Waukesha - After raising 13% less in its most recent campaign from a year earlier, United Way in Waukesha County will use cash reserves to keep funding flat for 52 of 69 programs it supports this year, the United Way's board has decided. The other 17 programs will get less funding.
The board agreed to use $400,000 of the agency's reserves to offset the lower campaign results. The decision means 33 agencies serving more than 69,000 people will get help this year.
United Way board president Janet Schulz of ProHealth Care said the community's generosity in challenging economic times that will help so many people was a source of pride.
The United Way in Waukesha County campaign raised $4,236,159. While that is 13% less than the amount raised in the prior year's campaign, use of United Way reserves this year means the money granted to community agencies will be just 5% lower than funding last year resulting from the 2008 campaign.
Linda Wickstrom, spokeswoman for the agency, said the 2008 campaign raised $4.8 million. That included a one-time challenge grant from The Windhover Foundation and related donations of $440,000.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Jeff Scrima, the candidate challenging Waukesha Mayor Larry Nelson for the next four-year term, has slightly outspent Nelson so far in the race while Nelson has outdistanced Scrima in individual contributors.
According to campaign finance reports filed Monday, through March 23:
Scrima has lent his campaign $9,000 so far and raised nearly $13,400 from individuals. He's spent just over $15,000 so far, much of it on fliers, signs, Waukesha Freeman newspaper ads and Facebook advertising.
Nelson has raised nearly $20,400 from contributors and has not lent his campaign any money. He's spent nearly $11,300 so far, most of it on yard signs, printing of brochures and supplies and mailing.
Both candidates have held fund raisers.» Read Full Article
In the race for Waukesha County circuit judge, challenger Mark Gundrum reported spending nearly $110,000 compared with more than $17,000 spent by incumbent Richard Congdon since the start of the year.
Campaign finance reports were due Monday for spring pre-election fund raising and spending through March 23.
Congdon, who was appointed to fill the Branch 2 court vacancy a year ago by Gov. Jim Doyle, continues to be at a financial disadvantage compared to Gundrum, a six-term Republican state representative who brought $117,000 to the contest from his legislative campaign kitty.
According to the latest reports, Congdon - who has lent his campaign $25,000 - had a cash balance of $25,690 two weeks before the April 6 election. Gundrum reported a balance of $40,812.
In the latest reporting period, since the start of February, Gundrum reported spending about $63,000 on printing brochures and other supplies, mailing services and postage. By contrast, Congdon reported printing and postage-related expenses ofjust under $3,000. In addition, Congdon reported expenses of about $12,000 on television for a media consultant and cable television spots while Gundrum reported just over $10,000 on radio advertising.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - The Waukesha Symphony Orchestra will now be known as The Wisconsin Philharmonic, a name that reflects a broader group of musicians, a wider audience and the high level of performance, board president Mary Korkor announced Monday.
Alexander Platt, music director and conductor in his 13th season with the 62-year-old part-time orchestra, said at a Waukesha news conference unveiling the new name, "It was time for a new name that transcended any sense of competition with any other ensemble but rather acknowledged and celebrated our own great traditions of extremely high quality music in this part of Wisconsin."
When the new season's concert schedule and venues are announced next week, there will be performances all over Waukesha County, from Oconomowoc to Brookfield to Delafield and Waukesha, much like this season, Korkor said. No concerts have been scheduled outside the county.
"Waukesha County is our home," Korkor said.
Platt said, "We did not focus-group this" name change with local patrons or donors, but, as one Waukesha Symphony board member told him, "if anything, we feel with great certainty that this will bring luster to Waukesha rather than the opposite."» Read Full Article
Waukesha Electric Systems Inc. is considering a $42 million expansion of its manufacturing plant in Waukesha that would result in the creation of at least 100 new jobs, city documents show.
The city of Waukesha would provide $9 million in tax incremental financing incentives for the project, according to a memorandum of understanding that will be considered by the Common Council Finance Committee on Tuesday night.
The financing would be repaid with property taxes generated by the plant expansion.
Waukesha Mayor Larry Nelson said the company first approached the city six months ago about the possible expansion of the factory, located at 400 S. Prairie Ave.
"At that time, the company was reviewing other possible locations for expansion in other cities across the country," according to a city staff report on the proposal.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - A planned forum next week for Waukesha mayoral candidates at Carroll University will now feature just one of the two contenders - incumbent Larry Nelson.
