News & Notes: Jan. 21

Jan. 7, 2014

Germantown lookng into establishing TIF district

Germantown — The Village Board voted Monday night to authorize spending up to $40,000 for a feasibility analysis of a possible tax incremental district. The board also voted to approve a contract with Ehlers & Associates of Brookfield for financial and advising services for the TIF district. A feasibility analysis is the first phase, followed by development, and submittal to the state. In a letter to Village Administrator David Schornack, Ehlers Vice President James A. Mann stated that "the village would have the right to terminate the project at the conclusion of each phase."

The board met in closed session to discuss future business park development. The notice of closed session stated discussion would include "potential locations, acquisition(s) of property, and the creation and establishment of funding (including potential TIF) and operational aspects of future business park."

Village officials declined to say where the proposed business park might be located. A separate closed session notice was listed for "offer to purchase for land(s) in and related to the Germantown Business Park."

Wisconsin Athletic Club opens

new facility in Menomonee Falls

Menomonee Falls — The Wisconsin Athletic Cub held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the opening of its new fitness facility in Menomonee Falls.

Located on the southwest corner of Pilgrim Road and US 41/45, the Wisconsin Athletic Club occupies a one-story, 47,500-square-foot space that features an aquatic center, gym, innovative functional training studio, three group exercise studios, state-of-the-art fitness areas and upscale locker rooms. The aquatic offerings are the largest of its kind for the Wisconsin Athletic Club including two indoor pools, a whirlpool and an outdoor lap pool.

As part of its close relationship with Froedtert Health, the Wisconsin Athletic Club shares the 90,000-square-foot and $14 million facility with the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Orthopaedic, Sports and Spine Center. The center brings a full complement of services ranging from office-based procedural care to simulated sports training to Menomonee Falls and surrounding communities.

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American Legion hosts

observance of chaplains

Germantown — The Germantown American Legion, W15932 Freistadt Road, is hosting an observance and banquet for four military chaplains at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Legion Hall.

These chaplains gave up their life vests aboard a troop transport ship that had been torpedoed by a German submarine in the North Atlantic ocean in 1943. The event is open to the public. A shirt and tie is suggested. The cost is $15 per person.

RSVP to Doug Janzen at (262) 251-5745.

Board OKs concealed carry for off-duty officers

Germantown — The School Board on Monday night unanimously approved memorandums of understanding with three law enforcement entities governing concealed carrying of weapons by off-duty officers on school properties. The agreements cover members of the Germantown police, and the Ozaukee and Waukesha county sheriff's departments.

Falls resident nominated

for US Service Academies

Menomonee Falls — U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., R-Menomonee Falls, recently announced that 27 students from Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District have received nominations to the U.S. Service Academies, including Carter Welsh of Menomonee Falls.

Welsh, a senior at Menomonee Falls High School, has been nominated as an alternate to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Nominees for the Service Academies were chosen from a group of applicants residing throughout Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District.

Each applicant endured a rigorous application process culminating in a personal interview with a member of Sensenbrenner's Academy Selection Committee.

Froedtert Health hosts

open house at new facility

Menomonee Falls — Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin Orthopedic Sports and Spine Center opened Jan. 13, bringing a full complement of services ranging from simulated sports training to on-site treatment options to Menomonee Falls and surrounding communities. Located off US 41-45 and Pilgrim Road, the health network's newest specialty health center will occupy 42,500 square feet of a 90,000-square-foot building shared with the Wisconsin Athletic Club, owner of the site. Ryan Companies built the $14 million facility.

Residents need to watch for nonrecyclables

Waukesha — While residents are diligent with recycling, there has been an increase in nonrecyclable material entering the Waukesha County Materials Recycling Facility. Workers of the facility must remove trash from the recyclables when these nonrecyclable items are placed in recycle bins at residents' homes. This residue must be disposed in a landfill which costs about $60 per ton in Waukesha County.

Waukesha County and the recycling facility operator, ReCommunity Recycling, want to remind residents to recycle plastics bottles, jars and jugs with liquids out and the caps left on, steel/tin and aluminum cans, empty aerosol cans, glass bottles and jars, and paper, including newspaper, magazines and catalogs, junk mail, beverage carriers, paper egg cartons, paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, phone books and other paperback books, corrugated cardboard, and cereal, snack, and tissue boxes.

Village enters into cost-share for election equipment

Germantown — The Germantown Village Board unanimously approved a cost-share with Washington County for the purchase of new election equipment at each of its four polling locations.

The county will pay 100 percent of the purchase cost in 2015. Ultimately, the county will pay 80 percent and Germantown will pay 20 percent of the cost by repaying the county in three installments between 2016 through 2018.

Board to revisit salary increases

Germantown — The Germantown Village Board tabled a discussion to give nonunion employees a salary increase in 2014.

Those employees have no had an increase in wages since 2009. Funds have been set aside in the 2014 budget to pay for a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for nonunion village employees. Trustee Art Zabel requested that the discussion be moved to the Jan. 20 meeting so the board could discuss individuals rather than the employee group as a whole.

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