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Falls plans future of Woodland Prime after Kohl's backs out of development

Nov. 21, 2013 11:36 a.m. | Kohl's Corp. has dropped plans to build new headquarters in the Menomonee Falls Woodland Prime office park leaving village officials with a large piece of prime real estate they plan to develop going forward.

Kohl's announced Thursday that is has completed plans to buy a 300,000 square-foot building on Ridgewood Drive in the Silver Spring Corporate Park, where the company's current headquarters are located. The building is across the street from the main Kohl's building and next to the company's 24,000-square-foot wellness center. Kohl's also has agreed to buy the 28,000-square-foot former ProHealth medical building at W165 N5595 Creekwood Crossing, across from the Silver Spring Corporate Park. The company is opting to purchase these two buildings to accommodate its growth, instead of going forward with construction of a $250 million corporate campus that was planned at Woodland Prime.

Though plans fell through at the village's office park, officials are looking at it as an opportunity to bring further development to Menomonee Falls, in addition to keeping Kohl's in the village.

"(Kohl's is) planting their flag squarely in Menomonee Falls," Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said. "They still will be able to grow and expand and that's what our original goal was. That's going to happen."

The village and Kohl's in 2012 reached an agreement that put the village in ownership of 108 acres at Woodland Prime, plus a building located at W127 N7564 Flint Drive. Under the agreement, the land and building in the village's tax incremental finance district No. 10 were going to be transferred to Kohl's in exchange for the company's distribution center located on Woodale Drive. The village now owns the building at Woodale and is leasing it to Kohl's. The village will eventually turn the building into a public works facility, which was the initial intent when it was first acquired, Fitzgerald said.

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Germantown police pressed to process prints to catch tobacco litterbug

Nov. 19, 2013 1:31 p.m. | Germantown police were asked to process bottles for fingerprints so that those who litter in the village could be caught and cited.

According to the Germantown police report:

A man came into the police department and dropped off water bottles containing tobacco chew juice that he found while walking on Preserve Parkway and Donges Bay Road about 8:30 a.m. Nov. 10. The man asked police to process the bottles for fingerprints.

The man said he has found over 50 similar bottles over a period of time and wanted police to find and cite the litterer. An extra patrol was requested in the area.

Village Board praises Jeskewitz for dedication to Falls

Nov. 19, 2013 9:30 a.m. | It was a somber start to the Menomonee Falls Village Board meeting Monday night as a moment of silence was called to honor longtime and beloved village trustee Jim Jeskewitz, who passed away on Sunday.

"This community was his family," Village President Randy Newman said. "He's been a friend to all of us."

Newman asked for a moment of silence to reflect on Jeskewitz' life and thank him for his services to the village. Jeskewitz, 74, was diagnosed with aggressive cancer over the summer that spread to multiple organs. The late Menomonee Falls football coaching legend also served on the county board and was the longest standing member on the current Village Board.

"He's done a lot for all of us and he's been a mentor to many of us," Newman said.

The visitation is slated for 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the main gym of the high school. The public is welcome to attend.

Village names new fire chief

Nov. 18, 2013 10:55 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Fire Department Battalion Chief Jim Mollet will replace Fire Chief Jeff Hevey, who left his post in July for a new position as head of a fire department in Texas, according to an announcement to the Village Board on Monday.

Due to a restructuring of the Police and Fire department, Mollet will assume the role of assistant fire chief and will report to Director of Protective Services Anna Ruzinski, who heads the combined departments. There were 16 applicants who applied for the assistant fire chief position. The pool was narrowed down to six before the village decided to hire the internal candidate, Ruzinski said.

"Since Jim has joined the village he has proven to be an asset to our department, he brings a maturity and leadership presence to the Fire Department command staff and he brings a fresh perspective from an outside agency," she said. "Yet, he has learned quickly the unusual protocols that we have of our combined department."

Mollet has 20 years of fire service experience. He started his career with the Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department. In 1995, he joined the Greenfield Fire Department and rose to the ranks of battalion chief. Menomonee Falls hired him as the department's battalion chief in April.

When Mollet accepted his position in Menomonee Falls, he said, he was at a point in his career where he needed something new. He saw the combination department in Menomonee Falls as both a challenge and an opportunity.

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Wake for Jeskewitz to be Wednesday at the high school

Nov. 18, 2013 3:10 p.m. | Anticipating an overflow crowd, the visitation for the late Menomonee Falls football coach, village trustee and county board member Jim Jeskewitz is slated for 4-9 p.m. Wednesday in the main gym of the high school.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Jeskewitz, 74, passed away Sunday after a short battle with cancer.

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