Sharrow will become a new word for West Allis motorists soon, as the painted symbols will start appearing on city streets in the eastern part of the city to make bicycling safer.
The West Allis Common Council gave its blessings Tuesday to using $20,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant money to paint sharrows on selected roads such as 60th and 76th streets.
The sharrows will feature a figure of a bicyclist with arrows painted above the cyclist's head. Real bicyclists are to ride where the arrows are.
The sharrows are meant to improve bicycle safety in several ways. One is because they remind motorists that bicyclists have a right to the road. Another is by routing bicyclists farther into the street so they are away from parked cars and not in danger of being thrown off their bikes by car doors opening unexpectedly.
Sharrows are in use all over the country. Milwaukee is starting to put them in and Madison has many of them.
Suburban Milwaukee leaders unanimously endorsed a proposal that would enable Greenfield and two "friends" groups to take over care of Kulwicki Park in Greenfield.
Although Kulwicki Park is part of the Milwaukee County Parks system, city officials and the two groups — the Greenfield Little League and the Greater Greenfield Lions Club — have become alarmed at the lack of park maintenance. An over-stretched Milwaukee County Parks budget is the reason why, they say. Meanwhile, fees have skyrocketed for the Little League to use the diamonds.
All that and the fact that the park was established through fundraising and the efforts of Greenfield residents and businesses to honor its famous son NASCAR racer Alan Kulwicki are among the reasons that the city has asked to lease the park and care for it.
A County Board of Supervisors committee sent the proposed lease agreement between the county and city to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council, consisting of presidents and administrators of suburban communities in Milwaukee County, for its consideration. The ICC unanimously approved the proposed agreement so it is now expected to be on the May agenda of the county's parks, energy and environment committee.
"With all the hope and optimism we can muster, we hope it gets through the county board," said Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke. "The 'friends' of the park, the Greenfield Little League and the Greater Greenfield Lions Club are excited about the new direction and the city support."
After hearing from several residents speaking Monday on the $29.4 million facilities referendum that failed in last week's spring election, the Whitnall School Board decided to create a task force of volunteers to evaluate the schools' facilities needs.
One of their main points was that a larger segment of the school community needs to take part in such large facilities decisions.
Once the needs are agreed upon, the district will move on to solutions. Volunteers for the task force will be requested in the district newsletter in May and online at the district's website. People also will be welcome to contact the superintendent.
Player of the Year
Diamond Stone, 6-10 center, Dominican
McDonald's All-American capped perhaps the most decorated career in Wisconsin history with a fourth state championship. ... Averaged 24.4 points per game on 67 percent shooting, with 11.7 rebounds per game. ... Shot 74 percent from the free-throw line and finished with 74 blocks. ... Wrapped up his career north of 2,000 points. ... Career highlights include the only triple-double in state-tournament history, recorded as a freshman. ... Posted two double-doubles in the state games this year. ... Racked up 43 points and 18 rebounds against Division 1 foe Racine Case in the regular season. ... Committed to Maryland.» Read Full Article
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch, in effect for much of Southeastern Wisconsin, including Waukesha and Milwaukee counties until 11 p.m. A tornado watch indicates that conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes, but does not indicate that tornadoes have been spotted. People should be prepared to take safety measures if the watch escalates to a warning.
Greendale — An architect has been chosen to design the village's new fire station, which is projected to be built in 2016.
On April 7, the Greendale board of trustees approved a contract with Milwaukee-based Zimmerman Architectural Studios Inc. to design the station.
The board approved construction of a new fire station last year, after a needs analysis study by Bray Architects concluded that the current facility on 6200 W. Loomis Road was too small and in need of significant repair.
The Greendale Fire Department later identified three potential locations for the new station: on the existing site, at the Greendale Safety Center on 5911 W. Grange Ave. or on the southeast corner of Loomis Road and Grange Avenue currently owned by the state.
Under the contract, the village agreed to pay $257,700 for Zimmerman's services.» Read Full Article
Election returns from the Milwaukee suburbs. This page will be updated as more results become available.» Read Full Article
A 20-year veteran of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board finished last in a field of five candidates in Tuesday's balloting and the school board president narrowly won re-election.
The order, unofficially as of Tuesday night, was incumbent Sue Sujecki, first; newcomer Stephanie Emons, second; board President Pat Kerhin, third; newcomer Wendy DuBois a close fourth; and veteran board member Darlene Ziemendorf, fifth.
A West Allis software developer pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to one count of receiving child pornography in a case that delved into Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in the digital world.
