Waukesha - A 63-unit apartment project on the Waukesha Family YMCA property that failed to win federal tax credits last year is back in the pipeline this year.
City approval is being sought in advance of an application for federal tax credits due in February for the project, which is being proposed in partnership with CommonBond Communities based in St. Paul, Minn.
The project, fronting on Broadway and connected to the Y building by covered walkway, would provide housing for people with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and other mobility-impairing illnesses.
Steven Crandell, Waukesha's director of community development, said planning staff are recommending approval contingent on the Y including a small landmark gas station - designated as such over the Y's objections - on the site plan.
Chris Becker, Y executive director, said the landmark on the property wasn't shown on initial plans "because it is our intent to not have that building remain."» Read Full Article
Waukesha - A temporary homeless shelter for up to 35 men could be operating at a former school on Northview Road and Grandview Blvd. by mid-December through the end of April now that Hebron House of Hospitality has secured a temporary lease for the property, said Bernie Juno, Hebron's executive director.
Juno said she is still negotiating a purchase agreement on the property, but the lease is in place.
Waukesha State Bank owns the property, which was formerly a public elementary school and most recently a private Christian school that closed last summer. Juno hopes that it can become a permanent service center for non-profit agencies who provide services to the homeless and others in need.
Juno said she is planning to hold a meeting with adjoining residential neighbors who have expressed some concerns, but a date has not yet been set. The shelter will operate much as it did for the last two winters at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in downtown Waukesha, with men admitted from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
One paid staff person will be on hand, and volunteers will help run the operation. June said she still needs to raise $35,000 for the staff, rent and utilities. She also will meet with partner agencies, including the Salvation Army and Hope Center, which has provided services and a daytime destination for the men.
Acquisitions made this week will likely result in the creation of new jobs at Waukesha Bearings Corp. facilities in Pewaukee and Antigo, a company official said Friday.
Waukesha Bearings, based in Pewaukee, said this week that it had acquired KMC Inc. and Bearings Plus Inc., companies involved in the design, analysis and manufacturing of engineered fluid film bearings and seals.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Jessica Whalen, marketing specialist for Waukesha Bearings, said there are no precise figures on how many jobs might be added as a result of the acquisitions. "We expect some job creation in both Pewaukee and Antigo as we grow the business globally," she said in an e-mail.» Read Full Article
Waukesha police used a form of tear gas to arrest a man suspected of domestic abuse, after a five-hour standoff in the 1200 block of Wysteria Lane on Thursday.
The man, 51, had barricaded himself in his apartment and armed himself with a knife when police first tried to remove him from the building, according to a news release from Lt. Ron Oremus. Police had been checking the location after a report of a domestic abuse against his wife Wednesday morning.
The woman called police about 10:10 a.m. Thursday to report that her husband had returned home. She left the residence and police set up around the building and blocked off area streets.
The suspect left the building after police shot chemicals into the apartment about 3 p.m., according to the police statement.
Amidst the excitement of marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, one Waukesha North marching band member got an extra surprise: a $5,000 scholarship.
Julie Mullen, 17, a senior and one of four drum majors, was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Bob Hope Band Scholarship Award, designed to honor one outstanding band member and school band program participating in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
“As far as the award goes, I had no idea who was going to be the winner. It’s very exciting,” Mullen said. “For one thing, it’s awesome to be part of the Macy’s parade, but we’re also getting the chance to do some touring and see some shows.”
The Waukesha North marching band has been in New York City since Sunday preparing for tomorrow’s performance and sightseeing. This is the band’s third time in the parade, with performances in 1999 and 2004, as well. North is the only band from Wisconsin marching this year.
In addition to preparing for the big event, each of the 12 high school and university bands marching in the parade nominated one member of their band for the scholarship competition. Once nominated, each nominee wrote an essay about how their values and attributes match those of Bob Hope: musical ability, leadership initiative, sense of humor and a strong commitment to community service.» Read Full Article
Because of inserting problems at the press, home delivery of this week's issues of the Sussex Sun, Mukwonago Chief and Waukesha NOW that were scheduled for delivery today will be delayed one day. All three papers will be delivered to regular weekday home-delivery readers tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day - in plenty of time to see the sales in the many Black Friday inserts.
