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License of mobile home park in West Allis could roll away

April 16, 2014 3:24 p.m. | West Allis has started proceedings to revoke the license for Mobile Estates Mobile Home Park, 10401 W. Greenfield Ave., with 45 mobile homes because repairs and the cleanup ordered in December are still not done, officials said.

The Common Council License and Health Committee decided Tuesday to start the process after park operator Thaddues Derynda did not come in to discuss the list of deficiencies he was supposed to fix.

Derynda was pursuing a license for the park to operate when the committee told he to improve the park. He failed to appear before the committee about the alleged problems.

The revocation procedure will involve a formal hearing, and a date has not been set.

For the last three years, ordered repairs have not been done on time at the mobile home park, Atkinson said. The park operated with no current license for the years 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 while the city worked with Derynda on the list of deficiencies for those years, Ted Atkinson, director of building inspection, said. Derynda has missed several other meetings during that time, Atkinson said. The wrangle even involved taking Derynda to municipal court.

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'Mount Stallis' rises in West Allis

April 16, 2014 3:14 p.m. | Everybody thought the huge pile of dirt that arose where Interstate 894 crosses Greenfield Avenue in West Allis would go away as soon as the Zoo Interchange work was finished.

But West Allis officials just learned that the pile that has been dubbed Mount Stallis by some neighbors is here to stay. It's dirt dug up in the Zoo Interchange project and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's chunk of land next to the freeway at Greenfield Avenue was a handy place to put it.

Stallis is the colloquial term residents have created as a shortened nickname for West Allis.

The DOT plans to plant grass on the hill and seems to be agreeable to planting some large trees to soften the heap's visual impact, Alderman Michael May reported to fellow aldermen Tuesday. The DOT also would probably be agreeable to turning Mount Stallis over to the city, but officials aren't that interested, knowing how tricky it will be to mow a hill that steep.

But faced with the giant sow's ear, city officials are trying to be resilient by looking into how they might turn it into a silk purse. They're thinking of mounting unique and even artistic solar panels on the mini-mount. Some of the newer solar panels can be quite striking and could make the hill into something unique and interesting, John Stibal, development director, suggested. The Milwaukee County Zoo has a sunflower-shaped solar panel on its grounds, already.

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West Allis considers fund to help homeowners repair sewer laterals

April 16, 2014 3:04 p.m. | To help keep rainwater from overwhelming sewage treatment facilities resulting in dumping diluted sewage into lakes and rivers, West Allis officials are thinking of setting up a fund to help homeowners afford to fix leaky sewer laterals that let the rainwater in.

Sewer laterals take waste water from homes to sanitary sewers in the streets that go to wastewater treatment facilities.

At the same time sewer laterals age and become increasingly leaky, especially in older sections of the city, West Allis is under an enforcement ruling to reduce the amount of rainwater getting into its sanitary sewers.

So, the proposal is for all single-family, duplex and three-family homeowners to chip in $40 annually to the fund. If their laterals need relining to make them watertight, they would only pay $1,500 instead of the estimated $5,500 it would cost to have the work done privately, officials said.

But if it's an emergency repair, the tab would be $3,000 with the fund's help, compared with an estimated $12,000 if the lateral is in the street and $4,000 if the lateral is in the yard.

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Police warn man after he enters woman's vehicle, tries to kiss her

April 16, 2014 9:30 a.m. | Police warned a man who entered a woman's vehicle and tried to kiss her and ask her to go out for a drink about 9 p.m. April 12.

According to the Greenfield police report:

A customer at Speedway, 6000 W. Layton Ave., called police to report an unknown male came inside her vehicle, grabbed her face and tried to kiss her, and then asked her to go out for a drink with him at about 9 p.m. April 12.

Police contacted the man, who was sitting inside a vehicle at the business.

The woman declined to press charges, but wanted him warned. Police told the man the woman was not interested and to leave her alone.

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