Monday, May 20, 2013
The grand opening for the new lakefront park has been set! Find out when you can visit the newest addition to Port Washington.
Construction on Coal Dock Park near the We Energies plant and on the lake front has long been underway, and a grand opening event is set for June 22. The Saturday event will last from noon to 8 p.m. and include live music, food and beverages to celebrate the new 12-acre park space, according to Port Washington Main Street. The park is located on the north coal dock; a bird sanctuary and walking trails accessible from South Beach opened on the south coal dock last year. Sign up for the Patch newsletter, and get details about this event when they become available. More about Coal Dock Park:
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Kwik Trip officials spoke before the Saukville Board of Zoning Appeals on Thursday night in hopes of reversing a decision to deny a permit that would have allowed them to build on the location near a wetland.
Kwik Trip officials were unable to convince the Saukville Board of Zoning Appeals that another gas station near a wetland shouldn't be cause for environmental concern, causing the future of the land the company already owns to continue to linger in limbo. The Board of Zoning Appeals voted 3-1 to deny a modification to the ordinance that is preventing the gas station from being built because the location is less than 600 feet from a wetland. Board members Jim Cryns, Don Clark and Irvin Lusier voted in favor of denying the change, while Dan Sauer voted against the motion to deny. "Its not like we're talking 10 feet distance, it's asking for a more than two-thirds reduction in that setback (from a wetland)," Clark said, defending his decision…
U.S. Representative Tom Petri and U.S. Representative Ron Kind along with six of their colleagues today introduced the Assisting Family Farmers through Insurance Reform Measures (AFFIRM) Act.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The company will appeal the Saukville Plan Commission's decision in January to deny a permit that would have allowed them to build on the location near a wetland. The meeting takes place at 6 p.m.
- On Patch
Wednesday, May 15
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The group is launching fundraising efforts in hopes of gathering more than $200,000 to pay for its planned efforts.
The Port Washington Waterfront Safety Advisory Committee that formed following 15-year-old Tyler Buczek's drowning death has launched a fundraising campaign to help with its planned initiatives. The committee hopes to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to an Ozaukee Press article, for items such as educational signs and programs as well as a memorial that will honor Buczek — who drowned while swimming on North Beach in September — and 24-year-old Peter Dougherty, who died while kayaking in Lake Michigan in March 2012. The commitee will actively seek donations from community groups, the article said. Learn more about the Waterfront Safety Advisory Committee's iniatives in previous articles on Patch: Other related stories:
Some Wisconsin legislators are hoping to prevent any government restrictions on the size of your soda. What about your own restrictions? If any?
If the state Joint Finance Committee gets its way, the Big Gulp will have the freedom to remain, well, … Big. WISN 12 News reports the panel, which includes local representatives Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), placed a provision in the budget bill that would prevent any city or county from limiting the size of a food or drink being sold. The infamous New York City ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces is being challenged in court, but if successful it would dramatically slash the 7-11 Big Gulp (128 ounces) and the McDonald’s Supersize (40 ounces) among others, according to Mother Jones. Setting aside the notion for a moment of how much control government should exert over such a matter, how…
Friday, May 10, 2013
The plan will give middle and high school students the technology in time for the 2013-14 school year.
When middle and high school students return to classes next fall, things will be operating a little bit differently. That's because of a recent decision by the Port Washington-Saukville School Board to purchase Chromebook laptops and Apple iPads for all students 5th through 12th grade, according to an Ozaukee Press article. Fifth- through 7th-graders will received iPads while 8th- through 12th-graders will receive Chromebooks. The technology plan will cost $1 million, and students will be able to take the products home with them — allowing for 24/7 learning, Superintendent Michael Weber said, according to the article. The addition will call for a roughly $50 increase in fees for students in those grades, though exactly how that will be …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The company will appeal Saukville Plan Commission's decision in January to deny a permit that would have allowed them to build on the location near a wetland.
When Saukville officials made a decision in January to deny a permit Kwik Trip needed to build in the village, business officials vowed the gas station and convenience store would "eventually be here." Kwik Trip officials will stand in front of Saukville's Board of Zoning Appeals at 6 p.m. May 16 to appeal the Plan Commission's decision, according to an Ozaukee Press article. The commission had voted against a conditional use permit that is necessary for the business to build because the location is less than 600 feet from a wetlands area; Saukville's ordinance requires the 600-foot distance. "The village has been, for quite some time, changing the ordinances simply to keep us out," Hans Zietlow, director of real estate for Kwik Trip, told…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Controversies over the $648 million reserve fund and the $600,000 Palermo's Pizza deal are bedeviling University of Wisconsin leaders.
It’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for Rebecca Blank, incoming chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sure, the acting U.S. commerce secretary, set to start in July, will make $500,000 a year — plus benefits and perks, including a university residence and car, money for travel and entertainment, and an unpaid academic appointment for her husband. But she’ll be stepping into a host of controversies, drawing flak from all directions. As one UW-Madison student quipped, “Blank is not starting off with a blank slate.” There’ll be ongoing fallout from some legislators’ volcanic eruptions over revelations that the UW System has a $648 million reserve fund. Though this is in line with other state systems, Wisconsin politicians are “…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Attention online shoppers: You might have to pony up more cash for those online shopping sprees, if federal sales tax legislation becomes law.
Online shoppers, who enjoyed avoiding paying sales tax for their out-of-state purchases, probably won't be happy if a bill pending in Congress becomes law. The Marketplace Fairness Act, which passed 69-27 in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, allows states the authority, and option, of collecting taxes on Internet and catalog sales. The act does not create a new tax. But it does allow states the option of collecting the taxes, which they are already owed. However, the legislation does exempt small businesses that make less than $1 million from collecting the tax. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) voted for the bill, but Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) did not. “Today, I joined a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate in support of the Marketplace Fairness …