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News & Notes: Dec. 17

Dec. 17, 2013

Three incumbents

might face challenger

West Allis — All three first-term incumbents on the West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board have now said they intend to seek second terms.

Dan Bailey had completed filing his candidacy papers as of Tuesday morning and incumbents Kristi Bonaparte and Gail Radonski have announced they intend to run and have taken out candidacy papers.

In addition, potential challenger Diane Narloch has taken out papers but had not filed as of 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 7 at the district administration building, 1205 S. 70th St.

Two file, two interested

in Sengstock council seat

West Allis — With a vacancy in one of the West Allis 5th District aldermanic seats, two candidates have completed filing for the office and two more have registered campaigns.

A special election will be held in the April 1 spring election to fill the unexpired term of James Sengstock, who resigned in November. The winner will serve the two years remaining on Sengstock's four-year term.

Jim Blask, 2045 S. 104th St., and Kevin Haass, 3420 S. 122nd St., have filed all the necessary candidate papers.

Diane Brandt, 2936 S. 93rd St., executive director of the West Allis/West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce, and Roy Beaudry, 2082 S. 104th St., have registered their campaigns but must complete their filings.

The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 7 at the West Allis City Hall, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave. If five candidates file, a primary election would have to be held Feb. 18.

Candidates continue

to file to get on ballot

Greenfield — Two challengers are already on the ballot in the race for Greenfield's 2nd Aldermanic District, a seat held by Tom Pietrowski, who has also announced that he will seek re-election.

Pietrwoski, 4801 S. 94th St., has filed campaign registration statements but as of noon Monday still had to complete filing to be on the ballot.

Already on the April 1 ballot are Bruce Bailey, 4281 S. 81st St., and Jim Palmar, 5001 S. 68th St. (Bailey, currently serving on the Greenfield School Board, won't seek re-election to that seat.) A fourth person took out a candidate packet in the 2nd District, but had not filed as of noon Monday.

In District 1, Alderwoman Linda Lubotsky, 4801 W. Howard Ave., has registered her campaign but as of noon Monday had not completed her filing. One potential challenger has taken out a candidate packet, but had not filed as of Monday.

The office of municipal judge also will be on the April 1 ballot. Longtime municipal judge Thomas Wilkoski has completed his filings and will be on the ballot, so far unopposed.

On the school side, no one had filed as of noon Monday for two available seats — the one held by Bailey and another held by Pam Sierzchulski. Terms are for three years.

The filing deadline for city and school candidates is 5 p.m. Jan. 7. City candidates file at the Greenfield City Hall, 7325 W. Forest Home Ave., and school candidates at the district office, 4850 S. 60th St.

Fund set up for family

of mom killed in wreck

Greenfield — A fund has been set up for the family of Tammy Gawlitta, 39, Greenfield, who was killed in a rollover crash in a snowstorm the morning of Dec. 8.

She was a wife and mother of four young children. The Greenfield Fire Department and the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department established the fund to help the family over Christmas. Both parents had been laid off.

Donations are being accepted at all Associated Bank branches for the Tammy Gawlitta Benefit Fund.

The accident happened on Interstate 43 near Highway 100 in southern Milwaukee County. She was trapped under her car and two passersby lifted the vehicle off its side and performed CPR.

Contract extended

for Whitnall chief

Greenfield — The Whitnall School Board approved a one-year extension of Superintendent Lowell Holtz's contract through the 2015-16 school year Monday.

"I'm extremely pleased to have the administration team in place for at least another two years," Holtz said in a press release annoucing the approval.

He pointed to several accomplishments in his four years with Whitnall. The district has reached some of its highest levels of academic achievement, initiated a technology plan at the Middle School, and navigated many state-mandated educational changes.

The district also paid off more than $8 million in debt and upgraded its athletic facilities, including construction of a $6.5 million stadium, without requiring a taxpayer-funded referendum, he said.

Home to be razed

for flood control

West Allis — Plans are going forward to demolish a vacant home at 11300 W. Cleveland Ave. for flood control and to restore the site after demolition.

Last year, West Allis received a Municipal Flood Control grant for $98,700 from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for it to buy and raze the vacant home.

The nearly three-acre property has a history of flooding. It's located in the floodway mapped-out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

As a condition of the grant, the land will remain undeveloped. City officials hope to plant it in a native field mix.

Local photographer's shot chosen for calendar

Greenfield — Erika Hetzel of Greenfield snapped a winning photograph of a Cave Point County Park rock formation that is featured in the AnchorBank 2014 calendar, available for free at all AnchorBanks until the end of the year.

Each year, AnchorBank showcases the work of photographers all around Wisconsin through the company's annual calendar contest. This year, more than 1,200 photographers submitted photographs for consideration.

AnchorBank selected 12 winners and six runners-up to be featured in the calendar. This year's calendar features a vintage theme with black-and-white photos to celebrate the bank's upcoming 95th anniversary.

Hetzel's photograph is the featured photo for March.

Citizens to be asked

to rate police encounters

West Allis — Those who have encounters with West Allis Police Department soon will be able to rate how they felt the interactions went as part of the National Police Research Platform's Police Community Interaction Survey, administered by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The goal is to collect data that will help establish new benchmarks for excellence in policing and thus help improve the quality of police services. The West Allis department is one of about 100 agencies to participate in the national program.

Participating police departments will be able to use the survey data to identify where encounters were effective and where procedures or training should be changed.

As police reports are filed, a letter will be sent to those involved asking them to take a survey. The survey will be available in Spanish and English and taken either online, or by telephone.

The results provided to the Police Department will not include any identifying information.

Police encounters that involve traffic accidents and stops, as well as most non-violent crimes, will be part of survey. Encounters that result from domestic violence, sexual assault or juveniles will not.

More information is available from the National Police Research Platform, by calling (312) 996-0764 or emailing uicnprp@gmail.com; or the West Allis Police Department, Captain Steven Beyer, at (414) 302-8018.

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