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Falls fire union agrees to pay employee share of WRS

Aug. 19, 2013 9:49 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Fire Department union agreed to pay their share into the Wisconsin Retirement System, according to a new collective bargaining agreement approved by the Village Board on Monday.

The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3879 on Aug. 12 ratified a three-year agreement that affects employee pay, retirement contributions and work day schedule. When Act 10 went into affect two years ago, police and fire departments did not face any changes to their collective bargaining powers. Despite this, the union decided to align with all other non-represented village employees by following the non-represented employee health insurance plan design, as well as pay the full cost of the employee share of the WRS, said Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald.

"That means they will be taking on by contract that which Act 10 essentially gave them rights to avoid so our Fire Department now will be very much like the other non-represented employees in the village," he said.

Village President Randy Newman commended the union for their willingness to bring equality to village staff.

The agreement also changes the Fire Department employees' hours. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, they will move to a 24-hour work day schedule; however, Fitzgerald said it's not the typical shifts where employees work 24 hours, then have 48 hours off of work. Full time employees will work three, 24-hour shifts with 24-hour breaks in between them, followed by having four days off. They will receive an additional eight days off throughout the year that are placed into a "leap schedule," which limits their hours to 53 hours on average per week.

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Germantown police warn man for brandishing switchblade at stop light

April 15, 2014 3:15 p.m. | A motorist called 911 to report that a man got out of his vehicle and brandished an unopened switchblade knife while at the stop light April 8.

According to the Germantown police report:

The motorist called 911 to report that a man driving a tan 2001 Pontiac Bonneville got out of his vehicle and brandished an unopened switchblade knife while at the stop light on the Highway 41 off-ramp at County Line Road about 12:55 p.m. April 8.

The vehicle was described as having a sticker on the rear trunk lid that stated "Veteran with PTSD, please pass or stand back."

Police found the man, who admitted to the incident, and he was warned about his actions.

Falls to begin short-term fix of Menomonee Avenue

April 15, 2014 2:20 p.m. | Menomonee Avenue is getting a much-needed face-lift. Work is expected to begin in late May on the stretch of road between Appleton Avenue and Town Hall Road.

At an estimated cost of $199,879, the work will remove the rough spots and resurface the stretch of road that former village trustee Sharon Ellis called "horrendous."

It's an effort Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald called a "five-year Band-Aid," as village officials plan to continue seeking state assistance to completely overhaul the road by 2018.

"We've been putting off doing anything on Menomonee Avenue because we wanted to redo some of the subsurface work," explained Village Board President Randy Newman. "This is not rebuilding the whole road, which was the intention, but it will remove all the patches and dips and all the other problems so we can have a good road surface at least through 2018."

That is when Fitzgerald is hopeful the state will approve what will be the third request for help funding the project, which is estimated to cost more than $3 million when the time comes. If funding is approved, the project cost will be split 80/20 between the state and the village.

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ChemWorks plan called objectionable by Falls commission

April 14, 2014 6:31 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — The Plan Commission earned a standing ovation from those in attendance Wednesday, April 9, after voting down the controversial ChemWorks waste water treatment plant proposal.

"I'm so excited, I'm just shaking," resident Barb Vermey said immediately following the vote.

The action comes after months of discussion and opposition from nearby residential property owners, who have pleaded with village officials not to let the project proceed.

Discussion by commissioners focused primarily on the proposed use of the land, which they ultimately declared objectionable after 21/2 hours of debate. Another option would have been to put in place a lengthy list of limitations and restrictions, which Commissioner Tim Newman said would be difficult to enforce.

"If it comes down to self-monitoring, I don't have that confidence," he said of Advanced Waste Services, parent company of ChemWorks. The company was granted an occupancy permit by the village in August, 2013, which allowed renovations to begin on a former concrete block manufacturing plant on a 21.6-acre parcel at N5998 Lilly Road.

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Bay girls win 10 events to repeat as North Shore indoor track champs

April 10, 2014 9:44 p.m. | As one of the few seniors on the immensely talented and successful Whitefish Bay girls track team, Sara Coffey realizes what a good thing she's a part of right now.

