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News & Notes: Feb. 18

Feb. 18, 2014

Plans for proposed Germantown subdivision amended

Germantown — Plans for a 14.4-acre property containing 17 residential homes are on track, following approval of an amended site plan by the Village Board on Monday.

Since 2002, developer Bielinski Holdings has been looking to develop a subdivision, Prairie Glen North, along Wausaukee Road. The property is to the immediate north of an existing 40-acre, 31-lot subdivision known simply as Prairie Glen.

Bielinski's plans for Prairie Glen North have gone through several iterations in the past decade. Plans were dropped for a period of time, only to resurface in 2008. The most recent amendments reflect a change in the number of homes planned for the subdivision.

Police to purchase used vehicle for DARE program

Germantown — The Germantown Police Department has been given authority to purchase a used vehicle to benefit its Drug Abuse Resistance Education program and related crime prevention efforts.

The Village Board allocated $10,000 into its budget toward the purchase. Police Chief Peter Hoell said he was able to obtain a $6,600 quote for a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer.

Plans call the leftover funds to go toward emergency lighting equipment and radio installation.

Citing efficiency, Germantown to upgrade its GIS software

Germantown — The Germantown Public Works Department has been given the go-ahead to switch service providers for its global information system application.

The Village Board on Monday voted to leave Map Guide and go to Arc GIS. In a memo, Dan Ludwig, public works director, said the switch to Arc GIS' application will be "faster and more efficient since it was created to facilitate data development and retrieval."

Ludwig said GIS software is used for a variety of functions, including work with prospective commercial and residential developers, as well as a tool for generating reports that are sent to such agencies as the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.

Germantown's road seal coating plans in place for 2014

Germantown — The Village Board on Monday approved a list of subdivisions and streets in Germantown that will receive seal coat treatments when warm weather returns.

The village plans to use a black boiler slag seal on streets in a number of subdivisions, including Mountbrook, Sunberry and Windsong. Sections of Division Road and Squire Drive also are slated to receive the treatment.

Several village employees to receive upgraded phones

Germantown — Members of Germantown's engineering department will be supplied with smartphones, following approval Monday by the Village Board.

Village Engineer Brionne Bischke requested the upgrade so smartphone technology can be used for greater efficiency during field work, as well as readily calling up data.

The engineering department anticipates a one-time expense for the new phones, but plans call for the phones to remain on the state's phone plan.

Trustee David Baum inquired if tablets would be a wiser upgrade because of larger screens. But Bischke said the phones allow for easier storage while out in the field.

Organization allowed to use village facilities at no charge

Germantown — The Kiwanis Club of Germantown will be allowed to use village-owned property at no charge when the organization sponsors Fourth of July festivities this year.

The Village Board on Monday approved the club's public grant program request to hold the Fourth of July parade along portions of Pilgrim Road, Main Street and Park Avenue. The organization also will use Firemen's Park, N11862 Park Ave., for a daylong celebration and fireworks show.

Business department receives two grants

Menomonee Falls — Financial literacy for Menomonee Falls High School students took two steps up this week as the Business Department won two grants totaling more than $20,000.

The grants will be used to fulfill the mission of the department to improve the "financial literacy for all Menomonee Falls students," said business teacher Lisa Kiefer in a news release.

A Discover Pathway to Financial Success grant was approved for $19,855 and will cover the cost of 44 iPads with Wi-Fi, two Jambox wireless speakers and one storage charger.

The Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants awarded business teachers Kiefer and Sara Burling a grant for $1,212. The grant will be used to take two teams from the high school to the forensic accounting competition at Lakeland College in March and for a field trip for managerial accounting students to see a presentation from the Stein Gardens and Gifts chief financial officer and take a tour of the company.

Kiefer and Burling will also take students to the Kohler Co. to see several facets of the business and to Lakeland College in April.

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 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.

Burling of Falls High School named outstanding teacher in bank contest

Menomonee Falls — North Shore Bank announced it has awarded $1,923 to Menomonee Falls High School teacher Sara Burling. Burling recently won North Shore Bank's 90th Anniversary Outstanding Teacher Contest, which honors local teachers who excel in money management instruction.

Burling will use a portion of the money for field trips to local businesses and to help cover student costs for Future Business Leaders of America competitions.

The rest of the money will fund two annual events to promote financial education. Each fall, the business and information technology department hosts a "Reality Check" event for junior students that places the students in a real-world simulation to make important financial situations. In addition, students enrolled in personal finance assist the general student body with preparing income tax returns during the department's "Tax Day" event each February.

According to Burling, the events, field trips and FBLA competitions are all ways to help teach students the importance of financial literacy.

"It is essential that our students be financially literate so that they can be successful in both their professional and personal futures," Burling said. "As educators, it is our role to prepare our students for life after high school."

Burling has taught at Menomonee Falls for 13 years. She currently teaches three levels of accounting courses and a personal finance class. She is also the FBLA co-adviser.

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. To receive a registration letter, 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; and the 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), MacArthur 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, and 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, call Doris Adrian at (262) 253-3907.

District holds off renting property to farmer

Germantown — The Germantown School Board decided unanimously last week to table the discussion and the decision about whether to lease its 21.6 acres of property to Richard Stephan, who has rented the farmland since 1998, until further analysis can be conducted.

The Germantown School District owns 21.6 acres of property south of Holy Hill Road between Hwy 45 and Goldendale Road. Stephan asked to rent 19.4 acres of the property for farming at the same $85 per acre as 2013.

Board member Bruce Warnimont said the school district could be losing money by only charging $85 per acre. He said the school district should charge Stephan $140 per acre, a 64 percent increase over the previous year.

Warnimont also said the agreement should add some common agricultural practices such as crop rotation and tilling the land in spring versus fall.

Richard Ericksen, director of business and auxiliary service for Germantown, said the board should assign a date to discuss the issue soon and make a decision by March in order to give Stephan time to plan before planting season in April.

Germantown church wins construction award

Germantown — Consolidated Construction Company announced Feb. 10 that three of its construction projects have been awarded Projects of Distinction highest honors by Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin, including Life Church in Germantown.

Nominations were evaluated rigorously by an independent board of examiners in the areas of design, value, safety, engineering, quality, schedule, overcoming obstacles and customer satisfaction.

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 Sendik's in Germantown, is just one of thousands of people who can be helped this year by donating to Special Olympics Wisconsin through the state income tax form.

Donations help the organization to 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."

Donations can be made using 2014 taxes. Find the section called "Donations," and select "Special Olympics" in the listing of nonprofit organizations. Then, indicate the donation amount.

For more information on how to make a donation on the state income tax form, visit SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org/taxcheckoff.

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