Jeffrey Feldman, 48, encrypted computer drives containing child pornography, an encryption that stumped FBI forensic computer experts for weeks.
Investigators discovered the drives in January 2013, but Feldman was not charged until August after the drives were decrypted.
Feldman had waged a court battle against federal prosecutors' efforts to make him decrypt the drives seized from his home on the grounds that it would violate his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
A 130-foot monopole cell phone tower to be placed in Klenz Park was recommended by the West Allis Plan Commission, but it also recommended a public hearing.
The park at 2601 S. 72nd St. is surrounded on three sides by homes and by senior housing apartments.
The West Allis Common Council is expected to deal with the request by the American Transmission Company at its April 21 meeting. At that time the council will decide about a public hearing.
Normally, communities receive money from cell phone providers using public land for towers.
This would be the first cell tower in a West Allis city park, although a tower stands in McCarty Park owned by Milwaukee County.
Starting in 2005, Milwaukee suburbs began, one by one, adopting strict rules on where sex offenders could live. As they did, more and more of the released inmates wound up in the city and a shrinking number of places without bans.
Now a judge has declared that the local restrictions, while legally acceptable in isolation, collectively act to defeat the state law meant to manage sex offenders after release from secure state treatment.
City attorneys expect to challenge the ruling, which could have implications far beyond the placement of the offender in question in the case.
"We're certainly aware of it, and are evaluating an appropriate response," Deputy Assistant City Attorney Danielle Bergner said. "Every municipality in Milwaukee County is doing the same thing."
District Attorney John Chisholm said he and others have warned about such a consequence.» Read Full Article
Player of the year
Taylor Higginbotham, 5-10 senior, Germantown
Western Illinois recruit led Warhawks to North Shore Conference title and 20-4 season. ... NSC Player of the Year. ... Losses included two to state-qualifier Arrowhead and one to state champion Divine Savior Holy Angels. ... Averaged 18.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and remarkable 4.7 steals per game. ... Shot 42 percent from field and finished with 43 assists. ... First-team All-State by state coaches association.» Read Full Article
Greenfield — The giant Meijer grocery and general merchandise store is slated to go to the Greenfield Common Council next week for approval of plans to build a store at 60th Street and Layton Avenue on the grounds of the former Mt. Carmel nursing home.
At the public hearing, the main complaint was that the additional traffic the store might cause on 60th Street would be hard on those living west of the store in the Armour Avenue neighborhood. Increased traffic would make it almost impossible to turn left onto 60th Street to reach Interstate 894 from Armour Avenue which ends in a T-intersection at 60th Street where the store is proposed. The freeway ramp is just north of Armour.
Mayor Michael Neitzke said it is already dangerous to turn north onto 60th from Armour and agreed that the store's presence would make the situation worse. That is why the city would look favorably on any residents' requests to close off Armour.
But he acknowledged that would mean the only way out of the neighborhood would then be 62nd Street that feeds into Layton Avenue.
Round-about route» Read Full Article
City of Greenfield — A proposal to let the city take over the care of Kulwicki Park within its borders will be consideded this month by a Milwaukee County panel that oversees park properties.
The Intergovernmental Cooperation Council received the proposal last month from the Milwaukee County Parks, Energy and Environment Committee for its consideration later this month .
The new state Act 14 that reorganized county government calls for intergovernmental agreements to be approved by the council. That body will meet in April and the potential agreement should be back to the committee in May.
Greenfield has asked to take over care of the park at South 107th Street and Cold Spring Road because Milwaukee County doesn't have the money to do it. The park that was created by Greenfield residents and businesses is starting to look unkempt, said Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke.
He chaffed at the delay.» Read Full Article
West Allis — He was only appointed West Allis-West Milwaukee School District superintendent last week, but current Shorewood Superintendent Marty Lexmond is already dropping in at West Allis schools, greeting children and meeting staff.
The school board appointed him Wednesday, March 25, and he will start July 1.
Getting out and meeting people is in line with his prime goal of building relationships that can be identified for the future, Lexmond said.
Lexmond said he is looking forward to working in the district because of the skills he has acquired in both suburban and urban education. The district has strong elements of both, and he said he is excited to address its challenges.
Lexmond will succeed Kurt Wachholz who retired late last summer.» Read Full Article
Glendale mayoral candidates Bryan Kennedy and JoAnn Shaw will participate in a candidate forum tonight.
The forum, hosted by the North Shore Republican Club, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 in the community meeting room of the North Shore Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Road. Candidates will respond to a series of questions from a moderator, as well as questions from the audience.