News and notes

Dec. 24, 2012

Village Hall hours to make tax payments

Menomonee Falls - Menomonee Falls residents wishing to pay their property tax bill in-person can do so at the Waukesha County Treasurer's Office, 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Room 148 in Waukesha, which is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This office will be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Payments can also be dropped off at Menomonee Falls Village Hall, W156 N8480 Pilgrim Road, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Village Hall is closed Jan 1. These payments will be forwarded to the county treasurer's office.

Germantown residents wishing to make their property tax payments can do so from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Village Hall, N112 W17001 Mequon Road. Village Hall is closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

First Bank Financial, N112 W17100 Mequon Road in Germantown, will also accept tax payments at their teller window, drive through or lobby drop box during banking business hours. They will not be able to answer any questions regarding the tax bill, and receipts will be mailed.

Blodorn resigning from Falls School Board, hired by district

Menomonee Falls - Menomonee Falls School Board member Lori Blodorn will resign from the School Board within the next few weeks as she has accepted the position of human resources manager within the School District.

Blodorn, whose board seat is up for election in spring, will replace current Human Resources Manager Ken Kuberka.

According to the district, Blodorn will officially start her new job in January. The School Board will decide in January how to handle the vacant position. The board could appoint someone who would be up for election in April, or it can run with six board members until the election in the hopes that a candidate will run to fill the seat.

More than 75 candidates were reviewed for the human resources manager position. A handful of candidates were interviewed, according to the district.

Blodorn has served on the School Board since 2010, including serving on the Personnel Committee. Last April, she was selected as vice president of the board.

New owners, name for Silver Spring Golf Club

Menomonee Falls - The principals of RN Realty and Varin Realty have acquired Silver Spring Golf & Banquet Center. The facility was purchased from a subsidiary of Capmark Bank, which had taken title as a result of a loan default more than a year ago.

The property will be re-branded as Silver Spring Golf Club. The acquisition marks a return to stability for the well-known property. The new owners intend to invest in much needed facility improvements and upgrades to restore Silver Spring's reputation as one of the area's premier destinations for golf, wedding receptions and banquets.

Silver Spring is a 36-hole golf course in suburban Milwaukee just 20 minutes from downtown that is open to public play. It features the Island and Falls golf courses and boasts Wisconsin's only natural island green. The property is also an event venue with capacity up to 500 guests.

Affinity Management, a professional management firm to golf courses and clubs with experience in 27 states will manage the club.

Germantown to discuss future of fire department at meeting

Germantown - Elected officials will meet with members of the Germantown Fire Department next month to discuss its future. Topics will include the department's overall composition, including current and projected staffing levels.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 at Village Hall, N112 W17001 Mequon Road.

Village moves forward with plans to revamp website

Germantown - The Village Board voted to enlist the services of Civic Plus, a firm specializing in government website design. Civic Plus will handle maintenance and hosting duties for Germantown's official site,

As part of the agreement, the village will pay Civic Plus $6,531 annually over a three-year period. In the fourth year, the fee will increase to $7,026 annually.

Washington County joins Foreign-Trade Zone

West Bend - Washington County has been approved to join Foreign-Trade Zone 41, serviced by the Port of Milwaukee.

Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Ozaukee, Rock, Sheboygan, Walworth and Waukesha counties have also been approved and join Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha in their established service area.

This action gives the Port of Milwaukee greater flexibility to provide the advantages of the Foreign-Trade Zone to businesses in the expanded geographical area.

Village names park and rec staffer as interim director

Germantown - Joe Masiarchin has been named interim director of parks and recreation, following action by the Village Board.

Masiarchin, who currently serves as recreation supervisor, will assume the responsibilities of Brett Altergott, who is resigning from the position Dec. 31.

Village Administrator David Schornack said the interim designation would be in place for about five months as candidates are sought.

Village OKs intergovernmental agreement with school district

Germantown - The Village Board accepted an intergovernmental agreement with the Germantown School District for usage of school buildings for recreation department use.

As part of the agreement, which had been in place in the past and was up for renewal, the village will pay the school district $3,000 annually through registration fees to offset utility costs.

