The Business Journal reports that Milwaukee to Madison high-speed rail line with stops in Brookfield and Oconomowoc is moving quickly through the planning stages.
This press release just arrived from Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas:
Many Waukesha County top elected officials announced this week that they will make monetary donations to the Waukesha County general fund equal to two days of their pay in support of the County’s 2010 furlough days.
As part of the County’s 2010 budget, all hourly and salaried Waukesha County employees are required to take two unpaid furlough days. The donations by the elected officials are a gesture of unity with county employees.
“Donating this pay is the right thing to do,” said County Executive Dan Vrakas. “During tough budget times, such as those we are currently faced with, it is important to be a cohesive team and do what we can as individuals to support our hard working employees and support Waukesha County.”
The state of the current and forecasted economy necessitates the need for the County furlough program. Due to the current economic recession and the increasing demand for County services tied to rising unemployment, the furlough days are needed to balance the County budget without compromising service delivery.
The Wisconsin Constitution prohibits elected officials pay from being raised or lowered between elections, so furlough funds could not be withheld from their checks.
“I am glad to be making this donation to Waukesha County,” said Clerk of Circuit Courts, Kathleen Madden. “We cannot ask our employees to give up pay without doing the same.”
Confirmation of this commitment also has been made by: Register of Deeds Jim Behrend, County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, Treasurer Pamela Reeves and Sheriff Dan Trawicki. the release said.
The Waukesha County Courthouse and Administration Center will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the furlough day. Both buildings will reopen Tuesday at 8 a.m.
The Waukesha Water Utility will present a draft application for a new Lake Michigan water supply to the Common Council and the public at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, city officials said Tuesday.
The meeting will be held at City Hall, 201 Delafield St., in the Common Council Chambers.
The utility is pursuing Lake Michigan as a new source of drinking water for the city as water drawn from its deep aquifers contain radium concentrations that exceed federal safety standards, which have been unsuccessfully disputed by the city.
The utility wants to purchase water from Milwaukee Water Works, but also will consider getting lake water from Racine or Oak Creek if a deal cannot be struck with Milwaukee.
The council must grant final approval to a proposal that now calls for building a large pipeline that connects Waukesha to Milwaukee water pipes and to build another pipeline that returns an equal amount of treated water back to the lake through the Underwood Creek tributary in Wauwatosa.
Here’s a source for more information about the Waukesha Water Utility’s plans.
The Plan Commission will consider a proposal to open an affordable housing site with 10-units above a potential homeless shelter.
The commission meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. Here’s the Journal Sentinel report
The 24-year-old Waukesha man who suffered a head wound at Fletcher’s Arms gun range on E. Main St. has died from his injury, police reported today.
Police Capt. Mark Stigler said that an investigation into the late Friday shooting continues, although foul play and accidental causes have been ruled out.
Police are not officially calling it a suicide but are awaiting a ruling from the county medical examiner on the cause of death.
This in from Waukesha Police Capt. Mark Stigler:
At 6:44 p.m. Friday, Waukesha police responded to the report of a shooting on the range at Fletcher Arms, 1441 E. Main St., Waukesha.
Police found a 24-year-old man inside the premise with a gun shot wound. Waukesha Fire responded, rendered aid and transported him to the hospital in critical condition.
Stigler said the man remained in critical condition this morning.
Detectives were called in to assist in the investigation. The incident does not appear to be criminal in nature and therefore there were no arrests.
Waukesha Clerk/Treasurer Tom Neill reports that five candidates have filed the necessary amount of petition signatures to be on the ballot for the spring mayoral race. The filing deadline was end of business today.
The primary race among the five will be Feb. 16. The general election between the remaining two will be April 6.
The L..A. Times is reporting that Bennett Bradley, a graduate of the Waukesha university, was remembered Monday for contributing to nearly all of the arts, largely as a producer and director at Hollywood’s Fountain Theatre.
Bradley, 59, was found Saturday stabbed to death at his Mid-Wilshire apartment. The death is being investigated as a robbery and murder.
Bobanna’s Pizza Place, 1403 Summit Ave., was robbed of its cash by a hooded gunman Saturday night, according to Waukesha police.
Police were told that shortly before 7 p.m. a man with a black handgun took cash from the register and fled on foot east of Summit Ave, toward Moreland Blvd., police say. None of the employees were injured, police say.
The suspect was wearing a dark hoodie, was 5’8” tall, medium build and had a buzz haircut. He carried a dark duffle bag.
Police suspect a get-away car – a bronze Chevy sedan with several passengers – may have been involved. The gunman was still at large this morning, police say.
This from Mike Johnson of Journal Sentinel
Waukesha - A 50-year-old Waukesha man charged in the June 16 stabbing death of his girlfriend was found incompetent to stand trial and was committed Thursday to the state Department of Health Services for mental health treatment.
Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James R. Kieffer determined during a hearing that Daniel K. Christesen requires the involuntary administration of psychotropic medications and treatment, according to online court records.
