Muskego will make familiar trip to state

Oct. 29, 2011 9:47 p.m. |

Coming off back-to-back appearances in the state title game and a slew of state appearances over the past decade, the sectional final must seem like old hat for the Muskego girls volleyball program.
The Warriors’ celebration showed that clinching a trip to state was still meaningful Saturday night, even if the performance looked like a team completely undaunted by the big stage. The Warriors dismissed West Allis Hale in the sectional final, 25-15, 25-19, 25-15.
“It never gets old,” said senior Mary O’Connor, who played in last year’s state championship match and finished with a team-high 10 kills against the Huskies. “We were together for five hours earlier today, and it was to mentally prepare for this big match. We knew it was going to be a tough match.”
Once Muskego grabbed ahold with a 15-5 lead in the opening set, the top-seeded Warriors looked fully prepared. The Warriors will make the familiar voyage to the Resch Center in Green Bay with a Division 1 quarterfinal match at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, meeting either West Bend East or Fond du Lac.
“We’ve had our struggles all year,” Muskego coach Karen Anderson said.  “We’ve been an up and down team and it was just getting the point where I just don’t know if I’ll be able to pull them out of this. Two weeks ago, all of a sudden, things started to click. We’re playing the best we’ve played all year right now, by a longshot. I didn’t need to worry about peaking too soon.”
A Southeast Conference tournament title represented a turning point for Muskego.
“We just couldn’t finish,” said senior libero Chelsea Lallemont, who racked up 18 digs in a standout performance at home Saturday. “We went to the Illinois tournament and did just awful, and we got back and said, ‘OK, we were not doing this (falling apart). We want to go to state, this is our dream.’ The conference tournament, we clicked, but we haven't peaked yet.”
Hale was led by Erin Barbeau, who finished with 9 kills. Hale, seeded third, outlasted both Greater Metro Conference foes that finished ahead of it in the regular season.
“We were really fortunate this year because we had a lot of seniors this year who gave good leadership,” coach Angie Hardwick said. “Muskego is obviously a very good team. They’ve got size. They were able to contain us with the block and never let us get into an offense.”
Laura Felker added seven kills, and Kayla Bluemel had six for the Warriors.
“”It’s a team for sure that has to do it by committee,” Anderson said. “We have a lot of girls who have really stepped up.”

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Greenfield can't match Waterford

Oct. 22, 2011 12:37 a.m. | Under head coach Scott Otto, Greenfield's football program has come a long way in a short period of time.

In the first round of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs Friday night, the Hustlin' Hawks were shown how far they still have to go in a 42-7 loss at Waterford High School.

The experienced and battle-tested Wolverines took advantage of several first half mistakes by Greenfield, then sealed the win behind a smothering defense that held Greenfield's vaunted rushing attack to 63 yards over the first three quarters.

"We knew we had our work cut out for us," Otto said. "It's tough enough to play Waterford; you can't make the mistakes that we made. But a lot of that is predicated on we haven't been (to the playoffs) in nine years. It's a different atmosphere, and Waterford has been here three of the last four years. So it's something to get used to, and the only way you get used to it is getting back here year after year after year."

The Hawks got off to a solid start, forcing a quick punt and then using a perfectly placed punt by senior Alex Bosl to pin Waterford (9-1) inside its own 10-yard line. But a 43-yard play-action pass from quarterback Zach Fisher to Dustin Schindler sparked a 93-yard drive for the Wolverines, who broke the scoreless tie with a 6-yard touchdown run by Greg Steffens on 4th and 3.

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Firefighters agree to pay for benefits

Oct. 20, 2011 5:46 p.m. | Greenfield and its firefighters reached agreement Tuesday on a contract that averted cuts in benefits for other employees and possible service reductions.

In the two-year contract, the firefighters agreed to no raises next year. They also agree to pay 5.9 percent toward pensions and 12.6 percent of health insurance premiums as all other employees are, even though the firefighters wouldn't have to make those contributions, under state law.

Police have already agreed to the pension and health insurance premium contributions, but other contract elements are still pending. city officials are optimistic that the rest of a police contract will be hammered out in the next few days.

