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News & Notes: Jan. 20

Jan. 20, 2014

Aldermen to review

fireworks ordinances

Muskego — A packed house could be on hand Monday for the anticipated discussion of the city fireworks ordinance.

The controversial topic is again on the Muskego Common Council agenda, reviving a topic that has generated significant debate and disagreement in recent years. As of press deadline this week, public comment was expected to be accepted at the 7 p.m. meeting at the City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave.

Muskego is the only community in the metropolitan area that allows private fireworks displays with a permit. Some fireworks opponents would like stronger restrictions, if not an outright ban.

Once again, aldermen are expected to discuss whether to shorten the number of days the displays are allowed and whether the times of day should be restricted more. A suggestion made recently was to require people to get permission from neighbors within a certain number of feet from their homes before they can have fireworks displays.

School Board looking

at weight room options

Muskego — To keep its options open, the Muskego-Norway School Board took two steps last week concerning the Muskego High School weight room floor, which last summer was found to be in disrepair.

One option is to build a weight room addition to accommodate future growth. So the first step the district will take is to hire an architect to make sure such an addition would not close the door on potential long-range plans that might involve expanding the swimming pool or building a field house. That information should be back to the School Board in about a month.

The other step will be to solicit bids for fixing the floor.

City drops many

bow hunting rules

New Berlin — New Berlin will now be more open to bow and crossbow hunters.

The Common Council last week dropped some restrictions on where people can hunt with bows. The city will also no longer require permits and background checks.

The changes bring the city's ordinances in line with Act 71, a less-restrictive law that was passed by the Wisconsin Legislature in December.

New Berlin's amended ordinances now simply require hunters to be properly licensed to hunt in Wisconsin and that they get permission from landowners on whose land they want to hunt. Hunting still will not be permitted in park, parkways, school, city or federal properties.

Also, arrows or bolts must be discharged toward the ground, and hunting is not permitted within 100 yards of a building unless prior permission has been obtained from the owner of the land where the building sits.

New Berlin among

best for job seekers

New Berlin — New Berlin has been named one of the best places for job seekers in Wisconsin by the consumer advocacy website NerdWallet.

New Berlin ranked 13th in the state. Oconomowoc was first and Fitchberg was second.

NerdWallet analyzed three critical factors to compile its ranking.

One was whether the community is growing. It assessed growth in the working-age population, ages 16 and older, from 2009 to 2012 to ensure that the city is attracting workers and exhibiting a trend of upward population growth.

The second factor was whether people can afford to live in the city. It answered that by measuring the city's median household income. It also analyzed monthly homeowner costs, including mortgage payments, to see if the city had a reasonable cost of living.

The third factor was whether most people are employed. Researchers looked at the unemployment rate.

'Muskego Memories' is

theme in library contest

Muskego — To celebrate Muskego's 50th anniversary, the Muskego Public Library is holding an essay contest for adults and child writers as young as first grade.

The essay topic is "Muskego Memories."

The contest is divided into four age categories: grades 1-4, grades 5-8, grades 9-12, and adult. Entry forms are available at the reference desk in the library and online at cityofmuskego.org/index.aspx?nid=166.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Feb. 21. Winners will be announced in March and prizes will be awarded for first through third places in each age category.

Applications accepted

for Legion scholarships

Muskego — The Muskego American Legion and Auxiliary Post 356 is now accepting applications for multiple $500 scholarships for Muskego High School graduating seniors.

Applications, which can be printed from the high school website, are due April 18. Applications may be submitted to American Legion & Auxiliary Post 356 Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 92, Muskego, WI 53150.

Scholarships will be awarded in May.

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