Student Senate President Ashley Frazier said miscommunication occurred between challenger Jeff Scrima and a student contact, and he said he couldn't make the March 30 date. Frazier said an alternative arrangement for a March 29 date was proposed to both candidates last weekend, and the campus center ballroom reserved. Scrima notified the organization Thursday that he couldn't make that date either, she said.
Because the election is the following week, April 6, the forum will proceed with Nelson beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Questions will be asked by the Student Senate and cover the Waukesha west bypass, the Lake Michigan water diversion application, recycling, relationship with the Carroll University community and other issues. Audience members will have a chance to submit questions as well.
The candidates squared off in two earlier forums this week.» Read Full Article
UW-Waukesha Dean Patrick Schmitt will leave his position this summer to take a post as president of a Washington college.
Schmitt has been chosen to be the next president of Pierce College Puyallup. He will start his new position at Pierce College in Puyallup, Wash. on July 1. He replaces a president who served in the post for five years.
charged with giving a fatal dose of morphine to a fellow drug user.Waukesha - A homicide trial has been scheduled for May 4 for a man
The defendant, Jason M. Earhart, told police he didn't feel responsible for the death of Thomas R. Pike II, 29, according to a criminal complaint.
"No, you don't understand what it's like to be a user. This is what we do. We share drugs," Earhart allegedly said.
Earhart, 30, of Waukesha, injected Pike with a morphine pill that he had liquefied with heat, the complaint says.
Pike was found dead the next day, Aug. 2, 2009, in a Waukesha apartment.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - The Waukesha County Board on Tuesday joined the Washington County Board in opposing inclusion in any regional transit authority for southeastern Wisconsin.
The measure passed 21-0. Washington County had approved a similar resolution last month.
Competing state legislative plans for an expanded regional transit authority allow for Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties to opt in, and one proposal explicitly excludes the suburban counties.
Transit backers are seeking a transit authority funded by a sales tax to finance the financially strapped Milwaukee County Transit System. An existing Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority covers Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee counties to develop commuter rail service there and it could be expanded to include local transit services, depending on state legislation.
In its resolution of opposition to an RTA covering Waukesha County, the County Board said the county has limited public transit service, no planned commuter rail routes, no potential for major property tax relief from new transit revenues and wants to continue local control of transit services.
Waukesha — Mayor Larry Nelson and challenger Jeff Scrima sparred Tuesday night over issues ranging from the mayor's salary to public spending to economic development, but it was the future water source that brought the most questions in a mayoral forum sponsored by the Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce.
Citing years of study and dozens of experts who point to Lake Michigan water as the best source, Nelson accused Scrima of "the worst kind of politics" that used scare tactics and fear to campaign against the plan recommended by the Waukesha Water Utility Commission and Nelson.
Yet Scrima said Nelson is pushing for Milwaukee water because "he's been an advocate of becoming one with Milwaukee from day one." He said Waukesha has plenty of water and can take its time in finding the right solution - something he considers to be a combination of the Fox River, quarries and maybe shallow and deep wells.
Little new ground was uncovered on the water issue, which has been extensively discussed in the lead-up to the April 6 election. However, Nelson accused Scrima of flip-flopping because of what Nelson saw as backpedaling on a firm "no" to any lake water from Milwaukee.
Scrima said there was nothing wrong with moving ahead in the Lake Michigan approval process as long as no strings were attached and as long as all costs were known up front.» Read Full Article
Waukesha — The Waukesha County Bar Association has weighed in on judicial contests in the April 6 election, with members polled on who they think is qualified or unqualified.
Among the 206 members ranking candidates as highly qualified, qualified or not qualified, or who stated no opinion, Paul Reilly and Richard Congdon far outranked their respective opponents as the most qualified judicial candidates.
In the race for Branch 2 Waukesha County Circuit Court judge, incumbent Congdon was described as highly qualified or qualified by 79% of members completing a survey. Another 6% described him as unqualified, and 15% had no opinion.
Congdon’s challenger, Republican state Rep. Mark Gundrum, was rated as highly qualified or qualified by 47%, and not qualified by 25%. Another 28% had no opinion.
The spread was even wider in the race for District 2 Court of Appeals, where two sitting circuit court judges are running. Paul Reilly received the highly qualified-qualified rating from 93% of those completing a survey. He was rated unqualified by 3%, and 4% stated no opinion.» Read Full Article
The Weissgerber family plans to expand its Gasthaus restaurant, in Waukesha, and hopes to eventually build a hotel at that location, under a proposal to be reviewed Wednesday by the ciy Plan Commission.
The proposal calls for adding 2,900 square feet to the restaurant, 2720 N. Grandview Blvd. Most of that new space would be used to expand the restaurant's banquet facility, said co-owner Jack Weissgerber.