Because the Blue Dukes built off their titles in their own Lois Wolf Invitational and the WTFA State Indoor last week by claiming an impressive 10 events and repeating as North Shore Conference indoor champions at Milwaukee Lutheran Thursday night.

"It's been really fun," said Coffey, who won both the 1,600 and 3,200-meter races. "We've all been working very hard since the end of the cross country season (last fall). It's so fun to see all this hard work pay off.

"We all ran like crazy last week and we did even better this week."

The Blue Dukes scored 144 points for their title in the eight-team field as a game Homestead team won two events and took second with 115. Germantown was fourth with 59 and Nicolet sixth with 34.

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Waste business not permitted to relocate to Menomonee Falls

April 09, 2014 10:17 p.m. | A Milwaukee-based industrial waste treatment business that has been the subject of odor complaints from its neighbors will not be permitted to relocate to Menomonee Falls at this time, the village plan commission decided Wednesday.

The commission found the business objectionable and that its proposed uses of the property would be prohibited.

Village President Randall Newman was applauded by residents when he explained his vote. "I think it's a nuisance to the surrounding area," he said.

More than 200 residents attended the meeting at Ben Franklin Elementary School. The commission dismissed Advanced Waste Services Inc.'s request to operate its business at a property off Lilly Road that is zoned for heavy industry after more than two hours of discussion.

An option, as proposed by village staff, to make permits subject to numerous odor control and operating restrictions specified by the commission to reduce the effect on the community was not considered.

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Waukesha County Board OKs recycling program with Milwaukee

April 09, 2014 10:35 a.m. | The Waukesha County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an intergovernmental agreement between the county and the city of Milwaukee for a joint recycling program run by ReCommunity Recycling.

Mayor Tom Barrett has praised the effort as an example of intergovernmental cooperation.

The County Board vote was 21-1. Afterward, Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas released a statement saying the collaboration, which will be headquartered in the Menomonee Valley, will increase recycling, reduce processing costs and enhance revenue.

“This unique public-private partnership will ensure the continuation of tax relief for Waukesha County community partners," Vrakas said.

The agreement is expected to generate $2 million in annual revenue for the city.

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Menomonee Falls police identify man killed in accidental shooting

April 04, 2014 12:50 p.m. | Menomonee Falls police on Friday identified 61-year-old Michael Price as the man who was killed by a self-inflicted, accidental gunshot wound to the chest on Thursday.

The shooting occurred about 8:50 a.m. Thursday in the parking lot of Bob Lanier Enterprises, N93-W14575 Whittaker Way, according to a news release.

Price, of Menomonee Falls, had two handguns in his possession, one of which accidentally discharged, police said.

"We have no reason to believe that either the discharge was intentional or foul play was involved," investigators said in a news release.

Man killed by accidental, self-inflicted gunshot in Menomonee Falls

April 03, 2014 11:40 a.m. | A 61-year-old man was killed by a self-inflicted, accidental gunshot wound to the chest on Thursday, Menomonee Falls police said.

The shooting occurred about 8:50 a.m. Thursday at Bob Lanier Enterprises, N93-W14575 Whittaker Way, officials said.

The man's identity has not been released and police did not specify if he was a employee at the business.

Polling places are open in Menomonee Falls

April 01, 2014 11:57 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Polling places are now open throughout the village for today's election.

In the Village Board race, Michael McDonald, Katie Kress and Chris Rolenc are facing off to fill Village Board Seat No. 1. The seat is vacant due to the retirement of Sharon Ellis.

Tim Newman, Kevel Anderson and Chris Smolik are vying for Seat No. 2, which is left vacant by the recent passing of long-time board member Jim Jeskewitz.

Joseph Helm is running unopposed for Seat No. 3, currently held by Dennis Farrell.

In the School Board race, three candidates are competing for two seats. Incumbent Ronald Bertieri seeks to retain his position for a third term, while first-time candidates Lowell Kellogg and Mark Nadolski compete for a second seat left vacant by Gina Palazzari, who has opted to retire.