City considers new budget with heavy road program

Oct. 20, 2011 5:40 p.m. | A proposed 2012 Greenfield budget that calls for a 2.15 percent property tax hike, mainly to finance an aggressive road program, received preliminary Greenfield Common Council Committee of the Whole approval Tuesday .

The package will be the subject of a public hearing Nov. 15.

With a property tax rate of $7.21 per $1,000 of assessed value, 17 cents higher than 2011, the proposed budget would cost about $34 more than this year for the owner of a home assessed at $200,000 both years.

Although the new state law keeps the levy at a zero increase unless there is growth, cities can raise their levies to cover debt. That's where the proposed nearly $11 million borrowing for an aggressive road program comes in, an idea that city officials are just starting to consider.

Because interest rates are so low and contractors are willing to give buyers a break just to keep crews working, the proposal has been made to lump road spending that is scheduled to be done over the next several years and do it all in two years. Then nothing would be done until 2015, when more would be borrowed for those future projects.

Panel suggests city ban weapons in city-owned buildings

Oct. 18, 2011 10:48 p.m. | A recommendation that Greenfield ban concealed weapons in city-owned buildings is now on its way to the Common Council.

The Legislative Committee on Monday recommended the ban unanimously, leading to a council vote on Nov. 1, the day a new state law allowing people with permits to carry concealed weapons goes into effect.

As a result of the impending law, many communities are passing bans on weapons in municipal buildings.

If the Common Council also approves a ban, signs would be posted at entrances, though there will be no metal detectors. If people are caught with weapons, they will be fined. It was not clear last night how much that fine would be.

City considers longer list of nuisance vehicles

Oct. 18, 2011 10:44 p.m. | Greenfield may add to a its list of nuisances trailers or other vehicles that are used for storage and parked out in the open.

The city's Greenfield Legislative Committee on Monday recommended approval of an amended list. If the Common Council also approves the addition Nov. 1, the city will be able to force a cleanup at homes where the trailers have become eyesores.

Things are often piled around and on top of the trailers or inoperable cars and weeds grow up around them, said Jeff Cavett, fire marshal and code enforcer for the city. But without the addition to the ordinance, the city can't do anything about them.

A car or any other vehicle that's full of stuff wouldn't necessarily be deemed a nuisance. It also would have to have two other problems - such as being inoperable, partially dismantled, improperly licensed or parked in an unapproved surface.

Greenfield football playoff game slated

Oct. 18, 2011 3:43 p.m. |  The Greenfield football team will play its first WIAA playoff contest since 2002 against Waterford (6-1 in the Southern Lakes Conference, 8-1 overall).

The game is tentatively set for Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at Waterford High School.

City considers measure curtail gas thefts

Oct. 18, 2011 2:06 p.m. | Greenfield officials are thinking about strongly encouraging all gas stations in the city to go to prepay for gas in addition to paying at the pump in hopes of drastically reducing gas driveoffs.

Interim Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt told the Greenfield Legislative Committee last night that Green Bay had virtually eliminated gas driveoffs by eliminating investigations at stations that do not have prepay. Instead, the owners must write a report, get the registration information from the state Department of Motor Vehicles based on eye witnesses or surveillance videos, and then give the information to police who take it from there, Wentlandt said.

The vast majority of Green Bay gas stations have gone to prepay, he said.

He met with Greenfield gas station owners and all were in favor of going prepay except one, Wentlandt said. That one has a competitor nearby in New Berlin and he is afraid of losing business to the New Berlin station because it would not have prepay.

City panel supports move against high-proof alcohol sales

Oct. 18, 2011 1:52 p.m. | The Greenfield Legislative Committee last night recommended sending a resolution of support to State Rep. Peggy Krusick, who is trying to get a state ban on liquors with alcohol above 160 proof, or 80 percent alcohol.

The Greenfield Common Council is expected to approve the resolution of support Nov. 1.

The council had originally wanted to consider a citywide ban after the death of Jeff Wielichowski, a young Greenfield man who drowned after consuming a punch made with the 190-proof Everclear grain alcohol. But officials found the city doesn't have the power to enact such a ban.

The Wielichowski family lives in Krusick's district. Jeff's mother Luanne is spearheading the drive to clear the shelves of such strong liquors.

