The village of Menomonee Falls laid off eight, full-time public works employees last week in what the village says was preparation for shortfalls in the 2013 budget and fiscal year.
The layoffs of street and utility workers that occurred May 22 were a reduction-in-force and were due to declining revenues, said Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald.
Six workers were paid out of the general fund and two were utility employees. By the end of next week, the village is consolidating the public works facilities and closing down the office currently located on Water Street.
"By centralizing, eliminating facilities and ultimately centralizing management and supervision, we expect that we will be able to absorb issues and not reduce any service," Fitzgerald said.
Public works employees in the general fund are supported by the tax levy, which has limitations set by the revenue freeze and declining state revenues, Fitzgerald said. The utility workers were laid off due to the nongrowth economy and revenue losses in utilities. The two positions will be absorbed in the village and Fitzgerald said residents will not see or feel any changes as a result of the layoffs.» Read Full Article
After "catching cold" with its hitting last week in a horrendous six-game losing streak, the Menomonee Falls baseball team caught a fever with its bats this week, recording four straight Greater Metro Conference wins, including an impressive 11-5 home rally against archrival Sussex Hamilton Friday night.
"The old adage that hitting is contagious is true," said Indian coach Pat Hansen. "When you hit, it takes a lot of pressure off of you."
The Indians, who could scarcely manage 16 runs in six losses the previous week, scored 27 runs in four victories this past cycle in improving to 7-4 in Greater Metro Conference play and 11-6 overall.
Falls banged out 11 hits and took advantage of a couple of key Charger errors in rallying Friday from a 4-0 deficit for the second straight night.
Falls starter Brendan Paule was a little shaky in the beginning, as two walks and a two-run double by Hamilton clean-up hitter Trent Metzger made the score 2-0 in the top of the first.» Read Full Article
The music department at the Menomonee Falls School District was dissected in a workshop Wednesday that involved parents, teachers, administration and school board members.
The group of selected individuals sat at a table to discuss ways to maintain music programming as the School District was forced to cut $2.4 million from its 2013-14 budget and looks to cut another $2 million the following year as state aid fails to pace with inflation, said Superintendent Pat Greco.
Orchestra is on the list of things that may be cut for the 2014-15 school year and prompted the School Board's Curriculum and Learning Committee to call a music work session that gave an in-depth look at the department. The workshop was also a way for interested parties to generate ideas on how to maintain music programming despite fiscal constraints.
"We have a very difficult couple of years coming up financially," said Committee Chair David Noshay.
One idea the district will pursue is creative scheduling at the elementary and middle school, an idea brought forth by parent Barb Nienow. She said there are ways that cuts can be made by looking at scheduling and teaching all the music courses more efficiently.» Read Full Article
It's not all pomp and circumstance, but that might be how it felt for suburban high school graduates this weekend.
Students from Nicolet, Germantown, New Berlin and more crossed across stages around the suburban Milwaukee area signifying their high school success. You can view photos of those proud graduates in our photo gallery.
"Maybe we just weren't ready for the moment."
That was the assessment of Germantown girls soccer coach Paul Sikinger after top-ranked in state Cedarburg got a goal in the 78th minute and denied the Warhawks their first-ever WIAA state tournament berth with a 1-0 sectional final decision Saturday night in Whitefish Bay.
"Our girls knew what was at stake, but maybe they (the Bulldogs) wanted it a little more. That group over there has been together for four years and they know exactly what each other will do. That's something you just can't teach."
"...You just need one great opportunity to go to state and they got it."
The Warhawks, ranked fourth in the state heading into the WIAA Tournament series, finished at 13-3-2 They were in their second sectional final in school history having also lost in 2008.
Like an overmatched prizefighter who keeps ducking the big blow from a stronger, more talented opponent, the Menomonee Falls girls softball team kept dodging, feinting and finding ways to stay in the game against top-ranked Westosha Central in a WIAA state semifinal Friday night in Madison.
But eventually Falcons' senior pitcher Sarah Fonk and her teammates got the counter-punch they needed, when senior first baseman and leadoff hitter Brittney Blazich ripped a bases-loaded single over a drawn-in Indian infield in the bottom of the sixth to give Westosha a 2-1 victory.
"We did everything that we could," said Indian coach Nick Heiting. "I thought we showed a lot of energy and fight, but that is a great team with a great pitcher. We tried to do things with our speed and our pitching, but it wasn't quite enough."
