Saturday, July 14, 2012
A fatal accident claims a Muskego man's life, and businesses take a step forward in expanding and rebuilding.
July 7 - The weekend began on a tragic note, as resident Robert Gunderson was killed while riding his bike on Woods Road. Muskego Resident Killed on Bike, Details are Few July 9- We took a tour of Muskego's newest park, which will open in fall with archery: Park Arthur Takes Shape The dry weather took on more serious terms - Gov. Walker Declares State of Emergency for Drought Conditions July 10 - plan commission and council members approved a change to the comprehensive plan to take out the specific mentions of lake properties, but said development is always going to be possible: Lake Park Will Always Be a Possibility, Say Planners However, despite a thumbs up at plan commission for a local business to rezone, DJ's Gets Rezoning …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Deletion of a lake park development along Janesville Road from language in the city's 2020 plan will include summary, and infamous 'arrows' that designated specific parcels.
The debate over where language referencing lake park development should be taken out of Muskego's 2020 Comprehensive Plan appears to be over for now. The Common Council voted Tuesday night to delete specific property references as well as general statements made about the interest in a public park along Janesville Road. Residents had felt singled out as maps in the plan used arrows to point to specific parcels of land, which were the same parcels involved with a second attempt to put a park on the lake along Janesville Road. The recommendation from city staff was initially to delete those arrows along with language that designated the specific parcels, but residents wanted to delete additional mentions of lake park interests in the summary…
Monday, July 9, 2012
If the Plan Commission recommends the changes, it's likely the Common Council will hear public input again on DJ's Pub rezoning and requested changes to the 2020 Comprehensive Plan affecting lake development
At the last Common Council meeting, several public hearings were held and featured public outcry over a potential rezoning for a Janesville Road business and the city's Comprehensive Plan. It could be a case of deja vu at this Tuesday's Council meeting if the Plan Commission, which meets on Monday, recommends the changes. Residents were concerned about what impact they could have on future development on the lake, and will no doubt take the opportunity of a public input session to again voice concerns. DJ's rezoning would designate the parcel of land as 'downtown revival,' which is a business designation and would be required if Dan Hewitt, owner, is to rebuild the pub. The pub has existed under a residential zoning, but will be razed …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Local meetings and a jury trial are capturing our attention
City of Muskego meetings: Monday, July 9 - Parks & Recreation, 5:30 p.m.; Plan Commission, 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 - Finance Committee, 6:30 p.m.; Common Council, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12 - Public Safety Committee, 6 p.m.; Little Muskego Lake District, 7 p.m. In the news: The trial of Annmarie Schulte will begin at Waukesha County Courthouse on Tuesday, July 10 and is expected to last for about three days. Schulte is the Muskego woman accused of sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor after she allegedly sent pictures to a man she met on the internet of a six-year-old. Events (so far): Tuesday, July 10 - Jazz Open Jam @ Sauced, 6 p.m. Saturday, July 14 - Meet Milwaukee Brewers Players at Waukesha Sportscards, 11 a.m. Saturday, …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Recent dry conditions had prompted a burning ban from the mayor, and fireworks were likely to follow.
Although Muskego residents can still enjoy the celebration on Little Muskego Lake on July 3rd including a fireworks show at dusk, no other personal use of fireworks will be allowed. In a special session of the Common Council on Saturday, the continued lack of rain was at the heart of concerns, and made for a unanimous vote to rescind the permits held by resident to set off class C fireworks (pretty much anything sold in those red and white tents sprinkled throughout the city). Sparklers are also included in the ban, as they burn at a far higher temperature that many others. This ban follows closely behind a burning ban that was declared on Friday from Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti. It forbids any burning with the exception of barbecues. The …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
No decision yet but council may hold special session to nix burning and fireworks before week's end; temps will be in the mid-90s Wednesday & Thursday, with little chance of rain. Thursday's dew points will be higher, creating uncomfortable conditions
Heat indices are expected to push 100 degrees Wednesday and top that mark on Thursday on the two hottest days of 2012. As this compounds the continuing hot and dry conditions, Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti advised the Common Council Tuesday night that a decision on whether Muskego will ban burning and fireworks will be coming, and will require a special session to approve. A decision on fireworks would have to be made by Saturday, Chiaverotti explained, because the permits allow use beginning on July 1. "Fireworks are a separate ordinance from burning, so both would need to be addressed," Chiaverotti said. "The third of July fireworks would not be affected because they are set off from a barge on the lake." Patch’s media partners at FOX6 predict…
Monday, June 25, 2012
It's hard to imagine we're already wrapping up June. Here's what we'll be looking at this week, and events you might be interested in.
Tuesday, June 26 - City of Muskego Meetings 6:00 p.m., Finance Committee, Alderman's room 6:30 p.m., Committee of the Whole, Alderman's room 6:45 p.m., Big Muskego Lake District Quarterly meeting, Muskego room 7:00 p.m. Common Council*, Muskego room *Council meeting will include public hearings for Chapter 36 of the municipal code regarding the cell 911 amendment, the 2020 Comprehensive Plan, a rezoning of the Dan Hewitt property (DJ's), and will also feature the interviews of District 4 candidates. Wednesday, June 27 - following up to the Tuesday meetings, we hope to profile the new/interim 4th Distrcit Alderman. Thursday, June 28 - Sorry to see you go, Joe: we'll be talking with Joe Schroeder, a self-described 'rookie' who took the …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Indicating interest is not the same as an offer to purchase, mayor stresses, but others on council say the land at the corner of Lannon Drive and Janesville Road should remain with the county.
Waukesha County currently owns the site where the BP gas station once stood at Janesville Road and Lannon Drive, and has approached the city to see if it would be interested in purchasing the land. City Planner Jeff Muenkel proposed the idea to the Finance Committee in a memo in which he stated possibilities for the land, including reselling the property at a later date, and leaving the property open with an eye to the overall streetscaping plan for Janesville Road. No terms were given for a potential sale, but Muenkel indicated that previous similar circumstances resulted in a symbolic transaction of $1. While the price could be right, council members weren't so eager to jump at the chance to purchase property. "Why would the city get …
Sunday, June 10, 2012
What's coming in the week ahead and what we're looking into.
City Meetings: Monday, June 11 - Parks and Recreation Board, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 - Finance Committee, 6:15 p.m; Committee of the Whole, 6:30 p.m.; Common Council, 7 p.m. Other events of note: Monday, June 11 -Danny Gokey Performing at Wisconsin Vision Waukesha, 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 - Business After Hours - Acres of Hope and Aspirations, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 - American Legion Flag Disposal, Dedication and Scholarship Awards, 6p.m. at the Old Settlement Centre Stories we'll be looking into: Common council will be hearing a proposal to amend an ordinance that could lead to success in the city's battle with the county for cell 911 routes. Graduation is upon us - who is the class of 2013? Who do YOU want to recognize?
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Keith Werner's resignation prompts another call for candidates to apply for the council seat in the city's 4th district, with hopes of filling the position by June 26.
The resignation of Keith Werner as alderman for Muskego's 4th District - and the withdrawal of a recall election effort by a citizen's group against him - mean that the process to fill the position on the council can begin. The Muskego clerk's office released a timetable to appeal to interested candidates and begin the process of interviewing them by the Common Council at their June 26 meeting. A notice will be posted on the city's website Thursday, May 24. Applicants must reside in the 4th district at least 28 days before the appointment, be 18 or older and a U.S. Citizen with no felony record. Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. Thursday, June 21. The Common Council will then have the opportunity to 'interview' each candidate in …