Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Several projects planned in the city will involve grant money to get off the ground, or in this case, in the water.
A deteriorating pier at Idle Isle Park and needed improvements at the Boxhorn Launch are awaiting approvals for grant money, and the Common Council will have those items before them Tuesday night. The fishing pier at Idle Isle was the largest budget item for 2013 in that park, but DNR grant dollars, which could fund up to 50 percent of the expected $63,000 price tag, won't become available until the end of next year. In addition, another DNR grant is being sought for the boat launch at Boxhorn Drive. The city purchased about 3 1/2 acres at the site in spring for $170,000, and hopes to improve the boat launch for access to Big Muskego Lake. The grant could be as much as $88,100. Also on the agenda: The council meets at 7 p.m. in the …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Island Ice Cream has decided to bow out, but the improved space is available for lease at Idle Isle
At the end of the summer season, Kristin Formolo, who owned Island Ice Cream seemed resigned that her first year in the concessions space at Idle Isle would be her last. Craig Anderson, Director of Parks and Recreation, confirmed Monday night that the space would be open as Formolo will not return. He proposed to offer the space for lease from May to September at $250 per month minimum, with utilities costs being extra. After each season, the Parks Board agreed that the current tenant would have the right of first refusal in the bidding process for the next year.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Originally in the budget for 2013, the grant process means a delay for the aging pier at Idle Isle Park.
The largest budget item in Idle Isle Park for 2013 won't happen until 2014 after all, as a slow grant funding process has reset the schedule. A large floating pier along the shores of the park was targeted for replacement at an estimated cost of $63,000, however the funding that the parks department was hoping to offset those costs will take much longer than anticipated. "I've never really seen anything like this, but basically we have to apply for the grant from the state by December first of this year, but the determination won't come until December of 2013," Parks Director Craig Anderson told the Parks Board Monday night. "We have a couple of choices: to purchase the pier this year as we had planned to have it in the park in 2013, or …
Parks have seen their share of the Canadian visitors, and a mating cycle will bring bigger numbers next year, so the department will get funding to keep the numbers - and the mess - down.
Wildlife is often what draws people to the lake shore and the parks, but too much of a good thing is, well...too much. Expecting a boom in numbers next season, the Parks and Recreation board approved the application for a grant for geese abatement for 2013 and 2014. Craig Anderson, Parks Director, explained, "We generally conduct oiling of eggs and it has helped the numbers in the parks, as well as a goose round up. Last season, we rounded up 87 geese in Idle Isle Park, but missed about 40. There is a three year cycle, where the first two years see a decrease, but the geese that were hatched return to mate in the place they were born, so we're expecting those numbers to climb in 2013."
Monday, November 12, 2012
After repeated incidents at Park Arthur and Lake Denoon Park, the park board looks for ways to prevent damage.
Beyond a youthful escapade with a truck, the tire marks on the Park Arthur sledding hill have caused some delays and required dollars to fix, and this is before the official opening of hill this coming winter. Similarly, vandalism has been reported at Lake Denoon Park and occasionally at Bluhm Farm Park in past years, and it's apparently come to a point where the Parks and Recreation board will be discussing prevention at its meeting on Monday at 5:30 p.m. One of the incidents at Park Arthur did result in the arrest of a Pewaukee man in 2011, but concern has been raised over what can be done to protect the parks, or to deter vandals. Parks Director Craig Anderson has said while Park Arthur in particular was under development, the placement…
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Park Arthur's $1.1 million price tag and $50,000 for Idle Isle are too much to handle in one year, according to Stand Up Muskego
Saturday, October 20, 2012
To the Editor: Stand Up Muskego would like to recognize and thank the aldermen who have so far voiced their support for the continued funding of the Community Festival Parade, Muskego Senior Taxi and the Jammin on Janesville events. These community-oriented activities and events offer a great service to Muskego’s senior citizens, families and businesses. Without the continued support from the city, the services provided would be reduced and those who benefit from them would be negatively impacted. As we have followed the 2013 city budget process there are a few things that concern us and they are as follows: 1.) The idea that the city would create a new budget category to fund all of Muskego’s community groups and charities. This idea…
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Along with minor facelifts at park, paving will expand parking and is approved during Committee of the Whole's latest chapter in the budget process; public will get a chance to weigh in Oct. 22.
Idle Isle has come under fire as being a neglected park, and the Committee of the Whole agreed, approving recommended improvements for the park in 2013. A previous walk-through meeting of the Parks Board, which included aldermen and the mayor, helped to point out areas of need in the park, which many have felt needed more attention than it had been getting. Improvements will include paving and extending the existing parking area to include 20 additional spots at a cost of $30,000. This is hoped to alleviate overflow parking at a lot two blocks away. In addition, dumpster enclosures will be renovated for $1,750, and additional paving will be done to improve existing paths as well as create a new path between the parking area and the …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
A towering pyramid is tough to accomplish for ski teams, and the Muskego Water Bugs reached for the sky, with success.
Allison Planton, vice president of the Muskego Water Bugs show ski team, called it 'history making.' "With effort from 24 of our skiing members, one driver, two spotters, the pick up boat crew, and at least five camera people we were able to put up this huge pyramid," Planton said. As impressive as a four-tier pyramid is during their weekly shows, the team was able to climb even further, adding another 'layer' to the exhibition. "This pyramid has been a dream of ours for the past year. We spent countless hours in the gym over the winter practicing and we are very excited to say we accomplished this history making pyramid for the team," Planton explained. The pyramid, which relies heavily on ideal water and wind conditions and an …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Anyone can join the competition for the biggest bass
Dan Addis brings his son to Little Muskego Lake most Tuesday nights for an informal fishing tournament. It’s something he’s done for seven years. Chris Macht has been participating in the tournament for 15 years. On Tuesday, the men readied their fishing boats with a string of other locals for the weekly tournament, which is informally organized. “We’re buddies,” said Macht, a plumber who has lived in Muskego since 1978. “We have a party at the end.” But it’s a little more involved than just casting a lure into the lake. Macht said the tournament accepts up to 19 boats. “Just show up,” he said, when asked how people can participate. It costs $25 per boat, and generally there are two-people teams. The participants fish only for bass. The …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Regular 'after hours' event will feature food by area restaurants, beverages and a Water Bugs ski show; register by July 10 for additional savings
The Muskego Chamber of Commerce regularly holds 'Business After Hours' events for its members to come and network after work. Just as traditionally, they feature an event that opens up the networking to include friends, family and anyone interested to enjoy a little food and drink along the shores of Idle Isle Park. 'A Taste of Muskego on the Water' will again be held on Wednesday, July 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the park. Special dishes from Matty's, Alpine's Avalanche Grill, Sauced and Sneesby's Denoon Saloon will fill up your plate while you meet with other business members and enjoy another great summer evening on the lake. This event also highlights a member, the Muskego Waterbugs ski team. The team holds shows every Wednesday …