Christesen’s attorney, Donna Kuchler, said that Christesen will be sent to a secure state mental health institution, either Mendota or Winnebago.
It is expected that with treatment, Christesen could be competent to stand trial within 12 months, Deputy District Attorney Stephen J. Centinario Jr. said.
Kieffer scheduled a June 11 hearing on the case to review then whether Christesen is fit to stand trial.
But Centinario said Christesen will be re-evaluated after three months and the hearing date could be moved up from June.
Christesen is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Carol Fisher, 55. He is accused of repeatedly stabbing her with a 10-inch butcher knife in his Waukesha apartment.
Fisher, 55, and Christesen lived in separate flats in a duplex in the 900 block of Arcadian Ave. in Waukesha.
Police say Christesen contacted them the evening of June 16, saying he fatally stabbed Fisher in his flat.
Christesen peacefully surrendered to police, a Bible in one hand, a phone in the other, the complaint says. He asked emergency medical personnel: “Do you think I will go to hell for this?”
According to the criminal complaint, Christesen said he stabbed Fisher because he had grown tired of her constant arguing.
She had written him a note days earlier, saying she was leaving him, the document says. He admitted he had not taken all his psychiatric medications that day, the complaint says.
The City of Waukesha has mailed 21,387 tax bills to residents.
The tax rate is $20.1130 per thousand of assessed valuation, which is an increase of 2.08% from 2008, according city clerk/treasuser Tom Neill.
The two baseball diamonds in Grandview Park will remain and serve the secondary purpose of becoming detention ponds for storm water that sewers cannot handle during heavy rains.
The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Board Monday night approved letting the city’s Department of Public Works use a practice field in the southwest corner of the park as a detention pond that could temporarily hold up to eight-feet deep water about three to five times a year.
Public Works Director Fred Abadi told the park board that the collected storm water would quickly drain into city storm sewers, probably within a six-to-24 hour period.
Bill Oliver, a park neighbor, opposed the city’s original plan to relocate the two ball diamonds to another park on another side of town.
Oliver echoed a city-wide concern about the lack of baseball diamonds, especially for youth leagues.
Oliver called the new plan to keep the diamonds at Grandview and use the ball fields as a temporary detention pond a “compromise” that he could accept. The city also agreed to install an improved parking area.
“This will achieve what’s best for the kids and what’s best for the city,” Oliver said.
Ald. Carrol Waldenberger said he was concerned about the runoff remaining too long on the diamonds and that the soil would remain damp even after the water funneled into the storm sewer.
Abadi assured Waldenberger that the situation would be watched closely so storm water collection does not prevent the use of the diamonds. Select baseball teams use the diamond in the northeast section of the park. The southwest diamond, where most of the water will be collected, is basically for practice and pickup games.
The northeast diamond will remain level. A 2% decline to the southwest diamond will allow it to collect mostly on the southern diamond.
The placement of safety fencing being placed around the temporary pond was mentioned but details were not discussed.
Commission Chairwoman Rebecca Roeker indicated she does not want to see parkland used to correct the problems of other city departments, but the flooding issue needed to be resolved and the park will be improved with better parking.
The board’s approval does not have to be reviewed by Common Council, officials said.
A Waukesha woman on Eales Ave. avoided falling victim to a common scam by quick thinking, according to police reports.
A man posing as her grandson called a Waukesha woman and asked
for a large amount of money. He gave her instructions to drop it off
near a large retail store.
The mom callled family members and discovered the call was
a scam and the grandson was not asking for money, the report says.
The suspect continued to call to see if the money was ready to be delivered.
The woman contacted police.
The suspect called again and wanted the money wired to a location in Boston, Mass. No money was transfered, the report says.
Waukesha police received a call Wednesday morning that a 9-year-old’s tongue was stuck to a pole at Madison and Grandview.
The youngster was unstuck by the time police arrived, the daily blotter says.
I wonder if he was triple-dog dared to do it?
The collection of recyclables in roadside blue bins will be cut to every other week, beginning Jan. 18 Waukesha Public Works Director Fred Abadi said today.
By decreasing recycling pickups from weekly to bi-weekly, the city saves about $300,000 in its new three-year, $2 million contract with trash collector Veolia, Abadi says. The pact has an option for a two-year extension.
“Some people are asking for more bins and the county has ordered for more,” he said. “It was a cost cutting measure to fill the city budget’s $2 million deficit.”
The new $2 million garbage-collection contract is up 4.5% over the previous contract, he said.
The first bi-weekly pickup will be Jan. 18, which, before then, allows weekly pickups of holiday recyclables.
Since many apartment and condo complexes hire private contractors to pick up garbage, the bi-weekly initiative may not affect them.
This just in from Carroll U.
Carroll University and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science will partner in an intercollegiate dual-degree program to meet the demand for pharmacists in Wisconsin.
Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, Ill., anticipates opening its fifth school, the College of Pharmacy, in fall 2011, pending the award of pre-candidate status from the Accreditation Council.
Beginning July 1, 2010, Carroll’s Division of Natural and Health Sciences and Rosalind Franklin’s College of Pharmacy will offer a 3+4 dual-degree program in which Carroll will grant a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree and Rosalind Franklin will grant a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
“We are well aware of the shortage of pharmacists nationwide and in Wisconsin,” said Jane F. Hopp, Ph.D., Carroll’s Dean of Natural and Health Sciences. “We are proud to be collaborating with an institution with a reputation like Rosalind Franklin’s to help meet this need and to give our students new opportunities. Carroll is well prepared to deliver its portion of this challenging curriculum.”
Hopp is a member of the Rosalind Franklin’s College of Pharmacy Advisory Board.
Gloria Meredith, the founding dean of Rosalind Franklin University’s College of Pharmacy notes, “We are very pleased that we will be able attract such high quality applicants as will come from Carroll. This 3+4 arrangement will amount to a financial savings for the students and an opportunity for both institutions to educate tomorrow’s leaders in pharmacy. This is truly a win-win collaboration.”
Up to 20 positions in Rosalind Franklin’s pharmacy program can be offered each year to Carroll students who have successfully completed at least 95 credits in the biochemistry major and who meet the admission requirements to Rosalind Franklin’s pharmacy program. The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree will be awarded by Carroll following the dual-degree students’ completion of the first 45 pharmacy credits at Rosalind Franklin.
The Doctor of Pharmacy degree will be awarded to the dual-degree students by Rosalind Franklin when they complete the pharmacy degree requirements. Dual-degree students also will have the opportunity to participate in community-wide and advanced pharmacy practice experiences in Waukesha and surrounding communities.
The Journal Sentinel reports that fund-raising for our charity group isn’t going well.
Laurel Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on the upcoming spring election political battles.
The Journal Sentinel reports on a prison term handed to Scott E. Ziegler on criminal charges of using his downtown shop as a sex base.
Christmas is over, but the holiday charitable work of Interfaith Senior Programs will resonate into the coming year.
The Waukesha-based agency has fulfilled its goal of giving self-sufficiency items to low income and isolated seniors and adults with disabilities, says Interfaith Executive Director Kathy Gale.
Agency volunteers, 71 in all, distributed 351 bags of much-needed goods earlier this month to the needy in Big Bend, Brookfield, Butler/Elm Grove, Delafield/Dousman/Nashotah, Eagle, Hartland, Lannon/Menomonee Falls/Sussex, Muskego/Mukwonago, New Berlin, North Prairie/Wales, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee and Waukesha.
Volunteers not only brought holiday cheer to the recipients, but some casually asked about the health and living conditions to see if assistance was needed from other agencies, such as transportation and medical checkups.
Waukesha contained the lion’s share the needy with 178 bags distributed here.
Each bag contained merchandise and gift cards with a total value of $137, Gale said.
Some of the large donors included Roundy’s, which contributed $5,000 in Pick ‘n Save grocery cards; Kwik Trip, which donated loaves of bread and bottles of water; UPS, which prepared routes and maps to those who received bags; GE Healthcare for energy-efficient light bulbs; the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, which provided a $5,000 grant.
The present-day Interfaith is an agency that merged in 2007 with RSVP to form an efficient, single agency where volunteer seniors can lend a hand to the needy throughout Waukesha County.
Gale said the merger showed to donors that charitable groups are willing to combine resources, including staff, to provide improved services.
“It gave us credibility in the donor community,” Gale said of the merger.
A suspected chimney fire heavily damaged a single-family home in the 100 block of Hyde Park Ave. early this morning.
No dollar amount for damages had been set as of this afternoon.
When firefighters arrived shortly after 3 a.m., heavy smoke and flames were billowing from the windows, a police report says.
All building occupants were outside when firefighters arrived, the report says.
Carroll University students, staff and faculty pledged a total of $11,596 to the 2009 United Way in Waukesha County campaign, an increase of 36 percent over the amount raised in 2008. The number of donors to the 2009 campaign increased nearly 6 percent, and the amount of the average gift increased by just over 10 percent.
Ryan T. Corcoran, a systems administrator in Carroll’s Information Technology Services Department and a Waukesha resident, organized and ran the on-campus fund-raising campaign. Ashley Frazier, a senior from Rockford, Ill., and president of the Student Senate, and Christine Gravelle, student affairs coordinator, organized the students’ campaign.
The total amount raised includes $2,325 donated by students who gave the value of hundreds of meals included in their yearly meal plans. Chartwells, Carroll’s on-campus food service provider, then converted the value of those meals to cash and included that amount in the total.
Carroll’s campaign also included a United Way Day on Nov. 16, when United Way staff and members of Carroll’s Student Senate staff distributed United Way information, and collection points for loose change and cash were designated at various places around campus.