For Waukesha readers who receive the weekday edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, delivery will actually be on the normal delivery date of Thursday. Anyone receiving mail delivery should receive the Chief as scheduled today. The Sun will be delivered on the next mail service day.
If you would like a copy immediately, the Sussex Sun and Mukwonago Chief are already for sale on local newsstands. News from the Chief and Sun is already posted online at www.LivingLakeCountry.com and from Waukesha Now at www.WaukeshaNow.com, and both are updated around the clock.
We apologize tor the inconvenience to our readers and customers due to this delivery change.
tentative agreement reached with its teachers that would increase salaries and benefits by an annual average of 3.58%.The Elmbrook School Board is slated to vote Tuesday night on a
The Elmbrook Education Association already has ratified the agreement for the 2009-'10 and 2010-'11 school years.
Meanwhile, the Waukesha School Board announced Tuesday that its most recent offer was rejected by union leaders and not brought to a vote of the Education Association of Waukesha membership.
The board's news release said the offer would have raised teachers' base pay by 5% annually over four years between the 2009-'10 and 2012-'13 school years, but it also would require teachers to pay a greater share of their health care premiums and adjust to a salary schedule more comparable to other school districts.
Waukesha's teacher salary schedule has been criticized in recent years because it allows teachers to get to the top of the pay scale in a much shorter time (at one point, it took only five years) so long as the teacher completed college coursework approved by the district.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Waukesha Metro Transit will not operate buses on Thanksgiving Day, but services will resume as scheduled Friday.
In addition, a couple of city routes that had temporarily changed because of road construction projects will return to normal beginning Saturday.
Route 5 will resume operation to Badger Drive and the Fox Run Shopping Center at Highway X and Sunset Drive. Route 6 will resume operation to West High School on Saylesville Road and the Shoppes at Fox River on Sunset Drive but will no longer operate to the Fox Run Shopping Center.
Bus routes are available on the Metro website at www.waukeshametro.org. Information is also available from the Metro Customer Service Line at (262) 524-3636.
Waukesha - The 48th annual Waukesha Christmas parade kicks off at 4 p.m. Sunday with a grand marshal - Abby Lewis - who serves as a reminder of the need for blood donations.
The Blood Center of Wisconsin is a major sponsor of the parade, organized through the Business Improvement District. Lewis needed blood transfusions at birth because complications restricted the amount of blood she could get from her mother during labor. Today, Lewis is a healthy 14-year-old student at Central Middle School.
The parade begins at the intersection of Main St. and White Rock Ave., heads west on Main, then south on West Ave. and east on Wisconsin Ave. to Maple Ave. where the parade ends.
Downtown businesses will be open and Holiday Stroll events are planned from noon to 4 p.m.
A special toy drive to stock the shelves of the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County - which provides toys to needy children - will also run from noon to 4 p.m. Unwrapped toys for children age birth to 12, along with waterproof mittens, books and blankets, can be dropped off at Berg Management, 259 Broadway, through the Grand Ave. entrance.
Waukesha - The Town of Waukesha has opened a second legal front in its effort to block the City of Waukesha from constructing and operating five high-capacity shallow wells adjacent to the Vernon Wildlife Area in the town.
Town attorneys in a recently-filed petition for judicial review are asking Waukesha County Circuit Judge Donald Hassin Jr. to set limits on the operation of proposed test wells at the site.
On July 1, the state Department of Natural Resources permitted the city to construct and test five wells at the former Fred Lathers property east of River Road, or county Highway I.
The city intends to acquire through condemnation a 12.7-acre parcel of the property for use as a municipal well field.
As an alternative to imposing limits on use of the test wells, the town is asking the judge to order the DNR to hold a public hearing on whether operation of the wells might significantly reduce flows of ground water to nearby private wells.» Read Full Article
live musings from Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.Follow the Waukesha football teams in Friday's state championship games online with former All-State quarterback Bian Brunner, who will provide
Check out a preview of the games here.
