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Board to make decision-making more open

July 24, 2012 12:48 a.m. | It soon will be much easier to follow Greenfield School Board decision-making because most of the same information board members receive to make its decisions will be online for the public to examine, also.

The School Board decided Monday to post background information on the district website so that residents can be better informed about decisions the board is making.

Only information that must by law be kept confidential will be withheld, Superintendent Conrad Farner said after the meeting.

Greenfield council approves 2015 budget after no one speaks at hearing

Nov. 19, 2014 1:56 p.m. | After no one commented for or against the proposed 2015 Greenfield budget that calls for an estimated property tax increase of $46 for the owner of a home assessed at $200,000, the Common Council unanimously approved the budget Tuesday.

The 2.9 percent property tax levy increase translates to a property tax rate hike of 23 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, bringing the rate to $8.36 per $1,000.

The $22.8 million levy will pay for 49 percent of the $48.5 million budget for 2015, Mayor Michael Neitzke told the council.

Fees the city charges for various services accounts for 17 percent of the budget; state aid in various forms accounts for 12 percent; license and permit fees, 2.8 percent; andmunicipal fines, 1.4 percent.

Draft report admits economic harm to West Allis of likely ramp closure

Nov. 19, 2014 1:24 p.m. | West Allis — Eliminating the Hawley Road/60th Street ramps to Interstate 94 would hobble West Allis's efforts to help the area recover after the loss of manufacturing giant Allis-Chalmers and would probably result in the loss of some of the progress that has already been made.

Those are among the conclusions in a draft environmental impact statement of the Wisconsin of Department Transportation on the Interstate 94 widening and potential closing of the Hawley Road/60th Street ramps.

However, despite the likely harm, closure is still being recommended because state officials are adamant about not disturbing graves in the Wood National Cemetery that are in the way.

Federal agencies that protect sites on the National Register of Historic Places, such as the veterans cemetery at Wood, are defending the site.

But the veterans cemetery is not the only one flanking I-94. Beth Hamedrosh Hagodel Jewish cemetery and Spring Hill cemetery officials have strongly requested that the project place the highest priority possible on avoiding direct impacts to the cemeteries, the statement says.

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Low registrations cause drug, alcohol program postponement at Whitnall

Nov. 17, 2014 3:56 p.m. | The Your Choice drug and alcohol awareness program scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Whitnall High School, has been postponed.

As of Monday, school officials said only a limited number of people had registered.

Officials will either set a new date and time or possibly give the presentation at a school assembly during the school day in an effort to reach more students.

West Allis has possible developer for former lime pit

Nov. 11, 2014 7:00 a.m. | A former lime slurry disposal pit, bought and cleaned up by the City of West Allis, apparently has attracted a prospective developer.

The West Allis Community Development Authority, at its Tuesday night meeting, is to discuss a purchase option for the 11.6-acre parcel east of S. 67th Place at W. Rogers St., according to the meeting agenda.

That option is being sought by Dickman Co., a local commercial real estate brokerage, the agenda said. Neither Dickman's chairman, Samuel D. Dickman, nor John Stibal, West Allis development director, could be reached for comment.

The city has been marketing the site as the Juneau Highlands Business Park, with Cushman & Wakefield/Boerke Co. listing the property for sale. It is among several former heavy industrial sites that West Allis has been seeking to redevelop for light industrial use.

The Juneau Highlands property could accommodate a 150,000 square-foot industrial or manufacturing building, according to Boerke Co.

Suburban roundup: Week three of the WIAA football postseason

Nov. 10, 2014 10:45 a.m. | Big plays, big mistakes, dominant defenses, and last second heroics. Such were the key factors of week three football in the WIAA postseason.

A roundup of our coverage:

-Homestead pulled off a miraculous last-minute drive and converted a two point attempt to defeat rival Cedarburg 15-14.

-Arrowhead scored on multiple big plays to defeat Mukwonago, 28-10. PHOTO GALLERY: Arrowhead vs. Mukwonago.

-Darlington managed to contain Lake Country Lutheran's explosive halfback Adam Tovar en route to a 41-12 win.

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Election roundup: How the Milwaukee suburbs and Lake Country voted

Nov. 05, 2014 1:09 p.m. | The Republican strongholds of Waukesha and Lake Country, as well as the majority of the Milwaukee suburbs, voted decisively in favor of incumbent Governor Scott Walker. Referendums for increased funding in various municipalities and school districts were mostly successful.

A roundup of our coverage:

INTERACTIVE: See how your community voted and how it stacked up against its neighbors.

-The search is on for Brad Schimel's successor for Waukesha DA post.

-Unexpected turnout slows voting in Lisbon.

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Greenfield ups emergency preparedness

Nov. 05, 2014 12:54 p.m. | The city of Greenfield will boost its emergency preparedness with the Common Council's decision to hire an emergency management coordinator next year.

The coordinator will update the city's emergency operations plan and make sure police and firefighters are trained and ready to put it into action.

All that will be a full-time assignment, Assistant Police Chief Paul Schlecht said. Later however, the coordinator, who would have the rank of police captain, could help the shift captains with some of their duties, he said.

The $150,000 cost arose as a concern in view of the furloughs and wage freezes that had to be imposed only two years ago. There also was a concern that the money might be better spent putting another officer on the streets.

The coordinator would be one of three officers added in the 2015 proposed city budget, with two being patrol officers. The addition of the total of three officers brings police staffing back up to the 2005 level but not to the 2000 level, officials said.

No more tag and bag, Advanced Disposal official says

Nov. 05, 2014 1:39 a.m. | Many New Berlin residents who don't want the city to start picking up refuse because they like the less expensive bag and tag option with Advanced Disposal will lose that option March 31.

