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Delafield merges administrator, public works director posts

May 21, 2012 9:46 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Common Council approved tonight merging two of the city's top executive positions into one job and perhaps saving taxpayers as much as a million dollars over ten years.

With one dissenting vote, the council approved promoting Public Works Director Tom Hafner into the postion of interim City Administrator/Public Works Director for a five month trial period.

If the experiment proves successful by the end of the year, Hafner will permanently take over the two positions.

City officials have estimated the plan could save about $110,000 to $120,000 a year in salary and benefits that would have been paid to a new city administrator. Incumbent Administrator Tim Schuenke is retiring in July.

Some of those savings will used to increase compensation for Hafner, some public works employees assigned new responsibilities, and Accountant Marie Williams who is being promoted to a new position, Finance Officer/Budget Anaylst, according to the plan.

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Hartland-Lakeside/Merton joint school board meeting to address merger questions

11:58 a.m. | Village of Hartland — Questions about governance, finance and legal issues related to a possible merger of the Hartland-Lakeside and Merton school districts figure to get plenty of attention at a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at North Shore Middle School, 800 North Shore Drive.

That's when school boards from both districts will meet jointly for the first time to discuss a possible consolidation. Robert Butler, associate executive director and staff counsel for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards will explain the legal considerations of a potential merger. Debby Schufletowski, school business specialist from Robert W. Baird, is scheduled to give a presentation on the financial aspect of such a move.

Neither school board will take action at the meeting, according to the agenda.

The meeting comes as Hartland-Lakeside school officials mull options to address what Superintendent Glenn Schilling has termed "extensive" deficits in the coming years due to declining enrollment and decreasing state aid. Closing one of the district's elementary schools also is being explored.

Merger can be attractive

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Oconomowoc's aldermanic primary scheduled for Oct. 13

10:33 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — City residents will soon have another chance to elect a local government official.

Four candidates are running in a primary election Oct. 13, and that list will be thinned to two before a Nov. 10 aldermanic District 4 special election.

All the candidates are vying to fill the aldermanic seat vacated by now interim Mayor Dave Nold, who was appointed to that position in July following former Mayor Jim Daley's resignation from office.

The candidates campaigning for Nold's seat are Robert Morgan, Jayson Mauer, Kevin Ellis and John Gross, all of whom have sought local government seats in the past.

City Clerk Diane Coenen called the four-person primary race unprecedented in Oconomowoc's history.

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Plans in place to shore up Pewaukee Lake's Bill Brown Island

10:25 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee — Help is on the way for a slowly disappearing island on the east end of Pewaukee Lake.

Bill Brown Island is getting smaller by the year as wind, waves and ice eat away at its shores.

A Pewaukee group has been looking to save the island, but the biggest hurdle has been finding a way to finance the erosion control measures.

That hurdle has now been cleared.

A group spokesman, who didn't want to be named, said Jason Burke, owner of Summerset Marine Shoreline Restoration in East Troy, has agreed to pay for the entire cost of the project.

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Dedication ceremony planned for Veterans Memorial Park in Oconomowoc

9:53 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — After months of planning and fundraising, the big day for the new Veterans Memorial Park is finally at hand.

A dedication ceremony for the park has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at the new park, which is a one-acre parcel bordering the shores of Lac La Belle. A reception following the ceremony, which should last about an hour, will be held at the Oconomowoc Community Center, 220 W. Wisconsin Ave.

"Several thousand people seem to love (the new park)," said Kurt Schrang, one of the local veterans who spearheaded the redesign project. "I'm pleased with it."

Schrang added that the park is not quite complete, but the remaining work is primarily minor and cosmetic, and "for all intents and purposes the park is finished."

The park was previously known as Memorial Park and Library Park before that. The park was redesigned to reflect gratitude for the sacrifices area veterans made in the name of freedom.

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Man accused of intentionally causing rollover accident that killed his girlfriend

9:09 a.m. | Village of Summit — A fatal rollover accident in June that resulted in the death of 20-year-old Crystal Matusek was intentionally caused by Matusek's boyfriend, Jared Weber, who reportedly threatened to crash the vehicle moments before the accident, a criminal complaint says.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Lee Dreyfus issued an arrest warrant Tuesday, Oct. 6 for Weber, a Milwaukee resident, who was charged the same day with first-degree reckless homicide.

According to the criminal complaint, the accident occurred around 7:27 p.m. June 27 along Interstate 94 in Summit while Weber and Matusek were driving back to Weber's mother's house in Poynette, Wisconsin from a car show in Michigan.

