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News & Notes: Feb. 4

Feb. 4, 2014

Employee salaries set in 2014 with passage of resolution

Germantown — The Germantown Village Board on Monday voted, 6-2, in favor of a resolution that outlines staff salaries throughout 2014.

The motion comes on the heels of the board's Jan. 20 decision to increase salaries by 2 percent for most employees not represented by unions.

The highest paying positions within the village include the village administrator at $97,248, police chief at $93,458 and director of public works at $90,598.

Trustees David Baum and Art Zabel voted against the resolution.

Pridemore to attend town hall meeting with Sensenbrenner

State Rep. Don Pridemore, R-Erin, will be attending town hall meetings with U.S. Rep.F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, in the 22nd Assembly District.

Pridemore looks forward to interacting with constituents and resolving any concerns they may have. The meetings include:

· 8:15 a.m., Friday, Feb. 7: Butler Village Hall, 12621 W. Hampton Ave., Butler

· 9:15 a.m., Friday, Feb. 7: Lannon Village Hall, 20399 W. Main St. (Hwy 74)

· 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13: Richfield Village Hall, 4128 Hubertus Road, Richfield

Industrial firm to build on wetland site in Germantown

Germantown — Airgas Safety, an industrial company specializing in the manufacturing of various safety products, has been given the green light to construct an office and distribution facility near Eisenhower Drive and Mequon Road, following approval Monday by the Germantown Village Board.

Airgas officials have sought authority to fill 1.05 acres of wetland space to accommodate the project. The request went through a number of channels — including the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — before going to the board for deliberation.

Prior to making a decision, the board held a public hearing. No one spoke for or against Airgas' plans for the site.

Tax refunds can be donated to help Wisconsin Special Olympians

Germantown — Thirty-seven year old Anthony Porter, a Wisconsin athlete and Front End Associate at Sendiks in Germantown, is just one of thousands of people you can help this year by donating to Special Olympics Wisconsin on your state income tax form.

Donating a portion of your tax return to SOWI will not only ensure the organization can continue to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in 17 Olympic-type sports, it also helps offer athletes leadership training to build confidence and become more independent, improving their employability skills.

Porter said he was shy before he joined SOWI's Athlete Leadership Program 14 years ago. Today, Porter works at Sendik's, a position he thanks Special Olympics for helping him secure.

"Special Olympics showed me I can not only do sports like other kids, it showed me I am capable of doing anything they can do," Porter said. "(Special Olympics) showed me that people with disabilities can work. Special Olympics showed me that I can do it."

Donating is easy and gifts may be deductible on your 2014 taxes. Simply find the section called "Donations" and select Special Olympics in the listing of nonprofit organizations. Then, indicate the donation amount. Or, if you use a tax preparer, let them know how much you'd like to contribute. It's that simple to give back to an organization that helps people like Anthony Porter succeed.

For more information on how you can make a donation on your state income tax form and make a difference in the lives of thousands, visit SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org/taxcheckoff.

Village modifies list of capital projects in 2014

Germantown — The list of Germantown's planned capital projects and equipment purchases in 2014 has been tweaked, following a decision Monday by the Village Board.

The village is tapping $304,000 in reserve funds to purchase equipment that will primarily benefit the police department.

At the same time, several projects have been extracted from the 2014 list of capital projects, including $60,000 toward stream bank stabilization efforts and $50,000 toward ditching projects in several subdivisions.

Germantown renews agreement for senior services

Germantown — Washington County will continue providing meals to a senior center site in Germantown, following renewal of an annual agreement Monday by the Village Board.

As part of the agreement, the Germantown Senior Activity Center, N11960 Park Ave., will provide space for the service. The county, in turn, will continue paying the village $6,000 for use of the space.

Knights of Columbus free-throw competition results

Germantown — On Jan. 14 The Knights of Columbus hosted their annual free-throw competition at St. Boniface School, located in Germantown. The Knights of Columbus worked in conjunction with physical education classes to organize this fun competition. It proved to be a huge success with 60 boys and girls participating thanks to the help and organization of Mr. Plenke, council youth director and Ms. Wollner, St. Boniface physical education teacher.

The event was open to all boys and girls between the ages of nine and 14.

