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State hands Town of Waukesha a water decision deadline

Dec. 18, 2012 10:14 p.m. | The clock is ticking and the Town of Waukesha is running out of time to decide whether it wants to join the City of Waukesha's precedent-setting request for Lake Michigan water.

State Department of Natural Resources Water Division Administrator Ken Johnson has given the Town Board until the end of January to signal its intent or be cut out of the process.

If the board has not announced a decision by Feb. 1, the DNR will ask the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission to exclude the town from a future water service area plan that would be submitted to the other Great Lakes states as part of the city's application, Johnson says in a letter to Town Chairman Angie Van Scyoc. The letter was mailed to the town Monday.

The Town Board was to meet behind closed doors Wednesday morning during a special meeting to discuss the city's future water service area. Van Scyoc said Tuesday she would not comment on the letter before Wednesday's meeting.

Under state law, each municipality included in the designated water service area must approve the plan, according to Johnson.

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Waukesha police address rumors of planned school shooting

Dec. 18, 2012 3:40 p.m. | Sgt. Jerry Habanek said the Waukesha Police Department has been receiving calls since late afternoon on Monday about a rumor circulating on Facebook of a possible shooting that may occur on Friday at Waukesha North High School.

However, he said, at this point, the information stems from rumor and not a specific threat.

Nevertheless, Habanek added that the department will have an extra police presence surrounding North, as well as Waukesha West and Waukesha South on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

While the rumor is said to be at North, he said the department is taking extra precaution at the other two schools. 

He added, from his knowledge, a student overheard the rumor.   

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