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City approves engineering work for flooded area

May 27, 2011 10:36 a.m. | To try to aid flood-plagued homeowners in the Meadow Lane area, the New Berlin Common Council last night gave the go-ahead to a consultant to do the engineering needed to apply for a federal FEMA grant of nearly $1 million.

If obtained, the grant plus $125,000 from the city could go a long way in solving flooding problems for not only five families whose flooding is severe, but 35 more, staff said. The city will know about the grant late this year or early next year, said Nicolet Hewitt, division engineer-storm water.

If the city has to pay for the project itself, construction might not happen for five years, one official estimates. If the grant comes through, construction would likely happen next year, Hewitt said.

The project is phase 2 of a four-phase plan for the area. The city is working on finishing phase 1.

The $1.5 million phase 2 work has been slimmed down to a $1 million project. It involves installing a 5-foot-tall relief sewer for the south branch of Underwood Creek that would catch water overflowing the creek and route it around homes to empty into the creek farther downstream at 124th Street.

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Greendale tennis sectional photo gallery now online

May 27, 2011 9:32 a.m. | We've just published Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from the Greendale boys tennis sectional, which was held yesterday at Marquette University.

Brookfield East earned a team state berth with wins at second, third and fourth singles and second doubles. Brookfield Central was second with victories at first singles and first doubles.

The gallery also features competitors from Franklin, Greendale, New Berlin Eisenhower, Oak Creek, Wauwatosa East and Whitnall.

Go to photo gallery.

City Center development remains on hold

May 25, 2011 1:14 p.m. | Still not ready to decide on a course of development for the rest of the New Berlin City Center, the New Berlin Common Council last night approved extending the moratorium on development proposals another 60 days.

The council originally put a moratorium in place last June and extended it several times.

The current moratorium is set to expire June 4. The 60-day extension will put the new expiration date at Aug. 3.

New Waukesha County Board map advances

May 25, 2011 12:16 p.m. | Waukesha - Despite a few dissenters, the Waukesha County Board has approved a tentative map realigning the 25 county supervisor districts that will come into play in next April's election.

The plan - which now goes to municipal governments for drawing local ward boundaries in the next 60 days - was approved Tuesday 18-3.

Voting no were Supervisors Dave Falstad of Oconomowoc Lake and Michael Inda of Summit, two of three incumbents who would have to face off in the same district if they seek re-election. The third, Ted Rolfs of Chenequa, was absent. Also voting no was Thomas Schellinger of Brookfield, whose current Brookfield-Elm Grove district would be redrawn to eliminate Elm Grove and incorporate a portion of New Berlin.

Under the plan, available at www.waukeshacounty.gov, nine incumbents would face competition from each other in four districts if all seek re-election. Five of the 25 districts would have no incumbent living inside their boundaries. Sixteen districts each have one resident incumbent.

The County Board will take final action on the new apportionment plan, redrawn as a result of shifting population since the prior Census 10 years ago, in August or September. In December, candidates for County Board declare their intention to run based on the new districts.

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