That second-floor banquet room now seats around 85 people, he said. With the expansion, it could seat around 130 to 140 people, and would include an elevator.
Work on that expansion could begin by fall if the project receives zoning approval and financing, Weissgerber said.
Also, the Weissgerbers are proposing a four-story hotel, with 90 rooms and a 60-space underground parking structure. The hotel would be built south of the restaurant, on part of the parking lot.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - A third forum, this one at Carroll University on March 30, has been arranged for the two candidates for Waukesha mayor - incumbent Larry Nelson and challenger Jeff Scrima.
The free event will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Stackner Ballroom of the Campus Center, 101 N. East Ave.
The forum is co-sponsored by the university's Student Senate, the Waukesha County Environmental Action League, the Waukesha West End Artists Association and the Milwaukee County chapter of the League of Women Voters.
Candidates will answer questions posed by the sponsoring groups and the audience. Each candidate can also respond to his opponent's answers.
Two other forums were organized for this week in Waukesha, both starting at 7 p.m. Monday's is at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll St., sponsored by social justice action organizations, and Tuesday's is at the Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St., sponsored by the Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce.
Waukesha - For the first time, the Salvation Army will provide free sack lunches to public school students from financially strapped families during the Waukesha public schools spring break April 5 to 9.
The distribution will be at noon at Sentinel Park, near West Ave. and Madera St. on the city's south side. Students and other children in their families need to be present to get the lunches.
The agency has operated its Feed The Kids program summers for the past six years and will do so again this summer. Major Carol Lemirand of Salvation Army said the agency usually provides 100 to 150 lunches a day to children during the summer months.
The agency is seeking donations of peanut butter, jelly, cookies, granola bars, chips and juice boxes as well as monetary donations to buy perishable food for the service. Contact Salvation Army at (262) 547-7367 to offer help.
The 5-member Waukesha Water Commission Thursday unanimously recommended the Common Council approve an application for Great Lakes drinking water.
Commission President Dan Warren described a bid for Lake Michigan water as "our most cost effective, most sustainable and most reliable long-term solution for the citizens of Waukesha." It would cost an estimated $164 million to obtain lake water, about $10 million to $13 million less than two other options using wells only, according to estimates from city consultants.
City officials are considering lake water as a substitute for radium-contaminated water pumped out of a deep sandstone aquifer.
Mayor Larry Nelson, a member of the commission, said the search for a new source of water is "the number one health and safety issue facing the City of Waukesha."
Nelson will ask the Common Council to approve a Great Lakes application at its April 8 meeting. Wisconsin and each of the other seven Great Lakes states must approve the city's diversion application.
Waukesha - Voters in Waukesha can size up the candidates for mayor - incumbent Larry Nelson and challenger Jeff Scrima - at two forums next week.
The first is on Monday, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll St., beginning at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by St. Luke's community action team, by La Casa de Esperanza, and by SOPHIA, a coalition of a dozen faith communities and four others from outside the city who work toward social justice.
SOPHIA has posted the candidates' responses to its questionnaire on its Web site.
Spanish translation will be provided at the forum. People attending can submit questions to the candidates.
The second forum is on Tuesday at Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St., beginning at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by the Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - The Common Council has sent a proposed four-story student housing project on Grand Ave. near Carroll University back to the Plan Commission out of aldermanic concerns about a shortage of parking and pedestrian traffic mid-block.
No one spoke in opposition at Tuesday's public hearing.
The project is the second phase of Pioneer Hall by Clysmic Properties, with the first co-ed dorm around the corner on College Ave. opened in October 2008 on the site of the vacant Waukesha Rubber Co. It houses 264 students.
The new hall would replace a dated strip mall and former youth center on Grand Ave. north of College Ave.
The new hall would contain 55 apartments, each housing four students, and including two bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen. The project currently includes underground and outside parking - about one stall for every two students. It would also have ground-level retail space.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - None of the competing legislative plans for a new regional transit authority in southeastern Wisconsin requires that Waukesha, Ozaukee or Washington Counties be members, though in some proposals the counties could vote to opt in.
In an affirmation of the "keep us out of it" principle, the Waukesha County Board's Executive Committee unanimously voted Monday to endorse a resolution objecting to the county's inclusion in any regional transit authority unless the Waukesha County Board votes to participate.
In the event that happens, the county wants to be able to back out with one year's notice, according to a resolution that will be sent to the County Board March 23.
The resolution follows a similar action by the Washington County Board in February.
