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News & Notes: Nov. 21

Nov. 21, 2012

Shorewood district still looking for replacement board member

Shorewood - The Shorewood School District is still looking for applicants to fill Michael Mishlove's recently vacated seat on the School Board.

Applicants must be adult residents of Shorewood and must submit a letter of interest to: Mr. Marty Lexmond, Superintendent, c/o Shorewood School District 1701 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood, WI 53211. Letters must be postmarked no later than Nov. 30.

Interest letters should include a resume and should explain: reasons the candidate wants to serve; background qualifications and experiences; educational philosophy; views regarding the role of the board and superintendent; views on district's strengths and weaknesses; and availability.

Last week for Bayside leaf collection

Bayside - The week of Nov. 26 is the last round of leaf collection by the village, weather permitting.

Village Manager Andy Pederson advises residents to have leaves out before the next collection day.

A map and schedule of leaf collections is available on the village website.

Charity boxes boom in Fox Point

Fox Point - The first time "Operation Christmas Child" took place at Fox Point Lutheran Church in 2000, congregation children put together roughly 50 boxes for those in need around the world.

Last week, the children put together nearly 1,000 boxes at Fox Point Lutheran's annual packing party.

"I'm really proud of our church," Director of Children's Ministries Julie Schlifske said, "and really proud of our kids."

Village Board approves annual lighting assessments

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer Village Board on Monday approved an annual special street lighting assessment to be placed on the 2012 tax roll for six districts in the village.

The assessment is a "housekeeping" item and is approved every year for the Arbon Drive/West Green Brook Drive district, the Brown Deer Business Park Subdivision, Brown Deer Corporate Park subdivision, North Kildeer Court/West Brown Deer Road district, Opus North Subdivision, and Park Plaza subdivision.

This is not to be confused with the special lighting assessment that was debated back in summer for properties located along Bradley Road, Teutonia Avenue and North Sherman Boulevard in Tax Incremental Financing District 2. That proposal was sent back to the committee level for further discussion.

Public hearing set on proposed improvements at Village Hall

Fox Point - Village officials will seek public input next month as plans to improve security measures at Village Hall are firmed up.

The Village Board last week approved a timeline for the project, which includes a review by the Building Board and Plan Commission on Dec. 3 and a public hearing Dec. 11.

Proposed security improvements will be made to the second-floor service counter at Village Hall, if approved by the board. Changes could include glass partitions at the counter to shield employees from people behind the counter.

Wineries to be allowed in certain Mequon areas

Mequon - The Common Council approved amendments to the city zoning code which will allow wineries in rural residential, rural industrial, and rural business zones.

The change specifically accommodates Grafton-based vintner The Chiselled Grape Winery, which is looking to build a one-acre vineyard and tasting room at 14136 N. Port Washington Road. Alderwoman Pam Adams opposed the idea at first, saying the change would create a questionable precedent in residential areas, but was swayed by the council and later voted for the change.

At the request of Alderman Andrew Nerbun, the council will consider allowing breweries and distilleries as well.

District hires new librarian

Shorewood - Sara Kemp will serve as the next librarian at Shorewood Intermediate School and Shorewood High School.

The School Board on Tuesday approved hiring Kemp for the position. In addition to her background in library science, Kemp also has a master's degree in technology, with professional development experience in PowerSchool, PowerGrade and SMARTBoard systems, among other technology.

Kemp hopes to work collaboratively with teachers to create connections across the curriculum in order to improve learning for students, according to a memo.

Village receives state grant for Main Street reconstruction

Thiensville - The village recently received word from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation that it is the recipient of a $544,784 grant for work associated with the reconstruction of Main Street.

As part of the grant agreement, the village will fund 20 percent, or $163,496, of the reconstruction project. The grant amount represents the remaining 80 percent.

The Village Board on Monday gave tentative approval to the grant while meeting as a Committee of the Whole. Final approval is slated for the regular board meeting Tuesday.

School Board modifies committee structure

Shorewood - The Shorewood School Board will merge its Ad hoc Finance and Land Use committees and establish a Human Resources Committee in order to better address issues facing the district.

Board President Rob Reinhoffer on Tuesday explained that there will now be four board committees - Policy, Curriculum, Human Resources, and Finance and Facilities.

Each of the four current board members will chair a committee, with Reinhoffer overseeing Curriculum, David Cobb chairing Finance and Facilities, Ruth Treisman chairing Human Resources and Colin Plese overseeing Policy.

Once a fifth member is appointed to the board, Reinhoffer said that person likely will rotate between the four committees to gain an understanding of committee operations.

Interested residents can apply to serve on the committees, with the chair of each committee responsible for appointing resident members. Information on how to apply is available on the district's website, at shorewood.k12.wi.us.

Dangerous dogs to be restrained at all times

Whitefish Bay - Whitefish Bay will update its ordinances to specify how dangerous dogs in the village are to be controlled.

The Village Board last week approved amending section 15.11 of the municipal code to state that any dog determined to be dangerous must be restrained at all times, either by indoor confinement, secure fencing, tethering within property lines, or a secure leash managed by a caretaker capable of controlling the dog.

Village Attorney Christopher Jaekels said the update was needed to close a gap in the ordinance. Although it took steps to define dangerous and vicious dogs and specify the regulation of vicious dogs, it did not previously spell out how dangerous dogs must be regulated, Jaekels said.

According to the ordinance, a dangerous dog is defined as one that has bitten or threatened the safety of a person or domestic animal while unprovoked, has a demonstrated propensity to attack, cause injury to or threaten the safety of humans and other domestic animals, or is noncompliant with the village's rabies control policy.

Alternately, a dog would be deemed as vicious if, when unprovoked, it has bitten and inflicted injury causing broken bones or lacerations that require sutures on a human, killed a domestic animal, or has bit, attacked or endangered the safety of humans or domestic animals after already being deemed dangerous.

The ordinance update will give the village more enforcement authority, Jaekels said.

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