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Town board members argue over supervisor's "secret" meeting with city officials

Feb. 15, 2013 12:27 p.m. | At the Town of Waukesha Board meeting Thursday night, it was also revealed that Supervisor Everett German and Supervisor Brian Fischer held a meeting with City of Waukesha officials without other board members' knowledge.

The meeting came after the Town voted unanimously at a Jan. 24 board meeting to include a northern portion of the town in the city's service area in its application for Lake Michigan water.

The Town's decision also included a volume of water "in the amount of not less than 0.55 millions of gallons per day to be allocated for the Town."

Then on Tuesday, City Administrator Ed Henschel sent a letter to the Town saying "after discussing this matter with the DNR, the DNR believes the Town's motion is flawed."

And in his letter, Henschel says "the volume of water cited by the Town is inappropriate and excessive for the amount of land included."

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Supervisor's open records request will cost Town more than $3,500

Feb. 15, 2013 12:24 p.m. | Also at the Town Board meeting Thursday, which lasted about 4.5 hours, Supervisor Everett German agreed to come into Town Hall next week to go through 6,000 of Chairwoman Angie E. Van Scyoc's emails he has requested through his open records request.

Van Scyoc said the cost of the creation of the emails to retrieve them out of the Town's server is $3,571.42.

German said he would not pay that fee. As a result, it will go on the Town's tab.

"I am not paying the fee for creating the copies," German said. "Because of the amount of emails you have generated."

German previously wrote a $300 check for the reproduction of the emails.

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Town of Waukesha Plan Commission puts Dunkin' Donuts proposal on hold

Feb. 15, 2013 12:22 p.m. | After hearing the plan from developers and from many concerned residents, a new Dunkin' Donuts shop on Sunset Drive in the Town of Waukesha will have to wait.

Due to safety and traffic concerns, the Plan Commission unanimously voted to table the item to its next meeting until developers bring forth an updated plan.

The 5,040 square-foot shop, located at S30 W24836 Sunset Drive, could hold up to four tenants.

The donut shop would also have a drive-through lane as Dunkin' Donuts representatives said are the norm.

But many residents had issues with that as well.

Waukesha man fatally shot in north side home

Feb. 14, 2013 11:26 p.m. | A 23-year-old Waukesha man was shot to death shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday during a robbery inside a house in the 2700 block of N. 2nd St., police said.

Police were seeking the shooter late Thursday.

Former Scott Walker aide's partner fined for texting teen

Feb. 14, 2013 11:00 a.m. | The domestic and business partner of a top aide to Gov. Scott Walker while he was Milwaukee County executive was sentenced Thursday to a $2,148 fine and 50 hours of community service for contributing to the delinquency of a child.

Brian B. Pierick must complete the community service by mid-June or else serve a 10-day jail sentence, Waukesha County Circuit Judge Patrick Haughney ordered.

Pierick, 49, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor last month as a part of a deal in which prosecutors dropped felony charges of child enticement and causing a child to expose his genitals. Pierick thought he was communicating with an adult when he exchanged sexually explicit text messages with what turned out to be a 17-year-old boy in the fall of 2010, according to his lawyer, Maura McMahon.

Pierick lived and worked with Timothy Russell, who was Walker's deputy chief of staff and housing director when Walker was county executive. Russell was sentenced last month to two years in prison for stealing more than $21,000 from a veterans organization Walker assigned him to head.

Prosecutors discovered explicit pictures of boys or young men on computers seized from the home Pierick shared with Russell as part of a John Doe probe that's focused on aides and associates of Walker. Prosecutors also retrieved text message conversations from cellphones from the Pierick-Russell home, which led to the enticement charges against Pierick.

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Town of Waukesha demanding too much water, city says

Feb. 12, 2013 4:36 p.m. | The Town of Waukesha is demanding too much water from the City of Waukesha as a condition for participating in a proposed future water service area, a critical boundary in Waukesha's request for Lake Michigan water, City Administrator Ed Henschel said Tuesday.

The service area and projections of water demand must be resolved before state environmental officials can determine whether the city's application complies with a Great Lakes protection compact.

In a letter emailed Tuesday to Town Chairman Angie Van Scyoc, Henschel says a recent decision to include a northern portion of the town in the city's service area was flawed and needs to be reconsidered.

At a Jan. 24 meeting, the Town Board finished drawing lines on a map and came up with a northern portion of the town that was to be included in the city's water service area for the application. The map generally encompassed town properties west of Springdale Road, north of Racine Ave. and state Highway 59, and east of county Highway TT and Merrill Hills Road.

The Town Board's resolution demanded not less than 0.55 million gallons a day for the area by midcentury.

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‘Skimming device’ found at Waukesha bank ATM

Feb. 12, 2013 12:28 p.m. |

Have you used the ATM at the U.S. Bank at 2040 Silvernail Road lately?
Then check your bank account because someone may be stealing your money.
An ATM technician discovered a “skimming device” used to capture peoples’ card information on the ATM. Waukesha Police were notified Saturday and confirmed that the skimmer insert had been placed over the card reader. They also found a blue bar on top of the machine that contained a pinhole camera that recorded PINs punched into the keypad.
A technician from Diebold determined the ATM was compromised because the card reader did not light up when a card was inserted. He said the blue bar with the pinhole camera was a slightly lighter blue than the machine.
It is not known how long the device had been in place. Police said it is very rare to find the devices in Waukesha.
Customers are advised to look for anything unusual at the ATM card slot and to use their hand as a shield when entering PINs. They should notify the bank immediately if they find anything unusual on their bank statements.
The police are investigating the incident.

Dunkin' Donuts in Town of Waukesha to be considered at Thursday's board meeting

Feb. 11, 2013 1:06 p.m. | Four months after the City of Waukesha opened a Dunkin’ Donuts, the Town of Waukesha could be getting the donut shop as well.

The Town's Plan Commission and Town Board will discuss the new Dunkin’ Donuts, S30 W24836 Sunset Drive, by the St. Vincent de Paul building at a joint meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall.

The Plan Commission will make a recommendation on a conditional use permit to the Town Board before it could take action on it.

Before the Plan Commission and Town make their decisions, there will be a public hearing.

The proposed 5,040 square-foot building would have a drive-through lane.

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