Jason Johnson, Advanced municipal market manager for southeastern Wisconsin, confirmed that the company plans to drop bag and tag. The option enabled people to pay by the bag, rather than pay a set amount for trash and recycling pickups.

Advanced already serves more than 6,000 homes in New Berlin and fewer than 15 percent use tag and bag, Johnson said.

On Monday, Nov. 10, the New Berlin Common Council will try to decide whether the city should contract with a private hauler for refuse pickups. That could mean a 50 percent saving for most residents who now contract privately with haulers, officials said.

Advanced is the recommended hauler for a citywide contract, following a bidding process that was done in May, Johnson said. The company and the city are negotiating the details so the council has the information it needs on Monday.

Daniel Riemer wins Assembly District 7

Nov. 04, 2014 11:56 p.m. | Voters returned Democrat Daniel Riemer to the state Assembly in District 7 in voting Tuesday.

Riemer scored a solid victory over Republican opponent Scott Espeseth, capturing an unofficial 56 percent of the vote.

District 7 includes West Milwaukee and parts of West Allis and Greenfield.

"It's a great honor," Reimer said Tuesday.

Joe Sanfelippo re-elected in Assembly District 15

Nov. 04, 2014 11:31 p.m. | The race for Wisconsin Assembly District 15 has gone to Republican Joe Sanfelippo who captured 63 percent of the votes in Tuesday's election.

Sanfelippo, who was running for a second term in the Assembly, was challenged by Democrat John Weishan Jr.

District 15 includes parts of West Allis and New Berlin.

West Allis to rescue Milwaukee County's portion of Root River path

Nov. 04, 2014 10:10 a.m. | Those who like walking the Root River nature path but are tired of picking their way through weeds and mud will soon get a helping hand from the city of West Allis.

The city's portion of the path is fine, but Milwaukee County has allowed its portion to fall into decay, local officials said. Even though the path isn't the city's responsibility, the West Allis Common Council voted to put gravel down just so local people can enjoy it.

The estimated cost is $500.

But the gravel will last only a few years. Eventually, the stones will wash away in the river's frequent flooding, officials said.

So, in the meantime, city officials will continue to try to get Milwaukee County to do a permanent fix that they said would be a paved path.

In Whitnall presentation, Your Choice warns people of consequences of drug use

Nov. 04, 2014 9:07 a.m. | Greenfield — Your Choice, the Wisconsin-based drug and alcohol awareness program, will hold a community presentation at Whitnall High School, 5000 S. 116th St., from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Adults and young people will be welcome to the presentation about the sometimes devastating effects of drug and alcohol abuse on young people and families. The audience will leave with a better understanding of what addiction looks like in the life of a suburban student and how to resist substance abuse.

Students and parents will stay together for the first 60 minutes and then will break into separate sessions. There will also be time for questions.

The student presentation will include young adults who will share their real-life stories and personal experiences. Presenters will be either recovering addicts or those who avoided alcohol and drugs.

Parent presenters will show drug paraphernalia and common household items used for drugs for parents to be aware of.

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West Allis city budget finds no resistance

Nov. 04, 2014 8:58 a.m. | West Allis — The only West Allis resident who spoke at Monday's public hearing on the proposed 2015 city budget said it was a good budget and he thanked city officials for a budget that is estimated to cost the owner of a home assessed at $150,000 about $4.50 more next year in property and utility taxes.

The Common Council closed the hearing after Richard Kraemer of 97th Street said, "You did a fantastic job on the budget," and no one else in the audience wanted to speak.

The proposed 2015 budget will go to the Administration and Finance Committee on Monday, Nov. 10, for the start of the Common Council review process.

The $128 million proposed 2015 budget is 4.67 percent higher than this year's budget, although the general fund, regarded as the operating budget, is up only 0.8 percent.

Much of the total spending hike is related to spending in the city's tax incremental finance districts, said Mark Wyss, finance director and comptroller, before the hearing. That money will be spent only if development occurs inside those districts so that taxpayers are reimbursed through the new taxes, he said.

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Suburban roundup: Week two of the WIAA football postseason

Nov. 03, 2014 3:50 p.m. | A just-too-short crazy comeback, a wild upset, the classic running game, and a come-from-behind nailbiter. Those were just some of the finishes in week two of the WIAA football postseason.

A roundup of our coverage:

-JP and JR take a look at the first two weeks of the crazy WIAA football playoffs, featuring a number of rematches that went the other way, and also chat about the new method the WIAA will use to address competitive balance.

-With postgame video: Mukwonago pulled a 22-7 upset over Muskego to face rival Arrowhead. PHOTO GALLERY: Mukwonago vs. Muskego

-Arrowhead rolled over Milwaukee King, 36-8, to advance against Mukwonago.

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Man charged with felony stalking, accused of dropping sex toys near teens

Nov. 03, 2014 12:23 p.m. | A man accused of dropping sex toys in front of teen girls in West Allis to watch their reactions has been criminally charged with felony stalking and disorderly conduct.

Konrad Peters, 28, faces two counts of disorderly conduct and two counts of stalking a child. Videos of some of the girls were found on his camcorder, according to a criminal complaint. He is expected in court Wednesday for his initial appearance.

Peters came to the attention of West Allis police after two teen girls reported separate incidents in which a man driving a black four-door car left a wrapped sex toy near where they were walking and then watched their reactions, according to court documents.

A total of five teen girls reported similar incidents to authorities. Two of them said they were targeted multiple times, including near their homes and when they went to the library, the criminal complaint states.

Along with the digital camcorder, police found a lubricant in Peters' car, a black Honda Civic, the criminal complaint says. The camera contained more than 50 videos, including seven featuring teen girls who were clothed.

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