Sharrow will become a new word for West Allis motorists soon, as the painted symbols will start appearing on city streets in the eastern part of the city to make bicycling safer.
The West Allis Common Council gave its blessings Tuesday to using $20,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant money to paint sharrows on selected roads such as 60th and 76th streets.
The sharrows will feature a figure of a bicyclist with arrows painted above the cyclist's head. Real bicyclists are to ride where the arrows are.
The sharrows are meant to improve bicycle safety in several ways. One is because they remind motorists that bicyclists have a right to the road. Another is by routing bicyclists farther into the street so they are away from parked cars and not in danger of being thrown off their bikes by car doors opening unexpectedly.
Sharrows are in use all over the country. Milwaukee is starting to put them in and Madison has many of them.
Johnson Controls Inc. plans to suspend work on a major information technology project, a move that will result in layoffs at its office in West Allis where it has been hiring in recent years as part of a revamp of its corporate computer systems.
The Glendale company said in a filing with state officials that its decision will result in up to 197 jobs being cut, beginning on Sept. 30. All positions will be eliminated by Oct. 14.
The move is part of a companywide cost-cutting effort that's linked to its decision to spin off its automotive business into a separate company, said Fraser Engerman, Johnson Controls spokesman.
While there is the potential for up to 197 jobs to be eliminated, Engerman said Johnson Controls is looking to find jobs within the company for employees who have been working on Project Unity. Project Unity is the corporatewide initiative that seeks to automate all the company's processes under one IT system.
"We made the decision to pause" that initiative, following the decision to spin off the automotive business, Engerman said.» Read Full Article
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Devonte Hayes, 19, and Norman Howard, 18, were indicted on charges of attempted motor vehicle robbery and brandishing a firearm in a violent crime, Acting U.S. Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad announced this week.
The two were caught at the end of a police chase prompted by an attempted carjacking about 4:15 a.m. Aug. 18 in Greenfield.
The attempted robbery began as a female driver slowed for a red light at S. 76th St. and W. Layton Ave.
A red car swerved in front of her and stopped. A man carrying a revolver got out of the car and came to her partially rolled down window and asked for directions before ordering her out of the car, prosecutors said.» Read Full Article
JP and JR talk about the rise of the Franklin Sabers, a big battle between Arrowhead and Homestead, strong wins for Oak Creek and Germantown and other notes from the first week of football. Plus: the guys differ on whether the Packers will survive the Jordy Nelson injury.
A 70-year Scouting tradition in the West Allis-West Milwaukee Schools could be threatened by a school board plan to charge fees to Scouts, PTAs and neighborhood associations that meet in the schools, many said at Monday's school board meeting.
The district plans to start charging $43.50 an hour to the groups to have a custodian on hand in case anything happens in the buildings — from an overflowing toilet to a fire alarm. Scouts meet at least twice a month for up to 90 minutes, meaning the tab would be $130 per month. Scouts that meet weekly for 90 minutes would pay $261 per month.
But some troops are financially on the edge and can't afford the charge, speakers said.
More than 70 percent of families at Jefferson Elementary School where Dave Stauffacher is cubmaster of Pack 584 is at or below the poverty level, he said. The pack has been at Jefferson for 70 years, he said, but perhaps no more because of the new fees.
Other speakers said the PTAs and neighborhood associations are valuable to both the schools and the community and should be encouraged, rather than penalized.» Read Full Article
West Allis — A preliminary 2015-16 school budget potentially calling for a property tax levy decrease of 0.42 percent was approved by the West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board on Monday.
Whether the levy actually will be down depends on state aid coming through as expected.
District residents will review the $129 million preliminary budget at a hearing Monday, Sept. 21, at the district administration building, 1205 S. 70th St. Final school board approval is slated for Oct. 26. The preliminary budget is down more than $14 million mainly because the district refinanced last year and paid off a large amount of debt, Andy Chromy, director of business services, said Tuesday.
The potential levy decrease is made possible by the expected infusion of nearly $1.3 million in additional state aid, he said. The decrease comes on the heals of a 1.19 percent decrease approved by last year's annual meeting for the 2014-15 school year.
"For property tax payers, that certainly is a benefit," Chromy said.» Read Full Article
Football is back Thursday, August 20, when Arrowhead and Homestead once again square off in a heavyweight opening bout. Get the lowdown on your home team, and the competition, with our extensive guide to prep football teams and players from the Milwaukee suburbs.
