Staff Blogs Lake Country Watch Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:33:00 GMT en-us Hartland plan commission approves preliminary plans for new subdivision Hartland residents packed into the village board room to hear discussion and village action on a proposed subdivision last night. The plan commission approved the preliminary designs for a new subdivision on the Caestecker Woods property on a 6-1 vote. Commissioner David de Courcy-Bower was the lone dissenting vote. The subdivision would be located in downtown Hartland, south of Capitol Drive and east of Maple Avenue just west of the Woodlands of Hartland subdivision. It would include 34 lots with an average lot size of 13,299 square feet and a density of 1.29 units per acre. “The idea of the property is really to offer a product to the community that’s near a downtown area, offers people access the local community — whether that be parks, recreation or shopping — and create walkability,” said Chris Miller, the project's developer. Many concerned citizens asked questions about how storm-water runoff would flow around the new project, whether or not traffic on Maple Avenue would increase substantially once the project was complete and how the public could be assured of promises made by developer in the plat. The development proposal was bound over for a second and potentially final plan commission review, and the commission’s recommendation will proceed to the village board in August. The board will be conducting a parallel review during that same time period, culminating in a public hearing, and decision, on the issue scheduled for Monday, Aug. 25 in front of the village board. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:22:10 PDT Rep. David Craig recognized for support of Wisconsin industry The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), the State’s Chamber of Commerce, presents Representative Craig (R-Vernon) with the “Working for Wisconsin” award for the 2013-2014 legislative session. WMC presented the Representative with the award at Precision Screw Thread Corp. in Muskego, according to a news release. The Working for Wisconsin award is given to lawmakers who earn an 80 percent or greater ranking on WMC’s pro-business legislative scorecard. Prior to the legislative session, WMC’s public policy team analyzes key votes affecting industry growth and job creation. The award recognizes legislative leaders who take note of industry priorities and work diligently to advance those policies in Madison. “Rep. Dave Craig has demonstrated a strong commitment to economic growth. He stood up for mining reform so our state can have high-wage jobs. He cut over $1 billion in taxes, eliminated red tape, and clamped down on frivolous lawsuits. Wisconsin will be a better place for our children and grandchildren because of his work to pass pro-growth policies in to law,” said Scott Manley, WMC’s president of government relations. “I would like to thank WMC and Precision Screw Thread Corp. for the award," Craid said. "I appreciate this recognition and I am proud of the pro-market reforms we passed this session that are continuing to move Wisconsin forward.” Rep. Craig represents the 83rd Assembly District which is comprised of portions of Waukesha, Walworth, Racine and Milwaukee Counties. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:26:13 PDT County briefs Delafield on waste contracts City of Delafield - Common Council members were told tonight that they could expect to pay as much as 45 percent more, under a new contract, for "up the drive" waste collection compared to automated curbside service. Rebecca Mattano, Waukesha County recycling and solid waste supervisor, explained to the council that a greater volume of recyclable waste can be picked up and delived at a waste processing center more economically with curb side than up the drive service. One of the advantages of the curb side service is larger containers that hold more waste can be automatically picked up by garbage truck where as with up the drive service smaller containers must be used that are manually retrieved, she said. Mattano provided the public briefing after meeting behind closed doors with the council for 45 minutes to privately discuss proposals submitted to the city by three contractors in response to request for proposals solicited by the county. County officials are insisting that local officials do not reveal the details of the proposals saying public disclosre could jeopardize negotiations with the three contractors. Consequently, the local officials cannot explain whether the new proposals are more or less economical than previous contracts. "I don't think I can tell you that," Alderman Jeff Krickhahn told a reporter when he was asked how much the city may, or may not, save with a new contract compared to the existing one. "I am concerned about the loglstics," he added "We have a lot of people in the city who need up the drive service either because they have long drive ways, are disabled, or elderly," he concluded. Alderman Gerald MacDougall said the city may have the option of accepting a contract that provides curb side waste collection and then allow residents to have individual contracts, at a higher cost, for up the drive service. The city presently provides up the drive service to all of its homeowners. The garbage collection is paid for through the city's tax levy and therefore a decision on the cost and level of garbage services affects all city taxpayers, homeowners and businesses, according to City Administrator Tom Hafner. Hafner said he has not had time to develop a recommendation to the council on how to proceed with the waste hauling contract negotiations. The county has offered the services a private consultant to work with the city. