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Road closure discourages shortcut route to New Berlin City Center

Sept. 13, 2012 9:15 a.m. | The New Berlin Common Council this week approved closing Wilbur Drive at a key point near City Center in an effort to dissuade drivers from using a residential neighborhood as a shortcut route.

Aldermen hope the move will reduce the amount of traffic cutting through the neighborhood to and from Sunny Slope Road east of the the mixed-use commercial complex while not completely eliminating the center's access for neighbors.

The proposal, in which Wilbur would be cut off on Cottonwood Drive, was a compromise from an earlier suggestion that Wilbur be cut off completely from the center's access at 147th Street. It was approved Tuesday.

The Board of Public Works will now make a recommendation on the design and cost of blocking the road. Board chairman Alderman Dave Ament said he will strive for a design that would enable pedestrians and bicyclists to get through the blockage.

Board members will meet Monday to start that process.

Updated week seven rankings of area prep football teams and players

Oct. 02, 2015 1:00 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Aaron Rodgers really the best QB in football?

Oct. 01, 2015 11:00 a.m. | With a big battle looming for the Badgers, Iowa graduate J.P. Cadorin talks about the dangers the Hawkeyes present. Also, while Aaron Rodgers has been excellent, there is another quarterback who's been just as impressive. And could a prep football powerhouse be left out of the playoffs this year entirely?

No speakers at New Berlin schools' hearing on $5.1 million borrowing

Sept. 30, 2015 7:18 p.m. | No one spoke at a public hearing on the New Berlin School Board plan to borrow $5.1 million to provide air conditioning and to revamp the HVAC systems at Poplar Creek and Orchard Lane elementary schools.

The hearing was held Monday and the school board approved going ahead with the borrowing that night, also. However, residents still have the right to petition to stop the borrowing plan. The deadline is Oct. 14. Both the school board and the annual meeting already have approved the projects.

The borrowing would add 6 cents per $1,000 to school property taxes on a home worth $250,000, school officials estimate, and the additional expense is already within the proposed 1.2 percent property tax levy for the current 2015-16 school year.

The air conditioning projects should start in December and be finished by the start of school next fall.

The projects are estimated to save $726,000 per year in cost avoidance plus $2,242 annually in energy savings, officials estimate.

New Berlin food pantry to receive $10,000 from Hormel plant

Sept. 29, 2015 7:03 p.m. | The New Berlin food pantry will receive a $10,000 donation Wednesday from Mexican Accent, the local manufacturing plant owned by the Hormel Foods Corp.

The donation will be part of the Hormel Foods Plant Community Donations Program, which gives employees the opportunity to assist local hunger relief organizations and strengthen the communities where they live and work.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Hormel Foods has given funds to U.S. manufacturing facilities to share with nonprofit agencies in their respective communities to fight hunger. In 2014, Hormel Foods donated $390,000 to local hunger relief organizations in 39 American communities where it has manufacturing facilities, bringing the program's total contribution toward local hunger relief efforts to nearly $1 million.

This year, the company will provide 39 plant locations with funds to continue the program.

Sport Shorts: Oct. 1, 2015

Sept. 28, 2015 5:08 p.m. |


The Lions won the Port Washington Invitation on Saturday, Sept. 26, beating Sheboygan Lutheran, Ozaukee, Mayville and Port Washington in pool play.

Then they defeated fourth-seeded Port Washington and second-seeded Mayville to win the championship.

Eisenhower beat Sheboygan Lutheran (25-17, 25-22), Ozaukee (25-6, 25-7), Mayville (25-19, 25-19) and Port Washington (25-16, 25-17).

They beat Port Washington in the semifinal match (25-18, 25-19) and then defeated Mayville (25-12, 25-21) in the championship match.

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Many parks improvements make it into proposed 2016 Muskego budget

Sept. 28, 2015 2:48 p.m. | Work could start on the Aster Hills Estates Neighborhood Park and on three recreation trail segments if the Muskego Common Council approves the proposed 2016 budget.

The total proposed for Aster Hills is $200,000 that would give a start on the total $825,000 park project.

The subdivision near the new park won't be fully constructed by 2016, so the park cost is recommended to be split into phases.

Another $875,000 is proposed to create three recreation trail segments.

One would start from the Aster Hills Estates subdivision located west of North Cape Road and Durham Drive and south of Preigel Drive. The proposed trail would go south along North Cape Road to Highway 36. The segment would cost an estimated $540,000.The northern portion of the trail is being constructed this year by the Aster Hills developers.

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New Berlin CDA approves accessible housing grant program

Sept. 28, 2015 1:48 p.m. | On a split vote, the New Berlin Community Development authority approved a process for distributing the $75,000 that New Berlin set aside to promote accessible housing in the city.

New Berlin agreed to set aside the money in a consent decree that settled a housing discrimination lawsuit against the city. That lawsuit, brought by the federal Department of Justice, involved controversial workforce housing that was eventually built in the New Berlin City Center.

The program the CDA approved would give a $2,500 down payment subsidy to first-time home buyers meeting moderate income requirements and who want to buy a house in New Berlin. The goal of the program is to provide more affordable and accessible housing for low- and moderate-income families.

However, questions came up over why the application asks for how families promote the goal of achieving "integration and equal housing opportunity regardless of race or any protected classifications..." If the program is not aimed at racial integration, why is this question being asked, Alderman John Fillar who sits on the CDA, inquire.

New Berlin city attorney Mark Blum said the program is not race-based and that applicants need to show how granting them assistance would further fair housing in general. However, the grants are supposed to be given on a first-come, first-served basis, under the grant procedure the CDA approved.

