approximately $4,400.

"It would eliminate thousand of pages of paper per year," Trustee Robert Holyoke said.

The proposal originally called for the iPads to be owned by Village Board members, subject to reimbursement to the village if they left before the end of the device's life span. Board members decided the village should own the devices, or that they could give them back if they leave their positions.

Several Village Board members already own or have access to an iPad, which could reduce the total cost to the village.

Village President Van Mobley was quick to point out that, should the village purchase the devices, village officials will need to use the devices appropriately.

"The repercussions (for misconduct) would be ferocious and severe," Mobley said.

The Village Board will take up the topic again at a later date after final costs and ownership policies have been determined.

School district receives learning center grant

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer School District has received a $500,000 federal grant to offer additional academic programming to at-risk students.

In a joint meeting of the School and Village boards on June 27, Superintendent Deborah Kerr said the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant will provide the district with $100,000 per year for the next five years.

The district will use the funds to offer an after-school program, called Falcon Families 21 that will focus on blending reading and math instruction with physical fitness and other intramural activities, Kerr said.

The program starts Oct. 1 and will serve more than 200 students.

Change order given go ahead in Bayside

Bayside - An additional $53,190 of additional road work was approved by the Bayside board of trustees to be added to the joint recycling and resurfacing project between Bayside and River Hills.

The scope of the project has been expanded to include West Duchess Court, North Sequoia Drive, West Jonathan Lane and Apple Blossom Lane, known collectively as the "Orchards" in the northwest corner of Bayside.

The added work will be paid for entirely by Bayside and the revised agreement will need to be approved by the River Hills Village Board at its meeting Wednesday [June 20], which was after press deadline.

Shorewood approves sustainability plan

Shorewood - Shorewood is taking a more ecologically responsible approach to village operations, with the recent adoption of a Sustainability Action Plan.

The Village Board approved the plan, which outlines future actions that can be taken in four areas of municipal operations - energy and natural resources, purchasing and materials, land and infrastructure, and education and outreach.

Plan priorities are identified as short-term, to be completed within four years, midterm, to be completed within five to nine years, and long-term, to be completed in 10 or more years.

A short-term goal identified in the plan, for example, is to establish baseline data for village fleet vehicle energy consumption, and a long-term goal is to explore the feasibility of a trolley/streetcar through the business district.

Trustee Patrick Linnane, chair of the Development and Long Range Planning Committee, described the plan as ambitious, but structured in a way that should make it easy to monitor.

With the approval of the plan, officials also are requesting staff updates on the plan's progress every six months, Linnane said.

Port Washington properties to be assessed for road work

Mequon - The Common Council voted to charge property owners along Port Washington Road for construction work. The special assessment will be used to reclaim up to $600,000 of the cost of reconstructing North Port Washington Road from Mequon Road north to Glen Oaks Lane.

All properties along Port Washington Road from Mequon Road through Glen Oaks Lane will be assessed, as well as properties on Glen Oaks Lane east to Interstate 43 and west to Portland Road, on Homestead Trail from Port Washington west 500 feet, North Eastbrook Drive from Port Washington Road to its terminations east and west, South Eastbrook Drive from Port Washington Road west to its termination, and Venture Court from Port Washington Road east to its termination.

The resolution passed, 5-3, with Aldermen John Wirth, John Hawkins and Dan Abendroth dissenting.

"You have to support the businesses you have," Abendroth said. "Assessing them for work they didn't ask for sends the wrong message."

City officials may hold an open house and are required to hold a public meeting on the subject before they can approve the special assessment.

Capital improvement projects planned for 2012-13 school year

Shorewood - The Shorewood School District will spend approximately $73,800 on capital improvement projects for the 2012-13 school year.

The School Board approved the list of proposed projects, as recommended by the district's Physical Plant and Land Use Committee.

Requests submitted by all schools totaled $99,300. Approved projects include improvements amounting to $30,200 at Lake Bluff, $27,800 at Atwater, $12,800 at the intermediate school and $3,000 at the high school.

Some of the larger-ticket items include replacing carpet in three rooms at Atwater, at a cost of $17,800, and in two rooms at Lake Bluff, at a cost of $8,000.

Projects not approved for capital budget funding include requests for the installation of exterior lighting at Atwater and the high school, which likely will be completed as part of a contract with Honeywell.

The 2012-13 capital budget is $80,000. The costs for approved projects are estimates, and could vary slightly.

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