Mukwonago residents James Schoolcraft and Craig Vertz appealed a Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision to the Wisconsin Supreme Court today in a continuing effort to challenge the constitutionality of a Wisconsin law barring some Indians nicknames and logos.
The petition filed by Attorney Sam Hall, from Crivello Carlson, claims that the Court of Appeals decision violates the Supremacy Clause in the United States Constitution. The petition argues that the local taxpayers have standing to sue based on the United States Supreme Court ruling that have prohibited "state efforts to burden, frustrate or discriminate against federal claims" like the federal constitutional claims raised by the Schoolcraft and Vertz. The petition also maintains that the law and its application violate taxpayers' due process and equal protection rights.
Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Donald Hassin, Jr. previously ruled that an official from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction had violated the constitutional rights of taxpayers in the Mukwonago Area School District to change its Indians nickname and logo, which have existed for nearly 100 years, according to a news release from Hall. The circuit ruling stated that the DPI official who held the hearing, Paul Sherman, testified that he understood that the DPI supported the elimination of all Indians nicknames, regardless of how they were used in individual schools, and that Sherman "could see" how people may have concerns with impropriety because he was responsible for issuing the decision.
On appeal, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals overturned the decision and instead ruled that the taxpayer did not have standing to bring the constitutional claims. The court held that Schoolcraft and Vertz should have attempted to become parties to the hearing by filing a request with Sherman or should have sought judicial review under state law rather than filing their federal civil rights lawsuit. Since the court ruled that Schoolcraft and Vertz did not have standing, the court did not consider whether the law violated the constitution.
Trek Bicycle Corp. is moving its global distribution center from Oconomowoc to a new facility in Johnson Creek.
Trek employees were told about the move Wednesday. All employees will be offered jobs at the new, 250,000 square-foot facility, which is 50% larger than the existing distribution center.
The new center is expected to be open by the end of 2015, and is being built in partnership with Briohn Building of Brookfield and the Village of Johnson Creek.
In a statement, Trek Vice President Roger Gierhart said the move will help the company grow and become more efficient with its warehousing and deliveries.
Two-year defending WIAA Division 1 state football champion Arrowhead lost on Friday night to Kimberly 31-6 in the Div. 1 championship game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Kimberly (14-0) led 14-0 early in the second period and 28-6 at halftime. The No. 1 ranked Papermakers dominated the game from the start. The lone AHS touchdown came on a 27-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Johnny Duranso to junior end Justin Peret in the second period.
There are so many ways to put fun into the holiday season and the Yuletide Faire Friday and Saturday at Prairie Hill Waldorf School has covered many of them.
The merriment starts with strolling minstrels and a host of costumed characters to delight young and old such as the Queen of the Faire, Troubadour and Pocket Lady. Kids will find tons to enjoy including marionette puppet shows, storytelling, face painting craft workshops and holiday shopping just for them.
The faire boasts 35 vendors with all sorts of holiday gift ideas plus a children’s book sale, natural toys, silent auction and live music.
Of course the holidays mean good food and there will be lots of treats including cakes, pies, candy and nuts.
Admission is $4 in advance or $5 at the door for adults and $1 in advance or $2 at the door for children.» Read Full Article
WTKM FM radio 104.9 will broadcast the Arrowhead- Kimberly football game Friday live beginning at 4 p.m. Chuck Delsman of the Lake Country Reporter will do a pre-game show and some color work during the broadcast.
Town of Mukwonago Chairman David Dubey filed non-candidacy papers today, stepping down as chairman after serving the town for 13 years, with 12 of them as town chairman.
"It's time," Dubey said.
The deadline for filing non-candidacy papers is Friday, Dec. 26, according to the Government Accountability Board.
Notification must be received by the proper filing officer no later than 5 p.m. on the second Friday preceding the deadline for filing ballot access documents to avoid an extension of time for filing such papers.
Pewaukee Alderwoman Cheri Enters will not seek re-election next spring.
"I have worked in state and federal government court related positions all of my career, and now have served the city of Pewaukee in various capacities for almost 13 years," she wrote in an email to Lake Country Publications. "I look forward to more time with family, travel, and community volunteer work."
Village of Summit — A crash that claimed the life of one and injured another remains under investigation village of Summit police officer Dan Supple said Friday.
Haley J. Laumann, 21, was killed Wednesday, Nov. 19, in a single-vehicle crash when she lost control of her pickup and hit a tree.
Laumann was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said she was wearing a seat belt
The crash occurred at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and blocked off access to Golden Lake Road from Cedar Lane to Genesee Lake Road for three hours.
Scott Nicholas Dean, 27, was also in the vehicle and transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.» Read Full Article
The Village of Dousman will be wrapping up odds and ends on its road project by Friday, Nov. 21, with finishing touches to follow next spring when the final layer of blacktop is done and a couple curb and gutters are installed.
