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Village of Butler News Briefs

June 12, 2014

Butler receives 'clean audit' on its 2013 books

The village received a "clean, unmodified opinion" from an outside auditing firm that was hired to review Butler's financial statements from this past year.

Wendi Unger, a partner with accounting firm Baker Tilly, provided details of the audit at a Village Board meeting June 3.

During her presentation, Unger discussed the village's reserves in the fund balance, which remain at a healthy 22 percent of the overall budget. Throughout 2013, village officials had to dip into the reserves for several unplanned expenses, including legal fees and higher-than-anticipated garbage costs.

Butler to use dye testing to review sewer system

The Butler Village Board on June 3 voted to enter into an agreement with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District for a first-ever dye testing plan to determine where sanitary sewer and stormwater laterals are intermingling with one another.

MMSD has offered to fund $36,000 for the dye testing, and the village will chip in the remaining $20,000 to see the project through.

"This will be a very targeted procedure, and it is purely investigative," Village Administrator-Clerk Kayla Chadwick said. "This will give us the data to tell us what we're working with."

Once the results come in, Chadwick said they will go toward the second, more costly phase of the project, which will involve the actual repair of the laterals.

In the past, Butler has used smoke testing to review where there have been problems within the two systems. The dye being used is biodegradable, and Chadwick said it will not cause any adverse affects on users.

Butler Police to upgrade radios to new digital system

Following a recommendation by Police Chief David Wentlandt, the Butler Village Board has agreed to move forward on plans to upgrade police radios from an analog to digital system.

Butler officials had planned to fund the upgrade in the 2015 municipal budget, but Wentlandt said the village could save money, in the long run, if the purchase was made at this point because of a bidding process through Waukesha County.

Wentlandt said each digital radio was to have a cost upward of $2,000, but the Waukesha County bid will enable Butler to spend about $500 per radio. Wentlandt had requested 17 radios be purchased.

While converting from analog to digital is a requirement, Wentlandt said there are other reasons to move forward now, rather than later. He said some of the existing radios have been failing.

Butler officials recognize Make-a-Wish Wisconsin

Butler officials recently recognized a locally based organization for its contributions within the community, as well as outside the confines of Butler's borders.

Make-a-Wish Wisconsin, the national organization's state branch, has been based in Butler since its inception in 1984. The Village Board adopted a resolution June 3 in recognition of the landmark celebration.

According to its website, Make-a-Wish Wisconsin has granted more than 5,000 wishes to children dealing with life-threatening medical conditions.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

Joe Hite: 7 p.m. May 27, Okauchee Lake Yacht Club, W340 N6338 Breezy Point Road, Oconomowoc. 7 to 11 p.m. Joe Hite will perform, and all proceeds will benefit the Okauchee Fireworks Fund. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Minimum $10 per person.

Burgundy Ties Plays: 8 p.m. May 28, Bucky’s Lakeside Pub and Grill, 50n 35016w Wisconsin Ave, Okauchee. The combination of their eclectic sound and live performance makes Burgundy Ties stand out as an original and inspired Milwaukee band. Visit www.burgundytiesband.com. Free.

Duck/Homemade Boat Race: 10 a.m. May 28, Nixon Park, 339 Maple Ave., Hartland. Races start at 11 a.m. There will be food for sale as well as other family-friendly activities. Entry fee per race is $5 and $1 to purchase a duck. All proceeds go to saving the swifts and to the Ice Age Trail. For rules and information, visit www.savetheswifts.com.

Rummage Sale: 9 a.m. May 26-27; 8 a.m. May 28, Rummage Sale, N41W29213 Prairie Wind Circle South, Pewaukee. Volunteers and donations needed. We will supply tax donation forms to donors. Anything not sold will be donated to Goodwill and Lake Country Caring.

All weekend happenings

 

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