In both cases, the counties' resolutions say that the counties have limited public transit services, no planned routes for commuter rail, no potential for major property tax relief from new transit revenue sources and prefer continued county governance of local transit services.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Waukesha Mayor Larry Nelson will ask the Common Council on Tuesday to join the outcry from local officials objecting to proposed state legislation that would pre-empt municipal sex offender residency restrictions.
Waukesha, like many other communities, adopted an ordinance in late 2007 that creates a 750-foot buffer around parks, schools, day-care centers, the central business district and recreation trails where registered sex offenders are barred from living. Some communities have adopted more restrictive limits, and others have no restrictions. Nelson called Waukesha's law a reasonable one.
State legislators have proposed bills that would prohibit those ordinances from being enforced and new ones from being created. One sponsor, Rep. Fred Kessler (D-Milwaukee), said he thinks the Department of Corrections should apply a uniform residency restriction statewide, and a public hearing was held on the Assembly bill last week. Local governments are mobilizing against the proposals.
Nelson, in a letter to the Common Council, said the bills would not only interfere with, but would actually eliminate the city's right to self-governance on a matter designed for the public's safety, protection and welfare.
Waukesha officials will discuss a pending application to buy Lake Michigan water and discharge treated wastewater to Underwood Creek at a public information meeting scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. March 22 in the Firefly Room at the Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave.
Waukesha has proposed distributing about 10.9 million gallons of lake water a day to meet the average daily demand of customers after 2035. The city is seeking lake water as a substitute for radium-contaminated water pumped out of the city's deep sandstone wells.
A Great Lakes protection compact requires a community that diverts water out of the lake's drainage basin to return most of it back to the lake as treated wastewater.
The city's draft application recommends discharging Waukesha's treated wastewater to Underwood Creek at W. Blue Mound Road. The creek flows through Wauwatosa to its confluence with the Menomonee River.
Waukesha's wastewater would not degrade the stream's water quality or spur algae growth, according to a consultant hired by the city.» Read Full Article
photo gallery from Saturday's sectional final boys basketball game between top-seeded Catholic Memorial and No. 2 Whitefish Bay.We've just posted a
Catholic Memorial forced Bay into a miserable shooting performance from the field in the first half and posted a 52-35 victory to advance to the finals in Madison. Catholic Memorial improved to 25-2 while Whitefish Bay ended its season at 19-8.
In the end, the deck was just stacked against underdog Whitefish Bay in the Blue Dukes WIAA Division 2 sectional final against second-ranked in state Catholic Memorial on Saturday afternoon.
The 25-2 Crusaders have all-state talent in guards T.J. Bray and Derek Schell and a tenacious set of role players who treat every opposing field-goal attempt as an affront to their dignity.
But when the Blue Dukes hit only one basket in a 13:51 span of the first half, including none in the second quarter, and when both guard John Johnston (ankle) and center Jamie Schneck (elbow to mouth) went down with injuries early in the second half, it just about became an impossible task for them.
So it was no surprise the Crusaders pulled away for a 52-35 victory that ended Bay's tournament run and sent CMH to the WIAA state tournament.
"All credit goes to Catholic Memorial," Blue Duke coach Kevin Lazovik said. "They made all our shots contested and we had a serious problem finishing."» Read Full Article
Waukesha West High School won its ninth straight title Friday at the Wisconsin Academic Decathlon in Wisconsin Dells, earning a trip to next month's national competition.
The team scored 46,428.3 points out of a possible 60,000, placed first in the Super Quiz relay and earned the top team award for all 10 featured subjects, said decathlon director Molly Ritchie.
In academic decathlon, nine student teams go head to head in a series of tests on academic subjects, interviews and essays. Each team includes three students with A-grade averages, three with B averages and three C students.
Twenty teams competed in the state competition, based on their performance at local and regional events.
New Berlin Eisenhower took third place in the overall competition and won the event's Division 2 competition, Ritchie said.» Read Full Article
Waukesha — A Waukesha County Jail inmate who was shot at a hospital in November after he allegedly attacked a sheriff's deputy entered a not guilty plea Friday to a charge of assault by a prisoner.
Steven P. Lettenberger, 44, is scheduled for a July jury trial in connection with the Nov. 6 incident at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.
Lettenberger was being treated at the hospital when he was shot in the upper torso by a deputy whom he was advancing toward with a knife, according to court records.
Lettenberger was being prepared to be returned to the jail when the attack occurred, according to court records.