Several witnesses say in the complaint that was when they saw Weber's car veer sharply to the left across both lanes of I-94 west and go airborne after jumping the median dividing the highway. Weber's car reportedly turned over in midair, landed on its roof in the oncoming lanes of traffic on I-94 east then rolled again after sliding into the eastbound shoulder.

Both and Weber and Matusek, who according to the complaint were not wearing the lap portion of their seat belts, were thrown from the vehicle. Matusek was pronounced dead at the scene about 25 minutes later.

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Former Oconomowoc family safe amidst historic South Carolina storms

8:58 a.m. | Former Oconomowoc resident Heidi Rumpel reluctantly is living inside a historic moment.

Rumpel, her husband, Mark, and their three children Ethan, 11, Mayah, 9, and Macie, 6, have holed up inside their Columbia, South Carolina home since Friday, Oct. 2 when record amounts of rain began to fall on the state.

Rain continued to fall unabated throughout the weekend and into Monday, Oct. 5, causing extensive flooding and widespread damage. The deluge has ground everyday life there to a halt.

More than 500 roadways in South Carolina have been shut down as a result of the rain, Rumpel said when she was reached by phone Tuesday, Oct. 6, and many of the shops and businesses her family frequents have been completely destroyed by the flooding.

Additionally, various major media outlets are reporting that more than a dozen people have died as a result of the downpour and its aftermath.

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Welsh Highlands agreements passed in Wales

8:53 a.m. | Village of Wales — The village board passed the final plat and developer's agreement for Welsh Highlands at an Oct. 5 meeting.

"It passed without any problems," said Village President Jeffery Flaws.

Flaws said the development was changed from a condo development to single family. Therefore, the original plan was revised and a new development agreement was filed.

"So, as required by our ordinances, the plat and related documents just needed to be reapproved and that is what is happening now," said Village Clerk Gail Tamez.

The development began in 2007 by Jim Lewein of KJN Development, said Tamez. She said the property was rezoned to R-4 residential to accommodate the request from Lewein to build eight two-family condo units.

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Perk up the prairie at Meadow View School

7:41 a.m. |  Do you like the outdoors? Would you like to help out at school? Now is your chance! 

Come help “Perk Up The Prairie” on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 1-3 p.m. at Meadow View  School.  The school is blessed with a native prairie and it is in need of a little TLC and  will be removing invasive species and prepping for a spring prairie burn.   

Please let school Principal Jason Schreiber know if you can help out by sending him an email  at schreibj@oasd.org.

Pewaukee Village Board votes to create finance director-treasurer position

Oct. 06, 2015 10:23 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — Elected leaders in the village have decided to change the organizational structure at Village Hall, scrapping the idea of hiring a clerk-treasurer, and creating a new position of finance director-treasurer as part of a shuffling of duties at the village.

The Village Board voted 5-2 Tuesday, Oct. 6 in favor of a plan that creates a new finance director-treasurer position to go with the jobs of clerk, deputy treasurer, and account finance clerk.

That's a change from the current configuration of clerk-treasurer, deputy clerk, deputy treasurer, and account finance clerk.

The option was one of three plans considered by the board, and came after a slightly more expensive option was rejected.

Village Hall has had a vacancy since former Village Clerk-Treasurer Nancy Zastrow resigned July 10.

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Legends come alive at Old World Wisconsin in October

Oct. 06, 2015 6:14 p.m. | Get set to discover and hear folk and fairy tales and Wisconsin ghost stories from the 19th and early 20th centuries as Halloween Legends and Lore takes over Old World Wisconsin Saturday evenings on Oct. 17, 24, and 31. 

"Halloween Legends and Lore lets our guests explore a different side of Old World Wisconsin," said Dan Freas, director of Old World Wisconsin in a news release. "There will be opportunities for our guests to explore creepy mazes and a spooky trail, burn off energy while fleeing ghosts, listen to live Halloween inspired music and spooky stories, play games and create traditional Halloween decorations."

During Legends and Lore, guests will have a chance to solve strange riddles, hear the wail of the Banshee, inspect the contents of the Tent of Curiosities, encounter cackling witches, strange beasts, freaky fortune tellers and other bizarre entities.

Learn the terrifying origins of the Ridgeway Ghost, and witness ghostly tales vividly performed outdoors in the unique grounds of Old World Wisconsin's crossroads village. Tasty and disturbing treats will be available for purchase. The evening culminates with a wild bonfire finale.

