The battle lines were uncharacteristically drawn last night on the Muskego Common Council, which narrowly passed a 2012 city budget and a $14.5 million capital borrowing plan.
Approvals came on the same 4-3 vote that held unchanged through six failed attempted amendments to the budget, the borrowing and the capital budget.
Among other things, the voting block of three - Kert Harenda, Dan Soltysiak and Neil Borgman - didn't think controls will be strong enough on the $14.5 million borrowing package. They also didn't want the $2.5 million Pioneer Drive reconstruction and beautification next year, and preferred a pay freeze for city workers instead of the 2 percent raises budgeted.
The three had brought up most of their concerns during the prior weeks of budget discussions, but the four aldermen in the majority - Noah Fiedler, Neome Schaumberg, Keith Werner and Tracy Snead - still weren't buying their viewpoints this week.
The 2012 budget calls for no property tax increase. The operating budget will be $14 million, up 1.7 percent from this year's nearly $13.8 million budget. The levy will remain at $11,935,917 with the estimated tax rate dipping slightly to $4.41 per $1,000 of assessed value from $4.43 per $1,000.
Looking at an 0-2 record going into the Woodland Conference season opener against unbeaten New Berlin Eisenhower, Greendale coach Rob Stoltz decided to make a personnel decision with the most important position on his team — quarterback.
Stoltz moved senior quarterback Michael Jankowiak to wide receiver and started sophomore Mitchell Gnadt at quarterback, and it all worked out for everyone involved.
Greendale won, 34-14, and both Jankowiak and Gnadt had huge nights, getting the Panthers in the all-important win column in their first conference game.
Stoltz talked about his team’s non-conference schedule — the good and the bad.
“It’s a double-edged sword,” he said. “Yes you run through the gauntlet, and it is as about as good as it’s going to get. But at the other end, you’re 0-2 and it’s only a nine game season and it’s a new crop of kids every year.» Read Full Article
A woman who worked for the Muskego Parks and Recreation Department for 34 years and was laid off when the department was reorganized is suing the city for $28,190, saying city policy calls for her to have received a severance package.
The parks and recreation department was eliminated as of Jan. 1 when park maintenance was transferred to the department of public works. A recreation department was created.
Stella Dunahee was hired as a parks and recreation secretary Feb. 26, 1980. According to the complaint filed Sept. 3 in Waukesha County Circuit Court, she always received favorable employment reviews.
The complaint also says it is city policy for employees whose jobs have been eliminated to receive a severance package of 25 hours pay for each year of service and three months of full health insurance premium cost or a health allowance payment.
According to the complaint, she was entitled to severance pay of $18,794. However the complaint notes that state statutes call for a 50 percent penalty plus legal fees in wage violation cases. That penalty statute would bring the total to $28,190 plus legal fees.» Read Full Article
If New Berlin West football fans think Thursday night’s 41-21 loss to Pius XI at Wisconsin Lutheran College was tough, they better buckle their seat belts.
The Vikings play at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Greendale, then host Pewaukee and New Berlin Eisenhower before closing out the regular season at Wauwatosa West. Their best chance at a victory might have been against the Popes, who picked up major contributions from a couple key playmakers.
Of the Popes six touchdowns, they included a 94-yard kickoff return by junior Lamont Blackmon, a 61-yard touchdown pass (junior quarterback Tylen Rhodes to Blackmon), a 52-yard touchdown pass (Rhodes to senior Keyshawn Carr), a 33-yard fumble return (Rhodes) and a 28-yard touchdown pass (Rhodes to senior Sam Nickulis).
Whenever the Vikings jumped back in the game with a score, they handed an easy touchdown right back to Pius.
“They had a lot of big plays tonight,” West coach Al Moroder said. “I don't like to make excuses, but we’re young in the defensive backfield (two sophomores, some inexperienced juniors).» Read Full Article
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Even Muskego Plan Commission members who are against building condominiums on the southern shore of Little Muskego Lake voted for a proposed rezoning because the alternative could be worse.
The Muskego Common Council in November narrowly approved a rezoning and zoning amendments that would allow construction of a 12-unit multi-family building and five beach home/condominiums. They would be built on 3.9 acres along Janesville Road north of Pioneer Drive
However, now the developer, Michael Dilworth, president of Ener-Con Companies, has dropped the multi-family in favor of building 10 condominium homes.
Because the original project approved in 2014 wasn't built, Ener-Con had to ask again for a rezoning. On Tuesday, the Plan Commission unanimously approved it, sending the proposed rezoning to the common council.
Commission member Jerald Hulbert voted against the original plan but voted for this one. If the new plan fails to win approval, the original plan with its multi-family could still be built, he said.
Literally everyone pitched in for the Warriors in a 74-8 romp over Bradley Tech on Aug. 27.
A total of 13 running backs carried the ball, with no one having more than three attempts. Brett Finkeran three times for 89 yards and two touchdowns; Jason Bednarzthree times for 83 yards and one score; Ayden Malcomsontwo times for 59 yards and two touchdowns, plus a third score on a pass reception; Colin O'Neillthree times for 50 yards and a score; and Rene Calvettitwice for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Michael Madia, Jake Buehlerand Cody Krausealso scored for Muskego, which went up 40-0 after one quarter and 60-0 at the half. Muskego rolled up 532 total yards, averaging 17.7 per play, and did not punt.
