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Ambulance fee hike is still an issue for Muskego

Jan. 05, 2012 4:42 p.m. | On a split vote, with one notable opponent, the Muskego Public Safety Committee on Wednesday night recommended a 12 percent increase in ambulance fees the Tess Corners Volunteer Fire Department can charge.

Alderman Kert Harenda said today that he cast the lone vote against the proposed hike because data showing why the additional money is needed still was not provided.

Harenda said he wanted hard data supporting the need for a jump of that size.

Acknowledging that the ambulance fees have not gone up since 2007, Harenda said the increase might well be justified but that he wants due diligence in the process leading to final approval. One aspect he would like discussed is why New Berlin's ambulance rate is less than Muskego's, while New Berlin supplies its own paramedics and Muskego does not.

The proposed hike will go to the Common Council on Jan. 10. Harenda said he hopes the specific questions that he emailed to the fire department will be answered at the meeting.

Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 9.

Muskego to allow chickens on residential lots

Oct. 15, 2014 11:45 a.m. | On a split vote, the Muskego Common Council voted to allow chickens to be raised in Muskego on residential lots of any size.

They can already can be raised on very large properties.

Under the new ordinance, people can have as many as four hens, but no roosters. They must also be in a secure enclosure and homeowners must abide by several other rules including some covering setbacks and odors.

The council also agreed with the Plan Commission that those who want to raise chickens should not have to get agreement from neighbors as was in the original ordinance. However, they will still have to get a one-time $20 permit.

The ordinance also only allows chickens. The council agreed with the Plan Commission that allowing all types of fowl could be too broad.

Controversial lake home/condo project back to Muskego Plan Commission

Oct. 15, 2014 11:33 a.m. | The Muskego Common Council on Tuesday kicked a controversial lake home/condominium development proposal back to the Plan Commission for more information.

Aldermen said they wanted to know exactly what it was about the plan that caused the commission to send it to the council without a favorable recommendation.

The proposal calls for building five lake homes in a gated community and a two-story 12-unit condominium structure on Janesville Road north of Pioneer Drive.

Critics have said the project is too dense because all 17 housing units would be built on just half the total 6.7 acres. Using all the available land in density calculations brings the density to required levels.

Such use of gross density has been done before and is allowed in city codes, but the project must meet the spirit and intent of the general neighborhood, said Jeff Munkel, community development director.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 8

Oct. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m. | Big conference games and homecoming festivities were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 8 on Oct. 9 and 10.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 8.

Submit election letters now: deadline is Oct. 20

Oct. 09, 2014 9:21 a.m. |

The deadline to submit letters to the editor related to the November election is fast approaching. Letters must be in our office by noon Monday, Oct. 20, for publication before the election.
Letters must be 300 words or shorter, and must be uniquely written -- not form letters sent out en masse. Letters must bear the writer's name, and must also include your complete address and telephone number for verification purposes. (We will not publish your address or phone number.)
While we would like to publish as many letters as possible, we reserve the right to edit or reject letters for legal or other reasons. 
Letters can be sent to 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A, Waukesha , WI 53186; faxed to (262)446-6646; or e-mailed to news@cninow.com.You can also submit letters online via our submission form.

Waukesha's Common Council denies New Berlin's request for its fire services

Oct. 07, 2014 9:00 p.m. | The city of Waukesha will not be providing automatic fire and EMS services to the city of New Berlin.

A week after Waukesha's Finance Committee recommended the council approve the agreement between the two cities, Waukesha's Common Council voted against it in a 9-5 vote at its meeting Tuesday night. 

The agreement entailed firefighters from Waukesha's Station 2, located on 1714 Pearl St., off highways 59 and 164, respond on average to about 20 to 25 emergencies per year to an area in New Berlin bordered roughly by Greenfield, Lincoln and Cleveland avenues. 

New Berlin Fire Chief Lloyd Bertram came to Waukesha's Acting Fire Chief Steve Howard earlier this year with the request of Waukesha providing a first response to this small portion of New Berlin because Waukesha's Station 2 is closer to this area than New Berlin's closest station. 

"New Berlin can serve this area but knows that we're closer," Howard said. 

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So far, New Berlin likes Kohler Ridge conservation subdivision plan

Oct. 07, 2014 5:04 p.m. | About 143 acres in the 21000 block of Lawnsdale Road could soon be developed into 48 homesites.