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:46:17 PDT Drivers Ed class to begin Aug. 4 at Hamilton High School The class, made up of three different stages, will begin on Aug. 4 at 1:30 p.m. and includes 15 two-hour classes Monday through Friday. Fees are $350 for the entire program. Read a full preview in Wednesday's Sussex Sun. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:59:42 PDT Body pulled from private pond The body of a 45-year-old village of Summit man was pulled from a private pond at his residence in the Village of Summit by law enforcement officials on Friday, July 18. According to information from Summit police, authorities responded to 39412 Delafield Road for a report of a possible drowning at 3:30 p.m. The victim was identified as David Schmitter, who lived at that address. Schmitter was found in the private pond next to an overturned boat and recovered by Summit police and the Dousman Fire Department. The incident appears to be a boating accident, but final determination is pending the results of the medical examiner. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:35:36 PDT Magic is in the air at SummerStage There’s magic in the air this weekend as SummerStage hosts magician Glen Gerard at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Gerard’s family show features magic, illusions and comedy. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth and $25 for family. Call (262) 337-1560 or visit for information. SummerStage is located in Lapham Peak State Park, one mile south of I-94 on Highway C in Delafield. On Friday night at SummerStage, an evening of Irish Music and Dance begins at 7:30 p.m. The show features one of the area’s favorite Irish groups, Leahy’s Luck who will be performing along with Irish dancers. We’re in the middle of the fair and festival season and there are some good ones this weekend. The big one is the Waukesha County Fair, taking place at the Waukesha County Expo grounds. In North Lake, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish is having its festival from 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday. The festival includes food, beverages, children’s games, giant inflatable Sabretooth Tiger slide, bounce house, silent auction, raffles and more. Softball games on North Lake School grounds will start at 1:30 p.m. Piles of Rhythm entertains from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The festival culminates with an outdoor Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday. Hartland is having its big annual community event, the Hartland Street Dance. There’ll be food, music and family fun from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday in downtown Hartland. The Boogie Men get rolling at 7 p.m. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:00 PDT Swallow School hosts presentation and tour on Tuesday Swallow School will host another presentation and tour on Tuesday, July 22 at 5:00 p.m. to inform the community about potential referendum costs. The School Board will host a listening session immediately after the tour at 6:00 p.m. before its regularly scheduled board meeting. Two design options are being considered for the district that is celebrating its 170th year. Option 3B has a cost of $10.5 million and includes a second floor to the school on the east side of the building. Impact on taxpayers is estimated at an annual cost of 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. Option 2A would cost $6.9 million and have a tax impact of about 85 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. On July 15, two presentations and tours were given by Superintendent Melissa Thompson, Principal Kyle Moore and a representative from Plunkett Raysich Architects. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:42:25 PDT Taste of Lake Country back for 11th year Ready to eat? The Taste of Lake Country festival will return on Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 for its 11th year. Fifteen different restaurants will serve food at the Pewaukee Lakefront Park, plus four bands will perform, including two country bands on Saturday. This year, an all-inclusive trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico will be auctioned off with raffle tickets being sold for $20 a piece and $100 for six tickets. A full preview is in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:01:00 PDT Dodge County Sheriff Dept. nabs two on suspicion of felony drunken driving The Dodge County Sheriff’s Department arrested two town of Ashippun men on suspicion of drunken driving this week in two separate incidents. According to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department, a 44-year-old man was driving west on Washington Road at about 7:51 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, when he lost control of his vehicle, which went into the ditch and rolled over. The driver, who was the only person in the vehicle, had to be extricated by the Ashippun Fire Department. He was taken to Summit Aurora Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities are seeking charges of fifth-offense drunken driving against the man. In the second incident, a sheriff’s deputy on patrol observed a 1991 Ferrari driving 122 mph on Highway O in the town of Ashippun at about 1:18 a.m. Wednesday, July 16. Joel Yochum, 28, was charged in Dodge County Circuit Court that same day with fourth-offense drunken driving, driving with a revoked license and bail jumping. “These incidents are very concerning. Both could have ended tragically in serious crashes, putting the lives of other drivers at great risk,” Sheriff Patricia Ninmann said in the release. