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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:  

Spring Seedling Sale & Greenhouse Open House: 10 a.m. May 23, NuGenesis Farm, N68 W33208 County Road K, Oconomowoc. A variety of organic veggie and herb seedlings to plant in your home or community garden this spring will be for sale. All plant sale profits will benefit the Giving Garden initiative.

Memorial Honor Celebration: 8 a.m. May 23, Wisconsin Harley-Davidson, 1280 Blue Ribbon Drive, Oconomowoc. Daylong event begins with reveille and breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by color guard and the national anthem. The event also includes military and veterans organizations, interactive displays and vehicles, food and beverages and entertainment. Evening showing of “Honor Flight: One Last Mission.” on a big, outdoor screen.

"Small Space Container Gardens" Seminar: 11 a.m. May 23, Ebert’s Greenhouse Village, W1795 Fox Road, Ixonia. Free educational seminar by gardening expert Melinda Myers. Melinda, who will also be available to answer gardening questions. Enter to win a $500 Ebert’s shopping spree with Melinda.

Tyke Hike: 10 a.m. May 23, Lapham Peak State Park, W329 N846, Delafield. Children and their families will hike with a guide and a representative of the Delafield Library will share books, songs and a craft to enhance the experience. Meet at the Lapham Peak Tower. State park sticker is required.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

 

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