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New Berlin Eisenhower swimming team wins Woodland Conference Relays

Sept. 28, 2015 9:08 a.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower overcame a major injury, changed the lineup and pulled away with the win at the Woodland Conference Relays on Sept. 23 at Greenfield.

The Lions defeated Shorewood, 307-304, and coach Alyssa Bauer was ecstatic especially considering they were without freshman Emily Diodati, who has an injured shoulder and is out for approximately six weeks.

"We had a great meet," she said. "We went in with a major injury and had to rearrange the lineup the night before. I had a few inexperienced girls really step up and a few veterans take charge of making sure the team was having fun.

"The end of the meet was very exciting. We had to sit out the last relay since we had divers and the meet came down to that last race. We ended up beating Shorewood by 3 points and winning."

The Lions had nine top-three finishes, including three first-place winners.

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Parking lot paving starting any time at New Berlin's Valley View Park

Sept. 28, 2015 7:38 a.m. | Any day now, those coming to enjoy Valley View Park in New Berlin will find huge road machinery in the parking lot busy busting up broken pavement and applying a smooth new coat.

A third of the lot at Valley View, 5051 S. Sunnyslope Road, will be repaved this year.

Work is to start as soon as paving crews finish the parking lot at Calhoun Park. That project has run a bit long due to subsoil issues.

Muskego to hire city attorney in effort to consolidate legal services

Sept. 28, 2015 7:28 a.m. | To increase efficiency and possibly to save money, Muskego is consolidating its city attorney services and bringing them in-house.

The city has started the hiring process for a attorney to handle both municipal court prosecutions and the city government's legal matters.

For years, the city has contracted out for both services and each attorney served part-time in each capacity.

The new full-time city attorney who will be based at the Muskego City Hall will be paid from $87,665 to $113,929, plus benefits.

"At minimum, we will break even or save money and at the break even point it will be more efficient," said Muskego Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti.

Jordan Canady, Eisenhower football win battle of New Berlin with ease

Sept. 26, 2015 12:18 a.m. | It was a packed stadium at New Berlin West as the town gathered to watch the battle for New Berlin. The Lions of Eisenhower improved to 5-1 with a 42-19 win, while the Vikings will keep looking for their first win of the season.

Some early mistakes by the Vikings saw Ike take an early 14-0 lead on touchdowns from Jordan Canady.

"We shoot ourselves in the foot," said West coach Al Moroder. "We did the same thing against Pewaukee last week; we've put the ball on the ground against Pius, it's just something that we've got to work to clean up."

The Vikings got on the board in the second quarter on a drive that culminated in a 31-yard touchdown run from Max Meleski, but the Lions answered just before halftime on a touchdown pass from Sam Carey to Canady, who scored four touchdowns overall.

"We just came in the game hungry," Canady said. "We knew they were going to come out hungry as well, because they had nothing to lose. My line blocked well, so that's what happens when they block."

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3 charged in suburban burglary string targeting flat screen TVs

Sept. 25, 2015 4:28 p.m. | Waukesha County authorities have charged three Milwaukee residents with operating a burglary crew in which one of the participants was "taking orders for flat screen TVs" and trying to fulfill them, according to a criminal complaint.

James E. Dixon, 54, Jammie L. Morris, 38, and Damien F. Robinson, 36, all face two counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Jan. 8, 2014, Menomonee Falls police officers were sent to a home after one of the residents discovered her home had been burglarized. Items stolen included a Samsung LED television and a Dell personal computer.

Police determined that a series of similar burglaries had taken place around the area in Waukesha and Ozaukee counties.

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2 right lanes of NB I-43 reopen after crash at Calhoun Road

Sept. 25, 2015 4:23 p.m. | Crews have cleared a traffic incident that closed the two right lanes of northbound Interstate 43 at Calhoun Road in Waukesha. The Wisconsin State Patrol responded.

Muskego Police Department needs drive plan for new station, city hall

Sept. 24, 2015 2:28 p.m. | Muskego — The time has come for something to be done about the cramped and difficult conditions at the Muskego Police Station, the Muskego Common Council has decided.

The plan under consideration is for the police department to move into a remodeled city hall and to build a smaller city hall, probably behind the current one.

Alderman Neil Borgman put the situation in a nutshell: "The city hall is too big to be the city hall and the police department is too small to be the police department."

The excess space in the city hall resulted from outsourcing, cutting staff and consolidation, he said.

The $19 million project that also includes improvements at the public works site can be done without raising taxes, Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti said. City debt will be down enough so that the remaining debt can be restructured and borrowing for the facilities projects can be fit in without raising taxes, she said.

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New Berlin section 35 neighbors speak out against proposed use changes

Sept. 21, 2015 1:03 p.m. | New Berlin —Disagreement over developing the last remaining farmland east of Moorland Road has cropped up from neighboring homeowners who discouraged plans at a recent public hearing here for a proposed park, expanded business park and a sports complex.

Instead, neighbors want homes built on the property.

City officials have attempted to involved residents in the planning by holding eight focus groups on proposed changes to the land use plan. The city also expanded City Hall office hours on 29 occasions and even on some weekends to gather opinions on the plans.

The tract in question is known as section 35 and part of section 34, basically bordered by Moorland and Sunnyslope roads and Grange and College avenues. It's the largest remaining tract of farmland in New Berlin east of Moorland Road.

The current land use plan calls for business park development going roughly a third of the way into the tract along Moorland Road. In almost the middle of the strip, a finger of business development would extend further east toward Sunnyslope. The rest of the section is slated for homes. The tract has substantial wetlands, environmental corridors and hilly terrain that make it hard to build on.

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