In the resolution, the Legislative Committee noted that Jeff Wielichowski is not the only one to die after drinking high-proof liquors and calls such high-proof liquors a threat to public health, safety and welfare.

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Caregiver given probation for leaving residents unattended

Oct. 15, 2011 10:18 a.m. | A former caregiver was sentenced to probation Friday for leaving residents at a Greenfield assisted living facility unattended while she went shopping for personal items, according to the state Department of Justice.

During her absence Greenfield police and firefighters were called to the facility for an 88-year-old resident who had fallen to the floor, the department said in a news release.

Latisha Latrece Williams, 24, of Greenfield, who pleaded guilty to negligent abuse of a patient-no bodily harm, was initially sentenced to nine months in jail, but the sentence was stayed and she was placed on probation for one year, according to state court records.

She must also pay court costs, a $500 fine and has been prohibited from employment as a caregiver for the elderly, according to the records.

According to the news release, on December 27, 2009 Williams punched in for her shift at the facility, operated by Lifecare Homes, Inc. at 5128 W. Midland Drive, at 10:56 p.m.

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Pewaukee bulldozes past Whitnall

Oct. 15, 2011 12:29 a.m. | Shortly after the Pewaukee-Whitnall football game ended Friday night, two onsite bulldozers revved up a groundbreaking ceremony honoring the planned reconstruction of Whitnall High School's Falcons Field.

Unfortunately for the hosts, the earth-moving machines provided an apt metaphor for Pewaukee's dominating performance in a 44-8 victory over the Falcons on Friday.

Pewaukee needed a win or a Brown Deer loss to clinch an outright Woodland-Blue Conference championship, and the Pirates didn't take any chances, sewing up the league title with a 7-1 record (7-2 overall).

"We wanted to win the conference outright," said Pewaukee head coach Clay Iverson. "Whitnall's a good team; they're well coached, and to come in here and play the way we did was encouraging as we start our next season. Now it gets really fun."

The Pirates stout defense set the tone early, scoring the game's first points on a safety midway through the first quarter, then blocking a punt deep in Whitnall territory, which led to a 4-yard touchdown run by senior Alec Henderson.

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Hale makes the plays against Tosa East

Oct. 14, 2011 11:50 p.m. | West Allis Hale used a power rushing attack and timely defensive plays to overwhelm a hard-charging, never-say-die Wauwatosa East team Friday, 44-27.

The Huskies held a commanding 25-7 halftime lead, thanks largely to the backfield triumvirate of junior Taylor Tomczak, sophomore Corey Stingley and freshman Joe Werner. The trio combined for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in the first half.

With East leading 7-6 early in the second quarter, Tomczak ripped off 20 yards on three carries in the red zone, ultimately dragging tacklers into the end zone from nine yards out.

Stingley added another touchdown on the ground two possessions later, high stepping through the left side of the line and accelerating down the sideline for the score.

The ground game proved essential on a cold, dry, windy night that saw eight fumbles in the first half.

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Greenfield teen's Facebook post for drugs leads to arrest

Oct. 13, 2011 6:22 p.m. | A 17-year-old has been arrested and charged with drug possession after a friend posted on the teen's Facebook page that he needed drugs.

A police officer also recognized the two from a video of a drug party in June.

A Greenfield police officer was patrolling in his car Aug. 30 when he noticed two men he recognized from his assignment as a police school liaison officer at Greenfield High School. Earlier in the day, he had seen one of them post a statement on the other's Facebook page that indicated he wanted drugs. The teen behind the page, Justin J. Cervera, had replied, asking the guy to call him.

The same officer had previously seen a video of the two apparently smoking marijuana with other juveniles in June 2011, called "Reefer party for my birthday."

He stopped the two on the street and Cervera emptied his pockets, revealing a white prescription bottle with drugs. Cervera was arrested and was charged Thursday with possession of narcotics and marijuana. He faces up to four years in prison and $11,000 in fines.

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Cop and canine earn award for police work

Oct. 12, 2011 12:02 p.m. | For locating a handgun that was used in a shooting, Greenfield's police dog and his handler have received a state award.

Police Officer Scott Zienkiewicz and his canine partner Badger were awarded the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Canine Handlers Association 2011 award for Meritorious Article Find.

