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News & Notes: Dec. 17

Dec. 17, 2013

Two Germantown TIFs close ahead of schedule

Germantown — Two of Germantown's tax incremental financing districts — Nos. 3 and 5 — closed in 2013, and officials recently voted in favor of documents consummating their finality.

TIF No. 3, created in 1989, closed three years ahead of schedule. It was used to spur development of the Germantown Business Park. TIF No. 5, created in 1998, closed 12 years ahead of schedule. TIF No. 5 was created for the Washington Square Mall.

TIF is a mechanism that allows municipalities to borrow money for infrastructure improvements. The increased property tax revenue from the improved land is then diverted from the tax rolls to pay off the loan.

As part of its motion, the Village Board agreed to disburse proceeds from both TIF districts toward the different taxing entities in Germantown. In addition to the village, recipients include the Germantown School District, Washington County, state of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Historical Society sells book on village history

Germantown — The Germantown Historical Society is now selling copies of "Germantown in the 20th Century, Part 1: 1900-1959."

The book is a pictorial journey through the first part of the 20th century, decade-by-decade. The reader will find in each chapter a review of significant international, national and state-wide events, all designed to put in perspective what occurred locally in Germantown and the surrounding area during that specific decade. Captioned photos of developing agricultural and commercial ventures, along with schools, churches, recreation and family life illustrate how a rural area slowly grew to a booming city suburb.

The hard cover book costs $55 and is available at the publisher, Allied Digital Photo, German Glass and Gifts, and at Sinter Klausen Christmas Shop. It can also be purchasesd at the historical society's website bastbellmuseum.com.

Village Board OK's concrete company's expansion plans

Germantown — BIZZCO LLP, owner of International Concrete Products, has received the green light to expand its facility at N104 W13561 Donges Bay Road, following approval Monday by the Germantown Village Board.

International Concrete, a firm specializing in the production of pre-cast architectural wall panels, is expanding its storage facilities. Its plans include filling 9,990 square feet of wetlands within the company's 15.35-acre property.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Army Corps of Engineers favorably reviewed International Concrete's plans.

Before taking action, the board held a public hearing. No one spoke for or against International Concrete's plans.

Germantown lays out plans for next year's fireworks show

Germantown — Officials this week briefly turned their attention toward summer festivities. The Germantown Village Board on Monday voted unanimously in favor of a contract with the Bartolotta Fireworks Company for next year's Fourth of July show.

As part of the agreement, the Germantown Kiwanis Club has agreed to contribute $7,895 toward the show. The village will chip in the remaining $6,605. The figures represent a 10-percent savings by making an up-front deposit.

New yoga studio

opens in Germantown

Germantown — The Mosaic Wellness studio and retail location, N11482 Pilgrim Road in Germantown, has opened for business.

Complimentary yoga classes are offered to the public through the end of the year. For information and class schedules, visit mosaicwellness.net.

The retail store is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Owner Rebecca Magestro is a life coach, ayurvedic therapies specialist and yoga instructor. For information, call (262) 251-9642 or email rebecca@mosaicwellness.net.

Property rezoned from commercial to residential classification

Germantown — The Germantown Village Board on Monday approved the rezoning of a property at W202 N10418 Appleton Ave. from commercial to residential.

The property owner, the John G. and Helen M. Kreuser Trust, requested the rezoning in an effort to protect and retain the residential character of the surrounding area. Most of the adjacent parcels are already zoned for residential use.

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