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:44:04 PDT Lisbon asks court to control Sussex library spending Town of Lisbon - Town officials are asking the Waukesha County Circuit Court for a temporary injunction that will restrict spending by the Pauline Haass Joint Municipal Library Board during the remainder of 2014. Lisbon officials are concerned that the Library Board, which will go out of business on Dec. 31, may spend down its reserve funds so the town will gain less revenue from any agreement reached with the Village of Sussex regarding dividing the library's assets, according to Town Chairman Matt Gehrke. Gehrke said the town and village must split the library's assets as a result of the Town Board voting on June 23 to terminate the joint municipal agreement with the village that funded and governed the library, located in Sussex, for the past 26 years. Sussex village trustees will discuss in a closed session in August whether to engage in negotiations with the town even though village officials do not believe the town is entitled to a share of the library's assets, according to Village Administrator Jeremy Smith The town is asking the court to prohibit the library from spending beyond appropriation levels outlined in the 2014 budget and to prohibit the library from spending any of its reserve funds. In addition, the town is asking the court to require the library board seeking court approval for spending for goods and services in excess of $10,000. Library Director Kathy Klager said she does not know of any plans to spend reserve funds other than to pay some utility bills that may exceed budgeted amounts. Spending of any reserve funds would have to be approved by the Library Board, she added. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:01:08 PDT Town of Mukwonago police pushing for more protection in elementary schools School violence is a topic that has bothered Town of Mukwonago Police Chief Tom Czarnecki for quite some time. It bothered him so much so that he put an officer in each of the two elementary schools in the town, Rolling Hills and Section, each week this past school year, even if to just walk through the schools, he said. Seeing “dramatic benefits” from that test run, Czarnecki presented a proposal to the town board on June 3, of having officers in the schools all the time as police resource officers. However, the Town of Mukwonago has no funds available for hiring additional officers. To do so would require placing a referendum question on an upcoming election ballot, to see if town residents would agree to funding the proposal. Referendum questions for the November ballot must be filed with the town clerk by Aug. 25, but time would be needed to form the question properly, Sgt. Eric Schmidt explained to board members at a special meeting on July 9. The issue is set for discussion at a yet-to-be-determined special town board meeting in the next couple of weeks. Read the entire story in Living Mukwonago Chief on July 16. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:26:57 PDT Merton edges Hartland in LOL West Host Merton defeated Hartland Sunday afternoon in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league by an 8-3 score. Other games Sunday saw the Brookfield Blue Sox down Menomonee Falls 4-2, Sussex stop North Lake 11-5, Lannon defeat Oconomowoc 6-4 and West Bend edge the Brookfield Bulldogs 7-6. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:15:38 PDT Pewaukee LOL team wins in 11 innings Pewaukee's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team needed 11 innings Saturday to defeat host Lannon, 3-1. Other games saw the Brookfield Bulldogs whip Hartland 28-1, Brookfield Blue Sox blank West Bend 3-0, Sussex edge Merton 2-1 and Menomonee Falls edge North Lake 7-4. The Bulldogs scored 16 runs in the sixth inning against Hartland and sent 21 batters to the plate in that rally. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:19:59 PDT Comedy, musicals and festivals highlight weekend fun It’s the heart of summer and the entertainment options are flourishing in Lake Country. On Friday, treat the whole family to some laughs as the Fish Sticks Comedy improv show at 7:30 p.m. at SummerStage at Lapham Peak, W329-N846 County Highway C in Delafield. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth and $25 for families. Call (262) 337-1560 or visit for more information. Ashippun Firefighter’s Picnic starts Friday at Ashippun Firefighter’s Park on Highway 67. The three-day festival includes music, food, tournaments and kids activities. Saturday features a car show. On Sunday, there will be an ecumenical worship service starting at 10 a.m. The 39th Annual Lake Country Art Festival takes place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Naga-Waukee Park, 651 Highway 83, Delafield. The festival features juried artists offering a variety of works for purchase, and fun activities for kids. Admission fee is a $5 per carload donation. Summer is also a great time to see some wonderful community theater productions. In Hartland, the musical “Bonnie and Clyde” opens this weekend at the Lake Country Playhouse. Call (262) 367-4697 or visit for information. “Evita” opens this weekend at Theatre on Main in Oconomowoc. Call (262) 853-7628 or visit for information. