Waukesha - Planning for a western Waukesha bypass will include a new bridge over the Glacial Drumlin State Trail and nearby Wisconsin & Southern Railroad tracks, a study team has concluded.
Both are currently at-grade crossings at Highway TT (Merrill Hills Road) about a quarter mile north of Sunset Drive.
Engineers and officials from the state, Waukesha County and the City and Town of Waukesha are refining plans for two alternate routes between I-94 on the north and Highway 59 on the south. The two routes are approximately along existing Highway TT, with southerly segments either west of Pebble Creek, where no road currently exists, or along existing Sunset Drive and Highway X. A no-build alternative also is under consideration.
Both bypass alternatives are four-lane options, though construction could be built in two-lane stages. One option that would have called for improvements to the existing two-lane road has been dropped from further consideration.
Staff members are preparing a draft environmental impact statement that should be ready for public review in August or September.» Read Full Article
The debate over being in the City of Waukesha's future water supply continued for the Town of Waukesha at its Thursday night board meeting.
Ultimately, it voted to send a letter to city officials saying that it accepts the April 25 letter from the city to be included in the water service area with the following amendments.
– All high capacity shallow aquifer wells in the Town operated by the City of Waukesha including the Lathers wells are to be abandoned upon a successful application for Great Lakes Water Diversion (the city is seeking Great Lakes water so it has radium-compliant water by 2018; the Department of Natural Resources is currently reviewing its application).
– Conditional inclusion in the City of Waukesha's Water Service Area only if the City of Waukesha is successful in obtaining a Great Lakes Diversion.
– The Town of Waukesha retains the right to enter into negotiations with the Village of Big Bend for treatment services for town property (which the Town voted on and agreed to at a special board meeting Tuesday).» Read Full Article
Before last year, the Waukesha West boys tennis team only qualified for state one time.
That was in 1997.
Now, the Wolverines are making the trip to Madison a more regular occurrence after qualifying for team state for the second straight year by dominating the Racine Horlick Sectional on Wednesday.
They won the sectional with 47 points, comfortably ahead of second-place Kenosha Tremper (35). Waukesha South finished a respectable third with 30 points.
West was led by four individual sectional titles, two singles flights (No. 2 senior Nick Wildes and No. 3 junior Adam Fowler) and two doubles flights (No. 2 senior Nate Simon/junior Mickey Nguyen and No. 3 seniors Lars Farland/Jason Kaja).» Read Full Article
The Town of Waukesha Fire Department will host a blood drive on Tuesday at Town Hall, W250 S3567 Center Road.
The drive is from 3 to 7 p.m.
Appointments can be made through the website www.bcw.edu/TownWaukeshaFD or by contacting the department at (262) 542-3199.
Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcomed.
According to the website, there are numerous slots still available, as of Thursday morning.» Read Full Article
Miro Tool & Manufacturing Inc. is planning to add 22,000 square feet in manufacturing space, and 1,750 square feet in office space, to its main Waukesha building.
Miro plans to begin construction in July on the addition to its facility at 201 Sentry Drive, said President Jeff Brown. That project, to be reviewed by the city Plan Commission at its Wednesday night meeting, is to be completed by February, he said.
Brown said the $1.8 million expansion will provide more efficient work space for the growing company, which also operates in two nearby buildings on Philip Drive. Miro operates within a total of 42,000 square feet, he said.
Miro, which provides laser cutting, tooling and other industrial services, has 43 employees, Brown said. He expects to add more workers, and said Miro is continually looking for skilled employees.
The first leg of a new mountain bike trail in Waukesha County's Minooka Park opens Saturday, June 1.
The trail, located near the park's picnic shelter 5, is being opened in three phases and eventually will total five miles. The part that's opening is 1.5 miles.
"The mountain bike trails will meet a community and regional need and promote bicycling and outdoor activities in the park," Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas said in a news release.
The county worked with the Waukesha Bicycle Alliance, and members of the bike organization volunteered nearly 500 hours in planning and building the trail, Vrakas said. Waukesha County has fewer than five miles of off-road trails for bicycles.
Minooka Park is at 1927 E. Sunset Drive in Waukesha. The grand opening event for the trail is from 9 a.m. to noon and is free, though there is usually a $4-a-car entrance fee to the park. The trail opens at sunrise and closes at sunset, from April 1 to Nov. 1. The trail can be used for snowshoeing in winter.» Read Full Article
Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki reported Monday evening that early Sunday, a Waukesha County Sheriff's detective was arrested for operating while intoxicated.
The release said the detective was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday by the Sparta Police Department. It states the detective has served on the Sheriff's Department for 23 years and was off duty at the time of the arrest.
The Sheriff's Department is investigating the matter and the detective has been reassigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation, the release states.
When Waukesha resident Tina Johnson began experiencing oral pain and infections in 2010, she spent a lot of time looking for answers, to no avail. But all of that changed once she met Aspen Dental practice owner Dr. Alison Teske (Meudt), DDS, and her team in Waukesha, Wis., who successfully treated Tina for periodontal disease and gave her a new reason to smile—her health.