The Village has been advised that nothing but sand is recommended for use on the new sidewalk and stamped concrete.
“The effects of melting products on new concrete vary from region to region and the quality of the concrete. In general new concrete cannot withstand the effects of freeze-thaw-freezing that occur with ice melters. Increased hydrological pressures create cracks, and pops occur.
Concrete manufacturers recommend the use of only sand and shovel on new concrete,” the Village said in a release.
“If you must use an ice-melter, use a very high quality asald based melter that melts to -25F, and has a large amount of anti–corrosive compounds in the product. Do not use Calcium Chloride (CaCl), the common white pellet melter. CaCl products melt using high heat from a chemical reaction with water creating heat pockets, and will refreeze. If nighttime temps are near or below -25F, do cannot use anything but a shovel. The temperature must not approach the -25F limit of the product being used.» Read Full Article
Morning commuters are facing huge delays on eastbound Highway 16 just west of Capitol Drive in Pewaukee due to an accident. Eastbound drivers are being forced off the highway road at Jungbluth Road. Backups are huge on Highway 16 eastbound. Traffic is going slow due to the light snow which started about 4 a.m.
A traffic accident on eastbound Highway 16 near Ryan Street in Pewaukee has traffic backed up for miles; emergency vehicles are on the scene.
City of Oconomowoc - The most important vote to date on the proposed Fowler Lake Village condominium project is scheduled to take place at the next city council meeting.
Aldermen on Tuesday, Nov. 18, postponed the vote on whether or not to rescind the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the city and developer Jeff Seymour until the next meeting after Mayor Jim Daley assured them that a vote on the Fowler Lake Village developer's agreement would also be scheduled for that meeting.
City Attorney Bill Chapman explained that rescinding the MOU was at best a symbolic gesture of the city's disapproval with the project and thus would have no real impact on the future of the development.
Fowler Lake Village opponents and alderman Matt Rosek - who two weeks ago proposed the motion to rescind the MOU - believed that a majority vote (by council members) to rescind would effectively kill the project. But Chapman said otherwise.
"The developer's agreement would still have to come before the council," he said.» Read Full Article
After receiving the resignation of Kettle Moraine School Board member Colin Butler on Nov. 8, the board decided to appoint an interim board member to fill out the remainder of Butler's term, which ends in April, 2015.
Butler, who was absent from the Nov. 18 board meeting, has already moved back to Vermont, his home state.
"We don't have an option to thank Colin, but, Colin, we do want to thank you for everything you have done for the district over the years," said School Board President Gary Vose. "I'm sure he will get very involved, not only in school, but other things, once he gets settled in, back out east again."
While the interim term will only last until April when Butler's term ends, Vose said appointing a board member to fill the spot would give the board "another set of eyes and ears to manage the district."
The appointed board member would need to file papers as a candidate in the spring 2015 election, if that person is interested in staying on the board.» Read Full Article
Town of Lisbon - Three Milwaukee area municipal administrators have been named as finalists in the Town of Lisbon search for a clerk/administrator
The three candidates were selected by the Town Board following a closed session Monday night in which the board reviewed a field of six semi finalist.
Those six candidates were selected from a field of 34 applicants by the municipal human resource consulting firm GovHR.USA.
The firm conducted an intial round of interviews with each of the six candidates in addition to completing reference checks and additional research on each of the candidates who were later recommended to the Town Board, according to Town Chairman Matt Gehrke.
The three finalists selected by the board, according to Gehrke, are::» Read Full Article
Town of Lisbon - Town residents will have an opportunity Wednesday night to determine how they want the Town Board to spend about $425,000 in new revenue in the 2015 budget.
The available new money represents the annual payments that the town has made in the past to the Pauline Haass Library as part of a funding and operations agreement with the Village of Sussex.
The town board voted earlier this year to terminate the agreement at the end of the year.
Town residents will be expected to pay a Waukesha County library tax of about 28 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation in lieu of the money contributed to the library by the town board.
The town board has recommended the money be divided into several different funds for next year.» Read Full Article
City of Delafield - For the first time in 35 years, the city has increased its sewer utility service charges.
The Common Council on Monday night adopted a 2 percent hike in residential and commercial service charges.
The increase does not effect fees charged to connect to the city sewer serviced by the Delafield Hartland Water Pollution Control Commission which helped the city establish the utility in 1980,
The rate increase equals about a $3.47 increase per year for a typical homeowner or about 87 cents a quarter, according to City Finance Officer Marie Williams.
Newly elected Alderman Al Zietlow had encouraged the council to adopt a rate increase arguing that it was "bad business practices" for the city to continually operate its sewer utility at a deficit.» Read Full Article