His restraints had been taken off so he could use a restroom, and afterward he approached the deputy in a threatening manner with the knife and said he was not going to go back to the jail, records say.» Read Full Article
Famous Footwear will hold a grand opening event Saturday, March 20, for its new store in the Fox River shopping center at 1240 W. Sunset Dr., on the southwest side of Waukesha.
The 8,800-square-foot store is expected to be open for business by Monday, March 15, the company said.
People who show up for the grand opening will be able to enter a drawing for a free 30-second shopping spree. There will be four shopping spree drawings, each hour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 20.
The company recently closed its store at the Shops of Grand Avenue.
A 132-unit apartment project by Bielinski Homes in River's Crossing on Waukesha's southwest side has been placed on hold so planners' concerns can be addressed.Waukesha -
City Planner Michael Hoeft said Thursday the developer decided not to bring it before Wednesday's plan commission meeting as originally scheduled after staff raised questions about the 11-building layout and storm water management. Regulations for storm water management have gotten more strict since Bielinski first had approval of a more densely developed apartment project in 1998.
Planners also encouraged Bielinski representative Dan Szczap to discuss the proposal in a neighborhood meeting, Hoeft said.
Join NOW's David Cotey and Lake Country Publications' JR Radcliffe court side Friday night as they blog live from three of the area's top Division 1 boys basketball match ups.
Cotey will be covering the contest between No. 5 Brookfield Central and No. 1 Milwaukee Hamilton, set for 6 p.m. at Greenfield High School.
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Police in Waukesha are searching for a man with dementia who has been missing since Monday.
"Dizzy" Dean Wells, 64, was last seen about 2 p.m. Monday on foot in the area of Moreland Blvd. and Kossow Road, according to a news release from the Waukesha Police Department.
Wells is described as a black male, 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighing 170 pounds with a long goatee. When last seen he was wearing an Army baseball cap, a red, blue and black plaid shirt and a gray, green and blue spring jacket.
Wells recently moved to Waukesha, does not carry identification and does not know his address or telephone number, according to the release.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Waukesha police at 262-524-3831.
Waukesha - Waukesha County's alcohol treatment court - the first in Wisconsin when it began in May 2006 - will see its 100th graduate Thursday in Judge James R. Kieffer's courtroom.
Participants convicted of three drunken driving offenses can apply to participate and get reduced jail time in exchange for ongoing monitoring, treatment, intensive supervision and frequent interactions with the judge.
Since the court started through this February, participants "saved" 13,729 days in jail, according to Sara Carpenter of Wisconsin Community Services Inc., which helps run the program. About 5% of those enrolled re-offended and were dropped from the program, she said.
Participants spend an average of 14 to 16 months in the program, Carpenter said.
The court was initially established with a three-year federal grant, but after the grant ended last May, the county earmarked taxes - $70,592 this year - and fees charged participants to pay the cost. Starting in June, enrollees have had to pay from $25 to $100 a month while in the alcohol court program. Most pay $50 a month. The county, which has applied for another federal grant for future years, expects about $42,000 in fees from participants this year.» Read Full Article
Ryan Solberg scored a game-high 16 points Saturday as the Waukesha West boys basketball team defeated Milwaukee Vincent, 45-40, in a WIAA Division 1 regional final.
The win means the Wolverines will take on top-seeded Arrowhead in the sectional semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday at the Al McGuire Center.
Waukesha - Incumbent City Clerk/Treasurer Tom Neill and Assessor Paul Klauck - each of whom has served 24 years in his respective elective office - have been recommended for appointment to indefinite terms by Mayor Larry Nelson.
The Common Council is expected to confirm the appointments at its meeting Tuesday night.
The council approved changing the positions from elected to appointed last fall because of the professional nature of their duties and the education and experience level appropriate for them.
Both Neil and Klauck earn $81,944 a year, and as with other city staff, their salaries would be frozen this year, City Administrator Lori Curtis Luther said. The appointments would take effect at the end of their current terms. For Neill, that's May 1. For Klauck, that's June 1.
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removal of White Rock Elementary School Principal Dorothy Smith, it appears another teacher was removed from the Waukesha bilingual school at the same time.In addition to the
Olga Pallan, a Title I teacher who has been at the school for 15 years, also left the building in late January, according to parents at the school. Pallan said she had no comment on the situation that she said she's been told not to discuss.
Waukesha School District Superintendent Todd Gray has not returned calls asking for comment on the situation.
He said earlier that Smith's removal was a "personnel matter " and also refused to discuss that.
Pallan and Smith both participated in an information program for parents at the largely Latino school that's a longtime bilingual school. Gray has recommended closing the school.» Read Full Article