Because Fonk, a 5-10 senior pitcher who is a leading candidate for state player of the year, simply wouldn't let them. She gave up only a bunt single to Indian lead-off hitter Brittany Robinson in the first, never let Falls hit a ball out of the infield and struck out 13 against only one walk.
Falcon co-coach Tom Lampe summed up his feelings for the three-year starter Fonk this way.» Read Full Article
They want to be the first Germantown soccer team, boys or girls, to go to state.
And if the first major step towards that goal is over the backs of a better ranked and fully tenacious crosstown rival, all the better.
And that's exactly what the fourth-ranked in state Warhawk girls did Thursday night, as they overcame a shaky first half to ride a Jamie Karch goal at the 60:52 mark to down their third-ranked hosts Menomonee Falls, 1-0, in a WIAA sectional semifinal.
"We've come a long ways this year," said Warhawk coach Paul Sikinger, "and these girls have only one thing on their minds, to beat Cedarburg. We weren't focused the first time we played them and we lost (3-1), now we want another chance."
And they will, 13-2-2 Germantown will play the North Shore Conference champion and top-ranked in state Cedarburg squad (14-3-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m. in a sectional final at Whitefish Bay for the right to advance to the WIAA State Tournament at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee, June 13-15.» Read Full Article
The Menomonee Falls Planning Commission on Tuesday conceptually approved a 145-lot subdivision at a tree farm currently owned by Lied's Nursery.
The 82-acre plot of land, southeast of Town Line Road and Mill Road, bordering the Silver Spring Golf and Banquet Center, is no longer being utilized as the company looks to sell the land to Developer Jim Forester and Point Real Estate. There is a contract to purchase the land on the table, but it has not been finalized yet, said Director of Community Development Matt Carran. The conceptual design approved in a planned residential development district includes the development of 130 single family homes and 15 duplexes.
To be developed, the site needs to be analyzed for stormwater infiltration. The developer will have to extend the utility, sewer and water, put in roads, storm sewer and any other infrastructure needed before lots can be sold for the construction of homes.
The proposed layout includes a road to connect the subdivision directly to Town Line Road. The Planning Commission asked that an additional road be constructed to connect the subdivision to the golf course, Carran said.
Now that the conceptual design was approved by the village, the developer has to create a preliminary plat, followed by a developers agreement and obtain final plat approval from the state, Waukesha County and the village of Menomonee Falls. Once the final plat is approved, the lots can be sold. Carran said although they want to move quickly on this, he doesn't anticipate the lots to go on the market until next year.» Read Full Article
Village of Butler - A Waukesha County Sheriff's investigation that compares the Butler Police Department to a college fraternity because of the behavior of some of its officers is expected to be released Thursday, according to sources familiar with the report.
The voluminous report includes summaries of the activities of five police officers including the retired police chief who participated in what one former police officer described as "porn in the morn."
The officers, including the chief, occasionally viewed and emailed pornographic photos on village electronic equipment including computers and cellular telephones. In addition, the officers engaged in conversations that included sexually and racially offensive language, according to the report.
One of the officers has been referred to the Waukesha County District Attorney's office for possible prosecution. The sources declined to describe the potential severity of the charges that might be brought against the police officer.
Police Chief Michael Cosgrove, a 33 year veteran of the department, announced his retirement in the midst of the investigation.» Read Full Article
Just when it looked like the momentum shifted back to Brookfield Central, Germantown senior Felicia Kons took it right back with one swing of the bat.
In an outstanding pitching duel between Central freshman Crystal Sicard and Germantown’s Amanda Witzlib, the sectional championship game at Brookfield East on May 30 looked like it was headed for extra innings.
Sophomore Haley Johnson led off the bottom of the sixth inning with Sicard’s only walk of the game, but Central’s all-star catcher Carly Sobrilsky picked her off first base with a rifle throw. Junior Erika Berry then struck out and the Lancers had momentum squarely on their side.
But then Kons came to the plate — she had a strikeout and a flyball in her first two appearances. And the lefthanded hitter took an outside pitch and deposited over the wall in left centerfield for a 1-0 lead.