In the shooting incident that happened in May in Milwaukee, a suspect fled into Greenfield on foot and was later captured at Clement Manor. Zienkiewicz and Badger were asked to search the area for the gun used in the shooting.

The team began where the suspect had discarded a sweatshirt while running. While tracking the suspect's path, Badger located the crucial piece of evidence.

West Milwaukee Walmart wins zoning approval

Oct. 12, 2011 10:29 a.m. | A Walmart combined supermarket and discount store planned for West Milwaukee has won zoning approval.

The Village Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to rezone the development site, north of W. Greenfield Ave., about one block east of Miller Park Way.

That site is now occupied by a mostly vacant strip retail center, once anchored by a Sentry supermarket, and buildings used by Wisconsin Steel Industries. Most of those buildings will be demolished.

Gatlin Development Co. hopes to begin site preparation work by the end of the year. The 147,800-square-foot Walmart will take about a year to build.

The rezoning vote comes a week after the Village Board voted 5-2 to spend $950,000 to help Gatlin renovate a portion of the strip center to house Family Dollar and Little Caesars Pizza, and over $3 million on new roads, sewers and other public improvements at the development site.

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West Allis to spend additional funds on development parcel

Oct. 11, 2011 7:00 a.m. | West Allis plans to spend another $200,000 to acquire a former restaurant building that was demolished to help create a development site near State Fair Park.

The city Community Development Authority, at its Tuesday board meeting, will consider a proposal to provide the funds to the former owners of the Mykonos Restaurant property, 8201 W. Greenfield Ave.

The city previously paid $1,449,907 to acquire the condemned property last November, said Kristi Johnson, community development supervisor. The owners had appealed that amount, and the $200,000 in additional funds will settle that appeal, she said.

The former restaurant, and the adjacent former Milwaukee Gray Iron foundry, at W. Orchard and S. 83rd streets, were purchased by the city and demolished to create an 8-acre development site. Both buildings were damaged by flooding in June 2008, and the city received a $4.8 million state grant to buy and demolish flooded properties.

So far, no specific development plans for the site have been disclosed. City officials have had contacts with developers who may be interested in building a hotel, neighborhood grocery store, offices and housing.  

Eisenhower makes early scores stand

Oct. 08, 2011 12:26 a.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower scored touchdowns off of two costly Greenfield turnovers in the first half and rode a stout defensive effort to a 15-7 Woodland Conference Black Division victory at home Friday night.

A promising opening drive for Greenfield came to a halt when an errant halfback pitch from Tyler Laverdure was recovered deep in Eisenhower territory.

Eisenhower quarterback John Crowley immediately found tight end Dylan Petre for a 36-yard pass down the middle and running back Anthony Stewart put the Lions on the board moments later with a 6-yard touchdown run. Stewart bulled his way in for the two-point conversion to give Eisenhower an 8-0 first quarter lead.

The turnover disparity was not lost on Greenfield head coach Scott Otto, who saw his team fall to 4-4 overall and 4-3 in conference despite outgaining the Lions, 277-266.

“We ran for 240 yards and scored seven points,” said Otto. “The turnovers were huge and credit to them, they were able to take advantage. They caught us a couple of times with the pass, and that was enough tonight.”

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Falls breaks through in the fourth

Oct. 08, 2011 12:11 a.m. |  

The Menomonee Falls football team wanted to make sure that next week’s regular season finale wouldn’t be their last game of the season.

So far, so good.

The Indians, who beat West Allis Hale on Friday night by a score of 34-13, are now 5-3 overall and 3-3 in league play and need one more victory to clinch a playoff berth.

Hale fell to 1-7 overall but kept the game closer than the score indicates.Entering the fourth quarter, Falls and Hale were tied at 13-13 when the Huskies made a late comeback.

It wasn’t until the Indians rattled off 21 unanswered points that the game was put out of Hale's reach. Falls junior running back Justin Johnson, who had three rushing touchdowns, finished with 96 rushing yards and 47 receiving yards.

