News & Notes: July 2

July 2, 2013

Donges Bay Road

design selected

Germantown — The Germantown Village Board on Monday selected a "rural" design concept for Donges Bay Road.

With oversight from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the village contracted with R.A. Smith National to develop roadway design improvements. After two public informational meetings to dissect the options, a rural design was selected to fix the deteriorating roadway.

The rural option includes a 12-foot roadway with 6-foot wide shoulders. Five feet of the shoulder would be paved and would act as an on-road bicycle path. The sidewalk would be extended where none currently exists and the existing sidewalk would be replaced. Ditches would accommodate drainage.

Construction is slated for 2015, if the necessary funding is acquired.

Board OKs paid-on-call weekend firefighter shifts

Germantown — The Germantown Village Board and the International Association of Firefighters Local 4845 union, which represents paid-on-call, part-time and full-time fire fighters and EMTs entered into a "Side Letter of Agreement" that funds paid-on-call firefighters and EMTs during weekend shifts.

The agreement is on a trial basis until Dec. 31 in an effort to address the weekend staffing shortage at the Germantown Fire Department. Entering into a Side Letter of Agreement is a way to not set a precedent or disrupt regular collective bargaining negotiations, Village President Dean Wolter said. It is meant to be a temporary fix while the village continues to work with the Fire Department to fix staffing needs. This is one of a few steps the village is taking to help the fire department. First, they removed the residency requirement so firefighters can be recruited outside of the area.

Staffing is an item that will be visited during the 2014 budget cycle.

"This will help the need for now, but then the next budget period we can discuss it to see what can be done for the long term," Wolter said.

The purposes of scheduling paid-on-call firefighters/EMTs is to provide staffing from 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday.

Fire Department to

purchase new software

Germantown — The Germantown Fire Department will purchase new record management software that is compatible with software used by the Police Department, village officials decided Monday.

The Germantown Fire Department will purchase ProPheonix software for $62,800. At the last board meeting, officials debated whether they could find the funds to pay for this software. There is $31,000 budgeted in 2013 for software.

Since then, ProPheonix offered the village an option to pay in two installments, one half due at the time of purchase, the other half due in the beginning of 2014. Therefore, the village did not have to find additional funds in the 2013 budget.

The software will help the fire and police departments communicate. It also enables them to share records.

Falls School Board

approves handbook

Menomonee Falls — The Menomonee Falls School Board last week approved the employee handbook in time for the 2013-14 school year.

The handbook will apply to all seven employee classifications in the district: administrative assistants, administrators, custodial and maintenance, educational and health room assistants, food service workers, professional and technical employees and teachers. In addition to outlining employee expectations, the handbook lists such benefits as retirement plans, health and dental insurance, compensation and paid time off.

Dance studio celebrates

grand opening

Menomonee Falls — The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Menomonee Falls celebrated its grand opening on Saturday with a fundraiser to benefit Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

A total of $14,000 was raised for the cause. ABC's Dancing with the Stars professional Anna Trebunskaya attended the event and taught a special cha-cha-cha group class and posed for pictures.

More than 100 people attended the event and studio owners Tim and Kristin Brooks will be presenting the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation with their check this week.

To view photo's from the event visit

Tailored Label Products

wins excellence awards

Menomonee Falls — Tailored Label Products of Menomonee Falls earned two awards in the 2013 Great Lakes Graphics Association Graphics Excellence Awards competition.

There were nearly 1,000 print entries. The GEA is one of the largest printing competitions in the nation. TLP received two Award of Excellence recognitions in the competition for Flexo Narrow Web Labels and Wraps.

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