Waukesha - With the cold of winter fast approaching, those seeking to find a new emergency overflow shelter for homeless men hope a vacant school on Northview Road and Grandview Blvd. can be used.
Bernie Juno, executive director of Hebron House of Hospitality, said a lease-to-buy offer was submitted this week to Waukesha State Bank, owner of the former Northview School that most recently was the site of the West Suburban Christian Academy before it closed last summer. The bank has until Monday to respond.
Juno said the building, which is on a bus line, could serve as a shelter as soon as mid-December. She also has approached nonprofit agencies who often serve that population as potential renters who would share the space. She said the response from those agencies has been "quite good, actually."
"We might have more than we can actually fit into the building," Juno said.
Unlike some other sites previously considered, zoning is apparently not an issue with the old school. It is categorized as "institutional," which includes adult care services. City Planner Michael Hoeft said the building inspector, who interprets the zoning category, has already indicated verbally that an emergency shelter would probably fit the zoning.» Read Full Article
photo gallery from the quarterfinal round of this weekend's boys volleyball state tournament at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee.We've just posted NOW photojournalist C.T. Kruger's
Catholic Memorial defeated Kaukana, Westosha Central and Marquette to win the state championship. The photo gallery also features shots from Franklin, Greendale, Nicolet and Wauwatosa East games.
Brookfield Academy's Kelsey Hojan-Clark capped her standout high school career with victories in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events. She was joined on the first-place medal stand by Whitnall diver Rachel Stave and New Berlin Eisenhower's Alli Bellford, who won the 50 free.
The gallery also features competitors from Shorewood, which had the top local team finish, Brown Deer/University School, Wauwatosa West, Whitefish Bay, Catholic Memorial and Pewaukee.
Coverage begins shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday, when Catholic Memorial meets Delavan-Darien in a Level 3 state semifinal at Kettle Moraine. At 3 p.m., Waukesha West meets Kenosha Bradford at Arrowhead in a Divison 1 semifinal. Winners from those games will play at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison during the Nov. 19 title games.
The blog will cover the first game in its entirety, then join the second contest in progress.
Waukesha - When the Common Council meets Tuesday to adopt a city budget, aldermen will be asked to take up a half-dozen 11th-hour amendments proposed this week by Mayor Jeff Scrima to meet his goal of a zero increase in the tax levy.
His proposal for a flat tax levy would produce an additional $2.75 total savings for the owner of a home assessed at $199,700, the city median.
The budget recommended by the Finance Committee includes a $79,000 increase in the tax levy, but with new construction added to the tax base, a minuscule drop in the tax rate results in a $1.14 year-to-year savings on a $199,700 home.
Chairman Joseph Pieper failed on a 3-2 vote in committee to reach Scrima's goal. Pieper proposed eliminating two new staff cars, recycling bins for 12 parks, a card-access system to the parks headquarters, public works management equipment and a sweeping machine. He said he'll try again Tuesday with the full council.
Scrima's new amendments run the gamut: furloughs or layoffs of city employees, an across-the-board trim of a thousandth of a percent in every department budget, a 5% cut in the mass transit budget through route cutbacks, eliminating half the travel and training budgets for all but police and fire staff, and agreeing to contribute $36,550 of his own 2011 salary if all 15 aldermen contribute half of theirs - a total of $48,750 - to the city's coffers.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - A 51-year-old Waukesha man on Wednesday was committed to a state secure mental health institution for life for killing his girlfriend after a judge concluded the man suffered from a mental disease that prevented him from understanding the wrongfulness of his behavior and from obeying the law.
Daniel K. Christesen was convicted in July by Waukesha County Circuit Judge James R. Kieffer of first-degree intentional homicide in the June 2009 stabbing death of Carol Fisher, 55.
At the time, Christesen admitted he killed Fisher, but his attorney asked the judge for a bench trial to determine whether Christesen was criminally insane at the time of the killing.
That trial lasted about 1 1/2 weeks and concluded Wednesday.