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Tagye's early strikes lead Rockets

Oct. 08, 2011 12:05 a.m. |  

The Milwaukee Brewers weren’t the only team playing a must-win game Friday night.
The South Milwaukee Rockets also had their backs against the wall, but they disposed of Whitnall a little more easily than the local baseball team. The Rockets wore down the host Falcons, 28-14, to improve to 5-3 overall and 4-3 in the Woodland Conference Black Division and clinch a playoff berth.
“It was absolutely a must-win game if we’re going to get to where we want to be,” South Milwaukee head coach John Galewski said. “I was really pleased with the way we played tonight. We were really physical, and I’m just extremely proud of our performance.”
With 2:48 left in the first half, South Milwaukee broke a scoreless tie with a 7-yard run from senior running back Mat Tagye. But the killer for Whitnall came just a minute later, when Tagye scored again on a 41-yard screen pass that exploited an overaggressive defense. A defensive battle was suddenly a 14-0 South Milwaukee advantage at halftime.
“The screen pass broke our back,” Whitnall head coach Rob Leboeuf said. “We had a blitz on, we should have checked out of it, we didn’t, and they easily scored. If we don’t give that up, things could have been a lot more interesting than they were.”
The Rockets stopped the Falcons again to start the third quarter and gained a 21-0 edge on senior running back Trevor Stauner’s 5-yard touchdown run.

Stauner, who also plays linebacker, said it was the biggest game of the Rockets’ season.

“It was fantastic,” Stauner said. “Yeah, you get a little tired (playing two ways), but who cares? You have to have heart. I felt like tonight was the turning point in our season. There was a little extra pressure, but I thought going into the half up two touchdowns was big. The score before half was a turning point.”
On its next possession, Whitnall drove 63 yards to the South Milwaukee 2-yard line, where it faced a critical fourth down. A bad snap sailed over senior quarterback Luke Mentkowski’s head and the Rockets took over on downs.
“We have three offensive linemen get hurt tonight,” Leboeuf said. “That’s a backup center we had in there. God bless him, he fights his butt off. But we’re undersized. We’re not deep on the line to begin with, and we don’t have big kids at this school.”
Whitnall scored its first points in the final quarter when the Rockets were forced to punt from their own 19-yard line. The Falcons blocked the punt, and junior Zach Sutton recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown.
However, any hope of a comeback was dashed when Stauner rumbled into the end zone again just two minutes later from 10 yards out. In the waning minutes, Whitnall scored again on a 2-yard run from senior Travis Karweik, but a failed onside kick allowed the Rockets to run out the clock.
“I give all the credit to the teams we’ve played,” Leboeuf said. “They’ve been more physical than us, they’re more talented than us in some areas, but we play on with the kids we have. Sometimes we’re just not good enough, but I’ll tell you this; it’s not for a lack of trying.”
Tagye and Stauner towed most of the load for South Milwaukee, combining for 228 all-purpose yards on 35 touches and four touchdowns. Whitnall’s aerial attack was impressive in a losing effort. Junior Sam Mentkowski had a game-high 10 catches for 105 yards, while senior Stephen Pelkofer added eight catches for 76 yards. Luke Mentkowski finished 22-of-33 for 183 yards for Whitnall.
South Milwaukee wraps up its regular season next Friday when it hosts winless Thomas More. Stauner said the Rockets aren’t overlooking anyone and want to the end the regular season strong.
“We have to go hard from the first play of the game,” Stauner said. “When we’re hitting our blocks and playing the way we’re capable of, I feel like we’re unstoppable.”
Despite falling to 3-5 and 3-4 in conference play, Whitnall can qualify for the playoffs with a win at home against Pewaukee (6-2, 6-1 Woodland-Blue) on Friday.
“We will bounce back, I promise you that,” Leboeuf said. “And we will give Pewaukee everything they can handle.”

Crews again prepare key land for redevelopment

Oct. 05, 2011 11:56 a.m. | What is left of a factory and a home badly damaged by fire earlier this year will begin to come down today at Loomis Road and Interstate 894, as the city prepares to again market the properties for redevelopment.

Greenfield had bought the properties as part of the redevelopment project dubbed Greenfield Crossing. Planners would like to see a mix of residential and commercial, possibly including a hotel, go into the site, Richard Sokol, Greenfield director of neighborhood services.

Fire delayed site demolition efforts, and it will take crews the rest of the week to clean up the properties, but the "for sale" signs should be going up in a couple of weeks, Sokol said.