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VIDEO: Falls Booster Club 7th Annual Dodgeball Tournament

March 28, 2014 12:32 p.m. |  The 7th annual Dodgeball Tournament drew 54 teams totaling 320 players in five division that was hosted by the Menomonee Falls Booster Club and the Capital Improvement Campaign.


Video by C.T. Kruger:

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Menomonee Falls police seek suspects in attempted break-in

March 25, 2014 2:53 p.m. | Menomonee Falls police are seeking three suspects who attempted to break into an occupied home the morning of March 19.

According to the police report:

A resident in the 14000 block of Faye Court called police after three unknown males approached the front door of his residence and attempted to break in at 11:05 a.m.

The resident's juvenile daughter was sitting on the couch doing homework when the incident occurred.

One of the suspects was described as a black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up over his head and black leather gloves. The other two suspects were standing with their backs to the house, as if acting as lookouts. They also were wearing black hooded sweatshirts with the hoods pulled up.

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Pep rally today at Germantown High School will honor basketball team, others

March 19, 2014 12:52 p.m. | There will be a student recognition ceremony at Germantown High School at 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday to honor the three-time state champion boys basketball team, the state runner-up boys volleyball team as well as other academic and athletic award winners.

Both teams will formally present their trophies to the school at this time. Steve Showalter is the coach of the basketball team and Brian Rushmer is the coach of the volleyball team.

Fundraiser to be held for new Falls Field in honor of Jeskewitz

March 19, 2014 1:30 a.m. | There will be a four-day fundraiser at Krueger's Entertainment Center, W16471 Appleton Ave., in Menomonee Falls running from March 20-23 (Thursday through Sunday) to help renovate the football field at Falls High School.

It will be held in honor of the late football coach Jim Jeskewitz, for whom the new Field Turf surface at Schumann Stadium will be named once all the monies are in place. The event will coincide with the NCAA Basketball Tourney and will run from noon until the games end each day.

Participants can purchase a "Remember Jess" wristband on site for $1 and Krueger's will donate 10 percent of any purchase towards the new field. Other events are scheduled each day, including giveaways and drawings.

The event is being sponsored by former graduates and football players from Falls East and Falls High Schools where the WFCA Hall of Famer Jeskewitz coached from 1969-1996. He passed away after a short battle with cancer this past fall.

Two open-carry backers lead to Germantown police response

March 17, 2014 9:23 p.m. | A Sheboygan Falls man caused a stir last weekend in Germantown when he openly carried two firearms, prompting residents to call police and the police chief to post an update on the department's Facebook page — which led to another open-carry advocate traveling to Germantown.

William Polster of Sheboygan Falls has spent the last year openly carrying his firearms throughout Wisconsin and recording his interactions with the public and police.

"So many people just call the cops on it," he said Monday. "If you feel threatened, that's one thing. If it's properly carried in a non-threatening manner, it should not be a problem at all."

Several residents in Germantown called police over the weekend when they saw Polster with a handgun holstered on his hip and a long gun slung over his back.

He was walking in the area of Mequon Road and Squire Drive on Saturday, and officers briefly made contact with Polster when he approached a police squad car, according to a post on the Germantown police Facebook page.

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Germantown boys make history with third straight title

March 16, 2014 1:34 a.m. | He was clutching the trophy closely to his chest, this sharp-shooting two guard, this veteran of three WIAA state basketball championships.

Because this trophy meant the most of all of them, because after all those days of being in the background, he and his friends were out front, the seniors. They were the ones in command but when approached about his thoughts on that situation, he quietly said:

"No, it was never easy."

But then again, nothing worth having is ever easily earned and Germantown senior guard Jake Showalter, the coach's son, and his friends, his teammates "his brothers" as he called them, worked for every bit of history they earned tonight. 

And they will be remembered well in history as they joined the elite and small fraternity of three-time WIAA state hoops' champions with a gritty 48-42 decision over Neenah at the Kohl Center in Madison.

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