INITIAL REACTION PODCAST: Homestead vs. Arrowhead ... who you got? (and a full-fledged football preview)
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A speeding pickup driver died Monday night after his vehicle left the roadway and traveled more than 100 yards while rolling and colliding with various objects, Mequon police reported Tuesday.
The driver, a 29-year-old Greenfield man, was the pickup's only occupant and was ejected from the car during the crash.
About 11:30 p.m., police officers arrived to the scene of the single vehicle crash at the intersection of Swan Road and Poplar Drive in Mequon.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. Police are investigating the crash.
The project SHOW has chosen to sample Greenfield as part of its statewide survey that has been going
Greenfield — If someone from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine comes to your door asking for your height, weight, blood pressure, heart rate and the circumference of your waist, hips and arms don't be alarmed.
The medical school at the University of Wisconsin is working with the state's health department to conduct a statewide survey to determine the overall health of Wisconsin, and Greenfield has been selected to be part one of the areas sampled.
More than 500 randomly selected households from Milwaukee County are going to be part of the survey. The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) started in 2008, and is an ongoing research study with the goal of improving health in communities across the state.
"It is designed to be an annual study around the state," Darren Rausch, health officer/director of the Greenfield Health Department, said. "It lets us know what's happening around Wisconsin, and we can take the data and compare the health of Wisconsin to other states across the country."
Participation is voluntary, but if residents complete the in-home interview they will be paid $25. There are other parts of the survey that residents can participate in. A questionnaire can be filled out on residents own time, residents could donate samples of blood, urine and DNA, to be collected by a SHOW phlebotomist, and will be paid $35. A complete list of details can be found online at www.show.wisc.edu.» Read Full Article
West Allis — Arrowhead High School junior Ceara Cull of Hartland struck it big at the Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction at the state fair for her champion Hereford steer with a winning bid of $13,500.
Cull says that she has been raising her prized steer, Percy, since October of 2014. Cull's winning bid of $13,500 helped contribute to record setting $419,000 that was raised at auction this year.
In its 47th year, the Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction shattered previous records by raising about $98,000 more than last year's auction.
Mary Beth Carr of the Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation said that the auction was "very successful." The annual livestock auction recognizes the accomplishments of Wisconsin's youth exhibitors by having buyers bid on the exhibitors prized beasts. The animals were introduced on stage with Governor Scott Walker, who kicked off the event.
"It was a record auction, and I couldn't be happier," Carr said. "It was a record year because of some of the new buyers, like Meijer, who were such active bidders."» Read Full Article
A 40-year-old Milwaukee man hit by an SUV while crossing the street is in serious but stable condition, West Milwaukee police said.
At about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday night, a white SUV — likely a GMC Envoy or a similar model — drove off after striking the man near W. Orchard St. and S. 43rd St. Witnesses were not able to get a license plate number, police said.
The car could have possible front end damage, including a right broken headlight, according to police.
Anyone with information is asked to call (414) 645-2151.
Player of the Year
Doran Turchin, Sr., Oak Creek
The Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Player of the Year during the summer season hit .381 with 12 doubles, three homers, 40 RBIs and 41 runs scored. ... reached base at .504 clip and slugged .648. ... Illinois recruit set Oak Creek career records for games played, total bases, RBIs and hits. ... Led team to sectional final with a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh against Greendale. ... Also won All-Suburban Player of the Year in 2014.
Coach of the Year» Read Full Article
The Whitnall School Board has formed an advisory committee to help it decide what to do now that its two referendum requests to borrow money for school facilities projects failed in April.
Those referendums involve the aging Whitnall High School swimming pool and exterior structural issues and the school security, accessibility, mechanical and classroom arrangement challenges at Hales Corners Elementary School.
Of the more than 40 applicants, 20 members representing diverse skills, experiences and geographic locations were selected to serve on the committee. Jeanne Rupel, a retired engineer and project manager from MillerCoors, will chair the committee and Gar Kronhelm, a retired electrical engineer from Rockwell Automation, will serve as vice chair.
The members also include former Whitnall School Board member Bernard Shaw who was a leader of the group that opposed the referendums. The committee also includes Alderman Karl Kastner and former Whitnall School Board member Eileen Valaitis.
The group's first meeting will be Aug. 26 and it will meet at least once a month. Those meetings will be open to the public. The committee will make its recommendations within a year.
The grand opening for the Hampton Inn & Suites under construction at 8201 W. Greenfield Ave. across from the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis has been pushed back a month.
It was to have been in mid-September and will now be in late October.