“After five innings I felt the game was going to go into overtime, extra innings,” Fons said. “The pitch was a little outside, but it felt great when I hit it. I ran it out and when everyone cheered I knew it was a homer.”» Read Full Article
photo gallery of the 2013 WIAA State Track & Field Meet in La Crosse with more images from Veterans Memorial Stadium.MyCommunityNOW.com has just updated its
The Brookfield East boys team captured its third consecutive Division 1 title, edging Green Bay Preble, 51-50. Shorewood won the Division 2 boys title and Saint Mary's Springs the D3 title. Kenosha Tremper, East Troy and Edgar won the girls titles.
Results from this year's meet are available at the WIAA State Meet official results page.
The Menomonee Falls Historical Society is kicking off the month of June with Old Falls Village Days on Saturday and Sunday.
The Menomonee Falls Historical Society is a nonprofit organization made up of volunteers who help manage and run Old Falls Village Museum, a 17-acre museum located on the corner of Pilgrim and Highway Q. Old Falls Village Days is a family-friendly event with a variety of activities from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Events include a tractor show, old car show, motorcycle show, quilt exhibits, silent auction, flea market and a children's area. There will be live music, tours of all of the houses and food available for purchase.
The Historical Society is dedicating a "Little Free Library" at 3:15 p.m. Saturday. This dedication is in memory of John Stacy, business owner and longtime board member of Falls Cable Access, Menomonee Falls Historical Society and the Optimist Club.
The Little Free Library has become a popular project throughout the country and promotes reading for all ages. The idea is to leave a book, take a book or just take one or just leave one. The Old Falls' Little Free Library has been built to resemble a small red barn, is weather proof and can hold approximately 20 to 25 books.
For a full schedule of activities during Old Falls Village Days, visit oldfallsdays.com.
redeveloped Pilgrim Village Shopping Center site, in Menomonee Falls.A 3,900-square-foot Associated Bank branch has been proposed for the
The bank would be on an outlot at the site, which is south of Main St. and east of Pilgrim Road, according to a report filed with the village Department of Community Development.
Gatlin Development Co. demolished much of the shopping center and replaced it with a Walmart Neighborhood Market, which opened last year.
The village Architectural Control Board is to review the proposal at its Tuesday meeting.
The Menomonee Falls Memorial Day ceremony begins at 7:30 a.m. May 27 at the Menomonee Falls WWII Monument in Village Park, located on Garfield Drive.
The ceremony includes the Honor Guard, a reading of the names of Menomonee Falls residents who were lost while serving during military conflicts, a laying of a wreath at the base of the monument, a rifle shoot and playing of taps. The Memorial Day ceremony is sponsored by the Henrizi-Schneider American Legion Post No. 382, the Walter Miller Amvets Post No 5 and the VFW Post No. 9496.
The public is welcome to attend. The annual parade is slated for 10 a.m. starting at Harrison and Main streets.
Olive Garden is no longer coming to Germantown, village officials confirmed Tuesday.
Though the development went through the Planning Commission and Village Board levels, the franchise restaurant planned for the Riversbend Development on County Line Road is no longer interested in the site, Village President Dean Wolter said.
The redevelopment of the 40-acre Riversbend Country Club property on County Line Road included the construction of Olive Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants on 3.5 acres in the parking lot of the current Riversbend Golf Club, W18034 County Line Road. A new golf club house is planned for the north end of the remaining 37.5 acres that is being developed by Menomonee Falls-based Continental 246 Fund. Buffalo Wild Wings is still planned for the site.
"They are still dedicated to this site and plan on developing and going through with the restaurant," Wolter said.
The Village Board on Monday approved a liquor license with outdoor patio hours for Buffalo Wild Wings.» Read Full Article
The Menomonee Falls High School Amnesty Club is hosting a benefit event with proceeds going toward The Water Project, an effort to build a well in Africa, at 6 p.m. Thursday in the high school cafeteria, N8101 Merrimac Dive.
The event is also meant to raise awareness for water conservation. Seniors Hannah Mast and Kelly Adlington started the endeavor. Mast spent the last two years trying to gauge support for the project, which has started to gain traction over the past school year after she teamed up with Adlington and the Amnesty Club.
Shirts will be on sale at the benefit and Amnesty Club members are taking donations for the The Water Project, a nonprofit organization that builds wells in impoverished areas in Africa. There will be a raffle featuring assorted gift baskets with items from Starbucks, Papa Murphy's, and Off Broadway salon in Brookfield.
Student musicians will provide entertainment for the event.