On May 18, Aspen Dental and Stewart-Haas Racing celebrated Johnson’s good health and experience by showcasing her healthy smile on Ryan Newman’s No. 39 Aspen Dental Chevrolet during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte, N.C., Motor Speedway.
Johnson was selected to have her photo featured on the No. 39 Chevrolet based on her comments on the Aspen Dental Facebook page.
Read more in Thursday's Waukesha Now.
Fans of the guitar innovator and Waukesha native Les Paul can get a sneak peek of the Waukesha County Museum's new exhibit on him Saturday.
The exhibit, called "Les Paul: The Wizard of Waukesha," formally opens on June 9.
The museum at 101 W. Main St. has an open house from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, as part of the city's Historic Preservation Days.
Among items in the exhibit are a rare guitar and other items acquired at a California auction.
The Golden Guernsey dairy plant in Waukesha was sold at a bankruptcy auction Tuesday to Lifeway Foods Inc. of Morton Grove, Ill., for $7.4 million.
The plant employed 112 people before it closed Jan. 5 and left dozens of school districts scrambling for another milk supplier.
Lifeway - which makes kefir, a dairy product similar to yogurt - says it would like to reopen the Waukesha plant this summer, employing as many people as possible.
The company, with plants in Illinois and Pennsylvania, had $89.8 million in sales in 2012 and is traded on the Nasdaq stock exchange. It has about 360 employees.
Lifeway topped another bidder, Superior Dairy LLC from Canton, Ohio, by $100,000 to acquire Golden Guernsey.» Read Full Article
A device described as a military-style grenade that prompted the evacuation of residents in Waukesha neighborhood Thursday has been determined to be safe, police said.
Shortly before 4 p.m. authorities were called to the 300 block of Wilson Ave., where the device was found in the driveway of a residence, police said.
Nearby homes were evacuated and the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office bomb was called to the scene, taking custody of the device after deciding it was safe, police said.
Shanel "Nani" Negron was shot to death April 22. Eddie Callaway, 26, her boyfriend, was the main suspect and fled Wisconsin. When police caught up with him last week in Indiana, he turned a gun on himself and committed suicide.
Negron is survived by a 3-year-old daughter. The benefit at Taco John's is from 6:30 a.m. until 11 p.m.
The woman who crashed her truck into a tree last weekend in Waukesha was operating her vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, Sgt. Jerry Habanek said Wednesday.
Habanek said the woman, who has not been named, will receive a citation for operating while suspended as well as failure to have control.
The Waukesha Police Department is waiting for blood results to determine if any controlled substances were a factor in the crash, Habanek said.
The incident occurred just before 10:30 a.m. Saturday when the 30-year-old woman crashed her truck into a tree at 726 E. Main St.
The woman’s two children were in the vehicle and were transported to Children’s Hospital with what police believed to be life-threatening injuries.» Read Full Article
Three people, including two young children, sustained life-threatening injuries in a late morning crash in Waukesha Saturday.
Waukesha Police said a vehicle struck a tree in the 700 block of Main St. shortly before 10:30 a.m. The driver, a 30-year-old woman, and her two children, whose ages were not available, all suffered serious injuries and were transported to hospitals by ambulance and helicopter, police said.
No further information was available.
The three victims of a triple homicide in rural Lafayette County are being buried Saturday as their suspected killer remains in jail on $3 million bail.
Private funeral arrangements are set for 11 a.m. at Wiota Lutheran Church for Gary Thoreson, 70; his wife, Chloe Thoreson, 66; and his brother Dean, 76. A memorial fund has been established in Gary and Chloe's name, and donations to the Lafayette County K-9 Unit can be made in honor of Dean.
Jaren M. Kuester, 31, of Waukesha is incarcerated in the Lafayette County Jail in connection with the Sunday slayings.
Kuester was arrested Sunday afternoon in Waukesha and turned over to Lafayette County authorities early Monday. Judge William D. Johnston made a finding of probable cause that Kuester committed a crime warranting detention pending the filing of charges, Lafayette Sheriff Scott Pedley said. The finding was critical, because under state law, a person arrested must be charged or have a judicial finding of probable cause made within 48 hours of arrest to justify continued detention. The judge has sealed the probable cause determination and search warrants related to the case.
Pedley said a criminal complaint will be filed when all the necessary information is obtained. Kuester is due back in court for an initial appearance at 1 p.m. Friday.» Read Full Article
Town of Waukesha - Town Chairman John Marek said Friday he was unable to persuade a majority of the Town Board at a special meeting Thursday to place most of the municipality in the City of Waukesha's water service area.
The board did not rescind a January decision to include only a small northern portion of the town within the service area boundary. As a consequence, most town property owners will be left out of the area and unable to connect to city water or sewer service in the future, Marek said.
The Town Board Thursday reaffirmed a proposal setting several conditions for including most of the town in the service area. The offer, first approved at a board meeting Monday, was rejected by City Administrator Ed Henschel.
Henschel said Friday his position has not changed. There is no time to negotiate terms of the proposed development agreement, revenue sharing agreement or other conditions, he said.
An April 30 deadline set by the city for a final decision has passed.