This event is presented in partnership with Quasimondo Milwaukee Physical Theater and sponsored by WaterStone Bank.  Discounted admission coupons are available at any one of WaterStone Banks 12 branches throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

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Fatal crash after argument leads to reckless homicide charge

Oct. 06, 2015 6:03 p.m. | A Milwaukee man was arguing with his girlfriend moments before crashing the car they were riding in, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday that charges him with first-degree reckless homicide in the woman's death.

Jared A. Weber, 22, could spend up to 60 years in prison if convicted, according to a criminal complaint from Waukesha County.

According to the complaint:

Officials responded to a crash on Interstate 94 near Golden Lake Road in Summit on June 27 that involved a westbound vehicle going into the median. According to several 911 callers, the vehicle "became airborne" as it crossed into eastbound traffic before coming to rest on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes. Both the driver, Weber, and the passenger, his girlfriend, Crystal Matusek, 20, of Lodi, were thrown from the vehicle.

Weber told authorities he and Matusek were traveling from an auto show in Michigan and were headed to his mother's house in Poynette, traveling in the right westbound lane. He said they were having a verbal argument when he noticed he was beginning to cross the fog line and made an evasive left turn and lost control. Weber said the vehicle crossed into the median when it turned over on its top, slid across eastbound traffic and rolled again in the shoulder.

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Yearlong aniversary celebration continues this weekend for St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Oct. 06, 2015 2:13 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — St. Paul's Lutheran Church is so happy to be 150 years old that it decided to take the year to celebrate.

The church has hosted a series of celebratory events throughout 2015, such as special services from guest speakers and an extra-large potluck, and still have a few more on tap. The next big event is a special combined service, scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest Street.

According to a news release, Rev. Matthew Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, will be delivering a sermon Sunday then giving a presentation on the various missions of the Missouri Synod at a noon luncheon following the service. The luncheon will be held at the Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale Mile Road.

St. Paul's Senior Pastor Rev. Lance O'Donnell said that anyone who was interested was more than welcome to attend the events.

O'Donnell previously said that one of the goals of the celebration is to make St. Paul's into a more welcoming and accessible place.

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Hartland Fire Department open house on tap Oct. 10

Oct. 06, 2015 1:28 p.m. | Village of Hartland — Sacrificing for those in need is not an easy thing to do, but it's the choice that the Hartland Fire Department's staff makes daily.

This Saturday, Oct. 10, residents will have the opportunity to show their appreciation for all the department does to keep Hartland safe at the annual department open house and pancake breakfast.

The sixth annual breakfast is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at the fire department, 150 Lawn St., and is open to the public. There is no fee to attend the event, but donations are appreciated.

Interim Fire Chief Dave Dean will be cooking up the pancakes. The menu also includes sausages, applesauce and a variety of drink options such as milk, coffee and orange juice.

Breakfast attendees will be treated to fire station tours, will be able to spray a fire hose and can dress up in firefighter gear. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a Flight for Life helicopter will land at the department and can be examined by the public, according to the village's website.

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Complaint: Nashotah man assaulted girlfriend and her child, laughed about it

Oct. 06, 2015 1:25 p.m. | Village of Nashotah — A 45-year-old Nashotah man is facing criminal charges after allegedly assaulting his live-in girlfriend and her 9-year-old daughter and then laughing about the incident when questioned by police.

The man, who will not be named to protect the identity of the victims, was charged Monday, Oct. 5 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child — intentionally causing bodily harm and three domestic abuse offenses: felony intimidation of a victim, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct.

If convicted, the man could face up to nearly 17 years behind bars and $46,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police arrived around 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the man's home and spoke with his girlfriend, who was reportedly crying.

The woman said in the complaint that the man came home that night and began yelling at her, accusing her of being a "cop-calling (expletive)," then grabbed her by her arm and wrist and started screaming in her face.

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Pewaukee's Horizon Elementary School holding grand opening of new space Thursday

Oct. 06, 2015 1:13 p.m. | The Pewaukee School District is inviting parents and community members to tour the new classrooms at Horizon Elementary School, 458 Lake St., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8.

There also will be an opportunity to learn about the PTO, Cub Scouts, volunteer opportunities, new family opportunities to connect, clubs, how to access report cards, pay fees, and School Fusion. The PTO is sponsoring snacks and child care at the event.

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