Before the economy tanked, several hotels were interested in the site, which is appealing to prospective developers because it is the first place west of the Mitchell Interchange to offer full freeway access, he said.

City needs health plan concessions to avoid budget cuts

Oct. 05, 2011 11:34 a.m. | Greenfield and its firefighters have about two weeks to reach an agreement on a health insurance plan before the city has to consider making 2012 budget adjustments that could affect other departments.

Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke delivered that message to the Common Council on Tuesday night, noting that service reductions, layoffs in all areas including public safety and reductions in benefits for non-emergency employees might be necessary.

The Greenfield Firefighters Association had asked Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Maxine White for a 30-day delay in implementation of a change in health insurance. White denied that request Tuesday afternoon, but issued a temporary restraining order until Oct. 20. That was meant to give the two sides more time to reach a new collective bargaining contract.

The city wants concessions from the union to help it balance its 2012 budget that is in a vise because of state limits on how much the city can raise property taxes and a loss of state aid.

Because the city is up against a deadline to finish its budget, if negotiations don't yield the needed savings and if the restraining order is extended Neitzke said he will submit an alternative budget that cuts expenses.

Man calls 911 in search of missing remote, doesn't miss Brewers game

Oct. 04, 2011 3:22 p.m. | A 97-year-old man who wanted to watch a Milwaukee Brewers game called 911 to report someone had stolen his remote control.

According to the Greenfield police report:

The man called 911 to report someone had stolen his remote control from his residence in the 9300 block of West Howard Avenue prior to 8 p.m. Sept. 26.

The remote control was found after police responded, so the man was able to watch the Brewers game.

Highway project makes a stop at library

Oct. 04, 2011 1:10 p.m. | Anybody who wants to know what the Interstate 94 freeway will look like when all the work is completed can see it in 3-D at the Greenfield Public Library.

The library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., will display a large scale model of the I-94 North-South Freeway project for public viewing.

Viewers can see how the three tunnels will work, how the 27th Street Interchange will be configured, and the changes that are in store at the Mitchell interchange.

The library is open from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Greenfield, West Allis police called after fight breaks out at wedding reception

Oct. 04, 2011 12:57 p.m. | A fight that erupted at a wedding reception brought both Greenfield and West Allis police to Klemmer's Banquet Center, 10401 W. Oklahoma Ave., shortly after 1 a.m. Oct. 2.

According to a police report, an employee at Klemmer's called police early Sunday morning to report a fight involving 20 to 30 people, mostly males, had broken out in the banquet hall. Due to the large number of people involved in the fight, Greenfield police advised the West Allis Police Department, which also responded.

While both police departments were en route, the fight moved from the banquet hall into the parking lot. Most of the people in the fight left prior to or as officers arrived, and those who were still on scene refused to respond to officer's commands and fled.

One female employee was pushed down by a man, who also fled the scene. She refused medical treatment.

Police were able to stop one vehicle at 99th Street and Oklahoma Avenue. The driver, a 19-year-old man, was cited for multiple traffic offenses. The incident is still under investigation.

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Oct. 04, 2011 10:33 a.m. |

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Each week, JR will highlight some of the top sports stories in the suburban area. This week includes looks at the standout Homestead girls tennis team, some of the top girls golfers, including Kettle Moraine's Leighann Cabush, and more.

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West Milwaukee Walmart wins village financing help

Oct. 04, 2011 9:19 a.m. | West Milwaukee will spend nearly $1 million to help finance building renovations, and more than $3 million on road work and other public improvements, to help redevelop a strip retail center and older industrial buildings into a new Walmart.

Also, a Walmart planned for South Milwaukee advanced with an agreement to sell a city-owned parcel for that development.

In West Milwaukee, the Village Board voted 5-2 Monday night to approve the financing plan, which totals $4.2 million. Those funds will be repaid by property taxes from the $16 million Walmart, and other new projects within a tax incremental financing district.

The debt from that financing district, which has been used to help create other commercial developments along Miller Park Way, is expected to be paid off by 2022, according to Ehlers & Associates, the village's consultant.

Once the debt is paid off, the property tax revenue from Walmart and other new developments will flow to the village, its school district and other local governments. 

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