News & Notes: July 9

July 9, 2012

Longtime teacher to become assistant principal

Menomonee Falls - Mike Mullen, a science teacher at Menomonee Falls High School who has been with the school for 20 years, will now serve as assistant principal at Ben Franklin Elementary.

The School Board is set to approve the promotion July 23. Mullen has served as a curriculum specialist, leading dozens of professional development sessions, and he is an academic decathlon coach, which has given him experience organizing and leading students. As branch manager of a lawn care company, he interviewed and hired more than 80 employees.

Fire chief now can act alone in issuing burn bans

Germantown - In years past, a burn ban required approval from the Germantown Village president.

That ordinance was amended last week to allow the fire chief - or a designee if he's on vacation - to issue a burn ban on their own authority.

"We have experts in our village and the Fire Department on when it is appropriate to issue that ban without any recommendation from me to issue it," Village President Dean Wolter said.

Menomonee Falls receives grant from WEDC

Menomonee Falls - The village of Menomonee Falls will receive a Blight Elimination and Brownfield Redevelopment award of up to $500,000 from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation for redevelopment of the 17-acre former Western Industries site.

The award will reimburse the village for costs incurred converting an underused, blighted and contaminated property to an environmentally remediated site featuring a newly constructed 90,000-square-foot, mixed-use facility. The village will perform site clearance and use innovative soil and groundwater treatments to prepare the site for construction, according to a WEDC news release.

The Blight Elimination and Brownfield Redevelopment Program provides funding to assist local governments, businesses and individuals with assessing and remediating the environmental contamination of an abandoned, idle or underused industrial or commercial facility or site.

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