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News & Notes: Sept. 17

Sept. 17, 2013

Waste collection fee

remains the same for 2014

Menomonee Falls — The charge to residents for refuse and recycling services will remain the same for 2014, village officials decided Monday.

The Village Board approved charging $100.12 per residential unit for waste collection, which is the same as the current year.

It costs the village $145 per household to cover the actual costs of waste collection, said Trustee Sharon Ellis. The general fund covers the remaining cost that is not collected in fees. The village chose to keep the fee the same because of new state mandates laid out in Act 20. Any increase in fees for garbage would have to be offset in a reduction of the levy. Because of this, the fee is staying flat.

Contractor selected

for water main project

Menomonee Falls — The Village Board on Monday selected Van Straten Construction Co. as the contractor for the Mary Hill Drive water main relay project.

The cost for the project is $165,000, which was the lowest out of 14 bids. The old, 6-inch water pipes will be replaced with 8-inch pipes. Work will be done this fall. The project was included in the 2013 budget and came in $35,000 under budget.

Vision training workshop to be held in Elm Grove

Elm Grove — The next Children's Vision Training Workshop conducted by Prevent Blindness Wisconsin will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 30 at the Elm Grove Library, 13600 Juneau Blvd., in Elm Grove.

Attendance and active participation at this workshop enables participants to become a certified vision screener, a certification that lasts three years. There is no cost to attend this informative workshop. Reservations are required.

To register for this workshop or for information, call Prevent Blindness Wisconsin at (414) 765-0505 or email kelly@

preventblindnesswisconsin.org.

Smart Cow Yogurt

offers outdoor seating

Menomonee Falls — Smart Cow Yogurt Bar, W17271 Appleton Ave., will offer outdoor seating after the Village Board on Monday approved an amendment to the Planned Infill Development to allow for the change in services.

Outdoor hours will go until 10 p.m.

Falls Chilly Fest

extended to three days

Menomonee Falls — The 2014 Chilly Fest in downtown Menomonee Falls will be three days instead of the traditional two days, according to an announcement from the Business Improvement District to the Village Board on Monday.

The Chilly Fest Committee is in the planning stages for the 2014 event, with details yet to be determined.

Diamond Dancers bring

competition to Falls

Menomonee Falls — The Diamond Dancers, professional dance team of the Milwaukee Brewers, are gearing up to host their inaugural "Power of Purple" dance competition beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 21 at Menomonee Falls High School, N8108 Merrimac Drive.

Dancers, teams and spectators will all help to support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The dance competition is open to varsity, junior varsity, middle/junior high, elementary, pee wee, junior all star and senior all star teams. Registration fees are $10 per dancer for a team entry, and $15 per solo/small group member.

The spectator fee is $5 per person at the door. There will also be special appearances by the Racing Sausages for team and individual pictures, Purple Gear for purchase, a silent auction and concessions throughout the day.

For information, call (262) 424-7480 or email brianna.gasper@gmail.com.

Germantown's website offers crime alerts

Germantown — Germantown's new village website now has the capability to notify the public of important information by email, text or both.

On the homepage, village.germantown.wi.us, click on "Notify Me" and register. People can receive alerts from the Police Department, Fire Department and Department of Public Works, as well as general village information.

Bradley Corp. completes

cleanliness survey

Menomonee Falls —A new national hand-washing survey conducted by Menomonee Falls-based Bradley Corp., manufacturer of bathroom and locker room furnishings, including sinks, faucets, hand dryers, and showers, reveals an increasing majority of Americans — 63 percent — say they've had a particularly unpleasant experience in a public restroom due to the condition of the facilities. That's up from 51 percent one year ago.

For businesses, an unpleasant restroom experience creates negative perceptions, according to the survey. Almost three-fourths (73 percent) of consumers believe a bad restroom indicates poor management. Another two-thirds say an unsavory restroom lowers their opinion of the company, shows the business doesn't care about customers, and gives the impression the company is lazy or sloppy. Bradley Healthy Hand Washing survey queried 1,015 American adults Aug. 1 through 5 about their hand-washing habits in workplace and public restrooms. Participants were from around the country, ranged in age from 18 to 65 and older, and were fairly evenly split between men and women.

An unpleasant restroom can also translate into lost sales since 64 percent of Americans say they'll either think twice about patronizing the business or will never frequent it again.

The top restroom complaints were: a really bad smell (cited by 82 percent); toilets that were clogged or not flushed (79 percent); and an overall appearance that's dirty, unkempt or old (73 percent).

In addition, more Americans say they've seen someone else leave a public restroom without washing their hands at all. This year, 81 percent witnessed a nonwashing person compared to 74 percent last year. Nearly three-fourths of women (74 percent) say they alwayswash their hands after using a public restroom compared to just 60 percent of men always doing so.

More results are available at bradleycorp.com/handwashing.

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