Quarterback Caleb Wagnercompleted one pass for a 42-yard touchdown to Malcomson, and the defense was paced by Addison Priceand Mitch Suderland IIIwith six tackles, Jorin McGuirewith five tackles and Nick Savarino, Bray Halland Caleb Lauwith four apiece.» Read Full Article
Kate Winckler, director of communications and marketing for the Oconomowoc Area School District, has accepted a new post with the New Berlin School District.
Winckler's last day at OASD will be Sept.9; she will assume her role at New Berlin on Sept. 16. The Oconomowoc Area School District will begin the process to search for Winckler's replacement immediately.
New Berlin Eisenhower crushed Mauston, 35-0, on Aug. 28 at home and improved their record to 2-0, with the Woodland Conference season beginning on Friday.
The Lions will get to see just how good they are as they face perennial power Greendale, which is off to an 0-2 start, at 7 p.m. Friday at home.
"We're excited to get the conference started," Eisenhower coach Matt Kern said. "We have a lot of respect for Greendale. Their record is no indication of the talent or how dangerous this team is. We are going to get their best effort because they are going to try to avoid going 0-3. We're going to need to match their intensity."
For the second week in a row, quarterback Sam Carey was the story, completing five of 10 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Jordan Canady also had a big game with two touchdown catches and one rushing. Canady had two catches for 121 yards, and wide receiver Sullivan Kulju had two catches for 57 yards and a score.
The rushing stats were balanced as Canady had 62 yards, Sean Broihier had 60 and Joey Scaffidi had 44.» Read Full Article
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New Berlin —New Berlin West High School was again named on Newsweek's 2015 "America's Top Public High Schools" list, one of 14 Wisconsin high schools on the list.
West was ranked 264th in the nation on the list compiled annually to recognize the nation's top schools for college readiness.
West has been included on the Newsweek list before – ranking nationally at 763rd in 2013 while New Berlin Eisenhower was listed 462nd in 2013 and 342nd in 2014. Newsweek did not rank Eisenhower for 2015 and no additional information is available.
To be considered for the list, schools must perform at the 70th percentile within their state in reading/language arts and math.
Those schools then are surveyed and given a college-readiness index score based on six indicators: college enrollment rate, graduation rate, weighted AP/IB/Dual Enrollment composite, weighted SAT/ACT college entrance exam composite, student retention rate and counselor-to-student ratio.» Read Full Article
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The New Berlin United boys volleyball team will be looking to defend their Woodland Conference Championship and return to the state tournament.
"We are looking to finish well in all of the tournaments we will be competing in to include our annual hosted tournament on September 12," coach Jay Szatkowski said. "I am very excited about not only the talent of this year's team, but I feel we should have good depth, too, which should allow for some very competitive practices.
"The guys seem very hungry and anxious for the season to begin, and with a very experienced core group of players, I expect they will be focused and driven to achieve their goals."
Leading the returning athletes are senior Matt Zeske, outside hitter, a first-team All-Woodland Conference and second-team All-State selection, and three more all-conference selections: senior Quinn Farrell, opposite, first-team All-Woodland Conference and second-team All-Woodland picks seniorsStephen Kraninger, libero, and Adam Campbell, setter.» Read Full Article
Despite losing eight players to graduation, coach Matt Drago fully expects his New Berlin West boys soccer team to improve on last year's 7-3-1 Woodland Conference record this season.
"We expect to remain competitive in every match we play," Drago said, "Given the team's commitment to work rate and defending as a unit, we will contend for the conference title."
Returning players include senior Josh Kryszewski, a starter, captain and four-year varsity player.
"He's our best technically-sound player on the team," Drago said.
Sophomore Josh Blaine, the only freshman to make varsity last year, and senior Justice Dodd, a starter who had a shortened season due to a concussion, are also back.» Read Full Article
Both New Berlin swimming teams took part in a meet Saturday, Aug. 22, with Eisenhower taking second in the Falcon Funfest swim meet at the Greendale Village Club and West finishing sixth at the Early Bird Invitational at Wauwatosa West.
The Lions scored 339 points to finish second behind Muskego (449) in the 10-team meet.
Page Carter took first in the 200 freestyle (2:13.81) and in the 400 free (4:38.71) to lead the way for Eisenhower.
Shayna Putney took first in the 50 free (29.01) and third in the 100 free (1:02.88).» Read Full Article
A 14-year-old bicyclist suffered a head injury when he was struck by a truck in New Berlin Thursday afternoon.
Traffic was backed up on I-43 as the accident investigation team worked at the scene. Moorland Road in New Berlin was closed to northbound traffic from Beloit Road to Howard Ave. for several hours, reopening at 6 p.m.
The boy was bicycling west on Mayflower Drive through a red light at Moorland Road when he was struck by a truck driven by a 46-year-old woman proceeding on a green light, according to New Berlin Police and Fire departments. The incident was reported at 2:48 p.m. Thursday.
The bicyclist was taken to Froedtert Hospital. The truck driver was not injured.