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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:  

Lake Country Players present “The Diary of Anne Frank”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Lake Country Playhouse, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. $13 - $18 (262) 367-4697, www.lakecountryplayhouse.net.

Cottonwood Wayside Nature and Education Center Grand Opening: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 4, Cottonwood Wayside Nature and Education Center, 901 Cottonwood Ave., Hartland. Features the new chimney which will be home to more than 1,000 displaced chimney swift birds. Event also includes face painting, nature scavenger hunt, games and more. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be available for purchase.

Indian Summer: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5, Ashippun Town Hall, Highway P and Highway O, Ashippun. Buckskinner encampment, tepee tours,wigwams, Native American drummers and dancers, Highlanders Voyageur Camp plus Revolutionary, Civil and Spanish-American War camps. Free admission. (920) 474-4619 http://www.ashipppun.com.

Dark Carnival: 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31, Enterprise Building, 212 Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Formerly Haunted High, exhibit features more than 70 volunteers creating 50 specters and zombies plus special effects, lighting and sounds. $15, $23 fast pass. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 for kids 5-12 ($5) with lighted displays and treats along the way.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

All weekend happenings.