The lots of the proposed Kohler Ridge conservation subdivision would be at least three-quarters of an acre. But the developer plans to buy a tree farm next door and would use those 60 acres to help get the housing density down to the city's requirements for a conservation subdivision.

The developer will ask for part of the tract to be rezoned, also, dropping the upland resource conservancy and the quarry zoning that are there now. The quarry known as the Kohler Pit is being reclaimed now.

The New Berlin Plan Commission on Monday appeared generally pleased with the subdivision conceptual plan except that a second access road will be needed for the plan to comply with city codes. The Plan Commission will do a site walk on Oct. 15, possibly with the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Subdivision plans will likely be submitted after that to go through the city approval process.

Water main break may clog traffic, New Berlin police warn

Oct. 07, 2014 1:58 p.m. | A water main break at Cleveland Ave. east of Moorland Road may create congestion during the afternoon commute, New Berlin police are warning. Both directions of travel are still open.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 7

Oct. 03, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Big conference games and homecoming festivities were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 7 on Oct. 2 and 3.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 7.

Bankruptcy judge approves sale of YMCA properties

Sept. 30, 2014 5:51 p.m. | U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley on Tuesday approved the sale of four suburban YMCA properties for a total of $9 million, marking an important step in the efforts to downsize and restructure the organization that has been mired in debt.

"This was a huge hurdle today for the mission of the Y, which will be stronger in the region," Julie Tolan, the president and CEO of the Milwaukee Y, said after the hearing. It will also allow the Milwaukee Y to begin to move forward to focus on its future as a smaller, urban YMCA, she said.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee filed for bankruptcy protection in June, faced with $29 million in debt that threatened to sink the organization.

Under the court-approved sale, the YMCA of Central Waukesha County will purchase the Southwest Y in Greenfield, the Tri-County Y in Menomonee Falls and the West Suburban Y in Wauwatosa for $7 million in cash, with a possible $1 million more based on earnings in the next two years.

The Kettle Moraine YMCA will buy the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA for $2 million in cash at closing. The closings are tentatively scheduled for Oct. 15.

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Poll: Will Catholic Memorial or Muskego win in Week 7 matchup?

Sept. 30, 2014 10:00 a.m. | Week 7 of the preps football season showcases a big Classic 8 matchup: Catholic Memorial at Muskego.

Last year in Waukesha, the Crusaders routed the Warriors, 41-7.

And both teams have had success this year. Catholic Memorial is 3-1 in the conference (5-1 overall). Meanwhile, Muskego leads the Classic 8 at 4-0 (6-0) and has already clinched a playoff spot.

 

Enter Halloween contest to win tickets to Legends & Lore

Sept. 30, 2014 9:39 a.m. | Halloween is creeping up, and that means it's time to see and hear about your favorite Halloween haunts.

If you do, you have a chance to enjoy haunted walks, spooky stories and crafts plus folklore from Wisconsin's past with free tickets to Halloween Legends & Lore at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle on Oct. 11, 18, 25 and 31.

Here's what you need to do to be entered into a giveaway for one adult and one child admission:

Post a photo of you in your best Halloween costume or share your favorite place to go to for a Halloween fright. You can enter on Twitter or Instagram, but either way, you must include the hashtag #HalloweenWI in your post.

Deadline to enter is noon Thursday, Oct. 9. Four winners of one adult and one child admission each will be selected and notified Friday, Oct. 10.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 26

Sept. 26, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Big conference games were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 6 on Sept. 26.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 6.

Owners of former Parkland Mall lose appeal of lawsuit against Muskego

Sept. 25, 2014 5:23 p.m. | Muskego — Parkland Venture, owner of the former Parkland Mall property in Muskego, will file a motion asking the District 2 Court of Appeals to reconsider dismissal of Parkland Venture's $46 million lawsuit against the city of Muskego.

The lawsuit was in connection with the development of the former Parkland Mall site in the heart of the city.

The lawsuit mainly alleges that the city conspired to illegally take the former Parkland Mall from Parkland Venture by making it too difficult to develop. The defunct mall property is 10.8 acres at Janesville Road and Lannon Drive in Muskego.

The Court of Appeals on Sept. 17 affirmed the Feb. 20, 2013, decision by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lee Dreyfuss Jr. to dismiss all the claims in the 2009 lawsuit, which contained allegations stemming from 1997.

The Appeals Court agreed with Dreyfuss that the notice of claims against the city was filed too long after the alleged violations took place. Such notices must be filed 120 days after an alleged violation.

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