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New plan for 5 Diamonds baseball complex in Town of Waukesha includes option to sell alcohol

May 08, 2014 10:34 p.m. | Tom Kelenic said when his teams are traveling to baseball and softball complexes around the state and country alcohol is typically being sold at these facilities.

Now, two years after opening the 5 Diamonds facility, now Infinity Fields, on West Les Paul Parkway on Highway 59 in the Town of Waukesha, Kelenic, who owns the complex, soon could also be selling beer there.

After discussing the issue, among others relating to the complex for about three hours, the Town of Waukesha Board approved a new plan of operation for the facility in a 3-2 vote.

Supervisors Larry Wolf and Michael Doerr voted against the amended plan of operation with Wolf voicing his adamant opposition to the sale of alcohol.

When the facility opened in 2012, Kelenic said the intention wasn’t to sell alcohol at the 31-acre site.

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Waukesha considers TIF district for new Oberlin Filter facility

May 08, 2014 8:19 p.m. | A Waukesha company that makes industrial filters would receive $975,000 in city financing help for a planned manufacturing facility, under a new proposal.

Oberlin Filter Co. is planning a 90,000-square-foot building for about 9 acres at 809-831 Silvernail Road, just west of Blue Mound Road. That would replace a 50,000-square-foot building at 404 Pilot Court.

City officials are considering the creation of a tax incremental financing district that would include the planned development site, said Steve Crandell, director of community development.

That 25-acre financing district would be used to provide $975,000 to help cover Oberlin's site preparation costs, including demolition, grading and environmental cleanup, Crandell said Thursday.

The funds would be repaid through new property taxes from Oberlin's $6.5 million facility, Crandell said.

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Alcohol at Infinity Fields will be discussed at Town of Waukesha Board meeting

May 08, 2014 11:11 a.m. | Could Infinity Fields, formerly known as 5 Diamonds, soon have the ability to sell alcohol on its facility in the Town of Waukesha?

That's an option the Town of Waukesha Board will consider as an amended plan of operation is being brought before the board at its meeting Thursday night.

The Plan Commission, which meets first at 6:30 p.m., will discuss and possibly make a recommendation to the board.

If approved, selling fermented malt beverages, as it's listed in the amended plan of operation, would be subject to the petitioner applying for and obtaining a Class “B” Liquor License from the Town of Waukesha.

The site's plan of operation currently says "a liquor license is not available for the property and shall follow Waukesha School District policy for drugs, alcohol and tobacco use."

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Waukesha proposes financing help for Oberlin Filter

May 08, 2014 10:33 a.m. | A Waukesha company that makes industrial filters would receive $975,000 in city financing help for a planned manufacturing facility, under a new proposal.

Oberlin Filter Co. is planning a 90,000-square-foot building for around 9 acres at 809-831 Silvernail Road, just west of Blue Mound Road. That would replace a 50,000-square-foot building at 404 Pilot Court.

City officials are considering the creation of a tax incremental financing district that would include the planned development site, said Steve Crandell, director of community development.

That 25-acre financing district would be used to provide $975,000 to help cover Oberlin's site preparation costs, including demolition, grading and environmental cleanup, Crandell said Thursday.

The funds would be repaid through new property taxes from Oberlin's $6.5 million facility, Crandell said.

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Wrong-way driver leads to head-on crash on Moreland Boulevard

May 08, 2014 8:00 a.m. | A head-on crash on Highway 18 (East Moreland Blvd.) on Thursday, May 8, injured two people, sending one man to the hospital with serious injuries.

According to police, a BMW was driving east in the westbound lanes of traffic on Moreland near Avalon Drive, Waukesha, at about 12:32 a.m. A semi tractor-trailer was westbound, and was attempting to stop when the BMW hit it head on. 

Flight for Life took the 52-year-old driver of the BMW to Froedtert Hospital with a broken hip, numerous contusions and facial cuts. He is in stable condition. He admitted to drinking alcohol before the crash, and was cited for drunken driving, causing injury, according to police.

Rescue personnel treated the 68-year-old driver of the semi at the scene for minor injuries. Police noted that he was cooperative in the investigation and voluntarily submitted to a blood test; he is not thought to have been drinking. 

Both vehicles were towed. The BMW was totaled. The semi tractor sustained moderate damage. The semi trailer was not carrying a load. Neither vehicle had any other passengers.

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Batten down the hatches; severe thunderstorm warning in effect

May 07, 2014 10:17 a.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northeastern Waukesha County, north-central Milwaukee County and south-central Ozaukee County until 11 a.m.

A severe thunderstorm was over Brookfield at 10:09 a.m., heading northeast at 25 mph. Half-dollar-size hail was reported with the storm. The Weather Service indicated that vehicles could be damaged by the hail.

Waukesha Common Council approves shared health clinic with county, school district

May 06, 2014 10:15 p.m. | While there was still reluctance by some members of Waukesha’s Common Council, the final piece to the puzzle on a shared health clinic between three governmental entities is complete.

In a 10-4 vote, the Waukesha Common Council Tuesday night voted to join the Waukesha School Board and Waukesha County Board in approving the intergovernmental agreement for a joint employee health clinic.

The city’s finance and human resources committees had previously recommended unanimous approval of the agreement at a joint meeting two weeks ago.

The county and school board approved the agreement in March.

Employees and retirees of the city, school district and county, along with their families, will be able to use the facility, which will be located in the offices of the county division of public health at 615 W. Moreland Blvd. on the grounds of the Waukesha County Courthouse.

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Victim ID'd in fatal Waukesha car crash

May 05, 2014 8:16 a.m. | Waukesha police on Monday identified the victim of a fatal weekend car crash.

Dale A. Kolter, 61, of Muskego was killed Sunday morning when his car crashed into a tree near Coral Drive and Highway 164, police said.

He was the only person in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have said speed was a factor in the crash.

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