Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Common Council recently approved allowing Aldermen their pick of a laptop or tablet for use in conducting city business.
In a push to go paperless, Port Washington Aldermen will soon have their pick of a laptop or tablet for use in conducting city business, according to the Ozaukee Press. The Common Council recently approved the purchase of the technology, which is estimated to run the city $340 to 500 each, the Press writes. City officials say the equipment would pay for itself in about two years due to the reduced use of paper and the related savings.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy and Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department met with city officials to negotiate saving a portion of the former VK lands as a public nature preserve.
Port Washington officials and Ozaukee County environmental groups are moving towards common ground when it comes to future use of the former VK lands once slated to become developed as a subdivision. Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy and Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department had proposed a plan that would turn the more than 200 acre area into a public nature preserve, but after initial opposition by city officials of plan details, the groups have settled on an agreement. "Last week we had three or four negotiating sessions … we all came to the table, and I think that the first thing is it's a great example of where you can have a number of different groups come to the table with their own interests … and be …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Port Washington city officials are not on board with the plan because they had hoped to develop the land for tax purposes.
Several Ozaukee County environmental groups are struggling to close on plans to turn about 200 acres of land with lake shore access into a public nature preserve as Port Washington officials disagree with the idea. Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy and Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department are focusing on saving the land formerly slated to become a VK Development subdivision, according to an Ozaukee Press article, but Port Washington officials would rather see at least part of the land developed to contribute to the city's tax base. City Administrator Mark Grams said the city's land-use plan would leave some of the area undeveloped, the article said, but would not allow for public access. Vote in the poll and …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Approval of conditional use permit during Tuesday night's Common Council meeting means a private dog park will soon be coming to Port Washington.
Lucky Dog Park in Port Washington is slated to open this summer after approval of a conditional use permit during Tuesday night's Common Council meeting. Ellen Paulus plans to launch the dog park with her husband, Bob, on their business' property at Paulus Printing, 1270 Mineral Springs Dr. The property is in an industrial zone, and a conditional use permit was required to allow the park within that zone. "We're ... getting moving on all of the logistics of creating the park," Ellen Paulus told Patch on Wednesday. The couple will need to secure insurance and finalize the LLC for its "Lucky Dog Park" business, and so forth. The space where the Pauluses plan to launch the park is just over an acre in size. Fencing will be added around the …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Port Washington resident Bill Driscoll is one of two new faces that will join the Port Washington Common Council next week.
Port resident Bill Driscoll is one of two faces that will join the Common Council anew on April 16 after elections earlier this month. Driscoll took the spot with 214 votes in the uncontested race after Ald. Jim Vollmar decided not to seek re-election. Learn more about this new alderman in the following Q&A with Patch: Driscoll as well as newcomer Kevin Rudser (5th District) will be sworn in as aldermen during the Common Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at Port Washington City Hall.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The Common Council on Tuesday night approved changes to an ordinance that move one step closer for a dog park to open on property at Paulus Printing in Port Washington.
Plans for a private dog park to open in Port Washington are closer to coming to fruition after changes to a zoning ordinance saw unanimous approval by the Common Council on Tuesday. The zoning change allows dog parks within industrial districts, a move that is necessary because the proposed private park at Paulus Printing, 1270 Mineral Springs Dr., is located in such a zone. Ellen Paulus, who plans to launch the dog park with her husband, Bob, spoke at the council meeting in support of the change. "I'd like to encourage the council to vote in favor of this ordinance," she said, "This could be a great asset to Port Washington." All aldermen voted in favor of the ordinance change with little discussion. The space where the Pauluses plan to …
Port Washington resident Kevin Rudser is one of two new faces that will join the Port Washington Common Council next week.
Port resident Kevin Rudser is one of two faces that will join the Common Council anew on April 16 after elections earlier this month. Rudser won the spot as 5th District Alderman after launching a write-in campaign for the spot in January. A total of 94 write-in votes were cast, with Rudser taking 50 votes to win the spot. Learn more about this new alderman in the following Q&A with Patch: Rudser as well as newcomer Bill Driscoll (3rd District) will be sworn in as aldermen during the Common Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at Port Washington City Hall.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Kevin Rudser joins the Common Council as the 5th District Alderman despite surprise competition in the write-in race; Bill Driscoll now represent the 3rd District after an uncontested race.
Two new faces join the Port Washington Common Council after Tuesday's election. Kevin Rudser won the spot as 5th District Alderman after launching a write-in campaign for the spot in January. A total of 94 write-in votes were cast, with Rudser taking 50 votes to win the spot. "I'm thankful for the support of my family, friends and residents of the 5th District," Rudser wrote in an e-mail to Patch. "Many people have been working very hard to put Port Washington in the position it is in right now and there are many exciting activities on our horizon. I look forward to the next 2 years of serving as Alderman." A second write-in candidate, Kendel Feilen, took home 23 votes in a last-minute run for the spot. "(I was) just hoping that I could …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Port Washington Common Council on Tuesday approved a 10-year extension in its contracted services to Advanced Disposal — formerly known as Veolia — as a way to save money in the longterm.
A 10-year contract with Advanced Disposal for the city's garbage and recycling services approved by the Port Washington Common Council on Tuesday night will save the city roughly $152,000. The contract was one of three options for extending the city's service with the company formerly known as Veolia, and it offers free service to several city dumpsters as part of its money-saving incentive. The 10-year extension was approved pending City Attorney Eric Eberhardt's review of the contract. "This is a great way for the city to save money, this is a great way that the city can really hold the line for many years," Ald. Mike Ehrlich said. "I think this is one of the creative things we can do to keep costs down." The contract also keeps rates …
Construction of different elements on Port Washington's Coal Dock Park continues as the area is slated to open this summer.
Progress on Coal Dock Park is moving right along as officials on Tuesday night approved the purchase of hardward and lumber for a planned boardwalk and look-out docks. The total budget for the boardwalk project is $80,000 — with half of that coming from a Coastal Management Grant — and the lumber and hardware will cost just less than $25,000. The entire Coal Dock Park project entails work on two areas: the north coal dock and south coal dock. The latter, which opened late last summer, includes a bird sanctuary and walking trails accessible from South Beach. The north coal dock area will be accessible by car from Wisconsin Street, by the Interurban Bike Trail or even by simply tying up your boat there. Here's a rundown of the park's …