In Germantown, the recreation department is under the auspices of the village government.

Village Board OKs Police, Fire department expenditures

Germantown - The Village Board approved two capital requests made by the Germantown Police and Fire departments.

Up to $18,500 has been earmarked toward new equipment in two of the village's police squads. Also, a $2,854 spending request for new lighting equipment on one of the fire trucks was approved.

Board OKs no parking on part of Town Hall Road

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls Village Board approved a resolution for no parking on the east side of Town Hall Road from about 300 feet south of Custer Lane.

Village Trustee Michael McDonald said there is no longer a need to have parking in this area because of the excessive parking now available as a result of new construction.

Firm to study traffic patterns, counts along County Hwy. Q

Germantown - R.A. Smith National, a Brookfield-based engineering firm, has been hired by the village to study traffic patterns along Riversbend Lane, also known as County Hwy. Q.

R.A. Smith will be conducting a study of traffic patterns and counts in an effort to determine whether traffic signals are needed in the area.

The contract, approved by the Village Board, carries a $6,150 price tag.

Traffic signal coming to Mequon Road intersection

Germantown - The village is in the beginning phases of planning a traffic signal near the intersection of Mequon Road and Eisenhower Drive.

Engineering firm R.A. Smith National has been tapped to design the installation of the signal and maintain existing intersection geometrics. The village will pay R.A. Smith $12,750 for its services.

Board forwards Mequon Road corridor feedback to DOT

Germantown - The Village Board agreed to forward on several recommendations for a future road expansion plan earmarked along portions of Mequon Road, or State Highway 167.

Recommendations, made by members of the Plan Commission and Public Works Commission, include landscaping, lighting and signage enhancements along the area. In terms of infrastructure, sidewalks and traffic signals are being recommended in some areas.

One component of the redesign - installation of a bike lane - will likely move forward, regardless of village input because of new DOT regulations along state highways.

Board OKs amendments to Blackstone Creek plans

Germantown - The Village Board voted in favor of several amendments to Blackstone Creek's planned development district document.

Changes to the document include landscaping requirements within the development. New provisions include the duration to complete work, which has been extended out to 60 days from the beginning of occupancy.

The area includes 74 single-family residential lots along River Lane, about a quarter mile north of Mequon Road.

Washington County nonprofit receives grant

West Bend - Northwestern Mutual, through its foundation, awarded a $2,000 grant to Family Promise of Washington County, 143 North Eighth Ave. in West Bend, on behalf of Richfield resident Allyson Bubb, a winner in Northwestern Mutual's Days of Sharing campaign.

The annual program encourages employees to nominate local nonprofits they care about to receive grant funds in their name.

Bubb works as a senior project manager in the information systems department at the Milwaukee-based financial security company.

January is National Radon Action Month

West Bend - The Washington County Health Department is encouraging residents in Washington County to test their homes for radon this winter.

A good time to do this is in January during National Radon Action Month. To encourage county residents to test their homes, the Washington County Health Department, 333 E. Washington St., Suite 1100, West Bend, is offering free radon test kits (one per household) throughout the winter.

The office is open daily between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A kit can be mailed if residents send a letter to the health department with a check for $4.

Once the test is complete, homeowners send the kit to a testing lab using the pre-addressed mailer that comes with the kit. Five first class postage stamps are required for mailing.

Analysis and reporting of results is done at no additional cost to the customer. Call (262) 365-5878 for information.

Ophthalmologist joins Froedtert Health Medical Group

Menomonee Falls - Froedtert Health Medical Group recently announced the addition of Dr. Jeffrey Young, ophthalmologist, at the Menomonee Falls Clinic.

Young was previously part owner of the Verre-Young Eye Clinic, and had an office in West Bend and Menomonee Falls.

Young is board-certified in ophthalmology and received his medical degree from Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. He completed his residency and was a clinical instructor at the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute in Milwaukee.

Young specializes in the most advanced medical and surgical treatments for cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, retinal tears, as well as many other eye diseases.

For information or to schedule an appointment, call (262) 532-3250 or visit

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