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News & Notes: Oct. 2

Oct. 2, 2012

New website allows voters to register online to vote

Menomonee Falls - A new website sponsored by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board allows voters to register online for voting and absentee voting.

Visit myvote.wi.gov and follow the directions on the website to register.

Germantown to revisit temporary pool ordinance

Germantown - The Germantown Village Board on Monday decided to send the temporary pool ordinance back to committee.

The Village Board voted in August to change the pool ordinance, saying temporary pools need to be placed 15 feet away from any property or property line. Some residents are asking this to be lessened, as permanent pools only have to be 5 feet away from a property or property line.

The issue will be discussed once more during the General Government and Finance Committee meeting at 5 p.m. Oct. 16 at Village Hall, W17001 Mequon Road.

Menomonee Falls updates outdated ordinance

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls Village Board on Monday unanimously voted to update an ordinance to allow the village manager to execute contracts for $75,000 or less.

The original ordinance allowed the manager to execute contracts below $25,000, which was a figure deemed outdated. These would typically be service contracts, such as landscaping and building maintenance.

"This will give us more flexibility to package things together to get better pricing on cost proposals," Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said.

Milwaukee company acquires A-n-M Plumbing

Germantown - Milwaukee Plumbing & Piping Inc. recently acquired A-n-M Plumbing Inc. based in Germantown.

A-n-M Plumbing owner Ron Mihm is retiring after providing plumbing repairs and services for both homes and businesses in the Germantown and surrounding areas for more than 24 years.

Milwaukee Plumbing & Piping offers a wide range of both residential and commercial plumbing services throughout Milwaukee and the surrounding counties.

For information, visit milwplumbing.com.

Town Bank opens branch in Menomonee Falls

Menomonee Falls - Town Bank opened the doors of its new Menomonee Falls branch, W13435 Jacob Lane, on Sept. 17 with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony that kicked off a grand opening.

Town Bank, a Wintrust Community Bank, has locations in Delafield, Elm Grove, Hartland, Madison, Milwaukee and Wales.

Landmark Credit looks to acquire Hartford Savings Bank

Germantown - Landmark Credit Union, which has a branch at W17480 County Line Road in Germantown, filed applications with federal and state regulators to acquire Hartford Savings Bank, a state-chartered mutual savings bank headquartered in Hartford.

The bank has more than $190 million in assets, roughly 10,000 customers, and branches in Hartford, Juneau and Hubertus.

Although Landmark has completed 10 credit union mergers in the last three years, this is its first transaction with a bank. Pending regulatory approvals, the parties plan to complete the transaction by the end of 2012.

Landmark intends to keep all three branch locations and add Hartford Savings Bank's 40 employees to its staff.

Board accepts four donations from various organizations

Germantown - The School Board on Monday approved four donations valued at more than $16,000 from several organizations.

Retailer Target provided two district schools with grants through its Take Charge of Education initiative. County Line Elementary School received $1,873, while Germantown High School was given $1,722 toward classroom programs.

GHS also is the recipient of a computerized numerical machine, valued at $12,000, for technical education classes from manufacturing company Toolcraft.

Buelow Vetter, a labor law firm, donated 30 computer drives to the district, of value unknown.

District OKs modification to student's schedule

Germantown - The School Board on Monday approved a request made by the parents of eighth-grader Paris Berelec to modify her overall program. Paris is involved in gymnastics and modeling, and both commitments will require extensive absences.

"Program modifications are more frequently a part of truancy proceedings once excessive absence has been established," District Administrator Sue Borden said. "However, the law also allows us to be proactive in serving Paris' educational needs by establishing a program modification when we have knowledge that excessive absences may or will occur."

Murder case featured on Discovery Channel show

Germantown - The TV series "Unusual Suspects" on the Discovery Channel ID will air an episode called "Blood Trail" at 9 p.m. Sept. 30. The show is about the 1999 murder of 22-year-old Theresa Wesolowski in Germantown and how her killer Mark Libecki was apprehended, tried and convict of her murder.

The show airs on Time Warner Cable Channel 1139HD or 139.

The Arboretum opens on-site rehab facility

Menomonee Falls - The Arboretum senior community in Menomonee Falls has partnered with Paxxon Health Care and Gentiva Home Health to offer wellness and rehabilitation services on site.

The Arbor Fit Gym, including circuit training with six different stations, is available to all Arboretum residents and is designed to increase strength, flexibility and balance - the primary means to reducing falls. This circuit training program is a new addition to the already robust fitness program and equipment that is currently available. Therapists are available on-site throughout the week to assist the seniors in developing an exercise program in line with their goals.

This partnership means that both Medicare Part A and B covered therapy services will be available on site, allowing residents to use their benefits without leaving home.

School Board OKs issuance of new employee contracts

Germantown - The School Board last week approved the issuance of contracts to new employees.

Gail Groth will assume the newly created position of a Title I math specialist at Rockfield Elementary School on a 0.40 full-time equivalency rate.

A contract also was awarded to Margaret McComack as a full-time math specialist at Rockfield. McComack is filling the position on a limited-term basis as two faculty members are on leaves of absence.

Groth will earn $13,123 this school year, and McComack will receive $31,990 if she works the entire school year.

Board, administrators reviewing two-year goals

Germantown - District officials briefly discussed a two-year goal-setting process at a School Board meeting last week.

The six-page document touches on a number of issues, including math curriculum for kindergartners, enhancing the district's use of data, establishing long-range technology and facilities plans, and increasing community partnerships.

A draft form of the document was presented to board members, and further discussion is anticipated at future board meetings.

"This is something I think we should take time to digest and discuss further," President Bob Soderberg said.

Menomonee Falls company acquires new label

Menomonee Falls - Davis & Kuelthau recently announced that shareholder Harold A. Laufer has successfully represented Tailored Label Products, a Menomonee Falls-based custom manufacturer of engineered labels and die cut adhesives, in its acquisition of the label products division of Stratix Corp.

Stratix is located in Norcross, Ga., and is a provider of enterprise mobility products to Fortune 500 clients.

Laufer acts as a trusted adviser to owners and managers of middle market, family and closely held companies. He advises them on the full range of legal and business issues including business disputes, problem loans, domestic operations, human resources, contract, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and succession planning.

For information, visit dkattorneys.com.

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