Winners in each age and gender division may compete in the district contest being held in February at St. Joe's in Waukesha. The winners consist of: age 9: Sam Mohrfeld, Julianna Mohrfeld; age 10: Matthew Drinan, Carly Nigro; age 11: Owen Meyer, Angela Laabs; age 12: Ethyn Burczyk, Samantha Urban; age 13: Cole Brzakala, Hanna Schickert; and age 14: Ethan Lehman, Jaclyn Cotey.

For more information, please visit stbonifacewi.org.

School District hosting kindergarten registration

Germantown — The Germantown School District's 2014-15 kindergarten registration is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 26. The registration continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 27. Kindergarten registration takes place at all public elementary schools, and families are welcome to register at any site. An informational letter about registration was mailed out late January to those families on the school census. If you did not receive a registration letter, please call Doris Adrian in Teaching and Learning at (262) 253-3907.

Any child who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2014, is eligible for admission to kindergarten according to state law. Parents/Guardians are requested to present a birth certificate, passport or similar proof of child's age when registering on Feb. 26 or 27. Please bring the following additional information to registration: two forms proving residency; child's immunization record; parents' work phone numbers, a name and phone number to contact in an emergency; name and phone number of the child's doctor.

Registration materials are available to be filled out at the schools — Amy Belle Elementary (253-3470), County Line Elementary (253-3465), Mac Arthur Elementary (253-3468) and Rockfield Elementary (253-3472) — on Feb. 26 or 27. Parents may choose to download the materials off the district website germantownschools.org, bring the completed forms along with the information mentioned above to the school on Feb. 26 or 27. If parents would like a copy of the registration materials mailed to a home address, please call Doris Adrian at (262) 253-3907.

Menomonee Falls school calendars set for next two years

Menomonee Falls — Parents in Menomonee Falls can begin planning vacations and other activities for the next few years.

The School Board last week voted in favor of district calendars for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

For the 2014-15 school year, classes begin Sept. 2 and conclude June 11, 2015. For the 2015-16 school year, classes begin Sept. 1, 2015 and conclude June 8, 2016.

In both school years, winter break begins Dec. 24 and concludes at the end of the following week.

In the 2014-15 school year, spring break is from April 3-10, 2015. In the 2015-16 school year, it has been scheduled from March 25 to April 1.

Full details of both calendars are available on the district's website, sdmf.k12.wi.us.

Falls police host accreditation review

Menomonee Falls — The Menomonee Falls Police Department will host a site review for continuing accreditation for the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group.

Everyone is invited to meet the site visit team and share comments about the Menomonee Falls Police Department in person at a meeting scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb.19 at the Menomonee Falls Village Hall, N8480 Pilgrim Road.

Telephone comments are welcome and can be made from 2 to 3 p.m. by calling (262) 532-8700.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group at 8133 W. Raymond Lane, West Allis, WI 53219 or e-mail wileag@sbcglobal.net.

All written comments should be received by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Board by March 7.

Germantown splits nonresident seats between 220, Open Enrollment

Germantown — The Germantown School Board last week decided 34 open seats will be split in the 2014-15 school year between Chapter 220 students and nonresident Open Enrollment students without credit deficiencies. The seats will be allocated between Amy Belle Elementary School, County Line Elementary School, MacArthur Elementary School and Germantown High School.

Currently, no special education seats are available to accommodate special needs Chapter 220 or nonresident Open Enrollment students.

The Germantown school administration requested that the board continue to accept the eight existing tuition waiver students because they are already included in the current enrollment figures.

In addition, the administration asked the board to accept siblings of current Chapter 220 and nonresident Open Enrollment students in all grade levels. It was reasoned that the number of siblings normally amounts to less than 10 students per year.

The board approved split, 6-1, with member Bruce Warnimont voting no.

Bank raises money benefiting Falls food pantry

Menomonee Falls — A grand total of $1,353.26 was collected at the Menomonee Falls location of Cornerstone Community Bank thanks to the customers and employees who brought donations into the bank during the month of December to benefit the Menomonee Falls Area Food Pantry.

"We think it's fantastic the amount of money collected in only one month," said Larry Burg, Menomonee Falls Area Food Pantry board member. "We are very thankful to Cornerstone for their continued assistance, not only financially, but also for their help in raising awareness about the pantry in our community."

The mission of the food pantry is to gather and distribute food to those with acute or chronic need who live in the greater Menomonee Falls area. The Falls Area Food Pantry strives to raise awareness of hunger in our community and provide volunteer opportunities for community members to serve one another. For more information about the Menomonee Falls Area Food Pantry, please call (262) 251-6848.

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