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News & Notes: Feb. 3

Feb. 3, 2014

Alderman resigns,

citing new commitments

Muskego — Alderman Rob Glazier has decided to step down from his post on the Muskego Common Council, vacating a 4th District seat that he originally took as an appointee when another alderman resigned.

At last week's council meeting, Glazier cited increased job and volunteer responsibilities as his reasons for resigning.

The council is likely to appoint someone to serve the more than one year remaining on Glazier's term. City officials said it is too late to include the open seat on the spring ballot.

Glazier was appointed in summer 2012 after Alderman Keith Werner resigned. Glazier then won election to a two-year term in April 2013.

After accepting a new employment position last fall that changed his schedule, Glazier considered resigning but decided to see if he could make everything work. However, after a time, he realized the time situation was too impractical.

Glazier said he thought it was best to step aside and let someone else serve who can give the job the attention it needs.

Public hearing slated

on proposed Burger King

Muskego — A Burger King could be coming to Muskego again.

The fast-food chain is interested in opening a restaurant on a vacant lot at the northeast corner of Moorland Road and Commerce Center Parkway, near Walmart.

The current zoning for that corner is business and office park, so Burger King is asking the city to rezone for a general business zoning already in place for Walmart and a hardware store at that location. A public hearing on the rezoning request will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave.

After the hearing, the request will go to the Plan Commission and then to the Common Council. The city would also have to approve a land split, enabling Burger King to buy a nearly one-acre parcel for the building, and the building plans when they are submitted.

If approved, it would be the second Burger King in Muskego. The first, on Janesville Road, was razed years ago.

Complaint triggers another

school athletic probe

New Berlin — The federal Office for Civil Rights will begin a new investigation into whether the New Berlin School District provides girls and boys with equivalent locker rooms and practice and competitive facilities as federal law requires.

The investigation is the result of an appeal of a complaint filed in November 2012 by New Berlin Eisenhower Middle/High School parents. The complaint alleges that the district uses different methods and criteria to select and fund improvements to athletic facilities for boys and girls.

That complaint about funding was separate from the original 2011 Title IX equal rights complaint signed by 37 people, mostly parents of Eisenhower Middle/High School girls swimming and diving athletes, that alleged unequal treatment of boys' and girls' athletics.

That complaint went into mediation, and a settlement was reached in March 2012 resulting in some upgrades of girls' facilities. District spokesmen said some of those upgrades were planned, anyway.

Team takes fourth

at state competition

New Berlin — The New Berlin West Pom and Dance Team took fourth in the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches State Dance Championships in La Crosse on Saturday.

It was the first time in seven years that the team has placed in the state competition for Division 2 Hip Hop. Eleven teams qualified for the state competition.

Members of the team are Kerry Zynda, Annie Giang, Allison Mann, Cassie Kloth, Carly Nelson, Brittany McClellan, Angely Gill, Morgan Brzank, Sara Riegler, Jessica Kutschenreuter, Elena Hausmann, Lizzi Lovdal, Abby Delain, Kasey Lukach and Breanna Woyach.

The team is coached by Sara Jarvis and Tina Martinez.

Muskego DECA team wins

honors at district contest

Muskego — Several members of Muskego High School's DECA team did well at the District 5/6 DECA Career Development Conference held recently.

DECA is an acronym for Distributive Education Clubs of America, an international organization that prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers.

Brittany Yerges and Michelle Clegg took second place in the travel and tourism team decision-making event and will advance to the State Career Development Conference in March.

Nic Jendusa will advance to the state conference as a non-qualifying competitor after competing in the sports and entertainment marketing individual event. Based on his performance, Nic also will go on to the School-Based Enterprise Academy.

Rachel Zawicki earned a medal for her role play at the district competition. Michelle Rubenzer and Alex Graziano also competed at the district level.

Each student competed in one individual or team decision-making event that involved taking an online exam and presenting one or two role play solutions to judges.

Medical company

has new finance chief

New Berlin — Home Care Medical Inc., 5665 S. Westridge Drive, has promoted Ann Fabry to chief financial officer and vice president of finance and operations.

The firm is a large provider of home medical equipment and supplies, rehab technology, respiratory care, and home infusion and specialized nutrition, .

Fabry has been with Home Care Medical since 2002, when she was hired as manager of finance. She was promoted to director in 2010.

Urgent care clinic

opens in New Berlin

New Berlin — ProHealth Care Medical Associates has announced that urgent care is now available at its clinic at National Avenue and Sunnyslope Road.

Urgent care is an option when patients can't wait for the next available appointment with their primary care physicians. The service is available to all, including those who do not have a ProHealth Care physician.

Urgent care providers can diagnose, treat and manage injuries and illnesses that are not serious enough to warrant a hospital emergency room visit. Services are available during the day, in the evening, and on weekends and holidays with no need for an appointment.

The New Berlin clinic's urgent care services are staffed by physicians and providers who currently staff ProHealth's six other urgent care locations. They work collaboratively with primary care and specialty care physicians and are supported by radiology and laboratory services, all located within the clinic, 13900 W. National Ave.

Access 12 work

to be done by spring

Muskego — By spring, there should be no question where the Public Lake Access 12 to Little Muskego Lake ends and where private property begins, said Craig Anderson, Muskego parks and recreation director.

Months ago, neighbors complained that part of the public access looked like private property. The property owner agreed to make several changes, all of which have been done, Anderson said.

He installed a split-rail fence on his lot line, removed plantings on the access side and put sod down and removed part of a stone path on the access.

This winter, the city will cut down some undesirable trees that interfere with the lake view and that shade desirable trees.

Lake Access 12 is one of several lake accesses that provide views of Little Muskego Lake but are not used to launch boats.

Muskego conservation

starts Facebook page

Muskego — People will be able to keep up on conservation events and projects and see wildlife photos on the new Muskego conservation Facebook page.

Tom Zagar, Muskego conservation coordinator, said the Facebook site will let people know of things such as migratory bird day and volunteer events. The page can be called up on Facebook or by using Google to search for Muskego conservation Facebook

Retired teacher's

first book coming out

Muskego — A young adult book titled "Odin's Promise," by Muskego resident Sandy Brehl, will debut from Crispin Books this spring.

Brehl will hold a Book Birthday Party from 6 to 8 p.m. April 24 at Norway House, near 75th Street and Oklahoma Avenue.

Brehl taught for 20 years at Hales Corners Elementary School in the Whitnall School District and before that taught for two decades in the Milwaukee Public Schools.

Since retiring she has been active with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She also teaches professional development workshops on literacy for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee education outreach. Those workshops have usually been held at the New Berlin Public Library.

"Odin's Promise" is historical fiction for middle-grade readers depicting the first year of German occupation of Norway as seen through the eyes of a young girl.

At her side for support and protection as she develops inner strength and voice and finds she is able to endure hardship and heartache is Odin, her faithful elkhound.

City might buy,

raze flood-prone home

Muskego — The Common Council last week authorized applying for a municipal flood control grant so that the city can buy and raze a home that has experienced some of the worst flooding in Muskego.

The total estimated cost is $168,000. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources flood grant would cover $118,000.

But even the city's remaining $50,000 share could be reduced if city crews are used to raze the home and if Muskego can get some financial help from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District — a possibility given that the project would reduce the amount of rainwater getting into sanitary sewers.

Officials said they hope those factors could reduce Muskego's cost to $38,000.

Muskego has bought and razed properties before for flood relief, said David Simpson, public works director, but not in many years.

Other homes suffer similar flooding, but either don't meet the grant requirements or do not yet have the documents needed to move forward with a grant request. The home that could be razed is near Pilak Creek.

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