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What Would You Improve in Port Washington and Saukville in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Port Washington and Saukville, what would it be?

 

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Port Washington and Saukville to make it an even better place to live?

Is the city's downtown business district the greatest priority? What about commercial development near I-43 in Saukville?

Port Washington Mayor Tom Mlada said he has high hopes and big plans for the year to come that include the city's economy, national recognition and technology improvements.

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here!

Greg Huegerich January 14, 2013 at 10:05 PM
To me .... both cities could benefit from more "destination" establishments. Places that will lure visitors from outside the area. Both cities also need to be more accepting of new investors and less "protective" of existing businesses. When businesses are forced to compete, particularly on things like price and service level ... its the consumers that win. Too often these days, you get the impression from both towns that there's more emphasis on overprotecting existing businesses. That hurts everyone in what's supposed to be a competitive society. Duluth was a strong additon for Port. Port still seems anemic after 8pm though. Would be nice to see some more life in that town. Saukville has its hands tied on "destinations", the theatre is nice, draws a late crowd, but there's only one restaurant/bar open late night on Foster Drive ... it already took a special legislative session to approve a liquor license for Messina's, and I believe that happened because they have a good local owner. I think a good second bar/restaurant that's open late would be great for Foster Rd near the theatre ... but without the Liquor license, you're not going to see it happening anytime soon. Kwik Trip ... believe it or not, is actually a good destination as well, as its the kind of store folks will go out of their way to frequent. Another option in that space would be a 24 hour diner (denny's, ihop, etc). The drawback is it puts a chain ahead of good local restaurants.
Howard Hinterthuer January 15, 2013 at 02:33 PM
The city needs a Master Planning process that creates a longer-term vision for the city and its sustainable development. An award for our parks would be nice, but it in no way represents a comprehensive plan. It's just window dressing. There are big issues that need to be pro-actively addressed in a coordinated way, things like relocating our waste water treatment plant, bluff stabilization, infrastructure issues, harbor safety, downtown development, retail mix, retail/residential mix, marketing the city, attracting sustainable jobs, and more. We don't need a "Mayor's Plan." We need a mayor who will help us collectively create a plan for our city. There are lots of smart people in Port Washington who need to be engaged in a transparent planning process. Time is a-wasting.
Am Ron January 15, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Hello Howard. You have great points as well as great vision. There are such volunteer committees in Port Washington already in existence. We discuss specific items, just as you've mentioned. We meet monthly and sometime 2-3 times a month, depending on the issue/s at hand. Here are a few related links... http://portwashington-wi.patch.com/articles/port-council-considers-adding-marketing-environmental-committees http://www.visitportwashington.com/main_street/volunteer_and_donate/ These would be the "first step" type committees. Typically, because of the early stages, they are not news worthy to the general public or ARE publicized and just don't draw attention. All the precursor leg work needs to get done before most will listen or read. Please feel free to spread the word, join us, comment back or send me a message. We value and appreciate your input. Thanks much for your interest in our community. Best, Adam Brown
Greg January 16, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Adam, Please list some items that have come out of these committees and then were implemented.
Ike January 16, 2013 at 03:13 AM
It would be nice to see either city open up to let in more business that arent normally in this area. Would be nice not to have to drive 20 to 30 miles plus to go to a large mall or stores like barnes and noble, a nice diner, something other than a mcdonalds in the area for fast food mabey also. To put it pain and simple would be nice to have some variety in this area.
Adam Brown January 16, 2013 at 05:21 AM
Hello Greg, These are relatively young committees and most projects are just beginning to get traction. Examples so far would be, all of the improvements to the downtown buildings that have been done over the past year and are still under construction. http://portwashington-wi.patch.com/articles/design-plans-for-boerner-building-moving-along http://portwashington-wi.patch.com/articles/downtown-condos-part-of-former-m-i-renovations The downtown area is currently under serious transition as we speak. Additional Plans have been drawn up and approved for directing more tourism to the area by linking the downtown district to the waterfront (marina, harbor, park, etc...) for pedestrians and biker using the bike path. There's a complete wayfinding signage package to help visitors find there direction, also removing overhead power and utility lines east of the downtown area and complete revamp and design of the parking lot behind Schooner’s Pub and Duluth Trading. It's an exciting time for Port Washington as these changes take place and continue. As always, funding continues to be one of the bigger hurdles.
Rik Kluessendorf January 16, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Adam, please don't take this the wrong way - I think your love of the city is admirable and I encourage people to get involved in these projects. However, if the best thing we have changing in this city is your list: "the improvements to the downtown buildings that have been done over the past year and are still under construction. . . . Additional Plans have been drawn up and approved for directing more tourism to the area by linking the downtown district to the waterfront (marina, harbor, park, etc...) for pedestrians and biker using the bike path. There's a complete wayfinding signage package to help visitors find there direction, also removing overhead power and utility lines east of the downtown area and complete revamp and design of the parking lot behind Schooner’s Pub and Duluth Trading." I'm not sure that we have that much to be excited about. Grafton has a new hospital, is successfully developing its business park, freeway corridor, and most of its downtown. Cedarburg is a model destination of small shops and businesses that seems to have no problem with empty store fronts, has an active industrial park, and has some large scale (albeit specialty) retailers along Pioneer Road. Saukville has success continuing in its industrial park and keeps its name in the running for new retail stores on its freeway corridor. Port should be getting excited about signage, removal of power lines, and prettied up buildings?
Mary Boyle January 18, 2013 at 08:39 PM
http://www.nextworldtv.com/videos/transportation/bikes-trees-cafes-outrageous-instant-community-transformation-in-texas.html 1. Show up 2. Give it a name 3. Blackmail yourself: set a date and get it published.
Tom Kamenick February 02, 2013 at 01:11 PM
One thing Saukville has sorely been without for a while now - a coffee shop.

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