Prosecutors contended that Christesen was not insane at the time of the killing.» Read Full Article
video roundtable with our sportswriters previewing some of the key games.There are plenty of intriguing matchups this weekend in Level 4 of the WIAA football playoffs and we've just posted a
Waukesha - The public can attend a free open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Waukesha County Materials Recycling Facility, 220 S. Prairie Ave.
The event, held every year, allows visitors to see how 100 tons per day of glass, cans, paper, plastic and other recyclables are prepared for market. New products that are made from recyclables will be on display, and information about recycling's impact on jobs, taxes, energy and natural resources will be available.
Refreshments will be served and prize drawings held. Blue recycling bins will also be available for free, as long as they last. The open house events celebrates America Recycles Day.
Waukesha — The Waukesha County Board made quick, dismissive work of a county supervisor's attempt to shave another penny off the county tax rate Tuesday, adopting instead a 2011 budget that was close to the one proposed by County Executive Dan Vrakas.
As adopted by the board 20-4, the budget calls for $268 million in spending next year, up 2.4%, and a tax levy of $97.4 million, up 1.8%. Vrakas' budget had proposed a 2.3% spending increase and a 1.9% tax levy increase.
The major change by the County Board on Tuesday was a $493,600 increase in spending and revenue funded with part of a recently announced three-year federal grant to expand the county's alcohol treatment court. A $125,000 cut in the tax levy reflects the board's earlier decision to kill, at least for next year, a consulting study of remodeling or replacing the courthouse.
Vrakas plans no vetoes, chief of staff Ellen Nowak said.
Supervisor Robert Hutton of Sussex led attempts to trim another $535,000 from the Finance Committee's recommended budget. They included delaying or eliminating restroom renovations at Nashotah and Menomonee parks, saving $110,000 in taxes and using general fund balance to reduce the levy.» Read Full Article
Waukesha — Saying Waukesha residents can't afford the debt, Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima Monday issued a rare veto - and his first since taking office in April - of the Common Council's newly adopted capital projects budget and plan.
"In this current economy, with many of our citizens unemployed, under-employed and on fixed incomes, it is not the time for the city to spend money we don't have on what we don't need," he said in his veto message.
The council last week approved a 2011 capital budget that called for borrowing $6.7 million next year to build two new fire stations on the east and south sides of Waukesha. In doing so, it overruled a 3-2 Finance Committee recommendation that the city instead spend $786,500 to upgrade the two fire stations with new roofs, exhaust systems, emergency generators and ventilating and air conditioning units.
The relocations are intended to get the Fire Department's response times to seven minutes or less. The city built two new fire stations downtown and on the northwest side in recent years.
The council's approval of the capital plan also included as recommended by the Finance Committee another $4.9 million in borrowing - the typical goal each year - for such things as streets, roofs, technology equipment and other infrastructure. Another $2.3 million for storm sewer improvements was also included in the 2011 budget, though a utility district to pay the costs is under consideration.» Read Full Article
Spancrete Group Inc., a manufacturer of prestressed concrete, said it temporarily will close its Waukesha plant and lay off workers but provided no other details Friday.
A brief statement by family-owned Spancrete said the company would move production from the Waukesha plant to the company's main plant in Valders, in Manitowoc County, by the end of the year.
"The decision to combine manufacturing operations will result in operational efficiencies, enabling Spancrete to provide continued, outstanding quality and service to customers in each of our key market segments," the company's statement says.
Spokeswoman Kim Wacker declined to say when it will reopen the Waukesha plant. Nor would she disclose how many workers received layoff notices.
"We don't know how long it will be closed. It's a temporary, seasonal closing. That's all we know," Wacker said.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Waukesha County Board Supervisor Robert Hutton made little headway Wednesday on his goal to reduce the proposed $97.5 million county tax levy by $1.2 million.
In a meeting of the Finance Committee, which finished work Wednesday on it 2011 county budget recommendation, the panel made a $125,000 reduction in the tax levy and $125,000 cut in fund balance designated for next year's capital projects. The move reflects last week's 14-8 vote by the County Board to kill a $250,000 consultant's study on future replacement or renovation of the courthouse.