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:00:00 PDT Ice Cream Social in Eagle Sunday The Eagle Historical Society will host an ice cream social on Sunday July 13 at 1 p.m. in Eagle Village Park. There will be demonstration by local horse enthusiasts followed by a Palmya Eagle Community Band Concert at 2 p.m. Assorted cakes and ice cream will be available with a free-will donation and visitors are asked to bring their lawn chairs for extra seating. For more information visit the Eagle Historical Society website, Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:15:15 PDT Picnic and adaptive ski show on Sunday Snappin' Ministries in partnership with USA Water Ski and the Pewaukee Lake Ski Club will offer an exciting and unique opportunity on Sunday, July 13 at Fowler Park. Families raising children with special needs are invited to the annual family picnic at 438 N. Oakwood Ave, Oconomowoc, from noon until 3 p.m. for lunch, a free demonstration of adaptive water-ski, and the opportunity for kids to try adaptive water ski for themselves. This free event is offered through the generosity of donors to Snappin' Ministries, in addition to the cooperation of Oconomowoc’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry. To RSVP or for more information regarding Snappin' Ministries, please contact Barb Dittrich at (262) 391-5458. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:47:50 PDT The Lego Movie at Fowler Park July 10 Grab your blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of outdoor fun tomorrow night at Fowler Park to see the Badgerland Ski Show and Moonlit Movie presentation. The ski show starts at 7 p.m., followed by "The Lego Movie" at dusk. Entertainment is free; organizers ask that you bring a non-perishable food item, or goodwill offering, to benefit the Oconomowoc Food Pantry. Food vendors and concessions will be available. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:46:46 PDT Big traffic backup on Highway 16 westbound There is a huge traffic backup on Highway 16 westbound from Ryan Road in Pewaukee to the Merton Avenue bridge in Hartland. The back up began around 3:45 p.m. The cause of the backup is that a huge dump truck is trying to be removed from the north ditch on Highway 16 just 300 yards west from the Merton Avenue bridge. Two huge wreckers and other equipment are on the scene. For some reason, the dump truck went off the road to the north shoulder around 1:05 p.m. No other vehicle appeared to be involved. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:32:07 PDT Traffic light considered in downtown Delafield City of Delafield - City officials will consider whether to install the city's first downtown traffic light at the intersection of Main and Genesee streeets as a noise abatement device rather than a traffic control tool. City Administrator Tom Hafner said both a Traffic Committee and the Public Works Committee will study the traffic flow and fiscal impacts of the proposal and possibly make a recommendation to the Common Council. There are traffic lights on Highway 83 at Golf and Hillside roads and the interchanges with Interstate 94. Hafner told the Common Council that the traffic light was an idea that evovled from a meeting of city officials and downtown residents regarding noise abatement. The downtown residents have been complaining about noise in the downtown business district. Alderwoman Jackie Valde, who represents the downtown business and residential district, has warned the Common Council that the noise abatement issue "will not go away" partly because of the increase in the number of attractive residential dwellings being built in or near the downtown business district. Hafner warned the installation, maintenance, and insurance costs of a traffic light can be substantial and it may not be needed as a traffic control device. Hafner said the residents and city officials also explored eliminating the four way stop intersections at Milwaukee and Wells Street along Genesee Street. Some residents have complained that the three four way stop intersections at Wells, Main and Milwaukee Streets slow traffic and result in downtown congestions that contributes to excessive nosie levels. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:23:28 PDT LCFR is already $60,000 short for the year City of Delafield - Lake Country Fire and Rescue is already $60,000 short of anticipated revenues for 2014 and the fiscal year is barely half over. Alderman Gerald McDougall, a member of the fire department's governing board, warned city taxpayers tonight they may have to pay mores taxes for the consolidated fire department if they want to maintain the existing level of emergency medical and fire services. The city pays about $780,000 to the department that also serves the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah. The two villages pay a combined approximately $230,000 towards the departments approximately $2 million budget. In 2013, the department's revenue were more than $250,000 lower than anticipated and the three municipalities had pay an additional approximately $110,000 to help the department restore the cash reserves it used to make up the deficit. There are a combination of factors that have contributed to the 2014 revenue shortfall, according to Ald. Jeff Krickhahn, also a member of the fire board. Krickhahan told the Common Council that revenues are lower than expected from other communities that use LCFR's paramedic services. Included in the $60,000 shortfall is an estimated $15,000 in revenues that the Dousman Fire District will no longer being paying because that department which ser ves the villages of Dousman and Summitt began its own licensed paramedic service on July 1. Krickhahn said the number of medicare patients served by LCFR continues to increase and the department's reimbursment by the federal government is less than a third of the cost of providing the medical services. In addition, he said the number of transports of patients from one hospital to another, also a source of revenues, is also lower than expected. Krickhahn said Fire Chief Jack Edwards is already cutting spending for the year in an effort to reduce costs. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:59:42 PDT