Hutton had proposed taking all the study money from tax levy, along with other tax levy earmarked for Nashotah and Menomonee Parks restroom renovations and a new health and human services building - projects the County Board earlier refused to remove from the five-year capital projects plan.
"When the County Board voted a certain way, we respected that vote," said Finance Committee Chairman Patricia Haukohl of Brookfield.
Hutton, of Sussex, also attempted to eliminate funding for two vacant but funded clerk-typist positions and proposed applying $300,000 in general surplus funds toward offsetting a share of the proposed tax levy.» Read Full Article
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Mike Kuglitsch secured the vacant seat in the state Assembly representing the 84th District, which includes New Berlin, Hales Corners and parts of the town and city of Waukesha.
Kuglitsch, a Republican who is general manager of the Princeton Club in New Berlin, emerged from a tight four-way GOP primary in September. With a business background, he said his main focus will be on job creation and preservation in his district and the state. He does not agree with the construction of a high-speed rail between Madison and Milwaukee.
Vanpool, a Democrat, is a manager at General Electric.
Kuglitsch will succeed Mark Gundrum, who was elected a Waukesha County Circuit Court judge in April. The district includes New Berlin, Hales Corners and parts of the town and city of Waukesha.
Waukesha - The newly formed Waukesha Bicycle Alliance is making a pitch for more bike racks in downtown Waukesha that also would serve as works of public art.
Many cities have used artistic bicycle racks to lighten up the streetscapes - encouraging bicycling while presenting whimsical structures for securing bikes.
"The downtown needs bike parking," said Sonia Dubielzig of Waukesha, an alliance member. The absence of correctly installed bike racks prompts many riders to use light poles, sign posts or even trees.
Dubielzig said the alliance is still seeking sources of funds for organizing both a sculptural design contest and rebate program for businesses or sponsors willing to install racks.
The city's Public Art Committee, which has no budget, has enthusiastically endorsed the idea, city planner Jennifer Andrews said. Dubielzig said she has also approached Mayor Jeff Scrima, who has established a "New Day in Waukesha" fund with the Waukesha Community Foundation, but hasn't gotten his commitment yet. The alliance has also approached the Business Improvement District's Environment and Streetscapes Committee, which has a public art fund.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Now that the hallway walls in City Hall have been newly painted by volunteers, the Public Art Committee is asking for $4,700 to reframe and hang the city's donated art collection.
Two members of the Building and Grounds Committee, which will ask the Common Council on Wednesday to approve the request, said in interviews they were told the old frames on some of the works clash with the new paint colors - primarily terra cotta and gold.
The painting and picture saga was launched in spring when newly elected Mayor Jeff Scrima asked for a new coat of paint in his office suite. About $4,000 was spent on the contract job, but the cost of painting City Hall's hallways was considered too expensive at the time.
Meanwhile, Public Art Committee members readied the hallways for the anticipated painting by removing about 185 Waukesha history-related pieces. The works had been collected, framed and hung between 1998 and 2006, thanks to the work of local artist Betty Hoff, entirely with donations.
Months passed and critics complained before Scrima was able to round up volunteers to finish the painting during a September weekend, at what Scrima said was a $15,000 saving to city taxpayers.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - The public can have its say Wednesday night on Waukesha's five-year capital plan - and the most debated question involving new or renovated fire stations - during a public hearing at the Common Council's 7:30 p.m. meeting.
Only one significant change has been made to Administrator Lori Curtis Luther's projects proposal by the Finance Committee. On a 3-2 vote, the committee is recommending the city spend $786,500 to upgrade two fire stations on the east and south side, rather than to build new ones at a cost of $6.8 million.
Luther said in her budget proposal that the fire stations are about 30 years old, need new roofs, vehicle exhaust systems, emergency generators and heating, ventilating and air conditioning units.
In addition, fire officials reported a year ago that, at a minimum, about 600 people lived beyond the seven-minute response time coverage goal, not counting another 140 residences planned for construction at that time.
Aldermen will meet as a committee of the whole at 5 p.m. Wednesday for an update on the Finance Committee's recommended projects plan. The council is scheduled to adopt a plan Wednesday night following the public hearing.» Read Full Article